“Shaping” Muscles

April 17, 2010

A guy I’m working with is concerned about his biceps.  He wants it to stand taller when he flexes his arm, i.e. he’d like to have a higher or more pronounced “peak”, kind of like Arnold Schwarzenegger.  He wondered what exercises he might do to make his biceps peak more.  Biceps curls will help him, but he will probably never have a peak similar to Arnold’s because his (my friend’s) (...)

Beware the Danger Years!

April 16, 2010

The years from age 25 to age 44 are the “danger years” for adults. What’s dangerous about those years?  These are the years that adults become over fat.  Americans gain about 2 pounds per year in these years for about a 40 pound weight gain.  Women tend to gain the most weight — roughly 14% put on more than 30 pounds between the ages of 25 and 34. The way to avoid this is through an active lifestyle. Regular activities like dancing, backpacking and hiking, running, swimming and working out can thwart the tendency to gain weight as we age. Therefore, when it comes to physical exercise, let’s take Nike’s advice and just do it! Darryl

1st Fundamental of Success

April 15, 2010

I’m reading a book called, “The Success Principles”, by Jack Canfield.  He’s the guy that wrote the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series.  In his book, he lays out those principles that are necessary for success.  The first foundational principle he gives us is this: “You have to take 100% responsibility for everything that you experience in your life.” He also gives this quote: “You must take personal responsibility.  (...)

Weights Not Working?

April 14, 2010

A couple of days ago, a lady told me that she had been working out for about a month, but that “it wasn’t working”.  She said that she was lifting weights, walking, and that she ate “pretty good”.  She wondered why she wasn’t losing weight. We didn’t get to talk in depth about her situation.  However, based on what she told me, there are a few possible explanations for what (...)

Evander Holyfield

April 11, 2010

It is always encouraging to me when I see an older guy keep himself in top physical shape and do something spectacular.  In this case, 47 year old Evander Holyfield knocked out Francois Botha to become the WBA boxing champion.  One thing that has always been the case with Holyfield is that he keeps himself in superb physical condition.  Here he is against a rather less physically impressive Botha. Stay in shape folks.  You can do great things! Darryl

Weight Training for Your Health and Nice Body

April 10, 2010

Resistance training, in my opinion, is one of the missing keys to the long term weight loss success many people seek.  Why do I say that?  Because it helps to keep muscle mass up. One of the primary reasons people typically slowly gain fat over time is due to a progressively slowing metabolism, which is largely the result of a progressive loss of muscle mass.  Also, when people lose weight (...)

How to Best Perform PRE

April 9, 2010

What the hek is “PRE”?  PRE stands for “progressive resistance exercise”.  It is exercise done against some kind of resistance, whether the resistance be your own body weight, resistance bands, another person, weights, or any of a number of other types of resistance. What will PRE do for YOU?  If you do it correctly, a few of the things it will do is make your muscles stronger, make your bones (...)

Getting the Body We Want with PRE

April 8, 2010

In the series, “The Most Effective Weight Loss Solution”, we discovered that people that lose weight and keep it off do so through the combination of diet and exercise.  They keep the weight off with exercise, self-monitoring (weighing themselves frequently), and eating sensibly most of the time. For those that exercised intensely, the most common form of intense exercise was resistance training. If you’re resistance training and you want (...)

Muscle Water Retention?

April 7, 2010

Here’s a good question by April Braswell: “Could you explain something I’ve heard recently that weight training [causes] the muscle hold water? Not exactly water retention like when we eat too much salty popcorn or something extreme and non-nutritional.” There are two reasons I can think of that someone may have said that weight training causes muscle to retain water. First, if a person (...)

Happy Easter

April 4, 2010

However you celebrate it, hope you are having, and have had, a fantastic Easter! Darryl

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