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Trends or Truth

Fads might by fine for fashion, but your body deserves better

By Brandon Harrison
April 17, 2014 12:31 PM |
Maybe the thing you remember most about the 1990s is Friends. Or maybe you remember it as the era when we were constantly tempted with promises of "no-fat" and "low-fat." Today, walking the aisles of any grocery store you'll still spot all sorts of bright, bold labels proclaiming "Fat Free!" or "Low Fat!" as a result of that era's research ... [Read]

Building Blocks

While you are what you eat, not everything you eat is the same

By Brandon Harrison
April 3, 2014 8:30 AM |
There's some conventional wisdom about diet: Calories control your weight, macronutrients control your body compensation, and micronutrients control your health. By now, everyone knows weight loss and weight gain are simply a matter of calories in versus calories out. Eat more than you need to gain, eat less to lose. Macronutrients, on the other hand, control what that weight ... [Read]

The Fitness Five

Some commonsense guidelines will help you navigate the path to your workout goals

By Brandon Harrison
March 20, 2014 7:03 AM |
Consider that you go about your day thinking, "This is how I do that, and this is how I do this." It works, you feel it, and you don't look completely lost. But then there's a person -- someone you don't expect, most of the time -- who says something along the lines of, "Why don't you try leaning ... [Read]

A Love Letter to Carbs

It's a challenging relationship, but it's one that can work wonders with a willingness to walk away when needed

By Brandon Harrison
March 6, 2014 7:55 AM |
Dear Carbohydrates, I was just sitting around thinking about you the other day and wanted to write. I know it's been a while. I have been pretty good, but it seems like I can't go a day without seeing you around. Every restaurant I go to reminds me how much everyone loves you -- it's what everyone starts every ... [Read]

Harder, Better, Older

Getting past your peak calls for more gym dedication, not permission to coast to the finish line

By Brandon Harrison
February 13, 2014 8:04 AM |
I'll be up front: I'm not old by any stretch. At 25, I'm only a short seven years into my adult life, legally speaking. I still do things most young guys are able to do in the gym: lift an unnecessary amount of weight, recover after a single day, and enjoy a high level of elasticity to help avoid ... [Read]

T Time

Anabolic steroid use -- testosterone, in particular -- carries both scare tactics and sound warnings

By Brandon Harrison
January 30, 2014 6:49 AM |
It's not much of a secret these days. To get to the size and strength level of many professional athletes, PED's are necessary. An acronym that encompasses a large selection of pharmaceuticals, PED stands for "Performance Enhancing Drugs." The most popular PED is the anabolic steroid, testosterone. The government labeled testosterone and other anabolic steroids as controlled substances in ... [Read]

5 Rules for Your Gym Regimen

When you're walking through a gym's doors the first few times, form good habits from the start

By Brandon Harrison
January 9, 2014 1:24 PM |
Lose weight. Save money. These are the most popular New Year's resolutions. And, amusingly enough, a gym membership doesn't accomplish either. That doesn't stop herds of new members from flocking to the gym in hopes of ridding themselves of the pounds they gained throughout the holiday season. There are, however, five simple steps you can take to ensure you fit ... [Read]

Get A Life

Moving into a healthier lifestyle doesn't demand an end to every indulgence, but as the saying goes, moderation is key

By Brandon Harrison
Photo by Todd Franson
November 21, 2013 4:39 AM |
Over the last few months, I've been getting the same question from a few people. "Can you help get me back in shape? I want to be back to the weight I was 10 years ago. I'll do anything you need me to do." Typically, a pause follows. Then comes the list of bad habits they want to keep ... [Read]

Gym Jitters

While a gym might be intimidating, the anxieties are all your own

By Brandon Harrison
November 7, 2013 10:17 AM |
I know the drill. I've gone through it. You wonder how many people are going to be there. You wonder how big the people are who go there. You wonder how fit and trim the person on the treadmill or bike next to you is going to be – and how they might size you up. It intensifies the entire ... [Read]

Modern Snake Oil

In an ocean of supplements, the only proven ingredient for fitness is sweat

By Brandon Harrison
October 17, 2013 5:54 AM |
According to the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association, the fitness industry generated an amazing $21.8 billion dollars in revenue in 2012. That's $1.5 billion more than the year before -- an amazing feat in any industry. And that doesn't include the supplement market that reported a 7.1 percent growth to $1.5 billion dollars in the same year. What do ... [Read]

One Simple Rule

There's no easy trick to improving fitness, but there is a "secret" that won't fail

By Brandon Harrison
October 3, 2013 8:00 AM |
It's no secret: The fitness industry is an industry for a reason. It's there to make money. Recent years, thanks to the "obesity epidemic" and the growing number of people suffering from heart disease related to an unhealthy lifestyle, the fitness machine is booming. Blogs, magazines – all mass media, essentially – are competing against one another to capture ... [Read]

Getting CrossFit

A nationwide program where everyone is on the same page, CrossFit may be perfect to achieve all-around fitness

By Brandon Harrison
September 19, 2013 3:42 AM |
"CrossFit." Almost everyone has heard of it, though many don’t quite know what it’s all about. CrossFit gyms – or “boxes,” as they’ve been dubbed by enthusiasts – are usually innocuous on the outside. Inside, though, you'll find a lifters’ heaven: lines of power racks, barbells and pull-up bars. Tires and conditioning sleds often litter parking lots or similar ... [Read]

Getting Specific on Sports

Plyometric training can deliver a winning competitive edge

By Brandon Harrison
August 22, 2013 7:37 AM |
When we're children, fitness is a direct result of play. We go outside, run around with friends and burn calories. As we get a bit older, some of us transition into sports. At that point, staying in shape for our specific sport is the driving force behind our fitness. For example, playing offensive line on my high school football team ... [Read]

Top 5 Nutrition Myths

Some of your weight-loss ''rules'' might be worth revisiting

By Brandon Harrison
Photo by Todd Franson
August 8, 2013 6:54 AM |
''Quick fat loss with this one simple tip!'' ''Eat what you want and shed the weight!'' ''I lost 50 pounds in five weeks – here's how!'' Those are the sorts of quotes you see peppering the pages of health and nutrition magazines. And something nearly every article has in common? The perpetuation of very common myths to weight loss. ... [Read]

Cut to Bulk

Midsummer starts the transition from fit and trim to muscle mass

By Brandon Harrison
July 18, 2013 4:46 AM |
The summer is in full swing, arms are exposed, shirts are off, and shorts are riding low. The cutting months, getting to that perfect beach body, are over. It is finally time to start maneuvering your body to add lean body mass. The transition, though, can be just as confusing as the cutting phase. How much do I eat? When ... [Read]