• P90X3 Review: Everything you need to know about P90X3

    P90X3 is out! This all new workout program from Tony Horton is P90X, but in only 30 minutes a day! It includes: 16 30-minute workouts that will make you get results faster than you ever imagined.

My fitness hero…

There are so many people to look up to in the world of exercise and nutrition. You have icons such as Jack LaLanne, the godfather of fitness. Or Dr. Kenneth Cooper, credited for inventing aerobics and bringing the importance of cholesterol and antioxidants into the mainstream. Or trainers like, dare I say, Richard Simmons… I mean […]

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Fight PMS naturally

Fight PMS naturally? When it’s that lovely time of the month again and you feel like a total mess, that’s not the first thing on your mind. You are physically and emotionally miserable and if you are like me, your first line of defense is several ibuprofen and chocolate. However, I’ve recently learned that the […]

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Why more muscle, less fat is objective #1

Having more muscle, less fat benefits us in numerous ways. Here are 8 advantages plus one bonus to making more muscle, less fat a top priority.

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Gym Optional site updates

Never one to rest on my laurels, I’ve been hard at work on some site improvements that will make your time here all the better. So here’s the quick rundown. Social Sharing I’m extremely engaged on the major social networks so that I can serve you wherever you spend most of your online time. You’ll […]

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MyFitnessPal Review

In this MyFitnessPal Review, I’m going to give some basic observations on what I like and don’t like about MFP. There are plenty of sites and apps that have similar features (Lose It, Livestrong Calorie Tracker, Daily Burn, SparkPeople) but few with a database as big as MFP. And since beauty is in the eye […]

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Vacation fitness tips

“Vacation fitness” for some people sounds like an oxymoron. But I go on vacation to take a break from the real world, not to take a total vacation from my fitness. So over the years, I’ve fine-tuned my vacation fitness approach so as to perfectly balance my goals of relaxation with my goals of preserving […]

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When to exercise: morning, noon, or night?

When to exercise: morning, noon, or night? This is a question I get frequently and one that has a really easy answer… scroll to the bottom if you don’t want to wait. But if you want to read the various pros/cons of each time slot, journey on. When to exercise: morning Morning is my personal […]

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Fitness for less: boost your savings while getting fit

Fitness for less sound good? Wouldn’t you like to add to your savings? Probably so, but finding extra dollars to put into savings is a challenge for everyone. Would you like to start a new fitness program? Maybe not. But what if you could boost your savings by getting healthier? That’s what I call fitness […]

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Should I weigh myself? Yes… and no.

If you’re wondering, “Should I weigh myself?” the answer may not be a simple “yes” or “no.” Let’s take a look at both sides of the argument. Before deciding, “Should I weigh myself?” Before deciding “Should I weigh myself?” it’s important to understand that trimming down should be about shedding fat, NOT about losing weight. […]

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Carb Cycling: what is carb cycling and does it work?

In its most basic form, carb cycling (or carbohydrate cycling) is an approach to eating in which you greatly restrict your carbohydrate intake for a set period of days, followed by a brief period of medium to high carbohydrate intake. Then you repeat this cycling process: carbs off for a while, then on briefly, then […]

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Fitness accountability. What horses can teach us about teamwork.

There’s a parable that motivational speakers like to use. The speaker will ask the audience: “If a draft horse can pull between one to three tons, what would you expect two draft horses to be able to pull?” After posing the question, he’ll give the audience time to do some math and whisper their best […]

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Introducing Smoothie Wizard. The magic of eating healthy!

For some time now, I thought it would be really helpful if there was a place I could go to enter the ingredients I have in my kitchen, click a button, and various smoothie recipes I could make would appear out of nowhere. “Someone really needs to build that,” I thought to myself. Well, that […]

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Ultimate Reset Review: Is it the ultimate detox?

In this Ultimate Reset Review, I’m going to profile Beachbody’s 21-day, 3-phase program detox. Beachbody claims that The Ultimate Reset provides you with everything you need to Reclaim your body’s natural balance, Release the harmful materials you may be storing within you, and Restore your system to its maximum health. I’m on a mission to find out.

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Kids exercise when you exercise

Kids exercise when you exercise. Don’t believe me? I got the best call from my wife the other day regarding Gigi, our four-year-old. Kim said… I just wanted to let you know that your daughter asked if she could do the Tony and the Kids workout video. She finished up my ab workout with me, […]

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Healthy eating can be an illusion

Quick guess of where the photos were taken … Subway? Wrong. Whole Foods? Wrong again. Last chance. Google Cafe? (Insert loud buzzer noise here) No my friend, that’s the picture on the wall of the Thornton’s Gas Station near my house. AHHHHH, now it makes sense, right? Cause, you know, all that healthy, fresh food […]

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Problems with dairy? Here’s one way to find out.

Do you have problems with dairy? Maybe you didn’t think so until all the attention dairy started getting with the Vegan and Paleo diet movements. Or maybe you knew you had problems with dairy from the way it made you feel. Or better yet, the way it made you feel when you didn’t have dairy […]

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How to be an encourager. For starters, don’t be a Barone.

In spite of my frequent Seinfeld references (like my Organize your kitchen pantry and Fitness goals can easily be sabotaged by “special” occasions posts), I actually think Everybody Loves Raymond was better (yeah, I said it). In fact, the day-in day-out struggles of the Barone family make for one of my all-time favorite shows. Want to know how […]

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Vitamix Smoothie Recipe: Blueberry, Raspberry, Broccoli & Spinach

Vitamix Smoothie Recipe Requirements I require every Vitamix smoothie recipe to have at least one vegetable for each fruit, otherwise there is just too much sugar (though we will occasionally make a fruit-only smoothie as a dessert on a designated dessert day). I also require every Vitamix smoothie recipe to have some kind of protein component, […]

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11 lies we tell ourselves to avoid taking control of our health

I'll hate it. I don't have the time. I don't know how. I can't do it. I'm too tired. I don't have enough money. I'll start tomorrow. I have more important things to do. I'll never be as fit as ___________. I'm happy with where I'm at. It's too hard.