Mind and Body (Cardio or Weights Part 12)

This post is a continuation on my series through Alex Hutchinson’s Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? All of the following questions are taken from this book and the answers are paraphrased from the authors words with my interpretations and thoughts added in. — Scott If my brain is tired, will my body’s performance suffer? Short Answer:  Yes

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Science Summary: Weight Management (Cardio or Weights Part 10)

Before you read, take a look at my post on dieting!  I cover a lot of the practical things there and a lot of the science things here. This post is a continuation on my series through Alex Hutchinson’s Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? All of the following questions are taken from this book and the answers are

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Adventure, Challenge, Victory and Growth

This past weekend, my roommate and I made the three hour drive up to Austin for GORUCK’s Kill that 5K. It was his first experience with anything GORUCK related and it was enlightening for me to see how he approached it. For me, the 5K was a fun run. I went to see friends I

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Adventure, Challenge, Victory and Growth

This past weekend, my roommate and I made the three hour drive up to Austin for GORUCK’s Kill that 5K.  It was his first experience with anything GORUCK related and it was enlightening for me to see how he approached it.  For me, the 5K was a fun run.  I went to see friends I

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Science Summary: Exercise and Aging (Cardio or Weights Part 9)

This post is a continuation on my series through Alex Hutchinson’s Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? All of the following questions are taken from this book and the answers are paraphrased from the authors words with my interpretations and thoughts added in. — Scott What’s the cumulative effect of all the exercise I’ve done over the years?

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The Ins and Outs of Dieting: My Personal Experience

My clients are well aware that I’ve been cutting (fitness jargon for restricting calories or dieting) for a month now.  I’ll let you ask them how grumpy I’ve been, but I think it’s gone pretty well.  So without further ado, here are my thoughts on the road so far. Why I Decided to Diet The reason

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Science Summary: Injuries and Recovery (Cardio or Weights Part 8)

This post is a continuation on my series through Alex Hutchinson’s Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? All of the following questions are taken from this book and the answers are paraphrased from the authors words with my interpretations and thoughts added in. Ouch, I think I sprained something.  How long should I stay off it? Short Answer:

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Science Summary: Flexibility and Core Strength (Cardio or Weights Part 7)

This post is a continuation on my series through Alex Hutchinson’s Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? All of the following questions are taken from this book and the answers are paraphrased from the authors words with my interpretations and thoughts added in. Will stretching help me avoid injuries? Short Answer: Stretching has not been proven to reduce

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Science Summary: Strength and Power (Cardio or Weights Part 6)

This post is a continuation on my series through Alex Hutchinson’s Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? All of the following questions are taken from this book and the answers are paraphrased from the authors words with my interpretations and thoughts added in. —Scott Do I need strength training if I just want to be lean and fit?

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Science Summary: Aerobic Exercise (Cardio or Weights Part 5 )

This post is a continuation on my series through Alex Hutchinson’s Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? All of the following questions are taken from this book and the answers are paraphrased from the authors words with my interpretations and thoughts added in. — Scott Why should I do cardio if I just want to build my muscles?

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Science Summer: Physiology ( Cardio or Weights Part 4)

This post is a continuation on my series through Alex Hutchinson’s Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? All of the following questions are taken from this book and the answers are paraphrased from the authors words with my interpretations and thoughts added in. — Scott What role does my brain play in fatigue? Short Answer:  The central fatigue

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Science Summary: Getting Started ( Cardio or Weights Part 2)

This post is a continuation on my series through Alex Hutchinson’s Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? All of the following questions are taken from this book and the answers are paraphrased from the authors words with my interpretations and thoughts added in. — Scott Will exercising in cold air freeze my lungs? Short Answer: No Longer Answer:

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Science Summary: Fitness Gear ( Cardio or Weights Part 3 )

This post is a continuation on my series through Alex Hutchinson’s Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? All of the following questions are taken from this book and the answers are paraphrased from the authors words with my interpretations and thoughts added in. — Scott Is running on a treadmill better or worse than running outside? Short Answer:

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Science Summary: Getting There (Cardio or Weights Part 1)

In the next few summary posts, I’ll be giving the takeaway points from Alex Hutchinson’s Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights.  This book takes a look at many common questions asked in the fitness industry and pairs them with an answer backed by a published scientific study.  Overall, I’ve been very impressed with the scope of

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Science Summary: Foam Rolling and Range of Motion

Foam rolling has become a modern craze with a lot of research going into its effectiveness recently.  The concept behind a foam roller is called self-myofascial release (SMR).  The fascia is a layer of soft tissue under the skin covering and protecting the muscles of the body.  Muscle usage creates wear and tear in the

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More than just fitness

In the industry, we personal trainers often refer to ourselves as “fitness professionals.”  It’s a good description for most of the work we do, helping and advising our clientele on how to be more “fit,” but I feel like it fails to encompass the entirety our work.  It doesn’t begin to touch on how the

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Science Summary: Full Body vs Split Routines

In the body building world, split routines have become to go to for maximizing the amount of training allowed in a week.  A split routine consists of targeting specific muscle groups every day rather than working all major lifts at one time.  A common example is Day 1 – Legs, Day 2 – Chest +

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