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15Nov

10 Sets Program or GVT

5 Day Cycle - Weight Lifting Challenge

10 Sets Program or GVT

Each month I have been writing about different weight training systems to further client education about the different styles that are available and to help others keep routines fresh. This month I would like to focus on one that works really well with a partner because those that consistently train with a partner are more successful with both fitness progress and life long fitness commitment than those that train alone.

The name of the system is the 10-Set System, otherwise known as German Volume Training. As you might imagine from the name, 

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01Aug

Beat the Summer Heat; Cool Off Your Workout!

3 Workout Challenges for Swimmers and Water Aerobics

Beat the Summer Heat; Cool Off Your Workout!

Why not use these warm summer days we still have left to shake up your exercise routine? Sure, you alternate between walking, biking, stair climbing or using the elliptical. That's great! But what about really shaking up your cardio routine by adding two days of swimming and water aerobic style exercises to give your metabolism an added boost?

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17Jul

Get Out of Your Head and on with Your Dreams:

Why You Should Hire a Life Coach Today!

Get Out of Your Head and on with Your Dreams:

The majority of my clients spend months before we have our first meeting spinning incredibly complicated webs of thought about their potential futures. As someone who readily admits getting trapped in her own head, let me say

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02Apr

How to Use your Weight Training Routine for More than Just Great Biceps

The Joy of Body Over Mind

How to Use your Weight Training Routine for More than Just Great Biceps

My personal training clients often ask me “how do you make yourself get through tough workouts without someone pushing you?”. My answer is a combination of reasons (including but not limited to pride, competitive drive and the desire to enjoy cookies on a regular basis…) but mainly I am able to get through tough workouts because I use my training time for more than just an opportunity to burn calories and tone muscles.

Think about your focus, meditation, confidence, overall wellness and accomplishment.

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31Oct

Is Slow Weight Training a Gimmick or Really Effective?

Slow Motion Fitness - My Opinion and Advice

Is Slow Weight Training a Gimmick or Really Effective?

Rarely a week goes by that a client, friend or family member does not ask me about the true efficacy of Slow Motion Fitness Training. They all tell me that they have seen on TV or talked to a trainer or a friend about this "revolutionary" weight training system that allows a person to perform super slow weight training for only 30 minutes one time per week with amazing results!

Most of those asking me this question already have a feeling that the idea of training for only 30 minutes per week is not "enough" to really improve muscular tone and provide lasting fitness and health benefits. Bottom line, that "feeling" is right. Programs – and there are many national and local Austin chains pushing this Slow Motion Training for only 30 minutes per week – are, in my opinion, a gimmick.

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13Sep

Metabolic Resistance Training

Raise your BMR and melt away fat!

Metabolic Resistance Training

The fitness section of our October newsletter is going to have in depth information about Metabolic Resistance Training. I wanted to give our blog followers a head start on this style of training before the newsletter comes out.

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30Sep

October Newsletter - Metabolic Resistance Training

More information on MRT including 2 new workout challenges!

October Newsletter - Metabolic Resistance Training

Definition:

Metabolic Resistance Training (MRT) is focused on working your whole body during each workout session using multi-joint free weight exercises in a circuit-training manner.  Specifically you are performing heavy weight resistance training and cardiovascular training in the same workout with minimal rest in between exercises and sets. Your heart rate will remain elevated during your entire workout.

Because your heart rate never fully recovers during this very intense workout, your body must work overtime to recover during the hours and days post workout. It is widely believed that it is this intense recovery period that causes an increase in your basal metabolic rate and, therefore, an around the clock fat burn to happen in your body.

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