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9/6/2008
What You Should Know About Detoxification

When people talk about detoxification and cleansing the body of harmful toxins, itís often seen as a fringe element of vegetarians. People really donít like to think about harmful toxins building up in their colons or in their arteries, but itís often a by-product of a carnivorous diet. A diet thatís high in fat and processed foods tends to slow down our digestive systems, and our elimination processes are also interrupted.

 

This can allow harmful bacteria and toxins to accumulate and can create a general feeling of sluggishness, as well as a host of digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome or colitis. When we begin eating a more healthy vegetarian diet, we start to get more dietary fiber into our systems, and all of a sudden, our digestive systems start to work better,

 

When you eliminate high-fat meat and processed foods from your diet, then much of your bodyís energy is freed from the intense work of digesting these foods. Everything becomes clearer Ė your blood, your organs, your mind. You start to become more aware of the toxic nature of the food youíd been eating before.

 

Toxicity is of much greater concern in the twentieth century than ever before. There are many new and stronger chemicals, air and water pollution, radiation and nuclear power. We ingest new chemicals, use more drugs of all kinds, eat more sugar and refined foods, and daily abuse ourselves with various stimulants and sedatives. The incidence of many toxicity diseases has increased as well.

 

Cancer and cardiovascular disease are two of the main ones. Arthritis, allergies, obesity, and many skin problems are others. In addition, a wide range of symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, pains, coughs, gastrointestinal problems, and problems from immune weakness, can all be related to toxicity. When you start a vegetarian eating plan, your body eventually cleanses itself of the harmful effects of these toxic foods.


Posted at 12:39:38 am by fazamania
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8/28/2008
Guidelines in Finding A Fitness Club

You would like to join a fitness club but there are so many choices! And then you will just end up having a headache! Fitness clubs are effective motivators. They should motivate us and not frustrate us. Before you choose on a fitness club, make sure that it suits your needs and goals. And before you do that, you should first learn and decide on what is your priority. By then, you will know what you really need in a fitness club. Here are some guidelines you can consider in choosing a fitness club that is best for you:

Where is it located?

The location is the first thing that you should consider when finding a fitness club. If the club is far from your home, you will just another excuse not to work out. It is best to find a facility that is near your home.

Are the employees friendly and nice? Will they be able to help you reach your goals?

Make sure that the instructor has the necessary experience to work with you. The instructor should be a certified professional that can work with you safely and effectively. Your instructor should also know if you have physical limitations or you may find an instructor that is well trained to work with you. You can also check the age of the instructor especially if it is one factor for your motivation and learning. The staff should also be helpful, friendly and professional. You can also ask the services they offer and find what is important for you. Some facilities have their own dietician and physical therapists that can offer services for you.

What kind of programs does it offer?

Find time to see what programs are there for you and check if they suit your interests. Do they offer group classes? Choose the facility that offers the classes you really like. You can do a trial class to check it out if you want.

Are the facilities and equipments good and will they be available anytime that is most convenient for you?

Check if the equipments are enough for all members. Otherwise, you will waste your time falling in line and waiting for your turn. Also make sure that the facility is open during the time you are most likely to do work outs and exercises.

Is the entire facility well maintained, clean and safe for you?

Machines and other training facilities should be in clean and in good order. If you see a lot of "out of order" signs, it could be something to think about. Modern equipments are safer and more comfortable to use, so you may also want to consider that. Are the floors cleaned regularly to avoid accidents? Is there enough room for everyone? Also check if the facility is located in a place away from danger, consider also if the location is well lit.

Are the members of the club friendly and can they be your friends?

The fitness club is also a venue for social interaction. Take time to drop by and meet the members of the club before you enroll. Other members can be your buddies in the near future and should be considered.

What is the schedule of classes and will they be convenient for you?

Find out what classes are offered at a specific time and consider if you will be available at the schedules given.

How much would it cost you?

It is important to know the monthly membership fee and what it covers. Some fitness clubs have hidden charges and you should be keen in checking that. Check if they have promotions or discounts and do they offer services at an extra fee. It is also important to know how long the club has been and how often they increase rates.

How is it different from other fitness clubs?

Don't just stick into one fitness club. Try to visit as many facilities as you can and make a comparison. Then you can just narrow down your choices to the facilities that met your needs and priorities.

What do people say about it?

Take your time to gather feedback from other members. Ask them what they can say about the club and let them tell you about the experiences with the facility.

Choosing a fitness club is just like shopping on the best shirt for you. Do not be pressured and do not try to contact them right away. You can take your time to review and gather enough information if you are still not sure which one to choose. Once you have made your choice, enjoy and make the most out of it.
 

 


Posted at 9:16:51 am by fazamania
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8/23/2008
body building equipment - Machines Or Free Weight ?

One of the most heated debates in the world of fitness today is the battle of free-weights (low-tech apparatus) versus machines (high-tech apparatus). Each side has their arguments with both sides having some merit to their claims.

This article will try to separate some of the fact from the fiction of each of these types of training tools. At the end of this article it will make more sense as to why one would choose a free-weight or a machine and for what purpose.

Before we dive into the major differences between free weights and machines let us first agree on what we are calling a free-weight or a machine.

A body building equipment can be classified as any object or device that can be moved freely in three-dimensional space. Some of the more common free-weights found in a gym would be:

    1. Dumbells
    2. Barbells
    3. High/Low or adjustable pulley system
    4. Lat pull-down and low-row device
    5. Medicine Balls(all types including kettle bells)
    6. Ankle weights
    7. The human body the ultimate free-weight of all!

In all reality, any object that is free to move in three-dimensional space that is not fixed to any specific set of axis (as in a smith machine) can be considered a free weight. An exercise machine on the other hand, is not allowed to move in three-dimensional space and is usually only capable of moving in two dimensions.

Any exercise machine in a gym such as a pec-dec or a smith machine is a perfect example of what we are calling high-tech training apparatus.

So which is best, free-weights or machines? I would assume that most of you reading this article are frequent users of free-weights and cable systems.

However, I also know that many bodybuilders choose body building equipment like machine training for isolating and really targeting a specific muscle or group of muscles. So to answer the question on the superiority of free weights versus machines it is first important to know what one's goals are.

Structural Vs. Functional Goals

In studying human physiology we learn that structure and function are intimately related. In strength training jargon this means that if you want to change your structure (i.e. build mass) you must change the function of that structure (i.e. improve 8-12RM) which is ultimately a neuromuscular phenomenon.

So if ones wishes to gain mass (hypertrophy), one must change the function on the nervous system's ability to use that muscle (i.e. get stronger) so that the structure (soft-tissues) can adapt and grow.

This does not mean that sprinters omit structural phases in their training. It simply states that the main goal for a sprinter is not to get as big as a house but rather to improve a specific skill (run fast) which requires that the function of the neuromuscular system improve along with the structure.

Free-weight

Getting back to our discussion of free-weight versus machines, it helpful to know the main benefits of each in relation to whether we have primarily structural or functional goals. Free weights, with their extreme versatility are the ultimate tool for both structural and functional goals.

 For instance if a bodybuilder is bench pressing and wishes to put on mass, a choice of reps in the 8-15 range would make a good choice. If one is also a football player who desires to put on some mass the bench press again is an excellent choice because it develops more real-life strength.

What is often called functional strength due to the need to stabilize and control the barbell in all three planes of motion, just like the athlete will need to do on the playing field.

However if the football player decides to use all high-tech Hammer strength machines for his chest work he may build some impressive pecs but will be lacking in the function department due to the lack of three-dimensional stability required in those exercises. Thus, his structure would have improved but without a corresponding increase in his function.

Now lets look at a scenario where a bodybuilder, who's chest development has been stuck for some time. His workouts usually consist of free-weight only with some standing cable fly's thrown in to finish off his chest workout.

If this person were to add some machine work at the end of his free-weight workout he may be able to add some more volume and thus trigger some new growth. After his traditional free-weight workout, his shoulder stabilizers may be so fatigued that his chest is unable to get more work during his final sets.

However, by finishing off with some machine training he may be able to exhaust and stimulate more pectoral muscle fibers because the machine is taking some of the load off his rotator cuff. This is a scientific application for the use of machines.

For the vast majority of exercises and goals, whether structural or functional, free-weights usually offer the most variety as well as total body stimulation because many muscles other than the prime movers (muscles responsible for moving the load) are stimulated as stabilizers.

Machines

Machines on the other hand, with their ability to isolate better, can be useful for structural or bodybuilding purposes when they are carefully planned in the workout which is usually to place them after all free-weight exercises. There is much more to the story here.

Hopefully, this article has shed a little light on the differences between free-weights and machines and specifically the scientific use of each in regards to your training goals.


Posted at 10:56:29 am by fazamania
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