Archive for April, 2010
Life Crisis Control – Take Care of Yourself & You’ll Be More Successful In All Aspects Of Your Life!
Over the last two years, many of us have been going through rather tough times. The media tells us that things are getting better and I believe whole heartedly that things will, but this is yet to be seen and is ultimately out of our control. This is all the more reason why is is vital that we each gain as much contol over our lives as we possibly can. The last few words in that last sentence are the key words;… Read the rest of this entry »
At a conference last weekend, researchers reported positive results on the effectiveness of MDMA in relieving PTSD and talked about psilocybin in reducing stress in late-stage cancer patients.
…Despite months of talk therapy, the nightmares continued, and Bledsoe grew desperate. Then “something almost miraculous” happened, he says. An online search brought him to a unique study of the banned drug MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), well known as the street drug ecstasy. The 21-patient study, sponsored by the nonprofit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), launched in 2004 as the first U.S. clinical trial of a psychedelic drug in 35 years.
After several bond-building sessions with psychiatrist and study leader Michael Mithoefer and a co-therapist, Bledsoe swallowed a white tablet, donned eyeshades and reclined in Mithoefer’s comfortable Charleston, S.C., office. Over the next eight hours, Bledsoe revisited the explosion and recounted the trauma to Mithoefer. After two more MDMA-assisted psychotherapy sessions, Bledsoe says his PTSD symptoms were “completely eliminated.”
We are all looking for ways to squeeze out a little added benefit to our workouts and they can come from surprising places.
I also felt a need to justify myself after enduring a little bit of ridicule from James and Rick this week via our social friend Facebook. Apparently, listening to Britney during workouts is somewhat of a controversial activity.
But is it? Read the rest of this entry »
This past weekend, Rick and James signed books and officiated over a pushup competition at Bob Bonham’s Strong & Shapely Gym in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Winner Armen Mantashien performed 60 full, non-stop pushups to take home prizes including a signed copy of Alpha Male Challenge and a complete Perfect Pushup and Perfect Pull-up set! Congrats to all the competitors!!!
Just over a year ago, I began training a 38 year old male client who weighed in at 310 pounds. When I met him in person, I could see that he was hungry to make positive changes in his life. He had gotten to a point in his life, where he was clearly not happy about the way he looked and felt.
This was obviously having a major impact on both his personal life and his career. Although I saw his desire to change, I still wasn’t sure that he would have the ability to truly buy in to the Alpha Male Challenge program. I pull no punches and I expect my clients to give me their all. I wasn’t sure that he could give that to me.
Well, we began the program and as I expected, it was slow going for the first week. He had been sedentary for a while and I certainly didn’t want to rush into things, as I didn’t want to do any physical harm to my client by rushing the process.
We started off and again, as I expected, he was quite weak in all areas; cardiovascularly, power, strength, muscular endurance & for me the worse of all, confidence. It also didn’t help that he had gotten so far away from the high school athlete that he once was, that he could not even imagine himself ever being in good shape again.
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We started a group on the Alpha Male Challenge at the fitness studio I own about 2 weeks ago. 10 of us are taking the challenge and enjoying it so far! I will be sure to post more updates as we progress.
But for my first post I wanted to address the first hurdle you are going to have to overcome with the Alpha Male Challenge: people are going to make fun of you. I know, I have just seen it happen to ten guys.
James and Rick talk about it extensively in the book – the feminization of North American men. I didn’t want to believe it, after all, I am a stereotypical alpha male, but a few things have sealed the nail in the coffin for me. It is not just the statistics on changing hormone levels and declining strength levels reported in the book that concerns me, it is the attitude of our culture towards the perceived Alpha Male.
That attitude is one of disdain. Calling yourself an Alpha Male has become social suicide. Our cultural perception of an Alpha Male is an overbearing asshole who cares little for others and is solely focused on ensuring his own self preservation and advancement regardless of the cost.
I can see where the conception of Alpha Male as tyrant has developed, let’s be honest, men in positions of power for the last 70 years cemented that vision. But like anything else, times change. TV is littered with examples of this stereotype: think Charlie Sheen.
So I have to ask – what is Alpha? What is an Alpha Male? Is it too late? Is being an Alpha Male the next Apple Newton?
No. The definition of Alpha is changing. What is it changing to? What is Alpha? My dog – he is Alpha.
As a fitness professional over the age of 40, all of my clients are over the age of 35. My clientele consists of men and women between the ages of 35-64. More and more people are turning to living a healthier lifestyle that includes a diet and exercise program to reverse the signs of aging and to live a healthier, more active life as they get older.
Many of the adverse effects of aging can be reversed or slowed down by living a healthy lifestyle. Athletically and nutritionally fit individuals measure out 10 to 20 years biologically younger than their chronological age. Diet and exercise does not stop the biological clock, but it can slow it down considerably. Exercise and a healthy diet is the closest thing we have to an anti-aging pill. Gerontologists tell us that once we reach the age of 50, the need for fitness is even more crucial due to the many physiological changes that occur with age.
Just because you’re over the age of 35, it doesn’t mean that you are doomed to be fatter or obese. Most people will write it off as “part of getting older”. I say that is RUBBISH! As a woman in her 40’s I am much leaner, more active and in way better shape than I was in my 20’s and 30’s. I also look younger than some women who are younger than me! The plain and simple fact is, if you take care of your body on the inside, it will show on the outside.