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Product Review: Maca by NOW Supplements

Product Review: Maca by NOW Supplements

I've always said that you always need to educate yourself and learn new things daily. I'm a huge advocate of reading books, going to Udemy, and reading factual articles to learn. About 8 months ago I read about an ingredient called Maca and its use in herbal supplements. Once I confirmed it wasn't one of those "miracle supplements" that are out to make a quick dollar, I decided to try some out. I tried the NOW Supplements brand of Maca and I've been using it ever since. So what is Maca? Maca is a plant that grows in central Peru up on the Andes mountains. They have been cultivating this stuff like a vegetable crop for at least 3000 years and they use

Product Review: Hottie by LeCheek Nutrition

Product Review: Hottie by LeCheek Nutrition

Aside from protein, pre-workouts have to be the most popular and talked about supplement among friends. "Which pre-workout are you taking?" "Have you heard about this new pre-workout?" To those who don't regularly take a them, you hear all of the horror stories how people are supposedly being sent to the hospital, or how different brands are in trouble and have lawsuits out... it is scary to try one. This pre-workout that I am going to review today is from a premier company that creates a lot of great products so let's get started. Be sure to check out the end of the article for tips on getting the most out of your pre-workout. LeCheek Nutrition as a Company I don't know too much about

Product Review: NLA for Her Shred Her

Product Review: NLA for Her Shred Her

I recently added a "Product Review" section to our new menu because I wanted to start writing reviews for products that I've taken and had clients take. The goal here is to give you all my personal experience with these supplements and products so you don't have to hope that a certain product is worth the money or not. Included with these product reviews, I'm going to try to give you a roadmap to getting the most out of the product. What's this mean for you? Not only will you get a review of the actual product, I'm going to do my best to map out some ways to make these products more effective. So lets get on with it! NLA for Her as a

38 Dumbbell Alternatives to Machine Exercises

Dumbbell Alternatives to Machines

Kali started going to the gym about 5 months ago. She's been able to get on a schedule and come to the gym on a consistent basis. While her gym is packed full of the newest and best machines you can exercise on, she is starting to realize that machines only is not the way to train - she will have to start using free weights. Looking around the gym she notices there are a lot of people who use dumbbells that have the type of body she desires and starts to venture over to try them out. The problem Kali is having now is that she knows which machines work certain muscles, but is clueless on their dumbbell counterparts. Maybe you're like Kali

Using Free Weights: How Much Is Too Much?

Using Free Weights

Using free weights is important if you want to create the body of your dreams. Machines help build muscle, but if you want to build a body that can perform as well as it looks, free weights is what you want to use. Benefits of using free weights: More muscle means more calories burned Reduces depression Builds muscle density Increase athleticism Improves mobility and ability to move Lower diabetes risk Improved heart health Better blood sugar control Prevents and fixes lower back pain Improved balance Improves mental strength You'll look and feel better The list goes on. I wanted to show you a small snippet of what benefits lifting free weights has. Let me go over some of these points below. The importance of building strength Building functional strength is one of the most important by-products of

6 Tips for Picking the Right Gym for You

Picking the Right Gym for You

Having such a variety of fitness clubs, gyms, and underground dungeons makes achieving your goals easier than ever. However, with so many choices it is difficult to make the first step and feeling confident in your choice. In this post I'm going to show you 6 tips that I recommend you use to find the right gym for you. Know Your Goals When setting out to find a place to reach your fitness goals, you need to be clear on what your goals are. Examples: If you want to go to a gym to increase your fitness levels, improve your conditioning, and maybe hit a few machines then you want to choose something like a fitness center. These centers will have nicer cardio equipment, circuit machines,

Train Smart: Don’t Kill Yourself In The Gym

Train Smart

With shirts and memes telling you to go "beast mode" in the gym, it's no wonder people think you have to kill yourself in the gym to get results. But on the other hand, going into the gym and not breaking a sweat is not going to help you achieve any of your goals either. Train Smarter Believe it or not, there needs to be balance between busting your ass and knowing when to back off if you want to make optimal progress. This balance is crucial for any goal you have including weight loss goals, strength goals, or conditioning goals. The reason you get stronger, build muscle, or lose weight is from your body adapting to the conditions you are putting it through. The

Powerlifting For Women: What It Is Really Like

Robyn Pearce

The misconception that lifting heavy will make you bulky is a myth I want to get rid of. These pictures are just a few taken from the UPA Powerlifting Competition that took place out in Dubuque, Iowa. I was unable to make the meet so I did not take these pictures. Powerlifting for women is growing and I want to help others get started. If you want to learn how to conquer your body by weight training, conditioning, and nutrition then you are in the right place. Here are 15 examples of some of the strongest women in powerlifting. They aren't bulky and you won't be bulky either. Leave any comments or questions below!

Motivation to Lose Weight: What Drives YOU?

There's something in everyone that drives us to accomplish our goals, but what exactly is it? When you don't fit into the clothes you would like to, or you are not as in shape as you want to be, you make a decision to accomplish that goal. Motivation To Lose Weight: What Drives YOU? This is going to be a short and sweet article to help spark weight loss motivation. If you are reading this because you are stuck in a rut and feel like giving up, I want to ask you one thing: Why did you start in the first place? Think back to that day when something happened and you realized you had to do something to lose weight. You probably felt embarrassed, scared, or

5 Ways SMART Goals Will Help You Reach Your Goals


I decided to write an article about SMART goals since I mention them a lot. I'm going to show you what SMART goals are, how you make the best of them, and how you can apply this to any part of your life. What are SMART Goals? Smart goals stand for Specific Measurable AttainableĀ Realistic Timely. Specific Specific goals are goals that answer who, what, when, where, and why. Most people who say they "want to lose weight" are shooting themselves in the foot from the beginning. Who The who should be easiest to answer. The most common goals will have either yourself or yourself and a partner involved. What What are you trying to achieve? Okay here is where the "lose weight" or "get stronger" statement comes in. When Establish