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Fitness Q & A

Stretch Marks | Causes and How to Get Rid

What are stretch marks and what causes them? How do you get rid of them? Aaron Marino of alpha m. addresses these stretch mark questions and more. Aaron first shows viewers what stretch marks look like.

Everyone's skin is elastic; however, when you gain or lose weight too fast, stretch marks can appear. Crash dieting doesn't allow skin to catch up. Also, when pumping iron, it's common to get stretch marks in the chest because the check is growing at a rate faster than the skin. The pink or purplish mark can heal to blend and become less noticeable.

Avoid crash dieting and gaining weight too fast. Over-the-counter creams that 'dissolve' stretch marks that are don't work. Prescription acne creams can reduce and prevent stretch marks. Microderm abrasion can also work to decrease the pronounced nature of the mark. Keep the skin hydrated as well by drinking water and using antioxidant lotions.

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Gynecomastia aka Man Boobs or Moobs -
April 6, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses who is affected by gynecomastia, what are the causes, and some recommendations. Causes Anabolic steroids (androgens) can raise the testosterone levels, and as a result, estrogen levels rise. Hard breast tissue can develop behind nipples. It also happens to young men and elderly. Young men can have increased breast tissue from increased estrogen levels or being ovRead More»
Creatine and Glutamine | When to Take?  -
March 23, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses creatine and glutamine. The viewer is taking 5 grams of each pre and post workout. Is this proper time and place to take them? Aaron responds that the glutamine should be taken post workout and then before going to bed because you want your muscles already broken down. Creatine should  pre and post workout as it's rehydrating your muscles. When you are taking crRead More»
Muscle Soreness and Progress -
March 23, 2012
Does not getting sore mean that your workouts are not beneficial or effective? Aaron Marino of alpha m. emphasizes that you don't have to be incredibly sore after a workout to get results. Muscle soreness is from damaging muscle fibers. As a result lactic acid is released. The point at which your body releases lactic acid varies. This variation is your lactic threshold. Also different muscles haveRead More»
Continuing Weight Loss After Injury -
February 28, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. talks about how to maintain weight loss efforts after an injury. Aaron suggests to super focus on your diet and try alternative exercises if cleared by your doctor. Aaron tells a story about how he ruptured his Achilles tendon and how he maintained his physique when he was unable to do his normal activities. Eat clean, watch the diet 100%, and perform an exercise(s) that yRead More»

Measure Body Fat Percentages | Skin Calipers -
February 21, 2012
Body Fat Calculator The only method to accurately ascertain lean muscle mass versus body fat composition is the skin fold measurement. They are a handy tool to measure your progress. Aaron Marino of alpha m. shows viewers the skin calipers.  The pincher and slide measure your body fat. One measurement is not accurate. Take 5 -7 site measurements. Refer to the calculator below for the best way to Read More»
Simultaneouly Lose Fat and Gain Muscle  -
February 17, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. explains how to simultaneously lose fat and gain muscle. The more you have to lose, the faster the fat comes off. Add weights to your cardio program. Don't focus on the scale at first; focus on getting active & getting out there. Keep an eye on your diet too as diet is key. Within a month, you are going to be amazed at how your body feels and looks. Read More»
Avoid These Exercises If You Have Big Legs and Butt -
February 15, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. presents exercises to avoid for those men who have big legs and butt. Alpha recommends to completely stop lifting weights with the legs. If you really want to workout the legs, you can do some squats, lunges, light weight leg extensions, and light hamstring curls. However, the goal is to not get any more mass on those legs and butt. Increase cardio by walking on incline, pRead More»
Low Testosterone -
February 10, 2012
Testosterone, the very hormone that makes us men, plays a crucial role in not only maintaining our manliness, but our overall heath, as well.  Puberty brings with it a surge in testosterone that remains high throughout our 20’s and 30’s, but tends to drop off once we hit the big 4-0. The decline, known as “andropause” is slow, with typical levels dropping only 1% to 2% per year – so donRead More»
Abdominal Muscles and Symmetry Training  -
February 9, 2012
Major muscle groups are worked out only once a week, but can abdominal muscles be worked out twice a week? Aaron Marino of alpha m. addresses this question. Though his experience, major muscle groups are worked once a week so you are basically 'beating the crap' out of it and needs a week to recuperate. With the ab workouts, the muscles aren't tearing down muscle tissue the same way. The abs are aRead More»

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