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My Top 15 Non-Traditional, Muscle Building, Fat Scorching Workouts

If you have been a subscriber to my newsletter for some time, you know that I’m always trying to give you ways to make your workouts more interesting and fun, while also stimulating big-time results. Don’t you agree that your training should be fun? This is what separates the people who jump on and off the “fitness bandwagon” a couple times every year without ever making any real progress from the people that actually adopt a true fitness lifestyle and finally achieve the body they have always wanted. Make it interesting, make it fun, and make your fitness a priority, and you’ll have the body that you want.

What I have noticed over the years is that many people will train regularly for a few months and then will either get bored with the same old weight training and cardio routines, or will get discouraged because their progress comes to a grinding halt after a while. In my opinion, I don’t think your workouts ever need to get boring or stale. You just need to have an open mind to the huge world of various training styles and techniques that are out there. Seriously, there are so many different and fun training styles out there, that there is no reason you should ever get bored with your workouts and give up on that lean ripped body that you’ve been looking for. Also, mixing in various training styles builds stronger joints by reducing repetitive movement pattern overload and varying your training stressors.

Now before I start with some of my favorite non-traditional training styles, I will state that I think one of the best ways to achieve a lean, muscular and healthy body is through a consistent weight training routine with free weights. You can choose to integrate some of these alternative training techniques with your weight training routines on the same day, as alternative workouts on separate days of the week, or even as separate training cycles where you try some of these techniques for several weeks at a time before cycling back to a traditional weight training workout. Try some of these training styles out and you’ll be on your way to never being bored again with your workouts…and your body will thank you with muscles popping out that you never knew existed!

Alright, here are some of my favorite non-traditional training techniques:

1. Staircase Workouts – This is great because stairs are everywhere. You can go to a football field and do stadium stairs, any building that has stairs like a hotel (most people take the elevator, so you will not even have many people looking at you while you’re working out), or even the stairs in your own home. For an awesome full body workout, try mixing stairs sprints with an upper body exercise like pushups or pull-ups. If done with a high enough intensity, stairs workouts help to create changes throughout your entire body due to the muscle building and fat burning hormonal response and metabolism increase that you get through working the biggest muscle groups in your entire body. If you thought that going up and down the stairs was the only way to get a good stairs workout…think again. My fellow trainer and friend, Virgil Aponte, has developed a website that focuses on creative stairs workouts using all kinds of exercises you never would have thought of before. You can find out more info on stairs exercises workouts at my ‘fitness products’ page at truthaboutabs.com at the link below.

2. Wind Sprints and Hill Sprints – Find any open field in a park or athletic field and try 50, 75, and 100-yard all-out wind sprints. After each sprint, rest long enough to catch your breath before the next one (generally 1-2 minutes). Try workouts of anywhere from 6 to 20 wind sprints for a great “cutting” workout. Also, if you have a hill nearby, hill sprints are also great workouts. Sprint up the hill as fast as you can and walk down for your rest interval. Repeat until you’re whooped (a 20-30 minute hill workout is plenty). These sprint workouts are so amazingly effective at changing your entire body for the same reason as stairs exercises…by powerfully working the biggest muscle groups in your entire body, you greatly stimulate your metabolism while simultaneously increasing your fat burning and muscle building hormones.

Just look at any world class 100-meter sprinters and notice how ripped-to-shreds those guys are. Now compare that to the emaciated weakling physiques of many marathoners, and you’ll see that sprinting is where the action is at for a healthy, ripped, powerful body! Now I don’t want to upset all of you distance runners out there. Hey, if distance running is something you enjoy, then go right ahead. But don’t say you’re doing it for the health benefits, because I might just have to disagree. You can read my full story on why I believe variable intensity training is far superior to steady-state endurance training in one of my other ezinearticles.com articles at Cardio-Enthusiasts: Discover a More Effective Training Method for Fat Loss and Heart Health!

3. Kettlebell Training – If you’ve been reading my articles for some time, you’ve probably heard me praise kettlebell training many times before, but I will have to reiterate that it has been one of the best training methods that I’ve ever tried and has taken my physical capabilities to a whole new level. Kettlebells are an alternative type of free-weight training instead of barbells and dumbbells. Their unique construction and weight distribution (basically a cannonball with a handle) allows for a whole different realm of exercises that’s available compared to dumbbells and barbells. Kettlebells have been typically used for training hard-core athletes, military units, martial arts competitors, and other tough individuals, but there is no reason that anybody looking to get stronger, bigger, or more cut can’t learn the exercises and benefit from them.

It’s been a little over a year now since I’ve incorporated kettlebell training into my routines, and I’ll admit that I’m hooked for life! At between $100-$150 per kettlebell, they are definitely not cheap, but they are well worth the money. Just one or two kettlebells and you’ve literally got yourself an entire home gym that you can use for the rest of your life…worth every penny in my book! If you want to give these body-hardening kettlebells a try, you can find more info at my ‘fitness products’ page at truthaboutabs.com at the link below.

4. Bodyweight Workouts – For a change of pace, try adding to your routine one or two workouts a week at home with just bodyweight based exercises. These can be great because you can get a high intensity workout done in only 15-30 minutes without having to go to the gym on days that you might not have time for a trip to the gym. Try alternating bodyweight squats, pushups variations, lunges, and floor abs exercises continuously for 15-30 minutes. Try to take very short rest periods or none at all to really amp up the intensity since this will be a brief workout. If you’re more advanced, you can even incorporate more challenging exercises like handstand pushups, one-arm pushups, and one-legged squats into your bodyweight training routines.

5. Ring Training – This type of training basically uses portable gymnastic rings that you can take anywhere with you. You throw the straps up over any high bar like a pullup bar, the top of a power rack, or even over a football field goal crossbar. Then you can quickly adjust the rings to do exercises like ring dips, ring pushups, ring pull-ups, hanging leg raises, horizontal body rows, L-sits, and more. Dips and pushups on the rings are my favorites and the rings really make them a hell of a lot more difficult, while also incorporating your stabilizer muscles to a much greater degree. The rings allow your joints to move in a more natural pattern and can help you prevent or even recover from shoulder injuries. Personally, when I try dips on a normal dip stand, it hurts my shoulders. However, dips on the training rings feel perfect, and also give me a much better muscle pump. The training rings are one of the best training devices I’ve ever bought. Give them a try…I think you’ll like them if you’re up for a challenge. I found my rings, which you can hang up easily on a power rack, pullup bars, or at a park, at ringtraining.com.

6. Swimming – A great full body workout that stresses the muscles and joints in a much different way than most resistance training. Incorporating swimming workouts once or twice a week into your normal training routines can really enhance your physique. I recommend trying a “sprint” style swimming workout, which will help more for building muscle compared with endurance long distance swimming. For sprint style, swim as hard as you can to the other side of a 25-meter or 50-meter pool (or sprint swim similar distances in a lake or the ocean if you like to swim outdoors). Rest enough to catch your breath between sprint swims (about 20-40 seconds). Try to keep the rest intervals fairly short with swim sprints. You can also mix different strokes (crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, backstroke, butterfly) on each swim sprint. I’ve found that sprint swimming gives me a great muscle pump (especially in the upper body), without any soreness the next day as is typical with weight training. This is because swimming has no eccentric movement (the negative portion of a lift), which is what causes muscle soreness. Keep in mind that even though swimming works your muscles well and is a nice alternative workout to mix in once or twice a week, it does not strengthen your bones. You still need to do regular weight training to do that.

7. Sandbag Training – This form of training is a nice variation to mix in with your strength training. It works your body with an unstable object, which makes muscles that might normally be neglected get in on the action to perform the movements. I’ve been mixing some sandbag training into my routines for over a year now, and I’ve found it is a very intense method of training that works your muscles in a different way and gets you huffing and puffing like crazy. You can make your own sandbags to train with by filling various sized duffle bags with sand, or you can use those construction type sandbags that come in several shapes. Sandbag exercises can be done as squats, cleans, presses, lunges, shouldering, throws or heaves, carrying up hills, etc. Make no mistake, training intensely with sandbags will get you ripped in no time flat! I’ve actually found an entire book devoted to sandbag training, which gave me some great ideas for doing sandbag based workouts. If you’re interested in this type of training, you can find more info at my ‘fitness products’ page at truthaboutabs.com at the link below.

8. Mountain Biking – As you may have figured by now, I’m not a proponent of steady pace endurance exercise, but rather, highly variable intensity exercise that works with bursts of exertion followed by recovery intervals. Well, mountain biking fits this bill perfectly. You get the leg pumping exertion during the uphill climbs, while also getting the adrenaline rush of the downhill acting as your recovery intervals. Mix it all together and you get a super-fun, high-intensity, leg burning workout that will melt fat off of your entire body and build awesome legs at the same time. The climbs can be tough and will challenge you both physically and mentally as you pump away trying to make it up steep hills without having to resort to getting off of the bike. Then after you make it up the challenging climbs, you get rewarded with the adrenaline rush of flying down steep hills while jumping off of boulders and logs and trying not to stumble or fall off the bike. It’s such an addicting thrill…I love it! See, who says that working out has to be boring!

9. Indoor (or outdoor) Rock Climbing – This is yet another fun way to get in a great workout that will also challenge you both physically and mentally. Indoor rock climbing gyms have starting popping up all over the place in recent years and will be more accessible than outdoor rock climbing to most people. Rock climbing is a great workout for your legs, arms, shoulders, and your entire back. It also really works your grip strength and forearms like crazy. Whenever I go indoor rock climbing (which is only on occasion), my forearms are sore for about 2-3 days afterwards. Give it a try if you’ve never done it…it may be just what you’re looking for to spice up your fitness routine.

10. Stick Wrestling – This is a killer full body workout and can also be a great competition between you and your friends. This is probably more of a guy thing for most people. You could even come up with your own “fight club” and have stick wrestling competitions with your buddies to see who is toughest. There are actually sticks designed specifically for stick wresting, but you can even just use a strong broomstick cut down to about 30-36 inches long and taped up with some athletic tape to prevent splinters. For your stick wrestling workout, stand on a soft mat or carpeted area (or grass if outdoors), match up with a friend or foe. You’ll both grab the same stick toward the ends with your hands on the outsides of your partner’s hands, on the inside, or staggered. Then you simply push, pull, jerk, and thrash your opponent around trying to knock them off balance until they either fall or lose their grip of the stick…and you win that round! Be careful not to get the stick up high and knock each other in the face. Use common sense. You can do this in 1-2 minute rounds or just keep going until someone gives up. Be creative and keep going until you’ve gotten a killer workout. Your forearms and legs will be screaming!

11. Strongman Training – This type of training is a little more hard-core, but it’s a blast for those who are into trying something different. The premise is based on the types of exercises competitors perform in the “worlds strongest man” competitions. If you have a yard, you can even set up some of these exercises in your yard and do some outdoor workouts to have a little fun. Your neighbors will probably give you some funny looks, but it’s fun, so who cares! You can get one of those giant tractor tires and do tire flips (which is basically a deadlift followed by a push-press). You can also try your hand at log lifts, boulder lifts and carries, keg lifts and tosses, weighted sled dragging…anything that involves pulling, pushing, lifting, or heaving any types of odd objects. You don’t need to be a monster to enjoy this type of training…just handle whatever size objects are challenging for your individual strength. Strongman training works your entire body in a very intense fashion and could easily spark some new results. If you’re interested in finding out more ideas for strongman training, check out my ‘fitness products’ page at truthaboutabs.com at the link below.

12. Rope Climbing – This goes back to the old high school days of climbing the rope in gym class. Seriously, if you have access to a rope, either at a gym or somewhere outdoors, rope climbing builds a powerful and ripped upper body like no other exercise. A great way to incorporate rope climbing into intense workouts is to do a climb up, then lower yourself back down. Then while your upper body is recovering for the next climb, you can do a lower body exercise like squats or lunges, or go up and down stairs. Keep alternating the upper body rope climbs with the lower body exercises in between and you’ll get one hell of a full body workout.

13. Bag Boxing – You can use a heavy bag, a speed bag, or even one of those rebound bags to get a great workout. Among the three, the heavy bag is the best all around full body workout, while the speed bag will test your rhythm and timing and give you a great upper body workout. If available at your gym or if you have a bag at home, try mixing these in as a good warm-up or as an intense finish to your strength routine.

14. Rope Skipping – You can’t beat rope jumping as a great full body exercise. I like to use it as a warm-up for my weight training workouts. I prefer to use the really cheap “speed” ropes with a plastic rope instead of a fabric rope. Once you get good, you can jump rope much faster with the plastic ropes than the fabric ones, which will allow you to get a more intense workout. And don’t mess with the weighted handle ropes…they’ll just slow you down. Your goal is speed when rope skipping. Try mixing together two legged jumps, one-legged jumps, arm crossovers, double jumps (rope passes under feet twice for each jump) to keep things interesting and increase the intensity. Also, try alternating 15-20 second high intensity bursts where you jump as fast as you possibly can, followed by 15-20 second recovery intervals where you jump slowly to get ready for your next burst. Keep repeating until you’re whooped, which might happen pretty quick!

15. Jumping exercises – squat jumps, box jumps, lunge jumps, and broad jumps are some of the best ways to incorporate explosive jumping exercises into your routines. The explosive and powerful nature of jumping exercises works your leg muscles in an entirely different way than most normal slow grinding strength training moves. I’ve even seen a university study cited once that found squat jumps to elicit the greatest testosterone response of all exercises studied. That means more muscle and less fat on your entire body, not just your legs. Try super-setting jumping exercises with upper body exercises for some really intense workouts.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed all of these ideas for ways to really shake up your workouts and make them fun again. I know some of them may seem a little “out there”, but open your mind to the possibilities and you’ll never be bored again…and your body will respond with new found results!

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How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles In 5 Days Naturally At Home

Dark circles around your eyes can make you appear tired and stressed. Many people are highly self-consciousness about the appearance of dark shadows around their eyes.

Dark circles around your eyes are often a symptom of overtiredness, and stress but it is more often associated with a vitamin K deficiency.

Fortunately there are many natural remedies you can use at home to replenish your skin with vital nutrients and nourish the areas around your eyes.

This article will show you how to get rid of dark circles around your eyes at home using natural ingredients.

There are many ingredients high in essential vitamins you can use to nourish these delicate areas.

Applying these oils, vegetables and herbs to your skin daily as a soak will help to replenish deficiencies leaving you with brighter healthy skin.

Natural ingredients rich in vitamin K include:

  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Raw potato
  • Cucumber
  • Soybean oil
  • Canola oil
  • Basil
  • Cilantro (coriander)
  • Tea
  • Aloe vera

These are all rich sources of vitamin K, and can be combined into the recipes for soaks and serums below.

How to get rid of dark circles with soaks and serums:

Dark circles tincture:

You can make a “toner” tincture that can be dabbed around your eyes using a mixture of:

  • 1 tablespoon cucumber juice.
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel or juice.

You can also add a teaspoon of black tea or asparagus juice. Refrigerate for 20 minutes, soak a cotton pad in the juice and dab gently around the eyes. You can use fingertips but do not tug skin. Allow to dry before applying cream, serums or makeup. (Store remaining mixture in the refrigerator after use).

Homemade vitamin K serum:

  • Take a ¼ cup of soybean oil (or alternatively use Canola oil)

Soak in the oil 2 tablespoons of any of the following (you can use several ingredients together):

  • Cilantro (coriander)
  • Basil
  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumber
  • Raw potato
  • Brussel sprouts

Soak these oils or herbs in the oil in a warm place for 2 to 7 days, then remove/strain out the vegetables if you wish, otherwise leave them in the oil as an infusion. If you want to boost this serum you can splash out and buy Papaya and Sandalwood essential oils. Add 2% of each to the serum. These oils are extremely effective for reducing dark circles. Add these oils to this natural serum to make a very potent elixir. Store remaining serum in a cool dark place.

Application: Apply a small amount with fingertips around your eyes on top of the dried tincture and allow it to soak in for a few minutes before applying creams or other products.

This is an excellent serum to apply as a night treatment. Use it every day/night for 5 days (longer if you wish). After several days you should notice a dramatic difference in the reduction of dark circles around your eyes. You can maintain this routine periodically once or twice a week to keep dark circles at bay.

There are many more serums, masks and moisturizers you can make at home to suit all skin types and conditions. Natural skincare remedies can be just potent if not more so than commercial skincare products. Use these daily or as a treat for your thirsty or damaged skin and you will quickly notice the difference!

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Chris Howard Review – Who He is and What He Does

About Chris Howard

As an entrepreneur, performance consultant, author, and Master Trainer and Practitioner of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Chris Howard is devoted to bringing out the best in people, and helping them achieve massive results in their lives. Chris has always had the desire to get inside the heads of the worlds great leaders in the hope of understanding what it is that has allowed them to achieve their success in life. Using NLP as a basis, Chris has gone on to develop cutting edge, next generation tools for personal and professional development.

When he is not teaching or writing, Chris enjoys competitive martial arts. He holds the rank of black belt and has worked with many of the living legends including Grand Master Helio Gracie, Ultimate Fighting Champion Royce Gracie and Master Owen Watson.

About the companies

The Christopher Howard Companies were established in 2002, to give individuals and organizations those particular skills, attitudes and mind sets to turn their boldest visions and intentions into realities and results. Participants not only undergo a profound change on both a conscious and unconscious level, they also take with them specific techniques to apply in their daily lives to remain focused and motivated through the accomplishment of their intended goals.

About the clients

Chris’ clients include politicians, Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, and thousands of people from all walks of life. Chris has operations  in the United States, Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, and further expansion is scheduled for Europe, South-East Asia and South America. Because of his successes and his unique approach, Chris has been featured on a number of different radio and television shows.

About the products and trainings

The Chris Howard Companies offer a variety of live trainings and seminars that are staged in various locations around the world. There are also a number of books, CD, and DVD sets available online. In addition, the Chris Howard’s Mentors Circle was launched in 2006. This is a forum where training graduates can continue their personal and professional development. They also offer an affiliate program.

Chris is the best selling author of “Turning Passions into Profits: Three Steps to Wealth and Power”. He also has another book in the pipeline entitled “The New Entrepreneurial Mind”.

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Shag Past and Present – History of This Great Hair Style

The shag hairstyle is a youthful cut where you have short and layered hair. Mostly hair is layered at the crown of the head rather than below. As an option you could add bangs to the cut which you should be able to push off your face. The look should allow you to tuck hair behind your ears and keep them in place with barrettes. Today’s shag could be a variation with more layers towards the bottom of the cut or longer length.

In recent years, the most outstanding and noticed shag hairstyle was Meg Ryan’s in IQ. The flirty short shaggy bobs were a variation which really motivated a number of us youngsters waiting at our stylists with her picture, queuing up for a similar look. Though it may look real neat and trendy, you need a stylist with ‘shear magic and eye for styling’ to get you the right look. He should know exactly where to layer your hair depending in your face and features; where to thin out thick hair and give volume to thin hair. A shag hairstyle is the most versatile haircut giving you the option to style it in two to three different ways! You could add bangs on one side, both sides, keep it long or short, keep it messy, styled or carefree and the best is you can manage them at home without the need to buy every styling product in the market.

Paul McGregor had invented the Shag hairstyle and gave it to Jane Fonda in the movie Klute . Farrah Fawcett wore it in the famous Charlie’s angels television show and it became a phenomenon of sorts. Shag is the classic hairstyle of the ’70s and considered one of the ‘coolest’ as it was worn by the heart throbs of that time. David Bowie, Rod Stewart, everybody who was anybody had the shag hairstyle. During the ’80s, adaptations of the shag hairstyle were worn by the heavy metal rock bands who wore their hair in long shag cuts. The shag hair style was the ultimate unisex style and women and men were both wearing it with élan.

Another theory suggests that in the 1960’s men had begun wearing their hair long after the hairstyle Process brought in the 1920s by the African Americans. In the 1970s when hairstyles were changing and the process style was fading, men were habituated to wearingh their hair long. So, in the 80s, they let their hair grow at the back of the head while keeping them shorter at the top. This was the first form of the shag hairstyle worn by men which was soon adapted into various styles.

The 70s was an era of the youth, the end of the Vietnam War added in making it the turning point for them. Platform shoes, disco dancing and the Beegees; this new found youth was perhaps the reason for the emergence of this carefree, youthful and messy hairstyle- the Shag hairstyle.

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The Dangers of Having a Gallstone Or Liver Flush For People With GERD (Acid Reflux)

According to naturopathic medicine, having a gallstone or liver flush in many ways helps people relieve a number of their problems including back, shoulder, and leg pains, and even some digestive disorders, because of the nature of its cleansing effect — flushing out toxins and all those accumulated and unhealthy fat that’s stored in your gallbladder. Traditional doctors may have a differing opinion about this, but the results do not lie.

It works.

Unless you have GERD or Acid Reflux.

Technically, GERD is a digestive disorder, and I would not go into its definition here, as you may already know what it is, particularly if you have been dealing with it for a long period of time, and have already browsed the internet for in-depth information on acid reflux. The point of this article is to stress that you can do a gallstone or liver flush, in the context of two things:

You do NOT have GERD (Acid Reflux), or…

You are CURED from your GERD (Acid Reflux) and are confident that your stomach can handle it.

The common “ingredients” involved with a gallstone or liver flush are olive oil, lemon or grapefruit, and epsom salt. For a normal person, these can be tolerable. But if you are suffering with acid reflux, this adds to the problem, for the following reasons:

1. Olive oil is fat. Taking a half cup of it (which is usually the recommendation for a successful flush) would put strain on your liver and might lead to an excess of bile being secreted to digest the oil. However, there is greater chance that you might develop bile reflux as well. Not a good thing, based on my experience as revealed in my endoscopy test.

2. Lemon or grapefruit are supposed to be mixed with the olive oil before taking it. Although lemon and grape are alkaline rich foods, for some people it tends to increase the acidity of one’s stomach. Why this happens I have yet to find out. One type of fruit may not have the same compatibility with different individuals. Personally, I stick to apples, bananas, and watermelon, as recommended by my nutritionist.

3. Epsom salt, if taken without taking the necessary precautions, can be harmful more than helpful. This too can cause more acidic problems if you are not careful. The funny thing about what you have just read is that both my traditional doctor and my naturopathic doctor agreed on this. Finally, a point where they can both meet! On a much serious note, this is something that you should consider if you want to naturally cure your GERD or acid reflux.

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The Medicine Called Zumba

The music is progressively styled for users to alternate from slow to fast workout movements. This alternating exposes the body to different heart rates thus delivering a good cardio exercise. The Zumba fitness uses body’s own resistance to shape and tone the body. Zumba fitness classes are performed in group to keep individuals motivated and socialize as well. This 45 minutes exercise regime burns a load of calories without the user recognizing it. Zumba as a term means nothing it is just a catch phrase which has gripped the global market.

This Latin inspired zumba performance classes get’s its root & style from different music styles like cumbia, salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, reggaeton, soca, samba, hip hop music, axé music and tango. Music is core to the resources required necessary to perform zumba. This is more a performance class then fitness class; so it keeps the interest of the user occupied and thus achieves the objective of wellness and better health. The fitness classes are designed to address all age groups from the young ones to up to the old ones. Zumba is all about building balance and coordination. The workout intensity it provides targets the upper body and lower body strength. Maintaining body postures while performing zumba is critical such that the entire body gets exposure to the movements and intensive workout.

Zumba fitness was started in 1990’s by Colombian fitness trainer Alberto “Beto” Perez. Since then it has taken the fitness market by storm. Today it is made available in almost every country and is being offered as a special feature by most of the fitness centers. There are a nine different type of classes to address the different age groups and cohorts. Zumba gold is very elementary and progressively styled fitness session which targets the beginners and the older people; it begins with easy workout steps till the body gets used to its rhythm and then explodes. Zumba step targets the lower body and the workout involves routines and step aerobics performed over Latin music. Zumba toning is a workout performed with toning sticks and targets abs, thighs, arms and other muscle throughout the body.

All it demands is an hour long commitment and commitment towards a healthy & clean meal plan. Zumba fitness classes are also available online and on digital media like DVDs; this is for those who prefer to workout at home. A load of people subscribe to digital classes and operate from their respective homes at ease and convenience. Although it is difficult to stick to schedule when operating from home; however it depends on the individual to make a decision. The fitness class objective usually revolves around improving one’s coordination, mobility, agility, and posture and muscle strength. More than just being an exercise zumba is promoted as being a lifestyle. With number of instructors increasing the spread of zumba fitness classes is becoming more evident and a success.

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Discover How to Get Dreadlocks Instantly

Are you considering putting dreadlocks in your hair? Are you totally freaked out about how to get dreadlocks and hate the thought of waiting 6-8 months for your hair to lock up? Well let me ease your mind. You can get dreadlocks and completely lock up your hair today!

Starting your dreads does not have to be a complicated procedure like some people make it seem. I know from experience when I put the first dreadlock in my son’s hair that it’s not complicated. However, you must know what you’re doing or what you’re getting into.

There are actually five ways to dreadlock your hair. They are:

1. Backcombing Method

2. Gel and waxing Method

3. Twist and Rip Method

4. Natural Method

5. Latch Hook or Interlocking Method.

With the Latch Hook method you will instantly dreadlock your hair. You will never have to use gel to retwist your growing locks ever again.

You can start one dreadlock at a time with the Latch Hook or Interlocking Method without ever having to use gel, backcombing, beeswax, etc. This method is instant. You don’t have to wait 6-8 months for your hair to actually lock up. This is how to get dreadlocks and lock up your hair instantly.

What’s really awesome about this method is that any hair type can be instantly locked up. It doesn’t matter whether your hair is permed. It also doesn’t matter whether you are Caucasian, Chinese, etc, you can use this method to lock your hair instantly. You can start your locks with this method yourself or have a Loctitian do the job for you.

If you go to a loctitian that specializes in the Latch Hook method it can cost you anywhere from $500 and up just to get the dreads started. Once your hair is done, you can then maintain them on your own. Remember, not all loctitians specialize in this method. Some are not familiar with it. So make sure you find the right loctitian before getting started.

With the Latch Hook method you take your time, one dreadlock at a time, using a special tool, like the Nappylocs dreadlock tool, the Latch Hook Crochet Needle tool, a twisted bobby pin, etc. For example, What you’re doing is actually threading the Nappylocs tool with your hair and sewing your hair.

The Nappyloc tool actually looks like an oversized needle. To actually lock the hair, you would section the hair, and then the hair is actually woven from the tip all the way to the root. So what you’re actually doing is sort of braiding the hair backwards.

You can actually do this with your fingers and then after you reach close to the root of the hair, then you use the Nappyloc, Latch Hook crocheting tool, etc to tighten the root. You can use this method with dreadlocks of different sizes.

It can be a long, tedious start using this method, but when it’s done, what you’ll have are stronger, instant locks without the damaging effects of beeswax, and gooey gel that ends up leaving residue buildup overtime.

You don’t have to retwist your locks often, and you can wash your hair right after you’re done without worrying about the locks getting undone. This is what I call, “The new age of dreadlocks!”

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NLP Jargon – What Is Uptime?

I’m starting a new line of articles: NLP Jargon. These articles will help you figure out the myriad of terms used by NLP gurus in seminars and in the seminal books of the field.

Our NLP term for today is uptime. I first came across that word when I read Frogs Into Princes for the first time. Grinder and Bandler used it to describe a state of heightened sensory acuity. Let’s explore its meaning in a bit more depth.

You’ll find the term “uptime” used mostly in books about therapy and training. “Uptime” simply means that all of your sensory channels are focused on external stimuli. In simpler terms, you’re paying attention to your surroundings. When you’re in uptime, you pay little attention to internal dialogue, internal visualizations, or internal feelings. You focus on objects around you, micro-movements in people’s facial expressions, sounds in the environment, the temperature of the sun on your skin or the feeling of the wind in your hair.

When you’re in uptime, you perceive the world around you in much greater accuracy and you absorb patterns with much greater facility. Babies live mostly in uptime. When you engage in NLP Modeling, you enter uptime to unconsciously absorb the patterns of excellence you wish to model.

So as you finish reading this article now, you can begin to notice the all the sounds that surround you and the feeling of your weight on the chair. Allow your eyes to unglue from your monitor and begin to wonder how much more you can notice today…

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The Basics Of The Ketogenic Diet: Which Diet Menu Plan Is Best For You

Are you a meat lover but need to lose weight? Then you might find yourself in a dilemma as most diets out there limit the intake of meat and other fatty food products because of high fat content and calories as well. With that said, people who need to lose weight no longer have to be contented with eating carrot sticks or lettuce as one can now enjoy their favorite bacon and egg while still losing weight. The ketogenic diet, which once served as an epileptic prevention meal plan, is now being used by people who need to shed excess weight. There are 2 types the “long chain triglycerides” (LCT) and the medium chain triglycerides (MCT).

Ketogenic Diet Overview

In a normal diet, humans need to consume higher amounts of carbohydrates as this acts as energy source for the body to be able to function well and less of fat as fats are only stored in the body as a reserve for when the body needs more fuel. As the body needs more carbohydrates, it processes the food group first and thus one feels hungry after a while which is not so in the case of breaking down meals that are high in fat content.

In the ketogenic diet, this theory is reversed. One will need to consume higher amount of fats and trick the body into realizing that it has insufficient amount of glucose so that it would breakdown the fats first and convert these into energy. The first diet which is the LCT deals with high fat – low carbohydrates with adequate protein. Calories are restricted and fluid intake may be taken into consideration as well. The strict diet usually makes use of strict meal plans taking into consideration the dieter’s calorie and protein needs per day. These are then divided into several meals for the day which are designed by dietitians.

In the Medium or MCT diet, the meal plans are less strict and structured especially when it comes to the calorie prescription; however, dieters should stick to the meal plan and make the necessary substitute as needed. Unlike the LCT which makes use of complex fats, the MCT makes use of fats that have higher ketones, the most popular of the use of coconut oil. Some dieters develop intolerance with the MCT diet; as such, dietitians make use of the John Radcliffe diet. The John Radcliffe diet is a combination of LCT (30%) and MCT (30%) ration with the rest coming from protein and carbohydrates.

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Tunturi Recumbent Exercise Bike Reviews

Recumbent exercise bikes are becoming ever more popular. Many prefer them because they are more comfortable for someone who is overweight or has lower back problems. One of the brand leaders in exercise bikes is Tunturi. But, how does its recumbent models compare? Are they good value for money?

Tunturi recumbent bikes don’t come cheap; you’ll be paying between $800 and $1,000 for one. There are currently two models being made the E40R and the E60R. The first thing you notice about either machine is how well made they are, combining aesthetics with solid construction. The seat adjustment is a breeze; you can slide it away or nearer the console, raise the height and adjust its incline. The consoles on both machines are identical and are large and easy to read.

Here’s what you get and what you don’t get for each of these machines.

The E40R comes with magnetic resistance of 10 levels, 3 numerical LCD displays and heart rate, effort and resistance controlled programs for motivating and efficient training. The E40R also comes with T-Pulse that allows you to adjust a heart rate controlled workout even when you’re cycling. The T-Scale function means you can edit and adjust the 8 pre-set profiles; again even when cycling. The bike has a weight capacity of 300 lbs and is powered by mains current.

The E60R has all the same features of the E40R but in addition you get to set and save your own workout programs. A Polar wireless heart monitor also comes as standard rather than as an optional extra. The construction is also slightly more robust and has a weight capacity of 330 lbs. It’s claimed that the E60R is for both domestic and light commercial use.

The warranty offered on both models is excellent. Both come with 2 years parts and labor which is extended to 3 if registered with Tunturi. You’ll be hard pushed to find a better warranty on any other bike.

For all but the most serious of users, the E40R is the better choice of the two; most won’t really need the stronger construction or the user programmable workout functions.

Are there any negative points with either machine? Well, like everything in life nothing is perfect. Although both come with magnetic resistance of 10 levels it would be better if there were more. For comparison, the Lifecycle R1 bike retails for around $1,200 or $1,500 depending on the console that comes with it, but comes with 20 levels of magnetic resistance.

Apart from that, I can’t really fault either the E40R or E40R; besides, the styling of these is much nicer than any of the recumbent exercise bikes by Lifecycle.

A Tunturi exercise bike is for those who take cycling seriously. Even if you prefer upright machines, you should definitely take a look at its upright models. When looking for reviews and ratings you’ll be hard pushed to found many negative comments; Tunturi recumbent bikes are among the best you can buy and most who own one appreciate that.

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