The Misconception of Calories

Today touches upon the taboo of calories! The food industry masks them with “zeros”, and the vast majority of us are so über-concerned about them that restricting them becomes an obsession… Well, I’m here to clear up some of the confusion. In the Sales Industry they have a thing called “KYE” (‘Know Your Enemy’); as the age old adage goes – ‘Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer’. If calories are the enemy, then let’s get to know them inside and out, then that way we might be able to use them to our advantage! But seriously – war-strategy-puns aside – I want to help you better understand calories in a way that we start to appreciate them rather than fear them. Read on for more…

How Many Sets and Reps? Understanding the Effects of Rep Range and Set Volume

We take a big dip into the lifting domains of “sets & reps” as we analyse the different ways that we can teach the muscle to adapt and grow, and evaluate the benefits of each. This post is especially helpful if you’ve just started incorporating weights into your fitness routine, and/or if you’ve had a program whipped up by a Personal Trainer and want to better understand his/her recommendations (if they haven’t already explained them to you). But even if you are a more experience lifter, this may still help to open your mind to changing up how you train, and reap the benefits of having muscles that not only look good or perform longer or simply lift a ton, but kick a$$ at all three!

Supplements: The Essential Basics

This inaugural CXP Edge post takes an extensive look at various aspects of supplements and what you should know if you’re just starting to consider using them. Even if you’re already stocked up, you’ll still gain insights into things that you might not have thought of when selecting from the wide variety of products on the market. I won’t be getting into the details of each ingredient, but valuable sagacity still abounds throughout as I cover “proprietary blends”, “meal replacements”, deceptive marketing, under-dosing, and more. Also, I’ll be filling you in on my Top 5 Supplements for Beginners as an added bonus!

Inemuri & Siesta – Method Behind the Madness

We’re using a little culture to open our minds to different ways of resting and regaining energy. In my first CXP Zen post, you’re going to learn that taking a nap is not only normal practice in some parts of the world, but that there are numerous advantages to strategically incorporating short bouts of sleep into your routine in a bid to give yourself a boost without guzzling gallons of Starbucks, and better yet, saving you money in the process. I mean, the occasional Caramel Macchiato or dark and robust Americano is all good and well if you just like the flavour; but sucking down several a day just doesn’t do your body any good. Delve deeper inside to find out why…

Playing Devil’s Advocate with Carbs

Today we’re talking about the “necessity” of carbs. Should you load up on the daily? Should you cut them entirely? Are they really so crucial? I’m going to give you the most candid insight that you’re ever going to read from someone in the Health & Fitness Industry; no fluff, no B.S., no bias… just straight up facts! There are too many “experts” out there bashing entire macro groups and blindly telling everyone that they should stop consuming certain things all together. This is naïve, misguiding, and irresponsible. They shouldn’t demonize food groups or whole macronutrients, and that’s why I want to better inform the world so we can make wiser decisions and actually enjoy what we eat. So, go right ahead and read on for some “carb enlightenment”.

HIIT Cardio – Top Three Types and How To Implement Them

This post will go over three types of HIIT Cardio that – in my opinion – are the best you can try. If you’re interested in learning more about High Intensity Interval Training (beyond the basic stuff you’ll find being spoon-fed left, right and centre at gyms as well as online), then this is well worth the read. In a way, you could look at these three methods as being something akin to a “Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced” guide, but no matter what your experience is (either as a trainer or general lover of fitness), you’ll still benefit from mixing things up and trying out something new. Don’t expect an in-depth analysis of each – I’ll do individual posts on them another time and evaluate them further; but in this article, I just want to open your eyes to different “styles” of HIIT Cardio, and give you some novel ideas as to how to use them in your next workout.

The Stagnating Effects of Inactivity

This post is [mostly] for the (proverbial) “newbies” – no matter if you’re Generation X, Y, a Boomer or even a Millenial. If you’ve never dipped a toe into the ocean of Health & Fitness, then this post should hopefully shed a little ray of light on the importance of pursuing an active lifestyle. If you’re younger (16-30 [ish]), then read this as a “preventative measure”; but if you’re any older (and/or suffer from any conditions such as Arthritis or Diabetes), then read this as a “rough guide on seeking out the right help”. Having met and worked with a wide array of people with these conditions (across all generations, a couple of examples include: a 17-year-old with Arthritis, a 32-year-old with Osteoporosis, and a 54-year-old with Relapsing Polychondritis [treated similar to Rheumatoid Arthritis]), the one thing that has been clear is that there is next to zero awareness of the fact that there are Specialist Fitness Professionals (who should be sought out), and they have the expertise to design appropriate fitness programs for anyone with these types of conditions. My hope is that this post encourages people to get involved with physical activity, regardless of age or condition.