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The Insider’s Guide to VO2 Max and Ultrasound Body Fat Testing

Exercise science has come a long way from the “no pain, no gain; keep running until you throw up” mentality you might have experienced with your middle school soccer coach. Today’s athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and brand-new exercisers can train according to their unique needs and goals because they have access to the testing and data …

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Do You Lose More Weight if You Avoid Eating Before Exercise?

Whether you should train before eating (i.e. in a fasted state) for fat loss is a topic often debated. Here’s a summary of the main arguments and evidence.   When you train in a fasted or ‘postabsorptive’ state, your insulin levels or low and your body is using stored energy as the primary fuel source. …

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What is Best for Weight Loss, Diet Only, Diet and Cardio or Cardio Only?

Different people have different ‘methods’ for losing weight: some focus on clean eating, some become cardio bunnies while others combine both cardio and dietary changes to achieve their goals. But according to research, what is the best method? A 2012 randomized controlled trial (the gold standard of research) lasting a year looked at whether diet, …

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What is Carb Cycling? Can it Help You Lose Weight or Gain Muscle? 

Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients integral to human health and cellular functioning. Carbohydrate cycling is based on the concept that carbohydrates consumed intermittently can make you more metabolically efficient. Typically it would involve consuming a low, moderate and high carb diets on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Fat would typically be the …

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How Exercise Can Improve Your Mental Health

Exercise is one of the most potent antidepressants that’s available to everyone, with the least side effects. Don’t believe me? Let’s look at the facts.⁣ ⁣ According to the American Psychological Association, 12.7 percent of Americans are on antidepressants, that’s one in six people. Antidepressant use has increased 64 percent since 1999, and women are …

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Why Should you Book a Body Fat Test if You Want to Lose Weight or Build Muscle?

If you have specific health and fitness goals like losing weight or building muscle, it’s important to ensure that you have an accurate way to track your progress. Otherwise, how do you know if you’re getting closer or further away from your goal?   One of the best metrics to track is your body fat …

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What is VO2 Max? Why should you book a VO2 Max Test?

Your VO2 max tells you how much oxygen your body uses during exercise of increasing intensity, also referred to as maximal oxygen uptake. It represents the functionality of your central factors, including heart, lungs and blood, and your peripheral factors like skeletal muscles. If your heart and lungs are high functioning they are able to …

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Why is it Important to Learn How to Count Calories for Fat Loss? 

I think it would be fair to say that the times of calorie counting have largely moved on from the stringent belief that every calorie counts. But if you want to lose fat, calorie counting is going to be your best friend. Based on numerous studies, calories matter. When someone eats more than they expend, …

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Should You Invest in Supplements?

  Supplements are a source of confusion in the health and fitness world. Supplement companies brand them as essentials, while many health and fitness specialists say they’re not required. But the key is in the name ‘supplements’ – they are intended to supplement your diet. A diet is ideally supposed to contain all the macronutrient …

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