Ab Definition Comes From the Back

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by Dr. Kareem F. Samhouri, CSCS, HFS Neuro Metabolic Fat Loss & Fitness Expert   One thing that most people who train for improved abs do not realize is that they need to train their backs at the same time. Without having a proper balance between abdominal and low back strength, there is a change […]

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The Dumbbell Advantage Story

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I remember the first time I ever worked out with dumbbells… I really had no idea what I was doing.  There I am standing in the middle of a gym by the dumbbell rack, trying to choose the right weight and having no idea what I’m really supposed to do.  I swear that everyone in […]

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Bust Through Training Plateaus With This Unique Training Method

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Have you ever gotten to the point of not being able to push past a certain weight?  Have you reached a training plateau? Well, I’m about to bring you up to speed on a little known secret in the world of strength and conditioning that is sure to make you stronger and more explosive, allowing […]

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Health Hound’s Top 10 Fitness Fads of 2012

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This time of year everybody is putting out their “Top Ten This” and “Top Ten That” lists of the past year, so The Hound thought it would be a good time to put together his list of  the Top Ten Fitness Fads of 2012. Some of these are legitimate new spins on proven thoughts and […]

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Ten Holiday Weight Loss Tips to be Thankful For

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OK, I know the closer we get to the Holidays, the harder it is to stick to our fitness and weight loss goals. I have one friend who refers to this as the “cookie season” – where he can’t go anywhere between Thanksgiving and New Year’s without being tempted by cookies, cake, calorie-laden hot beverages, […]

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High Intensity Interval Training Best Cardio To Burn Fat?

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High Intensity Interval Training is one of the most popular new workouts. While HiiT workouts seem to be the newest thing in workouts, they are actually not new.  High Intensity Interval Training is a workout that is based upon the Tabata Protocol.  The Tabata Protocol was created by Izumi Tabata several years ago–in 1997. Tabata […]

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Fighting Fat Boosts the Brain

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If you are a regular reader of the Hound, then you know that eating right and exercising is a smart thing to do. But did you know that losing weight and getting in shape could actually make you smarter? It’s true – fitness gurus have long known of the “mind-body” connection when it comes to […]

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Health Benefits of Yoga Nidra

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When you think of yoga you think of stretching and twisting, bending and moving into positions more akin to a pretzel – or at least a cat – than a Hound Dog. And yeah, there are some positions in traditional yoga that if The Hound could ever get himself into, would probably require a Rescue […]

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Health Benefits of Progressive Muscle Relaxation

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“Just relax,” “Mellow-out,” “Take a chill-pill…” Good advice. Both eastern and western medical practices all recognize the toll stress takes on your health. But in these frenetic 24/7, digital, always on, times, finding ways to relax can be – pretty stressful! But a friend of the Hound’s recently returned from a retreat where he discovered […]

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How to Keep Your Diet on Track While Traveling

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I’m a Health Hound, and not a Road Hog, but I know how tough it can be to keep to your diet and fitness regimen when traveling.  It doesn’t matter if you are going over the mountains and through the woods to visit grandma’s for the holidays, or taking a business trip, being a road […]

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