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Doug Spurling

Doug is President of Spurling Training Systems, located in Kennebunk, Maine. He graduated from University of New England with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Exercise Science. He has several years of experience as both a personal trainer for general fitness and a strength and conditioning coach for athletes. His certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) include Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT).

Doug began his fitness experience as a personal trainer at a private fitness facility while in college. While there, he worked with everything from absolute beginners to elite athletes, elderly and pre-teen populations and everything in between. After college, Doug worked closely with top Division I schools, developing strength and conditioning programs for their athletes. He continues to work with University of New England, assisting in undergraduate courses as well as training the varsity athletes.

Doug also authors his own online blog where he shares his knowledge of and passion for fitness, sports, and nutrition. You can find more about him, Spurling Training Systems, his blog, subscribe to his newsletter, and get his free ebook by heading over to his website.

4 Ways to Get you to the Next Level


Are you just sitting stagnant with your results? You know the feeling. You’ve been going to the gym for the past few years, yet little to nothing has changed on your body. Well, that shouldn’t be the case. Are you doing these four things? If not, that might be a good indication as to why you are still the same person as you were two years ago.

Five Fitness Myths


The world of the internet. Everybody is an expert, and they all can bench 300lbs. The internet is a great tool, but it has done some damage to our industry. People assume the cover of a magazine or the headline of an article is the truth, and nothing but the truth. I am here to lay out five of the biggest myths in our industry, both in training, and in nutrition.

Best Exercise Ever?


What is the best exercise? Some would argue the deadlift, bench press, squat, or even a plank. I don’t think there is a “best” exercise as they each serve a purpose. However, I know one exercise is always at the top of my list. This exercise is safe and effective for all ages and populations. It can help develop power and strength, while shedding that extra fat.

Not Your Mothers Cardio


When most people hear the word cardio, they sigh, and dread what is about to follow. The days of running on a treadmill, parking your butt on a bike, or rolling around on an elliptical are over. Cardio today, is not what it was 20 years ago. There are some great ways to get your conditioning in without being bored to death. I have three great variations you can add to your workout regimen today.

Seven Strategies for the Skinny Guy

  • April 8, 2013
  • Diet & Nutrition
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A lot of talk is done about how to lose fat, how to lose those last 10lbs, or get that beach body that everyone is looking for. How about showing some love for those skinny guys, who can pretty much eat whatever they want, and still lose 2lbs per week? You know who I’m talking about, the guy who weighs 126lbs with clothes on, and has a six-​​pack year round. Most of us would be so lucky, but there are a lot of people who struggle to put on some serious size. While most of us are looking to lose an extra 10lbs, these people are begging to put on 10lbs. Here are seven guidelines that every skinny guy should follow to put on the size they’re looking for.

Adding the Finishing Touch to Your Workout

  • April 1, 2013
  • Military Workouts
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So you completed your workout, you’re a little out of breath, but you got a little gas left in the tank. This is perfect time for a “finisher.” A finisher is a quick metabolic, high intensity workout that puts that finishing touch on a workout. It can be done with intervals, it can be done with carries, it can be done with cardio, really anything to tax the body. This is basically a total ass kicker at the tail end of a workout. I have 5 great finishers you can add to your arsenal with video demonstrations.

Which Program is Right for You?


With hundreds of programs shuffling around the fitness world, how do you know which program is right for you? Are you suppose to be following a fat loss workout, muscle-​​building workout, Crossfit, yoga, Pilates, P90x, Insanity, or whatever the latest craze is at the time? Understanding which program is right for you is always a tough question, and luckily I am here with some answers to help.

Four Fat Loss Foods

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I get questions every day on what to eat. Things like snack ideas, good meal recipes, and healthy breakfast foods are hard to come by. Rest assured, I am here to help. Check out these four foods that will help in fat loss, along with an incredible cookbook. Each individual should be looked at on an individual basis to determine what is right for them, but generally speaking, there are some foods that are great for everyone. They are dense in nutrients, and paired with a solid exercise program can help you lose those unwanted pounds.

5 Coaching Cues for Squatting


The squat. It’s a staple in a lot of people’s programs, and a lot of times it’s done with improper form. To coach the squat is also a lot harder than it seems. Here are 5 cues to think of, to keep your squat clean, healthy, and beneficial.

Best Exercises Muscle by Muscle: Part II

  • February 28, 2013
  • Military Workouts
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Well hey there, I’m back with more of some pretty cool exercises muscle, by muscle. If you missed Part 1, click somewhere in this sentence. If you already read it, you’re one step ahead!

I left you guys not hitting arms and the ever so important core. So we’ll get right into it! Here are my favorite exercises for those pythons hanging from your arms, and that turtle shell you have under your t-​​shirt.

Best Exercises: Muscle by Muscle

  • February 25, 2013
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When it comes time to training, we each have our favorite exercises. You know, you walk into the gym and you’re just like “Yes, I get to do  _​_​_​_​ today!” However, are your favorite exercises the best exercises for you? Are you getting the results you’re looking for with those exercises? I breakdown a bunch of exercises that are not only beneficial for your body, but are also not the same boring stuff you did the last week.  Check out some of my favorite exercises, muscle by muscle, that produce results!