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Body Perfect Training Tips
By: Robert Adams

Here are some of the important fundamentals of any weight training and overall exercise program that you need to remember when you are focused on developing
a Body Perfect Fitness and Health program.

Safety First- any weight training has some risk associated with it if you do not practice safe procedures. The following guidelines will help you stay safe and stay free from injury.

Warm up and Cool Down- it is very important to get the muscles prepared for your work out by getting the blood flowing and raising your body temperature which in turn helps your oxygen flow to all of your muscles. It gets you revved up for a great work out and also helps reduce injury.

Focus on Form and Proper Technique- I watch so many people in the gym everyday that are not using the correct form or technique that easily could lead to severe injury. Think Slow and Smooth. Only lift what you are comfortable with and never every sacrifice good technique for trying to muscle a weight that is too heavy for you.
More weight doesn't mean more strength and success. If your form and technique is no good then you are wasting each rep and not getting the true benefit from it.
Keep away from momentum pushes from your body, or arching of the back or jerking your head forward in a upward lifting movement. Remember Slow, Smooth and Realistic.

What you should DO-

Wear proper shoes that provide grip
Keep your back straight and stomach tight
Always ask for help in spotting for heavy lifts and communicate with the spotter exactly how many reps and when you need help.
Be aware in the weight room and carry weights with care and properly

What you shouldn't DO-

If you feel pain at any time STOP!!!!
Lift only what you feel comfortable with that you can handle with a smooth and non jerky motion with an minimum of 8-12 reps.

BREATH!!!!- Do not hold your breath.. Remember to breath out on the concentric or muscle shortening phase and breath in on the stretching or eccentric phase. Focus on squeezing the muscle.

REST REST and REST- Never work the same muscle group more than 3 times in any given week. You need at least one day between working the same muscle group.

Write it Down!!!- Goals are achieved when you set one on paper and then monitor your progress. Every weight training program should include some form of tracking of your progress on paper. It is a great way to monitor your success!!!

Eat at the right time: Nourish your muscles after a good work out. Remember that every time you work out your muscles you deplete stores of carbohydrates (glycogen) as well as your amino acids. You need to refuel those worked muscles with a good mix of Low Glycemic Index Carbs and solid protein like a nice piece of Salmon or lean chicken breast.

Remember Safety First, Have Fun, Rest and Re-energize and Refuel.

Stay Safe and enjoy your journey to Body Perfect Fitness and Health.





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About the Author

Robert Adams holds an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America, is a Certified Coach in Coaching for Personal Development as well Interaction Management, is a member of NESTA- National Endurance Sports Trainers Association, and lives a healthy lifestyle through his Body Perfect Fitness philosophy of healthy eating and fitness focus.


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The Power of Stretching    - Dave Snape

 

Your muscles ache from a good stretch. This is quite
normal and is part of the process. Stretching has
seemingly been with us and particularly with athletes
since the beginning of time.

A very key point to good stretching is to hold the
stretch for at least seventeen seconds. This is a
pearl of wisdom gleaned from a ballet teacher a few
years back. She said that any stretch under 17
seconds was just not effective.

The 17 second rule is exceeded in the high intensity
Bikram's yoga where stretches are held for about 30
seconds. Don't forget the high level of heat that is
used in Bikram's to extract that last little bit of
stretch out of your muscles. An interesting twist that
is not necessary to gain benefits from stretching. But,
it can't hurt, right?

So what kind of benefits can you expect from
stretching? That's an easy one. Have you ever seen the
movie, Blood Sport? Did you know that Frank Dux could
truly stretch his body to the extreme. The actor that
played him was quite elastic as well.


Great elasticity is also something you might see in
well trained Spetsnaz (Russian) agents. They often work
out with Russian kettlebells too. They are for superior
strength gains and the ability to withstand ballistic
shocks.

Why are stretching and flexibility considered important
to these people? Stretching gives one the ability to
have explosive power available at one's fingertips
without the need to warm up. Of course most of us are
not martial artists or agents. But, you'll be happy to
know there are plenty of other benefits.

Let me give you an example. After learning to sit in
the full lotus position for long periods of time, my
ankles became very flexible. One day I was walking
along and my left foot fell into a pothole. This mishap
pushed my ankle sideways to about 90 degrees from it's
normal position.

Amazingly, this didn't even hurt, not one bit. If my
ankle hadn't been so flexible, I may have suffered a
sprained ankle. At the very least, it would have hurt
for days.

Key point: stretching helps you to avoid injuries.
Not only that but if you do have a muscle, tendon or
ligament injury it should heal faster, theoretically
speaking.

Stretching actually grows the ligaments, tendons and
muscles being stretched. They really grow longer over
time.

Check with your physician before undertaking any type
of exercise, including stretching.

Here is some good instructional material on stretching:
http://tinyurl.com/6c6kq
 

Dave Snape

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