Archive for October 2010

The Relationship Between Trans Fats And Cholesterol

These days, we use a lot of “catch” phrases to describe the food we eat—organic-this, and all-natural that. And we’re more educated then ever about the building blocks of food—carbs, proteins, and fats. Even with this knowledge, many of us continue to overdo fat; particularly one kind—trans fat—found in so many fast food meals. In…

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The Evil That Is Sugar

In the 1970s, a world-renowned bodybuilding champion (soon to be world famous actor) coined a term to describe refined sugar—the white death. Most American families consumed their fair share of white sugar in those days—white bread (Wonder Bread ringing any bells?), white rice, all-purpose white flour, and countless brands of cookies, cakes, and candies. It’s…

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How to Overcome Sore Muscles

You don’t have to be a competitive athlete to feel like one. Regardless of skill level or athletic experience—at some point, we all get sore muscles. Depending on the individual, soreness can begin only one hour post-workout. For others, muscle soreness peaks up to 48-hours after exertion. This phenomenon known as Delayed Onset Soreness. No…

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The Skinny On Fiber And Weight Loss

Mary, one of my many personal fitness clients in Fort Collins, asked me an interesting question during our most recent outdoor training session. Since we had such a productive conversation I thought I’d address it here as well. The topic? Fiber. How much? What kind? And is all the hype about weight loss and fiber…

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The Health Benefits Of Static Stretching

There was a time that almost everyone stretched before they worked out. Clients tipped from side to side, straddled and stretched their way to some pretty uncomfortable positions. As a personal trainer in Fort Collins, Colorado, with years of experience in the fitness industry, I’ve spent more than my fair share of time desperately trying…

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The Wonderful Health Benefits Of Jumping Rope

Regrettably, even in a somewhat small town like Fort Collins, folks can make exercise seem awfully complicated. I’ve heard my personal fitness clients debate the pros of cons of early morning vs. evening workouts, fight over which foods constitute the best post-workout fare and even engage in epic arguments about free weights, how fast (or…

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How Your Kitchen Sabotages Your Fitness and Weight Loss Goals

As a personal fitness trainer in Fort Collins, I see plenty of well-intentioned folks take the right steps toward getting in shape.  Some start biking to work, join a gym or find a new more physically challenging hobby. Others avoid fried foods, lay off the sugar, or even make big life changes like quitting smoking.…

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Squats Pave The Path To Powerful Legs

As Dianne prepared to complete her final exercise of the day, the dreaded triple set of leg squats, she moaned, “Oh, these squats, I hate them!  They kill me!” And so it is with the king of leg development, the squat. My personal training clients in Fort Collins hang out at opposite ends of the…

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The Top 5 Core Exercises (In My Humble Opinion)

Does the following sound familiar? On Monday, you focus on strengthening your biceps, Even though you divide your muscle groups by the day of the week, you always end your workouts the same way—crunching your way through a dreaded (and frightfully boring) abdominal workout.  Are all of these crunches really strengthening your core muscles? And…

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