Cutting back

Being fit is more than just physical fitness; it is also a state of mind, because mental health is very important to our overall health.

Do fat burners, weight-loss supplements actually work?

You may see them advertised in magazines, on television and online: “ultimate fat burner,” “super fat burner,” green tea fat burner,” and products that claim to be able to “melt away fat,” “burn calories” and “instantly reduce body fat.” Do they really work?

Lifting for good bones

In response to last week’s column about how it’s possible to achieve a slim waistline by shedding extra belly fat while maintaining curves so to speak, I received some emails from concerned women who would like to just ‘tone up’ without lifting.

Improve fat loss with BCAAs

For the past two weeks, I touched on the benefits of supplementing with Citrulline Malate and Glutamine for cardiovascular health, recovery and effective blood flow.

Taking supplements: which ones and why

On Wednesday while sipping on a pre-workout supplement in my hotel room overlooking the horizon in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, it occurred to me that I should tell readers about some of the supplements I take and why.

Fitness

What is good cardio and how often should you do it Last week I discussed cardio and discussed the two types of cardio, HIIT and LISS.

How safe are low fat foods?

One of the most popular phrases in today’s health-conscious society is “low-fat.” Other common phrases we hear are “low-fat diet,” “sugar free,” or “calorie free.” What is being touted by the use of these phrases is that these foods are healthy because they are low in fat or calories.

Foods for fat loss

Last week we discussed exercises for toning and how they can help you achieve the ideal physique you have pictured in your head.

Achieving ‘glute’ goals

Whilst guys are getting shredded or toned to show off our chests, arms and abs for the ‘summer,’ ladies are mostly concerned with their midsection, legs and their butts.

Tips to accelerate fat loss

It’s wedding season and it will soon segue into ‘summer’ vacation season. So if you need to shed a few pounds to fit into that suit, gown, dress, bikini or board shorts keep reading.

Boosting your immunity

During the May/June rainy season here it’s also flu season. I’m sure many of you readers can agree that some of your loved ones, friends and/or co-workers have been bitten with the flu bug lately.

How to build bigger calves

Last week we discussed the numerous benefits of not skipping ‘leg day’. But while many of us work our butts off on ‘leg day’ and earn well-developed quads and hamstrings, we still have difficulty building massive calves.

Hydration is important

For the past three columns I discussed and illustrated some of the staples in my breakfast, lunch and dinner meal stacks and their numerous benefits.

Good nutrition: Breakfast food

Whether at the gym, at work or hanging out, I’m constantly approached and politely quizzed on my nutrition which is key to maintaining a lean, appealing physique year round.

Warming up before you workout

The benefits of rest and recovery and massages were discussed in the past two columns as some of the things you should typically do post-workout to help with your fitness goals outside of the gym.

Rest and recovery – how important are they?

Last week the topic of training smarter rather than harder was discussed. In that column, I illustrated the significant strength and muscle gains I achieved in 14 months with training just three days per week rather than going ‘balls to the walls’ daily like a pro bodybuilder on anabolic steroids.

Train smarter, not harder

Having added to debunking the myth that strength training would suddenly morph women into bulky, manly beings, my thoughts naturally turned to the quality of training.

It’s in the genes

Scrolling through my Instagram timeline last week I came across a funny meme with the caption: “Some people can eat five burgers and not gain a pound; I click ‘like’ on a picture of a Nutella jar and gain five pounds.” While the meme was hilarious and obviously untrue, I asked myself the question “Does genetics play a

Staying with the programme

Those of you who might have see-sawed through New Year health and fitness resolutions in the past would know that if it has not happened before, it is around this time that your drive will begin to slow.

Losing to gain

In last week’s column we discussed some tweaks to training, supplementation and nutrition that can make a difference in your fat loss efforts.