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Are You Making These Mistakes? The Middle Managment Measure Issue #002
October 23, 2007
The Middle Magement Measure™
… Because You Body Means Business™
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Table of Contents
1.) One Year Anniversary
2.) Middle Management™ 2.0 is Growing Fast and a Contest
3.) Question of the Month
4.) Article – Do You Make These Mistakes in the Gym?
5.) Coming Soon…
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Middle Management™ is One Year Old!
Earlier this month, Build Muscle and Burn Fat with Middle Management™ turned 1 year old. That is right, our first year is behind us, and we have seen phenomenal growth and participation.
Over the past year, we have launched our site, written over 100 FREE articles and added several new areas of Middle Management™ 2.0, a user driven community. Speaking of which…
Middle Management™ 2.0 Growing Fast (and a Contest)
Middle Management 2.0 brought a new level of interactivity to our website. For those of you who aren't familiar with what Middle Management™ 2.0 is, it allows you to create your own pages in various parts of our site (with new areas added all the time).
Questions & Answers
Have you ever been to Yahoo! Answers? Often, it is the Wild West as far as the types of answers you get. And never mind the spammy comments that get posted.
Our human edited Questions & Answers section is for our readers to ask and answer questions while minimizing the sarcastic or mean-spirited answers and spam. As a result, there may be a delay posting the questions and answers so we recommend that you sign up to be notified when your question is posted and replied to.
Please be an active participant. Ask & Answer.
Staying on Track When Starting a Diet
Starting a new diet is difficult. If you are starting a new diet, let us know how its going and get support. Share your stories and experiences with others on starting a new diet. Support others as they begin their journey.
Post tips on how to stay on track at the bottom of this article: How Many Calories Do I Need?
User Workout Programs
Do you have a workout plan that has really worked for you? Are you looking for a new workout plan to break the monotony? Post, share, and comment here:
Now for the Contest: The Biggest Loser Blog
Our blog on the television series "The Biggest Loser" is a new experiment in a “reader generated” blog. Readers can post their own blog posts, subject to a few rules and join in the fun!
The best post at the end of the series, as judged by our staff, will win a FREE Middle Management T-Shirt. There is still plenty of time to enter so…
Tell us what's next! Is there something you would like to see on our site? Let us know today!
Question of the Month
This question is near to my heart, and makes me smile every time I read it. I don't think I could have asked for a better complement!
Timothy asks, "Forgive me for asking but what is the catch to this site? Usually you have to pay for info and or subscription or get annoying ads and or spy ware. What is your catch? Seems like a great site with great info. Seems too good to be true."
The short answer is "There is no catch!"
When we set out to create this website, it started as a way to tie the two worlds that we operate in - business and fitness - and provide as much information from our experiences to our readers as possible for free. There are a few ads on the site, but we strive to keep those as unobtrusive as possible.
Over the past year, we have grown faster than expected, and are happy to say that we are pleased with the reader response.
That is not to say that at some point we won't offer you the opportunity to purchase an e-book or some other product.
However, we want to OVERDELIVER to our readers. Therefore, we promise that as long as we own the site, our primary webpage content - useful information to help you reach your fitness goals - will remain FREE.
Do You Make These Mistakes in the Gym?
Showing up to the gym for the first time in forever is difficult enough. Many of us are self-conscious about the way we look now, whether we think we are too fat or too skinny. Showing up at gym and beginning a new workout plan and making these mistakes can make that trip more awkward than it needs to be.
Here are several common mistakes that people make in the gym and suggestions to fix them…
Holding Your Breath
You absolutely remember to breath when you lift weights. Many of us tend to hold our breath (and turn various shades of purple) when we strain when the weights get heavy toward the end of a set. You should inhale on the negative portion of the lift (the part of the lift where you are lowering the weight – lowering the weight to your chest on a bench press) and exhale on the positive part (the part where you are performing the lift – pressing the weight back to the starting position on the bench press.)
Not Using Weight Collars
This one is a personal peeve of mine. Everybody, from the beginner to Arnold Swarchenegger has a side of the body that is weaker than the other side. As you lift, you may tilt the bar toward that weaker side. Initially, that tilt may not even be perceptible. As the weights begin to slide, it will become perceptible soon enough. If you have ever seen weights slide of one side of the bar, you know what I mean – with no weight on one side, gravity takes effect on the plates on the other side, sending them crashing to the ground in a thunderous (and dangerous) boom as the bar goes catapulting across the room. This is obviously extremely dangerous, and if everyone remains unharmed, extremely embarrassing as well.
Wearing a Weight Belt… Everywhere
When you are starting out, you probably are not lifting enough weight to warrant a weight belt. You might want to wear one while doing squats or dead lifts, where there may be a need to support you lower back, but you shouldn't ever need one on the bench press or during bicep curls. If you feel like you need back support for these exercises, then you are either not performing the lift correctly, or you are using weights that are too heavy.
Using the Gym as a Social Club
When your gym starts to feel like home, then you should hear sirens and see red flashing lights all over the place. You go to the gym to work… to build muscle and burn fat. Nothing irks me more than someone who uses a piece of equipment, leaves their towel and gym bag beside it, and then spends the next 10 minutes chatting up everybody in sight. First, if those people you are talking to are serious about working out, you are probably bothering them, and they are just too nice to say so. Second, someone might be waiting to actually use that piece of equipment for what it was meant for instead of your own personal towel rack. Go to the gym with a strategy and stick to it. Don't go to find a date for the weekend.
Using Bad Form
Proper form is essential for both building muscle and avoiding injury. Be sure you know the proper technique before performing any movement. Most machines provide instructions, and most gyms have experts available to give you a quick demo.
You should not sacrifice proper form just for lifting more weights. Check your "I can lift more than you" ego at the door. If you truly want to know how to quickly build muscle, you must remember why you are here. We are here to build muscle mass, not to see if we can bench press the building. Remember, they are called bicep "curls," not bicep "swings!"
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