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  • What is the best muscle building supplement? Part 3

    By Travis Steffen on Monday, August 31, 2009 3 comments

    So what is the best muscle building supplement?  In Part 2 of this series I have given you insight into how supplements are useless unless you are fulfilling two specific criteria.  But what if your already doing that?  Then let me tell you about the best supplement that is out on the market, no hype, no propaganda, just facts…..

  • The Best Back Exercises to Improve Posture

    By Travis Steffen on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 14 comments

    postureI was struggling to come up with a topic for today’s blog as I sat slumped and hunched over my computer noticing a nagging, familiar ache in my back. Aha! I quickly sat up and readjusted as the topic of back strengthening exercises flashed before me. I’m often asked by clients how to improve posture and what the best back exercises are to get them standing erect and upright.

  • What is the best muscle building supplement? Part 2

    By Travis Steffen on Monday, August 24, 2009 No comments

    As I mentioned in What Is The Best Muscle Building Supplement Part I, these are the two most important things that you MUST have correct before using any muscle building supplement.

  • What is the best muscle building supplement? Part 1

    By Travis Steffen on Friday, August 21, 2009 No comments

    There are so many Muscle Building Supplements on the market at any one time.   So how can you know which is the best?  In this series I’ll show you how to look beyond the hype and marketing propaganda so you can discover what really works.  But before I go any further I have to say this…

  • Target Heart Rate Training and Perceived Exertion for Fat Burning

    By Travis Steffen on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 6 comments

    hrimagesMaximum heart rate is considered to be exactly that; the maximum number of times your heart can beat per minute. Usually maximum HR is determined by a mathematical equation using your age as a variable.

    The standard calculation is:

    220-age = maximum HR

    Since this equation doesn’t account for fitness level, resting heart rate, general health or genetics, it leaves a lot of room for error. There are other, more complicated equations out there, but from a functional perspective this one should give you a good idea of how hard you’re working.

  • Plyometric Training for Extreme Weight Loss

    By Travis Steffen on Saturday, August 15, 2009 No comments

    plyoimagesPlyometric exercise is a type of exercise designed to produce fast, powerful movements developing strength and muscular power – most of the time also burning serious calories.

    Plyometric training was first developed in the 1960s by Eastern European Olympic athletes but in more recent years it has made a crossover into mainstream fitness training as well. Similar to interval training, a plyometric workout is fast and intense. Focus is placed on the power and speed at which the exercises are executed. Due to the massive intensity, the caloric burn achieved through a plyometric workout is increased dramatically, making this an extremely effective choice for those with the goal of burning fat.

  • Lose Fat, Gain Muscle – Part II

    By Travis Steffen on Thursday, August 13, 2009 No comments

    This may not be the solution for everyone, but for the average guy who wants to cut a bit of fat and add a bit of muscle, this is a very effective way if done correctly.

  • Lose Fat, Gain Muscle – Part I

    By Travis Steffen on Thursday, August 13, 2009 6 comments

    Lose fat, gain muscle…Sounds easy doesn’t it?  Unfortunately the two can be conflicting goals.  The most important part is that you establish exactly what your desired outcome in the gym is.  Do you want to lose fat or gain muscle?…or both?

  • Does Glutamine Supplementation Enhance Bodybuilding Success?

    By Travis Steffen on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 No comments

    glimagesGlutamine is one of the eleven nonessential amino acids often supplemented by athletes for the purpose of potentially enhancing their bodybuilding efforts. Although the required dosages of glutamine are produced by the body, we also receive a sufficient supply in our diet, specifically through high protein sources of food.

  • How much do the Calories in Liquor affect your Weight Loss Diet?

    By Travis Steffen on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 No comments

    j0438559Most of us enjoy savoring a nice glass of wine or an ice cold beer every once, maybe twice or thrice in awhile but if you are trying to follow a weight loss diet, the empty calories in alcohol can really derail your goals. The calories our bodies absorb through liquor or other alcoholic beverages are considered empty, as they provide no nutritional benefit whatsoever, yet require additional effort in order to burn off.