Is this bad for the fitness industry or can this be used as a motivational tool?

 

 

Fake plates were created designed to look identical to actual real weight plates, but are much lighter than the real weights.

Who Uses Fake Weights?

When it comes to social media to, it seems that your physical appearance is the most important thing. You’ll find more bodybuilders and others using fake weights more often today. You’ll see more and more people so that they can post videos that are impressive to the average person.  This strategy allows more people talk about them and follow them on social media.

The more followers a person has will eventually turn into more money.  In ads or maybe even sponsorships.  Others in the fitness industry, may use fake weights for photo shoots for the purpose of appearing more strong than they actually are.

Then there are TV shows and movies because it is easier to film a scene with light weights than it is with the actual weights, especially when doing a lot of takes.

In the past few years there have been many people that have been pointed out for using fake weights.  One of the most popular from youtube has been Brad Castleberry.  Brad Castleberry has claimed to have broken many weightlifting world records.  But after years of suspicion it was finally pointed out.

Brad Castleberry is arguably the most popular fitness personality on social media with thousands of Instagram followers.  Regardless of the fake weights you cannot take away from the impressive physique and actual true strength.

Many of his lifts are difficult for people to actually believe or take seriously.  Especially since he has never competed in an actually powerlifting meet.  This is where he would actually be able to show his true strength.  This is why he is always being accused of using fake weights.

What do fake weights look like?

Anyone that workouts knows that when lifting weight that is extremely heavy, it will take a lot of energy away from you.  There’s usually heavy breathing along with your face turning a different color.  So when someone is making it look so easy, it’s normal to become suspicious.

Appearance Of The Weights

Gyms normally have a certain brand of weights.  Normally, they all match each other.  So if you see that the brand or the shape of the plates are different from all of the other ones on some of the other machines, they most likely are using fake weights.

Bar

When ever you squat or deadlift with extremely heavy weight, you will probably have seen that the bar will bend under the pressure of the weight. Therefore it is unusual for the bar to remain straight with extremely heavy weight..

Another way to see whether someone is using fake weights is to compare their lifts to some actual powerlifters and strength athletes. If an average person is lifting the same amount of weight as a powerlifter, they may faking it.

Where to find fake weights

Where do some of these people even find fake weights? Fake weights aren’t something that you will find at any average sports store.  But you can basically find anything that you want online.  For instance, fakeweights, where they sell lightweight dumbbells, barbells and weight plates that look just like the real thing.

There are other companies that sell props to the film and TV industries.  So if you want it bad enough you shouldn’t have a problem finding them.

How do fake weights effect the fitness industry

Along with drugs, shitty supplements etc., the fitness industry has enough problems to deal with.  On top of all of this it is disappointing to see people take this route to gain a following.  This will cause stupid people to feel that they can achieve these same unrealistic goals, where as the person on the video hasn’t even done it.  Not only that, but getting injured in the process.

It could also encourage people to turn to steroids if they feel that they will never be able to lift this amount of weight themselves or achieve the same physique.

So although they are very beneficial in some ways.  Fake has shined another negative light on the fitness industry.

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Diet that makes you smart?

What is a mind diet? This name automatically makes me think of a diet that helps with your memory.  Even though this is true, even more importantly the mind diet helps lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The mind diet actually is a combination of the Mediterranean and DASH diet.  Which have been found to have many different health benefits

MIND actually stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. A nutritional  epidemiologist by the name of Martha Clare Morris It was developed this diet at Rush University Medical Center.  Her main goal was to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by eating a diet filled with brain healthy foods.

This diet puts emphasis eating natural, while limiting red meat and unhealthy fats. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) focuses on lowering the risk of hypertension. This diet focuses on lowering the sodium intake and which assist in lowering blood pressure.

The MIND diet recommends eating 10 foods daily and avoiding five types of foods. The healthy-food group contains:

  1. Vegetables
  2. Green leafy vegetables in particular
  3. Berries, especially blueberries
  4. Nuts
  5. Beans
  6. Wine
  7. Whole grains
  8. Fish
  9. Poultry
  10. Olive oil

Unhealthy foods are:

  1. Fried or fast food
  2. Red meats
  3. Cheeses
  4. Butter and stick margarine
  5. Pastries and sweets

Rules:

  • Get at least three servings of whole grains per day
  • Eat a salad each day
  • Eat one other vegetable every day
  • Drink a glass of wine each day
  • Snack almost every day on nuts
  • Eat beans every other day
  • Consume poultry and berries at least twice a week
  • Consume fish at least once a week
  • Unhealthy foods are allowed, but less than one serving per week, with the exception of butter
  • Less than 1 tablespoon a day of butter is allowed per day

The longer a person follows the MIND diet, there’s less of a chance of developing Alzheimer’s. Different studies have been conducted and shown that the MIND diet can have a positive impact on your brain.  Not just your brain but your overall health.  Studies have also shown than individuals lost weight while also lowering their cholesterol.  Blood pressure was also lowered to a normal range.  This diet is considered healthy in general, but with anything pertaining to health you must consult your primary physician first.

For the most part these are healthy eating patterns that are high in produce, low in saturated fat and good for good for overall human health.

Consult with a doctor before starting any new diet plan.

For the beginner guide check

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mind-diet

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mind-diet

40 day Vegan/Intermittent Detox Challenge

 

 

 

 

After competing in bodybuilding and training hard as hell, along with the heavy food and supplementation my body has been through hell.  I’m now at the point where I feel as if nothing is working when it comes to making progress in training.

So decided that if I keep doing the same things over and over again.  Then I should probably be prepared to get the same results.  Right?

My Answer:

Starting over from scratch.  I decided to do a 40 day natural cleanse.  This cleanse will consist of just eating fruits and vegetables along with just drinking water.  My theory is that maybe if I deplete everything, then when time to add certain things back into my training and diet regimen.

I’m also a fan of intermittent fasting, and I love to challenge myself. So what the hell, let’s combine them.  My intermittent vegan detox challenge.

Go through the journey with me.  Let’s see what type of results we get.

Lose Belly Fat(Develop six pack abs)

I think that we can all agree that abs are the one body part that universally determines whether a person is in shape or not. Who wants a fat stomach?  Obviously the answer is….. No one.   Your stomach is the center peace of your body and sets off the rest of your body.  If you don’t have a six pack or even a four pack, no one cares about your arms chest etc….. I don’t normally take it this far, but many people think that having a hanging belly is very unattractive.  But the most important thing for me is that it is unhealthy.  The fitness industry recognizes most people’s desire to burn that stubborn stomach fat. Let’s be honest the real reason why a majority of us don’t have six packs is that if you don’t have the genetics, it’s very difficult.  But guess what?  Its not impossible.  As a matter of fact I think I may be able to assist you.  Here are a few helpful tips to drop your belly fat

 

 

Exercises For Your Abs


One thing that I’ve noticed is that everyone once to run straight to the ab machine, decline bench and leg raise station.  In their mind, if I do abs exercises every day then my stomach will automatically come down FIRST .  It makes since in theory, but this

Truthfully you can’t just force your body to burn body fat on a particularly area of your body. The crazy ab workouts, P 90X and Insanity(outdated I know) won’t do shit.  Granted these exercises will strengthen and develop your abs, but will not help you reveal them for the whole world to see. In order to actually reveal your six pack abs you must cut your bodyfat down so that you don’t have a layer of fat covering them.  This is where your diet will come into play.

How to Lose Belly Fat

Since we’ve already gotten passed the fact that fancy machines and exercises aren’t the answer.  Oh yeah, and cardio is not the answer either.  When you burn fat with cardio it will be taken from different parts of the body. Genetics will determine whether you burn leg fat, back fat or stomach fat first. There’s no getting around it. In reality your belly fat will most likely be the last thing to go.  Sorry to break it to you.

As far as exercise, it’s up to you. Any type of cardio or physical activity can HELP ASSIST assist in the loss of belly fat.  The purpose is to get your heart rate up to burn calories. In the beginning you should pick the amount of time that you are comfortable with. But understand that doing cardio for too long will cause you to also burn off muscle.

Boost Metabolism


Even though cardio is a great way speed up weight loss, it’s not as important as making sure your metabolism is high.  Even if you burn 1000 calories in a training session if your metabolism is not high enough you won’t be burning any calories during your resting time throughout the day.  There are a number of ways you can boost your metabolism.

Taking a fat burner also helps. Make sure you check with your doctor and find a product that is high quality. Preferably one with natural ingredients. This will also help boost your energy levels while curbing your appetite making it easier to follow your diet. Remember you get what you pay for.

Top 7 Weight Loss Mistakes

1. Unrealistic Expectations.

It’s good to be motivated to lose weight and live a healthy life style.

With that motivation many of us said our immediate goal too high.

When goals are set too high, it leaves room to get discouraged and people end up quitting. The key is to set small goals. For example, instead shooting for losing 20 pounds a month try 1 to 2 pounds a week. Unrealistic expectations will cause you to become frustrated, which will lead to you giving up.

2. Not working out enough or too much

Muscle can be lost along with fat when trying to lose weight.

If you choose not to work out, most likely a majority of weight that you loose will come from your muscle. Exercising actually helps decrease the amount of muscle mass that you lose. It also helps increase the amount of fat that is lost. It will also increase or maintain your metabolism from. The more lean mass you have, the easier it is to lose weight and keep it off.

On the other hand, exercising too much can also cause problems

Excessive exercise is unsustainable in the long term for most people. In many cases this leads to stress. Excessive exercising can also damage the production of your adrenal hormones which regulate stress response.

Trying to over train to burn more calories doesn’t and is unhealthy.

However, lifting weights and doing cardio several times per week is a realistic plan for maintaining metabolic rate while losing weight.

3. Worrying too much about the numbers on the scale.

It’s normal to want to see a drastic drop in the numbers on the scale.

Those numbers only focus on weight change. The scale isn’t always a reliable tool be your numbers can be influenced by many things, such as water weight and how much food is remaining in your system from the past day.

Studies have proven that your weight can fluctuate by up to 4 to 5 lbs in one day.

If the numbers on the scale are not dropping, this doesn’t mean that you are not making any progress. Your body may still be losing fat mass but holding on to water.

Just remember that if you’ve been working out, you may be gaining muscle and losing fat.

When this happens, your clothes may start to fit loosely — especially around the waist — despite a stable scale weight.

Measuring your along with taking monthly pictures of yourself will allow you to actually see your fat loss progress.

4. Not eating enough or eating too much

Burning more calories than you take in is a requirement to lose weight.

Many of us tend to go by feel. You may feel that you’re not eating that many calories. But the truth of the matter that most of us tend to underestimate the amount of calories that we actually take in. There is actually a such thing as eating too many healthy foods. It’s simple, calories are calories. It doesn’t matter if it’s a “healthy” source or not.

On the other hand, decreasing your calorie intake too much can be counterproductive.

Studies on very low-calorie diets providing less than 1,000 calories per day show they can lead to muscle loss and significantly slow down metabolism.

Bottom Line: Consuming too many calories can stop you from losing weight. On the other hand, too few calories can make you ravenously hungry and reduce your metabolism and muscle mass.

5. No Weights or Resistance Work

Resistance exercises are important during weight loss.

Lifting weights are the most effective way to gain and maintain muscle. It also improves overall body composition and boosts belly fat loss.

In fact, a review of 15 studies with more than 700 people found the best strategy of all for weight loss appears to be combined aerobic exercise and weightlifting. Weightlifting or resistance training can help boost metabolic rate, increase muscle mass and promote fat loss, including belly fat.

6. Food Choices

Food that are low in fat and/or processed are normally seen as good choices when it comes weight loss. Most people don’t realize that these choices actually have the opposite effect. These type of foods are normally high in sugar, because it helps improve the taste.

Instead of keeping you full, low-fat foods will most likely increase your hunger, so you end up eating much more than you planned. Fat-free or “diet” foods are typically high in

7. Tracking Food

I always suggest to people trying to lose weight, that in the beginning to just start by eating healthy and nutritious food. This is a good and realistic way for a novice to start their fitness journey. This is only to start off. Eventually you’ll have to account the calories and carbohydrates that you are consuming. Even though eating nutritious foods is a good way to lose weight. Many healthy foods are still filled with carbs and sugars that may prevent you from losing weight. You also may not be getting the right amount of protein, fiber, carbs and fat to support your weight loss efforts. Tracking what you eat can help you get an accurate picture of your calorie and nutrient consumption. There are online tracking sites or apps that help you keep a count of your calories, carbs, etc.

If you’re not tracking what you eat, you may be consuming more calories and carbs than you need.

BSN RUSH

  • 300mg of Caffeine (natural and anhydrous), 1.6g of Beta-Alanine, 3g of Creatine in every scoop

  • Pre-workout for Men or Women with 100% label transparency featuring ingredients with a purpose

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  • Recommended Use- Take 1 scoop with 4-5 oz of cold water or any beverage of your choice. Vary the amount of liquid to achieve your desired flavor and consistency. To increase your protein intake per serving and to achieve an amazing milkshake taste, use non-fat or low-fat milk

12 – 16 Fl. Oz. CansCitrus

Serving Size: 1 Can (16 fl oz)

Servings Per Container12

Amount Per Serving

Calories0

% Daily Value *

Total Fat0 g0%

Sodium0 mg0%

Total Carbohydrate0 g0%

Total Sugars0 g

Protein0 g

Not a significant source of saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, added sugars, vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium.

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Ingredients:

Carbonated Water, CarnoSyn® Beta-Alanine, Citric Acid, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Phosphoric Acid, Caffeine, Potassium Sorbate and Potassium Benzoate (as Preservatives), Malic Acid, Sucralose, Tartaric Acid, Acesulfame Potassium, TeaCrine® Theacrine.

HIGH CAFFEINE CONTENT (350 MG). READ ENTIRE LABEL BEFORE CONSUMING.

Directions For EndoRush RTD: Drink 1 can 15 – 30 minutes prior to your workout. To support hydration, drink plenty of water throughout your workout.

Warnings: Before consuming EndoRush seek advice from a health care practitioner if you are unaware of your current health condition or have any pre-existing medical condition including but not limited to: high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, stroke; heart, liver, or thyroid disease; anxiety, depression, seizure disorder, psychiatric disease, diabetes, pernicious anemia, difficulty urinating due to prostate enlargement, or if you are taking an MAO inhibitor or any other prescription drug. Do not use if you are pregnant, nursing, prone to dehydration, or exposed to excessive heat. Reduce or discontinue use if sleeplessness, tremors, dizziness, nervousness, headaches, or heart palpitations occur.

Benefits of Pre Workout Supplements

There are several benefits when it comes to supplementing with a pre workout. There are individual ingredients that enhance everything from strength, speed, endurance and even body composition. We’re going to take a look at some of the benefits to taking a pre workout supplement.

Improvement in Strength and Endurance

Creatine alone can be taken any time of the day and it’s just important to have it in your body to support recovery. A majority of pre workout supplements have creatine in them. Creatine is the most common supplement someone arsenal. Studies have shown it can increase the strength, speed along with growth in muscle.

The caffeine that is used in pre workouts can also assist in improving strength and endurance. As well as improving strength there are also other ingredients that are added to pre workout formulas to improve endurance. One supplement that’s getting a lot more attention in recent years is the amino acid beta alanine. Beta Alanine reduces lactic acid and decreases muscle fatigue.

Improved Muscle Pump

Another benefit of a pre workout supplement is the vascularity that comes along with the use. This is simply known as the ‘pump’ of your muscles. The main ingredient that causes this is the amino acid arginine. Arginine is a nonessential amino acid that increases nitric oxide production in the body. This increases blood, oxygen and more nutrients is delivered to the muscles. This will give the muscle a more vascular, improved and larger appearance.

It can also increase the muscle building effects of exercising and nutritional supplements. It does this by raising the nitric oxide production in blood vessels and increasing their diameter. This will allow more blood, nutrients and muscle building hormones to circulate through out the body. This will create a more anabolic environment for growth.

Slow Down

When you take your timeand eat it can p prevent weight gain. A low number of people are able to change their eating speed during a controlled experiment.

This proved that people who ate slower were less likely to gain weight; but we don’t know from this study whether changing your eating speed would work as a weight-loss strategy. It makes sense that eating more slowly might lead to eating less. When we eat at a fast pace, it is difficult for our bodies catch up withhormonal changes that signal when we are full.

Eating more slowly may help to reduce the amount of calories we eat but because this study didn’t not the calorie intake or diet, we don’t know if calorie intake explains the findings. This study was completed in Japan. Japan is where diet, lifestyle and the large number of over weight people are different. It hasn’t proven that it will translate to the United States results. Some general advice most likely work multiple communities.

Supplements Lower Blood Pressure

Vitamin D

Reducing of blood pressure is one of the many benefits of vitamin D.

People who are low in vitamin D have a better chance of having high blood pressure. Vitamin D by it self can bring down blood pressure in hypertension patients. Vitamin D is measured by checking blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and maintaining this measure between 60-70 ng/mL. On average the dosage 6,000 units are more than the recommended amount taken by adults over age 50. Since different requirements for each individual requirements, your blood levels should be checked on a regular basis.

Coenzyme Q10

This is an antioxidant. This supplement is different for its ability normalize your blood pressure levels. Reduction of abnormal heart thickening, may also be a necessary component of treatment.54 CoQ10 has been shown to reduce abnormal hypertrophy resulting from high blood pressure. This is able to happen without negative effects. CoQ10 produced naturally in our body.

l – arginine

L-arginine, an amino acid, has been investigated in several studies as a treatment for high blood pressure with mixed results. Like other amino acids, L-arginine is present in meat and dairy products and is also available in nuts, whole grains, and beans. In the body, L-arginine converts to the regulatory compound nitric oxide, which may help lower blood pressure by relaxing and opening blood vessels.

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