May 16

Training Mistaken Philosophy

In today’s age of medicines, technologies, supplements, and highly advanced exercise techniques, people have – quite mistakenly – been lead to believe that they can have their most highly desired fitness results RIGHT NOW.

Read below to learn how this mistaken philosophy is applied on a frequent basis when people practice the 3 basic tools of fitness: Cardiovascular Training, Resistance Training, and Nutrition. In this article we will discuss the first training mistaken philosophy

Cardiovascular training

You either don’t watch TV or you don’t read magazines if you’ve never seen an advertisement that shows some buff young girl or guy pounding out miles while running on a beach, or happily sweating profusely while cruising on an elliptical or enduring an intense Spinning class.

These young models always look extremely satisfied to be working their bodies so hard, and they also share one other common characteristic: they are already in shape! Have you ever seen a commercial for a gym or exercise device that showed a 5-foot, 300 lb person grinning from ear to ear?

This is a common example of how the media and fitness industry retailers promote the mass-confusion over cardio. The ads scream messages like, “Buy our pill, put on some sexy clothes while running on the beach, and you’ll look just as good as our models do!”

Gym owners do it, too. “Join our gym now and we’ll give you one month free! Just by joining and then attending our Award-Winning Spinning Class, you will look just like Cindy, the Supermodel we hired to do our commercial!”

It’s ridiculous how the “powers that be” portray cardiovascular exercise as some effortless activity that you can easily use to gain the body of your dreams just by purchasing their product or joining their facility.

The truth of the matter is that cardiovascular training works. The additional truth of the matter is that it can range from moderately to intensely difficult, and that it will take you weeks, months, or maybe even years of combining cardio with resistance training and proper nutrition to attain the body of your dreams.

Is that what you wanted to hear about cardio? Probably not, but it’s the truth. If you think there is some shortcut to being buff, young, tan, and in complete control of your life, then you should go turn on the TV. There is a commercial on right now that is just waiting for you to call in your credit card number!

May 09

Whitewater Rafting Equipment

Whitewater Rafting EquipmentAfter learning the whitewater rafting difficulties classification, the second thing a prospective whitewater enthusiast must know is the essential gear from this extreme sport.

First and foremost, you will need a life jacket. Your main objective is to remain afloat at all times while whitewater rafting.

A paddle is what will get you somewhere as well as allow you to maneuver your boat through the water. You have an option between a single or double blade paddle, depending on your sport.

A third piece of basic equipment is A BOAT! Well it’s a given that before you enter rapids and start paddling you need to be onboard a boat but this is just a little reminder.

You will also need a spray skirt. This is used to keep water out of your boat and consequentially prevents you from sinking or flipping over.

A helmet is also part of your basic gear and always recommended. If you will be paddling and just having a good time you don’t always need one and a simple bike helmet can do. On the other hand, if you are open water kayaking or more seriously involved in this sport, please don’t forget to protect your head at all times.

Location

Now you might be ready to hit the water, and if you have followed and learned the basics, you are. Consider any place that has large bodies of water and few tourists, you don’t want to bump into swimmers. But where will you go? Here are some ideas.

The Hudson River in eastern upstate New York is a good bet and is considered a continuous easy III.

The Flathead River located in the Acadia National Park in Montana offers a fantastic environment and scenic rafting trips on a Class 2-3 river.

Lake Champlain in Vermont offers three big rivers that cut through the Green Mountains and flow into it. The river’s classifications go from flat water to Class 3.

There are many more destinations for your whitewater rafting trip so do the research and head where the waters best fit your family, needs, or curiosity.

May 02

Whitewater Rafting Difficulties Classification

Whitewater RaftingWhitewater rafting can give you the experience of a lifetime. If you are a lover of nature and adrenaline, this is the sport or hobby for you.

Imagine being strapped to lifesaving jackets and knowing that your life can change from one minute to the next, or simply enjoying the beautiful weather and the sight of your best friend tip his raft over.

Like in any other sport, there is basic knowledge that you must know before heading out your front door as well as some precautions. Some of the things that you must consider and that might just make you a dignified whitewater rafter are the classifications of rapids, basic equipment to have, and the best locations to release your energy.

To start off, the way that rivers and rapids are classified ranges from Class 1 to Class 6.

Class 1 rapids are small and its waters move slowly. Hardly being dangerous, there are spots to look out for that are easily spotted and can be avoided if you don’t have much experience.

Class 2 rapids and rivers require you to have basic training in order to maneuver or avoid obstacles. The waters in this class, from time to time, have faster moving currents of water that, again, can be noticed with proper training.

Class 3 has rapids that are constantly changing, many and large obstacles, channels that are long and narrow, as well as harsh currents. As the classifications increase, so must your skills and knowledge.

Class 4 rapid, in this class you must have strong and fast boating skills. The violent currents in these masses of water are ones that throw “curve balls” at you by presenting large waves, holes, and masses of rock.

Class 5 rapids are definitely only for the experts. If you are seeking extreme danger, this is where you will find it along with longer and more intense rapids that may hide rocks, waves, and currents that may prove to be too dangerous for some.

Class 6 rapid, perfect conditions are a must in order to ride in this class. Unpredictable waters that for the most part no one attempts to ride in characterize these waters.

Apr 25

Gain More Muscle Mass

There are a couple of reasons why most people fail in their attempt to gain more muscle mass:

Improper diet

Most people are not eating enough protein and eating too many simple carbs. They are not stressing their muscles during each workout. You don’t have to kill yourself, but you must subject your body to out of the ordinary stress each workout to grow muscle.

Lack consistency

They do not stay focused throughout the entire 12-week period. If they don’t see results immediately, they get discouraged and quit. You have got to stick with your plan. No program will work for you if you are not consistent.

To get results, you have to be willing to do whatever it takes, and work as hard as necessary and you have to be consistent. Your body responds to consistency. Sometimes it may get to the point of obsession, but it has to be that way for you to reach your goal.

Here’s some basic information and things you should be doing to help you bulk up:

To gain weight you must eat more calories than your body burns off, so EAT MORE!!!!!! You need to eat to gain weight (but not junk food like donuts and chips or candy). Start eating six meals per day (space them out to about once every 3 hours).

Increase your protein intake and reduce your simple carbohydrate intake. Without protein your body cannot build new muscle

Keep your workouts under one hour. Short and intense!

Concentrate on free weight exercises that work the large muscle groups. The best weight training exercises for building mass are the simple ones. For mass, stick with compound free weight exercises like squats, deadlifts, bench presses, barbell rows, pull ups and bar dips.

Use heavy weights and low reps, rest 3 minutes between each set.

Do only 2-3 exercises per body part.

Split your workout. You need to train with more intensity, but less frequently.

Day 1: Chest, shoulders and triceps

Day 2: Rest

Day 3: Back, and Bicep

Day 4: Rest

Day 5: Legs and abs

Day 6: Rest

Day 7: Rest

Increase you water intake. A good formula for this is to multiply your bodyweight by .66 to get the required number of ounces per day.

Use nutritional supplements. If you can’t afford too many products, just stick with the basics; like whey protein. If you can’t afford whey protein the next best thing is egg whites.