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Fitness Q & A

Style and Sports | Function Over Fashion

When you got to shoot hoops, are there style do's and don'ts? Aaron Marino of alpha m. talks about attire when playing recreational sports that don't require a uniform.

Make sure that the clothes are functional for that sport. Sometimes you have to toss style and fashion out-of-the-door that you are safe, effective, and efficient for your sport. Pick function over fashion when dressing for your recreational sport.

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Pre Workout Meals | What to Eat Before Working Out  -
September 14, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. addresses a viewer question regarding pre workout meals. Aaron doesn't eat before going to the gym. And if he's eaten, he waits at least 3-hours before working out. Your body is going to use the most readily available calories. Your body doesn't want to get rid of stored body fat, so your body will burn what you most recently consumed. You want your system as empty as possRead More»
Bands vs Weights for Gaining Muscle -
August 28, 2012
Are resistance bands a substitute for heavy weights if you're trying to increase muscle mass and pack on the pounds? Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses the importance of weights when gaining muscle. Bands are a good supplement but not to base your routine around. Consider a workout plan with weights and then using bands as a back-up when traveling or away from the gym. Also focus on diet by consumRead More»
Shrugs | Help or Hurt? -
August 8, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses reasons why not to do direct trap exercises. Traps are frequently worked indirectly with other exercises such as back, rowing, and shoulder motions. Trap injuries occur from doing direct exercises incorrectly like grabbing the and lifting straight up as well as rolling shoulders. Too much weight causes too much torque, strain, and headaches. The benefit is not woRead More»
Varicose Veins -
August 2, 2012
Varicose veins, those lumpy blue veins that can be seen just underneath the skin, are not only unpleasant to look at, but can be uncomfortable and painful, too. Typically, if a guy's going to get them, they don't pop up until middle age, but that's not always the case – especially if habits and lifestyle put excessive pressure on our legs.  It's estimated that 50% of middle age Americans have sRead More»

Can V8 Replace Vitamins and Vegetables? | Healthy Eating -
July 30, 2012
Aaron of alpha m.analyzes whether V8 juice is an effective supplement for vitamins and vegetables.  Does V8 give as much vitamins of 3 servings of fruits and vegetables? No, and you are missing fiber. A V8 is also not a replacement for a multivitamin. Instead, eat substantial amount of vegetables along with a good multivitamin. Why should we use a multivitamin if the diet is rich with vegetables?Read More»
Wearing Suit Jacket as Sport Coat | Supplements for Teenagers -
July 17, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. addresses two questions. Question 1: Should you keep your men's suit jacket when the suit pants don't fit? Take the pants to the tailor and see if they can let the pants out. Typically, pants can be let out by 2 inches. You may get more wear out of the suit. If you can't do that, then definitely save the jacket and wear it as a sport coat. Question 2: What are some supplemRead More»
Alpha's Body Building Story | Aaron Marino -
June 26, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. answers viewer questions about his body building career. He shares a picture of himself when he was body building at 140 pounds and shredded. He is now about 152 pounds and relatively lean. When he was around 11 years old, he started working out. At 12 years old, he received a gym membership as gift from his Mom. By the time he got to high school, he had as much muscle masRead More»
Risk Benefit of Heavy Weight with Low Reps -
June 12, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. addresses the risk versus benefit with heavy weight and low reps to pack on size. The best way to get hurt is lifting heavy weight with low reps. A lot of strain and pressure is put on your tendons. Aaron recommends 6 -12 reps. If you get to 12, perhaps it's too light and up the weight. The muscles and body gets a better workout from the range of motion and adequate weightRead More»
Motivate Yourself to Workout | Motivation and Willpower -
June 5, 2012
Have you lost will and motivation to workout? Aaron Marino of alpha m. addresses how to get the ball rolling again. The fact of the matter, the motivation comes from within you. A viewer requested words of motivation because he's lost focus on working out since he's gotten back into a relationship. Aaron has seen this play out time and time again. When you're trying to date someone, you take care Read More»

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