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[20 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Weight Training Makes You Just As Flexible As Stretching

Little by little it’s becoming crystal clear that you should seriously consider stopping the habit of static stretching before or after working out.  The main reason many do so is from the notion and belief that it will improve your range of motion and make you more flexible.  Well, unless you’re not engaging in some type of physical therapy, in which certain prescribed stretching is a must, you may want to dump that habit and pick up some weights.
The Edge News recently printed that “static stretching has its share of …

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[23 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Massage Can Help Build Bigger Muscles

Perhaps you’ve been to get a massage after someone got you a gift package for your honeymoon, anniversary, etc.  Those massage sessions can be very soothing and relaxing, so much so that many fall asleep like a new-born baby right on the table.  However, those are what are classified as “relaxation massages”.  However, intense, muscle-therapy type massages can be painful or uncomfortable, but may do wonders for your muscle mass.
A column in M&F reported, “Just 10 minutes of massage can reduce muscle tissue inflammation and speed recovery and healing, according …

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[17 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Powerful Muscle = Powerful Brain

More than likely, the main reason why you’re endeavoring on a weight training routine is to either look better, feel better, or both.  However, did you know that hitting the iron can also help you THINK better?  Yes, indeed.  Take a look at what Muscle & Fitness recently posted:
“In a recent Japanese study published in The Journal of Physiology, researchers found that regularly carbing up after exercise raises the brain’s baseline glycogen levels by up to 60% in areas responsible for thinking and memory.  It’s worth noting that even though …

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[15 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
Fight Depression By Exercising

Billions of dollars every year are spent on medications, supplements, and programs aimed at treating depression.  But did you know that one of the best ways to battle it doesn’t cost you one dime, just some sweat.
A column in M&F reports “Training doesn’t just chase the blues away; a new study shows that it may also help fight depression.  Researchers studying a group of clinically depressed people found that those who began going to the gym were able to boost their mood whether they exercised a lot or a little. …

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[9 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

Probably one of the most used and overly abused “apps”  or buttons is not one of the newly released on the latest iPad or the like;  no, it’s the good, old fashion snooze button on your alarm clock.  Many, if not all, have been guilty of hitting the snooze button “just one more time, for a couple of more minutes of rest”.  But, honestly, how many times have you felt a difference in your energy levels after hitting the snooze button?
Muscle & Fitness not too long ago published, “You may …

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[1 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]
Don’t Let Staph Sucker Punch Your Workouts

Germs are no laughing matter, especially if you’re trying to focus on burning body fat and building lean muscle mass.  That’s one possible reason Jim Stoppani, PhD may have recently wrote in a column, “With methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infecting athletes from all sorts of sports, those of us who frequent gyms – where sweaty equipment like benches and bars are shared – should be worried about being infected.  But should we overly concerned?  Researchers from the College of Medicine, University of Florida (Gainesville), obtained cultures from five gym surfaces, before …

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[23 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
The Wii Doesn’t Burn More Calories Than Regular Exercise

We’re all for finding anything that actually makes you get off the couch and do something.  We rather have people doing something they enjoy that at that same time helps them burn calories, lose weight, burn fat, and become conditioned.  However, please realize that just because you may be using the latest gadget it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better than good, old fashion exercise.
In a recent column in M&F, they wrote that “grown men playing an “active” game like Wii and calling it a workout is downright childish.  Researchers …

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[5 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
The World Record For Push Ups

There are some records in sports and physical fitness feats that seem to get broken yearly or every couple of years.  Yet, there are some that have lasted the test of time, some being so unbelievable that they may never be duplicated, much less beaten!  One such world record is for pushups.
As M&F recently reported, “10,507….Number of consecutive push-ups performed by Japan’s Minoru Yoshida in 1980, the current world record.”
That’s 30 years and going!  When was the last time you plopped down to the floor and started banging some pushups …

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[3 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Can Green Tea Help You Live Longer?

Green tea has been talked about heavily in the last several years for all of its alleged health and immune system benefits.  Well, there’s yet one more thing you can add to the list: possible life extension.
A recent column in Muscle and Fitness magazine wrote “We already know that green tea consumption reduces the risk of certain cancers, aids in fat loss and protects against Alzheimer’s.  Why anyone wouldn’t take green tea is beyond us.  But if you’re still on the fence, a recent Chinese study should fully convert you.  …

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[9 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]
Lifting Weights Build Muscle AND Health

It may seem obvious to say that working out is great for your health, but believe it or not, years ago many weren’t too sure of it.  And even now most know of its benefits on the human body but don’t know exactly how.
Recently Jim Stoppani wrote that a “recent study investigated weightlifting’s potential protective effect against oxidative damage.  They reported in a 2010 issue of Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research that regardless of whether subjects used heavy weight for lower reps or lighter weight for higher reps in …