• Log calories
    Nutrition,  Summer Slim Down

    Updated: Why You Need to Log Calories

    Some personal trainers and “health gurus” don’t believe in logging calories. Instead, they say “eat when you’re hungry.” I don’t agree with that. I know from experience that eating below or too far above the amount of calories your body requires (for muscle gain, fat loss, or maintenance) can sabotage any prospect of reaching your goals. For someone serious about reaching athletic and/or aesthetic goals, not tracking your calorie and micronutrient needs is the equivalent of winging it and hoping for the best — it’s simply lazy. When I started working out in 2002, I had no clue how to eat for optimum health and fitness. In fact, I thought…

  • Uncategorized

    Latest Health & Fitness Quote

    Previous Quotes: SylviaAs an athlete for over 17 years and a broke single mom for most of that time, I created this site to aid not only broke single parents to a life of fitness, but anyone who believes the road to fitness requires a lot of cash or time. In reality, the way to fitness is paved with knowledge and firm principles; teaching readers how to master both is the goal of this site.

  • Videos

    Archer Push-Ups + L-sit Pull-Ups on Rings

    SylviaAs an athlete for over 17 years and a broke single mom for most of that time, I created this site to aid not only broke single parents to a life of fitness, but anyone who believes the road to fitness requires a lot of cash or time. In reality, the way to fitness is paved with knowledge and firm principles; teaching readers how to master both is the goal of this site.

  • Training

    Why Yoga?

    Whether you want to be flexible or not, stretching is essential for everyone of all ages. I obviously learned this when studying to become a personal trainer, but, I admit, I didn’t implement stretching in my routines as much as I was supposed to. However, after eight years of bodybuilding and limited to no focus on stretching, my body eventually screamed for me to become flexible. I had developed a nagging tight hip flexor, tight shoulders, tight hamstrings — everything was tight. And not in a sexy way, but in an injuriously tight muscles sort of way. Overlooking flexibility meant I wasn’t as fit as I appeared to be. To gain more…

  • Exercises,  Training,  Women's fitness

    Women’s Beginner Upper Body Strength Workout

    Exercise Type: Strength/Resistance Level: Beginner Goal: Muscle development & endurance Baseline set & rep schemes for strength exercise: 8-10 reps – this rep range stimulates muscle growth. You must lift a weight or choose a resistance level challenging enough that you’re physically unable to perform more than 8-10 reps. 12-15 reps – this rep range builds muscle endurance. You must lift a weight or choose a resistance level challenging enough that you’re physically unable to perform more than 12-15 reps. Reps to failure – perform exercise until your form suffers or until performing one more rep is impossible. Rest periods for strength exercise: During between-sets resting periods, shake out exercised muscles to flush…

  • Abs,  Training

    Hanging Pike

        SylviaAs an athlete for over 17 years and a broke single mom for most of that time, I created this site to aid not only broke single parents to a life of fitness, but anyone who believes the road to fitness requires a lot of cash or time. In reality, the way to fitness is paved with knowledge and firm principles; teaching readers how to master both is the goal of this site.

  • Sylvia Petro_Post Workout 6.26.2016
    Exercises,  Sylvia Petro,  Training

    Today’s Workout – Back Workout & Handstand Practice

    Pull Up Variations – 4 Sets Supersetted w/ Back Extensions Set 1 & 2 Mixed grip pull ups to failure Set 3 Wide grip pull ups Set 4 Close grip pull ups   Cable One Arm Rows w/ Rope – 4 Sets Set 1 – Warm up set 12 reps Set 2 & 3 – Working set 10 – 12 reps Set 4 – Heavy set to failure   High Cable Rows – 4 Sets (I made up this name, not sure of the official name. Put cable low on cable machine, stand far back in squat position with a bar attachment. Pull the weight to your belly, contract your back…

  • Nutrient Timing
    Book Review

    The Nutrient Timing System Book Review

    The key to a great physique is not just knowing what to eat, but also when to eat specific foods. “The Nutrient Timing System” was written by two men with Ph.D.’s in sports nutrition. They cover when to eat specific nutrients and why. The doctors have worked to help Olympic athletes reach their best potential, via nutritional science. This book can be a bit dry, but it is worth the read if you’re interested in knowing sports nutrition in-depth. The book explains the processing of nutrients into the blood stream, based on what nutrients are eaten. I love this book because it does not bash people who want to build a…