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Lactic Acid And Your Metabolism

Lactic Acid And Your Metabolism

If you’ve heard that lactic acid is poison to your muscles, you wouldn’t be the first person to hear that. While the term lactic acid is tossed around in gyms everywhere, lactic acid is found only in sour milk. What the body produces is lactate. However, the two terms have become interchangeable when talking about fitness, even though in error. Lactate or as it is commonly called, lactic acid and your metabolism have a bond. While the muscles burn after a workout and lactate is in the muscles at the time, it’s not the cause of the burn.

There are two ways to power muscles.

Your muscles get their energy in two different ways; aerobically and anaerobically. Aerobically means with oxygen and anaerobically means without oxygen. During normal exercise, the aerobic method is used, but when it comes to high intensity exercise, the body switches to the anaerobic method. ATP—adenosine triphosphate—is the quick energy source normally used.

The body has to adjust when it needs even more energy.

When there’s a high demand for quick energy, the body breaks down ATP into ADP—adenosine diphosphate—plus a hydrogen proton or ion. Adding a hydrogen proton causes acidification. That acidification or acidosis burns, but the lactate isn’t the cause. Pyruvate molecules, which are produced near the end of glycolysis, gobble up the protons and produce lactate. That explains its presence. If you’re working at 85 percent of your maximum to keep up and creates the burn by leaving extra hydrogen ions or protons that create the acidic results. The creation of lactate actually helps prevent the burn, rather than create it.

Lactate is the connection between aerobic energy and anaerobic energy.

Lactate is metabolized more quickly and used for energy than glucose. One study by UC Berkley’s Dr. George Brooks using isotopes of glucose and lactate to trace them, shows that while it took glucose approximately thirty minutes for metabolization, lactate was quickly broken down in approximately five minutes. That made it more readily available for use.

  • The lactate produced during exercise can be reused by the mitochondria for energy. It’s a constant cycle within the body to ensure all cells are fed and the mitochondria are kept burning.
  • Lactate is always produced by the body during glycolysis, even when you’re resting and there’s more than enough oxygen for aerobic power. Some organs prefer burning it instead of glucose, such as the liver, heart and brain.
  • Lactate not only serves as a fuel, it also stimulates the production of new mitochondria to fuel the cells.
  • That euphoria you feel after exercise comes from norepinephrine is created in the forebrain. That area also controls appetite, focus and autonomic processes. The L-lactate may be the cause, since it stimulates the area, which in turn, releases the happy hormone.

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Coconut Oil- Healthy or Unhealthy

Healthy Virgin Coconut Oil
Healthy Virgin Coconut Oil

There’s been lots of controversy in the last couple years to whether Coconut Oil is Healthy or Unhealthy!

Coconut oil consists of 90% saturated fat and research has shown that the fatty acid chains of Coconut oil are shorter than the saturated fats from meats. The shorter chains in coconut oil have been shown to raise good cholesterol as opposed to the longer fatty chains in meats products have been linked to heart disease!

“Coconut oil is made up of about 90% saturated fat, but the scientific community has started to figure out that not all saturated fats are equal,” Susan Mitmesser

There are two types of Coconut oil, virgin and refined. The virgin coconut oil comes straight from the pulp of the coconut and has more nutrients than the refined oil which is heated and has chemical added to it to keep the coconut taste!

In my opinion I think that virgin is the way to go if you chose to use coconut oil. Always go for the higher nutrient, natural food choices.

Also… substitute the coconut oil vs adding in to meals! Example use the coconut oil for the olive oil!

To Your Health,

Chris

 


Hiccups

You know… sometimes life really makes things interesting! When you start getting some momentum… boom… Roadblock! The question is: Do your stop or do you find a way around it? I just hit a roadblock and there is no way in hell this thing is going to stop me! I’m working my way around it now!

Don’t let roadblocks stop you from getting what you want in you life! Find your way around!


“Asparagus” The Supper Food

asparagusAsparagus is a Super Food that’s considered to be one of the worlds healthiest foods! It’s a great idea to add this 2 time a week to your weekly diet. It’s definitely one my wife and I buy weekly!

Here are some of the great benefits:

1) It contains glutathione (an antioxidant) which has detoxing properties that help break down carcinogens and protect cells from free radicals.

2) It is a natural diuretic and great for helping to reduce water retention after those heavy salty meals.

3) It’s loaded with Vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin B6, magnesium, and zinc.

4) It also contains relatively high levels of vitamin C, potassium, beta-carotene, vitamin K, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, rutin, niacin, folic acid, copper, iron, phosphorus, manganese and selenium .


I’m in Pain… Help!

I am sitting at a coffee shop in Santa Monica and “I am in Pain”!

See, this weekend I took a course on Metabolic Training (HIIT) not realizing there
was a workout involved in the course. We did a 50 minute HIIT workout which my
body was not physically prepared for.

It’s been three days since the course and I am still sore and uncomfortable, I’m
guessing it will be a couple more days of this feeling…You know what…It’s not
worth it!

Even though I workout almost every day mostly riding my bike and I have a high level of fitness, I was not conditioned for the type of workout I performed over the weekend. As a consequence I’m paying for it now.

My reason for writing this is so you don’t make the same mistake. The purpose of
exercise and fitness is to support and develop health. Since I chose to exercise at an intensity my body wasn’t conditioned for, I am now in pain which is affecting my life. I am too sore to ride my bike and every time I move my mind goes to the area that hurts and away from writing this or whatever other task I’m working on.

When exercise is done correctly there is an immediate and long-term benefit. Doing
it correctly means you keep pushing yourself over your limits a little bit at a
time not all in one day. This insures that you continually get stronger, have
energy and continue to stay safe.

Working out until you can’t move and get really sore is counterproductive and
significantly increases your chance of injury. I always say when getting in
shape that “it’s a marathon, not a sprint”. It doesn’t mean you can’t do a
sprint now and then. You just have to be prepared for it!

Hope you find this helpful… feel free to contact me with any questions.

Chris


Why You Must Understand Motivation to be Successful

Why You Must Understand Motivation to be Successful

Motivation is a key component in reaching your health goal but unfortunately it does not last for long, it slowly begins to come down little by little. Don’t you wish your enthusiasm would last would last 24/7? I know I would!

Motivation goes through cycles. When you first start working toward your health goal, you are at a high level of determination to reach for your goal. You have a mental vision of your destination, what it looks like, how you will feel, what’s your next goal is after you have accomplish this one, it’s all within a reaching distance. Thinking and seeing it in your mind has you excited and highly motivated to achieve it and you are excited to achieve it!

Unfortunately, this excitement doesn’t last long and within in 2-3 weeks into your health goal you will find yourself making excuses, “I’m too tired, I have to fix dinner, I have to work late…you know the drill, we all do it, I do it at times. These excuses can lead to pushing your health goals to the side.

This lack of motivation is a critical point in successfully reaching your goals. It might seem like two parts of yourself are fighting. The first part is saying ‘keep going, you are doing great in eating healthy and working out’ and the second party is saying “lets by lazy and take the day off today, the gym will be there tomorrow, I will start eating clean again on Monday”. It becomes the battle of new and old habits, you either push through the struggle or continue on your new healthy path to achieve your goal or go back to the old way of being and starting all over again. The choice is yours!

When you consciously make a decision to push through the struggle you are keeping your promise to yourself of continuing on your health goals. This point can be challenging but as long as you overcome this part you will see things get a lot easier. The good news is every time your push yourself to continue this way of living, it becomes easier to stay on track towards your goal.

The point that I am trying to make is, don’t get discouraged with your goals, reguardless if it’s a fitness goal or personal goal. Always believe in yourself and know you can accomplish your goals as long as your keep your spirits high and continue to push through the struggle.


Artichokes Detoxing Effects

Artichokes in my GardenArtichokes are one of the Best vegetables you can eat!

Artichokes are a great healthy detoxing vegetable. They are loaded with antioxidants and one in particular called silymarin which helps rid the liver of harmful toxins and promote healthy liver function. They are also a good source of folate, dietary fiber, and vitamins C and K.

This can be a great choice the following day after a night of drinking.

Here’s some Artichokes in my garden! I of course only have one plant left because my dog decided three plants was to many. lol 🙂 Can’t wait to eat them!


Beware of Fitness Product Lies

I was researching successful fitness products the other night and I ran across one that really upset me. It was a fitness product that claimed  they can get you a ripped 6 pack abs without changing your diet or spending too much time exercising. The product also claimed that personal trainers hate him because his product get’s people these amazing results and will no longer need a trainer.

He is right about one thing… Personal Trainers do dislike him!

 Personal trainers do not like him because of his product, but because of his lies. The truth is, you must follow a proper nutrition and exercise plan if you are looking to achieve the type of results he is promising. Beware of these type of product because they all over the place. They are preying on people’s desire for immediate gratification. These claims are false, misleading, and unethical.

There are so many reasons why this is unfortunate. When someone who does not exercise buys a product with promised results and does not see the outcome of flat abs or bigger butt, they get discouraged of working out.  Then they start to think that they can’t change, exercise is not for them so they end up gaining more weight and becoming unhealthier. The truth is that they can get results, they just have to do the right eating and exercise program.

I became a personal trainer because I want everyone to be successful with their fitness goals!   There’s nothing like helping someone achieve health which brings happiness into ones life. It’s awesome to see my clients so excited about hitting their fitness goals.

My point of this is… DO NOT BUY THESE BS PRODUCTS! You are capable of achieving these results with exercise and good healthy eating habits.  You will see a change in your body and energy once you dedicate time for yourself and your health.

Chris

With your best interest

 


Working Out Hard is Not The Point

What? A mistake that many people make which ultimately leads to their failure with following an exercise program is working out too hard! I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with working out hard but it’s important to understand your body, your physical limits, and your energy levels so you can get the most out of your workouts.  If your exercise is done correctly you will avoid burnout and greatly reduce your chance of injury while also enjoying the working out with all the benefits that come from it.

I’m writing this because someone recently told me that they weren’t happy with their workout because they didn’t workout hard enough. This got me thinking about how people believe that exercise needs to be hard in order to be beneficial but this is simply not true.

Working out hard is great if you understand it. This is, what I want to teach you so you don’t get burnout or injured.

First of all when you workout hard you are taking your body over it’s limit, over your threshold, which is an uncomfortable place. This uncomfortable feeling is pain.

This is “Your Pain Threshold”. When you are exercising it’s good to push yourself over this threshold because it is how you get stronger. The question is “How far to push yourself over this threshold? “ This is what you need to be aware of and learn about yourself and your body.

What happens when you touch something that to hot? That’s right… You get burned and you don’t touch it again. That what happens to many beginners when they start an exercise program… They workout too hard and they get extremely sore. Then, after doing this two or three time they end up quitting their exercise program because their subconscious is helping them find excuses to not workout.

Now, if you exercise correctly and just take yourself a little over your threshold, you don’t get as sore, and the exercise becomes more tolerable to where you begin to enjoy it and reap all the benefits.  Not to mention that your greatly reducing your chances of injury. This is my passion and what I love to teach people.  Hope your getting it!

With all that said, the key to long term success with an exercise and weight loss is consistency over a long period of time!  Your not going to get to the top of the mountain in one  step. It’s going to take many and it going to take some time.

Here are some general guidelines for your success:

1.      Have a Goal and Plan

2.     Stay Consistent (Keep taking Action)

3.     Get Rest (this is where your body gets stronger)

4.     Get the Form Right Before doing the exercise intensely

5.     Limit intense hard workouts 1-3 days a week and build up to this.

6.     Do Recovery workouts… Follow intense days with a  light easy workouts to get the blood flowing throughout your body to help you recover (Example a 30 minute walk)

7.     Eat Healthy to support your Body ( Make sure your getting the proteins, carbs, and fats your body needs)

If you’re not sure where to start or how to figure out your threshold find a profession that can guide you!

Let me know if you have any questions?

The Best,

Chris Chouteau

Influencing The World To Health

chris@custombodyfitness.com

 


Ask Yourself “Why” And Find Unlimited Energy

What’s your Why? Why are you inspired to get out of bed in the morning and go to work? Why do you work so hard?

Have you given much thought into these questions? Dig into this question, find the
deep reason within yourself that motivates you to be successful and work hard.
Find your Why!

This is something I always help my clients figure out? It a great source of energy
and can be used to overcome obstacles.

I thought long and hard about my Why and I will share them with you. My wife is
first Why on my list.  She is why I work so hard! We are also planning to start a family in the next couple years and I would like for her to be a stay at home mom. With this being said, supporting my wife and children on one income is my driving force to work so hard.  I would also like to be able to travel to see my family in Ohio and my wife’s family in El Salvador, with airfares become more expensive, I would like to have the liberty to get up and go when I want.

Another Why are my clients. They trust me and have given me the opportunity to work
with them to make a conscious effort to change their lives in a positive
way.  The things I teach them have help them become healthier and happier.  I
enjoy sitting and talking to my clients as we co-create their goals and healthy
living plans, not only does it enriches their health but also all areas of
their lives.

These are my main “Whys”. Whenever I find myself struggling to find the motivation to
get to work, I take a moment and think about my Whys and it always gives me
energy to get moving and get to work!

What are your Whys? I’ll give you an exercise to help you find them:Find a pen and paper and write down at least 20 of your “Whys”.  Once you get close to #20 you find who and what is important in your life.  Allow these reasons inspire you to get you back on track of your goal.

When you are having a tough day finding motivation, think about your “Whys” and
watch how it gets you moving!

Chris Chouteau

chris@cutombodyfitness.com

www.custombodyfitness.com

 


Tip Of The Day

Drink Water! Train yourself to drink water as a first resort and skip the sugary chemically filled drinks. It may be hard at first but you have to train your palate to not crave the taste when drinking fluids and learn to crave the healthy feeling water provides your body! This doesn’t happen overnight it takes time to adapt. It also doesn’t mean you can’t have your favorite drink now and then… Moderation is key! I remember how bad the cravings were when I was around 20 and I cut out sodas and sugary drinks. I remember thinking how tasteless the water was. And you know what…. It Passed. Now when I drink a soda I feel sick and bloated.

Water is where the health is at!!!


Student for Life

Personal Training can lead you to good health

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “knowledge is power”. I also believe that knowledge and love of learning lead to a more enriched and happy life.

One of the beautiful things about life is there are infinite things to learn and you can always  go deeper and deeper into the subject  you desire to learn about.

One of my passions is cycling. For the last 10-11 years I average around 100-150 miles per week and raced competitively for 6 years. I’ve recently decided to race after taking 3 years off.

I decided for this cycling season I wanted to become a student of the bike. In my past I did well competing just relying on my natural power and athletic ability. I didn’t do great but I did well!

I’ve recently started working with a coach who is a world champion sprinter and I realized I don’t know much about sprinting properly. (sprinting is 100% effort at the end of a cycling race) I’m amazing with all my experience riding and racing how little I understood. I’ve worked with him three times and I’ve learned so much. He said I only use 80% of my sprinting ability. This is awesome because I have 20% to learn and improve upon.

This is one area in my life that I am learning and educating myself. Other areas I work on developing are my relationship with my wife, family, and friends, learning Spanish, and working on building my business.  I’m always trying to learn and grow!

We all have this opportunity to grow and learn in all areas of life. I believe that this is a gift life offers us.

Take a minute and think of a baby. Think how everything is new and exciting. They are so curious. I believe this is why we live in this world… to learn, grow, and experience the world!

I think a lot of times people lose sight of how interesting and exciting life is. We become bored and unhappy and start wishing time away. Waiting for the weekend or the next holiday or vacation completely losing sight of all the beautiful things that are currently going on around us.  This is living life with your eyes closed.

Is this you?

It’s ok if it is. The great thing is you can open your eyes and change at any moment.

Start by trying to find the beauty and lessons in life. Look at everything as an opportunity… Good or Bad! Find the lessons… They’re always there

Read a motivational book that interests you. Work on developing yourself.

Know what makes you happy and sad and then focus on doing more of the things that make you happy! This is healthy.

There are so many awesome things we can learn and you can start anytime

Look for the beauty in nature… the song of a bird, a beautiful sunset, the beauty of a tree. If you look for it, it’s always there.

Whenever you take in new information you are learning something new. This is good for your brain and your health. I believe at a deep level we all desire this kind of learning. When you close our eyes and aren’t open to learning new things, I believe discontent and unhappiness set in!

Also make sure to be patience… this is a lifetime journey… the destination does not end… The choices to learn are infinite!  Every day like a clean slate to learn something new and exciting and have a new experience.


Trainer Kit John Cares For Skid Row

Trainer Kit John Cares For Skid Row

Kit is a trainer for Custom Body Bootcamp and has helped with the weight loss transformation of many of our members. Kit cares and it shows. His students love his fun and supportive approach towards helping them reach their weight loss goals. But Kit’s drive to do good and be good in this world has made him more then just a fitness trainer as fills his free time by organizing food drives for skid row. Over the past year, members and staff at CBB have joined in his work by helping to acquire donations and packing food and necessity bags to be distributed to the people of LA that need them most…LA’s Skid Row.

Meet KIT JOHN, 23…

kit workout

Kit demonstrates the workout for students

kit profile

Kit, Los Angeles


Tell us why do you do what you do?

My parents have always taught me to be thankful for everything I have. So I’m always grateful. My parents have always given back since the beginning of time from what I can remember.This is my main reason, this is how I was raised. To give to others.

How did you first get involved in supporting the resident’s of Los Angeles Skid Row?
I got involved in community work through the running group that I started two years ago. I reached out to my own personal network to continue this work to benefit others.

Packing students

Members help to pack the gift bags for charity

What kind of support do you offer them?

We try to offer them the essentials like tooth brushes, tooth paste, deodorant, razor blades and then support them nutritionally with fresh fruit, vegetables and staple food products for health and nourishment. We offer them our respect and gratitude as well for giving us the gift of helping them.

What kind of donations do you look for and what would you like to acquire for them?

We are looking for basic toiletries for both men and women. Products that you need, they need. It is pretty simple. Small travel sizes are good for transporting and distribution. Plus always fresh fruit, vegetables and easy healthy snacks that can be eaten on the go or without preparation.

chris and fruit

Chris, owner of CBB, organizes the club’s donation

Have you worked with other charities?

Yes, I have also worked with youth groups under Shi-Chi Youth Empowerment Solutions.

Why do you think it is important for everyone to care about what happens to the people on Skid Row?

The people that are on skid row may look down but they are not out. They are people just like you and me that can use a helping hand. The greatest gift int he world is to tbe the hand that gives. We also respect that this is their home, so I think it is important for us all to remember and treat it as such- HOME.

people giving outreach for skid row outreach

 



A Key Ingredient to Changing Your Life!

photo-9-225x300Nutrition is the most important factor in living a healthy life! One of the things that I find amazing is the lack of knowledge about the importance of nutrition and food has in our lives. We have all heard the saying we are what we eat. This could not be truer.

The importance of nutrition in our society is relatively new. Take a moment and think about how you feel about the food you eat. Is your decision based on what taste good, or how it will make you feel and affect you in the future? If you are like most, you are thinking about satisfying your cravings and eating food that taste good, as opposed to what food choices are better for you and will make your life better! This is short term thinking (immediate gratification) as opposed to long-term thinking. I had hundreds of conversations with people about health and fitness and the majority of people are unaware of the importance of nutrition.

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Diet is the Most Important Part of Losing Weight

Diet is the Most Important Part of Losing Weight

Huhphoto-201x300Here a video I created that focuses on the importance of diet for losing weight. I am always having conversations with people about losing weight, and I would say that the majority of the people believe that exercise is the best way to lose weight. This is wrong! Exercise does play an important role, but diet is the most important part of losing weight!

Most of the infomercials products that you see on late night TV about getting this hard toned body, all mention (in fine print of course) to follow the diet to get results. That is because you will not get results without the diet! You can’t spot reduce either! This means you can’t do hundreds and hundreds of crunches and lose weight! You have to follow a diet! I’ll take it a step further, follow a healthy diet and you will get better results! (Balanced, Whole Fresh Food…I’ll get to this in my next blog entry)

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Creating Your 2011

iStock_000014197405XSmall-200x300When your are setting your New Years Resolutions for 2011 you will be working on creating new things into your life.

The Process of Creating:

Set your goals, create a plan, and then take action!

Stay focused!
Make the choices that align with your goal!
Work Hard!
Educate yourself on your goal! (failures, books, etc…)
Be Determined!


It’s Time! Get Excited!!!

iStock_000002381762Small-300x208I Love this time of year… the Holidays, the Year coming to an end, and the start of a New Year! Great time to create some changes!!!

With 2011 around the corner, it’s time to sit down and think about the things you want to create in your life! Do you want to lose weight, get in shape, run (5k, 10k,marathon), get out of debt, save money, read more, etc… What do you want to create for 2011?

This is the time to set your New Year Resolutions! What an awesome thing! A Fresh Start! 2011 is your year! Set your goals, commit, and be excited. Tell yourself “I am going to give it my all.”

Remember, there are no failures, there are only lessons, and they are essential to your success. It’s yours for the taking! Set your goals and make it happen!

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Failure is Great!!!!

Good-Health-Freeway-Sign-e1288969196557What comes to mind when you hear the word failure? You most likely think of something negative like not reaching a goal, failing a test, or maybe even you’re a loser, etc…. We are taught in our society that failure is negative and it’s not acceptable. I am here to tell you it is acceptable and it’s a positive thing. It’s your choice in how you view it.

Whenever we fail, we are trying to accomplish something. It can be from taking a test, losing weight, running a marathon, or even losing a relationship. It’s normal to get upset when we don’t get the result we wanted. The problem is when we ruminate on what we’ve lost or didn’t accomplish. When we do this, we are thinking of something in the past and wishing it was different. It’s in the past and therefore cannot be changed. (Unless I create a time -LOL- Just Kidding) This is when failure is negative!

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