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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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697 Protein Powder Flavors Tested: The Results?

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697 Protein Powder Flavors Tested: The Results?

Fewer Than 2% of Protein Powders Are Recommended The protein powder industry is booming; in 2014, it was valued at around $5.6 billion, and it’s projected to grow by another 10% in the following years. Of all of the protein-based supplements, powder remains the most dominant, accounting for almost 80% of the market. With all […]

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Top 5 Common Workout Mistakes to Avoid

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Top 5 Common Workout Mistakes to Avoid

Top 5 Things to Avoid When Working Out While there are no doubt plenty of mistakes made daily in gyms around the world, this doesn’t mean you have to be part of the crowd! As a personal trainer, I see people make mistakes consistently and at times I will admit I get a bit worried […]

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The Best Ab Exercises

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The Best Ab Exercises

The Best Ab Exercises for Strength & Muscle Tone Washboard or defined abdominals are often the crowning achievement of an exercise program, while also perhaps the most common ‘problem area’ for both sexes. Unfortunately for most, the best ab exercises alone are not enough to achieve visible results. This is not to say that these […]

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Top 5 Every Day Foods to Support Your Fitness Goals

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Top 5 Every Day Foods to Support Your Fitness Goals

Five Foods You Could and Should Eat Every Day The importance of nutrition cannot be emphasized enough. If you are looking to improve your health, keep those excess pounds at bay, and live a long disease free life, a healthy diet is essential. In fact, a healthy diet is beyond essential if you want conquer […]

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Top 5 Hidden Benefits of Physical Exercise

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Top 5 Hidden Benefits of Physical Exercise

The Top 5 Hidden Benefits of Exercise Regular exercise has been proven time and time again to improve the lives of those that partake in its varied forms. Whether it’s aerobic exercise, strength training, or flexibility / mobility training, the benefits of regular exercise are practically endless! Some of the obvious benefits include the strengthening […]

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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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