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Friday, July 13th, 2012 - Shane Doll

Turn on the ever popular TV weight loss show the “The Biggest Loser” and you’ll find contestants doing high intensity exercise including plyometric based movements like jumping, running, mountain climbers, etc.

As a fitness professional watching this just makes me cringe as I’m waiting for someone to blow out a knee or get seriously injured.

That’s the topic for discussion today as we’ll review plyometric exercises and their place (if any) in an exercise program for overweight individuals.

Despite what you might see on TV from celebrity trainers, most fitness professionals will agree that plyometrics pose an unnecessary risk for the obese and significantly overweight.

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Friday, July 13th, 2012 - Staff

Some people would assume exercise would be out of the question for those suffering with arthritis and joint pain. After all there are some forms of exercise that may cause discomfort.

While each individual situation will be different, exercise doesn’t necessarily need be off-limits with every case of arthritis.

Arthritis as you may well know is an inflammatory joint disease that causes stiffness and joint instability. Years ago, physicians would prescribe rest and inactivity as it appeared counterintuitive to “stress” and inflamed part of the body.

However, recent research has shown that some forms of exercise to be very effective with the management (and possibly prevention) of arthritis.

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 - Staff

It’s a quite commonly known fact that the hormone testosterone (in both men and women) is linked with libido. Men typically have a higher libido because they have significantly more testosterone circulating in their systems at any given moment.

Certain factors can impact the production and release of testosterone, including weight, age, gender, exercise, and stress levels.

Stress is a big issue for many Americans, so it is worth discussing how being too stressed out can have a profound impact on sex-drive.

In today’s post we’ll address the impact stress can have on testosterone on libido.

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Monday, July 9th, 2012 - Shane Doll

In a recent episode of Good Morning America, host George Stephanopolous introduced fitness trainer Drew Manning from behind a cardboard cut out of his former fat self, much to the shock and amazement of the audience.

Why such the amazement? It’s because Manning revealed a now ripped and cut physique 70 pounds lighter. Now, body transformation stories normally don’t make it on prime time television shows, but what makes this story so different is that Manning gained and lost all the weight on purpose.

He’s a fitness trainer who wanted to see what it would be like to become significantly overweight and then attempt to get back in shape.

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Monday, July 9th, 2012 - Shane Doll

In celebrity news today, I just picked up a story from the RSS feeds on how to “get a lifted booty like Katie Holmes.” I was expecting to perhaps see some of her favorite lower body resistance training exercises, maybe some sort of lunge or squat variation.

Nope…it turns out her “secrets” had to do with a few moves that her spinning instructor incorporates into workouts.

When I saw this I just had to chuckle. Look, I’m not bashing spinning as it can provide a great cardiovascular workout. But to position the workout as an ideal way to get a firm and lifted booty will leave some women sadly disappointed.

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Friday, July 6th, 2012 - Shane Doll

Dr. Joe Mercola was recently interviewed on the Dr. Oz show where the topic of discussion was Dr. Mercola’s assertion there are times when you may want to question your doctor’s recommendations.

While the two famed physicians agree on a lot of health matters, there are understandably some subjects where the two aren’t on the same page. After watching this most recent interview and videos from previous discussions, you can tell why they may not agree on everything there is mutual respect between the two.

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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 - Shane Doll

Former “Dancing With The Stars” co-host and correspondent with “Entertainment Tonight“, Samantha Harris used a training method I regularly promote to help her lose excess body fat post-pregnancy.

While many women turn to things like yoga or Pilates after having a baby, Samantha simply got back to doing her favorite pre-pregnancy workout, running the Santa Monica stairs.

Stair running is one of my favorite forms of burst training because of the short-duration, high-intensity nature of the interval runs. It’s ideal for creating a metabolic disturbance and favorable hormonal response for fat burning.

More on that after the jump.

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Sunday, July 1st, 2012 - Staff

Cellulite, the lumpy dimpling you can see on some of your fattest areas, isn’t going to go away magically with a fancy cream or by working out just that one area of your body under the cellulite.
Like your metabolism, cellulite has a component based in genetics. Cellulite is more likely to be noticeable in women than men, older people than younger people, and some people will just show cellulite more even if they are relatively skinny.

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Saturday, June 30th, 2012 - Staff

What Is Leptin and Why Is It Important?
Leptin (from the Greek word leptos, which means “thin”) is a protein hormone made of 167 amino acids that helps regulate your energy expenditure, metabolism, and helps your body tell your brain when you are full.
Leptin acts on the hypothalamus of the brain where it deters appetite by counteracting the effects of two hunger stimulants and promoting an appetite suppressant. The more Leptin you have in your body, the more you feel full, have energy, and have a balanced metabolism.

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Friday, June 29th, 2012 - Staff

There have been many studies on keeping a food journal and weight loss, and all of them reach the same results: keeping a food journal helps you eat healthier and lose weight.
Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research kept tabs on 1,685 overweight adults and found that those who kept a food journal lost TWICE as much weight as those who didn’t in the same amount of time. That’s a pretty impressive result.

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