Archive for January, 2010

Does Whey Protein Powder Cause Gout?

Thursday, January 28th, 2010
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.

Jim R wrote:

“I am 61 and in generally good shape, bicycled for years (at least 1000 miles per year).

The past two years I’ve converted to weight training (three days a week) plus spinning (three days a week). I’ve always been thin 6’2 – 195lbs.

Joined a gym 2 months ago (with a personal trainer)and really haven’t seen the results I’ve been looking for. I’ve reduced my body fat but haven’t seen any gains in muscle mass. I feel better but would also like to look better.

Also I just had another issue arise – a minor case of gout. I have been using a Whey protein drink 40 grams a day and need to know if Whey based supplements contain large amounts Purine (the largest contributer to gout).

I’m looking for info for us ‘old guys’ that haven’t given up.”

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Fat Loss for Men: A 7 Day Full Body Routine Plus HIIT

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Build Muscle, Burn Fat, Get Ripped

Originally posted: 1/27/10
Updates:
2/1/10 updated routine, added Excel spreadsheet workout logs)
3/8/10 added example HIIT routines for days 2, 4, and 6.

Fat Loss for Men
Fat Loss for Men

Many of you are asking for a full body workout routine to burn fat, so here you go.

I have even customized the program for both men and women.

You can skip the details and go straight to the routines if you wish:

The Program

We are integrating 3 full body training sessions with 3 HIIT routines and taking the 7th day off. Since the goal is fat loss, we are striving to add some muscle mass, maintain strength, and burn as many calories as possible.

This is accomplished by staying in a slightly higher rep range than we would normally use for strictly strength training, while using super-sets for most of our exercises. We add an optional set to the end of each workout in case you are able to finish the workout early.

Major compound exercises are rotated to prioritize a different muscle group on each of the 3 training sessions each week.

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Fat Loss for Women: A 7 Day Full Body Routine Plus HIIT

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Build Muscle, Burn Fat, Get Ripped

Originally posted: 1/26/10
Updates:
2/1/10 updated routine, added Excel spreadsheet workout logs)
3/8/10 added example HIIT routines for days 2, 4, and 6.

Fat Loss for Women
Fat Loss for Women

Many of you are asking for a full body workout routine to burn fat, so here you go.

I have even customized the program for both men and women.

You can skip the details and go straight to the routines if you wish:

The Program

We are integrating 3 full body training sessions with 3 HIIT routines and taking the 7th day off. Since the goal is fat loss, we are striving to add some muscle mass, maintain strength, and burn as many calories as possible.

This is accomplished by staying in a slightly higher rep range than we would normally use for strictly strength training, while using super-sets for most of our exercises. We add an optional set to the end of each workout in case you are able to finish the workout early.

Major compound exercises are rotated to prioritize a different muscle group on each of the 3 training sessions each week.

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NSCA and ACSM Proclaims Strength Training is Good for Kids

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Strength Training is Good For Kids!

It’s official! After many long years of arguing with fools, I am validated! Based on hundreds of studies and thousands of hours of research, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have finally taken the position that age-appropriate resistance training is not only good for kids, but recommended.

Strong Kid
Strong Kid

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Fat Folk Encouraged to Get Fatter to Qualify for Bariatric Surgery

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Yes you read that right. In certain postal codes in England, severely overweight people are being denied life-saving surgery because it is not cost effective.

Obesity
Severe clinical obesity can be life threatening.

The National Health Service (NHS), the name commonly used to refer to the three publicly funded health care systems in England, is telling people that they don’t qualify for surgery even though they are clinically obese.

Some people in more affluent postal codes with lower BMIs qualify for surgery right away, while the lower and middle class are being told to get fatter so that they will develop life-threatening complications, which will then qualify them for surgery. This policy allows some people with BMI of 40 to get the surgery, while others with BMI of 60 are labeled as “too skinny”, simply because of where they live.

Yikes.

Read more: Obese patients ‘encouraged to put on weight to qualify for surgery’

Very Busy

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Hi everyone. I have a LOT of stuff going on right now, including the redesign of Project Swole and the integration of some social community plugins. Because of my schedule and work load I’ve been unable to post good stuff in the last week, and I still have 31 comments that I need to approve and respond to, as well as some e-mails from you guys that I need to answer.

Let me update you on what we have coming up at Project Swole:

  1. The top 5 best neck exercises
  2. A guest post, product review, and free product giveaway for the GymBoss interval timer from GymBoss.
  3. A super simple 3 day workout routine involving only 6 compound exercises and ab training.
  4. A daily fat loss routine tentatively titled “Swole for Summer 2k10”
  5. Probably a Werewolf Training for Power with some new techniques for building speed and power, and ultimately strength.
  6. Maybe a Werewolf Training for fat loss, but will probably just focus on Swole for Summer
  7. Building out a Project Swole Facebook page that I hope will be useful: Project Swole on Facebook
  8. Still working on that Project Shred diet… gotta have it done for summer!
  9. Project Swole will be turning into more of a social community with the possibility of a forum if it’s not too much of a hassle to moderate
  10. Much more!

That’s all for today, as I have to get back to work, but stay tuned.

Werewolf Strength Gain Workout Logs in an Excel Spreadsheet

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Now you can download the Werewolf Training for Strength Gains workout routines in Excel spreadsheet format. You can use these files to print out the routine and take it to the gym on a clipboard, keep track of your progress on the computer, or both.

The routine with 2 days of rest on the weekend and with rest every 4th and 7th days are both there.

Click this link to go to the download section of the post so you can download your spreadsheets!

Other workout logs are coming shortly. I’ll try to whip up some workout logs for the full body routine, 3×5, and some of the other routines too, but right now I’m working on the Project Swole redesign so don’t hold your breath.

Gymnast Damien Walters Doing Flips and Stunts

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Here is a video of Damien Walters, who is a sick gymnast. He does some incredible flips and other stunts. Once you start watching this you will watch the whole thing.

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Now I feel like I have to go do some plyos to increase my vert.

How to Gain Muscle and Lose Fat Most Effectively

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
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.

Greg wrote:

“Hi,

First, let me say thank you for this website and all the useful information you post here. I am 45 years old, at 6 foot 1 inches and 210 pounds, and my goal is to simply change my weight distribution (don’t mind weighing 210 if it’s muscle and not fat).

Since I am a ‘hard gainer’, I have read your recommendations on the best exercises/workouts to build mass, and I have two additional questions.

First, I’ve continually heard the following: higher reps + lighter weight = definition, and lower reps + heavier weight = mass. My question is, what is the sweet spot for mass AND definition? For example, if I do three sets of curls, how many reps for each set – 12, 10, 8 or maybe 10, 8, 6 (with progressively higher weight)?

Second, what about diet? I’ve also heard that you should eat like a horse – lots of protein and carbs. Of course, if you overdo it, you’ll gain fat as well. So again, where is the sweet spot?

Thank you!
Greg”

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Werewolf Muscle Gain Workout Logs in an Excel Spreadsheet

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Now you can download the Werewolf Training for Muscle Gains workout routines in Excel spreadsheet format. You can use these files to print out the routine and take it to the gym on a clipboard, keep track of your progress on the computer, or both.

The 21 day routine with extra rest and the original 18 day routine are both there.

Click this link to go to the download section of the post so you can download your spreadsheets!

Werewolf Strength Gain workout logs are coming shortly. I’ll try to whip up some workout logs for the full body routine, 3×5, and some of the other routines too.