A case for lifting HEAVY !

A case for lifting HEAVY !

Think back to when you were first exposed to strength training. Did you start out with a program calling for 10 to 12 reps? At that stage of your career, it was probably a good place to be. Ten to 12 reps helped you develop strength, condition your joints, and train your neurological system. And, as long as you increased the weight when you could hit 12 reps, I’m sure you made good progress. The problem is, too many of us stay with that 10 to...

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Planning on living to 80 ? This is some scary stuff !

Compared to two century’s ago, we live a long time! Life Span – recent centuries        1796 – 25 years        1896 – 48 years        1996 – 78 years        2096 – 150 years? Even though we’ll live longer, we may spend the last 10 to 20 years in assisted living! Because we will be frail and unable to care for ourselves! Here’s why: Our Muscle Mass peaks at age 25 to 30. Our Bone Mass tops out in our early 20’s. It can be all down hill...

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You snooze, You lose !

Can lack of sleep cause obesity? Compared to sleepers who got seven to nine hours of sleep per night, those who got less than 4 hours were 73% more likely to be obese. And, sleepers who got just 6 hours sleep were 23% more likely to be obese. That is what a Columbia University study of 18,000 people revealed. So why does number of hours in the sack influence belt size? Hormones. Lack of sleep disrupts levels of the hormones; leptin and ghrelin...

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Laughing Burns Calories (February 2013)

Laughing Burns Calories (February 2013)

Things I don’t understand   Yo Gabba Gabba   The whole vampire thing The need to adjust home lights or thermostat via the internet   In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an immigration act which excluded; idiots, imbeciles, feeble-minded persons, the insane, and others.  These days, we don’t need to inport them, we raise our own!  Overheard in the gym “My girlfriend thinks I’m a stalker. Well, she’s not...

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Do you think you can lose 10 pounds…………………by Valentine’s Day ?

Do you think you can lose 10 pounds…………………by Valentine’s Day ?

Original Post 1/25/13 Do you think you can lose 10 pounds by Valentine’s Day (3 weeks)? That’s waht I asked myself on January 24th. I don’t know if I can either, but I’ve committed myself to doing just that. And, one of my trainee friends has committed to it also, in fact we have a small “fun” bet going (and I’m gonna win!). The way I will do this is to cut all junk out of my diet, and believe me, there is a lot to cut. High sugar...

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You May Be A Fitness Nut !

It’s true! You may be a Fitness Nut. That could be good, or bad, as there are various grades of Fitness Nuttiness. So, how do you know how serious your condition is?  Simple, take the “Fitness Nut” test. Provided here, for your entertainment. Instructions: Read the statements. Keep track of the statements that identify you. Add up your “Fitness Nut” points. Note that some statements count more points than others. When finished, tally your...

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Laughing Burns Calories (December 2012)

Laughing Burns Calories (December 2012)

Stand Clear – Idiots on Treadmill            A funny one from my grandson, age 5. Why did the hamburger go to the gym? To get better buns.             Overheard in the gym Every night my sleep is like a football game. Four quarters, broken up by trips to the men’s room.             Things I don’t understand: Justin Bieber Cup cakes People riding my bumper when I’m doing 10 over the limit Coffee makers that use...

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Health and fitness resolution? This time, start with a plan!

Health and fitness resolution? This time, start with a plan!

First… set the goal:  A goal creates a clear vision of the future. It must be well thought out and it must be specific. It also needs to define the smaller, supporting things that will need to be done almost daily. Those small things will spell the success or failure of your goal. EX: If the goal is weight loss, consider the specific diet and activity changes you will need to make.   Then, Exercise: Exercise information is bountiful....

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I’ve learned to shut up and listen!

I’ve learned to shut up and listen!

One of the wonderful things that can happen when training someone is that, sometimes, people start talking! I work with people from all walks of life, and every one of them has a book of knowledge of which I have no inkling. So, over the years, I have learned that when someone starts talking, I need to shut up and listen! Michele Connors started talking a few weeks ago and I was fascinated by what I heard. She is the owner and operator of a...

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