Thursday, August 30, 2007

Deliberate Practice

"Deliberate practice": what separates the merely good from the great

"He's just a natural" is what people always say when trying to explain the greatness of a Tiger Woods or Pete Sampras. This belief that you have to be "born" to the sport is both commonplace—and wrong.

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review by some noted researchers totally debunks the myth of "the natural."* Studies by more than 100 scientists consistently and overwhelmingly proved this: experts are always made, not born.

Moreover, the studies show that the great ones in any field do something the average ones don't: they achieve greatness by hours, days, and years of always practicing deliberately.

To achieve success, you not only have to work at it, you have to work at it on purpose. You don't get better just by playing. As the authors of this article say, "Living in a cave doesn't make you a geologist." Just playing a couple of sets or a few rounds several times a week isn't going to make you a better player either. You have to continually set goals for yourself, and you have to put your entire self into it.

Putting your whole self into your practice means getting your mind into it too. Why? Because, Tiger Woods recently said, "The mind controls the body, so if the mind tells the body what to do, it will just do it. It's a matter of getting the mind under control, which makes your body respond."**

So what do you do to learn how to get in the zone mentally and stay motivated to continue to improve physically? Hiring a private coach would be awesome, but not practical for most of us. After researching various methods, we think we've found a great answer: audio hypnosis.

Getting in the zone has never been safer, faster, or more effective. Dr. Jack Singer, a nationally recognized sports psychologist, has created a powerful program called Core Sports Performance to give you that mental edge that will spur your increased prowess in whatever sport you choose. And, because the program's on CDs, you've got your coach whenever you need him. The program comes from The Hypnosis Network, a company that works only with licensed mental-health professionals like Dr. Singer. And this company is so sure of the effectiveness of its programs that it gives you a one-year money-back guarantee. Check it out at

* "The Making of an Expert," Harvard Business Review, July—August 2007, authors K. Anders Ericsson, Michael J. Prietula, and Edward T. Cokely.

** Golf Digest, November 2006.

200 Year-Old Miracle Cure for Back Pain

There's a treatment for back pain and sciatica that has been used for over 200 years.

Millions of people have used this ancient treatment to get relief from their pain.

You can learn about this mysterious treatment here:

And I bet you are probably also wondering why your doctor hasn't talked to you about this time-tested and proven treatment, right?

You'll find out why when you read this:

Yours in health,

Art Breshears

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Increase Your Physical Strength

Increase Your Physical Strength Just by Using Your Mind!

Sounds like one of those too-good-to-be-true claims, we thought. But researchers at Bishop's University in Quebec recently conducted a study* which indicated that mental training alone could increase muscle strength.

The two-week study took 30 male university athletes and divided them into three groups. The study focused on the hip flexor muscles, since that is one muscle group that can't be readily exercised in other contexts or with free weights.

One group performed physical training with a hip flexor weight machine; one group mentally practiced hip flexions at increasing amounts of weight; the third group did neither. At the end of the study, the group doing the physical exercises had increased its strength by 28.3%, which is not surprising. The group who did nothing not unexpectedly saw almost no difference. But what's astounding is that the guys who practiced only mentally saw their strength increase by 23.7%!

The bottom line of the study isn't that we don't need to exercise—of course we do—but rather that empowering your mind in order to improve your body can really enhance your performance!

We were intrigued by how much this mind-body connection can improve performance, so we did some checking around. Hypnosis is one of the most effective and safest ways to get into the zone. And Core Sports Performance, an audio hypnosis program from The Hypnosis Network, is by far the most thorough, professional, and effective program on the market. To learn more about Core Sports Performance, click here:

* Erin M. Shackell and Lionel G. Standing, "Mind Over Matter: Mental Training Increases Physical Strength," North American Journal of Psychology, 2007, Vol. 9, No. 1, 189—200.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Get Rid Of Your Manboobs

How to Lose Manboobs
By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS

You don’t have to go through life with man boobs (otherwise known as male breasts). In fact, you can burn away chest fat and get rid of your manboobs forever with just three short, but intense workouts per week.

Getting rid of manboobs is as simple as getting rid of any other fat. You need to cut back on the junk, and fill up on the intensity. Turbulence Training is the fastest fat loss workout you can do at home. You don’t need fancy equipment or a gym membership (where you’ll be too embarrassed by your man boobs to go anyway).

Listen, women love a chiseled chest, but are turned off by the site of manboobs poking through a sweatshirt. That’s why I’ve put together a fat burning program that focuses on building muscle and blasting fat with all sorts of push-ups, chest exercises, and intervals. In fact, even the Turbulence Training abdominal workouts work the chest and help convert those man boobs back into a real man’s chest in just weeks.

You can gain muscle and lose fat with short workouts. You don’t need to be training 6 days per week or spending hundreds of dollars each month on fancy (but worthless) supplements.

Soon you’ll be the guy who is first to take his shirt off at the beach. No more hiding under sweats in the middle of July, or avoiding the water because you don’t want anyone to see your manboobs.

And no matter what anyone says, you don’t have to rely on surgery. Besides, that will leave ugly scars that will leave you just as self-conscious as when you had man boobs. The only fix is a permanent lifestyle change, thanks to the 3 short workouts per week of Turbulence Training. You’ll see changes in your man boobs, love handles, and arm definition within weeks, going from male breasts to ripped abs in the process.

Turbulence Training is not like all those other aerobic, slow cardio programs you’ve tried in the past that didn’t work. And it’s not a wimpy machine circuit that just ends up being a waste of your time. Instead, Turbulence Training is a unique exercise system that you can do in the comfort of your own home, so that no one at the gym can point or stare at your chest – at least not until they are staring with respect.

The fastest way, the safest way, and the only way to get rid of man boobs is with strength training and interval training. Combine that with Dr. Chris Mohr’s sensible nutrition guidelines, and you’ll have a new body, and a new chest in just weeks.

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training

About the Author
Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines. His trademarked Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week. For more information on the Turbulence Training workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit Turbulence Training for Fat Loss

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Fitness eBooks

Just uploaded two new fitness/bodybuilding eBooks. There isn't any charge for these books so please download and enjoy.

Fat Loss Secrets - Interview

19 Secrets to Build 5 Lbs of Muscle in 28 Days or Less

Monday, August 13, 2007

How to Gain Muscle & Lose Fat

How to Gain Muscle & Lose Fat

By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS

Are you ready for my famous "gain muscle or lose fat" chart?

I know this is going to make a few people mad, but it's the truth about whether a guy should lose fat or gain muscle. If he doesn't stick to my recommendations, he won't get the ripped abs and muscles he wants.

I often get scrawny guys asking me how to lose fat, when they have no muscle underneath the fat...they think they will look good if they "get ripped", but in reality, will look like they are starving. They should focus on gaining muscle instead.

This is a harsh lesson in reality, but too many guys are trying to lose weight when the focus should be on gaining muscle.

In fact, through my experience in working with athletes and dozens of men in the gym trying to lose fat and gain muscle, I've come up with a height-weight chart that determines whether or not you should lose weight.

Here's the chart identifying the cut-off weight for muscle building, and the rule below.

5'6" - 140 pounds
5'7" - 145 pounds
5'8" - 150 pounds
5'9" - 155 pounds
5'10 - 160 pounds

And so on. For every inch taller, add 5 pounds. For every inch shorter, subtract 5 pounds.

For example, if you are 5'8", 150 pounds, you should NOT be focusing on losing weight. You need to gain muscle if you want to look good on the beach and have muscle. Focusing on weight loss would be the worst thing you could do. If you do, you'll look like crap, and practically anorexic, to be blunt.

Instead, you must focus on gaining muscle. This will improve the appearance of your body, and take you from a stick-figure to a lean, muscular physique with a better chance of seeing your abs.

And don't worry, you're not going to look huge. At 5'8", a guy would have to be at least 180 in order to be considered "jacked" or "huge".

And the best news of all? Because skinny guys are untrained, simply starting a muscle building program will give them maximum fat loss and muscle gain at the same time. They are going to get the best of both worlds.

To use Turbulence Training to gain muscle and lose fat, simply stick to the weight training workouts only. Avoid the hard interval cardio for at least 4 weeks as you gain muscle, and eat extra calories right after your workout (as well as having a bigger breakfast than normal). These two changes will
allow you to gain muscle and lose fat.


Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training

About the Author

Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines. His trademarked Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week. For more information on the Turbulence Training workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit

Friday, August 10, 2007

Back To School

I know this is off topic; however, Everyone with school kids needs to read this and better yet download and print it out for frequent referral.

Back To School - It’s time to get the kids ready to go back to school. You’ll find information on anything from getting the kids ready in the morning and preparing a healthy breakfast and lunch for them to extracurricular activities, chores your kids can (and should) do and how to help your child deal with bullies. 

Read it online or (and I highly recommend it) right-click and save it to your PC. There is no charge for this outstanding report.


You will need Acrobat Reader or Acrobat eBook Reader to read the books. If you do not have it installed on your computer, Please Click here to get the software. They are both Free.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Why All The Hype About Pilates?

In recent years, pilates has quickly become the most talked
about form of exercise. But is it all it's hyped up to be?

Well, the answer is yes and no. Like anything, it has it's pro's
and cons.

Here's what I like about pilates:

- It uses natural movement and your body weight
- It forces you to work muscles you tend to neglect with other
forms of exercise
- It is easy to learn and can be done anywhere and without
- It provides a good combination of strengthening and stretching

Here's what I think are the downsides:

- It doesn't provide a high intensity cardio workout

While pilates can get your heart a pumpin, it's not the same as
running hill sprints or anything like that. So, if you are doing
pilates you may want to add in some high intensity cardio 1-3
times a week.

- It isn't very progressive - meaning the resistance doesn't
increase and after a few weeks your muscles adapt to the stress.

While there are ways to make the exercises/movements harder and
there are of course easy, moderate and advanced moves, if one of
your main goals is to build strength, you may want to also
incorporate some traditional strength training into your fitness

That's about it... there isn't too much about pilates that I don't
like. And, to all you guys out there, I challenge you to try it. I
guarantee you'll find it's much harder than it looks... trust me :)

Anyway, the guys over at Get Healthy And Fit have spent several
months creating a pilates program called "Pilates Made Easy" and
they've allowed me to send you a free copy of it on DVD.

If you've ever thought about trying pilates, here's a great way to
get started.

And if you're a pilates veteran, here's a chance to add a great new
DVD to your collection for everyone's favorite price, free.

I can't wait to hear your feedback on this new video!

Wishing you the best,

Art Breshears

P.S. Please feel free to forward this email to any family or friends
you know who might also be interested in grabbing a copy of our
Pilates Made Easy DVD for free.