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M1T Bodybuilding Supplement And Steroids March 30, 2009

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Many people who indulge in bodybuilding use supplements many of which do not work as claimed. I personally have spent my cash on supplements that failed to deliver any true results. One bodybuilding supplement that does work is a product called M1T or methyl 1 testosterone. Now before the haters and do gooders start ranting about steroids and the rest of it just take a breath and listen.

Many dedicated bodybuilders will use whatever is necessary to achieve better results when it comes to gaining muscle. This may at some point involve the use of performance enhancing drugs including, yes, steroids. The product I am discussing here is a pro hormone and was re-classified in the US as a steroid when the steroid ban came into effect. The product was sold in a capsule form and produced very good, significant results. There were, as with most drugs, possible side effects.

I appreciate that some may find the use of drugs as cheating and fake. I also understand that many people think of steroid users as crazy whacked out violent thugs who beat their wife and kids at the first opportunity. This just isn’t true. A man who is capable of beating his wife and kids will do it anyway because it is in his nature. Using drugs may make him more aggressive but they will not suddenly introduce the rage we are often told about by the media. They will certainly not suddenly make him a wife beater.

The cases of violence and death that are reported in the media are usually the result of a complete novice or idiot who has far exceeded the dosage needed to achieve good results. This is the result of stupidity and ignorance by someone who has not spent any time researching what they are about to undertake. They blindly swallow tablets and inject unknown oils and liquids into their bodies to get big quick. Some do not even bother to train at the gym. These people are ignorant and unfortunately this results in all bodybuilders being tarred with the same brush. Quite unfair.

A dedicated bodybuilder will follow a strict routine in almost everything they do. Diet is planned out and calories are controlled carefully. The balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats is closely monitored to provide the best nutrition for the body to grow. Training will be planned precisely and carefully to ensure all muscle groups are worked at least once a week. Bodybuilding takes effort, a lot of effort and hard work to get results. A dedicated bodybuilder will have trained for several years before even considering taking any performance enhancing drugs as it is a decision that has to be thought out. A bodybuilder will exert more control over their daily life and routine than most people are capable of.

As I said previously there will always be people who join a gym and start to use steroids straight away, take too much, mess up their bodies and minds. Unfortunately, there will also be unscrupulous people who will sell the drugs to them. This is just a fact of life. Please do not throw all bodybuilders into one basket as this simply is not a fair assumption. Before using steroids, a bodybuilder with any intelligence will have spent weeks, even months researching what they are going to do. What to use, how to use it, how much to use and when. They will have joined forums and member sites, asked other bodybuilders for advice about drug use and if they should consider it.

There are some excellent sites out there with people who know what they are talking about offering advice that helps people to make the right choices about drugs. Many bodybuilders will decide to not take them in the end.

Sorry for the rant but I find it annoying that people are led by the media to believe bodybuilders are all evil drug taking, rage filled monsters. It simply is not true.

My next post will be about the magazines sold on the subject of bodybuilding. How they are all designed to part young impressionable vain guys from every penny possible.


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How I Got Rid Of The Fat Guy In The Mirror Using Diet & Exercise February 17, 2009

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Just to refresh…I started this post in January and completely forgot to finish it. I have just rediscovered it and thought it should be finished. This is why it relates to “this time of year”.

I am fortunate enough to have quit smoking nearly 8 years ago. At this time of year there will be many smokers embarking on a quitting smoking plan, determined to give up smoking cigarettes for good. My full support goes out to you all and I hope you succeed!

The biggest problem for many is the comfort eating that often occurs after giving up smoking. Eating sweets to provide a distraction from cigarettes may initially seem a good idea but as your waistline expands you may think otherwise. I am qualified to comment because I found a friend in food when I stopped smoking. Too good a friend!

I gained around 34 pounds and tipped the scales at a hefty 245 pounds! I was passing the bedroom mirror and caught sight of this fat guy looking back at me. This was the turning point for me. I made the decision to lose weight and get back in shape, (who am I kidding, I had never been in shape in the first place), and to eat a healthy diet.

First stop was the local leisure centre to join the gym. After my induction course I was set to go and so began my quest. I took the opportunity to have my bodyfat measured using a bodyfat monitor. A series of electrodes are fastened to your hands and feet and a small electrical current is then passed through them. Apparently fat is not a good conductor and so it follows that more fat creates more resistance to the electrical current running through your body.

The results were conclusive! I was overweight and fat.

35% bodyfat is not something to be proud of and I certainly was not feeling very proud about myself at this point. With the expert help of Andy the gym instructor, (who used to be an army instructor I later discovered), a plan was devised. Both diet and exercise were planned out meticulously with the aim of losing weight and reducing bodyfat levels.

I am not going to even try and lie to you, it was hard work. At first my fitness levels were non-existent and I struggled to perform even a few minutes light exercise on the exercise equipment. I was sinking on the rower, falling off the bike and feeling run down on the treadmill, it was depressing. I considered giving up after only a few days but Andy and a few others encouraged me to stick at it. I did, and am I glad!

After only a week, I saw a reduction in my weight. It was only a couple of pounds but it lifted me up and made me feel wonderful. That was it, I was staying the course for definite. The weight was coming off, if it wanted to or not. As the weeks went by, my fitness levels increased and I was soon doing 20-30 minutes on the treadmills and rowers at a moderate rate without feeling ready to drop. The weight continued to come off as well. I was feeling good.

After a month of cardio and fitness training, Andy said it was time to introduce resistance training or weight training, whichever you prefer. Now this was a new challenge and made me realise that I was not as strong as I thought. When first starting weight training be careful not to overdo it as you will live to regret it later. And yes, this is exactly what I did. I trained too hard too fast with weights and 2 days later could hardly move. It was painful but educating.

I have to admit that I became fanatical about my exercise and went to the gym everyday. I reduced my calorie intake and increased my protein intake to help build muscle after performing the weight training. I was doing both cardio and weight training on the same day, in the same session actually. I later realised that this is not always the best approach.

I could continue to write everything about my exercise and diet regime but it would be dull, so I will jump forward to approximately 3 months later and it was time for another weigh in and bodyfat measurement. Now this has always confused me. Andy performed the second bodyfat measurement using the same equipment as before. It was his own personal equipment.

After attaching the electrode pads and running the tests, I was a little surprised, actually very surprised at the result. I had reduced my bodyfat percentage from 35% to 21% . Now that felt good! I had noticably lost weight but the percentage surprised me. After some calculations Andy proudly told me I had lost approximately 20 something pounds of bodyfat and gained approximately 9 pounds of muscle. How accurate this was I cannot say but I looked and felt way better than I had for a long time. My fitness levels were vastly improved, my moods were so good it scared me.

This was nearly 8 years ago now and I have managed to maintain my gym visits. I am not as fanatical about it now and have to say, I now only go to the gym maybe 3-4 times a week. But I am still reasonably fit and my weight is under control. I have the occasional lapse and skip the gym for a week or so but then I remember the fat guy in the mirror and rush to the wardrobe to find my gym clothes.

I also found this product from Tom Venuto very helpful and informative. It helped me make good food choices while training.

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Frank Zane Bodybuilding Videos January 11, 2008

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If you visit http://www.a2zofbodybuilding.com/frank_zane_videos you can watch video clips of Frank Zane at his best. Featuring posing and competing videos. It’s a nice little site featuring videos of many different bodybuilders. You can also search for any video content you like straight from the site. There are also clips of famous bodybuilders such as Lee Haney, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jay Cutler to name just a few.

If you are into bodybuilding and appreciate the time, dedication and effort that is involved to be one of the best bodybuilders we have ever had, you might find this bodybuilding videos site worth a visit.

Hands up who loves Chocolate but detests exercise September 8, 2006

Posted by Ray in Food, Health & Fitness.

I have to admit it! I just cannot resist chocolate. I can restrain myself, but only for so long and then my resolution literally flakes, cadburys to be exact. I can almost smell the chocolate before I even buy it!chocolate

And I’m not fussy! Milk or dark chocolate will do, I love both. Dairy milk, bournville, galaxy, they’re all great! Expanding the variety is all too easy with favourites such as twix, mars bars, turkish delight and many more. Are you with me so far? Who fancies a choccy bar right now? I do but tea’s nearly ready and don’t want to ruin my appetite.

Now, how many of you partake in regular exercise, either at your local gym or just simply a brisk walk for the constitution. I personally manage to evade the collecting of calories quite effectively by going to the gym 3 or 4 times a week. I train for approximately 1 hour and then I’m off.

In that hour you can achieve a great deal if you train properly instead of standing chatting to a complete stranger about the weather. Get in, train hard enough to at least be sweating and then go home! See, painless. Getting this balance right will achieve two things. You will become fitter (Quicker than you think) and, if you are putting the effort in, your bodyfat may even start to reduce a little. Now please do not misunderstand this statement. If you eat 5 mars bars a night and exercise for 1 hour, even intense exercise, you will not lose any bodyfat. Common sense should tell you this simple fact.

If you have one mars bar and exercise for 1 hour, then , providing your diet is not McDonalds and pizzahut for the rest of the day, you can very likely begin to reduce your body fat. You do not need to go on ridiculous, dangerous, crash diets where you are only allowed to lick the pan the kids beans were cooked in or eat raw cabbage for a week. I once tried the Atkins diet to lose weight. I lasted about a week before collapsing in a heap on the floor, I had literally run out of steam and my body was letting me know!

I was also training 6 days a week which did not really help things. So I went back to the carbohydrates and soon felt much better again, in fact almost normal. Since then I eat anything I like, but in moderation. I also like to slurp down the odd cider here and there and do so without guilt (now who am I kidding).

Anyway, eat your chocolate and drink your beer and enjoy life! But remember that just one hours effort, 3 times a week (4 would be better!) will help you to possibly reduce bodyfat levels. Failing that, it will help to stop you gaining more weight and allow you to lead a normal life with regard to your food.

A little bit of what you fancy and all that!

Crafty Pensioner bounces cheque for heart operation August 3, 2006

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Saw a great story in the news today. A 77 year old pensioner from West London was told he needed a life saving heart operation. The waiting list for the operation was approximately nine months or if he went private at a cost of £6500 it could be performed almost immediately.

Roy Thayers used to be a painter and decorator but is now retired. Mr Thayers accepted the private option and handed over a cheque for the full £6500, the operation was a success. What the hospital did not realise until it was too late is that Mr Thayers had no money and the cheque bounced.

After threatening him with bailiffs and other legal action, Mr Thayers is now paying his debt off at £25 a month.

He will be 99 before it is paid in full.

Chances of him living to 99?

It is a very sad fact of life that people are allowed to die on waiting lists such as these. The hospital performed the operation immediately when thinking they had been paid. Why in a so called developed and prosperous country such as the UK are people dying on waiting lists?

While I’m sure some people would class his actions as criminal, I for one think this man saved his own life by using his iniative and think no less of him. If he had offered to pay for the operation at £25 a month would it have been accepted, probably not.