December 2006

Editors Note: This article was written with the beginner in mind. It is for someone who has not grasped the fundamental concepts of exercise and how to apply them. If you truly want to learn how to create a better body you must start by understanding what the basic exercise variables are in a strength program and how they can be changed to suit the needs of your body. I encourage you to read the article over and then print it off. There is hean old saying that states, “A house is only as strong as its foundation”. This statement can...

Passion, thirst for knowledge, determination, experienced are all words that come to mind when the name Jimmy Smith is mentioned. He is one of the latest strength coaches ready to make his mark in an industry that is saturated with training and dietary information. He’s here to set the record straight. Wannabebig: Who is Jimmy Smith and what does he do? Jimmy Smith: I’m a performance enhancement coach who brings the results that his clients want and need. I work hard and am always increasing my knowledge. I’m not a bodybuilding coach, a powerlifter, an Olympic lifter and I’m not a strength...

Okay, so I wanted to call this “the Skinny on Fats” – but it’s SOooooo cheesy! (Okay, and it’s been done. A lot.) Undaunted, I tossed around some other possibilities: ‘Grease – The Untold Story,” Rejected. Too “Olivia Newton-John.” Continuing, I tried “Hey Fatty” – but it somehow just didn’t convey my usual academic style. So I’ll settle on “Mmmmm fat!” Really, it’s my favourite macronutrient. There’s just something so … sensuous about this unctuous wonder. And we’re hard-wired to love it. Unlike proteins and carbohydrates, which contain roughly 4 kcal/g of energy, fat has more than double this – 9 kcal/g. No wonder part...