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Home Gym vs. Health Club: "Which one do I chose?" Print E-mail
Written by Skip "The Beast" Podar   
Saturday, 24 January 2009

ImageDecisions, decisions, decisions!  We're all faced with them.  However, now you're about to make a very important decision regarding your long-term health.  Whether or not to exercise at home, to invest in a gym membership, or both. 

Having done both in my life, I thought I'd give you some insight into some of the pros/cons of each, the options you have, and how to make the most of your decision so that you're as successful as possible.

I began my journey rather humbly.  My first experience stepping into a "gym" was at my high school when one of my friends (who was on the football team) invited me in to show me some exercises.  It was a bit intimidating at first, but everyone there was friendly, and I didn't feel overly self-conscious.  The biggest challenge for me was that I had very little control of the weights and when compared to the other guys in the gym, I was very weak.  I was 16 years old at the time, and our high school gym was primarily for our school's athletes.  Since there were no health clubs in my neighborhood, my only option was to get a weight set that I could use at home.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 December 2010 )
Beating that "New Year's Resolution" Fizzle Print E-mail
Written by Skippy Podar   
Friday, 02 January 2009

ImageWell, it's that time of year again.  New Year's Resolution season, with its hopes, dreams and promises.  Sadly, many of us will 'fizzle' long before we see the manifestation of our hard work.  Here's an article that hopefully will help you stay on track during this exciting, yet challenging time of the year.

As a manager of a large health club, I found it encouraging to see so many new members this time of year. Sadly, after about 2-3 weeks, many new members let excuses rob them of the opportunity to improve themselves. 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 January 2011 )
How I Got My Start Print E-mail
Written by Skippy Podar   
Saturday, 20 December 2008

ImageIt's been over 20 years since I first started weight training, so I thought I would finally write down how I got started, and give 'props' to all the folks who inspired me to get started.

My first exposure to weight training was with my cousin Alric who competed on his high school wrestling team, and my one of my Dad's best friends Vaughn (who we affectionately call "Uncle Rumpy").  My Uncle Vaughn (who's originally from Jamaica) has been an athlete all his life and competed in bodybuilding quite a bit during the 1960s, won several first place trophies and has been involved in training amateur and professional boxers.  His passion and knowlege of the sport of bodybuilding is one of things that I feel originally inspired me to compete as I got older.


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 January 2011 )
Skip's Advice on Meal Plans Print E-mail
Written by Skip   
Thursday, 14 August 2008
Although a fair amount of how you look is determined by the amount of activity you do, the true key to changing the shape of your body is how and what you eat.

The human body (as with all organisms) is designed for activity. Understanding that, if the body is constantly active, it will require a constant supply of fuel. It's a simple concept of physiology that most people aren't aware of, but once you understand how your body reacts to food (or the lack of it) it will make bodyshaping much easier.

So, the purpose of this page is to give you a rough idea of how to structure your meals such that you can effectively reach your fitness goals.

Below is a sample of things I eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 August 2008 )
Jason Holt - Transformation of "The Bat" Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 02 August 2008
Jason Holt: Before / After
Jason Holt: Before / After
I began training after high school because I got sick of being the skinny kid.  I was always very athletic but, my size held me back in some endeavors.  While in college it always seemed as if the popular guys were always in great shape.  I was determined to turn my 6'1", 155lb scrawny body into something that everyone would admire at any cost.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 August 2008 )
Your Body; Your Temple Print E-mail
Written by Joey Quinones   
Saturday, 07 June 2008

Me (Joey) at 219 lbs.
Jared, “The Subway guy” was my nick name. Everywhere I went, whether it was the grocery store, the mall, even my family, everyone laughed and called me Jared. Don’t get me wrong, I love Subway and I applaud Jared’s accomplishments, but I wanted my own image. Believe it or not, I avoided mirrors. I looked at myself one day and was just stunned at my size. I weighed 220lbs and was on the brink of upgrading to a size 40 in pants. I realized I needed a drastic change - the change of a new me.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 June 2008 )
Objectifying the States of Muscularity Print E-mail
Written by Skippy Podar   
Sunday, 09 March 2008

SLICED (1991) by Bill Reynolds & Negrita Jayde
If you're a competive bodybuilder or just a frequent "gym rat" working to improve his/her physique, feel free to use this photographic guide as a resource to determine how far you're progressing.

I originally posted this article on http://forum.bodybuilding.com several years ago as a supplement to the book "SLICED" (by Bill Reynolds & Negrita Jayde).

In SLICED the authors objectify the states of muscularity, this article helps to clarify these states by including photographs and approximate bodyfat percentages

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 August 2008 )
Skip's 3 Stages of Shirtlessness Print E-mail
Written by Skip   
Saturday, 23 February 2008
(A brief analysis of my personal journey from "under-confident-skinny-boy" to "narcissistic-gym-rat") Cool
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 July 2011 )