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Bikram Yoga – My Experience As A Tall Long Macho Man

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At 6’3″ with long limbs and a serious lack of flexibility, I never thought I would find myself twisted up in some awkward yoga pose — especially not Bikram yoga (as if I even knew the difference up until two weeks ago).

But, there I was, 30 minutes into the class, having gone from thinking, “yoga’s for girls,” to wanting to cry like a little school girl on the inside at that very moment.

I was sweating more than I had ever sweat at any basketball practice, gasping for air more than I had ever “gusped” during any weightlifting workout, and felt like I was literally in hell, given the 100+ degrees and 60% humidity that is standard for Bikram yoga studios.

If it wasn’t for my own massive male ego, and seeing a room full of women who had mastered this “little 90 minute morning routine,” I would have fallen to the floor and tried to claw my way out of this torture chamber.

Nevertheless, I pressed on. Fortunately, at around the 30-minute mark (my near breaking point), we go from standing/balancing poses (the most demanding part of class) to the lying/sitting poses (the slightly less demanding part of class).

Between the two phases, there is also a two-minute Savasana, which means “corpse pose” (how appropriate), where you lie on your back with your palms facing up like you just fell backwards out of your upstairs window.

Curse the Theory of Relativity!

Of course, these two minutes seemed like about two seconds, and the instructor was already ordering us into the next position.

A few of these were relatively easy (thankfully!), but once we hit the camel pose, it was back to Suckville. This one is where you stand up on your knees with your feet behind you, put your hands on the back of your hips, and bend your head, neck, and body backwards, while thrusting your hips forward.

It may sound simple enough, but something about the upside-down’ness of it, combined with my overwhelming need for oxygen, made me feel like I was going to throw up and pass out all in one graceful motion.

This was the first one I had to “fake it ’til you make it” by just barely tilting my head back and not bending my body much at all.

How Much Longer?!

After that, there’s only a few more postures left, none of which are particularly demanding. Of course, for my first time, I had no idea of the order or what terrible nightmare pose could be coming next, which only made it that much harder and more exhausting.

We finished the class with a breathing exercise where you look like you’re hyperventilating. You push air out of your lungs, using your diaphragm, at a rapid pace (about two or three times per second).

Imagine the way you breathe on your glasses to fog them up and clean them, then do that multiple times in rapid succession. It was actually surprisingly calming and a nice way to end the class, although I would have just as happily slammed my head through the wall if that was the traditional way of ending the class, anything to make it stop!

Once I limped to my car, dragged up my steps at home, and fell into and out of the shower, I did notice a significant increase in energy, and it felt great to have completed such a hard workout.

Glutton for Punishment

Seeing as I signed up for the unlimited one week trial, I was determined to go every morning since it was my off week from lifting weights, and I wanted to see how quickly I could improve.

The second day was almost as torturous as the first, but I made it a few minutes farther before I entered “schoolgirl mode.”

The third day was again insanely hard, but I made it all the way to the camel pose before crapping out.

And, finally, on day four, I made it through the entire 90 minutes, AND successfully completed both full camel poses!

I also noticed for the rest of the week that I could stretch just a little bit farther and bend just a little bit deeper on each posture, so my flexibility was clearly improving.

“I’m melting! I’m melting…”

The one thing I didn’t expect, and should have monitored more closely, is losing over 10 pounds in that one week alone! That’s a great endorsement for anyone looking to lose weight, but given my Energizer-bunny metabolism, I’m trying to gain weight and muscle, not lose it.

Of course, I wouldn’t normally be doing these 90 minute workouts 6 times a week, but it was a unique test for me on my off-week from weightlifting.

Where Are They Now?

I’ve been doing the classes once a week, on Saturday’s, for the past few weeks, and it’s a nice way to end a heavy lifting week, stretching and relaxing every muscle in my body.

My only gripe is that the classes are so long. Ninety minutes is a big chunk of time in and of itself, but again with my high metabolic rate, a shorter class would be ideal. I guess “speed yoga” would go against the whole peaceful and mindful aspect of the practice.

Now that the weather is warming up, I still plan on doing Bikram every other week or so on cloudy/rainy days, but when it’s nice out, I’ll be playing basketball at the park on Saturday’s and Sunday’s for my weekend cardio.

To Bikram or Not To Bikram

Believe it or not, after all the griping and complaining, I would absolutely recommend trying it out if there’s a Bikram yoga studio near you. When I first read about it, I thought it was just some Hollywood thing, so I was surprised to find there was a studio less than five minutes from my house in a shopping center that I’m in at least a few times a month.

If you’re into challenging your body and pushing yourself to the limit, Bikram yoga is a great test. They tell the first-timers before class that no matter how tired you get, you should never leave the room. Aside from disturbing others, going from such an extreme environment to the much cooler, dryer lobby will only further shock your body.

Instead, you should just skip a pose or two and lie down on your mat, which at least a few people do in every class. But last week, three different people bolted out of the room throughout the class. It was probably a bit of a domino effect after the first one left, the other two felt less pressure to stay in the room.

Even if you don’t want to jump right into the big leagues of Bikram, you could try out some less demanding “normal” yoga classes. A few of the moves and poses are very similar, minus the Sahara desert room of course, but even that is something to experience on its own.

If there was ever a time for the “check with your doctor” disclaimer, it would absolutely be right now! This ain’t your Grandma’s workout, and I would insist that you ensure you are healthy enough to embark on what will feel like your very last journey.

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Top Five Supplement Reviews To Check Out

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In this modern world, we are so used to having a lot of “instant”. Most of us are not used to the long and arduous processes, even though we think we do. You may have noticed the impatience of most people especially when it comes to services. They want to have what they want right now, and this is why most companies adapt to the situation.

You can see it in their products and services; they want to deliver it fast enough to save more time. The same reason applies to humans who want them all as soon as they can. Even the food industry has to go with this notion, but this has also led to a new trend: obesity.

This may not be a problem in most countries. In the West though, it is considered a major health issue. There has been an increase in the overall weight of the US population for example; at least 40% of the people over 20 are overweight as this article reveals.

It has been such a serious problem due to the prevalence of fast-food chains. There is nothing wrong with consuming them, but many depend on them for their daily diet. With all of its sugars and salt, it can be quite detrimental to your health in the long run.

New Horizons in Medicine

Fortunately, there have been advances in the field of medicine as well. Weight loss has become way different compared to the way it was in the previous century. People did not know anything about it. There was a time when fat is considered as the devil’s advocate of being overweight, and sugar was thought to be the healthier option. Even though this has already changed in recent times, there is still a prevalence of this kind of thought in many circles. If you want to lose weight, you need to read and learn more about the proper way of doing it.

There might be a lot of factors that can contribute to this goal but we are just going to narrow it down to three: diet, exercise, and genetics. There is nothing that we can do with the last one though since this is already in our system. Some people might be lucky enough that they do not need to control their diet or even exercise. Their bodies have already reached their full potential, so all they need to do is to maintain it.

Unfortunately, others are not that lucky. It is either they need to have a rigorous diet plan, more exercise, or both. It is a lot of effort to lose the mass, but it can be worth it in the end. You may visit Supplement Smarts website and other similar sites to learn more info regarding this.

If you are experiencing difficulties or you want to have the results faster, then you might need to take a supplement for that. There are many options in the market these days, so choosing just one can be quite confusing. You also need to understand that not all of these supplements may work for you. Below are some of the best substances that can certainly help you with weight loss.

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Options for Cutting Those Flabs

  1. Caffeine

Everyone knows what this is; it is just the main ingredient in the most popular beverage in the world besides water. Aside from being the universal pick-me-up in the mornings, it has also been found that caffeine can assist in weight loss.

It speeds up metabolism moderately, which also helps in the faster absorption of calorie intake and fat burning process. However, you do need to take it in conjunction with other substances for it to take on full effects. You also need to be careful as it can still cause dependence.

  1. Green tea Extract

Another common beverage that has some medicinal properties, green tea has been around for ages. It has its origins in China, but the rest of the world is already enjoying it. However, green tea is the fresher version and it has little to no added processing in its consumption.

It is rich in antioxidants, as well as having the ability to burn fat. It is more focused on the stomach area though, where most of our extra fat goes anyway. If you want to reduce your waistline, then having this a part of your daily supplement may help with that. Check this link https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269538 to know more.

  1. Garcinia cambogia Extract

This might seem to be unfamiliar to most people, but it has been gaining some popularity in the previous decade due to its mainstream exposure. It is a green fruit with pale flesh, and it is native to Indonesia although other countries have started cultivating it as well.

Garcinia cambogia contains hydroxycitric acid, also known as citric acid lyase. This is said to help in losing weight by also removing excess fat from the body. There are still ongoing studies about this as there is unclear evidence of how it works. However, it is safe to consume as long as you control your dose.

  1. Hydroxycut

This is another form of supplement, but this time it is a combination of other substances including caffeine, wild mint extract, and cumin extract among others. It was developed by MuscleTech Research and Development, and it aims to help you lose those extra pounds.

It has been rather popular for the first ten years of its existence due to these various extracts. Even though it is under one name, there are many kinds of it available in the market. Some of them even exclude some ingredients like caffeine for those who have adverse effects from taking them.

  1. Glucomannan

Lastly, this is a diet supplement made from a root vegetable called konjac or elephant yam. It is full of fiber amongst other nutrients, which make them great for controlling your eating habits. Once you eat or drink a supplement, it will make you feel full because of all the fiber.

It will also help with digestion and excretion of wastes in your stomach. However, you will need to drink a lot of water when using this as it can promote too much hydration loss. You will also need to check on your doctor if you can use this safely and follow the dosage always.

 

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Dianabol for Sale – What You Need to Know

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Dianabol, also known as either methandienone or methandrostenolone but sold under the brand name of Dianabol, is an androgenic and anabolic steroid. It is used by athletes and bodybuilders who aim to enhance their performance and their physique and it is one of the few anabolic substances or compounds that were created solely for the benefit of enhanced performance. You can read further on the subject here. Most users refer to it by the moniker dbol.

Due to its fat-burning characteristics, a lot of people, asides from athletes and bodybuilders, use it to maintain their physique and figure even when they have passed the age at which the body stops producing hormones that are necessary for the burning of fat. One important thing to note though is that when using Dianabol, you need to cut out binging on foods and eating processed foods. You will also need to quit consuming coffee and fizzy drinks if you desire the best results.

How Dianabol Works

Dianabol works by increasing the growth of muscles and by promoting nitrogen retention in the cells. With this, the body can effectively utilize more of the protein that is consumed. It also helps to effectively make use of carbohydrates and in turn, an individual using it gains more energy and strength. It is taken orally without the need for injections.

This drug imitates the way natural hormones act in the body. It increases the metabolic rate of the body which then results in the burning of fat and its subsequent conversion to energy. The difference between it and other steroids is that it is not as harmful to the body as others.

Benefits of Using Dianabol

The following are a few benefits that the use of this drug can offer its users:

Increased Testosterone Levels

Testosterone is the hormone in the body that helps to increase body mass and bone density. Testosterone also improves strength and sexual drive. So for people and athletes who want to increase lean muscle mass without gaining unnecessary weight, it is a drug for them. In addition to the above, this hormone will also help in the quick recovery of your muscles after workouts, helping maintains the overall wellbeing of the user.

Enhanced Synthesis of Proteins in the Body.

Normally, the body is not capable of retaining 100% of the protein consumed. When protein is not properly synthesized, it results in muscle wasting. Using Dbol helps prevents this by using a process that repairs and replaces damaged proteins. This helps to increase the size and strength of muscles and therefore increases energy levels which is needed for endurance. Proper protein synthesis also helps in the healing and quick recovery of muscles which in turn translates into a reduction in the rate of injuries or burnouts.

Furthermore, as the most important element in protein synthesis, Dbol increases the retention of nitrogen in the cells and makes the amino acid contained in the nitrogen available for optimum muscle strength and gains.

Better Performance

Dianabol helps boost the number of red blood cells present in the body which results in a better flow of oxygen as these cells are the ones responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body. This ensures that more oxygen reaches and also necessary nutrients reaches the muscles, preventing exhaustion and fatigue. With this, the athlete can perform better during and after workouts.

Rapid Fat Burn

When undergoing cutting as an athlete, you need to burn fat and also preserve your muscles. When there is an increased level of testosterone in the body, it increases the body’s metabolism making it burn fats faster. Dbol helps by burning fat and at the same time maintaining a lean mass helping you look sharp and strong.

You can see other advantages of using Dbol here: https://www.thepumpenergyfood.com/top-4-advantages-of-using-dianabol/.

How to Use Dbol

To get the best results and benefits from using Dianabol, a user must do the following:

Stay on a Good Diet: When on a Dbol cycle, endeavor to watch what you eat as eating junk food, taking soda and fizzy drinks et al will not get you the results you want. It may even result in unpleasant ones therefore eating a balanced diet containing all nutrients is the way to go.

Don’t Overdose: In your bid to lose weight or build lean muscles, you must not use the drug beyond the stipulated dosage. Doing this will bring about severe side effects that you do not want.

Keep Exercising and Working Out: No drug is a substitute for your exercises. They are supposed to enhance it instead. To ensure you get good results, always visit the gym for your exercises.

Dianabol Dosage

Dianabol tablets are available in the range of 5mg and up to 50mg. Most people take a daily dose of between 30mg to 50mg but for newbies to the drug, it may be advisable to start with a daily dosage of 25mg to 35mg daily. The half-life of this drug is short; about 3-4 hours, so breaking your daily dosage to about 3 or 4 dosages and spreading it throughout the day is appropriate rather than taking it all at once.

The dose you take per time and daily must be moderate to avoid stress on the liver.

How Long is A Dianabol Cycle?

A Dianabol cycle usually lasts between 4-6 weeks. While 6 weeks is the maximum, those who have gone through 4 weeks cycles have reported great results as it is a drug that kicks-in in no time. You can begin to see the result in as early as 3-4 days. Also, after a cycle, a user needs to undergo a post cycle therapy. This will enable the body to balance out and allow the testosterone to return to normal levels. This article explains more about a dbol cycle.

Side Effects of Dianabol

As with other steroids, usage of Dianabol comes with some side effects. Remember this can be minimized by using correct dosages and undergoing a PCT immediately the cycle ends. These side effects may include:

  • Hypertoxicity
  • Suppression of testosterone production
  • Acne breakout
  • Nausea
  • Stomach upset
  • Gynecomastia (male boobs)
  • Water retention
  • Virilization in women

Where Can You Buy Dianabol?

Several online sources claim to have Dbol for sale. Rather than just purchasing just any seller, you should ensure you only buy from trustworthy sources as this is your best option.

For now, you can only buy this online. The reason being, there is a ban on sales of Dianabol by the FDA in the United States which means it cannot be purchased legally except online. The usage of Dianabol has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Under rare cases, Dianabol may be administered for medical reasons. You need an affirmative medical prescription by a doctor for this.

To find a reputable seller, you can research and get information about them from bodybuilding and weight loss forums or ask people who have been using the drug.

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Everything You Need For A Home Gym Fitness

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Let’s say that you want to change your lifestyle. Some people buy new clothes, others get a haircut. However, there are those that want to devote themselves to the process of transforming their body entirely.

Getting Started

Nowadays, people are getting more and more interested in creating a home gym. This way, you can enjoy the comfort of your home without anyone looking or staring at you. Working out from home is the best. With the growing popularity of online fitness coaches like CALIBER you can have all the benefits of a fully qualified expert for your home gym. Online trainers can develop exercise plans that incorporate your home gym equipment to ensure you get a great workout and create the body of your dreams. After you’re done, you can take a shower and watch a movie. There’s not a single person that doesn’t love this. Here’s some of the equipment that you might need to create your own personal home gym:

Working out is not something everyone’s fond of because it involves a lot of physical activities and sweating. Those that work out will tell you that the feeling is incredible. Not only is it good for your health, but for your physique as well. If you want to get slimmer and fitter, then you need to start working out as well.

Moreover, some people enjoy going to the gym. They like the company of others and can easily make new friends there. If you are not one of those people, then don’t worry. You can still work out even if you don’t visit a gym regularly.

Essential Home Gym Equipment

Nowadays, people are getting more and more interested in creating a home gym. This way, you can enjoy the comfort of your home without anyone looking or staring at you. Working out from home is the best. After you’re done, you can take a shower and watch a movie. There’s not a single person that doesn’t love this. Here’s some of the equipment that you might need to create your own personal home gym:

Weights

Weights are usually small and very practical. They are quite affordable as well. You can walk into a sports store and easily find the ones that will be good for you. If you are a beginner at this, then it is advisable that you get the lighter ones so that your arm can get used to the weight.

Once you get better at it, you can purchase the heavier ones. Every physical activity has a technique that needs to be mastered. You can watch online tutorials on how to accurately lift them. This will definitely get you those slimmer and tighter arms that you want.

Jump Rope

This item is probably the most practical one. Jump ropes are extremely easy to find, and they are probably one of the cheapest things you can get for a good workout. There are all sorts of activities you can do with a rope that will probably define every piece of your body. The jump rope is good for the calves, legs, thighs, hands, and arms. Make sure to check out Home Gym Reviewed for more details.

It is very easy to use, and all you have to do is jump. At first, it will be probably rather tricky because you’ll get quickly tired. Once you get the hang of it, you can jump a lot quicker and faster. Make sure to challenge yourself to do more and more jumping jacks each time you use the rope.

Exercise Ball

This item is also suitable for doing all kinds of physical activities. If you don’t know where to star, you can hire a personal trainer to come to your house and show you all sorts of techniques with it. The second option is to watch videos online with professional fitness instructors and how they use the exercise ball. The ball is affordable and really fun to use. You won’t be able to stop once you learn how to do the exercises with it. You can use it to build abs around your abdominal area or thighs as well. Whatever you choose to do with it, make sure that you sweat. A good workout always comes with a lot of sweat.

Stationary Bicycle

It’s the same as riding a bike, but you won’t be moving at all. You know how everyone says that it is very good for your health to ride a bike constantly? Well, you can get a stationary bike for your home gym and work out those legs and thighs. It’s a great piece of equipment that every homeowner needs to have. Read more here. The sensation and the feeling are the same as riding a regular bike. The more you ride it, the faster you’ll get the desired effect. Just don’t overwork your legs because they will hurt a lot later on.

Final Thoughts

Putting together your own home gym can be a rewarding experience. Often, you’ll be required to invest much less money than you think—provided you know how to shop! Careful study of home gym equipment reviews and your own personal goals will help guide you through the journey as seamlessly as possible!

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