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New Content Update

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on March 25, 2016

After taking a number of years off from my blog to help raise my two kids, I am finally back to creating new content. I have written a couple articles and also made five new videos, revived my newsletter, and created a health and fitness Facebook page.

For now my new articles have only been sent to my newsletter subscribers, but I will probably post them eventually. If you would like to be added to my newsletter, please let me know. Just send me an email at ross@precisionhealth-fitness.com and I will get you added to my newsletter list.

For now, two of my videos can be seen on my website home page at www.precisionhealth-fitness.com/ and the exercise videos can be seen at www.precisionhealth-fitness.com/exercise-videos.html.

All the videos are also posted on my new Precision Health & Fitness Facebook page.

There will be much more to come in the future, but for now, please let me know if there are any topics you want me to cover in the near future. Also, I encourage everyone to visit my Facebook page and post your thoughts about anything related to health or fitness. Feedback/advice is always appreciated as well. My intent is to create an interactive community to discuss issues related to exercise, nutrition, psychology, and anything else that will help people reach their goals.

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Learning Proper Exercise Technique: The Problem with Familiar Movements

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on August 29, 2010

     Performing exercises with proper technique is difficult. Any qualified fitness professional can walk into virtually any gym in the country and point out significant form flaws in the vast majority of exercisers, regardless if they are beginners or have been working out for years. Surprisingly, the biggest roadblocks to proper technique often have to do with your body’s natural habits.

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Balance and Stability: Functions and Misconceptions

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on August 1, 2010

     Balance and stability are two of the attributes that determine your overall level of fitness, but they are rarely given the attention they deserve in a typical training program. One reason is because most people do not appreciate their importance, at least not until they get older and their health and fitness naturally starts to decline. Another problem is the concepts and functions of balance and stability are often misunderstood and training to improve those attributes is rarely explained or even discussed by most media sources. As a result, balance and stability often go unaddressed, which can cause problems later in life.

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The Best Aerobic Exercise for Calorie Burning and Fat Loss

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on July 28, 2010

     There constantly seem to be new commercials or infomercials selling aerobic exercise equipment to help you burn calories and lose fat. Many of these advertisements make a point of mentioning how their product gets you to burn calories at a faster rate than if you perform other types of exercise or use a different piece of equipment. With so many companies making statements about their equipment being the best for burning calories, it raises the questions, are these statements accurate and which form of aerobic exercise really is best for fat loss?

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Burning Extra Calories does not Always Translate into Fat Loss

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on July 21, 2010

     It can be a challenge to lose weight and especially fat, which is why so many people struggle to get rid of their unwanted pounds. So many people have problems with their weight that various media sources are constantly providing “helpful” suggestions. This is great, except much of this information is dumbed down or oversimplified to the point where the information becomes misleading or even incorrect. One issue that is frequently misrepresented is the relationship between calorie burning and fat loss. People are constantly saying that if you burn an additional X calories per day, then you will lose X amount of weight over the course of a week, month, or year. Unfortunately, things are not quite that simple.

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Bodyweight Exercises: Misconceptions and Mistakes

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on July 14, 2010

     Bodyweight training has been a popular form of exercise for decades, especially when it comes to group exercise classes and workout videos. It can certainly be an effective form of exercise, but bodyweight training programs are often designed without really considering the many different types of people who perform the workouts. Bodyweight exercises are typically assumed to be appropriate for everyone, but that is not exactly true.

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Using Easy Aerobic Exercise to Stimulate Fat Loss

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on July 7, 2010

     Fat loss is unquestionably one of the most popular topics in health and fitness, as people constantly seem to be looking for that special workout, diet, pill, or piece of exercise equipment to give them the body of their dreams. I have written numerous articles about the importance of performing challenging workouts if you want to lose fat and improve your fitness level, but as with most things in health and fitness, there is more than one way to accomplish fat loss. This post explains how easy aerobic workouts can help stimulate fat loss.

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Muscular Efficiency, Calorie Burning, and Fat Loss

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on June 30, 2010

     Efficiency is generally considered a good thing, but when it comes to fitness, it can actually be a problem. Specifically, the issue is with muscular efficiency, because increased muscular efficiency results in fewer calories being burned during workouts, which ultimately means less fat loss. Muscular efficiency can have a significant effect on the ability to lose fat, but many people are not familiar with this concept, so they don’t create their workouts to minimize the negative effects. Therefore, this post will briefly describe muscular efficiency and explain how it affects your results.

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Functional Training: What it Really Means

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on June 23, 2010

     Functional training has become a very popular over the last decade, but there is still a lot of confusion about what functional training actually is. As is often the case in health and fitness, once a topic becomes popular, such as with functional training, marketers jump on the bandwagon and start using the term to promote as many products or exercises as possible. This results in many exercises being labeled as functional when the term does not really apply, which naturally just leads to confusion and questions about which exercises should be considered functional and why.

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Mirrors can Improve Your Exercise Results

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on June 16, 2010

     In previous posts, I have written a lot about the importance of having correct exercise technique for both the safety and effectiveness of your workouts. While there is no question that technique is important, you may not know how to improve your technique, especially when learning new exercises. The best way is probably to hire a qualified personal trainer to teach you proper technique, but for many people that is not a reasonable option. In that case, one of the best things you can do is watch yourself in the mirror while you are exercising.

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