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In Sports and Life, Athletes Know How to Win!

You’ve seen this image before. The jock in the back of the classroom; a specimen of physical perfection, but not very smart, disinterested in academics and has difficulties carrying on conversations about anything other than sports, dating, social life and pop culture. Typical characteristics include being conceited, self-centered, over-privileged, aggressive, and short-tempered. The historical origin dates back hundreds of years to when Greek and Roman athletes were criticized for spending an inordinate amount of time preparing for competition, while neglecting intellectual development. Philosophers at the time even characterized these individuals as useless and ignorant, with dull minds. However, in today’s world this couldn’t be further from the truth.     The “dumb jock” stereotype is just that, a stereotype. It carries...

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Compound vs. Isolation Exercises

Compound exercises involve multi-joint movements that work several muscles at a once. These exercises tend to simulate the functional movements of everyday life, similar to the ways that people naturally lift, push or pull objects. The muscles work in unison and help stabilize the body to complete the task. For example, the squat exercise involves the quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, lower back and core. These exercises are usually incorporated with a full body workout routine and are the most efficient and functional exercises for most individuals. Compound Exercises Improve balance and coordination. Increase overall strength. Simulate everyday movements, like lifting boxes and moving furniture. Work multiple muscle groups at once, saving time in the gym. Require more strength and energy, which...

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Meal Management

Not only is it critical to eat the right foods, but also meal timing, size and composition is equally, if not, more important. Fueling our body with the right ingredients throughout the day will help metabolize fat, increase energy levels and leave you feeling good. Timing Eating, small frequent meals and snacks, is the most important trick we can do to lose weight and maintain muscle. When we starve ourselves, the body panics and stores more food as fat; when we eat three large meals per day, the body struggles to digest all of that food, so the easiest option is to store it as fat. Additional benefits of eating more frequently: Maintains blood sugar and energy levels. Increases metabolic...

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Exercise is a Life Investment

Hippocrates, the most well-known physician in the ancient world, once said, “eating alone will not keep a man well; he must also take exercise. For food and exercise work together to produce health.” As a Certified Personal Trainer with more than 10 years of experience, I have achieved accredited verification of my ability to meet the exercise science standards of excellence. The WHO definition of health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being. In the following article, I will explain how exercise is a conduit to achieving these three pillars of health. Physical change is the most obvious manifestation of good health. There are many proven physical benefits of cardiovascular exercise. Exercise plays a key role in strengthening the heart, improving...

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Taper Crazies!

I've had the taper crazies for the last two weeks! Have you ever had them? Perhaps you were never properly diagnosed!  Tapering is the process of reducing training volume, frequency and intensity in the final weeks leading up to a race. The optimal length is 7 days to 3 weeks, depending on the distance of the race. Too short a taper will leave you feeling tired on race day, while tapering too long will lead to a loss of fitness, so it is important to maintain a proper balance. One would think that getting more rest would make you feel great, but the truth is tapering isn’t fun and most athletes dread it because of unfavorable side effects. Hence the...

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