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Third World Squat benefits

The term third world squat has become a layman’s term for a certain resting position so we apologize if anyone takes offense to it, but it is the best way to describe this movement (the alternate term for this is called a full squat).  For most people who don’t live in a third world country we have the luxury of fancy chairs and most of us even spend the majority of our days working in these comfy chairs. However, over time this has hindered our ability to be fully functional and flexible. This is partially the cause of so many people squatting with bad form and ultimately injuring themselves.  To counter act this, the third world squat seems to do a great job at stretching out all the muscles and tendons that we need to do a better squat and have more flexibility.

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Most people would use this to benefit in the gym, however it can be used to increase flexibility and range of motion as people get older. The benefits from doing Third World Squats can help with hamstrings, hip flexors, ankles, lower back and more. Here are some more details on how:

Ankles-The ankles can lose mobility over all the years of not using them and can hurt your squat performance and over all agility. People who have DorsiFlexion/Calf Tightness when squatting may find help in doing this. Tip: Once in the third world squat position lean to the left and right to increase the stretch to the Soleus Muscle.

Hips-Stabilizing your hips is also crucial when squatting and this will help. You will need to increase your hip muscles to hold this position along the way. Tip: Hold on to a table at first if your hip muscles aren’t strong enough and work your way to just having your arms in front of you.

Hip flexors/Spinal Erectors-The hip flexors will be engaged to ensure that you get the appropriate pelvic rotation necessary. Your Spinal erectors also will gain strength during this to keep your back straight. Tip: Use your elbows to push your knees out to keep them from caving in and keeping everything open.

As you’ll see most people cannot just drop down and stay in this position for very long, but the key is to work your way up to sitting comfortably in this position for about 10 minutes or longer. Try to start small but just getting in this position when bending down to pick up something. It will feel weird at first and you’ll probably get some weird looks, but over time it will get easier and easier. You’ll really like the differences you’ll feel when you begin to squat with weight and you find it more natural. This will only help you to increase the amount of weight you squat as well!

We hope you are able to incorporate the Third World Squat into your daily life and get to enjoy the benefits from it! Don’t let your age determine how old you feel, let your body! Leave a comment if you’ve ever tried the Third World Squat.

9 health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Healthy shots? Apple Cider Vinegar

If you haven’t heard of all of the incredible benefits that Apple Cider Vinegar has…where have you been hiding? Just kidding. It has been the latest craze some might say, but this home remedy of many has really been around since at the least 1950s when it was popularized by D.C. Jarvis’ book “Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor’s guide to good health”. Now most of these are not by any means scientifically proven but it is considered a sort of health tonic and can help with a variety of health issues.

  • Mouthwash– Some people swear that mixing apple cider vinegar with water with reduce bad breath by swishing it around in their mouth (sounds interesting)
  • Sore throats– You can either sip this or gargle this as a remedy to soothe a sore throat. To sip mix a tablespoon with note water and some honey. To gargle mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with warm water. Both done as soon as you have the first signs of a sore throat
  • Prevent Indigestion– This seems like you’d have to carry a small vial of Vinegar at all times for this one but if you find yourself about to eat a meal that you’re pretty sure is not going to agree with you, then throw back a tsp. of vinegar mixed with a tsp. of honey in a glass of warm water about 30 mins. prior to eating
  • GI distress– The antibiotic properties in this vinegar may help some people who have bacteria causing diarrhea. The pectin may also help intestinal spasms too. For these issues take 1-2 Tbsp in water or apple juice and drink.
  • Acid reflux– Acid reflux is commonly mistaken as the result of too much acid but it actually is not enough.To treat this it is recommended to take 1-2 tsp. daily
  • Hiccups– This is kind of laughable, because every trick for curing the hiccups is like drink water upside down while hummed the alphabet and rubbing your belly. Supposedly one tsp. of apple cider vinegar does the trick
  • Itching– Most of us men have been bitten by a mosquito at least once in our lifetime and according to some claims, a dab of Apple Cider vinegar applied via q-tip is said to stop the itch from these pesky bites
  • Lower Glucose Levels– This is directly correlated with helping diabetes by lower glucose levels. This actually was scientifically tested and it helped lowering levels by about 4-6% by taking 2 Tbsp before bed.
  • Weightloss– We regretfully add this on here only because we know that the only sure fire way to lose weight is caloric deficiency. However this, if used as a condiment, is said to leave people feeling fuller thus eating less food.

So those are just some of the many different benefits of this terrible tasting tonic! This is why a shot of vinegar in the morning will get you started without having to suffer too much! Grab Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar here. Do any of you have any success stories from using this? Leave a comment

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Fruit punch flavored Bullnox preworkout

BullNOX Pre-workout review

Many of us will be starting 2015 off with some great and incredible health and fitness plan. This is a good start to getting into shape but be sure throw in Betancourt Nutrition‘s BullNOX Androrush and you’ll be set! Now many of you may say, “well it’s not that simple” or the obvious “it’s really about nutrition” but there are many reasons why BullNOX  solidifies any workout plan.

Preworkout supplement bullion for that extra boost during your workout in the gym
One of the top excuses from people who struggle with getting into the gym and getting a workout done is lack of energy. Let’s just say this, BullNOX not only gets the engine running, but it enables you to continue you running on high through your entire workout.  It doesn’t give the energy burst and crash of some energy drinks, which is crucial for when you’ve got the last set of a heavy bench press held above your face! Personally I use this before my 5 AM workout and from personal experience I would recommend using this with a tiny amount of food in your stomach. The directions say relatively empty stomach, which means to me don’t eat a turkey dinner before workout( just be smart)!

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This is one powerful pre-workout designed to get you into the gym and to crush your workout. See, with this, you will almost need to workout once you’ve taken it. Thus allowing you to burn off any extra calories, build muscle and burn fat! What makes it so powerful and special is the combination of N-Acetyl Tyrosine, Glucuronolactone, Caffeine Anhydrous, and Theobromine that allows for sustained energy. This is the first pre-workout nitric oxide with a testosterone boosting blend to provide increased aggression and “pump” through the workout.

It tastes great and my personal favorite is the fruit punch, so people will be able to swallow this supplement with ease. If you have trouble getting into the gym and finishing your workout, then this is, hands down, a great solution! To start off, I would recommend not using the full serving size to get accustomed to the power that this packs.  It will lead to a higher rate of workouts and overall more effective workouts, which means a higher likelihood that you will stick to your New Year’s weight-loss resolution! Do you have a favorite supplement to use for weight-loss? Leave a comment!

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BIC SUP Inflatables-great paddle-board?

I am fairly new to the sport of paddle-boarding, as I only got my first paddle-board about a year ago. I actually own a non-inflatable BIC SUP and absolutely love it. I use it to go up and down the intracoastal waterways here in Miami.  I was able to take it once into the surf only to have a lifeguard tell me I was only able to use it literally in a 50ft. wide area…so that didn’t last long.

I have never been a big fan of the inflatable SUPs due to them not being able to be as rigid and they just seemed to lack the decreased drag of a non-inflatable board.  I really like BIC’s product line and the way they make their boards is different than a typical board which provides a longer life as it’s more durable.

However we’re here to discuss this inflatable touring BIC SUP. It comes in two sizes 11ft and 12’6. This inflatable does surprisingly better than inflatables before it. It has increased design measure to make it more rigid and comes with fins to allow for better handling in the surf. I also really like the amount of handles that come built in as well as the deck rigging for storage.

It only weighs 23 lbs and is about 6 inches thick and 32 inches wide. The nice EVA deck pad allows you to maneuver around the board with ease as well! Of course it comes with its own carrying bag and pump. It takes only 15 psi to inflate this bad boy to usable standards and away you go!

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They call is the “go anywhere SUP” and it just might be that! I mean its not very heavy, the bag it comes in easily fits in a car and inflates quickly. This is probably the first inflatable SUP I stand behind due to their focus in development on ensuring that it performed like a regular SUP.  Having my own issues of storage for my hard 12’6 SUP I can totally see why this might a wise investment for the casual paddle-boarder especially at a decent price of $999. So whether you’re cruising the lake, running rivers, or paddle-surfing into the sunset, this sounds like a good buy to me!

Microsoft Fitband

Microsoft Fitband: did we need another fitness band?

Apparently there was a meeting that took place between the watchband makers of the world and technology leaders of the world. The technology leaders must has felt so incredibly sorry for the watchband makers due to no one really buying watches anymore because everyone uses their smart phone to tell time these days. I say this because every tech company these days is coming out with some wearable bracelet/watch to do some function that a phone would usually do. The latest to jump on this bandwagon is industry mega-giant, Microsoft. Before you say oh didn’t Apple just come out with the Apple Watch? Yes, yes they did but here is the kicker!  This Microsoft bracelet is not targeting the Apple Watch so much, it’s actually targeting fitness band companies like Fitbit, Jawbone and the Nike Fuelband. To be honest it looks like it’s going to really tackle both markets in way.

The athletic and fitness band industry has been going back and forth for years between multiple companies rivaling over who has the latest and greatest, but the Microsoft fitband may have just said “Check-mate”.  The outside is impressive with full color touch-enabled display, so text, call and email notifications can be read. Of course it acts as a watch and connects to its host using Bluetooth 4. But what launches this device ahead of its predecessors is what’s inside.

The components that make this fitband so much better are things like the GPS tracker built in to better track your movements,  as well as a UV sensor to monitor sunlight exposure.  The skin temperature monitor and the optical heart rate monitor also make the fitband stand out amongst the crowd. Keep in mind this isn’t just a fitband, as it allows the user to access Twitter, Facebook, calendar, weather, and yes, even stocks.  The Windows 8.1 user will even be able to connect to friendly helpful Cortana!

Microsoft Fitband

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The fact that this device will actually be cross device compatible with Android 4.3 and 4.4, iOS 7.1 and later, and Windows 8.1 means that users don’t really have a reason why they wouldn’t prefer this over any other device like it! As the icing on the cake, Microsoft has introduce a cloud-based health service that collects data with the idea to give “personal insights so you can reach your fitness goals.” And all of this is going to start at only $199 which is on par with some of the other fitbands and much less than the Apple Watch.

So all in all we didn’t really NEED the Microsoft Fitband, but damn now we kind of want one!

Garcinia Chews: Healthy Candy?

The word candy might be a bit of a stretch here but these chews are designed to be more of a replacement for candy and surprisingly a weight loss supplement.  Candy is probably the worst thing you can grab to snack on during the day. For most of us, it is just to fill a mindless need for something to do. For others, the hunger is what drives us to eat and eat and eat!  Whatever it is that drives people to eat bad foods, this is a great alternative. The Garcinia Chews by Top Secret Nutrition are designed to curb appetite, boosts metabolism, and even help turn carbohydrates into energy. The bottom line is that it aids in weight loss whether through prohibiting calorie intake with less food consumption or turning the foods we eat into energy instead of being stored as fat.  This happens because it inhibits an important enzyme called citrate lyase, which turns carbohydrates into fat. The component responsible for this is hydroxycitric acid which is the active ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia extract.  This extract comes from a fruit found in India and southeast asia. The chews themselves contain roughly 500mg of Garcinia Cambogia extract (60% HCA). At only 20 calories per serving it allows for those really counting calories to use them and not worry about going overboard. They do have 4g of carbs and 3g of sugar but the benefits should outweigh these numbers.  Chewing on one of these instead of basically anything else is going to be helpful. Not only will you be eating less calories than whatever else you would have grabbed but when it comes to eating your next meal you may eat less and also your body will use the food consumed more effectively. Plus as an added bonus it basically tastes like you’re eating a healthy starburst. They really do taste pretty good and from what I’ve experienced some of us enjoy them so much they have difficulty sticking to the recommended dosage of only 4 chews per day. So whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds or looking for a way to not keep putting on the pounds, these Garcinia Chews by Top Secret Nutrition are really a great choice!