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January 22, 2018

Here’s some bad news for yo-yo dieters: your diet may be the reason you can’t lose weight. For many with long-term weight problems, losing weight becomes increasingly difficult the more they start and stop diets. This phenomenon has been attributed to changes in metabolism from chronic yo-yo dieting (dieting in and off), but new research suggests another culprit.

Current research suggests that the reason yo-yo dieters have trouble losing weight involves changes in the gut bacteria’s interactions with dietary flavonoids, making fat loss increasingly difficult over time. The average western diet is relatively low in flavonoids, and a lack of these crucial nutrients can halt any weight loss progress.

January 19, 2018

The telltale sign of an endomorph is the tendency to easily gain weight. While this may seem like a beneficial trait when trying to increase muscle mass, in the case of the endomorph, most of this weight is body fat.

However, keeping fat off is possible for an endomorph. With a consistent and smart exercise and diet regimen, maintaining and losing weight are simple.

January 8, 2018

Building grip strength and wrist mobility takes time and dedication. For those struggling with exercises like deadlifts, barbell rows, or pull-ups, a weak grip or poor wrist mobility can be quite detrimental to progress. Fortunately, with some dedicated time and consistent effort, improving these things can pave the way to improved strength and continued muscle gains.

The inability to work a muscle group because of poor grip strength is aggravating. Below are some useful stretches, exercises, and tips to improve wrist mobility and increase hand strength, making everything from opening pickle jars to performing heavy deadlifts much easier.

December 22, 2017

Staying motivated to continue with a fitness plan during the winter can be challenging. With the vast array of holiday treats and the chilling winter weather, the idea of exercise often seems less than appealing. To combat the urge to curl up on the couch with a plate of cookies and a mug of hot cocoa, here are some tips to keep that fitness plan on track.

December 8, 2017

If there’s one thing New Year’s Day is notorious for, it’s New Year’s resolutions. Many well-intentioned individuals solemnly swear that starting the first of January, they will commit to a fitness plan and finally become the healthiest they’ve ever been. Unfortunately, however, after just a few weeks struggling to live up to their own expectations, many people throw those fitness goals straight out the window. Maybe next year…

November 16, 2017

For dedicated lifters, the fall and winter months are known as growing season. With the increased presence of calorie-dense foods around the holidays, it’s the perfect time to add quality muscle mass to the frame. Doing so will not only make leaning out much easier but will reveal an even more impressive physique when summer rolls around. To take advantage of this prime muscle-building time of year, you should follow a few guiding principles for optimal results.

November 9, 2017

Thick bar training has recently had a resurgence in popularity. Decades ago, elite lifters employed the technique for maximum results. Today, it is making a comeback in the routines of many weight trainers, from professional athletes and bodybuilders to everyday gym goers. Why are athletes and lifters employing this technique? Thick bar training can help drastically increase strength gains.