If I Exercise Longer At A Lower Intensity, Will I Burn More Fat?

Low intensity exercise is known for being the best method for directly burning stored body fat for energy. However, this doesn’t mean that you should exclusively train at low intensities. The Big Picture Of Fat Loss There are multiple variables to take into account when discussing fat loss. First and foremost of these is the…

Do I Need To Start Slow If I’m New To Exercising?

When you’re first starting to exercise, it’s important to start at a level that is commensurate with your current ability. Compared to other people who have more experience, you initial time in training will seem “slow”, but the goal is not to take it slow for slowness’ sake. New Exercisers Can Experience Rapid Progress Indeed,…

How Do You Make Progress With Bodyweight Training?

Bodyweight training (or calisthenics) is a popular way for many people to begin exercising. Their major benefit is that they require no equipment, so you can do them anywhere at any time. Basic bodyweight exercises are also easy to learn and safe for the majority of people. In the early stages of one’s fitness journey,…

I Have No Time To Exercise – What Can I Do?

If you’re making the assertion that you don’t have any time to exercise, then asking what can be done is a moot point. In fact, it actually undermines the assertion, which means that you do have some time after all. (Sorry; I’m a fan of debate, so I couldn’t resist.) Seriously though, a lot people…

If It Fits Your MICROS – Filtering The IIFYM Philosophy

Within the last decade, the nutritional approach known as “If It Fits Your Macros” (IIFYM; a.k.a. flexible dieting) has received widespread adoption amongst fitness enthusiasts looking to build a lean, high-performance physique. The IIFYM approach has allowed many people to lose fat & build muscle, while being able to enjoy their favorite foods. For many…

Should You Train Muscles Or Movements?

Should you train muscles or movements? It’s a question of some debate within the fitness community. Both philosophies have their adherents, some being more die hard than others. Usually the breakdown between the two exercise styles results with bodybuilders and other physique athletes favoring training the muscles, while “functional” coaches and traditional athletes prefer to…

Better Than The Bench Press

“How much ya bench?” It’s the universal question amongst strength enthusiasts for guaging someone’s upper body strength & power. It’s one of the competition lifts in the sport of powerlifitng. The NFL also uses it as a measure for incoming football players. The bench press is so popular that if you surveyed people who don’t…

Should Men And Women Train Differently?

The short answer is no. In spite of the hormonal and structural differences between men & women, we’re all still human, thus the same stimuli for gaining strength, building muscle, losing fat and building endurance apply across the sexes. Muscle fibers are the same in both men & women, and we’re both subject to the…

Strength Training For Endurance Athletes

Strength training for endurance athletes is a controversial topic. Many endurance athletes avoid strength work like the plague, citing it as a source of unwanted bodyweight, training time that could be better spent elsewhere, and something that will make them slower. When endurance athletes do engage in strength training, it is typically biased toward high-repetitions…