Your Questions About Fitness

Steven asks…

I just started getting fitness magazine…what is the toll free number to cancle. I never paid for them!?

I so far have two issues…and I don’t want to get charged for them.

The Expert answers:

Go on their website. Scroll down to the bottom and click Help. You can fill out a form to stop the subscription.

Donna asks…

whATS the best fitness magazine?

14.
female.
is shape magazine good?
what else is there?

The Expert answers:

Yes, Shape is a very good fitness magazine. Self is good, there is also one called “Fitness” it’s pretty good as well.

Ken asks…

WOMEN’S FITNESS MAGAZINE?

BEST FITNESS MAGAZINE?
I’m seventeen (GIRL) and very into fitness – I run cross country (but don’t want a running only magazine), do spinning, weights, boot camp, you name it. I’ve been trying to decide between Shape, Self, Women’s Health, Muscle and Fitness Hers and other athletic magazines.

I’ve already decided that I want to subscribe to Oxygen and I’m trying to find another.
Preferably one without tons of fluff and that actually has some challenging workouts in it. I’m trying to lose a few pounds of fat as well as get some lightly defined muscles. I am absolutely not into the body building look however. I want to be lean, toned, but still show some signs of muscle.

I want a magazine that is solely about health, no makeup, fashion or that crap.
If you can explain why you do/don’t like certain magazines that’s be amazing!

I’m not a yoga or pilates person either.

I’m also very healthy. A vegetarian for one. I never eat dessert and pretty much only drink water and green tea.

The Expert answers:

I think women do a disservice to themselves not lifting weights & trying to be progressive with them. Women definately NEED the benefit of additional strength. It always cracks me up that women think that by trying to be progressive with weight training they will one day wake-up and look like a “man” (hey, where did all that muscle come from?). Muscle takes a long time to build & it is even longer for women (I man might be lucky to gain .5 lbs a week but it is probably closer to .2 – .3 . A woman wouldn’t even gain that much).

At any rate, Oyxgen tries to tell women that 1,000 – 1,300 calorie diet is “good” & a lot of the other ones have women work-out with retarded 3 lb dumbells (WTF are you really accomplishing? You might as well lift weights with pencils). M &F Hers is pretty decent (outside of the airbrushed women).

Maria asks…

Not good, but great fitness magazine??!?

Shape, Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Health and Fitness. All these magazines seem to be full of ads, and the exercises and tips are nothing I don’t already know or could make up myself. In a nutshell, they ‘suck’.

Are there any Great fitness/muscle magazines out there that are $20.00 or less? 🙂 Thanks

The Expert answers:

I like Fitness RX, its usually a combination of the lastest studies and has actually workouts, that are really interesting. There is also not as many ads in them.

Richard asks…

Women’s fitness magazine?

I’m seventeen and very into fitness – I run cross country (but don’t want a running only magazine), do spinning, weights, boot camp, you name it. I’ve been trying to decide between Shape, Self, Women’s Health, Muscle and Fitness Hers and other athletic magazines.

I’ve already decided that I want to subscribe to Oxygen and I’m trying to find another.
Preferably one without tons of fluff and that actually has some challenging workouts in it. I’m trying to lose a few pounds of fat as well as get some lightly defined muscles. I am absolutely not into the body building look however. I want to be lean, toned, but still show some signs of muscle.

I want a magazine that is solely about health, no makeup, fashion or that crap.
If you can explain why you do/don’t like certain magazines that’s be amazing!

The Expert answers:

HI,Fitness RX is excellent also Womens Fitness love thesemagazines Inspires me…hope this helps 🙂 PS…Oxygen is also excellent good choice 🙂

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Your Questions About Fitness

Richard asks…

29 male, single, moving to Austin…where to live…?

so im moving to austin in 2 months and need to figure out where to live…i already have a job lined up and i am 29 into fitness, exercise, looking to date, some night life, activities, i am willing to pay more for location where things are closer so less driving….but i def want a gym close by and a chance for meeting people and finding some women to date…

any questions let me knwo i just need to start deciding…what areas would you live if you were ME?

thanks in advance, mark
im choosing Austin because its between AUSTIN and DALLAS as my company has offices in both areas….based on everything ive read and see i would be more suited in Austin. so it has nothign to do with jobs or making money…i’ll make the same no matter what city i choose.

so thats why i was choosing austin.

The Expert answers:

If you can afford it you should just move downtown and be in the middle of all of it. That can be pricey though

If you want to pay a little less, but not be out in the suburbs I would reccomend South Congress (the area of Congress Ave south of Lady Bird Lake). Its close to downtown but also has a life of its own. Pretty walkable and much less than your average place downtown.

If you Google ‘Everything Austin Apartments’ – the site that shows up will show you a map of apartments in town. You can start to get a feel for how much places cost in various parts of town.

You can also use this page to help with anything else related to getting settled into Austin

http://everythingaustinapartments.com/blog/?page_id=535

Good luck

Robert asks…

I have an interview at a fitness club…?

Though, the qualifications did not say you had to be in shape, I am not so much in shape. The job I am seeking is for recruiting new clients, signing people up, and encouraging people to want to lose weight and get into the shape they want.

See, I love to exercise, but don’t do enough of it. I use to have a gym membership and went just about every day but that was a while back. I’m overweight for my height because I am very small in size and body frame. I want to lose weight and think this job will be the perfect oppurtunity to do so……..but the problem is….I had a friend who use to work at a fitness club as the front desk girl and she was laid off because the boss thought she was too fat.

Now, that’s really mean and I hope it is not true, and that’s the only reason they let her go.

But if I get this job, I want to lose weight and will because I will ever have exercise/cardio equipment at my fingertips. I just don’t want to give off a bad impression if my interviewer thinks I won’t be good for the job because I’m overweight…..

The job requires people skills, great communication, and experience in customer service. I have all those and then some…I just hope that will be enough. Do you think I should also say in the interview that I want to change and do the right thing by my body and lose the weight?

Answers welcomed!

The Expert answers:

If the friend was only let go because she was fat, there would be a lawsuit.

Yeah i think for the interview just be really positive and honest about your intentions, and if they’re looking for that (someone who is an average joe looking to get into shape) then they will respect it and consider you for the job. 1/2 of their clientele is probably in your situation, so having someone who looks kind of like you would be less intimidating i would think…

Sandy asks…

Does beer effect exercise?

The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol is dignity. Im extremely proud, arrogant, smart ect. I scored 89 on my asvab: could have done better but maths the only part I enjoy or challenges me. One thing I noticed about beer: it makes me mistake words for thought. Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, it is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver j/k…lol. I drink only to make my friends seem interesting. How come if alcohol kills millions of brain cells, it never killed the ones that made me want to drink? That’s off topic, im concerned with my fitness. Im preparing to attend Army Infantry Training – Then Special Ops Ranger. I Could have chosen any job in all four branches but chose Infantry – We are smart. The only exercise some people get is jumping to conclusions. So please don’t, I only need to know if drinking will affect my 3:35am 3 mile run. Most my friends run to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts. Since i’ve been drinking will I be able to run my 3 miles at 3:45am 20081231 or should I rest till tomorrow?

The Expert answers:

You must of just had a beer cuz you seem to have a belly full of arrogance. Anyhow….. Yeah genius, empty calories and things categorized as “depressants” might have the effect of slowing you down a bit.

Ken asks…

Can you exercise in Adidas Aidette Slides?

I’m going away to Job Corps in about 3 weeks and on campus they have a fitness center. I want to take full advantage of it and lose about 30lbs. However, I don’t own any gym shoes, and I don’t wanna waste money on some that I’ll only wear only a few hours a day. So, I wanted to buy some Adidas Slides because they’re inexpensive and I figured they could double as house shoes and exercise shoes. But I’m not sure if they can. Can they be used for exercise?

The Expert answers:

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Nancy asks…

any way to juggle 3 jobs?

How can I juggle 3 jobs so that they don’t clash.

one of them I work self employed as a dance teacher, I teach 3 lessons on a tuesday, thursday and sunday starting at around 4pm finishing at around 8:15pm.

I am also a redcoat at Butlins working – Monday, wednesday, friday and saturday

I now also want to begin working as a sales assistant is there any way I can or should I instead add an extra class but not dance, a fitness class eg exercise and weighing etc?

The Expert answers:

To be honest, I feel that three jobs will stress you out, do you manage to relax and eat properly? I think the better option is to teach more classes. Good luck.

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Your Questions About Fitness

James asks…

who is the guy always training people cardio kick boxing at the lot next to the City Museum in St. Louis?

A few times when I was in the area I would see a group of people practicing cardio kickboxing and other fitness exercises in this lot next to the City Museum. I never seem to have a minute to stop and see what its about, does anybody know who this is? I might be interested in joining the group.

The Expert answers:

The guy’s name is jeremy and i just started training with him. Never had a workout quite like that and it felt great.

Daniel asks…

How many exercises should you do for lifting?

How many exercises involving dumb bells, the bench, etc. should you do for lifting? I do so far 10 reps and 3 sets per exercise, but how many exercises should I do for lifting?

The Expert answers:

Unfortunately your question is not possible to answer because you offer no goals or objectives. It is not possible to recommend a course of action without knowing your vital statistics, experience level, resources, knowledge, health considerations, limitations, points of emphasis, and, most of all, your goals. That said, you don’t need more than one set of any exercise per workout and no more than two workouts per week per muscle group. As long as you do the first set properly, the next two sets will be wasted energy and cannot possibly make any in-roads into growth stimulation.

I do about 32 exercises per week in a 4-way split system. However, I’ve been training for 40 years, am at my genetic max, and am just trying to hang onto what muscle I have in the face of waning testosterone. You only need about 5 basic exercises to work your major muscle groups. However, you should probably work toward a minimum of 50 exercises in your “tool kit” and cycle through them continuously to avoid stagnation plateaus, etc. That’s about all I can suggest with nothing to go on.

Of all the strong people with well developed muscles, the Olympic athletes are the strongest. They are trained by the best minds in exercise physiology using a solid foundation of science and state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation. Bodybuilders, on the other hand, use little science, have almost no technology, and simply make do with great genes, bodybuilding lore, and occasionally anabolic steroids.

The problem the hobby bodybuilder has is no access to Olympic style training but more than ample access to the propaganda and products of supplement makers and sellers who are driven by profit motive and have no interest in the success of the suckers who buy their products. And, if you don’t believe this, simply go to bodybuilding.com and start reading. See how much information is opinion and how much is solid science complete with citations and references. See for yourself how the articles contradict each other and how virtually no one offers any scientific studies to support their claims.

So, what is the beginning bodybuilder to do? Here’s what I recommend.

1. DENY HACKS & SCAMS – Begin by ignoring all of the conventional bodybuilding information floating around the internet because much of it is false and much of it is passed on by clueless hobby bodybuilders. Avoid all dot com bodybuilding or fitness websites with advertising and any kind of product review or endorsement. They’re only there to take your money. And, that goes for product reviews, endorsements, blogs, or any other source without credible references or promoting any product or service.

2. STUDY – Your body has to last a lifetime and it has no choice but to follow your brain. Therefore, you’ll never be all you can be unless you feed your brain a steady diet of good information. Always be skeptical and approach your bodybuilding and strength training as you would any academic course of study. Use libraries and bookstores. Avoid all websites with advertising. Good information is free. Bad information is there to attract you to advertising to make someone else money from your pocket. The mere fact that you’re seeking advice in this forum is an indication you want information but don’t know where to look.

3. RESOURCES – Use libraries and bookstores. Avoid all websites with advertising. Good information is free. Bad information is there to attract you to advertising to make someone else money from your pocket. The mere fact that you’re seeking advice in this forum is an indication you want information but don’t know where to look.

I don’t personally endorse any products or services. However, the best sources of information I’ve been able to find which may be of value to the beginning hobby bodybuilder are as follows (in order of quality).
A) http://www.bodybyscience.net/home.html/?page_id=18 (grade = A+)
b) http://www.exrx.net/ (grade = B+)
c) http://www.youtube.com/user/scooby1961#g/u (grade = C)

Good luck and good health!!

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Laura asks…

What exercise will help me loose stomach fat?

I need an exercise that I can do in my room without any equipment. Like sit ups or push ups, I’m not sure if any of those do the trick.

The Expert answers:

You are looking to come up with a fitness routine you can do at home in your room with no equipment. There are a few things you need to keep in mind:

–You are what you eat so you will need to take a hard look at your nutrition and convert to a protein-rich low-fat diet. Fruits, vegetables, lean white meats like chicken and turkey as well as high-fiber foods that will keep your stomach full.

–Drink plenty of water. Studies have shown that by drinking 16 oz. Of water before you eat you can reduce your calorie consumption 15%!

–As far as the working out goes, you will need to alternate between cardio and strength training. You will not be able to spot reduce and no matter how many thousands of situps you do your stomach will NEVER shrink by doing them alone. So let’s handle the two types of workouts you need to do:

1) Cardio-I don’t know how big your room is so here are a few ideas for cardio workouts in a confined space.

A) Kickboxing-get yourself a good kickboxing DVD. The punches, knees, kicks and blocks will serve as a great cardio workout in a confined space.

B) Yoga-don’t laugh. The first time I did it I was embarrassed how exhausted I was without moving off of a 2′ X 6′ yoga mat.

C) Plyometrics-this is jump training. Any program of explosive jumping can brings great cardio benefits. Just don’t hit your head on the ceiling.

2) Strength training-because you are in your room with no equipment, this does limit our options but there are exercises you can do. In addition to the pushups you mentioned, you can try:

a) Squats-There are several bodyweight workout routines that can be performed for your legs. The first one to utilize is the squat. Stand straight up and then lower yourself towards the floor by bending your knees while keeping your back flat. When your thighs are parallel to the floor come back up so that you are standing straight. Add weights or a weighted vest if this isn’t tough enough.

And for a real challenge, go with wall squats. Lean against the wall with your feet two feet away from the wall and shoulder width apart. Now keeping your back against the wall, bend your knees so that your knees are at a 90-degree angle and your thighs are parallel to the floor. Hold for as long as you can and then come back to the starting position.

B) Floor Raise-A great bodyweight workout for your lower back. Lie on your stomach with your arms resting on the floor, straight and at a 30-degree angle to your body. Now, raise your arms and your legs and hold for as long as you can. Rest and repeat.

C) Chair Dip-A great exercise for your chest and triceps, you can add this to your bodyweight workout by getting two chairs and placing them a little more than shoulder-width apart. Place either hand on the chairs and extend your legs out in front of you, keeping them as straight as possible.

D) Inverted Shoulder Press-Assume a pushup position, but move your feet forward towards you and raise your hips so that you are almost in an inverted “V” position. Your hands should be slightly wider than shoulder length apart.

The key is not to change your body posture while you lower yourself until your head nearly touches the floor. Pause and then return to the staring position.

To make it tougher, instead of your feet on the floor, put your feet on a bench or chair to raise your legs and increase the resistance.

E) Extended Lunge-This is a great exercise for your hamstrings and your butt. Here’s how you do it. Get a chair and place the top of your right foot on it while standing in front of the chair. Now, move your left foot away from the chair so that you are in a lunge position. Now, bend your left knee so that you are performing a single leg lunge. You should feel it in your hamstrings and your butt. Do a set and then switch legs and repeat.

F) Planks-Planks are awesome for strengthening your core. The advantage is that planks not only strengthen your abdominal muscles but also the muscles of your lower back. As a result, they are a must for any bodyweight workout.

You perform them by placing yourself in a pushup position, except that instead of your hands being on the floor with your elbows straight you place your elbows on the floor directly below your shoulders. Then hold for as long as you can.

You can also perform a side plank to hit your oblique muscles. This is done in a similar fashion but you only have one elbow in the floor and one side of your body is facing the ceiling.

Michael asks…

What is the best piece of cardio equiptment for all around fitness?

Exercise bike, treadmill, elliptical, ski machine etc.
If you had the choice of only one, what would it be?
Any particular brand or series?

The Expert answers:

It really depends on what your fitness goals.I am a runner and the ONLY machine that I can get my heart rate and help my fitness level improve is the Precor elliptical.I bought one and I love it.It is not cheap though.I run one day, elliptical the next do weights the next.It is important to keep you body guessing and not do the same thing all the time.Also the elliptical in non impact on your joints but still gives an excellent workout.Also try to one day do a longer but less intense workout and the next day do interval training.Interval training is a great way to improve fitness very fast but only do it once or twice a week.

Paul asks…

What is the best fitness plan to be prepared for army basic?

I am hardly in shape and used to run cross country. I was wondering if anyone out there has any tips or fitness plans to improve endurance and strength. I’m 6ft and 155lb. I want to gain 10-15 pounds and get myself in shape within the next 2 months. I am currently running 5 days a week. But only long enough til I feel to winded. Does anyone have an outline for a specific fitness plan to achieve these goals? Thanks in advance

The Expert answers:

The initial Army basic training is nothing to be to worried about. The people who should worry are the ones who literally do no exercising at all. Keep up your routine, but add push ups, crunches, pull ups.. Etc to the equation. Hit the gym a few times a week and i would tell you cardio is a big part, but you seem to alright in that area.
My mistake before going in the Army was i bulked up in the gym and thought lifting the heaviest weights was the best thing to do. Now i focus on doing lighter weights and higher repetitions. You don’t want to necessarily be a big strong person who can’t be agile along with it because that’s a huge necessity in the Army. Focus on being cut and fit rather than big and bulky. There’s no real short workout plan i could give you. Simple hard work and dedication go a long way.

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