Tag: Fat Loss

The Birth of Tabata Training

Training while travelling has always been a pain for me. While I try my best to find hotels close to gyms or with some adequate facilities, chances are I’ll get caught out every once and a while. Though not boasting the largest lifting numbers, certainly much lower than much of the site’s readership, there are times when even I’m confronted with weights too light for a decent workout. This has been the case at several points this summer when travel to remote locations has brought me into the domain of cheap, ill equipped and frankly strange hotel gyms. On the latter point, one gym boasted solely lime green dumbbells weighing no more than 25 pounds. That such devices ever seemed like a great idea is…quite frankly…mind boggling.

Once my panic attacks/anger passes, I get to work as best I can and in this regard tabata training, especially when it comes to training with a short amount of time, has been a godsend. For those unaware, Tabata training is a relatively straightforward concept. Exercise for twenty seconds at a high intensity, rest for ten seconds and then repeat for 8 rounds. While the initial research concerned itself primarily with cardiovascular forms of training such as bike riding, subsequent proponents have used Tabata style training for a range of bodyweight and free weight systems. So in today’s post we’re going to examine the history of Tabata training. Who invented it? How did it become so popular and how can it best be used in the average gym.

Guest Post: Reaching the Plateau – And Overcoming It

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If you’ve tried basic diet and exercise to shed unwanted pounds, chances are, you are no stranger to the weight loss plateau dilemma. When we first alter our diets by cutting calories and adding a side of exercise, we tend to shed pounds quite rapidly. Yet, once we get down to the nitty gritty of shedding those last ten to 15 pounds to reach our goal weight, we then learn that it’s not nearly as easy as it was in the beginning. That’s because once our body starts to reach a comfortable weight, it becomes more difficult to shed the rest of those pounds.

Guest Post: The Nutritional value of avocados – 7 reasons to eat this delicious food

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For decades we were led to believe that all fats, no matter where they came from, were the work of the devil and if we wanted to stay trim and healthy, we should eliminate all forms of fat from our diets and follow a low-calorie, virtually fat-free diet on a regular basis.

Time went by, researchers conducted various, well, research, and discovered that perhaps SOME fats were ok.

More time went by, more research was conducted, and this time around, experts concluded that not only were some fats OK, some fats, namely fats from healthy sources, were actually pretty essential and incredibly healthy. Not only that, but they’ve also discovered that healthy fats can actually help us to lose weight!

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the healthiest forms of fat, although some saturated fat from natural sources such as coconut oil or red meat, is also highly beneficial.

When it comes to healthy fat food sources, they don’t call avocados “nature’s butter” for nothing and for that reason, here’s a look at the nutritional value of avocado and 7 reasons why you should be eating more of this delicious food.