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Exercising early in the morning appears to lead to more weight loss as compared to exercising late in the day.
Aging & Health

Is the Morning the Best Time to Exercise for Weight Loss?

A new study published in the International Journal of Obesity seems to show that those who exercise in the morning lose more weight than those who exercise after 3pm.[1] The researchers involved in this study wanted to evaluate the impact of exercise timing on weight loss, as well as energy balance. The study involved many participants who completed a 10-month supervised exercise program. The participants were split up into multiple groups – with some working out early, and others later in the day. At the end, those who exercised before noon had lost significantly more weight, as compared to those that exercised later in the day. The researchers official conclusion was: “This study, combined with the results of previous studies, [Read more …]

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An air bike (also called an assault bike) workout in a CrossFit box.
Exercise

28 Awesome Assault Bike Workouts

The assault bike (also commonly called an air bike, or fan bike) is an awesome, calorie-burning workout. Why? Because it’s a total body effort – you push, pull, and pedal against resistance that gets more intense the more you go. The faster and harder you go, the more resistance there is. The assault bike has earned it’s nickname: Satan’s Tricycle The assault bike can be used for steady state cardio or super-efficient interval style workouts. In this article, we’ll bring you a round up of 28 of the best air bike workout ideas. Find out why people have a love-hate relationship with this burn inducing, hard hitting workout device. But why workout easy when you can workout hard? These all [Read more …]

An omelette can be part of the ketogenic diet - it's low carb, high fat and protein content fits within the guidelines for ketosis
Diet & Nutrition

What is the Keto Diet?

What is the Ketogenic diet? It’s a high-fat, low-carb diet that sends your body into a state of ketosis, during which it primarily uses dietary fat and body fat for energy instead of glucose from carbs. Ketone bodies, which are the by-product of the metabolism of fat, rise to elevated levels in the blood. Ketosis is generally recognized to occur when ketone levels rise to 0.5 mmol/L or more. This can happen about 2 days after starting severe carb restrictions – which means eating less than 20-35 grams of carbs per day. However, it can take 4-6 weeks before the body is fully adapted to ketosis. Keto, as the ketogenic diet is known, is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet that forces [Read more …]

A Rogue Olympic weightlifting barbell - loaded with Rogue training bumper plates
Exercise Equipment

Starting Your Own Garage Gym – The Olympic Barbell

American Barbell is having a big sale on blemished barbells – get a great barbell for a great price. Expect some minor cosmetic issues – but great savings too! We’re going to talk about what is probably the most essential piece of gear for a great garage gym – the Olympic weightlifting barbell. We’ll provide examples of Rogue barbells – because we think Rogue Fitness makes the best barbells for your home or garage gym (or your CrossFit box!) Here’s the barbells we’ll be reviewing. Be sure to read through to understand the specific strengths of each model. Rogue Olympic WL Bar 20kg men’s bearing bar – Made in the USA with 215K tensile strength steel. Needle bearings for ultimate [Read more …]

Hoisting a kettlebell overhead - great single limb workout that builds strength, power, balance, and stability
Exercise Equipment

Best Kettlebells – the Buyer’s Guide to Kettlebells

Let’s talk about the best – the versatile hand held weight that resembles a cannon ball with a handle. We’re going to explain why you should add kettlebell lifts to your workout, and what the best kettlebells look like. Black Friday Kettlebell Sales Looking for black friday (and cyber monday) kettlebell sales? Check back here – we’ll have all the details as soon as we know what gym equipment deals will be offered. Sign up for our email newsletter and we’ll let you know. In this article, we’re going to highlight some of the best kettlebell brands around – those from: Kettlebell Kings, Rogue Fitness, and Fringe Sport. And whether you need a single kettlebell or a kettlebell set, we’ll [Read more …]

Prilepin's Chart (or table) shows the optimal intensity (% of 1RM) and volume (total numer of reps) for Olympic weightlifting training as observed by AS Prilepin - who was a junior and national weightlifting coach for the Soviet Union.
Exercise

Prilepin’s Chart Explained

Prilepin’s Chart is a table of optimal Olympic weight lifting rep ranges to be used for training. It was created by A.S. Prilepin, a Soviet era sports scientist. The chart was created by reviewing the training journals of thousands of weightlifting athletes. It is meant to portray the optimal number of reps per set, and total rep count (volume) for power training required for the Olympic lifts (the Snatch, and Clean and Jerk). The chart, also called Prilepin’s Table, is as follows: The first column shows the training intensity – the percentage of 1RM (1 Repetition Maximum) being used. The second column lists the number of reps per set observed during training. The third column (this is the important one) [Read more …]

High Blood Pressure, or Hypertension, is a long term medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated.
Aging & Health

High Blood Pressure – What You Need to Know

High Blood Pressure, or Hypertension, is a long-term medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated. Blood pressure is described by two different measurements – the systolic and diastolic pressures – which are the maximum and minimum pressures. Systolic is how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls when the heart beats. Diastolic indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls while the heart is resting between beats. The units of measurement are typically millimeters of mercury, abbreviated as mmHg or mm Hg. High Blood Pressure is sometimes called the “silent killer” – because there can initially be no obvious symptoms. But when left untreated, the ongoing damage [Read more …]