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Fitness Tip#209 - September 20, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

What Men Can Learn From Women's Workouts

Don’t Cheat
You’re having a killer training session in the weight room. Your testosterone kicks in, and you want to go for a heavier weight, or a more macho lift. Before you go and turn your biceps curl into a back-torqueing full-body heave, stop. That cheating will only undermine your progress.

Work the Legs
When most men think “big and ripped,” they think all about the upper body – pecs, biceps, shoulders. While beach-muscles are great, you can only build them to their full potential if the appropriate hormonal response is taking place. Numerous studies show that to spike the growth hormone and Insulin-like growth factors (IGFs),

Open Your Mind
Go into any Pilates or yoga class, and women will probably outnumber men 15 to 1. That’s a big missed opportunity for most guys,

Join The Club
Almost two-thirds of group exercise participants are women, according to the IHRSA Health Club Consumer Report on Health Club Activity Usage, Trends & Analysis. Big mistake, fellas, Group classes can move you out of the plateau stage by bumping up your competitive nature.

"BRING IT X's 2"

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JAN155 9/25/2012 6:24PM

    Thank you for mentioning group fitness classes! I just taught a pretty kick-butt total body muscle class this morning....only one guy in the class. I do things that are much more challenging than most of the stuff I see in weight rooms and really wish more guys would come to muscle classes. It really adds to the dynamic of the group and is fun and motivating. Keep encouraging!!

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LADYJ6942 9/20/2012 4:06PM

    Gret job, keep at it.

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Fitness Tip#208 - September 19, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

How To Improve Motivation

What will make the difference?
Find what makes you happy. This is the real secret to motivation.
If you struggle with motivation--and we all do on some level or in passing moments--it's important that you put your role in this world into context. That's why I recommend making declarations that acknowledge your deficits and areas where you'd like to improve.
Most of us settle in life. Settle for what's easy. Settle for what's convenient. Or settle for the only reality that we know. Improving motivation means changing that reality and becoming aware that there’s more in life that you want.
Here are 10 simple strategies that can help with your awareness:
1. Write 5 things you want to improve
2. Create a list of what you love--and then assess how many of those items are actually part of your life
3. Email your friends and share your goals that you haven't achieved
4. Set deadlines for personal, non-work-related goals
5. Ask your friends to list off areas in your life that you overlook
6. Visit your doctor and ask for a thorough physical of your health
7. Take a “before” picture of yourself
8. Set a challenge--it could be anything
9. Plan out a list of future goals for your career, health, and social life
10. Make a bucket list
There are an endless number of ways to create motivation. All of them revolve around a simple mindset: Pursuing the life you want. But creating a list is just the start. From here, most people typically take the wrong approach.

"BRING IT X's 2"

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DIET_FRIEND 9/20/2012 3:52PM

    You must be working on becoming a life coach with all these tips! TY for sharing!

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Fitness Tip#207 - September 18, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How to Prepare for the Triathalon

Step 1
Research the exact requirements of the triathlon you will be entering, including length of each segment, terrain, previous times of competitors in your skill range, expected weather conditions, support offered and any special rules.

Step 2
Purchase or secure all of the equipment necessary for the triathlon, including bike, wetsuit, goggles, shoes, socks, shorts, shirts and helmet.

Step 3
Create a training plan that addresses each area of the event, and set up a schedule for training for each segment.

Step 4
Create a periodization plan that considers the number of weeks or months you have prior to your event.

Step 5
Practice making transitions between events.

Step 6
Create and follow a diet plan that decreases fat and increases calories, including lean protein, complex carbohydrates and water.

"BRING IT X's 2"


P90X2 Measurment Results After 2 wks

Monday, September 17, 2012


2 Wk Measurements
(September 3, 2012 - September 17, 2012)
4...(D)= .6
Neck...(B)=15 1/2...(A)=15 1/2...(D)= 0
Chest...(B)=37 1/2...(A)=38...(D)= 1/2
Rt & Lt Arm (Flexed)...(B)=14...(A)=13 3/4...(D)= -1/4
Waist...(B)=33 1/4...(A)=33...(D)= - 1/4
Hips...(B)=36...(A)=35 3/4...(D)
= -1/2
Rt & Lt Thigh...(B)= 21...(A)=21...(D)= 0
Percentage Body Fat...(B)=15.38%...(A)=14.87%.
..(D)= - .51 %
Muscle Gain/Loss= - 1/4
Total Fat Gain/Loss= - 1 1/2

Keep in mind that week 1, I didn't push very hard because it is a learning week. The 2nd week was still learning but I was able to push it. I pressed pause a LOT :) I still LOVE P90X2! At the rate I am going on losing body fat, I will probably be in low 13's by the end of the Phase 1.

"BRING IT X's 2"

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Fitness Tip#206 - September 17, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

This is in my next years bucket list. What's in yours?

How To Prepare For A Tough Mudder

1) Conquer the Pull-up
Upper body strength is crucial in Tough Mudder and many other obstacle races,

2) Lose Fat
Want to finish Tough Mudder quickly? Try dropping some of that extra weight you’re carrying around.

3) Increase Your Aerobic Capacity
Tough Mudder is known for its obstacles, but it’s mostly an aerobic fitness event.

4) Diversify Your Training
Between those three runs, you’ll want to perform two to three 30-minute, total-body resistance training sessions. These can include pull-ups, pushups, lunges, squats, mountain climbers, bodyweight rows, and dips as your main moves. As you get stronger, add weight to squats and lunges. Do three sets of eight to 12 reps per exercise.

5) Taper
Cutting back on your training (or “tapering”) just before an event is a proven strategy for endurance athletes, and the Tough Mudder is no exception.

6) Bring Friends
Tough Mudder encourages team participation and racing with friends can be a blast.

7) Carpe Diem
When race day arrives, make sure you arrive prepared. Go to bed early the night before, and register for an early start time.

"BRING IT X's 2"

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LIV2RIDE 9/17/2012 8:35PM

    My sister has done several of these races. You might also want to brush up on your burpees. If you can't make it over an obstacle you get to do burpees and LOTS of them. LOL

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