All About Fitness

Are you active? Do you like to exercise? Do you want to know the best fitness plans for your goals? All About Fitness is here to help you identify the most effective workout programs for your needs. Pete McCall has been educating personal trainers around the world for more than twelve years and is now using that experience and knowledge to help you with your questions about exercise. The primary purpose of All About Fitness is to explain how exercise can slow down the aging process allowing you to add years of enjoyment to your life. A longtime spokesperson and media resource Pete has been quoted in Men's Health, Shape, Muscle and Fitness Hers, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and numerous other periodicals. In addition, he has written textbook chapters for two of the largest personal training certifications and works with many popular fitness brands as a consultant and educator. If you want to maximize the results from your time spent sweating then be sure to catch each episode of All About Fitness.
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Apr 10, 2017

When most people think of 'strength training' they no doubt think of bulky, overly-muscled men like Arnold Schwarzenegger from his nineteen-eighties, action-movie glory days; but here's a little known secret about strength training - the biggest muscles aren't always the strongest muscles.

That's right; muscles may be large but that's not the primary determinant of strength. Muscular strength comes from numerous muscle fibers working together to generate tension; it is a function of the nervous system's ability to communicate with individual muscle fibers. The more fibers recruited to generate tension, the higher the levels of strength developed. If you're a fitness aficionado who wants to learn more about strength training you have a couple of choices: you could read the literature of the Russian Researchers or who could work with someone who has been trained by StrongFirst.

Brett Jones, Chief Instructor, StrongFirst 

Strength is a technical skill; if your goal is to get strong then you will want to work with a coach who knows who to properly develop the skill of strength. On this episode of All About Fitness I interview Brett Jones, Chief Instructor, StrongFirst about the benefits of strength training and how kettlebells can be used as a tool to develop both strength and power. In our discussion we cover numerous benefits of strength and power training; including one of the most important: that it can help develop lean muscle mass, which can be a key component of looking younger!

Find a StrongFirst educated trainer in your area with the StrongFirst Trainer Locator

Or if you are interested in StrongFirst education then hit this link to: StrongFirst Education and Certification courses

No matter what your personal fitness goal, improving strength will always be a key component of success!

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Jan 10, 2017

Pete McCall

Starting this week All About Fitness is moving to a two-podcast-per-week model where one podcast will feature a full, complete interview with an expert from a various fitness-related field where the focus will be on what you can be doing to improve your fitness level during the aging process, or how you can use exercise to slow down the aging process. The second podcast will be short and sweet where I will feature a brief review of a piece of relevant research, discuss a new trend or talk about the benefits of using a specific fitness product. The interview podcast will be between 25-45 minutes long and the second podcast, a kind of verbal blog, will be less than ten minutes.

Whenever I am first introduced to a new "expert" or authority in a particular field I am always interested about his or her background and why I should be investing my time listening to what he or she has to say. On this first short format of All About Fitness I provide a brief overview of my education and work experience in the fitness industry. No, I don't have a seven-figure following on social media, nor do I have six-pack abs or buns of steel (although my glutes are pretty well developed - thanks to kettlebell swings and deadlifts). But I have worked (and continue to work) for the two largest personal training certifications: the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Talking about yourself is always tough, you want to provide some background about your legitimacy to be viewed as an expert but you don't want to appear to be what comedian Dane Cook refers to as 'too bragadocious.' (Not sure if that's a word, but I'm going for it). 

Episode 21 provides a brief overview of my knowledge, skills and abilities and why I'm doing this podcast.

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Aug 17, 2016

 A few things to know about exercise and pregnancy

Okay, first things first, I’m a guy. Let me add a little more info, I’m a father with two young kids and someone who makes a living teaching exercise science so me writing or speaking about exercising during pregnancy comes from the point of view of having watched my wife go through it two times and having done the research to teach others how pregnancy changes a woman’s response to exercise.

Here’s the thing: we know that a woman’s body changes during pregnancy and that the physiology will function differently but there is a scarcity of specific research on how hard or how long to exercise during pregnancy because: 1) no researcher wants to risk injuring a pregnant woman and 2) it’s only a limited time frame to collect data. This means that we have ideas about how a woman’s body adjusts to exercise during pregnancy but no definitive standards for how hard, how long or what type of exercise.

If you’re female, enjoy working out and planning on getting pregnant here are a few things you should know about the benefits of exercise during pregnancy along with a few things to pay attention to as your pregnancy progresses.

Fitness Instructor Aimee Nicotera stayed active throughout her pregnancy

This information comes from the current scientific literature, my 18 years of experience of working with pregnant woman as private clients and in group classes, going through it two times with my wife and from my conversation with Aimee Nicotera, a fitness professional who continued to teach, train and compete during her pregnancy. In my All About Fitness podcast we discuss Aimee’s pregnancy and how she has adjusted her workouts over the development of her baby. Two important things to note: Aimee is a little older than many new mothers but that didn’t affect her and she went into labor and gave birth within hours of taping the podcast so I was lucky to catch her at the exact end of her pregnancy; so it’s worth a listen if you’re looking for some good, practical advice from a fitness expert with a master’s in health education. 


here is some more information about exercise during pregnancy

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines on exercise during pregnancy 


American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Comment on exercise during pregnancy 


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Jul 25, 2016

"How you do anything is how you do everything." Why are there some people who are constantly more successful than others? According to personal trainer and coach Todd Durkin is has to do with mindset and attitude.

On episode 11 of All About Fitness I interview Todd Durkin, a recent finalist on the NBC show STRONG, one of the most influential people in health and fitness and the owner of Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego - recognized by Men's Health Magazine as one of the top gyms in the country. We talk about his journey into the fitness industry, how he trains high performing individuals and what you can do TODAY to start achieving the success you deserve.

Find out what makes Todd a two-time winner of Personal Trainer of the Year by hearing how he helps others achieve success in their lives. Todd personal trains clients from house wives and retirees to championship winning professional athletes; he also mentors business leaders and helps personal trainers become more successful. Very quickly into our conversation you will recognize why TD is one of the fitness industry’s most successful individuals.


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Fitness Quest 10 - Todd's training facility in San Diego



Jul 12, 2016

“The journey of one thousand miles begins with a single step,” is an ancient Chinese proverb; the point is that any journey, no matter the distance, begins the same way - by taking the first step. 


One of the most challenging things with making time for exercise is having a goal. If you are working towards a specific outcome then you have a purpose for why you’re going to the gym (or running outside, or swimming that lap). If you don’t have a purpose then it can be extremely hard to make the effort to take that first step.


In today’s episode of All About Fitness I speak with Randy Hetrick, the inventor of the TRX Suspension Trainer, a former active duty US Navy SEAL and all around great individual. We talk about goal setting and how to make time for fitness in a demanding schedule. Training to be a SEAL is one of the most grueling, physically demanding challenges any individual could face. Creating a product, bringing it to market and literally changing the face of an industry is a piece of cake by comparison.


Randy and I talk about how he focused his efforts to his achieve his goal of becoming a SEAL and how he uses that drive to help him run a successful business. You DO NOT need to train like a Navy SEAL or feel the burn to receive benefits from exercise, simply getting up and being active a few minutes at a time can provide some health benefits and be the first step in your journey to a healthier life. 


Fitness is not about having a certain look or being able to lift a certain amount of weight or run a certain distance. In my opinion fitness is simply having the physical ability to do what you want to do when you want to do it. There is so much false, misleading and downright bad information about fitness; the goal of All About Fitness is to cut through all of the nonsense and bring you information about exercise that can help improve your life. Even if you don’t exercise or even like the thought of sweating I guarantee that you will get something out of listening to our conversation.


If you want to hear the story of how and why Randy invented the TRX along with a workout that you can start doing TODAY, then watch this interview I did with Randy a few years ago; we talk about his journey from SEAL to inventor while he puts me through a challenging workout.


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Jul 6, 2016

Losing weight, toning up, getting bigger, faster, stronger... These are all common reasons for working out; here's some food for thought: Why not exercise for the purpose of feeling better instead of looking better? When was the last time that you went to the gym for a 'happiness day?' 

Petra Kolber is a fitness industry veteran who helped make step aerobics one of the most popular workouts in the world. Petra has evolved from teaching knee repeaters to using physical activity as a means for changing your mindset because feeling better is the first step towards looking better. If you exercise for no other reason it should be because it can help put you in a good mood that can change your overall outlook on life. 

In our conversation today Petra and I discuss her evolution from a cruise ship performer to a fitness industry leader responsible for changing lives around the world. Tune in for our conversation to find out how you can start Moving YOUR way to Happiness


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Jun 24, 2016

Episode 8 of All About Fitness discusses how exercise can help eliminate pain. If you experience chronic pain, you're not alone. Chronic pain affects millions of people and can be extremely debilitating keeping you from being able to move comfortably, let alone not allowing you to participate in your favorite activities.

Drugs can mask pain to help you feel better but that is only temporary and does not treat the actual cause of pain. Medical procedures can be extremely expensive and could actually cause more problems than they solve because once a muscle is cut, inelastic scar tissue can develop which can change the function of that muscle. Anthony Carey is a San Diego-based personal trainer, author of the book: The Pain Free Program and educator who specializes at using exercise to help eliminate the causes of chronic pain. In this episode we discuss how the right exercise program can change how your body functions allowing you to live pain-free while enjoying your favorite activities.

If you deal with pain on a regular basis, this episode of All About Fitness will help you understand the physiology of pain and how you can get rid of it allowing you to return to your favorite activities.

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Jun 2, 2016

If you like to exercise and are always looking for new workout options one of the goals of All About Fitness is to introduce you to new types of fitness equipment and programs. As someone who has spent a career educating personal trainers I would never promote a product or support a program that I didn’t think is legitimate and provides a specific value to fitness consumers; the things I consider when reviewing a new entrant to the fitness market are:

  • Is it a correct application of research-based exercise science?
  • Does it address a specific need that isn’t being met by other products?
  • Is it safe and appropriate for people of all ages and fitness levels?

In episode 6 of All About Fitness we visit with Stephanie Lauren, the founder of Plyoga Fitness (featured on Spike TV's Sweat Inc.). Stephanie is a former NCAA athlete and competitive gymnast who wanted a dynamic way to stay fit after her competitive days were behind her which is what led her to create a new exercise format.

What happens when you combine the range of motion and mobility exercises from Yoga with plyometric exercises to increase muscle power? You get Plyoga Fitness which integrates the two modalities into a fun and challenging workout that produces results. In this episode I interview Stephanie about why she created Plyoga Fitness, the benefits of her program and how you can get results by combining two different types of exercise into one workout. 

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May 15, 2016

If you enjoy fitness and exercise at some point you have probably laced up your shoes and gone for a run. Maybe you run just enough to enjoy your desert or an extra glass of wine or maybe you train competitively and try to get faster in every race you enter. Whatever your level of commitment to running you will definitely learn a little something from today's guest.

Sonja Friend-Uhl is an accomplished Master's level runner who is currently the Women's Masters Track & Field World Record holder in the Indoor Mile (4:44.81). In addition she is a record holder in the 1500m 4:16.90 and travels the world as a Master Trainer for Core Health & Fitness, the parent company of Star Trac and Stairmaster workout equipment; in this role she travels around the world to teach others how to exercise which presents a unique challenge for maintaining a high level of fitness with a crazy travel schedule.

On All About Fitness we discuss how Sonja has worked to improve her speed in her forties as well as how she manages to stay in shape to compete at a high level despite a grueling work and travel schedule. If you are looking for ways to improve as a runner then you will definitely enjoy this episode. We talk about training strategies for how to maintain a high level of performance during the aging process as well as a few tips for how to stay active and committed to your fitness goals while on the road. 


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Apr 22, 2016

If you enjoy exercise and make your fitness a priority then one of your primary goals for working out is to burn fat. If this is the case then you are no doubt familiar with the concept of high intensity training. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), metabolic conditioning, Tabata training and other forms of extreme workouts that are meant to beat the calories out of you via punishing exercise are very popular right now, however they could be doing you more harm than good.

You may have heard from your favorite fitness instructor, personal trainer or read in a popular magazine that high intensity interval training is effective at burning fat, it can be BUT ONLY when done the proper way and at the right amount. The perception is that the harder you work, the more calories you burn, however in the case of HIIT perception is NOT always reality. The simple fact is that a little HIIT can be good, but too much could be working against you and keeping you from reaching your fitness goals.

In today's episode of All About Fitness I speak with San Diego State Professor of Exercise Science Fabio Comana who explains the physiology of HIIT, how it works and, most importantly, how it could be working against you and keeping you from achieving your fitness goals. Fabio is one of the smartest and hardest working guys in the fitness industry, throughout his career he has worked for different universities, the leading personal training certification organizations and has educated thousands of fitness professionals. If you want to learn more about how the body burns fat don't waste your time listening to someone who may have just recently passed a weekend workshop, go to the source and hear what the guy who makes a living teaching trainers has to say on the topic. Fabio and I discuss the fallacies of HIIT and what you should be doing to maximize the fat loss from your workouts, this is a conversation you DO NOT want to miss. 


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