5 Training Myths Busted!}

Submitted by: Steve Hochman

Many rumors circulating your weight lifting circles are just that, rumors. Many so-called truths about developing strong large muscle mass are hyped up ideas that somehow have been given the status of scientific truth when they are nothing more than dangerous gossip. As an Orange County Personal Trainer, I have compiled a list of the 5 biggest myths for your convenience.

The five biggest myths are:

Myth #1 Lactic Acid Causes Fatigue

Researchers nearly 100 years ago discovered the existence of lactic acid in the muscles. They also discovered that lactic acid increased with muscle fatigue.

In reality, lactic acid does increase with muscle fatigue. The truth is that while lactic acid does increase during fatigue and does cause the burning sensation in the muscle, it does not cause fatigue. Your muscles produce lactic acid, which is then sent to your liver to be reprocessed into more energy. The fatigue is caused by the accumulation of protons within the muscles. These protons are the end result of the breakdown of glycogen that fuels the muscle while you exercise.

Myth #2 Lift Weights slowly, it’s Safer!

When rehabilitating, patients are often instructed to perform the exercises slowly and meticulously. This is so that they retrain their nerves and muscles. Some trainers got that idea that it was safer to do so and thought that it would avoid the risk of injury.

In reality, as long as you control your movements during the lowering and raising actions, you won’t set yourself up for injury. However, reps should be performed more quickly, which will induce the muscles to product more quick acting muscle fibers, which are crucial to real world situations. If you want real gains and better muscles, lift with speed to produce better muscle mass.

Myth #3 Lighter Weights, More Reps Equals Better Muscle Tone

Many body builders started using lighter weights and more reps just prior to a contest. They believe that the more reps they do, the more calories they will burn. They wanted to lose fat and get as lean as possible.

In reality, all they need to do is combine their usually work out with low-carb and calorie restricted diets. This is what accounts for the rapid fat loss. Less fat covering the muscles does indeed make the muscles look more toned. If you really want more muscle tone, lift more, build bigger muscles, and lose the flab that’s hiding them.

Myth # 4 Train Until Failure for Best Results

Some body builders began to assume that training hard builds muscle, if you train until you collapse, it must build even bigger muscle.

In reality, it has not been proven that going into failure is critical for the best gains. Case in point: Construction workers, masons, road crews, and other hard laborers. These all work hard and carry heavy loads. Yet not one of them carries these loads until complete fatigue and collapse. Taking your routine to the point of heaviest to lightest weights and until you cannot lift anymore will only wear you out and possibly make you give up. Your muscles need something to work for, so just keep pushing their total limits in terms of higher weights and more reps. The cornerstone of muscle growth is progressive overload. Not under load.

Myth # 5 Getting Pumped Gains Muscle

People noticed a swelling of the muscles when they performed more reps with little to no rest in between those reps. They all thought that this meant they were getting bigger muscles.

In reality, as your muscle stretch and contract during your workouts, they become engorged with blood. This causes a temporary swelling. It’s only a reflection of how long your muscles have been under the tension while working out. Not how much muscle you are building. By giving them little rest in between sets, you can pump up your muscles. As soon as you rest and the blood pressure goes down, so will the swelling. It doesn’t mean your muscle will be growing. This will just lead to muscle fatigue and, if over done, can lead to muscle injury. Instead, use heavy weights and build better with a progressive load and better rest in between sets.

There are more myths out there. Before you buy into them, look to see if they can be scientifically proven. Don’t be too quick to accept myths, they don’t always lead to better gains. In fact, they can actually sometimes lead to serious injury. It doesn’t matter who tells you something that seems likely to be a miracle for your gains, chances are its all beefed up hype. It would be worth all your efforts to research it and find out the truth.

About the Author: Steve Hochman is an Orange County Personal Trainer, and founder of Next Level Fitness and Fit Body Boot Camp.

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Two people die in bus crash in North Yorkshire

Sunday, September 21, 2008

A British couple have died after their car collided with a bus carrying a group of children. The crash took part on the A64 at Staxton near Scarborough, North Yorkshire on Sunday morning. The bus continued on through a hedge line and hit an unoccupied camper van. Six passengers on the bus were treated for minor injuries.

Detective Inspector Geoff Carey of the North Yorkshire Police said that “The coach was carrying a group of young people as well as adults and they are very shocked. They have slight injuries but a great deal of shock.” He also commented on the after crash saying that “Had the Winnebago not been there the bus could have gone into the house.”

The bus was traveling from Pelsall to Primrose Valley holiday park in North Yorkshire to attend marching band competition when the accident happened.

The North Yorkshire police were unable to give any more details. The A64 was closed in both directions at Staxton at the junction with the B1249. Motorists were advised to avoid the area, which has become congested, according to police.

By Allison Ryan

There are many different types of hot tub enclosures you can buy online, usually in kits that you assemble yourself. The kits contain all the materials you need as well as detailed instructions to help you with every step of the process. Once you make the purchase of a hot tub, you do need to have some sort of enclosure so that you can enjoy this great feature and benefit from water therapy at all times of the year. You can install the hot tub on the deck and find an enclosure to fit the space that you have available.

Many manufacturers specialize in the design of hot tub enclosures of all shapes and sizes. Just because it looks elaborate doesn’t mean it comes with an exorbitant price tag. There are many types of accessories you can add to the enclosure to increase the level of enjoyment you can get from it. This includes choosing fabricated awnings, for example, rather than prefabricated awnings.

You can easily purchase manuals online and off in different retails locations to help you build your own hot tub enclosures (http://www.mybath.biz/servlet/the-Hot-Tub-Enclosures/Categories). This allows you the freedom to choose a design or get information to help you design your own. Once you have the list of construction materials you will need, you can shop around at various locations to get the cheapest price and in this way you will save money. Through such manuals you will get expert advice about how to connect the plumbing to the hot tub, connect the wiring you need and even how to hide portions of the enclosure to provide privacy for the users.

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The secret to having a hot tub enclosure of your dreams is to combine an exceptional design with good carpentry skills. You first should look at the area in which you want to place the hot tub and then think about the reasons you have for building an enclosure. For example, if you want to have a hot tub on your deck, but which will provide you with privacy from the prying eyes of neighbors when you are inside, you can design it so that the windows are facing towards the house and that the door opening is on this side as well.

In the prefabricated kits for hot tub (http://www.mybath.biz/servlet/the-Hot-Tubs/Categories) enclosures, you can choose to have benches for sitting on when not in the tub, planters, bar tables, and more so that this will become the main area in which you do your entertaining. You can have it designed just like a professional spa if you choose. The construction materials can be anything that you choose to match the exterior decor of your home. The kits you can purchase for this purpose offer you a choice of aluminum, vinyl and acrylic materials for the construction so that they will withstand the elements of the weather.

Hot tub enclosures are almost like private gazebos or cabins and provide you with the ultimate location to relax and unwind. Why would you have to leave your home to take a vacation when you have what you need right in your backyard or on your patio? In addition, when you add an enclosure to your hot tub, you automatically increase the resale value of your home if you should ever decide to sell.

About the Author: Allison Ryan is a freelance marketing writer from San Diego, CA. She specializes in home improvement and landscaping. For the ideal hot tub enclosures for your home or backyard, please visit the premier hot tub site, mybath.biz/.

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Jokela High School reopens after deadly multiple shooting

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Jokela High School in Tuusula, Finland, scene of the Jokela school shooting, has recommenced classes. Earlier this month, student Pekka-Eric Auvinen, 18, fatally wounded eight people with his handgun before turning the weapon on himself in the country’s worst ever school shooting. He died later in hospital, having never regained consciousness.

All last week repair teams have been working to eradicate all traces of the event, with large numbers of bullet holes in walls and doors being filled in, broken windows and torn blinds being replaced, and total renovation of one corridor which Auvinen had attempted to set fire to.

Students had previously been permitted into the school last week, in order to collect belongings left behind as they rushed to evacuate the school. On Monday, the school’s 450 pupils began to attend temporary facilities set up at nearby Tuusula Primary School as well as the local church.

Tuusula spokeswoman Heidi Hagman told reporters yesterday that at first school days would be considerably shortened, adding “Today the students will spend time getting used to the renovated and repaired school area.

“Students and teachers are getting support from Red Cross crisis workers and psychologists during the first days of school.”

Esa Ukkola, head of education in Tuusula, spoke to reporters about the fact that students had been shown around the renovated school. “We need to show there is nobody lurking in the cupboards any more. We’re trying to have as normal a school day as possible. There are dozens of extra people to ensure we can do everything in small enough groups.”

The shooting has prompted public anger in Finland at the media attention directed to it, with a feeling that it undermines the placid reputation of the country. People have questioned the decision of a survey last month to designate Finland as the world’s “most livable country”. Psycho-social service manager Anna Cantell-Forsbom from nearby Vantaa has spoken out about her view that the shooting was mainly caused by a lack of psychiatric care available to the Finnish youth and therefore did not reflect on Finnish society. The shooting has also prompted a move by the Finnish government to raise the legal age for gun ownership from 15 years to 18 years.

Finland is expected to set up a commission of inquiry this week to investigate the murders. The government will set aside resources for the ministry of social affairs, health and education as well as the local municipality for the investigation. Meanwhile, local authorities have shown a four-year response plan to the government, asking for five million Euro to fund it. Half will go towards therapy and occupational guidance for affected residents, while the other half would go to school guidance counsellors, psychologists, school healthcare personnel and other experts. The ultimate goal of the plan is the complete recovery of those adversely affected by the shooting.

Chinese government to safeguard old Beijing

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Chinese government to safeguard old Beijing
Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Uncategorized

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Beijing’s city legislature has approved a bill, one year in the making, to safeguard the historical and cultural heritage of old Beijing. The new 41-article set of regulations will come into effect May 1, requiring the city to protect listed heritage sites and unlisted sites deemed of historical or cultural value. It also guarantees protection for the area within the city’s Second Ring Road.

Director of the Beijing Administrative Bureau of Cultural Heritage, Mei Ninghua, said “the most encouraging content of the regulations is that Beijing will pay more attention to protecting the old city’s landscape in its entirety, rather than just focussing on scattered heritage sites.” This means the old city layout, colours of buildings, and the names of houses and lanes will have legal protection.

“We took measures to protect the city’s siheyuan courtyard houses by tagging protection plates on more than 650 of them in 2003, preventing them from being demolished or damaged during the city’s massive housing reconstruction projects,” said Mei.

“Now the new regulations give legal buttress to the protection of siheyuan courtyard homes, as well as other unmovable ancient treasures, that have yet to be listed but are at risk of being demolished during urban renovation.”

Modern Beijing, capital of China for 850 years, was built by Mongul Emporer Kublai Khan in 1267 AD. In the vicinity of the current city once was Ji (?), the capital of the State of Yan (?), a power of the Warring States Period – but it has been lost in the mists of time.

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Jokela High School reopens after deadly multiple shooting

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Jokela High School reopens after deadly multiple shooting
Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Uncategorized

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Jokela High School in Tuusula, Finland, scene of the Jokela school shooting, has recommenced classes. Earlier this month, student Pekka-Eric Auvinen, 18, fatally wounded eight people with his handgun before turning the weapon on himself in the country’s worst ever school shooting. He died later in hospital, having never regained consciousness.

All last week repair teams have been working to eradicate all traces of the event, with large numbers of bullet holes in walls and doors being filled in, broken windows and torn blinds being replaced, and total renovation of one corridor which Auvinen had attempted to set fire to.

Students had previously been permitted into the school last week, in order to collect belongings left behind as they rushed to evacuate the school. On Monday, the school’s 450 pupils began to attend temporary facilities set up at nearby Tuusula Primary School as well as the local church.

Tuusula spokeswoman Heidi Hagman told reporters yesterday that at first school days would be considerably shortened, adding “Today the students will spend time getting used to the renovated and repaired school area.

“Students and teachers are getting support from Red Cross crisis workers and psychologists during the first days of school.”

Esa Ukkola, head of education in Tuusula, spoke to reporters about the fact that students had been shown around the renovated school. “We need to show there is nobody lurking in the cupboards any more. We’re trying to have as normal a school day as possible. There are dozens of extra people to ensure we can do everything in small enough groups.”

The shooting has prompted public anger in Finland at the media attention directed to it, with a feeling that it undermines the placid reputation of the country. People have questioned the decision of a survey last month to designate Finland as the world’s “most livable country”. Psycho-social service manager Anna Cantell-Forsbom from nearby Vantaa has spoken out about her view that the shooting was mainly caused by a lack of psychiatric care available to the Finnish youth and therefore did not reflect on Finnish society. The shooting has also prompted a move by the Finnish government to raise the legal age for gun ownership from 15 years to 18 years.

Finland is expected to set up a commission of inquiry this week to investigate the murders. The government will set aside resources for the ministry of social affairs, health and education as well as the local municipality for the investigation. Meanwhile, local authorities have shown a four-year response plan to the government, asking for five million Euro to fund it. Half will go towards therapy and occupational guidance for affected residents, while the other half would go to school guidance counsellors, psychologists, school healthcare personnel and other experts. The ultimate goal of the plan is the complete recovery of those adversely affected by the shooting.

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Wedding Planning Troubles? Try Using These Ideas}

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Submitted by: Gary Pettit

It can be easily said that organizing a wedding is a challenge, filled with options and compromises. Fortunately, this article provides many helpful tips and tricks for wedding planning and will help you plan a great and memorable wedding.

On the days leading up to your wedding, try to limit the amount of stress that you have by doing pilates and exercising a lot. This will help you to reduce the amount of anxiety that you have so that you can be in good shape and in good spirits when the big day comes.

Be sure to have many drink options available at your wedding. Not everyone enjoys the same things and will be happier with a large selection to choose what type of drink they would like. When there is alcohol being consumed, be sure to keep hydrating drinks available, such as lemonade and tea.

Ethnic catering can give your reception that extra spice your guests crave. Chicken and steak have been done to death, so you may want to branch out a little. Make sure that your wedding feast is something that everyone will remember for years to come.

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Get properly fitted underwear for your wedding. A comfortable and supportive bra will not only ease the pressure on your back and shoulders, but also adjust your shape to give you a flattering look. Find a good lingerie store in your area who will fit you and order you the correct undergarments.

Photographs that couples won’t think of can make their wedding album special. If you’re doing the photography, make sure to take photos of all the small things, including the rings, bouquet, invitations, program, tables, cake, food, menu, and lots of candids of the guests arriving. You can find more ideas in wedding magazines as their photography will be top notch.

Make sure to let any parents attending your wedding know the itinerary for your day so they can work situations like naps, changing diapers, feedings, or bedtimes into the schedule. They can also plan to have a babysitter, if necessary, and know when they’ll have to leave to go home to relieve her.

When inviting parents to your wedding, consider what time it will be held if they’re planning on bringing their kids. A night-time wedding with a reception that runs into the wee hours of the morning will not work well for children, so either move your ceremony to an earlier time or provide accommodation for children to have a nap during the reception.

Make the most of your winter wedding by incorporating distinctive natural elements into your decor. For example, look for a venue that will allow guests to enjoy a roaring fire, and the scent of fresh evergreen boughs. Further adding to the cozy touch of winter, feature gourmet hot cocoa, spiced apple cider, or rich wooden accent pieces.

Health-conscious lovebirds can opt for gluten-free wedding cakes, appetizers, and refreshments. Instead of sweets loaded with wheat, many bakeries now offer options that are entirely free of gluten. These cakes, cookies, and edible favors include ingredients like potato flour, which can be used to bake delicious, light, and healthy treats that can be enjoyed by everyone.

When making plans for table sitting, make sure the number of guests is even at each table. Also group tables by age, to help them find things to talk about.

Whether you are making decisions regarding your invitations, the ceremony, itself, or the reception, this article can help you to make those decisions confidently and with a minimum of stress. There are quite a few resources to help you have the best wedding you possibly can and to make it a perfect day.

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Trade hall roof collapses in Poland

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Trade hall roof collapses in Poland
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Saturday, January 28, 2006

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The roof of a trade hall in Metropolian Katowice (district Chorzów and Katowice), Poland has collapsed. Officials said there are at least 67 fatalities and at least 160 people were injured. More than 125 people are still believed to be trapped inside the building.

“Luckily nothing happened to me, but I saw a macabre scene, as people tried to break windows in order to get out. People were hitting the panes with chairs, but the windows were unbreakable. One of the panes finally broke, and they started to get out by the window,” said survivor Franciszek Kowal.

Victims have been transported to hospitals in the mining area.

The trade hall was holding a pigeon exhibition [1] and the collapse is believed to have been caused by large amounts of snow on the roof. At least 500 people were believed to be inside when the roof collapsed.

Jaroslaw Wojtasik a spokeman for the Katowice fire brigade said, “the weight of snow likely caused the roof to cave in at about 5:30 p.m., less than two hours before the event was scheduled to close for the evening.”

“From our crisis centres, we have found there are about 20 fatalities. We don’t know if foreigners are among them,” said Andrzej G?ska, spokesman for the regional police department.

Rescuers are concerned that people trapped may die from hypothermia due to the freezing temperatures (currently about -15 degrees Celsius in Chorzów ).

People standing outisde the building were helping rescuers and those that were injured into emergency vehicles.

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Computer professionals celebrate 10th birthday of A.L.I.C.E.

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Computer professionals celebrate 10th birthday of A.L.I.C.E.
Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Uncategorized

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

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More than 50 programmers, scientists, students, hobbyists and fans of the A.L.I.C.E. chat robot gathered in Guildford, U.K. on Friday to celebrate the tenth birthday of the award winning A.I. On hand was the founder the Loebner Prize, an annual Turing Test, designed to pick out the world’s most human computer according to an experiment laid out by the famous British mathematician Alan Turing more then 50 years ago. Along with A.L.I.C.E.’s chief programmer Dr. Richard S. Wallace, two other Loebner prize winners, Robby Garner and this year’s winner, Rollo Carpenter, also gave presentations, as did other finalists.

The University of Surrey venue was chosen, according to Dr. Wallace, not only because it was outside the U.S. (A.L.I.C.E.’s birthday fell on the Thanksgiving Day weekend holiday there, so he expected few people would attend a conference in America), but also because of its recently erected statue of Alan Turing, who posed the famous A. I. experiment which inspired much of the work on bots like A.L.I.C.E. University of Surrey Digital World Research Centre organizers Lynn and David Hamill were pleased to host the event because it encourages multi-disciplinary interaction, and because of the Centre’s interest in interaction between humans and computers.

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Dr. Wallace gave a keynote address outlining the history of A.L.I.C.E. and AIML. Many people commented on the fact the he seemed to have moved around a lot in the last ten years, having lived in New York, Pennsylvania, San Francisco, Maine, Amsterdam and Philadelphia, while working on the Alicebot project. The A.L.I.C.E. and AIML software is popular among chat robot enthusiats primarily because of its distribution under the GNU free software license. One of Dr. Wallace’s PowerPoint slides asked the question, “How do you make money from free software?” His answer: memberships, subscriptions, books, directories, syndicated ads, consulting, teaching, and something called the Superbot.

Rollo Carpenter gave a fascinating presentation on his learning bot Jabberwacky, reading from several sample conversations wherein the bot seemed amazingly humanlike. Unlike the free A.L.I.C.E. software, Carpenter uses a proprietary learning approach so that the bot actually mimics the personality of each individual chatter. The more people who chat with Jabberwacky, the better it becomes at this kind of mimicry.

In another interesting presentation, Dr. Hamill related present-day research on chat robots to earlier work on dialog analysis in telephone conversations. Phone calls have many similarities to the one-on-one chats that bots encounter on the web and in IM. Dr. Hamill also related our social expectations of bots to social class structure and how servants were expected to behave in Victorian England. He cited the famous Microsoft paperclip as the most egregius example of a bot that violated all the rules of a good servant’s behavior.

Bots have advanced a long way since philanthropist Hugh Loebner launched his controversial contest 15 years ago. His Turing Test contest, which offers an award of $100,000 for the first program to pass an “audio-visual” version of the game, also awards a bronze medal and $2000 every year for the “most human computer” according to a panel of judges. Huma Shah of the University of Westminster presented examples of bots used by large corporations to help sell furniture, provide the latest information about automotive products, and help customers open bank accounts. Several companies in the U.S. and Europe offer customized bot personalities for corporate web sites.

Even though Turing’s Test remains controversial, this group of enthusiastic developers seems determined to carry on the tradition and try to develop more and more human like chat bots. Hugh Loebner is dedicated to carry on his contest for the rest of his life, in spite of his critics. He hopes that a large enough constituency of winners will exist to keep the competition going well beyond his own lifetime. Dr. Wallace says, “Nobody has gotten rich from chat robots yet, but that doesn’t stop people from trying. There is such a thing as ‘bot fever’. For some people who meet a bot for the first time, it can pass the Turing Test for them, and they get very excited.”

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Errant monkeys draw the ire of Delhi court

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Errant monkeys draw the ire of Delhi court
Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Uncategorized

Thursday, January 19, 2006

The Delhi High Court expressed its displeasure to the civic authorities on their continued failure to resolve the problem of marauding monkeys in the court premises. The court was in session when the public interest litigation filed by a Supreme Court lawyer was brought to its attention.

The petitioner Mr.Nirmal Chopra argued the case and explained how the simians showed up during work hours and attacked people and snatched food from them. The rhesus monkeys have also been blamed for damaging furniture belonging to the lawyers and courtroom fixtures such as electrical fittings. According to Mr.Chopra India‘s Wildlife Act of 1972 empowers civic authorities to kill or hunt animals when they endanger human life. He said that the lawyers from the Tis Hazari court had requested the state government and the municipality to tackle the situation but no action had resulted.

The lawyer for the civic authority was quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying that catching monkeys was no longer its responsibility. The court was informed that a monkey catcher hired by the municipality had required 72 stitches after being mauled during an operation. After this incident the work had to be halted because other monkey catchers refused to take up the job.

The court gave the civic authority four more weeks to catch the monkeys that are disrupting work at the Tis Hazari courts. “If you cannot perform your statutory duty, then close down your institution” the court is reported to have told the counsel.

Delhi is known to suffer from trouble brought on by monkeys. The animals are reported to invade homes, schools and government offices in the city. Scores of animals have moved in as the city expands into surrounding forests. In an effort to control the problem, the Delhi administration captured about 500 monkeys and took them to the outskirts of the city last year.

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