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Best Time to Exercise?

Best Time to Exercise?

In the game show Jeopardy, all answers are required to be given in the form of a question.  Therefore, if the statement “best time to exercise” was phrased in the category of fitness, the correct response would be, “What is now?” Now as in right now? Now as in today? While either may certainly be […]

How Many Sets and Reps Should I Do?

How Many Sets and Reps Should I Do?

We are a society obsessed with numbers, everything from scale weight, to calories; from interest rates to stock prices; from race times to batting averages. Numbers represent a uniform way to measure or measure against. It’s a universal language so to speak that is a concrete quantity of progress or regression. Problem with that is, […]

Which Is Better – Free Weights or Machines?

Which Is Better – Free Weights or Machines?

For the greater part of my career, I worked in gyms and thus had the convenience of being able to work out where I worked.  Every once in a while though I would visit a local competitor anonymously  to just workout without interruption but more so to see what other types of equipment they had […]

Personal Coaching

10 Things To Teach Your Kids (Or Yourself) About Fitness

10 Things To Teach Your Kids (Or Yourself) About Fitness

In another month or so my little boy will be turning five! Where in the world does that time go? I’ve loved every stage of his growth from feeding him to watching him crawl to seeing him run to trying to keep up with him, and I know it’s only going to get better. But […]

Carbo Loading: Fact or Fiction

Carbo Loading: Fact or Fiction

Seems spring has finally arrived here in southeast PA and after the winter we had it couldn’t have come soon enough! Grass in green again, flowers are blooming, and the trees are budding back to life. Other than the obvious indicators of spring returning one of the not so obvious signs to some is the […]

Getting Into The March Madness Spirit

Getting Into The March Madness Spirit

I am not a fan of college basketball, that is until it’s time for March Madness. 68 of the best teams in college basketball are selected to play in a single elimination tournament bracket where every game can be your last or another step to the coveted NCAA championship. It’s a great stage of athletes […]

Personal Training

Why Does My Back Hurt When Performing Ab Exercises?

Why Does My Back Hurt When Performing Ab Exercises?

Some lessons are just harder to learn than others. Despite all of the advice, scientific literature, and the painful lack of results, people still want to believe that ab exercises in every shape or form will make their stomachs flat, that the mythical concept of spot reduction doesn’t exist, and in the process of seeking […]

Getting to The Core

Getting to The Core

The health and fitness industry is full of buzzwords. Terms like “cardio”, “fat burning zone”, “muscle tone” and “net carbs” all proliferate the consumers’ knowledge base when it comes to understanding what they need to do for their fitness. The truth is that most of them are taken way out of context or even worse, […]

Is The Treadmill All It’s Really Cracked Up To Be?

Is The Treadmill All It’s Really Cracked Up To Be?

Without a doubt that if you were to walk into a gym or health club today (possibly even yours), the number one piece of exercise equipment in both number and popularity is the treadmill. What I like to refer to as the human hamster wheel, the treadmill is an easy, user friendly exercise device that […]

Weight Loss

Are Your Eyes Bigger Than Your Stomach? – 12 Days of Fitness: Day 8

Are Your Eyes Bigger Than Your Stomach? – 12 Days of Fitness: Day 8

(This is Part 8 of a 12 part series to provide you with some helpful health and fitness tips over the holiday season) There’s no denying it – we eat too much. And that’s not an opinion – it’s fact! Over the past few decades, portion sizes of everything from pizza to bagels have swelled […]

Is Cardio Necessary to Lose Weight? – 12 Days of Fitness: Day 7

Is Cardio Necessary to Lose Weight? – 12 Days of Fitness: Day 7

(This is Part 7 of a 12 part series to provide you with some helpful health and fitness tips over the holiday season) It stands without question that the most popular piece of equipment at the gym (or in home gym purchase) is the treadmill. Is it because everyone enjoys walking or running so much […]

Can I Lose Fat Without Losing Muscle? – 12 Days of Fitness: Day 3

Can I Lose Fat Without Losing Muscle? – 12 Days of Fitness: Day 3

(This is Part 3 of a 12 part series to provide you with some helpful health and fitness tips over the holiday season) The #1 reason most people start an exercise program is to lose weight which unfortunately most times overlooks the other benefits of exercising. When someone says they want to lose weight they’re […]

Corporate Fitness

The Cost of Obesity

The Cost of Obesity

Health care has been a hot topic for several years now, from the rising costs of health care and the hard working citizens who can’t afford it to the lack of quality of health care in this country.  As our top brass sit atop Capitol Hill and try to determine YOUR destiny in regards to […]

The Business of Failure

The Business of Failure

Why would anyone go into business if they thought they were going to fail?  Despite the statistics of new start ups that plunder in the first three to five years (2/3 in two years, 44% in four years) not one of them would say they took the leap of faith because they knew they would […]

Combating Desk Work Injuries

Combating Desk Work Injuries

Injuries at work are common (3.7 million cases in 2008), particularly in occupations that require physical labor. But what about the white collar folks?  The desk jockeys sitting in front of their computer; the salesman driving in the car from client to client; the endless work traveler. Do these workers miss days due to occupational […]

Health & Fitness Motivation

Lessons To Be Learned From Watching The Olympics

Lessons To Be Learned From Watching The Olympics

I’ll confess, I’m not as big a fan of the Winter Olympics as I am the Summer Olympics, but any chance to see the best in the world compete in their sport is still captivating to watch. I’m also not a fan of the events in which points are awarded objectively rather than decided by […]

Abs Are Made In The Kitchen, Not The Gym

Abs Are Made In The Kitchen, Not The Gym

With the unofficial kick off to summer just weeks away, the frantic scramble begins for the beach body and the coveted six pack abs. Let me save everyone a lot of aggravation. You can work your abs as hard as you want; do all the senseless cardio you want; train like an unchained beast. But […]

My Journey to 26.2 and The Lessons Learned

My Journey to 26.2 and The Lessons Learned

I generally share fitness, nutrition, and various other health topics in my posts but today I wanted to share with you a personal story, although the messages still ring loud and clear as it pertains to the usual subject matter. So if you’d like to read on and hear about my journey to running the […]

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Nutritional Common Sense

July 1, 2014 1 Comment
Nutritional Common Sense

Philosopher Voltaire said, “Common sense is not so common.” While that could be true in most aspects of life, it is certainly accurate when it comes to healthy nutrition. Eat right and exercise is the common sense response you will get asking a neighbor or from listening to the morning talk shows to the million […]

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12 Tips to Stay (or Become) Lean

January 30, 2014 1 Comment
12 Tips to Stay (or Become) Lean

While many are close to the end of their first month of renewed fitness goals and resolutions, I wanted to wait until the smoke and madness starts to clear to share with you some very helpful tips to being or becoming lean. Why now and not 30 days ago you might ask? Simple. I don’t […]

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Fit n Five

January 23, 2014 0 Comments
Fit n Five

Well, here we are with 2014 underway and the first month of the year just about over. If you began the year with a clean slate of dedication and commitment to your health and fitness, congratulations! It’s an arduous journey but well worth the effort. If you’re one of the few who just keep rolling […]

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