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Diet Mistakes that Slow Your Metabolism

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Whether it’s your heart beating, nerves communicating or muscles pumping – your metabolism works 24/7 and is the source of your energy. To carry out these bodily functions, we require energy that ultimately comes from our food. Metabolic rate is affected by many factors, including our age, weight and genetics.

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Your Quality of Sleep Matters

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QUALITY VS. QUANTITY

For an ideal sleep you need to go through several stages. Two of these phases are particularly important: Deep sleep is the most restorative stage of sleep when the body repairs itself, and studies suggest the most damaging effects of sleep deprivation are from inadequate deep sleep.

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Improving your balance

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While usually overlooked, good balance is an important factor for your overall health and injury prevention.  Poor balance can lead to falls and injury, especially for older people. By developing greater balance, you’ll improve your coordination and postural stability.

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Extreme Workout Fatigue and Dry Eyes

Extreme Workout Fatigue and Dry Eyes

Many people worldwide suffer from the condition called dry eyes. It is a syndrome which occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or simply when the tears evaporate too fast. This usually causes the eyes to dry out completely and become swollen, irritated and that is the moment when the discomfort hits, followed by pain and occasional blurry vision. It is like something is stuck in your eye all the time, every day. If you are a person who enjoys running or cycling, this syndrome can cause severe problems for you.

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Margarita Pappas Transformation Story

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For one to say you have achieved your goal in fitness is ignorance. I started my journey at Matrix fitness club in 2009 after a mentally abusive relationship. After six months of working out I met Herv, one of the best trainers Matrix had to offer.

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The 2016 Rock Hard Challenge (MuscleandFitness.com Part II July/August 2016)

The 2016 Rock Hard Challenge (MuscleandFitness.com Part II July/August 2016)

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4 Weeks to bikini ABS (MuscleandFitness.com July/August 2016)

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The rep squats experience

The rep squats experience

20-rep squats – or ‘widowmakers’, as they’re sometimes known – are one of the more intense experiences you can have inside a gym. In case you’re unfamiliar, the protocol goes like this:

1. Load a weight that you should only be able to get for about 10 proper reps onto a barbell.
2. Take it out of the rack.
3. Don’t put it back until you’ve done 20 reps.

‘Resting’, albeit with the bar on your back, is fine, and necessary.

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Rocco Giambrone's Transformation story

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A little over a year ago I felt the need to shake things up in my life. The monotony of my everyday routine was really dragging me down.

I decided to get re-involved with martial arts, something I remember enjoying as a kid. After my first class I quickly realized that I found what I had been looking for.

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Dina's transformation story

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I moved to Astoria about a year and a half ago [October 2014] after just getting married. I had been working in a job that gave me no time to breathe, let alone work out. I had gotten to my highest weight - 152lbs, which is a lot being that I’m only 5' tall. I was so ashamed for letting myself get to that point.

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Damaris Diaz transformation

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My name is Damaris Diaz. I am 39, married with 3 kids.

I started working out at Matrix about 9 years ago after having my 2nd child. I knew that I was getting older and had to take care of my body.

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Eating habits and healthy diet

Eating habits and healthy diet

I’m often praised by friends and family for how healthy my diet is and told that I must be very disciplined. Yes, I like to eat healthily but it’s not a matter of draconian discipline or depravation. I’ve been there, done that, got the screwed up metabolism and now I’ve moved on. Healthy eating is all about balance – most nutritionists recommend an 80/20 rule. 80% good, 20% naughty. I’d say mine is nearer 90/10 purely because healthy foods just happen to be my favourite foods, but a few glasses of wine or some pick and mix at the cinema both have well deserved places in my diet! 

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Bulimia & Nutrition

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It’s not easy to admit to other people that you have a problem. My problem is/was bulimia. Over the past six months I have made changes, difficult and scary changes, to get myself well again. Whilst I would not consider myself bulimic anymore, I do not have (and probably never will have) a comfortable relationship with food. 

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The 2016 Rock Hard Challenge (MuscleandFitness.com Part I June 2016)

The 2016 Rock Hard Challenge (MuscleandFitness.com Part I June 2016)

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Massage for Muscle Recovery - Enhance Your Fitness

Massage for Muscle Recovery - Enhance Your Fitness

There are various types of massage therapy – deep tissue, Swedish, sports and many more. The type of session you have should be discussed with your massage therapist and based upon your specific therapeutic goals. While massage therapy is often both seen and advertised as a means of relaxation, which has health benefits all its own, there are other physiological benefits that we should not ignore.

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The Importance of Antioxidants in Fitness

The Importance of Antioxidants in Fitness

When we think of athletes and active people, we certainly don’t think of exercise being dangerous to their health. It makes sense that active people would be healthier than sedentary ones. The truth is, exercise and strenuous physical activity can increase our oxygen consumption in order to meet our energy demands.

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Running a 10K without special training

Running a 10K without special training

What do you do when your best friends get in touch to see if you’d like to run a 10K with them* – despite you having not run for months and months? When this happened to me, I said yes, of course – I’m never one to turn down an opportunity to be active!

This “yes” came from me a whole three weeks ago, so I thought I’d have plenty of time to take the legs out for a stretch, if only to remind them what a bit of distance felt like.

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Discipline and Nutrition

Discipline and Nutrition

When it comes to weight loss, we believe that the more strictly we treat ourselves, the faster we will get to our goal weight. More discipline = faster results right?No.

A little discipline is good.

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Queenax on Matrix Fitness Club

Queenax on Matrix Fitness Club

Matrix Fitness Club is always improving, keeping up with current exercise science philosophies and training techniques and adding top of the line equipment to ensure our members and clients have limitless possibilities when working toward their fitness goals.

We are very excited to introduce our custom functional training solution, Queenax™ by Precor. Queenax was designed to provide our members with a safer and more convenient full-body, HIIT, and group functional fitness program experience.

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Steve "King Snake" Kuclos, along with his wife Amanda Latona at Matrix Fitness Club

 

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I first started training when I was 17 and HEAVY was all I knew. I had the mentality that if I could move heavy weight and continue to get stronger, I could get bigger as well! As most beginners know, pretty much no matter what you do, you will grow when you first start pumping iron. But, there will come a point when things need to change and you need to keep your body guessing, as it will adapt to whatever you are doing after a period of time. It may be six months or a year, but the same thing over and over will eventually stop working—the way it did when you first started the program.

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