Your Questions About Fitness

James asks…

Exercise routine for weight loss and flat tummy?

I just joined a gym (new year resolution!) and want to lose 20 pounds and go back to my ideal weight… i’m in no hurry.. 6-8 months are fine.
Can anyone tell me what should be a daily exercise routine should be?

P.S. The gym instructor said she’ll have special sessions for me to help design a workout and diet plan for my goals etc etc… but will charge 800$ 🙁 which i can’t afford right now!

Need help from fitness experts or anyone whos done this themselves!
forgot to mention, I’m a woman , 33 yr old.

The Expert answers:

Save the $800 and use it instead as monthly rewards (for yourself, and anyone else that helps you along) for maintaining your exercise program.

Unless you have health issues, I would not (at this time anyway) concern myself with a diet plan. For now, keep it simple, make healthy choices regading food -but also reward yourself (weekends are good) with “fun food and drink).

The literature (psych as well as physiological) warns about trying to make two major (diet and exercise) changes at once. As such, I personally (and advise others) look at the exercise program as a regimen that I want to work on consistently and intelligently while keeping the “diet thing” at arms length and not get caught up in food plans, counting calories, and drinking and eating distasteful stuff that may discourage me from my exercise.

And, besides, if you get on a steady workout regimen, you’ll see that the diet is truly secondary and need not be as important a focus (all this is under the assumption you have no dietary or health “issues”).

Also, don’t get caught up in the hype about “ab work.” Focus on your overall body shaping and toning … And for now that is aerobic and anaerbic exercise (cardio) with a weekly program of strength and toning. Take my word or it, after 5-7 weeks, you’ll see a change in your overall body definition -including your abs (stomach) without giving that specific area “focused attention.”

Please feel comfortable in sending me an email if you want more detailed advice … Among the many roles and responsibilities I’ve enjoyed in my lifetime, when I was much younger I was a certified personal trainer.

Have fun … Don’t make this “work” for yourself, otherwise you’ll get discouraged -or injured- and then you’re back to square one.

Linda asks…

Does a 30 minute circuit workout really work?

I started going to Planet Fitness Gym as a beginner. I noticed they had a 30 minute circuit workout in the back where you do the machines for 1 minute a piece. You’re suppose to also do “step-ups” inbetween the machines for a minute also. Does this exercise routine really help to lose the weight? I need personal opinions! Thanks!!

The Expert answers:

You would probably be surprised how much of a workout you can get done in 30 minutes. By switching machines so often and doing step ups between, you will keep your heart rate up close to or within your target heart rate zone and that will improve fitness.

Richard asks…

What do you think about my exercise routine and food plan?

I’m 16.5 years old, rising senior.

This is what I want to do next year. Every day I will eat 1300 calories and when I exercise I will make up the calories lost but only for certain types of exercise — ballet/dance and my workout videos do not count. if I go to the gym, I’ll eat back THOSE calories.

Once a day I will have a maintanence day of 1800 cals.

I have several different workout videos that I can choose from like Callanetics, Leslie Sansone WATP, Jillian Michaels, Yoga Booty Ballet, NYCB 2, etc.

Sometimes if I take a class at the gym them it’s a high-intensity cadrio/strength training class or always one of the harder classes.

Every night before bed I will do 25 crunches increasing by 5 each week.

An example week is this:
Monday: workout video before school, workout video after school, 2 hours ballet (eat 1300 cals)
Tuesday: 200 cals burnt on elliptical at gym, 2 – 4 hours ballet (eat 1500 cals)
Wednsday: workout video before school, workout video after school, 2 hours ballet (eat 1300 cals)
Thursday: group fitness class at gym, 2 – 4 hours ballet (eat 1500 cals)
Friday: workout video before school, burn 200 cals on stairmaster at gym, 2 – 4 hours ballet (eat 1500 cals)
Saturday: morning walk (burn 250 cals), 2 hours ballet (optional, not every week), workout video (eat 1500 cals)
Sunday: rest day (eat 1800 cals)

What do you think? I need to lose 50 lbs. Goal weight is 98 lbs. I’m not giving myself a deadline but hopefully within the next year…the best would be to reach it by Feb. or before but I don’t want to rush it as this will just make me put back on all the weight plus more.
Oh and I forgot to say, at the beggining of each period at school I will do some isometrics like clenching and releasing muscles, etc. I will also make sure to fidget around a lot!

The Expert answers:

Everything sounds great except the crunches. You will overuse your ab muscles. On top of your cardio, if you really want to lose, you should strength train three times a week. Never strength train back to back, though, you muscles have to rest between. Muscle burns WAY more calories than fat does. The more lean muscle you build, the faster the lbs will drop.

Measure your inches, and at first you should look for results there. Inches will go before lbs.

David asks…

Please tell me what you think of this workout routine?

Please tell me what you think of this workout routine?
Monday- climbing, sprint intervals, jumps, balance exercises,
Tuesday- lift weights, walk
Thursday- Lift, throw, and carry things, swim, sprint intervals, wrestling/box, and crawl
Friday- rest
Saturday- Sprint intervals, jumps, balance exercises, wrestling/box
Sunday- Lift, throw, and carry things, swim, crawl, and climb

Every workout is like an obstacle course (aside from the weight lifting day) and lasts an hour. Do you think this is good? (my goal is to get military-like fitness and functional fitness. I can’t actually join though, so is this good enough?)

The Expert answers:

Too many days off.

Carol asks…

Workout Routine for the gym?


I recently joined 24 hour fitness and am going to start going tomorrow. I recently dropped 40 pounds (from about 210 pounds) but still need to drop about 50 more. I’m in no rush (well, I’d like to be at least 30 pounds lighter by the summer!), and would like a guideline on a workout routine I can do while at the gym. I don’t want to just be there doing random exercises and not do anything in the end.

Any guidelines, routines, advice?


The Expert answers:

Here’s a really good site that has workout routines, nutrition advice…

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Your Questions About Fitness

Sandy asks…

Hello there! Which is the best Fitness Video Game Console?

I’m thinking of buying a video game console for christmas but getting confused over the options. I want it basically for my fitness exercises and not much for games. So which is a better option? Wii? PS3? Xbox 360? Please help!

The Expert answers:

The xbox kinect is your answer as you would be able to do the exercise stuff without using any controller which means that you would be totally moving your body for the work out, here is a good review on xbox that shall help you out on this decision:

And here you would be able to find the xbox kinect 4Gb bundle for the best price:

And the game would be Zumba fitness 2 and you can also try sports season 2 as the kinect would be able to provide you fun with exercise, and here are the games:

Joseph asks…

Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 or UFC Personal Trainer?

I’m looking to purchase either of the two fitness games (for Xbox 360 Kinect) within the next few days and I’m having trouble deciding which would be better for me.

I currently don’t play any competitive sports, the only sport I engage in is equestrian (horse riding). Mind you, I regularly go for bike rides, take my dog for a walk and bounce around on our outdoor trampoline (it’s HUGE by the way).

Anyway, I want a game that responds to my actions well and can push me to the limit. I want to be sweating by the end of it. My long term goal is to lose at least 10 kilos and to tone my legs and buttocks. I currently weigh 65kg (hence why I want to lose weight).

Before you suggest looking at online reviews, I have and that still hasn’t helped. I want YOUR opinion on which is better (preferable people who have actually PLAYED one or both of the games in question).

Thanks 🙂

The Expert answers:

Fitness evolved will be more applicable to the activities you already do, but seriously, no game can push you far enough. Get fitness evolved then take the ideas from it and put them into your own fitness regime

Steven asks…

Need Topics for Healthy Living and fitness Blog. Got one?

I need more topics for my healthy living and fitness blog. Do you have a topic i could research more and address. Let me know. Id appreciate it! : } The Health Nut.

The Expert answers:


Mary asks…

How do you like YouShape for Kinect?

I used to have a Wii Fit but the only console I have now is a 360 so I bought the Kinect today. I was wondering how everyone is liking the work out game Youshape. If it’s bad, should I wait for the next fitness type game to come out for Kinect?
How about the Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout? any thoughts on that?

The Expert answers:

I played Your Fitness Evolved by Ubisoft. While I didn’t even get past the basics, I was very surprised by it. It works 100x better than any fitness game on the Wii.

Ken asks…

Any PS3 games similar to Xbox exclusive Fable?

My cousin has a 360 and he downloaded Fable 2, it looks so sweet, I want the game but I hav a ps3. Are there any similar games for ps3 but you can create your avatar, take care of him and improve his skill, fitness, and health?

The Expert answers:

The elder scrolls IV: Oblivion


The game takes place on the fictional planet of Nirn, in the Imperial province of Cyrodiil, the capital of the Empire of Tamriel. The interactive environment is made up of fantastic creatures, magic, medieval-style combat, and endless adventure and exploration. No particular role is forced on the player; rather, it is up to him or her to decide whether to become a virtuous hero, an evil overlord, or anything in between. The player character’s reputation is determined by his or her actions, behavior, and dialogue choices throughout the game.

The main story begins with the player character locked up in the Imperial prison. The player learns that the Emperor, Uriel Septim VII, is the target of a powerful group of cultist assassins. As the Emperor rushes to escape the city with his guards, he enters the player’s cell and uses a secret passage located within. The assassins follow and manage to murder the Emperor. With his dying breath, the Emperor pardons the player’s unknown crimes and gives him/her his amulet, which can only be worn by his heir, and a task: to “close shut the jaws of Oblivion.” The player character is now free, but not without some disheartening knowledge: the gates of Oblivion will open, and chaos and destruction will spread across Cyrodiil unless you can stop it.

The player can also choose to join multiple factions apart from the main storyline, specifically the Fighters Guild, the Mages Guild, the Thieves Guild, and the Dark Brotherhood, an assassins guild. Each faction offers boarding, services, and other useful benefits to its members, and by performing quests for a faction, the player can rise in its ranks, even becoming the leader of the faction.

Countless quests send the player across a vast, richly detailed landmass complete with cities, villages, harbors, ruins, dungeons, and a variety of wilderness locales in between.

One of the more enticing features of Oblivion is that, even after all quests have been completed in all ways possible, and everything has been explored (which can be expected to take around 300 hours), gameplay can be extended with expansion “mods”. Bethesda has released nine official plug-ins and one full expansion pack. In addition, PC players have access to countless third-party mods created by other Elder Scrolls fans. The game’s Construction Set allows anyone to expand the game world with new lands and quests and the creation of new items and characters.

You can create your own avatar, you can choose between first person or third person.
You can kinda take care of him, improve his skills. You can fight many monsters!
You can do many other side quests.

Fallout 3:

The game is set in a post-apocalyptic, retro-futurist Washington, DC following the Great War between the US, China and other countries, a conventional and nuclear war that occurred on October 23, 2077 and lasted less than two hours despite causing immense damage and destruction. Before the Great War were the Resource Wars, during which the United Nations disbanded, a plague rendered the United States paranoid, and Canada was annexed. (From Fallout 3 wiki)

You can create your own avatar, you can choose between first person or third person.
You can kinda take care of him, improve his skills. You can fight many monsters!
You can do many other side quests.

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Your Questions About Fitness

Lisa asks…

Fitness trainers! If a guy starts lifting weights at 19, will he get pretty big at 20-25?

The Expert answers:

I’m no fitness trainer but I’m pretty sure its how much you can already lift right now and how big your aiming to get.

Ruth asks…

I went in for a fitness consult and the trainer said my body fat was 19%. Is this good?

The Expert answers:

No thats bad…

Sandy asks…

Fitness routine for a 19 yr old female. Need to get in shape.?

The Expert answers:

Here are a few tips;

WHEN to eat for losing weight…

• Eat (at least) three times a day.
Because when you eat only once a day, your metabolism gets slower than it already is! That’s the main reason. Sounds funny, but to lose weight… You must eat (the right things, of course)
• Eat low-fat, high-fiber foods such as salads and vegetable pastas.
• Your last meal should be before 18:00. Try.
OK, one apple after 18:00
• Don’t starve
Starvation is not good for losing weight, nor your health.
Starvation is the worse thing you can do in a weight loss diet.
• Try oatmeal instead of cornflakes for breakfast–eating oatmeal can help reduce cholesterol levels, and its high fiber content will keep you full longer.

WHAT to drink for losing weight…

• Drink 6-8 glasses of water every day !
Can be tap, plain, mineral, sparkling. I just love mineral sparkling water!
This improves your bowel, reduces the “hunger” sensation, and hydrates your skin. Your skin will look much better after the first weeks!
Don’t believe the slogan “water makes me fat”. Beside being stupid… You might get into serious troubles with your kidneys.
• Drink ONLY natural juices, freshly squized!
Don’t drink Coca Cola, Pepsi, Spite etc. During the diet. Even lite or light versions.
I thought this was not possible for me to achieve. Now… I don’t even LIKE them anymore!
Nothing compares to the the smell of a fresh natural fruit juice! Not speaking about health…
• Avoid those vending machines by carrying around your own healthful foods and leaving pocket change at home.

Exercise for losing weight…

• If you want quicker results – exercise would be good.
But remember, you’re not going to attend the Olympic Games! If you exercise a lot – you’ll get very hungry… And you’ll be tempted to eat more. Don’t exagerate!
Walking is fine (but not very slow…) for your body, and your spirit. Half an hour, or one hour /day – it’s up to you.
Get fit while you sit new workout program that’s the laziest way to get in shape – works almost any place, anytime, anywhere… even while watching TV!
• Don’t just sit in front of the TV and eat peanuts…
I guarantee THIS won’t work for your weight loss…
• Start a regular exercise program and stick with it. Don’t be afraid of those sweat suits and Lycra pants!
• Start swimming. Swimming is an excellent exercise to get involved with, since it increases blood flow and uses muscles we don’t regularly use. Start a swimming program and try to do it 3 times a week. You will feel excellent and rejuvenated.
• Choose an exercise program that you enjoy, and don’t shun the unconventional. For instance, did you know that regular vigorous dancing is exercise too?
• Also Cardiovascular exercises such as running, jogging, or aerobics will help you lose that unwanted belly fat. Weight training can also help you lose body fat because the more muscle mass you have, the more ability your system has to burn body fat.

Good luck!

Chris asks…

Do you think younger people care about fitness more then older people?

Do you think younger people care about fitness more then older people? I’m 19 years old, and I love to work-out. I’ve seen other dudes around my age with abs and nice biceps, and they seem to really take care of themselves. I hardly ever see older people work-out.

What’s your opinion?

The Expert answers:

Yeah i def think younger people are more concerned because they all want to look hott so they can get girlfriends/boyfriends. A lot of people my age are extremely self conscious and really are workout obsessive..such as myself 🙁

David asks…

Can I get a membership to Snap Fitness?

I am 13 and I want to join Snap Fitness with my cousin. She is 19 and already has a memebership, if I got one with her could I be able to join? I really need to join a gym and dont be like you not suppose to be losing weight, your not ready to diet and that, I am 5’3 and weigh 180 so yeah.

The Expert answers:


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Your Questions About Fitness

Ken asks…

Im 13 and need health fitness tips?

im trying to lose 60 lbs by May 09 n i need something quick, healthy, and easy well maybe a little exercise but im gonna need a little help.

The Expert answers:

60 lbs?? Why so much??
Well, if you chew like 20 chews a bite and then you wont eat much because youre body, if you eat too fast they dont know when it is full so you would just keep eating.

David asks…

Women: What would you want a diet/fitness site to have?

I am creating a diet and fitness site especially geared toward women in their late 20’s- early 30’s and on. I am wondering what are some main categories/topics/issues you would like to see on the site? Some specific categories are diet, exercise, body image, tips/tricks, celebrity diet and fitness… what else would you want? Suggestions are needed.. can be for category idea or sub-category idea. Points awarded to the person with the most quality suggestions. Thanks!

The Expert answers:

Exercises that can be done at home without going to a gym. If I’m out of shape, I don’t want to go to a gym with a bunch of hardbodies.

Betty asks…

Why would anyone seek advice in the Y!A health section?

Fair enough maybe getting some exercise and fitness tips, but people describe symptoms and ask for almost a diagnosis.
Are they just waiting for soemone to say “dont worry”?

The Expert answers:

Great retort.

I think just for the assurance that OTHERS are in the same boat and for conversation!

Lisa asks…

Any personal fitness trainers? I need some advice.?

I have lost all the baby weight from having my baby a year ago. Now I am clueless as to how to tighten up my sagging butt and tummy. I need some kind of of exercise tips. I am somewhat familiar with weights and cardio but not an expert. Any suggestions would be great! I would love an easy routine I could do at the gym. Thanks!

The Expert answers:

If youre a member of a gym then go along and speak to the people there – they will help you come up with a routine that is perfect for your shape/weight and that will be most effective at burning fat from the areas you want to loose it. Following a routine you’ve found online probably wont have the same effect.

They’re really nice and very helpful, don’t be afraid to speak to them – its what theyre there for!

If you still want to use an online routine, try some of these:

Good Luck xo

William asks…

who knows about personal fitness?

ok so my friend has been bugging me ALOT, she keeps asking me questions about losing weight, but she claims my tips arent helping her much or at all really. ok so we are almost a month into summer and she wants tips on how she can lose weight. she wants eating tips, exercise tips. etc. she is about 150 pounds, and 15 and she wants to lose as much weight as possible in one month

The Expert answers:

The 3 answers to your problem.
1)Run every day for longer than 30 minutes.
2) Eat less bad carbs and calories. It doesn’t mean starve yourself but eat less, especially unhelathy crap like potatoe chips, cookies. Eat more fruit, fish, turkey, and chicken.
3) Do 100 pushups a day. If you cant do them all at once within a 10 time span… Spread it out through the day. 50 in the morning and 50 at night. Do the Same amount of situps a day also.

Just some basic habbits to gain before obesity takes over your life.

*sorry for all the misspellings but i am not the best typest.

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Your Questions About Fitness

Sharon asks…

Help needed in search for optimal workout…?

I’m looking to start working out and I’m hoping someone can help me with some conflicts I have. I am 5’3″ and I put on muscle pretty easily. I don’t want to be big. I realize that people are always saying women can’t get big but even Monica Brandt and some of the other fitness models are too big for me. Plus I have short legs and I’m afraid too much muscle will make them look even shorter. I plan to do some exercises like wall climbing, spin class, rowing, etc. I’m wondering with all the variety of things mentioned to the side if I could skip weight training and just do yoga or just weight train once or twice a week. Does anyone know if yoga tones muscles. Any help would be great. I’m so confused. Thank you!!

The Expert answers:

Right! Here is what i do! I put music on, preferably on my ipod, and i dance for a good half hour or more every day! But crazy dancing, use all your muscles, this way you get fit slim and toned really easily and its fun but you wont have that crazy muscle gym look
good luck !

Maria asks…

Is this realy true about losing body fat?

Burn Fat

There is no fat loss magic to doing cardio on an empty stomach. In fact, most trainers “in-the-know” are using intervals instead of slow, boring cardio to help their clients burn fat fast. Plus, who wants to be doing boring cardio at 6am while their stomach is rumbling? If you could find better home fitness workouts to burn fat, wouldn’t you do those instead?

Myth #2 – You Have to Do Cardio in the Fat Burning Zone

By exercising in the fat burning “Zone”, as some folks like to call it, you only burn a few extra calories than if you weren’t doing any exercise at all! Slow, boring cardio workouts are not the best way to lose belly fat. If you truly want to change your body, you need to use short, burst exercise home fitness workouts.

Myth #3 – You Have to Do Cardio 7 Days Per Week

You don’t need to workout everyday. The truth is, you only need to do 3 short home fitness workouts per week of 45 minutes.

Myth #4 You Have to Do Cardio for at Least 20 Minutes Before You Start Burning Fat

We’re burning fat all the time, even while you sit here and read this message. Sure, exercise increases our fat burning, but it’s not as though the first 20 minutes of any workout don’t burn fat. That makes no sense at all! I’ll show you how the short, burst exercise system helps you achieve more fat loss in less than half the time of a regular cardio workout.

Myth #5 – You Can’t Lose Fat and Gain Muscle at the Same Time

Scientific research and my experience says, “Yes, you can!” A recent study found that men and women can gain muscle and lose fat at the same time

IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE to lose body fat and gain muscle mass at the same time???????????????????????? IF SO HOW????

The Expert answers:

Well, of course it is. Exercise and a good diet work in combination. Exercise builds muscle by stretching it and packing it with protein from your diet. The same exercise burns fat from storage all around the body and because you are sticking to a relatively fat free diet, you are losing fat while building muscle mass. The loss in weight may not become too apparent on the scales but your trim and taut body outline will prove the difference. Here,the secret is diet. Go low on salt, eat two pieces of fres fruit per day at least and three servings of vegetables. Cut fat off any meat before consuming it, avoid fried foods, and go heavy on cereals. A dietician will explain that rolled oats of a cereal porridge are better than most so called breakfast foods which
real ‘iron-men’ would avoid. Soft drinks all have a high surar content, so easy on them, too. Too much sugar is not ideal, either. An artificial sweetener is far better in weight loss.

A little bit of anything is quite okay, but a lot of little bits all add up to one great big, big bit and that is not on.

Charles asks…

Is this realy true about losing body fat?

Burn Fat

There is no fat loss magic to doing cardio on an empty stomach. In fact, most trainers “in-the-know” are using intervals instead of slow, boring cardio to help their clients burn fat fast. Plus, who wants to be doing boring cardio at 6am while their stomach is rumbling? If you could find better home fitness workouts to burn fat, wouldn’t you do those instead?

Myth #2 – You Have to Do Cardio in the Fat Burning Zone

By exercising in the fat burning “Zone”, as some folks like to call it, you only burn a few extra calories than if you weren’t doing any exercise at all! Slow, boring cardio workouts are not the best way to lose belly fat. If you truly want to change your body, you need to use short, burst exercise home fitness workouts.

Myth #3 – You Have to Do Cardio 7 Days Per Week

You don’t need to workout everyday. The truth is, you only need to do 3 short home fitness workouts per week of 45 minutes.

Myth #4 You Have to Do Cardio for at Least 20 Minutes Before You Start Burning Fat

We’re burning fat all the time, even while you sit here and read this message. Sure, exercise increases our fat burning, but it’s not as though the first 20 minutes of any workout don’t burn fat. That makes no sense at all! I’ll show you how the short, burst exercise system helps you achieve more fat loss in less than half the time of a regular cardio workout.

Myth #5 – You Can’t Lose Fat and Gain Muscle at the Same Time

Scientific research and my experience says, “Yes, you can!” A recent study found that men and women can gain muscle and lose fat at the same time

IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE to lose body fat and gain muscle mass at the same time????????????????????????

The Expert answers:

#5: yes you can burn fat and gain muscle at the same time…..BUT u wont do it to any real extent. If ur looking for dramatic results either way, you need to focus on one or the other.

#1 cardio on an empty stomach is pointless, eat some you’ll have more energy

#4: u dont burn fat while doing cardio u burn cals. And if you burn more cals in a day than u eat, u will lose fat. So the longer u do cardio, the more cals u burn and the more fat u will lose.

Carol asks…

Is this realy true about losing body fat?

Burn Fat

There is no fat loss magic to doing cardio on an empty stomach. In fact, most trainers “in-the-know” are using intervals instead of slow, boring cardio to help their clients burn fat fast. Plus, who wants to be doing boring cardio at 6am while their stomach is rumbling? If you could find better home fitness workouts to burn fat, wouldn’t you do those instead?

Myth #2 – You Have to Do Cardio in the Fat Burning Zone

By exercising in the fat burning “Zone”, as some folks like to call it, you only burn a few extra calories than if you weren’t doing any exercise at all! Slow, boring cardio workouts are not the best way to lose belly fat. If you truly want to change your body, you need to use short, burst exercise home fitness workouts.

Myth #3 – You Have to Do Cardio 7 Days Per Week

You don’t need to workout everyday. The truth is, you only need to do 3 short home fitness workouts per week of 45 minutes.

Myth #4 You Have to Do Cardio for at Least 20 Minutes Before You Start Burning Fat

We’re burning fat all the time, even while you sit here and read this message. Sure, exercise increases our fat burning, but it’s not as though the first 20 minutes of any workout don’t burn fat. That makes no sense at all! I’ll show you how the short, burst exercise system helps you achieve more fat loss in less than half the time of a regular cardio workout.

Myth #5 – You Can’t Lose Fat and Gain Muscle at the Same Time

Scientific research and my experience says, “Yes, you can!” A recent study found that men and women can gain muscle and lose fat at the same time

IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE to lose body fat and gain muscle mass at the same time????????????????????????

The Expert answers:

Yes, you can lose fat and gain muscle simultaneously given that you are lifting weights with the proper intensity, have a good diet, and are doing cardio.

Mark asks…

Is it better to be toned or is it better to be strong?

I am asking this because I am trying to figure out what most people are aiming to get out of fitness and exercise. I am a 36 year old guy who weights 170 and is 5’8″. For the past two years, I have aimed to mostly get toned but also a bit strong. My workout routine every other day consisted of: pull ups (3 sets of 10), push ups (75), sit ups (50), leg lifts (50), planks, bodyweight squats (25), and bodyweight lunges (25). I recently found out that deadlifting is the truest test of overall strength and I tried to do it for the first time three weeks ago and was embarrassed and ashamed that I could not pull my body weight. On my third session, I was only doing three sets of 147 pounds at 8 reps per set. But there are many small women in Crossfit (between 100 and 150 pounds) on youtube who are easily pulling their weight the first time and are deadlifting between 250-350 pounds in a relatively short amount of time. I would try Crossfit but it just looks so extreme. I want to get stronger but I don’t want to do all of that cardio. Should I aim to be a powerlifter or should I just stay with my toning (with a little strength training) routine?

The Expert answers:

I personally like being strong and big. I’m not satisfied if I’m like ripped up but 140 pounds (I’m 5’8).

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Your Questions About Fitness

Lisa asks…

How much money could I sell my wii for?

It comes with the component cable, wii motion plus attachment, is in good condition and with the following games:

Sega Grand Slam tennis
Mario Kart
New Super Mario Bros
Resident Evil 4
Call of Duty World at War
Super Paper Mario
Silent Hill shattered memories
Tiger Woods 10
Wii Sports Resort
Wii Fritz Chess
My fitness trainer
Mario and Sonic – Olympic winter games

The Expert answers:

Well The average price of a Wii sold on eBay is $62.00 but obvious it’s going to be cheaper on Ebay since it’s auction site and your pricing has to be very competitive since its an auction site. And as far as the wii games go, well dont expect too much for them since these titles that are readily available and the respected third party developers hasn’t discontinued any of these titles as of yet. So expect to recieve anywhere from 3-9 dollars for each wii title. Hope that helps.

Helen asks…

Do these ps3 games teach men how to dance?

I have got a interest in learning to dance recently.
Should I buy any of these games?

DanceStar Party
Fitness Coach
Zumba Fitness
Michael Jackson – The Experience

Do you have to be able to dance to play these games or do these games teach you the moves step by step or maybe in slow motions?
Any other advice on learning to dance for the debs / prom?

many thanks

The Expert answers:

About as much as Guitar Hero teaches you how to play the guitar ie theres no substitute for actual lessons

Mandy asks…

Which gym do you like best?

Hi,I’m in Pasadena area in CA right now, wanna spend some time in gym.
hmm, aqua sports is my favorite, and lose weight is my goal^-^

Do you have any idea about it?
These are gyms in my area.

24 Hour Fitness

La Fitness Sports Clubs


Pro Fitness Network

Bally Total Fitness

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Tell me your experiences and opinions!

Thank you! Have a good weekend! 🙂

The Expert answers:

Definently go to 24 Hour Fitness!

That’s where I go and I love it! They have soooo many machines and classes and a huge weight room. Mine also has a pool, sauna, hot tub….its awesome. It’s very clean, everyone is nice and you can always get a great deal for signing up! (I got my intiation fee down to $8!!!) :o)

Good Luck!

Donald asks…

Biology Help. 7 questions?

1.What is genetic drift?

a.The production of an evolutionarily independent group of organisms
b.The motion of continental plates over time
c.The physical splitting of a habitat
d.A change in allele frequencies caused by random events

2.Why are the large finches now living on the Galápagos Islands different from the original source population from a nearby island?

a.Natural selection favored individuals that were more fit in the new environment.
b.All three answers are correct.
c.The separation of habitats reduced gene flow between the populations.
d.Genetic drift occurred in the two populations.

3. True or false? The last ice age produced many different species mainly because populations dispersed and colonized new habitats.

a. true
b. false

4. Which of the following statements about reinforcement is true?

a.Reinforcement increases the number of intermediate phenotypes.
b.Reinforcement is a type of natural selection.
c.Reinforcement decreases the morphological difference between two incipient species.
d.Reinforcement is also called dispersive selection

5.A subset of a population of birds leaves its habitat on the mainland and colonizes a nearby island. The birds, after a period of time, become reproductively isolated. The island sinks and the population of birds that lived on the island returns to its original habitat. Which of the following statements about these bird populations is true?

a.The populations will not be able to interbreed because they are different species.
b.The populations will be able to interbreed even though they are different species.
c.The birds were separated by a vicariance event.
d.The populations were sympatric while they diverged.

6.A population of birds colonizes an area in which the insects upon which they feed live inside trees. Which of the following events accounts for an observed increase in average beak size in the bird population over time?

a.Decreased fitness of the insects, allowing the birds to catch them more easily
b.Decreased fitness of small-beaked birds, creating a new species
c.ncreased fitness of the large-beaked birds, creating a new species
d.ncreased fitness of large-beaked birds, leading to natural selection

7. True or false? A flood that separates a population of frogs onto opposite sides of a lake is an example of a vicariance event that may result in allopatric speciation

a. true

The Expert answers:

7 T

Lizzie asks…

Questions about the Xbox Kinect?

I’m thinking of getting a Kinect and have a few questions about it.

Does it really work well, following motion and tracking movement?

Do any of the fitness games really give a good workout if you follow the rules and really do everything the game is telling you?

Does it have games besides just fitness game, are they any fun and do they have a real story line?

What is the best game to get if I am looking for a fitness game?

Which game is most fun for the Kinect in your opinion?

Thank you very much for your time.

The Expert answers:

Honestly, the reason I got the Kinect was to lose weight. I’m out of shape and I figured this would sort of be my stepping stone into actually starting to work out and what not. I will address all of your questions one by one

-Yes, it works AMAZING in my opinion. BUT that can depend on what game you have. Some games, it works spectacularly, others, it just won’t register some of the things you’re doing properly.

-Yes, there are fitness games that give a really good workout and you will definitely lose weight. With the exercise I was doing (Around an hour a day) I lost almost 20 pounds in two months. The most fun I had “workingout” though it didn’t feel like working out was with Dance Central. That game is AMAZING. You don’t have to be a dancer. I can’t dance to save my life. But it’s so much fun to do and you will burn calories.

-Yes there are games that aren’t really fitness games. However, it IS new product so the games are rather limited. And since the whole point of the Kinect is to GET UP and get moving, most of them sort of seem like fitness games. Or active games. In my opinion though, that’s a good thing. No game that I have gotten has had a real story line. They might be coming out with one though. I’m not sure to be quite honest.

-What is the best game if you’re looking for a fitness game? Your Shape: fitness evolved, and Dance Central. Even though Dance Central isn’t technically a fitness game, you will be sweating. Especially once you get to the more advanced routines. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved even has workouts specifically for women and you can use weights. I do love it. My only problem is that sometimes it doesn’t register that you’re doing a move correctly and you won’t get the points for it or you’ll be stuck doing it for a long time. A few minutes. So yeah. That’s my only negative comment on that. Other than that, the routines are varied and you won’t get bored.

-ALL OF THEM ARE AMAZING! But here’s my list
1st: Dance Central
2nd: Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
3rd: Kinect Adventures (I believe this actually comes with the Kinect. It’s AMAZING)
4th: Kinect Sports
5th: Kinectimals (Cutesy game and geared towards kids. Though you can have fun too no matter what age)

If you want any other advice with the Kinect, feel free to message me!!!! Hope I helped

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Your Questions About Fitness

Mary asks…

How do I reduce the amount of time I exercise, but still get the same level of effectiveness?

I was wondering if there was any way to reduce the amount of time I exercise? I spend a total of 2 hrs. each week day performing my workout. I’ve been seeing results, but I’d like to reduce the amount of time I spend exercising in order to balance it with my school work and social life due to the fact I’m 16. Everything I have compiled in my workout routine is based on information I received from youtube and instructors at planet fitness. I eat 6 meals a day, 3 being snacks. I start my physical training with 9 min. of cardio and end my workout with 30 min. of cardio. I also fit anaerobic exercises for only 2 part of my body each weekday between the cardio . Everything I know about that type of exercise is listed below. So can anyone tell me how to get my routine minimized to about 60 min. ?

Done last Week
(Increase weight when you can do 15 reps in a row of a particular exercise twice in a row)—Also do 20 reps or more for body exercises and only 8 to 15 for weight—-Also more reps means more cut up body which is good

– (Chest Press) lbs= 55 R=15, 12, 12 S=3
– (Chest Incline Press) lbs=50 R=15,12,12 S=3
– (Flys) lbs=55 R=15,12,12 S=3
– (D.B. bench press) lbs=15 last 20 R=15, 15, 10 S=3

-(V-Cut Back pull ups) lbs= 75 R=10 S=4 *same reps and sets for all 3 pull up variations*
-(Row) lbs= 85 R=10 S=3
-(D.B. Wide Rows) lbs= 15 R=15 S=3

-(Overhead Press) lbs=30 R=15, 12, 12 S=3
-(Rear Delt) lbs=55 R=10 S=3
-(Upright Row) lbs=15 R=15, 12, 12 S=3
-(Front Raise) lbs=10 R=15, 12, 12 S=3
-(D.B. Shrugs) lbs= 15, 15, 20 R=15, 15, 10 S=3

-(D.B. Arm Curl) lbs= 10, 10, 15 R=15, 15, 8 S=3
-(D.B. Hammer Curls) lbs=10, 10, 15 R=10, 10, 15 S=3
-(Concentration Curl) lbs=15 R=8 S=3
-(Seated D.B. Palms Down Wrist Curl) lbs=10 R=10 S=3

-(Arm Extension Machine) lbs=55 R= 15, 15, 12 S=3
-(Standing Dumbbell Triceps Extension) lbs=15 R=15 S=3
-(Standing Bent Over 2 Arm Tricep Kick Backs) lbs= 10 R=15 S=3
-(Tricep D.B. Kickbacks) lbs= 10 R=15 S=3

-(Leg Press) lbs=130 R=12 S=3
-(Hip Abduction) lbs=90 R=15,15, 7 S=3
-(Hip Adductor) lbs=90 R=15,15,12 S=3
-(Rotary Calf) lbs= 130 R=10 S=3
-(D.B. Squats) lbs= 10, 10, 15 R=15, 15, 10 S=3
-(D.B. Rear Lunge) lbs= 10 R=15 S=3

-(Captains Chair) R=20 S=3
-(Weighted Ab Bench) lbs= 65 R=12 S=3
-(Air Bicycle) R=20 for each leg S=3
-(Seated Flat Bench Pull In) R=20 S=3
-(Knee to Sternum) R=20 for each leg S=3
-(Push Through) R=20 S=3
-(Twisting Crunches) R=20 for each side S=3
-(Flutter Kicks) R=20 each leg S=3

The Expert answers:

Wow, you took some time on this post! Do you seriously do all that?

The most efficient training method I’ve seen is CrossFit. It’s not perfect, but it’s well rounded and the workouts last anywhere from 5 mins to 30 mins. I actually can’t do most of them as prescribed because they kick my A** so much.

Some people will advocate squats, dead lifts, bench and pull ups.

Skip the cardio.

George asks…

Can I have some help about health and fitness choices please? (Read inside)?

Actually, I want you to analyze my attitudes towards health and fitness and see if they are ‘wrong’.

This is my attitude:

It’s O.K to have a couple of cans of Coke, but don’t have any more, because that’s a bit excessive, drink squash instead.

I love bacon and other red meats, I would rather have a slightly increased risk of bowel cancer than to go veggie. After all, you only get one life.

Exercise isn’t really my thing, I like video-games, computer, internet and I walk places too, but would go in the car if I had the choice.

I like fast food, but very rarely eat it, because I think it is way to bad for you, I would rather eat potatoes and some meat and a veg.

I live with my dad, who is totally fitness crazy, he does Shotokan Karate, running (5-15 miles) and he eats nothing but healthy food. He never, and I mean never drinks Soda, never eats fast food, and rarely eats meat. He is always going on to me about exercising and eating healthy and also gets mad at me if I have a bacon sandwich or drink a coke.

I think education and happiness is far more important than being muscular in shape. In fact, I have met far more slightly overweight people than fit-freaks, and they seem more happy than the fit-freaks. I find that every time he goes on at me, the more I stray in the opposite direction.

What do you think, Am I wrong, am I just the fat slob who sits around doing sh*t all all day like my dad thinks I am.


My dad is unemployed and living off of benefits, angry all the time, ill all the time, tired all the time.

I am a 14 year old school-boy who is in top-set in most of his classes, am slightly tubby around the tummy, but am not unfit, not weak.

I am 5′ 7″ and 10 stone, which roughly translates to 140lbs for the US peeps.

The Expert answers:

It sounds like you A gaming nerd and eat lots of fats I was that way until i started playing football and working out you try out a sport you cant lose much wieght on the couch playing video games so get out there an be the best you can be live it out but life is what you make it you cant just pull good health out of A whole with a string. Health is like A brick in a whole and you trying to get it out with floss you have to work for it to be fit

Mark asks…

Help with laziness? Help with fitness routine?

Im 15, im over weight. i eat healthily but it was ‘too little too late’ kind of thing. i did have a chubby stage when i was around 10. my mum said it would go(she had the same). mine didn’t, i didn’t do much exercise, and i know i ate too much (not a stupid amount, but too much). so none of it went. now im a stroppy teenager in my room, i don’t go out with any mates or do really any exercise so my healthy eating doesn’t do much.

so i want to be healthy, fit and good looking. for when i go to college and to be fit, not moaning about some pain in my back because i don’t do **** all.
now, my mum and I have a sort of a routine for me to do, and its very easy, nothing hard or anything, not like rock climbing or playing rugby or anything. a few laps around the park everyday, weight training every day. quite fair really, and i can build up to do harder things when im abit fitter.

my problem is i AM lazy and i know i am lazy, but knowing that doesn’t change the fact at all. and that leaves me feeling guilty. i say i cant fit it into my day( as if i have soooo much to do{ i have to practice my guitar and everything :O…-_-} i know, its pathetic). so i make up excuses. sometimes i last half a week and then give up for the other half, might start again in 3 weeks.. then ill give up( i used to be a giver upper) ( this is the only thing now that i keep giving up on) SO I NEED HELP!

So my question is, Has anyone got any tips on staying focused on a fitness routine, and has anyone gone through a similar situation?

The Expert answers:

I used to workout at home, be committed for a week or 2, and then all the sudden feel like doing nothing for a month.. Now i workout 5 days a week, for 2 hours, i joined a gym and it makes me soo much more commited and i actually look foward to working out everyday.. Well i guess there is nice eye candy to look at while working out, lol.. I am still chubby myself and i STILL get looks from a lot of men at the gym.. It makes me work harder, imagine how they will look at me when i am fit??

Lisa asks…

How often should I exercise?

Ok so 30 mins a day is recommended but each person has their own circumstances.
Myself Im a male 33 years old and Ive just quit smoking 6 weeks today. In those 6 weeks Ive taken to swimming and push myself very hard in the pool to the point my muscles hurt and my lungs cant keep up. I do physical work that involves much lifting and walking 5 days a week and I usually hit the pool after a 10-12 hour shift and have been doing 11 laps of a 50 metre pool (550mtrs) of freestyle only. I can swim the first 100 metres without stopping but then need to stop from 30 seconds to a minute between each 50 metres after that. Ive increased to 11 laps from 10 in the past week after beginning doing just 6 laps when I started. Ive also just been able to swim the first 100 mtrs without stopping in the past week while earlier I was struggling to finish the first 50. So my fitness has improved and results are slowly getting better. I swim 5-7 times a week.
Now last night I decided not to swim for the first time in the last 7 days. I was too sore and tired. I thought Id make up for it today but today Ive been home lazy doing nothing and still sore and tired. I want to go to the pool and swim but Im sure if I do Ill be sore and tired again tomorrow. Infact ever since I started swimming most the time I am sore and tired. Especially in the morning when I get up early for work and just feel like Im wasted. Honestly apart from swimming longer and faster the only result Ive had is fatigue and exhaustion.
So Im worried Im over exercising. I dont know if I am but I dont want to exercise more than I should and miss out on any benefit I may have from resting. Id prefer to swim everyday as I lead a very uneventful life and swimming has given me a goal to reach. I want to reach elite athlete status physically or at least as close as I can given the fact I only get an hr a day tops to actually train. But I like the challenge and I want to be in optimal fitness so Im determined to give as much as I can to this goal.
So my question is with the above information and scenario how much and how often should I be swimming and am I doing enough, too much or not enough and how will it affect my daily energy levels? Will pushing myself when I am sore and tired (like now) do good or not?

The Expert answers:

First off, major congrats to you quitting a very disgusting habit – smoking.

Don’t push yourself too hard though otherwise you might be overworking yourself which you might not want to do. Let your body recharge itself for a few days.. Your muscles cannot be too overworked, they need to be rested at least for a day in between two days.

I used to be on the varsity swim team of my high school about 2 years back and we were defin tip-top shape. As long as you take about a full hour – hour and a 1/2, you will be drained but radiant with energy because swimming in my opinion, is the Best workout!

Just continue doing laps and take a break if you need to in between. You seem to be doing great

Donald asks…

Create a news report/News Article?

-Create a news report/News Article
-Use the hook and all three of the interviews
-Determine what you think your viewers already know and what facts you think are important to share.
-The news report follows the format of a real-world news story regarding cardiovascular health, activities, and diseases.
-Introduction, Interviews, Content of the Broadcast, Personal Reflection

Hook: (the importance of the cardiovascular system and fitness):
The way to fitness is not an simple one, especially not within your body.
Fitness requires exercise, and exercise in turn, requires a sufficient supply of oxygen, and nutrients to the muscles.
The cardiovascular system is the means of which oxygen and nutrients travel to the muscles.
The more efficient that oxygen distribution in your body is, the more fit you are,
which means that Your heart is effectively delivering oxygen throughout your body.
When you are fit, your body can move more oxygen per pump than if you were not physically active.
To keep your lungs, heart, and body in good shape, you should exercise three days a week,for half an hour.

Interview #1
1)How much you know about the cardiovascular system?
Not too much. I know it has got something to do with heart rate (e.g when you run, count your heart beat, compare when you are on relax mode) i know it has got something to do with the connection of heart and veins, probably the blood system (if i am not wrong)
2)Do you know how to monitor your heart rate and why it is important?
I’ve heard of the ‘electronic gadget’ you can rely on when measuring heart rate, never use it before. During my Physical Edu lesson, usually count it manually per min (haha)
3)What does the public need to know about cardiovascular disease and prevention?
Probably the main disease (e.g cardiac problems) and the symptoms one will faced. Prevention on what needs to be done in daily basis.
4)What do you typically do for cardiovascular activity each week?
5)Do you know how to improve your cardiovascular health through physical activity?
Not really the details. But, i know by doing regular exercise, you can improve it.

Interview #2
Older adult (ages 56 or over)
1)How much you know about the cardiovascular system?
Basicis , your heart pumps blood
2)Do you know how to monitor your heart rate and why it is important?
by taking your pulse bc when you are working out you want it to be higher then slow down
3)What does the public need to know about cardiovascular disease and prevention?
how to eat proper and exercise
4)What do you typically do for cardiovascular activity each week?
Swimming in the pool
5)Do you know how to improve your cardiovascular health through physical activity?
by doing arobics

Interview #3
Middle School (ages 11–13)
1)How much you know about the cardiovascular system?
Barely anything
2)Do you know how to monitor your heart rate and why it is important?
3)What does the public need to know about cardiovascular disease and prevention?
4)What do you typically do for cardiovascular activity each week?
I ride my bike
5)Do you know how to improve your cardiovascular health through physical activity?
No not really

The Expert answers:

This is a bogus report topic. Media editors like to stress the importance of exercise over diet when it comes to health, because many of the advertisers are selling unhealthy foods or medical treatments that are less effective than dietary interventions.

The most important factor in preventing cardiovascular disease is a low-fat whole plant based diet. Exercise can help make up for some sins, but a change to a whole plant based diet eliminates the cause: consumption of fat, animal proteins, and cholesterol (found only in dairy and other animal based food products).

The article as proposed is misleading because it implies that exercise is all important. If you want to make it more accurate, you need to interview one of the following experts in the field:

Dr. Calwell Esselstyn, Jr.
Dr. Dean Ornish
Dr. Neal Barnard
Dr. Joel Fuhrman

All of these experts stress a low-fat whole plant based diet as the key to preventing and reversing heart disease. Sadly, the owners and editors of mass media empires control the content, and this message rarely gets discussed in mainstream media.

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Your Questions About Fitness

Joseph asks…

Beginning a fitness regime?

I’m not overweight, I’m just not particularly fit, which is why I’d like to start a fitness regime. I’m not looking for instant weight loss or anything, I just want to be healthier and more comfortable with myself. I’d specifically like to tone up my stomach, in the past year it’s got a little chubby.

The thing is, I have no idea where to begin when creating my regime. I have limited time because of college commitments, and I don’t have much money to spend on equipment or a gym membership so it would be better for me to do a little exercise often rather than lots in one go.

I would be really grateful if I could have some suggestions of a few things to do several times a week that would eventually make me fitter and perhaps more toned.
Would I need to do different types of workout each session, like some cardio, some weightlifting, etc? Would something like yoga give me what I’m looking for, and if so is there anywhere on the internet that can guide me or should I buy a DVD or something? As a beginner, how much should I be aiming to do each week?

Basically I’m a complete newbie, so any guidance you can give me would be very much appreciated.
Thank you!

The Expert answers:

Under “move,” they have free videos split up into categories. As a suggestion, I absolutely LOVE this one under “cardio” called “Dance Party.” The trainer is great, and it’s a really good video to start out with. They have tons of other cardio videos–and yoga videos, strength training videos, etc–to choose from, too.
Anyway, overall, just try to find a nice balance between cardio and strength training. You need a day of rest between strength workouts anyway, so just use those days for cardio! 🙂
As far as minimal equipment, pushups are the bomb. They work essentially your entire body, and all you need is enough space to get in position for them! Just make sure your form is good to avoid injury and to get results. Start out on your knees if you can’t maintain good form during full-on pushups, and work your way up. You’ll get there!

David asks…

Does my workout have enough cardio?

I’ll cut this short and simple for you guys..

I workout 6 days a week: one day is for strength, one is for cardio, and I rotate them every other day.

-P90X Ab Ripper X dvd (20min of core exercises, over 300)
-4 arm exercises each on 3×15 of 5pds
-50 reps of Pilate’s leg raises
-100 calf raises

-Aerobic fitness program on treadmill (constantly changing speeds and incline for 30 min, a total of 370 cal burned, 2.3miles)
-On Sunday’s I run 4miles outside

I’m not overweight, am 5’5” and 120pds. All that I’m trying to accomplish is mainly a flatter and toned core. But am I doing enough cardio to help accomplish that? Should I do 50min on my weekly treadmill run instead of 30?


My diet is good. I am only looking for answers that are for my specific problem.

The Expert answers:

I would say yes increase your time frame but maintain your intensity. Sound like your doing great though. It’s tough to determine what you should do or if you should change up your diet. Take a pic of yourself every month to see if your progressing the way you want.

James asks…

Serious weight loss question?

First off, I do not want to hear “diet and exercise are the only ways….etc etc..” Im a biology major and Im not stupid, Im not asing for a miracle weight loss pill.

I am currently trying to lose weight and as the first step I bought a Wii. (I dont live close to any gyms and get easily bored with the same workout dvd things over and over again and since its in the 90s and up in the summer here going outside and walking is not even an option. I got the My Fitness Coach thing for the Wii as well as Wii sports that came with it and have started those workouts doing anywhere from 30-60 minute workouts 5 days a week with rest days in between. I also have started eating soo much healthier than I used to (being just out of college). I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, oatmeal, cottage cheese, low fat snacks like reduced fat wheat thins, etc. I do not eat alot of protein (I hate cooking meat for myself) so I do plan on getting a protein shake mix or something to supplement that, as well as a fiber supplement, like benefiber. My main problem is I feel as if I have a slow metabolism and that I dont have enough energy, Im only 22, I should have tons of energy but due to stress from previous relationships, family problems and school problems Ive gotten to the point where I am constantly lazy and have no desire to do alot, and the fact that there is nothing to do around the house (another reason for getting the Wii).

What is a good weight loss supplement, not something that is supposed to make you skinny just from taking it, I know those are all fakes, but just something that will actually boost energy and reduce my wanting to eat when Im bored. Is the Slimquick a good one for women? I really just need something to go along with all the healthy changes Ive made so I can keep it up and so I wont stop working out just because of no energy to do so. Thanks to anyone who has a serious answer!! Other answers will be flagged.

The Expert answers:

Try Transitions™ CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid)

Transitions CLA is caffeine free and contains natural ingredients that can help redistribute fat to fat burning muscle tissue to assist in promoting lean muscle mass and decreasing the amount of fat stored in your body. CLA has also been shown to enhance fat breakdown (lipolysis) within the muscle tissue and create more lean muscle.

Primary Benefits are:

•Its weight lost effects are enhanced with exercise

•Helps reduce overall body fat

•Decreases the amount of fat stored in your body

•Assists in promoting lean muscle mass

•Enhances lean body mass

•Helps reduce the percentage of body fat while preserving muscle tissue

•Promotes body fat loss while preserving muscle tissue

•Targets stubborn belly fat

•Promotes the utilization of body fat as fuel

•CLA contains natural ingredients that can redistribute fat to fat-burning muscle tissue

***** Please note CLA only works its best if you do exercise regularly. *****

If your concern is to increase energy & boost up metabolism:

I would recommend
Isotonix® Advanced B-Complex

Primary Benefits*:

•Helps decrease stress and improve mood
•Helps maintain healthy levels of serotonin
•Increases energy
•Deficiencies in Folic Acid, vitamin B12, vitamin B6 or Biotin may result in feelings of fatigue
•Involved in the metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates

•Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid facilitate steps required for cell division
•Vitamin B5 is involved in the Krebs cycle of energy production and is needed to make the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. B5 is also essential in producing, transporting, and releasing energy from fats
•Vitamin B6 is essential for amino acid metabolism
•Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and Biotin participate in different aspects of energy production
•Promotes normal red blood cell formation
•B-vitamins are essential for many key functions in the body
•Involved in the metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates
•Meets need for B-vitamins in a vegetarian diet
•Necessary for proper functioning of the nervous system, bone marrow and intestinal tract (B-vitamin deficiencies appear in these tissues first)
•Promotes cardiovascular health
•Promotes healthy levels of homocysteine and supports normal endothelial function
•Promotes normal cognitive performance

Isotonix® Açai: Advanced Energy and Antioxidant Formula also helps with energy

Primary Benefits*:

•Increases energy
•Provides strong antioxidant protection
•Supports normal cell cycle and cell integrity
•Helps maintain cardiovascular health
•Helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels
•Supports immune functions
•Promotes cognitive health
•Helps improve mental focus
•Helps improve memory
•Promotes healthy blood sugar levels
•Supports weight control
•Promotes prostate health
•Promotes normal regulation of enzymes and hormones

I would only recommend Isotonix line of supplements when available because:

1st, Isotonix is the only isotonic form of supplements in the market that provides superior absorption rate that pill form cannot beat. In order to form pills, filling, addictive needs to be added, these are waste to our body and increase digestion time.

In additions, no matter if we drink, eat or take pills, everything need to be broken down into isotonic solution in our stomach first before our body can absorb. Stomach is very high acidic, thus most of the nutrients are destroyed in our stomach before reaching small intestine for absorption. So with pill form, you are looking for absorption rate of about 10 to 40% depending on our body’s digestion ability and the ingredients to form the pills. Please keep in mind that human’s digestion ability decease by age.

With Isotonix line, since it’s in isotonic form by adding certain amount of water to one capful of powder (it tastes great too!), vitamin won’t stay in stomach and will go to intestine within 5 minutes so you are looking for absorption rate of 90% and higher, higher absorption rate even compare to IV injection.

No filling or binding are added to the Isotonix line so you are guarantee to have best potency for the vitamin you take.

Yes you can buy vitamin for less than 10 bucks, but if it doesn’t help to adjust the issues, you are wasting your money no matter how small amount. With Isotonix, it’s high absorption and high potency for the body, thus making every penny worth it.

Paul asks…

What Is The Best / Quickest Way To Burn Fat?

I am already on a calorie-controlled diet so that part is sorted. What I need to know is what is the best and quickest way to burn actual fat?? I am doing my workout dvd (ministry of sound ultimate workout) three times a week and doing sit ups in the evenings (about 40 a night). Ive been doing this for 3 weeks but cant see any major changes yet…

What my worry is, is that im going to build muscle so when I get on the scales It will look like I havent lost any weight! so will then cut down on the amount im eating! (im already not eating a great deal being on this diet)

I cant afford the gym, and i cannotswim or run very well. Im 10 and a half stone and 5 foot 6 tall. Im 23. If you were me, what would you do to ensure you burn as much fat as possible as quickly as possible without building up muscles??

Would be great to hear from some expert or trained personal trainers. Or any recommendations from anyone with knowledge 🙂 also, any further tips like extras i should be doing like having weights when i exercise or any really good equipment that helps burn fat?? I am clueless when it comes to fitness! lol!

Thanks everyone 🙂

The Expert answers:

Based on what I read….jumping rope burns WAY more calories in 15 minutes then almost an hour of walking…

Donna asks…

what are some good exercises?

would like to tone up and maybe lose aout 5 pounds. Here are the areas I would like to work on
-Hips (love handles)

I dont have a whole lot of workout equiptment but i do have
-a set of 3 pound dumbells
-yoga mat
fitness dvd with 6, 10minute ab workouts
I can’t do anything outside, its too chilly. What are some good workouts that will help me tone up and lose weight by newyears?

i’m a sixteen year old female, and i dont want to bulk up just tone. I’m also not trying to lose a ton of weight. And I don’t want to have to buy anything.

The Expert answers:

You can’t spot reduce, only lose fat all over your entire body. To lose weight, do cardio, such as running (since not outside, run up and down your stairs for ten minute intervals at least three times).

No equipment required!

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Your Questions About Fitness

Donald asks…

Help me out please. Need advice on career path?

Like the title says, I need some direction.

I’m a 22 year old male who’s in university as an independent student (no major, just taking electives).

What I know is that I want to do something related to fitness. I want to help people live healthier. But I am absolutely horrible at maths and I heard that most fitness-related majors (kineseology, exercise science etc) require quite a bit of maths. I have considered personal training but the certification is apparently not very prestigious and it’s not a good paying career.

Are there any options for me? Anything I can do ?

I live in Montreal, Canada by the way. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

The Expert answers:

Do you like kids and teaching? If so, how about being a physical education teacher and/or a coach? Or a health teacher?

Physical therapist? Or physical therapist assistant?


Massage therapist?

Wellness coach?

Group exercise instructor?

Fitness director?

Occupational therapist?

Aquatic therapist?

Recreational therapist?

Yoga instructor?

Clinical exercise specialist?

Strength and conditioning coach?

Athletic trainer?

Corporate wellness specialist?

Helen asks…

all about psychiatry?

I’m in grade 10 currently and I think I want to be a psychiatrist. these are the classes I have chosen are they alright?
– University english
-University biology
-University chemistry
-Entrepreneurship (kind of random, we don’t have many courses at our school that interest me so yeah)
– Mixed introduction to anthro, sycho and socio (I would’ve taken University level but it’sa mixed class)
-University Exercise science
– Girl’s Fitness
also what kind of grades do I need to get into that program?
how much (on average) does it cost?
what are good Canadian (preferably in Quebec, or Ontario) Universities for it?
what’s the pay on average (in Canadian dollars if you can please)
and anything else you know about it! suggestions, ways to make money for university, etc
Thank you!

The Expert answers:

Psychiatry is a Medical Specialty. You would apply for a Residency in Psychiatry after you complete 4 years at University and 4 years of Medical School. Once you get to University, an adviser will tell you which pre-Med courses you need to take along with whatever major you choose.

If you are interested in Majoring in Psychology, you can do that just by getting accepted to the university. Then, you would get good grades and go to graduate school for whatever kind of Psychology you’re interested in doing.

Michael asks…

What should I major in? HELP!?

College starts in a month and I feel so lost.

Right now I’m planning on majoring in Bio/Pre-Med but I don’t feel sure about it. I like how doctors make a lot of money and are very respected people but I’m not sure if it’s right for me. I am highly interested in the human body, diseases, animals, etc. but I would NOT want to work in a hospital and definitely not in the ER. I would have to work at my own clinic. I was thinking either Family/Primary practice or Dermatology. But still, I just don’t feel like I am 100% interested in it all. I feel more scared and nervous and unsure than I am excited.

Here are some other majors I am really interested in:

-Architecture (Not sure though. I like buildings and design and stuff but once I went in and talked to some real architects and saw what their job was like and some of it bored me. Plus, my school does not have the major, and I am not willing to transfer somewhere else)

-Psychology (I’m a great listener and I feel like I’d be great at this, but I’m not sure about the salary and I’d be afraid of becoming depressed myself)

-Soccer coach (I would love to do this but I’m not sure about the salary/security of it)

Exercise Science (This major fascinates me, and I love exercise and fitness and nutrition but I have no idea what I would do with this for a career)

What do you think?

The Expert answers:

As a freshmen, you are required to take a lot of core-courses to help you determine what major you want to pursue. If you are skeptical about entering the field of medicine, you might want to look into your other choices.

Architecture involves great drawing skills and a lot of calculations to determine the precise shape and size of every object that is part of a building.

Becoming a psychologist does not necessarily involve listening to others. That’s only what’s show on TV. Most psychologists work as a part of a team in a research facility understand human behavior and conduct experiments.

Soccer coaches would be part of sports management or some other fitness curriculum.
Exercise science would be interesting, but tough to find a stable job.

Most students don’t declare their major until junior year, with good reason because no one just knows what they want to do. Some people spend a life-time trying to find what they love.

It seems that you need to research more into these majors. But don’t worry. Start off with a bigger picture so you don’t limit your future professions and work from there. I.e. Math, Science, History, English, Language – then look into a sub-category and see if you develop interest.

Chris asks…

The Best college to get this degree…?

Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion – Wellness and Fitness. I want to know what a good college would be. I have had my heart set on going to Arizona all my life. I love hot weather and it seemed like a good school. Can anyone help and give advice/tips?

The Expert answers:

Prescott College, probably. In Arizona, and offers your major.

Maria asks…

I hate college, I just want to start earning money, what can I do?

I really don’t like college at all, I have no motivation towards it what so ever, I’m not going to go University afterwards so it feels just like it’s gonna be wasting two years of my life, I already have a Level 2 BTEC First Diploma in Sport (Exercise and Fitness) with grade Distinction*, could that get me on any good coaching apprenticeships? The one I am currently studying is Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports Exercise Science. I don’t like it at all, I need money at the age of 17, I need pay for Driving lessons, Car insurance, invest for the future, I have no money and I don’t want this carry on for the next two years. I want to start earning now but jobs are so hard come by.

The Expert answers:

Invest in prostitution. A good way of getting in on the action is to find an up and coming pimp, invest your cash in him, then sort out if you wish to receive dividends off him yearly, or just sell your shares in his “business” when his value has peaked (or before he gets a cap in his ass). By then if you’ve invested wisely you should see the cash flowing in. Good times 🙂

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Your Questions About Fitness

Lizzie asks…

what is the best magazine for 21 year olds?? i like fashion, Fitness, Health, Beauty?

Shape Magazine
Fitness Magazine
Cosmo …? any others?

The Expert answers:

Hi,try womens health magazine,prevention magazine,yen magazine,fitness rx.Hope this helps 🙂

David asks…

What happened to the magazine “Fitness Swimmer”?

I loved this magazine in the 90s and early 2000… and now I can’t find them anywhere!

It was called Rodale’s Fitness Swimmer. Thank you!

The Expert answers:

It is no longer being published. The current Rodale line is listed int he link.

Daniel asks…

Haven’t received July Fitness Magazine issue yet?

Has anyone in Canada received their July issue of Fitness Magazine yet? I haven’t – and it never takes this long for my magazine subscriptions to arrive in the mail! I think the issue is possibly for July and August, but even still…it’s the middle of July already! Should I be concerned?

The Expert answers:

Give it a few days, I’d be concerned if it hasn’t arrived a week though. Do you know anyone who lives in the same area who also subscribes to the magazine? You could ask if they have received it. You could also call the magazine and ask.

Susan asks…

What is the best/your favourite mens fitness/muscle magazine?

And why?

Thanks in advance! 😀

The Expert answers:

Shape, because it gets younger girls to know that curvy bodies can be healthy (and that the “hollywood anorexic” look is UNhealthy).

Charles asks…

Does anyone have honest advice on how to appear on a fitness magazine?

The Expert answers:

Send them some fitness pictures and see if they like them.

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