Guest Post: 5 Pros & Cons To Juicing

Hey Fit Community, 

I have another guest blogger, many of you probably already follow him but if you don’t, I hope this particular post will give you a reason to. I started speaking with Christian after about 4-5 months when I first started blogging, he was very social and shown a liking for me and my blog. I think what hit things off, is I was looking for someone to connect with in  the fitness community and while I ended up following others before him, he seemed to be the one that reached out the most to me at the time. We would continue to support each others blog content and talk about our goals within this community and after a long while, we developed a platonic relationship that soon led to us giving each other advice and pointers. I sometimes would blow off his advice and tips because I was not trying to blow up or become this instant famous blogger and YouTuber but after awhile I realized my potential and realized he was giving me a kick in the ass because he seen my potential too and wanted me to excel & I will forever be grateful for that because if he had not been the one to do it, I would have fell off this blog wagon and probably would have never created a YouTube channel nor knew how to access a following on social media. On some of my most overwhelming days, most stressful days, most agitating days, he made sure I was okay and made sure to tell me to not give up, to not walk away and to keep going and I just want to say Thank you Christian for that, thank you for being a great friend to me and thank you for seeing what I could not! It is my honor to have you as a guest blogger. 

His Blog Post: 

5 PROS AND CONS TO JUICING

by Christian Evans of ChristiansWeightSuccess.net

PRO’S:

1- GREAT WAY TO GET VITAMINS & NUTRIENTS TO YIUR BLOODSTREAM ASAP. 

  • Instant Energy!!!

 

2- BE CREATIVE AS YOU WANT

  • when I first started juicing I followed a lot of recipes.  Eventually I learned what tasted good & not so good for me.  I let my creative juices (pun intended) flow and started developing my own. See how creative you can be.  

 

3-  ITS A REAL PICK ME UP PROVIDES NEEDED ENERGY

  • It’s like an instant natural high.  Such a great feeling to have.  

 

4- ITS AN ICEBREAKER/ CONVO STARTER

  • There will be lots of people that are skeptical on juicing.  This is a great convo starter that could lead to the exchanging of ideas.  

 

 

5-  TEND TO MAKE HEALTHIER CHOICES OVERALL 

  • When you’re intaking fresh juices daily you tend to make healthier choices overall in your life, as well as diet.  You’re granted with a clearer mindset the more you juice.  

 

 

CONS:

  • THE CLEAN UP
  • Nothing worst than having to clean up your mess.  It’s draining.  There’s no shortcut.  You just have to face it and clean it up.  It’s all to prepare yourself for the next time you do have to juice.  

 

2- NOT KNOWING “WHAT” TO JUICE

  • The thought of not knowing what fruits goes with what veggies is all trial an error.  When you make a bad combo is one of the worst things because it’s produce you paid for and you just have to drink it.  Try asking questions to other people that juice to get some tasty recipes.  Here’s some recipes for you.  

 

  • Here’s all of my juicing recipes 

Just thought I’d share this with you 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLthKs-2HQI0VxbTxhQfJ09X7qEXUEERtR 

 

3- DRINKING A JUICE EVEN IF ITS A NASTY ONE

  • Making a bad combo is something we all go through.  The thing is you csnt pitch it.  This is money you spent on produce.  Even though it may taste bad you never throw it out.  Just drink it.  Even though it’s nasty.  No juice left behind.  

 

4- PEOPLE LOOKING AT YOUR MASON JAR/ BOTTLE SAYING “EWWWW WHATS THAT?”😒

  • The human mouth has more germs in it than a dog.  People will still kiss one another then sometime a dog without second guessing it.  People will have the nerve to look at your Mason jar (sometimes bottle) of juice and have that “Ewww” face.  It’s like why question this wonderful, nutritious serving of fresh juice yet you exchange saliva with someone else.  It’s mind baffling.  Some people will try to throw shade at your juice but let them taste a little then see how they react then.  

 

5- IT HOOKS YOU 

  • Once you get into a rhythm of drinking the juice, you begin to feel better.  Your mood changes for the better.   If you ever get off track and stop drinking for a few days (in my case a few hours) you start to notice it.  It’s really a natural high you’re constantly chasing. 

 

 

There you have it.  5 pros and cons to juicing.  I love juicing.  It is part of my daily intake.  It is a way of life for me.  Please let me know how juicing has impacted your life.  If you’ve yet to start juicing and still have more questions, feel free to contact me. 

 

Thanks to Miss Shay Lon for granting me this opportunity to guest blog.

 

(small bio):

I lost close to 200 pounds within a ten month period so I want to help you be successful at losing weight. Come read how at ChristiansWeightSuccess.net

Guest Blog Post – The Pros & Cons of following a workout plan found in bodybuilding magazines

I want to start by saying that this is only my second maybe third guest blogger and I came to him after getting to know him through YouTube and Instagram. I normally don’t go out of my way to ask people to guest blog for me very often because I am horrible at not being critical of others blogging on my page, but I had decided that he raised some good information that I had questions about.. and he agreed to participate as my guest blogger. I hope that all of you will appreciate this post as much as I have reading it and if you have any questions for him, I will have his YouTube channel URL at the bottom of the page and share his bio with you so you can get to know him as well. Enjoy.

Pros and Cons of Following a Workout Program found in Bodybuilding Magazines

Workouts!! Where do you go to find them? Which one would work for you? What kind of exercises should I do? What about reps and sets? Should I try bodybuilding, powerlifting, CrossFit or try calisthenics?  These are all good questions anyone starting in the fitness lifestyle asks themselves at one point of their journey. If you ask 100 people I can guarantee you, more than 85% would say they started their journey from reading a bodybuilding/fitness magazine routine. Let’s cut to the chase, are the workouts you find in bodybuilding publications reliable sources of information?

Originally, I was planning on writing why I DON’T follow bodybuilding magazine workout programs anymore but it occurred to me that there are a few good reasons to try them out. I’m going to list a few Pros and Cons and let you the educated reader determine for yourself if following workouts from your favorite professional bodybuilder/fitness athlete is worth your time. Let’s start with the Cons first and get the negativity out of the way.

Cons:

  1. Generalization- Majority of the Workouts will always be the same. Do a few compound lifts for 4 sets of 10 to 12 reps followed by a couple of different Isolation exercises for 4 sets of 12-15 reps. This is what is called a “cookie cutter” routine. This is NOT what the Pros do!!
  2. Your favorite Athlete- before I write about this I wanted to share a secret in the industry, are you ready for this? The chances that your favorite athlete is writing this workout article is FALSE!! Majority of articles “written” by your favorite athlete is in fact written by a “Ghost Writer”. A person that is articulate behind the keyboard that will use the above “cookie cutter” formula to have an article ready for publication. There are a few that actually do write the articles like Jerry Ward, Gregg Valentino, and Joe Pietro from Muscle Sport Magazine but for the most part it’s the pros image and likeness that the magazine is paying them to use.
  3. Workout Programs are designed to sell you something- When reading the articles do you notice the “pro athlete” is in fact showing you what supplements they are using, cough* cough* sponsored by? This is to get the reader thinking to themselves “Well if so and so is using this kind of supplement it must work”. This is also a part of the athletes deal with using their likeness in the magazine. It’s to get the reader to buy the said sponsored products. The article will also for the most part redirect the targeted audience to go to the athlete’s website and purchase the GUARANTEED to get you results program. Ladies and gentlemen the fitness industry is a multibillion dollar industry that preys on the naive and the gullible.
  4. These are just a few cons that I have written up for this article. Without sounding negative and disparaging just remember that we have ALL been taken advantage of at some time or another with the latest get big, get cut, new diet, guaranteed supplements that will help YOU achieve your goals. It’s OK, this is all a part of the journey so don’t get frustrated just learn from the experience. Let’s move on to the Pros.

Pros:

  1. Its a Great Guideline- While the Pros DO NOT follow the exact routine its a great base line for a beginner to start building their own physique. Learning the compound lifts then finishing it off the workout with isolation exercises will in fact get you to learn the basics of the exercise and the “feel” of the muscle contractions on the isolation sets.  As a beginner everyone gets what we in the advanced stage call “the newbie gains” This is where a person is new to working out is going to gain the most benefits of exercising. This could be from bulking up to even dieting. When your body is not used to exercise or physical exertion of any kind and is introduced to physical activity the body responds tremendously! Enjoy these times and learn your form, technique and the gains you are about to experience!!
  2. Image of a Pro- Even though your favorite pro is more than likely NOT writing the article, if the reader is believing they follow the workout themselves it’s almost a connection with that pro. It makes the reader think I can follow this routine too and look like so and so. I’ll never put down visualization as it’s a valuable technique to utilize so if believing your favorite athlete is doing the same sets and reps as you are by then all means believe it and use it to your advantage!
  3. Visualization of Exercises- As a beginner I didn’t know what a cable fly was from a pec deck but from bodybuilding magazines seeing the bodybuilders doing the exercises through pictures helped me tremendously. I was that shy guy that didn’t want to ask someone in the gym “Excuse me what’s a pec deck machine” and look stupid or laughed at. Not that it happens but I imagined that it would happen, again visualization is HUGE in working out!
  4. In closing, these are just a few pros and cons of workouts in bodybuilding/fitness publications but the choice is up to you on what to learn from them. I personally to this day knowing that the workouts are 85% bullshit STILL purchase bodybuilding magazines. Is it because I’m a fan of the sport or have been doing this lifestyle for 20 years? I’m not quite sure but I will continue to purchase my favorite magazines regardless. If you want to know two books that I will personally endorse and guarantee that you will gain a plethora of REAL knowledge I will tell you. Its Arnold Schwarzenegger “Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding” and Gregg Valentino’s “Essentials of Bodybuilding” Nothing but genuine information minus the fluff. Everything from dieting, workouts, supplementation, cardio to even posing. Any type of info you want will be in these two books. Hope you all enjoyed the article it was a pleasure to write.

Dave Gois AKA Camerica Muscle

YouTube URL: https://www.youtube.com/user/DaveG1226

Bio on Dave:

As far as expertise the only thing I had when I was younger was a PT license but Ive long let that expire lol. Ive got a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Graduated with a 3.93 average. I was on the Academic Deans list monthly  and graduated with High Honors from Westwood College. I won the first ever YouTube transformation contest sponsored by TauroFitness, which was named the 2015 Mr. TaurOlympia. I went from 242 lbs to 185 lbs in 20 weeks and I did it naturally meaning no steroids or pro hormones what so ever just diet, cardio and hard work lol. Originally I started lifting and got serious at 21 years old and I was only 119lbs soaking wet. I was a true ectomorph so gaining weight was actually hard for me. 

Guest post- Online personal training

Hello everyone, I wanted to start this Monday off right with a guest post from a fellow blogger friend, whom I have grown to respect as a writer and fitness professional.  Many of you know his site very well, and probably currently follow him, between his workout videos and beautiful quotes, & that ever so clever playlist he likes to show off for his audience, I would say he was one of many bloggers who I can honestly say I love being on his page! haha. I have done a guest post for him, which was an amazing opportunity considering, I never would have thought I could offer his audience as much as he does.  I decided to have him guest post for us: Chape, who will speak on “online personal training”.

I had never heard of “online personal training” until I had the chance to speak with Chape, and to be honest, it seemed like a sham, because everything I was taught about personal training and everyone I know who works in the profession works hands on with their clients. To be honest, many people seem to shame online personal training and think it is pointless, but I didn’t want to be someone who knocked something before getting an understanding, I did my own research and kept a keen eye on Chape website to see what it was about and it made me interested. I decided since this was something that was new to me, I would have the person who knows best about it speak about it and share their insight. Now I won’t say this has discouraged me from wanting to be hands on with my clients because for now, I want to stay hands on, but it wouldn’t hurt to have this on the back burner if I ever decide to go this route. I don’t hope this will change anyone’s mind, but I do hope it helps to gain understanding and if any fitness professionals or others want to ask him questions about it, I feel this would be a good time and post to do so. I am happy he has taken the time to explain this with all of us, hope all of you enjoy: 

Hello, dears!

 

I´m delighted to have been invited to write in this amazing blog. So, let me thank Shay-lon first for this opportunity. She suggested the topic, online personal training, and I just loved it. I do online personal training!!!

I´ve worked as personal trainer since 2003, and with that experience I decided to move to the online world a couple of years ago. Shay-lon also has some thoughtful  questions and concerns you could share. I hope to be able to solve some of them.

 

I had been helping friends of friends, and friends of clients via mail and Facebook for quite some years. They were happy enough with the results to pay me month after month. To be honest, one good day I realized I was doing online training, with all those mails and chats. The results were there, clients were happy…

I needed to take it seriously. Long story short, two years ago I thought I could do it better, and reach people all over the world. So, I´ve been working on it since then.

 

Definitely, online personal training is a new service in the fitness industry. I think it´s a natural evolution, taking advantage of new technologies. And I think it´s here to stay and improve. We already do serious things like banking and doctor visits online.

Now, you can find online fitness magazines, workouts and diets on any social media platform, fitness apps (free or premium) at Google Store, activity trackers for your phone, wereables, etc. Am I right?

If people are willing to trust and follow these app instructions, or a diet found on internet.  Why not go a step further and consult a personal trainer, online? 

Who is going to help you with all that data collected from your apps and gadgets? What when you´ve tried countless nonsense diets and insane workouts but you still have trouble spots? Then, my friends, you´ll want a personal trainer. You may prefer a face to face class with a local trainer. What if there is none where you live at? What if you can´t afford the rates? What if you don´t like him/her? I think that online training would be a valuable service for a lot of people if they dared to try.

 

I enjoy online training for several reasons. I like meeting people from another countries, learning about their cultures, and habits. I work from home and I´m not tied to a fixed schedule (some weeks are harder than others). Also, I like all this virtual world and tech stuff.

I´ve noticed that online clients are more motivated and committed than face to face clients. They are looking for guide and advice and they follow strictly any indication.

For obvious reasons, I can´t correct my clients while they´re training. Instead, I share with them videos for each exercise, descriptions, and chat before and after a workout with new exercises. If they have any doubt, they ask me until we are clear. I´m truly glad and proud of this, no injuries for now.

In the other hand, my clients have to keep a very specific training and food log. Daily, I keep an eye on these records. When something is not going like I would like to, I tell it with “loud voice” to the client. An in-person trainer who has a date with you twice a week may not be monitoring you as closely.

 

Some people need a trainer by their side. In extreme cases, these people only workout when they have an appointment with their personal trainer. We have to accept online training may not be right for everyone.

But most people don´t need the trainer to actually be there with them. They need someone who tells them what to do with the dumbbells and what to eat, to reach their goals. We can do that online. I would recommend to all trainers and trainees give it a chance.

 

I hope you´ve enjoyed this brief introduction to online personal training. Please, if you have questions, the comment section is just below.

 

Hugs!

Guest post: PoojaG (blogging & Niches)

Hello Everyone, I would have said good night, but I don’t want anyone to fall asleep to this post. LOL. 

No original piece today from me, I have a special guest. 

I’ve met PoojaG months ago, I enjoyed her post because of her positive vibes, good character and friendly demeanor, not to mention the fact I have come to find out we have more in common than I would have ever thought. She has been one of my more supportive followers who has essentially been able to share feedback, ideas, advice and inspiration for both myself and her readers. I appreciate her quality of work and all her content, it is because of her content that I had asked her if she would be available to do a guest post for my blog, I thought this particular topic would come natural to her & I was right! she did an amazing job with this piece and I hope it helps beginner bloggers as well as those who want to venture out and write. 

Some of you may have a difference of opinion on this subject matter, but I believe it is important as a blogger and writer to explore your options in the beginning to decide what niche you want to take on and put on display for others to read, watch, look at, etc. I find that I was a rare breed and kind of knew what I wanted to write about because of being in the profession/field, but many writers/bloggers don’t necessary know and sometimes it can be overwhelming to try to figure out what to write about and why and how to catch someone’s attention. No one’s topic is better than any other, some are more “popular” than others but honestly, those tend to be harder to write about because most people already have made their opinions on it before taking a look at your work. I know in fact that when I see how many people on WordPress write about Fitness/health, that I am not the only one and indeed many people probably already have speculation in what I will write about because they have read many other blogs whom speak on the same topics. I know my niche is Fitness/health and one point I wanted to have multiple niches, but decided it would be just as easy to focus on one and hope for the best. Many times it is those who step outside the box that reap the benefits and I have to admit that PoojaG certainly reaped the benefits and successfully made a blog page that entertain more than 1 niche. 

Please give PoojaG a warm welcome, as she shares her take on having a blog page dedicated to more than one niche:

Starting And Managing A Blog That Incorporates Multiple Topics

The reason most people start a blog is because they have something to share with the world whether it’s art, writing, photography, pictures of your cat or something else. And if you are one of those people who want to have a blog which includes more than one topic this post is for you.

When I first began my blog I was absolutely obsessed with psychology (which I still am) and I knew I wanted to write about psychology. However after I started writing about psychology as fun as it was I started reading other people’s blogs that were about other things and I started wanting to blog about other hobbies and interests of mine. So along with writing about psychology I started writing some book reviews and got a pretty good response. Then I started writing poetry again and decided to share some of it with my followers and I got an awesome response. Along the way I decided that I didn’t want to have a blog about just one particular topic (psychology) but I also didn’t want my blog to be a mess and I wanted my followers to know what to expect from my blog. I knew I wanted to do something inspirational so I decided to do motivational Monday and I knew I wanted to write poetry so I decided to write that every Friday. However, I also wanted to write about a bunch of other topics as well as let my readers know what was going on with me but I knew I didn’t have time to blog every day so I left Wednesday open to write whatever I felt like that week. 

My advice if you’re just starting out a blog is that don’t put too much on your plate and don’t take on too much. Don’t start out by writing every day but instead take it slowly. Even if you know exactly what you want to write about because over time there will be changes on your blog which is inevitable. You will start reading other people’s blogs and get some amazing ideas for your own blog plus you might want to blog about other topics than what you planned so leave some days open to write about other things.

Also if you know you are going to blog about multiple topics when you start out remember to keep your blog neat. Don’t write random topics on random days even though doing that sounds a lot more appealing especially when you’re a lazy person like I am. Make sure you allocate a certain day for a certain topic and one or two days to random topics you may want to talk about that week. This way your followers will know what to expect on certain days instead of always being lost. Unlike blogs with only one topic you also need to have a bunch of categories to make it easier to for the reader to find exactly what they are looking for instead of being lost and giving up on your blog.

Another thing you should remember when you have multiple topics on your blog is that it is harder to keep up with than a blog dealing with just one. Not only should you be regular with all the topics you choose to write about but you also need to make sure you spend enough time perfecting each of them. Remember not to spend too much time on just one topic and neglect another because your readers will notice. Plus make sure you follow other blogs with similar topics to just kind of get ideas and motivation. And in my opinion just follow as many blogs as you can whether they have similar topics or not. As long as you’re interested in their blog follow it because you never know you may end up learning a lot from them.

 

I definitely think there can be blogs with too many topics/niches. Even though I think it’s a great idea to have a lot of different topics on your blog sometimes however people do end up having way too many and can’t handle it themselves. I think have as many topics as you can handle rather than having a lot but then messing them up.

I think the biggest advantage of writing a blog with multiple topics is that you don’t limit yourself to just one thing in particular but rather your blog is more open to a bunch of different ideas and topics. I think it’s perfect for someone who isn’t totally sure what they want to write about and want to try out a bunch of different things. It’s also great for someone who wants to write about a bunch of different things but doesn’t want to start more than one blog. It’s great for someone who, like me, is a little indecisive and wants to share a lot of interests on one blog and wants to add different ideas or topics each week.

I think the hardest part is that unlike blogs focused on a single topic, blogs with multiple topics have to post more often if they want to cover all the topics and I’ll admit it does take quite a bit of effort and it does sometimes feel like a bit of work. When you have just one topic you can post as often as every day or as scarcely as once a week but when you have many topics you have to post at least twice a week so no topic is neglected.

Plus when you have a blog covering many things you are bound to get some negative comments. What I personally do is ignore the really harsh ones and reply to the ones which give you some negative criticism.

I don’t think having a blog with just one topic has ever crossed my mind since I started the blog. Like I said before I did start it wanting to write mainly about psychology but even then I knew I would eventually write about other things too depending on what kind of response it got. Now that I have the perfect routine for now where I blog three times a week I really don’t think about changing my blog and making it about just one topic because it would never work for me. I think for a blog like mine having a certain day for each topic works out great and also gives me some time to write and edit.

So, this was my first guest post and I really hope everyone enjoyed it and I just want to really thank Shay-lon for giving me this opportunity. I really love her blog and writing on it is such an amazing chance for me! It would be awesome if you took some time to also check out my blog called lifesfinewhine and if you liked reading this post don’t forget to like it, share it and let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 

My Interview

I had a blogger interview on Twitter to share on her website, and I wanted to let everyone it has been posted, she did a wonderful job with the questions and introducing me to her audience. I am hoping that it will bring more people to my sites and have more people interested in wanting to work with me on blogs, and network together. I am always open for interviews/guest posting, even with my busy schedule, I always make time for it. I am very pleased and honored that Alex interviewed me, it was my first interview and I was really excited when I seen it posted. 

If you are interested in wanting to see my interview, the link is: http://wanderlusttt.com/getting-know-shay-ion/

Please feel free to take a look and follow her blog as well. Thank you!