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Understanding Meat Labels

Understanding Meat Labels

Understanding meat labels can be a confusing and frustrating process. Often, if there is a loophole in the label restrictions that makes their product seem better than the one next to it, they will take it and run. We’ve researched the specifics of each label, cut out...

The Power of Beets!

The Power of Beets!

It seems like every year there is a new super food that will help you push harder during a workout, look better in a bathing suit and/or give you more energy. As a busy adult it can be really difficult to know what to take seriously and what you can dismiss as a...

Top 5 Health Myths Debunked

Top 5 Health Myths Debunked

There are plenty of health myths floating around in articles and magazines that lead people to develop restrictive habits out of fear they may gain weight or stall progress. The truth is, there is no one size fits all diet and every body is designed differently; each...

What is Grass Fed Whey Protein?

What is Grass Fed Whey Protein?

Whether you’re looking for a post-workout boost, a meal replacement supplement or just wanting to easily increase your protein intake, one of the easiest ways to get what you need is with whey protein. And just like all the food you so carefully choose to consume, you...

The Power of Stretching

The Power of Stretching

Stretching can seem intimidating to people. It sounds silly considering it’s one of the first things you learn in PE class as a kid, but when you talk about the importance of stretching, people often think of yogis contorting their bodies in impossible to mimic...

6 Deliciously Slimming Smoothies

6 Deliciously Slimming Smoothies

No matter what your busy schedule looks like for the day, you most likely want to eat delicious and filling meals. Luckily, smoothies can be prepared in mere minutes and are absolutely delicious whether it’s fall, winter, spring or summer. Smoothies make a great...

6 Energizing Juices for Longevity & Health

6 Energizing Juices for Longevity & Health

Juices are one of the most holistically healing drinks available today. They are quickly becoming more popular every year for their ability to increase energy, improve digestion, aid in weight loss, give radiant skin, grow strong cells and even increase lifespan....

Personal Trainer Client Management

Personal Trainer Client Management

Personal trainer client management is uber-important since you are going to see every single personality type in the book. Whether you have a by-the-book micro manager or a sensitive soul who just wants to have a fun workout, it helps to know what some of the...

The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep

The importance of sleep is vastly undervalued in our society. “I’ll sleep when I’m dead!” It’s something that we have all thought at one point or another. And there are times when this mentality may pay off and leave us with incredible memories, but trying to keep it...

Benefits of Fitness to Mental Health

Benefits of Fitness to Mental Health

Whether you’re going to the doctor for blood work, pregnancy, addiction, stress or a physical, you can count on receiving one inexpensive prescription by the end of your exam. Exercise is a free treatment that can help all illnesses or at least reduce negative...

Gluten Free Demystified

Gluten Free Demystified

You see it all the time, “gluten free” bread, tortillas and crackers line the shelves of grocery stores and your favorite pizza joint now asks if you’d like gluten-free crust on your order. Unless you have a medical condition like celiac disease, most people have no...

What is L-Carnitine?

What is L-Carnitine?

L-Carnitine One of the latest supplements to hit the gym circuit, this derivative of the amino acids lysine and methionine, was first isolated from meat, or carnis, around 1905. L-Carnitine helps reduce oxidative stress, the imbalance of cancer-causing free radicals...

5 Foods You Should Be Eating

5 Foods You Should Be Eating

Food has been a staple for relationships, traditions and cultures since the beginning of time. Not only does it bring people together, but it can also save your health, nurture your body, increase energy and improve your physique. Food does not only determine how you...

Top 10 Vegetable Superfoods

Top 10 Vegetable Superfoods

Everyone knows how important it is to eat your veggies, but too many people get stuck in their routine of carrot sticks and iceberg lettuce salads, missing out on the benefits that a variety of vegetables will provide. Optimize your nutritional intake by adding these...

Organic Vs. Conventional Food

Organic Vs. Conventional Food

The term organic is everywhere these days. No matter what store you go to—Whole Foods, the corner store or your local farmer’s market, everyone is throwing around the term “organic.” But even with the familiarity of the word setting in, do people really know what it...

The Best Exercises to Build Your Biceps

The Best Exercises to Build Your Biceps

Though the biceps are a fairly small muscle group compared to back or legs, it’s usually the body part that gets the most attention. When you tell somebody you work out or lift weights, the first thing they’re probably going to do is reach out to feel your biceps....

5 Exercises for a Chiseled Core

5 Exercises for a Chiseled Core

With the aid of a clean diet, you can really get your abdominal muscles to pop by routinely performing core exercises. The first step to beautiful abs is to eat plenty of lean protein, veggies, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates so that your fat will be...

How to Find a Quality Trainer

How to Find a Quality Trainer

There are many characteristics of a great trainer, but there are ten in particular that every quality personal trainer possesses. These characteristics set apart the average trainer from the exceptional. These are the personal trainers that appreciate their client’s...

5 Exercises for Fantastic Legs

5 Exercises for Fantastic Legs

A nice pair of legs can be really eye catching, don’t you agree? They may not be every male’s first choice in the exercise realm, but it’s good to balance out a big upper body with a strong pair of legs. Here are five great leg exercises that will strength, tone and...

Post Baby Workouts

Post Baby Workouts

Having a baby is a long, painful, exhausting and time-consuming process, and once you’ve finally given birth the real work begins. Even if you have all the resources to obtain the allusive “free time” and/or “sleep” that childless people talk about, you still have to...

6 Signs Your Personal Trainer is an Expert

6 Signs Your Personal Trainer is an Expert

Personal training is quickly becoming one of the most popular jobs in the United States for a good reason. It’s a very rewarding career that’s fulfilling for both the client and the trainer. Most dedicated trainers pursue their PT license so that they may become a...

Top Ten Healthiest Fruits

Top Ten Healthiest Fruits

We have scoured through our sources and found not just the healthiest fruits, but those considered by nutrition experts to be “superfruits“. Best eaten fresh and in their natural form, these fruits provide tons of nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants to help you stay...

Benefits of Chia Seeds

Benefits of Chia Seeds

Should you cha-cha-cha-chia? Anyone alive in the 80s or 90s who hears the word “chia” can’t help but sing the jingle for the ceramic figures that grew “real” hair. Popular for decades as a funky houseplant for kids, chia seeds have become known as a superfood that...

Understanding Carbs

Understanding Carbs

High-glycemic carbohydrates Simple carbs that your body can quickly absorb for energy. These are best consumed in moderation during or after an intense workout or event. Fruit juices Raisins Baked potatoes White flour breads Watermelon Ripe bananas White rice Mashed...

Healthy Living for Natural Energy

Healthy Living for Natural Energy

Energy is another mandatory nutrient we need for every day life; it’s just as important as drinking water, sleeping and breathing. Without energy, we cannot perform the physical and mental tasks we need to complete throughout the day. Many times when people need a...

Finding Your Niche in Fitness

Finding Your Niche in Fitness

Beginning a new fitness regime can be an ultimately confusing task with so many options available. It’s easy to get involved in an activity simply because it’s comfortable and you’re not sure what other options you have. Many times we forget that our bodies are built...

Glutamine and Recovery

Glutamine and Recovery

People who are serious about fitness are always looking for ways to get the most out of their workout, to go harder on their lifts or longer on their cardio. However when you increase your efforts you tend to get sore more often and need more recovery. Recovery and...

What is Creatine?

What is Creatine?

If you’ve ever stepped foot in a gym or met anyone who lifts weights, then you’ve probably heard of or tried creatine supplements. Known to help lifters make gains, creatine has had a cult-like following since the 70s when sports scientists recognized it as a powerful...

The Ugly Truth About Processed Foods

The Ugly Truth About Processed Foods

One of the many things that make us uniquely human is that we have always found a way to process our food. It started out of necessity—preserving food to ensure that we would have enough to get through the long winter months and to make it easier for us to digest. As...

What are BCAAs?

What are BCAAs?

How to make BCAAs work for you If you have ever looked into nutrition or stepped foot in a gym in the last decade, chances are you’ve heard of BCAAs. But what the heck are they and why do you need them? Fear not, we’ve simplified the research for you to explain how...