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Understanding Omega-3, Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Happy New Year's Eve everyone. I've had several clients ask me my opinion on taking Omega Fatty Acid supplements, particularly Omega-3s because they heard that it was good for them. Before I encourage anyone taking Omega-3, etc. I'll teach you why they're important. Don't do or use something because someone else is doing it. Educate yourself or I will help you. There are two main kinds of fatty acids : 1) Omega-3 and 2) Omega-6. Omega-3s come from parts of plants, while Omega-6s come from the seeds of plants. We need approximately equal amounts of Omega-3s and Omega-6s in our bodies.

Relative Strength vs. Absolute Strength

Here is an article that I've read a long time ago but find it still interesting. I always get asked about what is better, being big (heavy) and slow, or lean (think gymnast, climber) and fast. This is a question that should be asked "what is healthier?". So I've copied and pasted the article written by Mark Twight (the man responsible for training the actors from the movie 300) to this blog to help you folks realize the difference and make an educated decision as to how you want to train to achieve optimal health.

 RELATIVE STRENGTH

Comparing the Health Benefits of Exercise and Yoga (from IDEA Fitness Journal)

 Yoga is a physical activity that differs from conventional exercise in that it offers mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions.  This is not to say that conventional exercise lacks these qualities, but rather that these dimensions are not integral to practicing fitness activities in the way that they are to practicing yoga.  Growing research evidence shows that yoga practice impacts the sympathetic nervous system and benefits both physical and mental health.  

Second Objective in Program Design

 REDUCE PERFORMANCE INJURIES!!!  The second goal of a quality fitness/strength program is its aim to reduce injuries on the field, in the training room, at work/home, or in life.  Take note that I said "reduce", not "prevent". The only way to "prevent" injury occurrence is through divine intervention, and that's a different discussion with a different person. NO coach, trainer, etc.

Habits

Greetings from Japan!  I went to a class in Tokyo the other day, and wanted to share what the instructor here shared with her class: it's time to pay more closer attention to our habits.  Allow me to elaborate:

 

1st Rule in Program Design - PREVENT INJURIES!

The reduction of injuries should be common sense but with the proliferation of these "fad" fitness programs that walk the fine line between safety and dangerous, I believe I should reiterate the most important issue when designing or embarking on a fitness, strength & conditioning regimen. Cost-to-benefit ratio! In order to prevent injuries in the training process you/I must minimize risk.  In no way do I mean eliminate risk, just minimize it. Everything you do in your training must be looked at through the cost-to-benefit glasses.

Thoughts on Program Design

 Program design and selecting exercises are simple concepts we make more difficult than they're suppose to be. When designing a training program you don't have to choose trendy or cool exercises to be successful. In my experience training and coaching, the basics have not changed much. What has changed is my understanding of why the basics have stood the test of time. Basics such as the squat, deadlift, lunge/step-up, push up, chin up, handstands, dips, rows, planks, bridges, etc. are still the foundation for myself and clients' programs.  

Training Jill.

It baffles me when women say that they don't want to train with weights for fear of building big, bulky muscles.  It is a misconception that weight or resistance training for women should differ from those for men because they'll get bulky, or lose flexibility if they train with weights.  The only real differences between training with weights from men to women is the amount of weight being lifted or used for a given exercise.

The Brain-Gut Connection

 Hi All,

 

It's been awhile.  I was intrigued when I saw recently, that our guts have the same number of neurotransmitters as our brains, and in my research, I came across this article.  Check it out!

 

The Brain-Gut Connection

Why do we get butterflies in our stomach before a performance?

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