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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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Fact or Fiction: No Pain, No Gain

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on June 6, 2010

     No pain, no gain is one of the most commonly used expressions in fitness and chances are just reading those words made you think about working out. Well, probably not just working out, but working out really hard. It is known that the human body must be exposed to increasingly difficult challenges (higher weights, more reps, less rest, etc.) to stimulate further gains and exercising at an easy or comfortable level will, at best, only maintain your current fitness level. As a result, people often say no pain, no gain as a way to get the point across that you need to push yourself if you really want to improve. However, is no pain, no gain really an accurate statement?

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Fact or Fiction: Exercising in Water is Good for Your Entire Body

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on May 5, 2010

     Water aerobics and other water based workouts are becoming more popular all the time and everyone from individuals recovering from injuries to advanced athletes in peak condition are benefiting from this form of exercise. With so many different people benefiting from exercising in the water, it is being considered a great form of exercise for everyone and some people are even saying it is the best form of exercise. However, the issue remains whether or not this is the ideal workout that truly benefits your entire body.

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The 3 Things Needed for a Comprehensive Warm-up

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on February 4, 2010

     Everyone agrees that it is important to warm up before exercise, but there has been a lot of disagreement about what should be included in a warm-up. Many of these disagreements are the result of research done over the last 10 to 15 years, which has provided new insight into many of the old assumptions about warming up. At this point, the specific physiological effects of different types of warm-ups are becoming clear and I want to summarize recent findings and explain what you need to include if you want to experience all the benefits associated with warming up.

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How to Improve Your Body with Recovery Workouts

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on December 6, 2009

     I previously introduced the concept of recovery workouts and explained how they can improve your long-term health and fitness success (click here to read post). Now that you know why they are important, I want to discuss how to design recovery workouts and incorporate them into your overall training program.

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The Importance of Recovery Workouts

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on November 18, 2009

     A lot of my writing has been about the importance of doing challenging workouts (instead of just doing activities to burn calories), if you are trying to lose fat and increase your fitness level. However, even though challenging workouts are the most effective for producing positive results, it doesn’t mean you should do them all the time. In addition to doing challenging workouts, you should also incorporate recovery workouts into your overall exercise program.

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