Cardio in the morning on an empty stomach, or cardio after a meal? This question is probably one of the Top 10 debated topics in the fitness realm. Over the years I have read countless articles showing evidence for both sides; however, in doing some more research I came across a very interesting study. The study was written by Brad Schonfeld, MSC, CSCS in the February 2011 Strength and Conditioning Journal. The theory behind fasted cardio is that there is a shift from utilizing carbohydrates, which will allow greater use of stored fat for fuel. However now there is some hard scientific evidence showing that this theory is not true. I will do my best in this blog to explain the highlights of this article keeping it as easy to understand as I can.
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With the New Year approaching, everyone is getting geared up for the typical “New Year’s Resolution” of weight loss. But with so many options and activities to do, what is the most efficient way of spending your time? If you have an hour to workout, how do you decide between playing football or going to the gym?
How many of us have spent endless amounts of time calculating our caloric burn during exercise? We use pedometers, heart rate monitors, digital displays on cardio machines, etc. What people need to realize that it isn’t just about the calories we burn in the gym that help towards our goal of fat loss; it is also the amount of calories we burn AFTER the gym that count.
We all see that person in the gym doing hundreds of reps of abs in the gym, but is it effective? This has been one of the most famous debates in bodybuilding, and as a trainer this has been one of the most frequently asked questions.
Bikini season is right around the corner, and if you live in Florida it never went away. So how are you going to get your abs tight and toned just in time? There are certain things you need to focus on when training your abs - so here are the top 5 rules to get the six-pack of your dreams.
Thyrovex™ is a standalone product designed as a powerful thyroid support supplement and the answer to a sluggish metabolism. Thyrovex™ boosts metabolism, increases energy expenditure and enhances thermogenesis.
Thyroid hormones have many important functions in the body. One of the most important properties of thyroid hormones is fat burning, which delivers a great deal of sustained natural energy without any stimulants. Environmental pollutants, aging, and exposure to fluoride in our drinking water and toothpaste all lower thyroid activity by different mechanisms. As a result you can have low thyroid hormone levels, less energy, and the inability to maintain a low body fat. To learn more about how the thyroid functions, read our last blog article “How your Thyroid helps you burn FAT”.
What exactly is it?
Your thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland that is located in the front of your neck, and is responsible for many different functions in the body such as producing key hormones, regulating your body’s temperature, weight and even your mood (1). Here is a little bit of the science, the two classic hormones the thyroid produces are called thyroxine and triiodothyronine, which are also known as T4 and T3. T4 is converted to T3 which is more biologically active than T4. Having the proper balance of these hormones is an important part of a healthy and active body.
There is a lot of information out there on the "latest and greatest" new diet products and herbs, but the truth is that the best way to lose that extra fat off your body is by exercising, eating a clean diet, and utilizing great supplements such as VPX’s Zero Carb protein powder. There are also certain foods that you should be consuming on a daily basis. Many of these foods are naturally high in antioxidants and anticancer properties, and best of all you can get them at your grocery store! If you eat crap like chips and candy, you will also feel and look like crap. If you eat foods that are good for you, you will be energized and feel good about yourself physically and mentally. So stop making excuses for every meal and just stick with it! These are the top 5 foods and spices you should be consuming every week to stay lean and healthy.
Unless you are a runner or are training for a triathlon, running on a treadmill for an hour or climbing on a stair climber may seem like death sentence. We all know it’s necessary to do cardio, and can’t simply abandon it. Your gym may offer some great cardio classes, but what happens if you don’t get there on time or the only class they are offering is their jazzy step aerobics?
Do you find it hard to get a workout in because you are constantly travelling? It’s easy to let travelling get in the way of your health and fitness goals, but there are also plenty of ways to stay active and burn fat on the road. The old adage “if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail” rings true in this situation. Here are 5 simple, but effective tips to help you stay active and healthy on the road.