Feeling Reckless Thanks to MHP!

Caffeine is a tricky ingredient to enjoy as much as I do. On one hand, me without caffeine is a scary sight to see. I’ve been known to be quite a jerk to be honest without my morning caffeine. I believe that I inherited this need for energy from my mother, who is rarely seen without a cup of coffee in her hands. It is amazing that my mother can become so caffeinated yet I’ve never seen her hands shake. When you are looking around at different preworkouts, caffeine is a big factor in how well these supplements sell. However, there are companies that are quick to put out a product that is nothing but caffeine. The supplement company known as MHP has created a preworkout that offers more than just caffeine.  There are quite a few ingredients in this supplement but it’s not a bad thing here. The first component of this supplement is the energy, focus, and concentration section. In this section, we have yerba mate, caffeine, and Theacrine.

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There is 150mg of caffeine per serving in Reckless. If you have caffeine sensitivities, I would recommend that you only use a half scoop in the beginning. What some don’t understand is that with a pre workout product, you’ve got to pace yourself. The recommended dosage is usually meant for those who regularly lift weights. If you are still in the beginning stages of weightlifting, it’s wiser to dial it back a bit. I’m about to go a bit off track here but this reminded me of a recent story. My dad has been trying to get back into his athletics older days. One fine day, he had grown quite thirsty and needed something out of the fridge. What would happen would be one of the most unbelievable things that I have ever seen in my life.

He must have mistaken one of my RTD preworkouts for a Gatorade, which he drank. Within about thirty minutes, I saw one of the weirdest things that left me confused as to rather I should laugh or call an ambulance. All of the sudden, my dads eyebrows couldn’t stop shaking! The shaky eyebrows went on for an hour, I couldn’t tell if it was the caffeine or the beta alanine but it made for a wild day. I have to clarify that the supplement that this story revolved around was NOT Reckless, just wanted to point that out! Reckless certainly gave me no issues while I was using it. After incident with my dad drinking the wrong drink there was no way I would let him try this one.  Getting back to the review, let’s now look at what MHP offers for strength because it isn’t always just about energy!

There are actually three types of creatine in this supplement, an outstanding series of additions. Overall, there is over 1,000mg of creatine per serving in Reckless. Trust me, creatine is one of the truly great ingredients out there that isn’t always under attack. I loved using Reckless and felt that the balance between energy and strength was just about perfect. You can find this supplement fairly easily online with the prices averaging out to about $30 per container. It’s important to note that you will get 30 full-sized servings per container. I hate it when I think I’m getting a deal, only to find out that serving sizes are two or three scoops per serving. Overall, Reckless is an awesome preworkout that I really enjoyed using.

Can You Walk Yourself to Becoming in Better Shape?

A large majority find ourselves walking throughout a typical day. Whether you are walking around the office or cleaning up at home, walking has become second nature to most of us. However, there are a select few of us who like to take a good walk after the workday is over. I live in the suburbs and I see people walking all of the time. Morning, afternoon, or night, my neighborhood is almost guaranteed to have someone walking around in it. Today, I wanted to talk about some positive benefits associated with an activity we all take for granted which is walking.

  • Reduces Risk for Many Diseases – A great thing about walking is how many dangerous diseases it can help to fight off. People think that you have to go and perform some crazy long exercise sessions to stay healthy which isn’t true. Walking for only 30 minutes a day can drastically reduce your risk of developing cancer, heart disease, and a wide array of other potentially deadly conditions.
  • Great for Managing Weight – As we age, we sometimes find that our metabolism isn’t what it used to be. I remember, in my younger days, I could eat for hours and never gain a pound. However, now it feels like whenever I eat an extra dessert it is like I can feel myself getting fatter! If you are having trouble keeping your weight down, walking can be a great way to manage those pounds. You might even find that, if you enjoy walking enough, you can drop even more weight than you normally would.
  • Tones Muscles – We all have layers of muscle underneath our skin. For some of us, we just need a little more work for those muscles to show. Perhaps, you have been working on strengthening your muscles but they just won’t fully show. The fat reduction that comes with regular walking can help to make your muscles show, as well.
  • Stress Relief – Have you ever heard someone mention that they had to go outside and walk to clear their head? As it turns out, walking can actually help improve stress levels. I always thought that people used the walking excuse just to get out of the house for a few minutes!

Making the decision to lose weight can results in you becoming a little stressed out. Missing out on your old favorite foods could have you becoming on edge too. Walking is a great way to get some much needed stress relief at the end of your day. However, it is also common for people wanting to start their day off with a nice walk. In addition to keeping your weight where it needs to be, a morning walk is a great way to start the day.

Overall, the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are reducing the extent at which some of the most harmful diseases affect you feels great. Also, the feelings of peacefulness that come with a walk can help to make some of those bad days we all suffer a little bit better. Choosing to start the process of habitual walking only needs to take about five minutes. Remember, it is important that you start out with a low amount of time for the first walk. You will have much time to increase the amount of time that you walk, don’t rush things!

Is Only Exercising During the Weekend Helpful?

We’ve all been there, it’s quitting time and we want nothing more than to just go home. Whether it be the stress of a bad day or just the prospect of looking ahead at the upcoming week, life gets tiring. Some who still want to exercise, only do this on the weekends, avoiding all exercise during a work week. Is there any benefit to saving all of your exercise for Saturday and Sunday? One report is showing that, while not optimal, you are taking steps in the right direction by exercising on only the weekends. It seems that the exercise rules that we have had set in stone are being rewritten by new science findings. If you are someone who only exercises during the weekends and are getting jeered for it, you’re still greatly reducing your chance of many diseases. Don’t let someone critique your workout routine, what is crucial is that you are exercising at all, the days you do it don’t matter that much. If it is possible, you should try and workout regularly, through the week as well.

I find that only exercising during the weekend is perfect for those who are just beginning to workout. I would totally understand needing a full work week to let your muscles heal themselves. However, as you find yourself becoming more comfortable with spending in the gym, it shouldn’t be as tough to will yourself to a Monday night gym trip. If you can get yourself to add one or two more workout sessions into your week, you will even further reduce the chance of diseases affecting you. One way to increase the likelihood that you will start to workout during the week is if you bring a work buddy along with you. You would be surprised at how often asking someone to the gym with me has created lifelong relationships with co-workers.

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While at the workplace, you know that you to act differently, always being afraid to let your hair down. At the gym, you and your co-worker have more freedom to get to know each other and that is when friendships are formed, not at the water cooler. Listen around the next time you are at lunch, chances are someone is wanting a gym buddy, just like you are. All it takes is asking someone if they want to go with you after work to go and work out. You have no idea how strong a bond that is formed through getting fit together can be with someone. Don’t by shy, the worse you will ever get told is a no to your question, no big deal! If you don’t know anyone who needs to go the gym, try and spot the co-workers that you can tell exercise. If they deny going to a gym, at the very least, you have still paid them a nice compliment. One aspect of getting all of your exercise during the weekend that I don’t like, I wanted to talk more about. The first reason why only exercising on Saturday and Sunday isn’t the best is because you stand a high risk of overexertion. Exerting yourself too much can lead to exhaustion and dehydration, two of the most common ailments from over training. If you absolutely must exercise on only the weekends, pace yourself and don’t work one area of your body for a prolonged amount of time.

Apply the Recent Super Bowl Win to Life

I’m about to say something that no one would ever thought I would say: I’m glad that Patriots won the Super Bowl. If you know me, even the tiniest bit well, you’ll know how hard it was for me to type that last sentence. I’ll get one thing out of the way, I don’t like the New England Patriots and I am certainly not alone. Seeing the same team go to the big game, nearly every year, made it less fun to watch football. Before any fans of the Patriots start blowing up the contact section with all kinds of terrible words for me, let me explain. Be warned, if you are one of the twenty people that haven’t seen the Super Bowl yet, I’m about to spoil it for you, read cautiously!

When I had heard that the Super Bowl was going to be all about the Falcons vs the Patriots, I immediately was rooting for Atlanta. After the 1st quarter, my eyes met with delight at the score of 21-3, with the Falcons firmly in the lead. Well into the 3rd quarter, there wasn’t much else to report. To put things simply, the Falcons were destroying the Patriots in a game where everyone was quite sure of the outcome. The score of the Super Bowl, most of the time, had the Patriots way behind, so much so that I actually started to feel bad for Patriot fans, for the first time ever. My hope for a new team claiming the throne of Super Bowl champions started to switch over to nerves as the Patriots put a touchdown on the scoreboard. I told myself that, although the score was closer, there was no way that the Patriots could create a comeback, not this late in the game. As I watched Tom Brady and his team march down the field, determined to make another touchdown, it would happen. What became a one-sided game was now nearly tied and I couldn’t believe it. Thinking about the once in a lifetime comeback that I was watching, I had to celebrate the Patriots pushing the game into overtime, unbelievable! It would take a monster of a man to not root for the Patriots to win in overtime, in regards to how hard they worked to get ahead.

The Patriots would go on to win the Super Bowl this year, in what many are saying is the greatest football comeback of all time, a bold statement that I fully agree with. Even if you hate the Patriots, go back and watch that game when life gets you down. The millions watching the Super Bowl on Sunday weren’t just witnesses to a great game of football, they were watching a man fight for his life, against every odd imaginable. Too often, we see the underdog coming up against unbeatable odds and losing, it was nice to have the movie ending version of real life, something I hardly see anymore. We’ve all felt like Tom Brady in our own life situations, you have no time and the other team is miles ahead of you. When you feel that life is overwhelming, picture that legendary drive of Tom Brady. Sure, he could have accepted that his team is probably going to lose (it’s not like he hasn’t won before) but that wasn’t enough to stop him from winning. The limitations that we place in our life aren’t as real as you feel they are, anything can be won, look back to Super Bowl 51 if you think I am crazy.

When Surgery is Needed to Lose Pounds

Never something to be taken lightly, losing weight is a struggle that most will have to encounter in their lives. For there-has-to-besome, it becomes too much of a burden to start thinking about the work that has to be done, in order for people to look like they used to. In the past decade, surgeries were started to be done that could greatly change the lives of those suffering from obesity. At first, the gastric bypass was all the rage, I knew many people that had it done and it was rare that I saw someone that didn’t look and feel a million times better after the procedure was over. The most drastic case of weight loss surgery improving a life was one that I saw firsthand, as this was an old teacher of mine. I’m not going to disclose the name of the person but she was about 500lbs and looked to be in a state of constant pain.

To see her walk across the classroom was hard to watch and the students were seriously worried about her condition. The obesity of this teacher wasn’t a new phase, she had been overweight for many years, long before I was ever in her class. As graduation came and went, I rarely thought back on my days in that classroom, only being hopeful that this teacher could find her way back to a healthier condition. Flashing forward about two years later and I am back in my hometown, slugging through a crowd of shoppers filling their grocery baskets. After I had spent all of the time in the store that I could, I made a beeline for the checkout lanes, eager to get everything bagged so that I could get home. All of the sudden, I heard someone say my name (the worst thing to happen to me in public), I whipped around and wasn’t immediately sure who I was looking at.

As it turns out, the same teacher was now much skinnier and had greeted me, only to see a stunned reaction that I tried my best to hide. Feeling embarrassed that it took so long to recognize who I was speaking to, I started to feel my face getting red. What I was now seeing was the same overweight teacher, who had now dropped what had to be about 250 lbs, she looked so much happier. That got me thinking, the weight loss surgery did work, but how would it take off in the future, as this was about ten years ago. You don’t need to look around much to know that weight loss surgeries have now bloomed, as people were able to see how relatively safe they were. Any procedure like the ones that I am talking about can carry their own risks, so be sure that you know everything you can before actually having one of these procedures done. The most popular would have to be the gastric bypass surgery, the one where your stomach size is reduced greatly, therefore enabling you to become full much quicker. I’ve heard tales of people not being prepared for how much smaller their stomach got, only to have to pull over and vomit because they had overstuffed themselves, due to relying on their old eating habits. With countless new and increasingly innovative surgical procedures to lose weight, for those who simply can’t do it the old-fashioned way, we strive closer to the perfect weight loss method every week.

Dirty Vs Clean Bulking: What’s the Difference?

For anyone who wants to take their fitness to another planet, there will have to be some changes that need to be. At a certain point, especially for beginners, you can pretty much eat whatever you want. However, that horrid diet of chips and cookies can only take you so far, right? Well, this is where things get a bit tricky, as there are two different approaches that you can take to gaining weight, the clean or dirty bulk. Let’s start with the goody two shoes method of gaining weight, the clean bulk. For those are wanting to step it up and start packing on some extra weight, the clean bulkers are all about tracking every calorie that comes their way, not that there is anything wrong with that! Vegetables and lean meats are going to be a staple of clean bulking. With both schools of gaining weight, protein shakes are encouraged, as there isn’t anything the matter with rounding out what you need, nutrition-wise, with some protein powder.

The goal of a properly planned clean bulk will be to gain the maximum amount of muscle, with minimal fat gains. To do this effectively, you say wave goodbye to the junk food right now. Sure, a clean bulk is a tougher approach to bulk up but you won’t have to worry about having your stomach grow a little, in the process. For the dirty bulkers, there really aren’t too many rules that their diet plan has to follow, it is, essentially, anything goes. I prefer the dirty bulk because I would much rather sweat a little extra while working out, if it means that I can have the freedom to eat what I want.

What can I say? I might be a little weak willed when it comes to my food. You don’t want to get too out of control with a dirty bulk, just know that you have a little more freedom. Fast food and combo meals await you, as do pizzas and other unhealthy options, which make for a perfect dirty bulk. What I’ve noticed, is that about three weeks into my bulking, I start to notice that my shirts fit a little smaller in the stomach area, so you might need to aside some money for bigger shirts, it’s not a good feeling. The bright side to gaining a little extra stomach fat is that your muscles are going to be nourished, which will make them grow just like everything else. Usually, the dirty bulk is the easiest one for beginning lifters to stick with, I feel that there is always time to tighten up the rules and that can come later. What is crucial to any bulking plan is that you don’t skimp out on your training. Trust me, I’ve seen what happens when someone think that they can just eat their way to strength and muscle, without actually doing any hard work, it isn’t pleasant. Plus, overdoing it in the eating department, without enough calories burned to back it up and you could be saddled with more fat than you bargained up for. One thing that I will tell you is that it isn’t as easy to start really bulking up, as you might think. Hearing that you can eat basically whatever you want sounds nice but once the stomach starts feeling full, that’s a surefire way to end a bulking regimen. The key is to effective bulking is to eat more small meals, rather than gorging out on food at dinnertime.

Step Up to the Plate with Rocky’s Workout

No, I’m not talking about Dwayne Johnson, for this exercise session, we are talking all about the legendary boxing film from the seventies. Rocky Balboa was a character that was part movie and part real life story of struggle for the writer of this film, Sylvester Stallone. Many casual fans are not aware that Stallone had written the tale for this movie, not just starring in it and creating a whole new career for himself, in the process. One of the most heartbreaking stories that I have heard that surrounded the beginnings of the Rocky film was that Stallone had to actually sell his own dog, to pay for finishing up the process of making this film. The story I just talked about does have a major feel good ending to it, as Stallone not only got his dog back but also became one of the biggest movie stars of all time, in the process! Just like most other men in the world, there is something about the Rocky movies that go a long way in really helping to get me motivated. It is near impossible to watch the story of an underdog, who came up from nothing, to become a legend without getting a fire lit under you.
I love the process that got Stallone to really get into his character for Rocky. If you are going to be a boxer, two things are likely to happen: you will face many different forms of competition and you are going to have your own trainer. Stallone is certainly a smart man and even, with all of his accumulated knowledge about bodybuilding, he knew that he could always use a second opinion. What the Rocky training program would consist of would be Stallone, doing his best to keep up with a world-renowned trainer, forcing his own competitive spirit to cause muscle growth, a great idea.

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I don’t know about you but when I am training in the company of another person, whether subconiously or not, I always try to lift the most that I can, likely at the expense of my own safety! What was the main focal point of the exercise that Rocky had to do, in order to look the part of a professional boxer, is that he had to look shredded. If you go back and watch some of the Rocky movies, you will see that Stallone isn’t bulky, with layers of fat, he looks like he is built from solid muscle. Stallone was in such perfect shape for the Rocky films, that he really does look like a boxer. From watching many different boxing matches, I can tell you that these athletes (with the exception of some heavyweights), you aren’t going to see much in the way of chunky boxers. Being that he had an extensive background in weightlifting and bodybuilding, Sylvester knew that what he ate would play a huge factor in the success of his overall training for Rocky. Not one to slouch on his diet, Stallone included a balanced blend of proteins, carbs, and other bodybuilding goodies that anyone who lifts should be using.

Yes, recent headlines may suggest that Stallone had a little extra help in attaining the physique that he has been known for, even almost into his seventies! Regardless of what you’ve read about Stallone, he is still capable of having a physique that people fifty years younger than him would be jealous of!

Not Breaking Your New Year’s Resolution

We are just a few days away from the clock striking midnight and creating our very own resolution. Unfortunately, many will make their vow to do what it takes to transform their life, only to find that they end up falling short. A large percentage of resolutions will never be met but that doesn’t mean that one of those unlucky people will be you. I wanted to guide you, as I have made these same resolutions in the past. I make mistakes like everyone else and there were some years I followed my resolutions but not before many years of breaking that same promise, most of the time within weeks. With that in mind, what were the differences that allowed me to stick with my plan? I truly believe that what a big part of helping me to complete my resolutions would be the people that I had surrounded myself with.

Now, I wouldn’t say that the people in my life were the sole reason that I was able to start finally sticking to some of my goals but they really did help push me through some bad days. If you have a person or two in your life who thinks that everything is lame or there is always a reason not to do something, consider having a talk with them. I never advise anyone to just cut ties with a person in their life, perhaps telling them about how negative they are being to you could help them to snap out of it. Sometimes, people don’t mean to intentionally make light of serious events in your life, they just don’t know how to act sometimes. I had known one of the rudest people at an old job and he became a very close friend of mine but why would I want to be so close to such a rude guy?

To help explain the confusion, it turns out that the guy I was talking about used his sense of humor to cope with feeling like the odd man out. Once I got to know this wisecracking guy, who everyone avoided, I found out that he was very sweet and caring. As for what kept me steadily ready to meet and exceed my goals was positive reinforcement.

If I could go through the first two weeks of sticking to my weightlifting, I would purchase myself a small gift. Let’s just say that, the first year I actually kept up with the resolution that I made, I had amassed quite a little video game collection, towards the end of the year. If there is a hobby that you have and you are meeting your goals, don’t be afraid to reward yourself, it can really help keep you on the right track. Furthermore, always having a clear picture of what enables you to change how you are living. 2017 is coming up extremely fast, so I hope that you have your resolution all planned out. Remember that it could take a few months before you start seeing your hard work pay off and that is common. Never accept slow progress as failure, each workout that you complete only brings you that much closer to the end result, which is a new you! With any luck, you will be preparing a new and improved resolution to roll into 2018!

Should Push Ups Be Done Anymore?

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Getting Ahead

Think back to your days when you were taking it easy and doing only pushups and sit ups, did you notice any major changes in your composition? There are those who say that you simply can not gain a noticeable amount of muscle through only doing the push up exercise. For those not in the know, a push up is when you start with your hands parallel to your sides, lying on your stomach. From there, you push up your body weight with your hands until your arms are fully extended. If done enough times, there is no doubt that pushups can certainly add muscle tissue. Would I say that weight training is quicker for a more rapid speed up? Absolutely. However, not everyone has the budget for fancy gym cards or an expensive and lavish home setup.

Pushups are going to work your chest and triceps muscles more than any other group. After completing sets of pushups, the next day you will notice that the backs of your arms are going to be sore. There is a way that you change up the dull original push up and it all comes down to where you place your arms. You see, the normal push up is done in a similar style to an upside down bench press, where your arms are extended out, almost into a V formation. If you want bigger arms and less chest muscle development, place your arms closer together while pushing up. Almost immediately, you should start feeling your arms begin to swell, letting you receive that glorious pumped feeling.

I don’t believe that pushups should be the sole exercise that someone completes but they should definitely be applied to a fitness program, of that I am sure. Even if you find that you only spend five minutes a week working on your pushup progression, you’re getting a good set of muscles worked by an exercise that has been done for ages. Also, you can really set out to explore all of the different pushup techniques there are, surprised by hearing that? I was certainly shocked that you can alter so many aspects of the exercise, such as height, speed, duration of the pushup.

Matching Faith and Weight Training: A Perfect Combo?

While this won’t be perfect for all ways of thinking, the Get Centered fitness program can really offer a new viewpoint on how you accomplish your training. Based outside of Texas, this program combines religious teachings with your exercise routine. I don’t judge anyone, based on their beliefs, so I can understand why this will only interest a certain portion of my readers. By talking about this gym, I’m not speaking to my personal beliefs, as I feel that should be a private matter and it will continue to stay so. After all, you come to this website to (hopefully) learn about new ways to lift weights, not who or what I believe in.

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With that aside, it is interesting that a program like the Get Centered is just now being announced, it is just a great idea that I would have thought someone else who have made this into something but I guess not! No matter what religion you could practice, I think that we can all agree that for people to have a place where they can go and believe what they want to is a nice thing to start or end your day with. For the certain person, I can see that having their faith, which is obviously going to be very important brought out, in a discussion format could be great. This gym offers the group members where they can find solidarity and peace, in a no judgment zone. I could see a gym having a place where the members can talk and share their experiences is such a great idea.

I always want to see people getting along and what better way to have that taken care of than to use their shared interests as a starting point for conversation? I do also have to admit that I like how their courses don’t just gear you up for success in your fitness program, they also have life teachings put in place to steer you through and give you more direction in life. I had sure wished that my gym had put some people in place to advise me of what I could in life. I understand that this second wish would be much harder to grant and not an aspect of life that we would all need, I used to run with a bad crowd.

While you may or may not agree with the values that are taught at Get Centered, I have to say that is really something I could see catching on very rapidly. When considering that the main purpose of Get Centered is based more around what you believe versus how much you can lift, you’ll likely see a wide array of people at the next Get Centered class, which is great! Somewhere in Texas, there is a group of people who are enriching their lives by being able to freely bring in their chosen beliefs and values with them, proudly and that must be an awesome feeling. With such a wide variety of people all around you, it is very easy to get some new viewpoints on what you might be struggling with in your life. You will never want to just settle on your own way of thinking to solve a problem, you’ll be amazed at how nice it is to share your struggles with others.