Monday, January 31, 2011

The Best Health and Fitness Quotes Ever, Part 2

And we're back, with this week's installment of excellent, powerful and very cool quotes about health and fitness (and more). You can read The Best Health and Fitness Quotes Ever, Part 1 by clicking here. Continuing the theme of Part 1, here are more quotes on the connection between health/strength/fitness and mind power, thinking ability and emotional well-being. Without further ado, here's today's batch:

“For physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body; it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. The relationship between the soundness of the body and the activities of the mind is subtle and complex. Much is not yet understood. But we do know what the Greeks knew: that intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong; that hardy spirits and tough minds usually inhabit sound bodies.” – Assassinated Former U.S. President John F. Kennedy

“Treat your body like a temple, not a woodshed. The mind and body work together. Your body needs to be a good support system for the mind and spirit. If you take good care of it, your body can take you wherever you want to go, with the power and strength and energy and vitality you will need to get there.” – the late great Jim Rohn

“Your body has to be in top condition. Your chess deteriorates as your body does. You can’t separate body from mind.” – Bobby Fischer, a grandmaster and former world chess champion

“When your body is used to training and you don’t train, you instantly recognize how awful you feel.
Funny thing is that those who don’t train feel like crud all the time – and they think that crud is their natural state. Pretty sad, huh.
Health and well-being, high energy and a calm, peaceful demeanor is your natural state.” – Matt Furey, World Champion martial artist, Bestselling Author,

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” – Edward Stanley

That's all for now folks. Another installment next week.

Good Health To You!
Jevaughn Brown

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bodybuilding Sins That Cause Back Pain and Missed Workouts Part 2

“Bodybuilding Sins” That Cause Back Pain and Missed Workouts : Part 2

(Courtesy of Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS  and Steve Hefferon, CMT)

Welcome to article number 2 in our series “Bodybuilding Sins That Cause Back Pain and Missed Workouts”. In this article we are going to talk about how bodybuilders tend to create massive muscle imbalances and what you can do to not be one of them.

If you missed the first article, you can read it by clicking on the link below:
Article #1 - Choosing The WRONG Exercises

Article #2 - Training Variations for Pain Relief and Maximum Results

Bodybuilders are a stubborn bunch... almost as bad as runners! And they tend to follow the “HERD” doing whatever exercises and routines the “pros” are doing...

Now, if your goal is to be as big as possible and you are not at all concerned with your health and fitness, don't even bother with this article... this article is for bodybuilders who ARE concerned about their health and want to be big, strong, powerful, and agile... if that's you, read on...

The reason so many bodybuilders suffer from so many different injuries is because there are several things the “pros” don't tell you...

First off, the articles that you see in all the muscle mags aren't even written by the “pros”... and the workout routines they recommend are always extreme and often not even used by the “pro” who supposedly wrote it because their main goal is to sell magazines... not give you the real deal on bodybuilding.

If you are serious about bodybuilding and want to achieve your true peak, you need to stay injury free... and that's just about impossible if you train they way most bodybuilders do.

There are several key strategies that you can use right now to not only eliminate any aches, pains and injuries you currently have, but also keep from creating more muscle imbalances in the future. For a more detailed explanation on muscle imbalances go here to The "Hidden Cause" of Back Pain article.

Strategy #1 - Target the Weaklings!

No, we don't mean the exercises you think you're weak at, or even the muscles you think are underdeveloped... what we mean is the muscles that are weak in relation to the opposing muscle group.

For example, in the first article we talked about why the Leg Extension is not a great exercise and why it's responsible for so many cases of knee, hip, and back pain... and the reason is, most people, especially bodybuilders, are already over developed and stronger in the quadriceps... and usually have a significant imbalance between the quadriceps and hamstrings.

Another reason bodybuilders tend to develop so many severe muscle imbalances is because they emphasize the front of the body more than the back... a great example of this is what we call “The T-shirt Muscle Workout” and it usually consists of dozens of sets of chest and biceps...

You know what we mean... in just one workout you do flat bench, incline, decline, pec deck, dumbbell fly, cable cross overs... and then for biceps you've got barbell curls, dumbbell curls, preacher curls, cable curls, machine curls, and the list goes on...

So instead of emphasizing the muscles that are already strong, why not really hit those weak and under worked muscles like: neck, upper back, shoulder rotators, hamstrings, glutes, hip rotators, lower abs, and shins.

These areas tend to be weak, tight, out of balance with their opposing muscles, prone to muscle strains and pulls and most importantly, these imbalances lead to major injuries and conditions like back pain, knee pain, rotator cuff tears, tendonitis and others.

All of these conditions are caused by muscle imbalances and will NOT go away unless you work towards correcting the imbalances... and the only way to know for sure which imbalances are causing your pain or injury is to do a series of physical assessments like the ones covered in our “Lose the Back Pain Videos”.

Strategy #2 - Experiment!

Here's a personal challenge for you: Replace at least 1 of your normal weekly workouts with something totally different like combat martial arts, kettle bell training, functional training, or even strongman style exercises.

For example, instead of doing your super heavy, 3 inch partial rep leg presses, try a single leg squat... and if that's easy, try adding weight! Or instead dozens of sets of shoulder presses and lateral raises, see if you can do 1 handstand push-up.

Those are just a few examples... do yourself a favor and experiment with other types of exercises. You can find hundreds of different types of training styles by taking classes, reading books, watching videos, surfing the web, hire a personal trainer, etc.

We aren't asking you to give up your traditional workouts... but just cross-train a bit so you not only work towards a balanced body but also towards a stronger, more powerful and usable strength. Again, what good is muscle if you can't use it!

Strategy #3 - Switch It Up!

Another great way to minimize the number of missed workouts due to injuries is to vary the exercises that you do for each muscle group. For example, if you always do barbell squats try rotating in other exercises like single-leg leg presses, trap-bar dead-lifts, d-bell squats, etc.


Remember, the key to eliminating injuries and preventing future ones is to identify what areas you need to target. In the next two articles we'll be discussing in detail, how to address various injuries like back, hip, knee, and shoulder pain with targeted exercises and stretches. In the meantime, be sure to read thru all of the detailed Articles here on this blog and if you have questions, please leave a comment below.

For more insights and specific what-to-do's to get rid of whatever body pain you're dealing with related to exercise and posture, check out the videos you can get here in Lose The Back Pain.

Peace, Victory and Freedom from Pain

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Best Health and Fitness Quotes Ever, Part 1

Over the weekend I got this little idea to start a series of weekly posts here of some of the best quotes of truisms and advice on health, fitness and longevity that I have ever read and recorded... So here goes. I have a pretty extensive collection so I'm just going to post a few at a time.

I'm starting off with some powerful quotes, mainly from ancient times, about the mind-body connection: Physical health and strength = MENTAL Power...

“Mens Sana In Corpore Sano.” – Latin, translated: “A Sound Mind In A Sound Body.”

“To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

“It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.” – Marcus Cicero, 106-43 BC

“If you want to strengthen your mind and Spirit, you must strengthen your body.” – Saying from the Ninja and their predecessors the Shinobi Warriors

“Take care of your body, then the rest will automatically become stronger.” – Chuang Tzu, 370-301 BC

“The human body is the best picture of the human soul.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein 

“One may go a long way after one is tired.” – French Proverb

“If you are going to win any battle, you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do... the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.” – General George S. Patton

...And my favourite:

“Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Good Health To You!
Jevaughn Brown

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P.P.S. You can read Part 2 of The Best Health and Fitness Quotes Ever here... 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

How to Eliminate Muscle and Joint Pain Fast

I don't know about you, but when I hear the laundry list of side effects that rattle on for what seems like an eternity after the commercials, I wouldn't dare take a prescription (or even over the counter for that matter) pain reliever...

The side effects are often worse than the pain you're taking it for... who wants to trade a sore back for diarrhea, headache, risk of stroke or death???

Case in point, just a few days ago the FDA has come out recommending that drugmakers limit the amount of the main ingredient acetaminophen in prescription painkillers (but it is also in over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol) in an effort to save lives. Accidental overdoses cause hundreds of deaths mainly from liver failure in the United States alone every single year...

So, I wanted to tell you about an all-natural way to eliminate pain... 

A few months back, one of my customers wrote in to ask if I had any recommendations for her...

She said her joints were so painful she could hardly exercise any more... she was gaining weight and feeling frustrated and depressed.

Aside from some stretches I told her to try, I also mentioned that she should try this all-natural pain relief product I learned about awhile back. Unlike lots of people, she actually did as I suggested and she recently emailed me and said that she hasn't felt this good since she was a teenager!

Anyway, the product is called Heal-n-Soothe and it was created by a friend of mine and fellow health and fitness expert, Jesse Cannone... and he has agreed to allow me to actually give away full, 90-count bottles to my customers... This is a real, $59 value, FREE to you... 

If you are suffering from any type of ache or pain I highly recommend you try this product.

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Not only is it super effective at reducing pain and inflammation naturally, but I myself, and many others have found that it reduces muscle soreness and allows me to recover from strenuous workouts faster than normal.

But don't wait even a second because Jesse told me he only has 1000 bottles set aside to give away for free and as you can imagine, they are going to go very fast.

Be sure to let me know by commenting below how well it works for you once you've tried it.

Peace, Victory and Freedom from Pain,

Jevaughn Brown

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