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  • The Number One Diet Resolution For 2012

    By Raphael | In Motivation, Nutrition | on January 4, 2012

    Every time you have a food thought and an intense urge to go off your meal plan in a big way, ask this question:  “What am I asking this food to do for me”? Even if it comes to the point where you’re standing over a cookie jar and the aroma of those chocolate chip […]

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  • Free Weight Loss eBook

    By Raphael | In Fitness, Nutrition | on January 3, 2012

    I have teamed up with mydailymoment.com for a free ebook! I have designed a 30 day Beginners workout and 30 day meal plan (1200 and 1500 calories). You’ll find them in the “bonus” areas of the ebook. All you have to do is sign up for their newsletter and you gain instant access to the […]

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  • Fight Fat During the Holidays

    By Raphael | In Fitness, Motivation, Nutrition | on November 10, 2011

    Beware.  You are about to enter the most difficult time of the year from a nutrition and exercise standpoint. It’s the time of the year when temptations abound, your mind plays tricks, hectic schedules and family gatherings stress you out, and you start thinking that maybe you’ll just face your weight issues in January. After […]

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  • Must-Have Shoulders: Dumbbell Lateral Raises

    By Raphael | In Fitness | on November 3, 2011

    If you’re interested in shoulders that look great in a sleeveless dress or tank top, I’ve put together a brief video with my two favorite ways to perform lateral raises. The first is seated with chest high. The video fast forwards to the conclusion of the set to show that I never get sloppy with […]

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  • I was approached by the editor of Latino Perspectives Magazine, and asked to be the sole fitness source for this article, “Fuel up for fitness”. The article discusses how to eat before and after workouts…

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  • Shed the Fear of Fitness

    By Raphael | In Fitness, Motivation | on October 12, 2011

    I recently read a study posted on Science Daily about the amazing benefits of exercise and how a 50-year-old can be just as fit as someone 30 years younger. It’s an excellent article and something I’ve been telling people for years. But what happens when articles like this just aren’t enough? There are thousands of […]

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  • What Diets and Nutrition Have In Common: Very Little

    By Raphael | In Nutrition | on September 15, 2011

    Go ahead. Google the next latest and greatest diet of the century. Soup diet, Cookie diet, maybe a grapefruit every hour on the hour diet, take your pick. Have you ever considered that this stuff isn’t effective? That it’s nothing more than a marketing scheme? What you need is a completely different approach. An approach […]

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  • Gym Fear: Because I’m Fat

    By Raphael | In Fitness, Motivation | on August 24, 2011

    I was working out in the gym this morning and a very overweight woman was working out close by. She was about 5’2″ and it appeared she needed to lose about 100 pounds, though that’s not what really got my attention. What I noted was how focused and intense her workout was, and how she […]

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  • Fad Diets: Just Don’t

    By Raphael | In Nutrition | on August 17, 2011

    Disgust. Impatience. Roll of the eyes. That sums up my reaction to fad diets. I can’t stand them and I think they’re utterly ridiculous. A nutrition plan for life (notice I use the words for life) should not eliminate all types of food groups. Any fad diet that asks you to eat only one source […]

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  • Hung Up On Abs – Video Demo

    By Raphael | In Fitness | on July 28, 2011

    “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” –Alice Walker While at the gym a few days ago I decided to film a couple of exercises that focus on the lower abdominal area.  If you belong to a gym, hopefully they have support straps to perform the […]

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