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Cardio or Strength Training: Which Comes First?

Which one should I do first? Cardio or strength training? This is a very common question I get from women and men alike, particularly those who generally perform cardio and strength training workouts on the same day. The quick…

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Weight Training 101: What You Need To Know Before You Lift

Weight (resistance) training fundamentals tend to be a real mystery for many people. Both novice and some experienced lifters alike struggle with the basics, like proper exercise selection and execution, and manipulating repetitions and sets—Even though they think they’re doing it all right. Beginners who…

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How Sit-Ups and Leg Raises Can Be Bad For You

Many people spend large chunks of their valuable workout time repeatedly performing trunk-flexion exercises like sit ups and leg raises in an effort to develop sexy, flat abdominal muscles. These are generally the superficial muscles that people can see like…

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Nutrition Strategies for Women Trying to Bulk Up

While more women than ever before are reaping the numerous health benefits of weight training, most still have an underlying fear of “getting bigger” or “bulking up”. But, believe it or not, there are still many women with the…

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Free Weight Training Anatomy: A Book Review

I always emphasize that weight training is an absolute must for weight loss, long-term weight management, and overall good health, as it is critical for building and maintaining adequate muscle mass. In addition to improving your general physique, muscle…

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Nine Powerful Exercises Everyone Should Be Doing

You’ve probably heard of a million fad diets claiming to help you eat better and lose weight. Interestingly enough, as with all fad diets, exercise trends are a dime a dozen. Also, like fad diets, these trends come and…

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How to Manage Fibroids with Weight Lifting

Fibroids (leiomyomas) are noncancerous growths or tumors that develop in and around a woman’s womb (uterus). The exact cause of fibroids is unknown. However, their development and growth are stimulated by abnormal elevations in estrogen, the female sex hormone…

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A Quick, Easy, Anywhere Full-Body Kettlebell Workout

Kettlebells are a unique type of weight training equipment that’s gained considerable popularity in recent years. Whether you’re new to weight training or just looking to spice up your current routine, they are great for building better balance, coordination, muscle…

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Why You Should Lift Weights During Pregnancy

Pregnancy was by far one of the best times of my life but also among the scariest. During this time, I was constantly bombarded with a boatload of conflicting information and advice on what I should and should not do, particularly…

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How to Lift Weights Without Bulking Up

I always emphasize that resistance training (weight lifting) is one of the most important components of an exercise program, as it helps in the maintenance of a healthy body composition. An ideal body composition is one that encompasses a…

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Why You Shouldn’t Abandon Traditional Strength Training Methods

These days, many gyms are doing away with traditional strength training machines and sometimes even free weights opting instead for trendier fitness techniques like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and Tabata boot camp workouts. While such exercise methods can substantially improve…

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Six Effective Ways to Tone Your Arms

Oftentimes people ask me, “How do I get rid of this?”, pointing to the backs of their arms. Some people even jiggle their arms for me or wiggle them, in order to emphasize the point. Check out this clip…

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How to Tone Your Thighs with Dumbbells

There are many resistance training exercises you can perform to give your thighs a sleek and shapely appearance. Dumbbells are great for working the thighs and other muscles of the lower body as they are relatively cheap and pretty…

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Does Strength Training Turn Fat Into Muscle?

In this new era of exercise and fitness, there are countless old myths floating around that just won’t go away. One of the most widespread is the notion that strength training turns fat into muscle and that if you…

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How to Reduce the Appearance of a Pear Shape

Women with pear shapes tend to carry excess weight in the lower body. Excess body fat can make the pear shape look highly exaggerated but a lack of muscle tone makes it look a lot worse. In order to reduce the appearance of…

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A 3-Day Weight Training Workout for Women

Are you one of the many women who shy away from weight training out of the fear of “bulking up”?Are you one of the many women who shy away from weight training out of the fear of “bulking up”?…