Sports & Fitness Magazine Article

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My article published in the February issue of Sports & Fitness magazine. This is the Annual Boating and Sailing issue. Sports & Fitness is distributed throughout Egypt, the Gulf and Jordan. Find it at your local news stand today! 10LE

Posted by Sierragoddess on 2011-02-28 12:39:01

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Top 5 Aerobics DVDs

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Some individuals prefer to perform aerobic exercise indoors, in the comfort of their own home. There are also individuals who prefer the structure of a class, with an instructor who can provide a great workout. So how do you receive the best of both worlds? By purchasing your own aerobics DVDs. There are many kinds of aerobic exercise, and DVDs are no different. There are thousands that will help you reach the fitness goals you are looking for, so choose based on your interest, your desired impact level, and the advice of your physician to ensure maximum safety.

Katina Hunter's Step Party Aerobic DVD Series

Your cardio exercise can be taken to the next stage with this fun and exciting step aerobics series. It features athletic, high energy stepping with routines that will have you tapping your feet long after your routine is over. The first DVD is for beginner choreography, so if you're not used to this exercise, definitely start here. For intermediate and advanced stepping, choose Step Party video # 2.

Debra Mazda's ShapelyGirl Let's Get Stepping! Video

This video is a step cardio workout that is specifically designed for the step beginner. Plus sized women have made a move out of fitness and are changing their lives, and Debra Mazda spearheads that movement with her amazing video series. Be prepared for energy and fun, and become inspired by her story of overcoming obesity.

Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism Video

One of the personal trainers from the hit TV show The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels is training you at home in your aerobic DVD called "Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism." By adding ab moves and strength training to a phenomenal cardio exercise, you will increase the amount of weight loss results you are looking for. Raise your heart rate for 40 minutes whether you're a beginner or advanced in your workout.

Acacia's Weight Loss Cardio Sculpt Video

Combining exercise and an excellent diet plan are proven to help you lose weight, gain energy and improve your quality of life. This amazing aerobic DVD will help you to meet your weight loss goals while making sure you eat right in the process.

Mindy Mylrea's All Systems Go Video

You'll have an excellent time pushing your body to the limit with this fun and fantastic All Systems Go video. Designed to engage all of your energy systems, begin with warm-up exercises and end in an intense strength and cardio routine that creates an exciting challenge for your heart and muscles. … Read More

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Weight Training Tips

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Weight training properly is known by few. If it was easy then you would see a lot more muscular and lean physiques on the streets. Before you learn how to weight train properly, it is critical that you learn these five weight training tips before you even step foot in the gym.

1. Write down a realistic short term and long term goal.

2. Make a commitment to stick to one program for at least 12 weeks.

3. Educate yourself prior to starting.

4. Hire a trainer to teach you proper technique.

5. Focus on gradual progress.

Weight Training Tip # 1: Goal Setting

Inch-by-inch life is a sinch. Yard-by-yard life is hard. Treat your goal setting the same way. Do not expect to be on the cover of Men's Health by next summer. Decide how much muscle weight you wish to achieve in three months. Six months and one year. Decide where you wish to finish and work backwards. If you wish to gain 50 pounds by the end of the year, than create a game plan that allows to gain at least one pound per week.

Weight Training Tip # 2: Commitment

The only reason you will fail is if you are not really committed to your goals. Do your homework and find a weight training program ideal for your specific goals and situation. Study the program fully prior to listening. Comprehend each detail of the program and if you do not, contact the author of the program to ensure you have no excuse to misunderstand or perform the exercise incorrectly. After you chosen a program, take responsibility for your decision and follow it to it's full completion. Do not try it out for three weeks and than say, "It's not working …" and try another program. This will create a failures attitude and begin the deadly bad habit of program hopping.

Weight Training Tip # 3: Education

How much do you really know about building muscle? Let's put it this way, if you had to teach someone else how to transform their body in the next twelve weeks, could you help them? Never mind, could you transform your body in the next twelve weeks? If not, you probably do not know enough about how your body works from a training, nutrition and recovery stand point. Order a book, visit a reputable website and find out everything you must know, about proper weight training, before you start the guessing game.

Weight Training Tip # 4: Proper Technique

You would not try and drill your teeth? You would not try and do your own taxes? You would not try and fix your own car? Assuming you have no expertise in dentistry, accounting or automotive repairs. So why would you try and teach yourself proper weight training technique? It boggles my mind why so many people across North America sign up for a gym membership and jeopardize the health of their tendons, ligaments and joints with the attitude of "I … Read More

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Weight Loss and Side Effects of CLA

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Does Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) have any bad side effects? Does it work for weight loss? CLA has been sold for many years as a fat loss supplement based on the weight loss and body composition (i.e. losing fat and gaining muscle) changes seen in studies using mice and rats. Does is work in humans? More recently research in humans has shown that it can be used to increase fat loss. In this article we’ll look at some of the benefits of CLA as well as some of the potential side effects. In addition to weight loss studies there have been (and are currently) countless studies looking at the effects of this fatty acid on reducing inflammation, fighting cancer, and in the treatment of other conditions.

Ever since 2007, there has been an increase in use of CLA as a fat burner. This is due to the release of a meta-analysis (basically a review of several scientific studies) published in the May 2007 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition which concluded that 3.2g/d of CLA can induce moderate weight loss in humans. CLA is an attractive weight loss supplement and many people use conjugated linoleic acid as part of a fat loss supplement stack (i.e. a group of compounds and herbs taken together to maximize effects) because unlike many other weight loss supplements it is not a stimulant and you don’t suffer the nasty side effects of getting the jitters, increased heart rate, or worse – increased blood pressure. This is especially as there are not many effective options for non-stimulant fat burners on the market.

Let’s now look at two more studies that involve people taking supplemental CLA. The first study was again published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The researchers found that when people supplemented with 3.2 g/d of CLA (this is generally the recommended dosage for weight loss purposes) they burned more fat and more specifically they burned more fat when they slept!

This is true.

Not only did the subjects that took CLA burned more fat when they slept, the fat they burned was NOT fat they had recently eaten; it was actually stored body fat that they were burning. This study gets even better as the researchers reported that the individuals that took CLA had decreased urinary protein losses. In other words the CLA group had improved protein retention when they slept. These are really interesting findings. If I owned a supplement company that sold large dosages of CLA – my new headline would be “CLA – Scientifically Proven to Burn More Body Fat and Build Muscle while you SLEEP.”

So CLA can work for weight loss but are there any side effects? Again in 2007, another study was published that looked at the effects of CLA on weight loss, this time in obese people. In this study, the participants were given CLA dosages of 0, 3.2, or 6.4 grams/day. At the end of the study the group that received the … Read More