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Gluttony - Is Fat Sinful
Is Fat Sinful?
Ben Crane | 15 October

I’m obviously not a religious ambassador, much less an expert on how to differentiate what is sinful for one person

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Real Client Story: Hypothyroidism and Weightloss
Real Client Story: Hypothyroidism and Weightloss
Ben Crane | 1 October

I have had the pleasure of working with a young mother of two in her late 20’s who came to

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Never plateau again - The OPT Training Model
Never Plateau Again: The Optimum Performance Training Model™
Ben Crane | 15 September

Personal Trainers like myself who go through a formal certification process are educated during their coursework on a model of

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Diet Detective: Plant-based Diet Nutrient Deficiencies
Diet Detective: Plant-based Diet Deficiencies
Ben Crane | 1 September

Most people desperately need to eat more plant-based foods (myself included), but just like any diet that completely excludes certain

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Life Expectancy = VO2 Max
The Best Indicator of Life Expectancy: VO2 Max
Ben Crane | 15 August

Ever wondered how your fitness is paying off in the long run? Well more than any other aspect of your

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Certified Personal Trainer vs Strength and Conditioning Coach
Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) vs Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
Ben Crane | 1 August

I recently became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), otherwise called a Strength Coach or Strength and Conditioning Coach.

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"Alone" Television Show by the History Channel
Why You Should Watch “Alone” on History Channel
Ben Crane | 15 July

“Alone” is a reality TV show where 10 or so survival experts are dropped off in remote locations across Vancouver

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What The Health, WTF, Netflix Documentary Film Initial Review
“What The Health” Netflix Documentary Initial Review
Ben Crane | 1 July

I hope to make time to do a full assessment of various quotes from “Doctors” in this film, but for

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Overweight man with background text reading: I can just exercise at home
Do I Really Need a Gym to Workout?
Ben Crane | 15 June

“Lots of good exercises look like they can easily be done from home…so why would I need a gym membership

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Fitness: The New Resume´
Fitness: The New Resume´
Ben Crane | 1 June

Ok so it’s unlikely you will be putting your Powerlifting numbers or body-fat percentage on your resume´ anytime soon, even

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Can you spot target specific body fat deposits?
Can You Spot Target Specific Body Fat Deposits?
Ben Crane | 15 May

There is no end to the amount of nails that can be put in this fitness myth’s coffin, so why

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Five ways to start a successful fitness journey
Jumpstart Your Fitness with These 5 Professional Tips
Ben Crane | 1 May

In a perfect world, there would only be one beginning and end to each person’s fitness journey. No one would

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High school is over. Act like it.
Stop Working Out Like a High Schooler
Ben Crane | 15 April

If you’re an adult, it’s time to stop exercising like your teenage, high school self. Several people have recently shared

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Shortcut to Size Before and After Results Photo of Ben Crane from College Station, Texas
Program Review: Jim Stoppani’s Shortcut to Size – Part 2
Ben Crane | 15 March

After having successfully completed the 12-week Shortcut to Size program, I have decided that I will never do another Bodybuilding.com

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Battle of the Bars: Barbells vs Dumbells
Battle of the Bells: Dumbells vs. Barbells
Ben Crane | 1 March

If you have yet to hear someone argue why dumbells are better than barbells for one or more exercises…you haven’t

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Man on leg press exercise machine
Man vs. Machines: Why Free Weights Are Better
Ben Crane | 15 February

President John F. Kennedy’s fitness initiative of the 1960’s began what has become the modern fitness phenomenon. Joe Gold started

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No More Bodybuilding.
From Bodybuilding to Weightlifting: How My First Year of Personal Training Changed Everything
Ben Crane | 1 February

I’ve spent half my life mindlessly attempting to get bigger and stronger. Knowing I would never look like Arnold, I

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The Importance of Positive Body Image
The Importance of Positive Body Image for All Shapes and Sizes
Ben Crane | 15 January

Love your body.  Easier said than done, right? Sure, it’s easier for some than others, but in a world flooded with

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17 Ways to Turn Resolutions into Results in 2017
17 Ways to Turn Resolutions into Results in 2017
Ben Crane | 1 January

New Year, a new you. For some of you that may be the millionth time you’ve heard that and by

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Is It My Fault I’m Fat
Ben Crane | 15 December

Surely when almost 70% of American adults are overweight, it can’t be our own fault, right? Genetics, busy schedules, limited

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Muscular guy holding dumbells
Muscle vs. Strength – The Difference
Ben Crane | 1 December

Most people would agree that more muscle equates to more strength, but if it were that simple then why do bodybuilders

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How to tell good vs bad carbs and fats
Carbs & Fats: How to Tell Good vs Bad
Ben Crane | 15 November

Ever wondered how to tell which carbs are good and which are bad? Which cooking oils are healthy and which turn

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Jim Stoppani's Shortcut to Size Program Review
Program Review: Jim Stoppani’s Shortcut to Size Part 1
Ben Crane | 1 November

A personal trainer’s professional pre-program assessment of Jim Stoppani’s Shortcut to Size program. I’ve been a Bodybuilding.com fan and customer

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The 7 Keys to Successful Grocery Shopping for Health and Fitness
The 7 Keys to Successful Grocery Shopping for Health and Fitness
Ben Crane | 15 October

We all know we’re supposed to eat fruits and vegetables, but we also need more satiating foods with protein, fats

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