Tis the Season (To Be Intent)

It’s no secret that Chicago winters can be grueling and can sap you of any resolve.  Forecasters have predicted one of the worst winters in decades.  It’s going to be cold and the wind will whip right through any and all layers of clothing you’ll be wearing.  Just the thought of stepping outside can void [...]

By | December 6th, 2011|Jon, The trainer's blog|0 Comments

Nutrition Myth #3 (You Can Only Absorb 30g of Protein a Meal)

For quite some time now there has been this belief in the fitness industry that the body can only absorb a certain amount of protein per meal and the rest will be excreted or stored as fat. Now that I have previously debunked that meal frequency does not have an effect on body composition, you [...]

By | November 16th, 2011|Galen, The trainer's blog|0 Comments

Nutrition Myth #2 (You Have to Eat Breakfast)

This second myth originated by poorly interpreting a study, as is often done. The study examined peoples eating habits and then associating them with over all body composition. This is a classic case of correlation vs. causation. Researchers found that those who skipped breakfast were more likely to be obese (correlation.) However, it was found that [...]

By | November 9th, 2011|Galen, The trainer's blog|3 Comments

Nutrition Myth #1 (6 meals a day)

For whatever reason this myth came about promoting that eating more meals a day will "Increase your metabolism."   The idea is that whenever you eat your metabolic rate increases slightly for a few hours, and this is known as (TEF) or thermic effect of food. However, as along as the nutrient content intake is [...]

By | November 5th, 2011|Galen, The trainer's blog|0 Comments

Is Your Multivitamin Toxic?

Many of you have been asking about the three containers we have up front with an apple which either contain nothing, a USANA Multivitamin, or a Centrum multivitamin. The goal behind this demonstration is to prove that all multivitamins are not created equal. The reason for the mold which appears on the apple which contains nothing, and on [...]

By | October 18th, 2011|Galen, The trainer's blog|1 Comment

Overfed and Undernourished

Poor health (person in dis-eased state) and de-conditioned state (low stamina, low muscle strength, low energy) are very common within our society, particularly for people living in urban environments.  During the period of the “hunter-gatherer” man’s plight was a very physical one.  Looking back at periods thereafter, man had to physically wrestle and break down the [...]

By | October 3rd, 2011|Sean, The trainer's blog|0 Comments

Is Your Carb Addiction Killing Your Fat Loss?

Our media and society heavily pushes starches and carbohydrates as an important part of our diet. Albeit not completely false, many take carb consumption to the extreme in relation to their activity levels.   Carbohydrates are necessary in order to perform high bouts of intense physical activity, they are not necessary to fuel your body [...]

By | September 22nd, 2011|Galen, The trainer's blog|0 Comments

How Many Calories Should I Eat?

How to find out How many Calories to consume?   When trying to lose fat or gain muscle it is important to know how many calories you are consuming on a daily basis. The easiest way to do so is to keep an online log of everything you eat, here are some popular ones:   [...]

By | September 22nd, 2011|Galen, The trainer's blog|0 Comments

Frail and Brittle

 We are living in precarious times.  The fragility of our economy has placed many of us in a state of mental insecurity.  We are experiencing a cash and credit crunch that are unprecedented in this current generation’s lifetime.  It is not a coincidence that at the time when our economy is at its lowest point that Americans have [...]

By | September 16th, 2011|Sean, The trainer's blog|0 Comments

Stuck in a Weight Loss Plateau?

First off, fat loss is not always a liner progress. Meaning if your caloric intake is based on losing 1-2lbs a week, at times you won’t lose that much even if everything is on target.   When fat loss occurs, water retention also occurs. When a fat cell empties its triglyceride (fat) water will enter [...]

By | September 14th, 2011|Galen, The trainer's blog|0 Comments