Recent Posts by Faisal M.

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45 Posts
Aug 10, 2014 8:41pm
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Weight Loss / Suggestions for killing lower belly fat.

If you've been losing fat, then just keep at it. You can't tell your body
where to burn its fats next. It differs for everyone.

You can speed up the process though. Intensify your cardios (preferably on an empty stomach) and have a healthy diet. I know it's generic, but that's how it's done. Those last few pounds are a major pain to get rid of.

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45 Posts
Aug 10, 2014 8:31pm
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20 Somethings / Does anyone know of a good yoga app or some apps of yoga?

I dont think there are any good apps, at least not on Android.

I go to classes...but do Check out the blog

yogajournal.com

I use it to browse through challenge poses to do. But there is a lot of stuff on there that you might find useful.

Hope this helped.

11 Aug
Thanks
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45 Posts
Aug 10, 2014 8:27pm
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Motivation & Support / Lazy and unmotivated. Tips?

Two ways.

Either you can stop cold turkey and start eating healthy or you can gradually eliminate the crunchy carby from your diet and add what's good for your body. The first way requires a lot of discipline and usually you end up giving up cuz you feel miserable.

I used to eat anything and everything. It was mostly unhealthy. What I did was, I reduced my portions of the 'crunchy carby' and then slowly added healthy foods. The trick is to incorporate foods high in fibre. That way you eat little but you feel satiated and you won't feel the need to reach for a bag of chips.

But whenever I feel a strong craving, I do indulge. But in portions. Usually with a healthy fruit afterward so I don't end up feeling unsatiated.

Remember, your fitness journey shouldn't feel like punishment. Cuz your body will never stop yearning for the crunchy carby goodness if it just feels miserable all the time. Just teach and reassure your body that you'll take good care of it and it, in turn, will play along.

If you'd like some pointers and how to manage your cravings or anything else...just inbox me.

Good luck :)

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45 Posts
Aug 5, 2014 7:00pm
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Yoga / Favorite pose?

One legged crow and peacock pose :)

Working on some more

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45 Posts
Aug 2, 2014 12:21pm
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Motivation & Support / Workoutpartner :)

If you need help with weight loss, yoga or body weight training feel free to message me :)

good luck!

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45 Posts
Aug 2, 2014 12:19pm
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Teen Zone / How much time do we need to get lower body results..?

If by results you mean shredded abs, then that depends on how much body fat % you've got. The lower the percentage the ripped you'll look.

Or if by results you mean strength then you can have strong abs fairly quick. Like within a month. Have to work out hard though.

And give your abs a day or two to rest.

02 Aug
Thanks (y) and by results I meant strength
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45 Posts
Aug 2, 2014 12:16pm
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Body Building / Help with Forearm definition.

Thanks for the tips guys.

So the deflation thing is normal huh?

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45 Posts
Aug 1, 2014 7:43pm
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Body Building / Help with Forearm definition.

I have strong forearms, I mean I can do arm balances like the peacock pose and stuff. Strength is not an issue. But they don't look strong. I do forearm curls like twice a week for about 20 minutes a day. but it is big and has definition for a couple of days and then it seems to 'deflate'.

Anyone else have this problem? Or a solution?

01 Aug
Try doing pullups or even better hang from a pullup bar with your arms straight. Do that for timed intervals and keep increasing the amount of time you hang
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45 Posts
Aug 1, 2014 4:01pm
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Yoga / The splits!

Hey :)

Splits has been one of my many goals. And I've been doing hamstring stretches for almost a month and now I can do a forward fold with my palms touching the floor.

So is fair to say that it'll take time to loosen your hamstrings enough to do a split.
And also be sure to stretch the psoas muscles. They are also integral for splits :)

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45 Posts
Jul 31, 2014 10:59pm
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Welcome Wagon / Hey!

I suggest a vinyasa flow. Yoga. Because it's not too difficult that you'll burn yourself out the first day and not too easy that you won't get the endorphins flowing. And most of all your body just feels amazing afterward. Don't get me wrong working out is great but it's chaotic. You have your music on and the adrenalin is pumping and your mind and body is like AAAH!

At the risk of sounding like a pansy, a Vinyasa flow funnels all that power into something beautiful and graceful. You'll feel, for lack of a better word, great.

Ofcourse you can compliment this with cardio and strength training. That's what I do

2 days yoga + 1 day acro + 3 days body weight training and cardio.

31 Jul
And since you're at home, all you'll need is a yoga mat :)
31 Jul
Thank you! I was considering beginning with yoga because it's something I've never really done before but it's always seemed so relaxing. I'll have to go find the yoga mat! Also I was considering adding in walking here and there because I could literally walk for hours and it's another thing that relaxes me. Thanks again for the tips :)
31 Jul
Trust me...yoga is a great bigging to your fitness journey. Go find the mat! ;) And there are different flows for different muscle groups. So your wanna make sure you target them all. If you need any help I'll point you in the right direction with some videos and tips from my experience (over a year with yoga). Feel free to ask :) Good luck on your journey. 🙏
31 Jul
Thank you so much! I'll get googling but if I ever get stuck I'll be sure to find you!
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45 Posts
Jul 31, 2014 10:48pm
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Motivation & Support / No energy.....Help???

A banana.

Nothing better.

Works every time.

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45 Posts
Jul 31, 2014 8:44pm
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Sports Injuries & Prevention / Shoulder Flexibility

http://youtu.be/vP8YmmRMz6I

I started using this stretch a few weeks back. Really helped me with my arm balances. Less stiffness. I suggest you start of with a very wide grip.

01 Aug
Thank you for your response. I'm unable to open this link. Please review.
01 Aug
Youtube 'shoulder flexibility' Is the video titled 'Great Stretch to Improve Your Shoulder Flexibility' by GMB
01 Aug
Thanks for the info. I'll let you know how it goes.
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45 Posts
Jul 31, 2014 8:25pm
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Workouts and Programs / Reps Vs. Sec ??

In my opinion, reps should matter more if you're a beginner. Try doing a healthy amount of reps to build up your strength and then once you get strong enough you can challenge yourself by doing them quicker.

There's no point in, for example, trying to do 20 pushups in 20 seconds if you don't have the strength to do 20 in like a minute. So there's no harm in taking a few extra secs for each rep.

So focus on gaining strength and maintaining form. Soon you'll be strong enough to blow through your sets. :)

31 Jul
And the main purpose of a timed set is to maintain intensity. So that you don't slack off. It keeos your heart rate up and your blood pumping. This will improve your recovery rate. As you progress you'll find that you need less time between sets to recover than you did when you first started.
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45 Posts
Jul 31, 2014 12:23pm
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Men's Locker Room / Medicine and fitness... Wanna know anything about them?.. Do ask..

Alright. This will be my lastdiscussion on this.

1. Atrophy -  diminution of tissue due to lack of nutrition, movement and or nerve damage.

If you've come across somewhere that says atrophy - muscle damage due to unrest then fine.

But I don't see it.

2. The dislocations. I wasn't saying I was right. The best thing you could have said was for that person was ask them to consult a doctor or a physician.

Having said that, I don't care if you're right or not. The point I was trying to make is...being in an online forum, no matter how extensive your knowledge maybe, is not the right way to diagnose somebody. Of course your opinion is valid. But that's where you have to draw the line. To give an opinion. Always tell people to check their information. Get a second opinion. Get CERTIFIED help.

The fact that you, a student, are inviting people ONLINE to ask you about medical related issues is not the right thing to do.

Hope you understand what I'm trying to say.

31 Jul
Just to elaborate...the fact that you're representing yourself as the go to guy for medical and fitness issues, you can't afford to be wrong.
31 Jul
Ya i understand fullywell which situation is pretty dangerous for somebody and which is not.. So maybe you should have a thorough look at my topics because i have asked the "dangerous situation" patient to consult a doctor......... And that is what i do.. Help them..
31 Jul
Congratulations! You have more, officially, lost the ability to see the bigger picture.
31 Jul
Thanks for your amateur support... :D..
06 Aug
Hey I don't care if ur 'certified' yet or not. Its good practice for u and we get to learn something from what u already know . All the other posts are for amateurs at least u know a lot more :)
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45 Posts
Jul 31, 2014 9:51am
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Fab 40 Somethings / Losing weight seems impossible.

All the fellow skimblers are probably right. I think your calorie intake is a little on the high side. And also you could've gained muscle in place of your fats.

My opinion is since you're at 40 and in reasonably good shape, your BMR is low. This is normal. Overweight and young people have higher BMR. So they burn more calories throughout the day.
And I think you're striking an almost perfect balance. You're burning the calories that you're taking in. In other words you're not creating a deficit. Your body gets all the energy from the healthy food you eat so your body doesn't need to burn your fat reserves.
I suggest medium intensity cardio on an empty stomach in the morning. Your body will have used up most of your dinner while your were asleep and it'll have no choice but to reach for your fast reserves for energy. Remember to drink water.

Hope this helps :)

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45 Posts
Jul 31, 2014 9:12am
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Men's Locker Room / Medicine and fitness... Wanna know anything about them?.. Do ask..

Hello there. I read some of your stuff on here. And I found it...interesting

The One about exercise and rest. You told that one could end up with muscle atrophy if enough rest wasn't given after working out for x number of days. Atrophy by definition is a wasting away of on organ or tissue or muscle due to nerve damage or lack of physical stimulation or malnutrition. You cannot get atrophy if you've worked out for a week straight. You will however fatigue your mind and body making you more prone to injury stemming from improper form. Your immune system may temporarily weaken from the constant stress making you vulnerable to infections. And a lot of of other problems. Atrophy not being one of them.

And then there was this person who asked you about a painless clicking shoulder joint, whenever she worked out her shoulders. And you told her that she had a dislocated shoulder. That one was...yeah. When you dislocate your shoulder you can't move your arm much less exercise your shoulder without being in excruciating pain. I have a clicking knee joint and its painless. And I assure you its not dislocated. You should've told her to consult a doctor, if there was a limited range of motion, swelling or pain.

I know your intentions are in the right place but please better your research.
Since this is a fitness forum, false information can be very misleading and potentially have very dangerous consequences. People are being trusting when they ask for advice, the least you could do is give back accurate information.

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45 Posts
Jul 30, 2014 11:46pm
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Teen Zone / Shoulder

Both Bianca and Troy pretty much covered it.

But most people forget the rear delts. They just want bigger and thicker shoulders that they forget about the rear deltoids.

Chaturangu push ups, diamond push ups and W raises.

Don't neglect your rear delts. If you're an athlete or you use your arms a lot, you will most likely injure your shoulder because of the imbalance.

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45 Posts
Jul 30, 2014 8:33pm
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Motivation & Support / Sore!

The soreness is the result of microtears in your muscle fibre. Happens to almost everyone who start out. Since your muscle wasn't used to the stress of
working out it tears a bit. This is normal. Make sure you eat a protein rich meal thatll help heal those microtears with bigger stronger muscles.

And ALWAYS warm up before your workout :)

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45 Posts
Jul 30, 2014 11:27am
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Diet & Nutrition / NEGATIVE (ZERO) -CALORIE FOODS.

And for your information.

A stalk of celery gives about 6 calories to the body and the body requires less than half of that to digest it.

Proteins which are the hardest to digest require 20-30% of its calorie count to digest.

This is as close to a negative calorie food you can get.

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45 Posts
Jul 30, 2014 7:09am
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20 Somethings / Bikini comp questions?

Regarding body fat...It gets progresively harder to lose fat. As it takes more and more calories to burn the remaining fat. But for now I think you can get off to a good start. I think at about 18-15% is when you'll start to 'plateau'. So gaining a bit of muscle will help with the calorie burning.

But I don't know if muscles are a no-no in a bikini competition. You might wanna check that out.

It took me 2 months to shed 8 kilos. I worked out hard. And my diet could have been a wee bit better. But yeah that's me. I think it's safe to say you'll follow a similar graph. Then again your body is unique. So start working out. Your body will talk to you, listen to it and figure out what's best for you :)


30 Jul
And congratulations on the baby :)
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45 Posts
Jul 30, 2014 12:40am
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Motivation & Support / motivational songs?

Theme song from when Goku turns super saiyan 3?? Haha

Songs by Within Temptation are good. You should try 'what have you done' by them

30 Jul
thanks!
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45 Posts
Jul 30, 2014 12:31am
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Weight Loss / Weighing in :-/

You should've atleast reduced by a kilo.

I'd like it if you could run me through how you calculated your deficit, your workout regiment and your diet.

30 Jul
Bmr 1500. Workout cals 300. Accidental exercise 100. Food cals 1300. So 1900cals out 1300 cals in. Deficit -600
30 Jul
Hmm...that is reasonable. However there are a few other factor you may want to consider. You may have had a lot of water before your weighed in. This will give you a false reading. Or more likely, you must have gained muscle mass. So in the end you could have lost fat but gained muscle through your workout. In any case, you have a healthy lifestyle and you're taking care of your body. No matter what anyone says, those should matter to you the most. Give it time and the weight will come down. Don't get stressed out. It will...
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45 Posts
Jul 29, 2014 10:42pm
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Diet & Nutrition / NEGATIVE (ZERO) -CALORIE FOODS.

So I wanted to tell you about something I came across a month ago. Negative calorie foods. Also called catabolic foods. Maybe you've heard of them too. Anyway, they are foods that essentially give you zero calories. Better yet, they actually produce a calorie deficit. No, they're not some supplement created in a science lab. They are all natural. Examples include crab, broccoli, shrimp, lobster and more.

Here's how it works.

The calories that it takes to digest the food is higher than the calories in the food itself.

Suppose, you have a a plate of broccoli (yum!!) and lets say the total calories amount to 200. It takes about 300 calories to digest it. This creates a deficit of a 100 calories.

You could just change the way you eat. Maybe make a delicious crab cake eating all you want and voila! just watch the pounds melt away. You might as well go shopping cuz soon those pants aren't gonna fit your new sexy hips.

Wonderful right!?

Well...It would be, if it were true.

Last night, I actually told my brother who is obese, to eat healthy and include more 'zero calorie' foods in his diet. Then it got me thinking.

How does catabolic foods actually work?

I mean what's the point of eating anything that doesn't give you energy? And what about the people in the Arctic where most of their diet is seafood? How will their bodies function without energy? The Eskimos would literally eat their way to death wouldn't they?

So I did a bit of research and turns out that catabolic foods are a MYTH.

I immediately texted my brother
and told him what I had found. And apologized for giving him false hope.

A month ago, I came across the concept of catabolic foods through propagation by sites like LIVESTRONG.COM and I just took it on face value assuming that people at LIVESTRONG know what they're talking about.

This just shows that there is a lot of false information out there , especially when it comes to health. People trying to make a quick buck with fairy takes and half baked ideas.

So to sum up, there are NO foods that create a calorie deficit all on its own.

Except...

Cold water. This is the only 'food' that creates a calorie deficit. Water has no calories. And when you drink cold water, your body uses a bit of energy to raise the temperature of the water to body temperature. Thus creating a deficit. Emphasis on the word BIT. Because the deficit is negligible. It would take a year of drinking cold water to lose lose a couple of pounds.
So there you have it. When it comes to your health, when something sounds too good to be true. It probably is. If it isn't, be kind enough to let me in on it :)

Spread this message to people you might know who believe in catabolic foods.

Stay smart. Stay healthy.

*raises a glass of cold water*
Cheers!

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45 Posts
Jul 29, 2014 9:05pm
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Welcome Wagon / Work out buddy??

If you've got any problems with yoga, body weight training and good eating don't hesitate to ping me on here.

Or my Kik us there69

Cheers :)

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45 Posts
Jul 29, 2014 8:19am
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Motivation & Support / Seeing results?

Well, I lost about 45 pounds since I checked 45 days ago.

Increased my repertoire of yoga arm balances

And have increased my stamina.

Upcoming objectives are a lower resting rate and hopefully better straight arm strength for some calisthenics poses. :)