Airport Offers New Way to Train

One of the many burdens of airports is that there is no place to workout. Likely, most people won’t be upset that their airport doesn’t have a gym. However, for the rest of us, a workout could be the perfect stress reliever. Also, how much time would we save if we could knock out our weightlifting while waiting through an agonizing layover? Regardless of their reason, Baltimore has decided to build a place to workout, within their airport. I’d imagine that the traveling bodybuilders will adore being able to finish their lifting while waiting on a flight.

Of course, you will need to make it past the security checkpoints but once you’ve beat that, you are ready to lift! Having opened on January 9th, the facilities are brand new and include quite a few different areas of importance. If you think that a workout before your flight will only make you a sweaty mess, think again. One of the most talked about benefits of exercise is how good it is for coping with stress. If the thought of that airplane starting to ascend has you shaking, exercise before your flight. The release of the brain’s stress fighting chemicals will make you feel much better. After all, being able to workout sure beats twiddling your thumbs in those gigantic lobbies, right? If you don’t plan on finding yourself anywhere near Baltimore, fear not, there will be more airports with fully-functional gyms very soon.

As a matter of fact, Charlotte Douglass International Airport is planned to be the next building that will feature a brand new workout spot. Roam Fitness is the company behind these amazing gyms, what a great idea to add them to airports. Perhaps, we could one day see more gyms pop up in places where they normally aren’t. Could you imagine knocking out a session on the treadmill while waiting at the DMV? The world is heeding the call to become fit and I welcome that! Another great benefit of the gyms that Roam Fitness has setup is that you don’t have to pay first-class prices to enjoy their facilities. A day pass to this new Baltimore gym is only $40 and it covers the cost of clothing. Yes, you can rent clothing to wear at their gym, why don’t other places treat their customers this good? If I didn’t have the right clothes at my gym, they would kindly show me the door and I would have to leave! However, if you do plan ahead and bring your own clothes, there is an additional perk to the day pass.

At no extra cost, the staff will actually vacuum seal your sweaty workout clothes, before you have to head onto your flight. Roam Fitness has done an amazing job of catering to a wide variety of fitness needs with both cardio and strength training machines. Something I wasn’t sure would be included, free weights, are also going to be included in these airport gyms, sign me up! I can count enough times that I could have used a good lifting session at an airport. Whether or not it was the sass of a TSA officer, a delayed flight, or a layover, all are good reasons to take that aggression out on a set of weights. If you don’t live in the Charlotte or Baltimore area, don’t worry, Roam Fitness is planning to roll out these gyms in many airports.

Body Combat is Defeating Stress, One Person at a Time

Is that stationary class having you wanted to fall asleep? Are you looking for more of an adrenaline rush, in the fight to keep your body firm? There is a new class being offered called Body Combat and it won’t have you stepping into a cage but it will train you like you are about to go into one! While you won’t be fighting any other fellow classmates for a belt, or shot at the champion, you will need to prepare to start sweating. Focusing on the same training style of some of the most influential fighters in the history of mixed martial arts, you will be trading in sit ups and push ups for punches and kicks.

If you think that there is no real base to this form of training, take a second look at most of the fighters out there right now. Known for some the leanest body fat percentages, fighters don’t want to waste time on a training program that wouldn’t deliver. Some see fighters as nothing but human punching bags but that wouldn’t drive home all of the intense conditioning that allows them to even step foot into a cage. Where Body Combat is different from other training programs is pretty much evident when learning about it, I think it is a welcome change.

For many years, we’ve all been victim to the boring classes that our gym offers, with no new changes to the class, making one wonder if they are even missing out. I guarantee you, if my gym had started getting the gear in place for Body Combat workouts, I would have waited all day to step into that class. In my opinion, the greatest training classes teach you lessons that can be applied in other places. For instance, I remember going to a relaxation class that my local gym was offering, I had never been much for learning new ways to relax but I had some time to kill. To this day, I am still so happy with myself that I decided to stop by a relaxation class, thank goodness for not having any plans that night.

What I learned about allowing myself to calm down and not let stress get to me has paid off so much, I wish I could back and see that teacher again to thank him! You’ll notice that Body Combat does offer differing exercise times, meaning that you jump into a class that fits the time that you have left for the day. One annoying aspect of many classes that I have taken is the indifference at how long a class went. Sometimes, it seemed that only the fellow classmates were the only ones paying attention to how long a class was supposed to run, which was weird. Our gym has been able to hire on some really great trainers, as well as other staff, I haven’t had a bad experience there since the change in staff started happening. However, before those very important changes, were teachers giving classes that I don’t think were fully qualified, but we will save that story for another time. Getting back to Body Combat, you will only find knowledgeable professionals leading these courses. Being able to learn real deal combat techniques, from a wide variety of disciplines, along with staying skinny is a win-win for everyone.

Can You Double the Muscle You Build?

Although, I’m not positive as to why, doesn’t it seem like you’re always hearing about ways to double, or even triple your muscle? I don’t think that we stop to consider that double something equates to 200%, certainly not a number to be scoffed at. Nevertheless, I wanted to see what out there could come close to doubling the rate at which I gain muscle. I’ve worked on this for quite a while now and had to bust out a calculator to come up with an equation that would work. What I came up with is, with my current diet and training regimen, I was gaining about 4.5 lbs a month, not a bad number but not great either. With that in mind, I set off to see what could be done so that I could build muscle more rapidly. I was already using something for energy, so I knew that I would be covered there.

To tell you the truth, I’ve actually had to reduce the amount of energy I’ve been getting, so I was definitely all set in that department. Stacking the best supplements I could get my hands on, I now had what I needed to see if I could start gaining a respectable 9 pounds a month (doubling my previous month of gains).

Stacks Are Awesome, If You Are Dedicated to Building Lean Muscle!

It wasn’t easy and it took some modifying of my meal plan, as well as what workouts I was doing, I wasn’t sure if it could be done in time. As the thirty day point was looming, I knew that I looked a little bulkier but I didn’t realistically think that I was anywhere close to my gaining goal.One thing that bugged me about trying to double the muscle building power I had was all of the meals I had to it. It seemed like everyday was another battle with the fork to eat more than I had the past week. I have to admit that more of my gains, this time around, were comprised of fat, which I was fine with. I think that if I do some changing to the supplements that I am stacking, I can reach that point of gaining twice as much muscle.

Burt’s Bees Entering the Protein Market?

In what has to be the wildest thing that I’ve read in a while, it looks like the biggest protein powder makers around may have a new contender, waiting in the wings, and they have a huge brand following. Burt’s Bees is the company that is now releasing a new kind of protein powder. Coming way out of left field, the Burt’s Bees company is most well known for their lip balms and skin creams. Having had an ex who loved the stuff, I can tell you that the Burt’s Bees lip balm is the only one that I will use. In the wintertime, my lips become more susceptible to being chapped than at any other time of the year, and I crave that kind of lip balm. Per serving of the Burt Bee’s Protein and Gut Health powder, there are fifteen grams of protein.

Since Burt’s Bees want to promote a more all-natural way of creating products, their protein powder is created from different sources, not just the same old boring whey that we’re used to. From plants, fruits, and many more sources, you can be sure that you are going to get a wide array of healthy sources of protein, not just filler! I am looking forward to getting to try some of this protein powder, as I am sure that many loyal followers of Burt’s Bees are waiting to do the same. There is even a daily protein powder, with a vanilla flavor, that is less intense on the ingredient side.

What I love about the Burt’s Bees kind of protein is the care taken to select their ingredients. So many protein powders are so worried about you gaining muscle, that they don’t really concentrate on other vitamins and minerals that we all need. Not with Daily Protein, there are actually two entire servings of fruits and vegetables in a serving of the protein powder. Also, for anyone out there will allergies, you’ll be glad to know that the Daily Protein made by Burt’s Bees is both gluten and soy-free! Great for those people who have issues with other protein powders being too harsh on their stomach, I think that the Daily Protein is going to really take off. You’ve likely used their other products on your lips and skin, now you can drink a protein made Burt’s Bees, I imagine that it is going to taste great.

What I remember about applying the Burt’s Bees lip balm was how tough it was to not to lick my lips and remove the balm off of them. The makers of this product know that is isn’t best suited for those outrageous bodybuilders that need upwards of thirty or more grams of protein per scoop. Better yet, the Burt’s Bees Daily Protein is more suited for everyday people with normal physiques that just want to take better care of what they consume. I am still stunned that Burt’s Bees is making a protein product of their own, not because I’m worried about the final product, but because of the departure that it is for the company. After looking through the detailed pictures of the container and hearing about initial impressions of the powder, I have little doubt that we won’t be seeing Daily Protein showing up just about everywhere soon and I, for one, am really looking forward to it.

Is Golfing A Valid Form of Exercise?

For all of my retired readers, it is likely that you are probably going to have a golfing trip planned soon. I can’t believe that I didn’t play more golf growing up, my father was a big fan of the sport and would regularly have it on our television screen. For some reason, I always found the sport to be incredibly boring, until video games had their say. One of the things that always interested me was my father’s golf video game. During this time, video games were not the amazing marvels of technology that we see today. Back then, the graphics weren’t as good but I loved watching my dad play his golf video game and soon I wanted to get in on this experience. I remember that, at first, me and my dad would play games against each other, most of the time I think that he let me win but I would soon get better.

Soon, I was able to have some close golf matches with my dad, even getting to win a couple of times, without being helped. I had quickly built up a small ego about good I would be if we took our rivalry out on a real golf course. I remember pulling up to the driving range because my dad had told me that this would be the best way to get actual experience, before we loaded up a golf cart and actually played 9 or 18 holes. The suggestion that my father made to me did make perfect sense and as we walked up to our area of the driving range, I was prepared to impress him. As I took what would be my first and last swing of golf in a public place, I heard an unmistakable dinging noise and knew what I had done.

As I continued to watch my golf shot, I saw the half of the club that I had accidentally drove right into the metal golf bag stand and watched the shrapnel fly across the range. Thankfully, I didn’t hear anyone laughing at me and I was sure that no one had seen it, except for my dad who was now laughing harder than I had ever heard him do so previously. Needless to say, I had decided that an early retirement from the sport of golfing would best for me, as those clubs can get expensive to replace. Speaking from personal experience, golf is definitely a viable way to get some exercise in. For one, in golfing, you have the option to walk the length of the course, which is great for completing some cardio. It might not sound like much, but every single time that you swing your golf club, you are engaging in a form of physical training. Is golf the best way in the world to exercise?

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No, but that doesn’t mean that, for millions of people that love it, golfing shouldn’t be included as a way for them to stay in shape. Between being outside, walking around, and getting some great conversation and a game in at the same time, it just stand to reason that golf has far too many benefits associated with it, to simply be written off as a game. Having known many who are regulars to get out on the greens during the weekends, it is seen as a enjoyable way to not only lower their golfing strokes but also to get a little cardio done, while they have a great time!

Apps that Offer Extra Incentive to Slim

Sounding more like something out of a dream, than an actual technology, we now live in a time where you can be paid to work out. If there is an incentive that drives some of us more than money, I don’t know what that would be. If your mind is wanting to desperately lose weight or gain muscle, we don’t always have bodies that want that same goal. If I hadn’t already started my path a long time ago, I would have definitely signed up for some of these amazing apps. I wouldn’t go out and quit my job for these apps, as the paydays will vary and most aren’t something you could live in but extra money isn’t a thing I would turn down, no matter how little it was.

I’m still looking into this technology, as I had honestly only learned these sort of apps were possible a few days ago. If you’re looking to earn while you burn calories, here are two of the applications that I had some time to spend with. The first app is known as Pact, which will pay users for achieving their fitness goals, with a fun little twist. When you sign up for Pact, the process is fairly simple, you make your own pacts, which will be your goals going forward. Whether it is that you want to clean up how you eat or you just want to clock in an extra minute on the treadmill, Pact lets you choose the goals that you want to do.

Where the fun twist comes in, is that you get paid by users who didn’t achieve their pact. With most fitness apps, if you don’t complete your goal, you don’t really lose out on much but feeling disappointed with yourself. Pact changes how much incentive we have to complete our goals, because if you don’t, you’ll likely be paying someone else that did. If losing your own personal money is not an incentive enough for you to change your life, I don’t know what would be. The second application is called Healthy Wage and is designed more with weight loss in mind, than setting other goals. As long as you don’t expect to become a millionaire off of them, take these apps for what they are, a new way to force you to stick with your fitness goals. As the New Year approaches, I believe that there will be more than one or two people reading this who have their resolution, the most popular one which is losing weight.

Don’t go into this year with a goal that has no real reason for you to want to carry on with it. Some will have their fitness goals in place for family, spouse, or because they just want to feel better about how they look. If you are at a loss, regarding what your reason will be, as we head into 2017, to become a new you, the apps I have talked about could be a great new adventure for you! I don’t suggest that any cheapskates sign up for these applications, as they do say numerous times that you could end up losing money. How much success you find with these cool fitness apps will be up to you and your level of willpower. Prices will range for these apps, like they will in any other category!

How I Gained 25lbs In About A Month

Recently, I’ve been getting asked about what changes I have been making, from my friends that also train. Perhaps it has been my busy holiday schedule, I suppose that I have accidentally forgotten to notice that I was bulking fast. I have certainly been consuming more milk than usual, it has been like a craving since I started lifting heavily.

I’ve also seen, that with doing more of my compound lifts, which use more muscles at once, than would isolation exercises, that my appetite has been changing. It is almost like my hunger is more noticable and harder to shrug off, than how I used to eat. Being someone that could skip a meal or two before it really got to me, I find that the more I force myself to eat, the more often I am hungry.

I am hoping that you are seeing the connection between forcing myself to eat and how quickly my body grew to like that schedule, meaning if you go through a couple days of weirdness, actual pounds gained could be on the other side. I don’t know if it is possible for all of you to gain more than twenty pounds in a month, for some it will be too much to ask. What you should be doing, rather than setting a goal that someone else had, would be to setup tasks that are feasible for you to exceed. You’ll find the right balance, even it takes some trial and error but you will get do complete tasks that you never thought you could and it feels great!

Go grab a list of great calorie dense foods, perhaps a gallon or two of milk, and start doing exercises that use your full body. If you can deal with burning muscles and feeling more sluggish on heavy eating days, you’ll be growing your way into a massive version of you very fast. Also, the faster amount of days that you set for gaining weight could lead to slight fat gains, this is part of the process and what to be prepared for during bulking times. Fear not, with an emphasis on adding some light running into your week, that extra flab will be no match for you!

Chester knows that to get to where you really want to be, you will need to make changes that won’t always be those that you ease into. Prepare yourself for a long road and you’ll see that the travel time was never as long as what you would have expected it to be!

Gaining More of an Understanding of Pylometrics

Jumping around is an activity that you were told not to do but as we age, we find new uses for even the most simple of body movements. Having a sturdy base of strength on your legs is vital for performing many essential tasks in life. If you have aspirations of lifting weight, having legs like tree trunks will only do you good, no harm here. Based out of Russia, the plyometric form of training was one that did take some time to perfect but once it was released to the masses, it changed how we look at modern muscle development.

The study of pylometrics was created when it was found out that more jumping distance would create a sort of shock throughout your body. This shocking feeling has been shown to provide additional muscle growth, when compared to normal jumping activities, like you would get with using a jump rope. Although it could seem out of place to what you value in life, there are those who are needing to have a big vertical jump. For those who are undergoing a plyometric transformation of their aerobics, the height of a jump could mean the difference between making a team and not being able to play.

box jumpingSome jobs, especially those that require good physical conditioning and if you’re applying for them, it could mean that pylometrics should be of the utmost importance to you. For the uninformed, pylometrics can be easily confused with normal jumping but that would missing the entire point of these exercises. What you would ideally want to do when you are learning about pylometrics is to continuously challenge yourself. Box jumping is going to be the most likely method that you have seen true pylometrics in action. The exercise known as box jumping is simple enough to understand but tougher to effectively carry out. For a box jumping exercise, all you would need to obtain is a box but the details will be the main difference between success and failure with pylometrics.

If you are new to extending your vertical jump, you won’t want to endanger yourself by getting a box that is going to be too tall for you to even use. Stick with something that you know for a fact is going to be very stable with your body weight standing on it. Please, don’t think that because it is called box jumping that you will need to get a cardboard box, this will be a very painful learning experience if you do. Instead, choose to get a crate made of a sturdy material, wood is good base component but could be worn down over time. However, getting a crate that is made of metal will be hard to obtain but would ensure that you wouldn’t be breaking your box in the near future. You can help to make the transition into perform pylometrics more simple by making sure that you are training in the form of both squats and calf extensions.

As you will come to know, a squat is kind of like a jump, while you have weights saddled to your upper back. If you continue to be able to squat with increased weight plates, you will also begin to see your vertical jump take off. Considering investing into some form of workout mats, if you practicing pylometrics within your own home.