What’s your goal new runner?! Is your race a means to an end or is it the end desire? Are you running to race or to lose weight? YOU need to know!!

Dear Butter Cream Gang, I have you in mind.  I just want to share some science/research/experience-based perspective on pre-race/run nutrition and then leave you to your own devices to ultimately decide what is best for you. I’ll also sprinkle in some facts about the run, your goals and how that affects your training.  In other…

To Pasta or NOT To Pasta (prior to exercise/a long run)? This is a good question!

For exercise performance, a higher carb diet (70%) is recommended. However, this is not the case if fat loss is the goal. Remember…performance or fat loss?  Pick ONE because they each require action(s) that counter-act each other. Afterwards, you may consider, as the ideal time to carb-up in preparation for a subsequent training event –…

An article worth reading re. Exercise and Cholesterol

http://www.unm.edu/~lkravitz/Article%20folder/cholesterol.htmlThe Role of Physical Activity on Lipid and Lipoprotein Levels There is a variety of environmental and personal factors that may influence a person’s cholesterol composition such as age, gender, level of body fat, dietary intake of fat, cholesterol and carbohydrates, alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, medication, menopausal status, and exercise. Because of complex interactions among…

Effective and Fast workout! I’m fwd’ing an email I received that I think captures the essence of a comprehensive routine. Enjoy…

Hey mate,I hope this finds you better than ever.Since you asked for more real world examples, I thought I would give you an example of a Minimum Effective Dose (MED) style workout, tacked against some Intermittent Fasting. I performed this workout today, and will give you detail of how it unfolded and the rationale behind…

Compound/Multi-Joint Movements when exercising. Why THIS and not THAT?

Exercise can be classified either as compound/multi-joint or isolation/single-joint. For time-efficient workouts, compound exercises are recommended because compound exercises stimulate multiple major muscle groups and CAN create the greatest change in body composition in the shortest time. That’s a big CAN followed by a big IF.  That CAN happen IF you actually do them consistently…

Why Squats?!

Squats – you either love them or you hate them! But either way, they are an excellent exercise. The major benefits of performing squats include: Squats work all major muscle groups Squats are an exhaustive exercise & burn more calories than most if not all others you typically do or see being done in the…

Fart-lek!

Fartlek, which means “speed play” in Swedish, is a form of interval training which puts stress on the whole aerobic energy system due to the continuous nature of the exercise. The difference between this type of training and continuous training is that the intensity or speed of the exercise varies, meaning that aerobic and anaerobic…