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Kevin CryeKevin Crye was an active High School athlete who, despite his activities, often found himself out of shape. In 1995 he hired a trainer and pursued both a healthier lifestyle and college athletics. He was able to play baseball his senior season while finishing his degree at Simpson University.

After his own hardship and discovery, he decided he wanted to help other struggling athletes reach their goals. Soon after, his company, Upper Hand Athletics, was founded. His desire is to teach young people to train properly and take care of their bodies.

Kevin Crye is CFT II certified through ISSA (International Sports Science Assn) and a member of the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Assn). He graduated with an AA Degree from Shasta College in 1997 and with a BA in Social Science from Simpson University in 1999.

He has coached baseball, basketball, football, and soccer for Jr High through Varsity levels. In addition to this, he was an adjunct instructor for five years, teaching Weight Lifting and Health and Fitness courses for Simpson University. One of his last major projects was being the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Independent Professional Baseball team, the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League (summers 2005-07). They were the GBL champions in 2007.

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How often should I lift weights?

That is a short, quick question with very broad and extremly deep answers. It all depends on a person’s current fitness level, training intensity and their goals. There are many other factors as well, but as a rule of thumb every other day with a dedicated day of rest every weekend is a good start. If you are doing full body circuits for example, MWF or TuThSa would be ideal. Just remember, your muscle needs roughly 48 hours to repair itself between training sessions. Also, performing some type of cardio vascular activity on days in between is a good compliment to the resistance training.

Is it better to train early or later in the day?

It really comes down to a personal choice. A drawback to training late in the day, especially when close to going to bed, is it can make it tough to sleep. A bonus of training early in the day is you’re less likely to have “life” get in the way and have to skip your workout. If you’re not a morning person, working out at the end of the day gives a person a chance to burn off stress from the work day, meetings etc. Bottom line: Find a time that works for you and just get your workout in consistently.

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