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The Hormone that is holding you back at the Gym

Hormones are incredibly complex, and it's difficult to talk about one hormone without talking about other cascading hormones. Today, I want to break down what cortisol is, what can happen if you have too much of it and how to tell, and my recommendations on how to keep it in check. 

Before we begin, remember that this is not medical advice, and to seek advice from your doctor or functional medicine practitioner if you are having severe issues. This post is for informational purposes only. 

If you feel like you're doing everything right - putting in work at the gym, you're trying to eat less, and still not seeing results - it could be because of cortisol imbalance. Often, too much exercise and too little eating can have the reverse effects that you're hoping for because they can mess with your cortisol and hormonal balance. 

One of my goals, which I hope is evident by my content, is to encourage people to get away from the damaging "grind yourself into the ground if...

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4 Principles for Glute Training

 

I hear from clients ALL the time that they are frustrated that they can't work their glutes without back, hip, or knee pain. 

 

Let's look into four crucial principles of training the glutes and my recommendations for which glute exercises might be best for YOUR body. 

 

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  1. Range of motion

 

In general, when you complete an exercise in a joint's full range of motion, the muscle is loaded more, and you receive more benefit. 

 

The glute max extends your hip. It works when you are standing up from a seated position. In other words, it begins working when you are straightening the hip when it is fully bent.

 

To load the glute...

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