Category: Resources

Guest Post: How to Make Work Outs More Fun

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As they say, “Health is Wealth” and in order to earn this wealth, a person requires to not only maintain a balanced diet but, since a person is required to work hours in front of the computer or other working environment in order to earn the material wealth, this wealth also requires an effort, but the effort shifts from requiring to sit hours in front of a computer in an air-conditioned cabin or a 3X2 cubical to sweating it out by working out on different equipment in a gym. While work-out lowers the chances of chronic diseases, it reduces depression, boasts self-esteem and lowers the risk of obesity and osteoporosis (especially in women). While there are more than a billion reasons to work out, many people round the world, consider working out more as a “chore” rather than an enjoyable activity. If you are a person whose mind flashes a clear “no-no” sign when it comes to working out, here’s a list of things you can do to make your workout more fun:-

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Guest Post: The Basics of Barefoot Running

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The following post comes from the talented Dan Chabert who is writing about barefoot running, a topic of interest to runners and bodybuilders alike. Whether you’re interested in taking up barefoot running or simply improving your form, this article will no doubt be of value. Enjoy! 

Bring up Barefoot Running in a group of runners and the debate could last hours! Between the studies and endless opinions, it take some legwork (pun intended) to even decide if you want to try barefoot running. Pros and cons of barefoot running aside, it can be a fun challenge for those looking for a new goal to work towards.

Here are 3 basics you’ll want to make a pillar of your plan to get started:

Running by John McCallum (1967)

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Known more for his incredible bulking routines than a love of aerobics, the following article comes from John McCallum, one of physical culture’s best known writers in the twentieth-century. Seeking to marry aerobic and anaerobic forms of exercise, the article (first published in 1967) is an interesting reminder that the idea of ‘cardio’ having a place in bodybuilding has a long rooted history.

Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada. It’s nestled on the west coast about 25 miles north of the American border, with the blue Pacific on one side of it and snow capped mountains on the other. “Where else,” the natives say, “can you lie on the beach all morning and ski in the mountains half an hour later?”

The northern tip of the city consists of 1000 square acres of sylvan beauty. It’s called Stanley  Park, and it draws people like a magnet. On a Sunday afternoon you can see everything from a busload of nuns feeding the monkeys to 300 hippies holding a love-in.

Weston Price and Bodybuilding

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Earlier this week, Physical Culture Study was lucky enough to chat with Sally Fallon Morrell, the President of the Weston A. Price Foundation. For those readers who are unaware of the Foundation’s work, the WAPF has spent nearly two decades educating people on healthy dietary practices.

Advocating the consumption of saturated fats, raw fullfat dairy and a host of other supposedly ‘unhealthy’ foods, the WAPF can be seen as a sane voice in a world of low-fat fanatics. More recently, the Foundation has spearheaded the move to make raw milk sales legal into all 50 American States. With 42 down and only 8 more to go, few would bet against them.

So without further ado, check out a rather enlightening discussion with Sally.

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In both the bodybuilding and fitness community more generally it is commonplace to see diets that are high in lean cuts of meat, carbs and low in fat.

How does the Western Price diet differ from such approaches and what do these approaches lack?

Lessons to be Learned from Strongmen, the Modern Titans

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Our latest post comes from the wonderful and talented Samantha Olivier from Ripped.me. We’re delighted to have Samantha featured on the site again and know you’ll enjoy her latest piece.

Some things never grow old, or they even age like wine. Strongmen rise as champions in the most formidable arenas and forge their muscles in the fires of most astonishing physical activity. These behemoths have proved that some rules are set in stone, and that following them brings stellar results. They look as if nothing can stand in their way, ready to take down a mountain with bare hands if need be. So, what is there to be learned from these professionals who always seem to perform to the best of their ability?

6 Truths About Modern Weight Loss Programs

 

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When you have a keen interest in the history of fitness techniques, it gives you an interesting perspective on the more modern trends. They come and go like the seasons, and, if this blog is still going in thirty years, no doubt I’ll be writing about their impact – or lack of. That said, no matter what fitness plan or weight loss regime you are doing, some things will always remain the same. Here are six truths about modern fitness and weight loss programs.

A Helpful Guide For Boosting Post-Workout Recovery

It can be easy to get carried away with pumping yourself up for your big workout. But some people forget to take the right steps after a workout. Sometimes, what you do post-workout is the most important thing for getting results. Since mass gaining mostly occurs while you sleep, you want your body to be primed for recovery.

Focusing on recovery also helps to prevent injuries and gives you more energy for training the next day. There are a few simple steps you can take after your workout to boost recovery. Here are some of the things you’ll want to do.

Don’t Buy Supplements Without Reading This First!

In recent years, the amount of people taking supplements for fitness purposes has risen tenfold. They can increase strength, energy and focus during your workouts. Some can even support muscle growth, enhance the immune system and improve joints. So it’s not hard to see why they have become so popular. But when all supplements claim to help us reach our fitness goals, how do we know we are buying the best?

Like most things, some supplements work more effectively than others. So the more knowledge you have before you buy, the more informed your decision will be. If you’re interested in buying a supplement to aid your workouts, here are some things you need to do first.

Those Must-Try Activities For All-Round Fitness

The vast majority of us want to be as fit as possible. Yet, that can be difficult to achieve. This is partly due to the nature of our lifestyles. It can often be difficult to find ways of incorporating fitness into our daily routines. However, there are a number of ways that you can make sure that you are getting the kind of exercise you need. In this post, we will go through some of the best activities for all-round fitness. While certain things are great for calorie-burning or toning, all of these are excellent all-round options. Let’s take a look, now, at what they are.