Toning & Shaping: Framing the Problem

Have you tried toning and shaping your body before? Maybe you’ve tried to sculpt your arms or legs to give you that lean look. Did you end up with the rock-star arms you’d hoped for, or in a whirlwind of confusion?

If you’re like most, you may have achieved some results but were unable to maintain it.

Sounding familiar? I understand.

In the next few blogs, we’re going to look at some common problems with weight loss in this day and age. Let’s start with our first simple secret to weight loss. Read more

Simplifying the Complexities of Toning and Shaping

Some of you will look at this title and think what do you mean “complexities”? “ . . .It’s easy – just eat right and go to the gym and lift weights . . . “

For the majority of us though, changing our shape isn’t easy and the fact that many of us do manage amazing transformations is testament to our persistence, determination, consistency, and intelligent approach to the subject, rather than a sign of great genetics. Read more

How You May Be Slowing Your Results in The Gym And How To Avoid it

From Previous articles we have seen that there are many more factors that constitute a muscle-system’s shape and condition, besides the limited view of simple the fiber types – and we have seen therefore that there are many other training factors (beyond simply weight and reps) to be considered in the gym when trying to overload the entire “muscle system” in order to force a recovery/compensation response. Read more

Faster Results By Training To Your Genetic Strengths – A How-To Guide

We saw in an earlier article that we have fallen prey to three key factors that have slowed our training progress. 1) Paradigms on how best to train, reinforced by those who do actually respond well to those standards; 2) Lack of knowledge of the a) complete set of elements within a muscle system that shape it and govern the performance factors, b) the interaction of those elements since it is them working as a complete unit that create the output, and c) lack of knowledge of the variables that affect (or rely upon principally) the different elements; and 3) A means of measuring all the factors that constitute the load on the muscle system that prompts it to recover and compensate for the effects of the overload that just occurred.

That lead us to wanting to question and understand ALL the variables of a training session (exercise) that we can measure and vary in future to test the different effects of the different load profile (i.e. a strength load as in heavy weight, with low reps, or an endurance load, with high reps with a lighter weight, or a high stress load with long time under tension with a high “duty-cycle” such that there is little or no break in the tension between each repetition)

To answer the questions above and illustrate the process, we can again use an example, building upon the previous one. We intuitively “know” the answers – as you will now see. Read more

Could a Personal Trainer accelerate your results in one of these 5 ways?

Even experienced bodybuilders use personal trainers or coaches. Why?

Engaging a PT to help you with your diets and training does not mean that you do not know what you are doing – but rather, it is like a smart business decision. Richard Branson has had many advisors over the years, yet who would question his ability in building businesses? So why would he resort to the advice of others? For the same reason that world class athletes and body-builders also seek advice from coaches. Read more