Archive for August, 2009

Why do some weight train for life & others give up ?

gareth thomas

Currently I have been weight lifting and keeping fit for 25 years. I have never, ever used steroids and gave up alcohol and smoking 25 years ago.

When I made the commitment to lift weights it was a permanent one.

The gym became my place of hope and solace. My health and fitness keep me happy and positive when everything else can be going wrong sometimes. If you are well – thats what matters.

So why do most people who undertake fitness give up after 6 months ?

Why do millions of people who know how much better fitness makes their lives still just give up ?

I cant say why straight out of my head – I don’t know.

Is it because they are dumb, lazy, disorganized ? Well not keeping in shape is all of those things but of course plenty of clever & hard working people die an early death because they are not in shape.

The answer must be psychological in nature, it must be related to motivation. We are talking a lifetime commitment here – a major life change.

I believe the answer is the in initial psychological imprint this change has upon your mind. For me the change to a healthy lifestyle and body building was phenomenal.

I was a skinny picked on drug addict and street kid. I weighed like 6 stone and was a dope smoker and drunkard truant. I was a very bad kid, the guys I hung out with were 10 yrs older than me. We are talking a convicted rapist, drug dealers, violent people.

The terrible thing is I became as bad as them myself. I was nearly murdered as a kid and my family busted up so I really didn’t have any role models that made me feel safe or welcome except for a bunch of small town thugs.

Those were tough times – at 6 stone I was nearly at deaths door.

Body building turned it around for me. Just like if a person saved your life you would owe them right.
Well body building saved my life. I doubled my weight, kicked the drugs & booze and lost the bad company.

I studied psychology and motivation and went back to school (from which I had been expelled for drugs). So after that there was no turning back.

I think that the reason some people train for life and others do not is quite simple. Those that never give up have a genuine appreciation for the benefits of fitness and the seriousness of those benefits.

Those that give up do so out of ignorance.

Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle Review

Why Is Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle The Best Selling E-Book In Internet History, With Thousands Of Satisfied (And Now Fat-Free) Users In 141 Countries from Algeria to Zimbabwe?

Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle is the #1 best selling diet and fitness ebook in the history of the Internet. In fact, it’s one of the best selling e-books on ANY subject in the history of the Internet -… And there’s a reason why…

It’s because thousands of women and men of every age are burning off BODY FAT – not muscle or water weight – and they’re doing it naturally, without supplements, pills or “magic potions,” simply by using the proven, scientifically-accurate and common-sense advice found inside this amazing diet and fitness guidebook.

Tom Venuto, a respected fat loss expert, natural bodybuilder, and personal trainer, has not just pumped out yet another “diet program” into an already over-saturated market. Tom’s Burn the Fat can be more accurately described as a “Fat Loss Bible.” It is quite simply one of the most complete, detailed, and precise guides to fat loss you will ever read. What makes it so much different than other weight loss publications on the market?

tom venuto

Well first of all, it’s not a “weight loss” program, it’s a “fat” loss program. This may seem like semantics or wordplay at first, but once you’ve read just the first three chapters, there will be no doubt in your mind that pursuing “weight loss” is not only the wrong goal, it may be the reason that you’ve failed to reach and maintain your ideal body weight. Burn The Fat shows you exactly why it’s fat you must lose, not “weight” (which includes muscle, water and other lean tissue) and then goes on to show you exactly how to do it.

Secondly, what makes Burn The Fat different is the amount of attention that is paid to each and every element of successful, healthy, permanent fat loss. Burn The Fat not only thoroughly dispels the lies, myths and fallacies surrounding a very confusing subject, it is simply the most detailed book about fat loss ever written. By reading Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle, (or better yet, “studying it”), you will learn more about fat loss than you could from an entire semester of nutrition classes or from an entire shelf of maintstream diet publications at your local bookstore.

You may be wondering, “Is this a low carb diet? A high protein diet? A high fat diet? what type of program IS it???” The truth is that Burn the Fat is neither a high protein diet, or a low carb diet. That’s because with the information in this book, you will be able to easily determine your own ideal protein, carbs and fats ratio. You will be able to analyze your body type (are you an endomorph, ectomorph, or mesomorph?), you will determine your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate, or the amount of “maintenance” calories your body requires every day), and you will find out whether you are carb tolerant or carb intolerant.

bodybuilding manual

This personalized approach makes perfect sense because each of us is a unique individual and no two people are exactly alike in terms of body physiology and personal goals.

One of the most powerful chapters in the book is the first one called, “How To Set Powerful, Compelling Goals That Will Propel You Forward and Charge You Up with Unstoppable Motivation.” In this chapter, you will learn what is probably the ultimate secret to burning fat and getting in shape… and it has nothing to do with diets, supplements or training programs. There’s also a great quote in this chapter from the legendary Green Bay Packers coach, Vince Lombardi…

“The dictionary is the only place success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must all pay for success.” That line does a nice job of expressing the “no quick fix” philosophy behind the entire book. In the rest of the book, you’ll learn the complete and exact mechanics of fat loss – explained on both a scientific and a practical level (which you can easily apply in your own daily life in terms of what to eat and how to exercise to burn fat).

If there is any drawback to the Burn The Fat ebook, it’s that it contains so much information, that some readers may find it a bit overwhelming. Those who are looking for a “cliff’s Note’s” quick start type of fat loss program, might be a bit intimated at first. The good part however, is that even these types of readers can feel confident and assured that it will be worth the effort because this will literally be the last book they ever have to buy on the subject.


Who will benefit most from Burn the Fat?

In the broadest sense, anyone and everyone who needs to lose weight will benefit from Burn The Fat. Men, women, bodybuilders, fitness enthusiasts, and especially motivated individuals and avid readers will love this book. Although it was written by a bodybuilder, this book is certainly NOT just for bodybuilders.

You will find no “30 lbs. in 30 days” miracles at work here. It’s all about intelligent eating choices, planning, hard work and lifestyle change. As Burn The Fat author Tom Venuto says,…

“Burn the Fat is simple, but it’s not easy.”

In terms of graphic design, Burn the Fat is a clean and professionally formatted PDF e-book. It’s a little on the plain side, being just text, but that makes it ideal for printing and reading in the comfort of a favorite chair. Because of it’s size, it does require a robust printer and a good stack of paper.

Initially, some people thought that Burn the Fat was priced a little on the high side because $39 might seem like a fair chunk of money for an ebook download. However, after they saw the amount of information contained within Burn The Fat’s 340 pages, along with the special bonus ebooks and reports that come with it, they said it was not only worth the $39, but many times that amount.

As with any how-to publication, you’re not really paying for the materials used to compile the document, but for what the information can do for you, and clearly, this publication has changed many lives and the hundreds of testimonials and success stories found on the Burn The Fat website are proof of that (I recommend you take a look at that “testimonials” page on the Burn The Fat website because some of the before and after transformations are simply incredible – as well as inspiring).

The Bottom line?

Anyone looking for a quick fix solution to fat loss, anyone looking to be told fairy-tales, and anyone looking for a “magic bullet” offered by the likes of body wraps, fat burning pills, diet shakes, or “fat-burning” creams and gels might be best advised to steer clear of Burn the Fat.

On the other hand, anyone tired of “spinning their wheels” going nowhere, who wants the truth about fat loss and who is ready and willing to put in the hard work and discipline and make the lifestyle changes necessary to get a fat free body, will find Burn The fat to be one of the best investments they ever made in their lives. Click here to learn more about Tom Venuto’s Burn the Fat program. is an affiliate of certain products in reviews and testimonials & and as such does receive a pecuniary reward for their display.

The Truth About Six Pack Abs Program

EDITORIAL: By Gareth – webmaster @

I encourage you to watch the video above, it has nothing to do with the truth about abs program and does not endorse the book. In fact the guy discourages you from buying the book or anything else. He has a very compelling argument that “less food and more cardio” are the solution for getting ripped abs.

Unfortunately for many of us that are natural trainers and naturally lose weight quickly this is a recipe for disaster. When i eat less food and do more cardio I lose my muscle mass rapidly.

Some times life is not as simple as we would like it to be – or as it appears to be.

That is the reason why a program like “truth about abs” has value for many people.

Below is an article contributed by Mike Geary, the founder of . I thought this was an important topic to share with you because the reality is that most people simply don’t realize how dangerous their excess abdominal fat really is to their health.

The Hidden Dangers of Your Excess Abdominal Fat – It’s More Serious Than a Vanity Issue!

by Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer

Did you know that the vast majority of people in this day and age have excess abdominal fat? The first thing that most people think of is that their extra abdominal fat is simply ugly, is covering up their abs from being visible, and makes them self conscious about showing off their body.

However, what most people don’t realize is that excess abdominal fat in particular, is not only ugly, but is also a dangerous risk factor to your health. Scientific research has clearly demonstrated that although it is unhealthy in general to have excess body fat throughout your body, it is also particularly dangerous to have excess abdominal fat.

There are two types of fat that you have in your abdominal area. The first type that covers up your abs from being visible is called subcutaneous fat and lies directly beneath the skin and on top of the abdominal muscles.

six pack abs

The second type of fat that you have in your abdominal area is called visceral fat, and that lies deeper in the abdomen beneath your muscle and surrounding your organs. Visceral fat also plays a role in giving certain men that “beer belly” appearance where their abdomen protrudes excessively but at the same time, also feels sort of hard if you push on it.

Both subcutaneous fat and visceral fat in the abdominal area are serious health risk factors, but science has shown that having excessive visceral fat is even more dangerous than subcutaneous fat. Both of them greatly increase the risk your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, various forms of cancer, and other degenerative diseases.

Part of the reason visceral fat is particularly dangerous is that it apparently releases more inflammatory molecules into your body on a consistent basis.

If you care about the quality of your life and your loved ones, reducing your abdominal fat should be one of your TOP priorities! There’s just no way around it. Besides, a side-effect of finally getting rid of all of that excessive ugly abdominal fat is that your stomach will flatten out, and if you lose enough stomach fat, you will be able to visibly see those sexy six pack abs that everyone wants.

So what gets rid of extra abdominal fat? Is there actually a REAL solution beyond all of the gimmicks and hype that you see in ads and on commercials for “miracle” fat loss products?

The first thing you must understand is that there is absolutely NO quick fix solution. There are no pills or supplements of any sort that will help you lose your abdominal fat faster. Also, none of the gimmicky ab rockers, rollers, or ab belts will help get rid of abdominal fat either. You can’t spot reduce your stomach fat by using any of these worthless contraptions. It simply doesn’t work that way.

The ONLY solution to consistently lose your abdominal fat and keep it off for good is to combine a sound nutritious diet full of unprocessed natural foods with a properly designed strategic exercise program that stimulates the necessary hormonal and metabolic response within your body. Both your food intake as well as your training program are important if you are to get this right.


I’ve actually even seen a particular study that divided thousands of participants into a diet-only group and an exercise/diet group. While both groups in this study made good progress, the diet-only group lost significantly LESS abdominal fat than the diet & exercise combined group.

Now the important thing to realize is that just any old exercise program will not necessarily do the trick. The majority of people that attempt getting into a good exercise routine are NOT working out effectively enough to really stimulate the loss of stubborn abdominal fat. I see this everyday at the gym.

Most people will do your typical boring ineffective cardio routines, throw in a little outdated body-part style weight training, and pump away with some crunches and side bends, and think that they are doing something useful for reducing their abdominal fat. Then they become frustrated after weeks or months of no results and wonder where they went wrong.

Well, the good news is that I’ve spent over a decade researching this topic, analyzing the science, and applying it “in the trenches” with myself as well as thousands of my clients from all over the world to see what works to really stimulate abdominal fat loss.

The entire solution… all of the nutritional strategies, as well as training sequences, exercise combinations, and more have all been compiled in my Truth About Six Pack Abs Program.
Keep in mind that the point of this whole program is NOT abdominal exercises (that is only a very small portion of it). The main point of this program is showing you the absolute most effective strategies for losing your stubborn abdominal fat, so you can get rid of that dangerous health risk, as well as get a flatter more defined midsection.

If you follow the guidelines, you WILL lose your belly fat that has been plaguing you for years. This is not guesswork… it is a proven system that works time and time again for all of my clients on every corner of the globe that actually apply the information I teach. If you apply it, the results will come. It’s really that simple.

The only reason most people fail in their fitness goals is that they have good intentions at first to adopt a new lifestyle, yet after a few weeks or months, they abandon their good intentions and slip right back into their old bad habits that gave them the excess body fat in the first place.

I want to help you succeed in finally getting rid of that extra abdominal fat that is not only UGLY, but also DANGEROUS.

Don’t waste another day allowing that nasty abdominal fat to kill your confidence as well as contribute to your risk for MAJOR diseases.

Get the solution to rid yourself for life of this problem at…

Train hard, eat right, and enjoy life!

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer
Author – The Truth about Six Pack Abs is an affiliate of certain products in reviews and testimonials & and as such does receive a pecuniary reward for their display.

WOW – Muscle Gain Truth Review


The Muscle Gain Truth No-Fail System
By Sean Nalewanyj


What You Get: The Complete Muscle Gain Truth No-Fail System
The Truth About Building Muscle 266-Page E-Book + 6 No-Fail Support Modules + 6 Free Bonus Items

No-Fail Support Modules:

1) 26-Week Workout Plan & Printable Logbook
2) Full Video Exercise Database
3) 12-Week Mass-Building Meal Plans
4) Online Video Lesson Series
5) 3-Month MGT Progress Tracker 6000 Membership
6) My Personal Trainer Software

Free Bonus Items:

Check out Sean’s Website for more information on these 6 additional free bonus items.
Delivery: Instant download from website

Money Back Guarantee: 100% Unconditional 8-Week Guarantee

Trial Offer: Test-drive the entire system free for 21 days before paying for it.

Editorial Review:

Let’s face it, when it comes to bodybuilding and fitness, there’s a lot of crap out there. Go online and take a look around, and you’ll find that it’s nothing more than an endless mass of “magic supplements”, “miracle programs” and “revolutionary breakthroughs”.
For those looking to gain lean muscle mass, burn through stubborn body fat and increase their strength, it can often be a nightmare trying to find an honest and credible source of information to follow.

I got an email from Sean Nalewanyj a few months back. I’m sure you already know who he is. He’s a lifetime natural bodybuilder and fitness author, and he wanted me to check out his program and give my thoughts. I reluctantly accepted his offer, thinking it would just be another fly-by-night, slapped-together-over-a-weekend ripoff program.
I have to stand corrected, because to be honest…

I was dead-wrong.

In fact, after fully reviewing Sean’s entire product, I’ve got to say that this may very well be the single most comprehensive muscle-building program I’ve ever come across…that’s no exaggeration either, and believe me, I’ve seen them all.

First of all, we’re not just talking about a single e-book here. We’re talking about a full-blown, jam-packed muscle-building success package. You’re probably getting at least 5 times the tools and information that other programs offer.

It starts with the best selling e-book, “The Truth About Building Muscle”… A well organized, excellently written 266-page e-book covering the muscle growth process from all angles. Training, nutrition, supplementation, recovery; you’re going to learn about it all.

You can easily navigate through the book’s 9 detailed chapters, which are written in easy-to-follow layman’s terms so that anyone can understand and follow it. You can read through the book directly from your computer or print it offtand place it in a 3-ring binder to read wherever you’d like.
It doesn’t end there though…

Along with the main e-book, Sean hooks you up with a 26-Week Workout Plan and Printable Logbook, along with a Full Video Exercise Database to show you how to perform all of the exercises in the most effective and risk-free manner.

He then hands you nine 12-Week Muscle-Building Meal Plans, complete with full grocery lists and meal preparation instructions. You won’t have to sit around wondering what to eat or when to eat it, as Sean does all the dirty work for you.

We then come to the 6 Online Video Lessons where Sean outlines tips and tricks for training each individual muscle group. You also get the MGT Progress Tracking Software to keep records of all of the different aspects of your muscle-building program, as well as the “My Personal Trainer” database which gives you 24-hour online coaching.

The crazy thing is that all of the items I’ve talked about so far are just the first half of the package. Sean also hands you 6 more Free Bonus Items, including a hardcore training video of Sean himself performing his workouts in the gym. I’m not going to talk about all the bonuses here… You’ll have to check out Sean’s Website in order to read about those. But trust me, you won’t want to miss them.

muscle ebook

After going through all of the different items that come with The Muscle Gain Truth No-Fail System, I can honestly say that this is the most in-depth, high quality and effective mass gaining program out there today. No other program that I’ve reviewed has even come close.

Most importantly of all, this program REALLY works!

Thousands of average, everyday people have been using Sean’s program with incredible success, and many of these unsolicited testimonials along with some very dramatic before and after pictures can be found on his website. You’ll be surprised at the incredible results that can be achieved in such a short time following his principles.

The thing that also stands out is Sean’s sincerity to help you reach your goals. He’s not interested in taking your money and disappearing with it… He genuinely wants to help you succeed and it’s obvious that a huge amount of time and effort was put into creating this product.

The best part is, Sean doesn’t charge you an arm and a leg for all of this incredible information. To be honest, I was surprised at just how tiny the price tag is. Let’s just say that you can gain instant access to this entire package for around the same cost as a single session with a personal trainer. For the permanent muscle-building knowledge that you’ll gain from this program, it’s worth that price many times over.

(I did speak with Sean just a few days ago, and he told me that he’s going to be raising the price soon… so if you’re interested in this package, I’d suggest you take action soon!)
Bottom Line Verdict: The Muscle Gain Truth No-Fail System gets my full recommendation to anyone looking for a solid, reliable muscle-building program that produces maximum results in the shortest period of time possible.

There is something here for everyone, from the beginner to the novice to the advanced, and it’s currently the most popular program available based on Clickbank’s ranking system.


In fact, Sean is so confident with the results that can be obtained from his system that he even lets you access the entire program FREE for a full 21 days. This way you can try the entire program out risk-free for yourself before deciding if it’s right for you.

Important: When you place your order at Sean’s website, you’ll have the chance to grab 2 additional upgrade packages: the “Silver Edition” and the “Gold Edition”.

Included in the upgrades are a professionally narrated audio version of his e-book, a mind & motivation secrets manual, an awesome recipe/smoothie booklet, a complete fat loss & six-pack ab program, personal email coaching, private forum access and more.
If you’re truly serious about building a ripped, muscular body, these additional add-ons are must-haves and can be purchased for only a few extra bucks.

Check it out now…

(Even if you’re not interested in spending any money on a muscle-building program just yet, you can still sign up for Sean’s free 8-part email course, “Simple Steps To Massive Muscle Gains”. You can also read Sean’s inspiring story of how he went from an awkward, underweight, 125-pounds “loser”, to a renowned bodybuilding and fitness expert in just a matter of months.)

Click Here To Visit Sean’s Website
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The Muscle Building & Fat Loss Inner Circle

The Muscle Building & Fat Loss Inner Circle


When you visit The Muscle Building & Fat Loss Inner Circle website, you’re immediately asked an important question:
“How would you like an unfair advantage in building the head-turning body of your dreams?”
It might sound like just another hyped up marketing tactic, but after spending a few days examining what The M.F.I.C has to offer, I’m forced to admit that that’s precisely what you’ll get.

It’s owned and operated by Sean Nalewanyj… the creator of 2 best-selling online muscle building and fat loss programs and a guy who is well known in the industry as a reputable expert when it comes to transforming people’s bodies and lives.


He says that when putting together this members-only community, his goal was simple:
To collect the absolute BEST techniques and strategies from the most reputable, credible and sought-after muscle-building and fat loss experts in the world… and package them into one place for a low price that ANYONE interested could afford.
I’ve got to give him credit, because that’s exactly what he’s done.

The Muscle Building & Fat Loss Inner Circle is what I would consider to be the “premier” fitness membership site on the web today… and it’s jam-packed with every single tool you need to build muscle, burn fat, gain strength and get into the best shape of your life.
Sean gives you instant access to insider tips and strategies regularly contributed by his “dream team” of fitness experts, and together they bring you…

– Explosive Workout Plans
– Step-By-Step Meal Plans
– The Muscle Building & Fat Loss Audio Show
– Exclusive Video Lessons
– The F.I.C Supplement Blackbook
– Expert Interviews
– Weightlifting Video Tutorials
– Mind & Motivation Secrets
– Delicious Recipes & Smoothies
– Members-Only Articles

And much more that I can’t even list here. In fact, everything outlined above is probably around half of what the full site contains.

This isn’t a static library of info either… it’s regularly updated with a new tip or strategy every few days, so your knowledge will continue to grow and expand.

Most “free” fitness websites out there are absolutely loaded with content, but the problem is that most of it is written by people who have no credibility and really don’t know what they’re talking about.

You spend weeks, months, even YEARS sifting through all the information, and by the time you finally stumble on something that works, you’ve already wasted a ton of time, effort and energy that could have been used in far more effective ways.

The M.F.I.C solves this by only allowing the most reputable and well known experts onto their team. This means you can immediately begin applying the strategies that you learn without having to worry whether or not they’ll work.

But this website is about far more than just learning new techniques to apply in and out of the gym. It’s a full blown support community designed to keep you driven and motivated over the long run.
When you join, you’ll immediately be able to chat, interact and make friends with all kinds of guys and girls from around the world who are pursuing a better body just like you are.

You’ll get to create your own member profile to fill with your stats, pictures, videos and other info… share your goals and progress… browse other member profiles… add friends… write blogs… send text and audio messages… ask questions and share advice on the private forum… interact in the text and video chat room… use the instant messenger…
The list of features really is incredible.

The most exciting part is that it costs next to nothing to become a member… Sean has really made this a super-affordable site, and you can join in on the action for no more than the price of a couple drop-in sessions at your local gym.

If you’re serious about achieving an impressive body quickly, then The Muscle Building & Fat Loss Inner Circle gets my full recommendation as a resource that you should not go without.
I don’t recommend online fitness products very often simply because there’s so much garbage out there… But the M.F.I.C is one of the rare exceptions that you should definitely check out.
Go ahead and click the following link for more information…

Click Here To Visit The Muscle Building &
Fat Loss Inner Circle For More Information is an affiliate of certain products in reviews and testimonials & and as such does receive a pecuniary reward for their display.

Google Distance Calculator for running

Man I just discovered something that kind of sucks.

Check out this site :

Its very cool and I have been using it to plan my runs. Basically I dont want you to make the mistake I made.

Heres the track I have been running:
victoria park auckland

As you can see the distance is 2.4 kms or 1.5 miles. So I thought I was doing great on my times on this track – OH OH – not true.

By chance I turned on satellite view :

victoria park satellite view

This gives me a much clearer image showing the tree lines and the actual track I run – as you can see its considerably different (shorter) than what I thought I was running.

An honest mistake that unfortunately means my run times are total shit – 11.30 for a 2.4 km run.
This is after I have blown my ass and told everybody how fast I was running the 1.5 mile.

Heres my real track again:

vic park auckland

I’m not pissed that I made this mistake – such is life.

A Fitness Myth Exposed – Running ?

I never used to be a big runner – still am not. I know its great for losing fat and developing cardio, but its bad for your knee’s and hips.

Anyway some years back I was in the army reserve my time on 1.5 miles was around 10:30 or 11 minutes – which isn’t fantastic.

In the years since I have done some running but more long slow distance of several kilometers. I have however done much time on the rowing machine – 3 or 4 times per week for many years.

So my cardio has been good as a consequence of this. Now I have decided to take a crack at the army again and and have taken up the training to pass their running test. I first tried the test and failed miserably at 12:47.

After weeks and months of fin swimming, running etc I now have the time down to around 9 minutes and expect to soon have it below that.

But you know what – stick me on the rowing machine and I have not improved at all.

So whats going on ? Has the improvement in running time corresponded with improved VO2 max and cardiac output or is it just a result of better leg endurance.

Well I can tell you that after some of my training sessions in the evening when resting my pulse rate has been remarkably lower that it was formerly so that is clear evidence of improved cardiovascular output.

But most of my cardio training still is not running – its fin swimming.

I just do the runs to test myself – Its the fin swimming that is doing the bulk of the conditioning.

Fin swimming is great because it taxes and conditions the lower legs, thighs, hamstrings and is great for heart and lungs. Plus its zero impact.

Male BodyBuilders – Get Your Blood IRON Checked !!!

Doctors can be so frustrating for us athletes. I’m still waiting to get my blood taken to correct my high Ferritin. Hopefully it will be sorted in a few days.

Anyway 1 in 15 sedentary, normal adults has high ferritin. High ferritin over time leads to cancer, stroke, heart disease etc.

One teaspoon of iron powder will kill any human adult – Iron is that toxic even though its an essential mineral and common in everyday life. Its actually also a deadly poison. Most lethal poisonings in young children are the result of iron ingestion.

With our high calorie diets and high protein – hence meat diets, bodybuilders are at a greater risk of acumulating too much iron.

Your actual iron count may be normal, what you need to check is the ferritin which indicates iron stores. Iron can also indicate inflamation and my stupid GP has wasted months of my time trying to pin my high ferritin to inflamation – for which there is no indication.

So now I am trying to get the blood donation doctor here to approve me.

Once thats taken care of I will simply donate blood regularly – this way I don’t need to change my bodybuilding diet.

1.5 mile run in 9 minutes

Yippee I just did a 9 minute run with little difficulty after a 3 week layoff from running because of a hemorrhoid.

I think swimming with fins kept building my fitness and also my calf indurance. I will aim for 9 minutes on my next 3 tests then start aiming for 8:30. I will hit the wall somewhere after that.

I flunked the advanced math test for army systems engineer, so I changed my application to officer corp. Its good motivation.

Ready to Rumble with my General Practitioner

I want to smack my GP’s face in.

This bastard will not listen.

How often do you get that with a GP – a good one is harder to find than a hot hooker in Auckland on a saturday night.

Actually there are no hot hookers in Auckland coz they all moved to ozzie but thats another story.

I’m a weightlifter OK. Have been for 25 years. Bodybuilders & weightlifters tend to study their fair share of physiology, medicine and some on roids study pharmacology.

So I don’t get sick often and usually only go to the doctor for a check up.

Weightlifters sometimes get elevated liver enzymes ALT/AST from the breakdown of muscle tissue – it is not in this case pathological.

Unfortunately this is also a common indicator of pathological inflammation or infection.

Now I explained clearly 5 MONTHS AGO that I lift weights – that that was probably the cause for my enzyme elevation.

The doc acknowledged this but decided to run an iron study to check for any symptoms there.

Keep in mind I am very fit and have no symptoms of any infection, inflammation or illness apart from having minor hemorrhoids for about a month in the last year & slightly elevated cholesterol.

So now this PARROT has seen that my iron is elevated.

Thats it man he seems to feel vindicated and now will not budge.

I am certainly greatful the dude ran the iron test but the ****wit will not listen to fricken reason.

Meanwhile my cholesterol and liver results are all now fairly normal with minor dietary change. I simply added decaf green tea and omega 3 to my diet.

The AST/ALT can easily be elevated again if they take a test after a workout.

So :

iron 23 umol/l (10-30) normal
iron binding capacity 31 umol/l (45-75) low The ratio of sTfR/sFt,
iron saturation 0.74 (0.15-0.50) high (%TS)
ferritin 363 ug/l (25-250) high

haemochromatosis gene – negative

OK now read this government medical report…


Detection of Iron Loading

Screening of large populations for iron loading can be accomplished with inexpensive, noninvasive methods. A useful indicator of iron loading is marked elevation of serum ferritin (sFt). However, sole reliance on this measurement can be misleading because sFt increases moderately during inflammatory episodes. Accordingly, concurrent determination of the percentage of iron saturation of serum transferrin (%TS) provides useful information (29)

In iron loaded persons, hyperferritinemia generally is accompanied by an elevation in %TS. In contrast, in patients with an inflammatory process, hyperferritinemia generally is accompanied by a reduction in %TS.

Iron loading is associated also with moderate depression of a third variable, serum transferrin receptor (sTfR). The ratio of sTfR/sFt, apparently independent of inflammation, is significantly reduced in persons with high levels of iron

Tuomainen T-P, Punnonen K, Nyyssonen K, Salonen JT. Association between body iron stores and the risk of acute myocardial infarction in men. Circulation 1998;97:1461-6.

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Even a moderately retarded person can thus see that my blood profile fits that of iron loading not inflammation.

This is obviously the ****ing case DOC – I am a weightlifter who eats like a gorilla and am in good health.

Why would a doctor make a pompous ass of himself in this way ?

Maybe the drug companies that sell anti-inflammatories are offering trips to hawaii this year.

He is wrong in making the assumption of inflammation.

Anyway I dont hate the guy – and like I said in my town a good GP is a rare thing indeed so there’s no point in going elsewhere – he has under my persuasion refered me to a phlebotomy specialist doctor who will know much more about this than a GP.

Hopefully then I can get the correct treatment – which is simply giving blood, increased endurance training and less iron rich food for a little while.

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