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View from UCSF

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This is the view from University of California at San Francisco Parnassus Campus…

As a University of California at Davis alumni, I get a discount for the gym membership at any gym associated with the UC system… I took this picture on the roof of the parking lot before I went to go workout…

Taken with a Nikon D50 w/ a 28-200 f/3.5 Nikkor Lens…

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Planning Your Muscle Building Program

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Those of us with the desire to build a more muscular body can sometimes jump the gun; what I mean by that is that our enthusiasm is so great that we start without doing just a little research. In this article I will attempt to put you on the right track for planning your muscle building program in a manner conducive with your long-term goals. Do it right the first time, and be fit for life.

Use common sense when planning your muscle building program:

A lot of magazines and websites widely – though secretively – use pictures of men with physiques made that perfect with steroids. These pictures have brought about an increase in the number of people who want to build their bodies, hoping to have that kind of physique themselves. These are usually very unrealistic aims, and following the routines can lead to disappointment if you don’t heed some very basic rules of thumb.

You should automatically know that the person who is giving you muscle building advice is a quack if he plays down the role of drugs and genetics in building muscle. A lot of the movie stars you see and whose wonderful physiques you admire, have used steroids to rapidly build their bodies up. It is part of the profession for them, but you should take the healthier, safer way to have a toned physique.

The foolproof training schedules which magazines come up with every week frequently claim that you can get great results from training about five or six times in a week. You will not have the ability to recover sufficiently training five or six times every week and make any progress unless you are taking drugs or have great genes. A majority of people lose muscles rather than gaining any following this regimen. You should allow your body to rest and grow muscle by training about two or three times every week.

Planning your muscle building program for three workouts per week including muscle building resistance exercises and aerobic activity with a day of rest and recovery between will get you what you want.

Be sure to warm up, doing something similar to this: 20 reps with a light weight to help you get into the groove. Next, do a somewhat hard 12 rep second set. Choose a weight that will let you do a hard 6-10 reps, and do that in the third set, the last rep being really difficult. For any more sets, keep the weight the same, but do as many reps as you can. Follow this routine as much as you can. Substitute an exercise for something only on the occasion of an injury.

Well, above you have a couple of tips on planning for muscle building for the average person. Work hard, then rest between workouts. Beware of the hype! Use common sense and consider your own goals. Always warm-up.

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Personal Training at The Gym

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Healthy Weight Loss Diet Plan

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Keeping Your Weight Loss Permanent

Losing weight is a sometimes daunting task but when successful it is a cause for great pride. Keeping the weight off is also a hard job but with some key guidelines to help it is possible to keep the weight off and enjoy yourself at the same time.

How You Eat

First, it is important that in your original plan you accomplished the loss in a healthy way with a good variety of healthy foods and exercises that fit your lifestyle and attitude. This is important because to maintain your new healthy lifestyle you will need to permanently incorporate your new eating habits and exercise regime. Variety and things that suit your pace of life is the best way to stay the course with your new healthy lifestyle.

A Healthy Attitude

You need to reinforce a positive mindset in your new habits for eating and exercising. Making sure you keep with your new routine is important and keeping an upbeat view about your new habits is vital. Luckily the nutritious food and exercise will actually help in making you physically and mentally feel better and keep an optimistic outlook.


Exercise is a crucial step in maintaining your new lifestyle. There is a huge variety of exercises and styles of workouts. You have no excuse in not finding something to suit your schedule and temperament. It’s important to remember that while you can take off weight with just wholesome and nutritious eating habits adding a cardio and weight-lifting program greatly increases your chances of losing more weight and maintaining it over time.

Motivation and Support

Sharing your goals with some friends or your family can be a good motivator and an additional help in staying the course for a healthier you. Even better include them in your new weight loss arrangement, it’s an excellent way to keep up your enthusiasm and attitude.

Carefully Choose Your Weight Loss Plan

Remember to choose carefully in your weight loss ideas and plans as well as the people you let on to your intentions. You do not want any negative thoughts or feelings to hamper your goals. Losing weight can be fun and interesting if you approach it with a positive attitude. Learning about new foods and workout styles can be quite enjoyable. Learning to cook, meet new people and travel to new and different areas can all be part of your new improved life. Approaching weight loss with a fun and yet practical outlook can be extremely rewarding and life-changing.… Read More

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10 Secrets of Lasting Weight Loss for Any One and Any Plan

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So many people gave us the set-up secrets and plans of weight loss, from avoiding carbohydrates to avoiding fats, and from increasing fats to increasing proteins.They might succeeded with some people and failed with others, but nobody told us the core concepts behind what really works for weight loss lasting for life.

This article peels the hype, and presents the scientifically proved core concepts behind the real secrets of the lasting weight loss. They compile with the the literal meaning of the word “Diet”, which comes from the Greek word “diaita” which means” a manner of living”.

These are the 10 secrets to lasting weight loss:

1- Count Calories before you count any thing else:

It is calories that adds fat to your body. The body needs 3500 Calories to make 1 pound of fats, no matter what the calorie source is. In the Lancet, it is how much you restrict your calorie intake and how long you stay on a diet are the only factors that determine weight loss.

“Low carb” diets ensures a rapid onset of weight loss through “ketosis”, yet it is the calorie intake that that determines whether you gain weight back or not. Shave 500 Calories from your daily intake, and you lose a pound a week.

2- Keep away from time schedules:

Do not be enticed by the quick new look – unless you prepare for a beauty contest- and have the mindset of getting involved into a process that will take you into a new way of life. Delve into weight loss gradually, and this will not come unless you drop time schedules.

3- Do not Starve your body:

Starving your body leads it to waste muscles to compensate for the lost energy. Muscles stokes your metabolism, and losing muscles means you burn fewer calories on the long run.

4- Focus on food over exercise:

Before the sport contests, the coaches recommend diets for the “overweight”athletes! This means that even people that have exercise as their major activity can get overweight, if they eat more than they are burning off. Moreover, the amounts of calories lost by our tolerable exercise are tiny amounts compared to the supposedly lost amounts of calories (for every 20 minutes of aerobic exercise you do, you burn 100 Calories, which you can wipe out with a granula bar).The strenuous type of exercise needs optimal health, time, coach, and a “diet plan”. As this is said,do not cancel your gym membership, and do a little exercise every day.

5- Inflate your meal volume:

Fruits and vegetables, rich in water and fibers are bulkier but less caloric. Recent studies revealed that women who ate foods with higher water and fiber content lost 40 percent more weight than women who simply limited protein size and cut back on fats.Fight the hunger feeling. Start your meals with a big bowl of broth-based soup or a large green salad portion with or without toppings.

6- Spend more calories on eating:

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