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We all know “That Guy” providing weight loss advice?
Steve March 15, 2018
Ask 10 people for weight/fat loss advice, and you’ll get 10 different answers. Work out constantly, set long-term goals, set short-term goals, etc… But unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that nutrition is the catalyst for accelerating optimal fat loss, amongst other significant components. Most of us have been following certain rules, or lack thereof, for how to shed pounds our entire lives. But when the opportunity arises, folks just can’t help themselves in asking the local gym goer or Joe Diddy on the street, what is their recommendation to losing the unwanted lbs; as if there’s a magical unicorn they will glide them far away to a tropical island to avoid any exertion toward the process; hoping and praying for a different answer. Ultimately, we know what we need to do, we just don’t do what we know. Is it difficult? It can be. Is it possible with small strategic habits that accrue over time? Absolutely! Just how much of what we have been told about weight loss is actually accurate? Have you ever met the “I exercise every day, so I can eat whatever I want” person? Would be nice, right? Unfortunately, that may work for a small portion of genetic freaks out there, but that’s not how it works if you’re trying to lose weight, more specifically, lose fat. Even though you burn calories and minimize fat cells when you exercise, it’s often not as much as you think or what the fancy bright colored cardio equipment display tells you.
Let’s move on to the “All calories are equal, so it doesn’t matter what I eat“ guy. Is it realistic to say that 150 calories from a can of pop is the same as 150 calories from chicken? A calorie, by its simplest definition, is a unit of energy. However, the kind of calories the body gets will affect how efficiently people burn their body’s energy, which is a key factor for losing weight/fat and keeping it off. It’s not that calories don’t matter, but the quality of the calories going in can drastically affect the number of calories going out. Not to mention, how your body absorbs and assimilates these nutrients.
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Press yourself into WIDER Horizons
Steve February 11, 2018
Ah, the Bench Press… the most common exercise for working and building development of the chest. For both Men and Women alike, a tighter more developed chest is often desired. However after so many weeks, months, and years of training, we often hit that proverbial wall and stop gaining results in the pectoral region. How do we avoid stalemate in creating a masterful chest?
Never lose sight of all the variety, angles and degrees this muscle can be targeted; heavy weight, light weight, incline, decline, but let’s not forget how WIDE and expansive our variations can be.
Adding a Wide Grip to your Press can provide a jolt back on the fast track to stimulating this highly sought after showcased muscle. Not to mention the intensity it brings from your Delt and Tricep tie-ins as well.
WHAT and WHY TARGETED:
PECTORALIS MAJOR- Targeting the pectoralis major muscle, the wide grip press is an intensive exercise primarily to the lateral or outer chest fibers. This popularly large muscle is the prime mover of arm Read the full article
BMR Power- The Never Ending Burn
Steve February 8, 2018
We breathe every second of every day. Our hearts perpetually pump blood, our bodies maintain constant body temperature, and many other involuntary functions are performed 24 hours a day. These functions require calories to be expended, producing the energy our bodies need to survive. Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the minimum amount of calories necessary to survive in your most restful state. Put another way, the BMR is the minimum amount of calories needed for a person to remain asleep all day. It accounts for 60-75% of total calories on a daily basis. Every individual’s BMR is different because no two people have exactly the same genetic blueprint, are the same age, height or weight, have the same daily activity level, have the same body composition, or are the same gender. These personal factors assist in determining your individual BMR, and therefore help determine the amount of calories required to lose, maintain, or even gain weight.
Some determinants lower your basal metabolic rate while others raise it. Unfortunately we lose muscle mass as we age, which lowers our BMR because muscle demands more calories than fat to maintain itself. This is why resistance training is important to maintaining a healthy weight as we age. Also, fasting and “extreme” diets that require drastic caloric reductions lower your BMR because your body is likely to go into a state of starvation and cannibalize itself when it doesn’t receive the necessary calories from the food you consume. That’s right, your body will resource its own muscle tissue to get to the calories it needs to perform its required functions. A gradual reduction of calories (or better yet, greater quality) and an increase in exercise long term is the most effective and proven method to properly lose weight and keep it off.
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Sautéed Chicken Caesar Wraps
Steve June 29, 2017
It’s been way too long since there has been a noted nutrition recipe up here, and trust me I’ve heard about it. Well gain some reprieve my friends. I’ve got a keeper, and a simple recipe at that. I should have posted this one a while ago. 8 easy to access ingredients and you’re off with a solid protein meal or snack that includes a complimented taste of fruit and veggie.
- 8 oz Chicken Breast, boneless skinless (raw measurement)
- 4 TBSP Caesar dressing
- 2 TBSP Olive Oil, extra virgin
- 2 Campari Tomatoes
- 2 Romaine Lettuce leaves
- 1 TBSP Lemon juice
- 1/2 TSP Cavender’s seasoning or Salt and Pepper mix
- 1/4 Cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
Simple prep: Peal lettuce leaves and cut tomatoes; put to the side for garnishing. Cut chicken into bite size cubes and place in a bowl. Add the olive oil and lemon juice in with the chicken. For added saturation of flavor, place plastic wrap over bowl and place in fridge for 30 min to marinate if you have the time.
Preheat a pan over medium-high heat and place the chicken in once hot. While the chicken is sautéing, add the seasoning and cook thoroughly. Place the Romaine Lettuce leaves on a plate and load the leaf boat with sautéed chicken breast and tomato slices. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top to your desired amount and enjoy the tasty protein explosion.
Protein: 45g Carbohydrate: 25g Fat: 16g
Turning Pipe Cleaners into Head Turners
Steve May 4, 2017
With the phrase SUNS OUT, GUNS OUT being hash tagged more now then ever, we can’t help to put more attention into our “Gun” development. With Summer right around the corner, we can turn the Pipe Cleaners into something of Head Turners. Despite the Triceps being the largest muscles in the upper arm, Biceps definitely seem to be the favorite to train for most folks. Not all Bicep exercises develop and thicken the bicep brachii and brachialis (two heads of the Bicep) like the Preacher Curl. Whether with dumbbells for a unilateral contraction or with a cambered bar, shown here, for a bilateral contraction, the Preacher Curl is one to certainly include into your arm day arsenal. Variable grips on the bar are a huge advantage for many degrees of development and nothing will strengthen your distal biceps tendon (nearest elbow groove) more efficiently than FULL range of motion on this movement. So dig those arms in deep into the pad and PRAY for the Pump to reside.