Essential Fatty Acids Control Inflammation

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There’s been a lot of research on the aging process recently and the latest findings suggest that low-grade inflammation is the cause of many of the modern degenerative diseases, like coronary heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and some cancers. Inflammation is a normal part of the body’s immune system. When you burn your finger, for example, white blood cells secrete a …

Aerobic Exercise Makes You Fat

In ALL, Movement by Mikki Reilly3 Comments

I was recently contacted by a client I trained a few years back who said she’s been doing steady-state aerobic exercise everyday for 40 minutes (skating along the bike trail by the beach) and that she’s beginning to gain weight. How could this be since aerobic exercise burns calories? Athlete/scientist, Art De Vany theorizes that too much aerobic exercise increases …

Why Stretch?

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Flexibility is defined as the measure of a joints movement through a normal range of motion. A flexible joint has the ability to move through a greater range of motion so you’re much less likely to become injured in the course of your everyday activities and sports. Flexibility training, or stretching, improves posture. Poor postural habits can cause your muscles …

Exercise Tip: Step Ups

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The step up is a great exercise that works every muscle in the leg. It’s an excellent way to develop leg strength for running and jumping because the independent leg action closely resembles the movement patterns of those activities. Step ups can be done with a barbell, dumbbells or simply using your body weight. Muscles involved: quadriceps (thigh), hamstrings, hip …

What Is Functional Training?

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I like Mike Boyle’s definition in Functional Training for Sports. He says that “functional training is best described as a continuum of exercises that teach athletes to handle their own body weight in all planes of movement.” We humans perform a wide range of movements (walking, running, pushing, pulling, bending, twisting, starting, stopping, etc.), which take place in all three …

Intervals vs Aerobics For Fat Loss

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The most effective training you can do for fat loss is intervals. The main reason is that intervals are more metabolically demanding, which means you to burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after you finish exercising, when the muscles are busy repairing, recovering and replenishing themselves. As many of you know, the term “intervals” refers to exercise …

Welcome To The Fitness Transform Blog!

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This is my very first post! Sometimes when I’m reading an article or thinking about a topic, I want to comment on it. But I may not have the time or the desire to write an entire article. This blog is the perfect place for those musings. And while I’ve contributed to my friend Phil LeClair’s blog, Tough Love Nutrition, …