Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind

American nutritionist Justine SanFilippo knows how badly a fad diet can harm your health; she has tried too many to count.”I had no energy, my brain was foggy and I had this weird, metallic taste in my mouth,” she writes of one low-carb diet’s effect. “To this day, we still think all carbs are bad. But we need them for energy. Read at the South China Morning Post.

Plyometrics workout starter guide

“Plyos” or plyometrics are exercises involving explosive movements. They are used by athletes to better their performance in sports, especially those hinging on speed and power.

Plyos mimic the motions produced by sports including basketball, volleyball, tennis, football, skiing and boxing. The exercises are perfect for athletes looking to pursue a diligent exercise regime. By featuring rapid-fire movements, plyometrics are capable of jamming a high-intensity workout into a few quick workout sets. Read at the Adrenalist..


Marathon man Dean Karnazes

So you think you’re fit? If you’re comparing yourself to endurance athlete Dean Karnazes, you may want to think again. He makes even dedicated performers look like couch potatoes.

Time named the LA-raised go-getter of Greek extraction one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World,”Men’s Fitness hailed Karnazes as one of the fittest men on the planet and Wired described him as the “perfect human”.

No athlete comes closer to being superhuman. Besides having completed 50 marathons in 50 days, Karnazes logs 200 miles for a laugh and races in 120-degree heat.

Not bad for a former marketing executive whose idea of competition was once the rat race. A graduate of San Francisco’s McLaren School of Business and Management, he has worked for several Fortune 500 companies. Read more at the Adrenalist..


Turbocharge your productivity: entrepreneurs’ top fitness tips

Forget glugging coffee. When it comes to boosting alertness, nothing beats exercise, judging by recent Canadian-American research confirmed by sporty tycoon Richard Branson.

“Work out,” Branson tells productivity guru Tim Ferriss in Ferriss’ landmark fitness guide The 4-Hour Body, when asked for his top output tip. Branson, who does all kinds of exercise, adds that it gives him at least four extra hours of productivity each day.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald..


Ten things you didn’t know about testosterone

Look at your hands. Is your ring finger – the fourth, counting the thumb – longer than the index finger?

If so, and you are male, good for you. That is a sign of high testosterone, or T: the hormone that influences your energy, libido, muscle size and strength. Testosterone may even help you think more sharply. In fact, testosterone lies at the heart of desire, ambition, even history, according to a website devoted to it, T-nation.com. Read more at the Adrenalist.

Fifteen-dollar baby

The searing sun refuses to duck under the treetops. I have already broken a sweat after jogging a short way from the meeting point at Bulldog Gym across a zebra crossing and onto the path that loops around the former cemetery known as Pioneer Memorial Park.

Still, it feels great to be in the open after being stuck indoors doing nothing more active than stroking a touch pad. In each hand I am carrying a furry, green two-kilogram barbell – the combined weight helps get my heart rate up as I chase the burly figure leading the pack. The group is made up of an equal number of men and women. We run the gamut from teens to fortysomethings.

So far not a punch has been thrown but the aerobic side of this “cardio-boxing” session is still pushing me. As I soon find out, the session is less about boxing and more about the cardio side of things. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald…