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Cardio before Weights?

Should you do cardiovascular exercise before weights or is it the other way around? Since I was a junior in college, I heard this question uttered in casual conversation among friends, professors and athletes alike.  Back then, few people could agree which order delivered better results. Today, technology and research have finally given way to […]

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Build Strength with Less Weight

Afraid of bulking up? You don’t have to lift heavy weights and grunt with big boys to sculpt a lean, tone physique. In April 2012, The Journal of Applied Physiology published a study that found using lighter weights to the point of fatigue builds as much strength as heavier weights for less reps. Grab a […]

Strength Exercises to Improve your Run

If you don’t think that you need strength training to improve your performance – think again. Strength training can improve so many aspects of your run, including the efficiency in which your body uses oxygen and injury prevention. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research examined the effects of […]

Strength Training Key to Preventing Cognitive Decline

Pumping iron isn’t just about sculpting a beautiful, lean physique anymore. Several small studies completed this year and presented at the 2012 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference found that resistance training offers significant benefits linked to the prevention of cognitive decline. The studies were comprised of 150 individuals or less, but each unveiled strong evidence that […]

Creatine Supplements: Function, Safety and Efficacy

Creatine was discovered as an effective muscle booster in 1912 and made commercially available to the public in the 1980s when Jane Fonda and Arnold Schwarzenegger were at the height of fitness popularity. Creatine is commonly known as an inexpensive way for slender men to transform into buff, toned beefcakes. Unlike many supplements on the […]

Fitness: Real Results in Less Time

If there is one thing that most Americans have in common, it is a lack of time. Commuting, working, kids, chores, homework, cooking, sleeping – it is amazing what you are able to squeeze into a 24-hour period. But when time is at a premium, the first thing trimmed from your schedule is, all too […]