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Michael Donnellan

Meal Planning - "Failing to plan, is planning to fail."

When individuals think about their weight, they generally fall into one of three categories. They'd like to lose weight, gain weight, or stay the same while most likely decreasing their body fat %. Regardless of which of these categories you may fall into, there is one common theme that will lead to achieving your end goal: Meal Planning. In this post I'll review the key factors for successful planning, and how to avoid hiccups/overcome bad days. Read More

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Mike D'Amico

Low Intensity Cardio in Workouts Are Like A1 Sauce to Steak Dinners.

A steak dinner analogy is used to represent a solid well rounded exercise routine. Now, for my vegan friends you can insert your favorite vegan meal into this analogy too. The steak is the strength training portion to a routine. Strength training will provide a progressive resistance needed to build, repair, and maintain muscle mass. This is imperative to most occupations, all sports, and overall injury prevention. What comes in next is a side dish, a starch, and for health's sake we'll say it's a baked sweet potato. The sweet potato is the warm up portion of the workout. The warm up is the range of motion, mobility section that will make for a better strength training session. Warm ups are suggested, but not exactly required. As the steak can be a stand alone meal, having the sweet potato provides nutrients and fiber to make the steak better digested. As having a sound warm up/program in place will allow your strength training session to "flow" better. Read More

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Mike D'Amico

5 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Diet

Weight loss goals are a highlighted goal brought to the forefront of any consultation I do. The statistics do not lie. According to the CDC 38% of American adults are obese as of June 2016. So obvious logic would tell us that many trainees/clients look at this as objective #1. How we get to your goal is not a perfect system, it truly is different strokes for different folks if you may. There are several different methods to lose weight, but it all comes back to a basic equation, calories in must be less than calories out. A simple concept on hand, but in today’s society is incredibly difficult in practice. The ways to sabotage such a campaign normally tends to follow the same pattern between each person. I have found 5 very common ways that your weight loss efforts have ceased, slowed, or stalled altogether. Read More

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agallant@beverlyathletic.com

BAC member inspired by our very own Nicole Celso writes his second book

Michael Alden a long time resident of Beverly, Ma and member of BAC for over 25 years has written his second book and it all began here. A little over 2 1/2 years ago Mike's girlfriend convinced him to take a spinning class. Mike is more of a weight room guy, but he decided to give it a try anyway. He immediately liked the workout and began to regularly attend. One class however changed his life. Read More