Nine Simple Ways to Increase the Intensity of Any Workout

Beginners usually do not need such advanced concepts simply because as a beginner, pretty much anything will work as it’s new to your body. You don’t need to bump up the intensity because the workout itself is usually hard enough. But for those who have worked out for quite some time, doing a simple routine doesn’t cut it. And for those who are entering a competition and may be on low card, sub-maintenance calories and doing cardio twice a day, adding more and more weight is easier said then done. Where’s the energy? That’s where some advanced concepts come into play. These...

How Supermodels Keep Their Looks

Ever wonder how some supermodels can keep their shape all year?  There's lots of theories.  From hard work to plastic surgery to fad diets, not eating and crazy herbal supplements.  Maybe it's a little bit of all of that and then some.  Who knows.  But what I do know is that supermodels don't drink these shakes. Ordered by Calories: 5.  Baskin-Robbins Berry Pomegranate Banana Fruit Blast Smoothie (large) 1,020 calories 1.5 grams of fat 232 grams of sugar You gotta wonder if they put Pomegranate in there for a later marketing ploy to say it's healthy because of the anti-oxidant properties.  Just my guess. 4.  Cosi Gigante...

Build Muscle Fast

After purchasing an Iron Gym for a family member, I found the Nutrition Guide listed on page 9 of the very thin instruction manual that came with the product. I laughed out loud at the bullet points!  They were so simple.  A few rules and some tips and now you were going to pack on dense thick muscle like never before. After reading books over 250 pages on the subject and having written my own NoBull Bodybuilding System, it was silly to think somebody would benefit from tips so simple.   Then it hit me... Those Stupid Bullet Points are the Nutrition Pillars of...

Sodium Hides in Strange Places

In a study by Consumer Reports, they analyzed 37 foods and four salt substitutes to see how the sodium amounts claimed on the labels compared to the actual amounts. The good news? Accurate labeling has improved over the years and while there's some misleading numbers, generally speaking, it's pretty good. The bad news? There's high levels of sodium in some foods you may not think to check. Let's get the guidelines straight to level set your expectations.  There's no reason to just list off foods if you don't have a frame of reference right? Dietary guidelines recommend that healthy adults get no more than 2,300...
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Basic Premise of Critical Thinking

"The bottom line, and a basic premise of critical thinking, is that authorities don't matter, the facts do.  All information must be analyzed critically and never accepted blindly.  If the advice comes from people you respect and admire, then listen, but still verify." ~ Tom Venuto; page 26-27 of The Body Fat Solution Frankly... I'm finding too many quotes like this in a pre-release copy of Tom Venuto's The Body Fat Solution.  And while I'm not personally looking to burn excess fat this year, it's the book of 2009 that needed to be written in a world that desperately needs an...
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Ten Timeless Burn Fat and Build Muscle Techniques

On a day sort of like this on out here in California, eighteen years ago, I started working out in my bedroom with a Sears plastic weight set and no clue of what I needed to do.  Passion drove me and the hunger to build muscle, become stronger and change my body serve as the fuel for massive change in the future.  A senior in high school without a clue except that I desired a different body image and I desperately wanted to change. At the time, my mind overflowed with ambitious dreams of the future. There are techniques that can make...
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Training for a Triathlon While Cutting

Question: I recently decided to start to train to for a Triathlon for 2011-2012 and in addition I would like to begin a cutting regiment to tone my body. Can you share any tips or training regiments that can help me to reach my goal? Thanks so much, Michael Gruen Answer: See the podcast link below.
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Three Ways to Cut Your Grocery in an Economic Crisis

Most people I know are freaked out by the latest rounds of economic news.  Our current situation has been labeled as the next Great Depression, the lame-stream media gets more hyped up by the second, and it seems that on any street corner, you'll unavoidable hear a conversion between two or more people who are frozen with fear like Chicken Little in the Sky is Falling. There is no denying that the economic crisis creates real world problems both financially and mentally for a massive number of people.  So what's my role? I've put myself forward as a fitness authority, so how...
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8 Little Known Traits of Successful Bodybuilders

We all know the “rules” of bodybuilding.  Hard work (intensity), applied consistently over a period of time will yield significant results. But some of the best and most impressive bodybuilders have traits that might surprise you. Here’s how having faith, angry and focused (in the right ways) can create breakthrough success on your own body. 1.  Don't Over Analyze While listening to another episode of the Skip LaCour podcast, Skip said something that struck home and it's something I've been thinking and noticing for the longest time in my own industry. The level of knowledge and attention to detail rarely matches the physique. If it's your...

Good Mornings or Good Night?

Although I can't say I've seen Good Mornings done in quite some time, I know that growing up I saw plenty of pictures of how a proper Good Morning should be done. If I had more then 3 wishes left in this lamp, I wish that somebody would go find every book and every website with this exercise and cross it out with a Sharpie pen.  This is one exercise that almost everybody gets wrong. Case Study #1: [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJpTgnTrPSA[/video] I have a very good friend, who will remain nameless, that gave me another tidbit of advice. He's been instrumental in helping me train...