Staying Fit in the Modern World

The following is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the view of exercisebasics.

As someone who has struggled with my weight for most of my life, I'm always on the lookout for the latest and greatest fitness solutions. I am also a huge fan of technology and have been grateful for the recent boom in mobile tech advancements put forth to help make staying healthy easier. I have found that adjusting lifestyle rather than going on a diet, being ultra restrictive, or becoming an exercise fanatic is the best way to stay healthy, happy, and fit.

And I'm not the only one: as reported by LiveScience, the Journal of the American Medical Association urges for the push to end "diets" as we know them. For weight loss, permanent lifestyle adjustments work far better than fad diets. We're all aware of the major health risks of obesity: according to the American Heart Association, obesity leads to high cholesterol, increased blood pressure, increased risk of heart disease and heart attack, and diabetes. They also define obesity as "having a body mass index (BMI) of 30" and provide a handy BMI calculator so you can check yourself on that.

Which Supplement is Best For You?

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I've been toying with the idea of writing a post about supplementation for a little while. I've touched on the 1g/lb protein myth, but haven't really went any further with talking about other supplements. Well, now I don't have to because to good folks over at nerdfitness just posted a great article about it. Frankly, I couldn't have written it better myself. It would be remiss of me not to share a great read like this with you guys.

Just a note, you will notice in the article that they recommend 1g per pound of lean body weight. This is different that the 1g per pound of total body weight myth that I've written about, and roughly equates to 0.8g/lb. Thats right at the upper limit as to what the research shows is effective. So I'm down with that.

I really encourage any of you out there who are interested in taking supplements or the like to read the article. They take the same views on it that I do, which is basically that it's a bunch of hokum, for most people.

Friday Favourites

This month has been an odd one for me. I'm still waiting on some paperwork so I can finally get down to the United States to start a new job. In the meantime I've been doing training modules, update resumes, all that fun (nee: dull) stuff. With that being said, I've still had time to enjoy myself a little bit. Here are my favourite things of the past couple of weeks.

1. Bret Contreras: I started reading his blog last week sometime. I've worked back through a few of his articles about form with specific lifts and the like. I very much like his writing style and that he's an expert in the field. I like reading things from people who apply science to their writing. Supposedly he's considered the world's foremost expert on glute training. So ladies (and fellas) if you want those buns of steel, check this guy out.

2. The power clean. This has been my favourite exercise of late. I won't like to you, I'm fairly new to it. I hadn't done a whole lot of olympic lifting in my routines until about 6 months ago. I'm just now getting a better handle on the technique. This is definitely my favourite olympic lift. I just find it fun, and I feel really awesome when I hit a new personal best, more so than other lifts for some reason. Here is a super slow-mo video of the thing.

3. The french press. While this kind of sounds like an exercise, it's actually just the french press for coffee. I love coffee, especially from my french press. I read an article the other day about how all the waste for the disposal kurig K cups can stretch around the world three times. That made me cringe. I do have a kurig in my house, but I tend to use the french press most often. Great coffee, and no waste.

4. This kind of mentality towards weight training for women

So those are my favourite things over the past couple of weeks. I mean I could add in things like the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Raptors. But sports teams are a consistent favourite. Unless it's when they lose to Cleveland (Come on Raps, no Kyrie Irving and you still drop that one?).

What are some of your favourite things over the past few weeks?
How do you enjoy your coffee?

Those Three Hardest Words to Say

It's ok to say that sometimes, and it's something I think I've had to come to terms with as a personal trainer and physical therapist. I don't know. I often get asked questions by family members and friends about health and fitness. I don't mind really. I like being able to answer most questions that come my way. However, sometimes my family will ask me questions that I honestly just can't answer. 

Crossfit Infographic

The following infographic was shared with me by Michael Cheung of Argon Crossfit. It just a little introduction to what crossfit is. Feel free to share.

What Motivates You to Exercise?

So you all may have noticed that I haven't been blogging a whole lot in the past couple of weeks. I had that third piece of the tennis elbow series to finish and for some reason I just kept putting it off. I'm sure everyone of you has had moments like that. Moments where you just can't find the motivation to finish something, or start something for that matter. I don't know why it took me so long to finish it. I mean, I like the material that I was writing on. I liked the reading I was doing for it. I just, couldn't. I sat at my computer to write, but instead I would look at online comics, read sports news, laugh at a cat video. You know, other internet stuff.

Tennis Elbow Treatment

By now you should have read about the anatomy of tennis elbow and the causes and symptoms. If not, I encourage you to. In this article I will talk about the treatment options for tennis elbow. A little warning, this is wordy article. I think it is well worth the read, but I would; I did write it after all.


As with most injuries I would always recommend trying conservative therapy before branching out to anything invasive. Physical therapy being conservative, I will discuss it here. Unfortunately, the research shows no particular conservative treatment as being more favourable over another. Well, maybe not unfortunately, this just means that we have many tools at our disposal. Anyway, moving on.