Monthly Archives: October 2010

A True Fitness Pioneer & Inspiration!!!

This inspiring article was sent to me by my lovely girlfriend, thanks Emma!

Jack LaLanne is truly a pioneer and doesn’t hold back, he tells the truth that people need to hear…. Read this article!!!

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119004434024629877.html

To learn more about Jack ———–>    http://www.jacklalanne.com/

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Misconceptions!

I’ve been confronted by many women who are concerned that if they lift weights, they’ll “bulk up,” “get too big,” and so on.  The fact of the matter is, it’s the type of training they do and the style of the movements they’re performing that will determine the effects of their training.  In order for muscles to drastically increase in size, testosterone must be produced.  In most cases women do not produce enough testosterone in order to put on “Man Muscles,” although there are cases where women prefer to do so.  In some cases this is altered by diet, supplementation, or other aids….   This concern has led me to posting this.

mis·con·cep·tion:

n. A mistaken thought, idea, or notion; a misunderstanding

-n. A false or mistaken view, opinion, or attitude

Weight/Strength Training Misconceptions

There are an excessive amount of reasons and excuses people come up with to explain why they avoid strength training – almost all of them myths!

  • Fear of Changes in Body Weight

  • Time Requirement

  • Recovery Time

  • Affects on Blood Pressure

  • The List Could Go On And On!!!!

 

Results of training vary due to factors such as:

  • # of reps/sets

  • Amount of weight

  • Amount of resistance

  • Movement types

  • Range of Motion (ROM)

  • Speed

  • Time Durations

  • etc…

THE TYPE OF TRAINING YOU PERFORM DETERMINES YOUR RESULTS!

Antioxidants

According to the National Institutes of Health, free radicals are harmful chemicals produced by our bodies or pollution, and they can damage our cells and/or contribute to heart disease and some forms of cancer. They are also found in highly processed foods.

Luckily, compounds called antioxidants help fight off free radicals.   Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as lutein, selenium, and flavanoids, are high in antioxidants.  These vitamins and minerals can be found in food and drinks such as green tea, nuts, chocolate, whole grains, red wine, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Leafy greens have luteinRed apples contain flavanoids. Orange and yellow fruits such as pineapple, grapefruit, etc, are high in vitamin C.  Staying away from the aisles and sticking to the perimeter of grocery stores is typically the best way to shop for groceries.

The best way to receive antioxidants is to get them through the food we eat.  The American Heart Association agrees, a proper nutritious diet is essential in fighting off free radicals.

What we put into our bodies has a direct relationship with how our body functions and performs!