Exercising Articles

Lose Belly Fat with a Waist Trimmer (Really… this works)

There are plenty of gimmicky weight loss products out there to help lose belly fat. One simple (and cheap) product that scientifically helps reduce belly fat is the waist trimmer. How to Use Wrap waist trimmer around your belly during your fasted morning fat burning walks. How does this work? I’m been a long proponent of smart strategic cardio for fat burning. The idea is that you want to wear…
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Lifting Accessories – Are they Worth Using?

There are lots of opinions in the lifting world when it comes to lifting accessories that are designed to aid in heavy lifting. Opinions tend to fall into two categories. First category “I lift raw. I don’t use any lifting accessories to assist me because I want to be completely strong all by myself even when I’m naked.” Second category “I lift with as many accessories as I can because…
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Smart Strategic Cardio for Fat Burning

Walking to burn fat
Photo © pawpaw67 Looking to burn fat and keep your muscles? Try this! Fasted Morning Walks When you wake up in the morning, make sure you don’t eat any calories (stay fasted). Drink a cup of black coffee, a cup of tea (no cream or sugar), or pop a caffeine / fat burning pill. Then go for a 1 hour walk (don’t run – keeping BPM in the fat burning…
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3 Cardio Workouts to Help Burn Fat!

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© Magen Petit If you’re bored with your current cardio routine which includes a long, steady, easy-to-moderate pace on the elliptical, treadmill, or even the bike, and you feel you’ve hit a plateau then it’s time to spice things up a bit! The next time you hop on the treadmill, try this: Interval. Jog for 1 minute and sprint for 30 seconds. Repeat this 10 times. Want something more challenging?…
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To Stretch or Not to Stretch?

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© Magen Petit I’ll be honest; I used to be one of those people who rarely ever stretched before or after her training sessions. Why? I probably avoided it for the same excuses you might have: takes too long, I just want to start my workout already, what’s the point, who cares, etc. Am I right or am I right? Unfortunately, I was ignorant. I wasn’t properly educated on the…
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You Don’t Have Time to Work Out? No Problem!

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&photo; Magen Petit These days everyone seems to be on time restraints – a meeting here, a conference call there, a kid’s dance recital, a favorite TV show, a boyfriend’s baseball game, a family outing, etc. Whatever commitment you’re tied down to, there is just not enough time in 24 hours to exercise… are these time restraints or really just excuses?! Why wouldn’t you want to put aside some time…
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Use Your Phone to Help You Get Fit!

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&photo; Magen Petit Since the majority of us can’t live without technology, especially our cell phones, I figured I’d blog about how using our phones can help us get fit! Your phone has a camera – use it for progress photos. You’d be surprised how motivating photos of yourself can be! Find a photo on your phone’s internet and save it. Set it as your wallpaper to inspire you. Looking…
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My New Best Friend: Full Body Workouts

Full Body Workout
  My style of training has changed since I began attending classes for a six-month program at National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) to become an advanced certified personal trainer, and I’ve been seeing some great results. (Keep in mind my diet is pretty clean – I have a cheat meal once or twice a week). I want to share with you an example of a workout that I’ve done recently …
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Click ‘N Snap: A Fun, Challenging Way to Reach Your Fitness Goals!

#SeptemberFit Photo Challenge
© Magen Petit Who doesn’t like a good (and fun!) challenge? I know I do, especially when it comes to physical fitness and exercising. I joined Instagram – the free photo-sharing program and social network – more than a year ago, and at that time I wasn’t aware of how powerful of a networking tool it can be, and how it can help me reach my own fitness goals! When…
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Get Motivated and Stay Motivated!

Motivation
photo © Magen Petit Whether you are a newbie at working out or you’re an old pro, sometimes finding the motivation to get yourself to the gym can be challenging. I’ve been there plenty of times, but I’ve learned to dig deep and find it in me to get my butt over to the gym. Here are some things that work for me when I find myself in a little…
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15-Minute Post-Run Strength Workout

Running, running, and then more running.  That’s what I do.  I’ve got to get those miles in, right?  However, running alone is not enough to achieve total fitness.  If you want to look your best, feel your best, and be at your best, a more well-balanced regimen is necessary.  At a minimum, your regimen should really include some sort of regular rotation of strength training, core strengthening, and flexibility exercises. …
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Don’t Dread the Treadmill

Whether the summer heat has forced you indoors or you have just decided that you need to take advantage of the complimentary toiletries that come with the gym membership you haven’t utilized in four months, the treadmill is your friend.  Many, if not most, runners cringe at the notion of working out on the “dreadmill”. photo © eccampbell Manufacturers have pulled out all the stops to try to make treadmill…
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Abide by the List: Gym Etiquette 101

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Photo © Magen Petit After spending some time in several different gyms, I have to address gym etiquette. The List 1. When you workout you sweat, right? The sweat usually trickles off your body and lands on whatever machine you’re using. Be sure to take a couple of seconds to wipe down the machine. 2. Unload your weights and put them back where you found them! Why is this concept…
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No More Excuses: The Arthur Boorman Story

Arthur Boorman
Google Image Search “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – E. James Rohn (1930-2009, American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker) No Excuses Recently, a friend of mine posted a video on my Facebook wall. The video was of a man who eventually beat the odds, made no excuses and gained control of his life back. I was moved…
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Workout Jargon 101: Understanding the Basics and Then Some

Workout Jargon
photo © Magen Petit Ok, you want me to perform four sets of 12 reps and superset these two exercises, then do a drop set on my next three exercises? Wait, what? Does this ever happen to you? All the bodybuilding and workout jargon leave you confused and almost frustrated that you just want to walk out on your workout? Hopefully, after reading this article, you’ll have a better understanding…
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Top 10 Motivational Quotes

Motivational Saying
photo © Daryl Furuyama “Aren’t there days you just don’t feel like working out or eating clean?” “How do you find the motivation to workout?” I get asked questions like these all the time. Here are my answers: Yes, of course I have days where I don’t feel like working out or eating a clean meal every 2-3 hours. I am human! But, on those days, I dig deep and…
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My Top Three Cardio Workouts

Cardio at the Gym
www.localfitness.com.au I’m just going to put it out there – I detest cardio. But, on the other hand, I love what it does for my body! I am putting in a lot of cardio workouts these days as I prepare for my upcoming fitness competitions. I want to share with you my top three cardio workouts that work for me. Workouts 1. Step Mill This is by far my favorite…
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Post Workout Meal: What Should I Eat?

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Photo © Thomas Rosenau Photo © Magen Petit Confused as to what to eat after your workout? Simply put: carbs and protein. You should try your best to make sure you’re getting this meal in immediately after your workout. The maximum length of time I’d go is an hour, but ideally within 30 minutes of completing a workout. Personally, I eat this meal as I’m leaving the gym, but then…
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7 Gym Bag Essentials for Weightlifters

OGIO Big Dome Duffel Bag
I attack the weights quite often each week and it’s nice to always have all of the essentials in a gym bag whenever I head to the gym. Aside from clean clothes, here are 7 things that I always keep handy in my weightlifting gym bag. 7. Sports Tape I use sports tape is a safety measure for when my calluses decide to rip up on me or if the…
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Body Hack to Fuel the Muscles and Burn the Fats

O Hai Biceps!
A lot of you probably already know that losing just fat is hard, and gaining just muscle is even harder. There was a point in my life when I was overweight. At that weight, I was still able to play basketball and run many miles without any issues. I knew I was strong and athletic, but I was still fat nonetheless. So one day I decided to lose fat by…
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