The Big Trade Off?  by Marlene Harris, NSCA-CSCS, NASM-CES
    The other day, I was watching a show on the Discovery Health Channel that featured Dr. Oz, the noted heart health M.D. He was hosting a feature that followed the lives of several people who were working to improve their nutrition, form good exercise habits, dump fat, and increase their level of fitness. It was like a less formal, more personalized version of “the biggest loser” only without all the competition, drama, and hoopla. Each person was on a separate “mission” and was coached individually by various pros.
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How to Fit In Your Fitness When It Doesn’t Neatly Fit In--by Marlene Harris, NSCA-CSCS, NASM-CES
     A tidal wave of current research is touting the virtues of interval-style exercise for general conditioning and ramping up fat loss. I can confirm that these reports are accurate, because I’ve had good results in both areas using this type of training along with proper nutritional modifications (read: less calorie intake). 
     The strength of intervals as an exercise mode is several-fold: 
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Sarcopenia: A Covert Threat to Your Life, Liberty, & Pursuit of Happiness Marlene Harris, NSCA-CSCS, NASM-CES

     An old adage advises: “never fret about growing older, as the privilege is denied to many”. However, as we journey through life, moving ever closer towards this privilege, a menace lurks deep within our physiology. Without clamor, fanfare, pain, or other overt physiological drama, it gradually and silently steals our quality of life if we allow it. This thief goes by the name of sarcopenia, a little-discussed process that effects one single population as we move beyond our third decade of life: all of us.
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Occam's Barbell*: Putting An End To Paralysis By Analysis: By Charles Staley, B.Sc, MSS
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Water: The Forgotten Nutrient  
by Marlene Harris, NSCA-CSCS, NASM-CES


     Given the onset of warmer weather, the importance of water, dehydration, and recommended intakes makes for timely topics. Most people don’t drink nearly enough water, and even mild dehydration can cause impairment along a number of dimensions. Read on for more details on this very important nutrient!
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