Archive for February 2012

Steroids 101

What are anabolic steroids? They are artificially created hormones.  They are similar to male-type sex hormones called androgens.  There are well over a 100 different types. Testosterone is the commonly discussed and known steroid by the public. What other types of steroids are commonly used?  Steroidal supplements are another category of steroids.  They contain DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone)... Read more »

Want more muscle? 6 protein supplements you need to know about.

Want more muscle? 6 protein supplements you need to know about.
Here is the simplest breakdown of all the different types of protein and what they do for the body!  You need to get protein from somewhere.  If you are trying to gain muscle you may need to rely on a supplemental protein source.  Certainly you can get enough protein from food, but if you do... Read more »

5 Exercises You Must do Before Shoveling Snow

When throwing the snow to the side of your body, you are rotating.  Make sure you warm up with upper body rotations.
Did you know that there are about 11,000 hospital visits a year due to snow shoveling.?  Kids and adults face a multiple of injuries because of the rigorous and strenuous nature of shoveling snow.  Shoveling snow is not an unreasonable activity, but without a proper warm up, good technique and sufficient rest intervals it could... Read more »
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Casein vs Whey Protein

Casein vs Whey Protein
Most people  understand the value of protein in general.  But if you are consuming a protein shake to help build muscle or simply supplement your protein do you know the type of protein in your powder? There is an extensive, complex, and honestly confusing debate about whether or not you should consume a casein protein... Read more »

5 Vegetables to Help With Weight Loss

5 Vegetables to Help With Weight Loss
I picked these vegetables because they 5 of the best vegetable to eat for weight loss.  They are low in calories and on the glycemic index.  I have also given easy recipes for each one.  Vegetables low on the glycemic index keep your blood sugar stable, which is important because you are less likely to... Read more »

Is it dangerous to eat too much seafood? My 4 Top Picks

Is it dangerous to eat too much seafood? My 4 Top Picks
When I was pregnant I monitored the amount of fish that I consumed.  I tried to stick to the basic guidelines to avoid the potential of mercury poisoning.  It was a silly consideration, but when you are pregnant you think more thoroughly about things- really just way too much!    So the 3 basic criteria... Read more »
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Is it worth it to know your body fat?

Is it worth it to know your body fat?
I think it is worth it to know your body fat. Although it is scary to ever be placed in a category  (i.e. healthy, fat, obese etc..), it is important to have data to reference as you grow older and significant events happen in your life. Although most people who lose weight, and are successful... Read more »

Easiest way to prevent shin splints

My favorite way to prevent shin splints is walking in the sand.  However, when the beach is not available I rely on heel walking.  Heel walking can be done in shoes or barefoot.  It is a simple exercise you can do to strengthen the muscle that runs along the shin (the anterior tibilias).  If you... Read more »

Jump Rope Training for February’s Heart Healthy Month

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I started my training career at the East Bank Club in 1994.  I was lucky in many ways when I began teaching and doing privates there – the fitness market was wide open for new ideas.  One of my favorite classes to teach at EBC was Cardio Rope Interval Training.  This interval class super-setted jump... Read more »
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Do you know why some eggs are brown?

Do you know why some eggs are brown?
I have always wondered why some eggs are brown verse white.  It turns out that brown eggs are more expensive because they come from a different type of hen than the ones that lay white eggs.  There are different breeds of hen.  Those that lay the brown eggs are larger and therefore require more food. ... Read more »