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Resistance Training vs. Bodybuilding: They are very Different

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on August 18, 2010

     Resistance training and bodybuilding are two popular fitness terms, but they are often used incorrectly, leading to confusion or misunderstandings. Resistance training and bodybuilding are definitely not the same thing, even though the terms are frequently used interchangeably.

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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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Exercise Intensity: What it is and Why it’s Important

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on November 22, 2009

     Exercise intensity is one of the most important variables in any workout, because if the intensity is not correct, your workout won’t have the intended effect. Exercising at the wrong intensity level is one of the most common mistakes people make and it should definitely be avoided, if you want to experience optimal results. Intensity seems like a fairly simple concept, as it typically refers to exercise difficulty, but intensity is a little more complicated than it first appears.

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Commonly Used and Often Misused Fitness Terms Part 1: Sports and Exercise that Involve Lifting Weights

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on October 26, 2009

     This is the first part of my series dedicated to explaining fitness related terms that are often misunderstood and misused. When discussing fitness related topics, or any topic for that matter, it is important for everyone to use the same terminology. Otherwise, using terms in different ways can easily lead to a miscommunication or misinterpretation of the information. With that in mind, I will discuss various terms that have specific meanings in the health in fitness, but are often misused in all forms of media, even by people who call themselves experts in the field.

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