Diet & Exercise

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The keys to continual improvement in your fitness level are always having a highly motivating goal and adding sufficient variety to your routine to keep it challenging and fun.

My background in diet and exercise is very strongly rooted in the basic, fundamental principles of exercise and nutrition science. I have been training in bodybuilding gyms since I was about 17 years old—so pretty much my entire adult life. Bodybuilding, if done well, requires a high degree of knowledge of anatomy, physiology, muscle and joint function, movement, exercise science, and nutrition and supplementation. I have read dozens of books on these subjects, and within the last couple of years became a Certified Personal Trainer. I was also an avid runner in my earlier years and competed in many 5, 10 and 15 K’s. I have a real passion for exercise, especially the intense, Type A variety.

Did you know that protein consumption can be the key to consistent weight loss? Or that stretching has several benefits beyond just improved flexibility, including releasing energy? Regardless of your current fitness level, I can help you quickly and steadily progress to the next level.

5 Common Overeating Triggers and How to Avoid Them

Filed in Diet & Exercise by on December 11, 2014 0 Comments
5 Common Overeating Triggers and How to Avoid Them

I’ve been fortunate to be able to maintain a healthy weight most of my life. There are a few things I’ve learned along the way that have helped me accomplish this, so I’ll share with you what works for me. There are triggers to overeating that we all experience. If you can avoid succumbing to […]

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Are You Fit, or Just Not Overweight?

Filed in Diet & Exercise by on November 20, 2014 4 Comments
Are You Fit, or Just Not Overweight?

You’ve finally lost that extra weight you’ve been carrying around for years, or even decades. What a great accomplishment! You feel much better, fit into your clothes more easily, and look fantastic. So you are now skinny. But are you also fit? I know, I can be a pain in the ass. Whatever you do […]

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A Common Mistake That Makes Exercise More Difficult and Less Productive

Filed in Diet & Exercise by on October 30, 2014 4 Comments
A Common Mistake That Makes Exercise More Difficult and Less Productive

There is a trap many people fall into that results in exercise being much more difficult and painful than it has to be. It also greatly reduces the results they obtain. So what is this common mistake? Lack of consistency, or “yo-yo” exercising. By far the toughest part of any new exercise program is the […]

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The Single Worst Thing You Can Do to Treat Painful Inflammation

Filed in Diet & Exercise by on October 9, 2014 2 Comments
The Single Worst Thing You Can Do to Treat Painful Inflammation

Having a Type A personality can be very helpful in many situations, such as at work and when starting a new project. However, this “can do” attitude and action-oriented behavior can also be counterproductive in other situations. I have already discussed how it can cause harm in managing your investments, in which case Type A’s […]

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The Two Simple Keys to Amazing Abs

Filed in Diet & Exercise by on May 22, 2014 0 Comments
The Two Simple Keys to Amazing Abs

Most people would love to have a flat stomach and lean, muscular abs. For men, it accentuates the breadth of your shoulders and arms. For women, it makes you more curvy and sexy. And for both men and women, it is a symbol of youth, health, strength, and discipline. No wonder all of those ads […]

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“I’m Too Old/Busy/Tired to Get in Shape”

Filed in Diet & Exercise by on April 3, 2014 2 Comments
“I’m Too Old/Busy/Tired to Get in Shape”

Bill Quick is a great friend and my personal trainer. (Yes, even personal trainers like me can benefit from using another trainer, for advice and motivation.) Bill is an interesting guy. The photo accompanying this post is a picture of him taken around the time he won the Mr. Illinois bodybuilding competition a couple of […]

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The 5 Key Life Lessons I Learned in the Gym

Filed in Diet & Exercise by on January 30, 2014 0 Comments
The 5 Key Life Lessons I Learned in the Gym

Exercising in a gym might seem on its surface to be a bit simple and mundane. You pick up a barbell or dumbbell, and you either push it or pull it, right? Not very interesting. But in fact, there is much to be learned in the gym, not just about exercise and your body, but […]

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What’s a Good Fitness Goal for the New Year?

Filed in Diet & Exercise by on January 2, 2014 1 Comment
What’s a Good Fitness Goal for the New Year?

In the introduction to the Diet & Exercise section of my website I observe that while Type As are often avid exercisers, which is great, they also tend to fall into certain exercise-related traps. One is that they sometimes neglect to have a current goal for their fitness efforts, and without this their exercise eventually […]

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Free Weights or Machines?

Filed in Diet & Exercise by on December 4, 2013 0 Comments
Free Weights or Machines?

I am asked this question all the time: “Should I use free weights or machines in the gym?” Well, there is good reason why gyms have such large free weight areas, which consist of barbells, dumbbells, and weight benches, and a significant number of weight machines—both methods are useful for gaining muscle tone and strength. […]

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How to End Neck Pain Forever – Part 2 of 2

Filed in Diet & Exercise by on October 17, 2013 0 Comments
How to End Neck Pain Forever – Part 2 of 2

In the first segment, I described the conditions that are causative of chronic neck pain and provided a general solution, which I call “tight back, loose neck.” Now I will provide specific exercises you can implement to once again have a healthy and pain-free neck. To tone and tighten your upper back (rhomboid muscles), you […]

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