Best time to Consume Protein?

There’s no question that adequate protein intake is essential for building and strengthening muscle tissue. But, is timing of protein intake important for maximizing these gains? Experts don’t always agree on the question of whether hypertrophy and strength can be affected by precise timing of protein (before, during, or after training). In 2013 a group of sports science researchers gathered the best existing research on this common question. We review this analysis here.

Read this post

What's Your Why? Meet Brenna Cliver

Meet Brenna Cliver, an ISSA certifed trainer, Ms. Health & Fitness competitor and rejector of mediocrity. "If there’s one piece of wisdom I could pass on to anyone who is hesitating in their journey towards strength and health, it is this: 'Action is not a result of motivation; motivation is a direct result of action.' And, excellence is always a standard to live by."

Read this post

Staying grounded as a career soars [Interview]

Personal trainer. Magazine columnist. TV host. Celebrity health and wellness coach. In this interview Obi Obadike talks about his widespread success in the fitness industry, and at 42 he’s poised for even greater success in the future. Through it all, he works every day to distinguish between making it big and “going Hollywood"

Read this post

How does Mindfulness Achieve Weight Loss?

The ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer course discusses nutritional coaching which is about personal trainers listening to their clients to find out the needs and goals; learning the client’s current lifestyle; discovering what’s important to them; and working alongside each client to create an approach that’s unique -- a plan that fits into their lifestyle and helps them achieve their results.

Read this post

I’m a Certified Trainer, So Why Do I Need One?

It’s Scary to Admit, You May Need a Trainer. It takes some courage to hire a trainer when you are one. I personally was embarrassed by the idea. I went through all the courses; I got certified. Why do I need a trainer? And what if my trainer catches me with bad form? What if I can’t finish a tough workout?

Read this post

Your Dad won't hire a trainer? Help him become one

Before we talk about your shopping spree, let’s make sure we’re clear on why your Dad needs a trainer. Did you know Mom’s body wasn’t the only one that went through some changes when you came into the world? You know what I’m talking about.

Read this post

What Clients Need: Keep going, You are almost there

I never knew where training would lead me. Only a couple years after a career transition into fitness, I helped more than 500 people lose 9,000 pounds. I launched a full dietary case-study where 6 of my clients completely transformed their health. I wrote over 20 books about my journey, my clients' stories, and the situations I faced throughout life and my training career.

Read this post

Exercise Improves Symptoms for Those with Fibromyalgia

The causes of fibromyalgia are not fully understood and so there is no cure. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t steps to improve health, fitness, mood, and symptoms of those living with this condition. Exercise is just one lifestyle change that can greatly increase the quality of life for those with fibromyalgia.

Read this post

Should a Pregnant Woman Push Hard in Workouts?

Being pregnant and training regularly throughout pregnancy is like the girl at the gym who’s on the stair climber with ankle weights: She’s working twice as hard just to keep up.  But just because it’s harder doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done.

Read this post

Is Your Phone Sabotaging Your Workout?

I was recently reading about the best iPhone cases for the gym and it occurred to me that there’s a bigger issue here. Does your phone help you in the gym or does it just distract you from your workout program?

Read this post