Saturday, December 23, 2006

Training The Right Way!

Training The Right Way! by Lyle Dennis

I have been training people for over 20 years and have had a great vantage point in which to watch many people train. With all the information out there, it really is a wonder that anyone knows what to do. If you look at some magazines, it's amazing how you can read one thing in the first half of the magazine telling you to do a great training style and near the end of the magazine, it will tell you how very bad that same training style is. What are we supposed to do, who are we supposed to listen to? What style is right for me?

The problem with respect to weight training is there is an expert at every gym, many actually, you just have to ask them and they will give you their two cents worth, whether you need it or not. The problem is they don't even have to know anything about the subject in question. I think you know the guy's I am talking about. A tactic some people use is; the tried and true; ask someone who is in better shape than you, style. This only works if the person you talk to knows something about what they do. I know girls who look in shape, eat anything they want and do not exercise at all. They just have a high metabolism and good genetics, so following their fitness system might not work out so well for most of us. This still bring us back to the fundamental question. "How do we train the right way?" What are we supposed to do, who are we supposed to listen to? What style is right for me?

If you researched training methods you would find literally hundreds of methods ranging from super slow to split variable super sets. There are as many training styles are there are people to use them. There are also, as many pieces of fitness equipment for us to train on or with. Do you want to use free weights, machines, how about boflex or bungee cords? What if we just use our body weight or balance balls? Even the fitness professionals themselves can not agree on what method works the best. Sometimes it's because they only know one style or because at their gym they can only do one style, so it automatically becomes the best style. With all these variables so far, we have not even touched on the fact that we are all different shapes and sizes. How does that affect the type of style we use or the equipment that we choose?

Am I making things clearer of just muddying up the water? What I am trying to show you is that you have options, but with options comes choices and with choices comes right ones and not so right ones. I started working with a lady in her late 40's; she wanted to get her waist line back, it had gotten pretty thick. I asked her what she had been doing training wise up until now. She told me she just got done a cycle at the gym where the owner had just put her on the Bulgarian Bulking Program. She told me she loved it, and she could leg press 400 lbs now. I smiled and asked her if she was happy with her body shape. She sheepishly looked at the ground and said no. We need to remember that it is not the person that needs to fit the program but the program needs to fit the person and their goals. A good program for one person may not be the answer for another.

Some trainers give there clients what they think they want, not what they are asking for. Is that what you want? Wouldn't you rather get what your body needs?

Let me try and explain. A client came to me with a picture of a lady body builder and told me, this is what she wanted to look like. I said;" ok, do you know how much this girl weights?" She said "no", I said;" around 190 lbs", and she said;" oh my goodness." I asked her if she knew how much she ate. I explained to her all that went in to this body builder's look. I said I would help her get this, if this is what she wanted. It wasn't even close to what she wanted. She liked the athletic look not the bigger look. So again, I could have given her what she thought she wanted or taken the time to listen to her, ask questions and give her what she really wanted. It takes more time for a trainer to do this, but it is time well spent. Then the client gets what they really want and the trainer gets a happy client and a great referral. So to answer the questions, what are we supposed to do, who are we supposed to listen to? What style is right for me? I think the short answer lies within us; we have to take the time to look into ourselves and find out who we are and where we want to go?

There can be a problem when we go to a trainer and we do not know what we want. Because he will put you on the program he wants. Then when you do not get the results you think you should be getting. Who is to blame? The trainer is not a mind reader and depending on his background and how much he cares about his craft, he might not be able to help you, or even care if he helps you. My answer to the questions, what are we supposed to do or what style is right for me? Is, all of them are right for you, in the right place, at the right time, for the right reason. It might sound like a cop out but it is not. I use all different styles all the time, because one size doesn't fit all and letting your body adapt to any form of exercise or style can be death to your body's growth.

Work smarter, not harder. Avoid adaptation at all cost. Save your joints. Use weights to burn more calories. Increase your heart rate. Decrease your rest breaks. Pre-exhaust your muscles. Time under tension. Form is the key. Reps to exhaustion. Use the right weight. Focus, is a must. Save your self time.

if you are tired of working hard and not getting the results that you want, like many of my clients were, remember to train the right way. You should be part of the MiBo Fitness System tm. Come to and learn how you can get a MiBo Fitness body. This is Lyle Dennis from saying "Have a Great workout!"

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Sunday, April 23, 2006

3 Fattening Habits You Must ELIMINATE Now!

3 Fattening Habits You Must ELIMINATE Now! by Karen Sessions

Are you making it too easy for your body to gain fat? Do you struggle with fat loss on a daily basis with no avail? If you feel like a victim in the fight against fat then this article will help equip you with knowledge to avoid repeating the 3 most common fat gain mistakes.

In today's society, eating is completely out of control. Food convenience has led to a nation of overfed and undernourished people, and the statistics and waistlines are growing by the day! I often wonder if people actually understand the dramatic impact food has on the human body.

There is mass confusion in regards to dietary guidelines and healthy eating. With the overwhelming amount of information about health and fitness at hand, people's health and waistlines are suffering more and more.

The more confused people are about dietary guidelines, the more likely they are to jump from one fad diet to the next with a nice mix of yo-yo dieting in between. This is hardly healthy or effective.

Today, people are literally obsessed with weight loss and extreme dieting. People spend billions of dollars each year on expensive gadgets, lotions, and pills for that quick weight-loss fix – that never works. Your dream body can't be bought; you must earn it through educating yourself on nutrition and exercise. Only then will you see results that are lasting.

If you want to win the battle of the bulge, then you need to make some healthy changes that turn into lasting healthy habits.

It's now time to discuss the fattening habits you must eliminate now!

Fattening Habit #1 – Feeding your thirst with colas

Generally, when someone is thirsty he or she grabs a soda. Sure, a soda is a wonderful thirst quencher, but it is void of nutrients. The principle of food and water it to provide nutrition to the body for fuel or building purposes.

Water is the basic element of life, not cola. Colas are packed with sugar and carbonation.

Sugar promotes tooth decay, interferes with the absorption of protein as well as the absorption of calcium and magnesium, contributes to osteoporosis, causes water retention; the list goes on and on.

Don't let the diet sodas fool you. You may find many health and fitness "experts" promote diet sodas, but there is nothing healthy or that promotes fat loss with diet colas.

Diet colas can actually cause fat gain! Aspartame can cause an insulin reaction in the body. It's not due to the carbs because diet drinks don't contain any. The insulin spike is in response to the sweetness of aspartame. The sweet taste sets off a chemical reaction in the body, the same as it does in the presence of carbs. A constant high insulin level equals fat gain.

Be weary of the "expert" that claims aspartame is okay.

Fattening Habit #2 – Lack of essential fat

When the low-fat era hit in the late 1980s, the consumption of essential fat dramatically dropped. Whole eggs were shunned for the highly popular egg white, and red meat was tossed aside for its low-fat counterpart chicken and turkey choices.

With the low-fat movement, we have become fatter and on top of that, undernourished.

Your body requires fat to function. Essential fat is necessary for your metabolism, brain function, hormone production, absorption and transportation of vitamins and minerals; all important facts when it comes to fat loss.

If you eliminate essential fat from your diet, you are eliminating an important element!

If you are worried about cholesterol, don't. Cholesterol is actually a building material in the body and a protector. Cholesterol build hormones and essential for normal brain function.

Fattening Habit #3– Eating boxed "healthy foods"

Commercially prepackaged meals and food items contain more chemicals than nutrients. What can your body do with chemicals? Lodge them in your fat cells to be come toxic and cause illness and disease, cellulite, and prevent fat loss.

Just for the fun of it I went to the market and read the side of a boxed food item that appeared healthy to the average person. The food item was Morning Star Veggie Bites. I counted over 40 ingredients, and some of those ingredients were broken down even more.

Understand that it's not 40 ingredients of nutrients for energy or building materials. It's over 40 chemicals! Even the spinach was genetically modified. If your body can't use the ingredients you put into it, how can it burn fat? It can't.

Fattening Habits Conclusion

Your body needs to be able to process what is put into it. If your body cannot use what you eat, it will store it as fat and/or toxins.

To lose fat, stop drinking colas and diet colas and start drinking more pure and filtered water. Don't be afraid to eat fat. Your body needs it to function and lose fat. Stop eating boxed (processed) foods, even if they read "healthy," "low-carb," "low-sugar," etc.

Nothing is as good for your body and waistline as nature's God given food supply.

Karen Sessions has been in the fitness industry since 1988. She is a nationally qualified bodybuilder and holds two personal training certifications. She has written 6 ebooks on fitness and has helped hundreds of clients transform their bodies.
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