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Contest winner – Testimonial

A few months ago, I organized my first contest. Fortunately, the winner was a blogger: Catherine, from “The diary of C.P”. She loves to run but, at that moment, she was having a hard time completing a 5k. If you want to know more about her, make sure to visit her blog and follow her journey.

It was a pleasure for me to help her, and today I am delighted to share her testimony with you:

“I had the great opportunity to work with CHAPE through a giveaway. That was a gift for the virtual being and help you achieve your goal of a duration of 12 weeks. In which we work different things, such as my diet, what I ate and the amount. My goal was to lose weight but the main one was to run and with that achieve a 5k race without stopping, which with the help of him as a coach was excellent in many aspects. He gave me tasks to perform and what I should do and what not.

Also, he told me the best of what I want to achieve and the steps to do it. If at any moment I had doubts or questions, his availability always was on point 100%. The distance from different countries was not an impediment and the flexibility worked incredibly for me. He was always there to give me advice, even give me encouragement when I thought I was not giving my maximum or best.

The system he used to communicate and send notes with the data for me was totally new but I adapt the fast because it is quite easy to use. I liked the system he uses because everything was organized by dates and themes and they always were there for reference. Because of my availability, we always chatted one day a week that’s where doubts and questions were exposed and always there he was with his greater knowledge to help.

Actually, it is a pleasure to have this opportunity and through his work to know a little about the person. He was always very professional and respectful. With his help during my training, I lose weight and most important I achieve my goal. He is part of my achievement, he was not physically there, but he was virtually helping me to focus and work on areas to achieve it. My satisfaction with his performance as a trainer is excellent. I recommend his work”.

I must admit that I love training bloggers because it is very easy to demonstrate that the testimonies are real, simply by linking to their blogs 🙂

Would you like me to organize another contest? Let me know in the comments!

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Study finds: Strength and hypertrophy adaptations between low- vs. high-load resistance training

Schoenfeld, BJ, Grgic, J, Ogborn, D, and Krieger, J, have reviewed the current body of literature and a meta-analysis to compare changes in strength and hypertrophy between low- vs. high-load resistance training protocols. A total of 21 studies were ultimately included for analysis that met the following criteria:

  1. an experimental trial involving both low-load training [≤60% 1 repetition maximum (1RM)] and high-load training (>60% 1RM);
  2. with all sets of the training protocols being performed to momentary muscular failure;
  3. at least one method of estimating changes in muscle mass or dynamic, isometric, or isokinetic strength was used;
  4. the training protocol lasted for a minimum of 6 weeks;
  5. the study involved participants with no known medical conditions or injuries impairing training capacity.

Gains in 1RM strength were significantly greater in favor of high-load vs. low-load training, whereas no significant differences were found for isometric strength between conditions.

Changes in measures of muscle hypertrophy were similar between conditions.
The findings indicate that maximal strength benefits are obtained from the use of heavy loads while muscle hypertrophy can be equally achieved across a spectrum of loading ranges.

You can find the full article (PDF) here.

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Weider´s training principles: The progressive overload principle

Joe Weider (November 29, 1919 – March 23, 2013) was a Canadian bodybuilder and entrepreneur who co-founded the International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) alongside his brother Ben. He was also the creator of the Mr. Olympia, the Ms. Olympia and the Masters Olympia bodybuilding contests.
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Joe’s most indelible addition to the science and sport of bodybuilding is the Weider Principles: over 30 theories and techniques that forever changed the means by which someone could build a strong, muscular body.

The progressive overload principle

To increase any aspect of physical fitness (muscle mass, strength, stamina, etc.), your muscles need to be continually put under increased stress.
Today, I want to focus on muscle mass, to keep it simple for beginners. To achieve more muscle mass, the number of sets is key.
In the early years of bodybuilding, most experts believed that to increase muscle mass, we should only complete one set of each exercise per workout. If the whole body is to complete twelve exercises, this would mean twelve sets per workout.
Weider saw it differently. He was the first to recommend working out using several sets of one exercise (3-5 sets per exercise) to exhaust each muscle group and to stimulate maximum muscle growth.
Start with three sets of each exercise and continue increasing the number of sets until you make five. This strategy will also help you increase your muscle strength gradually without obsessing with the weight you lift. It´s no magic, it´s the progressive overload principle: once your muscles are used to perform three sets, you have to push them to do four sets and then five.
When you are able to do five series with the same weight with which it was hard to do three series the first week, it is time to add more weight.
I know that most bodybuilders speak wonders and encourage you to lift heavy, and so do I, but in due time. The word “heavy” means “difficult to lift or move” and this is a different weight to each person. Whatever is difficult to lift today for you, it will be easier to lift next month.
First, progress from 3 to 5 sets. Then progress to heavier weights.
The progressive overload principle is the core of all physical training and forms a solid basis for successful training.
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Fitness Advice #1 Start Now

Yesterday you said tomorrow

As the New Year approaches, many of you may be writing your New Year´s Resolutions yet. Chances that “get in shape” appears on your list are high. And that´s ok, but let me tell you: about 80% of you will fail. I don´t want to discourage you, but it is what it is.
So, the first and best advice I can give you is this: Start today!
You feel motivated right now and you think this motivation will keep growing and growing, leading you to start exercising soon. Well, it may happen, but my experience (and January´s abandon rate) tells me you have more possibilities to win the lotto.
Motivation sucks because it´s never there when you need it. The moment you have an instinct to act on a goal, apply the 5-seconds rule. In this video, Mel Robbins explains how we all sabotage ourselves, and how we can stop doing it.
Do not wait until New Year, do not wait until next week, do not wait until tomorrow. Whether it is winning a race, losing weight, gaining flexibility, looking good in a bathing suit, or living a long life, start small and work your way up to a better and better you. Please, don´t fool yourself waiting for the perfect moment to start chasing your dreams. There is no perfect moment to start anything other than right now!
Do not wait one more second: go to the gym and get that membership, or buy that pair of dumbbells you need to train at home or the pair of running shoes you need… It doesn´t matter what your specific goal is, today is the right moment for you to start chasing it. No excuses, no overthinking… Just do it.
The toughest part is yet to be: keep going. Rome wasn´t built in a day. A warm day does not make summer. And let me tell you that after your first day working out, you´ll feel proud. But also soreness, tired, and many days from this first day you won´t feel like training. Those who workout on a regular basis know I´m telling the truth. We all feel like that one day (or week) or another! Remember the 5 seconds rule, kick your excuses out of your head and do what you have to do, keep going. A regular (serious) training plan is usually set for 6-8 weeks. On this journey you´ll have good and bad days, great and terrible days, they´re all part of the process.
At this point, you already know that online training is a “thing”. We´ll work together using Evernote, the best app in the market to set goals, track progress, and get things done. That´s what fitness is about, right? Set goals, get things done, and progress towards your dreamed body.
I would love to help you achieve your fitness goals, whatever they are: lose weight, gain muscle, overcome a plateau, running a 5k or a marathon… You name it, I´m an old dog with years of experience and tons of tricks in my sleeve to get you where you want to be. Feel free to check my services, and if you think you need a custom training and meal plan, and I could help you, sign up. The first week is free if you create your Evernote account using my referral link. This way you make sure I´m the right trainer for you without worrying about the money.

“Example, whether it be good or bad, has a powerful influence”. George Washington

Following Washington´s advice, I want to invite you to join my own fitness journey. Yes, it starts today! Just click the “add to calendar” button in the sidebar and you´ll get my daily workout straight on your calendar.

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Then, you can reschedule as best fits your own schedule. Easy, right?

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I have not trained for a long time and these workouts will be suitable for all those who want to start lifting and getting fit. We will progress together, week by week. As an incentive, there will be special offers, gifts, and surprises for those who join. All this will appear only in the notes, in due time. Of course, I am at your disposal to answer any questions and help you get the most out of these workouts.

Just one last thing: Happy Sweating!!

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The Warm-Up

Hello, dears!

I´ve just found a new video editing app that I think you may like too. It´s Lumen5 and turns your blog post into videos with no effort and lots of fun. You enter the link you want to convert and they find related images and animations. You choose what you like, edit a little bit, add your logo, find music, and ready to download and share!

I started with one of my oldest articles. Never forget the importance of warming up before a workout, match or competition. Btw, do you want to try this app? Visit Lumen5.com 🙂

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It´s time for a challenge

Hello, dears!

Please raise your hand those who want to lose weight! I don´t know what a typical summer vacation is like where you live, but in Galicia, we spend the summer eating from party to party. By the end of the summer, we all need to lose weight.

Have you eaten too much this summer? Maybe you´re more Galician than you think.  No worries, my friend, between party and party, I have been preparing this new challenge for this moment.

Home workouts to help you get back in shape from home. You only need dumbbells, a Swiss ball and less than 30 minutes. The challenge also includes some nutritional advice.

We could say it starts at hangover/inactive level and it gets harder with time.

 

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Are you ready to join us? Click here and Add to calendar.

The challenge will sync with your calendar so you can easily access the workouts from any device.

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Each workout is an Evernote note. I strongly recommend you:

  1. Use Evernote.
  2. Copy the notes to your account and edit them. Write down how many reps and how much weight. Add your comments and meals.
  3. Save this challenge to compare and track your progress in the future.
  4. Eat your veggies 😉

 

 

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Updating old post – Lower leg muscles

In the world of fitness, there are some topics that change little over time. Anatomy, for example. I started this blog talking about anatomy and it was time to update these post. New pics and info on every muscle, like symptoms and activities that can cause pain.

Whether you are an athlete or if you are going to start exercising, knowing your body will only bring you benefits, so I recommend these readings. On Mondays of the coming weeks, I will share an update on a body area.

Let´s start with the lower leg muscles.

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Guest post at Go Allied Athletes

Hello, dears!

I´m thrilled to tell you that I´ve been invited to a Q&A post at Go Allied Athletes. Margaret and Evan are two amazing bloggers and athletes that I strongly recommend you to follow. Go Allied Athletes is a forum where athletes share their experiences, and I feel honored with this opportunity to contribute to the community.

Do you want to know how´s my typical client and how do I motivate clients? Read it at Go Allied Athletes!

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My lower back routine

Sitting for long periods can definitely cause lower back pain or worsen an existing back problem. The main reason behind this is that sitting is a static posture that increases stress in the back, shoulders, arms, and legs, and in particular, can add large amounts of pressure to the back muscles and spinal discs.

I have an old injury and over the years I´ve been trying and adjusting exercises to relief my back pain. This is an easy and quick routine that never fails. It takes 5 minutes and you need no equipment.

I do this routine almost every day, some days twice, after two or three hours in front of the screen. I bet most of you sit for longer than I do, so I think you should save this routine and perform it regularly.

Taking a little time during the day to stretch and relax has an extra benefit: your productivity will increase when you feel your body free of stress. Think about it this way, you take a break when you finish a task to do the next even better. Read more about movement and productivity on Forbes, these guys really care about productivity, right?

Take your lower back seriously and start stretching, often. Remember that stretches should never be forced or cause any pain.

Click on exercise´s name to watch the video. Also, a description on how to perform each exercise is just below the image. Here´s a screenshot.

Lower back routine

Get the full note, free, HERE.

To get the most out of it, I recommend you to create an Evernote account, in case you haven´t done it yet. Please, use my referral link, no extra cost for you, and extra support for me 🙂