January 12, 2019 Jonathan

With the fitness boom on an upsurge, the market is exploding with exercisers promising to slim you down, build you up, boost your energy levels – give you Total Fitness in short. Does such a dream exerciser exist? The experts assesses the wide range of workout equipment, both high-tech and low, in terms of what they can and cannot do for your body. EXER-CYCLES Exercise Benefits: The Exer-cycle is highly effective in fat-burning provided you reach your target heart-rate zone (generally in about 20 minutes of continuous exercycling – at this point you start burning calories from fat.) Cycling is…

January 9, 2019 Jonathan

STILL DECIDING BETWEEN FREE WEIGHTS AND MACHINES? HERE’S HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF BOTH Walking into most modern gyms or health clubs, you are usually faced with an enormous choice of training equipment. In addition to racks of barbells and dumbbells, there is a wide variety of exercise machines – using cables, pulleys, stacks of weights, individual weight plates and, in some cases, even employing water or compressed air to provide the resistance needed to build muscle. It’s obvious that resistance training has come a long way in the past several decades; it wasn’t long ago that hardcore…

January 8, 2019 Jonathan

If You Are Ready To Rev Up Your Workout Intensity, Then Discover Which Split System Will Work Best For You! If you’ve been consistently lifting weights for more than six months on a full-body programme, you probably aren’t getting nearly as sore as when you started. Your muscle growth and strength gains may have slowed too. Even intermediate bodybuilders can’t make gains indefinitely. WHY? You’ve likely reached a point in your training called a plateau, with your muscles becoming accustomed to the workload, routine and intensity levels. So now what? To take your training to the next level, you must…

January 6, 2019 Jonathan

SHOULD BODYBUILDERS DO CARDIO? Most days you go to gym with the intention of building a certain bodypart. Monday might be back and bi’s, Tuesday chest and tri’s and perhaps Wednesday is legs and shoulders. But what day is dedicated to training the most important muscle of all – your heart? If you’re of the bodybuilding ilk, chances are you forgo pumping your heart in favour of pumping iron every day. But really, the healthier your heart muscle gets, the quicker the others will follow. HEART-HEALTHY TIMING If you imagine an emaciated marathon runner when you think of cardiovascular fitness,…

January 1, 2019 Jonathan

It is one thing to talk about nutrition, fitness, freedom, responsibility – it is another to live them! That’s why intellectual learning has limited value in life. How many times have you decided to change and not been able to do it? I don’t just mean quitting smoking, but also making resolutions such as “I am going to be honest about this from now on,” or “The next time he says that to me, I am just not going to get angry.” And how often did you succeed? Most probably you ended up saying, “I can’t change,” “I can’t do…

January 1, 2019 Jonathan

LET’S TALK ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS! Here are some great and easy tips to reduce weight. These tips include Yoga with Diet. The special thing is that these tips can be easily followed by everyone. And by following these easy-quick tips, weight can be reduced up to 20 pounds in just 30 days. These tips are completely safe and 100 per cent natural. They also help in preventing diseases along with our primary objective that is weight loss. The best part of it is that you do not need to go to any gym to follow these tips. Here we go:…

December 21, 2018 Jonathan

“There is evidence that mindfulness practices have “broad-spectrum” effects against depression and anxiety and can also decrease general psychological distress.” – Journal of Psychiatric Practice “Just 25 minutes of mindfulness practice over three days can relieve the symptoms of stress.” – Carnegie Mellon University “Harvard unveils an MRI study proving that mindfulness meditation literally rebuilds the brain’s gray matter in 8 weeks.” – Harvard University “New evidence shows that mindfulness meditation reduces depressive episodes.” University of Toronto “Mindfulness helps children develop social and emotional intelligence, resulting in greater self-awareness, less stress, and higher levels of happiness and empathy. Kids just…

December 20, 2018 Jonathan 1Comment

If meditation and autosuggestion can both be joined together – if they can be made complementaries, the progress happens in leaps and bounds. The science of meditation and the science of autosuggestion are two sides of one coin. In fact, they are halves of one whole. Bring all opposites together as complementaries. And then you are not moving with only one leg, you are not flying with only one wing. You have both wings, you have both legs, and you have totality. Both are essential for making one total and whole. Meditation brings us towards subjectivity and autosuggestions move us…

December 20, 2018 Jonathan

HOW TO AVOID ONE OF BODYBUILDING’S MOST COMMON MISTAKES Don’t look now, but something seems to have gone terribly wrong with the way some bodybuilders are training nowadays. Physique competitors have always tended to believe that more is better and nothing succeeds like excess. But this “too much of a good thing” philosophy has got completely out of hand. Phenomenal physiques shrink and shrivel, depleted by too much training, too many hours of cardio and too little nutrition. Giants turn into pygmies. Prime cuts become chopped steak. Athlete who once looked like they belonged in Pumping Iron ended up as…

December 16, 2018 Jonathan

A “sissy” leg curl? Hardly! Not to be confused with its slightly bent-knee cousin the Romanian deadlift, the stiff-legged deadlift is, as its name suggests, the knees-straight version of this popular hamstrings exercise. That being said, a lot of confusion surrounds the proper execution of both lifts. Let’s settle the matter once and for all. Both the stiff-legged and Romanian “deads” are used to train the hamstrings (biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus), exploiting that muscle’s insertion above the hip joint. As such, they play a major role in extending your hips, which occurs whenever you bring your upper legs from…

December 15, 2018 Jonathan

Jump-start your gains with a power cycle! With the ever-increasing focus on muscle size, both in competitions and in your local gym, lifting for strength appears to have lost its lustre among bodybuilders. That’s a shame, because it should be an essential component of their regimes. I’m not saying you need to train like a powerlifter year-round – if you did, you’d be one – but you should have the ability and know-how to shift into a power cycle now and then to bust through plateaus. “The strength cycle is something you can do for six weeks to get past…

December 12, 2018 Jonathan

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO OVERCOME COMMON ENERGY SLUMPS! “I am so tired.” If this thought doesn’t pop into your head at least 10 times a day. Congratulations – you’ve found a way around the average woman’s biggest complaint: lack of energy. At any given time, 80 per cent of us feel fatigued. Often you can pinpoint the reason – the baby ha a cold and kept you up three nights in a row, or your job has been so hectic that you’ve been on your feet most of the time or living off junk food. But how do you explain…