Monday, 30 March 2009

Chicken Livers

One of my favourite foods for protein is Chicken Livers. To many this is not the nicest meal available but for me Chicken livers with onion is an amazing and tasty dish that also supplies a high amount of protein. Oh and its very cheap! for 400 grams of Chicken Livers in the UK its 99 pence (about $1.50 in USD).

The nutritional facts are clear, for 100 grams of Chicken Livers your body gets

25g - Protein
5g - Fat (1.5 grams saturated)
0.1g - Carbohydrates

Chicken Livers are also very high in Iron, Thiamin, Zinc, Copper, Maganese, Vitamins A and C.

If you like eating liver then I suggest buying Chicken Liver and having it as a meal once in a while. The only downsides to Chicken Livers is that they do have a high level of Cholesterol and chicken liver is also high in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is great but in liver the levels of Vitamin A exceeds daily recommended amounts which if you do regularly can be toxic.

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Deadlift Technique Execution

Today I wanted to mention the importance of deadlift technique execution. I have seen many weightlifters lift in this exercise with such bad form.

I once trained with a partner who could not lift as much as I could, what he would try and do was lift heavier than he physically could. He did this to try and look like he was lifting closer to the weight I lift which I used to tell him he shouldn't.

What would happen is that by lifting the heavier weight he would end up with appalling form from a rounded back and no use of the legs, it worried me as I thought one day he would injure himself.

With this in mind I just want to reiterate the importance of using the correct technique in the deadlift with correct form and lower weight. Please take a moment to visit this deadlift technique execution run down to make sure you are carry out the deadlift correctly.

To visit the run down on the deadlift click here

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Muscle Fitness Test

We would all love to know how well our training is going and how our muscle fitness is responding to what we are putting them through.....well now Im posting a very simple and fun way you can test your muscle fitness at home!

Okay this is simple, firstly you need to time yourself to see how many full press ups (no knees on the floor please) you can complete in two minutes.

Next you need to time how many situps (full situps no cheating with crunches please) you can complete in two minutes.

Now combine your total together for both tests and use the results below to see you muscle fitness...

145+ - Amazing shape
120 - 145 - Very good
90 - 120 - Good
70 - 90 - Average
Below 70 - Very poor you need work

So how well did you do? Be honest and post a comment with your muscle fitness test results....if you feel abit embarrassed post them anonymously!

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Egg Nutrition and Cholesterol

Previously it was thought that Eggs were great for protein but not good for cholesterol because of the fat found in the yolk, it was for this reaon that bodybuilders ate a large amount of egg whites but did not eat the yolks.

Recent research has found that the age old healthy diet of only eating three or less eggs a week because of cholesterol is actually not correct. The studies conducted showed that eating one or two eggs a day has no detrimental affect on cholesterol levels, heart disease or anything else as the natural cholesterol found in eggs did nothing to impact the levels found in the body.

The research went on further to say that it is the Tran fats found in food products that cause all the issues in obesity and heart disease.

So this shows that you can have you eggs and eat them, including the yolk that is packed with Citrulline an amino acid that supports lactic acid metabolism and reduces muscle fatigue along with Choline which improves the performance of the whole body.

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Sorry About the Delay

Firstly I apologise for the delay in posting, its been three weeks I know but I have been back in Bulgaria for two of these three weeks with mixed results.

Firstly I was really looking forward to the training and really did some great workouts but unfortunately for a few days here and there through the two weeks an old back injury in my lower back caused me a few niggles so I couldnt train as often as I liked.

I am hoping that it should be fully clear tomorrow to go back to the gym in the UK to really get back on track with my training so I can build myself up for the summer, Im currently weighing in at 90kgs still and need to build on this.

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Scot Mendelson

Scot Mendelson was born on the 21st February 1969 making him 40 years of age. Currently residing in Valley Glen, California Scot Mendelson is a self employed personal trainer and more importantly a world famous Powerlifter.

In his youth Scot Mendelson loved sports and played Baseball and American football. When he reached his teens however things changed as he moved into the sport of wrestling where his strength and determination proved too much for his opponents.

After success in wrestling Scot started boxing before moving into bodybuilding. With his pure strength showing even more through his bodybuilding Scot decided to move into Powerlifting.

It did not take long for Scot Mendelson to establish himself in the Powerlifting world as he won the World Championship in Las Vegas in 2000, Scot followed this up by breaking the record as the first man to raw bench press over seven hundred pounds outside the US which he achieved in Capetown in 2001.

After acheiving this amazing record Scot decided breaking world records in Powerlifting is what he wanted to do. In 2005 Scot broke the raw unassisted bench press record with a might 715lb lift (325 kg).

Scot Mendelson also reached a massive 1023lb (465kg) benchpress at the WPC world championships in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in November 2008. This lift was not raw.