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The Inspiring Tale of Luca Thimm

In Germany, there is one weightlifter who is going above and beyond. His name is Luca Thimm and he was born with Down Syndrome. What makes Luca’s story so great is that he recently competed at a weightlifting meet. The even better news is Luca was able to complete all six of his lifts. Watching the joy on Luca’s face as he completes each lift is truly inspiring.

If you have had a bad day, it stands to reason you probably aren’t dealing with the challenges Luca faces. Below is a video where you watch Luca lift. If you aren’t motivated by the end of this video, I don’t know what to tell you. I love watching how happy Luca is when he completes a lift.

Watching Luca isn’t watching someone cope with the cards life dealt them. Instead, watching his video shows that life isn’t about what happens to you. Luca was given a tough hand yet he is still able to fully enjoy his life doing what he loves. Kudo to Luca for injecting a bit of life into the sport of weightlifting.

Perhaps it is because others take their strength for granted. It is common to see Luca perform a victory move after completing a lift. I am really pulling for Luca Thimm to take home competition medals. Perhaps this will bring about changes to which sports are allowed in the Special Olympics. The future ahead looks bright for Thimm. If you’ve watched the video above, you know that Luca is putting up lifts anyone could be proud of.

The next time you are struggling to start a workout, think about what Luca would tell you to do. Our bodies are capable of amazing things. Being able to watch the joy on Luca’s face after he lifts has helped to give me a new perspective on lifting.  If you think about it, most of us go to the gym because we have to. We have to finish that last rep or set. However, I love Luca’s point of view of looking at weightlifting as something you have the privilege of doing. If you treat something like a chore, it will feel like a chore.

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Can a Hula Hoop Have you in Better Shape?

It is likely that you have probably tried a Hula Hoop at one point in your life. This invention started out as a toy. However, it now seems that others are finding ways to add another benefit to this activity. One of the main reasons that people are now using these hula hoops are to burn off fat. I remember when I first tried out one of these inventions and I loved it. However, I am someone that does not have a lot of balance of flexibility. Seriously, I am not someone that you never want to see dancing around as it is not a pretty sight. It seems that now there are many people who are started to take classes themed around a hula hoop. There is a company that is now creating these classes known as Power Hoopz.

I love the fact that people are realizing that there ways to use a hula hoop for both fun and to help get in better shape. When someone completes exercises designed to lose fat, it won’t reduce it form only one spot. However, the continued effort of completing something like, let’s say a Power Hoopz class, will greatly help to lose more overall weight. There are increased innovations that add variety to the hula hoop that you likely grew up on. Those looking for an extra challenge could enjoy the weighted hula hoops that are currently being created. The addition of weight to a hula hoop can help to create more of a challenging exercise session. As with just about any form of exercise, you can build up quite the endurance level. Completing the same exercise over and over may often make it feel like said exercise is getting too easy. Weightlifters often experience lack of a workout which is why they have to add more weights over time. One thing that I really enjoy about a hula hoop themed exercise class is that you don’t need a lot of equipment. However, with as wide around as these hoops are, I can certainly see a bigger room needing to be in place.

There are a seemingly endless amount of hoops to choose from which is perfect for those wanting an extra degree of customization. I prefer the simple black hoop but I have certainly seen some wild designs. I try not to use any design that is too distracting and could cause headaches for those around me. There are these hula hoop fitness courses being implemented all over the world. However, Power Hoopz is an exclusive brand. If you want the cool items that they have for sale, you will have to go through one of their official websites. I really like how the Power Hoopz company has taken an invention that was on its way out and transformed it. If people are losing weight thanks to the help of a hula hoop than I am all for it. A big key factor in if someone will stick with exercise is if it is fun. We all know that exercise isn’t going to be the greatest feeling in the world. However, innovation like Power Hoopz has helped to ensure that exercising can be fun again. If you want to learn more about Power Hoopz, I know that I have also seen them regularly featured on the Home Shopping Network.

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Phony Radio Advertisement Shuts Down Supplement Company

It seems that companies will try just about anything these days. One supplement company is in hot water after they created deceptive marketing tactics. The makers of CogniPrin and FlexiPrin had come up with some very odd tactics to convince the public. This company had created a long radio advertisement that was disguised as a news report. The first problem was that this advertisement was a whopping thirty minutes long. Having a commercial that runs for thirty minutes is a very deceptive tactic to use. Also, there were medical experts that were used for these advertisements. However, the problem with the experts used by these companies was that they weren’t experts at all. I couldn’t believe that lengths that one company would go to in order to sell a product. I wonder which stations even allowed such a long commercial to be aired!

This case is part of a recent trend I’ve noticed of supplement advertisements appearing as news shows. You’ve likely flipped through the channels late at night and seen similar advertisements. Certain companies try very well to ensure that their ads are thought of as something else. You will see news anchors and an overall set that appears to be legit. I believe that the goal of these programs is to confuse viewers into thinking they are not watching an ad. If you think that what has been done so far is bad, you’ve not heard anything yet. The other problem that landed these supplements in hot water was flat out false claims. In these commercials, there were specific facts about the benefits of CogniPrin and FlexiPrin.

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As it turns out, the claims made by these companies didn’t turn out to be true, if you can believe that. Let’s see, this company made their commercials into fake news shows, they used fake experts, and their claims were complete lies! Wow, I am very glad that this company got the rug pulled out from under them. There could have been people that really could have ended up hurt from using bad supplements. One of the most shocking facts about this whole baffling incident was that CogniPrin was a supplement targeted to those with poor brain function. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that these people were most likely targeting the elderly. Perhaps this case will start to bring about the end of those cheesy fake news advertisements. I don’t think that anyone believes they aren’t watching a thirty minute commercials.

Maybe if those companies stepped up their production budget, most of them could become more convincing. If anyone has cable or satellite, you’ll find the titles on the guides for these advertisements can be hilarious. If it wasn’t bad enough that some companies are trying to be like news shows, it get worse. Apparently, someone told these companies about catchy titles. Now, all I see are paid programming titles that are made to look like those of other shows. For example, a recent show I saw was titled King of Greens, surely made to try and fool fans of the television King of Queens! I think that the creators of supplements will be looking at the way they market their products a bit differently from now on. Have you seen advertisements that are made to look like another kind of television program? Let us know about them on our social media pages!

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Amazon Elements Coming to a Home Near You

Considering that there are so many companies getting into the world of nutritional supplements, it seems like hardly anything surprises me anymore. However, seeing that such a giant brand like Amazon creating supplements has made me very happy. First, I like being able to have more information about the supplement that I am trying with the handy QR code scanning capabilities of the Elements line. In an unprecedented move, Amazon actually encourages the customer to find out more about where the supplement they ordered came form. Early reports suggest that this code will actually give you a printout regarding the ingredients in the product you bought so that you can know more about how your product was made.

Currently, you aren’t going to find the widest range of products in the world but give it time. The Elements line is still newer and I am sure that it will feature a ton of cool products to it very shortly. As of right now, there are currently four different vitamin products in the Element line, including: Turmeric Root, Calcium Complex, and Vitamins K and D.

If you visit the product listing page for any of the products in the Element line, you will be treated to more detailed information that is very scientific. For someone like me, whose life revolves around trying new supplements, Amazon’s desire to be transparent truly shows. We are seeing that the Element product line doesn’t want to leave anything from the customer, a decision that I’m sure will pay off in a big way. Right now, there are only four vitamins in this product line but I think that we will see more Elements supplements get added as time goes on.

Of course, these supplements are still in the early stages but the reviews seem to be largely positive. Since Amazon is a platformbalanced where customers can leave reviews of what they have tried, we should all be seeing a clear picture of how the world feels Amazon has done in the supplement world. However, if the early reviews are any indication of overall satisfaction, it looks like this mega brand has got another winner on their hands. I think that the labels for the Elements line look really great. The black label with white text really makes these products look professional, like they could compete with other brands right away.

Another important concern for anyone is going to be cost of these supplements. One school of thought could be that Amazon would want to have their prices low, since they are new supplement makers on the block. Another argument could be made that we could see higher prices, considering the quality of the manufacturer. However, I’m happy to say that the Amazon Elements supplements are really well-priced.

Overall, I am so excited to see the Amazon Elements line finally being released. I had heard that this company was going to create their own line of products, I just wasn’t sure when that would be. Now, it looks like some of these products are only available to get by invitation but I am sure that we will see that change very soon. I eagerly await the expansion of Amazon Elements to possibly include a protein powder or preworkout product. I suppose that we will have to wait and see when new innovations come our way.

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VR Technology Mixing with Cardio

The great part about birthday parties was always going to the arcade, as far as my friends were concerned. Living in a rural area, we had two or three arcades that we would frequent, until they started closing down. I love being able to play video games at home, with one of my consoles, but I hate what has happened to the state of the arcade, currently. I mean, if you can find an arcade in America that is still existing, take a look inside. If you can walk into the arcade that you’ve found and not see a bunch of empty space or more than 5 machines, consider yourself lucky. I had often wished that some company would do what they could to repair the decaying state of the arcade in America and I may have gotten my wish answered, if the VirZOOM has anything to say about the matter. We’ve heard about how virtual technology is adding new elements of realness, immersing us in virtual worlds with no outside interference.

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I remember seeing the old E3 footage, when it was promised that virtual reality technology was going to foster in some amazing changes to how we live. Now, one of those changes is actually coming to the way that we exercise, truly making working out more fun. I know that nearly every new form of exercise is always touted as being fun but we are talking about video games here, I don’t think there is much that can compete with that, in terms of actual fun. The VirZOOM technology is taking what you would see from something like an Oculus Rift and mixing it with a stationary exercise bicycle. Currently, there are three different games that you can play, each one adding a new level of fun to biking in one spot. What I also like is that the headgear that you wear, while using the VirZOOM, isn’t clunky, it’s just a cool looking pair of glasses. The first game that I saw was somewhat traditional, having you race your bicycle in a virtual environment, against any other racer sitting next to you. The idea of biking along a virtual path might not excite those who have used the virtual world technology before but you likely haven’t tried it with the full immersion experience.

For the second game, this is where things went to a true game world, free from the realities of life, where you were on a giant horse, flying through the air to collect little orbs. I don’t know how they do it but, while playing the horse VirZOOM experience, I really felt like I was flying in the air! Unfortunately, I did not have time to play the third game, as I was only allowed a brief amount of time to test out the machine, the line was starting to really get backed up behind me. From what I saw, there were tons of people trying to test out the VirZOOM, making me feel like it is a great sign of things to come for how we exercise in this new era. Although they are only in a handful of states, expect to see these awesome virtual reality bicycles coming to a gym near you, in the future. I can’t wait until the day where there are actual tournaments that occur with the VirZOOM, now that would be an awesome competition to watch.

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The Many Benefits of Taking Folic Acid

Often looked past as an ingredient that most of us don’t think twice about, folic acid is vital for others. What can this special type of acid do for you and why is it so important for us to have? I plan on answering all of your questions and, hopefully, teaching you a thing or two that you might not have known about this ingredient! Looking closer to find the answers, we need look no further than our blood. A subject known to make me squeamish at times, having our blood in a good condition is crucial for staying on the good side of your health. One type of people that will benefit greatly from having folic acid in their system would be those who suffer from anemia, a disease that can cause all sorts of problems. You don’t have to be dealing with a disease to get the relief that you need from folic acid, as a matter of fact, you could use this to prevent further medical issues from developing, like cancer. The subtleties of cancer are those that have not yet been fully found by science, although we seem to be getting very close. Until the day that we can knock out this horrible disease, folic acid is a safe way to help reduce the chances of cancer forming.

It is always a good thing to check with your doctor, if never using folic acid in the past, as this will give you an educated opinion about this matter. Sometimes, there are side effects that can experienced with folic acid side effects, some of the most common include: changes in mood, dizziness, and lack of eating. Should you notice that the side effects are too much for you too handle, look into an alternative to folic acid, which is something that can be easier on you. Many hear the word acid and assume that the folic kind is going to be dangerous, which isn’t true, so long as you are not susceptible to side effects. If it makes you feel better, you can always say that folic acid is a B vitamin. Another awesome perk of using folic acid is that by using capsules, it will absorb faster than if you were to get this ingredient strictly from food.

With so much of the benefits having to do with blood, we can’t stop there with how well folic acid helps your body. Folic acid is known to help boost your cognitive properties, as it has been shown as a great supplement for increasing brain activity. We have all been in those meetings where we are asked a questions and we blank out. As I get older, I sadly find that those gray moments where I can’t recall show up more now, than they did in the last ten years. As we often dread when Spring rolls around, it becomes time to start doing some cleaning. Think of using folic acid regularly as that same kind of cleaning but this time it is for your organs. I don’t know how you feel, but I would much rather be worried about making sure my internal system is clean before I go worrying about some towels on the floor. I love using folic acid, it tends to help me become more leveled out. Life can get to all of us, if you find that you are having some symptoms that are mental, physical, or both, you could be in desperate need of folic acid.

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Mark Wahlberg Helps Launch New Supplement Line

We have seen quite a few changes come to the supplements that we know and love. One change that many have rallied behind is more clarity from supplement manufacturers. After all, we are the ones who are trusting them with, basically, our lives, so we should have transparency, right? Mark Wahlberg, a big name in both the world of movies and staying healthy agrees, helping to create a new line of workout supplementation, known as Performance Inspired. You may remember Mark Wahlberg from his days as Marky Mark, or perhaps, you have seen him in the tons of movies that he has been in. It’s likely that Wahlberg has been on your television, for one reason or another, many times.

Now, Mark is bringing his star power to a line of supplements made with a better purpose in mind, making sure you aren’t getting mystery products. If you recall, there was a huge backlash for all supplements, when it was being released that we might not be getting the ingredients that we thought we were, a big scare for everyone. We have seen certain manufacturers abide to the will of the people, who only want to know what they are consuming. Performance Inspired doesn’t want to worry or have to guess what is in your supplement, they are all about being all-natural. From the line of supplements from Performance Inspired, there have built up a nice little line of products, which I will get to in a minute!

I love that a company isn’t dodging the issue of clarity in our supplements, they are actually calling it out and saying that they will never do that, bravo! As I have stated, the company is still in somewhat of a new stage, they do have products that are available but there are also some cool surprises coming up soon, including a mass gaining product, a post-workout supplement that is made with branch chained amino acids, as well as a creatine that looks delicious. Mark Wahlberg is likely to have an awesome 2017 and setting his name by a company that are making supplements with the customer in mind, could have this man celebrating his best year yet. I can’t wait to try Performance Inspired for myself, after reading up on it, it looks to be a big move forward for the supplement world.

Before I forget, I did to want to give special mention to the Performance Inspired supplements that are out right now. First, there is the Inspired Bar, which is their form a protein bar, made from all-natural ingredients without all of the filler certain companies have been known to add in their products. I do love the clear labeling that is on each supplement in the Performance Inspired line. Even on their website, this company does not try to hide anything or pull any punches, they are proud of what they have created and want you to know all about it. Last but not least, there are two types of protein powders, one made for weight loss and the other for bulking up. If you are looking for new supplements, feeling like your old stand by isn’t cutting the mustard anymore, I can sympathize with that concern. Performance Inspired wants to make you a better weightlifter and their supplements are some of the best ways to accomplish that very goal.

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Does Protein Before Bedtime Really Matter?

I’ve heard many times that you should always try to get an extra bit of protein before you go to sleep. The science behind this theory suggests that since you are not eating while you are asleep, having calories that come from a nice protein shake will avoid any time that you could lose muscle. I had always thought that the thought of a big protein drink before bed was nothing more than broscience at it’s worst. It looks like this could be a time where I have to admit that I was wrong, as new findings are showing many benefits associated with protein consumption before bed.

Especially when it comes to strength training, the findings show that having protein before you go to sleep actually helps it to be delivered in a better way. It stands to reason that I have likely missed out on years of potential gains, as I was never into having a meal before I went to sleep. I don’t like going to bed hungry but trying to consume a lot of calories, before I lay my head on the pillow, will usually have me tossing and turning for a good portion of the night. I have no idea why my stomach disagrees with the times that I want to have my meals but it looks like that is another hurdle that I will just have to get over. As for the choice of protein you should want to consume, there is more than one option. Many prefer having a nice casein protein to use before they go to sleep, as this kind has been shown to be more of a slower-releasing protein, suitable for keeping you anabolic all night. Of course, we have the standard whey protein that people have been using for years. If you don’t to spend any extra on a casein protein, a whey option would be perfectly fine to use.

time for proteinThe only real difference between whey and casein will be how they are released, with the whey releasing all at once into the body, which isn’t the worst thing in the world. If you are wanting an option that is suitable for vegans, they are being included in the spread of becoming more fitness minded, there are many vegan proteins available. Whether it be from peas, soy, or another source, any vegan in the world should not be at a loss for where to get protein that is made for their food beliefs. There is certainly nothing the matter with choosing to have your protein of choice in the middle of the day, or even first thing in the morning! Just because there are no additional benefits, other than the obvious, from consuming protein at night, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have some kind of protein throughout the day, as before bedtime is only a small part of the day. To everyone who has been drinking those shakes before sleepy time, I have to congratulate you! It appears as if I well be needing to make some adjustments, as I am for sure going to be having a big glass of protein every night. I will have to make sure that I don’t end up brushing my teeth before the protein shake, as I remember how nasty those drinks are while you are trying to get rid of a cool mint taste from your toothpaste, gross!

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A New Challenge to Conquer: the Stepmill

A staple of gyms all across the world, the treadmill has been keeping us lean for ages. It seems that the attitude of getting to watch a television show while you walk in place is starting to die out, as some have favored a new challenger to the table and that would be the stepmill and it is not for the weak. When you see a stepmill in person, you can already see how it is going to be a different and tougher experience. With a set of two or three stairs that are always moving forward, like an escalator, the user can’t just stand there, otherwise they will trip over themselves. Social media is already starting to get behind the stepmill, with the most avid fitness enthusiasts bragging about how they had completed a workout on the stepmill.

When you have an invention that is so grueling that people are bragging about completing a single workout on it, you know you’ve got yourself a winner. The steps on this machine will stay at the same height, you don’t have to look down, which keeps you at a steady pace. Speaking of pace, a workout performed with using the stepmill will allow you less actual exercise time, since you have a wider range of motion, when compared to a treadmill. If you have an aversion to stairs and are always using the company elevator, the stepmill could be a way for you to get more used to using real stairs. There have been stair machines that have been used, primarily in the 80’s, but those machines were not as well-received as what we are seeing now.

I contribute the need of more being done quicker, as to why we have seen stepmills become must-haves for any fitness center. Due to having an irritational fear of elevators, I’m always looking for stars, whenever I can find them. If I do find myself in a skyscraper and I’m looking at taking ten plus flights of stairs, I have to put my elevator fear aside! When using a stepmill machine, as you can guess, your legs will have the most to gain from this activity. As far as I am concerned, what made the stepmill a machine that more of us have grown accustomed to all comes down to the design. In the past, the stair options we used to have would have two bulky and awkward looking pedals. Since the older machines weren’t built like actual stairs, it did require a great deal of balance just to stay on those old school stair machines. I can still remember the embarrassment that I felt as I was taking my pedals too fast and I ended up losing my balance.

Thankfully, I was able to grab onto the handles of the stair machine and only managed to leave me with a couple of scrapes and bruises. If you do decide to take the stepmill challenge, be prepared that is really is unlike any other workout that you have done. Set a speed that is suitable for you, pave yourself, and stay within your physical limits and you will have a set of legs that will be turning heads. You shouldn’t have much trouble finding stepmill where you live, they are taking off in sales and are popping up in new gyms almost every week. With the people behind this new and faster way of toning up, it’s likely that we won’t be seeing the stepmill go anywhere any time soon.

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Is the Batman Workout Worth Doing?

Call me a bit late to the party but I was able to finally catch the new Batman film late last night. I’ll save my review of the film for someone who is qualified to do so. If you are on the fence about seeing this film, after hearing the largely mixed reviews, I still suggest giving it a watch. I’m not saying that you should go out and spend upward of twenty dollars to own it but give it a look, it was pretty good. Now, one scene that stuck out to me, as I’m sure it did with many other lifters out there, was Bruce Wayne’s intense workout scene. After I had watched what had seemed to be a training scene, like ones we always see in action movies, it took a few minutes for what I just saw to really set in. As far as I recall, the last time that we were treated to seeing how Batman really trains was a glimpse of some push ups in Batman Begins.

Call me someone who likes to nitpick, I never really bought the idea that Batman, protector of an entire city and a name that strikes fear into every evil doer gets his training in by doing push ups? Call me crazy but I would think that the Dark Knight who has a drive and budget unlike anything most of us will ever see, would simply be content with busting out one hundred push ups every morning. On a funny sidenote, one of my old friends who was obsessed with all things Batman, was inspired by hearing about the push up scene. I think that my friend might have had some serious disillusions that he was Batman, he took to the new push up routine like a fish takes to water.

After a few weeks, I think his drive had finally tapered off but it was amusing to see him so determined to become a superhero. In the newer Batman movie, with Ben Affleck at the helm, we see a very different workout routine, one that is far more closer to what you would imagine Batman actually performing. In the scenes, Bruce Wayne begins taking a sledgehammer to a tire, which could look out of place to many of us. I have been to a hardware store recently and I can safely say that picking up a sledgehammer is quite heavy. If you have ever had to swing a sledgehammer, you’ll know that it isn’t to do more than once or twice. When you are able to actively swing a sledgehammer onto a safe surface, like a tire, you have an environment created where you can swing a heavy hammer without chipping away at your nice floor. Next, we watch as Bruce Wayne is doing pull ups, with a twist on the old classic, he has a weighted belt wrapped around him. If you remember taking any gym classes, you’ll know how difficult doing a pull up can be, when you are adding extra weight, in addition to that of your body, you can see why this would be a hard exercise to really complete. Again, the viewer is seeing another exercise that is far better suited to the protector of Gotham than daily push ups. I will always love the Nolan Batman trilogy, which are still far and away the best superhero movies around, just something I thought I would point out.