Archive for July, 2009

Critique My Full Body Workout Routine

Friday, July 31st, 2009
Your Questions
Your Questions

I get plenty of questions in various comments throughout the website, but I also get comments and questions via the Project Swole Contact Form.

Generally I address those questions through e-mail, but often I do not have the time to reply to each and every question personally.

The category, Your Health Questions is a more proactive approach to answering your questions so that everyone can benefit from the Q & A.

Raina wrote:

“Thanks for your guidance and insight. I recently joined Gold’s Gym and they have a lot of cable and other kind of machines.

Why do u recommend free weights vs using cable machines?

For example, a machine to do tricep extension or seated dips or even seated barbell curls does focus on the particular muscle group and i feel the burn.

So why are they not effective?

Also, can you please comment on my routine: (Mon, Wed and Fri)

  1. Bench, Dumbbell Press and Incline/decline press for chest
  2. Military press, Barbell upright rows and dumbbell side raise for shoulders
  3. Bent over barbell, pull ups and seated rows for back
  4. Barbell curls, Dumbbell curls and close grip chin up for biceps
  5. Skull crusher, Dips and Push down cable machine for triceps
  6. dumbbell wrist curl, reverse curl and wrist curl again for forearms
  7. Hanging leg raises, floor crunches and crunches on exercise ball for abs
  8. Machine leg press, squats and leg press for quad
  9. standing calf raise, donkey calf and seated calf extension for calf
  10. Stiff leg deadlifts and back extension (based on energy level left)

I do about 3 sets of 8 to 10 reps and i try to take less then a minute break. Is there something you would like to correct/add?”


Brock Lesnar’s Commendable Work Ethic

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Here’s another great Brock Lesnar video that teaches you something about his work ethic. This is why he wins in everything he chooses to compete.

How to Make 9 Healthy Foods Even Healthier

Friday, July 24th, 2009
Your Questions
Your Questions

I get plenty of questions in various comments throughout the website, but I also get comments and questions via the Project Swole Contact Form.

Generally I address those questions through e-mail, but often I do not have the time to reply to each and every question personally.

From now on I want to take a more proactive approach to answering Your Health Questions by posting them separately in the blog. This way we can be sure that everyone benefits from the Q & A.

Tracy wrote:

“I was wondering if some of the things that i normally eat on a regular basis are healthy or not.. I’m 19 years old and do not get good home-cooked meals anymore.. I’m now living on my own so I try and make things that are fast and easy.

Here is a list of some of things that I take in:

  1. Special K strawberry cereal
  2. salad mix (packaged) with non-fat thousand island dressing
  3. unsweetened luzianne tea with 2 pkgs. of sweet n lo
  4. 100% orange juice (Tropicana)
  5. grapefruit juice ( do not want to give up)
  6. lean cuisine meals (all)
  7. granola and Nutri-Grain bars

What should I be substituting these with?

And also are rice cakes and real fruit smoothies good for you?”


Hot Dogs Cause Cancer and Mark Buehrle Throws a Perfect Game

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

I am far too busy writing an article that is tentatively titled “The 10 Best Ab Exercises” to draft a post of decent length or content for you today. Instead I will leave you with these four moderately interesting, if not time leaching, links.

Skip the nutrition fluff stories and go right to the most important story of the day: Mark Buehrle’s Perfect Game


What is the Weight Loss Drug Contrave?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Weight Loss Drug Contrave Receives Positive Feedback From Clinical Studies

Food Addiction
Food Addiction

Scientists and drug companies are still hard at work searching for a magic weight loss pill. So far they have had about as much success as a one legged man in an ass-kicking contest, but they have made some headway.

A product called Contrave has been introduced by Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. as the best and brightest future star of new prescription weight loss products.

Contrave is the first weight loss drug to combine an anti-depression and smoking cessation drug called bupropion with naltrexone, which is prescribed to fight alcohol and opiate addiction.


Sick Man, Sick Man, Sick Man

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Sorry for the absence everyone, I spent two days in the hospital thanks to over-thin blood. My kidney swelled up and stopped working, and I had blood in the urine for a couple days. Fun stuff, right? Sorry if it’s TMI, but it’s my reality.


How to do a Backflip

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

No, I can’t do a backflip. In fact I’ve never really tried. But honestly I wish I could. I’d throw down backflips all day long if I could. Hell, I wouldn’t even walk anywhere, I’d just backflip to wherever I had to go.

Not sure if you can do a backflip, but I found someone who can. This dude will teach you step by step how to do the backflip. I might eventually try this at home. If you try it, please do NOT hurt yourself. It might be a good idea to have someone spotting you.

Check this out:

Lesnar Vs. Mir – UFC 100

Monday, July 13th, 2009

OK, I know how it ended but I have yet to watch the fight. I’m getting antsy to see this video but I’m not sure when it will be out or how to find it! It’s been pulled from every online location I can think of.

If you don’t know, Lesnar won by ref stoppage… not sure if he knocked Mir out or just whupped his ass good, but he won.

In anticipation, please enjoy these 2 big ass heavyweight MMA fighters weighing in.

Next, enjoy an ESPN video with highlights of the fight. Plenty of blood spatter here.

Finally, enjoy the first meeting of Lesnar Vs. Mir in UFC 81, but you have to go to a different website to do it:

Lesnar vs. Mir UFC 81

How to Build Muscle Mass Fast with Kaatsu Training

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Douglas Robb at HealthHabits posted the other day about the Occlusion/Kaatsu training method, which is popular in Japan. While not necessarily useful to me, I found it a very interesting read.

Kaatsu Training
Kaatsu Training / Occlusion Training

What Kaatsu Training Does

Kaatsu training looks like it can increase muscle hypertrophy significantly more than regular resistance training over an extremely short period of time. In fact the results of the studies show that 2 weeks of Kaatsu training increases muscle mass to a higher degree than 5 weeks of regular resistance training.


Caffeine Helps Reverse the Effects of Alzheimer’s Disease

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Alzheimer’s Disease is an awful malady that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

This is a disease that destroys the mind, often causing its victims to fail to recognize even their closest loved ones, making daily living nearly impossible without round-the-clock supervision.

A study published by the University of South Florida in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease concludes that if human brains functioned the same as mouse brains, caffeine would be effective at reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Smart Mouse
Smart Mouse