Daniel Weisner
JaxTrainer - Jacksonville Certified Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer
Private Fitness Training, Pilates, Flexibility, Diet, Nutrition & Rossiter Stretching Coach in Jacksonville FL, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Ponte Vedra, Sawgrass and the Beaches Area.
Phone or text to (904) 422-6218
One-on-One Personal Fitness Training.

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Pilates and the mid-body connection.
Strength Training and its influence on my health.
Heart rate Formula for fat loss.
DOD and ACE Fat Percentage Calculator
General Fat Loss and Keeping it off.

This website is for SALE

A Pilates routine works the transverse abdominus muscles, which acts like a strong armor fabric of tissue and muscle around your anterior and posterior torso protecting your spine from wear and tear. Back and abdominal muscles that are weak usually lead to chronic back pain as do muscles that are too tight. That's why Pilates is so effective-- it both strengthens and stretches. (St. Lifer)

So, my advice to you who have low back pain, or those who wish to gain strength from the inside out, is to enlist the services of a Pilates instructor for a minimum of four weeks. The money you spend for the sessions will last a lifetime. You will be able to continue your program knowing what to strive for in terms of proper form and results.

By Daniel Weisner

Site Updated on

Pilates and the mid-body connection.
Strength Training and its influence on my health.
Heart rate Formula for fat loss.
DOD and ACE Fat Percentage Calculator
General Fat Loss and Keeping it off.

This website is for SALE

A Pilates routine works the transverse abdominus muscles, which acts like a strong armor fabric of tissue and muscle around your anterior and posterior torso protecting your spine from wear and tear. Back and abdominal muscles that are weak usually lead to chronic back pain as do muscles that are too tight. That's why Pilates is so effective-- it both strengthens and stretches. (St. Lifer)

So, my advice to you who have low back pain, or those who wish to gain strength from the inside out, is to enlist the services of a Pilates instructor for a minimum of four weeks. The money you spend for the sessions will last a lifetime. You will be able to continue your program knowing what to strive for in terms of proper form and results.

By Daniel Weisner

Group Fitness

I will arrange to provide a quality wellness and fitness program for your employees.

Studies show that a corporate sponsored fitness program reduces cost for workmans compensation are reduced by 50%. Employees will learn QiGong, Mat Pilates and stretching exercises. The goal is not to provide a fast-paced dancing session, but to introduce and train with a mind-body program that leads to better cohesion of health and fitness.

I require (depending on the size of the class) a room that can be emptied of furniture in minutes. Minimum size of the room should be around 25 X 25 feet, preferred carpet flooring. Classes can be staggered throughout the day as long as we have at least two classes a week.

Contact me. Let us explore your ideas and requirements.

Daniel Weisner
• My training sessions last from 30-minutes to 55-minutes.

• Individual, one-on-one instruction/consultation/training MINIMUM fee is $35. If you have a friend who is close to your level of fitness and strength, I can train both of you at the same time, for a lower per client fee!

• Call for group or corporate sessions.

Slow Motion Strength Training and proper form Pilates Training MAY be combined in your "World Class Workouts."

I am experienced working with clients from 9-years to 85-years young.
You can pay for services securely, online, with your credit card ... or check/cash.
*Payment by Credit Card - Add 3% fee for all credit card online payments.

I have over 12 years experience training people just like you!

I have experience working with children, middle age and elderly. I've trained Men, and Women from weight lifting coaching, bodyweight workouts, to smooth yoga, Pilates and Qi-Gong, improving physical health as well as mental health. I bring a positive, high energy level to each and every session.

• Personal Fitness Trainer ( IFPA / NESTA)
• Advanced Personal Trainer (NESTA)
• Rossiter Stretching System Coach
• Pilates Mat Instructor
• National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
• Myokinesthetic System™ Therapist
• Lypossage™ Practioner
• Lifestyle and Weight Management (Nesta)
• Qi-Gong and Yoga-X Practioner

• Massage Therapist ( MA42474 )

Week days only. Currently, I do not take individual training appointments past 3:00pm.

Employee schedules are arranged as needed. I will do my best to provide a schedule to meet your business needs. Sometimes this will require two to three sessions in a day, two or three times a week.

Let us talk.

"Get your sweat on".

Please check my Schedule and Training Fees. I DO NOT accept one on one appointments past 1:00PM.

Group or corporate schedules are flexible.

Contact me.

I need some of the following information about you:
• General health and fitness level
• Short description of what I want from a trainer and why.
  (Ex: Need to become stronger for my job.)
• Where I live or work (Ex. San Pablo Rd., Atlantic Beach, etc.)
• My availability for regular workout sessions
  (Ex. Weekdays 8AM to 10:30AM, Tue at 2PM and Fri at 10AM)
• My Age
• Current Height and Weight (Please include your weight at age 18.)
• Current exercise regime (ex. Walk 30-minutes 3X/week)
• Health History (Recent surgery, diabetic, overweight, etc.)
• Past Exercise/Sports Activities (Swimming, football, weight lifting, etc.)

Formulas for Calulating Calorie Expenditure vs. Heart Rate
MEN: ( -55.1 + 0.63*HR + 0.2*WEIGHT + 0.2*AGE ) / 4.2
WOMEN: ( -20 + 0.45*HR - 0.13*WEIGHT + 0.074*AGE ) / 4.2
Where weight is in kg. (Divide weight in pounds by 2.2)

Formulas for Body Fat Composition Using the Circumference Method
Naval Military Standard / DoD Instruction 1308.3
Measure circumference, around neck, around abdomen at navel, around butt and hips* at largest circumference (*for females only).

Male Body Fat Percentage =86*LOG(NAVEL-NECK)-70*LOG(HEIGHT)+36.8
Female Body Fat Percentage =163*LOG(NAVEL+HIPS-NECK) - 98*LOG(HEIGHT) - 78

See Fat Percentage Calculator

Fat Percentage Calculator Using Circumference Measures
Body Composition (fat vs. lean body makeup) Calculations Using Circumference Measures as per Department of Defense Directive 1308.1 - July 20, 1995
Note: The wrist is not included in the DOD formula. I added the wrist measurement to make the results accurate. Women will benefit from the wrist measurement more than men will.
Enter Height In Feet and Inches
(Both men and women must Enter Height)

Enter Neck Circumference (All Sexes)

Enter Wrist Circumference (All Sexes) Above "Head of Ulna", Protrusion on Pinky side of Wrist
(Smallest measure just before the hand.)

Enter Circumference of Male Abdomen at Navel

Enter Circumference of Female Waist Above Navel at Smallest Measure

Enter Circumference of Female Hips At Largest Circumference Around Hips/Buttocks

Controlology: Pilates Original Concept

By Daniel Weisner

I was a varsity wrestler and strength trainer in 1970; this was when I first heard about Pilates exercises for injuries. Researching Pilates further I found that Pilates was an exercise routine much like yoga, however, at the time I did not realize that there were some very important differences. So, my initial concept of Pilates was that it was more of a girl thing, a yoga thing, not an exercise routine for a "manly man." Manly men lift heavy barbells and do squats with 280 pounds lying on their traps. Fortunately, most of us grow wiser throughout the years and I was no exception. When revisiting Pilates as an exercise routine about 10 years later I was awakened to the concept of good, proper posture and inner strength that Pilate's instructors exhibited throughout their bodies during exercise, especially through the core - the body's powerhouse.

Over the years much has been written about Joseph Pilates and the history of his exercise routines. Lately, there seems to be more newly discovered films showing Joseph Pilates performing demonstrations of his exercises, many of which have been modified from the yoga disciplines. As in everything, it is a good idea to learn the history behind that which you would like to understand. However, since you can get this information elsewhere, I am going to begin this article with a discussion of my own personal experience with Pilates training.

As a student in taekwondo and unarmed Korean combat training, I knew that real strength came from the Dantien, the area below the navel. When I watched expert Pilates instructors perform feats of strength without any visual sign of stress or straining, I knew there had to be something to this Pilates thing for me. Luckily, I was fortunate to experience another display of human strength when Cirque du Soleil came to town. The same strength that Pilate's experts displayed could be seen in the performers of Cirque du Soleil.

Over the years, I experimented with various Pilates exercises along with other "New Fad" exercises. Finally, I became convinced that this form of strength training called Pilates was for me, I began learning the basics of Pilate's exercises. I was to begin at the beginning; I should have no expectations or preconceived prejudices. With an unbiased attitude and open mind, I began learning the basics, step by step. Soon, I got really good at the exercises and later, perfected some.

I used to get low back pain when splitting and carrying fire wood, the prime heating source for my home in the winter, and there was little I could do about it other than letting it relieve itself over several days to weeks. The Pilates exercises that I found were most helpful with my low back pain were the roll up and the jackknife. I experienced immediate relief and a sense of accomplishment from these simple mat exercises that took no longer than five minutes. I found that my low back pain was relieved after performing several of these exercise routines correctly.

Much of the Pilates exercises involve strengthening the abdominal muscles to stabilize the spine. Strong abdominal muscles are a key element to reducing the possibility of low back injury. The exercises are performed with control and focus, they are done smooth and slow, using small the muscles everywhere that are usually ignored in other exercise routines. There is no momentum in the exercise, no skipping through the range of motion. The control and focus are so emphasized in all the exercises that there is no doubt why Pilates exercises were first coined "Controlology". (Katagi)

A Pilates routine works the transverse abdominus muscles, which acts like a strong armor fabric of tissue and muscle around your anterior and posterior torso protecting your spine from wear and tear. Back and abdominal muscles that are weak usually lead to chronic back pain as do muscles that are too tight. That's why Pilates is so effective-- it both strengthens and stretches. (St. Lifer)

So, my advice to you who have low back pain, or those who wish to gain strength from the inside out, is to enlist the services of a Pilates instructor for a minimum of four weeks. The money you spend for the sessions will last a lifetime. You will be able to continue your program knowing what to strive for in terms of proper form and results.

By Daniel Weisner


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Katagi, Kellee. "Core values: your core is your skiing powerhouse. And despite the wimpy name, Pilates can rev it up like few other workouts can." Ski Feb. 2003: 140+. General OneFile. Web. 13 Apr. 2010.

Martin, Suzanne. "Classic Pilates: Down to the Mat". Dance Magazine 80 no4 30 Ap 2006

Reents, Jennifer Newton. "Pilates power: tips to improve your performance from the pros." She Knows Diet & Fitness Apr.-May 2006: 60. General OneFile. Web. 13 Apr. 2010.

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Personal Training, Pilates, CPR, and Rossiter Certificates

Strength Training

By Daniel Weisner

The next time you think about weight lifting, a form of strength training, think about your bones too! Increasing bone strength, bone mass and bone density are also primary benefits of strength training. Strength training encompasses a wide variety of modalities including yoga and Pilates. Often it is not necessary to even use weights for strength training. Many strength training exercises can be performed through body weight or with a partner ... don't think about strength training as strictly weightlifting.

A muscular body like the cartoon character Popeye has more advantages than you think! Not only does a weight lifter / bodybuilder gain muscle strength and muscle size, but the greatest benefit, especially for middle age and older individuals, is the strength they gain in their bones. That is correct, I did say bone strength. Of course you may not be interested in body building, I know of no one over the age of 40 who is; but the benefits of strength training can be gained by working as little 30 minutes, two times a week. Studies show that this is enough exercise to ward off age related reduction in bone density and actually increase bone strength. It is widely known in the medical community that bone density is increased through progressive strength training at any age. Without some form of strength training, we will lose bone density.

Strength training is simply exercise to build muscles or maintain muscles mass. Each one of us, after the age of about 25, begins to lose several or more pounds of muscle every decade. This muscle loss results in lowering your metabolism, resulting in an increase in the size and mass of your fat cells. In other words, you are getting fatter as you get older if you do not exercise to maintain your muscle mass. I tell my prospective middle-aged clients, "You're getting weaker, older and frailer, and more importantly, your bones are becoming weaker." Continuing I'll often add, "Your posture is dependent upon your musculature and bone structure, stooped posture, lack of exercise and bone weakness go together." Strength training builds stronger bones!

We can categorize strength training as the type of exercise where the muscles are stressed just enough to allow them to increase in size. It is incorrect to look at this as a bodybuilder or muscle man type of exercise. I am often amused at comments from new clients like "I don't want to get big and bulky". Invariably these comments or more correctly, concerns, come from women who have no concept of their bodies; they lack the ability to see their bodies, their physical world in reality. Amusingly my response to these types of comments are, "Don't worry if you have too much muscle you can always lie in bed and eat Twinkies for a couple weeks!" Actually, it takes a man several years to decades of training extremely hard to build huge muscles like you see in the muscle man contests. Women just don't have the hormones that men have so it is not something that you have to worry about.

Strength training involves stressing the muscle to the point just short of where you are no longer able to continue. In terms of time, one set of a strength training exercise should last no more than 60 seconds. Don't give me any excuses that you don't have the time to strength train or exercise; it only takes 15 to 30 minutes - 2 to 3 times a week. You can get a full body workout 20 to 30 minutes if you know what you are doing. In order to know what you are doing I suggest hiring a personal trainer for several weeks to get you started.

Strength training can be done using your own body weight with just a floor exercise mat or by using rubber straps with and handles that act like large rubber bands. You use your arms and legs to stretch them out thereby stressing the muscle. Conventionally, strength training uses weights-dumbbells, barbells, kettle bells or medicine balls. Cable machines that have adjustable weight resistance can also be used. Remember, it doesn't take a lot of equipment or fancy machines to strength train. There is really no reason that you can't begin today in your own home.

There are many myths associated with exercise, strength training, and differences between men and women, I will discuss a few of them here:

Women, in general have about the same strength as men from the waist down, pound for pound. From the waist up, women have about one half of the strength of men. Men can lose weight (fat) and build muscle quicker than women because of the chemical makeup of the hormones in the body. Women need about 20% more body fat than men to stay healthy.

Women bodybuilders train with high-intensity for years to decades to achieve those big muscles that appear like men's muscles. Some of these women even take hormones to get that look. Most of the women that I've trained ended up looking toned and fit, not bulky and manlike. As a woman, that doesn't mean you can't look that way, you just have to work extremely hard for many years.

"Strength training for the middle-age client is customarily designed to build muscle to the point where he or she is confident and physically able to maintain an active life. The goal is not to achieve a bodybuilder-muscle- man-look; the goal is to achieve a healthier overall body and mind. Excellent posture, walking tall, flexibility and positive energy are all side effects of strength training. The reality is a person who is fit from strength training has a strong overall look to their body. Once we have achieved the level of strength and fitness that we are comfortable with we go onto strength training only to maintain our newly added muscles and bone density."

"Muscle lost through inactivity can be substantial leading to lower metabolism, weight gain, and reduced bone density and reduced bone strength. As we age, unless we do some form of strength training, we begin to lose muscle mass and gain fat mass."

"The skeleton provides more than just a framework for the body. Bone is a calcified conjunctive tissue sensitive to various mechanical stimuli, mainly to those resulting from gravity and muscular contractions. Animal and human studies have demonstrated the importance of weightbearing physical activity as well as mechanical loading for maintaining skeletal integrity." (1,4). (Andreoli)

"Stress applied to a skeletal segment affects the geometry of the bone, the microarchitecture, and the composition of the matrix (5). The stimulatory effect occurs when the skeleton is subjected to strains exceeding habitual skeletal loads; under these conditions the intensity of load is more important than the duration of the stimulus. Physical activity leads to greater bone density in children and adolescents and, to a minor extent, in adults (5). Weightbearing activities, such as walking, have a greater effect than nonweightbearing activities, such as cycling and swimming, whereas a reduction in mechanical loading, i.e., bed rest or space flight, leads to bone loss (14). It has been previously suggested that the type of physical activity necessary to build and maintain bone density must be weightbearing, in part, because the loss of ambulation or weightlessness results in marked skeletal atrophy. Research conducted on astronauts suggests that a loss of bone mass could be driven by a lack of gravity. Loss of BMC has been documented in individuals with injuries of central nervous system leading to muscle atrophy and in people restricted to bed for long periods of time. Therefore, weightbearing activity has been widely recommended as a possible prophylaxis for age-related bone loss." (Andreoli)


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TITLE:	Strengthening Your Upper Body
SOURCE:	Dance Magazine 83 no6 56-7 Je 2009

AUTHOR:	Rett Larson
TITLE:	Steeling Your CORE
SOURCE:	Volleyball 20 no5 14-17 My 2009

AUTHOR:	Michael Sagiv
TITLE: Safety of resistance training in the elderly
SOURCE: Eur Rev Aging Phys Act 6 no1 Ap 2009

AUTHOR:	Gunnar Peterson
TITLE:	Short Circuits
SOURCE:	Best Life 6 no3 52 Ap 2009

TITLE:	Strengthening Your Upper Body
SOURCE:	Dance Magazine 83 no6 56-7 Je 2009

SOURCE:	Men's Health 24 no6 80F Jl/Ag 2009

SOURCE:	Men's Health 24 no7 148A, 148B, 148C, 148D S 2009

SOURCE:	Prevention (Emmaus, Pa.) 61 no9 116-25 S 2009

SOURCE:	Volleyball 22-4 S 2009

TITLE:	Shed Your Spare Tire
SOURCE:	Men's Health 24 no9 42-5 N 2009

AUTHOR:	Adam Bornstein
SOURCE:	Men's Health 24 no10 44 D 2009

TITLE:	One Leg at a Time
SOURCE:	Runner's World 44 no12 46 D 2009

TITLE:	Seven facts you may not know about EXERCISE
SOURCE:	Nutrition Action Healthletter 36 no10 7-10 D 2009

TITLE:	Lift to Lose
SOURCE:	Men's Health 25 no1 86, 88, 91 Ja/F 2010

TITLE:	Muscle to Burn
SOURCE:	Men's Health 25 no1 60 Ja/F 2010

SOURCE:	Men's Health 25 no1 88B, 88C, 88D Ja/F 2010

FYI - Formulas and Calculators for Calories burned vs. Heart Rate and Circumference Method of Measuring Body Composition in Terms of Fat Percentage.

Basic Eating Rules for Maintaining a Healthy Lean Diet:
Stop eating at 5:00 PM or whenever you eat dinner, stop eating. Set a Time. Do not break this rule. Studies show that people who stop eating 2 - 3 hours before bedtime lose weight - period!

Drink WATER (Not tea, not diet soda, not beer (clear liquor is preferred, :) )
Eat Food, (Food that your Great Grandmother would recognize.)
Not too much,
Mostly Plants,
Mostly leaves,
Include fruits, especially berries.
Derived from Michael Pollan, "In Defense of Food"

Sleep Deprivation and Fat Loss.
A new study looked at the amount of sleep dieters got and found interesting results. It seems the more sleep that you get the more likely it is for you to lose fat weight. This is due to the amount of hormones generated. The more sleep the dieter received the less they craved carbohydrates and other calorie rich foods. The extra sleep accounted for a loss of appetite and satiety.

"Probably the most critical finding in this study showed that even with two weeks' sleep deprivation, that you start to already see changes in two of the most fundamental hormones regulating appetite and satiation, or feeling full and therefore decreasing appetite. And those hormones are called ghrelin and leptin." (NPR)

There's no question, sleep deprivation can sabotage your waistline and your health. (WebMD)


NPR. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130ttp://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130432596

WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/lack-of-sleep-weight-gain

Anti-Depressants and Weight Gain

One of the most overlooked side effects of antidepressant medications known as SSRIs is the possibility of weight gain. Some of these medications are so troublesome that even cutting calories may still cause weight gain. Consult your doctor if you have trouble gaining weight or losing weight as this may be a side effect of your medications. It is a real phenomenon and many may benefit from adjustments in their medications, but you will not know unless you consult your physician. Never stop taking antidepressant medications without the approval of your physician.

I have seen cases where clients have been on drugs known as Risperidone and have gained as much as 20 pounds over the course of six months. Dropping their calorie intake to lower than 1000 calories a day still resulted in weight gain. This is a metabolic syndrome and is quite a study. The good news is that your metabolism goes back to normal after the medications are adjusted or dropped.

The point of this article is to make sure you read the side effects of any medications you may be prescribed. Consult your physician if you experience any of these side effects.

Losing the FAT in 2015 - One of the most effective things you can do, to help you lose weight, is go through your refrigerator and your cabinet pantry and remove all desserts and snacks. Just give them away or throw them out. You need them no longer as you are now attempting to control and lose fat. When the time comes and you are craving snacks, which in most cases are lacking any nutritional value, if you don't have snacks around the house you will not be tempted. You might go the refridgerator, open it and look, stare for a minute, but you'll close it, and rethink your motive - Am I just emotionally charged right now? Am I OK? What do I really need? Remember, even one snack every evening is enough to stop your weight loss. You should be able to lose at least 2 pounds a week. Pick up a pack of Keto-Stix from your neighborhood pharmacy, and test yourself for the presence of keystones. Ketones will show up in your urine when you are burning fat. Now you have a way to monitor the foods you eat and what effect they have on your fat loss. Go into this new year with a new attitude and you will succeed at fat loss if it is the most important, or one of the most important priorities in your life.
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Voluntary Guidelines for Providers of Weight Loss Products or Services

Mission: To promote sound guidance to the general public on strategies for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

Following sensible and healthy guidelines for eating and physical activity is important for healthy weight management.

Obesity2 is a serious, chronic disease that is known to reduce life span, increase disability and lead to many serious illnesses including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Excess weight is caused by an interaction of genetic (inherited) and environmental (social and cultural) factors, which include metabolic (physical and chemical) and behavioral (psychological and emotional) components. Because of the complexity of weight loss, gain, and maintenance, promises of quick and effortless weight loss are worthless.

A sedentary lifestyle is a significant barrier to successfully maintaining weight loss and preventing further weight reduction.

Losing weight requires burning more calories than the body takes in, by either reducing caloric intake or increasing caloric expenditure, or preferably, both.

Achieving and maintaining even a modest amount of weight loss can reduce the severity of illnesses associated with obesity.

Effective weight management involves behavior modification which is a lifelong commitment and includes at least two components: healthful eating in accordance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, emphasizing a reduction in total calories, a lowered fat consumption, and an increase in vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and increased frequent and regular physical activity of at least moderate intensity.

Medical, pharmacological and surgical interventions may be options for individuals with more serious cases of overweight and obesity. These interventions, used in conjunction with a plan for healthy eating and physical activity, should be utilized in conformance with applicable treatment guidelines.

The consumer is entitled to accurate, reliable, and non-deceptive information about methods for weight management. The Partnership encourages weight loss providers to adopt the Partnership's Voluntary Disclosure Guidelines for Providers of Weight Loss Products and Programs.

The Partnership opposes discrimination, including discrimination based upon size or weight.

The Partnership does not endorse any particular product or program for weight loss or weight management.

Healthy weight is defined as a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 19 and less than 25 among all people aged 20 or over. To determine body mass index, divide weight in kilograms (2.2 lbs. = 1 kg) by height in meters squared (39.4 ins. = 1 m).

For the purposes of this document, "obesity" is defined as a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 30, which approximates 30 pounds of excess weight. Excess weight also places people at risk of developing serious health problems.

Fat Loss Gimmicks: A Multibillion-Dollar Industry Based on Lies and Deceptions

By Daniel Weisner

Weight loss, or more importantly fat loss, is simply a product of two modifications of daily life--the modifications to lifestyle are diet and exercise. In the quest to lose body fat it is necessary that both these components, diet and exercise, be addressed. Exercise alone will not lead to weight loss.

Consider that the average 60 to 90 minute workout might burn off 400 calories. That's great! But let's sample several bites from your friends' doughy-sugary bearclaw and guess what: You have negated the calorie deficit effect of the workout. Although exercise is excellent for your heart and health, in terms of weight loss, you have just stopped the fat burning process that you fired-up from your workout.

If you are going to leave out any of the components to reduce your body weight you can leave out the exercise. The reason that I say this is because you can actually lose weight without exercising, it is done by restricting your consumption of food to the point that you begin to use fat and muscle as a fuel. It does not work the other way around; you cannot continue to eat all you want while thinking that you will exercise every day and and work off the calories.

Take a look at all the complaints and fines levied against companies by the Federal Trade Commission on a weekly basis. Some of these gimmicks and schemes involved exercise machines designed to target a specific area of the body. There is even one out there to target the fat on the neck under the chin claiming that it will remove the sagging skin and tissue and make you look younger. The fact is that selective fat loss, in a specific area of the body, does not work. I've had clients with large abdomens, beer bellies, and they claim they do 50 to 200 crunches and sit-ups a day. They might be building their abdomen muscles and creating a six pack but it's hidden under all the layers of fat-and additionally, all those sit-ups and crunches might be traumatizing to the muscles and in some cases lead to abdominal hernia. I like to tell my clients that fat loss is first in last out. You have no control over where on your body you will lose fat.

To correct one's diet it may be only necessary to control the portions consumed. It could be that eating after a certain time of day is a solution. You might try adding more vegetables and reduce starchy foods. Add more vegetables from the cruciferous family such as broccoli and cauliflower. Try cutting out (or simply reduce) empty calories foods such as sweet desserts and sweet sugary drinks. Try drinking more water. For some of us sugar is an addiction. If you feel you're one of those people who are addicted to sugar there is only one solution, the solution is just don't get started on sweet foods. You may even have to check labels to make sure the sugar content is below several grams per serving.

Stay away from the flour products such as crackers, pasta, cookies, and flour-based breads. The only bread I suggest is sprouted grain bread, which can be found at your supermarket in the refrigerated or frozen section. In general, stay away from carbohydrates that are considered starches such as white potatoes, surprisingly, a baked sweet potato is it okay. Whole grain brown rice is okay.

Without question, the best fruits to have are those from the berry family. This includes strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries; they are all loaded with bioflavonoids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Berries are relatively high in natural sugar so they are not a light calorie food. Exchange desserts made from flour (cakes, pies, and the like) with fresh berries or other fruits.

Your body needs fat in order to burn fat. It is necessary to feed your body good fats in order to train your body to burn fat. Daily doses of omega-3 fats, real butter, olive oil, and coconut oil are all considered good fats-they will actually help train your body to burn fat. Fresh nuts are a good source of fat.

One warning about fat loss: Even tiny quantities of flour products and/or sugar will stunt your weight loss. Just give my recommendations three days; you will actually see the difference on the scale and you will feel the difference. This should provide you with the motivation to continue and you will become more and more excited about your progress. "Don't ever forget where you came from and how you got here." This will keep you on track.

Whatever the type of exercise program you are on, add sprints to your exercise regime. Sprints are short bursts of fast high-intensity additions to your exercise. This is an excellent tip to follow and will begin to recruit the fat burning enzyme's that work 24 hours a day in your body. For example, if your exercise is walking, a sprint would be for you to pick up the pace of walking for a period of about 20 seconds almost into a jog. Make it is a high-intensity walk. If your exercise is swimming, you will go into an all-out kick butt swim for about 30-60 seconds and give it everything you've got. As a general rule your sprints should be about 10% of the time in your exercise session. For a 30 minute exercise session you would have three 1-minute sprints sprinkled throughout the 30 minute exercise.

Do strength training, it will build muscle which requires more calories to maintain therefore increasing your metabolism. Hire a personal trainer even if it's for only a couple of weeks. You'll pick up many good tips and you'll learn what motivates you.
The Is-ness of Zen

Over the past 10,000 to 30,000 years the human race has lost its conscious spiritual connection to the True Self. It is interesting to know that we have some documents of history that date back maybe 5000 years at the most, but it seems after that there is a large void in the nature and history of this race we call human. Our conscious connection with our true Self has been overshadowed by thoughts from the untamed mind--thoughts of the past containing fear, and thoughts of the future creating anxiety and the need for something new always something wanted. Early mankind could not have lived this way and was closer to his natural source. Look at the ancient monuments that still stand. Man has been driven into materiality and the material world that is created by thoughts that remain ubiquitous. The mind requires materialism to create the Ego and for the ego to stay alive. The mind must have incessant thoughts to feed the ego which is nothing more than an illusion. Why did man move his consciousness away from the universal Self and into this false illusion of himself and life? Why did man allow his mind to become untamed and allowed his thoughts to camouflage his true Being, camouflage his Self that is the source of everything, all life, freedom, love and peace?

How is it that we find ourselves today so separated from the truth within us? Why is it that we cannot see that the earth, as a source of life for many, is being destroyed by our toxic existence? My friends, the Earth was never intended to support the trillions that live on its face today. No wonder the human race today is dysfunctional--you see it in the wars we create and the hundreds of millions of brothers and sisters who were killed over the last century alone. Wars based on materialism and ego which are both illusions. We have evolved from greatness into this despicable human race that has little chance of surviving as a species unless true transformation and relearning can occur worldwide. Yes, even the sun will die someday. Everything is as it is; you only have to Be.


To increase self-esteem we use sentence stems. These sentence stems must be completed by you in a notebook. You cannot just read without participation as it requires you to answer the deepest and enter most feelings about top issues. Facing these tough issues is what healing is all about. If you can embrace the past thoughts and feelings and accept them as part of your consciousness, as part of your being you will be healed. There is not enough room to mention all of the sentence stems but I will give you an example:

I like myself most when I ________
I like myself least when I ________
When I was five years old ________
When I felt lonely I ________
If the child in me could speak, she might say ________
One of the ways I treat my child self as my father did is _________
If that child were to feel accepted by me __________

The idea is to keep a notebook and at the top of the page right out the sentence stem. Complete the sentence with at least 3 to 5 different thoughts that you feel at the time. Don't think too much about it just keep working and then go to the next sentence stem. Move quickly without thinking too much. You will have time to reflect on what you have written later. This is a wonderful way of getting into your own subconscious.

See Nathaniel Branden for more on Self Esteem.

Minds ubiquitous Chatter

It is only because we believe we are this body and that we have material objects and forms that make us who we think we are. We have allowed ourselves to become an illusion and this illusion needs thoughts after thoughts to keep it alive. The mind is a tool and as such should be controlled and mastered thereby controlling thoughts. Our latest evolution has allowed the mind to control us with thoughts--illusions making the human race clearly dysfunctional. We need only look at animals and the wonderful universe to get a glimpse of the silence within us for a moment. For that moment we return, to the true Self without thought--A place of calm acceptance, Love, Peace and Life. To remove the dysfunction that we have inherited it is necessary to practice calming the mind through meditation and silent contemplation prayer; separating who we think we are from the ego and the mind.

The ego, created and feeding on thoughts, is never satisfied to be in the now, in the present moment. We always seem to be thinking of where we should be next or what we should be doing next. If it is not that, it is false of the past with attached emotions that cause pain to all of us. This is the source of all unhappiness in the human race. All suffering stems from the ego and the belief that we are the body. Thoughts run undisciplined, and for the average man cannot be controlled because for his lifetime he is so wrapped up in the ego. Many men live their lives in total ignorance and illusion. Are you one of these? Of course you are. Only the enlightened few, the spiritual masters, the Christ of the Middle East, the Rishi's of Great India, the Buddha, are self-realized and live consciously with the ONE. Do you have to stay living in ignorance? No, fortunately not, but a man must learn to live comfortably in his own hell before he can learn to live comfortably in his own heaven. Can we share in the enlightened state? Absolutely, it is your natural Being. It is your natural state of consciousness on which illusion hides your True Being, your True State. You have only to Be. Christ said - Before Abraham was; I AM.

Self and Silence

I am in the process of writing on this topic.

The Breath

Shallow breathing and short meaningless breaths plagued all of us especially when under stress. Shall load and hurried breathing translates into stress, panic, pressure, uneasiness, anxiety and fear. It should hold that the opposite is true that deep rhythmic regular breathing is the result of serenity, calmness, peace, a deeper sense of consciousness, and thoughtless being. In truth, the mind is controlled through breathing. It is an old yogic secret that in order to calm the mind one must learn to control the breathing. In order to reach a state of serenity the mind must be clear of its unending thoughts of the future and thoughts of the past with their corresponding emotions.

As a start we can learn from our Eastern brothers. In QiGong practice it is called the warrior nine breath technique. This can be taken into an 18 and 36 breath technique. However, one simple method of breath control is to slowly inhale to the count of four, hold the breath for the count of four, exhale to the count of four, inhale to the count of four and repeat. Do this with deep inhalation and deep exhalation for four to five repetitions. Then you may begin to slow down the sequence and reduce the depth of the inhalation and exhalation. You perform these breathing exercises with your mind concentrating on your breath, silently observing and allowing the mind to quiet. When thoughts arise you simply present them with "not interested", and they will subside. A continuous state of "not interested" is one of your most helpful preconditions against the mind's endless chatter. Namaste.

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This morning I did my usual 1.5 mile swim at 5:00AM. Then, I rode my beach cruiser 11 miles round-trip, in mild wind, at a moderate pace and burned a total of 530 calories on the trip. The total time was one hour and five minutes with an average four rate of 112 and a maximum heart rate of 138 which puts the fat percentage burn at 55%. This was after my mile and a quarter swim which began around 5 AM. Not an unusual day or me and actually a typical morning when I do not have clients before 9:00 AM. I typically do this swim and bike ride about 300 days a year. Not bad for a 50+ year old male. During the 12 minute cool down period after the bike ride I burned another 80 calories (as my average heart rate measured 100) by standing around. You burn more calories standing than you do sitting.

I checked my calorie burn for the bike trip with my Polar F11 heart rate monitor and calorie counter. I also verify the calorie burn with the formula for calorie burn versus heart rate (See below). To calculate calorie burn all that you need is your average heart rate, which can be broken down into minutes, your age, sex, and weight.

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Strike a Pose Pair yoga with running to get stronger, sharper, and less injury-prone. Five years ago, Angie Stewart, a Los Angeles-based personal trainer, suffered from iliotibial band (ITB) pain so severe she couldn't run longer than 40 minutes. "The outside of both of my legs would hurt to the point that I would have to sit down," says Stewart, who had been accustomed to logging 40 to 50 miles a week. "Once I even had to get someone to drive me home." For six months, she tried all the usual antidotes--icing, stretching, cutting her mileage, doing physical therapy, self-massaging with a foam roller. Nothing worked. Finally, Stewart tried yoga. "I hated it at first," she says. "All I could think about while I was there was that I'd rather be running. I felt like I was wasting my time. I didn't see how something so noncompetitive and calming in nature could provide me with any athletic benefits." But after two months of five sessions a week, Stewart says her ITB syndrome disappeared. And with the conviction of the converted, she founded Runner's Yoga 90210, where marathoners, beginner runners, and even members of UCLA's track team gather in Beverly Hills's Roxbury Park for a 20- to 30-minute run followed by 45 to 55 minutes of yoga in a nearby studio. "Yoga improves strength and balance, but one of the best things it can do for runners is increase flexibility," says Bruce Dick, M.D., a partner of Orthopedic Associates of Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, New York, who has been doing sun salutations since the early 1980s, when he needed to improve his flexibility for triathlon training. He still recommends yoga to his patients, especially those who think running a marathon is easier than touching their toes. "If you don't have the flexibility in your hip flexors and hamstrings to create an adequate range of motion, your body will ask that motion to come from other joints--joints not meant to produce that motion. So you get early fatigue, early breakdown, and you expose yourself to injury." Best Practice Just as your running workouts vary in intensity--from easy run to the tempo sweat-fest--so should your yoga routines, says Sage Rountree, author of The Athlete's Guide to Yoga and USA Triathlon coach, who was planning to run the Boston Marathon in April. After a long run or during a week of peak mileage, gentle stretches enhance recovery. On a rest day or during a period when you aren't training heavily, a challenging class like power yoga, or Ashtanga, builds strength and improves flexibility (see "On Miles and Mats," below). Rountree recommends developing a home-based practice that you can adjust to your schedule: Poses that stretch your muscles postrun; others that strengthen your core at least three times a week; a longer routine that targets the entire body on a rest or easy day. "You want to maximize the results of time spent on the mat," says Rountree, who teaches Yoga for Athletes in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. "While it wouldn't hurt to do gentle yoga on your rest day, power yoga might be better for building strength. You wouldn't want to do power yoga during a taper, when you have pent-up energy. It might tempt you to push yourself harder than you should." Beyond balance, strength, and flexibility, yoga offers an added benefit that can enhance performance: improved mental focus. "It teaches you to be in an intense situation--perhaps deep in a back-bending pose--and to bring awareness to your form and your breathing to make the situation manageable," Rountree says. "This skill is invaluable when at mile 18 of 26.2. You'll learn ways to cope, which will benefit you as an athlete and in life." Three poses to try (and why) Balance Pose: Pyramid (promotes stability, stretches hamstrings) Stand with your left leg front. Hinge forward from the hips, tilting the pelvis forward and keeping the back straight, knees slightly bent. Interlace your fingers behind your back and stretch them up. Power Pose: Lunge with Twist (stretches hips) Step your left foot back; lower down so your knee and toes rest on the ground. Put your palms together. Twist and rest your left triceps on your right quad. Look over your shoulder. Core Pose: Reverse Table (strengthens abs and back) Sit with your knees bent, feet on the floor, hands directly under your shoulders with fingers spread wide. Push up through your hands and feet until your torso and thighs are parallel to the floor. On Miles and Mats Your yoga should have an inverse relationship to your training. Easy runs can be followed by tougher yoga sessions; challenging runs should be followed by gentle poses. Here's a sample plan. Mon Run/Cross-train - Rest day Yoga - Power (vigorous flowing practice) + Core Tue Easy plus strides Yoga - Gentle (easy stretches targeting tight spots) Wed Cross-train or easy run Yoga - Balance (works stabilizers in the legs and core) + Core Thur Tempo run Yoga - Core (strengthens the trunk muscles) Fri Cross-train or day off Yoga - Flow (gentle flowing practice, milder than power) + Core Sat Easy run plus strides Yoga - Breath (focus on breathing, relaxation, visualization) Sun Long run Yoga - Warm/cool/breath (sun-salutation warmup, hip-opener cooldown; focus on deep breathing and visualization)
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"Calcium is the most important mineral, not only for your bones, but also for your heart, nerves and muscles."

"Calcium is the most important mineral, not only for your bones, but also for your heart, nerves and muscles," says Ruth Frechman, R.D., spokesperson for the California Dietetic Association. Low calcium consumption is a leading cause of osteoporosis, a condition that leads to weak, brittle bones. Studies suggest that a calcium-rich diet may help reduce the risk of some types of colon cancer. And the mineral may even have some weight-loss benefit: In a recent study, scientists found that mice on high-calcium diets burned more fat. While the theory has yet to be tested on humans, some companies are already hyping calcium as a weight-loss tool. Yet, despite these positive nutrition benefits, confusion about calcium among the public abounds.

A survey conducted in 2003 by the American Dietetic Association found that 89 percent of women believed calcium was important to their health, yet 40 percent were confused over how to calculate their daily intake. The median intake is 625 mg per day, but the National Academy of Science recommends daily calcium intakes of 1,000-1,200 mg per day for adult men and women, an increase from the 1989 recommendation that advised taking 800-1,200 mg per day.

For years there have been rumors claiming that calcium causes kidney stones, and some people believe that mature adults don't need calcium. But the evidence easily dispels these myths. Research shows that people need calcium throughout their lives, and that calcium might actually reduce the risk of kidney stones.

Furthermore, post-menopausal women who are dieting and getting the standard recommendation of 1,200 mg of calcium per day actually absorb almost 20 percent less of the mineral, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Women who consume 2,000 mg absorb sufficient amounts of calcium.
New spins on calcium continue. For example, coral calcium supplement, which hit the market with claims that it is derived from remnants of living coral and, as such, has myriad healing properties. These claims were quickly dispelled when it was revealed that since law protects coral reefs, coral calcium is essentially ground limestone (calcium carbonate with some magnesium and trace minerals) with no presence of living organisms.

Many people turn their backs on a good source of calcium, dairy products, because of lactose intolerance, a genetically determined decline in lactase. the enzyme that breaks down lactose, which cause gastrointestinal distress when lactose-rich foods are consumed. Yet a recent study indicated that people who can't digest lactose but who got 1,200 mg per day of calcium from dairy foods did not experience any negative symptoms. Lactose intolerants may be able to tolerate milk with a meal or snack, or dairy products (such as cheese, ice cream and yogurt), when they also take lactase tablets/preparations.

Dairy foods, consumed daily, provide most adult calcium needs, along with protein, vitamin D and phosphorus, which together help the body absorb and deposit calcium in bones. Other calcium-rich foods include deep green, leafy vegetables and fish with bones. In addition, many processed foods, such as orange juice and breakfast cereals, are fortified with calcium.

Supplements bridge the gap between the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of calcium and intake from food sources. The calcium found in foods and supplements is a compound form, which, during digestion, dissolves, leaving just the elemental calcium to be absorbed into the blood. Differences abound over what compound is best, but the amounts of elemental calcium in the most common forms found in supplements are:

Calcium carbonate: 40 percent
Calcium phosphate: 38 percent
Calcium citrate: 21 percent
Calcium lactate: 13 percent
Calcium gluconate: 9 percent

To help get the recommended 1,200-1,500 mg of calcium per day, try these calcium-rich foods:

Plain fat-free yogurt (1 c) 487 mg
Fruit yogurt, low fat (1 c) 372 mg
Swiss cheese (2 oz.) 448 mg
Mozzarella cheese -art skim (2 oz) 444 mg
Parmesan cheese (1 oz.) 314 mg
Cottage cheese, 2-percent fat (1 c) 156 mg
Orange juice with calcium (1 c) 350 mg
Soy beverage w/added calcium (1 300 mg
Milk, 1-percent fat (1 c) 264 mg
Canned salmon (wlbones) (3oz 212 mg
Tofu (prepared w/calcium sulfate) (11 g) 135 mg
Collard greens, cooked 133 mg
Sesame seeds, whole, dried (1 T) 88 mg
Almonds, dry roasted 1oz 75mg
Broccoli, cooked (1/2 c) 31 mg

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