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A Wellness Talk With Desmond Howard

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I recently had the privilege to talk with one of my childhood heroes — NFL veteran Desmond Howard — about a topic that we both are super passionate about: health and wellness. (A quick backgrounder for those who may not be familiar with Howard: He is the 1991 Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl XXXI MVP. After 11 years playing pro in the NFL, he joined the ESPN network as a college football analyst, and since 2005, he has appeared on the Emmy-award winning College Game Day, while also contributing to other ESPN programming.)

With the current state of our world, we have the opportunity to take back our health and fitness in a positive way. By grounding with our mindset and sticking with the actions that yield positive changes in our lives, we can begin to reclaim our well-being. This conversation — which we had during our Instagram live episode — could not have come at a better time as we talked about how to do this and more.

Howard and I were able to cover a lot of ground in this hourlong conversation, including:

  • How we both personally tackle the challenges of healthy aging.
  • Ways to avoid the common excuses that many people use for not getting up and moving.
  • How the circumstances of the past year — including social distancing and isolation — have taken an additional physical and mental toll on many.
  • The importance of mental fitness.
  • Stories about our early childhood days, growing up, and now being fathers.
  • How to approach each day with some fun tips that people can apply to change their outlook on life, including these:
    • Kick off each day with the question: How will I be intentional with myself and those around me with my actions?
    • How does my health and fitness impact my family, friends, and people I work with daily?
    • Challenge yourself to be 1 percent better each day — and be sure to celebrate those wins.

We left it all out there for viewers and listeners in hopes they can apply some of the insights and learnings from our experiences in their own lives and create the positive changes necessary to become the best version of themselves. Tune in — and feel free to share your top takeaways in the comments below.

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Wellness Winners at Pittsburgh Pro

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In this week’s episode, Emma Hyndman aka The Posing Pro and IFBB Bikini Amateur Lauren Lotter have some girl talk time and discuss the much-awaited Pittsburgh Pro, highlighting the top three Wellness winners. The ladies talk about everything from presentation to hair to heels. If you want to be the best, do not leave out the finer details! Thank you for watching and supporting us as always. –Emma & Lauren

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Whether it’s a general fitness enthusiast, a bodybuilder, or those trying new diets, millions of Americans every year go on protein-based diets to help them achieve their fitness and health goals. These high-protein diets usually reduce or remove fiber-based foods, making trips to the bathroom an unpleasant experience with poor and messy bowel movements, diarrhea, etc.

There’s a normalcy in the world of fitness that a person can’t focus on gains without a little bit of pain. That may be true in the gym, but not on the toilet.

Steel Stool wanted to create a solution that elevated the bathroom experience by creating a natural vegan fiber product that is specifically designed to improve the digestive process for those with protein-based diets, without negatively impacting goals around muscle building and body fat reduction. The premium blend of psyllium husk, cinnamon, chicory and aloe vera in Steel Stool helps aid digestion for protein heavy diets and all diets that lack fiber.

Steel Stool’s natural blend of ingredients also has additional benefits for the body:

Aloe. Naturally containing high amounts of fiber and water, aloe vera is alkaline, meaning it helps reduce inflammation in the stomach and feed good bacteria in the digestive tract.

Chicory. Soluble fiber is the primary type of fiber found in chicory root. This key ingredient slows digestion and eliminates cholesterol from the body.

Psyllium Husk. Serves as a prebiotic to help facilitate the nourishment of bacteria in the lining of the gut. In turn, this will help proper digestion and healthy absorption of food.

Cinnamon. Reduces the stomach’s rate of digestion, helping to normalize blood sugar levels and reduce triglycerides, bad cholesterol and total cholesterol.

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Customers are already raving about the impact that Steel Stool has had! 

Steel Stool works exactly like it says it does. I could tell a difference within the first week! -Scott W.

As an avid gym rat and consuming a high-protein diet, I was looking for a fiber to add to the supplements I take. Steel Stool really went above and beyond what I was looking for in a product. -Vincent D.

I will say that the highly sought-after Ghost Wipe is much closer to reality than it had been before, even having only been trying Steel Stool for about a week (and trying to remember to take it as directed). So far so good, and I will be purchasing again! -Cody P.

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Steel Stool’s goal is to make happy poops, improve digestion and save you time. Steel Stool does the hard work for you by taking the worry out of messy bowel movements by using fiber that improves every aspect of your digestion. Steel Stool is here to minimize or eliminate time spent with endless wiping and irregularity. Get in, get it out, and go! Ghost Wipe Guaranteed!

Steel Stool is a product with universal appeal, as it makes one of life’s sometimes unpleasant necessities much easier. Learn more about how you can enjoy an elevated bathroom experience with our fitness fiber designed for protein-based diets by visiting steelstool.com

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Want Bigger Biceps? Straight Bar Better Than EZ Curl Bar

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Many trainers prefer the EZ curl bar because it takes stress off the forearm muscles when doing curls. People who do straight bar curls often end up with lower arm strains that feel a lot like shin splints of the forearms. Truman State University researchers, led by Dr. J. Lafrenz, measured muscle activation of the biceps and brachioradialis muscles using electromyography (EMG). EMG measures the electrical activity of muscles – greater EMG activity means greater muscle activation. The biceps were activated most with the straight bar during the positive and negative phases of the lift. The brachioradialis muscle was activated equally with both bars. The results show that the straight bar activates the biceps better than the EZ curl bar. However, use the EZ curl bar if you have forearm strain.

Is it Safe to Lock Out Joints? Trainers often employ a non-locking technique to facilitate the muscle pump. This is especially common in elbow extension movements, such as training biceps and triceps. Some experts warn weight trainers not to lock out joints when doing squats, leg presses, bench presses or curls because of an increased injury risk. Dr. Lee Brown from the University of Arkansas questioned this recommendation. In the knee, for example, minimal contact occurs between the kneecap and femur (large leg bone) during full extension. Brown argues that there is little if any research to indicate that locking out the knee or elbow will cause damage to normal joints with properly performed exercises. And in the normal, uninjured knee or elbow, full extension is the strongest weight-bearing position during axial loading. And fatigue will set in more rapidly if a trainer does not lock out the knee or elbow during some exercises. You will get tired in a hurry if you do squats or military presses with your knees bent.

Brown concluded that most exercises should be performed through the individual’s available range of motion while maintaining proper mechanics. And individual differences and health status may affect the choice of ranges for some exercises. If you feel pain, stop the exercise and evaluate your exercise form and whether you are going to full extension. Weight training is very much an individual endeavor, and no one plan works for everyone. For example, some people are mechanically designed to squat, while others are not and they do the leg press instead. And while some trainers might be able to tolerate locking out during reps, others might find it too uncomfortable. Regardless of your body mechanics, there are definitely situations where going to full extension is not a good idea. Avoid landing on fully extended joints when doing plyometric exercises. Also, avoid doing full knee extensions during the early stages of recovery from anterior cruciate ligament surgery. (NSCA Conference Abstracts; Strength Cond J, published online)

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