Ask the Expert—Erin Holt

Are you feeling overwhelmed with how to workout? Do you want to lose fat, gain muscle, have more energy, get bigger, faster, and stronger, but are confused with all the diet books and conflicting information out there? This two-part series will get back to the basics and take a look at how HORMONES are a huge catalyst to whether fat is being released or stored.

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Supplemental Learning

(Editor’s Note: Steve Edwards is the Director of Results and Fitness Advisor for Beachbody. The article below first appeared in his blog, The Straight Dope, on January 31, 2012 and is reprinted here with his permission.)

I was answering these the other day for staff training and thought they’d make a helpful post for everyone. Basically they are questions we get from most of our customers in some alliteration about taking supplements of any kind. I have no idea who actually compiled these questions but I’ve heard them all many times.

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Ask the Expert—Dr. Izzy Lira

Q: With all of the trendy cleanses and diets out there, can you recommend a way of eating that will kick-start the New Year in a healthy way? I still want to be able to enjoy eating what I love.

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Are You Tough Enough?

One of the major things that helps keep me on track and action-oriented is to continually take on challenges and opportunities that stretch my comfort level and force me to prepare for the future. Another very important component for me is to share my aspirations with others and bring them along on these new adventures. The experience of chasing after a tough goal is so much more rewarding when you have great friends and family taking part in the challenge alongside you. So, what’s next?

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Resolution Solution

Ah, it’s January, and you know what that means: This year you’re going to stick to your goal of dropping a dress size, putting on some muscle, start waking up at 5AM to run… every day. Why does it seem that each year your goals stay the same, but yet you never seem to hit them?

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Sweet by Nature

It seems everywhere you go during the holidays, someone is offering you holiday candy, fruitcakes, pies, or anything they want to get out of their house and away from their lips. Ah, sweet temptation! Although it’s pretty challenging to avoid sweets altogether during this time, you can make healthier choices. Avoid all desserts and confections that contain high fructose corn syrup—which is made from genetically modified corn—and any desserts using artificial sweeteners, all of which are poison to our bodies.

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Parkour Primer

You probably already know what it is, but may not recognize the name. If you’ve seen James Bond’s opening foot chase in the film Casino Royale, or Nike and Xbox commercials featuring urban acrobatics while on the run, then you’ve seen parkour.

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Ultramarathon Musings

I’m writing this as I wait for my flight back home to Port Angeles, Washington after the most incredible, painful, exciting, amazing, physical experience of my life—The Lean Horse 100 ultramarathon in South Dakota. The guys who trained me describe 100-mile trail running as living a lifetime of emotions in a weekend, and I was not let down.

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