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Welp, apparently something about my recent article for US News & World Report resonated with all of you out there..it became the most popular article on the entire US News & World Report site last week!
While I’d like to think it was due to my stellar writing, I’m sure that was not the case. The article explained why going “balls-to-the-wall” every time you work out is not a good idea; whether you are just trying to start an exercise habit or are a seasoned, or even competitive, lifter.
Go figure: Tell people not to exercise hard and you become Mr. Popularity!
I do think my message was missed by a few out there however. I doubt those who didn’t understand my message actually read the article, but regardless, for purposes of clarity, I’ll explain exactly what I meant, and what the haters got wrong.
First, the haters:
Oh, where to start… While I’m sure both of these 19 year old kids who clearly know everything and have already figured out the world (I mean who hasn’t by the time you left your parent’s house just over a year ago!?), they definitely haven’t spent one second understanding the premise of all training: exercise periodization. Periodization simply means changing what you do over time so you incrementally progress without harming yourself. Training intensity is one of the most crucial components of periodization. But, look, with Jason and Andrew’s pearls of wisdom, who needs science?
And contrary to what Andrew believes, EVERY Mr. Olympia, World’s Strongest Man competitor, and powerlifting record holder used the science of periodization, including varying intensity (which can include changing loads, sets, reps, rests, to name a few parameters) to ultimately dominate and destroy and “game day.”
Moral of the story:
1. Never place important decisions about your wellbeing in the hands of a 19 year old (unless it is a real-life Doogie Howser)
2. Never defer to the “wisdom” of internet trolls when it come to — well, anything!
If you’re tired of plateaus and injury, contact me for online fitness and fat loss coaching.
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A few months ago I got a call from across the pond (no, not New Jersey). London was calling: After Halevy Life was featured twice in a row in Daily Mail (UK), Women’s Heath UK wanted to dig in to just how we get the results at Halevy Life that allow us to offer “Fitness Guaranteed” — the only results-guaranteed-or-your-money-back offer of its kind in the industry.
The editors at Women’s Health were so intrigued that they tried it themselves, and…
For a limited time you can try the workout yourself HERE or for a more customized approach, contact me for online fitness and fat loss coaching.
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I’ve been in the fitness industry for ten years now and I’vel earned a lot, un-learned a lot, and I am still learning.
But there are certain things that I believe will sabotage your results at the gym — besides that bacon double-cheeseburger.
I captured these three big no-no’s in a series for US News & World Report. Here are all three installations:
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Check out the final installment, Part 3, of my new three-part series for U.S. News & World Report: “Are You Guilty of These Gym Results Wreckers?”
Yesterday’s post covered doing too little at the gym…but that doesn’t necessarily mean skimping on your workout; it may even include some of the high intensity interval training we’ve all grown to love and *cough* Crossfit *cough*.
Today, as if the gif wasn’t enough of a hint, it’s doing stupid things.
(And of course I don’t mean anything you’re doing!) :)
Check out Part 2 of my new three-part series I am writing for U.S. News & World Report: “Are You Guilty of These Gym Results Wreckers?”
Yesterday’s post covered doing too much at the gym (sound like someone you know?) :)
Today’s focus swings entirely to the polar opposite: Doing too little.
I think it might surprise a few folks, from those who do high intensity interval training to the cardio bunnies on the ellipticals.
And be sure to check out tomorrow’s installment about doing stupid things. (Stop worrying; I didn’t name names.)
Check out a new three-part series I am writing for U.S. News & World Report: “Are You Guilty of These Gym Results Wreckers?”
It will cover the three biggest mistake people make in the gym that are likely sabotaging their results. And I’ll be honest; I’ve made all three of these mistakes. No one is immune, but being aware can certainly help change the way you train and get you much better results at the gym!
And be sure to check out tomorrow’s installment about the pitfalls of doing too little.
Check out this video I did for Self.com for a quick, fun, total-body workout using only the treadmill!