Sunday, September 27, 2009

Growth Hormone Secretions are TIME DEPENDENT

Anabolic hormones are key for building tissue of the body. As we age our anabolic hormones decline. However, depending on your activity level and acquired aging habits we can reduce the decline. If you know how to train correctly you can maximize the release of growth hormone. Growth hormone is one of the powerful anabolic hormones that helps with the production of testosterone and other key hormones to help build muscle. To metabolize off excess fat anabolic hormones must remain high in the bloodstream. When muscle cells are activated they become heated systems that burn off fat and sugar. This process is initiated by the release of growth hormone. When anabolic hormone levels drop too much, fat and sugar metabolism turn off.

Growth hormone levels are time dependent. What this means is that our body has a certain amount of time that the body releases growth hormone once we begin to exercise. If the body goes beyond a normal range of intensity and duration growth hormone levels deplete. When growth hormone depletes to low levels then the release of cortisol is increased. Cortisol is an inhibitory hormone that shuts off cellular metabolism. This is not favorable when we are trying to build muscle tissue.

As we age we want to keep growth hormone levels as high as we can keep them. This is the key to staying young. This is why you have heard about athletes and actors taking growth hormone. It is known as the "fountain of youth." Though it may seem like the cure for aging it isn't that simple. Growth hormone must be accompanied by other influencing factors and if a person were to take growth hormone injections without taking in all the other co-factors then serious side effects can develop. So taking injectable growth hormone is not the answer. Learning how to maintain and manufacture growth hormone within your own body naturally is the safest way to go.

Growth hormone is released in different ways. 1. Warm-up, 2, Endurance, 3. Heavy Resistance, 4. Fear. Knowing how many sets, reps, etc.. is important for taking advantage of your own natural growth hormone levels. I see too many people exercising for too long, or doing too many exercises for each body, overtraining, running on a treadmill for an hour followed by weight training for an hour (ridiculous), doing way too many ab exercises, doing leg raises to train abs.

What I do with each of my clients is teach them the appropriate amount of sets, reps and exercises to maximize their own hromone levels. I don't promote anyone working out for more than 30-40 minutes. Anything more than that I consider a waste of time and a cause for anabolic hormone depletion. I work out for 20-30 minutes five days a week and make substantial gains all the time. The difference between me and a steroid user is that the steroid user can train hard in the morning and then again in the afternoon. They can workout for 1-3 hours a day because they are injecting hormones into their body that would normally be depleted naturally from high intense exercise. I need more rest than the steroid user, however, I have the same muscle definition as a steroid user. We both have the same result but my way is much safer and natural without any side effects. Steroid users just don't know how to correctly to get the results they desire so they have to cheat to get it done.

So, the bottom line is train intense but keep it short. 30 minutes is all you really need. If you don't think that you can get a complete workout in 30 minutes then I challenge anyone of you to come see me and I will make sure that you won't leave my gym dissatisfied. Matter of fact I will give you your money back if you don't think you got a good enough workout in 30 minutes. It's all about knowing how to control the inner physiology of the cells to produce the greatest result. That is what I do for people. I give them what they want--RESULTS!!!!

Here is a list of other benefits of growth hormone:

• Increases calcium retention, and strengthens and increases the mineralization of bone
• Increases muscle mass through sarcomere hyperplasia
• Promotes lipolysis
• Increases protein synthesis
• Stimulates the growth of all internal organs excluding the brain
• Plays a role in fuel homeostasis
• Reduces liver uptake of glucose
• Promotes gluconeogenesis in the liver
• Contributes to the maintenance and function of pancreatic islets
• Stimulates the immune system

tags: growth hormone, muscle, body building, fitness, health, nutrition, gym, steroids, strength training, protein

Friday, September 25, 2009

Can Stress Affect My Weight???

It's difficult to avoid stress. Stress enters our lives daily. It can impact your well-being and success on any type of fitness program. Here's basic information regarding stress and psychological factors regarding lifestyle changes.

Different strokes for Different Folks

Stress can mean different things to different people. A roller coaster ride is a thriller to one person -- a terrifying experience to the next. There is good and bad stress. Daily exercise is and example of good stress. Stress can be defined as: wear and tear of life; adjustive demands made upon individuals to the problems of day-to-day living, or any physical or psychological threat the a person's well-being. Stress is essentially a good or bad change which evokes a generalized physiological response of the body to physical, psychological, or environmental demands.

Warning Signs

Emotional and physical reactions to stress can become bothersome. Most of us would like to avoid the point where they overflow and disable us. Therefore our bodies have provided a warning system.

Feelings Feelings are a good signal (anxiety, depression, anger, etc.). Unfortunately, most of us learned to suppress feelings.

Bodily Reactions Body reactions are another good warning system to monitor stress including.

Easily overexcited, irritability, depression
Increased heart rate
Dryness of the throat
Impulsive behavior, emotional instability.
The overpowering urge to cry or run and hide
Inability to concentrate
General disorientation, alcohol or drug addiction
Accident proneness
Feelings of unreality, general weakness, dizziness
Fatigue- paranoia
Body trembling, increased medication use
high-pitched nervous laughter
Grinding of teeth (bruxism)
Insomnia, nightmares
Inability to take a relaxed attitude
Frequent urination
Diarrhea, indigestion
Neck or lower back pain
Migraine headaches
Loss of appetite
The Role of Hormones and Nerves

Throughout your body, all processes are precisely and automatically regulated by hormone and nerve activity. It is done so without conscious effort. The central nervous system acts as the control unit. It evaluates all activities both inside and outside your body to monitor and adjust to changing conditions.

The stress response illustrates how the entire body reacts to anything perceived as a threat to your stability or equilibrium.

Both physical and psychological stressors elicit the body's stress response. Major physical stressors include surgery, burns, and infections. Other major physical stressors include, an extreme hot or humid climate, toxic compounds, radiation, and pollution.

Also, chronic "little stresses" or hidden day-to-day issues can lead to real physical ailments. Good examples are

Family conflicts;
"I hate my jobs";
Lack of time, or lack of organization;
Too much responsibility;
"No one understands why I'm stressed";
Rush hour traffic.
And then there are major life changes such as:

Death or loss of a loved one
Serious illness or accident;
Divorce or separation;
Death of a close relative;
Getting fired or laid off of work;
Major personal property loss (fire, theft, vandalism);
New household member.
Stress response begins when your brain perceives a threat to your equilibrium. The sight of a car hurtling toward you; the terror that an enemy is concealed around a nearby corner; the excitement of planning for a party, a move, a wedding; the feelings of pain; a snarled traffic jam or any other such disturbances perceived by the brain serves as an alarm signal.

Alarm Reaction

Once the body perceives stress, it prepares to fight or flee from potentially threatening situations. A chain of events unfolds through nerves and hormones to bring about a state of readiness in every body part. The end result is preparedness for physical action (fight or flight). Here is a brief description of your body's alarm reaction to stress:

The pupils of your eyes widen so that you can see better. Your muscles tense up so that you can jump, run, or struggle with maximum strength. Breathing quickens to bring more oxygen into your lungs, and your hear races to rush this oxygen to your muscles so that they can burn the fuel they need for energy. Your liver pours forth the needed fuels from its stored supply, and fat cells release alternative fuels. Body protein tissues break down to back up the fuel supply and to be ready to heal wounds if necessary. The blood vessels of your muscles expand to feed them better, where those of your gastrointestinal tract constrict; and gastrointestinal tract glands shut down (digestion is a low-priority process in time of danger). Less blood flows to your kidney so that fluid is conserved, and less flows to your skin so that blood loss will be minimized at any wound site. More platelets form, to allow your blood to clot faster if need be. Hearing sharpens, and your brain produces local opium-like substances, dulling its sensation of pain, which during an emergency might distract you from taking the needed action. Your hair may even stand on end-a reminder that there was a time when our ancestors had enough hair to bristle, look bigger, and frighten off their enemies.


This tightly synchronized adaptive reaction to threat is one of the miracles of the human body. You may have performed an amazing feat of strength or speed during an alarm reaction to stress. Anyone can respond in this magnificent fashion to sudden physical stress for a short time.

But if the stress is prolonged, and especially if physical action is not a permitted response to the stress, then it can drain the body of its reserves and leave it weakened, worn,e disability and susceptible to illness.

Much of the disability imposed by prolonged stress is nutritional; you can't eat, can't digest your food or absorb nutrients, and so can't store them in reserve for periods of need.

All three energy fuels- carbohydrates, fat, and protein -- are drawn upon in increased quantities during stress. If the stress requires vigorous physical action, and if there is injury, all three are used. While the body is busy responding and not eating, the fuels must be drawn from the internal sources.

Stress to Exhaustion

As for other nutrients, they are taken from storage -- as long as supplies last. But supplies for some are exhausted within a day. Thereafter, body tissues break down to provide energy and needed nutrients. The body uses not only dispensable supplies (those that are there are used up, so to speak, like stored fat), but also functional tissue that we don't want to lose, like muscle tissue.

During severe stress, the appetite is suppressed. The blood supply is diverted to the muscles to maximize strength and speed. So, even if food is swallowed, it may not be digested or absorbed efficiently. In a severe upset, the stomach and intestines will even reject solid food. Vomiting, diarrhea or both are these organs' way of disposing of a burden they can't handle. To tell people under severe stress to eat is poor advise. They can't. And, if they force themselves to eat, they can't assimilate what they've eaten.

Stress, Overeating & Fasting

In times of less severe stress, a person may respond by overeating. Many people eat excessively in response to stress since food can have a relaxing effect. The release of some stress hormones often occurs when the body is in need of sugars. You can develop a conditioned response so that whenever stress hormone levels become high, you feel the need to eat. The stress hormone produces insulin resistance, which in turn leads excess insulin production, fat deposits, and inhibition of fat breakdown.

On the other hand, fasting is itself a stress on the body. The longer a person goes without eating, the harder it is to get started again. So, it can be a no-win situation. It is a downward spiral when people let stress affect them to the point where they can't eat. And, not eating makes it harder for them to handle stress.

Get a Handle on Stress

It's important not to let stress become so overwhelming that eating becomes impossible. To manage overwhelming stress may be a psychological task, and if too extreme may require the help of a counselor.

When you can't eat you will lose nutrients. If you can eat under stress do so. Try to consume all you can handle. Eat more often to meet your nutrition and energy requirements. Supplements can be useful to help prevent the risk of marginal vitamin and nutrient deficiencies.

Stress has a detrimental effect on muscle, vitamin and nutrients. What measures can we take to minimize them?

The best nutritional preparation for stress is a consistent, balanced and carried menu plan and lifestyle that meets your metabolic requirements. The right nutritional program combined with a regular exercise program will minimize the effects of stress.

Exercise is Stress Relief

One of the best ways to reduce the symptoms of stress is with exercise. Although the causes of stress may be mental, these are physical problems that are curbed with physical activity. Some factors which may explain the effectiveness of exercise for reducing psychological stress:

Exercise is a diversion which enables the person to relax due to change in environment or routine.
Exercise is an outlet to dissipate emotions such as anger, fear, frustration.
Exercise produces biochemical changes which alter psychological states.
Regular exercise may increase the secretion of endorphins in the brain. Exercise has an effect on your emotional reaction to stress. It does this by altering your mood. Fit people are usually in high spirits after a length exercise (runner's high). This feeling is associated with the presence of endorphins, which is released by the pituitary gland in the brain.

The word endorphin, comes from the combination of two words, Endo and morphine, meaning endogenously produced morphine. Endorphins are the body's natural pain reliever. It may be that the rise in fatty acids caused by long, gentle exercise acidifies the blood, which triggers release of endorphins.

Stress Therapy

Exercise is what your body wants to do under stress: It burns off some of the stress chemicals that tension produces, also note that a tired muscle is a relaxed muscle.

Regular exercises reduces anxiety and depression and allows you to cope more effectively with psychological stress. This is effective stress therapy. Relaxation may be induced through mental exercise as well.

Work on your attitude. One of the single most important points you can make about stress is that in most cases it's not what's out there that's the problem. it's how you react to it. A roller coaster ride is the same experience but the reactions are different. Think positive. Thinking about a success or a past experience is excellent when you're feeling uncertain.

Take several deep breaths. Act calm and be calm. When you experience stress, your pulse races and you start to breathe very quickly. Forcing yourself to breathe slowly helps to convince the body that the stress is gone, whether it is or isn't. What is the correct way to breathe? Abdominally-feeling the stomach expand as you inhale, collapse as you exhale.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

If You Can Contract It You Can Build It

If you can't contract a muscle then you will have a tough time building that area. I have seen many people perform abdominal exercises and when they are in the contracted position (shortening of the muscle fibers) the area is still soft. They are not engaging their abdominals. They are using momentum and other muscle groups to perform the exercise. It is important to know how to engage a muscle before actually lifting the weight. What I do is I will contract the muscle in the lengthened position. This isometric contraction will start to fire the neural conjuctions on the muscle and will allow for more muscle recruitment. The muscle spindles will begin to get stimulated and this will help provide a stronger contraction in the muscle as I lift the weight. It is important to know how to turn on the muscle on before you do work with it. A simple trick to do to see if you are able to activate muscle is to try and contract the area you are working as hard as you can. For example, many people have lower back fat (lateral-posterior oblique area) and they cannot contract the area. They will never burn fat from that area. I see many women who develop lower abdominal fat (below the belly button) and they feel that they are doomed to have to carry that fat for ever. But the problem is that they have lost neural innervation to the area due to inactivity. What they need to do is to practice learning how to contract that area to innervate more nerves.

We are told that a person cannot spot reduce. However, I believe that the muscle pulls fat out of areas that are closest to the contraction. Fat that is closest to the contraction gets burned up first. When you look at muscle you will see that fat is marbled in the muscle. That marbled fat is the first to be metabolized. When you heat up the muscle the intramuscular fat will burn up. Subcutaneous fat is the stuff under the skin and on top of the muscle. This is the type of fat that is metabolized when the there is no more intramuscular fat available. This is where the spot reduction theory comes in. You can't spot reduce subcutaneously, but you can active localized intramuscular fat.

If you can't contract the area that you are trying to work then the area will remain cold and you most likely will have developed a higher concentration of intramuscular fat in that area. This is why bodybuilders have such little body fat because they are constantly contracting their muscle. Body building poses force the muscle neural connection and this allows the muscle to develop proper contractibility. So, when the body builder trains they have the ability to control the muscle and to contract the area as hard as possible this in effect burns intramuscular fat. Weight training when performed correctly will produce the greatest effect on muscle contractibility. So, remember what ever exercise you do you must be able to feel the muscle contract if you can't feel it then you could be wasting your efforts and not see any change in fat metabolism or muscle definition.

Tags; fat metabolism, weight training, exercise, weight loss, obesity, fat, muscle, body building, fitness, cardiovascular, thermogenic effect

Monday, September 14, 2009

Are You Here To Watch T.V. or Workout???

Well another milestone has been achieved at The Fitness Nut House. I have been confronted with one of the most unbelievable phrases of all time. The other day I was taking a couple through a tour of my gym. I was explaining to them all the programs I offer. I showed them all the equipment that I use to help people transform their body. I explained in depth the reason why I have the kind of equipment I have. I spent about 20 minutes discussing my F.I.T. Program, nutritional counseling and all the other programs I offer. And then at the end the gentleman looks into my eyes and asks, " " WHERE ARE THE TELEVISIONS"??? I said in bewilderment "excuse me, I didn't hear you." He repeated the phrase and I was a bit speechless. Then I pointed to the 4 plasma 40inch t.v's I have hanging from the ceiling. He replied by saying that he doesn't want to have to look away from the machine to watch television. He told me that he was at a gym that has televisions right on the machines. I said "sir are your here to watch television or are you here to get results with working out?"

Folks I have to say that I am not in the entertainment business, I am in the business of transforming bodies and reducing risk factors. I didn't open up this gym to cater to the unconscious watching of television. I recently purchased 2 brand new pieces of cardio equipment. I know about the bells and whistles of new technology and I could have purchased treadmills with t.v's but I find television a negative entity and I am trying to create a positive environment. I was always against television in a gym because it only brings in negative ideas, and fear. Yet, everyone has to know what is going on every second of their day. Heaven forbid if CNN wasn't on 24/7 what would we do? Or if the stock channel wasn't on sending coded messages to only those that know what they mean. What would actually happen if we weren't always plugged in? A couple of years ago I broke down and purchased 4 plasma televisions because the demand from my members was so high. Reluctantly, I caved in and bought them. I figured I could have some control of what was being broadcasted. I hooked up DVD's to them. I like to keep my gym a positive experience to make working out fun. I broadcast seinfield episodes, cheers episodes, ski video's and music concerts, and have only one news station (which I don't like) and one sports channel. I figured that some people just need to have something to look at while they are plugged into either a wireless transmitter or their ipod. I never watch television when I workout it is too distracting. For some people they need to have something in the background to focus on to make the time go by.

The other night I took my family out to dinner. At the table you could see across the room to a television on the wall. There was no sound just closed caption. All the people who could see the television were watching it. Do you think anyone was having a meaningful conversation with the people they were with at the table? We are so fixated to television that we lose our own reality. To think that we can't workout without having to be plugged into a television set is crazy.

We walk around like drowns waiting for the unconscious box to tell us our next move. I have found that people that have to always be plugged in seem to have a tough time being alone.

Did you know that you don't actually need to spend a lot of time on a piece of cardio equipment anyway. 15-20 minutes is really all you need. That isn't even enough time to watch a full show. If I felt that cardiovascular was super important and that I wanted people to watch movies I would have all my machines with televisions on them and serve popcorn and soda. However, I don't feel the need to spend thousands of dollars on bells and whistles so that people can get caught up on their news, etc. This is another reason why you won't see rows and rows of cardiovascular machines at my gym. The best FAT BURNER OF ALL IS RESISTANCE TRAINING, not cardiovascular exercise. Come and see me and I will show you an exercise program that will burn more fat from your body than hours of running on a treadmill would ever do. Television-- are you kidding me.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

It's All About Nutrition

Exercise is only a metabolic booster that breaks down protein from the body. It is essential to rebuild vital muscle tissue through diet. A person can exercise all they want and will NEVER see results unless they know how to effectively eat. I see time and time again people exercising frantically in hopes to see a change in their body but to no avail. These types of folks just don't seem to understand how the body works. You see it is not about taking more classes, or training for one to two hours more, or running on a treadmill longer than 30 minutes. IT ALL COMES DOWN TO NUTRITION. You can go to all the fancy exercise classes in the world being taught by all the greatest instructors in the world, but the bottom line is that you will not see the results you desire if you eat incorrectly.

The physiology of the body doesn't change just because a person is in a pretty room with fancy machines. Human physiology reacts the same way if you are working on a farm for 12 hours picking up hay bails or if you are lifting 100 pound bars over your head in a gym. Tissue breakdown is the same in both cases. Exercise only provides a metabolic boost to the body. It helps you to breakdown the tissue so that during recovery you rebuild more muscle tissue with proper nutrition. More muscle tissue means more activation of the enzymes to help burn sugar and fat more effectively. However, if you have no idea of the correct sequence of nutritional support following an exercise bout then you are doomed for FAILURE. I don't care how pretty the aerobic instructor is or how pretty the exercise facility is, or how great the music system is, or how many people are in a class, etc, etc, etc. IT IS ALL ABOUT NUTRITION!!!!

What I teach to my clients is the correct methods for losing body fat while increasing or maintaining vital muscle tissue. I offer a complete system that combines both education of effective exercise and nutritional support. If you are only performing exercise without proper nutrition you will FAIL in your attempt to transform your body.

Tags: nutrition, fat loss, aerobics, weight training, rehab, physical therapy, body building, sports conditioning, exercise, physiology, muscle

Thursday, September 10, 2009


In this day and age it hard to get all the essential nutrients that we need to take in on a daily basis from diet alone. Taking supplements can help ensure that you get the correct amount of nutrients in your diet. I have been taking supplements for over 22 years and I attribute my body building results to them. I have tried to body build without supplements and I noticed a loss in my gains. Many people oppose the use of supplements and that is their choice. I have experimented for years on the validity of various supplements and have found that there are crucial ones that everyone should take. At my gym I don't ever tell anyone about supplements unless they ask me. The reason I don't talk about supplements to everyone is because people feel that they are being "sold" something. i am not a pill pusher or a fast talking salesman. I know what works and what doesn't. In a way it is like my little secret and I keep it to myself. Everyone has their own opinions about supplements and I don't want to get into who's right and who's wrong. I just know what works for me. When I want to lose body fat for a contest I will take the following supplements; Fat Burners, L-Carnitine, Liquid L-Carnitine mixed in water during the workout, digestive enzymes (everyday), dessicated liver tablets, free form amino acids, Sterol complex, Chromate, lipotropic plus, multi-vits, branched chain aminos, flax seed oil tablets. These are my supplements of choice they work phenomenally for me and I can get ripped in 4 weeks from taking them. In addition to taking these supplements I take in all the essential nutrients 5-6 times per day.

When I want to build more muscle I will take creatine monohydrate, free form amino acids, dessicated liver tablets, sterol complex, branched chain aminos, protein shakes, I consume about 1 to 2 dozen eggs a day along with all the essential nutrients needed to repair muscle tissue. My nutritional needs are different than the average person ,therefore, I can consume a tremendous amount of protein. I don't really care what the media and medical profession says about protein. I know what works for me and I only follow my own body's rhythm. Many folks freak out when I tell them how many eggs I consume. Well I don't advocate that they follow my diet. If my body couldn't handle the protein I take in I would have been dead years ago. I never conformed to the dietary rules set forth by the medical world and the FDA. I like to challenge nutritional rules because I feel that body builders push their body through limits that require advanced dietary methods in order to grow.

There are thousands of different supplements out there that I have yet to try. I found that the ones I use work so there is no need to change them at this time. I do find it interesting that at my gym I have a bunch of supplements on the shelves and only 2 people in ten years have ever asked me questions about them. I have them in the business because they work and I only sell products that I use myself. Yet, I will never approach people to sell my products. I figure that if someone wants my help then they will ask.

The bottom line is that supplements work and they can help propel the fat burning process, help muscle repair and re-growth, help bone repair, muscle metabolism, and balance electrolytes, improve immunity, and balance out the central nervous system. If you ever have any questions regarding what supplements you should take please email me at
I will tell you the ones that work for me.

tags: supplements, creatine, health, muscle, bodybuilding, weight lifting, nutrition, fitness, amino acids, vince gironda, fitness nut house, quest fitness, fat loss, weight loss, abdominal training

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Daryl's Health Care Reform

It doesn't take a genius to figure out the health care system. Yet those that are in charge are buffoons. The health care system is messed up due to the fact that most claims can be avoided. There is a definite need for medical care during crises (epidemic), life threatening events, child birth, and accidents. Yet, most cases that are brought to the hospital are based on issues that can be resolved by nutrition. Did you know that most Americans are consuming toxic chemicals into their body every day without even knowing it? These chemicals are very toxic causing people to get sick. When they get sick they go to the doctor. The doctor prescribes medications. It is the cycle of the health care system. Sick people make lots of money for companies. What would happen if people were actually healthy? There wouldn't be money to be made. Why don't we ever hear of the higher powers fighting for the right to serve natural healthy chemical free foods to the American people. Did you know that every 6 seconds someone becomes a Type 2 diabetic? This was unheard of 60 years ago. Now it is just excepted in our society. Did you know that depression, anxiety, common colds, the flu, fibromyalgia, some arthritis, digestive disorders, ADD, ADHD, are all manifested by consuming toxins. They can all be cured by proper nutrition. In fact, I believe that most illness and disease can be cured by proper nutrition depending on how advanced along the case is. The problem of all Americans being sick is the crap that we are being fed. We are poisoning ourselves and then relying on drug companies to fix us when we get sick. We are feeding toxins with toxins- hmmm that is ingenius. HOw come the higher powers to be never mention that toxic build up of poisons in our bodies is a bad thing??? Why don't they mention not to eat the crap that we are being served? Because they need the money and a way to control the number of people. In my new book DIET EARTH I discuss the origin of nutrition and how it has changed over the years. I have also discussed the poisons that we all ingest on a daily basis. I am not a radical I am just writing facts. Here is how the process works. If you consume just one of the toxins, that I discuss in my book, on a daily basis you will suffer from depression. There are more and more people suffering from depression every day than ever before. This is partly due to the fact that people are having a tough time making ends meet (fincancial) which is acceptable. However, most of all the other cases are related to poor dietary habits. When you go to the doctor, the doctor doesn't sit down with and discuss your nutritional habits in detail. They just give you a pill and send you on your way. Little do they know that you will be consuming the same toxin because you will not change your food choices and you will continue to consume the culprit that started the depression. So now you are taking a drug to block the brains ability to work and are also consuming the original toxin that is making you sick. The drug didn't do anything to wipe out the toxin. You will continue to get sick and your immune system will be beat up. Your liver will eventually develop problems because of the medication that you have been on for so long to keep your brain in balance. You will go to the doctor and they will give you another drug for your liver. This will last for a bit until you develop heart problems. You go back to the doctor and they give you another drug for your heart. Now you are taking a bunch of pills, destroying your immune system. You are doing all this and still are consuming the original toxin that you eat every day in your food. To stop the cycle all you had to do is remove the toxin. But now you are still taking in the toxin along with all the unnecessary drugs. However, most Americans just accept the idea of taking medications. They feel that this is normal and necessary. Yet this is the reason why the health care system is so out of whack. Ignorant people are consuming toxins on a regular basis that is making them sick and they go to the hospital driving up the medical costs that we all have to pay. THE PROBLEM WITH THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS THAT MOST HOSPITAL CASES CAN BE RESOLVED WITH HEALTHY NUTRITION. The more chemicals consumed the more hospital cases we have. Doesn't anyone see this??? Most of the problems that exist in America are results of poor nutrition. Cancer has always been around yet it manifests faster with the help of toxic chemicals found in our foods. Did you know that over the past 50 years that cancer research companies have made trillions and trillions of dollars for research and there has not been a cure. How much of the money actually went into the research of the toxins that we eat on a daily basis??? Cancer is big business. Why do we want to keep people from getting cancer because then drug companies wouldn't make money and the hospitals would be empty. I have never heard of a research company come out and tell of the dangers of eating toxins and advocating putting all the money into raising organic nutrient dense foods chemical free. Cancers manifested in higher numbers once preservatives and artificial flavoring were developed. Isn't that a coincidence???? The reason why people are getting sick is because of the poisons that we are all being influenced by. IF YOU HAVE A STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM you can defend against most disease and illness. But only for so long. It is when your immune system is weakened that disease manifests. Toxic chemicals that you eat can contribute to a weakened immune response. Folks I am not writing this stuff to scare anyone I am just stating the facts. I have done my own research and I cannot believe the government actually allows these toxins to be consumed by Americans. Who is watching out for us? Apparently, no one!!! We have to all be responsible for ourselves. What you eat could be killing you or making you sick. Think about this. You could have consumed a toxin when you 6 years old that has been in your body for forty years. Now you are 46 years old and are very ill. The immune system just can't defend against the toxin anymore and it has now manifested into a full blown cancer. That toxin you ingested when you were 6 years old could have been the cause of your illness. That is how it works! It is scary to think of how much toxic consumption Americans do on a daily basis. NO wonder why the health care system is messed up.

Here is my solution: KEEP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM RUNNING AS OPTIMALLY AS POSSIBLE WITH GOOD NUTRITION FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. When your immune system gets compromised in anyway then you are susceptible of developing illness or disease. There are ways to boost the immune system naturally.

In my new book Diet Earth I will be discussing in more detail the toxins I am talking about and ways to boost your immune system to help defend against some of diseases and illnesses that can are gaining in our society, due to poor nutrition. IF you are interested in this publication email me your name and I will put you on the list for first release.

Tags: weight loss, nutrition, muscle, bodybuilding, immunity, immune system, fat, nutrition, fat loss, weight loss, hormones, health care,

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Principles of Weight Training

There are four principles that should form the basis of most weight resistance programs. For best results training should involve overload and progressive resistance with careful attention going to arrangement of the program and the specificity of its effects.

Overload Principle

Muscular strength is the most effectively developed when the muscle or muscle group is overloaded - that is, the muscle is exercised against resistance exceeding those normally encountered. If an individual is accustomed to bench pressing 150 pounds on a regular basis then a resistance of 155 pounds or more is required for muscular strength and growth to occur. The use of resistance that overloads the muscle stimulates the physiological adaptations that lead to increased muscular strength and development.

Overloading a muscle during exercise is your way of telling the body that the current muscular strength and development is not enough. Therefore, it needs more. An overload can be applied to muscles two ways;

1. Application of a resistance or weight greater than can be lifted for one repetition (strength).
2. Forcing a muscle group to repeatedly lift a load or weight over an extended period of time (endurance).

For example, if an individual can only curl 55 pounds 2 times, then they have two options to improve strength and development.

1. The individual can force their bicep muscles to lift 60 pounds one to two times (strength) or,
2. The individual can train to lift 55 pounds 4 times (endurance). Either way the muscle is forced to overcome a resistance that it is not normally accustomed.

Resistance Principle Progressive

Throughout a weight-training program, the work load (overload) must be increased periodically to continue muscle overload. A gradual increase in resistance or maximal repetitions will ensure further improvement in strength or endurance. It is important this increase be gradual. To much too soon may injure the musculoskeletal system. Nonetheless, it's important to understand that a muscle must encounter progressively increasing overloads. Many individuals will continue to exercise with the same resistance (weight) at the same number of repetitions for weeks, even months. By exercising against a resistance that is encountered time after time with no overload, the muscle will adapt and no gains will occur.

The Principle of Arrangement of Exercise

A weight-training program should include exercises for all major muscle groups. For optimal efficiency during weight-training, the exercises in a weight resistance program should be arranged so that the larger muscle groups are exercised before the smaller ones. Smaller muscles tend to fatigue sooner and more easily. Therefore, in order to ensure proper overload of larger muscle groups, they should be exercised first. The larger let muscles should, for instance, be exercised before the smaller arm muscles.

Specificity Principle

The development of muscular fitness is specific to the muscle group that is exercised, the type of contraction and training intensity. This simply means, that to increase the strength of the elbow flexors (biceps), exercises must be selected that involve the concentric and eccentric contraction of that muscle group. This also applies to increasing strength for improving a specific sports skill (i.e. soccer kick; baseball throw). This means that not only must the specific muscle be exercised for improvements, but the exercises will be most effective if the pattern of the movements is simulated. This "motor-skill" specificity not only applies to specific skills or movements, but also to overall conditioning of muscles. For example, the professional skier who is in excellent condition to ski, may not have the strength or endurance to run a marathon (and vice-versa). Although in both activities the same muscle groups are used, the movement patterns they produce are quite different.