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“Death by 10m”

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More equivalence between partners equals some-more exercise


Men and women who see themselves as equal partners in a attribute are some-more expected to attend in visit recreational practice compared with those in reduction egalitarian unions, a investigate in PLOS One suggests.

Greater gender equivalence was compared with increasing earthy activity in both sexes, a investigate showed. Interestingly, women seemed to advantage some-more exercise-wise from gender equivalence than men, researchers said.

Gender-equal relations might encourage incomparable team-work and yield any partner with some-more choice and freedom, including to do exercise, a researchers suggested. Previous studies have found matrimony cuts into men’s practice time to a incomparable grade than for women, even yet married group spend some-more time on earthy activity than women, a investigate said.

Researchers in a U.K. and Sweden analyzed information on 772 people who were married or vital with a partner. The subjects were enrolled in a incomparable investigate during age 16 and finished questionnaires during unchanging intervals until 2007, when they were 42 years old.

At age 21 and again during age 42, a subjects were asked how mostly in a prior 12 months they had exercised or participated in sports. At age 42, subjects rated a viewed turn of gender equivalence in their relationships.

Of a subjects, 42.7% of group and 36.7% of women rated their attribute as “totally gender-equal.” Men reported sportive some-more mostly during age 21 than 42, that wasn’t unexpected, a researchers said. But discordant to their expectations, it was women who intent in some-more visit earthy activity during age 42: 11.3% exercised each day compared with 6.5% of men.

People in relations they regarded as totally gender-equal were dual to 3 times as expected to rivet in daily practice as those in unions viewed as low in equality, according to a practiced results, that deliberate a series of children vital during home and operative overtime.

Caveat: Physical activity was self-reported and a duration, power and a form of practice weren’t known.

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Rowing intervals

From NPR

Fruit Juice Vs. Soda? Both Beverages Pack In Sugar, Health Risks

Better for you than soda? With 49 grams of fructose per liter, not much.

Better for you than soda? With 49 grams of fructose per liter, not much.

When it comes to choosing between sodas and juices in the beverage aisle, the juice industry has long benefited from a health halo.

We know that juice comes from fruit, while soda is artificial. In particular, the sugars in juice seem more “natural” than high fructose corn syrup — the main sweetener in so many sodas. After all, we’ve gotten rid of most of the soda we used to offer kids at school, but we still serve them lots of juice.

But a study published online in June in the journal Nutrition shows that on average, fruit juice has a fructose concentration of about 45.5 grams per liter, only a bit less than the average of 50 grams per liter for sodas. The sneakiest — and sweetest — juice is Minute Maid 100 percent apple, with nearly 66 grams of fructose per liter. That’s more than the 62.5 grams per liter in Coca-Cola and the 61 grams per liter in Dr Pepper.

Michael Goran, the director of the Childhood Obesity Research Center at the University of Southern California, led the study. He says he decided to measure the fructose, specifically, in juices and sodas because of a growing body of evidence suggesting fructose is a riskier substance than glucose.

“The human body isn’t designed to process this form of sugar at such high levels,” Goran said in a statement. “Unlike glucose, which serves as fuel for the body, fructose is processed almost entirely in the liver where it is converted to fat, which increases risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and liver disease.”

Goran’s assertion is not universally accepted. Other health researchers, like Fred Brouns at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, say sugar is basically sugar. He has argued that we should spend less time fixating on fructose and its role in the emerging chronic disease epidemics and more time looking at sugar and overconsumption overall.

The fructose in fruit comes with fiber, which slows down and reduces the absorption of the sugar in the body.


Goran says that while high fructose corn syrup in soda and food has become a focal point for researchers and public health advocates in recent years, there’s been less attention on the link between fruit juice and obesity and diabetes.

“But it’s hard to imagine why any there’s reason why juices wouldn’t be as harmful as sodas if they’re delivering the same amount of sugar,” he tells us.

One of the biggest problems, Goran notes, is that nutrition labels only tell us the total grams of sugar — so it’s hard to know how much fructose is in any product. (The term “sugars” on the label can include sucrose, which is a combination of glucose and fructose; lactose and other variations.)

But, Goran adds, if we’re getting fructose from whole fruit, that’s a different story. The fructose in whole fruit comes with fiber, which slows down and reduces the absorption of the sugar in the body, “serving as a sort of antidote to the negative effects of fructose metabolism.”

Barry Popkin, a leading obesity researcher and professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, agrees that fruit juice consumption is associated with health risks because of the high sugar content.

Popkin notes that only about nine countries have banned fruit juices from schools. “However, all countries now say a maximum 4 ounces of fruit juice whereas 20 years ago we said unlimited,” he adds.

So what’s a juice lover to do with so many supersweet products on the market? Aswe’ve reported, some beverage makers are now starting to cut the sugar. Goran recommends diluting juice you buy at the store with 50 percent water.

“From a public health perspective, we’re going to need to change the cultural norms about how sweet things like juice really need to be,” he says.

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-5% for 5 reps
-an addtional 5% for 5 reps

1:40 row with :20 rest
Goal – M/410m – W/350m

From The Art Of Manliness

7 Simple Exercises That Undo the Damage of Sitting

You’ve probably experienced those moments when you get up from a sitting position and your butt feels numb and your hips feel so tight that you have to lean forward at the waist just to walk. Excessive sitting leaves your hips and legs tight and your glutes inactive. Even after you stand up, the ill effects of sitting stay with you and may prevent your butt muscles from firing at an optimal level when you really need them – like when you suddenly need to chase down a purse snatcher!

Some fitness experts argue that sitting causes muscles in the hip area to physically shorten (and stay shorter), even after you stand up. While there are no scientific studies to back that claim, from my own personal experience, sitting for lengthy periods of time definitely makes everything feel tight in the groin/butt area.

If you’re an athlete (or fancy yourself one), tight hips and inactive glutes can hamper physical performance in a variety of activities, such as sprinting, squatting, and — my favorite — deadlifting. If you want to perform at your best, you need to make sure that your hips stay limber and that your butt muscles are firing on all cylinders. Even if you’re not interested in deadlifting 600 lbs. (though I hope to change your mind on that someday), keeping your hip flexors loose and glutes active can improve your life on other fronts.

First, having limber hips just feels good, plain and simple. Second, having a healthy range of motion in your hips can help prevent injury when you pursue more recreational physical activities and do household chores. For example, loose hips keep your IT band loose as well, which can ward off knee pain. Finally, taking care of your hips may help improve your posture, which can in turn alleviate back or neck pain. (Not to mention the role of limber hips in doing a mean mambo.)

Below, we provide some simple stretches and exercises that will undo the damage to your hips and butt caused by sitting.

Prevention Is the Best Remedy: Sit Less and Move More

As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The best thing you can do for your hip mobility and glute activation is to simply sit less and move more during the day.

If your employer will allow it, try using a standing desk, which keeps your muscles activated at the office. Keep in mind that, just as with sitting, standing should be done in moderation (doing it for an extended period of time isn’t that great for you, either).

If a standing desk isn’t an option, take five-minute breaks from sitting every 30 to 45 minutes. Stand up and walk around a bit. Maybe even perform a few of the exercises below. Even if you have a standing desk, you should still take breaks every now and then for some movement.

Stretch Out Those Hips

These dynamic stretches and exercises are designed for loosening tight hips that come from sitting too much. I try to incorporate a few of them in my daily workout warm-ups or even sneak some in when I’m hanging out with the kids (who think their dad is pretty odd). Every now and then I also dedicate an hour on Saturdays to just hip and glute work, along with some intense foam rolling.

If you’re really tight, take it nice and easy. As physical therapist Kelly Starrett says, “Don’t go into the pain cave. Your animal totem won’t be there to help you.”

Leg Swings

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This is a great dynamic stretch that I do before every workout. It loosens up the hips, hamstrings, and glutes.

Begin with forward leg swings. Find something to hold for balance. Start off swinging your right leg backwards and forwards as high and as far back as you comfortably can. Do 20 swings and then switch legs.

Next are side-to-side swings. Again, find something to hold for balance. Swing your right leg out to the side as high as possible and then in front of you towards your left as far as you can go. Perform 20 swings and then switch legs. Depending on how tight you feel, you may need another set.

Grok Squat

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The Grok Squat is very similar to a catcher’s stance in baseball. Simply squat down until your butt touches your ankles. Keep your heels firmly on the ground and your back straight. Hold that position for 30-60 seconds. You should feel your hamstrings, quads, Achilles tendons, lower back, and groin gently stretching. If you’re super stiff, it may take a few days of practice to sink into a full squat. Keep at it. Your back and hips will thank you.

Intersperse a few short squatting sessions into your daily routine.

Table Pigeon Pose

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If you’ve done yoga, you’re probably familiar with the pigeon pose. This stretch is the same thing, except you use a table, which makes it a bit easier to perform and allows you to stretch out your muscles from different angles. Start by placing your leg on a tabletop (you could also use your bed) with the knee bent at 90 degrees. Place one hand on the table and one hand on your foot for support. Lean forward and hold for 60-90 seconds. Then lean left to the 10 o’clock position and hold for 60-90 seconds. Lean right to the 2 o’clock position and hold for 60-90 seconds. Repeat on the other leg.

If you have knee problems, rotate your body so that your ankle hangs off the table and place a pillow underneath your knee. Aim to do two pigeon poses a day (I personally do one during my workout and another at a random time).

Couch Stretch

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This stretch is a killer. I didn’t realize how unlimber I was until I tried doing the couch stretch. It’s basically a quad stretch ratcheted up a few notches. Starrett argues that this will undo years of sitting.

You actually don’t need a couch for this stretch, it just makes it a bit more comfortable (if that’s even possible). You can also do it on the floor by putting your knee against a wall.

For the “easy” version, place the knee of the leg you’re stretching against the back of your sofa. Place the foot of your other leg on the floor. Slowly raise your torso to a neutral spine position (i.e. standing straight and tall). As you raise your torso, squeeze your butt and abs. Hold the position for up to four minutes. Switch and repeat on the other leg. You should feel things really stretch in your hip flexor area — just don’t push yourself too hard.

To up the ante, bring your non-stretching leg up onto the seat of the couch. Keeping a straight, neutral spine, squeeze the butt and abs and work your way up to holding the position for four minutes. Keep in mind that it may be awhile before you can get your torso to a straight position. When I first started doing this stretch the “hard way,” I could only raise my torso to a 45-degree angle and I’d have to support myself with my hand on the floor. I was eventually able to move to a straight position after two weeks of dedicated stretching. The difference in the mobility of my hips was (and continues to be) significant.

This stretch is so good that I try to do it every day, sometimes before a workout, sometimes when I’m just hanging out while Gus watches Paw Patrol.

Activate Those Glutes

Barbell Bridges

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This is another exercise that makes you look goofy but does wonders for your glutes and hips. It has been a great support exercise for the deadlift.

Lay on the ground with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Put a padded barbell across your hips and grab it with an overhand grip about shoulder-width apart. Raise your waist off the ground while squeezing your glutes until your hips are aligned with your body. Return to the starting position, and complete three sets of 10 reps.

Aim to do this exercise one to two times a week. You can add weight as you get stronger. If you can’t do it with the weight of the barbell, try un-weighted bridges.


Fair warning: You’re going to feel a bit ridiculous doing this exercise. But it’s one of the best for activating your glutes. If you’re self-conscious, do this at home before you go to the gym so no one sees you.




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500m Row with 1:30 rest betweeen each segment

Mom exercising with son kicked out of LA Fitness gym

Krista Grubb never thought that working out with her 13-year-old son Mason Halye at the LA Fitness gym in Palm Harbor, Florida would get her membership revoked, but that’s just what happened.

As reported by WTVT Fox 13, Grubb, a fitness trainer, was happy to guide her son as he began to lift weights. “I was really excited to have him come in and lift and see the changes in his body that I saw in mine,” the mom said. “Through lifting weights and just working out, I gained a lot of confidence.” The mother and son began to work out together at LA Fitness. Mason enjoyed it and said, “It was a good like, bonding time for me and my mom.”



The two continued their workouts together with no issue until last week. Grubb recounted, “One of the trainers approached me and asked me what I was doing. I told her I was working out with my son.” Mason added, “We were just working out and she came and like she helped me with my form and stuff, and that’s basically all.”

Krista Grubb helping son Mason Halye, with his weight lifting form. (WTVT)

When Ms. Grubb returned the next day, she discovered that her membership had been revoked. Grubb recalled, “He said, ‘Well, the notes here say that you were training people here and we have trainers that you know our customers pay.’” While gym policies prohibiting outside trainers are not unusual, the Florida mother maintains that she and her son were working out as a family, not as a trainer and client. “I think it’s pretty ridiculous that they would take her membership away,” Mason said. The perplexed Grubb laughed at what she agreed was an absurd situation saying, “It being my son and we’re working out together. I just, it’s insane, like it’s just, it’s insane.”

Krista Grubb (WTVT)

Grubb recently paid her membership in full and said she has still not received a refund from LA Fitness.

When WTVT asked the location’s management for comment they were directed to LA Fitness corporate. However, multiple attempts to contact corporate public relations were unanswered.