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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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STRETCH to GROW!

As a natural for life bodybuilder I need to gain every advantage possible when trying to build muscle. This means that any training or nutritional strategy that I can implement that will force my system into an anabolic (muscle-building) state has to be utilized consistently if I have any chance of pushing my physique (and my “alpha-ness”) to greater levels as I age. One of the best methods I have found for inducing new growth is the use of a technique called “stretch under tension.” Now, you must understand this is no ordinary form of stretching, and is not part of any kind of warm-up or cool-down from exercise. Rather, it is a vital part of your actual workout! What you need to do to make use of this little muscle-inducing “trick” is to pick one exercise per workout (for each muscle group that you are training) that has a strong stretch component. Some examples would be DB flyes for chest, seated cable rows for lats, sissy squats for quads, stiff leg deadlifts for hams, and overhead DB extensions for triceps. Now, instead of performing the movement at a normal rep speed you will utilize a tempo of 3/4/X, which means lowering the weight slowly over 3 seconds, holding the deep stretch for 4 seconds, and then exploding out of the bottom using only muscular power. By doing this you will be forcing the muscle to undergo a deep/exaggerated stretch using the tension that the weight provides, which has been shown to stimulate both the natural release of the powerful growth hormone IGF-1 and the proliferation of satellite cells! These are two absolutely essential ingredients in the process that leads to muscle hypertrophy! So, you now have your mission…stretch to grow!

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Rest = Recover = RESULTS!

Sleep is a rarely considered piece to the total fitness puzzle, but is one of THE most important aspects of becoming a muscular, lean, mean, fit machine! Going to the gym and putting in intense, gut-busting workouts day after day acts only as the stimulus for gains in muscle size, strength, and power, as well as decreases in body fat. Proper nutritional intake is then necessary to provide you the building blocks needed to actually create new lean tissue and melt ugly adipose. However, all of this will be meaningless if you do not allow your body the time and opportunity to “work” this magical process. When does your body do 99% of its building and repair work? WHEN YOU SLEEP! During sleep all other body processes slow down and an intense recovery period takes place. The conscious mind is allowed to “chill” while the subconscious keeps us entertained. Read the rest of this entry »

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The “Act As If” Principle – How The Right Mind-Set Will Get You In Amazing Shape!

Just over a year ago, I began training a 38 year old male who weighed 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’s  have the ability to truly buy in to the True Alpha 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, Read the rest of this entry »

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The Write Stuff

NotebookYears ago, my husband’s weight hit a high of 257 lbs.  Now, John’s a big guy, but this still put him on the cusp of obesity. He knew he had to start eating less and exercising more, but he was under a lot of work stress – it was hard for him to make all the necessary changes in one go. So we took a more gradual approach to get him started in the right direction. He decided to drink more water, eat a minimum of 5 servings of veggies/fruits per day, make time for some moderate daily exercise and eliminate desserts/treats.  Overall, these changes were pretty painless… and they definitely helped. His weight and girth slowly began to drop.  As the months went past, we also increased the intensity of his workouts, which helped him shed some more.

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Sticking to a diet on the road

Face it, some of us simply can’t be stuck behind a desk all day long in a tiny cubicle staring at a computer monitor until our eyes cross. For those of you who are on the road majority of the year, I feel for you and I understand the stresses that come along with it.

Besides the obvious stress of being away from home and your loved ones, you have to deal with traffic for 8+ hours a day, deal with changing weather conditions during those hours, find a place to sleep each night based on the area you are working, and the topic of this article – proper nutrition while working out of your car.

I’ve been in the fitness industry for quite some time now, but have only been a true “road warrior” for a little over a year. Traveling isn’t as bad as people make it out to be – you get to see new places, sight-see while traveling, and meet a lot of new people.

The fork in the road comes when it’s time to eat. Most people grab something quick from a fast food restaurant – hence why a good portion of the US is overweight. If you don’t plan out each meal ahead of time you are setting yourself up for disaster.

Consider this your map to find your way to a healthy body even when you feel like you took a couple wrong turns on the way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inspiration Through Tragedy

Many people feel they have the strength and toughness to get through anything life throws at them.  A true alpha can adapt and survive no matter what. 

Let me put you in a scenario…  You get hit by a car and have severe head trauma.  You finally get out of the hospital after spending 6 weeks in a coma and 3 1/2 months in the hospital.  You leave the hospita lto find you aren’t the same person mentally and physically.  You find yourself slipping into a depression and think the answer to fix it is alcohol.  Your last drink you pass out and probably shouldn’t wake up due to the excessive amount you had.  But luckily you do.  Do you continue down the dark path or do you find another outlet to deal with your emotions? 

Dan Cox, a true alpha, found his outlet.  FITNESS!  Check out Dan Cox’s inspirational interview!

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Training Partners Wanted – Searching For An Alpha Male Challenge Workout Buddy?

We’ve heard from a few of you who are interested in and actively looking for training partners in your area. Well, we aim to please.

This post will become a means to help us identify who you are and will allow other Alpha Male Challengers to find you. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leap For Life

Leap For Life - 2010Rick’s 2010 “Leap for Life” event will take place on the weekend of August 21 – 22.  Last year’s jump was a massive success – Da Man ultimately raised over $15,000 for cancer research. This year, he’s aiming to beat that total – but he can’t do it alone, so this year’s jump will be a cooperative effort. If you’re ready to take the plunge, click here to join the fun… and practice the 4 “Cs” in the bargain.*

Of course, it can’t get done without donors, either. I kicked in $150.00 last week, and will donate more as the day draws nearer.  Yeah, money’s tight – but for me, it’s personal… I watched my father die of cancer barely a month after my son – his grandson – was born.  In addition, one of the best friends that I have in this world is a cancer survivor.  So as far as I’m concerned, cancer research is worth every dollar I can spare.

If you feel the way I do, visit Rick’s “Leap for Life” page at www.leapforlife.org. Please donate what you can (every little bit helps!) or sign up to make the leap yourself. It’s the True Alpha thing to do!

 

*Commitment, Confidence, Courage and Conscience

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