November 4, 2018 Jonathan

BEEN TRAINING SINCE THE “IRON AGE”? Q: I’ve been lifting for about 20 years now, and I often struggle with joint pain and flexibility issues. How can I modify my workouts to still benefit from them? A: “Age is just a number”, some people will tell you. Yeah, tell that to your joints. After some 25 years of training hard and heavy in the gym myself – plates piled on top of one another in my daily battle against the iron – I often surprise people when they learn I’m 46. Jim Stoppani, Ph.D., author of “Encyclopedia of Muscle &…

November 3, 2018 Jonathan

Shoulders are one of those rare body parts that are often both overtrained and undertrained. Allow me to explain: With delts playing a part in all chest pressing movements, it’s easy for them to be overtrained and so come up short when shoulders are worked. The reason I say many people undertrain delts is because they stick to the same old moves for shoulders – barbell or dumbbell overhead presses, dumbbell lateral raises, and maybe upright rows. Before you get trapped in this sort of rut, start working the following moves into your shoulder routine: CABLE LATERAL RAISES I rarely…

November 2, 2018 Jonathan

Learn A to Zzzzzz of supplements to build muscle mass while you’re sleeping! If putting on muscle mass is your primary goal – and, really, what other goal is there? – then you probably already know that frequently eating ample amounts of protein is critical. You likely also know that getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night is a must for gaining muscle, because that’s when your growth hormone (GH) levels peak. Yet that represents a long stretch when you neglect to give your body protein. Would you go 7-9 hours without eating during the day? Not unless you want…

October 30, 2018 Jonathan

Here are the best principles for arm training: OVERLOAD PRINCIPLE: In order to force a muscle to become larger and stronger, you must continually overload it with increasingly heavier weights. So when you see favourites doing barbell curls with 225 pounds or knocking out lying triceps extensions with nearly 300 pounds, you can understand how the overload principle develops massive arms. Remember, those bodybuilding greats took a long time to build those poundages, but they kept adding weight to keep gaining muscle. CHEATING PRINCIPLE: Most bodybuilders train to failure with each set in their arm workouts, but the ones with…

October 22, 2018 Jonathan

Whether it is about muscle gain or height gain or getting success in any other field, just go through this article to change your perceptions. One of the most frequent questions bodybuilders hear is, “How long did it take you to get that big?” There’s an assumption that building muscle size is mostly a matter of time – the longer you do it, the bigger you get. While it’s true that it takes years to come anywhere near your genetic limit for muscle size, not everybody develops at the same rate. Some are fast gainers and begin to see impressive…

October 17, 2018 Jonathan

How is it that out of the infinite number of possibilities that are available to us, we have created the restricted reality in which we are living? It is our thoughts that create our world. If you’re not sure about this, you might like to try this simple experiment. Close your eyes and think about your inadequacies, your defects, your imperfections and your failures. Now look in the mirror. Part two: close your eyes and feel your beauty, your inner worth, your Buddha nature…and look in the mirror. Do you look the same? What changed? Only your thoughts. And so…

October 7, 2018 Jonathan

AT HOME WITH THE BODY I am particularly happy to present this post on Body-Wisdom, a subject dear to my heart. Since I started meditating with totality a strange phenomenon occurred: the connection between my mind and body was severed. The more I was disidentified with my body, the more I started knowing, caring for and respecting it. A kind of gratitude arose in my heart and I felt I could never thank the body enough for keeping pace with the transformative process meditation brought about. Of course, I had to go a long way to eradicate the deep-rooted social…

September 27, 2018 Jonathan

When it comes to waving good-bye to the pounds, the magic number is 3,500, say countless nutrition experts, diet books and magazine articles. That’s the number of calories it takes to lose a pound of fat. Spread a 500-calorie deficit over seven days and presto! You should emerge 1 pound lighter. Unfortunately, the maths isn’t so clear-cut in practice – as you probably know if you’ve ever tried to implement this equation in your diet. Many people find that though they manage to trim their calories in accordance with this theory, the numbers on the scale don’t seem to equal…

September 16, 2018 Jonathan

ANTIBIOTICS ARE THE FASTEST WAY TO CURE A COLD | EATING TOO MUCH SUGAR CAUSES DIABETES | RAW EGGS ARE MORE NUTRITIOUS THAN COOKED EGGS | HONEY IS MORE HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS THAN SUGAR | WATCHING TV IN THE DARK WILL HURT YOUR EYES MYTH #1: ANTIBIOTICS ARE THE FASTEST WAY TO CURE A COLD FACT – Unfortunately for the millions of us who annually fall victim to the common cold, nothing has yet been discovered that will cure it. Antibiotics are entirely ineffective for the simple reason that antibiotics fight bacteria, but not viruses – and the common cold…

September 7, 2018 Jonathan

Play: The New Paradigm In Work The difference between workaholic and someone who is passionately in their work is very great. The workaholic’s work is serious, heavy; and someone who considers his work as a Play is non-serious and just acting their role with sheer joy. It is all about attitude. Attitude makes the difference. If you love your work, it becomes a play and gives joy. Then, it is no more working but fun, then you no more working but simply whistling. Never think in terms of work. It is not work for the flower to bloom, it is…

August 28, 2018 Jonathan

We should not forget that FAILURES are part of our educational and professional life and that they are nothing but pillars of success. Bitter and crushing failures have often contained the positive and helping germs of new and unimagined success. Among the successful people today, more numerous are those who, despite failures, won and made their mark in life. There are others who begin poorly at early stages, ripen somewhat late and achieve brilliant results at the right time. The lesson to learn from our failures is – to go on and do better. Remember, the struggle never goes in…

August 17, 2018 Jonathan 1Comment

Between the lines of ‘The New Food’ diet doctrine – no salt, no sugar and no oil, butter or margarine – you’re bound to read “no taste.” But when you actually come face to plate with The New Food dish, your mouth will undoubtedly water; the enticing foods pictured on this post are visual testimony to that. One of my primary goals has been to transform the food from bland to delectable. My philosophy is that “any recipe can be defatted, desalted and de-sugared without sacrificing taste.” The trick is obviously in the preparation, by cooking food in ways that…