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  • Who would you trust with your physique?


    By Travis Steffen on Thursday, April 22, 2010 No comments

    badadviceIf the world today was as abundant in brotherly love, kind thoughts and world peace as it is in weight loss ‘advice’, it would most certainly be a perfect place! Every day we are bombarded by the latest, greatest, headline newsworthy ways to be lean, ripped and free from the ‘muffin top’. Everyone has their opinion whether it’s the gym rat with the huge pipes working out next to you or the Grandma behind you in queue at the Starbucks. These days everyone is an expert (and their dog too).

  • Chocolate milk does a body good!


    By Travis Steffen on Saturday, April 17, 2010 2 comments

    chocolate2In my last blog post I explained the process of hypertrophy, how our muscles break down, heal, and grow. I mentioned there are 3 crucial factors that will aid in the process, those being the actual workouts, rest and recovery, and nutrition. Today I’m going to briefly explain the nutrition factor, specifically the post workout meal. Prepare yourself because I am about to sound somewhat hypocritical on a couple of points. First of all, normally I would never recommend that you ingest simple sugars but today I’m making an exception. Second, I always suggest adding a small amount of healthy fats to each meal but in regards to post workout nutrition, I’m throwing that rule out the window as well. Confused yet? Let me explain.

  • Put some air in your muscles


    By Travis Steffen on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 No comments

    arnie

    Not many people understand what a pump is. It must be experienced to be understood. It is the greatest feeling that I get. I search for this pump because it means that that my muscles will grow when I get it. I get a pump when the blood is running into my muscles. They become really tight with blood. Like the skin is going to explode any minute. It’s like someone putting air in my muscles. It blows up. It feels fantastic.”

    -Arnold Schwarzenegger

    The ‘pump’. The sensation you get near the end of a great workout that makes you feel like your muscles have tripled in size and strength in just 45 short

  • A new routine could mean a new physique


    By Travis Steffen on Thursday, April 8, 2010 3 comments

    overload3He who rejects change is the architect of decay.  The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.  ~Harold Wilson

    This statement, although maybe a bit dramatic, applies as much to your workout program as it does to life. Once you reach certain stages and adaptations in your fitness level, change is mandatory in order to progress. If you neglect to make specific changes, you’ll find yourself at a standstill in your physique, athletic ability and body fat percentage. I see people all the time in the gym that are there for an hour or two, five times a week doing the same routine, same rep range, using the same effort and intensity, even the same equipment every workout. Five years down the road they look…you guessed it…EXACTLY the same! Now, I give them full marks for getting to the

  • Healthy hormones for a healthy weight


    By Travis Steffen on Sunday, April 4, 2010 No comments

    hormonesHormones. Though misunderstood and somewhat mysterious, they are responsible for nearly every human biological function you can think of…far more than just making teenagers randy and inducing 5 days of ‘the crazies’ on us ladies every month. Our hormones control our growth, sexual development, sleep patterns, appetites, reproductive cycles, the health of hair, skin and nails, our digestive system and production of red blood cells, to