Archive for September, 2010

John’s Alpha Male Challenge – Week 9

John was pretty shocked when he stood on the scale this morning: 201.6 lbs. He was stuck on a plateau (206+ lbs.) when he started the Spartan Diet two weeks ago, but dropping practically all extraneous carbs enabled him to peel off nearly 5 additional pounds. It wasn’t easy for him – he was running mostly on “impulse power” – but it paid off.

Now that the Spartan Diet phase is nearly over, John’s looking forward to a real treat… adding fruit and the occasional glass of vin ordinaire back to his diet. He’ll follow the “Handshake Diet” for one more week (’till the official end of the program) and then will raise his cals back up to a maintenance level for several weeks. And that’s a true maintenance level, I might add… his goals are to continue with the habits acquired during the Challenge (perform more at-work physical activity; limit grains; keep portion sizes down) and avoid rebound fat gains.

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True Alpha Attitude!

“What doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger,” wrote the German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche in Twilight of the Idols. Besides being a monumentally manly thing to say, there’s a great deal of support for the idea, even if Nietzsche himself was a little crazy. “Strength does not come from winning,” said a famous Austrian who went from bricklayer to bodybuilding champion to California governor. “Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”  Next time your struggles seem overwhelming, think about Nick Vujicic, and be inspired…..

Not everything in life is as we might want it.  We all have days when our problems seem like a heavier burden than usual.  Sometimes, our burden may seem overwhelming.  How we deal with those days is in large part what defines us.  It’s what True Alpha Attitude is all about.

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Do You Need a Personal Trainer?

Personal training has been a staple in gyms for the last two decades. At one time it was a privilege on the super wealthy could afford. The last few years, however, have seen a definitive shift in this attitude by both gym owners and gym patrons. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

What is a personal trainer? The image of a buff gym rat with a clipboard shouting ‘two more’ while rubbing his abs through a skin hugging dri-fit shirt comes to mind, as does the image of a skinny overly flexible barbie-esq, silicone filled  yoga instructor more interested in looking in the mirror than spotting your pec dec flies.

Maybe 15 years ago in Venice Beach. But times have changed for most of the industry. Sure you still have the above described buffoons attempting to swindle your cash to reiterate every fitness cliché that they have ever heard and most likely don’t follow. Thankfully, there is a new breed of personal trainer emerging.

This is the educated and skilled fitness professional who has the experience and training to analyze your body and fitness level and then create a program designed to improve your body and health, while achieving goals the two of you set. Sound idyllic I know but this is what a personal trainer should be.

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John’s Alpha Male Challenge – Week 8

John weighed in at 204.6 lbs. this morning – so the scale is moving once again!  No surprise, though… this was the first week of the “Spartan Diet.” For those of you unfamiliar with Alpha Male Challenge, this is a two-week, über-low carb phase designed to help “blowtorch” stubborn fat.

Overall, John’s lost 15+ pounds since the beginning of the Challenge, and is starting to look rather skinny, tbh.  He still has some work to do on the mid-section, but the jiggly stuff is considerably diminished. There will be a definite difference in his “before/after” pics, to be sure.

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Do you have societal stress?

I was tagged in a Facebook note and within the context of that note, the term “Societal Obesity” was used. I found this to be a clever choice of words and it got me thinking.

Our world has become more global, and fast paced, and many of us are living in a 24/7 world. When you hear the news every day, everything seems so crazy and out of control. In our 24/7 world, we’re being pounded with tons of news and information so quickly, and yet, mostly negative stuff such as, debt, stock market insecurity, the fall of the real estate market, rising gas prices, natural disasters, BP Oil Spill, terrorism, deadly flu pandemics, joblessness, the economy, rising health care costs, more instances of cancer and disease, child obesity, obesity, and the list goes on and on. Think about how this affects you mentally as well as physically? You’re going to react to this type of information whether you realize it or not. Read the rest of this entry »

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True Alpha Charity Skydiving

Local Long Island media continue to promote the 2010 Global Leap for Life, focusing now on the father-daughter angle.  Check out this article in the Westbury Times!  The True Alpha message is that living life to the fullest means BOTH pushing your personal boundaries AND doing what you can to help others.  If you can combine them, as we did with this skydive charity event to raise money for LiveSTRONG, you’ve created a fantastic one-two combination!!  Now, about the Kilimanjaro mountain trek … I’m seriously mulling it over and doing my Kilimanjaro 20 Walking Climb religiously!!

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Free Weights OR Machines? Choose Your Weapon!

Which is better – Free Weights or Machines? That’s a tough question, as both are beneficial to creating a great physique. Free Weights are awesome, as they allow you to follow your body’s unique mechanical flow and range of motion. You are also forced to make those smaller muscles such as the Synergists (AKA “neutralizer” muscles that help to keep you locked into a range for better muscle isolation) work hard during free weight exercises.

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John’s Alpha Male Challenge – Week 7

John came in at 206 lbs. yesterday morning – a pound down from last week. The last two weeks have been slow going, weight-loss-wise, but he’s still down 14 pounds over the last 7 weeks, which ain’t too shabby.

Why’d we weigh him on Saturday morning instead of Sunday? Because we flipped the Week 7 & 8 Alpha Attitude drills, so he could do his “Alpha Extreme Triumph” drill before starting the Spartan Diet. Because the drill was an endurance activity, we had him do a carb-up following his Saturday workout. Since glycogen binds water, I knew he’d add a couple of pounds in the process (he was 208 this morning).  He’s been hovering around 206 for most of the week, however, so Saturday’s weight was more representative of his progress.

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“Genetic” Doesn’t Necessarily Mean “Inevitable”

Thanks to widespread knowledge of diseases caused by specific genetic mutations, such as hemophilia and sickle cell anemia, it’s widely presumed that “genetic” = “inevitable.”  Whatever our genes “say” we are, we are… or will become. However, a lot of what we attribute to genetics, is actually an interaction between genes and environment. Our genetic makeups determine our predispositions for certain traits (or diseases), but our environments influence the outcomes.

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Longer Sleep = Longer Life

Good SleepA couple of weeks ago, Rick blogged about the importance of a good night’s sleep for the production of anabolic hormones (growth hormone and testosterone, natch!). As it turns out, copping your zzzzs may do more than just improve the quality of your life – it may also improve the duration. According to a new study, published in the journal SLEEP, men with insomnia face an increased risk of death. Here are some of the highlights:

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