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The common causes of muscle pain and how to avoid them in your exercise regimee

A couple of weeks ago, the guys at Bodytonic clinic contacted me because they wanted to expand their health and fitness related blog content. 

Specialist Osteopathy, Pilates, Massage, Health, Beauty and Fitness clinics based in the heart of London, Canada Water SE16, Wapping E1W & Stratford E15 (E20, Zone 2).

They are very nice guys and great professionals, if you have the opportunity because you live near or you travel to London, I recommend that you pay them a visit and enjoy their facilities and services.

For this occasion, they’ve put together an infographic about the common causes of muscle aches and pains in your fitness regime, specifically those which come about as a result of a poorly planned fitness regime.

Obviously, this wouldn´t happen if you´d hire a personal trainer to plan your fitness journey and help you all the way.

The common causes of muscle pain and how to avoid them in your exercise regimee
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Recoup Cold Massage Roller

Recoup Cold Massage Roller

The Recoup Cold Roller provides all the benefits of a traditional Self Myofacial Release (foam rolling) in combination with Cryotherapy (Ice Massage). These two forms of muscle therapy help to decrease inflammation, aid in post workout recovery, and allow specific treatment for areas in need.

By applying the pressure with the cold roller the muscle will release metabolic waste products and toxins which become build up in the muscle after exercising. In addition, Self Myofacial Release impacts the Golgi Tendon Organs and allows the muscle to relax. Once the muscle is relaxed the cold aspect of product allows for a decrease in inflammation.

Product Specs

  • Cold therapy + massage recovery
  • 2 hours in the freezer = 6 hours cold
  • Unscrew blue handle to use ball outside of handle
  • Use anywhere on the body
  • 3.4 oz cooling gel for safe travel
  • Handle free rolling
  • Ball 3.15 in. in diameter (a little larger than a baseball)

Injuries this Treats

  • Shin splints
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tight IT bands, quads, hamstrings
  • Neck pain
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Back pain

Benefits

  • Takes down inflamation
  • Faster muscle recovery
  • Lowers cell metabolism, saving energy
  • Helps to prevent tissue death
  • Stops pain
  • After muscles warm increasein blood flow
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Improve tissue recovery
  • Impruve neuromuscular efficiency
  • Regulate production of cytokines
  • Flush out lactic acid
  • Decrease muscle soreness

Regular price is 39.99$ 

If you want to get it just for 32.79$ send me an email to info@chape.fitness and I´ll get you the discount. As easy as that!

(US shipping only)

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Muscle Fiber Types

Muscle fibers
Are you a better distance runner or sprinter? Have you ever wondered why is that so?
 
The answer is simple: muscle fibers.
 
Skeletal muscle is composed of different muscle fibers and these are composed of functional units called sarcomeres. Within each sarcomere are the myofibrillar proteins myosin (the thick filament) and actin (the thin filament). The interaction of these 2 myofibrillar proteins allows muscles to contract.. Each myocyte contains many myofibrils, which are strands of proteins (actin and myosin) that can grab on to each other and pull. 
Muscle fibers

Muscle Fiber Types

There are three types of skeletal muscle cells:
Fiber Type
Contraction Speed
Time To Peak Power
Fatigue
Color
Type I (slow twitch)
Slow
100 milliseconds
Slowly
Red
Type IIA (fast twitch oxidative fibres)
Fast
50 milliseconds
Fast
Red
Type IIB (fast twitch glycolytic fibres)
Very Fast
25 milliseconds
Fast
White
  1. Type I fibers are characterized by low force/power/speed production and high endurance, The slow twitch muscle fibers are more efficient at using oxygen to generate more adenosine triphosphate (ATP) fuel for continuous, extended muscle contractions over a long time. They fire more slowly than fast twitch fibers and can go for a long time before they fatigue. Therefore, slow twitch fibers are great at helping athletes run marathons and bicycle for hours.
  2. Type IIB fibers are characterized by high force/power/speed production and low endurance. These fast twitch fibers use anaerobic metabolism to create energy and are the “classic” fast twitch muscle fibers that excel at producing quick, powerful bursts of speed. This muscle fiber has the highest rate of contraction (rapid firing) of all the muscle fiber types, but it also has a faster rate of fatigue and can’t last as long before it needs rest.
  3. Type IIA fall in between the two. These fast twitch muscle fibers are also known as intermediate fast-twitch fibers. They can use both aerobic and anaerobic metabolism almost equally to create energy. In this way, they are a combination of type I and type IIB muscle fibers.
This range of muscle fiber types allows for the wide variety of capabilities that human muscles display. On average, people have about 50 percent slow twitch and 50 percent fast twitch fibers in most of the muscles used for movement.

Motor Units

Muscle fibers are organized into motor units grouped within each muscle. A motor unit is simply a bundle or grouping of muscle fibers. When you want to move, the brain nearly instantaneously sends a signal or impulse through the spinal cord that reaches the motor unit. The impulse then tells that particular motor unit to contract it’s fibers. 
 
The body recruits the lower threshold motor units first (slow-twitch), followed by the higher threshold motor units (fast-twitch) and continues to recruit and fire motor units until you’ve applied enough force to do whatever it is you’re trying to do regarding movement. When you are lifting something extremely heavy or applying a lot of force your body will contract practically all the available motor units for that particular muscle.
Type I muscle motor units contract less forcefully and a little slower then type II motor units and they reach peak power slower. This is why you can sit and eat all day or play Playstation all day and never get tired!
 
The type II motor units are capable of greater levels of absolute force than type I and also fatigue a lot quicker. Type IIA and IIB are capable of roughly the same amount of peak force, but the IIA fibers take longer to reach their peak power in comparison to type IIB.
 
Fast twitch fibers don’t like high volumes or long durations of work. They don’t even like a high frequency of work. If we go back to our ancestral roots, fast twitch IIB fibers were used only in times of stress situations. These would include running away from a predator, fighting, chasing food, or other brief explosive muscle action. They were only active for a few minutes per day at most. Since they weren’t used often the body had no real need to sacrifice them for a more efficient fiber. Sedentary people are the same way and have more fast twitch IIB muscle than athletes as the use of their fibers is limited and there is no need for their bodies to make more efficient adaptations.

Changing size or fiber type composition

Muscle fibers can adapt to changing demands by changing size or fiber type composition. This plasticity serves as the physiologic basis for numerous physical therapy interventions designed to increase a patient’s force development or endurance. There is evidence that muscle fibers not only change in size in response to demands, but they can also convert from one type to another. This plasticity in contractile and metabolic properties in response to training and rehabilitation allows for adaptation to different functional demands.
 
Fiber conversions between type IIB and type IIA are the most common, but type I to type II conversions are possible in cases of severe deconditioning or spinal cord injury.
 
Less evidence exists for the conversion of type II to type I fibers with training or rehabilitation, because only studies that use denervated muscle that is chronically activated with electrical stimulation have consistently demonstrated that such a conversion is possible.
 
Changes in the muscle fiber types are also responsible for some of the loss of function associated with deconditioning.
Some of the loss of muscle performance (decreased force production) due to aging does not appear to be only due to the conversion of muscle fibers from one type to another, but largely due to a selective atrophy of certain populations of muscle fiber types. With aging, there is a progressive loss of muscle mass and maximal oxygen uptake, leading to a reduction in muscle performance and presumably some of the loss of function (decreased ability to perform activities of daily living) seen in elderly people. Age-related loss of muscle mass results primarily from a decrease in the total number of both type I and type II fibers and, secondarily, from a preferential atrophy of type II fibers. Atrophy of type II fibers leads to a larger proportion of slow type muscle mass in aged muscle, as evidenced by slower contraction and relaxation times in older muscle.
 
Fortunately, physical therapy interventions can affect muscle fiber types leading to improvements in muscle performance. Physical therapy interventions can be broadly divided into those designed to increase the patient’s resistance to fatigue and those designed to increase the patient’s force production.
 
Evidence is lacking to demonstrate that type II fibers convert to type I with endurance training, although there does appear to be an increase in the mixed type I and IIA fiber populations. Researchers have found that type I fibers become faster with endurance exercise and slower with deconditioning.
 
High-intensity resistance training (high-load–low-repetition training) results in changes in fiber type similar to those seen with endurance training, although muscle hypertrophy also plays an essential role in producing strength gains. Initial increases in force production with high-intensity resistance training programs are largely mediated by neural factors, rather than visible hypertrophy of muscle fibers, in adults with no pathology or impairments. Even so, changes in muscle proteins, do begin after a few workouts, but visible hypertrophy of muscle fibers is not evident until training is conducted over a longer period of time (>8 weeks).
 
Although the trends in fiber type conversions are similar for endurance training and resistance training, differences in physiological changes that occur with each type of exercise are also important. Endurance training increases the oxidative capacity of muscle, whereas training to increase force production of sufficient intensity and duration promotes hypertrophy of muscle fibers by increasing the volume of contractile proteins in the fibers.
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Glenda´s fitness journey

Dear David,

When Milae wrote about you in her lifexperimentblog; she gave me the motivation and information to try and win a workout contest with Chape Fitness.

She’s twigged me on to several new things but I have to say that winning this contest and being able to work out and chat with you for months has changed my life forever!  I want to thank you both for this golden opportunity! I might as well tell you; I’ve told everyone I know or meet about it🎉

I sent you a before and after photo. 😊🌟I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful I feel; all thanks to you and your online methods.

Glenda last summer
Before
Glenda May 19
After

I wanted to share with you a couple of the things that have made all the difference in my personal success. The first one being the DAILY DIARY of food intake.  Filling in the diary daily has made me study my intake of healthy food! Knowing that you were keeping up with it was like having a close friend to rely on to keep you on track.

I love the variation in workouts so that every part of me was getting stronger!

The weekly measurements became so exciting because I knew I was going to see improvements. I loved that you week by gave me body fat % and muscle % and improvements were on paper as well on and in me.

I love that my husband and friends comment about the improvements in my size, my appearance overall and my self-confidence. I love that some of my small VERY young friends enjoy exercising with me. “Look what I can do, Gaga! ( the name little ones call me) Can you do this? “ and at close to 67; I can keep up, easily!

The other amazing thing about all this that I had a minor injury before we started that we had to deal with an eye surgery, which I expected to really slow down my progress. But David, you told me how to handle my diet and changed my workout my workouts to meet my needs and my progress continued!!!

I hope you can share some of my thoughts with others to encourage them to change their lives, too!
THANK YOU !! THANK YOU MORE THAN I CAM EXPRESS FOR MY HEALTH!!!!
❤️Glenda K.

I am sad my time is almost up BUT I plan to sign up and continue working with you in the fall!

 

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Here are some ways to create a new you by Constance Ray

We’re now well into the new year, and how have your resolutions fared? Perfectly well, we’re sure. But in case you want to make 2018 the new year of you, here are some ways to make self-improvement a priority in your life. Just work on these few things, and you will feel like a new person in no time.

 

Join a gym — You know you need to exercise more, and you know a gym will help you do it. Start shopping around for a place to workout. Look for affordability, location and offerings. If you’re a person who likes group fitness classes, don’t join a gym with a weak offering. If you like weights, try to find one where bodybuilders and powerlifters workout. If you like having a personal trainer, check to see that the ones who work with that gym are certified. Most gyms will let you try it out first, so give it a whirl before you sign up. You should feel comfortable.

 

Upgrade your wardrobe — If you’ve been lounging around in jeans and sweatpants your whole adult life, it might be time to start looking like a grown professional. Just buy a couple of pieces every paycheck, and you won’t have to break the bank. Also, try to find pieces that can be mixed and matched with some stuff you already have, so you aren’t stuck with the same exact outfit over and over. Shop thrift shops and consignment sales, and you’re bound to find some great buys!

 

Kick that addiction — If you’ve struggled with addiction to drugs or alcohol and are now working on getting clean, there are ways to enhance your chances of staying that way. Studies have shown that diet and exercise can be a great boost to staying free of addiction. Yoga and meditation can also help you become more centered.

 

Quit smoking — This is the year you’ll do it! You know you need to, and you know it won’t be easy. Talk to your doctor about the best way to quit. She knows the latest in smoking cessation methods and which ones are backed by studies. She might offer to prescribe medication to make quitting easier, or she might direct you to a local support program. There are so many ways to quit, that if one doesn’t work for you, you can always try another. Just imagine all the money you’ll save. Don’t give up on your lungs.

 

Take some personal time — If you’ve been neglecting yourself for the sake of others, try to make some time for yourself. Go to a spa, get a facial, a mani-pedi and get your hair done. You don’t have to do it all at once, but taking time for yourself is important. It will help you stay refreshed so you can go about your day, as well as help reduce stress.

 

Get creative — Take an art class, write a book, start coloring or work on a long-forgotten project. Using the creative part of your brain will help you focus better on your daily life and boost your overall happiness. It forces you to use a part of your brain that you may not use very often, which is always good for continuing development. Some studies show that art education can even benefit you physically.

 

When you set a goal to improve yourself, you are committing to a better life. And who doesn’t want that? Take each goal a little at a time, and you’ll start to notice your success as you go. The more you take care of yourself, you increase the odds of living longer and living better. Don’t give up on your dreams: You can make this your best year ever.

Constance Ray

Constance Ray

Constance Ray started Recoverywell.org with the goal of creating a safe place for people to share how addiction has affected them, whether they are combating it themselves or watching someone they care about work to overcome it. The goal is to share stories of hope from survivors who know that the fight against addiction is one worth having, because no matter how it affects you, life can get better.

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The Priority Training Principle

The Priority Training Principle

Priority training is a Weider´s training principle, used when a muscle (or muscle group) is not developing at the same rate as the rest of the body. The difference between a good physique and a great physique is proportion, balance and symmetry.

The ideal physique is symmetrical, the upper and lower body are in proportion, and there are no muscles which stand out to the eye as over or under-developed in relation to the others. Unfortunately, the body doesn’t always develop evenly.  After a few months of starting a regular training program, most people have already noticed that some muscles grow faster than others. 

Two main factors cause this unbalanced muscle development:
  1. Genetics: meaning that even if you’re diligent about training every muscle equally with the same amount of intensity and consistency, you’ll probably see some muscles fall behind others. That’s simply your body following its natural genetic pattern.
  2. There’s also a natural (unconscious) behavior. Most people give certain muscles special treatment, while other muscles are neglected. The body parts you don’t focus on, your least favorite body parts, or the exercises you find most difficult or unpleasant often get left to last and trained as an afterthought, or blown off completely. If you recognize errors like these and correct them, you can develop outstanding proportion, balance and symmetry.
Balanced body
The good news is, even the most stubborn muscles can be improved by working hard and using the right training strategies. It’s all about making weaker muscle groups your top priorityAmateurs focus too much on their strengths. Priority training is a principle used to improve muscles that lag behind the others. 
 
Here is where priority training begins: with honest assessment. Your first assessment is right in the mirror and you can do that immediately. Next come photos, videos and the opinions of fellow athletes, trusted friends and expert coaches.
Once you’ve identified body parts to prioritize, you’re ready to start making changes to your workout schedule and using priority training techniques. In some cases, this means training completely the opposite of the way you’re used to. That will take an open mind and willingness to change your training habits.
 
Priority training is not a single tactic, but a group of them, designed with one purpose: to put more attention, energy and effort into training the lagging body parts until they come into balance with the rest of your physique. 
 
Here, you’ll find the best priority training techniques that I’ve used and which I’ve taught to my clients over the years. These are classic techniques, dating back to the Weider era, so they’ve been tested and proven for years. Some people start by choosing the one strategy that seems most logical or appropriate based on their situation. But keep in mind, to get better results, you can attack your weak areas using multiple strategies.

1. Change the order of your exercises (train your weak body parts first)

Whatever you train first in your workout usually gets trained the hardest simply because you have more energy and strength at the start of the workout. Whatever you do last in the workout is usually trained with the least effort.
 
Change the order of the exercises in your workout so that the body part that needs the most work is done first, when you are mentally and physically the freshest. Never train your weak body parts last.

2. Change exercises to emphasize specific parts of a muscle.

A muscle has different sides, angles or facets. Some muscles are more complex than others, with fibers that fan out in multiple angles or which have separate heads with different tendon attachment points.
 
For example, the deltoids are well known for being multi-angular with distinct movement patterns for the front, side and rear portion of the muscle.
 
How much you can isolate individual heads of each muscle is controversial, but we know it’s possible to place some added emphasis on different portions of a muscle by choosing the exercises that best activate those portions. 
If you carefully choose the exercises to work the part of the muscle that needs the most work, that one simple change, combined with persistence, can bring everything into balance and create an impressive muscle from any angle.

3. Use a body part split routine with dedicated days for your high priority muscles

Full body workouts are popular, effective and ideal for beginners, for anyone with strength goals or limited days per week to train. There’s nothing wrong with full body training in those cases.
 
However, body part split training is ideal in the case of priority training to bring up a weak muscle, it’s one of the best strategies. You simply choose or create a custom split routine that gives you an entire day dedicated to your prioritized muscle group.

4. Increase your training intensity for your prioritized body parts

This simply means putting more physical and mental effort into every set and every rep. The whole idea of priority training is that you don’t push harder for every exercise or body part; you conserve your energy and put the extra effort only into your prioritized body parts.

5. Increase the volume (more exercises, more sets)

Usually, when you think of progressive overload, you think of increasing how much weight you lift. But another way to increase overload is simply do more sets (increase the volume). That could be more sets of the same exercise, or additional exercises.
 
For priority training, simply do more sets for the lagging body part. More is not always better, but as long as you have the time to do more sets and to recover from the added volume, this is a simple and effective way to increase growth.

6. Train overdeveloped body parts with less volume, intensity or frequency

Although most of these strategies revolve around working harder on the body parts you want to improve, it is entirely possible that to balance your physique to the proportions and symmetry you want, you may also need to back off training your most well-developed muscle groups.
 
It’s ok to train some muscle groups harder, and at the same time train others lighter, if they are already highly developed.

7. Mentally train yourself to focus on improving your priority body part

Mental training is a vital part of achieving your muscle-building or fat loss goals. In the case of priority training, it’s important because many people develop negative belief systems about their “weak” body parts (often blaming them too much on genetics).
 
The mental training starts with believing it’s possible to grow and change your body. You must visualize it and mentally see yourself training hard and growing into exactly what you want to look like. 
 
Change everything to the positive. What you used to call a weak or lagging body part, you can start calling it a priority body part. Stop thinking about it as weak.
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Discounts on Garmin products

As I announced earliear this month, I can offer you discounts on some cool brands. Now is your chance to get a discount on Garmin products (US shipping only).

The number of Garmin watches continues to grow, making the task of choosing the best one for you really difficult. With watches aimed from beginner runners and swimmers to performance triathletes and ultra-marathon veterans, it’s easy to overspend for features you don’t really need or will probably never use.

Choosing the perfect watch is all about your own personal fitness goals and matching a watch to those needs. If you’re trying to make sense of Garmin’s selection, I´m here to help.

To read the full description and get the discount, just follow the links.

Best Garmin smartwatches

Garmin vívoactive® 3

This is a device that’s aiming to bring more than just fitness smarts to your wrist. With the Vivoactive 3, Garmin is trying to push more into the realms of everyday design, too.

From playing to paying, vívoactive 3 is the smartwatch for your active life. Make contactless payments with ease, right from your watch, and with more than 15 preloaded sports apps — you can choose how you like to get fit. Built-in GPS lets you record the distance, pace, location and more for your outdoor activities.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: chemically strengthened glass
  • Bezel Material: stainless steel
  • Case material: fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear cover
  • Quick Release Bands: yes (20 mm, Industry standard)
  • Strap material: silicone
  • Physical size: 43.4 x 43.4 x 11.7 mm / Fits wrists with a circumference of 127-204 mm
  • Weight: 43.0 g
  • Water rating: Swim, 5 ATM
  • Touchscreen
    Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 1.2″ (30.4mm) diameter
    Display resolution: 240 x 240 pixels
  • Color display
  • Battery life: GPS mode: Up to 13 hours / Smartwatch mode: Up to 7 days
  • Memory/History: 7 timed activities, 14 days of activity tracking data
  • Clock Features: Time/Date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch

Regular price: $269.99 – $299.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $245.14 – $271.99 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Garmin vívoactive® HR

Run, bike, swim, golf, ski and more with vívoactive HR. Its GPS-enabled built-in sports apps track your stats while smart notifications allow you to stay connected — all so you can keep your life in balance. vívoactive HR continues to track activity throughout your day by counting steps and floors climbed as well as monitoring sleep and calculating intensity minutes. You won’t have to worry about this watch keeping up with you. The rechargeable battery lasts up to 8 days in watch/activity tracking mode or up to 13 hours using GPS.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: chemically strengthened glass
  • Case material: polymer
  • Strap material: silicone
  • Physical size: 30.2 x 57.0 x 13.5 mm / Regular: 137-195 mm circumference / X-large: 161-225 mm circumference
  • Weight: Regular: 47.6 g / X-large: 48.2 g
  • Water rating: 5 ATM
  • Touchscreen
  • Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 0.8″ x 1.13″ (20.7 x 28.6 mm)
  • Display resolution: 205 x 148 pixels
  • Color display
  • Battery life: GPS mode: Up to 13 hours / Smartwatch mode: Up to 8 days
  • Memory/History: 7 timed activities, 14 days of activity tracking data
  • Clock Features: Time/Date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch

Regular price: $249.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $210.99 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Forerunner 35 is slim and lightweight — perfect for daily runs, training and racing. It features built-in wrist-based heart rate as well as GPS that tracks your distance, pace, intervals and more. And since all these stats are captured by the watch, your watch is all you need — no phone, no chest strap. Just put on Forerunner 35 and go.  Ideal for new runners on a budget, they’re the cheapest of the lot and they’re also a little more accessible when it comes to your running stats.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: chemically strengthened glass
  • Strap material: silicone
  • Physical size: 35.5 x 40.7 x 13.3 mm
  • Weight: 37.3 g
  • Water rating: 5 ATM
  • Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 0.93″ x 0.93″ (23.5 x 23.4 mm)
  • Display resolution: 128 x 128 pixels
  • Battery life: Smartwatch Mode: Up to 9 days / GPS mode: Up to 13 hours
  • Memory/History: 7 activities
  • Clock Features: Time/Date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Stopwatch

Regular price: $199.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $182.49 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Garmin vívosmart® 3

Your sense of style is uniquely you. Let vívosmart 3 complement that style without trying to overshadow it. Featuring a slim, inconspicuous band, vívosmart 3 is as hip as anything in your closet. Even better, it’s a master of subtlety. The tracker’s hidden display is only visible when you want it to be. When you’re not using it, it disappears into the device. It’s the perfect companion for the office, the gym, the pool and everywhere in between.

Your activity tracker doesn’t define you, but what you do with it certainly can. That’s why vívosmart 3 features a discreet but attractive profile to help it fit right in with any fashion, and its smart features keep you on your toes. Track activity, monitor your heart rate, get smart notifications, and even access detailed fitness monitoring tools such as VO2 max estimate and your fitness age.

DETAILS

  • Strap materia: silicone
  • Physical size: Width: 18.5 mm / Thickness: 9.8 mm / Length (small/medium): 197 mm / Length (large): 223 mm / Circumference (small/medium): 122-188 mm / Circumference (large): 148-215 mm
  • Weight: Small/medium: 20.4 g / Large: 21.5 g
  • Water rating: Swim
  • Touchscreen
  • Display type: OLED
  • Display size: 0.38″ x 0.76″ (9.6 mm x 19.2 mm)
  • Display resolution: 64 x 128 pixels
  • Battery life: Up to 5 days
  • Memory/History: 7 timed activities, 14 days of activity tracking data
  • Clock Features: Time/Date, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch

Regular price: $139.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $122.29 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Best Garmin watch for triathletes

Garmin Forerunner® 935

Offers advanced running and multisport features in a comfortable watch you can wear all day, and it only weighs 49 grams. Provides elevation changes with a built-in barometer; altimeter and electronic compass help you keep your bearings. Evaluates your training status to indicate if you’re undertraining or overdoing it and offers additional performance monitoring features. Provides advanced dynamics for running, cycling and swimming, including ground contact time balance, stride length and more.

Forerunner 935 will help you monitor your training and recovery so you can better prepare for a race or training cycle. Training status is a new performance monitoring tool that automatically evaluates your recent exercise history and performance indicators to let you know if you’re training productively, peaking or overreaching. The new anaerobic training effect metric opens a window of insight to a critical dimension of training, telling you how your training is improving your ability to push the limits. You can even view your overall training load, which measures your exercise volume from the last 7 days and compares it to the optimal range for your fitness and recent training history.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: chemically strengthened glass
  • Bezel Material: fiber-reinforced polymer
  • Case material: fiber-reinforced polymer
  • QuickFit™ watch band compatible: yes (22 mm)
  • Strap material: silicone
  • Physical size: 47 x 47 x 13.9 mm
  • Weight: 49 g
  • Water rating: 5 ATM
  • Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 1.2″ (30.4 mm) diameter
  • Display resolution: 240 x 240 pixels
  • Color display
  • Battery life: Smartwatch Mode: Up to 2 weeks / GPS-HR mode: Up to 24 hours / UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 60 hours without wrist heart rate
  • Memory/History: 64 MB
  • Clock Features: Time/date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch, Sunrise/Sunset times

Regular price: $499.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $450.99 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Forerunner 735XT lets you change things up with ease thanks to built-in activity profiles for running (indoor/outdoor), cycling (indoor/outdoor), swimming (pool/open water), cross-country skiing, paddle sports, trail running, hiking and strength training.

For brick workouts and du/triathlon races, the auto multisport feature lets you switch sports with just one button press. 735XT is compatible with advanced workouts for running, cycling — and even pool swimming. Create your own custom workouts and download for free from Garmin Connect. Then review your past efforts on the app or share them with family and friends for added motivation.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: chemically strengthened glass
  • Strap material: silicone
  • Physical size: 44.5 x 44.5 x 11.9 mm
  • Weight: 40.2 g
  • Water rating: 5 ATM
  • Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 1.23″ (31.1 mm) diameter
  • Display resolution: 215 x 180 pixels
  • Color display
  • Battery life: Smartwatch Mode: Up to 11 days / GPS mode: Up to 14 hours / UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 24 hours without wrist heart rate
  • Memory/History: 80 hours of activity data
  • Clock Features: Time/date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Stopwatch, Sunrise/Sunset times

Regular price: $349.99 – $499.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $316.74 – $450.99 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Best Garmin for multi-sport

Garmin fēnix® 5S

For serious athletes and adventurers who want to do more, not wear more — fénix 5S is the perfect fit. This is a premium multisport watch that offers full-size performance in a lighter, sleeker, more compact design. So you can beat yesterday with advanced features such as wrist-based heart rate, built-in activity profiles, navigation functions, and performance metrics that measure the effectiveness of your workout. It’s one smart sport watch you can comfortably wear anywhere — office or outback — to keep pace with your active lifestyle.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: chamically strengthened glass
  • Bezel Material: stainless steel
  • Case material: fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear cover
  • QuickFit™ watch band compatible: included (20 mm)
  • Strap material: silicone
  • Physical size: 42 x 42 x 15 mm
  • Weight: 67 g
  • Water rating: 10 ATM
  • Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 1.1” (27.94 mm) diameter
  • Display resolution: 218 x 218 pixels
  • Color display
  • Battery life: Smartwatch mode: Up to 9 days / GPS/HR mode: Up to 14 hours / UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 35 hours without wrist heart rate
  • Memory/History: 64 MB
  • Clock Features: Time/date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch, Sunrise/Sunset times 

Regular price: $549.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $495.74 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Garmin fēnix® 5S Sapphire Edition

Beyond their running functions, fenix 5 watches also offer special feature sets to help with swim training, skiing, golfing and paddle sports, including stand-up paddle boarding and rowing. For swimmers, the device tracks your distance, pace, stroke count and more. Ski/Board mode puts speed, distance, vertical drop and an automatic run counter (with Auto Pause for the lift line) and more at your fingertips. The feature set for paddle sports includes stroke count, stroke rate and even distance per stroke. Golf mode gives you yardage to the front, back and middle of the green for any single course you’ve downloaded from Garmin Connect— and also adds enhancements such as stat tracking (fairways hit, etc.), Green View, AutoShot detection and auto measure. Sapphire edition features a scratch-resistant sapphire lens and Wi-Fi® connectivity.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: sapphire crystal
  • Bezel Material: stainless steel
  • Case material: fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear cover
  • QuickFit™ watch band compatible: included (20 mm)
  • Strap material: silicone, suede or steel
  • Physical size: 42 x 42 x 15 mm
  • Weight: 67 g
  • Water rating: 10 ATM
  • Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 1.1” (27.94 mm) diameter
  • Display resolution: 218 x 218 pixels
  • Color display
  • Battery life: Smartwatch mode: Up to 9 days / GPS/HR mode: Up to 14 hours / UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 35 hours without wrist heart rate
  • Memory/History: 64 MB
  • Clock Features: Time/date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch, Sunrise/Sunset times 

Regular price: $649.99 – $799.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $585.24 – $719.49 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

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Top 100 Fitness Blogs and Websites on the planet

Top 100 fitness blogs on the planet

TOP 100 FITNESS BLOGS ON THE PLANET

I am so excited by this news that my hands tremble!!! Where do I begin? At the beginning, you are right.

As you know, the fitness industry is hard and publicizing an internet business is possibly even harder. For these reasons, I am always looking for ways to promote my business. Last weekend, I found the list of the best 100 blogs and websites to follow, provided by Feedspot.

What´s Feedspot? It´s a RSS Reader. If you’re trying to keep up with news and content on multiple webs, Feedspot allows you to put all of your reading in one place.

There is an impressive amount of fitness blogs out there and this list includes the best on the planet like Men´s Fitness, Reebok Fitness Blog, MyFitnessPal Blog, ACE (American Council on Exercise), or Anytime Fitness Blog, just to name a few blogs among the top 10.

Call me foolish, but I decided to submit my blog, with little or no hope of accessing the list. I would be happy to enter the Feedspot fitness blog directory and get some more readers. That´s what I expected. What I got, so you can guess by the title of this post, was to enter the list. I am not in the position #100, or #99, not even #90 or #80. Dear friends, my blog is on the list at number 73, which is not bad if you realize that I do not have a team working on this blog. Just me!

Chape Fitness best fitness blog on the planet

I am so happy and proud right now… that I´m going  to take  the rest of the day off!! I think you will agree with me… From time to time a break is necessary to savor the achievements and victories. This news is both an achievement and a sweet victory after a long time blogging. 

Don´t worry, I will return with new content and much more energy before you realize that I have taken a day off, I promise.

I’m looking forward to climbing some positions. I know I will never make #1 but, top 50? I´m going to try it.

From a small Spanish coastal town to the top 100 fitness blogs on the planet, today is a day to remember and celebrate!

Thank you all, lot of love and, as always, big hugs!!

David.

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How Getting Active and Healthy Keeps You Strong in Addiction Recovery by Constance Ray

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a regular fitness routine does more than create visible results. Physical fitness transforms your body, inside and out, which means it’s also one of the best things you can do to facilitate addiction recovery. When you’re in recovery, creating a new life without substances involves caring for your body, mind, and soul. All of these parts of you are affected by addiction, so caring for your whole self is necessary to stay clean and sober.

How Does Being Active Help You Succeed in Recovery?

On a physical level, doing an aerobic activity that increases your heart rate changes your brain chemistry by releasing the natural feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Sometimes called a “runner’s high,” this physiological effect of exercise is an incredible mood boost. When someone is addicted, they depend on substances to get that feel-good effect, but in recovery, exercise gives your brain that same reward in a much healthier way. This may be one reason why developing a regular exercise routine helps many people in recovery manage cravings because the activity replaces the desire to use to a substance.

In addition to giving you a mood boost, physical fitness also reduces stress, making it a great coping skill for managing stressors and triggers when you’re in recovery. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, exercise decreases tension, helps you sleep better, and builds self-esteem. Dealing with stress can zap your energy, but exercise gives you back the energy your body needs to make managing stress easier. Physical fitness also makes you feel good about yourself. Whether you’re just starting your first workout or you see yourself achieving your fitness goals, getting stronger is a huge accomplishment. Gaining this self-confidence builds your belief that you are capable of staying clean and sober by showing you that you have the ability to overcome challenges.

What Is the Best Type of Exercise for Recovery?

Any exercise will make you healthier, and the best exercise is something you enjoy and can commit to doing regularly. However, some types of exercise maximize the positive impacts that benefit recovery. Aerobic exercise like running gets your heart rate up to release those endorphins, and the repetitive nature of running is also meditative, which helps decrease stress and refocus your mind in a positive way. Swimming is another exercise that has the same meditative quality, and moving through water is also very relaxing. According to the Huffington Post, many people in recovery find that yoga helps them practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is a powerful tool that builds awareness and self-reflection so you gain a better understanding of your habits and your choices.

How Do You Maintain a Healthy Routine for the Long Term?

The key to making both physical fitness and recovery stick long term is integrating an overall healthy lifestyle into your regular routine. You won’t get the same benefit from hitting the gym only once in a while. But when you schedule and commit to workouts as part of your daily life, it can help structure your day so that you aren’t as tempted to use drugs or alcohol. If you struggle with how to make this commitment, try different types of exercise to find something that is fulfilling for you and works with your schedule. Making good nutrition and self-care part of your wellness lifestyle will also support your fitness goals and make it easier to keep them. The great thing about starting these habits is that when you take better care of your body, you feel better about yourself, which motivates you to keep going.

The hardest part is getting started. Once you do, maintaining a healthy lifestyle gets easier as this positive cycle becomes a way of life. Creating this new way of life makes you stronger—physically, mentally, and even spiritually—for staying on the right track in recovery.

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Constance Ray

Constance Ray

Constance Ray started Recoverywell.org with the goal of creating a safe place for people to share how addiction has affected them, whether they are combating it themselves or watching someone they care about work to overcome it. The goal is to share stories of hope from survivors who know that the fight against addiction is one worth having, because no matter how it affects you, life can get better.

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How a high-protein diet and regular exercise will help you lose body fat and improve your health

After six weeks, it´s time to review Glenda´s progress. I know you´re expectant! You can see in the picture that the changes are clearly visible. If you are a recent follower of this blog and you do not know Glenda, you can read the first part of her story here.

I like the before and after pictures like anyone else but I recognize that a picture is highly subjective and depends on too many factors like light, place, who took the picture, etc. And honestly, a picture doesn´t give too much information to any trainer. It´s great for ads but it doesn´t make our job any easier. So, here are her measurements over these six weeks:

Glenda 6weeks

Looking at the numbers, you do not need to be a trainer to check that her body fat percentage has decreased (from 44.7% to 33.2%), just like her total fat mass (from 68.0 to 47.5). You can also see how her muscle mass has increased from 84.0 to 95.5. This is the reason why not all of the fat loss is reflected in the total weight, she has also gained muscle.

You can also check that she lost inches in the typical conflict areas: abdomen, waist, and hips. Exactly where she (and anybody) wants to lose inches!

These results are available to anyone if you have a proper diet and exercise program. Yes, lifting weights helps lose fat. How? The muscles consume calories. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body will consume. That´s why you need a high-protein diet, to preserve and build muscle. If you restrict your protein intake, your body won´t be able to repair and grow your muscles after your workouts. Is she drinking protein shakes all day long? NO! She´s just eating the right amount of macronutrients (protein, carbs, and fats) every day. She eats what she wants any given day, picking from the recipes I gave her, but taking care of the amount she needs. She makes 5 small meals per day, and she tells me every week that she loves the recipes.

Also, she kicks the gym four times per week… and she hurries up to message me every time she receives a compliment. I couldn´t be happier!! I´m not going to tell you her workout routines, but I can swear that I don´t torture her with burpees, planks or deadlifts. It´s all much easier than that: circuit training, isolation exercises, and some light cardio.

I asked her for some pictures to show you her progress, but we also got some great news from her doctor that she is willing to share with you so, she emailed me these lines about it:

“Hi, David!

I just had an appointment with my pulmonary specialist. I had a constant cough when I last saw her, which was before I started working out with you. When she tested me this week; I could take deep breathes with NO COUGHING!! and she asked what I was doing differently. I told her that I had been working out online with you; and that you had given me suggestions and guidelines for my diet… and what to drink!

She said “I can’t believe it! You’re healed! You are completely cured! So I don’t expect that I will be seeing you again.” WOOOHOOO!

And today, I was wearing a shirt that I had bought right before I started working out with you.

Glenda March1

At lunch, some of my friends said how loose it is and I pulled it tightly…

Glenda March2

even I was surprised. I haven’t completely gotten used to being healthy and not so fat.. and I am going to do even better this last month!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!”

And here she is proud, showing her stomach before the egg hunt on Palm Sunday:

Glenda March3

Every person is different and has special needs. If you have read this far and you are not reaching your goals, put me to the test and sign up for the 14-Day free trial, you will see what I can do for you.