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What You Don’t Know Might Hurt You

December 5, 2009


A couple of months ago I had a conversation with an orthopedic doctor at the Vanderbilt Sports Medicine clinic.  This doctor is one of the doctors that treats and helps to train the football players for the Vanderbilt Commodores football team.  There were several questions about weightlifting that I was curious to get her thoughts on. First, I asked whether or not it is possible for a person to lift (...)


Splurge!

November 25, 2009


Hey folks, you guys have asked some great questions recently, and I’ll be getting to those in the immediate future.  Today however, I’d like to wish each of you a happy Thanksgiving. Speaking of Thanksgiving, check out this picture. Notice what appears to be the non-whole wheat bread…the mashed potatoes, which probably contain generous helpings of butter…the gravy, the sweet potato pie…etc., etc.  This is the type of meal my (...)


The “King” of Exercises

November 23, 2009


Fellas, do you want to be strong and powerfully built?  Do you want to be an all-around physical specimen?  There is perhaps no better exercise to bring out those qualities in you than the “king” of exercises — the squat. Squats work all of the muscles that help you stand up — thighs, butt, and hamstrings.  Also, your core (abs, back and obliques), which supports your spine and keeps you (...)


Back to the Basics

November 14, 2009


If you want to tone up, lose fat, or gain muscle, and you want to do it FAST, there are some key resistance exercises that can help you reach those goals. Now, some of you may be thinking, “Hey!  Aren’t resistance exercises used just to build muscle?”  My answer to those thinking this thought is, “Yes, AND resistance training can be used to help to tone and lose fat as (...)


High Level Nice-Bod Overview

November 10, 2009


If you want to tone your body, use resistance training, aerobic exercise, and reduce your caloric intake a bit (10 – 15%) in order to drop body fat.  Use the zig-zag method of weight loss, as discussed in my earlier video, in order to avoid plateaus.  On the “up” day(s) of your zig-zag diet, increase calories by approximately 2 calories per lean pound of body weight.  Schedule 1 or 2 (...)


Exercise!

November 2, 2009


Generally, as a person ages, the rate at which she/he burns calories decreases.  This is a major reason why people become increasingly pudgy as they get older. Is this decrease in metabolism and increase in body fat level inevitable? Maybe not.  The typical gradual and steady drop in metabolism along with a gradual and steady increase in fatness can be GREATLY diminished, if not thwarted, for many, many years IF…we (...)


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 MissMentor.com 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.” (...)


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