Guest Post: How Insect Protein has begun to reach the Western Fitness Industry

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The consumption of insects is an idea that is consistently getting more popular. Despite a lot of people’s dismissal of the concept, the Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that about two billion of the world’s population already eat insects as part of their normal diet [1].

Although the demand is increasing in Europe and America, insects on a plate is still seen as an exotic dish or some type of novelty product, rather than a viable long-term alternative.

However, the fitness industry seems to have found a solution by incorporating bugs into items like protein powders, ice-creams and brownies.

Let’s look at why gym enthusiasts and fitness brands are jumping on the bandwagon.

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Get the Answers From the Champs – 1997 Muscle and Fitness Article

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Published in Muscle and Fitness in 1997 the following article relays Lee Labrada, Lee Haney and a host of other bodybuilder’s opinions on training and bodybuilding in general. A nice insight into the training mindsets of the time, the article goes well with our previous post on the Workouts and Diets of Bodybuilding Champions. A reminder that is the time before high speed internet, training advice came primarily from muscle mags and the big guy at the gym!

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Question: I just changed jobs and had to move to a new city. The only gym anywhere nearby has mostly machines – there just isn’t a great selection of free weights. My friend and I always thought that free weights were superior to machines, and now I’m worried that I’ll lose the mass I worked so hard to gain. My other option is to drive about 20 miles, and I’m not sure I’ll stick with my training if I have to drive that far.

Supplement Your Workouts With More Than Just Pills And Powder

A lot of people work very hard at the gym only to get home and muck it all up. Of course, this is a shame. All of the work that you do at the gym is great. But, if you’re not doing things well in the rest of you life; there’s no point in doing any of it at all. But, it’s easy to make changes to your normal life to change your fitness. You just have to know what needs to be changed. To help you out, this post will be going through some of the best ways to ensure that you make the most of your time and workouts. Now, you just have to get out there and do it.

Old School Supplements: Choline and Inositol

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The early forerunners of bodybuilding were adventurous in every sense of the word. From 20 rep squats to raw meat, these men and women stopped at nothing in the pursuit of pure, unadulterated muscle. For muscle anoraks like me, this pursuit resulted in a series of supplements being used, which of course, had varying levels of success.

Though we’ve previously covered old school supplements such as Bob Hoffman’s fish protein powder (excuse me while I gag…), it seemed about time to study a supplement that may actually benefit the current bodybuilding populace.

These ‘vitamins’, combined together, were thought to increase one’s energy and strength levels, lower their body fat and even protect one’s heart and liver. The last benefit being one of major importance at a time when steroids were beginning to hit the scene and few knew what side effects if any they may have.

We are of course, referring to choline and inositol, a power couple used by iron heads for decades with varying results.

8 Sports And Activities That Can Keep You Active

Staying fit is a force of a habit that we have to grow into. If we don’t stay active then we become unfit and that can cause health concerns. There are many activities to do if you aren’t already in a routine. An important way of staying fit is to plan your exercises or activities. Setting yourself a goal is key for seeing great results.

Once you have set yourself a goal or target you can push yourself to the next level. Here are some activities you could get involved in to stay fit.

Guest Post: Being Open-minded as an Iron Addict…Try Yoga!

Whether you’re an Olympic lifter, powerlifter, strongman, or crossfitter, there’s this cliquish attitude in the iron sports that what ‘we’ do is better than the other. Now it’s a lot less than it used to be, at least form what we can see on the internet. But it is still holding a lot of us back from reaching our goals. It could very well shorten training careers of some people too.

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If you look back at history, some of the greatest achievers were known to overcome this kind of close-mindedness. Take Alexander the Great. At 23 years old he conquered a good chunk of the known world back in the 300s BCE. He also utilized a level of open-mindedness unheard of during his time, forging a unity between east and west.

By overcoming the shortcomings of his peers, Alexander openly accepted the resources of Eastern culture to help reach his goals of conquering. He didn’t let differences in perspective blind him to the usefulness that other cultures brought to reaching his own goal. It’s with that open-mindedness that Alexander was able to reach as far as India.

Exercise: Religion or Science? Mike Mentzer’s 1995 Q & A

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Q) I’ve been bodybuilding and jogging regularly for about six years. I run three to five miles every morning and I lift heavy weights for an intense one-hour session three days a week. After reading your articles and columns, I suspect that you might think my regimen amounts to overstraining. I admit I’m no Mr. Universe, but my training keeps me happy and on an even emotional keel. So, why do you keep harping on “over-training”?

A) Your workout regimen does constitute overtraining. The definition of over-training is performing any more exercise than is precisely required to achieve the desired result. An-one committed to the idea that optimal physical progress is the desired result must bear in mind that this can be achieved only by understanding and applying theoretical principles. However, many people do not explicitly clarify their goals; as a result, the don’t know how to properly direct their training efforts.

Forgotten Exercises: The Hindu Squat

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Owing both to its effectiveness and its sheer longevity, the Hindu Squat is one of the most interesting exercises unknown to most lifters in the West. Targeting the quads and aerobic system to a remarkable degree, the exercise serves as a fantastic finisher to your workout or indeed a workout in its own right.

A core part of a wrestler’s training in both pre-modern and modern India, the move is sure to be of interest to those looking to switch up their training methods and try a truly gruelling exercise.

Guest Post: Painful Feet – Causes, Precautions, Solutions And Appropriate Exercises

Many runners quit running due to foot pain which can often be chronic and quite debilitating. The problem is that some of the foot conditions are associated with running and other athletic activities. It is a shame that people give up to the pain and stop running or exercising because of these foot conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, bunions and other painful problems.

The bigger problem is that these conditions and other painful issues in the feet occur due to being overweight and inactive. This happens because of the bigger weight and strain of the body weight on the feet and the arches.
This is why, it is important to stay active even if you are suffering from soreness and pain in the feet!

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Here are some tips on resolving the problems with foot pain, as well as some ideas of simple forms of exercise which can help you stay active, and keep you from gaining weight and putting an extra strain on those feet:

Female Bodybuilder Astrid Falconi – From Pompons to Barbells & Dumbbells by Greg Zulak (1993 Article)

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Most women get into bodybuilding because they are unhappy with their bodies. Perhaps they are overweight and long to resemble the Twiggy-like models they see in Vogue or in TV commercials. Or perhaps they are in poor health and want more energy and vitality. Or maybe they are anorexic-looking and shapeless and want to add some bodyweight to fill out their clothes and have more sex appeal. In any case, it’s unusual that a beautiful woman, who is already a successful model, part-time actress and a cheerleader for a professional football team, turns in her pompons and heads to the gym to become a bodybuilder, but such is the case for Astrid Falcon, the 1991 Canadian national heavyweight and overall bodybuilding champion.