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In our Frequently Asked Questions area Mark answers your questions about losing weight, fitness & exercise, vitamins & supplements, personal training and triathlons.

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Weight Losstop of page

  1. How do I know if I am at the right body weight?
  2. Every year my number-one New Year's resolution is to lose weight. I never seem able to stick with it and I fail. What can I do to make it happen this time?
  3. How do I go about setting fitness and weight loss goals?
  4. I've watched people doing stretching exercises with fitness trainers. How does this help anybody lose weight?
  5. I was told to exercise at a low heart rate within the "fat burning zone" in order to lose weight. I exercise five times a week in the "fat burning zone," eat moderately, but I am losing very little weight. What am I doing wrong?
  6. I saw a bathroom scale that also tells you your body fat percentage. Does this thing work?

Fitness & Exercisetop of page

  1. How do I go about setting fitness and weight loss goals?
  2. I've watched people doing stretching exercises with fitness trainers. How does this help anybody lose weight?
  3. I was told to exercise at a low heart rate within the "fat burning zone" in order to lose weight. I exercise five times a week in the "fat burning zone," eat moderately, but I am losing very little weight. What am I doing wrong?
  4. I will be going on vacation and may not have time to exercise. I don't want all my hard work to go to "waist." What should I do?

Vitamins & Supplementstop of page

  1. What vitamins and supplements do you recommend?

Personal Trainingtop of page

  1. What qualifications should a personal trainer have?
  2. What PFT (Personal Fitness Trainer) certifications should I look for?
  3. What areas of specialization do Personal Fitness Trainers offer?
  4. How long do Personal Fitness Trainer sessions last?
  5. How often would I train with a Personal Fitness Trainer?
  6. How much does it cost to train with a Personal Fitness Trainer?
  7. Is there a cheaper way to train with a Personal Fitness Trainer?
  8. How do I find a Personal Fitness Trainer?

Triathlonstop of page

  1. Doesn't a triathlon involve running a marathon and other insane distances?
  2. Aren't triathlons for super-conditioned, super-star athletes with zero body fat?
  3. What are the advantages of triathlon training?
  4. What kind of equipment do I need to do a triathlon?
  5. Where is the best place to purchase triathlon equipment?

Fitness Technologytop of page

  1. I saw a bathroom scale that also tells you your body fat percentage. Does this thing work?

On-line Trainingtop of page

  1. How do you prepare my workouts?
  2. How do I receive my workouts?
  3. Do you adjust my workouts based on my progress?
  4. What wearable fitness technology devices are compatible with your online software?
  5. Do I need a wearable fitness technology device to do on-line training?
  6. How much do wearable fitness technology devices cost?
  7. What options do I have for XBigMan On-line Personal Fitness Training and how much do they cost?
  8. XBigMan Testimonial

    "Dear Mark,

    I have often found that in life people don't say thanks to the people who have helped them. You have no idea that you have helped me and gave me encouragement to keep going. I made a choice in July of last year to make a change toward a healthier life style and was just starting this journey when I ran across the "Escape from Alcatraz Tri". As I watched on T.V., the network started following you and I noticed your shirt with your web address. Later that evening, I went to your Web site and started to read about your story and immediately I felt a bond with you because at that time, I weighed 368 lbs. I could relate to your story in many ways. The only difference was that I did not have any health problems and hoped to make a life change before I had any.

    Over the past year, I have lost 54 lbs and have completed 6 sprint triathlons. I don't know if I would have even dreamed of doing the first triathlon if I had not received motivation from you and reading your weekly enlightenments. I am almost positive that there are others out there just like me that you may never hear from, but rest assured, you are making a huge difference in lives of many. Your openness and honesty in telling your story makes the difference. It is my firm belief that because you have not tried to hide the reality of where you started from, others are able to find much-needed motivation and inspiration along with being able to relate to your situation.

    My goal is to be an X-Bigman one day.

    thanks again"

    Michael Pate

    (Alexandria, Louisiana)

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