Why Your Body Composition Isn’t Improving When You’re Doing Everything Right
Apr 26, 2017

Why Your Body Composition Isn’t Improving When You’re Doing Everything Right

  I lift, do cardio, and eat clean-- but I can’t seem to build more muscle.  I dropped a few pounds for the first few weeks, but nothing has changed since then. I’ve been running...


What You Need to Know About Running and Body Composition
Apr 19, 2017

What You Need to Know About Running and Body Composition

Running has long been a popular sport due to its accessibility and cardiovascular benefits. The styles of running are as varied and diverse as the individuals who take part in the sport; from sprinting to...


5 Big Things You Stand To Gain By Taking Your Body Composition Seriously
Mar 29, 2017

5 Big Things You Stand To Gain By Taking Your Body Composition Seriously

It’s tempting to simply eat with your eyes and misjudge serving sizes, or stay in bed instead of going for an early morning jog. Holding off on things that don’t seem to have an immediate...


How to Use the Science of Healthy Habits to Improve Your Life
Mar 21, 2017

How to Use the Science of Healthy Habits to Improve Your Life

When it comes to improving body composition, there are some obvious keys to success (such as eating the right type and right amount of food for your goal and doing the right types of exercise)....





Win Your Fitness Challenge with this Science-backed Approach
Feb 22, 2017

Win Your Fitness Challenge with this Science-backed Approach

In this article, we have a simple goal: help you win your fitness challenge. Bold promise? Perhaps. But we have science on our side--our approach and recommendations have been tested, measured, and validated in peer-reviewed...


Does Your Body Weight Have a "Set Point"?
Feb 01, 2017

Does Your Body Weight Have a "Set Point"?

Anyone who has ever attempted to lose weight or gain lean body mass knows what it feels like to hit a wall. Maybe you’re a hardgainer who put on a few pounds of muscle only...


Why Every Woman Should Be Strength Training, According to Science
Dec 15, 2016

Why Every Woman Should Be Strength Training, According to Science

Ask 100 women this year what their New Year’s resolution will be and a third will likely answer “weight loss.” Many of these women will join a gym (or start using their current membership more)....


Your Body and You: A Guide To Body Fat
Dec 08, 2016

Your Body and You: A Guide To Body Fat

The mere mention of body fat conjures images of overweight, beer-bellied men or women with their jelly bellies and thunder thighs. This is why you’ll find thousands of articles about losing body fat, or magazines...





The Top 3 Reasons Diets Fail (and how to stay on course)
Nov 16, 2016

The Top 3 Reasons Diets Fail (and how to stay on course)

If you recently decided to work on getting in shape, you probably noticed a small burst of motivation after choosing what your diet and training plans would look like. That sense of finally moving in...


Functional Strength Training: What It Is, Why You Need It, and Exercises to Get Started
Nov 02, 2016

Functional Strength Training: What It Is, Why You Need It, and Exercises to Get Started

We all know injuries can happen in the gym—but how many times have you heard someone say they injured their back carrying heavy luggage or lifting kids? Or tweaked their knee going on a hike...


How Your Daily Stress Can Stop Your Fitness Progress
Oct 12, 2016

How Your Daily Stress Can Stop Your Fitness Progress

Traditionally, the biggest issue that people have had with exercise is not getting enough. If you’re new to the fitness scene, you may not be familiar with the latest industry boogeyman: overtraining. Simply put, there’s...


The Fountain of Youth You've Always Had: Your Muscles
Sep 14, 2016

The Fountain of Youth You've Always Had: Your Muscles

Aging is inevitable. Aging is a state of mind. Age is not how old you are, but how many years of fun you've had. You probably know these quotes about aging by heart. But admit...





Does Frequency of Training Really Matter?
Sep 08, 2016

Does Frequency of Training Really Matter?

There’s no way around it: exercise matters. Whether your plan is to reach your ideal body composition or maintain a healthy one, regular exercise is going to be one of the building blocks of your...


Strength Training Has No Age Limit
Aug 31, 2016

Strength Training Has No Age Limit

As we age we lose muscle. There is even a fancy scientific word for it: sarcopenia. It means the loss of muscle mass due to aging. Between the ages of 30 and 80, both men...


Intermittent Fasting and Improving Your Body Composition
Aug 24, 2016

Intermittent Fasting and Improving Your Body Composition

Do you ever feel like you’re exercising and hopping from one diet regimen to another for nothing? For some folks, accomplishing desired health and fitness outcomes is incredibly frustrating. Whether it’s losing weight or improving...


Recovery for the Recreational Athlete
Aug 17, 2016

Recovery for the Recreational Athlete

When you hear the word recovery, what do you think of? a day filled with no strenuous physical activity getting a few ‘junk miles’ in on the road or the bike popping anti-inflammatories and putting...





Deciding Between Bodybuilding and HIIT to Improve Body Composition
Aug 10, 2016

Deciding Between Bodybuilding and HIIT to Improve Body Composition

Let's be honest: deciding to take control of your health is never easy. Still, you've chosen to take that first step towards a healthier you. Along your journey, you found a blog that taught you...


Why Gut Bacteria Is Important to Your Body Composition
Jul 28, 2016

Why Gut Bacteria Is Important to Your Body Composition

When you hear the word "bacteria," it's probably a safe bet your mind goes to "eww" instead of "love it!!!". That's understandable: bacteria brings to mind "bacterial infection" followed by "antibiotic". To many people, bacteria...


Saying Goodbye to BMI
Jul 14, 2016

Saying Goodbye to BMI

BMI, or Body Mass Index, has long been held as the standard for measuring obesity . But for many years now, BMI has been coming under increased pressure - scrutinized and criticized for its failure...


Should You Give Up Carbs for Weight Loss?
Jul 07, 2016

Should You Give Up Carbs for Weight Loss?

Think of your favorite cheat day meals. For some, it’s thick-crust pizza.  Or grandma’s rich, warm, and cheese-filled lasagna. Maybe for you it's chocolate chip cookies? All of these awesome foods are united by one thing:...





Which Magazine Workout is “Right” for You?
Jun 29, 2016

Which Magazine Workout is “Right” for You?

We’ve all seen them on the magazine stand: Fitness Magazine has Seven Bikini-Body Exercises That Tighten and Tone – Fast! While Health offers to Tighten Your Core in 21 Days! And Shape wants you to know they...


Here's What You Need to Know About Successful Long Term Weight Loss
Jun 22, 2016

Here's What You Need to Know About Successful Long Term Weight Loss

Maintaining a healthy body weight has always been associated with self-discipline and willpower. You count calories. Do portion control. Work out first thing in the morning three times a week. Although weight loss may be...


Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss: Lessons from “The Biggest Loser”
Jun 09, 2016

Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss: Lessons from “The Biggest Loser”

About a month ago, a new study on long-term weight loss and metabolism was published in the journal Obesity. Studies are published in scientific journals all the time with little, if any, public attention. However, this one...


5 Non-Spammy, Actually Trustworthy Fitness “Hacks”
May 26, 2016

5 Non-Spammy, Actually Trustworthy Fitness “Hacks”

If you spend any amount of time on the internet looking for help with losing weight or gaining muscle, you’ll find that there’s A TON of it online. After a while, you’ll also find that...





Weighing the Facts: When Should You Work Out?
May 19, 2016

Weighing the Facts: When Should You Work Out?

Talk to some people about when the best time to work out is, and they’ll swear that mornings are best.  They’ll tell you getting out of bed earlier has all sorts of benefits, like making...


How Time Works Against Your Body and What To Do About It
May 12, 2016

How Time Works Against Your Body and What To Do About It

Ask any financial advisor worth their salt about when you should start saving for retirement and you’ll likely get the same response: as soon as you can, as much as you can. Why? Because the...


How Body Fat Sabotages Your Immune System
May 05, 2016

How Body Fat Sabotages Your Immune System

If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that no one likes being sick. When you’re sick, you’re not at your best, and it can feel like the time you spend being sick is...


What Walking 10,000 Steps Does (and doesn’t) Do For You
Apr 27, 2016

What Walking 10,000 Steps Does (and doesn’t) Do For You

10 years ago, if you had asked someone about how many steps people were supposed to get a day, you probably would have gotten a blank stare. But ask anyone today - whether they exercise...





Why You Need to Know Your Body Fat Percentage
Apr 20, 2016

Why You Need to Know Your Body Fat Percentage

Do you know what your body fat percentage is, right now? Do you know what a healthy body fat percentage is for your gender? Do you know why you should care? Your body fat percentage...


How To Not Hate Dieting
Apr 14, 2016

How To Not Hate Dieting

If you’re here, you probably hate dieting. For many people, simply the word “diet” brings feelings of misery. “Diet” usually shows up the context of “I'm going on a diet,” which for a lot of...


5 Fat Loss Myths That Are Wasting Your Time and Energy
Mar 31, 2016

5 Fat Loss Myths That Are Wasting Your Time and Energy

Making a change in body composition comes down to two different goals: losing Fat Mass and gaining Lean Body Mass.  While everyone has a different body composition and will focus on these two goals differently,...


Can You Target Belly Fat (or any fat area?)
Mar 17, 2016

Can You Target Belly Fat (or any fat area?)

Everyone has their problem spots. You might build up fat in your belly pretty easily, but your friend might get it in her arms.  Your mom might complain about her hips getting bigger. Your brother...





How To End The Cycle of Starting Over
Mar 09, 2016

How To End The Cycle of Starting Over

How many times have you started working out? How many times have you started a new program by feeling excited, committed, and confident that this will be the time you finally get the body you’ve...


How To Read Nutrition Labels
Feb 03, 2016

How To Read Nutrition Labels

This article originally appeared on the Isolator Fitness blog and is reposted here with permission.  To view the original, click here. Ideally to achieve maximum health we would eat only fresh, natural, organic foods and...


Five Things You Didn’t Know About Muscle and Fat
Jan 27, 2016

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Muscle and Fat

Your body is a wonderful and complex machine.  Without any conscious direction from you, your body manages to convert food into energy, regulate your body temperature, create new cells, remove waste, and perform thousands of...


How to Make a Fitness New Years Resolution You’ll Actually Do
Jan 20, 2016

How to Make a Fitness New Years Resolution You’ll Actually Do

Raise your hand if you said something like: “In 2016, I’m finally going to lose weight!” If you did, you’re not alone.  According to Statistics Brain Institute, a company that compiles statistics on a variety of...





How To Increase Sales at Your Nutrition Store with Body Composition
Dec 11, 2015

How To Increase Sales at Your Nutrition Store with Body Composition

Here’s a little story about growing a business in the good old days: Once upon a time, if a customer wanted to buy a product, they went to a store near them that carried the...


Is There an Ideal Body Composition?
Dec 04, 2015

Is There an Ideal Body Composition?

What is the ideal body composition? Hard to say, although questions of what is "ideal" or "perfection" when it comes to human bodies have been around for centuries. Over 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci penned...


5 Ways to Turbocharge Your Fitness with the InBody BAND
Nov 25, 2015

5 Ways to Turbocharge Your Fitness with the InBody BAND

Getting fit is one of the hardest, easiest things there is to do.  It seems simple in theory, right?  If you want to lose weight, get out there and run.  Or, better yet, get on...


Does Muscle Turn Into Fat?
Nov 13, 2015

Does Muscle Turn Into Fat?

“I used to be toned, but then I stopped working out and it all turned to fat.” Sound familiar? It doesn’t seem like it should make sense – that muscle can turn into fat –...





Why Building Lean Mass Is Important for Everyone (even you)
Oct 30, 2015

Why Building Lean Mass Is Important for Everyone (even you)

People have all sorts of reasons for working out and developing Lean Body Mass.  For some, it is because they want to get stronger to better excel in sports.  For others, it’s to build a...


How to Fine Tune Fitness with Body Composition
Oct 23, 2015

How to Fine Tune Fitness with Body Composition

If you ask someone who works out – a client, a friend, anyone really – if they’d like to lose fat or gain muscle, a lot of the time they’ll say, “Both!”  And of course...


How to Use BMR To Hack Your Diet 
Oct 16, 2015

How to Use BMR To Hack Your Diet 

When people decide they want to get into shape, the first thing they typically do is sign up for a gym.  They start off with great excitement, vowing to hit the treadmill or weight room...


5 Tips to Avoid the Freshman 15
Sep 17, 2015

5 Tips to Avoid the Freshman 15

Image Credit: Flickr It’s nearing Halloween, which means that school is well underway for the freshman of the Class of 2019.  It’s an exciting time full of new experiences, and for many, the first time...





5 Reasons to Stop Weighing Yourself Everyday
Sep 11, 2015

5 Reasons to Stop Weighing Yourself Everyday

Losing weight is hard.  It involves spending time at the gym, stopping yourself from eating your favorite foods, and saying “no” to things that make you happy in general and “yes” to things that don’t....


How to Start Changing Your Body Composition, Today
Aug 19, 2015

How to Start Changing Your Body Composition, Today

  If you’re reading this, then somewhere in your mind you’ve already made the decision to change your life for the better. That’s great!  Making the decision to improve your life in a healthy and...


4 Reasons Calipers Fail to Give Accurate Body Fat Results
Jul 29, 2015

4 Reasons Calipers Fail to Give Accurate Body Fat Results

    There are a lot of great things about calipers.  Many brands of calipers are relatively inexpensive, they’re portable, and they offer you a better picture of your overall health and fitness than by...


BMI's Fat Secret
Jul 22, 2015

BMI's Fat Secret

Source: Flickr The time has come to dump BMI. BMI, also known as Body Mass Index, is probably the most well-known health measurement after height and weight. It’s a simple mathematical ratio of your weight...





10 Popular Bro Science Myths, Busted: Part 2
Jul 15, 2015

10 Popular Bro Science Myths, Busted: Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part series that examines 10 popular bro science myths.  To view the first part of this series and myths 1-5, click here. #6: To Get a 6-Pack, Do...


10 Popular Bro Science Myths, Busted: Part 1
Jul 10, 2015

10 Popular Bro Science Myths, Busted: Part 1

When you’re trying to get fit, you usually look to the people who are already fit.  They must know something, right?  So, you talk to them, ask them how they got where they are and......


How to Tell If You're Skinny Fat (and what to do if you are)
Jul 01, 2015

How to Tell If You're Skinny Fat (and what to do if you are)

The term “skinny fat” has been around for a while now, but it seems to have exploded into our common consciousness following the March 2014 feature in TIME Magazine.  In it, an outwardly skinny and...


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