Heart Rate Lessons from my Fitbit

If you’re anything like me, you’re an exercise nerd who cares about how their body functions. You worry about things like Resting heart rate, blood pressure, VO2max and even sleep quantity. Each has an impact on the way you move and feel throughout the day. If you’re nothing like me, Congratulations! You’re pretty normal. I’mContinue reading “Heart Rate Lessons from my Fitbit”

WTF is that Side Stitch While Running

Hey! Had a great question the other day after a couple of rascals pranced around the track, dashing 400m in negative 12 seconds. What the heck is the side stitch you get when you run at a near max effort? In my head, I’ve always called it a bear claw. It feels like a bear,Continue reading “WTF is that Side Stitch While Running”

The Most Effective Cardiovascular Interval Protocols

Interval training. Amazing for your heart. And for your health. And you get really, really sweaty. Intervals have been shown to be more effective in a shorter timeframe than steady state cardiovascular exercise (running/biking/workout out at a constant intensity for X amount of time). With the administration of one of the following protocols three days perContinue reading “The Most Effective Cardiovascular Interval Protocols”

Exercise Testing – Cardiovascular testing

My Friends, Here is where we delve into the idea of cardio. Blah. We all hate it. But you have to do it. Not only does it burn Calories but it can be used as a great tool for increasing the size of your cardiac muscle tissue – aka, it’ll make your heart bigger. One thingContinue reading “Exercise Testing – Cardiovascular testing”

Weight Loss and Metabolism Part 2/3: Cardio for weight loss

Is buying a treadmill going to help me lose weight? What about a bicycle? Should I do cardio before or after I lift weights? What about body wraps, will they help me shed the unwanted pounds?   Having worked in gyms for the last ~10 years, you see and hear a lot of things from all walks of life, manyContinue reading “Weight Loss and Metabolism Part 2/3: Cardio for weight loss”