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The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Fitness, Nutrition & Personal Protection Strategies to residents of New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn about our Academy and our programs.

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December 1, 2011 Posted by | Martial Arts & Fitness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Getting Fit, Even If It Kills You…

I saw this posted on Brad Vaccaro’s Sports Conditioning Blog (originally published in the NY Times / Written By S. Copperman). It’s an interesting read about a style of exercise that has grown exponentially over the last 5 years. Crossfit is popular with folks who are fond of extreme  & hardcore training methods. It has limited appeal to the average person who is looking to shape up due to what many experts deem “an unreasonable injury risk” with the exercise routines. Read on…

Getting Fit, Even if It Kills You

While many gymgoers complain that they might not survive a tough workout, Brian Anderson can speak from experience. For his first CrossFit session, he swung a 44-pound steel ball with a handle over his head and between his legs. The aim was to do 50 quick repetitions, rest and repeat. After 30 minutes, Mr. Anderson, a 38-year-old member of the special weapons and tactics team in the sheriff’s office in Tacoma, Wash., left the gym with his muscles sapped and back pain so excruciating that he had to lie in the driveway to collect himself.

That night he went to the emergency room, where doctors told him he had rhabdomyolysis, which is caused when muscle fiber breaks down and is released into the bloodstream, poisoning the kidneys. He spent six days in intensive care.

Yet six months later Mr. Anderson, a former Army Ranger, was back in the gym, performing the very exercises that nearly killed him. “I see pushing my body to the point where the muscles destroy themselves as a huge benefit of CrossFit,” he said.

In the last year this controversial exercise program has attracted a growing following of thousands nationwide, who log on to CrossFit.com for a daily workout, said its founder, Greg Glassman. Participants skip StairMasters and weight machines. Instead they do high-intensity workouts that mix gymnastics, track and field skills and bodybuilding, resting very little between movements.

The emphasis is on speed and weight hoisted, not technique. And the importance placed on quantifiable results has attracted hard-charging people like hedge fund managers, former Olympians and scientists. But some exercise experts are troubled by the lack of guidance for beginners, who may dive into stressful workouts as Mr. Anderson did. (He had not worked out regularly for two years.) “There’s no way inexperienced people doing this are not going to hurt themselves,” said Wayne Winnick, a sports medicine specialist in private practice in Manhattan, who also works for the New York City Marathon.

Other critics say that even fit people risk injury if they exercise strenuously and too quickly to give form its due, as CrossFit participants often do. For people who like to push the limits of fitness and strength – there are many police officers, firefighters and military personnel in the ranks of CrossFit athletes – the risks are worth it, because they consider it the most challenging workout around.

The short grueling sessions aren’t for the weekend gym warrior. The three-days-on, one-day-rest schedule includes workouts like “Cindy”: 20 minutes of as many repetitions as you can of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 squats. “Fight Gone Bad” entails rotating through five exercises, including throwing a 20-pound ball at a target 10 feet away. And only veteran CrossFit devotees even attempt, and few complete, “Murph,” a timed mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and then a second mile run. (A weighted vest is optional.)

Mr. Glassman, CrossFit’s founder, does not discount his regimen’s risks, even to those who are in shape and take the time to warm up their bodies before a session.

“It can kill you,” he said. “I’ve always been completely honest about that.”

But CrossFitters revel in the challenge. A common axiom among practitioners is “I met Pukey,” meaning they worked out so hard they vomited. Some even own T-shirts emblazoned with a clown, Pukey. CrossFit’s other mascot is Uncle Rhabdo, another clown, whose kidneys have spilled onto the floor presumably due to rhabdomyolysis.

Mr. Glassman, 49, a former gymnast from Santa Cruz, Calif., walks with a slight limp because of a knee injury, and at 5-foot-7 and 185 pounds admits he should lose weight. He began developing CrossFit more than two decades ago, but he says that he spends so much time running the business now that he no longer regularly does the routines. At first his program was a hard sell to clients who weren’t keen to climb ropes or grapple with gymnastic rings.

Then in 2001 he launched CrossFit.com and began publishing a monthly journal and holding seminars at his California gym. People from around the world have come to learn Mr. Glassman’s techniques. Today CrossFit has more than 50 affiliates in 21 states and 5 countries, Mr. Glassman said. And CrossFit.com has 25,000 unique visitors a week, according to WebSideStory, a Web analytics company in Seattle.

Mr. Glassman’s followers call him Coach and share a cultlike devotion to his theories.

“We are all drinking the Kool-Aid,” said Eugene Allen, another Tacoma SWAT team member who introduced Mr. Anderson to CrossFit last summer. “It’s hard not to catch Coach’s enthusiasm.”

Devotees say CrossFit has enabled them to challenge their bodies in ways they never thought possible. Eva Twardokens, 40, an Olympic alpine skier in the 1992 and 1994 Games, said years of CrossFit training have enabled her to bench-press 155 pounds, 20 more than she could when she was training for the Olympics.

Tariq Kassum, 31, a research analyst in New York, found both the workout community and the variety of difficult exercises he was looking for. Online, where some participants record their workout progress, people cheered him on as his upper-body strength increased. When he started CrossFit, Mr. Kassum was unable to do a handstand, but after a year with the program he can do push-ups from that position. CrossFit exercises can be made more or less intense based on a person’s abilities, but the workouts are the same for everyone, from marines to senior citizens. And some critics say that is a big part of what’s wrong.

“My concern is that one cookie-cutter program doesn’t apply to everyone,” said Fabio Comana, an exercise physiologist at the American Council on Exercise. He said people in their 60’s who have osteoporosis, for example, may not be able to do an overhead press, pushing a barbell over one’s head.

CrossFit enthusiasts are also criticized for being cavalier about the injuries they sustain, including chronic soreness, pulled muscles and even some separated shoulders. Norma Loehr, 37, a vice president for a financial services company in New York, was sidelined for a week after she strained her back doing “Three Bars of Death,” 10 sets of 3 lifts using barbells that weigh up to one and a half times as much as the person using them. She realized the barbells were too heavy, but she didn’t want to waste the seconds it would have taken to change plates.

Mr. Glassman said that he has never been sued by an injured client and that paramedics have never had to treat one of his clients in his gym. But he acknowledged that as many as six CrossFit participants have suffered rhabdomyolysis, which often sets in more than a day after excessive exercise.

After they complete the workout of the day, hundreds of people post their times and the amount they have lifted on the Web site, making CrossFit a competitive online sport.

“When I first started the program, I could barely do a pull-up, so I was embarrassed to post,” Mr. Kassum said. “Now that I can do 20 or 30, I’m on there every day. People on there are animals.”

Those people include Kelly Moore, a 42-year-old Wisconsin police dispatcher and former powerlifter who is 5 feet tall and 117 pounds and has eight-pack abs. Her self-reported statistics have become the stuff of legend on CrossFit.com, inspiring both praise (“Pull-ups with a broken hand? You rock!”) and amazement that she beats most men on the site. (“I’ll be chasing Kelly until I die. At this rate, literally.”)

CrossFit has an especially large number of police, firefighter and military participants. Members of Navy Seals, Air Force Pararescue and Special Forces groups also do workouts. And though it is not recognized as an official military regimen, CrossFit has drawn the attention of people in charge of military preparation. Capt. Timothy Joyce teaches CrossFit to marines in the Fleet Support Division in Barstow, Calif. And Capt. J. T. Williams, the chief standards officer at the Canadian Infantry School, where officers are trained, helped run a six-week trial where half of the participants followed the school’s fitness program and half did CrossFit workouts. He declared CrossFit “very effective.”

In recent months a group of New York CrossFit athletes have tried unsuccessfully to find a home gym. Joshua Newman, the group’s organizer, said gym managers expressed concerns that they took up too much space, or even that their fast and furious pull-ups would break the apparatus.

“They used too many pieces of equipment at one time, and we got a lot of complaints from trainers who didn’t like being on the floor with them,” said Eric Slayton, the owner of New York Underground Fitness, a Midtown gym that Crossfit New York called home for a few weeks. “They put too much emphasis on getting things done in a certain amount of time and not enough on form.”

But for Mr. Glassman, dismissals of his extreme workouts merely help him weed out people he considers weak-willed. “If you find the notion of falling off the rings and breaking your neck so foreign to you, then we don’t want you in our ranks,” he said.

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The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Fitness, Nutrition & Personal Protection Strategies to residents of New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn about our Academy and our programs

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July 19, 2011 Posted by | Martial Arts & Fitness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Getting Fit, Even If It Kills You…

What is your body type?

One of the things to consider when formulating an effective diet and workout plan is body type. When formulating a workout and nutrition plan for our students we always consider their body type. Read on and see if you can find your body type…

Endomorph: Typically endomorphs have a slow metabolism and gain both muscle and fat fairly easily. Their body is characterized by a “round appearance.” Endomorphs typically have a short and stocky build with strong muscles. Due to their propensity to gain fat, endomorphs must get regular cardiovascular exercise in addition to resistance training in order to maintain a healthy body weight and stay fit. This body type must avoid eating too many carbohydrates. Crash diets are also off limits.

Mesomorph: The mesomorph body type is characterized by a naturally athletic physique including a large bone structure and large muscles. Naturally strong, mesomorphs often find it easy to both gain and lose weight when desired. Mesomorphs respond well to any type of resistance training. A balanced regimen of strength and cardiovascular training is recommended for mesomorphs.

Ectomorph: Characterized by a small frame and bone structure, ectomorphs are thin, have a fast metabolism and find it difficult to gain weight and muscle mass. Ectomorphs looking to gain muscle require a huge amount of calories. Short, intense workouts focusing on compound movements are necessary to gain strength and mass. Despite their fast metabolism, ectomorphs should still avoid empty (unhealthy) calories. Bruce Lee is a great example of an ectomorph.

It is important to note that many folks have a combination of two body types. For example mesomorph / endomorph or ectomorph/mesomorph. Remember that regardless of your body type it is possible to build a healthy, sculpted physique with the proper diet, exercise plan and coaching.

This article was written by Rich Brugger. He holds a Strength Conditioning and Weight Training Certification from ISMA and is Black Belt Master Instructor. He co-owns and operates Martial Arts for Life in New Providence, NJ with his wife Michelle (a certified personal fitness trainer, a certified nutritional consultant and Black Belt Instructor).

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The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Fitness, Nutrition & Personal Protection Strategies to residents of New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn about our Academy and our programs

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Basic Grappling with Robert Drysdale

This is a great example of one of the basic grappling techniques we cover when training grappling at our Academy.


Above: Martial Arts For Life Chief Instructor Master Rich Brugger with BJJ phenom Robert Drysdale after his training workshop in Las Vegas.

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The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Fitness, Nutrition & Personal Protection Strategies to residents of New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn about our Academy and our programs

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March 27, 2011 Posted by | Martial Arts & Fitness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Basic Grappling with Robert Drysdale

Get Healthy and Fit in 2011!

8 Ways to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

1.) Exercise Regularly. There have been thousands upon thousands of studies confirming the positive benefits (both mental and physical) of getting regular exercise. The medical community has concluded that regular cardiovascular exercise is necessary to live a healthy lifestyle. The American Heart Association recommends 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise) for heart health. Exercise is proven to help keep body weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure, within normal ranges. Further, I believe it was the former Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop who stated that being physically inactive was as detrimental to one’s health as smoking a pack of cigarettes every day.

2.Don’t abuse your body. This one sounds simple, doesn’t it? This refers to things like smoking cigarettes, over indulging in alcohol consumption, eating a poor diet, failing to get the proper amount of sleep on a regular basis and even recreational drug use. Chances are if you bought a $5,000 thoroughbred horse, you wouldn’t feed it a garbage diet and let it drink booze and smoke cigarettes. A healthy body is priceless, make sure you treat it as such.

3. Get regular check-ups. One of the keys to staying healthy is to get regular check-ups from a qualified physician. A thorough annual physical including blood work and whatever screenings are appropriate based on your age and family medical history are crucial to maintaining optimum health. If you are over 30 years old make your annual check-up a priority. Many medical issues can be successfully treated if they are discovered early – do yourself a favor and get an annual check-up.

4. Eat a balanced, healthy diet. A healthy diet must include generous servings of fruits and vegetables, lean sources of protein, whole grains and minimize fast food and processed foods. Take a multi-vitamin to make sure all your bases are covered, avoid foods that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol, cut back on sodas and caffeinated beverages and avoid any sort of binge eating or drinking. We often talk about the 70 / 30 rule. This rule means that 70% of your meals are healthy and nourishing and 30% are things that you will enjoy in moderation, but provide little benefit to your health. Naturally, one can modify this ratio to 80/20 or 90/10 but the fact is most people do the opposite and eat garbage 70% of the time and healthy foods about 30% of the time.

5.Drink Water : Most people do not drink enough water and this results in chronic dehydration. Symptoms of chronic dehydration include: fatigue, constipation, abnormal blood pressure, digestive disorders, obesity, and even premature aging! The old rule of “drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day” is a good guideline – however recent studies indicate men need closer to 12 glasses of water and women need about 9 glasses of water for optimal hydration. Most people fall WAY short of this. Remember, this is plain water – soda, coffee, tea, Vitamin Water do not count towards this total.

6. Take time to relax and de-stress: Stress-influenced medical conditions include: depression, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, ulcers and much more. Take time out to do things you enjoy. Spend time with your family, go for a walk in the park, take a Yoga class, participate in a hobby you enjoy, meditate, take a day off from work – whatever it takes to maintain homeostasis and avoid chronic or extreme stress.

7. Get enough sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, there is no magic number here – but most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. A 2005 Harvard University study noted that adults who sleep less than 7 hours per night are more likely to be obese , had an increased risk of certain cancers, heart disease and diabetes. Turn off the television and get some sleep!

8. Maintain a healthy body weight. Obesity has been linked to a virtual laundry-list of serious health conditions including, but not limited to: heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, gallbladder disease and gallstones, osteoarthritis, and gout. According to an article on WebMd, “Doctors generally agree that the more obese a person is the more likely he or she is to have health problems. People who are 20% or more overweight can gain significant health benefits from losing weight. Many obesity experts believe that people who are less than 20% above their healthy weight should still try to lose weight if they have any of the following risk factors.” A good guideline for the average man or woman is BMI, or Body Mass Index. There are many websites that have BMI calculators.

One more quick word on the subject of living a healthy lifestyle…

Many people are quick to point out that they simply “Don’t have the time” to exercise. According to A.C. Nielsen and a Harris Interactive pole, the average American watches 4 hours of TV each day and spends 13 hours on the internet each week. That means that most people have more than the equivalent of a full time job (41 hours a week!) wasting their time watching “Dancing With The Stars” and playing on Facebook and YouTube. If the average person disciplined themselves to cut their TV and internet usage by 10% they would have 4 free hours to get some much needed exercise– think about it.

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The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Fitness, Nutrition & Personal Protection Strategies to residents of New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn about our Academy and our programs

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January 2, 2011 Posted by | Martial Arts & Fitness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips


Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Well folks, it’s official, the Holiday Shopping Season is here! Holiday music can be heard in all your favorite stores and “Black Friday” has come and gone! It’s at this time of year we like to share some safety tips to keep families safe while shopping.

1. Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you have to shop at night, go with friends or other family members. Avoid shopping alone at night.

2. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry or anything that would attract unwanted attention from a potential mugger or thief.

3. When approaching your car check to see if anyone is hiding underneath your vehicle. It is possible for someone to hide under your vehicle and grab you as you get in. There have also been cases of assailants using a knife or other weapon to slash or attack a victims leg from under the vehicle making it difficult to run or fight back.

4. Develop the habit of checking the back seat of your car to make sure no one is hiding there. Statistically, a great deal of attacks and/or abductions occur from someone hiding in the back seat.

5. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay with a check or credit card instead.

6. Don’t carry too many packages at once. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom to move to avoid mishaps.

7. Be cautious if a Van or SUV is parked next to your vehicle. Abductors use this tactic to grab people as they are getting into their vehicle.

Here’s to a safe Holiday Season!

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The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Fitness, Nutrition & Personal Protection Strategies to residents of New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn about our Academy and our programs

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Avoid Weight Gain This Holiday Season!

Enjoy the Holiday Season, Skip the Weight Gain!

It is well known that the average person gains weight during the Holiday Season. Estimates on exactly how much the average person gains vary widely. What most experts agree on is: 1.) Men and women who are obese tend to gain more weight than those who regularly maintain a healthy body weight  2.) The average man or woman does NOT tend to lose the weight that is gained over the holidays. In fact, recent studies have indicated that the holiday season may be a key contributor to long-term weight gain in adults. This is a concern since weight gain during adulthood may contribute to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health concerns.

So the goal during the holidays has to be to enjoy the season without packing on pounds that you’re probably going to struggle to lose. Here are some ways you can make that happen:

1.) Decide In Advance (D.I.A.): One of the best strategies when attending holiday parties and gatherings is to use the “Decide In Advance” strategy. This means that you decide in advance how many drinks you will allow yourself to have, what time you will stay until, etc. Basically, you formulate a plan and discipline yourself to stick to it.

2.) Don’t Arrive Hungry: When attending holiday festivities where food and cocktails will be served it is best to have a light nutritious snack and drink a glass of water prior to arriving. This will help you maintain discipline in the face of temptation and help you avoid over indulging.

3.) Limit Alcohol Consumption: Limiting alcohol consumption not only helps cut calories, but improves your chances of staying disciplined with your food choices as the night goes on.

4.) Don’t Over Indulge on Desserts: Discipline yourself to consume smaller portions of your favorite holiday dessert treats. Avoid the temptation to consume too many calorie-laden cookies and cakes.

5.) Limit Servings of These Fattening Foods: Scalloped potatoes, Cheesecake, Egg nog, Sweet potatoes with marshmallows & apple pie. These holiday favorites are all extremely high in calories and fat.

6.) Go For a Walk: Get some physical activity. Sadly, the average American lives a pretty sedentary lifestyle. If you eat more calories during the holidays (and most people do) you need to burn more calories or you will gain fat. Remember,  a little bit of physical activity is better than whole lot of no physical activity.

7.) Manage Stress: One of the main contributors to weight gain is stress. Manage stress levels by getting adequate sleep, exercising, and taking time to decompress during a busy holiday season.

There you have it, 7 ways to avoid unhealthy weight gain this Holiday Season courtesy of Martial Arts for Life – The New Providence Area’s Community School.

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The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Personal Improvement and Nutritional guidance to individuals and families in New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn more about our Academy and our programs.

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