Training

4 Keys to Building Your Training Program

4 Keys to Building Your Training Program

Author: Coach Rik

Having a plan when entering the gym is the single most important thing to having long-term success in performance, health & wellness, weight loss etc. Regardless of if it is just a general outline or is a detailed program, it creates a framework for you to abide by. A quality program allows you to plan, track and review your progression so you can see results or pitfalls. It allows for consistency as you have a structured idea of what to do and when. With that being said, it can be a difficult task for those that are...


Building Muscle To Increase Your Metabolism: What, Why, & Everything In Between

Building Muscle To Increase Your Metabolism: What, Why, & Everything In Between

Author - Brandon Rendini
NWS Coach & Technical Director

Metabolism is nothing but the speed by which your body digests, absorbs, and assimilates the food. The higher the rate of metabolism, the quicker you put on lean muscle mass to your body. 

How does building muscle increase metabolism?

A higher rate of metabolism has also been linked to decrease the fat mass on your body. This, in turn, causes you to shed unwanted body weight thereby enhancing your appearance creating the sought after “lean” and “fit” look. 

Fat mass burns about 3 calories per pound...


Understanding the Benefits of Strength Training

Understanding the Benefits of Strength Training

 

Author - Chris Tuttle, CSCS
NWS Coach & CEO

Strength training has found a sure footing in the workout regimes of people only quite recently. Until lately, the importance and benefits of  it weren’t being realized, although that scenario has changed quite a bit now. 

Let’s delve more into the details of how strength training works and what its benefits are.

Understanding strength training:

Strength training, as the name suggests, makes use of external resistance to drive your overall, total body strength. This concept differs from cardio exercise where you target your cardiovascular system...


SQUATTING IS BAD FOR YOUR KNEES RIGHT?

SQUATTING IS BAD FOR YOUR KNEES RIGHT?

Author - Erik "Rik" Jones
NWS Coach

I want to start off with a typical dialogue between a client/athlete; and any physical fitness professional:

Professional: Alright let’s try the squat!

Client: Wait should I really be squatting? I heard squatting is bad for you knees. You can hurt your low back, can’t you? Do I really need to be doing something that can be so detrimental to my body?

Now, the answer to this question can go many ways depending on the experience, credentials, and beliefs of the “professional.” While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I am going...


Training Versus Exercise

Training Versus Exercise

Author - Erik "Rik" Jones
NWS Coach

The terms “training” and “Exercise” are often synonymous when talking about improving your physical attributes. While it may seem trivial to some, there actually is a difference. If the understanding of the two is not there, they can be mistaken for one another, and one may become disappointed when they do not reach the goals they set. Now that I may have you utterly confused, lets dive in.

Working out is a singular session. Picture yourself walking into the gym, bag in hand, all hyped up on pre-workout, and ready to rock and roll....