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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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What You Need for the Perfect Gym Storage Solution

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If you operate your own professional gym or are looking to create a home setup, it’s crucial that you carefully consider your storage solutions. A tidy gym is without doubt a happy environment for people to work out in!

Good storage will help protect equipment from scratches and other damage, make it easy to find where equipment has been left, and prevent hazards such as trips.

It can also help the gym to feel more of a clean and organised environment that can keep members motivated while working out, which typically leads to a higher retention rate.

When it comes to gym storage, there are not many companies around that share the same expert knowledge as PowerGym Fitness. PowerGym is a supplier of commercial gym equipment, from weights and barbells to high-end strength training machines, with clients throughout the world.

They are also experienced in providing gyms with advice and support for installing the perfect setup.

PowerGym Fitness have provided us with some pointers on how you can create the perfect gym storage solution for your commercial facility or home setup.

Dumbbell Racks

The type of storage you will require can depend on the type of equipment that your gym provides. For example, some gyms may specialize in cardio equipment as opposed to strength training, or vice versa. That said, most gyms will typically include dumbbells.

Dumbbells are a popular form of free weights that can help users to build muscle mass. Dumbbell racks are one of the best ways that you can keep your gym tidy and free of hazards.

Without a rack, there would be no designated place for members to collect and return a dumbbell. Dumbbells left on the floor can cause damage and can be hazardous for other members when walking around the gym space.

These racks are designed to securely hold a certain amount of dumbbells when they are not in use. All round, it adds a safer and more organised structure to your environment and increases the longevity of the dumbbells.

Weight Plates Holders

As with dumbbells, most gyms typically include some type of weight plates. Tri grip and bumper weight plates are two examples that are available for purchase at PowerGym Fitness.

The plates can be attached to a barbell which can be used for effective and flexible weightlifting routines. One type of weight plate holder includes a storage tree.

This provides the option of a simple vertical holder where the plates can just slide on to a storage horn. Another option is a wall weight plate storage, allowing easy access to plates from a wall position – plus, it saves up space and improves the aesthetic design of your gym!

Mat Hangers

Gym mats are essential for exercises that require closer physical contact with the floor. This can include press-up exercises as well as Yoga, Pilates and studio workouts. Mats provide an extra level of comfort so that you don’t encounter discomfort when encountering the floor.

Mats can be used by a lot of people each day, so naturally there’s a lot of wear and tear. Mats that aren’t stored properly can lead to greater damage which will result in you needing to replace the mats sooner than should be required. With a mat hanger, when the mats are not in use, they can be stored safely to prevent unnecessary damage.

Barbell Storage

Whether you use a barbell freely or with a weight plate attached, it’s important that you store the bar appropriately when it’s not in use. Bars can be very heavy which can lead to floor damage and potentially serious injury if it drops to the floor or is left unsecured.

Like with weight plates, there are options for horizontal and vertical storage. These storage products can either be attached to the wall or the floor. They provide an organised and safe place for barbells to rest when not in use.

Cable Attachment Racks

Cable attachments are additional products that can help athletes take their strength training to the next level with varied workouts. With several types of attachments available, from revolving bars to handles and ropes, they expand the options that are available on a cable machine.

Most of these attachments are quite small, so it can be easy for them to become lost or get muddled in with other pieces of equipment. A cable attachment rack is a great way to store the attachments so that gym members can easily see where the attachments they require are placed.

Power Rack Storage Horns

Power racks are fantastic pieces of equipment to have in your gym. They are premium products that often act as the centerpiece of the gym. Power racks provide a safe space to perform a wide range of exercises, with freedom of choice left to the user.

Alongside the power rack, it’s widely recommended that you get storage horns that will seamlessly attach to the power rack. These horns can then be used as a storage option for weight plates. It will allow you to free up space around the gym and provides users with a quick and easy way to access the plates they need.

Storage Cages

The storage options that we have talked about so far clearly relate to products that have been specifically designed for certain gym equipment. To improve the tidiness, safety and structure of your facility event further, you can get a storage cage that will hold the rest of your smaller items.

This can include things such as medicine balls and bags, as well as boxing equipment. The cage can usually be locked for added security and with lockable wheels, it’s easy to transport the equipment from place to place.

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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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