Saturday, July 24, 2010

Cardio Strength Podcast

Check out the new Stop Chasing Pain Podcast interview with Strength and Conditioning Coach Rich Mejias of Leverage Training Center. Also see the you tube channel video below of a metabolic circuit for real!

Metabolic Circuit Video

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Are you Overtraining?

Waking Heart Rate:
Checking your pulse rate immediately upon waking in the morning is a good practice to adopt. Do it before you get out of bed. Later, emotions, activity, and digestion will confound the analysis. Also, take your pulse in the same position each time; standing heart rate is slightly higher than seated heart rate which is slightly higher than lying-down heart rate.

If your waking heart rate on a given day is elevated by more than seven beats per minute over your average for the preceding week, be on notice that you may be developing overtraining syndrome. When assessing your heart rate, keep in mind that there is likely to be a downward trend in your resting heart rate correlating with increasing cardiovascular fitness. This can mask an elevated waking heart rate if you do not keep track of changes in your resting heart rate over time.

Another test performed upon waking is the "Three-Second Test." It involves monitoring how you feel during the first three seconds after awakening in the morning. The instant you wake-up you should feel either a bit drowsy or refreshed but relaxed. If, instead, upon opening your eyes you are consumed with nervous energy - an uncomfortable jittery feeling - there is a good chance that your pulse is elevated and you have dipped into an overtrained, catabolic state.

The “waking jitters” reflects neurotransmitter disturbances associated with overstimulation of the sympathoadrenal system (adrenal glands + nervous system). This is an early-stage indicator of overtraining. If overtraining persists, jitteriness yields to lethargy; and chronic fatigue and inability to emotionally “get up” for training or competition (known as “staleness” in the sports world) become the dominant symptoms. At this point, you are suffering from adrenal exhaustion in which the neuroendocrine system is incapable of mounting a full response to exercise. Specifically, catecholamines (adrenaline and norepinephrine) levels become depressed as a result of overtraining.

 The catecholamines are the “biological juice” that drives exercise. They regulate virtually every aspect of exercise, including: blood flow distribution, cardiac contractility, energy mobilization, and mind-muscle communication.A blunted catecholamine response to exercise can severely hamper performance.

-Thank to Rob Faigin for the awesome info on Natural Hormone Enhancement

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New Podcast on Movement with Tommi Paavola

Here is my newesst podcast with with movement expert Tommi Paavola of Discover Enjoy! Awesome information! Soak up that knowledge.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

10 Ways Laser Heals You Quick

1. Accelerated Tissue Repair And Cell Growth.
Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. The laser light increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products. As a result of exposure to laser light, the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles are repaired faster.

2. Faster Wound Healing.
 Laser light stimulates fibroblast development (fibroblasts are the building blocks of collagen, which is predominant in wound healing) in damaged tissue. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, LT is effective on open wounds and burns.

3. Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation.
LT reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns or surgery.

4. Anti-Inflammation. Laser light therapy has an anti-edemic effect as it causes vasodilation, but also because it activates the lymphatic drainage system (drains swollen areas). As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.

5. Anti-Pain (Analgesic). Laser therapy has a high beneficial effect on nerve cells which block pain transmitted by these cells to the brain and which decreases nerve sensitivity. Also, due to less inflammation, there is less edema and less pain. Another pain blocking mechanism involves the production of high levels of pain killing chemicals such as endorphins and enkephlins from the brain and adrenal gland.

6. Improved Vascular Activity. Laser light will significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue that speeds up the healing process, closes wounds quickly and reduces scar tissue. Additional benefits include acceleration of angiogenesis, which causes temporary vasodilatation, an increase in the diameter of blood vessels.

7. Increased Metabolic Activity. Laser therapy creates higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells.

8. Improved Nerve Function. Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue can result in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser light will speed up the process of nerve cell reconnection and increase the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle action.

9. Immunoregulation. Laser light has a direct effect on immunity status by stimulation of immunoglobines and lymphocytes. LT is absorbed by chromophones (molecule enzymes) that react to laser light. The enzyme flavomono-nucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP (adenosine-tri-phosphate), which is the major carrier of cell energy and the energy source for all chemical reactions in the cells.

10. Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points. Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger points and acupuncture points on a non-invasive basis providing musculoskeletal pain relief

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Holistic Nutrition for Health and Fitness

Enjoy my awesome interview with Diane Nedelkoff of…a fantastic site where she teaches the world about her unique and very successful approach to holistic nutrition. You will learn some information that will change your view about healthy eating. A great podcast with one of the top professionals in nutrition. She was head nutrition professional for the New Jersey Nets basketball team and has an amazing background in biochemistry. She knows her stuff…so sit back and open up that mind to start learning. ENJOY