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How Much Weight Should You Lift To Build Muscles and Strength?

posted on May 20th, 2011 ·


When I first started lifting weight, I was not able to decide how much weight should I lift for each set. Most weights were decided with the “gut feel”. After several years, by exchanging ideas with few fitness instructors and seasoned gym goers as well as doing some research on this topic, and coupled with my own experience, I believe that I have learned some (but not all) in this area. So, here you go for what I know.

First thing first, people lift weight for two main objectives:

  1. To build muscle
  2. To build strength and power


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Gym Watch – Big Gyms by Number 7

posted on May 16th, 2011 ·


Mun’s Note: This excellent guest post is contributed by Gus Ghani who is a fitness instructor in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

7 Characteristics of Big Gyms

It is difficult to miss any big gym at your local high street or in a shopping mall because these gyms spend a lot of time and money to market their brand. If you missed their huge advertisement billboards or doubted their credibility, you need not worry because big gyms are persistent, and they have been known to recruit well-known celebrities as their brand ambassador to grab your attention.

The 7 common characteristics of the big gyms are as follows:- (more…)

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What To Look For When You Buy A Treadmill? 12 Buying Tips To Help You.

posted on May 12th, 2011 ·


Treadmill is popular as home exercise equipment. If you plan to buy a treadmill, I have compiled a list of items to help you getting one which suits you the best. Read these buying tips to find out what exactly you need to look for when you shop for one.

1) Consider the Motor
Check the “Continuos Duty Output” of the treadmill. A good treadmill should deliver a minimum of 1.5 horsepower at all times. If you use your treadmill regularly or if you are heavier (more than 180 pounds), invest in a treadmill with at least 2 horsepower or higher. Machine with high horsepower provides seamless walking or running experience even if you are running at lower speed. Do not forget that the motor still needs to handle your weight when you are running at incline level. A shaky or jerky ride is not what you want. (more…)

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The Secret To Eat Calorie Free Food

posted on May 7th, 2011 ·


Last weekend, I was having dinner with one of my close friends.  When my dessert was served, my friend took a portion of my cake, probably as much as half of it using her fork.

I asked, “I thought you are so determined not to eat high calorie cake like this for the next 3 months?”

“No, this is your cake, not mine.  So, it is not counted as my calories.” (more…)

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How To Eat Out Healthily in 7 Ways

posted on May 3rd, 2011 ·


The great thing about eating out is the variety. My friend said that I am lucky of not staying with my parents – don’t have to eat at home everyday. Having studied in overseas, I would say that eating out in Malaysia is a joy. From exotic five-star cuisine to economical roadside fare, we are indeed spoil for choice. I know that eating in may be boring for some people if they eat the same dish every day.

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Why You Should Not Clean Your Ears with Ear Bud?

posted on April 29th, 2011 ·


Months ago, I put a pen cover into ear canal to “clean” my ear and my aunt was shocked and jumped, “What are you doing?”  Then, I went to take ear bud or the so called Q Tip cotton swab, but again, she did not agree that should be the way to clean my ears.  “So how?” I asked her.  She then explained to me and here we go for this post, we will look at how our ears function when comes to cleaning, why we should not use ear bud and how can we clean our ears properly.

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