Monday, November 24, 2014


If you're going to be successful in developing your body you must not only be constantly trying to increase the amount of weights that you handle for your exercises, but at the same time you must also be very careful of the stress that you were placing on your shoulders, knees, and lower back.

I have seen athletes for over 30 years virtually ruin their joints by handling too much weight and only getting exercise from lifting weights  They begin to cheat when they do the exercises and when they start experience pain in her joints.

They stop doing perfect form and start to use their legs and lower back so they can handle the same amount of weights, or no longer do a full extension of the exercise.  And the more their joints ache, the less range of motion they use on the exercise that they are doing.  Which also means they are losing flexibility in their muscles and joints for they no longer doing a full range of motion. 

I would suggest that every athlete include some static and non-static stretching either during their work out or to different part of the day.  And that you also include at least 1-2 rest stays during the week when you should be doing some flexibility exercises and aerobics to let your joints relax and your muscles grow.  

In fact if you find your poundages are going down, your joints and body are racing, it is always good idea to take a day or two off and let your body recover and your muscles to grow.

Do not feel guilty about this and definitely do not keep training add keeping the weights up or you are risking the chance of serious surgery and having to lay off for months before you can train again

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Training Routine 10/19/14

I have been working out and world's gym about two months now.  I go in early in the morning in the atmosphere is great a lot of serious people in there.  In order to train hard you knew to be around people who are positive and have a lot of energy and want to work hard. 

My strength is increasing steadily and this week and I will get a little more rest  and try to get some more aerobics in.  I am bringing my lunch and breakfast each day and have a healthy meal prepared when I come home at night. 

I am also getting plenty of sleep and rest for that is one key to being in great shape.  If you do not get enough rest your muscles will  not fill out or grow.  And as we age we need to maintain our muscle mass.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Training at Worlds Gym in Glendale 

I had some super training sessions the last three weeks at world gym.  They really have some serious bodybuilders and fitness people there and it makes it very easy to train hard and to get some serious weight lifting in.

My weight poundages have gone up significantly in the last month and I could definitely see and feel the results.  if you're going to train and you want results you do after increase your weights. You simply cannot put on muscle if you're handling super lightweights, and you really will not get any results either.

I sometimes jump rope for 10 minutes at the end of my workout and I'm still playing tennis and hiking too.  Now I did you just start to clean up my diet the next two weeks I get a little more sleep and see how far I can take this

I have big plans! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Training news 09/15

My training has been going great so last week was a very busy and work at school,  My lifts are going way up, and  when the weights you're using increase so do your muscles. 

You simply cannot handle meaningless  lightweights add get any results except being toned.   If you want to get results you must be working to increase the weights you are handling.   

That being said you cannot sacrifice form though.   You need to maintain good form and all your exercises to get results and to prevent injury.

Just getting back to the training I took my leg press from 135 pounds to 350 pounds in about six weeks.  And my dumbbell bench presses from 25 to 65 pounds too

And I just getting in to the hard training now.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Training at Worlds Gym

Bed back to the gym for the last two weeks now and getting great results!  I work out about 5:50 AM to 6:50 AM and I go in a very rapid pace.

My weight poundages are going up but I still keep them under control and go for form first.   I have been also getting an aerobic workout for play tennis and from running sprints in the pool.

I have kept my diet very clean and each week try to add more healthy foods to it.   The next two weeks I'm going to try to start cutting off some of the carbs and lean up and see ho cut up  I can get.

6 feet 205 pounds now I will try to go around 200 by the end of next week.   Not bad for sixty years old

Saturday, August 2, 2014


Visiting Daughter and Granddaughters

Brought mat - 25 pound dumbbells 
up 6AM -  run 1 mile of sprints up HIGH grass hill in park
Walk 1/2 mile there and back to park
200 pushuos
500 situps
100 free squats
100 curls- hammer curls - cleans and presses-  rows with dumbbells
20 minutes of yoga stretching 

I do not care where you are what you are doing you can still get a good workout when you travel and when you are on vacation

And you will FEEL so much better when you do!    make it habit you never stop

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Training in the Swimming Pool - 07/19/14

I have been running sprints in the pool doing straights- running backwards sideways and jumping up. I alternate with treading water and go over 30 to 45 minutes of full sprints and some stress.
Played tennis today and flat out kicked ass!!!! I want four sets in a row against them the top players in SCV

I Run as fast as I can in the water for sprints, and then I do stride outs as long as a stride as I can also!  I then tread water  pushing as hard as I can with both arms and feet while I'm doing it.  I can Tread water easily for 30 minutes now while making the water really rise  what I'm doing it,  I mean making my legs and arms move rapidly.

It is an incredible high intensity low-impact workout! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Training Update -7/10/14
My training world's gym is really escalating. In our work out in five times a week along with tennis and swimming.  My weight pal just going out and  am able to do more exercises each day. I'm going to start tightening up my diet

I'm going to steadily increase the power outages next 60 days, remove most of that from my diet, see what I can look like.  I only take about 30 seconds between each exercise is big enough to put equipment to use. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Just three days of training at world gym
This picture was taken today right before I go play tennis

Then super busy teaching and so have been short on sleep and also diet is just and fair.  But I have got my routine up to a full hour now, and in fact I could go for another 30 minutes if I get up earlier

So this next week I'm going to train even harder give my diet cleaned up and see if I can keep increasing those weights. Doing mostly aerobics and lightweights the last 10 years so now to see how much I can increase them.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

New Training Routine

Okay so I've decided it's time to get serious and I went enjoying Worlds Gym Glendale!  I spent the last three years training in a small school gym with very limited weights and equipment.

In fact the dumbbells only go up to 20 pounds. So since I want to see how far I can push my training at age 60 I decided Time to get to a real gym and do some hard training. So I'm not training very early morning four-  five times a week. This is my third  work out and my ways are already starting to go up and I could feel my muscles were sore from the previous two days. 

But I will now be able to see just how far I can push my training.  My age I don't have to worry about losing muscle or really losing weight. Your body becomes a economic  machine and you have to watch what you eat and get the maximum out of the calories and the carbs you consume

So I am also starting my diet this week and hope to tighten my entire body in the next 60 days. I am not on a super strict diet for I do not believe in those and those usually lead to overindulgence at times. 

Simply put I intend to train as hard as I can and eat as healthy as I can. I will put pictures up of the results each week.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Free photo shoot for a bodybuilder/Fitness athletes who wants to take before and after pictures

Going to do photo shoots next week for all those bodybuilders and fitness people who want to do a before and after training session. We will do them twice a month and see what changes can be made

This is Debbie from Canyon country who is 64 years old and still training hard. Come on down if you can make it if not post your picks up here and tell us about your training

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Training Day for 05/30/14

Starting gear up by my training. Going to increase my weights, increase all of my cross training, and really start to work on a super healthy diet.

Today I ran in the pool, tread water for 30 minutes, and then did a lightweight workout at Home, 

Also going to start taking some creatine each day and see what the results are. Remember all the dieting in the world Will not make any difference if you don't train as hard as you can. 

And remember I am doing this and 60 years old.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Training at age  60
Before 04/26/14

After 05/30/16

You can see the difference over the last one with my training and I am just getting started. I am back to lifting weights in the morning and I have now started to run in the pool and tread water filed to six days a week.

I'm also playing tennis for five times a week and hiking or five times a week. I'm starting to clean up my diet and eat healthier each week. I want to see how far I can go with my training I will start to record pictures every week and profile for my training

I will start to take pictures each week and record more more my training

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Apple - Strawberry Smoothie

I just created this delicious healthy Apple strawberry smoothie using my vita mix blender. 

The ingredients include

  • One Apple cored
  • 10 strawberries
  • One cup of protein power
  • Eight ice cubes 
Remember any smoothie or drink that you blend,  you need to drink within 20 minutes of blending to get all of the nutrition from it.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Bodybuilding at 60 years old

Well it's time for me now to really start training. I have been swamped training and also educating students for the last couple years. 

But from now on I'm going to make sure that I put in time on my own training and diet for want to see just what kind of shape I can get in!  

My current routine includes;

  • Training at 6:15 AM Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
  • Playing teaching tennis Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday – Saturday – Sunday
  • Hiking or running sprints to three times a week
I am now going to start doing an extra work out and night twice a week, some yoga and flexibility, and some medicine ball and jiu jitsu workout.  

Plus I am going to try to tighten up my diet and to also make sure I have more time to relax and recover. 60 years old you can still handle very substantial weights we have to make sure you have perfect form and higher reps.  You also have to watch your weight is absolutely stupid to try and get too heavy when you're over 50 years old. This puts a lot of strain on your heart and internal organs will do no good at all.

In fact I know it will hurt your cardiovascular system it will put excessive strain when your joints and you will begin to lose movement and flexibility!  Remember is we age our bones lose strength and also some flexibility.  Therefore do not try to weigh more than you did or the same about you did if you were playing college football or another sport that required you to bulk up.

Trading over 50 you  have to be smart and use your mind as much as your body. We want to be able to move, be active,  and enjoy our life as we age. So let's made sure we train to be healthy, and have fun,

I will now post more pictures and the effects of my training once or twice a week. I will soon start the channel on YouTube.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Should You Juice or Blend to be Healthy

Personally I prefer to blend my fruits and vegetables instead of juicing them.  I do this for a definite purpose.

When you juice you are extracting the water and nutrients from produce and trying to discard the fiber.  Without the fiber your digestive system doesn't have to work as hard to break down the food and can almost instantly absorb nutrients.  It can make the nutrients  quickly available to your body and in much larger quantities than if you were just eat those all of those fruits and vegetables. 

Is also the reason and I not use a juicer.  When you are juicing fruits, the juice that is made can release the sugar into your body at a extremely rapid raise. This is because of the fiber has been removed from the fruit and vegetables.   If you were only juicing fruit this can cause a huge spike in your blood sugar level which can be most unhealthy for your body.  High blood sugar levels can cause diabetes, mood swings and other physical ailments, 

When you use the blender you are also getting all of the fiber and skin from the fruits and vegetables you blend.  By blending you are able to break the fiber apart from the food fruit or vegetables, which helps create a slow even release of the nutrients into your body and bloodstream, and avoids the blood sugar spikes that can result from using a juicer and juicing fruits.  Also by blending fruits and vegetables it makes them easier to digest since the blender has broke the fiber apart.  Plus I have found making a smoothie in my blender is much more filling than just drinking juice from a juicer. 

Dr. Herbert Shelton states in his books is best not to combine certain fruits and vegetables so do not combine vegetables like carrots, broccoli, zucchini for they have high starch content. And starches are digested with enzymes different from those used for any other food groups.  If you combine these vegetables with fruit it can it can cause gas and other symptoms.  What he did fine is that you can combine green leafy vegetables with pretty much anything you want, that is what I combine them with spinach and kale.

The last part is make sure you try to drink but you made in the first 15 or 20 minutes after you've created it. Both the air and light will destroy many of the nutrients the longer it sits out after you have made it. So after you have made your smoothie or juice sitdown, relax, and drink it  also do not make too much and then try to store it. Try too make just enough for you to use in one session

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Popeyes ice cream

I first tried this at the Blendtech booth will going to Cosco. I was in a hurry and just grabbed it and start walking toward took a taste of it.  And let me say it tasted incredible!!

I have now started make my own version the last couple of weeks.  My ingredients include;

  • 3/4 Almond or coconut milk
  • Spinach and Kale
  • Agave nectar-  I only use 2 tablespoons- You can add more
  • One cup of ice
I have a vita mix many high-end blender will do. Come by all of the ingredients and set the blender on low.  Blend for 30 seconds to one minute and then remove ingredients.

With the Agave nectar I only use a little bit of this to minimize the sugar content.

This is a great way to have your family or children enjoy health benefits of spinach and kale.   Try it I think you'll really like it.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Working the core muscles

This is been a hot button term for the last 10 or 15 years. Everyone talks about working the core. What the heck does that mean.

First of all there more than a few strength and conditioning coaches who feel that working the core is something they put minimum time into.   They feel it is a term used by trainers to train Hollywood celebrities and people who were not athletes.

The core muscles include both your abdominals and your lower back muscles. They are at the center of your body and they are versus what hold your body together. Virtually every movement or exercise you do involves those muscles. If they are strong and meet your posture is straight and for any athletic endeavor A strong core will enhance your performance,

And of course for bodybuilding or fitness having a strong core a flat stomach is absolutely necessary. And like it or not it is also the way most people at judge if you are in shape or not.  When you put on a bathing suit to to it or go swim or relax and Sun bath you want to have a flat well toned stomach. That is the standard for what is called a sexy body.

When you do exercises for the core they are not just for the muscles that we call the six pack. we are also working oblique muscles and also the muscles of our lower back. That means we are not just doing endless crunches. We are doing other movements that strengthen and also provide flexibility to our core muscles.

As a trainer I have witnessed many athletes who have incurred injuries by ignoring the core muscles and by also putting on excessive weight. Most excessive way is stored around the abdominal muscles. This weight then put extra pressure on your lower back to keep you in an upright position. This can waken your lower back and make you very susceptible to injury.

In addition any extra weight is going to put incredible pressure on your joints. Especially your feet and ankles knees and hips.  I do not care how much muscle you put on to try to make up for this excess weight your boat structure can only handle so much weight. It is like taking your car and starting to put 45 pound plates and it. There's become a point in time with your friend cannot support that way is going to collapse. So will your body

So you must keep this in mind as you start to develop your body had to train. We are all born with different types of bone structures and you need to take a good look at yours to see just how much weight you can carry. If you exceed this way but a large amount you are going to costly be injured and unable to train, and you will be most unhealthy.

And remember our goal for bodybuilding's health first. I don't care how much muscle you on if you feel awful it will not be worth it. And believe me I have known hi but it's a bodybuilders and Ashley's who have done just that. Well everyone is complimenting them on how big they are what's around the gym there most unhealthy.

Remember the abdominals are made up of four muscle groups. So we need to have a wide variety of exercises to hit all of these muscle groups. Many of these exercises consists of movement from a mat and also using an exercise ball. That's right bending down to pick up something also works your abdominals and your core.

Another group of exercises that address the core or Pilates.  These were created in the 1920s and they were designed to strengthen, tone, and develop the deep core abdominal muscles. They not only develop the abdominal muscles they also provide stability and flexibility when you were working out or playing a sport. They enable you to maintain body balance when you are moving in any direction. 

So make sure you do Core exercises in your workouts. You want to maintain a strong sleek,body, keep your lower back strong and flexible, and be able to maintain a good balance position all during the day. It will also help you create or maintain the hourglass figure that we all work hard to achieve.

I will soon put up some of my favorite exercises to about the car on my website

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Setting your bodybuilding goals

To be successful in any endeavor we need to set goals. This is what keeps us going when we’re tired, lack motivation, or have distractions that occur in our life.

But by looking at our goals this will motivate us to work out it correctly and push ourselves to matter what occurs in our personal life.  This is what will enable us to be successful as we pursue our fitness goals.

The first step is to have realistic goals that are short-term. After all is the Chinese say to accomplish any goal you must take the first step. So you need to sit down and write some goals that would apply for the next week the next two weeks in the next month.
Make them realistic we are not going to be Arnold Schwarzenegger in a month. That’s not going to happen. But we could lose 60 pounds or put on 6 to 8 pounds of muscle or   lose 2 to 3 inches around our waist.

I like to chart the wayside handle on a weekly basis. That way I can see how my body is reacting to what I am doing in my personal life. Am I not getting enough sleep and my not eating correctly and my letting stress what a day to day life affect me too much.
If I see A steady decrease in my ways that I know I need to adjust the other things I’m doing. I also go by how I feel each day. In other words I want to wake up feeling great and feel that way for the rest of the day. We do not want to have a three-hour workout every day and then go home and have no energy and not feel well during the day.

The first goal of bodybuilding is to look and feel good. It is not to take steroids and to look good I just feel awful and to be unhealthy. Wish you stop the steroids your muscle is either going to go away or you’re going to find you’re unable to drop that excess weight you have and most of it now Will no longer be muscle.

I have walked by people in the gym and not recognize them after they went on steroids this includes men and women. Some have lost between 20 to 50 pounds others have maintained the same way I lost 20 to 30% of their muscle mass. This is also very very hard and bad for your body. Anyway that goes on fast comes Allfast is going to go right back off right back on fast. We are looking for long-term health  goals.

After you create your goals you need to look at. Look at them two or three times a day do not ignore them. Remember out of sight out of mind. Look at them they got them all the time. Was someone offers you to pieces of birthday cake repeat your goal and maybe have half of one. When everyone else is sleeping in repeat your goal and get up early in the morning and get a workout in.

Remember you will feel like $1 million when you’re healthy you train, and when you take care yourself. And you cannot buy that feeling I don’t care how much money you have. I have training in Jim’s reset celebrities and their working out many of them hooked on drugs, alcohol, etc.. They have all the money in the world but they cannot keep healthy. 

I believe that you need sufficient rest to recover to relieve stress and to feel  and perform at an optimal level. If you are not getting enough sleep rest relaxation you are going to lose muscle, Game wait that is fat, suffer the effects when your heart and body. This includes high blood pressure and the possibility of stroke or heart attack. Remember the goal of bodybuilding is to build your body and be healthy. Not to be huge muscle to be unhealthy to pass away when you’re in your 40s, 

Over the last 10 to 15 years there’ve been multiple professional wrestlers, strength athletes, and bodybuilders with passed away in their early 40s. Most of them carried way too much weight, did not do any cardio work, you do not monitor their body is the work out. By ignoring their general health and focusing just on size and muscle mass and it up destroying their body and dying 2030 years before they should have.  They died too young like trying to make everybody do what it was not meant to. 

So always remember Health first when you set your goals. You want to have a healthy happy active life for the day you're born to the day you die. So set your goals to show modest game's each week each month each year. 

Push yourself and your workouts and towards all of your goals. Celebrate the success and analyze each failure. As long as you try to correct the mistakes you make your never failing. You're simply changing directions each day to become better and stronger each day.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

How to eat for optimal performance and workout

We all need carbohydrates for optimal performance. If you do not have enough carbohydrates when you are working out or competing you are simply going to run out of fuel. 

But not only do you need to eat carbohydrates to perform optimally you also need to time when you make them. Your body can only store 500 to 600 carbohydrates in your liver and muscles. So you not only need them to get a maximum workout or complete you also need to eat carbohydrates after your workout to fully recover and for your muscles to grow. If you combine some protein with your carbohydrates, your body will be even able to absorb even more carbohydrates thus giving you even more fuel.

For those are doing endurance sports or doing long time intense workouts carbohydrate loading can be very beneficial. Endurance training stimulates the sent synthesis of muscle glycogen,  So by doing carbohydrate loading you can increase the way your body stores carbohydrates.

Since I play and do high intensity sports and workouts I tried to eat A meal of 
60% carbohydrate
15% fat
25% protein

I want to make sure I am fueled sufficiently to have as intense workout as I can get. I do not want to push myself and then run out of energy. And as I stated before I make sure I eat again within two hours after my workout. 

Remember when you're doing intense muscle building or straining workouts your body continues to burn energy two- three hours after you are done working out,

So make sure you include your diet when you are planning out your workout routine. It is not unlike promising your car you will give a gas tomorrow when it is on empty today. Your car will not move and neither should you. If you do not have enough carbohydrates your body is going to use your muscles for a fuel.  Thus you can lose weight and actually look worse than you did before

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Get your workout in each week  

How many of you missed your workout today? How many of you had business, a personal issue, and something else come up when it was time to workout? How many of you have been skipping you workout period,  because you have broken the habit of exercising on a regular basis.   

Well I think I would see a lot of hands up there. What happened to a lot of you and why? Why do you find yourself coming home and eating and not exercising at all? Why do you find it hard to get back into a schedule after you have broken yours?   

Well let's analyze this a bit. I have worked with numerous athletes and people who want get in shape and train who have all started like gangbusters. They have their diets and workouts written up and they make little checkmarks each day as they complete their routine or their diet.   

But soon you find that you are missing one or two workouts and soon that becomes most of your workouts, You are no longer exercising, or eating healthy and you soon begin to feel like crap most days.   

What went wrong? Well you had a plan and you then stopped following it. What if you :   

•  Showed up at work 2-3 days a week instead of 5 days a week? Well, you would get fired. 

•  Studied for classes only 1-2 days a week? Well, you would flunk most of them! 

•  Showed up for a business meeting 3 hours early or 3 hours late? Well you would be the only one there. 

  You see in order to be successful in any of these endeavors you have to have a plan of action and you have to stick to it. Otherwise you will fail.   

So I do not care what workout you do as long as you do a workout each day. You need to find a consistent time to exercise and then make sure that your exercise at that time each day. 


So get up each day and make sure you have set a time up to work out and follow that schedule. I work out in the morning so that nothing can interfere with my workout. But I realize some of you cannot do that. So regardless of what time you work out don't think about it just give it make it habit and get your workout.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

How much should you warmup 
before you exercise

How much should you warm up before you exercise? I have received thousands of e-mails from athletes- bodybuilders- and working people asking this question.

First of all it depends on your type of workout you will doing and also on your individual body type. That being said you need to follow some general guidelines

1) The best warmup for lifting weights is to do the exercises you are about to do with a light weight and go through the full range of motion. That will warmup your body muscles that you are just about to use. DO NOT GO YOUR HEAVIEST WEIGHT ON YOUR FIRST OR SECOND SET UNLESS YOU WANT TO GET INJURED!

2) Do not go to do a long aerobic workout before you lift weights. You can often burn up the glycogen from your muscles before you even workout a that will give you a worthless workout. You need the glycogen to help you lift and get results.!

3). But one thing you need to do is to get your body temperature up some before you start. Whether that is done on the treadmill or some quick light weights it does not matter as long as you have got your blood pumping.  If I did not want to do a light set of all my exercises for warmup sometimes I would get on a exercise bike and ride it with no tension for about 8 to 10 minutes to get my blood flowing

The physiological reason you do a warm up is to assist your circulatory system in pumping oxygen-rich blood to your working muscles. You want to increase circulation throughout the body in a gradual manner. A good warm up w ill safely prepare your body for the increased demands of your exercise routine. When your muscles are cold muscles they do not absorb shock or impact as well, and are more susceptible to injury.

Always make sure you do not just walk in and try to handle your heaviest weight. That just shows lack of discipline and patience in your workout and you will end up paying the price and injuries. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

How does stress affect your body and your workout

High levels of stress will promote muscle breakdown and it will also release a lot more free radicals into your bloodstream.

" Stress is the body's reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses" ( WebMD).
First the good news.  

Getting exercise and a good workout increases the production of your endorphins. These are your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins.  So when you have a lot of stress getting a good workout in is going to make you feel better and relieve some of the stress you have.

Your workout will also focus your mind on what you were doing at the moment, and this will allow you to forget whatever is causing you stress in your life.   This can also make you feel happy and put you in a calm state of mind. Thus taking your thoughts away that which is causing you to have stress. 

Now for some of the bad news about stress. Recent studies have linked cortisol, a hormone that is released during times of stress, to cause cravings for sugar and fat. It is a believed that cortisol binds to receptors in the brain that control food intake. Plus if you are already overweight you may find you even more susceptible to these cravings.

This is why when you're under stress ice cream, cookies, or any other kind of sugar or fat food sounds good to you.  It almost feels like this would be comfort food to make you relax and releave the stress you feel. But in reality it is going to affect your body to cause even more stress.

Plus cortisol may also increase the level of fat tissue in your body and may also enlarge the size of your fat cells.   So it is essential that we limit the amount of stress in our life to control the amount of cortisol that is produced in our body.  This can also cause insomnia, and increased the sugar level in your body.

So we are to train hard and be able to compete and  we must also work just as hard to keep stress under control in our life. That means you need to set priorities make sure you keep organized and do not allow clutter, to come into your life i, and try to minimize any kind of distractions.  In other words try to simplify your life as much as possible.

Tried to keep to as much of the schedule as you can and keep your life organized into small time compartments. Then when you go to workout you will be at your optimal state which will also give you your optimal results.  

That you can train as hard as you should and you will get the results that you want.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cook Healthy Meals For Your Children 

At Manhattan's Private Calhoun School Chef Robert Surles cooks healthy meals for his Kids. "Chef Bobo " as he is called, cooks from scratch, keeps the portion sizes small, and provides healthy food instead of the preservative loaded, high sugar junk that most students are asked to consume.

He states that " studies have shown that it may take up to 15 times of tasting something before a child will like it." So rather than give in, Chef Bobo, will keep putting out his healthy food dishes until his students find the particular dishes they like.

He also tries to avoid any food that has corn syrup in it. He feels this is one of main reason that diabetes is running rampant in our children is that corn syrup is so prevelant in all of our foods. One of his examples is ketchup. Ketchup has more sugar in it than ice cream and he will not serve it to his students.

One of his recipes is for Rutabaga fries, which are tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper, and then cooked in a convection oven.

So you parents need to get on the bandwagon. You need to buy healthy foods from the grocery store, like lean meats, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit each week. You need to cook your meals from scratch and avoid the frozen prepared meals in the freezer aisles, which are pumped full of preservatives and sugars. You need to take the time and effort to plan and out and prepare healthy meals each day.

I would not only recommend that you eat most of your meals together as a family, but also did you get your children involved in cooking and preparing the meal. This will give them the routine of cooking and of preparing healthy meals, and they should carry this routine for the rest of their life

Give your child the gift of health! All of your effort will be worth it, and they will be able to carry this habit of health with them when they go out on their own .

Monday, March 17, 2014

 60 years old and starting new training routine

I have been super busy teaching, coaching and working my websites but now is time to start my own new training routine. 

This picture was taking 3/17 today and I'm just starting to put in your training routine together.  

My current stats are 
6 feet
205 pounds

I will probably drop 5 to 10 pounds in the next 2 to 3 weeks, I am also going to really increase my training level and completely clean up my diet.

I have found that I have no problem maintaining my weight and strength no matter how much I run or play sports I do each week.  My muscles and straight still increase even when I am playing tennis for 2-3 hours a day, or high or run sprints.

So now I want to see just how far I can take my training in the next three months.  The one limitation I have is some carpal tunnel syndrome in my right hand that may limit my training some extent, but since I am off this week I intend to stretch my right hand out and see if I can get rid of this.

I will be taking pictures each week and tracking my results and putting them up on my blog and my websites
How much protein do you need to compete

Recent studies have shown that the average American gets too much protein in their diet.  Of course being a bodybuilder or athlete you're not the average American. You are going to need more protein if you're training hard then they would because you will be breaking your body muscles down much more each day.

Athletes require more protein than inactive people to build, maintain and repair muscle and other tissues in the body. The more intense you train and the more intense your work out,  the more protein and nutrients you going to require to recover sufficiently.  If you do not get enough protein your body will not recover,  and you will actually lose muscle.   When you eat protein your body breaks it down into amino acids and these can be used for several different things. It can provide energy, but that is not it's main purpose. It is used for building and repairing muscle and tissues, red blood cells, hair and finger nails and for synthesizing hormones.

Extra protein does not build muscle or bulk. For that you need to increase your exercise level. If you do not exercise the protein was just sit your body and it will soon flushed out.

So make sure you get plenty of protein in your diet each day. That will ensure that your body can recover and make games that you agree should training well

Following link provides a good list of some of the most protein rich foods to eat

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Should you handle Heavy or Light Weights to get Results 

This question has been asked for years now from every bodybuilder, fitness competitor, and athlete in every sport.

In over 40 years of training and training  with athletes I have seen it all.  From bodybuilders and athletes doing Max lifts of 1-3 reps in almost every workout to some huge athletes doing sets of benches with 135 lbs, but doing every rep as slow, controlled and with as perfect form was possible.   

So there is a wide variety of different philosophies out there on what you should be doing for the best results.  So here are some initial tips on what to do:

  • Do not got for max lifts more than once a week 
  • Do not use so light a weight that you are not straining at all to finish your set
  • Do not lift heavy all the time - it will be to hard on your joints 
  • Throw a high rep - light weight day in your routine every two weeks.   
Also do not overtrain!    If you are constantly tired and dragging then you are not going to be making any gains either.  Take a day or two off or better yet do some cross training.

Speaking of cross training I always do some form of cross - sport training.   My routine includes 
  • Tennis - I am ranked player and coach
  • Sprints -  Agility drills - LOVE THEM
  • Jiu Jitsu - wrestling -  a great way to get strong, flexible, and have fun
  • Hiking -  we have a ton of great hiking trails here
Now all of these activities burn calories, work my fast twitch muscles,  work my core,  and build explosive muscles density.   I LIKE to eat and so by cross training I am not eating dry chicken breasts and dry salads which i did when I was bodybuilding and had stopped cross training.  Those days are gone forever.  

Now I can eat a healthy diet but sill have carbs when I want to.  AND I do.

My routine is weights -  Monday - Tuesday  - Thursday - Friday and i have a max of 15 -30 seconds between sets.  I KEEP MOVING BETWEEN SETS!   I do anywhere from 4 -10 reps and 3 sets of each exercise. 

REST?  I have heard and believe the saying " you are not ever overtrained you are just under rested" .   You need to have some down time and you need to  have some fun.   Do not ignore your Family.   Get out to a park and hike-  play tennis - basketball-  go bowling - swimming and TAKE EVERYONE!    That means go out and exercise and have fun while you do it. 

Keep track of your weights and try to increase them 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Why do you need to eat breakfast each day

First of all breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You are literally "breaking the fast" of the night. Now I do not mean eating thre sugar loaded " cereal' that they have in the grocery store. That is nothing more than eating a "candy bar".

Studies have shown that you significantly increase your chances of being obsese if you skip breakfast! Also those same studies have shown that you also increase your chances of living longer by eating breakfast. 

Eating breakfast lets you start off your day with enery, vitality, and WILL ENABLE YOU TO EAT LESS DURING THE DAY FOR YOU WILL NOT CRAVE FOOD AS MUCH, 

Your body needs protein to recover from the fast of the night and to build muscle. If it does not get protein then it will canibalize your bodies muscles to get the protein it needs to meet your bodies needs each day.

For you parents scientific tests have proven that kids who do not eat breakfast are less able to learn and excel at school, and they do not get enough iron in their diet. Iron is a essential nutrient that's is needed to make hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying component of red blood cells (RBCs). Red blood cells circulate throughout the body to deliver oxygen to all our cells, and are essential to get oxygen to our muscles and tissue. Plus these same children are more likely to be overweight. 

So make sure you eat a healthy breakfast each day to start your day.
When is the Best Time to Train for Bodybuilding or Fitness

I spent over 17 years training a 4am at Golds Gym in Venice Beach California. Now I did not think anything about this for there were 20-40 other people in there also by 4:30AM and that included many females bodybuilders and athletes.

Was I stiff at that time of the morning? Not really but it does take longer to warmup the earlier you start. And you may not be as strong as you will be in later in the day, but I found that my strength was just about the same in the morning as it was in the afternoon. 

But you will also get your workout in each day not matter what happens for nothing, work-Family- etc issues will not be able to interfer with your workouts for you will have already got it in before you start your day.

Yes as you get older you will sometimes you need to stay late at work, you have dinner meetings, and Family events which will make you postpone or cancel your workout.

Now for some technical analysis. ! The latest research on your body's circadian rhythms, which are its internal clock, have shown that the peak of several of the most important (anabolic) hormones occur at both 3 and 11 hours upon your awakening. Well, according to science, if you wake up at 5:00 am, you are at your strongest at either 8:00 am and 4:00 pm..

Furthermore according to many strength coaches - such as Olympic Strength Coach Charles Poliquin, your joints like your knees, shoulders, may not be warm first thing in the morning.

What they are referring to is the synovial fluid which lubricates your joints require about 3 to 4 hours to reach an optimal level of warmth which will increase your bodies flexibility. This will provide a increase in athletic performance while decreasing the chnces of injuries.

So if you have the time to train at the 3 or 11 hours upon wakening then you now know it is your optimum training time. But do not worry if you do not. Some of the best bodybuilders and athletes in the world have trained at every hour of the day. When i was in at 4AM many of the top bodybuilders and athletes where right in the gym with me

Monday, March 10, 2014

Are you training for a sport or want to increase your speed or power? Then try plyometric training.

Healthy Power Egg Breakfast 

I believe in eating a good healthy breakfast to start each day off.  

This is my recipe for my power egg breakfast.  

Use 6 eggs
cut tomatoes
turkey sausage
red and orange peppers
cut onions

Cook them all in a large frying pan sprayed lightly with pam.  

When all of this is cooked then add LOTS of Spinach to your eggs for the spinach will cook way down to where you can barely see it

Now you are ready to eat.   I put homemade salsa on top of mine and eat it with 1/2 piece of whole wheat toast

Enjoy it! 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Flexibility training 

This is something that we all  need to do regardless of our age. 

As we age of course the first thing that we lose is flexibility.  Our muscles. spine, and joints tighten from the force of gravity,  aging of our body and the pounding that we do each day.  This causes injuries, curvature of the spine, and can also cause arthritis in our joints.

So we need to spend time lengthening and elongating out body each day.   This can be done with traditional exercises like yoga which are static or they can also be done with non-static exercises like karate - jiu jitsu etc.  

I like a combination of both methods.  But either method you choose you need to make sure you get your body temperature up so that your muscles are warm and you can then stretch your muscles to that maximum ability.   When you body is cold you muscles are tight and inflexible.  That is the reason the so cold "Hot Yoga" classes are so hot for they heat your body up as you do the stretches. 

I really like to use the pool in the summer for flexibility training.  I can do high knee running from side to side - also high knee side -to side shuffle running to start off.   I also do high knee kicking ands arm pumping when treading water for 30 minutes sessions.  

I then do high kicks as i walk from side to side -  burpees in the shallow end - and squats and kickbacks in the shallow end.  I follow this up with explosive jumps across the pool.

You can use a chair to do a variety of stretching exercises bringing your knee up from the front and the side,  and also then doing slow karate kicks to the front - side - and back.  Do them slow and controlled.  Do not jerk your body as you do them.  Keep balanced and controlled at all times.   We also lose some our balance functions as we age so this is a great set of exercises to do. 

Do not always handle heavy weights all the time.  You need to have some light - form days to take the stress off of your joints and to also keep your body flexible and injury free.  Also this is where cross training comes in ( jiu jitsu) etc to keep your body flexible and to keep from getting stale in your workouts. 

If you are sitting in front of a desk all day make sure to get up every 15 minutes or so and move around and do some stretching.  Do not sit in the same position either.  Change your position every 15 minutes.  I also like to sit on a exercise ball instead of a chair,  The ball takes a lot of stress off of your spine and also stretches your spine out as you move around on it too. 

So add flexibility training to your routine each week and make sure you keep it there for the rest of your life

Monday, March 3, 2014

Carmen and Parker Training 03/02/14

So Carmen has had a leg injury for the last 5 days and could not train hard at all.   But she came over to train on Sunday night and did situps. pushups, stretching and then 20 minutes of jiu jitsu.  

She gained 2 lbs over the 5 days with no exercise and so she was ready to get back at it to get her routine going again.  

She has still been staying on her diet, drinking lots of water and using her juicer too, But it is very hard to lose weight when you cannot train,

This week she should be coming back hard at it and get back on the program,

Sunday, March 2, 2014

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