Thursday, September 30, 2010

Does Strength Matter for Fat Loss?

People often try to burn fat or drop weight with steady state exercise activities. They, for some reason, believe that this is the key to losing weight. There is nothing magical about "aerobic" activity. "Aerobic" simply means "pertaining to oxygen." The aerobic energy system is no more special than the anaerobic energy systems (ATP-CP and glycolysis).

In fact, if you are training the aerobic energy system exclusively, you are not training very intensely. You see, the aerobic energy system is too slow acting to support high intensity activities, and it is high intensity activities that drive fat loss.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Foam Roller Product Review

A foam roller is a piece of equipment that is used primarily for self-myofascial release. Basically, you use it for self-massage. Without a doubt, the foam roller is the most efficient and most valuable piece of equipment for those trying to stay healthy without seeing a professional.

Why do you need soft-tissue work? Over time, repetitive postures and even regular physical activity cause a great deal of stress to your muscles. This stress results in the creation of scar tissue or the reaction of your body to "hold on" to excess tension. This is a problem for multiple reasons.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Built For Show Product Review

When I first started training people, I was very good at teaching exercises and writing personalized warm ups. One of the most important factors in fat loss training is keeping people healthy. I knew that, and that is what I was good at. Without good mechanics and without the proper warmup, any exercise program can go downhill fast.

My very first body transformation client had a few major issues when it came to exercise. First, he was afraid to do lower body exercises. He had always heard that squats and deadlifts were bad for your back and knees. Second, he had very poor posture. His upper back was hunched over, as were his shoulders. He couldn't completely reach overhead. His hips were a disaster. His pelvis was tilted so far forward that he could not properly use his glutes. Third, he didn't trust me.

When I got to working with him to correct these issues, it dawned on me that what I was doing wasn't going to help him achieve his physique goals. In fact, I freely admit that I had no idea how to program for him! So, rather than make something up, I decided to use a proven system. That system was found in the book Built For Show.

Built For Show, written by Nate Green, ended up being the perfect book for my client. I was able to control all the aspects of his warmup, and at the same time, I was able to coach him through the programming from the book without worrying about whether it would be effective. I taught. He executed. What I liked best about Built For Show is that the program lasted an entire year. It is broken down into 4 separate seasons, with two phases per season. This made for a total of 8 different individual programs. Each phase and season built upon what was developed in the previous phase or season.

I believe that the entire program, when viewed as a whole product, is a powerful testimony to the main theme of The Theory of Fat Loss. In fact, Built For Show provided me with key insights when I chose to write my book. It was an inspiration. The results speak for themselves. Below is the transformation picture of my client from when I first met him to when he finished his program. He doesn't even look like the same person! I promise you that he is.

That being said, I would highly recommend the book Built For Show for any man willing to put forth the effort to make a change in his life.

Built for Show: Four Body-Changing Workouts for Building Muscle, Losing Fat, andLooking Good Enough to Hook Up

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