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Athletes Use Portable Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers For Fast Fitness Results

As portable hyperbaric oxygen chambers get a better reputation in the medical world, they also are becoming more widely used for those who simply want to be more healthy or fit. Athletes who have access to the chambers have made hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) a sort of trend.

Pro football star Darren Sharper has his own chamber and uses it in his own home. His is portable, so he is able to take it along when his teach travels. The set includes the foldable, zip-up chamber and an attached generator that pumps pure oxygen into it. Sharper has said that he uses it daily for between two and three hours and feels better because of it, more relaxed and more rested each morning. The athlete first used the hyperbaric chamber because of a knee injury, and has continued the HBOT ever since.

Hyperbaric therapy increases the ability of red blood cells and plasma to carry oxygen to the tissue in the body, healing any ruptures or tears and generally restoring the body to excellent condition very quickly. After time, muscle can be repaired and the brain will function better. Some athletes also use the hyperbaric chamber as an alternative to altitude training or blood replacement.

Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner who recently made a comeback and placed third in another Tour, has also used a portable hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Many cyclists train at higher altitudes, where there is less oxygen, so that the body feels like it has more than enough at regular elevations. Sometimes this makes an athlete’s lung capacity greater, as well as simply enabling the red blood cells to carry more oxygen. Other athletes get blood taken out of their body and train with this deficiency, so that the body is used to working with less blood and oxygen, then get the blood replaced before a race or game. There are medications that replenish the oxygen supply in the blood, but these drugs are banned from most events, and hyperbaric chambers remain one of the most effective and well-regarded methods for athletic training.

Armstrong’s career has been fraught with battles against cancer, but though doctors have experimented with hyperbaric chambers for cancer treatment, most experts agree that Armstrong was using the chamber for athletic reasons. HBOT has also delivered positive results for patients of strokes, autism, cerebral palsy, and many other diseases and afflictions. Not all doctors are ready to endorse HBOT in all cases, just because its effects could be different for any patient. But as its success rate climbs higher and higher, doctors are more readily recommending it for patients with diseases as well as athletes and anyone interested.

Do as much research as possible before investing in one of these. The hyperbaric chamber could be perfect for you as an athlete, or just as someone who wants to maximize healthiness.

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Legs, Legs, Legs – The 5 Best Exercises For Beautiful Sculpted Legs

While a lot of people dread leg day, I’ve always loved it! I look forward to the burning that I feel when I’m training my quads really hard and I love the look of strong, toned legs. Another benefit to leg day – if done right, it can double as cardio since training legs usually turns aerobic at some point.

There are so many great leg exercises to pick from too. That’s another great thing about leg day – you can use all kinds of variety to mix things up and keep your workouts interesting. Some of my favorite leg exercises are listed here…these aren’t all of them, just a few of the really good ones! Enjoy.

Leg Exercise #1 – The Squat

This classic leg builder is arguably one of the best weight lifting exercises ever…period. The squat is a compound exercise that can be done using several different techniques to train your muscles from different angles. Different variations of the squat include the back squat, the front squat, plie’ squats, sissy squats, close stance squats, wide stance squats, Smith Machine Squats and Hack Squats just to name a few (if you aren’t sure how to do some of these, please let me know – I’ll be happy to break it down for you). So, you see, squats alone can do a pretty thorough job of training your legs.

Leg Exercise #2 – Walking Lunges

Talk about a butt kicker…literally! Walking lunges are often overlooked by bodybuilders because they will wear you out. This exercise targets your glutes as well as your inner thighs and your quads. When I first started doing walking lunges I woke up the next day and I could barely stand up. My inner thighs and my glutes were more sore than they had been in a long, long time. While some people think I’m a little weird for loving this burn, those gym junkies out there will understand the love hate relationship you’ll develop with sore muscles.

Leg Exercise #3 – Stiff Leg Deadlifts

It’s so important to keep a good balance between training quads and hamstrings. One of the most common causes of knee injuries in athletes is an imbalance in these two muscle groups. That’s why I love a good hammy exercise! Stiff leg dead lifts, done correctly with the weight kept in close to your body, your back kept flat and soft (not bent) knees these babies will build a beautiful hammy – glute tie in and they’ll help keep you in balance and decrease your risk of injury.

Leg Exercise #4 – Extension Drop Sets

I’ve never done an exercise that made me want to cry like these ones. Leg extensions done in the traditional fashion, one set at a time hurt bad enough, but using a drop set absolutely burns out your quads, Which is excellent since you have to break ’em down to build ’em up. To do leg extension drop sets you start with a heavy weight. Before you begin you should know how many reps you’ll do and what increments you’ll decrease the weight by.

For example you may start with 100 pounds and work your way down to 10 pounds using 10 pound increments to decrease the weight. At each weight you’ll do five reps, rapidly decrease the weight, do five more reps, rapidly decrease the weight…you get the point, right? By the time you get to 10 pounds 5 reps will feel like you’re lifting the entire stack! If you want sleek, chiseled thighs, these are a great exercise to get you there.

Leg Exercise #5 – Lower Body Stretching

Okay, this isn’t a specific exercise, but I couldn’t let a leg article go by without talking about stretching. If you want to have lean, strong legs; if you want to lift hard and heavy; if you want to avoid injury while achieving these goals, you absolutely need to stretch your leg muscles. I’ve seen people tear their hamstring so badly that it balled up in the back of their leg – it’s not pretty, it will side line you for many months and it hurts…BAD! So, if you can, stretch your legs often.

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Taking A Closer Look At The LifeCore Fitness 1000RB Recumbent Bike

More and more often, people that are interested in a stationary bicycle are turning to the recumbent bike design rather than the more traditional upright bike design. The main reason for this trend is the fact that the recumbent bike is able to provide more back support and comfort throughout the workout. In addition, the recumbent bike helps to work the leg muscles in a different way. One recumbent bike design that has been particularly popular is the LifeCore Fitness 1000RB Recumbent Bike. With its many features and relatively low price, it is not difficult to understand why this particular model has become so popular.

The LifeCore Fitness 1000RB Recumbent Bike offers 12 Preset Programs as well as Polar Compatible Heart Rate Programs. Therefore, people of just about any ability level can choose a workout to suit their needs.

Although the LifeCore Fitness 1000RB Recumbent Bike has a compact 44″ step-through design, it still offers a number of extras that are not commonly found on stationary bikes. Many of these features place an emphasis on comfort. For example, the model includes Ergo-Mesh Seating as well as other creature comforts such as a towel rack, a water bottle holder, and even a Reading Rack for a book.

The seat on the LifeCore Fitness 1000RB Recumbent Bike can also be repositioned in a number of ways. The seat can be slid away from or closer to the pedals and then may be tilted with a seat adjustment knob. This model also has 5″ pedal spacing, which helps to reduce the amount of stress placed on the user’s joints.

Although the LifeCore Fitness 1000RB Recumbent Bike has a compact size, it is still a bit heavy at 120 pounds. It does feature oversized transport wheels, however, which makes it a bit easier to move back and forth. In addition, although the price is reasonable for what is included in the model, some users might be satisfied for a model without the “extras” that is available for a lower price.

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Horse Racing Betting Strategy – Tips to Win a Bet

Horse racing betting strategy is based on the betting system which is told by many that they have mastered them all. But for those who are passionate in horse betting a simple strategy or a single horse racing tip is of great value. During the initial stages of horse betting one has to have good number of grey cells and a lot of homework has to be done and analysis of the horse racing has to be done before entering into betting.

Other factor that has to be noted includes the fitness of the horse. Primary or general information on the fitness of the horse will help the bettor decide whether to bet on the horse or to try out different options. One also has to know about the training that the horse has undergone and one must also note the reason for not bringing the horse into the race for several months. It is also better to note the strengths of the horse, it would go vein if betting on a horse in a long distance race where as the horse has been trained for short distances.

Apart from the factors that is related to horse betting it is also better to relate them to the financial systems like hedging and arbitrage. Betting on multiple outcomes in a race is called as the Hedging and lying the horse to a lower price and backing the horse at higher rates is called as the arbitraging. These tips are very important while going in for a horse betting racing strategy.

There is however no universal fool proof horse racing strategy that could yield hundred percent results. It is after all a gambling risk and one cannot claim to have found a better horse racing betting strategy. It is all sheer luck that brings in the results

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Life Fitness X3-5 Elliptical Trainer Review

We reviewed and used the Life Fitness X3-5 elliptical trainer over a period of 3 weeks. We also interviewed Life Fitness X3-5 owners as well as several people who had used the elliptical trainer in the gym or fitness center. The X3-5 is a step up from the old X3-0 model and has many top of the line features. However for an MSRP of about $2900.00 it is beyond the budget of the average home fitness equipment buyer. We found that the Life Fitness elliptical trainers top feature was the very smooth ride comes from its rear flywheel that incorporates the Life Fitness “Link6” drive system.

The Life Fitness X3-5 elliptical trainers 19-inch stride fits most people. Our largest tester is a power lifter at 6’2″ and 285 lbs and he felt the trainer was relatively stable. Pedal placement is good and allows comfortable foot placement. X3-5 owners and users were pleasantly impressed with how quiet this elliptical trainer is even during an intensive workout it remained one of the quietist ellipticals that we have tested. One owner did complain that this model was hard to move.

There are many quality features on the Life Fitness X3-5 that we like including the wireless heart rate controlled workout system that allows you to target specific workout intensity. Basically your hearts response to the workout, controls the resistance levels you experience during the workout. Basically it is a plug and play workout program tailored to your specific body.

The Life Fitness X3-5 elliptical trainers console contains the My Personal Trainer software that allows you focus on lower body workouts or total body workouts. We heard several comments on these features with the most common being that it worked well once you spent the time to figure out the system. Most people were using one of the 12 standard workout programs to achieve the workout intensity they desired. We rated the upper body workout and the handlebars as just average on this elliptical.

Most of the Life Fitness X3-5 owners we interviewed purchased their elliptical trainers on-line. The units were delivered and set up by the owners with few problems. Damaged or non functioning consoles seem to be the biggest complaint we heard. Customer service was rated as fair in resolving setup and warranty issues. The Life Fitness warranty for cross traines includes a lifetime on the frame, 2-years on the electrical and mechanical parts, 1-year on labor. An extended warranty is recommended for all elliptical trainers.

We recommend the Life Fitness X3-5 elliptical trainer for home and light commercial use, however it is probably too expensive for most in home applications. It has many features that will satisfy the most dedicated cardio fitness buf. Due to the relatively high cost for an in home elliptical trainer, we recommend that you spend the time to physically test ride any fitness equipment at least once before you make your purchase. Find a dealer, fitness center or local Y that has the Life Fitness X3-5 set up and complete an intense workout. we also suggest that you question X3-5 users at these fitness centers as well. Only then will you know for sure that the Life Fitness X3-5 will meet your fitness needs.

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The Diversity of a Personal Trainer’s Work Environment

One of the great aspects of being a personal trainer is the variety in not only the people you get to work with, but also the settings you get to work within. Personal trainers are no longer just restricted to a gym setting. There is actually a wide variety of locations/settings trainers can work in these days. Generally personal trainers have the following as options for work location:

– Private Health Clubs

– Commercial Health Clubs

– Medically-Based Fitness Facilities

– Community Wellness Centers

– Personal Training Studios

– Physical Therapy Clinics

– Retirement/Senior Centers


– College/University Centers

– Recreational Settings

– Corporate Fitness Centers

– In-Home Training

Each of the above provides a trainer with various perks and benefits. As example, with Commercial Health Clubs you will probably be able to make a decent yearly salary as Commercial Health Clubs (especially franchises like Bally’s) market heavily. This is a plus for you as it helps to bring in a regular amount of potential clients. However the downside is you may feel at times like the company is more about the bottom dollar as opposed to the client and/or trainer.

Another example is Non-Profits such as YMCAs (Young Men’s Christian Association) and JCCs (Jewish Community Centers), which tend to be the opposite. You may find the pay is not comparable to Commercial Health Clubs, but they at times provide better benefits. In addition, the camaraderie is far more evident with non-profits. For some, working in the community for a real cause can be more fulfilling than receiving a big paycheck.

Another option for personal trainers that is somewhat of a balance between commercial health clubs and non-profits is In-Home Training. In home training is great as it provides complete job flexibility (as those who train in-home tend to be their own bosses), the money you collect per session is one hundred percent yours (as opposed to working for a facility and they take 40-60% of the session fee), and you can provide a great service that many people would love to participate in (as many do not go to fitness facilities due to feeling uncomfortable, lack of time, etc).

Overall personal training as a profession has a lot of perks. People can do it full time and make a great living. It is also flexible for those who need it. An example of this would be stay at home parents. By being a trainer, a stay at home mom/dad would be able to earn a small income on the side while still being able to take care of their children (if the gym they are employed at has day care). Finally it provides variety. You will be able to work in the setting of your choice with the type people you want to train. In the end, personal training is a great profession to get into. You will more than likely find exactly what you want and will as a result wake up everyday looking forward to work.

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Weighing The Pros And Cons Of The LifeCore Fitness 900RB Recumbent Bike

When it comes to exercise equipment, many people prefer the workout that a stationary recumbent bike can provide. Of course, there are many of these bikes to select from, which can make choosing the best one a challenge.

The LifeCore Fitness 900RB Recumbent Bike is one pieces of exercise equipment that has received a great deal of positive attention. One of the reasons for this attention is the fact that the model is very quiet, which makes it a good choice if you plan to watch television or listen to your radio during our workout.

The display screen on the LifeCore Fitnesss 900RB Recumbent Bike also sits low, which means it won’t get in your way as you try to watch television as you ride. According to a review in the Los Angeles Times written by Roy M. Wallack, the display console also offers “unusually crisp, bright, large, easy-to-read numbers.”

You can choose from among 12 preset programs with the LifeCore Fitness 900RB Recumbent Bike as well as four heart rate control programs. If you have problems with your joints, you will appreciate the five inch pedal spacing that is designed specifically to help reduce joint stress.

The LifeCore Fitness 900RB Recumbent Bike can also be used just about anywhere, even if you are far from a power source, because it can be powered by batteries or with the included AC adapter. It also has a very compact design, though it still weighs a hefty 108 pounds. While this is fairly light for a Recumbent Bike, it can make it difficult to move from place to place. Luckily, it has transportation wheels that assist with moving the 44 inch long bike.

The small design of the LifeCore Fitness 900RB Recumbent Bike may be great when it comes to finding a spot for it in your home, but may be a bit too small for those that are particularly tall. The seatback is adjustable, but may not be enough for some people. In addition, the weight capacity for the bike is only 300 pounds. Therefore, if you are particularly hefty, you might not be able to make use out of this bike.

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Rapid or Slow Weight Loss – Which Method Brings Enduring Results?

Everyone wants to be slim in order to look handsome or beautiful depending upon whether the person is a male or female. To say straightforwardly people want to lose weight and want to do it fast. But which one is a better way, lose weight rapidly or to focus on slow weight reduction? This is a question that has puzzled researchers in light of the fact that the studies have indicated mixed results. Still, the findings do offer some great bits of knowledge.

Research About Rapid Weight Reduction

In a study done at the University of Florida scientists concluded that quick weight reduction is a better approach to attain enduring results. The faster group lost over 1.5 pounds for every week. The slower group lost just half pound every week. This study reported that females who shed pounds quicker were 5 times more likely than the other group to lose 10% of their body weight after eighteen months.

In this study, the people who shed pounds quicker kept food diaries and did not eat the same number of calories as the group that lost weight more gradually. These are remarkable observations since they are a hint into what will help you to attain durable results.

Further inferences were that the fast weight loss group was seeing noticeable changes in physical appearance and vitality levels. This encouraged them to go on with their plans relentlessly.

Defining Rapid Weight Reduction

The key to replying this question rests in defining “brisk weight reduction.” According to a few studies people who lose outrageous quantities of pounds in a brief period without first modifying their habits end up putting on the weight back. This bodes well since losing 5 to 10 pounds or more a week is taxing, and possibly unhealthy. It is something that is hard to keep up long-term since it often requires cutting an extreme number of calories or working-out for an amount of time and intensity level that is not achievable in the long run.

For example, if your target is losing 5 pounds per week, that means burning off 17,500 calories in one week. To get to this goal, you would need to cut your caloric intake by 1,500 calories for every day and burn 1,000 every day through intense work-out. This is extremely hard to sustain long-term for a great many people and doesn’t let you form new, healthy habits.

Setting Doable Weight Loss Targets

As showed by the above study, setting your weight loss goal at 1 to 2 pounds for each week is sensible and achievable. You can attain this by eliminating high fat foods and sugary snacks and beverages. Keeping a record of your food intake in a nourishment diary will help you to form healthy eating habits.

To wind up, you need to keep away from weight loss plans that urge you to lose a lot of or too little weight at once. You need to lose enough weight to see a difference and remain inspired to continue with your healthy habits. It is best to keep away from extreme eating plans that make you feel deprived and leave you longing for your old eating habits.

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15 Different Ideas For Your Fitness Marketing Campaign

If you have an existing fitness business center and hoping to increase your customer and sales, you will need to have an excellent marketing ideas to grow and create more attention for your business or programs.

Today, more people are realizing the importance of health clubs, gyms and even fitness boot camp. So if your business is engaged in helping people get better or fit, consider yourself lucky as the fitness business have the potential to succeed if the right fitness marketing plan are in-place.

Keep in mind that competition is your number one concern, thus you must put extra effort in making sure that your business stands out. The following are 15 ideas for a successful fitness marketing drive.

1. The quicker way to make your business known is through an open house as they can check out your facilities and programs.

2. During your grand opening it is always best to hire fitness personality as your speaker or to cut the ribbon. This is an excellent way to get attention and let the people know that your business is worth visiting.

3. For the first 30 days why not offer a 50% discount or free sign-up fee for one individual whose part of a group.

4. Free membership is another way to get more people to join your gym.

5. Newsletter can also be utilized and very effective in creating health awareness.

6. Word-of-mouth is a time tested fitness marketing that has never failed before.

7. Referral system are always a good way to get more people to know you or what you have to offer. It is also a widely used fitness marketing strategy that is known for bringing more people into the business.

8. Press released is a tool that you can utilize anytime.

9. Use your community to spread the words and make more business well-known.

10. Make your website informative and really interesting. You must also learn to advertise your site.

11. Tap the social media as one of your fitness marketing strategy, social media such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other.

12. Create traffic for your website to make it even more popular and profitable.

13. Research the market and your competitor fitness marketing plan, to easily counter the problem.

14. Join the local chambers of business to open up more opportunity.

15. Learning is a never ending cycle for someone in the health business as new information arises each day.

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7 Quick Tips For Managing Diet And Health

It’s no secret that there’s a direct connection between diet and health. Not only does your body run on the fuel you give it, to a large degree your body is the fuel you give it. But these facts don’t make it any easier to eat well and maintain a healthy weight, as evidenced by the $64 billion weight loss industry in the US.

So here are 7 simple tips for managing your diet and overall health:

#1 Set Reasonable Goals

You can’t climb Mt. Everest on your first day of hiking. So set an achievable goal and be sure to give yourself a big high-five when you achieve it. Then fix your sites on the next reasonable goal.

Fit-Bit: Be realistic in your objectives.

#2 Record And Review Your Progress

Keep a record of what you eat (there’s more than one app for that) as well as your fitness program (more apps). When you know you’re logging what you eat, you’re more likely to lose weight, while seeing those fitness graphs and sharing them on your favorite Social Networks is great reinforcement.

Fit-Bit: Track it.

#3 Make Your Pantry Healthy

If you are what you eat then, in fact, you are what’s in your pantry. So don’t stock junk food at home. If your family members or roommates want that kind of stuff, ask them to keep it out of site. When you’re hungry and there’s only healthy food around, that’s what you’ll eat. And on the flip side, take healthy snacks with you so that the “healthy pantry” goes wherever you go.

Fit-Bit: Keep the junk away and the healthy stuff at hand.

#4 Kick It Off With High Protein Daily

Eating a high-protein breakfast which is nutritionally balanced will make you less likely to overindulge the rest of the day because you’ll feel less hungry.

Fit-Bit: Jump start your day with high protein.

#5 Start Your Diet And Workout Routine Simultaneously

That little voice in your head will tell you that you don’t want to take on too much at once. However, there is evidence that embarking on your healthy diet and new exercise regime together actually works in your favour in the long-term, with each bolstering the other.

Fit-Bit: Eat right AND exercise together from Day one.

#6 Supplement Your Hard Work? Garcinia Cambogia

A lot has been said about Garcinia Cambogia extract as a weight-loss enhancer. Some studies seem to indicate that it can help shed pounds.while others are not so sure. While Garcinia Cambogia on its own is not a miracle weight-loss solution, it may help enhance your diet and exercise efforts. Try one with a money-back guarantee, it’s worth a shot.

Fit-Bit: Augment weight loss with Garcinia Cambogia.

#7 Make It Sustainable

Your friend tells you how her new diet and swimming regimen has worked wonders, she’s lost 15 pounds in the last few months! Sounds great, but if you hate swimming that is not your ticket to health. Find a workout you enjoy so that you’ll keep it up over the long haul.

Fit-Bit: Do what works for you in the long-run.

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