Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Video That Made a Million Women Pause and Go “What The…?!”

Have you seen this video yet? If you haven’t, take a look. If you have…take another look.

The first time I watched this video I was sick—even knowing it happens on a daily basis, I found myself appalled by the sheer extent of the alterations. However, it also served as a great reminder for why it’s dangerous to look to the media for the definition of  what beauty “looks like”; with the advent of Photoshop, and other such alteration software, it’s become extremely easy to nip, tuck, and enhance an individual without ever sending them to a plastic surgeon.

That said, the above video is an extreme case of this and, obviously, the folks at “Upworthiest” received precisely what they hoped from bringing it to our attention—a viral video that increased both the traffic to and exposure of their website.

In the end though, the end message is clear: don’t trust what you see because, to coin an old phrase, “maybe it’s real, maybe it’s Maybeline”…or, in this case, some really creative photoshopping.

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Fit Tips: Deadlifts Are Excellent for the Lower Back and Legs, But…

The Romanian Deadlift is executed with the knees slightly bent and the barbell in close contact with the legs. There are also other variations of this exercise which use dumbbells as well.

Deadlifts are a good exercise for building strength in the lower back, hamstrings, glutes, shoulders, triceps, biceps, adductor, and abductor muscles. In short, it can be viewed as a total body exercise and used as a means of both building strength and cardiovascular endurance (depending on tempo).

However, if done improperly, they can also lead to injury/discomfort.

For the purpose of this post, I’ll be focusing on the Romanian and the Stiff-Legged Deadlift. While both work essentially the same muscles, and appear to use the same movement, there are subtle differences between the two which need to be taken into account.

In the Stiff-Legged Deadlift, the legs are in a locked position, the hands are shoulder-width apart on the bar, usually with an overhand grip, and, as the barbell is lowered towards the floor, it remains within a few inches of the legs but not necessarily touching.

The Romanian Deadlift is executed in much the same way, except for two key exceptions: the barbell remains in contact with the legs at all times and the knees are not locked out.

While both exercises are excellent for the reasons mentioned at the outset, it’s important to pay attention to your body’s cues as you execute each movement—particularly in the case of the Stiff-Legged Deadlift where the locking of the knees means an excessive amount of strain can be placed on the hamstrings depending on the amount of weight being used.

If you are new to such exercises, I recommend starting with the “Good Morning Bow”, an exercise executed in much the same way as the aforementioned deadlifts, but which can be done with or without the use of weights. They can also act as a dynamic stretch for those who are looking to prepare the legs for an intense leg workout.

The main point here, though, is to never jump into a new exercise without first understanding its movement patterns and potential pitfalls; learn first, practice second, and then challenge yourself as you gain comfortability.

 

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I Could Look at Tee Major All Damn Day…

 

Tee Major is the hotness.

Aside from the fact that this guy is totally beautiful to look at, I love the fact that so much of what he does uses body weight only.

As a bona fide iron addict (I love to lift) I’ve started incorporating more body weight training into my strength regimen as opposed to taking a full-on rest day; sometimes I feel my body is capable of a 5th or 6th training day, but not necessarily ready to pump iron and these quick, yet challenging, workout sessions are phenomenal in such instances.

Plus, as I’ve already said, he’s hot as hell to look at.

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