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Personal Training – Home Training Vs The Gym

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As the New Year approaches thousands will make the decision to embark upon a new fitness program. The success of their New Years Resolutions will depend upon this decision. Some will join a support group like Weight Watchers, while others will go it alone. There will also come a time when they will consider hiring a Personal Trainer.

When hiring a Personal Trainer the potential client has to make a choice. To train in the gym? Or train at home? Both have their perks.

The gym: With a gym you can do a large variety of exercises. Not only are their machines, but in most cases, gyms offer aerobics classes that are included in the membership. Participating in group classes is a great way to get your cardiovascular fitness in without being bored on the treadmill for an hour. Using strength machines at the gym can be very beneficial, if you learn how to use them properly. Hiring a trainer will ensure that you are getting the most out of your workout, while learning the proper techniques to avoid injury. If you are going to join a gym and try to "go it alone," your best bet is to join a facility that offers machine orientations with a staff member or trainer so that you will feel comfortable enough to try new things.

Home Training: Home training is wonderful, however most get discouraged if they do not have a trainer for motivation. It is easy to get distracted when training at home. Since you do not have to worry about a long-term gym membership or contract, this frees up some money in the budget to hire a Personal Trainer. In-Home Personal Trainers are an elite group who are among the best. In-home Personal Trainers are creative and flexible in the types of exercises they give clients. It keeps the trainer on his / her toes to keep up with the latest trends and effective exercises to target certain areas of the body. In-home training will focus a lot on form, as the client will be using tools that require balance. Having a trainer come to you can also be quite convenient if you have a hectic work schedule.

Either choice you decide to make is a healthy step in the right direction. No matter what you do, stick with your fitness program 100%! That is how you see results.

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Steroids – Distorting the Worlds of Muscle and Fitness

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Nothing has been more distortive to muscle building information than the low profile prevalence of steroid use. What else can explain the vast amount of lousy and even useless training techniques for natural trainers that have become the prevailing wisdom in the bodybuilding industry? There's an ongoing discord between fantasy and reality in what constitutes an effective natural muscle gaining routine. That discord is most likely attributable to the obvious yet often unaddressed contrast between the physiology of a steroid user and that of a non-user.

This contrast is the only explanation for bodybuilding's longtime miring in misinformation; a muddling that's often resulted in almost humorously contradictory recommendations and advice.

Here's a list of strange observations I've made over the years that I think can be linked, either directly or indirectly, to some of that misinformation:

o In 1988, I attended a bodybuilding seminar put on by one of the top Mr. Olympia contenders of the time. When asked by an audience member about a specific workout routine, the pro bodybuilder answered that the workout schedule in question would be worthless for putting on muscle mass. Within a month, I saw that exact workout / recovery schedule being recommended in a bodybuilding magazine by the then-Mr. Olympia.

o In the '90s, that same Mr. Olympia had a morning workout television program for mainstream fitness. During an episode, I heard him talk to Geraldo Riviera about the evils of "anabolics" (code-word for steroids). He was apparently trying to dissuade youngsters from using them. Yet he admitted within other mediums that he used them regularly (of course he used them; he was a pro bodybuilder).

o During the aforementioned seminar in 1988, that Mr. Olympia contender told the audience that when he began bodybuilding, he was able to put on "ten solid pounds of muscle per year". He went on to reveal that in his advanced stages in the sport, he was lucky to add "two pounds of muscle a year". These words were from an elite professional bodybuilder who admitted to regular steroid use. Yet we're treated to claims of gaining "twenty pounds of muscle in twelve weeks" from average Joe's on the Internet. (No wonder I do not see pictures with these claims).

o In the late eighties, there was a bodybuilding book that claimed you could gain 30 pounds of muscle in six weeks from doing "super squats" and drinking a lot of milk. That book should have been titled 'How to become an over-trained gasbag within a month and a half'.

o I've actually heard a top professional bodybuilder say he did not believe in over-training; only "under eating and under sleeping". So, even though our bodies are designed to burn and renew a finite amount of energy each day, just stuffing them with more food than they can process and sleeping until we're drooling on our pillows will compensate for excessive muscle teardown? A very misleading statement.

o In the early '90s, a bodybuilding guru was espousing … Read More

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Top 5 Reasons to do Anaerobic Over Aerobic Exercises

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The #1 PROVEN way to burn fat the fastest!:

What’s up everybody,

It’s Jonny with Insane Home Fat Loss and today I want to talk to you about Anaerobic Exercise and why it’s better than your typical aerobic exercise. So, if you really want that dream body you’ve been thinking about for so long you should really take the next couple minutes to watch today’s video. It’s tips like this that will give you that edge you need to lose those final 5 pounds, overcome any plateaus or get started strong to ensure that you reach your goals!

Video Breakdown:
It’s been a long debate about which is better – Aerobic or Anaerobic Exercises:
0:15 Aerobic = that loooong slow cardio that you do at a steady pace for an hour at a time.
0:24 Anaerobic = faster paced, short interval type training where you train hard for a set amount of time then rest for an amount of time.

**Remember that ANY type of exercise is good for you – doing something is better than doing nothing. But I just want to talk about why we here at Insane Home Fat Loss think anaerobic exercises is better.**

So here’s why:
0:54 #1) Anaerobic exercise has better fat burning capabilities.
– Aerobic exercises rely heavily on oxygen consumption to fuel your workout, that’s why you do it for long periods of time.
– With anaerobic exercises is relies on your blood glucose levels that you’ve stored up.
– So, even after you’re done working out after an anaerobic exercise you continue to burn calories while with aerobic, once you’re done with your exercise, you’re metabolism will slow back down and done burning calories.
– With anaerobic exercises your metabolism stays elevated for 12 hours or more!

1:56 #2) With anaerobic exercises shorter workout times are needed!
– We’re all busy, right? Why not squeeze in a short, intense anaerobic exercise real quick?
– It’s all about the burning the max amount of calories into the shortest amount of time.
– For example, if you do one of our Insane Home Fat Loss workouts for 20 minutes, you’ll burn the same amount of calories as you would by doing an aerobic exercise for 60 minutes!

**Turn any aerobic exercise into an anaerobic one by doing it in intervals! If you’re on a machine there is usually a setting for this – turn it up for a set amount of time then slow down for a minute or two… keep going like this for about 20 minutes and see how much better you feel!**

2:54 #3) Boredom!
– We’ve all gotten on the elliptical or treadmill and thought to ourselves “Why?”
– And don’t get me wrong, doing this every now and again or in place of doing nothing at all is fine, but it’s not ideal.
– It’s all about keeping it interesting, this way it ensures you keep doing it. Feel free to throw in an aerobic training day every … Read More

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Life Fitness Exercise Equipment – The Good Bad And Ugly

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Much of the equipment that you use for your exercise and fitness programs is made by Life Fitness. Life Fitness manufactures all sorts of exercise equipment to ensure that you receive the full body workout you desire. Whether you are looking for machines that give you a cardio workout or strength training, this company makes the machinery that fits your individual needs. From large equipment for fitness clubs to smaller compact equipment for home use, you can get it from this company.

For cardio workouts, you will find treadmills, elliptical trainers, exercise bikes and stair climbers. The designs from this company are innovative so that working out will feel natural and be something that you want to do. They try to make exercise equipment that is smooth and provide you with a motivating workout.

Life equipment is built so that you are comfortable when using it and at the same time providing you with multiple ways to tone and strengthen your body. The company also provides support for the products with owners manuals, warranty and tips for getting the most from your equipment. The companys website also has articles to help you with your fitness program and a section to answer your questions.

You can request a brochure if you want to see the types of equipment that you can buy from Life Fitness and you are not sure what specific machines you would like to have.

Like all other pieces of fitness equipment you should definitely try before you buy.… Read More

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The Cruiser

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A cruise ship or cruise liner is a passenger ship used for pleasure voyages, where the voyage itself and the ship’s amenities are a part of the experience, as well as the different destinations along the way. Transportation is not the prime purpose, as cruise ships operate mostly on routes that return passengers to their originating port, so the ports of call are usually in a specified region of a continent. There are even "cruises to nowhere" or "nowhere voyages" where the ship makes 2-3 day round trips without any ports of call.[1]

By contrast, dedicated transport oriented ocean liners do "line voyages" and typically transport passengers from one point to another, rather than on round trips. Traditionally, an ocean liner for the transoceanic trade will be built to a higher standard than a typical cruise ship, including high freeboard and stronger plating to withstand rough seas and adverse conditions encountered in the open ocean, such as the North Atlantic. Ocean liners also usually have larger capacities for fuel, victuals, and other stores for consumption on long voyages, compared to dedicated cruise ships.

Although often luxurious, ocean liners had characteristics that made them unsuitable for cruising, such as high fuel consumption, deep draught that prevented them from entering shallow ports, enclosed weatherproof decks that were not appropriate for tropical weather, and cabins designed to maximize passenger numbers rather than comfort (such as a high proportion of windowless suites). The gradual evolution of passenger ship design from ocean liners to cruise ships has seen passenger cabins shifted from inside the hull to the superstructure with private verandas. The modern cruise ships, while sacrificing qualities of seaworthiness, have added amenities to cater to water tourists, and recent vessels have been described as "balcony-laden floating condominiums"
The distinction between ocean liners and cruise ships has blurred, particularly with respect to deployment. Differences in construction remain. Larger cruise ships have also engaged in longer trips such as transoceanic voyages which may not return to the same port for months (longer round trips).[2] Some former ocean liners operate as cruise ships, such as Marco Polo. This number is diminishing. The only dedicated transatlantic ocean liner in operation as a liner (as of December 2013) is the Queen Mary 2 of the Cunard fleet. She also has the amenities of contemporary cruise ships and sees significant service on cruises.[3]

Cruising has become a major part of the tourism industry, accounting for U.S.$29.4 billion with over 19 million passengers carried worldwide[4] in 2011. The industry’s rapid growth has seen nine or more newly built ships catering to a North American clientele added every year since 2001, as well as others servicing European clientele. Smaller markets, such as the Asia-Pacific region, are generally serviced by older ships. These are displaced by new ships in the high growth areas.

The world’s largest cruise ships are Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas and its sister ship Allure of the Seas.
The birth of leisure cruising began … Read More

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Benefits of Sports, Health and Fitness

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The importance of exercising regularly can not be understated. It is necessary in order to improve one's overall health and to avoid many unnecessary and debilitating illnesses. Exercising within a fitness regime can bring on many health benefits in people that are healthy, as well as those with suffering from chronic medical conditions. Physical activity can benefit anyone and affects various health conditions, but the specific benefits of each type of condition will vary dependent on the individual. While there is no exact minimum of amount of exercise that you should do each week, it is widely recommended that you participate in at least 30 minutes of somewhat intense aerobic activity. By this we mean, light jogging, and moderate cardiovascular exercise or brisk walking.

There are many health benefits from actively engaging in sports health and fitness routines. First of all, they reduce the risk of negative health outcomes. As the amount of physical activity increases, due to greater frequency, longer duration or higher intensity activity, so do the health benefits gained. An aerobic routine is wonderful for increasing your body's endurance. If you want to build resistance, then exercises that work on strengthening the muscles are what you need to do. Health benefits from sports health and fitness exercises are not only beneficial for older adults, but occur in children, adolescents, and young adults. Physical activity has been shown to benefit every racial and ethnic group as well.

If your purpose in sports health and fitness exercises is to increase your endurance that can be best achieved from participation in cardio activity (also known as endurance activity). The purpose of cardio activity is to cause the person's heart to beat much faster than normal. With muscle building activity, often referred to as resistance exercises, the focus is to build up your resistance by lifting weights or other resistance training. The other type of activity often discussed when talking about health benefits exercises is bone strengthening activities. These kinds of activities involve pushing force on the bones in order to promote growth and strength.

Besides the physical benefits associated with sports health and fitness activities, there are also proven mental benefits to be gained. A decline in depressive symptoms has been shown in numerous studies to be a direct result of an increase in physical activity. These benefits do not take months to notice, but can be felt within weeks or months of the start of a sports health and fitness regimen.

Even the risk of premature death has been proven to decrease as physical activity increases. Just small amounts of physical activity have been shown to contribute to a longer life span. You owe it to yourself, so you may live a stronger, longer and healthier life, to exercise on a regular basis. Just a 30 minutes fast-paced walk can have enormous health benefits. Obtain information from credible sources of sports health and fitness issues so you may start reaping the health benefits associated with increased physical activity levels. … Read More