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(Too) Personal Training

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(Too) Personal Training

Me and one of my best friends Jevone a couple weeks before his first body-building competition. I was his partner/trainer/motivator for this competition and I cried when he called me at work to tell me he won. It’s one of the proudest moments of my life 🙂

Posted by justinbelmondo on 2012-01-03 12:31:58

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The Importance of Healthy Nutritional Eating

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What is the Importance of Healthy Nutritional Eating?

What you Should Know About Healthy Nutritional Eating?

Have you ever heard the saying you are what you eat?

In some sense, this is true, because if you eat unhealthy foods you are a person to be an unhealthy person. The foods we ingest are extremely important to our ability to grow, maintain function, and prevent illness. Therefore, if you value your health, you should learn as much about healthy eating as possible.

Healthy eating is important from the day we are born. As a child, we grow quite quickly and this is due in part to the foods we eat. Foods all contain nutrients that provide us not only with fuel to live our daily lives, but also with the very substances that build our bones, muscles, and organ tissues.

Not getting enough of one nutrient or another can cause a variety of problems, including stunting our growth. For mothers who are nursing, nutrition is important because breast milk contains the nutrients a child needs to grow and develop properly.

As we grow so does our need for more substantial solid foods, however our bodies need proper nutrition never changes. Cells continuous break down and rebuild, so healthy eating for growth continues to be important right up until the day we die.

Maintaining bodily functions is also important but without healthy eating in our daily lives, the energy we use to think, walk, talk, breathe, and perform any other action will suffer.

The energy it takes our body to do these things comes from two places:

1. fat reserves in the body from our daily food intake:

If you do not eat healthy foods, you will find that you are storing more fat that necessary or that you are not getting enough and you feel sluggish or weak. Along with energy-providing nutrients, like fats and carbohydrates, we also need the right nutrients to allow our organs to do their jobs. Hormones and other substances in the body make sure that everything is working properly:

If you do not eat the right nutrients, your body can not produce these hormones and, as a result, can not function properly.

2. Lastly, healthy eating is important in order to prevent illness:

When we do not get the right nutrients, our bodies natural defense system against diseases weakens, allowing viruses and bacteria to attack the body. A good example is to consider our body like a well trained army, if the army does not have enough to eat, it will not do well in battle.

Without healthy meals and plenty of water, our bodies simply could not operate on a day-to-day basis. Understanding the different types of healthy food groups our bodies need on a day to day basis is vital and we should begin learning this as children.

However its still not too late. If your eating habits are not what they should be definitely consider changing your diet, following a good exercise program … Read More

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Best Gym Workouts

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Whether you’re looking to get into shape, or lose weight, in addition to a healthy diet, regular visits to the gym can help. There are so many machines and programs though, it’s easy to wonder… which are the best gym workouts?

Treadmill.

One of the most popular workout machines at the gym is the treadmill. It gets your heart pumping, it gets air into your lungs and it does wonders for thighs and calves.

Elliptical machine.

Equally popular as a gym workout is the elliptical machine. This machine works similar to the treadmill, with the main difference that your feet move on pedals and as such never touch the ground. This makes the workout friendlier to your back and hips.

Rope jumping.

Not that you need a machine to get in shape. Exercising with a simple jump rope will get your cardiovascular system going too. Depending on your fitness level, start off with a relaxed five minute session. As you get fitter, pick up the pace by jumping higher and turning the rope twice as fast under your feet.

Working with weights.

Before you start working with weights, talk to a personal trainer at the gym. Left to your own devices, you might push yourself too hard, too soon. Weights put a strain on your muscles, need stabilization and need muscle challenge. Pushing yourself too hard could put a strain on your muscles, leading to injury.

Cycling Class.

A cycling class is just like riding a bike, only you do in indoors on a stationary bike. Cycling classes are geared toward cardiovascular exercise, but in the process leg muscles benefit too. A class generally lasts between 30 to 60 minutes, but a shorter program is recommended for beginners. Not everyone cycles at full tilt though. Older people, or people with joint problems like to cycle at a gentle pace.

Aerobics.

Aerobics is a combination of rhythmic exercise, strength training and stretching. If your physical condition leaves somewhat to be desired, you might run out of steam during the class, but in due time you will build up cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and flexibility. This workout to music makes it all a little less painful though.

Go swimming.

If your gym has a swimming pool, swimming a few laps is excellent exercise. It builds endurance and gives all your muscles a workout. If it’s been a while since you swam, you’ll probably hurt in places you didn’t know you had muscles. But the main benefit of swimming is… no sweat.

Go boxing.

If you’re considering boxing as a gym workout, you’ll need the proper equipment: wrist wraps, boxing gloves, and a punching bag.

Boxing is an exceptional way to get your heart rate going. Some call it the best fitness exercise because just about all your muscles are getting a workout. In addition to fitness, boxing builds endurance, not to mention that going one on one with a punching bag is a great way to deal with your frustrations. It is … Read More

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Buying Gym Equipment and Fitness Equipment Online

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Buying gym equipment and fitness equipment online is a great way to build yourself a home gym and to train from the comfort of your house. This is a great way to train and has countless advantages over training at a gym. Here we’ll look at just some reasons to start buying gym equipment and fitness equipment online.

You don’t need much: Many people will not buy their own gym equipment because they believe they need to spend vast amounts of money on a huge number of items in order to enjoy a home gym. This is really not the case and actually all you need to be able to train every body part is a set of dumbbells. These don’t cost too much at all and are a great starting point. You then add the extra items on to your collection as you go to ensure you have as much as you need. As it’s incremental though you never need to part with a huge amount of money.

You can tailor the equipment perfectly: This then means that you will add items to your home gym as you go and you can choose these online for more variety and for better deals. Eventually you will have a gym where you have all of the things you need to workout and there will be nothing superfluous there that you don’t require. Many gyms you attend and you find that they have many running machines but no bench press, or the other way around. This is fine if that’s what you want but can otherwise be a nuisance. This way there will only be what you want there.

You won’t have to wait: One of the biggest benefits of all when it comes to training at home is that you will never have to wait in a queue for the bench press or another item. This is really useful as waiting can often mean that you end up losing your ‘pump’ and losing your motivation to workout hard. Using home gym equipment you are the only person you have to wait for meaning that you will have no need to wait in queues and ensuring that you can maintain the momentum throughout your training.

You will save money: In the long run using a home gym will mean saving money as you will be making just a few one off payments rather than having to pay a continuous monthly fee. In this sense then buying your own items will be a great investment. Training is something that should be indefinite and continue for your life time so over this time you will save an increasingly large amount of cash.

You won’t have to travel: Finally and perhaps most importantly you will not have to travel anywhere in order to benefit from your gym equipment. This will then mean that you can train from the comfort of your own home and not have to go out in the cold or drive anywhere. … Read More

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The Best Way To Lose Weight – Diet Or Exercise

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There have been a lot of raging debts going on on the weight loss experts on which is the best way to lose weight fast- diet or exercise? What about you? What do you think? Many of you would probably say 'diet' because "we are what we eat" but then many might charge it's 'exercise' for the simple fact that you need to burn the calories that you put in. So let's weigh the contributions these two offers in weight loss.

Diet

#If you choose a good diet plan, eliminating high calorie and faty food without changing much of your lifestyle, you will lose weight.

#If you eat smaller portions but more frequently, you will also lose weight.

#If you include more high fiber food, little or none at all processed food in your daily diet, you will still lose weight.

#If you eat much less than you normally do, you will lose weight

#Drinking lots of water will help you lose weight as well.

#You can diet in the comfort of your own home.

#It can be hard to control your diet and you go back to your old, unhealthy eating habits.

#If you just diet and lose significant weight, your skin will be loose and saggy.

#If you try to diet too hard, it might have serious consequences like anorexia or bulimia.

Exercise

#If you continue to eat what you want and when you want but you exercise a lot, you are burning more calories than you consume, you will lose weight.

#Exercise makes you sleep better at night. As sleep plays a part in your body metabolism, this is a plus from exercise.

#If you are not consistent with your workouts, your weight loss might not be significant.

#If you do high intensity exercises, you might injure yourself. Too much exercises can also lead to fatigue and diminished motivation.

#You need to set aside an allocated time to go to the gym. Even if you exercise at home, you need a fair bit of time which can be a problem for some busy people. … Read More