Archive for January, 2011

Spin, Dont Mash

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2011 by Firstsource

Many people tend to cycle in a gear that is too difficult, and they end up using brute force to push the pedals around. Called “mashing,” this tires your legs out, leaving you with little energy for the run at the end of the race. Learn to “spin” instead. Find shoes that can clip on to your pedals (most bike shops sell pedals that you can clip shoes onto). Another option is getting a cage to strap your shoes to the pedals with. This allows you to pull with your hamstrings as you pedal, balancing out the pedaling action in your quads and conserving energy.

Bike Training
Ride 15-20 miles on flat road. Work on spinning your legs for 60-90 minutes without mashing. Your intensity should be a mixture of Zone 1 and Zone 3, pushing your race pace but also focusing on perfecting your pedaling technique.

Classic Accessories

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2011 by Firstsource

Fashion can be a slippery slope. Most looks have a short shelf life from season to season. That’s why putting an emphasis on classic pieces is the smart (and economical) route to looking your best. American icons like Steve McQueen knew the value of having a few quality accessories in their wardrobe. He could make jeans and a T-shirt look ruggedly cool, yet sophisticated, just by adding a pair of high-end sunglasses, a fine watch, or stylish shoes to his overall look.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of fashion staples that even the “The King of Cool” McQueen would approve of. Add these to your closet and rest easy in knowing that they will be your go-to pieces for years to come.

Clarks Originals Desert Boots, $95
clarksoriginals.com Some styles resonate so well with consumers that they remain virtually unchanged for decades. Such is the case for Clarks’ iconic Desert Boots. Introduced in the 1950s, these crepe-soled ankle boots have become the go-to footwear for generations of casually cool men. In fact, McQueen wore a pair in the legendary film The Great Escape — as did George Harrison on the cover of Abby Road.
Persol 0714 Sunglasses, $200
persol.com Most of us have owned—and lost—an endless stream of cheap sunglasses over the years. But every guy owes it to himself to have one pair of high-quality shades in his repertoire of accessories. After all, this is an item you’ll wear throughout the year, regardless of the season. These hand-crafted sunglasses combine quality, comfort, and a deep-rooted sense of style. McQueen wore a pair of Persols in 1968’s The Thomas Crown Affair and went on to make them his signature eyewear off the set as well.
Tissot Visodate Automatic, $650
shoptissot.com Like a quality pair of sunglasses, a well-made watch is another item worth investing in. Sure, your cell phone can tell you the time—but nothing beats the feeling of a fine watch on your wrist. And you don’t have to have to have a Rolex salary to achieve this goal. Swiss maker Tissot has reintroduced its classic line of Visodate watches this year. These vintage-inspired tickers feature a stainless steel/PVD coated case, A sapphire crystal, and a Swiss ETA 2836-2 automatic movement.
Bruno Magli Belt, $125
fuoconero.com Adventurous and timeless—with a dash of sophistication—this is the Indiana Jones of belts. Made of 100% Italian leather, this finely-crafted Bruno Magli piece compliments a wide range of looks. Whether you’re wearing jeans or khakis, this belt will take your style to the next level.
Fred Perry Holdall, $85
fredperry.com Named after the legendary tennis great, the Fred Perry line of clothing and accessories harkens back to time when men were sticklers for fashion, including something as simple as a weekend bag. The Holdall is perfect as a carry-on or for short trips—and the durable PVC material looks remarkably like leather (at a fraction of the price).

Atlanta

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2011 by Firstsource

Working Out

OUTDOORS
Piedmont Park
400 Park Drive N.E.
Tel. 404-875-7275

Within walking distance of midtown hotels and mass transit, this 186-acre park offers tons of fitness options. Hit the Active Oval for a few laps around the crushed-gravel track. Join one of the frequent pickup games of beach volleyball, softball, or soccer. For a scenic jog, try the Park Loop, a 1.68-mile circuit with a great view.

GYM
Urban Body Fitness
742 Ponce de Leon Place
Tel. 404-885-1499
Pump iron in a relaxed, loft-style space. In addition to trainers and towel service, there’s also a chiropractor and a massage therapist.

Unit 2 Fitness
240 Ponce de Leon Ave. No. 2
Tel. 404-745-3019

For a hardcore workout, hit the city’s premier MMA gym, which offers classes including kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, and capoeira.

Hanging Out

NIGHTLIFE
Opera
1150 Peachtree St. N.E.
Tel. 404-874-0428
This opulent megaclub, housed inside a historic opera house, draws topnotch DJs and celebs.

Cheetah Lounge
887 Spring St. N.W.
Tel. 404-892-3037

This gentlemen’s club boasts Hotlanta’s hottest. Sexy ladies take it all off and perform on bartops, tabletops, and more. (The food ain’t bad, either.)

EATS
Bone’s
3130 Piedmont Rd.
Tel. 404-237-2663
Atlanta’s wheelers and dealers are known to close deals at this prime steak house.

South City Kitchen Midtown
1144 Crescent Ave. N.E.
Tel. 404-873-7358
Save your “cheat day” for SCK’s legendary buttermilk fried chicken: crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside.

Frogmore Stew

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2011 by Firstsource

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 2 large garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/4 cup seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay
  • 1 lemon, halved, plus 1 more cut into wedges
  • 1 lb. small red potatoes
  • 1 lb. turkey kielbasa, cut into pieces
  • 4 ears corn, husked and halved crosswise
  • 1 lb. unpeeled shrimp, preferably wild

How to Make It
1.) Add 1 1/2 quarts of water plus onion, garlic, seafood seasoning, salt to taste, and halved lemon (squeeze its juice into the water before tossing in the juiced rinds) to a large roasting pan. Bring mixture to a boil.

2.) Add potatoes and kielbasa and return to a boil. Cover the pot, reduce heat, and let simmer until potatoes are just tender, about 20 minutes. 3.) Add corn, increase heat to medium-high, and cook, covered, until ears are golden and tender, about 5 minutes longer. 4.) Top stew with shrimp; cover and steam for 3 more minutes. 5.) Turn off heat; gently stir shrimp into hot broth, and let stand, covered, until they are just cooked, about 2 minutes longer. 6.) Serve individual portions with lemon wedges and a bit of melted butter for dipping (if calories aren’t a concern). [We halved the recipe here; double or triple amounts to feed a larger group.]

Nutritional Breakdown
Per serving
Calories: 550
Protein: 38 g
Carbs: 73 g
Fat: 12 g
Fiber:7 g
Serves 4

Frogmore?
A summer favorite, the dish gets its name from an old fishing community in South Carolina. This traditional Southern stew was created in the ’60s and is sometimes called Beaufort Stew or Lowcountry or Tidewater Boil. To sample the dish near its birthplace, check out Charleston, S.C.’s Lowcountry Oyster festival, held each year in January.

The Pain Workout

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2011 by Firstsource

Go To The Workout!

We’ve all felt that familiar burn a few reps into a difficult set. To burn the most fat possible, you’ve got to blast right through it. That’s the secret to lactic acid training—losing fat by significantly boosting your body’s lactic acid levels. If you can take it, you should see your abs again in just a few weeks.

HOW IT WORKS
The burn is caused by your body using glycogen (the body’s stored carbohydrate) for energy. The glycogen breaks down into a variety of different compounds, including pyruvate, which then turns into hydrogen ions—the real trigger of the burn. Their presence creates lactic acid in the muscles.

The more lactic acid present, the more growth hormone (GH) your body releases. That’s key, because GH causes muscles to grow and makes fat turn to fuel. The only problem? Spiking your lactic acid production means long sets and short rest periods—so you’ve got some hard work ahead of you.

You’ll perform your sets with a slow speed on the upward portion of each rep, such as the pressing stage of a dumbbell bench press. This will mean you’ll have to lighten the weights. It’s likely to feel different than any kind of training you’ve done, and the results will be too.

DIRECTIONS
Frequency
Perform the workout once per week, completing heavier workouts on your other training days. Rest at least a day between each session.

Time Needed
35 min

Do It
Perform the exercises marked “A,” “B,” and sometimes “C” in sequence, resting as directed between sets, until all sets are done. Be sure to perform the reps at the specified speed. Choose weights that are 20% to 25% lighter than what you would normally use.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 29, 2011 by Firstsource

I’m a healthy guy in my 20s. I exercise, get plenty of sleep and I have a fairly healthy diet. But I do have one embarrassing problem. As much as I brush and floss my teeth, I always have horrendous breath. I’m not talking about a little morning breath — it’s as though a pig ate rotten food and then defecated into my mouth. I’m always too embarrassed to stand close to people when I talk. As a result, I come off as being unfriendly or standoffish. What can I do to get rid of this swamp breath? — Wayne L., NY, NY

You describe a condition called “halitosis,” or in your case, “pig turd breath.” Chronic bad breath (as opposed to the occasional morning breath, or a post-liver-and-onions train wreck) affects millions of people in the world, and is defined as awful breath that can’t be fixed with simple brushing or mouthwash.

The causes of halitosis are legion, but it’s estimated that 90% of the problems occur inside the mouth. Bacteria in the mouth break down proteins that release sulfur compounds into the atmosphere. Sulfur is the element that contributes to the delightful smell of farts, so you can imagine what this does coming out of your mouth. Causes of flatus-breath include plaque buildup, broken down dental work, dry mouth, or bacterial growth on the back part of the tongue. There are some people with “crypts” (cave-like openings) in their tonsils that make nasty smelling stone-like things called “tonsil nuggets” or “tonsilliths” that can make your breath smell like something from the nether regions of hell. The other 10% of cases are caused by sinus infections, reflux of stomach acid, or problems with the liver, kidneys, or pancreas.

If you’ve tried scraping your tongue and you don’t have any other medical problems, your first trip should be to your dentist. (Don’t have one? No wonder your breath stinks.) The dentist and hygienist will examine your teeth for plaque or bad dental work, your gums for gingivitis, and will even look at your tonsils and see if there are tonsil nuggets hiding in there. If they can find a reversible cause, they’ll treat it immediately. If they can’t, they may refer you to a medical provider to make sure there isn’t a non-oral problem causing your horrid breath.

If you find that you have tonsil nuggets, they are easily treated by cleaning out the crypts with a “water pik.” Daily maintenance is required to keep food and dried mucus from gathering in these meat caves, where they just rot and stink up your mouth. Extreme cases with chronic infection of the tonsils would be an indication to see an Ear Nose and Throat surgeon for a consultation.

In the meantime, you can always simply chew gum. Although it is considered unprofessional in some circles and can contribute to jaw pain and problems with dental work, it can keep your breath under control until you can be seen by your dentist to get things started.

**Remember, don’t do anything you read here without first consulting with your own health care provider.**

Swim It Off

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 29, 2011 by Firstsource

There’s a reason Michael Phelps has such a lean, ripped V-shaped torso. Swimming burns lots of calories—750 or more per hour. We asked Stew Smith, C.S.C.S., a former Navy SEAL who’s trained thousands of Special Ops recruits, for a fat-burning water workout. (This routine is designed for an Olympic-sized pool, but any pool will work. Just adjust the laps as needed.) “You may not even have to diet,” says Smith. “You should drop at least a couple of pounds per week.”

THE WORKOUTS

Time

  • 30-45 minutes per session
  • Four to five sessions each week

Stroke

  • Don’t doggie paddle. For a novice, the backstroke is the easiest, then the sidestroke, breast stroke, and freestyle.

Beginner

  • Tread water for three minutes, then stretch on a mat outside the pool.
  • Swim 10 lengths of 50 meters each. Rest 30 to 45 seconds after each lap.
  • “Beginners should try to add 100 or 200 meters every week,” says Smith.

Intermediate

  • Swim 200 meters (two Olympic-size laps), then stretch out.
  • Swim 100 meters, then hop out of the water and do 10 pushups and 20 crunches. Rest for 30 to 45 seconds. Repeat for 10 sets.
  • If you usually perform an upper-lower-body split, substitute body weight squats for pushups on leg days.

Training Tip
Don’t hit the water until you finish the rest of your training, says Smith. “It’s good to swim after doing weights and calisthenics because you’re going to be in a better fat-burning mode.” And once you’re done, you can hit the beach, guilt-free.