Flex Dieting 101

Back to the Basics A major part of my job as a trainer is making sure my clients are educated on what they need to do inside and outside the gym to improve their health.  A rule of thumb I use when talking about body composition is that 80% of the changes happen in the … Continue reading Flex Dieting 101

Science Summary: High Intensity Interval Training

Interval training is a personal favorite of mine so I'm excited to finally get around to writing a post on the science of it.  I'll be giving a summary of this article published in the Exercise Sport Science Review (2008).  In this piece, researchers put participants on a two week High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) regiment in which … Continue reading Science Summary: High Intensity Interval Training

Science Summary: The Competitive Edge (Cardio or Weights Part 13)

This post is a continuation (and the culmination) on my series through Alex Hutchinson’s Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? All of the following questions are taken from this book and the answers are paraphrased from the authors words with my interpretations and thoughts added in. --- Scott How should I adjust my training in the final … Continue reading Science Summary: The Competitive Edge (Cardio or Weights Part 13)

Science Summary: Mind and Body (Cardio or Weights Part 12)

This post is a continuation on my series through Alex Hutchinson’s Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? All of the following questions are taken from this book and the answers are paraphrased from the authors words with my interpretations and thoughts added in. --- Scott If my brain is tired, will my body's performance suffer? Short Answer: … Continue reading Science Summary: Mind and Body (Cardio or Weights Part 12)

Science Summary: Nutrition and Hydration (Cardio or Weights Part 11)

This post is a continuation on my series through Alex Hutchinson’s Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? All of the following questions are taken from this book and the answers are paraphrased from the authors words with my interpretations and thoughts added in. --- Scott Should I carbo-load by eating pasta the night before a competition? Short … Continue reading Science Summary: Nutrition and Hydration (Cardio or Weights Part 11)

Science Summary: Benefits of a Personal Trainer Supervising Your Workout

I read this article around my second year as a trainer and it validated my career for me.  The TL;DR here is that direct supervision by a fitness professional dramatically improves the return on investment from exercise. For my trainer friends, this is worth passing out to your clients and to potential clients to show … Continue reading Science Summary: Benefits of a Personal Trainer Supervising Your Workout

Science Summary: Weight Management (Cardio or Weights Part 10)

Before you read, take a look at my post on dieting!  I cover a lot of the practical things there and a lot of the science things here. This post is a continuation on my series through Alex Hutchinson’s Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? All of the following questions are taken from this book and the … Continue reading Science Summary: Weight Management (Cardio or Weights Part 10)

Science Summary: Exercise and Aging (Cardio or Weights Part 9)

This post is a continuation on my series through Alex Hutchinson’s Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? All of the following questions are taken from this book and the answers are paraphrased from the authors words with my interpretations and thoughts added in. --- Scott What's the cumulative effect of all the exercise I've done over the … Continue reading Science Summary: Exercise and Aging (Cardio or Weights Part 9)

Science Summary: Injuries and Recovery (Cardio or Weights Part 8)

This post is a continuation on my series through Alex Hutchinson’s Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? All of the following questions are taken from this book and the answers are paraphrased from the authors words with my interpretations and thoughts added in. Ouch, I think I sprained something.  How long should I stay off it? Short … Continue reading Science Summary: Injuries and Recovery (Cardio or Weights Part 8)

Science Summary: Flexibility and Core Strength (Cardio or Weights Part 7)

This post is a continuation on my series through Alex Hutchinson’s Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? All of the following questions are taken from this book and the answers are paraphrased from the authors words with my interpretations and thoughts added in. Will stretching help me avoid injuries? Short Answer: Stretching has not been proven to … Continue reading Science Summary: Flexibility and Core Strength (Cardio or Weights Part 7)