Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run

At 7 o, clock yesterday morning, the second annual Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run was held in Philly! …and yes that’s it’s official name…as of right now anyway.

The 31 mile run has no fees, awards or aid and you get to see all the iconic sites seen in Rocky II.

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Last year, after writer Dan McQuade wrote an article mapping out Rocky’s workout montage in Rocky II, Rebecca Schaefer, a Philadelphia resident and intense runner, decided it would be a good idea to put together an actual course that would (roughly) mirror the route McQuade created.

The first annual run was expected to be a small run, but over 100 people showed up to participate. rocky.run_

The course got its name because “Fat Ass” runs are a series of RUNS (not races) that have “No Fees, No Awards, No Aid, No Wimps”. There are also no course markers or marshalls. These types of courses are for experienced long distance runners that want to have a “fun run”.

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Although “Rocky 50k Fat Ass Run” may sound like awesome name, others would beg to differ. MGM thretened Schaefer with a lawsuit, because a new Rocky Run, licensed by MGM had debuted. Around the same time the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run was created MGM announced that the Rocky 5k/10k  event would be expanding from Chicago to Philadelphia.

MGM attorney Mathew Miller stated “Specifically, you are wrongfully using the Rocky name in connection with a race called the ‘Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run”.

Schaefer agreed she would avoid a lawsuit and change the name of the run before its event on December 6, 2014, but as you can see that has yet to happen. We will have to wait and see if “Rocky 50k Fat Ass Run” keeps its name for another year.

 

Apple Watch: New Health and Fitness Features

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People aren’t as excited to hear about Apple dropping a watch as you would expect, but recently the heath and fitness page on its marketing website has updated, so maybe the new details about the features will change some people’s mind and get them interested by the time it goes on sale.

The Apple Watch will include a move, exercise, stand feature that tracks your movement throughout the day and lets you know when you’ve been sitting too long. It will also give you your personal stats, such as your calories burned, distance, time and pace for different activities, including walking, running and cycling. applewatch4

Apple has also released more information on its “Timekeeping” and “New Ways to Connects” pages. The wearable will be released early next year. Prices are still not yet available.

The Most Common Fitness Injuries

Most people that play a sport or workout have to deal with injury at some point in their training. According to a new study, published in the journal Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2,238 fitness related injury cases resulted in hospitalization in Victoria, Australia within eight years. The most common of these injuries included dislocations, sprains and strains. 

In order to prevent being injured different precautions should be taken into place, based on the activity.

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Resistance Band Exercises work on your core, legs and gluts which is used in almost ever sport. The bands are also inexpensive and does not take up a lot of space.

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Stretching before and after your workout is important because it loosens your muscles so that you would pull anything. Doing a short, easy warm-up is recommended before stretching

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Asking an Expert when using new equipment or trying a new workout may save you a trip to the emergency room. If you do not know how to us the equipment correctly may end up hurting yourself more than helping yourself and the injury might be gradual.

Exercising Can Make You Gain Weight

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If you’ve ever started working out and found yourself gaining weight instead of losing it, there’s an explination for that. We know that muscle weighs more than fat, but depending on how you workout you can actually end up gaining more fat, not muscle.

“Researchers at Arizona state university asked women to walk on treadmills and not to change their eating habits. And at the end of the experiment, they were fitter, but heavier, gaining fat, not muscle.”

Not everyone gains fat when they workout, but everyone does get HEALTHIER. The women in this study that did gain weight did so because of their diet. Losing weight is 80% of what you eat and 20% of how you workout.

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High intensity, short interval workouts tend to burn more fat than slow and steady workouts. You want to be out of breath and sweating while exercising.

no body will be healthy or of a more optimal weight without a clean healthy diet. I’m not talking about quick weight loss that lasts for a month or two before gaining it right back again. I’m talking about long-term health and long-term weight loss. It’s a lifestyle, a commitment and ultimately a means to just feeling and looking better.”

Some of the best foods to eat to burn fat and live a better lifestyle in general include whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products. These are just a few of the many healthy foods to choose from.

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Dieting is just a quick fix, but eating healthy and exercising at least three times a week is what will truly make you look and feel like a brand new person.

Dr. Oz says Pure Natural Forskolin is a “Belly-blaster in a bottle”

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There has been a lot of buzz about Pure Natural Forskolin since Dr. Oz recently talked about it on his show. Oprah also admits it has been her secret to weight loss for the the past year.

Forkolin is a chemical found in the plant Plectranthus barbarous, which is in the mint family. It grows in warm subtropical temperate regions such as Thailand and India and has been known to be used to treat asthma, chest pain, high blood pressure, skin conditions like eczema, irritable bowl syndrome and many other things.

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Plectranthus barbarous

The most resent use of Forkolin is weight loss in the form of a pill.

“Researchers have found that forskolin can help to promote the breakdown of stored fats in animal and human fat cells. It may also release fatty acids from adipose tissue, which results in increased thermogenesis, resulting in loss of body fat and, theoretically, increased lean body mass.”-thebetterhealthstore.com

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Dr. Oz mentioned that Forskolin has the ability to increase cAMP which regulates an enzyme that burns fat. he also said that “weight loss with forskolin does not result in loss of lean muscle and actually increases bone mass.”

Like any other “quick fix” weight loss pill, people are skeptical and want to know if it actually works.

“In a randomized double-blind trial, thirty obese men were given forskolin or a placebo for 12 weeks. While the participants saw no significant weight loss, the forskolin group did experience a noticeable change in body composition. Forskolin seemed to help decrease body fat mass and percentage and free testosterone levels increased as well. However, no significant difference was observed in terms of weight loss.

In another double-blind study of 23 mildly overweight women, similar results were found. Researchers concluded that although forskolin does not directly appear to promote weight loss, it might help stop weight gain in overweight females without any significant side effects.”-supplementranks.com

When taking any medicine or drug be sure to take the right dosage and know the risks and side effects.

Being Healthy is a LIFESTYLE, Weight Loss Will Come With It

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It’s not good enough to just lose the weight. The most important part is keeping it off and doing it in a health manner. According to the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) only one out of five dieters successfully lose and keep off 10 percent of their body weight.

The first mistake many people make is dieting. Eating healthy and being healthy is a LIFESTYLE.

Kayla Itsines
Kayla Itsines

“Everyone wants to know what my secrets and my tricks. Everyone wants to know the quickest way to get where they want to be. The secret? There is no secret. The tricks? There are none. There is no such thing as a quick fix. No matter how many TV or internet ads you see, it’s not real and it won’t work. Ever. There is no such thing as a fat burning tea. No such thing as a full body detox. No such thing as an anti cellulite cream. There’s nothing that will make your hair grow longer in 10 days…or make you a tablet that will make you taller. You can be as brainwashed as you want…but when you want to be real with yourself come talk to me because i’ll tell you the truth. There’s no EASY way to health and fitness. You can’t cheat that. You can’t fake that. You need to put in 100%. Move forward. Push yourself. All day. Everyday.”- Kayla Itsines

Kayla Itsines is a personal trainer from South Australia and the creator of Bikini Body Guide.

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Her workouts contain cardio, abs, and weight lifting. Free weights and body weight strength is used a lot in the guide.

Not only does Itsines train people, but she is also constantly updates her instagram and Facebook to show her followers that she leads by example and does not telling people to do something she would not do herself.

Itsines encourages her users to workout, eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and get plenty of sleep…Everyday

The Melbourne Cup 2014

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In case you didn’t know, the Melbourne Cup is a major horse race held at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia. They call it “the race that stops a nation”, because EVERYONE in Australia listens in or watches it.

Women put on their best dresses and hats and men dress in nice suits or slacks. Some people bid on the races and get a prize if the win…and of course the actual winner of the race gets a prize too.

Melbourne Cup Fashion
Melbourne Cup Fashion

The race is for ages 3+ and is 3200 meters long (2 miles).

Tragedy occurred with one horse this year

Araldo, a $500,000 purchase from Germany finished in a remarkable 7th place this year, but after the race he  was frightened by a woman waving a flag and ended up kicking a steel running rail. He fractured several bones.

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Aralado

The first ever winner of the Melbourne Cup, in 1861 was Archer, who also won the following year, but the most legendary winner is the horse Phar Lap, who won in 1930.

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Phar Lap

This year, the event was covered “live” on snapchat so that everyone that had a snapchat could see some of the excitement of the event.

Melbourne Cup is always the first Tuesday of November

2014 NYC Marathon

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On Sunday, November 2nd, over 50 thousand people crossed the finish line in the 44th annual New York City Marathon.

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Wilson Kipsang (left); Mary Keitany (right)

The first finisher was 32 year old Wilson Kipsang from Kenya, who crossed the line at 2 hours and 10 minutes. The first female finisher, Mary Keitany, is also 32 and from Kenya. Her time was unofficially 2 hours and 25 minutes.

This year the 1 millionth finisher, since the 1st NYC Marathon in 1970, was awarded a shopping spree and free lifetime admission to the marathon.

Katherine Slingluff
Katherine Slingluff

Katherine Slingluff was close to losing her 1 millionth spot, but juggling runner dropped one of his balls after “run-ggling” the entire race.

The marathon was a success just as it had been in the past and some of the runners plan on changing their strategy for when the compete next year.

The Benefits of Group Training

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Group training and boot camps has definitely flourished over the past couple years. You still feel like you have a personal trainer but it’s cheaper.

Most of the trainers are ex college or professional athletes, which may seem frightening to people who aren’t that much in shape, but it turns out to be a good thing.They know what they’re talking about and know what it’s like to workout with other people.

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Most bootcamps will start out with some kind of cardio workout and then will go into circuit-like training like burpees and pushups and end with core or strength training.

Since the training sessions are not 1 on 1 some of the pressure is lifted off you while still getting in a good workout. You can also have a little friendly competition with some of the other people being trained which ends up pushing you to train harder.

More Sunshine, Less Weight Gain

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According to a new study done on mice, exposure to moderate sunshine or UV light may slow down the development of obesity and diabetes. Researchers shinned UV light on overfed mice and results showed that some of the “at risk” signs of becoming diabetic had lessened. The mice also didn’t gain weight as fast.

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        This may seem like a simple treatment for people with diabetes and are obese, but the theory still cannot be completely confirmed for human. Mice are nocturnal and are not exposed to as much sunlight as humans.

According to the lead author of the study, Dr Shelley Gorman, “Our findings are important as they suggest that casual skin exposure to sunlight, together with plenty of exercise and a healthy diet, may help prevent the development of obesity in children.”