In my 27-year career as a trainer and contest prep coach I have never come across anyone that wasn’t interested in making significant improvements to their midsection. For some, that simply means losing belly fat and achieving a flatter tummy. For others, greater core strength is the primary goal.

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High-intensity interval training (HIIT) describes any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest. For instance, a good starter workout is running as fast as you can for 1 minute and then walking for 2 minutes. Repeat that 3-minute interval five times for a 15-mins for fast fat burning results. Research shows you can achieve more progress in a mere 15 minutes of interval training (done three times a week) than the girl jogging on the treadmill for an hour.

Developing the deltoids should be a high priority in your training for sure, but you should also strive to build strength and stability into all the shoulder muscles, and the joint as a whole.

Fitness gear isn’t just for the gym anymore. The comfort of modern fitness apparel and activewear has inspired many to introduce what used to be strictly workout gear into their everyday wardrobes, even when they’re not working out.

So we know that amino acids are organic compounds that serve as the building blocks for proteins. We know that some amino acids are considered “essential,” because the body cannot make them on its own. Many of us are familiar with the branched-chain amino acids, commonly referred to as BCAAs in the world of fitness and health, those precursors to proteins (a.k.a. proteinogenic amino acids), like leucine, isoleucine, and valine. But how do they help us lose fat and lean out?

According to the CRN Consumer Survey 68% of the US take some form of supplements, with the number one consumed supplement being Fish Oil. The number two most consumed supplement is a multivitamin, but what do you take for you heart? I am going to tell you about the top five.

The importance of hydration for good health and properly functioning body systems cannot be overstated, especially for the young athlete. According to researcher Dr. Susan Yeargin from the University of South Carolina, up to 75 percent of young athletes aged eight to 18 are dehydrated before they even arrive at practice.

I sat down with Cassandra Golden, registered Dietitian for Onyx Elite, to talk about weight loss strategies for 2017. I wanted her firsthand knowledge and expertise on how the general public and clients could hold themselves accountable for their resolutions and achieve them without falling off the wagon.

An often overlooked and underappreciated aspect of a hockey training program is a player nutrition guide. Coaches will often put the majority of their focus on strength training, skill development and implementing systems, but don’t provide players with the knowledge or the tools to improve their nutrition. Hard work and training can pay big dividends during the offseason, but if you aren’t eating enough of the right foods, you could be seriously selling yourself short.

In order to be the best, you can’t eat like the rest.