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P90X Made me Feel Like Ironwoman

I love to workout and always have, which is why I stay active five to six days a week doing a challenging workout of some kind.

While it varies from week to week between running and weight lifting, I just enjoy the sheer act of exercise. So when my friend recently told me she was planning to do P90X at her house, I jumped on the chance to give it a try.

P90X is a three-phase, 90-day fitness program that promises to transform your body into a lean and ripped muscle machine in the comfort of your own home. It requires minimal equipment – dumbbells, a pull up bar and/or resistance bands – and includes 12 DVDs that are to be completed in a certain sequence in each phase of the program.

The workouts range from upper body to lower body to yoga and abs, to ensure you’re focusing on a different area of the body each day.

Tony Horton, the creator of the program, is a stern yet encouraging leader throughout the workout. I never once felt discouraged or that I wasn’t giving enough – he only pushes each person to their individual limit.
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Zero Weights, Zero Problem: Strength Training Without Weights

In order for the body to build muscle, it needs to be stressed. When done with the proper form, the body has no choice but to break down muscle tissue which will then result in muscle hypertrophy. If you’re looking to build muscle (or tone what you do have) but can’t afford the expenses that come along with it, we’ve put together a list of body weight exercises you can do at home with little or no cost at all.

Whether it’s the gym membership costs, the at-home gym equipment you can’t afford, or just the lack of time keeping you from the gym, these strength exercises will be sure help you get the job done right in your own home.

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Abercrombie’s Push Up Punishment Unlikely To Be Effective

As a therapist I have had to educate several parents through the years that their “creative consequences” were not acceptable to the state agencies that regulate children’s safety. These agencies are called different things in different states, but Child Protective Services or Department of Child or Family Services. Just some of the punishments that are prohibited in Indiana include physical exercise or requiring to take an uncomfortable position. I suppose the military is all about push-ups and running with packs, but I was surprised to hear that Abercrombie & Fitch store managers in Milan were using similar techniques. The Italian labor union wasn’t very impressed either.

For our children, using exercise as a punishment can teach our children to see exercise as a negative thing to be avoided. Using physical activity as a consequence will not promote health. For our children, we want to make fitness and exercise fun and something they want to do.


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Zoe Saldana’s Killer Workout for Colombiana

By Kelsey Murray

Zoe Saldana is a beautiful, talented young actress who is really starting to gain the attention and fame she deserves. Her newest movie to hit the big screens was Colombiana, which opened in the USA on August 26, 2011.

In the film, Saldana plays Cataleya, an assassin who is in killer shape (no pun intended). In order to get the fantastic physique to portray Cataleya, Saldana trained three or four days each week with her personal trainer, Steve Moyer. Saldana has worked with Moyer since 2009; the trainer also works with Amanda Righetti and Shannon Doherty.

Moyer and Saldana both wanted to keep her already athletic build, but also wanted to keep her injury-free and healthy while training for and shooting the film.

“I give her a lot of credit – she knows how to eat healthy for herself,” Moyer said of Saldana. “I give her the tips and suggestions when she wants them.”


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Fit in 5: Do-Anywhere Body Weight Exercises

Pamela Hernandez owns Thrive Personal Fitness in Springfield, MO where she focuses on weight training for weight loss. She writes a blog for her web site, www.thrivepersonalfitness.com, sharing vegetarian recipes from her kitchen, exercise strategies, lifestyle tips and stories from her own journey. You can also follow Pamela on Twitter @ThriveFit or pick up more tips on Facebook, www.facebook.com/thrivepersonalfitness.

If your main excuse for not exercising is lack of money for a gym membership or at home equipment, get ready to put it behind you. You don’t need a gym to get an effective and challenging workout. You don’t need weights or infomercial gadgets. You already have the only equipment you need – your own body.

Body weight exercises are some of the most effective (if you can’t move your own body weight how do expect to lift heavy dumbbells?) and they can be done anywhere (fitting well into a busy schedule at home or on the road.)

I have 5 essential body weight exercises for you. If you do these exercises you will hit all your major muscle groups; doing them circuit style will get your heart rate up at the same time for an extra cardio boost.


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