Q & A w Z: Muscle Soreness

Q: What is the best way to alleviate muscle soreness? A: Every once in a while, we get sore after a workout, especially when we try something new. You should not feel sore regularly; pain is not a reflection of the effectiveness of your workout. Soreness results from microscopic tears in the muscle tissue. The […]

Q & A w Z: Vacation

Q: How do you suggest staying fit on vacation? What’s a good balance between enjoying your time off or with family, but not feeling like you’re falling off your fitness plan all-together? A: Vacation is vacation. It’s time to relax. It’s the time when you shouldn’t be strictly dieting, counting calories, and going crazy about […]

Q & A w Z: Muscle Fibers

Q. What is the difference between slow twitch and fast twitch muscle fibers? Why is it important to work both? A: Let’s talk about muscle. Muscle allows the body to turn energy into motion. You won’t be able to do anything without muscle tissue. You have more than 600 muscles in your body. They help […]

Q & A w Z: Caffeine

Q: Set the record straight – is caffeine good or bad? A: Ok, if you don’t like coffee in general, then stop reading this post right now. If you are a Joe lover like me and need an extra boost for your morning workouts, this is for you. Coffee before your AM workout is a […]

Q & A w Z: Warm Up & Cool Down

Q: What is the best way to warm-up and cool-down? A: Warming up the body before a workout is really important to prevent injury during and after the workout. Lots of people think that static stretching is necessary before a workout, but you actually want to avoid it because it increases your chance of straining […]

Q & A w Z: Break a Plateau

Q: How do you break a plateau and reach your peak? A: When you’re incorporating strength training into your workout appropriately, plateaus occur less often than we think. If we’re doing the same thing over and over, yes, our body will get used to it, so it is then time to increase the challenge. Aiming […]

Q & A w Z: Strength Training vs. Cardio

Q:  When and why does strength training trump cardio? A:  There are SO many benefits to strength training: increasing BMR (basal metabolic rate) increasing muscle mass which increases the metabolism, preventing osteoporosis, increasing bone density, decreasing fat, increasing strength of muscles, tendons, and tissue which prevents injury, preventing disease like arthritis, and even preventing depression. […]

Q & A w Z: Lazy Days

Q:  How do you stay motivated when you’re feeling really, really lazy? A:  Everyone has lazy days, but there are ways to stay positive.  I suggest going to a different gym or a new class to switch it up.  Listen to new music or even wear a new workout outfit, do something to pump you […]

Q & A w Z: Foods to Eat

Q:  What foods should we be eating everyday and what foods should we try to avoid? A:  What foods should we eat everyday?  Foods we like!  Eat food you like, just make sure it’s healthy.  We’ll never stick to a plan if we don’t like it, and we’re all different; what’s optimal for me may […]