Carb Cycling and Sex

 

Carb cycling and sex

In today’s society the consumption of food is very similar to sex.

Beat that caught your attention; food AND sex in the same sentence. 😉

I think though that more people look for pleasure with food than they do with sex. You don’t see people constantly seeking pleasure from sex in the way they do with food; rather, sexual pleasure, or any enjoyable activities is viewed to be indulged in at appropriate times.

Food on the other hand can almost be indulged at anywhere at any time of the day. Hence we will see people fornicating in the streets from what the hot dog vendor sells and not necessarily the hot-dog vendor himself. [Read more…]

What is Starvation Mode?

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“If you don’t eat every few hours your body will go into starvation mode.”

We’ve all heard that phrase before.

Most likely you’ll hear your gym friend talk about how you have to eat every few hours or that your body will stop burning fat, you’ll go into starvation mode, your body will start eating away muscle, and you’ll quickly shrivel up and look like Christian Bale in the Machinist.

I’m warning you that I go a bit “nerd-mode” here, but let me start right off the bat and say this is complete crap and we’re going to clear some of this up.

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How to get LEANER over Thanksgiving

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No this isn’t a trick, and yes this is possible.

No this isn’t a smart a—answer that you’ll don’t have to skip out on the holidays or purge all of your food the day of, I actually did read that someone recommended this :-/

There is a way to eat stuff your face like a pig AND still lose body fat.

In fact this is a tactic that I have used multiple times with clients to help them drop body fat while still having a cheat days and meals on a frequent basis. [Read more…]

Beating Back Excuses

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With the announcement of our newest family member Blaine Callaway I wanted to give him the opportunity to just write, write what he was passionate about and let him have a chance to let out how he feels.

I asked him if he wanted to write a blog post and he enthusiastically said “Yes!”

“What about?” followed.

So I just told him to write about what ever he was passionate about, what ever just motivated him to rant.

 

 

 

 

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Can You Out Train a Bad Diet?

I’ll let the video do the talking…

 


 

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My personal experience with skipping breakfast (pics included)

Breakfast sucks

I’ve said it once and I’ll continue to beat this in the ground that for fat loss eating upon waking up does not work for you trying to lose body fat.

I’ve even argued that eating every 3-4 hours isn’t necessary for fat loss either.

I know that this may go against a lot of main stream fitness media but hey if all that really worked we would see alot more lean gym rats than bloated puff balls with muscle.

This blog is really just to document my personal experience with skipping breakfast and just taking a break from eating on occasion.

 

Breakfast sucks

Month 1

Here is my back before I started this journey. Why am I taking progress pics of my back? Well to be honest my back is where I will see any progress first so this would be best and quickest way to asses this new style of eating.

In this pic was eating a typical bodybuilder style of eating at this point consuming 5-6 meals a day or eating every two to three hours working out 5 days a week with only two days of cardio. You can see that I do have some foundation there but not really any clean details or lines.

This was especially frustrating to me at this point in time because I lived by my meals and the clock, so it was ALWAYS on my mind. I’m sure some of you can relate to this.

In fact it’s the frustration that led me to take this step into this new style of eating.

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Sit-ups Build Legs

Sit-ups build legs, not abs    

Seriously you may challenge me on this but I want you to think about it. How many times did you do sit-up or decline sit-ups and have to stop do to your abs burning so bad? Honestly, I can admit very few really do experience an extreme ab burn during decline sit-ups, in fact most probably notice that their hip flexors start burning more than anything.

 

What you didn’t know about the Hip Flexors

First off your hip flexors are NOT just one muscle they are a group of muscles that are responsible for flexing the femur (thigh) towards the torso, think of bringing your knees towards you.Hips Flexors and and sit ups - Fitness Revolution Rowlett

If you were to look at the image to the left these are ALL the muscles of the hip flexors… if you notice that the abdominal wall is NOT one of them.

These are the PRIME movers in decline sit-ups and most other sit up variations.

So doing countless reps and decline angles only further continues to improve the functionality and muscular development of the hip flexors, not develop the abdominal wall.

In addition to this I have seen this further tighten the hip flexors more than what most need. Guys I hate to say this but your hip flexors are probably tight enough as it is and they don’t need any reaosn to get tighter, if they do they will just hate you for it.

What ends up happening it that as they tighten up even further they begin to pull your hips down towards your knees and if you think you have hip problems now just wait till those things get tighter.

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No Limp Wristing a Bar

You remember that game “Mercy” that you use to play as a kid? Heck I see some guys at bars that still plat that after a few drinks lol

For those that don’t remember, this is where you interlock fingers and forcefully try to hyperextend the others wrist until the person cries “Mercy!”  Ya, it’s one of those moments in my past and I look back on and go “why…?”

Over the course I’ve been training I’ve seen a number of guys doing the same damn thing but not with another person instead of a dumbbell or barbell, and I can promise you that eventually that bar will win.
 

 

If you can’t grip it, you can’t lift it

I know a number of my clients are tired of hearing me say that but think about it. Your hands are the FIRST things to touch the bar in 99% of the case and if your grip is loose or wrong then the mechanics of the lift will not be efficient and the exercise will be a LOT harder.

How to grip a barbell - Fitness Revolution RowlettLet’s keep this simple and we will use the bench press as an example though what I’m going to write about will carry over into about every other exercise.

  • Step 1: You want the bar positioned in the PALM of the hand NOT the fingers.
  • Step 2: Turn your wrist where they are rotated IN, this will place the bar on the palm
  • Step 3: SQUEEZE the hell out of it! I can’t tell you how many times I’m training a person in their upper body lifts and they are  nearing their max but by yelling “Squeeze the bar!” they will all of a sudden get about two extra reps. [Read more…]

An Understanding of Poor Insulin Sensitivity

Side Note: I had someone do a guest writing series with this blog and a few others, so let me know what you think!

There are many who suffer from diabetes. Poor insulin sensitivity is a problem that many people face. This happens when the insulin levels in your body stays the same because the body is unable to get sufficient glucose into the muscles. When this happens, this means that the pancreas will have to create even more insulin to handle the situation.

 

If you think that you are facing a problem with poor insulin sensitivity, there are a few things you should do. The first thing that needs to be done would be to talk to your doctor. They might want to do a glucose tolerance test. In order to do this, you will need to fast for about eight hours. When this is done, you then drink a sweet liquid and once that happens, they then test your blood sugar levels. They are looking to see if this results show a calculation of over a hundred. If they see this, it could mean a problem with insulin insensitivity.

 

For some of those who have found that they might have poor insulin sensitivity, this might require them to look at their lifestyle to see what could have been the habits that lead them to become this way. Some might have a family history of this problem. There will be some who find out the problem is caused due to the fact that they are overweight. Some will find this problem is caused by the lack of getting up and moving around. Some have also found that they have cardiovascular issues.

 

When you are deemed to have poor insulin sensitivity, you will need to then look at the levels of bad cholesterol in your body. They also need to look at what their blood pressure levels are like. In order for the body to not be so sensitive to insulin, they will find that they have to get their cholesterol and their blood pressure under control. In certain extreme cases, patients might have to go under medication to assist them with this issue. And most of the time, this medication is consumed throughout the rest of their lives.

 

Another thing that a person with poor insulin sensitivity might have to put up with is their energy levels and their emotional state of being. The fact that those who have insulin insensitivity feel tired all the time, and they will feel as though they don’t get enough sleep no matter how many hours they rest. This will cause them to lack focus in everyday tasks. Some will find that poor insulin sensitivity can cause their memory to go bad as well. Most of the time, patients do not know what causes this fatigue and low levels of focus. But once they are diagnosed, many people find it hard to accept the fact that thet are facing this problem. If this is something that you are facing, then it will be a wise decision to talk to someone about this sooner rather than later. Get tested because this can eventually kill you.

Side Note: I had someone do a guest writing series with this blog and a few others, so let me know what you think!

 

In Health and Awesomeness,

 

 

 

Travis Merritt, BS, CPT, CES, RBT is the owner of Fitness Revolution in Rowlett, TX.

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What You Should Know about Poor Digestion and Low Testosterone

Side Note: I had someone do a guest writing series with this blog and a few others, so let me know what you think!

For men who are finding that they are dealing with low testosterone, you will find that poor digestion has a part to play in this complication. One way to increase the amount of testosterone a person has might include actually working on improving a person’s digestion. When they can do this, this can help them with a whole lot of other issues besides that of low testosterone.

 

Age has a lot to do with the digestion of a man. While there are many younger men who are obese, it’s when they are in their forties or fifties that it begins to be a problem. Men who are forty five or older and those who are obese will be two times more likely to have issues with low testosterone than a regular man. Besides that, there are many men who find that due to poor digestion and overweight, they have diabetes and high blood pressure which put them at a higher risk of having problems with low testosterone.

 

It is important for men to have regular check ups and get control of weight as this can have a huge effect on getting to the root of the problem early on. If they don’t deal with this as soon as possible, the issue of low testosterone could continue to be a problem that never gets solved. This is usually an indicator that something else is wrong. They could have adrenal fatigue or something even worse. Many of the conditions that could cause poor digestion can normally be corrected, and by doing so, this might cause one to see an increase of testosterone back to normal levels.

 

It is wise to talk to the doctor to carry out some tests and not to just blame this problem on old age. This is the main thing that men do wrong. They trust the doctor, but what many have thought is that doctors will point out that low testosterone levels are due to the fact that they are old. There are more things that could be the cause of this and this should give hope to those men who might have been told there wasn’t much they could do when it comes to this matter.

 

In addition to medication,  poor digestion can be healed through the consumption of natural supplements. There are some people who might see that this as a solution could benefit them. Supplements are easy to find and they are actually good for you as well. These are a few nutrients that work greatly to help you achieve better levels of testosterone. These nutrients which you will want to take in on a daily basis will include zinc, multivitamins, and probiotics. These are just a few of the many supplements that you can take to help you with the poor digestive system and to help alleviate the low levels of testosterone that you are facing. If you aren’t sure about what you should take, then please talk to your doctor.

 

Side Note: I had someone do a guest writing series with this blog and a few others, so let me know what you think!

 

 

In Health and Awesomeness,

Travis Merritt, BS, CPT, CES, RBT is the owner of Fitness Revolution in Rowlett, TX.

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