Banded Push-up Modification
Written by Melissa Hurley

Are you unable to do a solid push-up from your toes? Do you have a couple but wish you could rep out 10-15 more? Give this option a shot.

Measurable and Attainable:
The banded push-up gives you a measurable and attainable route to doing more push-ups. Keep track of the hole number (on the rack) and the band strength you use. Once you’ve reach a solid number (15-20+reps) unbroken, use a thinner band or go down a couple holes on the rack.

Do You Know How to Burn More Calories in Less Time?
Written by Mark Riebel & Remastered by Michele Vieux
(More Bang for Your Buck and The Myth of the Fat Burning Zone Originally Published September 14 & 15, 2009)

If you’re like most people who are balancing a hectic schedule, you probably don’t have a ton of time to spend in the gym. Or maybe you are looking to get more bang for your buck because you’ve hit a weightloss plateau in with your usual cardio routine.

The Hips Don’t Lie
Written by Melissa Hurley

It’s a simple supply-demand relationship.

The core muscles have been the focus of stability training – and with good reason – due to how “the core” provides a working surface for our extremities to push off of. Our core is crucial for any kind of movement.

We generate, absorb, and transfer forces to and from our extremities, which means we need to focus on stabilizing the connection between extremity and core. Enter the hip. We all know that “the hips don’t lie”.

Fat Burning Finishers to Keep You From Looking Like Santa
Written By Bryce Smith

Have you gained a few pounds this holiday season, or are you worried about gaining weight with all the tempting foods surrounding you at holiday get togethers? Keep reading on to get some golden nuggets that can help you blast away some of those unnecessary pounds and have you feeling beach ready in the middle of December.

I am going to provide you with some fat blasting finishers that you can safely and efficiently perform at the conclusion of every workout in order to avoid Santa Claus Syndrome.

More Bang for Your Buck
Written by Mark Riebel

(Originally published on September 15, 2009)

In a previous post, I explained that the notion of the fat-burning zone is a misunderstood concept, and that a higher intensity of exercise yields more results than a low-intensity session (when we look at it from the caloric expenditure standpoint). If fat loss is one of your goals, caloric intake and expenditure is something you should be mindful of, and burning more calories during exercise will help to increase that expenditure and subsequent weight loss.


Training for Fat Loss
Written by Calvin Sun

I’ve spent the better part of a decade earning a living by training clients and working with athletes. In that time, the biggest misconceptions that I have seen over and over have been related to training for fat loss. I hate to generalize, but most women (and some men) believe that they should avoid all weight training and only perform “cardio” and abdominal exercises to get their ideal physique. I see this manifest in our group classes in the form of going through the motions during the strength portion and then only focusing on the conditioning portion of the workout –