Motivation for Regular Training

October 31, 2009

Do you find it hard to motivate yourself to exercise?  If so, you’re definitely not alone. Here are a couple methods of motivation. 1. Get a workout partner or go to workout with a group of people.  Here’s a proverb: “If two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone?  And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him.  A cord (...)

Traits of Effective Workout Programs

October 29, 2009

Steve Chambers asked the following in response to a recent post on this blog: “I was curious whether or not you were familiar with Matt Furey’s “Combat Conditioning” stuff. It simple, easy and can be done quickly in a hotel room, which is important to me. I’d like to know your opinion of it’s effectiveness.” Hey, Steve, I’m not familiar with Matt Furey’s “Combat Conditioning” beyond having heard Matt speak (...)

Exercising While on the Computer

October 28, 2009

Dating expert extraordinaire April Braswell asked this question: “how do I DO something execise ish while on the computer?” This is actually a very doable thing, and equipment is not needed.  How?  Through isometric exercise. What is isometric exercise.  Isometric exercise is performed when a muscle generate force and attempts to shorten but cannot overcome the resistance.  For example, pressing against a wall would be an isometric action. Another example (...)

Workout Minus Sweat

October 26, 2009

In response to yesterday’s blog post, Kate McKeon said the following: “I did a series called Workout at Work on a few years back, I’ll have to dig that up – different objective. My workout at work stuff was to get the heart rate up without causing massive sweat so folks could do little bits throughout the day – not the long term solution, more of a coffee replacement.” (...)

For the Busy Person

October 25, 2009

A few days ago, April Braswell asked about a workout for the busy executive.  The busy exec has a lot on her/his plate.  This person seeks to use time efficiently working toward his/her goals.  Thus, when it comes to working out, efficiency is the name of the game. Well, the busy person might try something like this: 1. Stand in one place and do high-knee marching steps for 1 minute. (...)

5 Simple, Yet Crucial Keys to Injury-Free Resistance Training

October 21, 2009

Greetings all! Several years ago I hurt one of my shoulders lifting weights.  It took more than a year to heal.  Later, I experienced some knee pain, which took several months to remedy.  During my several visits to orthopedic doctors and physical therapists I learned that suffering from the types of injuries and pain I had experienced was not a necessary part of exercising with weights over long periods of time (years).  It turns out that there are 5 keys to injury prevention when it comes to lifting weights.  However, no one stresses these keys to recreational athletes or fitness enthusiasts.  Those keys are given in the video below.

Eating Tip

October 19, 2009

Here’s a quick eating tip. When you sit down for a meal, ask yourself, “What will I be doing for the next 3 hours of my life?”  Then vary your carbohydrate intake depending on what your activities will be. For example, if you’ll be taking a nap, eat fewer carbohydrates.  If you’ll be working out, eat more carbs.  In other words, adjust your carbohydrate intake up or down based on the activities you’ll be engaged in over the 3 hours after your meal. Space your protein intake out over the meals of your day. Darryl

Replies to Replies

October 18, 2009

A quick post today to reply to a a couple of replies before going back to the norm tomorrow. In response to a post a couple of days ago, Steve Chambers said this: “all this analysis seems to be relevant to getting in shape for a competition rather than for everyday life.  I guess it depends on one’s priorities.” Hey, Steve, thank you for your reply.  I found your feedback (...)

Are Carbs Needed For Muscle?

October 17, 2009

Wow!  There were some awesome comments to the last blog post!  Thank each of you for your feedback!  For every question that was posed, I will either post an answer in a future post, or I will reply to you directly. Today’s post is on carbohydrate consumption. If you want to maintain or build muscle (and you do want to do at least one of those), you have to have (...)

Back to Muscle Gaining

October 14, 2009

The last few posts have concerned fats, and there’s a lot more about fats that we could get into, and that we will discuss in future posts.  However, we got into the fat discussion as part of a discussion on the food necessary for gaining muscle mass.  So, in order to stay on track, let’s summarize what has been covered so far regarding how to gain more muscle. Maintaining and (...)

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