What type of training best suits my body type?

Ectomorph:  Use moderate to heavy weights for weight training to promote muscle toning or growth.  Your metabolism is racing so eat as much as you need but make sure it is healthy.  Do very little cardio to avoid burning extra calories. Mesomorph:  Moderation is the key.  Use a moderate rep and moderate pace in the…

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The Baby Food Diet

Hollywood has taken credit for the baby food diet but I know as a fact that bodybuilders way back in the day invented this diet. Imagine seeing a 300-pound bodybuilder with a small jar of baby food … Hard to imagine but it’s true. Why baby food? Simple: it’s easy to digest, portion-controlled, convenient, low…

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Are you retaining water?

Odds are that you’re not. The body regulates its water balance hormonally and unless you suffer from edema, you shouldn’t be retaining water. Of course there are dietary incidents that could cause temporary water retention (Chinese buffets!) Some of the most amusing moments during my bodybuilding days were when competitors backstage would pinch their waistlines…

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BMI Accuracy

If you’ve been to the doctor lately, you may have found out that your BMI (Body Mass Index) is higher than 30 and you’re obese. This form of body fat measurement calculates a score based on your height and weight. I find it to be inaccurate, especially for athletes with a lot of muscle and…

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Multi-Vitamins

Vitamins and minerals are nutrients that are essential to life. Studies show 80-91% of people don’t achieve the recommended daily intake levels for all the vitamin and minerals from food, and recent figures highlight the fact that supplemental levels of certain vitamins and minerals are linked to the prevention of many degenerative diseases and a…

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Abdominal Injuries

Strains or muscle pulls are a common injury, especially in athletic training, and can result in abdominal injuries. The abdominal wall is predominately muscular, comprising of the rectus abdominus, internal obliques and external obliques. Of these, the rectus abdominus is the most prominent, and is typically referred to as a “six pack.” It’s usually the…

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Sugar Addiction

Many people claim they’re “chocoholics,” or they feel they have a sugar addiction because they have an insatiable sweet tooth. Do they lack discipline, or are they truly addicted to candy and desserts? Princeton researcher Dr. Bart Hoebel – in a paper presented at the American Psychological Society annual meeting – found rats that were…

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Do You Need Orthotics?

Orthotics are specially designed insoles that are worn inside the shoe to control abnormal foot function and/or accommodate painful areas of the foot. These can be either commercially made or custom made to one’s foot. Orthotics help the impaired foot function, by controlling abnormal movement across the joints of the feet. For example, poor shock…

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Are Bootcamp Classes in Woodbridge Effective?

I’ve heard many people ask, “Are bootcamp classes in Woodbridge effective?” Firstly, the question should be: what is “bootcamp?” The history of bootcamp is military basic training. I’m talking about hitting the swamp, climbing up trees, swinging off ropes, climbing up walls and just getting beat up and dirty. Is that’s what’s happening with bootcamp training in Woodbridge?…

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