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Busting the Cardio Myth

Busting the Cardio Myth

A Post About High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for Greater Fat Loss Results by Brackenfell Personal Trainer, Kevin Anderson                         Have you noticed? People always seem to get fat over the winter time. Winter starts tomorrow, and the fat season is beginning. If you usually put on a few kilos over the winter, let’s make this winter different and rather lose a few kilos. What’s your plan? If you are like many people, you likely think that the best way to lose weight is to hit the cardio machines and make them smoke! All kidding aside, it’s a common conception

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Metabolism 101

Metabolism 101

A Blog Post About Metabolism by Brackenfell Personal Trainer & Weight Loss Expert, Kevin Anderson             You no doubt hear a lot about metabolism and know that it is somehow tied to your weight loss, but do you really understand it? Consider this blog post as a crash course in metabolism. We’ll sort out what you need to know about metabolism and how to make it work in your favor. What is metabolism? Basically, metabolism is the process by which your body breaks down fats, proteins and carbohydrates to produce the energy you need to

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Training with Complexes

Training with Complexes

A Method Behind the Madness Post About Complexes and Complex Training by Brackenfell Personal Trainer, Kevin Anderson Success isn’t an accident, and it sure as Hell ain’t luck. People who are successful are intentional about their methods and habits. That is why I pay very close attention to those who excel at coaching and business. I want to learn what they know and then put it into practice. And as I study the great minds, one rule continues to surface: the KISS rule:   Keep It Simple Stupid This is a great rule to live by and to pattern one’s

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What is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)?

What is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)?

OUCH! I’m so sore!! – What is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)? Here’s the scenario: Alarm goes off… “Ugh, what the hell?” It hurts to reach for the clock… “Oh, my heck! I don’t know if I can get up.” Roll out of bed. “Holy $#!^ it hurts to walk!!” Hobble into the bathroom… “Uh-oh, I don’t know if I can sit on the toilet!!” Does any of that sound familiar?         Ah, yes, good old next-day muscle soreness ? But, why does it happen and what can I do about it? Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (a.k.a.,

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6 Steps to Success – Weight Loss, Fitness, or Anything…

6 Steps to Success – Weight Loss, Fitness, or Anything…

A Step-by-Step Weight Loss Success Formula by Brackenfell Personal Trainer, Kevin Anderson       Every now and again I like to revisit one of my favorite books, one that had a dramatic impact on my personal training career and ultimately my life… Think & Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill Now, before you shy away, this book is more than just a book about making money. Oh, it’s so much more than that… It’s about living a rich and fulfilling life where you accomplish ANY goal you set for yourself… IT’S PERFECT FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO LOSE WEIGHT AND

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Power Naps: Why You Need Them

Power Naps: Why You Need Them

A Post About Napping to Enhance Productivity and Help Weight Loss by Brackenfell Personal Kevin Anderson It’s 3 in the afternoon and you can barely keep your eyes open. Your mind feels foggy, and all you want to do is curl up under your desk for 20 minutes and take a nap. But cutting-edge, productive people don’t take naps, do they? Actually, they do. It turns out that a nap is exactly what you need in the afternoons when drowsiness takes over your body and mind. From Super Rugby players1 to Google employees2, high-achieving people are turning to naps to

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Metabolic Syndrome: Danger Ahead

Metabolic Syndrome: Danger Ahead

A Post About Metabolic Syndrome by Cape Town Personal Trainer & Weight Loss Expert, Kevin Anderson. We’re talking about metabolic syndrome today. You’ve probably heard of this condition, but you may not completely understand what it is. The best way to think about metabolic syndrome is as an advanced warning system. We can compare it to the red lights and warning sounds of a railroad crossing. When you are driving and come upon a railroad crossing with the red lights flashing and the horns blaring, what is your reaction? That’s easy, isn’t it? You immediately recognize that something dangerous is

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Cold and Flu Season is Upon Us: How’s Your Gut Function?

Cold and Flu Season is Upon Us: How’s Your Gut Function?

A Post About Gut Function by Cape Town Personal Trainer, Kevin Anderson   Winter is almost here, and that means that cold and flu season has arrived.  Have you ever noticed that some people seldom get sick?  Or maybe you have wondered why after being exposed to the same virus, one person gets ill while the other remains well. The reason lies in the strength of the immune system.  And the strength of your immune system is largely dependent upon the condition of your digestive system. When you are exposed to bad bacteria or viruses, it is up to your

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ForeverStrong Personal Training Services Urges You to Protect Your Brain from Alzheimer’s Disease

ForeverStrong Personal Training Services Urges You to Protect Your Brain from Alzheimer’s Disease

A Post About Alzheimer’s Disease by Brackenfell Personal Kevin Anderson   Surveys have shown that there is something that South African’s fear more than death… Alzheimer’s disease For most of us, losing our personhood–those characteristics which makes us who we are–is a fate worse than death.   What is Alzheimer’s? Named after Alois Alzheimer, who discovered the condition in 1906, Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects the function of the brain by causing the brain cells to degenerate and then die.  There is no cure, and the progression of the disease leads to eventual death.  The first symptoms of the

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Brackenfell Personal Trainer Recommends the Minimum Effective Dosage: Train Smarter, Not Necessarily Harder

Brackenfell Personal Trainer Recommends the Minimum Effective Dosage: Train Smarter, Not Necessarily Harder

A Post About Performing the Right Level of Exercise for Maximum Weight Loss & Fitness Results by Brackenfell Personal Kevin Anderson. There are few things as exciting as new transformers eager to make serious lifestyle changes and make up for lost time in their quest to get fit and healthy.  Their motivation and passion are contagious, and watching transformations is one of the most fulfilling aspects of being a trainer. But in their excitement, many transformers make a common mistake – overtraining.  The thinking goes like this:  “If 20 push-ups are good, then 30 must be better,” or “If 15kg

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