Thursday, May 28, 2009
I hate to say it; but I told you so... "Clean up you diet". Poor nutrition habits will not be beat by just some workouts. And In case you need more evidence to substantiate this, read this article about things that could lead to muscle loss:
I hope you all keep yourself busy at the gym and eating healthy.
Enjoy your weekend.
Eduardo Lorenzo, NASM-CPT, specializes in sports performance, injury prevention, corrective, exercises, physique enhancement, Boot Camp and weight loss programs.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Wow! This has certainly been an awesome beginning for our Fitness Boot Camp. Last week we tipped off with our teaser class Boot Camp to get everyone started and warmed up for what is headed their way in the following weeks.
I have to be honest and tell you that I’m super exited for some of the things I have in store for everyone at Boot Camp.
Yesterday… we couldn’t have wished for a better start on our official Boot Camp day with the rain and cold weather hitting us hard. But these guys stood strong and tall and endured the cold, the rain and the pain. Everyone is starting to pull together well and I am proud of all the effort the guys are giving.
Boot Camp is all about making you strong, fit and capable of doing things you never thought possible. It’s having to face your challenges through discipline and exercise which in turn delivers results in a way that affects not only your physique (which those enlisted will be rocking and in top condition pretty soon) but also the way you see life and approach things knowing that you are capable of overcoming anything that gets in your way. It’s a combination of our physical, mental and spiritual state; because you need to dig deep within yourself and realize you are much capable than what you think, and that all things are possible if we have the right attitude.
Wrap-up: For those of you enlisted in the Boot Camp, hang in there. For those of you thinking about it; registration is still open till May 22, 2009 for our final 3 spots. After that you will have to wait for our next Boot Camp program.
Some pictures from Boot Camp:
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
by: Eduardo Lorenzo
What if I gave you the F-Word...
The new F-Word… or Failure that is, and it’s a word you should be familiar with if you are trying to build your best body ever.
Yet reality tells us different, now a days most people are afraid of failure; hey! Even I think it’s now the new “F” dirty word. This shouldn’t surprise you unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last 20 years. Take a good look at the economy, failure is exploding in frequency. The financial distress, corporate and consumer debt, foreclosures at record highs, banks and manufacturing companies going out of business; in other words: failure.
The quick fix to all this: bailing out banks, homeowners and aiding companies at large to stay afloat, only to see them keep practicing the same type of business that put them in line to bankruptcy or failure.
We seem to forget that most business ventures fail, and from those failures is that we as a nation have learned acute lessons that have helped us be prosperous and build good businesses that actually make sense and profits.
Do you see the similarity in regards to your fitness goals?
You need to train to failure. "Well not always" but from time to time failure training should be used to motivate you to try harder and in return you will build a great physique.
Let me explain this; failure refers to performing a set until the point of being unable to complete one more rep, despite all effort you "fail" to complete the last rep.
Training to failure is, however, a controversial topic. Some expert’s say you should always train to failure, others don’t even see a relationship of training to failure with real life activities… let’s say you are washing and waxing your car, failure in this case would mean you would do this till your arms drop, not very likely is it.
The argument is that training to failure is mainly considered a hypertrophy training technique, as muscular strength, power, and endurance gains can still be made without training to failure. However one might argue that if you can physically do more, then you are not training at your optimum level, so it may be considered a general principle for any aspect of training, even cardio/aerobic training such as running or cycling (until you physically cannot continue), but again this increases the risk of injury, of collapsing, and of feeling extreme discomfort for several days.
Various studies have been done, showing that training to failure does not substantially improve muscle development, but many thousands of hardcore weight trainers disagree based on their personal experience.
For many, they just compromise in some way. If they are doing three sets of a particular exercise during their workout, they only train to failure on the final set. In some ways, this compromise is a bit illogical. If training to failure is worth doing, why only do it once? If training to failure isn't worth doing, why do it at all?
Do I sound like I am contradicting myself? I can see my inbox flooded with countless e-mails from our avid readers. But it’s O.K. like I mentioned earlier this is a controversial topic.
Does it work? It’s a personal decision one must make. I for one, use this system from time to time, not always… there is no one such program that will do it all.
With that in mind these are my suggestions:
If you hit a plateau, then training to failure is an option because it will help you break that pattern. Remember the business strategy we spoke at the beginning; if you keep bailing out your body as with the financial system, you’ll only end up doing the same time after time with little to no results.
Mix it up from time to time to keep yourself out of the boredom and to challenge your body.
If you are training to failure, safety is always first. Try to get a spotter or use common sense; don’t get injured while trying to show off.
Take home message: training to failure is an option… quitting however is not.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
My weekend at Motor-GT Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL; is one to remember. Between the drama, the weather and all the controversy surrounding the race, Armando Ferrer and “TeamHurtByAccident.com” came on top.
Most of you have seen me training Armando at the gym the last 3 weeks. We’ve been working on an endurance and strength type of training. In just three weeks Armando added about 7 pounds of lean muscle mass and gained knowledge on sports nutrition, sleep, and proper exercise.
After all the hype on the race, Armando, who rides the No. 69 TeamhurtByAccident.com bike, slid off the course and into the gravel at Turn 14 near the entrance to pit road, and was hospitalized on Friday after crashing during his qualifying session. He was at the hospital till midnight, yet thankfully he didn’t have broken bones or internal bleeding.
I arrived at the track Saturday morning and checked on Armando to see how he was doing. He didn’t look that good though, so after a series of pep talk, stretching and massage (a lot of pain in his muscles and joints), Armando decided he wasn’t going to throw away all of the effort he had put into his conditioning. He suit up and decided to race. WOW! I mean it was raining, we had lightning, tornado watch in event, the race was postponed for a while and all the drama with him and the team was crazy.
The result, the team decided to play a strategy along with our second racer #64 of the Motor-GT2 category. IT PAID OFF!!! We won both races!!!
Armando went from the ER all the way to the podium… incredible! Now more drama came into the weekend when for a weird and controversial “ruling” they stripped TeamHurtByAccident.com of the win and placed them on second place. The team took the news really bad but as professionals everyone kept their cool, and decided to submit an official protest. The other teams and the media where congratulating the team on the win, even the supposed winning team knew we had the race.
All said and done, I’ve just heard that the official review of the race is that TeamHurtByAccident.com is still pending, however, as of now the team is tied for first place in the championship standings.
My proud moment was when Armando acknowledged that his training program was the key factors that helped him overcome the obstacles he faced and realized that by working your body and your mind at high levels the impossible is nothing.
I am most appreciative of the privilege provided by owner of TeamHurtByAccident.com C.J. Czaia, to work with the team and be a part of this success. I look forward to keeping close ties with team as they are in the hunt of this year’s championship.
I’ll post some pictures on Facebook (I got a few but there is more to come soon, as I get them): http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=757805649&ref=profile#/album.php?aid=254049&id=757805649
For more information on the race and news you can follow the links provided:
Author: Eduardo Lorenzo, NASM-CPT Eduardo Lorenzo specializes in sports performance, injury prevention, corrective exercises, physique enhancement and weight loss programs.
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Author: Eduardo Lorenzo, NASM-CPT
Eduardo Lorenzo specializes in sports performance, injury prevention, corrective exercises, physique enhancement, Boot Camp and weight loss programs.