Monthly Archives: March 2012

Different Body Types – Somatotypes

Do You Know All the Different Body Types?

different Body Types Follow Me on Pinterest This is probably one of the most asked questions out there today. “What are the different body types?“. The correct, or scientific term for this is, Somatotypes. This is a system that was developed by an American psychologist named William Herbert Sheldon. He basically photographed over 45,000 different men and women to come up with his composition of classifying different body types.

Actually he identified about 88 different groups or categories, but to keep things simple it all was grouped into 3 main categories. They are as follows:

Ectomorph

These people really struggle to pack on weight and muscle. No matter how much they try, they just cannot seem to pick up weight. Think of High Jump athletes as an example. Usually a good way for these people to put on some weight is to consume more calories per day. Roughly about 500 – 600 more calories whilst eating 4 – 6 times a day along with their training regime should do the trick.

Muscles of the Body Exposed

Muscles of the Body Explained

muscles of the body Follow Me on Pinterest What I would like you to notice about your muscles, is the colour. The darker fibers are what we call Slow-Twitch fibers (muscles) and the paler ones are called Fast-Twitch fibers (muscles). If you’re looking for an example, think of chicken leg vs. chicken breast, but don’t worry… I’ll cover those twitchy stuff a little later.

If you take a look, you will see those stringy tissue cords that connect to your muscles… well, those are tendons. What they basically do is link the muscles of the body with the bones (or skeletal structure). This however, does not apply to all muscles.

Think of the muscles you use when you smile. All 17 of them. Some muscles of the body are connected to other muscles and so forth and so forth. Of those muscles, some are also connected to your skin.

Stop for a second and imagine you didn’t have skin and you basically have the muscles of the body exposed. A stimulus gets generated by your central nervous system whenever you lift weights. From there you muscles receive little nerve impulses which causes your muscles to contract, or shorten.

You may be wondering how all this scientific stuff works. Well your muscles are able to do this due to a supply glycogen in your body. Glycogen is basically a form of carbohydrate that gets used as energy. See, this stuff is actually quite simple.

The Low-Down on Working Out

The Skinny of Working Out

Working Out Follow Me on Pinterest Now, we all know that food alone won’t build muscle, obviously… what they do however is provide all the nutrients for when you recover and they act as the fuel for when you do work out.

I will be sharing with you a complete program that will take care of all your weight lifting needs whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced iron pumper :)

You may wonder how I know this. Well, to put your mind at ease I have gone through all the trouble of researching this stuff for you, so you don’t have to.

Don’t worry, this is all scientific as well as real life tested stuff here. As I mentioned above, it really does not matter what level you are at right now… you will find a plan that will cater to your needs and most importantly that will also be a challenge. Come to think of it, I will be showing you over 180 different kinds of exercises that you can do.

We will be going over the following types of exercises:

  • Weight machine exercises
  • Free weight exercises
  • Body weight exercises
  • Rubber tubing exercises
  • Cardio exercises

Rat Feces in Whey Protein

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Today, I want to discuss a real problem that’s been going on over the past few years in the supplement industry. In two words: Quality control.

The fact is, the FDA’s extremely loose restrictions put upon anything marketed as a “dietary supplement” have been a boon to Americans’ health and the economy in general. The FDA simply cannot be a watchdog over every single product that supplement manufacturers produce.

The problem is that sometimes, “shadier” companies take advantage of this. It’s one thing to have a little bit of ash or dirt in something small like a caffeine pill. Sure, I’d rather not have that, but that’s not going to kill me either. But when it comes to something that we take in much larger volume, such as whey protein, quality control issues begin to snowball.

Rat Feces in my Whey Protein?!

That’s right. There’s a chance that your whey protein has the unimaginable in it.