Does Turkey Make You Tired?

Have you heard the myth that the tryptophan in turkey causes post thanksgiving meal sleepiness?  Does turkey make you tired because it has tryptophan is in it?  It is true that turkey has tryptophan, an essential amino acid in all animal meat, although turkey doesn’t have any more tryptophan than other proteins like chicken.  FurtherRead more

How to do a Forward Lunge Video

The lunge is an exercise that works similar muscle groups as the squat (quads, hamstrings and gluteus muscles) and can be used as a variation during a full body workout in the squat category.  In the following video, personal trainer Andy instructs how to do a correct forward lunge for optimal effectiveness with personal trainerRead more

Why is Sugar in This? Healthy Pasta Sauce Recipe.

Since watching the documentary Fed Up, I have been paying close attention to sugar content in food I purchase. I was shocked when I read that the pasta sauce that I regularly purchase has 42 grams of sugar per jar.  My first thought was why is sugar in this at all?  I eat at leastRead more

Full Body Workout Series; How to do a Squat Video.

This is the first video in our Full body workout series teaching how to do a squat.  During a full body workout, exercises that involve the largest and most muscle groups like squats and lunges should be done first, then isolate to smaller muscle groups after (like hamstrings and calves).  We will post lunge variationRead more

Stop Measuring and Take Action

When I first started working as a personal training over 15 years ago, my then employer encouraged me to measure a client’s weight and body composition to show results through progression.  What I have learned is that measuring is a poor way to encourage an individual to get into shape and be healthy, because itRead more

Which Cardio Machine is Best?

There are so many cardio equipment options to choose from, between stair climbers, treadmills, elliptical machines, recumbent bikes and upright bikes.  With the arrival of the latest addition to The Fitness Connection family, a Precor EFX Elliptical Machine, I thought I would take a moment to discuss the pros and cons of each type ofRead more

Summer Fitness… Letting Summer Get Us in Shape!

Whitney preparation continues with a great southern CA hike yesterday. We hiked Acorn trail from Wrightwood to the peak of Wright Mountain, then continued to the peak of Pine Mountain, finally turning around near Dawson Peak; one peak away from Mount Baldy. This hike is referred to as the North Backbone Hike and includes amazingRead more

…Let Summer Get You in Shape!

Swim suit season sparks a little more interest in fitness than the rest of the year.  Summer arrived in a blink of the eye.  If you missed your opportunity to get in shape for summer, don’t worry… anytime is a good time to get on the path to healthy habits and what better a timeRead more

Plan a Motivating Fitness Event

Let’s face it, we know that exercise is a necessity because of the many health benefits it offers, sometimes it’s difficult to stay motivated to stick to our programs.  Variety is the spice of life, changing things up can help keep us interested and on track.  I have always found that having an event isRead more

TV Weight Loss Programs and Competitions

Popular TV Weight Loss Programs and Competitions have been getting a lot of attention recently.  I find it ironic that it took someone getting questionably too thin for the population to finally notice the negative impact of the behaviors that are practiced and endorsed during a televised weight loss competition for money.  For me, itRead more