May 23

Training Mistaken Philosophy (II)

On previous article we have discuss about the first training mistaken philosophy, the cardiovascular training. In this article we will continue our discussion about the next two which is resistance training and nutrition.

Resistance training

The hype surrounding resistance training isn’t quite as appalling as the myths about cardiovascular training, but it still exists. Regardless of what you have seen, heard, or been taught, the truth is this: everyone needs resistance training.

It doesn’t matter if your goal is to be a bodybuilder or a 90-year old who can tie your own shoelaces, you need resistance training. Listing the many reasons for engaging in a consistent resistance training routine is beyond the scope of this article, but there are some myths about weight training that need to be brought to light.

Weight Training makes you big and bulky. Actually, the size of your muscles is determined primarily by your gender, the type and intensity of your training program, and your nutrition.

If you think you will just “magically” turn into a muscle-bound athlete because you picked up a couple of dumbbells, just ask any bodybuilders how much time, energy, and raw will power goes into building his or her incredible physique. It does NOT happen by accident.

Using any given device or exercise will “sculpt” your abs, biceps, butt, or any other muscle. There is one thing and exactly one thing that determines the shape of your muscles, and that is your DNA.

It is quite impossible to “sculpt” any part of your body – that job belongs to your chosen deity. You can control the size of your muscles, but you cannot control the shape. Anyone who says otherwise is straight up lying.

Resistance training is just for men. Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to be healthy, strong, and have a great metabolism and energy level? Then weight training is for you. Period.

Proper nutrition

You need to learn one word and one word only if you want to maximize your nutrition program. That word is Cumulative. Cumulative means the combined effect over the course of time.

You will not put on 5lbs by eating a hamburger. You will likewise not lose 5lbs by eating celery for dinner. You will not reap the lifetime benefits of vitamin, mineral, and fiber intake by eating fruits and vegetables for 1 week. You will likewise not destroy your body’s balance of vitamins and minerals by straying from your nutrition program once in a while.

Do you see where all of this is going? If you want to reap the health and weight loss benefits of a proper nutrition program, you cannot practice proper nutrition “once in a while”. You must consistently stick to your nutrition program over the long term to realize the cumulative effects. You are just kidding yourself if you think otherwise.

As you can see, Cardiovascular Training, Resistance Training, and Proper Nutrition all play a vital role in your health and fitness program. In addition, they work together as a team in order to keep you healthy and on track with your fitness goals. Just practicing one or two will not be good enough.

At this time you can make a choice. You can either choose to believe a bunch of bald-faced lies and misleading truths about physical fitness, or you can choose to embrace the real truth of the matter. The real truth is that weight loss and physical fitness require time, effort, and dedication.

Remember: Anything worth having is worth working for!

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.