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Post 44: Day 1: Meditation Challenge

Day 1 went smooth enough. 5 minutes of meditation. My plan here is to ease into this. Five minutes did not seem long enough to really settle in so I am going for ten minutes today. I did seem to emerge from this a little better focused and maybe a little energized. We will see what happens today.

My method is pretty simple. I read this on the web years ago and it has always stuck with me. You sit in a comfortable position and try to count from 100 to zero. This is much harder than it sounds. In fact, you should try it. The idea is to anchor and focus your attention on one thing. The analogy that meditators use has to do  with elephants. When Indians use elephants in a parade, they always have them hold something in their trunk. This prevents them from stealing food as they walk down the parade route.

So the countdown is my way of focusing. When I did this consistently, I actually did get to zero a few times. The basic rule is simply this: if you mess up and forget where you are in the countdown you have to start over.
if you do get to zero, you just hang out there for a while.

 Remember, I am just a knucklehead trainer not a guru. I am open to comments and recommendations

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 43: New Videos On My Website

Do you know what the hardest part of personal training is? Nope, not getting up at 4:30. Nope, not working until 7 pm. Finding time to workout? Nope. Give up?

Making videos. Man this stinks. I have been reading that it would be wise to have videos up on my website, M Factor Fitness. It does make sense. Having video helps the potential client get a feel for my personality and how I train. An easy way for someone to get to know me.

Theoretically until you have to actually shoot the video. Then it gets ugly because I am not a natural actor. In fact, there really are two things I don’t like doing.
1. Being in front of a camera for pictures.
2. Being in front of a camera for videos.

So I could mess with the videos for the rest of my time here on earth and I would never be happy with them. I decided that I might as well throw something up there just to have it. Is it good? I hope so. The idea is pretty simple. I just want to spend a few minutes on each page of the website to introduce the page and give you some information about my training.

If possible, I would like some feedback on what you think. Because, let’s be honest, I am going to probably
need to redo it. I am hoping that the more I do this, the more comfortable I become. Kind of like when you see actors in their first movie and now.

If anyone else has some funny stories, let me know because I am filled with trepidation with these videos. Now be nice. No need to make fun of me, let’s keep this constructive.

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 42: Healthy Breakfast Ideas

This is an article from Shar Ray of Dahn Yoga. I love it when other fitness professionals ask to guest blog. Blogs ought to be an exchange of ideas and viewpoints, especially fitness sites. There are so many ways to go about getting in shape, I like hearing other opinions. So feel free to submit articles but make sure they are good. Please make sure they are good and not just blatant advertising. Submit a crappy thinly veiled infomercial and I will make a sour face and hit the delete button. Put some thought and creativity into it and see it posted on the mighty M Factor Fitness blog site.

I have always been interested in Yoga and meditation. My post-workout stretching routine is basically 5 minutes of yoga.it is nice to see that they feel the same way I do about breakfast. 
1. Eat breakfast.
2. Eat a balance of proteins, carbs and fats.
3. Feel good.


So for any of you that think it is ok to skip breakfast, it isn’t. Don’t do it.


Thanks to Shar for the article.

An energizing breakfast can prepare the body for the day’s activities 
Skipping breakfast is something many people do because they are too busy to squeeze proper nutrition in during the morning hours. However, it’s worth waking up a few minutes earlier in order to get a balanced meal in, as breakfast is known to promote healthy weight and give you the energy you need to have a productive day.
But there’s no need to heat up the waffle iron or make omelets for the whole family. There are plenty of quick, easy, nutritious ways to ensure that you get the most important meal of the day.
One thing you should keep in mind is that a balanced meal consists of equal parts protein, carbohydrates and fat. Those last two components may send off triggers in your head, as they’re often villainized as being the causes of excess body fat. However, your body needs fats and carbs in order to function, just be sure to choose healthy sources of these nutrients.
For example, whole grains are packed with fiber and vitamins, making them a great source of carbohydrates. The same goes for fruit, which some don’t often think of as containing carbohydrates – but they do! Vegetables like potatoes, yams and steamed broccoli are also healthy sources of energy.
As for fats, think about nuts, eggs, olive oil and fish, all of which have been shown to be good for the heart, not to mention loaded with vitamins and other nutrients.
Considering this simple rule of nutritional balance, it should be easy to come up with quick breakfast solutions. Below is a list of meals that can be eaten at home, on-the-go or at the office.
• One slice of whole wheat toast with nut butter; one apple
• One hard-boiled egg; one small orange; whole wheat English muffin
• A cup of equal parts nuts and dried fruit; one glass of milk
• One cup of yogurt; one slice of whole wheat toast with peanut butter
• An egg cooked in olive oil on one slice of whole wheat toast
• Slice of smoked salmon on a bagel with reduced fat cream cheese
• Scrambled eggs with one cup of steamed broccoli
You and your family may even have fun coming up with new and exciting breakfast ideas!
DahnYoga is one of the largest yoga and tai chi companies in the world with its own unique style and brand of yoga.  DahnYoga is rooted in the rich history of an ancient Asian mind-body practice, Sun Do, and in the wisdom of the Chun Bu Kyung.

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 41: An Interesting Meditation Article

Many people think of M Factor Fitness as a personal training website, which it is but I would like it to be more than that.  When I think of fitness there are many terms that come to mind, energy, size, strength, low body fat etc… But some terms that also come to mind such as confidence, sense of calm and  peace of mind kind of get lost in the shuffle. That is a shame because that is also a benefit of a fit body. Sometimes…..
 That is where a discipline such as meditation, Tai Chi and yoga come into play. Even I, your fearless leader, have to admit that I am not at peace with the world and this would be a nice thing to have. It seems that I have to fight for my own training time, let alone have time to sit and basically try and do nothing. So sitting around tends to lose every time.
But this is the point. By sitting still and having the reflective time you are better able to get in everything else in line. Wouldn’t you like a little more peace of mind? 
Now this is easier said than done. As I write this, I am frantically thinking about how I am going to get everything in. I need to start meditating, that is all there is to it. You should join me! After all, this is an interactive blog. It has been so long since I have meditated, I am not sure what it feels like. I think they would probably say that is feels like nothing but since I am doing nothing now, it should feel different….shouldn’t it?
Check out the article below. It is from Dahn Yoga and it presents a challenge. Can you feel all three signs that you are meditating? I know they would probably say that is is not a challenge but a journey. I hear you but I would love to be able to sit and meditate without feeling antsy, falling asleep or just distracted. It is time to claim my piece of the universe.
 I make this promise to you, I will try and meditate every day and as soon as I feel any of these signs I will let you know. I hope five minutes a day is enough for this. I should ask Shar about this. My hope is that five minutes is enough to at least get some feeling of inner peace. We will see. Who is in on this? Don’t be a weeny, you need this!
Send me a comment if you want to try this and I will make a list of people and we can figure this out.
Are You Meditating Now?
January 2nd, 2012
Three easy ways to know if you have reached a state of meditation

According to scientific research, the benefits of meditation are so numerous that it is actually difficult to list them all. For starters, though, meditation stabilizes brain waves into alpha waves, reduces oxygen consumption by 16 to 17 percent less than normal, improves blood circulation, and decreases stress levels.

However, for Dahn Yoga practitioners, it is not even necessary to measure results in the laboratory because those who focus and follow instruction well in their classes will experience immediate physiological responses.

How do you determine, then, if you have reached a state of meditation? In fact, there are three responses that indicate this state of mind, and they are easily determined during or right after your Dahn Yoga class.

Firstly, sweet saliva pools in your mouth. This phenomenon occurs when you are relaxed and the water energy in your spinal cord and brain flows smoothly.
Conversely, anyone with nervous tension can probably remember having a dry mouth. This means that your mind was not able to maintain a meditative state and that water energy doesn’t flow well in your body and brain. In fact, the incredible taste of the tea after class is due to the sweet saliva in your mouth produced by the Dahn Yoga exercise!

Secondly, your head becomes cool and your lower belly becomes warm. This is the effect of Water Up Fire Down, a phenomenon in which water energy from the kidneys circulates upward to the head and fire energy from your head and chest flows downward. This same phenomenon also brings warmth to your hands and feet.

Thirdly, a smile spreads across your face. This means that idle and negative thoughts and emotions have decreased and you’ve reached a positive state of awareness. This is reflected in your smile after Dahn Yoga classes—a smile that is purely natural and authentic because it bursts automatically from your heart without thought or judgment.

If you have experienced these conditions after a Dahn Yoga class, it means that you did indeed enter a meditative state. These three ways of checking the state of your mind and condition will be a helpful reminder for you to bring focus and energy back to your body, your dahnjon, and your smile!

— Lynn Moon

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 40: Fast Friday Workout

I am right in the middle of two appointments so forgive me if this is quick and to the point. This is a great workout if you have about 20 minutes and need to hit the entire body. Do this as a circuit and only rest after one round is complete.

 As always, do as many reps as you can. Push hard and keep your heart rate up. If you don’t have some of the equipment listed, get creative and substitute. If you can do it for a pizza, you can certainly do it for a workout. ( it is Friday after all ).

Equipment :
 Bench
 Light Dumbbells for flyes
 Pull Down machine or chinning bar.
 Heavy dumbbells for rows.

Exercises: Do in order and don’t take too much time going from exercise to exercise.

1. 25 Alternating lunges
2. 25 fast squats.
3. 25 Ab circles
4. 25 Leg Raises
5. Flyes on a bench- as many as you can.
6. Close grip bench press using the same dumbbells. As many as you can.
7. Push-ups – as many as you can.
8. Pull-downs or chin-ups- as many as you can.
9. One arm rows- at least 25 each side.

Take a short rest and repeat. for 3-5 rounds or for as much time as you have.

if you are feeling good, time each round and try and beat the previous time.

There you have it. Try it and let me know what you think.

Have a great weekend!

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 39: Best Exercises To Torch Calories

The M Factor Fitness motto is ” Serious Training….Serious Results”, which sounds really cool but a lot of people have no idea what this means. So I wanted to take a few minutes and explain what hard training is in terms of burning calories. The harder the exercise, the more calories you burn. Pretty simple concept. If your nutrition and sleeping habits are good, then it stands to reason that choosing higher intensity exercises will give you faster results.

So what exercise to choose? Here is a list of exercises and calories burned in an hour. This is important because a number of these activities most people can’t do for an hour. I can’t jump rope for an hour. So look at the exercise and honestly consider how long you could do it for. This info is taken form the Mayo Clinic website, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/SM00109.

Hey Mike, what about an hour of training with you? How many calories will I burn? What an intelligent question! We have actually measured this. I have a client who is a female, mid 30’s and about 150 pounds. She will burn between 550-650 calories per hour. Someone heavier will burn more calories.

One thing to consider in comparing which exercises you should do is look at the benefits outside of burning calories. Working out for an hour with me hits cardio, strength training and shaping, core stability, flexibility and burns a bunch of calories. This is not the training you see at the gym. we don’t do a set then make a phone call or wander over to a water fountain. This is an hour of solid training.

For example, running really isn’t going to do anything for muscle toning or core strength. If anything, it is an exercise that breaks down the body more than build it up. So please use running as means of building up cardio and burning calories, not toning or strengthening.

Bowling??? Well other than giving you a reason to make Big Lebowski references, I really can count it as exercise.

 I have actually seen charts that tell you how many calories you burn while washing your dog! No, I am serious.

p.s. If you go around counting how many calories you burn sleeping, brushing your teeth, washing your dog, checking your email, you have way too much time on your hands.

Activity (1-hour duration) Weight of person and calories burned
  160 pounds (73 kilograms) 200 pounds (91 kilograms) 240 pounds (109 kilograms)
Aerobics, high impact 533 664 796
Aerobics, low impact 365 455 545
Aerobics, water 402 501 600
Backpacking 511 637 763
Basketball game 584 728 872
Bicycling, < 10 mph, leisure 292 364 436
Bowling 219 273 327
Canoeing 256 319 382
Dancing, ballroom 219 273 327
Football, touch or flag 584 728 872
Golfing, carrying clubs 314 391 469
Hiking 438 546 654
Ice skating 511 637 763
Racquetball 511 637 763
Resistance (weight) training 365 455 545
Rollerblading 548 683 818
Rope jumping 861 1,074 1,286
Rowing, stationary 438 546 654
Running, 5 mph 606 755 905
Running, 8 mph 861 1,074 1,286
Skiing, cross-country 496 619 741
Skiing, downhill 314 391 469
Skiing, water 438 546 654
Softball or baseball 365 455 545
Stair treadmill 657 819 981
Swimming, laps 423 528 632
Tae kwon do 752 937 1,123
Tai chi 219 273 327
Tennis, singles 584 728 872
Volleyball 292 364 436
Walking, 2 mph 204 255 305
Walking, 3.5 mph 314 391 469

Adapted from: Ainsworth BE, et al. 2011 compendium of physical activities: A second update of codes and MET values. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2011;43:1575.

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High Intensity Exercise for Fast Results

Is High Intensity Training for Everybody?

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High intensity training has been a common buzzword around the fitness world.

What the heck is it?

Do you need to do it?

How do you do it?

High Intensity training is like killing 2 birds with one stone. (Do people still use that phrase? Seems kind of cruel but as long as you know what I mean, let’s go with it.)
Get your strength training and cardio done at the same time. Actually in less time than it might take to do a traditional workout. Not bad.
So less can be more when it comes to exercising and getting the results you want.  Of course the less involves cranking up the intensity which most people are simply not used to. Or don’t want to. So let me put this into perspective for you. Some of my clients are in their late 60’s and they haven’t had any problems doing high intensity circuits. The key is not to overdue it.

So what is high intensity training?

 If you want to increase your intensity, then we need to figure out what “intensity” is.
Look at it this way.
  • You can increase intensity by doing more work in the same time.

  • You can increase your intensity by doing the same work in less time.

  • You can really increase your intensity levels by doing more work in less time. That is the holy grail of training.

 

Circuits and Intervals explained.

The best way to explain this is to look at a basic workout.

Basic Workout

You can do this workout 3 basic ways.

Straight Sets

This is the way most people workout. Do a set, take a break. Do a set take a break….. This works extremely well for strength building but you miss the cardio aspect. If you are trying to get back in shape you need both. So take a look at circuits and intervals.

Circuits

A circuit is a series of exercises you do right after each other with a minimal break. Later in this article I am going to show you how to use an interval timer to regulate this.
 As an example, you could set your interval timer to give you 45 seconds of work time and 15 seconds of rest time. Hit the timer and do as many reps as you can in the ball squat for 45 seconds. Take your 15 second break then do as many bridges as you can in 45 seconds. 15 second break, then as many reps with the leg curl as you can.
Get the idea? No breaks until you finish your tricep kickbacks. Take your break and do this 2 more times.

Intervals

Intervals are harder and use the same hiit timer as you would for circuits. The difference is that you stay with 1 exercise for the prescribed number of sets.
Using the above example, you would start the timer and do as many reps as you can for 45 seconds of Ball Squats. rest 15 seconds, the do a second set of Ball Squats. rest 15 seconds and do a last set.

 High Intensity Training Timers

A HIIT or High Intensity Interval Timer is a must. The great thing is you can download one for free on your smartphone or tablet.

Here is video where to download one and how to set it up.

 

This is why In Home Personal Training, Boot camps and Cross Fit training are so effective. The advantage I have in working with clients on a one on one basis is that I have time to look at your form and monitor your exertion level. This is critical to prevent injuries and keep from doing too much.
How is this different from CrossFit?
It is very similar but there are some crucial differences.
  • You want to go fast on circuits and intervals. Whereas Crossfit will have you doing complex movements for high reps, I keep my movements simple.
And this is for good reason. As you get tired, your form is going to break down. The more complex the exercise, the greater risk of injury.
  • I am always watching your form. When your form breaks down, I stop the clock. There is a difference between training and competing. People in Crossfit, Orange Theory and classes like that, sometimes lose sight of this. They think they are competing everyday. You can’t compete everyday. The body won’t take it. You train to compete.

Pushing yourself to the point of getting injured during training is just stupid.

So if you keep that in mind, you should be ready to try a little high intensity training.

 

My Online Training

Now you know the secrets to converting your ordinary workout into a high intensity one, you may have an interest in my online training program. More than a collection of exercises, it is a community where you can follow programs designed by me.

 

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Post 31: A Crazy Way To Maximize Your Set

This is something I did with my clients this morning and I thought I would share it with you. When you train clients in their home you have to be creative with workouts. The is a technique that I use a lot. It is based upon the pre-exhaust technique that Joe Weider takes credit for but I believe Arnold actually was doing it before that. It also uses super sets and isotonic training. Anyhoo, these techniques are a way to fire off an insane number of muscle cells, leading to a more complete and quicker failure at the end of the set.

Is this something you want to do? Yup. Now this is not for beginners and it is certainly something you don’t want to do every time you train. But remember this, the more muscle fibers you can activate, the faster you will get in shape and the muscle will grow. So for ladies, you will get tone and strong faster and men, you will get stronger and bigger faster. M Factor students will recognize that this happens because women have more estrogen and men have more testosterone. Right? Right!

 Work these combinations into your next workout.

 Group 1: 25 side squats each side.  ( One foot on a step or bench )
               Squat and hold against a wall 30-60 seconds then squat as many reps as you can.
                Leg Curls with an exercise ball.

 Repeat 3-5 times and remember to change up your foot position each time ( normal, sumo or plie and narrow stances )

 Group 2: Dumbbell Flyes on a ball or on a bench   10 -15 reps
                Push-ups  – as many as you can on toes, then as many as you can on your knees.
                Need a little extra oomph? Add a set of dumbbell front raises after the push-up
                Need more? Add some dumb bell kickbacks after the front raises.

               3-5 rounds should cook the muscles.

Now here is what I need you to do.

  1. Try it out.
  2. Let me know what you think.

If you are in my area, I am ready to help you with your fitness goals in person. If not, let me help you over the Internet. Sign up for my free emails and E-books and I will make sure you get the body you want.

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 30: Are You a Dieter or Athlete?

 Hopefully I have you thinking about this. The actual title of this was going to be ” Are you a dieter trying to lose weight or an athlete trying to lose weight?”

And there really is a difference. A big difference. So I am going to take this blog time and try and distinguish between the two.  As part of full disclosure, I should tell you I don’t train dieters. Dieters cannot be trained. They are mere slaves to a scale and will not take my advice. Make no mistake about this, M Factor Fitness clients are athletes. They may be accountants, Doctors, housewives, moms, dads, CEO’s etc… but when they start training they are athletes.

This is why my success rate is 95% and dieters have a failure rate of 95%.

 1. Dieters are slaves to the scale. As long as that scale goes down they are happy. Athletes don’t care about the scale. They know with proper training they will reach their goals and they measure this by bodyfat analysis.

 2. Dieters don’t care how they lose weight, they just want to weigh less. Athletes need to know if they are losing fat or muscle. This is where body fat analysis comes in. If you are keeping your muscle and dropping fat, then your nutrition is perfect. Start losing muscle mass you need to eat more. Body fat goes up, eat a little less. Isn’t that easier?

 3. Dieters drive their metabolism into the ground and crawl away from the ruins. Cutting calories, especially drastically cutting calories will actually slow down your metabolism. Metabolism is the speed you burn calories. If you have a slow metabolism you are going to have a hell of a time losing weight. Athletes by working out with weights actually hype their metabolism so they burn calories during the workout. The better your metabolism the more calories you will also burn at rest. This means you can lose fat while sleeping.

 4. Dieters will reach a breaking point. Either they get tired of drinking shakes, eating bland food and missing out on the stuff they like to eat or they get sick or they don’t see the results they want. So they quit. Now with a slower metabolism, they will gain all their weight back and then some. For most people, following a diet just doesn’t work. It doesn’t fit into their lifestyle. It just isn’t realistic. Athletes, once in shape, can eat pretty much anything they want. By training hard you learn how your body works. When you body is working efficiently you can get away with a lot. And have fun doing it if I may say so.

5. Dieters want to be smaller. Athletes want to shape their body. I have clients from 15 to 62. It is never too late to change the way you look. Lifting weights is actually the best thing for you as you get older. it keeps your bones strong, heart healthy and keeps your muscles in balance.

6. Dieters are always looking for the next best thing. High carbs, low carbs, paleo, Atkin’s they will try them all. They are mesmerized by weight loss commercials and especially infomercials. Athletes eat normally and don’t have to worry about what cavemen ate or how Kirstie Allie lost all that weight.

Finally

6. Dieters will never be happy and will get old and have aches and pains. Athletes will age slower, look better, feel better and continue to do the things they want to do far longer than their non-active counterparts.

So what are you waiting for? If you are in the south Denver suburbs I am waiting for you. If you aren’t or if money is tight, join my newsletter. I will turn you away from the evils of dieting and turn you into an athlete.

You may not like or agree with the information on this site. All I ask is that you try it and see for yourselves.

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 29: Obesity Facts the Government Doesn’t Want You To Know

 One in Three US Adults are Obese??????

The AFP is very protective of their stories. They are not very fun, are they?
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Okay,  okay, I won’t. Geez. Can I least reference the article? I am giving you a link to look at this.
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.f8db7d69218339b9285abcf6567bb20c.81&show_article=1

 
The basic gist of the article is this:
1. 1 out of 3 Americans are obese.
2. Good news is that this figure hasn’t changed in a dozen years.
3. Bad news is that this figure hasn’t changed in a dozen years.
4. Also, if you add in ” Overweight”  people the figure is closer to 2 out of 3.

This will be a study in government manipulation and just lazy thinking. As a member of the M Factor Fitness family I know you aren’t going to stand for this and neither am I. Please question authority. By calling people out and exposing the truth maybe we can make this a healthier nation.

P.S. If you are reading this, I consider you a person of high intelligence and thoughtfulness. Especially if you agree with me. (:
So please take a second and read this article and we can come back and discuss.

Critical analysis:

1. 1 out of every 3 Americans are obese.
     All you have to do is look around you to see this isn’t true. The next time you are in a crowd, take a look around. You will see some overweight people, sure. You will see a number of people that could be in better shape but 33%?

2. 2 out of 3 Americans are overweight or obese. This is even more farfetched. What can be causing this because I sure don’t see this.

So this should lead you to the question….

3. How is this being measured?
The government introduced the BMI as the official measure of fitness or fatness in 1998. Before that, they didn’t bother to measure fitness. You had height and weight charts and that was about it. Oh yeah, you had calipers that actually measured body fat. This didn’t seem to fit in with the government plans so this wasn’t considered.
The new measures are based around the BMI. Take your height and divide it by your weight ( or vice versa ) and you have an instant measure of health.

  0 to 18.5  underweight
 18.5 to 24.5  normal
 25 to 29.5  overweight
30 +            obese.

So what is wrong with that?  Isn’t this the latest and greatest measure of fitness? Not really. It was developed between 1830 and 1850 and it really doesn’t measure fitness or health. So let’s put two and two together here. The government , prodded by drug and weight loss companies ( just my opinion ) decided we had an obesity epidemic in 1998. How do you justify an epidemic? Can’t use bodyfat testing. Too cumbersome, besides it won’t give you that epidemic number you want. Why not pull something  from before the civil war. Now we are talking.

2. So let’s look at the BMI in all it’s glory.

Tim Tebow
6’3″
245 lbs
BMI  30.6    Obese

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger
6’2″
competition weight 235
BMI 30.2     OBESE

James Harrison
6’0″
245 lbs
BMI  33.2

 Alicia Sacramone
 5″1″
117 lbs
 BMI 22.1      Average

Any of these athletes look fat to you?

Lo and behold, look at the epidemic we have created! We need to get these athletes on a diet asap!
So can we agree that the BMI tables are ridiculous?

I know what some of you are thinking. ” Hey Mike, those are all athletes, most people don’t look like that”. Agreed but go to your local gym and see how many average men and women would rate high on the BMI. Since muscle is denser than fat, it weighs more but takes up less room. So it really doesn’t take a lot of muscle to push you outside your ” normal levels”.

 Okay Mike, what does this have to do with me?
 Everything. Your life and health insurance rates are based on this. By people just accepting this bogus measurement tool, we have opened ourselves up to the government stepping in to control our lives. Or if you aren’t as conspiracy minded as I am, then how about just the blatant fact that this is a bad way to measure fitness?

So if the obesity rate hasn’t changed significantly since the introduction of the BMI, can we assume that there wasn’t really an epidemic to begin with? That is up to you. I hear talk of childhood obesity being rampant. Yet when I look at kids at play in the schoolyard I certainly don’t see it. I see a couple overweight kids, a couple skinny kids and everyone else is in-between.

Are there overweight and obese people. Sure. Epidemic? I am not so sure about that. And I am a personal trainer. I am the one who whips my clients into shape but something just doesn’t seem right here.

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |