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A Client Success Story

A Client Success Story

One of my favorite quotes is a Chinese proverb from Lao Tzu that says “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” That obviously could be applied to many facets of life but it rings so loud and clear when it comes to fitness for fitness is a journey, not a destination. […]

Why Am I Still Fat After All the Cardio I Do?

Why Am I Still Fat After All the Cardio I Do?

Cardio (short for cardiovascular exercise) has been a staple in the fitness vernacular since Dr. Kenneth Cooper popularized the idea of “aerobic” exercise back in the late ‘60s. Cardio can be more specifically described as any sustained physical activity such as running, walking, cycling swimming, etc. that can be used to primarily improve the cardiovascular […]

Is Weight Training Safe for My Child?

Is Weight Training Safe for My Child?

There’s certainly no argument that fitness is good for everyone. Conversely, fitness is not a one-size-fits-all concept either. We have different shapes, muscle fiber types, skeletal structures, joint articulations, etc. that demand that some exercises may need to be modified or at the very least progressed appropriately for certain populations. In the fitness realm, there are […]

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

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, […]

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 […]

Weight Loss

Not Losing Weight? Here Are 10 Reasons Why.

Not Losing Weight? Here Are 10 Reasons Why.

Exercise should never be treated as a means to an end, but rather just a means – a means to a healthier lifestyle with the potential benefit of losing some weight, not the other way around. Many will say exercise failed them because they didn’t lose any weight while others will continue to search endlessly […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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Which Is Better – Free Weights or Machines?

June 9, 2014 3 Comments
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 […]

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Getting to The Core

March 9, 2014 0 Comments
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, […]

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