Weight Training for General Health

Preventing and Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

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Is Type 2 Diabetes reversible?  YES, according to many sound clinical studies, one in particular by Newcastle University and Glasgow University. As many people are aware, Type 2 Diabetes is referred to as a ‘lifestyle disease.’ That’s because diabetes is brought on mostly by one’s lifestyle, which almost always involves a sedentary one with poor nutrition. Continue reading Preventing and Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Slow down aging with strength training

 

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What’s the deal with so many companies advertising products that are ‘anti aging’?!? We hear and see a lot of advertising for anti aging creams, pills, and many other products. The fact is that there is no such thing as ‘anti aging’. It’s all a fallacy. The aging process is a part of life and happens to everyone. We can, however, slow it down. Continue reading Slow down aging with strength training

Beware of deceptive supplement company marketing

 

My fellow gym rats, aspiring gym rats, I just want to take some time to address deceptive marketing by supplement companies that I’ve seen and experienced over the years. One of the most annoying things is trying to improve one’s health and physique only to be deceived by shady marketing tactics from supplement companies. Continue reading Beware of deceptive supplement company marketing

Should I use anabolic steroids?

“If you have the choice to do steroids or stay natural, stay natural. There’s no reason to do steroids, you’re only hurting your body and hurting yourself.” 
Rich Piana (1971-2017)

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“Steroids work outside the body, nutrition works with the body.” A factual statement by the late Leroy Colbert. AAS(Anabolic Androgenic Steroids) are very popular. More non-athletes use them recreationally than athletes. They were originally intended, and still are, for ailing people with degenerative diseases. Bodybuilders and athletes discovered that they were also an asset to help with performance enhancement and body compositional changes. I don’t necessarily advise others to take them or not to take them but, like many others, I list the pros and cons of their usage in order for an informed decision to be made. Continue reading Should I use anabolic steroids?

How do I take dietary supplements? Which ones should I take?

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How does one take dietary supplements to maximize nutrition? I briefly touched on maximizing nutrition in one of my other posts. With so many genetically modified foods on the market I believe it is essential, now more than ever, to add dietary supplements to one’s lifestyle, in conjunction with weight training, in order to maximize nutrition. With the advancement of technology and other breakthroughs in the arena of science, genetically modified foods are very beneficial to an extent. Continue reading How do I take dietary supplements? Which ones should I take?

Staying Injury Free

 

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No injuries to report in my 20 years of weight training. I credit being injury free to always emphasizing safety in my workouts. Ego lifting, a type of lifting we see on a constant basis in gyms worldwide, will eventually lead to injury. Although it’s done mostly by men, there are many women who try to impress with the extra poundage as well. As I stressed in one of my previous posts, focus on health. Unless one is powerlifting, or olympic weightlifting, it makes no sense trying to determine what one’s one rep max is or trying to imitate the many reckless ‘Youtube stars’ who use terrible form when demonstrating lifts. Continue reading Staying Injury Free

What exercises should I do when I join a gym?

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It happens every day: people join a gym and have no idea what exercises to start doing. Many start reading fitness magazines and/or watch competitive physique athletes/bodybuilders and try to mimic their routines and lifestyles. Many follow the routines other gym members are doing not knowing if the exercises they’re doing is beneficial or a waste of time. Continue reading What exercises should I do when I join a gym?

Eating, Supplementing, & Training on a Tight Budget

It happens to many of us: we’re trying our best to live a healthy lifestyle but our budgets barely allow for it. After all, it’s very easy, and inexpensive, to eat and live unhealthily.

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Whether it’s purchasing healthier alternatives for our diets, obtaining necessary supplements, or paying the gym fees they’re times when we have to carefully juggle our funds. Sometimes knowledge comes by way of experiences. Hopefully my suggestions, based on my experiences, can help many of you who can relate or who are thinking about commencing a healthy, weight training lifestyle on a tight budget. Here are some pointers to help one get through a little tough financial times while simultaneously trying to live a healthy lifestyle: Continue reading Eating, Supplementing, & Training on a Tight Budget

Focus on Health, not the Scale!

I often see many people join a gym and one of the first things they do is weigh themselves. About two or three weeks later there are sighs of disappointment as more pounds have been gained instead of lost. The main reason is that muscle is denser than fat therefore a little weight gain is to be expected. When one embarks on an exercise regimen that involves weight training there will be muscular hypertrophy.

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Unless one is obese DO NOT let weight be the focus, but one’s health. The scale is not an indicator of good health. Continue reading Focus on Health, not the Scale!