MM Ep 199 – Fitness Talk is BACK! Info on my “Shakeology Shakeup” that Starts Soon

Guys! I’m back with the most real podcast I’ve ever done, exposing my past struggles with fitness & weight loss (and yes even a relationship story or two). If you’ve finally had enough with how you look and feel and want to change reach out to me @info@wwepodast.com or on Twitter @The_WWE_Podcast. I also give you some details on exactly what the “Shakeology Shakeup” is.

 

MM Ep 176 – Official Survivor Series Preview – Wait, What is at Stake Again?

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With Survivor Series this Sunday I recap the go-home shows for Raw & Smackdown, and give my official predictions for the PPV. Is this Goldberg’s last match? Will HHH return?

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MM Ep 61: The Importance of Goal Setting in Your Business

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Ever feel like you’re not making progress? You’re just stuck in a rut in your business or fitness program? Check out today’s podcast, I think it will inspire and motivate you to create progress in your life.

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MM Ep 52 – Raw Review, Hulk Hogan Thoughts & Top Fitness Questions

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In this weeks show I give my thoughts on Hulk Hogan’s Racist Rant, and review Monday Night Raw that saw Seth Rollins and John Cena put on a 4 star PPV quality match. Cena’s nose got busted, but it was one of the better matches on Raw in recent memory.

I also answer some common questions about losing weight. How do I get a 6 pack? What portion sizes should I be eating? And, how can I eat healthy when I’m on the road?

If you’re interested in joining my BeachBody Team, don’t hesitate to contact me!

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MM Ep 49 – Raw Review, Battleground Predictions & More on Fitness

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In a jam packed show, I discuss a very good Monday Night Raw, Seth’s chances of losing this Sunday, some very helpful fitness tips, and my official Battleground Predictions for this Sunday.

Don’t forget to check out the The Boom Boom Girls of Wrestling. If you’d like to advertise YOUR business or product on my show, checkout my Fiverr.com gig here: Advertise YOU on Matts Madness

Follow me on Twitter @Matts_Madness if you’d like to talk fitness or WWE. I’m a BeachBody coach that would love to help YOU achieve your fitness goals!

MM Ep48 – My Fitness Story, How it Can Help You & WWE Notes

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In a rare Friday show, I talk about my story of weight struggles, how I got to where I am today, and how I can help you achieve whatever goals you may have. Don’t hesitate to contact me on Twitter @Matts_Madness if you’d like more information. I’m a BeachBody coach that has a passion for helping others succeed.

I also talk about Brock injuring a fan Monday night, when I think Seth will finally lose the belt & is Stone Cold hinting at a huge WrestleMania 32 comeback?

Please also check out how to help the “The Boom Boom Girls of Wrestling” at Kickstarter here: Boom Boom Girls of Wrestling
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MM Ep 47 – WWE Raw Review & Big Fitness Tips

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In this weeks show I go over a MUCH improved Monday Night Raw that saw Brock destroy a vehicle, Rusev get his heat back and Cesaro finally get his “Push”.

I also provide some really important fitness tips at the top of the show. If you’d like to learn more or need some guidance contact me on Twitter @Matts_Madness.

MM Ep 7 – Hell in a Cell Predictions & 2 Awesome Supplement Recommendations

In this weeks episode I breakdown Monday Night Raw leading into this Sunday’s Hell in a Cell as well as my predictions. I also have two supplement recommendations that you don’t want to pass up on!

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MM Ep 5 – The Rock Returns to WWE & Great Dieting Tips

I discuss The Rocks shocking return to WWE on Raw and why “Pro-Wrestling” has declined in popularity over the last 10 years. I also have some great dieting tips that are fool proof. Contact me at Questions@mattsmadness.com or on twitter @ Matts_Madness

 

My Podcast Debutes Tomorrow

Hey Everyone, tomorrow I will be debuting my Podcast on iTunes & right here on my site. In iTunes type “Matts Madness” into the search bar. You’ll see the icon above.

The topics I cover will be similar to my blog:

  • Technology
  • Sports
  • Fitness
  • Pro-Wrestling – Yes I know some of you are likely rolling your eyes at this point, but it’s a topic that I’m very passionate about and who knows, maybe there are some closet fans out there who may enjoy it?

I am keeping them 30 minutes or less. Depending on the feedback, I may extend the length. This is a segment for you, the audience, so if there are any questions, comments or suggestions please don’t hesitate to send them to me. Questions@mattsmadness.com or simply fill the form out below.

Gym Etiquette – Are You THAT Guy?

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Gym Etiquette Pet Peeves – Can you Relate?

We’ve all seen the commercial. An overly muscular meat-head walks into the gym with a gallon jug of water and their body building shirt on. They have a vocabulary that consists of “I lift things up and put them down”. Sadly, the reason many of us find humor in this commercial is because of how close to reality this really is. Now I’m not suggesting that every over muscular person has the intelligence of a doorknob, but this commercial really does hit on one of the many gym etiquette issues that run rampant in gyms around the country. Let’s list just a few and see if you can relate.

The Gallon Jug Guy– Much like in the Planet Fitness commercial, this is the guy who spends more time staring in the mirror than doing any actual work. They tell others how they spend 2 hours at the gym today. What they don’t disclose is that during those 2 hours, 15 minutes of it was actually doing any kind of productive exercise. Now I’m not a doctor, but based on general knowledge, if you have to bring a GALLON size water jug to exercise, my guess is that you probably shouldn’t be exercising in the first place. I guess it’s supposed to “look cool”or show people how hard they work out, but logically speaking, bringing that much water to the gym suggests severe dehydration.

The Chatterbox– These people are the reason you stay at the gym much longer than you need to and interrupt your flow of a workout. Here’s a bit of social intelligence that these people lack. If you see someone with headphones on, this in all likelihood means their intentions aren’t to socialize with others. Now I’m not suggesting to be an anti-social prick while working out, but if the conversation you’re having lasts longer than 3 minutes then my guess is you’re not at the gym to exercise. I really don’t want to hear about every intricate detail you can recall about the last 4 years of your life while I’m trying not to die running 6 miles on the treadmill. And by the way, if there are 14 other free treadmills, don’t be a weirdo and choose the one right next to me. Something about that makes me want to pour boiling water on you and watch you fall off the treadmill.

The Sweaty Mess– Now let me preface this by saying I have nothing against super sweaty people exercising at the gym. On the contrary, that’s why you’re there. It means you’re busting your ass, doing what you’re supposed to and putting some effort in. However, that does not mean that you are above the “wipe down the machine after use” rule. Ever go up to a machine and you can see the glossy left-over sweat still sitting on the pad? Yep, I’m not your mother and/or maid so suck it up, walk 10 feet to the paper towel station and wipe off the germ filled sweat you decided to leave behind because maybe ‘No one will notice”. Be a big boy and girl and apply the concept your parents should have taught you at the age of 5 and clean up after yourself.

The Machine Hogger – No really, please continue to watch the Yankees game while sitting on the fly machine. Do a set, watch a couple innings, then maybe do another set. Or if you’d like, just sit there on your phone and text your boyfriend, do a half-hearted set and then continue to sit there. Tell me you haven’t seen this before? I have no problem if someone is actually USING the machine, but if you’re using it to stare at the girl at the machine next to you or watch TV; my suggestion is to use your couch at home. This can be especially frustrating if the gym is overcrowded and you just need to get a few sets in. The gym should hire a military drill instructor to go around and call out anyone just sitting at a machine that aren’t actually using it. Now that would be some motivation to not only put some effort in, but for entertainment value as a spectator.

The bottom line is, if you’re at the gym, realize you’re AT THE GYM. I’m not suggesting a military style culture be implemented, just some COMMON sense be used. If you’re there and putting some actual effort in, then I applaud you. And no, “lifting things up and putting them down” does not qualify as an acceptable workout description.

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Coffee Related to Weight Loss?

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o Drinking coffee can be helpful in your efforts to lose weight. The caffeine in coffee acts as a stimulant by pumping up your metabolism, which encourages your body to use more energy. This is good when trying to lose weight. A higher metabolism means you burn more calories throughout the day and have more energy when working out.

Other Benefits
o According to an article by John McKenzie for ABC News, it’s been suggested by research that the nutrients in coffee may help lower risks for several serious diseases and ailments including gallstones and liver cancer.

For example, the antioxidants and magnesium in coffee can help prevent type 2 diabetes by interacting with blood sugar, and caffeine may hinder Parkinson’s disease. While maybe not definitive, research has shown correlation with these examples.

Other Considerations

o What do you put in your coffee? Sugar? Cream? Milk? While coffee by itself does not have many calories, common ingredients that people add to their coffee do. If you’re trying to lose weight but still want the energy that coffee offers, you might want to decrease the amount of stuff that gets added in with it. That sugar and dairy might add some needed flavor, but it also gives you extra carbohydrates, fat and calories, which can overshadow possible benefits.

Proceed with Caution

o Coffee has some drawbacks, many of which are common knowledge. It can be addictive and can affect your mood. Too much caffeine can also make you jittery and restless, which can interfere with sleep and other activities.

According to an article by Jonny Bowden for Your Total Health, coffee directly interferes with natural adrenal activity and triggers your body to pump sugar into your blood as a “fight or flight” response even though there isn’t a situation to react to. This leads to a wired and edgy feeling for a few hours. When the feeling comes to an end and your blood sugar drops, your body “crashes” and needs to be refueled again. This can lead to food cravings.

Also, coffee works as a diuretic. This means it dehydrates your body. This can be counterproductive when you are trying to lose weight and live healthier since water is essential to many of your body’s processes, including fat-burning ones.

Conclusion
o Yes, coffee can aid in weight loss by speeding up your metabolism, and it may also help keep some risky diseases at bay, but it isn’t a miracle product or an easy way out. It’s important to watch your coffee intake due to its properties as a stimulant and a diuretic and complement it with water and a healthy diet and exercise plan.

Courtesy of ehow.com

3 Sneaky Fitness Pitfalls to Avoid

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Whether you’re new to the whole fitness scene, or you’re a seasoned vet, there will always be potential pitfalls that show up in our path. They are nothing more than distractions on your path to achieving your fitness goals. The simple answer here is obvious, stay focused on what you want. While this sounds easy, it’s even easier to slip off track and even regress to even further than when you started. Even worse, sometimes you won’t even realize that you’ve gone off track. These pitfalls can be very subtle, even sneaky to the point you don’t see them.

So what are these pitfalls, how do you know recognize them, and more importantly, how can you avoid them?

1. Compromise – While the concept of “compromising” can work wonders in relationships, they won’t do you any favors if you’re looking for that rock hard body. Yes, we all slip once in a while. I even encourage treating yourself once in a while to a “cheat meal”. However, the compromise I’m referring to are the ones we may make on a daily basis. The ones that we consistently rationalize with ourselves. For example, every day at lunch you may grab a bag of chips to eat with your sandwich and maybe you think to yourself “well I can eat this now and I’ll burn it off at the gym later”. This is NOT a good rationalization for eating poorly. The logic of eating bad and then later trying to “work it off” is a classic example of compromising. First, you can’t ever outwork a poor diet, and secondly once you are exercising your body won’t have the QUALITY energy it needs to repair muscle tissue.

· How to avoid – Be conscious about what exactly you’re eating. Find a plan that works for you and your specific goals and stick with it. Don’t go on ‘autopilot’ with your life, understand what you’re putting into your body. Don’t try to justify eating poorly by saying you’ll counter it with a workout. Treating yourself is ok once in a while, just don’t make this a daily habit.

2. Seeing It as a “Diet” – I wrote about this in an earlier blog, but the gist of this was that you can’t view any changes that you’re going to make as ‘temporary’, and in my opinion the word ‘diet’ suggests a temporary change. If you want REAL long-term results make the decision that this is a LIFESTYLE change. Think about it this way, you can’t get full results on a part-time effort. Diets are broken every day. When you make the decision to change your lifestyle, this promotes a much stronger change and is much harder to break. The key here is that you, and you alone make the decision to change how you live day-to-day. Saying “I’ll change once I’m not so stressed from work” or “Once this happens or that happens, then I’ll start”. We are always going to have reasons and stressors in our lives that can distract us from our goals, that’s life! There is no better time than now to change.

· How to avoid – This one is a change of your mindset. Know that the change you want to make is not temporary or short-term. You are changing how you live on a day-to-day basis. Your thoughts drive how you act, so if your mind is set that this is a permanent change you’ll have a much higher chance of succeeding

3. Routines – As human beings we are, by nature, creatures of habit. We have our morning routines, our shower routines and so on. When it comes to fitness, this can be a double edged sword. If you have a routine of going to the gym after work and have incorporated it as part of your lifestyle, then you can give yourself a pat on the back. Routines allow stability and familiarity in our lives. However, routines can also lead to comfort zones and plateaus. We may be stable where we are, but we aren’t progressing. Comfort zones can be the kiss of death, because they are well, comfortable. Change requires us to go outside the norm, push ourselves and explore new opportunities. I’m not suggesting dramatic changes, small ones can even make a difference. Walking into the gym and doing the same exercise routine (while beneficial) isn’t really promoting change in your body.

· How to avoid – Mix-up your workout schedule. For example, if you normally run 5 miles (either outside or on the treadmill), try running 2 miles at a much faster pace. Or if you always go that 5:00pm spinning class, maybe try a yoga class. Obviously, your goals are going to determine what you’re going to be changing in your exercises, but the overall message here is to try things out of the norm. It will keep your body confused, and that’s a good thing.

Comment or Suggestion?

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Underlying Benefits of Exercise

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Exercising on a regular basis can be more than just beneficial for managing weight loss. There are many more not so obvious, and less talked about benefits that just may give you that push you need to get off the couch. I’ve outlined just a few of these benefits that may spark the interest of those who are looking for more motivation than the simple ‘weight loss’ advantages. (courtesy of mayoclinic.org)

No. 1: Exercise combats health conditions and diseases

Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.

No. 2: Exercise improves mood

Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

No. 3: Exercise boosts energy

Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.

No. 4: Exercise promotes better sleep

Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep. Many people will claim that they are “too tired” to exercise, when ironically, exercising will energize them.

No 5: Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life

Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energized and looking better, which may have a positive effect on your sex life. But there’s more to it than that. Regular physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise.

No. 6: Exercise can be fun

Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. So, take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a soccer team. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. If you get bored, try something new.

The bottom line on exercise

Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more. Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time, have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, or you have any concerns.