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Fitness For Freedom Tips is a new type of fitness and health show. We deliver fitness tips that you can apply to your life right away in 10 minutes or less. Lets face it you’re busy and life pulls you in all directions. You want to be healthier, but living a healthier lifestyle is hard. It requires you to change and there is a lot of misinformation out there. We work hard to syphon through it to give you the most sound advice possible and set you up for the greatest chance of success. Jonathan Chant has been working with people to live healthier lives for 10 years now and he’s seen it all. That’s why he founded Fitness For Freedom, your complete online fitness training and lifestyle design community. He pulls out all the stops to help you make the changes yourself. No transformation challenges, no extreme changes just solid strategies to help you make changes that will stick for the rest of your life. Change is constant and you’re going to have lots of questions as you go along that’s why we keep our episodes short so they don’t ‘eat in’ to your already ‘stretched’ lives (puns intended). We try to have some fun with it too! Exercise doesn’t have to be boring? So what are you waiting for? If you’re still reading this you’re definitely interested in the show, so give it a listen.
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Now displaying: September, 2017
Sep 27, 2017

When trying to lose weight, do you add extra calories to account for exercise? For some context,

I'm 22 year old female trying to lose weight. I downloaded MyFitnessPal and entered in my stats. I was given 1750 calories to work with and my macros I split to 40/30/30 for Carbs/Protein/Fat.

My question is, since there is an activity option to enter in your exercises, are you supposed to enter in your workouts and eat the extra calories? Are those designed to fit in your plan to lose "x" amount per week? Or are you just supposed to eat your calories for the day and use the exercise as an extra deficit?

Double Check Chelsea

 

For the longest time, calculating my Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) doesn't seem to match how my body reacts to certain caloric intakes. I'm 5'9, 158 lbs with with 14-15% body fat. My final average TDEE is 2,642. I currently eat 1,800 calories a day and stay the same weight. If I eat 2,642 and keeping the same 5 day lifting regiment, I feel I'd definitely gain 1-2 pounds a week. I gain and lose weight extremely easy. How accurate can TDEE calculators be? How close should I pay attention to mine?

Trouble Understanding My TDEE

 

I've been an avid gym go-er since last September. Consistently going 5-6 days a week doing various strength routines, but in mid July I decided to take a break and finally get rid of the bulk that I had accumulated over the previous 10 months. I lost about 20lbs doing various cardio exercises, ignoring the gym completely.

I've started to go back to the gym, and am trying to ease back into things. Thing is, holy crap I lost strength. Pretty much every exercise I do is considerably weaker than what I had been doing. I've lost a good 10-15% off all my lifts.

After an extended break how long will it take me to get back to my normal strength levels? Any advice?

Returning From a 2 Month Break

 

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Sep 25, 2017

This isn’t a must read episode for The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance, it’s more of a review of a research article the book cited. That’s right there was a citation that I thought was questionable so I tracked down the original study and decided to critically analyze it to see if what the authors were saying was true and if this was a legitimate study that I could take seriously. The line in the book that got me questioning the citation was this, that when elite cyclist were not ketogenic adapted they were able to pedal a bike at over 900 kcal an hour for 147 minutes and when they were ketogenic adapted they were able to ride on average for 151 minutes and that this was not statistically significant, to which I said neh, neh that is a 4 minute difference which I know doesn't sound like a lot but if these elite cyclists were in a race that would mean if the keto group were in first then the rest would be somewhere between 1.5 and 2km behind them which in the elite cycling world is a huge difference, so different the T.V crews wouldn’t even be following the non keto adapted group, so I wanted to dive in and see what this study was all about.

 The Ketogenic Study

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Sep 20, 2017

Every time I finish pushing the prowler sled I get dizzy. I'm in a hot climate so I make sure to hydrate religiously so that can't be the issue. Even if I push one plate I still get dizzy after a few sprints. I also make sure to breathe while pushing. How can I prevent or lessen the negative post effects of the prowler? How do I prevent this ‘dizzyness’ from happening?  

Dangerous Dave

Hey! I want to do cardio to lose some fat and improve my endurance and conditioning because it sucks. I can’t even run for more than 10 minutes in the park. But at the elliptical I can go on for 1 hour, but still it's bad.

I want to improve my conditioning and endurance. And also lose some fat but that's my secondary goal.

The thing is running sometimes gets boring and I don't feel like running sometimes because it’s a loooooot of time and it’s not that intense

I don’t know what kind of cardio to do. I want it to be intense and feel like a warrior and push through my limits. I want to workout and get fit.

Sprinting Sandra

How do I progress my weights? Let’s take curls for example. Today i can do 8kg, 4 sets of 8,7,6,6 reps. Then my next session, should I try to hit 9,7,6,6 or should i get all my sets to 8 reps? What if i could achieve 10 reps on my first set if i pushed real hard, but at the expense of the performance my remaining sets? Will it differ between isolations and compounds exercises?

Hypertrophy Harry

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Sep 18, 2017

In order to get stronger you have to progressively lift heavier weight, there’s no way around it, however lifting progressively heavier weight has it’s limits, as in you can only become so strong before you will start to become injured or your strength will plateau, if these types of things didn’t happen people would be able to become infinitely stronger, but we know this isn’t the case because even after years of training everyone still has their limits and world records are often held for years, sometimes decades before being broken.

Which brings us to this question and the one we’re answering today,

How can improving your mobility help you become stronger and how do you improve your mobility?

Hip Mobility - assisted squat

Upper-back Self-Massage - massage your upper back

Hamstring Flexibility - Static and Dynamic Stretches

Shoulder Mobility - From Frozen to Full Mobility

 

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Sep 13, 2017

I'm trying to save time on my back workouts, I'm just curious if doing Deadlifts, Bent Over Rows, and Pullups/Chin-ups are enough to build it completely?

- Build My Back Bob

So here's the deal, I'm looking forward to compete in weightlifting, but I get sick a lot. So here's the question: when dealing with illness (common cold, flu) what's the wisest thing to do regarding training? If the illness involves/leads to infection (strep, sore throat) do the same rules apply or is it an exception to take a rest? How do you go about coming back to training after such illness? Thank you in advance

- Sick Steve

This is a ‘Noob’ question, but i'm at a loss. I lift early in the morning so I don't train with anyone to spot me. My lifts are getting stronger and the first dumbbell rep is getting harder and harder. How do I get the first dumbbell chest press rep?

- New Nick

 

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Sep 11, 2017

A couple weeks ago when I was away on holidays I woke up one morning with every intent of going for a run and doing a quick strength workout, but when I woke up that morning I still felt tired, I didn't have very much energy, I was reeling from a cold that even today I haven't fully recovered from and instead going for a run I negotiated with myself, through my rules for these types of circumstances,

Am I just being lazy or am I legitimately tired and unable to run?...

 

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Sep 6, 2017

Danica - What kind of training do I have to do to be able to make more distance while swimming and hold my breath for longer times under water? I want to be able to swim longer and stronger.

 

Too Extreme - When I go to the cottage with my family we like to take the boat out and go wakeboarding, tubing, and generally have fun on the water. It tends to burn for a few days afterward so we’re definitely getting some good arm exercise - but how much is too much? It’s a lot of fun but I’m worried about accidentally injuring myself in the process. When do I know to stop?

 

Born to Swim - Is swimming any good for burning calories and losing weight, or is it better for getting stronger muscles? I really love swimming but I want to know if it’s enough for me to lose weight on its own or if I should look elsewhere.

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Sep 4, 2017

I just got back from a ‘vacation’ in beautiful British Columbia, I have to put vacation in air quotes because for the most part it didn’t feel that way. We were there for a whole week, but social activities, family get together’s and a wedding right in the middle of the trip left us crammed end to end with very little in the way of free time to relax let alone workout or formally exercise, this meant I had to be creative in doing my exercises with the cramped schedule and no equipment. Like we’ve talked about in previous episodes I followed a few different strategies to make sure I got at least something in, I scheduled it in first thing in the morning, I had the program pre-built so I knew exactly what I was doing, I kept it really short as well, because I knew I would be prone to getting interrupted and I used this strategy which is the topic of today’s episode, I did everything really slowly, I mean really, really slowly, I did split squats for 6 to 8 seconds down and 6 to 8 back up, I did push-ups and pull-ups following the same tempo, I tried to do it with hanging leg raises, but it was just too hard, I had to settle for 2 to 3 seconds down and up because that was the slowest I could handle and my muscles were sore the days after I worked out despite the brevity and the fact I was only using my bodyweight.

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