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Never Too Late to Educate

  1.07.2019   Ben Crane   Blog   No comments

I never had any intention of becoming a personal trainer. I was never really even interested in taking classes about kinesiology, physiology, or even fitness. It was the shock I

A Personal Trainer’s Favorite Tips to Get and Stay Fit

  1.06.2019   Ben Crane   Blog   No comments

1. Track. Your. Food! This is the easiest thing in fitness to do but 9/10 people won’t do it because it has to be done every day. Science has made

2019 Dad Bod to Rad Bod Program

  1.05.2019   Ben Crane   Blog   No comments

One hundred days and 22.3 lbs later, my Dad Bod to Rad Bod program is complete. My one and only true goal was to look better than my After photo

Guest Post: How to Own Your Health in Your Golden Years

Image courtesy of Pixabay Aging does not need to take the spark out of life. In fact, we can keep ourselves vital and enjoy each day without concern. However, if

What Makes a Good Exercise Program?

  1.03.2019   Ben Crane   Blog   No comments

If someone asked you to create them an exercise program, what would your end product look like? I recently heard that someone said a paid exercise program isn’t worth doing

Fitness & Fatherhood: Preamble

  1.02.2019   Ben Crane   Blog   No comments

I will never forget December 7th, 2018. My wife was home because she had a dentist appointment that morning and didn’t want to go into work afterwards while her mouth

Dad Bod to Rad Bod: Before

  1.01.2019   Ben Crane   Blog   No comments

New Year. New Me! It’s time to lose that paternal pudge that we all (both men and women) tend to put on in the Fall after pool season ends and

The Proof is in the Footing

  1.12.2018   Ben Crane   Blog   No comments

Minimalist shoes started becoming quite the fad around 10 years ago. Those ridiculous-looking Barefoot shoes that looked more like a Bigfoot footprint mold cast with shoe material caused quite the

In Sickness and in Fitness – Should We Sick or Swim?

  1.11.2018   Ben Crane   Blog   No comments

Cold and Flu Season is upon us! Every year I field questions from clients wondering if they should workout if they feel like they might get sick, if they are

Professional Program Review: Kris Gethin’s 12-Week Muscle-Building Trainer

  1.10.2018   Ben Crane   Blog   4 Comments

One of Bodybuilding.com’s most popular training programs is Kris Gethin’s 12-Week Muscle-Building Trainer. Gethin is a world-renowned fitness icon who prides himself on his never-ending quest for knowledge, superior supplement

What Does a Personal Trainer Think About Crossfit?

  1.09.2018   Ben Crane   Blog   No comments

Despite being quite popular for more than a decade now, I managed to make it all the way to this summer before finally giving Crossfit a try. A variety of

The Problems with Intuitive Eating

  1.08.2018   Ben Crane   Blog   No comments

The dieting strategy known as “Intuitive Eating” is becoming increasingly popular, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Intuitive Eating promises successful weight-loss and management with no restrictions, calorie counting,

Does Carb Cycling Work?

  1.07.2018   Ben Crane   Blog   No comments

A common fat-loss strategy is to add or remove starches from dietary intake day-to-day depending on activity level, type of activity, and the anecdotal and possibly arbitrary schedule one creates

Client Transformation Story: 1st Place 2018

  1.06.2018   Ben Crane   Blog   No comments

Meet Audrey. Audrey is the 1st Place Winner in the local Gold’s Gym Transformation Challenge. I first met Audrey in the summer of 2016. At the time, she was battling

A Guide to My Recent Transformation Challenge

  1.05.2018   Ben Crane   Blog   2 Comments

Every year, Gold’s Gym hosts it’s annual Transformation Challenge. As an employee, I’m obviously not allowed to compete, but the staff usually arranges a competition amongst themselves to keep us

Guest Post: How Your Fitness Routine Works with Your Overall Self-Care

Self-care and fitness can feel like a balancing act in today’s society. We walk a tightrope between our hectic personal and professional lives. No wonder we feel overworked, exhausted, and

Functional Fitness: How Olympic Weightlifting Improves Camping Experience

  1.03.2018   Ben Crane   Blog   No comments

It has been just over a year since I became both fascinated with and an avid participant in Olympic Weightlifting. I recently returned from a 5-day semi-primitive camping trip and

Everything Wrong with “What The Health” – Complete Documentary Review

  1.02.2018   Ben Crane   Blog   2 Comments

Nationally Certified Sports Nutrition Specialist and Personal Trainer, Ben Crane, goes in-depth into the blatantly biased, vegan-inspired health claims against animal protein sources made in “What The Health”, the latest

My 2017 Recap and Hopes for 2018

  1.01.2018   Ben Crane   Blog   No comments

Rather than follow the tune of the mass media and discuss only the negative occurrences of 2017 and what I hope changes this year, I would instead like to highlight

Primal Sports: Athletic Events that Showcase Human History

  15.12.2017   Ben Crane   Blog   No comments

Humans have been around for a very long time. Our history goes back well beyond written historical record, including artistic and architectural expressions of cultural history and heritage. Times have

Guest Post: How Exercise Can Help Beat Both Anger and Addiction

All too often, people who struggle with addiction must overcome a range of issues if they’re to achieve lasting sobriety. One of the most common challenges for those in recovery

Is Gym-Timidation Real and What Can You Do About It?

  15.11.2017   Ben Crane   Blog   No comments

Gym intimidation, or “gym-timidation” is the core marketing concept of Planet Fitness, a popular North American fitness center known for banning bodybuilders because they intimidate other members. They ironically call

The 4 Best Pieces of a Perfect Fitness Program

  1.11.2017   Ben Crane   Blog   No comments

I have seen enough success and failure both from personal training clients and myself to know what makes for a successful endeavor, and what sets you up for failure. Below

Is Fat Sinful?

  15.10.2017   Ben Crane   Blog   No comments

I’m obviously not a religious ambassador, much less an expert on how to differentiate what is sinful for one person and not for another, but a friend of mine recently