Injury Prevention, Act Like You’re Already Hurting

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Injury prevention is an often overlooked aspect of training.

Many take their “injury free” state for granted and do not see the need to adequately warmup, buildup in weight prior to lifting heavy, foam roll before/after workouts, theracane before/after workouts, lightly stretch before/after workouts, get adequate sleep for recovery, take care of their diet for recovery, etc…Not until an ache, a pain, or an injury occurs. THIS IS TOO LATE!

I’ve been weightlifting since I was about 16 or so and ...

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10 New Personal Training Testimonials!

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It’s been a little while since I’ve updated my TESTIMONIALS page here on the website. Typically, clients will leave reviews about me on Google or Yelp type websites first and I’ll add them to my website. There are dozens of 5 star reviews online and hopefully I’ll earn dozens more to provide potential new clients with authentic feedback on what they can expect at Taylor Carpenter Personal Training.

Below are 10 of the most recent Testimonials left for me ...

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Holiday Business Hours 2015

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To give everyone ample notice I’ve made the decision on the holiday hours

CLOSED – Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Thanksgiving Week
CLOSED – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Christmas Week
OPEN – New Years Eve and New Years Day, normal hours as of now

Otherwise, hours will be operating as usual. I plan to be open every Saturday leading up to Thanksgiving to make sure there is availability for makeups.

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A Fix For Common Shoulder Pain | Corrective Exercise

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I had a shoulder injury about 10 years ago, it did not require surgery but it was a mild dislocation with a pinched nerve of my left shoulder. It did not cause me too long of an issue when it happened but every now and then that discomfort will show its ugly head and it typically resurfaces randomly when working on the lateral deltoids (lateral raises often being a exercise I notice). I have experienced tightness in my trap and ...

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Government says egg yolks aren’t so bad after all

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The nation’s top nutrition advisory panel (The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee) has decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food.” according to The Washington Post.

For years, almost like an urban legend cholesterol from eggs has been feared and with the consumption of two whole eggs people fear high cholesterol levels. This highly regarded dietary committee has dissolved those fears but unfortunately this article did not get an incredible amount of coverage. Evidently healthy eating habits are not ...

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So What is FAT? Why Are You Avoiding It?

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FAT is one of the big three macronutrients (protein, carbs, fat). We NEED fat to be healthy along with the other two macross. You should never maintain a fat free diet. There are good fats and there are bad fats but in general consuming fat does not make anyone fat. Eating an excess in calories causes weight gain.

Some of the basic functions of fat include providing you with energy, vitamin absorption, and heat insulation.

The two main forms of ...

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VIDEO: How To Perform a Sumo Deadlift

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The Sumo deadlift is my favorite lift. There are many differences between a sumo deadlift and a conventional deadlift and I’ll go over just a few. The deadlift in general, in all of its forms, is really the best way to develop hip and posterior chain (backside of the body) strength and power. In the most simple of terms, the most noticeable difference between the sumo vs conventional lift is simply your stance (wide vs shoulder width).

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The Art of NOT Working Out…

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So the headline is a little misleading…on purpose. There is really no benefit to never working out.

However, a planned deload or step back can often be a very necessary and beneficial aspect of training. Do not misinterpret as an excuse to lay around and do nothing for a week. After 8, 12, 16 week programs, a week long deload is often prescribed. In the most simple of explanations, a deload is basically a week of active recovery.

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Easy Cooking Pre-Workout Meal

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Easy cooking. Another preworkout meal by Taylor Carpenter, a personal trainer in Charlotte NC.
5oz 93% lean ground beef
1.5 cups of brown rice
1 cup of kale
1/2 serving of unsalted almonds

Beef cooked in bulk, brown rice cooked in bulk, kale pulled out of a bag, almonds pulled out of a can. Doesn’t get much quicker and easier

Depending on your goals and current weight you would probably need to adjust the ...

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