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Mike Behnken

Mike Behnken is a personal trainer who holds multiple NASM certifications and a MS in Exercise Science. Mike loves fitness, travel, and photography among many other interests.

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How To Reduce Post-Workout Recovery Times

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How To Reduce Post-Workout Recovery Times

Maximize Your Muscle Growth with these Muscle Recovery Tips Three key elements are necessary for muscle growth: nutrition, strength training, and recovery. This article will focus on the third and often overlooked recovery aspect of muscle growth. Each time you hit the weights, small tears develop in your muscle fibers. These tears are what account […]

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Top 5 Worst Weight Machines

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Top 5 Worst Weight Machines

5 of the Worst Selectorized Resistance Training Machines in the Gym While the gym is no doubt filled to the walls with many different pieces of equipment, not all the equipment is equal when it comes down to effectiveness. In fact, many machines in the gym are in my opinion sitting right on the border […]

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Top 5 Personal Training Certifications

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Top 5 Personal Training Certifications

Top 5 Certifications for Personal Trainers If you want to break into the personal training industry, certification is a must. Even those of you with an Exercise Science degree from a top university will typically need to get certified. Now for those of you without a college degree in a health & fitness related field, certification […]

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Top 5 Fitness Myths Busted

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Top 5 Fitness Myths Busted

A Lesson in Exercise Mythology In the fitness industry, there is a lot of misinformation out there that unfortunately holds a lot of us back or drastically slows the progress towards our goals. It’s too bad that this is the case for many of us already have a hard enough time achieving our health and […]

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Top 5 Best Exercises to Flatten Your Stomach

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Top 5 Best Exercises to Flatten Your Stomach

Top 5 Best Abdominal Exercises to Tighten and Flatten Your Stomach If you want to tighten and flatten your midsection, a balanced nutrition plan and the right type of abdominal exercises are a must. In this article, I am going to show you some of my personal favorite abdominal exercises, great for those of you […]

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Top 5 Tips For Gaining Muscle Mass Fast

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Top 5 Tips For Gaining Muscle Mass Fast

Build Muscle Mass Faster with These 5 Fitness Tips There are some people who naturally develop large, prominent muscles with little effort. Other people, however, spend countless hours hitting the weights and chugging down protein shakes with little effect on their muscle mass. Most people fall into the middle ground: they are capable of sculpting […]

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Top 5 Common Bench Press Mistakes To Avoid

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Top 5 Common Bench Press Mistakes To Avoid

Set Yourself up for Bench Press Success by Avoiding These 5 Common Mistakes Bench presses are one of the most powerful upper-body workouts on the planet. If you’re looking to build bigger chest and shoulder muscles, you’ll want to incorporate bench presses into your workout routine. Although there are dozens of different upper-body exercises, nothing […]

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Top 5 Cardio Machines

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Top 5 Cardio Machines

The Top 5 Cardio Machines You’ve Likely Never Used Before While cardio machines have been around for dozens of years and even though small improvements often occur, it is rare to see an innovative, brand new type of machine introduced to the market. New or old, here are the top 5 cardio machines you’ve likely […]

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Total Gym Review

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Total Gym Review

Is the Total Gym an Effective Exercise Machine? Talk about a great workout! Skepticism is natural as with all “as seen on TV” products.  The Total Gym should be no exception. With slick celebrity marketing with Chuck Norris and Christy Brinkley on numerous advertisements, the Total Gym may push the “too good to be true” […]

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Schwinn Airdyne Bike Review

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Schwinn Airdyne Bike Review

What is the Schwinn Airdyne Exercise Bike? The Schwinn Airdyne Bike is a fantastic exercise fan bike that has been around since the 80s! Introduction: The Schwinn Airdyne bike is an upright stationary exercise bike with handles. Also known as fan bikes or dual action bikes, the resistance is provided by a fan wheel that […]

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BOSU Balance Trainer Review

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BOSU Balance Trainer Review

The BOSU Balance Trainer The BOSU Balance Trainer is More Than Meets the Eye! Introduction: The BOSU Balance trainer or BOSU ball, is one of the newer generation of fitness products designed with core stability in mind. However, just because at its core the BOSU ball was designed for core stability, does not mean it […]

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Gazelle Edge Review

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Gazelle Edge Review

Gazelle Edge Review The Gazelle Edge was developed by former Junior National Bodybuilding champion and certified personal trainer Tony Little. In 1983, while training for the Mr. America Bodybuilding Championship, Tony Little was in a near-fatal car accident; afterwards he suffered from depression, and became addicted to pain medication and gained significant weight. He recovered, […]

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Best Exercise Ball

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Best Exercise Ball

Why you Need to Find the Best Exercise Ball to Truly Get in Shape! Believe it or not, exercise balls have been around for thousands of years! Interestingly, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine supposedly stuffed sewn up animal skins with sand and used them as “medicine balls” to help people recover from problems such […]

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Gazelle Freestyle Review

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Gazelle Freestyle Review

Tony Little is at it Again! Introduction The Gazelle Freestyle was developed by former Junior National Bodybuilding champion and certified personal trainer Tony Little. In 1983, while training for the Mr. America Bodybuilding Championship, Tony Little was in a near-fatal car accident; afterwards he suffered from depression, and became addicted to pain medication and gained […]

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