Personalized Fitness Assessment and TRX Training

My Life as Liz’s Guinea Pig: The Alec Brinn Fitness Story Part 1: Why I decided to get a personal trainer: I have always struggled to be fit.  I am the stereotypical yo-yo dieting, fitness DVD-buying, fast-food loving, red-blooded American (can I get a hell yeah?!?).  I have been as heavy as 280 pounds and […]

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Common Questions: What is the ‘fat-burning zone’?

  Have you ever heard of the mythical ‘fat-burning zone’?  This is supposedly the heart rate range where your body will utilize fat as its main energy source.  I think this question often comes from these little graphs you see on treadmills or the walls of the cardio section in your gym:   In this […]

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My Weight Loss Journey – 6 months and 21 pounds later

I’ve mentioned it to a few people at Empower, but if you didn’t know, I embarked on a weight-loss mission after my last powerlifting meet in March.  But instead of just going the normal route, I thought that this would be a good opportunity to personally test out some of the nutrition and exercise advice […]

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Common Questions: How Many Calories Should I Eat?

It’s a timeless question, and one that can get you many answers – some overly complicated and others extremely simple. Am I Eating Too Many Calories? The most frequent answer is that to lose weight, you must eat less calories than you take in: Calories In > Calories Out = Weight gain Calories Out > […]

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Nutrition Counseling and Health Supplements

Common Questions: What Supplements Should I Take? Have you ever picked up a fitness magazine or watched commercials about the latest in exercise supplements?  Ones that will promise rapid weight loss, quick muscle gain, or increased work capacity? Look like this in 30 days!  Sound familiar? Those are just the obvious money pitfalls – there […]

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Common Health Questions

We’re going to feature a new series of blog posts – motivated by our own readers and clients! There are questions about health and fitness that we as trainers and professionals in the fitness industry hear pretty often – Should I do cardio or strength training first? What sorts of supplements should I take? How […]

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Is Fast Food Less Expensive?

This week’s blog post is more of a question to YOU, our clients, than it is a paragraph of information. There was an interesting article from the New York Times a while back that compared the prices of several different meals – including two from the grocery store and 1 from McDonald’s. Read the article […]

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