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There is a direct connection between the health of your internal systems and the level of energy and vibrancy that you outwardly display on a daily basis.  “Knowledge is power” and with knowledge you have the power to make decisions and create positive change in your own life and help others do the same.

            In our mission to “Influence Americans to Make Health and Fitness a Lifestyle, Not A Goal” we must encourage every person (adult and child) to engage in healthy lifestyle practices on a daily basis. As individuals, we all require a specific type, volume and ratio of physical movement to rest and recovery, the right nutrients to fuel and refuel the body, and even the right kind of positive thinking and sense of self identity to defend our minds and bodies against aging, illness, and disease.

            Please use what is outlined below as a guide; and as you become more familiar with what you specifically need to make health and fitness part of your lifestyle, feel free to make your own adjustments! Good luck!

Your Anti Aging and Disease Defense Plan

 

  • 7 Days a week: practice deep breathing for 2-3 minutes at a time along with gentle stretching or range of motion exercises to enhance the efforts of deep breathing.

 

  • 6 Days a week: move enough to achieve 10,000 steps per day.

 

  • 5 Days a week: participate in moderate intensity physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes or more.

 

  • 4 Days a week: add extra “10-15 minute bouts” of physical activity.

 

  • 3 Days a week: participate in fat burning interval cardio conditioning to help manage metabolism and body weight.

 

  • 2 Days a week: incorporate vigorous workouts that include resistance training exercise for the major muscle groups and weight-bearing in nature to promote healthy joint and bone strength density.

 

  • 1 Day a week: do some form of cross training activity that is fun and helps keep your calorie burn and motivation high, and your risk for injury low. Choose a physical or leisure activity that you enjoy.  If you need help with this, enlist the services of a Sacramento personal trainer.

 

Now get moving!

 

 

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            There are many theories out there about aerobic or cardiovascular exercise breaking down the lean tissue in the body. Aerobic exercise (exercise w/oxygen) should be a vital part of your regular fitness program. You are not only burning calories but you are using the most important muscle in your body – the heart.

            As your heart is pumping blood throughout the body you are increasing the amount of oxygen and the size of the blood vessels in your body. These blood vessels supply oxygen to the tissues including your muscles. The oxygen also carries out waste products to help with recovery and growth of tissue.

            What type of cardiovascular activity is best for you and your goals? Running, jogging, and jumping rope are all examples of high impact aerobics and may tend to break down muscle tissue, burn more calories and with the presence of an improper nutrition program may lead to muscle loss. Walking and cycling at low to moderate intensity levels are examples of non-impact to low impact cardiovascular activities that will potentially minimize the breakdown of muscle tissue.

            Determining what your ultimate goals are, whether overall weight loss, body fat loss or gaining lean body mass, will help you determine what type of cardiovascular exercise is best for you to reach your goals. It is very important to choose a type of exercise you will enjoy and will not cause boredom. Cardiovascular exercise must be performed for no less than 20 minutes. A slow, steady and long duration program will achieve greater fat loss results when done on a consistent basis.

            One tip to achieving faster results is to complete your aerobic activity first thing in the morning prior to breakfast with plenty of water. Since your body has been burning calories during the nights sleep, body fat will be utilized as energy in the absence of glycogen in the blood stream.

            In conclusion, the muscle tissue in your body is vitally important for longevity and ultimate weight control. By incorporating a regular weight training and cardiovascular exercise program in your daily routine, you can add years to your life and life to your years.

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Hot Tips! Burn Calories!

Below, you will find five HOT TIPS on how to burn more calories, but first a little background:

Your metabolic rate is the rate at which the body burns up calories. A body that consumes 3,000 calories per day and burns 3,000 calories a day will stay at the same weight. A body consuming 3,000 calories daily but burning only 2,500 will gain weight at the rate of about one pound a week. You burn calories to provide energy for three main functions:

 

 

To Support Your Basil Metabolic Rate:

This is the amount of calories you burn just by being alive, even when you’re doing nothing. It accounts for approximately 60 percent of calories you burn.

To Provide Energy For Your Daily Activities:

This is the energy used during every day activities like lifting your arm to button your shirt or cleaning your house. This accounts for approximately 30 percent of the calories you burn.

 

Dietary Thermogenesis: These are the calories burned in the process of eating, digesting, absorbing and using food.  You can influence all these factors, and speed up your rate of burning calories by using the following tactics:

  • Build muscle: Increase the amount of muscle in your body. For every extra pound of muscle you put on, your body uses around 50 extra calories a day.
  • Be active: The average person burns about 30 percent of calories through daily activity; sedentary people only use about 15 percent. Taking every opportunity to move can make quite a difference to the amount of calories you burn.
  • Eat spicy foods: Spices, especially chili, can raise the metabolic rate by up to 50 percent for up to 3 hours after you’ve eaten a spicy meal.
  • Aerobic exercise: High-intensity exercise makes you burn more calories during exercise and for several hours afterwards.
  • Eat little often: Eating healthy small regular meals will keep your metabolism going faster than larger, less frequent meals and often helps control hunger, making you less likely to binge.

 

Quick Tips: Doing just 10 minutes of Plyometrics a week can significantly increase your fitness level by making you faster and more agile however if you’ve never attempted a plyometric training program before, we recommend you contact a certified personal trainer first to ensure that you ar edoing the exercises properly.

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 Phew!  A lot has happened the past few months so for this blog entry I am just going to start from the beginning and move forward from there….

            Last July I ran into a one of my old training partners as I was going to the bank to make a deposit.  We started chatting… you know the usual “hey what’s up, what have you been up to…” conversation and we both realized that all we were doing was working and not having much fun so I said,  “hey, why don’t we start training together again and jump into the Contra Costa Classic next year?”  We agreed to train together and that’s how I got back into competing after I told everyone I was done for good in 2008.  🙂

            Once I had mentally committed to the Contra I thought, well heck, why not get serious and jump on stage and compete for the title of Mr. California the following week.  My goal in getting back on stage was not necessarily to win; I wanted to get back into the best shape of my life – I wanted to be in even better shape than I was while playing for the Fresno State Bulldogs.  I also set a goal of earning a top ten placing at a National Level competition by 2012.  In order to accomplish this I felt I needed a team, a coach.  I could remember Fresno State’s head coach screaming in 115 degree weather “coaches coach and players play”; Even Michael Jordan had Phil Jackson, so I showed up at my friend and mentor Kris Dim’s personal training studio and told him everything I wanted to do and he offered to help.  He helped me out a lot. I was eating way too many carbs and not enough protein… hey I didn’t earn the nickname “cookie monster” for nothing! LOL  🙂

            On January 12th 2010 I flew to MuscleTech’s headquarters in Canada for the first of two photo shoots that I would be doing with them.  They took my measurements – body fat, circumference, and weight.  I weighed 250.8 pounds!  They flew me back to Sacramento and I started training harder than ever hoping to accomplish the goals I outlined above. 

            It was around this time that Kris Dim became even more popular than he was before, earning another trip to the Olympia and began appearing in Optimum Nutrition ads around the world.  In talking to him one day he came to me and explained that due to all his recent success he wouldn’t be able to continue to put 100% into me and wouldn’t give anything less to a friend so in the interest of our friendship he referred me to his fellow Optimum Nutrition teammate, IFBB Pro and GURU, George Farah.  At the time, I didn’t know much about these so-called Guru’s but Kris and I talked and went over all of them and decided working with George would be the best fit for me – Kris knew we’d work well together; and we do. Thanks Kris!

            I’ve worked with George for three months now and we have gotten very close.  He calls me “his boy” and “his little brother” and he is definitely like a big brother to me.  George doesn’t just work with anyone.  In fact at the time he took me on he wasn’t even accepting anymore clients but on Kris’ recommendation he took me on and we haven’t looked back since!  With my work ethic, being a person who is very coachable, willing to learn, and picks up things very quickly, I have literally improved every week, in more ways than one under his guidance.  I accomplished more in a few months than I expected to accomplish in two years.

            The first show I did was the Contra Costa Classic (one of the toughest competitions in California – which is one of the toughest states to compete in) I was the first runner up which qualified me to compete at the National Level for my Pro Card! (the top two in each weight class at a national qualifying event are qualified to compete at the national level/for their Pro Card for one year without having to re-qualify) It was a controversial second at that. Many thought I should have taken the overall title.  But that is in the past and I moved on to the California State Championships in Culver City the following week.

            For the second week in a row I re-qualified as the first runner up in my class in one of the most competitive shows in the golden state. I was a little disappointed because I wanted to improve to first however I was still very happy due to the fact that I improved and qualified for Nationals two weeks in a row! On top of that I was asked to go back to Southern California and do a photo shoot at Gold’s Gym Venice, the “Mecca” of bodybuilding the following Thursday.  That was an incredible experience that I will never forget.  The photos should be published soon so keep an eye out. I will update everyone when they are.

           

          The day after the California State Bodybuilding championships I was back on a plane headed to Canada for my second photo shoot with MuscleTech.  The shoot was awesome and everyone was all smiles and laughs because my photos came out great.  I just got word from MuscleTech that my photos will be used in their ads!  MuscleTech has treated me with first class professionalism the whole way and I look forward to continuing our relationship now and in the future. Thanks guys!

           After the Cal State, George and I were talking and he said, “I want you to do the Rochester and the Jr. Nationals brother”.  My response: “whatever you say bro, coaches coach, players play” and I was having fun playing my game so I said lets do it!  This would put me at four competitions in five weeks but I knew I had the stamina and the support team in Elite In-Home Personal Training, MuscleTech, George, and the fans to help me get through and improve at each of my next two stops. On the flip side, there were a lot of people who started to question whether or not I could still make improvements, stay healthy, compete at such a high level, and stay so lean for so long. It was a valid concern; I was 2-4% body fat for at least six weeks. I will say however, that these people (some might use the term haters) motivated me as well, so a big thanks goes out to all of you as well!  And today I feel as good and as healthy as ever!

            I placed third at the 56th annual Rochester Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, and Bikini Championships in New York two weeks after The California State Championships. This is the oldest running National Qualifier in the US – and the most Competitive.  It is judged exclusively by NPC National Judges and IFBB PRO Judges.  This show has produced over 22 Professional Bodybuilders alone! This show is done by competitors who are serious about going to the next level and turning pro and this is where you go to be judged by the same people who will judge you on the national and professional stage.  Feedback from the judges at this show is a must.  They will let you know if you have what it takes or not.  Thankfully I was told to keep doing what I am doing and to go ahead and make the jump to the National stage the following week at Jr. Nationals! Another awesome thing happened the day before the contest; I was invited to do a video shoot with Muscular Development TV the day before the Rochester. It was super fun and there were fans who saw the video before me and approached me the next day at the Rochester and said it was a nice piece.  You can view it here —> http://mdtv.musculardevelopment.com/contests/250-2010-npc-rochester-championships/3028-malcolm-tears-ii-1-day-out-from-the-npc-rochester.html

           So wow, now I was headed to Chicago for Jr. Nationals.  At the beginning of this entry I said one of my goals was place in the top ten at a national level competition by 2010.  In going to this show my goal was to just place; after all I gave myself two years to place in the top ten right?  At National Level shows only the top 15 are placed and so that was my goal.  Everyone who places 16th and below aren’t even placed. They are given a nice handshake and told to go home and try again.

            When I arrived in Chicago and weighed in Thursday at early weigh-ins I didn’t make weight! I was over by three pounds and had until Friday morning at 9am to make weight at final weigh-ins.  If I didn’t make weight I would have had to compete as the smallest heavyweight – not a formula for success! No way was I going to let that happen! I called George to find out what I should do and…. his phone was OFF!!!!  He was still on the plane flying to Chicago. I was lost. So I had to relax and just to think clearly and solve this problem on my own.  I threw a bunch of sweats on and jumped on the treadmill and went to work. I had to make weight. I went to my room and laid down so I could hopefully get my body to relax enough to take the fluids from my muscles to my bladder so I could get it out my system and make weight.  I fell asleep due to exhaustion and woke up with twenty minutes left before the scales closed. I ran down to where weigh ins were taking place and saw George. “George I didn’t make weight!” I said as I was rushing to get to weigh-ins.  “Calm down brother you’ll be fine”, he said as he walked away. I just looked at him like he was crazy.  “Don’t worry, you’ll wake up tomorrow weighing 195”.  It was at this point that I was convinced that George was absolutely insane.  There was no way in the world I was just going to go to sleep and wake up seven pounds lighter! So I went to weigh anyway. Bam. 198.25 on the dot. I made weight. I came back out and saw George – “I made weight!” he said, “Good now go rest.” I went back up to my hotel room and was out like a light.  The next day I woke up and guess what???  LOL. I weighed 195.8!! George called it! LOL.

            Ok so Friday was a breeze. I ate all day and night and was in bed by about 9pm.  At about 11pm I woke up because someone was knocking on my door talking about “room service” in a high pitched feminine tone of voice, obviously playing and laughing at the same time. I woke up and was thinking, “what the hell…?” It was George coming to check on me! He had me hit a few poses. I was on.  I said to him, “dude I think I might make top ten looking like this” and George responded with, “ha ha are you kidding? Top ten? You are looking better than ever bro! You will do way better than top ten!” Then he turned around and left. That was a nice thought to go to sleep on.

            Saturday morning I woke up and contacted George like he told me to do and he had me come to his room for one final look.  He took a look at me and said “brother you’re by far at your best yet…”  He looked me in the eye and very seriously said, “keep everything the same, just do what I told you.” By him telling me that I knew I was spot on. Thoughts of top 5 were dancing around in my mind.  I left his room and was smiling all day! 

            8:30am.  Prejudging came and went.  It was a little strange how they did the callouts but as soon as I got off stage George sent me a text confirming what I and everyone else there saw… “At Least Top Six Bro!”  And that’s it.  I took sixth in the most competitive and largest class at the 25th Annual Jr. National Championships. The top three finishers all scored perfect scores and there was only an average of one point separating fourth, fifth, and sixth place!

 

          So the most common questions that I get asked now are: what’s in store for the rest of 2010,  what are you going to do for 2011, and “WHEN IS YOUR NEXT SHOW?”

            As for 2010, Elite In-Home Personal Training and I have a lot going on: we have a number of incredible before and after videos, photos, and testimonial letters from our clients that we will be releasing soon and have a number of photo and video shoots scheduled and in the works.

            For 2011….? My response to that question is… “Keep in touch. It will be fine. Just wait and see brother…! LOL!” 🙂

           AS FOR MY NEXT SHOW….. FOLKS!!!!  ITS ONLY BEEN A FEW DAYS… LET IT MARINATE A LITTLE 🙂 I WILL ANNOUNCE THAT INFO VERY SOON! 🙂

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          Today Elite In-Home Personal Training Sacramento will let you in on a little secret and tell you what the best workout routine is for beginners!  The routine is called the “Legs – Push – Pull” routine.  This is a simple routine that any beginner can follow.  We recommend following this routine for one to three months and then advancing from there! Feel free to contact us if you would like to get more details on this routine or would like to find out how we can design an individualized program just for you!  Good Luck!   

 

 

Weight Training 

          Day 1: Legs  

                *** Perform four exercises, doing three sets per exercise for a total of twelve sets.

          Day 2: Push Day (chest/triceps) 

               *** Perform three exercises, doing three sets per exercise for a total of nine sets for chest.

               *** Perform two exercises, doing three sets per exercise for a total of six sets for triceps.

          Day 3: Pull (back/biceps)

               *** Perform three exercises, doing three sets per exercise for a total of nine sets for back.

               *** Perform two exercises, doing three sets per exercise for a total of six sets for biceps.

 

Cardio: 

               *** Do 25 minutes of cardio – four times per week.  

 

 

EAT HEALTHY DAILY!!!!

 

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1.  Increase your magnesium intake

Ex. Almonds, hazelnuts or cashews.

2.  Walk around the block

Ex. 10 minute walks.

3.  Take a power nap

Ex. 60-minute power nap.

4.  Don’t skip breakfast or any other meal

5.  Reduce stress and deal with anger

Ex. Anxiety problems.

6.  Drink more water and less alcohol

7.  Eat more whole grains and less sugar

8.  Have a power snack

Ex. Treat with protein, a little fat and some fiber.

9.  Make it a latte

(Caffeine, but don’t over do it)

10.  Check your thyroid function and/or complete blood cell count

(To see if your body is functioning normally.)

 

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http://www.webmd.com/diet/fight-fatigue-energy-foods-6/10-energy-tips

1.  Build muscle:  People who have muscle have a higher resting metabolic rate.  Every pound of muscle consumes 6 calories a day to maintain itself. 

2.  Kick up your workout:  By having a high-intensity exercise will give you a longer increase in your resting metabolic rate.

3.  Drink more water:  To process calories our body needs water so, increasing your water intake will help you burn more calories.

4.  Have your drinks on the rocks:  Research shows that 5 out of 6 glasses of water on the rocks takes up an extra 10 calories a day.

5.  Eat more often:  Eating small meals through out the day will increase your metabolism, but when you eat big meals with many hours between your meals your metabolism slows down.

6.  Spice up your meals:  Spicy foods kick up your metabolism. By eating a tablespoon of chopped red or green chili peppers can temporarily boost your metabolism by 23 percent.

7.  Eat more protein:  The body burns twice as many calories digesting protein then fat or carbohydrates.

8.  Drink black coffee:  Black coffee benefits you by providing a short-term metabolic increase.  A study showed that 2 cups of coffee prompt a 145 pound woman to burn 50 extra calories.  The coffee has to be just black coffee, because when you add cream, sugar, or flavored syrups will have you take in more calories then you burn.

9.  Drink green tea:  Contains caffeine and catechins which have been shown to rev up your metabolism for a couple of hours.

10.  Avoid crash diets:  Eating fewer than 1,000 calories a day is disastrous for increasing your metabolism.

 

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Glycogen is a polysaccharide which is a complex carbohydrate that is stored in the liver and muscle. When glucose is not available for energy usage the body converts glycogen to get glucose for its energy needs. Glycogen is usually used during heavy work. Another use of glycogen to maintain blood glucose levels in the brain. The effects of glycogen on exercise intensity are limited due to storage of the glycogen. The average person stores about 12 to 14 hours worth. After 24 hours of exercise a persons glycogen levels increase gradually over the next few days succeeding normal levels. Approximately 50% more glycogen can be stored if carbohydrates consumed immediately after strenuous exercise.

If you would like more information on the effects of glycogen during work outs then contact one of our certified personal trainers who are more then happy to help you.

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Do you ever have trouble sleeping? Or maybe you have low self esteem which keeps you from being the best version of you? Does cancer or type II diabetes run in your family? Are you often times finding yourself under the weather and unmotivated to participate in activities?

If you found yourself saying “yes” to any of those, you could benefit from a fitness program! Fitness can help the mind, body and soul in a wide range of ways! Here are a few:

• Restful sleep: By exerting extra energy, the body will be craving sleep rather than you having to force yourself to sleep. Sleep time is a period that allows the body to perform repairs and to build new physical structures.

• Self Image: By being more active and participating in a fitness program, you will start to view yourself in a more positive light. This will spill over into other areas of your life as well.

• Lowers Health Risks: Regular exercise can help prevent against type II diabetes and can help those who already have it. It too can lower risks of certain types of cancer.

 • Resistance to colds: By exercising regularly, you can build your immune system.

• Build bone density: Weight baring exercises help to build strength and prevent against osteoporosis.

These are just a few of the benefits of beginning and maintaining a fitness program. The benefits far outweigh the disadvantages! So don’t wait, start today!!

 – Ashley

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It is harder to walk uphill than downhill because you must lift your weight of your body and to do this requires greater energy than that needed for walking on the level.  To create this greater energy your muscles require to give extra lift, your heart has more work to do to feed the blood cells and remove their waste matter and your lungs have more work to do to remove the carbon dioxide from your heart and replenish it with oxygen.  That is why the steeper the climb and the more concentrated the effort, the more quickly you breathe.  If you are out of condition you start to “ pant” to gulp in extra oxygen,  in comparison to the energy necessary for walking on a horizontal lane, the total value of the extra energy needed for climbing is the weight of your body times the height you are to reach. 

            The steeper the incline of the hill, the quicker you use this extra energy.  It is therefore harder for you to walk up a steep hill than a gentle one, although the energy used up in either case, where the height to be reached is the same, is identical.

            When you walk downhill, very little energy is needed because the weight of your body carries you down the slope.  Of course, this is the pull of gravity that is helping you down, in the same way that you have to overcome the force of gravity when you walk up a steep hill.

 

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