Archive for August, 2010

Workout booster in a can

Looking for a way to enhance your workout? Try slamming an energy drink before hitting the gym, suggests a recent study published in the August issue of The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Since hitting the shelves, energy drinks have continued to grow in popularity. But who would have thought that drinking one right before your workout could actually help you gain more muscle mass, lose more fat, and enhance your cardiovascular fitness?

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Myth-Busting: Creatine and Dehydration

A mystery hit the small town of McMinnville, Oregon this month when two dozen of the town’s high school football players took ill after an intense “total immersion” training camp.  All had elevated levels of creatine kinase, an enzyme released by the muscles after extreme training.  Over a dozen were admitted to the hospital at least overnight, and three were suffering from a rare disorder known as anterior compartment syndrome that required surgery to relieve the pressure in their triceps.  The State’s Public Health Division announced an investigation to get to the bottom of it.

At a news conference, the superintendent of McMinnville Schools, Maryalice Russell, said that she doesn’t believe the cause was the type of workouts the players were doing during the preseason practice camp, although the players worked out in the high school’s wrestling room, where temperatures reportedly reached 115 degrees or more.  The media quickly began pointing at dietary supplementation with creatine products as a possible cause, even though not a single player claimed to have taken creatine.  Read the rest of this entry »

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John’s Alpha Male Challenge – Week 6

No real weight change to report this week – John’s weight this morning was 207.6 lbs. (he was 207.2 last Sunday). But I figured his weight loss would slow down around this point – he’s close to the “invisible barrier” of 205  pounds, after all. There are two weeks of (low carb) Spartan Dieting in his immediate future, however, so I don’t believe he’ll stay stuck for very long.

Speaking of the Spartan Diet – we did some advance planning for it – and his “Alpha Extreme Triumph” drill – this week.  John’s going to tackle a 60-mile bike ride through the foothills for the drill, and needless to state, prolonged endurance exercise and ketogenic diets don’t go together very well! So we decided to schedule the ride for next Sunday – which would ordinarily be his post-Week 7 rest day (he’ll rest on Monday instead).  This will enable us to get sufficient carbs into him to handle the ride before he starts the diet on Monday. We can even go out for a starchy “feast meal” on Saturday night – after his last workout for the week.

But that’s next week(end)… for now, let’s return to this one.

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Skydivers Worldwide “Leap for Life” in Support of Cancer Research!

Rick's 2010 Leap for Life

During the weekend of August 21st – 22nd, 2010, more than 70 people across the United States and Canada (including my own daughter, Lauren) took a “leap” into a whole new way of raising awareness – and money – for cancer research.  This unique show of support, solidarity – and “skydiving for a cause” – was the result of the first-ever Global Leap for Life (www.leapforlife.org) – a unique fundraiser I created that succeeded in raising more than $32,000 (so far!) for LiveSTRONG/the Lance Armstrong Foundation to help in the fight against cancer.  You can watch the video of the jump right here and see lots of pictures on my facebook page!! Read the rest of this entry »

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Do Men and Women Need Sex-Specific Multivitamin Formulas?

In a word, no. For most of the basic vitamins and minerals, there aren’t major differences in the requirements for adult men vs. non-pregnant, adult women.

Given the large number of sex-specific multivitamin products out there, this may seem a bit strange… we’re so accustomed to advertisements, media reports and studies harping on the differences between the sexes, that it’s a little odd to think in terms of similarities.  But men and women are members of the same species, doncha know, so it shouldn’t be surprising to discover that their vitamin/mineral RDAs/AIs are roughly similar, too. See for yourself:

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Water and Weight Loss

James and Rick highlighted the importance of drinking water in Alpha Male Challenge, but didn’t go so far as to suggest it could boost weight loss.  This was logical, as – at the time – there really wasn’t much direct evidence that it would help with anything but hydration.  As they put it, “…it’s difficult to confirm whether drinking a glass of water before a meal really helps satiate hunger…” 

Since the AMC was published, however, evidence has emerged that suggests drinking water before meals really does boost satiety… and subsequent weight loss.

Last year, a study published in the prestigious journal, Obesity, found that subjects on calorie-restricted diets lost approx. 2kg more when they consumed 500 ml water before each meal. As explained by obesity researcher/blogger, Peter Janiszewski, Ph.D.:

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Should Male Menopause be Treated?

Came across this article in the Huffington Post I’d like to share with you.  Here’s the link to the article,

Should Male Menopause be Treated?

I’d be interested to know what our friends in the science community think.

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Grasp life with everything you got

Life has it’s ups and downs… we all know that.  We all know how unfair life can be sometimes and how life can pass you by in a blink of an eye.  My whole life was put into perspective by a 9 year old boy named Sam Bish.  Sam passed away last week of cancer.  Sam was one of the strongest boys I’ve ever met and loved life and smiled no matter how much pain he was in.  Sam was a miracle.  Many will learn from his strength, many will be humbled by his will to live.  With that being said….  What gets you up each and every morning?  Is it the alarm clock?  Is it the coffee you have set on a timer?  Is it the dog?  Or is it your love for life? Read the rest of this entry »

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Time Under Tension

Time Under Tension – In traditional weight training programs, there are typically three standardized repetition ranges, each designed to accomplish a different goal or result. Typically you’d perform anywhere from 1-6 repetitions if your focus is to improve strength, 8-12 repetitions if your focus is muscle hypertrophy and an increase in muscle size, and 15-25 repetitions if your focus is to improve muscular endurance and maximize fat loss.  Each has its’ place in a successful overall training routine and should be incorporated in order to accomplish each of these goals. Read the rest of this entry »

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John’s Alpha Male Challenge – Week 5

This morning, the scale read 207.2 lbs. – 3 pounds less than last Sunday. To date, John’s lost a total of 13 pounds! It shows, too, although there’s still more to lose. Most of his body fat is concentrated in his midsection, and it’s stubborn stuff. It’s not recent, either – he started picking up weight in his early 30’s – particularly after Number One Son came on the scene. So the flab is a good 20 years old. I expect it will take the remaining weeks on the AMC + a second 10 weeks on the new, Alpha Wave Advanced Training Workout to finally see the last of it.

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