introducing…my affiliate sponsor

awesome news my friends! You prolly already know about bb.com. but if you dont…

I am now proudly affiliated with the friendly folks over at Bodybuilding.com…

This site has Everything 

  • Store… from supplements to gym gear and videos, its here. It is secure and ships fast. The pricing is rather remarkable, too.You (It takes a lot for me to complain, but this wasn’t my stuff,) I didn’t like it- and when I told the phone rep about it, he quickly offered me a replacement product credit and I used it later. The service is remarkable, as every time I have called I was able to get information about just about everything on the site and further insight into the supplements- Everyone that I spoke with had some sort of experience in sports. They are located in the USA.
  • Information & articles. want to see how to do a dead lift? how about a pushup? theres video and articles about every exercise on the site. Many trainers are writing for BB.com, and there are plenty of resources about all of the ingredients that are in the items in the store. There are quite a few contributing writers. every time I go into the forums, I discover new people and ideas. A great place for inspiration, and to cross reference information.
  • Bodyspace– this is a highly underestimated tool for athletes. Basically it is a fitness blog- loaded with tools- fitness trackers, body calculators, a place to show your progress photos and a network- not unlike the ever popular facebook, where you can add friends and make updates, except  the difference is that this is in a community of athletes – allwith like minded goals. You may find some of your favorite athletes online, so go check it out, make some new friends, and  start your own “bodyspace” to keep a diary of your enthusiastic ambition. I find it quite inspiring to see the stories and dedication here.

When I was building FitbodyGuru.com as a location site for my personal training service, I did not have any computer skills, just an ambition and a vision. I did not want to re invent the wheel, so to speak, of a fitness site when Bodybuilding.com was already so comprehensive & complete doing what I already wanted.& then some. They have helped me thru the years so it is with a great feeling that I can recommend them to everyone here, that I use them for what I need and I trust them… and I like them. In a world where customer service is otherwise non existent, here is an american company doing an amazing job helping thousands of athletes in not only USA but in canada and europe too, yet keeping each person feeling satisfied, that, my friends is a tall order to fulfill. Go ahead and check them out!

I have recommended to my clients and I will recommend  it to anyone else, too.

When you visit Bodybuilding.com from one of my pages in my site, It helps me support my efforts of writing and maintaining FitBodyGuru and TheARTofFit. It is a quality, american web buisness and they have my highest recommendation!

( 9 out of 10 stars)

 

Why only 9? you say? (  because I give honest reviews. Without critique, we wouldnt be able to improve anything!)

caveats– a few contributor writers had some misinformation in some articles, either by misplacing a “not” where one should be or other possible typo that changes the meaning significantly. and – with 10,000 articles I suppose oversight is cumbersome and tedious. I recommend my clients cross referencing information, especially with your personal trainer.-and vise versa- cross reference any of your information, always!!!

It is a VAST website. sometimes navigating to what you want, exactly, can be tough.

*e-mail me and I will do my best to help you narrow down your search. These are the consultations that I offer my clients and anyone else who needs assistance in this matter- however, the support at bodybuilding.com and the customer service is REMARKABLE with this. Fitness is an underestimated science with many variables and often with medical type vocabulary and physiological concepts that can be hard to understand and downright confusing with so many different styles of training out there. with more than one way to reach for your personal potential, there are plenty of options with bodybuilding.com, and where  having a personal trainer can come in to help.

good luck with your journey!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

a little about eating… part one

The most successful dieters have a high speed of implementation. In other words, they take action faster than the average guy. Sort of. I want to elaborate a little. It’s the quality of your diet that can make the significant difference, next is consistency,and finally, aside from all the hype diets and fads, it boils down to taking in less calories than you burn will result in weight loss.

Thats why you want to have a trainer to help you understand what your basal metabolic rate is, based on your body fat analysis, your own number, and to work with that as a foundation to your understanding of lean body weight.

I will discuss how being leaner ( having more lean muscle mass vs. fat in your body composition) increases your metabolism and has other effects on your health and what that is as we progress.

but for now, here are some ideas for getting your “diet”  in shape that you can begin right now:

1. Start writing down what you eat: Simply estimating caloric intakes is not accurate enough. As a bare minimum you need to spend at least 1 week tracking what you eat. This will show you exactly how many maintenance calories you need.

It also makes you realize what your actually eating, and when. This is a simple exercise that makes you accountable- and can understand your current habits in a better perspective.

2. Beef up breakfast: A small piece of toast and a huge coffee don’t count as breakfast. Breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day for you, unless your strength training with iron, then your post workout meal will be considerable , too. If it’s not, you will hinder the efficient metabolic enhancement that eating brings. Smaller portions, more often, kick up your digestive system, in effect burns more calories. Not eating tells the body to hoard calories. Breakfast provides relief to the muscles starving overnight and fuel for the day, nutrients for proper brain function, and it is delicious!

3. Stop drinking wasted calories: Liquid calories (like sodas,READ: especially DIET, cool aid, etc.) are the worst thing you can put into your body. Not only are they a significant source of empty calories, but they also spike levels of insulin. Even worse, they promote tooth decay. And because they are liquid, They DO NOT COUNT for your need for water. The bodys kidneys must metabolize these and the water part of them is lost. you need 64 or more oz. on, average, every day. thats more than the 8 glasses of water adage. drink more water. I love coffee. but still, sodas are out. is it worth the calories? its one of the easiest things to cut out!

4. Optimize circadian rhythms: This is a very powerful technique for increasing energy while simultaneously maximizing the output of fat burning hormones. Interestingly, even individual organs follow their own rhythms. One way to begin optimization is by eating at regular times every day.the muscles heal at night, and other key functions. sleep is underestimated. make sure you get regular rest to recoup strength for your workouts.

5. Eliminate processed food: Especially fast food because this type of food will make you balloon up faster than you can imagine. Its the fats. If your like me and sometimes are faced with no option, you need to know what to avoid on the menu. deep fried-out. breaded- out. go for the grilled. eliminate the mayonnaise, butter, and other unnecessary fats. pennies make nickels that make dimes that make dollars, and  if you add up what your not putting into your body, thats less you have to burn! So Don’t put it into your body in the first place!

6. Bring your own food to the rat race:  do not assume that the food at your office is healthy, and don’t let others make nutritional choices for you.The average  American is brainwashed and unaware when it comes to the topic of what exactly is healthy. You are the person that cares most about your health. So start bringing your own home cooked food to work. get use to it. its part of your new lifestyle. besides, your vintage lunchbox is cool.

7. Go with vegetables & fruits : I’ve never heard of someone getting sick from eating too many vegetables. go to your farmers market. Look at some of my recipes for ways to make smoothies. If you have a sweet tooth, after a week or so of getting the processed and refined sugars out of your mouth, the natural sugars in fruits will be an ambrosia to your taste buds.You will see what I mean, give it a little time, after all your hard work on the gym floor, you will want to reward your body with nutritious food, not starve it, and your body will reward you in return. your senses await you. trust me.

See you soon

~Scott

Writing a blog

Getting into website creation by yourself is no light undertaking. Blogging, photography, writing…understanding code, is more than a full time job. I comit to do this long ago and I am going to get it, no matter what. I thought the last phase of my site was good enough for a while after all my first website in itself, was an accomplishment. But IT needs to grow, I need to grow and just like in personal fitness, complacency is your enemy.

I had remembered when I first thought I had “arrived” It happened several times. When you think you have got there its hard to fathom that you are actually just starting.

Maybe that would be topic for another post. Until then, I need to make a handful of posts so I can understand how to organize the content. I have been collecting information, notes and other good stuff over this past year that I look forward to integrate into a fitness blog. which was hard, because there are so many good ones already out here. But I am going to incorporate these ideas and hopefully get to work with some of my personal heros and contributors.

keep on blazin!

photo of the day

I rescued these from the weather today. I love them. They look rather old. There are several kinds. Just thought they were cool. taken with my iPhone.

thanks, John. I been waiting to get them for a YEAR from your back porch. These are awesome plates!