The higher your energy level the more efficient your body

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Health, Information, Nutrition | Posted on 30-12-2011-05-2008


By Nigel Jeal

“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body.  The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” -Anthony Robbins

This Anthony Robbins Quote is Genius.  Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere, you have no doubt heard his name before.  Anthony Robbins is an American world renowned self-help author and motivational speaker.

I remember back in mid 2005 I was really sceptical of his programs at first, but decided to get his Get The Edge program after reading all the testimonials from many people he has helped including some very well known names.  I wanted the part of the program that Anthony talked about Health in “Pure Energy Live”.  I have to say that I learned so much in a very short space of time, there was only one problem… ME!  Yes, ME!  I needed to lose weight to improve my health and fitness, but I didn’t take action and put it in a drawer where it stopped for three and a half years.

Fast forward to 2009.  I actually started a weight loss plan, setting goals, eating a sensible diet and using a proven workout program.  I also took the opportunity to go back and listen to the “Pure Energy Live” disc and this time incorporate it into my weight loss plan.  In “Pure Energy Live” Anthony talks about creating the health, vitality and energy your body deserves, he also talks about the power of alkalinity and how it can give you the energy you need to get the most out of every day.

I’ve done this.  I’ve lost a huge amount of weight, my energy levels have rocketed to new heights, I feel better and a lot more confident and it has enabled me to use all of my talents to produce outstanding results in everything I do!

I believe every word of Anthony Robbins quote to be absolutely true!

Do you agree that this quote is absolute genius?  Have you experienced similar results?

Leave your comments below, I may highlight your “good comments” in other posts I write.

Bodyweight 250 Challenge

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 27-12-2011-05-2008


I hope you and your family had a great Christmas…

Now, I have a question to ask you.

Are you ready to make 2012 your best year ever? 

Here’s another great video workout…

In this video Fitness Expert Craig Ballantyne shows you how to lose fat and gain muscle in the bodyweight 250 challenge.

You’ll do 12 different bodyweight exercises back-to-back with as little rest as possible until you have finished the workout.

Here’s the video you need to watch…

Enjoy :)

This is the Bodyweight 250 Challenge, meaning you will do 250 repetitions of varying bodyweight exercises done back-to-back-to-back with as little rest as possible.

You may, however, need to break up an exercise into blocks in order to get through it. Just be sure to finish all the reps before moving on to the next exercise.

To start out this bodyweight workout, you’ll begin with either 30 Rope Jumps or 30 Jumping Jacks. For the jumping jacks, stay on the balls of your feet to really get the explosive lift and keep your hands straight up over your head.

After that you will move into 20 Close-Grip Push-ups. In this exercise, keep your elbows tucked into your sides.

Immediately following the push-ups will be 10 Jumps. Be sure to jump right back up as soon as you land.

After the jumps you will complete 10 Pull-ups. So, with an overhand grip and slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, start from a dead hang position and pull your chest up to the bar and then slowly lower back down.

The next exercise in the Bodyweight 250 is 40 bodyweight Squats. Place your arms straight out in front, push your hips back and squat down and up.

From the squats, go right into 25 regular Push-ups.

Next up in this bodyweight workout is 20 Walking Lunges (10 per side).

You’ll follow the lunges with an upper body exercise known as Inverted Rows. In this exercise you’ll do 15 underhanded rows. So, place the bar at hip height, grab an underhand grip that is shoulder-width apart and then row your chest up to the bar, squeezing your shoulder blades together at the top position.

You’ll follow the rows with 30 Bicycle Crunches (15 per side). So flat on the floor, and your hands behind your head, bring your knee up to your opposite elbow, alternating sides.

Then go right into 25 more bodyweight squats, and finishing off with either 25 rope jumps or 25 jumping jacks to round out the workout.

Bodyweight 200 Challenge

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 23-12-2011-05-2008


Hey, as we approach the holidays I would like wish you a Merry Christmas and give you another great video workout…

In this video Fitness Expert Craig Ballantyne shows you how to lose fat and gain muscle in the bodyweight 200 challenge.

You will be doing 12 different bodyweight exercises, going straight from one to the next one until you have finished the workout.

Here’s the video you need to watch…

Have fun! :)

If you passed the time requirement for the Bodyweight 100, then you’re ready to take on the Bodyweight 200.

To start out, you’ll do Prisoner Squats for 45 reps. So, place your hands behind your head and keep your elbows back. Next, push your hips back and squat down and then back up.

Move immediately into 30 Push-ups. Break these up into blocks if you need to, but make sure you get through them all before going on to the next exercise.

From there you will do 10 Jumps. Be sure to jump right back up as soon as you land.

After finishing all your jumps go into 10 stability ball Leg Curls. So, with your heels on the ball and your hips bridged up in the air, curl the ball in and then back out. Be sure to keep your body in a straight line and your hips bridged up at all times.

Once you’ve finished the leg curls, go immediately into 10 stability ball Jackknives. Place your elbows on a bench and your feet on a ball. Next, brace your abs and bring your knees into your chest and then back out. Make sure your body is in a straight line at all times.

Next up in this Bodyweight challenge is 20 Step-ups (10 per side). So, with one foot up on the bench, use your lead leg to drive up and then slowly lower back down. Be sure to keep your lead foot up on the bench at all times. Do all reps for one side and then switch sides.

Okay, back to the upper body, this time with 5 Pull-ups. With an overhand grip and slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, start from a dead hang position and pull your chest up to the bar and then slowly lower back down. If you need to do these one at a time in order to get through them all, that is finejust make sure you do all of them. (If you can’t do pull-ups, then you can do bodyweight rows instead)

Next up is 30 Forward Lunges, 15 per side, alternating sides, followed by 20 Close-Grip Push-ups.

After your push-ups, you’ll do 15 bodyweight Rows using an overhand grip that is slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Next, row your chest up to the bar, squeezing your shoulder blades together at the top position.

Once you’ve finished the rows go right into 15 bodyweight squats and then finish off with 5 Chin-ups. For the chin-ups, grab the bar with an underhand grip and from a dead hang position, pull your chest up to the bar and slowly lower down.

Bodyweight 100 Challenge

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 17-12-2011-05-2008


I have another great video workout for you…

In this video Fitness Expert Craig Ballantyne will outline the bodyweight 100 challenge

Here’s the video you need to watch…

Enjoy :)

There are four weekend challenges as part of the Bodyweight 500 workout program. Each week you will do a Bodyweight challenge and if you finish under the allotted time, then you graduate into the next week’s challenge.

This video will outline the Bodyweight 100 challenge.

To start, you will perform 20 prisoner squats, maintaining good form by keeping your elbows back and shoulders blades together.

Immediately following the squats, go directly into 20 push ups. If you cannot do 20 repetitions straight, then you can break it up however you desire, or do as many as you can and take a rest.

Next, you will do 10 jumps.

After the jumps, you will complete 10 repetitions of the inverted row, using an overhand grip.

Then immediately go into 20 lunges, alternating sides.

Once you’ve done all the repetitions for the lunges, move on to 15 closed- grip push-ups. For this exercise you want to place your hands shoulder- width apart and your elbows tucked into your sides. Again, if you can’t do 15 in a row, then you might do 5, then 5, then 5.

To finish off you will do either 5 chin-ups or 5 more inverted rows for a total of 100 repetitions.

Now if you don’t make the cut-off time for the Bodyweight 100, then you will repeat this challenge the following week. However, if you do manage to beat the time, then the next week you will move up to the Bodyweight 200.

Weight Loss & Fat Burning For Busy People

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Fitness, Time Management | Posted on 11-12-2011-05-2008


To a busy man or woman, finding time to exercise for weight loss is just another form of daily stress. But without exercise, you’ll have less energy to devote to your family, less clarity in your important decision making processes, and more time spent away from work dealing with illness and poor health. And in this business world, you can’t afford any of that.

As a writer for Men’s Health and Men’s Fitness, millions of office workers across America and the world have improved their health and fitness with my workouts. I want to show you how to lose fat, gain muscle, eat better, have more energy, and be able to get great workouts at home or even in the worst hotel gym in the world. It is possible to train and lose weight on the road!

By using an efficient combination of strength and interval training, you’ll be able to cut down on your workout time and spend more time on your business projects and more importantly, at home with your family.

In order to do that, I want you to understand that you have to make nutrition your main focus in the fight against fat loss. It is far more important than exercise.

Given that, you can now understand why you don’t have to do marathon workouts in the gym 5-6 days per week in order to lose weight and look better. All you need are 3 workouts per week, taking no more than 45 minutes. That is the maximum amount of time needed for my system, but you can do it in even less time if you are busy.

You need 5 minutes for a bodyweight warmup (do some easy bodyweight squats, an easy version of pushups for you, and an exercise called stick-ups to mobilize your shoulders – after all, you are probably tight due to computer use).

Next up, choose 4 basic, total-body strength exercises and perform them in 2 supersets. This will cut down time and allow you to work all of your body in only 20 minutes. Finish up the workout with 20 minutes of interval training. That’s it.

By improving your health and fitness, you can have more energy; more energy to devote to your work and business, and more importantly, more energy to dedicate to your family.

The job performance benefits of health and fitness are also undeniable. Sharper mental focus, improved mental and physical endurance, enhanced self-confidence, and impressive changes in your appearance are just a few of the well-known effects of a good training program.

Unfortunately, a lot of men and women leave their health and fitness until it is too late. In fact, I’ve seen many prominent business-people and lawyers struggle through the simplest of physical tasks. Simply because they let the typical unhealthy executive lifestyle overwhelm them.

Don’t you think these executives would gladly trade some of their wealth for the opportunity to have even an average level of fitness? Instead, long hours and poor eating have left them overweight, unfit, and looking and feeling 15 years older than they really are.

But it doesn’t have to be that way for you, no matter how busy you are.

The first thing to know is that your workouts don’t need to last an hour and half each day to be worthwhile. You can achieve great results by training for less than 60 minutes three times per week. You’ll be able to reduce your workout time by up to 2 hours per week when compared to traditional, inefficient training programs, and you’ll feel better and have more energy within days.

A strength and interval workout will decrease your stress levels, increase your mental focus and endurance, enhance your self-confidence, and drastically improve your appearance – all in record time.

Adding regular exercise to your lifestyle is known to improve work performance and personal satisfaction. Business owners that exercise regularly are 14% more likely to make the income they desire when compared to sedentary business owners. They’re also 10% more likely to achieve personal work satisfaction. It’s all thanks to the ability of exercise to make people more confident and give them more energy.

And research has shown that an executive lifestyle plan can result in dramatic health improvements such as:

Decreased bodyweight = -5.5 lbs.

Decreased systolic blood pressure = -17 mmHg

Decreased total cholesterol = -28 mg/dl

Decreased LDL cholesterol = -16 mg/dl

Decreased triglycerides = -45 mg/dl

Decreased fasting blood glucose = -26 mg/dl

Now all that scientific jargon just means that a good program will help you lose weight and will leave you feeling 10-15 years younger than you would without exercise and proper eating. It’s incredibly simple, yet too many men and women neglect to make a strategic investment in the future of their health.

It’s time to take action. Armed with this knowledge, you have the opportunity to improve your health, fitness, and energy level. Your first step is to review your current lifestyle and get your physician’s approval to begin a new lifestyle. After that, you can gradually and consistently improve your daily activity and eating patterns. Changes in your energy and well-being will be immediate.

As you progress with your strength and interval workouts, your new lifestyle will become an easy to follow habit, and your old lifestyle a distant memory. On a daily basis, you’ll notice improved performance and the benefits of a balanced lifestyle. You’ll soon regain physical strength and endurance that you haven’t enjoyed in years.

That’s a small investment now in order to live a longer, more energetic, healthier life. You’ll be able to keep up with your grandkids, not only your own children. I guarantee strength and interval workouts will add energy to your life while taking inches from your waist.

Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines. His trademarked Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men?s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines and all over the Internet, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week. For more information on the Turbulence Training workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit

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Fitness Trends For 2012

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Diet, Fitness, Health, Nutrition | Posted on 10-12-2011-05-2008


By Nigel Jeal

With the problems of obesity and diabetes growing fast, the fitness industry, health organisations and physicians are highlighting these issues and advising you to improve your health and fitness.

WHO Data and Statistical Reports…

The World Health Organisation publishes results of the most common health problems, let’s take a closer look at the data and statistics.

Obesity:  1.5 Billion adults, 20 and older were overweight, of these over 200 Million men and 300 Million women were obese.  Overall, more than one in ten of the worlds adult population was obese.

Diabetes:  346 Million people worldwide have diabetes.  Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.  Hyperglycaemia, or raised blood sugar, is a common effect of uncontrolled diabetes and overtime leads to serious damage to many  of the body’s systems, especially the nerves and blood vessels.

Cardiovascular Diseases:  Cardiovascular diseases are the world largest killers, claiming 17.3 Million lives a year.  Risk factors for heart diseases and strokes include raise blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, smoking, inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables, overweight, obesity and physical inactivity.

Looking at these statistics, you are certainly going to see an enormous increase in patients being referred to a weight loss program by their physicians.

How Have People Chosen Their Workouts In Recent Times…

As the world starts to become a more fitness friendly place you are going to see a shift in the way people choose what exercises they do.

Since February 2008, we now all live in a “Celebrity Society”, everyone is following their favourite celebrity and also listening out for the latest workouts they are doing, with the rise in exercises such as Zumba, Pilates and Yoga being all the rage with top celebrities.

Although Pilates and Yoga will improve your flexibility you will not lose weight as there is no fat burning cardio involved.  This allows us to make some predictions as you countdown the new year and see what’s coming over the next 12 months.

The Top 5 Fitness Trends for 2012…

1)      Finding a Certified Fitness Trainer:  In 2012 there is going to be an increase in demand for Certified Fitness Trainers who have the experience, expertise and accreditation to give you personal help with weight loss, fat loss, diet and nutritional advice and an exercise program that really works.

2)      Female Fitness Programs:  There are not many female fitness programs available that help them get a lean and sexy body in double-quick time and fit in with their busy schedules.  I think you are certainly going to see an increase in workouts designed for females.

3)      Six-Pack Abs Workouts:  We all want to have chiselled ripped six-pack abs right…? But unfortunately, were not going to get them with miracle abs machines in six easy payments, these machines don’t burn belly fat or flatten your abs.  I think you will see some new six-pack workouts programs in 2012.

4)      Fitness Bootcamps:  Indoor Bootcamps see fitness experts bringing people together who all have the same goal, to lose weight and improve their health and fitness.  These Bootcamp experts lead by example showing clients how to eat right, reduce stress, train safe and avoid injury and inspire them to change their lifestyles.  You will definitely see more and more Bootcamps as demand grows.

5)      Metabolic Resistance Training:  If you are not familiar with Metabolic Resistance Training this is the new workout everyone is buzzing about on the internet as it is more effective for weight loss than traditional slow cardio.  You will see more super fast fat burning workouts next year for sure.

So to summarise, these are going to be the top five fitness trends for 2012.

Stay Cool,

Nigel Jeal

Psychological Land Mines

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet, Health, Information | Posted on 04-12-2011-05-2008


By Nigel Jeal

“You have to face your fears and challenge them head on, or your psychological land mines will blow up your weight loss dreams.” ~Nigel Jeal

Psychological Land Mines are those fears and negative thoughts, those self-conscious and insecure beliefs that we continue to hold about ourselves, that consciously and subconsciously controls and rules our attitudes and confidence levels with an iron fist. You need to approach your challenges “Head On” and overcome all your obstacles at all costs to prevent these psychological land mines blowing up your weight loss dreams.

Everyone has their own internal demons, even the most confident of people has their own subconscious fears and negative thoughts working against them and stopping them achieving the results they want. I can also tell you who created these little monsters running though our minds. The Proverbial “Enemy From Within”.

Here’s Your Chance To Gain Control…

You have to “Search and Destroy”, rooting out each and every psychological land mine that has been carefully place or even dumped in our consciousness. You see, the human brain is very much like a computer and just like a computer there are good files and bad files. You need to search for all the negative files and delete them one-by-one from our minds.

It will allow you to start afresh with a completely clean slate, on which you can skilfully and intentionally re-program the systems you want running and supply yourself with the data and files you care to have running the show from this point on. It will not only take time, but focus, dedication and determination.

Imagine, For A Moment, That It’s 6 Months From Today…

You have taken action to overcome all your fears and negative thoughts, followed a healthy diet and followed a proven exercise program which has really revved up your metabolism. The result, you have achieved your weight loss goals and successfully boost your confidence, self esteem as well as getting the body you’ve always wanted.

Stay Strong,

Nigel Jeal