We are having a second contest with better prizes starting today! To be eligible to compete in the transformation contest simply read the official rules, contact us to schedule your InBody scan, and sign up. Those competing in the 2015 and 2016 contest can use their second 2015 scan as the first scan for the 2016 contest.
GoPro Hero3 vs Olympus TG-860. When it comes to getting the right video or picture during a mud run, like the Savage Race, Tough Mudder, or Warrior Dash, you have a lot of options. For less than $300, I rounded up the top two contenders. We’ll posting footage from both from our October 10, Savage Race Run, so check the blog for more sample footage.
Why Artificial Sweeteners Will Sabotage your Weight-loss
By Julia Deupree
According to a 2012 Gallup Poll 1, nearly 1/2 of Americans drink diet soda on a given day. Diet soda has long been touted as a “healthy alternative” to regular soda because the absence of real sugar decreases the a
mount of calories consumed. The diet “health craze” goes beyond just sodas – consumers are quick to buy products marketed as “Sugar Free” and Diet thinking they are healthier for their waist lines than the sugar laden competitors. But is diet really healthy? Let’s look at some facts:
Origin Nutrition Webinar and eBook. The 8 Rules and Habits you need to know for successful weight loss
How to build a healthy plate
Dairy? When to include it.
How to balance macros.
How net carbs work?
And Lots More.
October 17th, registration is free.
Chicken Curry From Scratch
(with available Shortcuts)
Chicken breast is an excellent food because it’s low in fat, and high in protein. But seared chicken can get a little repetitive. Chicken Curry to the rescue! This recipe contains no sweeteners other than coconut milk. The only added fat is a mere 2 TBL of butter per serving.
Coconut Chicken Curry is essentially Ghee, Garam Marsala, tomatoes, coconut milk, chicken stock, and aromatics. Healthy right? Not quite, your typical restaurant will pour in about a pound of butter for 6 chicken breasts. Considering most athletes might eat 1.5 pieces of chicken, that’s one stick of butter per serving! And you wonder why Indian and Thai food will make you gain weight. Truth be told, 1/4 stick of Ghee is enough, and that’s what we’ll base the following recipe on.
How bad is one stick of butter anyway? Very. It’s worth 840 calories and 58 grams of saturated fat which is about 300% over your daily recommended allowance.
Origin Nutrition Topic 41: Late Night Snacks? Good or Bad?
No Carbs after 7:00, because your metabolism slows down. Take this Article by Dirk’s health with recommends not eating late at night because your metabolism slows down.1 Notice the lack of citations to authority.
The premise behind this broscience is false. Metabolism during the REM cycle in healthy individuals is often higher than resting metabolism.2 Plus, it has been clinically demonstrated that eating carbs before going to bed helps people fall asleep.3
If you’ve been wanting to run a mud run for a long time, but have some anxiety about preparation and training, then this is your opportunity to join a team, make friends, and make it a memorable experience.
Our class, “Intro to Mud Running” will teach you how to prepare for a Mud Run as well as train you to run it. By the time the Run comes (October 10, 2015), you’ll be in prime shape to run it.
When dealing with complicated topics like nutrition and fitness, the internet can be a scary place in terms of finding accurate information. For example, I found these two recipes on two highly respected food websites.
3 ripe bananas
2 cups rolled oats
1⁄3 cup vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup apple sauce
Newsflash internet recipe makers … bananas contain 19 grams of sugar per serving. And raisins — a whopping 25grams. Cranberries? More sugar. Applesauce? Unless it’s unsweetened, it is laden with sugar.
So can you make Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies?
Yes, but to make them taste good, you need use spices instead of sweeteners. Here’s my favorite recipe:
10 Reasons Why More Vegetables Will Increase Weight Loss
One of the biggest objections I hear to eating vegetables is that they take too much time or that it’s easier to take a multi-vitamin. Multi-vitamins are great, and we actually have some very specific ones we recommend. But they are a supplement not a replacement for many reasons. Here’s ten reasons why vegetables are better than your multivitamin
Eating more vegetables almost always causes you to lose weight, but that happens for a variety of reasons.
The vitamins and minerals in vegetables makes metabolism more efficient, which in turn raises metabolic rate. Vegetables also contain flavonoids, which help improve metabolism.
The soluable fiber in most vegetables dampens the glycemic load of most carbohydrates, which reduces blood sugar spikes.
The insoluable fiber helps you remove toxins and bacteria from you GI tract helping your excretory system to be more efficient.
Vegetables have a very low calorie density, which causes them to fill you up. If you aren’t hungry, you are much less likely to make bad choices.
Vegetables (for the most part) are a safe-don’t-even-worry-about-it diet food. Being on a diet always involves counting macros and calories to some degree… but if you’re reaching for the greens, you know you don’t have to worry.
Most vegetables have a “negative calorie balance” meaning that it takes more calories to extract the nutrients than the foods have.
What’s the Best Exercise for Developing a Strong Chest?
Bench Press. That’s the answer. Yes Dips, pushups, ball pushups, flys, etc. are good too. Nothing works faster or better than bench press, but it’s also a source of frequent injury. Be deliberate and slow on increasing weight. A tear in the tendon of clavicullar head of the pectoris major is more common than you think. Be patient with raising the weight, just be cause you can lift the weight, doesn’t mean your tendons can.
I have been suffering with Muffin Top Syndrome, and recently hurt my stomach doing situps. When I saw a doctor, he diagnosed the pain as Hitatis Hernia. What can I do to get rid of the muffin top without re-injuring myself.
Making a commitment to your bodybuilding routine is crucial to seeing results, but there may be other issues stopping your body from progressing in the right direction. The trainers at Sand & Steel Fitness are the experts in bodybuilding around Old Town Alexandria and would love to give you some tips on how to continue your bodybuilding journey.
If you own a pair of parallettes, you’ve probably discovered that they are an excellent source of instability for your shoulders, and your feet if you stand on them. When you loop in a Surge (a water filled tube with handles), then you have instability in your core and shoulders as the water sloshes around. When combined, they make for a truly grueling duo.
Make sure you check out the bonus videos at the bottom. It’s a very original movement designed to provide an important progression for the pistol squat.
1 Leg Glute Bridge 8/10. The parallette offers a very stable platform to work from. The only piece of equipment that’s better is probably the medball for doing 1 leg glute bridges.
If you have had trouble getting or staying in shape because of your schedule (long hours, work stress, children, etc.) a custom written fitness & nutrition program is probably your best bet in terms of improving. This is true in terms of money & time. Similarly, if you have a compound injury (hips, ankles, shoulders, etc.) getting in shape can be challenging, and an off the shelf fitness program like P90X is just not going to work that well. Sand & Steel offer numerous ways to work within the confines of your schedule and restrictions.
Bodybuilding breakfast and lunch for rapid weight loss
Prepared by Dawn Anderson.
Some great examples of healthy and tasty food you can quickly prepare at home to build muscle and lose weight. The key is in quality of the calories– all the food shown in this video help the body get burn calories and recover from a tough workout.
21% overall benchmark improvement in 1 month! 4.3% composition improvement.
That didn’t slow down Lisa though. Lisa battled through the gauntlet of fitness exercises, and beat everyone of her previous scores. Lisa has been training at Sand & Steel for ten months, so she is hardly a new client. However, this month, Lisa dialed it in like we’ve never seen before. Smoked it on her nutrition, hit her best score on the benchmark, and had stellar marks on fat loss and muscle gain.
Dr. Ben Pearl, licensed and board certified Podiatrist will be presenting on cutting edge techniques for treating plantar fasciitis. In particular, we’ll be discussing options associated with stem cell implantation. We’ll also discuss applicability of this procedure to related conditions such as Achilles tendon issues.
Talk to any bodybuilder about supplements and the topic of BCAA’s (Branched Chain Amino Acids) and Protein will come up very quickly… but what do they do and how do they work?
Should women take protein and BCAAs?
What are BCAA’s and why are they important to take?
What about other amino acids like glutamine and citrulline malate?
What about Vegan protein?
Isn’t eating chicken good enough?
Can I have too much protein?
Is soy protein bad for me?
What is the difference between Whey, Whey Isolated, and Whey Hydrolized
What are essential amino acids?
What are difference between brands? (taste, toxins, dissolvability, cramping.) We only sell two brands of protein Metrx and Sunwarrior. Vastly different proteins, but both represent two of the best protein you can buy in their respective markets.
Isolate Whey Protein vs Whey Concentration
Steel Tech protein powder
Sugar in Protein Powder
Fat in Protein Powder
Best Time to take?
Should you take it with breakfast
Why Whey is better than Casein
Whey vs Vegetarian (Soy, Pea, Cranberry, etc.
What’s the Difference Between Brands (Taste, toxins, cramps, dissolvability)
These questions and more were discussed during the Old Town Strength Club For Women meeting. Click below to see the footage:
You’ve come to the right place. This article will take you through all the steps to make beef jerky safely at home.
Buy your dehydrator. The Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator is one of the highest rated and most reviewed home use food dehydrators on the market. If you check the Amazon reviews, you’ll find lots of good uses for dehydrators other than jerky (fruit leather, dried fruit, dried herbs, etc.) We use the Realtree Dehydrator that we purchased from Dick’s for $150. No problem so far — but the camouflage doesn’t work — you’ll still see a huge box in your kitchen.
The parallette: a small, simple looking training tool that can deliver massive results in the areas of core strength and mobility. You won’t find parallettes in many gyms (other than Sand&Steel and some Crossfit boxes), so for the majority of you reading this post, I’m guessing you’re considering buying a pair.
Anytime, we purchase new equipment, we ask a few basic questions:
Does is it have versatility to create a large exercise movement library: Yes.
Can another piece of equipment duplicate what it offers? No.
Is it the best piece of equipment for certain movements? Yes
Will it break under heavy usage? No (at least not the ones we picked up from Rogue Fitness).
Can it be scaled in complexity and difficulty? Yes