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Is Too Much Cardio Making You “Skinny Fat?”

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Exercise is one of the fastest growing trends in America right now.  Most everyone desires to get in better shape, and do it now! However, there is so much confusion on what types of exercise and workouts are appropriate to obtain the best results. One of the first activities that individuals decide on is excessive aerobic activities (cardio) including use of treadmills, ellipticals, group classes, etc.  Cardio is beneficial to everyone, particularly for those with high BMI and body fat percentages, but not everyone falls into that category, and participation in this type of exercise ONLY could cause more harm than good. This is where we introduce the concept of “skinny fat.”

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Excessive cardio can lead to decreased muscle mass, which over time can decrease your metabolism, making weight loss difficult. Being thin doesn’t necessarily equate to good health. Increased muscle mass makes your body run more efficiently because is revs up your metabolism. High metabolism = more calories burned = weight loss. Increased muscle mass also provides a more “toned” body appearance in addition to weight management. A good strength-training regimen is vital to improve your fitness level and overall health.

Now, this article isn’t intended to persuade anyone from participating in aerobic exercises altogether. However, it’s about a balanced workout regimen to continue to get the maximum results.  If you’re one of those individuals looking to lose the last ten pounds by increasing your cardio by fifteen minutes, STOP NOW!  Instead of focusing on the number on the scale, pay more attention to your body fat composition.  This will allow you to set and achieve new goals that will benefit your body inside and out. Adding muscle will help you lose the flabby, puffy, “skinny fat” look, increase your metabolism, thus making weight loss and management easier.

Javes Lewis is a name that is familiar to many in the football world. As a former University of Oregon standout defensive back, Javes earned a full-athletic scholarship and went on to help lead the Ducks to the 2011 BCS National Championship. His goal is to now use the same skills that helped propel him to the highest levels in football to a new defensive unit in health and fitness by helping motivate and excite people about the benefits of living healthy and active lifestyles.

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2Chainz Pretty Girls Fit Fest: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

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Atlanta’s Hottest Fitness Trainers Missy Mostrom, Stephanie LeBeau, DaShaun “Guru” Johnson & Lana Ector Whipped Over 200 Pretty Girls into Shape at Center Stage for the Release of 2Chainz “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” Album  

This past Thursday, June 15th over 200 of Atlanta’s prettiest girls showed up to the Loft at Center Stage in athletic gear for one reason…because they love trap music! Event attendees were excited and ready to sweat it out to 2Chainz new album “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” with a few of Atlanta’s hottest fitness trainers and were surprised to receive an official “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” pink yoga mat which came in handy during the three 45-minute workout sessions.

Session 1 featured trainers Stephanie LeBeau and Missy Mostrom of VESTA who opened the night with kickboxing moves and rotational exercises that increased heartbeats and spirits. Then the Guru of Abs himself, Dashaun Johnson, took the stage for Session 2 and after a quick warm up he turned it up and took it off! Always one to focus on breathing during his workouts, you could hear the ladies calling out the numbers of their sets throughout the entire venue. To close out the night in Session 3, Lana Ector came to represent that Black Women Workout Too and showed all the pretty girls that a little twerking can be considered a workout too.

Throughout the evening attendees were able to relax in the Pretty Girls lounge wherein they previewed the “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” album and refreshed themselves with Propel Electrolyte Water.The next stop on the Trap Fitness tour will be….well you just have to stay tuned to find out.

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Fantasia’s ‘Journey to Fit’ – See the Exercises that Helped Refine Her Sexy

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The All New Black Fitness Today Podcast!

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The Black Fitness Today Podcast is here! Allow us to re-introduce ourselves:

We’re Ilen and Lauren Bell, the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today! We want to take things a step further and start a podcast to further connect with you, and bring you even more interviews, tips and tools to keep you fit, empowered and inspired!

What better way to kick things off than by interviewing the fitness industry’s most trusted consultant and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp – the fast growing fitness business in the world – Bedros Keuilian! He was even recently named one of the “20 Faces of Franchising” by Global Franchise Magazine. But his success was hard earned. Bedros and his family immigrated to America from Armenia, with less than $300. But his family’s determination and will to overcome led Bedros from digging through dumpsters for food, to reaching massive professional and personal success.

Listen to this motivating and informative episode as Bedros drops gems for days – – not only for the current and aspiring fitness professional, but for anyone looking to elevate their life! What does hitting the snooze button really mean subconsciously? How do you make time for healthy living while always on the go? What’s the best way for fitness professionals to avoid burnout and make their passion into a profitable living? Get answers to these questions and so much more.
Keeping you fit, inspired and empowered! We are Black Fitness Today. The premier fitness lifestyle brand for the black community.

Listen to “Bedros Keuilian: From Homeless Personal Trainer to Multi-Million Dollar Fitness Empire” on Spreaker.

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