Archive for March, 2011

MAKE Your Dreams Come True…

“The word ‘dream’is often defined as a ‘fantastic but vain hope.’ To me this implies that dreams usually don’t come true and that we have no control over whether they do. Well, if YOU think this way, then chances are your dreams WILL NOT materialize. However, if you have faith your dreams CAN become reality, and live like it is a foregone conclusion that they WILL, you are on your way to having whatever you want.”

-Eric Broser/Team True Alpha

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Why solving the obesity epidemic will hurt the economy

Food is a major source of revenue in the United States, generating more than 1,617 billion dollars in 2009. It has been reported that the U.S. produces enough food to supply each person around 4000 calories per day, nearly twice what we need.

Children eat around 350 calories more per day then they did in the 1970’s, and adults consume an additional 500 calories compared to the 70’s.

If everyone skipped one meal every day, we would be eating the same amount of food as we were 30 years ago, when obesity rates were low. However, consider the consequences of skipping one meal on the economy.

If lunch costs around 5 dollars and all Americans skipped this meal, there would be a loss of revenue exceeding 1.5 billion dollars per day (over $560 billion each year), or a 34% decrease in total revenue for the food industry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Q & A with Team True Alpha member Eric Broser

Q. I am extremely ectomorphic. My goal is to gain as much bulk as possible, but I don’t want to get too fat. I weigh about 155 and wish to get to about 185 in the next year. Should I be doing cardio along with my weight training?

A. I was in a very similar situation as you when I first started, although I was even skinnier if you could believe that! I weighed a paltry 125 lbs when I first wrapped my hands around a barbell! So, in other words, I feel your pain, and can fully appreciate your question. As for my response…I would have to say no, you should not do any cardio at this time. As an ectomorph struggling to add muscle and bodyweight the last thing you want to do is burn more calories and further increase your already racing metabolism through cardio. You want every calorie you ingest to be pointed toward muscle repair and growth, even if you store a little bodyfat along the way. The best way to avoid adding too much extra adipose tissue while gaining size is to make sure that you are eating a relatively clean high calorie diet. Try to get the bulk of your calories from foods like steak, eggs, milk, chicken, fatty fish, protein powders, rice, pasta, potatoes, whole grain breads, fruits and vegetables. While the occasional pizza, ice cream and pancakes will not hurt you, make foods like this the exception and not the rule. Another point about cardio and the ectomorph that I want to make is that in my experience, those with this body type tend to have more limited recovery ability than most…not as much in regards to individual muscles as to systemic recovery. This means that as an ectomorph, overtraining is more of a concern than with other body types. Thus, the addition of cardio on top of weight training is not a good idea for us naturally skinny types (at least in the early bulking stages), as too much exercise will make too far an inroad into our recovery ability, which will all but bring gains in muscle to a screeching halt!

So, my advice to you is to train hard and heavy no more than 4 days per week, eat at least 6 clean, high calorie meals per day, and to sleep 7-9 hours every night. That is your simple, yet most reliable equation for muscle growth.

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Do you have the “Eye of the Tiger”?

Most people you talk to at one time or another have stopped and started a weight loss program. When someone starts a weight loss program, they’re usually very motivated about it. They’ve got the “Eye of the Tiger”. But then, after a few weeks or months, they lose momentum and motivation. They’ve lost their “Eye of the Tiger”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bad Day on the Dumbbell Bench

Those who follow me on twitter (www.twitter.com/rickcollinsesq) or facebook (www.facebook.com/rickcollinsonline) or train at my gym know that in late January 2011, I tore my right triceps off the bone. The tendon was pulled out at the elbow, yanking out loose bits of bone and spilling what seemed like an ocean of blood within the tissue over the next few days.

I’m now recovering from the worst injury I’ve sustained in nearly 35 years of careful but extremely high-intensity bodybuilding. It wasn’t pretty, and it seemed to happen in an instant. One minute everything seemed to be going just fine and the next, out of nowhere, in a flash, everything suddenly went terribly wrong.

So, in response to the many questions I’ve gotten, here’s what happened. Read the rest of this entry »

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