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Aerated Beverages - A great way to stay full and lose weight at the same time!

The key to losing fat is perseverance; particularly in controlling hunger and maintaining a consistent diet. Most people struggle with hunger management and will end up satisfying their cravings. This article will discuss a simple trick used by many athletes that can satisfy hunger without the consumption of any food. This might sound a little too easy, but a great way to increase your feeling of fullness is to simply add air to any drink you have. The American Journal...

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How to SMASH through a plateau with these different intensity techniques

Plateaus are something we’re all faced with at one point or another whether it’s with fat loss, gaining skeletal muscle or increasing strength. If you’ve attempted any of these for any extended period of time you’ll know the results aren’t just linear. But how do you break through these plateaus if your muscle gains have come to a stand still? Using these intensity techniques listed below will go a long way to break your plateau. Triple Drop Sets after every...

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4 keys to Gain Muscle & Simultaneously Lose Body Fat

When I ask my clients what their physique goals are, a vast majority will respond with “I want to lose body fat and add muscle”. Due to the popularity of this fitness objective, I’ve decided to share a few helpful tips on how this can be achieved. Switch your energy sources Calorie restricted diets have a tendency to hit plateau’s. This is because your body is always seeking homeostasis (state of stable equilibrium) through adjusting your metabolism or thyroid hormone...

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How to Avoid Losing your Gains During a Break Period

Most of us will take time off training at some point. This may be due to an injury, illness, holiday or a number of other reasons. During these break periods, people tend to get worried that they’ll lose all their gains because they think there’s no way to maintain gains without training. This mindset can lead to a slippery slope of discouragement and may cause some to extend their break or even give up altogether. This article is here to...

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Tips to Control your Hunger

They may seem obvious, but applying these simple tricks can help you to identify if you're mistaking emotional hunger, thirst or boredom for genuine hunger. Have a drink Preferably water, or tea. You can make your drink more flavoursome by adding BCAAs or electrolyte drinks, but try to avoid any sugar-laden cordials. Coffee can work, but use it in moderation to avoid developing a caffeine tolerance, as this will lead to other caffeine based supplements or beverages having a diminished...

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The Magic of Green Tea

The Magic of Green Tea! Green tea, or as it’s commonly called ‘health potion’ may actually be one of the rare health drinks that lives up to its large health claims. Made from the soaking the leaves of camellia sinensis in really hot water for a few minutes, some say it has systemic health properties by positively affecting every organ system in the body. It’s known to be heart protective, artery clearing, liver protective, cancer fighting, anti-diabetic, and even fat...

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Building Mass – Intensity techniques

If you’re experiencing a plateau in your training it might be a good time to mix things up & try some NEGATIVE REPS.  The majority of damage done to the muscle, which in turn results in growth when resting, is done on the negative or lowering phase (eccentric phase, lengthening of the muscle) of the rep.  All too often we bust our butts lifting the weight only to drop the lowering phase too quickly. The eccentric phase should be executed...

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Dieting: Low Carb or Low Calorie?

Summer has now arrived, and for a lot of us it’s time for a quick shred before Christmas to get ourselves ready for the holidays! A lot of us will either decide to cut-out what we consider as ‘bad’ foods, or cut-down on our eating altogether. But do these strategies really work?  We look at two popular diet choices – the low calorie diet, and the low-carb diet to find out. Low-carb/Ketogenic: The popularity of the low-carbohydrate diet originates from...

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Full Range of Motion (and Locking Out)

IFBB Pro Josh Lenartowicz Just yesterday I was talking to a fellow trainer in the gym who was asking about my technique on overhead cable extensions. His question was on why I don’t go to full stretch & then lock out? Full range of motion is very important for growth & strength as if you only train with a short or half rep you will only get strong in that range you are training. A major aim of weight...

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3 things you’re not doing to cut body fat

1. Use high intensity resistance training Try reducing your rest between sets to 30-40 seconds instead of the standard 1-2mins most people tend to have. Also incorporate super sets, drop sets & giant sets to bump up the intensity. If maintaining muscle is a priority to maintain strength perform 1-2 compound movements at the beginning of your workout with rests around the 1min period. EXAMPLE WORKOUT- LEGS 5x lying leg curls (20, 15, 15, 12, 10 reps) – 40secs rest...

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