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Final Project – Picking Up the Fork After you Pick Up the Weights: The Importance of a Healthy Diet

15 Dec

Sitting Down at the Table with Victoria Villalba

Victoria Villalba, a 21-year-old senior at Rowan University, is training to compete in a Physique Competition in Baltimore Maryland April 13, 2013. Villalba discusses her diet, shows her typical routine for preparing a meal, and divulges which meal is the most important of the day.

 

Setting the Table With Dr. Craig Wax and Patricia Scassera, R.D.

As a society, we are consumers. Whether it is wearing the latest fashion or buying the newest technology, we look for the product that is simply the best.

The same holds true in the fitness world. From bodybuilders to casual lifters, it has become a competition to find the best workout supplements in hopes to be molded into the best possible shape. Those in the lifting community try relentlessly to find the best product in order to obtain the big arms, the flat stomach, or the tiny waste seen in magazines. The question that arrises is, are these protein and creatine products really the best thing to put into your body?

Patricia Scasserra, a registered dietitian in the South Jersey area for the past 30 years, says no.

“I think they’re unnecessary and dangerous. People think that they can pump stuff into their bodies without consequence as long as it’s not drugs or something like that. Supplements in large quantities can do the same damage that medications and drugs can.”

Scasserra warns that although protein builds muscle, to be careful not to take an excess amount.

“Too much protein puts an extra load on your kidneys that you don’t really want or need. The best thing for young kids when they’re working out is certainly larger portions of meat, poultry, and cheeses to increase their protein. I would never recommend a protein powder or an excessively high protein diet.”

Although a number of articles have been written about the downsides of protein powders, it is easy to see why it is such an attractive option. Scooping powder, dropping it in water, and shaking it up is easy and fast. It’s quicker than cooking and cheaper in the long run.

Dr. Craig Wax, a Mullica Hill family physician who specializes in everybody and everything,  earned his Bachelor of Science in food science research from Cook College of Rutgers University. Wax says he sees why there is a market for protein powders.

“Protein powders aren’t necessary, but may be helpful for those who don’t take in enough protein as part of their regular diet.”

Wax acknowledges that when trying to make extra gains in size and strength, increasing protein may slightly help. However, he believes that there are better alternatives.

“A diet comprised of water, food that grows from the earth, and daily exercise will serve all populations well,” Wax says.

Food that grows from the earth has its benefits. Eating natural food is not only healthy, but you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals you need in addition to good carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates may be a scary word to hear in the fitness world, but they’re essential.

“Your body needs carbohydrates. Like a car uses gas to run, your body uses carbohydrates,” says Scasserra.

A diet is fundamental to personal health in addition to continuing gains from lifting. Wax says it best:

“The benefits of a healthy diet is a healthy life. You can feel vibrant, you can be well, you might not get sick. You can excel at school, at work, and you can have great relationships with other people. A healthy diet is where it all starts after drinking water.

For more information, Scasserra recommends visiting the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website, www.eatright.org. This is a national organization that dietitians belong to where you can find the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Post 12 – Farewell Post

12 Dec

Grow, Grow, Grow! Merry Lifting!

 

With the holiday season approaching and the semester concluding, my Blog to a Jog blog will be taking a hiatus.

I had a blast writing it. I learned a lot, met a lot of cool people, and it inspired me to do my best in the gym.

 

Leave me a comment below if you don’t want me to go away and post more for you!

Have a great holiday, and my gift to you is my five best posts thus far! Until next time, stay healthy!

Five Best Posts

1. Working out with John and Kimmi

2. “Back” In the Gym with Dylan Coladonato

3. Motivation for Determination: Getting to the Gym on Lazy Days

4. A Week Workout Is Better Than A Weak Workout

5. Top 10 Tips to Prepare For a Workout

Post 11 – Motivation for Determination: Getting to the Gym on Lazy Days

7 Dec

It could be that you’ve caught a case of the Mondays, or maybe it’s Saturday afternoon and you’re more concerned about which party you’ll go to rather than the body part you’re working out. Whatever the reason, sometimes it’s hard to get your mind right to get a good lift in.

We’ve all been there – “I’ll skip today…but I’ll work even harder tomorrow.” Sometimes you just don’t feel like going to the gym. It’s normal. We all hit that point where we lack the motivation to get our blood pumping.

The best thing to do when you don’t want to lace up your sneakers and head out the door is find some inspiration. What inspires you to better your body and dedicate one to two hours at the gym? Let this post be a sanctuary for you to come to when you need that little extra push.

Quotes

1. “Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.” –Lance Armstrong

2. “The pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret.” –Sarah Bombell

3. “Whether it’s a 14-minute mile or a 7-minute mile, it’s still a mile.” -Anonymous

4. “When I’d get tired and want to stop, I’d wonder what my next opponent was doing. I’d wonder if he was still working out. I tried to visualize him. When I could see him still working, I’d start pushing myself. When I could see him in the shower, I’d push myself harder.” –Dan Gable

5. Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. –Lou Holtz

Videos

1. Bodybuilding Motivation HD – Before Gym 

2. Inspirational – How Great I Am

3. Motivation for Success: Uncomfortable vs. Exhaustion

4. Life = Risk – Motivational Videos  

5. College Football Pump Up 2012 – 2013  

Playlists

1. Fitness Magazine’s 100 Top Workout Songs

2. AOL Blog’s Workout Music 

3. Spotify’s Workout Playlists 

4. Men’s Fitness Workout Songs of the Decade 

5. Sixty Pump Up Songs to Inspire A Successful Gym Workout

Articles

1. 10 Ways to Boost Your Exercise Motivation

2. How To Squeeze Exercise Into Any Day 

3. Build a Superstar Body like Kerry Washington

4. Thirteen Scientifically Proven Health Benefits Of Exercise 

5. Exercise: Seven Benefits of Regular Physical Activity 

What motivates you to go to the gym? Drop a comment below and let me know what works for you!

Post 9 – “Back” In the Gym with Dylan Coladonato

19 Nov

Dylan Coladonato, a 20 year old junior at Rowan University, has been lifting seriously for the past four years. A natural student of lifting, Coladonato is by the books when it comes to his form and technique.

Coladonato’s attention to detail, work ethic and desire make personal gains is evident when following him around the Rowan Rec Center. Listening to his knowledge about back exercises is fascinating. You can actually hear the passion he has for lifting in his voice.

This video presents Coladonato’s typical back workout along with some helpful tips including the benefits of staying hydrated.

Post 8 – In Between Sets With Joe Fontana

9 Nov

Joe Fontana, a 20 year old junior at Rowan University, knows a thing or two about lifting. An athlete all his life, Fontana made the leap from wrestling to body building his freshman year of college.

Fontana spoke with me exclusively about what motivates him to go to the gym, what his diet consists of, and why he prefers his gym in South Jersey as opposed to his gym in North Jersey.

At one time, Fontana was no different than anyone else who wanted to get into lifting. His advice and personal account can help YOU change your life just like he changed his.

(Joe Fontana when he isn’t flexing / Photo taken by Tyler Mulvey)