Get Your Six Pack On!

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The reasons why the majority of people do not have abs are huge and the major stumbling block is that plenty of so called “experts” are still teaching old fashioned advice for building abs that just doesn’t work.

The number one mistake we make is that even though we are overweight, the thing we always start doing is crunches and leg raises. This means that if you have excess fat covering your abs, you will only manage to add muscles underneath, but not lose the fat. So basically, instead of having a slimmer waistline to show off your abs, it will get bigger and your love handles will also get thicker.

Now let’s get one thing straight: Even if you heard about spot reduction, there’s no such thing. Only when you manage to shed that extra weight off, will you be able to reveal your abs.
Another mistake concerning abs is believing what you see on the commercials late in the evening when you’re watching TV, promising that you’re going to have great looking abs by using a certain kind of gizmo or gadget.

The thing is that if everything were that simple, everyone would look great by now and not complain about having no abs at all. The reasons they cannot have those great looking abs is because those gadgets are good but only half the battle, nutrition along with exercise are the other key components.

If you want to show off your abs, the first thing you’ve got to realize is that the equation for abs is simple.

It’s simple…but damn hard work

 

The Benefits of Beet Juice

The Benefits of Beet Juice

Anyone can greatly improve their progress and performance by carefully choosing what foods they eat and beat juice should be at the top of their list! Raw beets are loaded with a form of nitrates that are easily converted to nitric oxide in the human body. These healthy nitrates oxygenate the blood making the muscles respond better to resistance training! Moreover, the improved oxygen distribution to all parts of your body, including your heart and brain, will give you more stamina during workouts!

Please note that the healthy nitrates in beets are not the same as the “bad” nitrates found in processed meats like bologna, hot dogs, and deli meats. Beet juice has many other health benefits for bodybuilders too! Many studies have pointed to the fact that it lowers blood pressure. Beet juice also stabilizes blood sugar, leveling out the lows and highs after you eat. This will reduce lethargy, prevent depression, and help keep you more motivated to stay on track with your workouts. The beet root is exceptionally high in folic acid and manganese. The leaves and stems are exceptionally high in vitamin K at 500 percent the recommended daily allowance. This will help maintain your bones and prevent osteoporosis. Beet juice is also quite high in vitamin A vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, choline, and silica. This is why some nutritionists call beets and beet juice a superfood.

What gives beets their color is a class of antioxidants called betalains, including both betanin and vulgaxanthin. These antioxidants are among the most powerful anti-inflammatories and fungicides known. Thus, beet juice will help your joints ache less after your workouts and will keep your feet free of fungus. Research has also shown that betalains retard cancer tumors. While the betalains are spread throughout the beet plant, they are most highly concentrated in the peel of the beet so you should never peel beets before you juice them. Continue reading The Benefits of Beet Juice

Stubborn Fat: The Beginning

EVERYONE walking the face of this earth has an abundance of
fat cells throughout their bodies. In fact, if you’re a healthy
adult with normal body composition, you have approximately
30 billion fat cells. This is an astronomical number when you
think about it. Did you ever wonder why you have so many?

Have you ever wondered what those fat cells are for?

Fat Cells Are Genetically Programmed

The answer is, fat cells are part of our genetic code and they
enable us to use stored energy when food is scarce. This survival
mechanism works very much the same today as it did 10,000
years ago. However, there is an abundance of food in modern
society today, and we no longer need to store so much fat to
survive.

When you consume too many calories, your body goes into
storage mode for the “lean times,” so to speak, but the lean
time never comes. So your body simply stores those extra
calories as fat. When you eat fewer calories than your body
demands, your cells release stored fat for energy. Pretty simple
equation; however, not all fat is the same.

Placement of Fat Deposits in Your Body

The placement of fat deposits on our bodies varies depending
on each person’s genetic influences, lifestyle choices, and
nutritional intake. Men tend to store their body fat around their
bellies and chest. Women tend to store it around their hips,
buttocks, thighs, and the backs of their arms. A complete
discussion of hormones and fat storage is beyond the scope of
this article, but let it suffice to say that certain hormonal
processes do determine body fat distribution.

How To Fight Muscle Loss=Lift Weights

When you think of a typical older person, one thing likely comes to mind: frailty. Even if you can’t really identify any obvious illness, there is something about most elderly people that communicates frailty and weakness. They probably walk slowly, move carefully and let others do many things for them, rather than doing those things themselves.

What is it?

 

It’s muscle loss, otherwise known as sarcopenia. And if you are 25 years old or older, it is happening to you already.
But you don’t have to take it sitting down (pun intended).

What is sarcopenia?

Sarcopenia refers to the process of losing skeletal muscle mass and strength. “Sarco” is the Greek word referring to flesh, and “penia” means a reduction in amount. Thus, the word describes a progressive weakening of the body caused by a “change in body compensation in favor of fat and at the expense of muscle.”

Everyone, beginning around age 25, starts to lose muscle mass, though the actual symptoms of this loss do not usually begin showing up until around the age of 40 or so. The process begins really picking up speed after the age of 65. In fact, around the age of 40, most women will lose almost a half-pound of muscle every year and replace it with fat.2

The result of this gradual loss of muscle is an insidious weakening of the body, loss of balance, loss of confidence upon walking, and a reduced ability to recover from near falls. As we lose strength, we become more inactive. This makes sense, because if we have less muscle, it takes much more effort to move, and we fatigue more easily. But also, with loss of strength comes loss of balance and stability. The fear of falling keeps many people sedentary. And a sedentary lifestyle opens the door for chronic illness. Continue reading How To Fight Muscle Loss=Lift Weights

How to get rid of cellulite

Cellulite is a genetic problem, which affects many women. This means that if your mother has it, then there are high chances that you will have it too. This makes the skin bumpy and is the results when fat cells push up against the skin while fibrous tissues connecting to the muscle pulls down. This leaves a dimpled effect on the skin. Although cellulite cannot be eliminated, there are methods that can significantly reduce it. The following are simple ways of eliminating of cellulite:

Melt the fat with Cardio
Cellulite is a kind of fat and the best way to eliminate fat is to burn it off. Strong Cardio workouts such as cycling, running, taking Cardio classes, or hiking up hills are a sure way of burning fats. It is important to note several months may elapse before you reduce considerable amount of fat in your body.

Tone up
After you have decreased fat in your body, tone your muscles by doing strength training. Yoga is the best way to tone your muscles. Toning which is the making of muscles leaner, will make your legs and abdomen appear smoother.

Eat right
Eating a healthy diet is the best way to maintain healthy weight. The less fat intake in your body, the less cellulite will appear. Each diet is rich in lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Eating a healthy diet does not only get rid of cellulite, but it will give you immunity against other diseases. It is important that you set a timetable which guides you on which food to eat.

Stay hydrated
Taking lot fluids will go a long way in reducing the appearance of cellulite in your body. Staying hydrated will also improve your skin texture because it helps in getting rid of unwanted fluids in your body.

Get enough rest
Getting enough rest is good for your heart since it reduces the risk of high blood pressure hence reduces excess weight in your body. Ensure that you sleep at least seven hours a night. This will drastically reduce the appearance of cellulite in your skin.

Massage your trouble spot
Massing the troubled spot is important in getting rid of cellulite on your skin. This allows circulation of blood in that region and breaking up of fluids beneath the affected area. By regularly, doing massage to the affected area you will considerably reduce the appearance of cellulite. There are massage nubs that will help you while doing massage to the affected area.

Use Exfoliator
If massage nubs do not bring satisfactory results, go for Exfoliators. Exfoliators are caffeine-filled body scrubs that effectively reduce the appearance in your body. Apply the Exfoliator to the area of concern. This should be done twice or thrice in a day depending on the magnitude of the problem.

Ground coffee exfoliant produce the best result. The exfoliant that are available in the market include sea salt, B3 Barista Bath, Body One Lump, Two coffee, and Tubinado sugar body scrub. These Exfoliant promises to break up excess deposits of fats in your skin, resulting in a well-moisturized skin.

Smooth on serum
Their cellulite removal serum that is available in the market. Nivea cellulite serum, which retails at about $10, is the most effective serum for combating cellulite. When used regularly, this ultra-concentrated formula will remove the signs of dimpling within 10 days.

Wear slimming workout gear
Slimming workout gear is the best method of reducing the appearance of cellulite. There are attires such as proskins slim cycle shorts, which minimize the dimpling of your skin. They do not only provide instant slimming effect, but they have infused ingredients such as caffeine, vitamin E, and retinol. These ingredients ensure that your skin is tightened and hydrated, leaving your legs less lumpy. Slimming workout gear is cost friendly and retails at around $95. Buying the workout gear will give you a 100 percent guarantee for your money.

Use self-Tanner
Since there is no cure for cellulite, you can minimize its appearance by using special products. The most effective way to do this is to use self-Tanner. Self-Tanner is the quickest way to camouflage the affected area. You can purchase St. Tropez self-Tan Bronzing Mousse, which retails at around $38. This product disguises dimples within a short time.

How interval training benefits women: new study

Posted on August 27, 2013 by Stone Hearth News

Interval training is a well-known way to get the maximum benefits of exercise in the shortest amount of time. New research shows that when it comes to running, women may get more out of high intensity interval training (HIIT) than their male counterparts.

“Sex-specific Responses to Interval Training” was conducted by Drs. Matt Laurent and Matt Kutz, Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies at Bowling Green State University; Lauren Vervaecke, Division of Applied Physiology, University of South Carolina; and Dr. Matt Green, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at the University of North Alabama. The study will be published in an upcoming Journal of Strength and Conditioning.

Earlier interval training studies primarily focused on highly trained males, but researchers say that overlooks the variety of other populations that routinely use interval training.

Researchers put eight men and eight women between the ages of 19 and 30 through self-paced, high intensity interval training using different recovery periods. All of them reported at least a moderate fitness level and participation in at least one session of interval training a week.

Participants hit the treadmill for six, four-minute intervals performed at the highest intensity they felt they could maintain. Recovery between intervals consisted of one minute, two minutes or four minutes.

Throughout the intervals, their maximum oxygen consumption and heart rates were measured. Results revealed a significant effect of gender on both percentages. Across the trials, men self-selected a faster relative pace, but the women worked at a higher percentage of their maximum heart rate than the men and a higher percentage of their maximum oxygen consumption.

“I think what our data show is that there appear to be meaningful differences in how men and women self-regulate their workouts,” Laurent said. “Specifically, in our case, men and women tend to work at the same level of perceived exertion and feel similarly recovered between each interval, however, as they perform the interval runs women tended to work ‘harder’ from a relative cardiovascular (%HRmax and %VO2max) standpoint than men.”

Results also confirmed previous findings suggesting that a 2:1 work-to-rest ratio is optimal during HIIT for both men and women.

“I really think one of the ‘take home’ points from our study was, despite the gender differences that we found, individuals performing high-intensity interval training should listen to and trust their body and pay attention to how they are feeling,” said Laurent

“Without having any feedback about their data, all the participants had to use to set their pace was how they felt during the run and how recovered they felt. In that sense when runners perform high-intensity intervals, trust that if you push yourself to run what you consider hard, you are probably at the correct intensity, and if you maintain recommended work-to-rest ratios you most likely will recover appropriately to get the most out of your workout, independent of gender.”

10 RENEGADE Beliefs of Vince Gironda

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This is a must read for anyone interested in Vince Gironda.The “Iron Guru” was perhaps at his pinnacle of fame in the “Golden Years” of bodybuilding, the 1960’s. During that time, Vince dominated the scene and Vince’s Gym, was known as the Mecca of bodybuilding. Continue reading 10 RENEGADE Beliefs of Vince Gironda

Tom Venuto's Holiday Fitness Challenge To You For 2010

Tom Venuto’s Holiday Fitness Challenge To You For 2010

Every year as Thanksgiving gets closer, you’ve probably seen the depressing reports: “Most people gain between 5 and 10 pounds of body fat in the six weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.” I’m not sure if this worries you or not, but a lot of people are terrified about getting fatter in the next two months. They anticipate the workouts falling by the wayside and the holiday food calling out to them irresistibly, defeating even the strongest willpower. There’s good news and bad news about this.

Good news: According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average amount gained is much more modest – just over a pound.

Bad news: A study by the National Institutes of Health found that this seasonal weight gain – even just a pound – is the kind of weight gain that most people don’t lose when the holidays are over; it simply adds to the weight creep that sneaks up on you as you get older.

People often wonder how it’s possible to wake up one morning at age 40 or 45 and “suddenly” they’re 30 pounds fatter – or more – than they were in college. Mystery solved. Continue reading Tom Venuto's Holiday Fitness Challenge To You For 2010

Yoga beats walking in new Boston U study

Objectives: Yoga and exercise have beneficial effects on mood and anxiety. γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA)-ergic activity is reduced in mood and anxiety disorders. The practice of yoga postures is associated with increased brain GABA levels. This study addresses the question of whether changes in mood, anxiety, and GABA levels are specific to yoga or related to physical activity.

Methods: Healthy subjects with no significant medical/psychiatric disorders were randomized to yoga or a metabolically matched walking intervention for 60 minutes 3 times a week for 12 weeks. Mood and anxiety scales were taken at weeks 0, 4, 8, 12, and before each magnetic resonance spectroscopy scan. Scan 1 was at baseline. Scan 2, obtained after the 12-week intervention, was followed by a 60-minute yoga or walking intervention, which was immediately followed by Scan 3. Continue reading Yoga beats walking in new Boston U study

Gaining Muscle and Losing Fat At The Same Time: Is It Possible

“How can I gain muscle and lose fat at the same time?” That’s right up there with “How do I get six pack abs” as one of the most frequently asked fitness questions of all time. The problem is, when you ask it, you get all kinds of conflicting answers – even from experts who are supposed to know these things. So what’s the deal? Is it really possible to lose fat and build muscle simultaneously?

Short answer: Yes it’s possible to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time.

Long answer: It’s difficult and it’s complicated. Allow me to explain….

First we have the issue of whether you really lose fat and gain muscle at the “same time.”

Well, yes, if your definition of the “same time” is say, a month or 12 weeks. But in that case, you’re probably not gaining muscle at the “same time” literally speaking, as in, right now this very moment you are reading this, or 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for months in a row.

The best explanation for what’s really happening is that you alternate between periods of caloric surplus (anabolism) and caloric deficit (catabolism) and the net result is a gain in muscle and a loss in body fat.

You see, if you stay in a calorie surplus, it’s the body’s natural tendency for body fat and lean body mass to go up together. And if you stay in a calorie deficit, it’s your body’s natural tendency for body fat and lean body mass to go down together.

There may be exceptions, but the general rule is that it is usually very difficult to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time – the mechanisms are mostly antagonistic to one another. When big increases in muscle and big decreases in fat are seen at the same time, it’s almost always the result of “unusual conditions” – I call them X factors.

The 4 X-Factors

The first X-factor is “training age” . Ever hear of “newbie gains?” The less trained your body is and the further you are from your genetic potential, the easier it is to gain muscle. The reverse is also true – an advanced bodybuilder with 20 years experience would be thrilled just to gain a few pounds of solid dry muscle in a year!

The second x factor is muscle memory. It’s easier to regain muscle you’ve lost than it is to gain new muscle in the first place (ergo, the fat out of shape semi retired bodybuilder who starts training again and blows up and gets ripped “overnight”).

The third X factor is genetics (or somatotype). Ever heard of the “genetic freak?” That’s the dude who sprouts muscle like weeds even when he’s on the “50-50 diet” (50% McDonald’s and 50% pizza)… and he never gets fat. (That dude chose the right parents!)

The fourth X factor is drugs. It would stun (or sadden) you if you knew how many people take performance and physique-enhancing drugs. I’m not just talking about pro bodybuilders, I’m talking about “Joe six pack” in the gym – not to mention those fitness models you idolize in the magazines. How did some of them get large muscle gains with concurrent fat loss? Chemicals.

I’m not a gambling man, but I’ll place a wager on this any day: I’ll bet that in 99% of the cases of large muscle gains with concurrent large fat losses, one or more of these x factors were present.

That’s not all! There are actually 5 more X factors related to your body composition and diet status (the X2 factors). I talk about those in my new program that’s going to be released on September 28th. More on that later.

So you’re not a beginner, you don’t take roids, you’re not a genetic freak and you have no muscle memory to take advantage of. Are you S.O.L? Well, I do want you to be realistic about your goals, but…

There IS a way for the average person to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time. Continue reading Gaining Muscle and Losing Fat At The Same Time: Is It Possible