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ISSA was the first organization to recognize the need for specialized levels of education in the fitness field. We established standards of professionalism that are now recognized throughout our industry. We built our organization in response to the public's need for professional guidance and inspiration combined with a strong foundation of scientific knowledge and practical understanding. Our efforts become multiplied by hundreds of times as our graduates take the principles and practices they learn from our programs and disseminate this information to their clients.

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When you consider that most people spend only 4-10 hours a week working out, you can see that the vast majority of our time is spent in the rest and recovery phase. Several factors effect recovery rate. Find out what they are and how they can help you!
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When you consider that most people spend only 4-10 hours a week working out, you can see that the vast majority of our time is spent in the rest and recovery phase. Several factors effect recovery rate. Find out what they are and how they can help you!
Section: Training ::


Loading with creatine and carbohydrates before a bodybuilding competition can be good but you have to watch when and how much to do. Learn more right here.
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What is powerlifting? Lots of people ask about the sport... I will answer this question and explain the basic aspects of what powerlifting really is. Check it out!
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This article is intended to help you take a look at another way to help your female clients get in great shape. Learn more about this and how PowerFitness can help women get more results in less time.
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This article will explain what yoga is and share a quick guide to the most popular types of yoga that can help you decode the schedule at your gym and figure out which class is right for you.
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There are many different programs that can be used in the water. Aquatic Step Training, and Circuit Training for example. This study is focused on Strength Training in the circuit and plyometric fashion. Better than in water? You decide.
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The answer to that question is... yes! Don't believe me, then continue on through this article. As I have discovered it is possible to stay healthy with fast food. Check it out!
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Looking for an easy and natural way increase your vitality and improve your overall well-being? Try eating more fiber!
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The key to better health is learning the difference between healthy and unhealthy nutrients. See the brief list I have put together here for a clear understanding of healthy nutrients.
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The main purpose of the crunch is to strengthen the abdominal muscles by challenging the abdominal group. Here I will discuss what the abdominal group is, the common pitfalls, and some strength training exercises for that area of the body.
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Rest is an often overlooked part of training, yet it can make or break you. For now I will share with you information regarding athletes and rest intervals while training.
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Here is a simplified, general program designed to help increase lean mass and strength, while minimizing any gains of fat. I have tested it on myself and others, and it works remarkably well and actually fits in quite well with a social life...
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One of the biggest problems with strength training for endurance athletes is the following: should I train like a strength athlete, like an aerobics instructor, or do I just skip the weights altogether?
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Years ago I became fascinated with the potential role of intramuscular triglycerides (abbreviated as IMTG) as a fuel source in bodybuilding. Find out what it is and what it can do for you.
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In the world of fitness training it is important to look good coming and going. Having a nice shapely firm butt WILL get you noticed. Find out how to get sexy glutes!
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With the New Year upon us, set your North Star and use it as your guide through the stormy days ahead. Trust it in the same way scores of sailors and centuries of travelers have followed it to reach their final destination. It is a fail proof method of reaching your goals.
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How do you push yourself to the gym after that initial enthusiasm has worn off? Let me give you a few very simple suggestions that may help you motivate yourself to get going with your workout everyday.
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Humans need salt to live. When man developed agriculture, salt was added to supplement the vegetable and cereal diet and the quest for salt became a primary motivation in history. Learn the facts about salt!
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As a strength coach, I am always looking at new methods of training to improve the conditioning of my athletes. In my own training as a power lifter, I have recently incorporated rubber bands. I have used them all—from the mini-bands to the heavy bands. The great thing about the bands is that they can expand on the basic lifts.
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No, GI fans, it is not necessary to call the fight just yet. The cagey veteran may have given up a couple of rounds, and he may at this time have his back against the ropes... but hands are high as he continues to bear the brunt of the load! But for NOW at least, the GI has been saved by the bell!
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Several research projects directed at unearthing these mechanisms have been undertaken over the years, and some valuable insights have emerged from the sludge. Find out what the Satiety index is and how it can help you!
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Find out how to reach your goals by learning from a champion! Find out how I took an amatuer kick boxer into a title winning champion by getting his goals in the right place!
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It is important to keep the best interest of the client top priority at all times; even at the cost of lost revenue, thereby earning the client’s trust with genuine interest and caring!
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It's getting colder outside and people tend to be less active. The six-pack from the hot summer will be covered by ugly fat. This scenario is known and feared by all fit people. BUT the fact is - it doesn’t have to happen!
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How many times have you gone on a business trip or a vacation and have wanted to workout, but have not? Well I have some advice for those of you who know how to workout and are not too lazy to find the time to slip in a few workouts (not at a gym or fitness center) while gone.
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If you have been looking to put on some serious mass, then this is the plan for you. In just four weeks one of my clients has put on 6 pounds of mass without gaining any in the waist. Try this 4-week mass plan and let us know what kind of gains you make!
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Spot reduction is not possible! So forget those vibrating belts and always remember that if these products were so infallible there would not be a single out of shape person walking this earth!
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Every year we see the same tips on how to keep those resolutions. And every year it's the same adage: A New Year... A New You! We hear this from the sales people in the health clubs, and from the trainers. Learn why!
Section: Mind ::


The herbal supplement ephedra (also known by the Chinese name of Ma Huang) has become one of the top news items of recent years. Some in the general public will agree with the decision, others will not.
Section: Supplements ::


Product promotions are based on a distorted logic that attempts to extrapolate a correlation between an outside piece of scientific data, and a health food product. Find out how to not get scammed by knowing what you are paying for and what works and what doesn't!
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In this 3-part series, we will look into the structure and function of the abdominal wall, the consequences of faulty training, and how to properly train for maximum function and strength. So without further delay, let’s get to it!
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Why do so many fitness enthusiasts have such a limited understanding of protein and amino acids? We hope that the information in this article will serve as a beacon among the sea of misinformation about protein and amino acids.
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Sugar improves the flavor of foods and also widens the range of foods we eat. Without sugar for example, many high fiber breakfast cereals providing important nutrients would taste like cardboard, and be quite inedible.
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Fitness enthusiasts demand more options, less monotony, and a great work out. Unfortunately, many fitness trainers have not risen to this challenge...
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uilding and maintaining strong healthy bones is a lifelong concern because our bones are living tissue in a constant state of renewal. Most people believe thin, weak bones are inevitable. They aren't!
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Bench pressing, on its own accord, cannot stand as a main staple athletic weight training exercise. Learn why!
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If you have been exercising for 30 days or more with the goal of LOSING WEIGHT with NO visible results (your measurements/body fat/weight) chances are, you are not working according to your body type. Learn how to train for your body type!
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The most common asked question in most weight training circles is, how much can you bench? You will often hear the question answered with astounding totals that are often an exaggeration of the individual's hope...
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The ability of plyometrics to develop speed and power above and beyond traditional weight training is what makes this style of training a crucial variable in almost any successful sports conditioning program, from football to ping pong!
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If you think that spending more time in the gym will give you better overall results, think again. Excessive exercising can quickly lead to overtraining, an imbalance between training and recovery. Learn why and how to prevent it!
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The hormonal response to training is without a doubt one of the top factors to a successful training program.
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I have collected a series of articles form various publications that collectively summarize many of the most current perspectives on supplementing antioxidants.
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Make use of all the tools you have at your disposal. The more diverse your approach the less likely you are to hit a plateau and burn out. Learn how to organize your workouts!
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I hope that this article provides you with a possible short-term remedy and does not confuse you more but rather makes you more aware of what is going on when your muscles become fatigued.
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Back training has long been an area of controversy in strength training. Are you armed with the facts? In an effort to keep this article as simple and reader-friendly as possible, it will concentrate on the realm of the latissimus dorsi muscle, or the lats.
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What do most of these clients want? They want to lose weight! They have gained some extra pounds over the last month, year, decade or beyond, and want to make some permanent lifestyle changes to reverse this trend for summer. Learn how to design an effective fat loss program!
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Everyone has something that annoys them about the fitness industry. For me it is program design. The 3 sets of 10 reps program got its start in the '40s and '50s in some early strength training experiments. Learn why it is so popular and if it is the best way to train...
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Beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbuteric acid, or HMB, is a metabolite of the essential amino acid Leucine. HMB is thought to play a role in the regulation of protein breakdown in the body. Learn what it is and how it can help you!
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You can't spot reduce! The amount of misinformation on the market has spiraled out of control over the past few years. There are now machines and gadgets that target the inner thigh, the outer thigh, the lower abs, the upper abs, and I could go on and on. Learn why you can't spot reduce!
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An important note here is that the workout below is intended for advanced clients, not the beginners, unless your intention is to scare them away for good. Also, you might want to mentally prepare yourself BEFORE you start this workout!
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In almost every activity or sport, stretching has always been a typical way to warm up the body and get it ready for action. However, you do not have to be an elite athlete to reap the rewards. Learn the benefits of stretching and how to. Bonus: Brenda Kelly's stretching and flexibility tips!
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The pectoralis major is without question one of the most frequently trained muscles in fitness and sport. Despite it's popularity, few people know much about the anatomy and kinesiology of this important muscle. Learn it here!
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Time spent in cars, campers, planes and hotels can compromise all the hard work and sacrifices you have made preparing for summer. Here are a few tips to consider when traveling on the road.
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Most athletes use alcohol for reasons aside from competition. Alcohol stimulates a feeling of well being and euphoria, and can eliminate social inhibitions. Learn how it effects your performance and what alcohol does to your system!
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Laying the foundation for an effective diet can be a complicated process. Learn why and let's get back to the basics. We will simplify calculating caloric needs and nutrient ratios in this article.
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One of the most effective, most overlooked, and on the rare occasion it is performed, most poorly executed exercises for this purpose is the Romanian Deadlift (RDL). Learn how to perform it and why it is so effective!
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Imagery alone will not make a champion. Athletes still have to spend hours in the gym and on the field and also employ some of the other psychological techniques at their service. Nonetheless, what was once thought of as parlor trickery is now an integral part of their training regime. Learn why & what it is!
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Need an outdoor summer fun workout? Here it comes! This workout is for people who want to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time with their own outdoor circuit training.
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Abundant information is available on the benefits of exercise and successful aging, yet older adults are not receiving this vital information. Get it here!
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In fact, the following 5 suggestions enabled me to help a 37 year old elite jui jitsu competitor to increase his lean body mass by over 20 pounds during a 15 week training cycle in 1997. Use these methods religiously and you'll start to obtain similar results for your clients! Learn how it can help YOU!
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Fat loss is one of these topics and will continue to be a highly debated issue for fitness enthusiast. We will discuss the effects of fats and carbohydrates on exercise.
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Many people tell me they hate to exercise. For the most part, these people do not think exercise is fun, it's a chore. Learn how to make it fun with these 7 great tips!
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In this day and age everyone has a set idea of what they want to look like, but have difficulty obtaining it. Whether it is those annoying love handles or a little excess fat on the thighs, cutting calories can help. By incorporating a proper diet and exercise program into your daily life you can get on your way to that figure you always wanted.
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Learn how to determine your 1 rep max, how to make your client get a better pump, what cardio equipment targets the glutes and hamtrings and a great routine for women to bulk up their upper body and tone their lower body.
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Find out what books are best to help improve your training routine, what exercises would be best for someone with not meniscus, how to determine if you have carpal tunnel and an inside look at the ISSA Certified Fitness Trainers book.
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What if I told you that your diet might be robbing you of performance in the gym or in your sport? Most people familiar with trends in the nutritional aspect of the fitness field have seen a shifting of views regarding carbohydrates. Learn the truth!
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Soccer, or football as it's called outside of the States, is the number one sport in the world. Since the majority of the game is played without the ball, we will focus our discussion on training without possession and leave the ball skill up to the coaches.
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What got you into bodybuilding? Was it seeing a bodybuilding show? Learn how to get motivated and stay motivated because the more you focus on what you're working to achieve, the less distractions enter your awareness. This lifts you out of the state of mind that can't see success.
Section: Mind ::


As professionals in the fitness industry our duties are manifold. Most of us encounter clients of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. In this article we will be talking about various types and applications of medicine balls.
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Fiber for fat loss, are you crazy? That's right folks, fiber can actually help you lose fat. We all know that fiber will help fight against heart disease, cholesterol, diabetes and colon cancer, but it also plays a role in fighting obesity. Learn how it can help YOU!
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This article will discuss the different classifications of carbohydrates, and how the body regulates blood glucose levels. Practical applications to bodybuilders will close out the article.
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The body needs a certain amount of fat in the diet. It stores fat to serve as a quick energy source and to protect important organs. While fat is necessary and essential for proper health, some types of fats are damaging to the cardiovascular system.
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In this article, I am going to disginguish the different types of mountain bikers. Once we have that cleared up, we will take a look at some training suggestions for mountain bikers of all levels.
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Go into just about any gym in the United States, and you will more than likely see them; big, beachball-looking objects, usually scattered around the area set aside for stretching and abdominal training.
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Hopefully this article will introduce some people who would not have otherwise thought about it, especially personal trainers, to the wonderful experience of having an in-home gym.
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You've gotten your business up and running. You've identified a great title for your operation, and a great logo as well. Your first meeting is today and you don't know what to say, wear or how to approach them, learn it all here!
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When most people hear soy, they usually think of tofu and soymilk. Soon tempeh (pronounced tem-PAY) will be one of the first soy products to come to mind. It comes in several varieties, either 100 percent soybeans or soybeans combined with one or more grains like rice, millet, or barley.
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Unless you are a competitive powerlifter or Olympic-style weightlifter, you are not being judged on how much weight you can throw around in the gym. Remember that you should strive to work smarter, not harder. That is the essence of better body intelligence...
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This concept was first popularized in North America by the now well-known strength coach Charles Poliquin. This author suggests monitoring the actual time that a muscle is "under tension" during an exercise by using a clock or stopwatch, and recording this parameter in the training log via a numerical system.
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A new dietary supplement ingredient, ribose, claims to increase ATP and energy levels, based on scientific research. Learn how it can help you!
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Women's health issues will play a more prominent role in today's and tomorrow's health care system. By promoting exercise and healthy diets to women during childbearing years (ages 20-38), they can certainly reduce the risk of acquiring the disease in the first place.
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The effects of exercise and disuse are well documented. The deterioration of the lower body is cyclical. Squatting may be more than a means to maintain a strong lower body, it may be a means to maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.
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This article is designed to address the most frequently asked questions about exercise and arthritis. Find out what the six most common questions on arthritis are!
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Strength coaches and other fitness professionals have long debated the causes of decreased performance as a result of fatigue during strength training, and the best rest intervals to reduce that fatigue. Find out what is best based on research!
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Are you trying to find out what aerobics are better for burning fat or if yoga has serious benefits? Find out here!
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On Wednesday, October 13, I had my left knee operated on arthroscopically. Find out what I did in the first 10 days to have a speedy recovery!
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Check back each month as I will be adding more and more questions and answer from our viewers!
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You need to assess your current program as far as your nutrition and training if you want to break through your training plateaus.
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Follow these suggestions exactly as they are laid out and see how focused you become and how much faster you progress towards your desired goal.
Section: Mind ::


Learn how different herbs can help you improve your energy, strength, health and many other things! Find out how it can help you!
Section: Supplements ::


Whether in a short-sleeved shirt or a tank top, the arms are a very visible body part. Through this article we will outline the specific functions of the biceps and how to properly train them for optimal result.
Section: Training ::


Only resistance training that is high in intensity, utilizing 8-10 repetitions, heavy resistance and a maximum of one minute rest between sets will maximize serum testosterone and growth hormone levels, thus allowing for successful recovery, adaptation, and muscular growth.
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Athletes swear that it gives them more energy. So what is this magic elixir that so many claim can boost your metabolism and turn your body into a mean, lean, fat burning machine? It is MCT oil.
Section: Supplements ::


The battle lines have been drawn and everyone has taken sides. It is by far the most heated subject in nutrition, and self-proclaimed gurus have crawled out of the woodwork to weigh in with their opinions on the high carb diet vs. low carb diet debate.
Section: Nutrition ::


Yoga has become very popular over the last decade. Why are so many people doing it? What are the benefits and what is the commitment? Can it replace strength or cardiovascular training? Learn the benefits of Yoga!
Section: Training ::


Taking into account these considerations will help an individual design a safe and effective plan for weight loss. Although summer is just around the corner, there is no better time then the present to draw into the fitness lifestyle.
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By having a stronger comprehension of the proper biomechanics of the pectoralis muscles, as well as correct methods in which to stretch this muscle, you can successfully design a program in which you can optimize your pectoralis muscle potential.
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Gauging your caloric consumption without having an awareness of your energy expenditure is useless in gaining or losing body weight.
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Will it ever come to pass that platforms make a comeback in the gym? Find out along with Dr. Squats opinion on machines verses free-weights.
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Fruit is a healthy food, full of nutrients, high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and low in fat and calories. Learn the truth about fruits and the myth that it will make you fat!
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Disa Hatfield is a California State powerlifting champion! Should children powerlift? How should a belt be worn? Get the answers to your questions and more!
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There is a lot of confusion as to the right steps to take in starting a resistance training program. The following is for those people who have their aerobic workouts, but do not have an anaerobic workout! Here are 25 full programs with tips!
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Learn how to optimize your Latissimus Dorsi workout! Exercise and biomechanics guides now available.
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It's both axiomatic and paradoxical that bodybuilders preparing for competition are malnourished to the point of sickness. Learn the truth about depression!
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Find out if swiss balls are right for you and how to use them properly!
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Try this great way to mix things up, stimulating unprecedented muscle and strength gains, while helping to slash bodyfat.
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If you want to develop more muscle, then you better get ready to do some hard work and prepare for slow gains, for the body will only respond to a combination of resistance training, diet and rest.
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Whenever we engage in a lifting movement, we utilize the deltoid muscles. Learn how to get well-developed deltoids with biomechanics!
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The varied use of low, mid and high glycemic foods are also being studied and integrated as part of good sports nutrition and enhanced performance. Learn why it is so important!
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The biggest advantage of protein supplements is not that they can build more muscle than chicken or egg whites or any other whole food protein, the biggest advantage is convenience. Lean why!
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Since fat is such a concern, it's best to discuss it and get it over with; to extract truth from myth. Learn the four so called facts and why people deserve to know the truth!
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As a certified personal trainer myself, I have noticed over the years how hard it is for a certified personal trainer to make it in a small town/city. Learn how to make it in your small town!
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We must not neglect the serratus anterior muscles and the external obliques which make up the lateral portions of the '6-pak'. Learn the secrets on how to get the 6 pak...
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