November 2011

Short, sweet and simple today.  Not the perfect reality for all, but picture #2 is closer to reality than picture #1.  Just some food for thought.

The difference between the two photos, other than the obvious, is the woman in the top photo is/or has taken drugs to get her body to look that way. The bottom photo is a woman who has a good diet and is ‘natural’ or drug free.

Hungry during a long ride or after a workout?  Try this:

Energy Bars
1 cup dark raisins
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
1 cup sliced almonds (optional)
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Chop raisins (using a food processor if possible). Cream butter,
sugar, molasses and egg.
Combine flour, dry milk, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda,
salt and ginger. Blend into creamed mixture with skim milk. Stir in
oats, raisins, and half the almonds (if desired).
Pour into greased 13x9x2 inch pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle
with remaining almonds (if desired).
Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 30 minutes. Cool in pan and cut
into 1×4 inch bars.

And if you’re thirsty, give this a go:

1 pack unsweetened Kool Aid (any flavor)
2 quarts cold water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teas. salt
1/2 cup orange juice
Mix together. This equals the electrolyte replacement found
in many popular drinks on the market. Great for a hot summer!

Go get em!

Lots is always made about soy products.  Beans, tofu, etc.  It is believed to be really good for you and healthy and a terrific substitute for meat.  Well, here are some facts about soy that most people don’t know.

10.  Soy does NOT provide a complete protein.  It lacks 2 of the 9 essential Amino Acids that our body cannot produce (methionine and cystine).  In addition, modern processing crushes a third (lysine)

9.  Soy can cause deficiencies in Calcium and Vitamin D, by not allowing the body to properly process them.  This can lead to low bone mass and osteoporosis.

8.  Soy may promote the build up and spread of tumors.  This occurs because soy causes a dramatic rise in estrogen levels, and tumors (especially breast tumors) feed off estrogen.

7.  Soy can block proper neural function in the brain, leading to cognitive issues.  In a worst case scenario it has been linked to the possible increased risk of alzheimer’s

6.  Soy has been linked to lowered sex drive and infertility.  In fact, in Asian cultures, women used to give their husbands soy products to reduce virility.

5.  Soy has been linked to hypothyroidism.  Symptoms include lethargy, weight gain and fatigue.

4.  Asian cultures traditionally used soybean oil not as food, but rather to light kerosene type lamps, make soap, caulk boats and lubricate machinery.

3.  If soybeans are stored with grains, rats will eat the grains first and the soybeans last.  Even they know the difference.

2.  The FDA recommends soy to prevent heart disease, but there are over 300 references to soy in their “poisonous plant database”.

1.  Since most modern soy products are not fermented to reduce the presence of poisonous toxins, it creates havoc in the body.  To which your body’s response is to have to ferment it by itself.  The resultant gas makes heavy soy eaters very unpleasant to be around.  The king of all musical fruits.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve heard it a million times from your parents.  “If you’re going to do something, do it right.”  I tell it to my kids already.  It’s true with anything.  Job, school and life.  If you do a job half-assed, it doesn’t work.  You either have to do it over again and waste time, or you just simply get fired.  If you go to school half the time, you fail (I would anyway).  The same thing is true for exercise.  You cannot half-ass exercise.  You either do it, or you don’t.  I see the same people do the same thing in our gym all the time.  A new face will pop in the gym for a few weeks (maybe even a month or so), and then they disappear for a couple months.  Then they’re back, then they’re gone.  Health clubs have made billions off these people.  If all the memberships they had actually showed up, the building would explode.  Anyway, the point is, if you’re going to exercise, then do it!!  Don’t say you’re going to.  Don’t do it for a couple weeks.  Do it, or don’t.  Make up your mind.  You can either be healthy or not, strong or not, fit or not.  There is no in between.   Do the work, get the reward.  If you can’t, then don’t take up our equipment and space.  Have a nice day.

Heroes.   When most people talk about heroes, they talk about athletes.  People who can perform phenomenal feats of physical prowess.  Or movie stars.  Those who make insane amounts of money to entertain us.  These people are not heroes.  Just because you’re rich or famous does not make you any more important than anyone else.  We don’t’ really care about your views on politics or what is going on in the world.  Because, quite honestly, most of the time you people are so out of touch with reality that it’s sickening.  The people I am talking about today are REAL heroes.  Soldiers, workers and medics who put in tireless hours in the God forsaken desert and the furthest corners of the world to make sure that your freedom is free.  They don’t make millions of dollars, and no one listens when they give political opinions.  But these are the real heroes in the world.  Without them, our freedom may not be taken for granted.  It may not be anything at all.  So on this Veteran’s Day weekend, take a minute.  If you see a soldier on the street, or in the store or in the airport, say “Thanks”.  Thank you for your service.  Thank you for your sacrifice and Thank you for your dedication and commitment to people that you don’t even know, so that we may say what we want and do what we want, whenever we want.  These are the people that make our “Occupy Protests” and even my blog possible.  The next time you think about freedom and your rights and liberties, think about who brings them to you, and be thankful.  Happy Veteran’s Day to all who have served past and present!

As an instructor in the fitness industry, part of my job is to keep up with what is current.  Part of that has to do with watching what other trainers do and don’t do with their clientele.  And sometimes it just saddens me what I see.  I go to places and see trainers day after day putting their full clientele through the same workout routines regardless of their goals.  I watch trainers put 60+ year old ladies through exercises that only bodybuilders would benefit from.  I watch trainers handle equipment like kettlebells with no idea of what they are doing.  I know many of you work with or ARE trainers out there.  The one thing that I want is to make sure that both trainer and client are always on the same page.  For instance; I once had a 63 year old female client.  She came to the studio that I worked at with bad Sciatic Nerve pain that shot down her right leg.  We went through and eval and she could not complete 3 minutes of stepping on a 12″ box.  Pretty tough.  So, instead of trying to pry her into what I had other clients doing at the time, we worked on basic fitness and mobility.  Sure enough about 8 weeks later at our re-eval, she not only completed the test, but was even in about a 50% range for her age.  Huge improvement.  She also subjectively noted that it no longer hurt to get in and out of her car, and that she simply felt more stable on her feet.  That is what trainers are here for.  Not necessarily to build huge amounts of muscle or get our clients’ mile times down (although those may apply, as well).  It’s to transform our clients into healthier people.  In order to do that, a trainer has to LISTEN!  Talk to your client and find out what THEY want to do, not what the trainer THINKS they should do.  So, trainers, ask your clients this week: “What do you want to work on RIGHT NOW?”  “What do you want to get out of this?”  And clients, talk to your trainers.  Have they ever asked your real goals?  Or when was the last time they checked in?  You might be surprised at what you learn.

OK, so it’s here.  Fall.  Which will eventually and inevitably lead into winter.  It sucks.  It’s going to be cold, it’s going to snow and we’ll be stuck inside for long hours every week until it all thaws.  It’s what people who live here call “seasons”.  It’s also the reason we bad mouth people who live in Florida, Texas and California.  Anyway, even the staunchest of exercise enthusiasts will have to bring their routine indoors a little more in the coming months.  So here are some good (and even some fun ways) to keep our caloric output up during the nasty months of the winter.

Workout inside.  There are so many things you can do that require very little space and time.  Burpees, MB Slams, and a host of gymnastics skills like push ups, squats, and sit-ups.  Many of which require little to no equipment, but tons and tons of effort.

Shovel.  I know it sucks, but it’s the ultimate winter workout.  There are no muscles that don’t get used and it’s highly cardiovascular.  Even if you snow blow most of the driveway, shovel the sidewalk.  Get something out of it.

Snow shoe.  Well you could if you wanted to.  Wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t, though.  Good for you, but really dorky and rough.

Get some.  We’ll just leave it at that.  Great calorie burner, and fun to boot.  Use it as an excuse to workout.  See how that pans out for you.

See?  So there are lots of ways to keep trim and fit during the winter, and we’ve only just scratched the surface.  Go out, be healthy.  Also, remember that November is National Diabetes Month.  Learn a little about one of the fastest growing diseases in America.

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