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Like many people who are into fitness and exercising, you were likely to have started due to either improving your body image or athletics, OR a combination of both. My personal story was a combination of both. I started lifting weights at 13 years of age and mainly cut my teeth on the widely popular Joe Weider weight lifting books mixed with a healthy dose of calisthenics. Calisthenics has been a constant in my life ever since being introduced to them back in grade school. YES — Back when you had Physical Education everyday in school. The President’s Fitness Test was a competition among most students in our class. Therefore, my fitness foundation was calisthenics, free weights (some powerlifts / some body building sets), and whatever sport was in the season throughout middle and high school. (football, powerlifting, track, wrestling, baseball)
Once I joined the military, I realized quickly that there was much more to learn about fitness training. Not only are there workouts that can get you strong, create endless muscle stamina, enable you to run, swim, and ruck, BUT (this is for you body builders) you can actually keep most of your muscle. With proper nutrition and creative balance of weights, calisthenics, and cardio, you can not only be cardiovascularly fit, but strong, lean, and still have muscle mass. Just look at most active Special Operators today.
Protein: Much More than Cow
Eating enough foods high in protein is critical for building muscle. Protein not only promotes muscle growth, it also ensures muscle recovery and allows you to manage your weight by allowing you to feel fuller, longer. Now, when most people think protein, they think bovine. But…don’t limit yourself to the dairy! There are so many more protein-rich foods to enjoy!
Eating protein rich meals after working out is required for gaining muscle mass. The quality protein you consume after that workout helps to repair the damage. Most people grab a whey protein drink, chocolate milk, and take BCAA supplements. It’s quick, easy and it works. As you read this article, you’ll learn which other foods are high in protein and help build muscle.
What’s so Special about Saw Palmetto?
You may have heard about the benefits of Saw Palmetto, a plant native to the southeast. It’s nothing special to look at yet has a long history of medicinal uses which include preventing urinary disorders in men and boosting libido.
Native Americans are the first know users of this plant by including the nutrient rich berries in their diet. Men should consider using saw palmetto as a preventative measure for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), otherwise known as enlargement of the prostate gland.
Want More from Your Workouts?
What you get out of your body and the level of your health and physical performance is directly related to what you put into your body. You can’t blame your mama or bad genes forever. Sooner or later you’ll realize that you and you alone are responsible for your health. Sure, your gene pool may “load the gun” so to speak, but your lifestyle choices pull the trigger.
You want better performance? Skip the junk food diet and opt for a healthy sports diet …even if you’re not an athlete! Why? Because in order to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs you have to do better than the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) . To get into shape and stay fit, you should analyze your diet plan—no matter what workout plans you are following. Maximize your performance and create an ideal muscular system using these helpful tips.
Between Halloween candy, Thanksgiving stuffing and Christmas cookies, your body will take a brutal calorie beating this holiday season. This is the perfect time to start or change that workout routine.
Your body has an amazing ability to adapt and for most people, working out consists of what I call a “zombie workout”, which involves going to the gym and doing the same exercises over and over. I see people actually yawning while working out. Your body can’t possibly be getting an effective workout while yawning!
Do you know what you really want? Before you even think about putting together a workout plan, you need to sit down and set some workout goals. And…”get big” isn’t exactly the kind of goal I’m talking about!
Okay, so gaining muscle and “getting big” may be your ultimate long-term goal. That’s fine. But the problem is that too many guys give up too soon when they don’t turn into the Hulk overnight. First — that’s just not healthy. And second, it’s not realistic!
How do you fix it? You need a plan just like any successful mission. After all…how do you know you’ve succeeded if you don’t know your target. And how will you stay motivated without planning out those little steps that are going to lead to the big changes you’re anticipating?
What’s My BMI? And other useless questions…
The BMI, or body mass index is a measurement that some doctors and other administers use to determine if a person is obese, or right in line with where they should be to be healthy. However, health and a healthy lifestyle really have more to do than the number on a scale.
For example, there was a man in Mexico that weighed in at 1200 pounds. He was desperate to lose weight and nothing seemed to work for him no matter how much or how little he ate. The curious thing was that based upon his blood work…he was normal and had all the “stats” of a healthy individual. However, most people (including this man) would agree that living in a 1200 pound body is the furthest thing from healthy.
Rhabdomyolysis is a word that not many people have ever heard or experienced. But recently, it has unfairly made the headlines with regard to difficult training programs such as CrossFit. I am not a CrossFitter, but this issue is part client and part trainer problem and not simply a CrossFit problem. Truth is, “Rhabdo” as many people refer to it, is very common in MANY challenging training programs such as military bootcamps, police and fire academies, even professional football, and body building. It is a deadly condition that should be studied by anyone who is a trainer, but also taught to students who are seeking challenging workout programs in harsh environments.
Defined, from a 2010 US Armed Forces study on active duty cases, Rhabdomyolysis is the breakdown of muscle cells with release into the bloodstream. If not treated, Rhabdomyolysis can be fatal and you can have kidney failure, heart attack, or stroke. It is definitely not a condition to make light of or wear as a badge of honor.
Insulin Resistance is our nation’s biggest public health problem and potentially much worse in our future. Insulin Resistance (IR) is defined by Dr. Greenwald of Specialty Health in Reno NV as “When humans become insulin resistant, the glucose receptors of our liver and muscle cells get clogged. Insulin has a difficult time allowing glucose to get into the cell. Glucose stays in the blood stream and blood glucose levels increase and so does the blood insulin levels as the pancreas keeps pumping more and more insulin to try to keep blood sugar (glucose) levels under control.”
Why is IR our biggest public health problem?
Insulin Resistance leads to many deadly ailments such as Heart Attack, Alzheimer’s Dementia, Cancer, Kidney Disease, Stroke, Gout, Obesity, and Diabetes to name the most serious illnesses. Obesity and Diabetes alone will continue progressing and cause lower back pain, joint pain, amputation, blindness, and slow healing wounds.
Fitness training, staying on track, and building a workout plan that gives you the best results can be tough. You’ve gotta find time to workout, figure out what to eat, find where to buy the best food and dietary supplements, and keep up on the latest fitness information so you know you’re getting the most from your training time.
That could be a full-time job one its own. Now, add in a hectic schedule that includes weird shifts, deployment, and moving around the country. It’s easy to just forget about it!
Ah, but don’t despair…there’s an app for that! And we’re going to cover a few of the most popular ones in this article. Keep reading!
What if you could increase the “strength” of your respiratory muscles? Would that improve your training results and result in better performance when you run, swim, bike or any engage in any other activity that involves breathing?
That’s exactly what was asked in a runner’s study to find out how respiratory muscle training could improve overall performance.
Most of us would agree that to improve physical performance you need to condition your heart, build your muscles, and practice your game or skills. But how many of us think of respiratory muscle training as a key component to improving lung function…and your game?
I’ll admit it; I am hooked on bodyweight exercises. I have been working out for 2 decades, rotating through dozens of different workout fads, but one aspect to my workout programs that have always been consistent are the use of bodyweight exercises.
In sport training, the research results for water training and water running suggests that when you do your workouts in an aquatic environment you may get better results. What kind of better results? Think about great lung capacity and better oxygen consumption. It turns out that what works for man and beast for rehabilitation training may actually have untold benefits for your everyday workouts!
Looking for a fun and intense workout routine? Good, you came to the right place! Too many people approach working out as a chore, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you turn working out into a fun competition you will be surprised at how intense and fun they can really be. Here are three fun workouts you can do anywhere, even at home.
Update: Have you ever had a moment in your life when someone or something changed you forever? Yesterday, I had that moment. In a rustic dining hall packed with veterans, lobster, laughter and an whole lot of camaraderie, I met Travis Mills. His jovial spirit and engaging smile don’t serve to mask the tragedy he’s been through…those traits are who he is and who he has always been. Travis has a divine spark within him which manifests as a burning desire to support, encourage and lift others up especially during difficult times. This is his story of help and hope for fellow veterans and their families.
Over the past decade CrossFit has motivated and turned the fitness community into a daily competition with quick workouts of the day (WODs) in a group or online group atmosphere. There is not a day that goes by that I do not see a WOD posted up on a Facebook page or shared on Twitter, so people are very excited about their fitness these days. Which is GREAT! And you cannot argue with results. People see results with CrossFit workouts more than not. However, this question is asked quite often and it is about time I post on it as people tend to get a few things confused when it comes to Special Operations fitness. This question is specifically asking about Navy SEAL training and using CrossFit to prepare for BUD/s:
Stew, I know you recommend calisthenics and no lifting when preparing for BUD/S, but what do you think about CrossFit workouts to prepare for SEAL Training? I know many SEALs, Army SF, RECON guys do CrossFit and recommend it for their own training. What is your take on it?
Adequate hydration during military training is a big concern. When the subject is discussed, most people think about not getting enough water.
However, it’s possible to get too much water…especially when you only listen to the research and advice published by manufacturers of sports drinks.
In the military, there have been various “rules of thumb” about water consumption during training. It’s possible that some of the earliest recommendations were simply pulled out of thin air with no real scientific backing or research.
This pseudo-science is exactly why the military was quick to change their water intake recommendations during training after negative effects were experienced and people ended up in the hospital.
When Saving Money AND Muscle Building Endurance are Important
Is it possible to get the same muscle building benefits of the best proteins without investing in a cattle ranch?
Can you have a boost in your endurance training without shelling out extra money on packets of goo?
Can you ditch the expense of bottled sports drinks in favor of something simple with a twist?
Nutritional support for military training can get pretty expensive if you’re following “Common knowledge”. The fact is, you’ve got to know where to put your money. Some things are worth the extra expense; others can be replaced with an equally beneficial food substitution.
Oxygen-rich blood improves endurance. That’s why top athletes swarmed to the practice of blood doping in an attempt to be the best in their sport. It speeds recovery on the playing field and in a therapeutic setting. This is undisputed by volumes of scientific research.
Beyond sport, increased red blood cells in the body can also support your recovery from an injury. So it’s important to avoid a quick label of “bad” or “good” around blood.
The current (and ongoing) conversations about “cheating” and blood doping fall into the category of sports ethics. And, if the governing board for your sport bans certain substances that would give you an unfair advantage (a la the Lance Armstrong story), then you should follow the rules and seek legal alternatives to maximize your training and fortify your body’s systems like blood, heart, and lungs.
See video on Nasty Nick that this Obstacle Course Event is modeled after — Fundraiser for Green Beret Foundation
If you are an aspiring Special Ops candidate, there are many things you can do to prepare. Whether you want to go Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines Special Ops, you need to be able to move through obstacle courses and learn to move with weight in a back pack. The US Army Special Forces Obstacle Course called the “Nasty Nick” is a challenging event during the Selection Phase of training for future Green Berets. Now, Special Ops candidates as well as civilians looking for a fun racing event can do an obstacle course based on the Nasty Nick, but sadistically placed on a mountain ski slope. The former Special Forces operators at GORUCK are creating such and event to raise month for the Green Beret Foundation. See More Info: GORUCK Nasty.