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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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Top 5 Ways to Impress Your Personal Trainer

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Top 5 Ways to Impress Your Personal Trainer

Top 5 Ways to Wow Your Fitness Trainer Would you like to wow your fitness trainer? Don’t just show up to your training sessions. If you want to get the best service from your personal trainer and achieve the best results, show your trainer you mean business with these 5 ways to impress. 5. Show […]

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Top 5 Injuries Related to Poor Posture

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Top 5 Injuries Related to Poor Posture

5 Chronic Injuries Caused by Poor Posture Postural issues are a big contributor to many different injuries. Poor posture itself can be caused by many things, but in most cases, a very sedentary lifestyle, poor training techniques, and the use of high heels, etc. are the main culprits. Injuries related to poor posture tend to […]

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Top 5 Alternative Cardio Workouts

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Top 5 Alternative Cardio Workouts

Say “So Long!” To The Gym With These 5 Cardio Routine Shake-Ups Sick of running and running, but never getting anywhere? Hop off the treadmill and take your cardio workout elsewhere. Sure, cardio machine workouts might get you the results you’re looking for, but let’s be honest, they’re far from the most exciting cardio exercise […]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of High-Intensity Interval Training

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The Do’s and Don’ts of High-Intensity Interval Training

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Exercise You’ve probably heard of high-intensity interval training, a hot trend among both athletes and amateur fitness folks alike. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is defined by short bursts of intense exercise broken up by short periods of downtime for recovery. There are several key benefits of HIIT, including accelerated fat loss, […]

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Total Gym Workout Videos

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Total Gym Workout Videos

Don’t forget to read the AskTheTrainer.com Total Gym Review Total Gym Exercise for Dummies Almost all exercises you can do with free weights, and the equipment which is found in most gyms can be done on the Total Gym. But before you do any Total Gym Exercises, and even before you watch the workout videos, […]

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Top 5 Best Cardio Workouts Without Cardio Machines

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Top 5 Best Cardio Workouts Without Cardio Machines

Cardio Machine or Not to Cardio Machine? While many of you will find that cardio machines at your local gym are ideal for helping you achieve your cardiovascular and weight loss goals, mostly because of convenience, some of you will certainly find that these machine based workout routines eventually get very stale and before long […]

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Top 5 Worst Foods You Can Consume

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Top 5 Worst Foods You Can Consume

Five Foods You Are Better Off Avoiding While there is always going to be a debate when discussing which foods are the worst for you, there is no denying that avoiding certain foods altogether is the best course of action if you’re trying to maintain your health & fitness or achieve a weight loss goal. […]

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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

Five 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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