Showing posts from July, 2011

Focus and Form

FocusMental preparation is important for the success of any training program. When you enter the gym, leave all your distractions outside - work, stress, money, chores, and fear.Everyone is in the gym to get better, so don't worry about people looking at you - most people look at others in the gym to stay motivated. Focus on yourself, your workout, and your body.Also, working out requires that you push yourself harder than you normally do. You might be surprised to hear that if you don't tell yourself you can do it, you probably won't. During each set and every rep, you should mentally or even verbally congratulate and motivate yourself.Every completion and failure during training is progress, so keep your head in the game and you will see results.FormForm is one of the most important aspects of training. As you'll soon realize, many of the people in the gym have poor form due to lifting too heavy - resulting often times in injury later.Train right, avoid injury, and l…

Cajun Turkey…Bodybuilder Style!!

Ingredients:1 1/4 pounds ground turkey 1/2 to 1 cup chopped onions and bell peppers 1 small Squash (zucchini or summer) diced (adds a little extra color!) 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning(I use Tone's Cajun Seasoning with no MSG)1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (My favorite is Cholula!!)1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper Diced tomato & onion as garnish Instructions: Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
In a bowl mix together the onions and bell peppers, Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, salt, and ground black pepper. Add ground turkey and mix well.
Reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until cooked through.
*If you’re cooking for the man in your life – the “Carb-oholic”, or need a little carb-boost, the turkey pairs well with brown rice lightly seasoned with salt or Tony Cachere’s.

Are the calorie counts on exercise machines accurate?

Probably not, as the reality is each manufacturer uses their own patented algorithms that take into account the workload and duration of the exercise. Some equipment manufacturers do research to validate these formulas on a number of subjects. The higher-end the machine, the more likely it is to use a validated formula. A newer version of the same machine might even have a different formula in an attempt to improve its accuracy (if you have an older model and want to make sure you’re using the most updated formula, you can call the manufacturer who might be able to walk you through the upgrade over the phone).

Some formulas are based on the principle that during exercise, heart rate has a linear relationship with oxygen consumption, which can be easily converted to determine the number of calories burned. However, heart rate is influenced by a number of things such as temperature, body position, food intake, muscle groups exercised, some medications, and whether the exercise is …

Homemade Drinks For Natural Energy Boost

These do-it-yourself drinks for natural energy boost are quick, easy and highly nutritious. Drink them before or after exercise, between meals, or to replace a meal when you've no time to eat.

Most of the ingredients are common, everyday foods that you probably already have at home. If not you should be able to find them in any large supermarket or health food store. Some of these drinks for natural energy boost will require a juice extractor to make fresh juice and a blender to make smoothies. If you don't have these, most household appliance stores stock them and they're relatively inexpensive - just think of the money you'll save not buying ready-made energy drinks!

Note: Some of the below energy drinks include soy milk, a some-what controversial product these days (genetically modified soy beans, high pesticide levels, artificial additives etc). However, if you want to drink it you can make your own from organically grown, whole soy beans blended with purified wate…