We all have that tall friend who has his shoulders rounded, chest caved in, and lower back pushed forward. Whether he knows it or not, the tall man syndrome has hit him and it has hit him hard. Not only does this affect your physical experience, it also has an effect on your emotional experience. Many people dealing with self confidence, feeling like they don't belong or also feeling like they stick out too much will have a common tendency to make this shape in the shoulders
What is normal? The desire to “fit in” or “just be like everyone else” is strong in today’s society. According to a study done by Flegal in 2012, in the United States, 68.8 percent of adults are overweight or obese — that’s two-thirds of its population (Flegal et al., 2012). Statistics on fitness, health, and weight in the U.S. say a normal man has 25–30 percent body fat, whereas a healthy man has less than 15 percent. A normal woman carries 35–40 percent body fat; a healthy
Before I begin any workout I will always get on the treadmill or elliptical for 5 minutes just to get the blood flowing through my entire body. However, I believe the best stretch is a proper warm-up with light weights – go through the motions of the lift you are about to do with a lot less weight to prime your muscles for the intense work you are about to give them. I usually do between 2-3 warm-up sets before I begin counting my 4-5 working sets. After my warm-up sets I mig
As the month’s progress, the weather improves, the water temperature goes up, and the sun starts to shine. All of these events point to only one thing: It’s summer. With the new season comes the desire to lose your winter weight in hopes of looking your personal best at the beach or pool. With a calorie restricted diet that is high in healthy foods and low in junk, you can trim up and start looking good relatively quickly and just in time for the hot months ahead. Once you st
Arms... Guns… Pythons… Isn’t that the first muscle everyone notices? “Hey, let’s see your muscles.” We don’t flex our thighs, do we? No, we pull up our sleeves and give them that good old-fashioned gun show we’ve been working on. We want triceps that look like horseshoes and biceps that peak like mountains – Powerful manly arms. The kind the girls (and guys) swoon over and can rip trees out of the ground (sorry, this is a little biased). This is my dream, anyhow, and they a
There Are Giants is oh so very proud to be introducing our monthly FITNESS section ‘There Are Giants at the Gym.’ This section of the e-mag will be posted every third week of the month and feature work out and diet tips for the GIANT who is trying to get healthy and in better shape from a GIANT who is. TAG is even more so very proud to be introducing the voice behind this monthly feature Greg Clausen; a 7’0” tall personal trainer and award winning body builder from Illinois.
“Heart disease takes the lives of far too many people in this country, depriving their families and communities of someone they love and care for—a father, a mother, a wife, a friend, a neighbor, a spouse. With more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes a year, and 800,000 deaths, just about all of us have been touched by someone who has had heart disease, heart attack, or a stroke.” - Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius In March of 2011, my