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Looking for the Best Way to Lose Weight? Here's What You Need to Know

Are you searching for the best way to lose weight?

There are so many plans to lose weight today - literally hundreds of diets and weight loss methods. There are so many plans that your head can start to spin. How do you choose?

Would it surprise you to know that the best way to lose weight is NOT through a certain diet like the Zone, Atkins or Southbeach? Let's face it, all weight loss plans have pretty much one thing in common - lower calories and healthier food choices.

So why do some people seem to lose weight and keep it off while others try endless diets and never lose an ounce?

I would suggest that it's not the DIET itself. Maybe, it's the way you choose to lose the weight - and how that fits with your needs and lifestyle. Every diet or weight loss plan has things that either work with your personality and lifestyle - or work against it. So if you decide on a program that's a bad fit for your lifestyle, it won't get you the results you want.

So for example, if you choose a program that requires you to spend hours preparing food - but you're a busy career woman - it's just not going to work for you. You'll end up frustrated, hungry and thinking to yourself "I knew this wouldn't work". But you need to realize - it's not that you failed - it's that the way you chose to lose weight - the plan - didn't fit with your lifestyle and needs.

So when looking for the best way to lose weight, the first step is to look at yourself.

What do you need? What do you want? What kind of lifestyle do you have? Do you enjoy preparing recipes? Do you need your meals to taste good? Do you need a certain type of meal? Are you always on the run or do you have time to shop for groceries?

If you've tried diets that didn't work in the past, ask yourself why you didn't like them. What was it about them that drove you crazy? By asking yourself these questions, you'll start to discover the best way for you personally to lose weight.

I'll give you an example.

Years ago I tried a raw food diet. If you've ever tried this diet you'll know that while it's healthy, it's also very labor intensive. You need blenders, food processors, hard-to-find ingredients that you have to shop for at specialty stores. You could spend hours just making one meal

I also work full time. So it's not hard to guess - it was not a good fit. I ended up frustrated with my face down in a bowl of ice cream, thinking there was no way I could do this - but feeling bad because I 'should' be able to do it. Has something like that ever happened to you?

I finally realized that I was not a failure - the requirements of that kind of diet did not meet my lifestyle. Since I was working so much, I needed to find a plan where I could grab quick, healthy food on the go. That's when I tried a diet meal delivery service and was hooked.

The food tasted ten times better than I could have made (gourmet chef I am not). It was there in my fridge, ready in five minutes so it was quick to grab when I came home. Plus I lose weight. It was a totally different experience than my other weight loss efforts. It was a great experience and I loved it.

So when you want the best way to lose weight, first look at yourself, who you are, your past experiences. Then decide what you ultimately need in a weight loss program. Then investigate different plans and what they can give you.

For instance maybe you really need a plan that includes the occasional dessert. Maybe you want a plan that focuses on comfort food like lasagna or pizza. No matter your tastes, preferences and lifestyle, there is a diet out there that will fit with your needs.

Once you've found that diet, then go for it. Because when you find a plan that fits with your personality and lifestyle, it's easy - and surprisingly enjoyable - to lose weight.


Running Tips - Don't Hate The Treadmill!

There are many runners that I know that think that "treadmill" is a dirty word. And, I'll admit, I used to be one of those runners. But, not for many years now. Now, there are days when my treadmill is my best friend! I've learned to accept - and appreciate treadmill running!

There was a time when I would run in any kind of weather. I've run in temperatures of 20 below, blizzards, hurricanes, thunderstorms, etc. It never fazed me. Many times, my hubby would laugh at me when I came in from a winter run with my eyelashes frozen. But, I had to run - it didn't matter what the weather was. And, go to a gym and run on a treadmill - never!

Well, my husband used to travel during the week. He worried about me during the winter. He was afraid of me running when it was icy out. So, he talked me into buying a treadmill. And, just to pacify him I did.

Then, a bad storm hit. It was snowy, icy and about 0 degrees - and I didn't get off work until late, so it was dark. (This was before I learned about the greatness of early morning running). I figured, what the heck - let me give it a try. So, to the basement I went.

I had to admit. It was great. Instead of wearing layers of clothes, watching for sliding cars - I had on shorts and got in a great workout. Hmmm, maybe there was something to this treadmill thing after all!

Running on a treadmill has a couple of additional benefits. For many people it keeps them running in the winter when they may just decide to not run at all. Then when Spring comes around - and racing season - they have a shorter period of time needed to get prepared.

Also, it can be a great way to get your speed work in. You set the speed at which you want to do your fast intervals - and go for it. Your treadmill will make your keep your speed at your target pace.

Now, I still love to run outdoors - and always will if I can. But, I've learned that there are days that just scream - "Go downstairs to your friendly treadmill". And, like a best friend - it's always there for me!

I'm on my second treadmill now - and it's a lot fancier than my first one. I love it! And, I love knowing on those wind-blowing, below 0 weather I can still get in a great workout. I am so grateful my husband talked me into that first one.


Zumba Fitness Review To Learn About Zumba

You can get all of your fitness questions answered from a zumba fitness review. Zumba is a form of dance exercise that has been around for years but only recently has started to become popular. Zumba incorporates many different types of dance, cha cha, calypso, belly dancing, mambo, meringue, cumbia and rock & roll to create fun and entertaining exercises. You will have so much fun it won't even feel like exercise.

Zumba offers all levels of classes and much of these dance exercises will provide you better flexibility, strengthen your heart and improve your balance, much like doing yoga and aerobics. Once you start feeling the music you will soon forget you are exercising and just enjoy the dancing.

Zumba not only benefits the body but also the mind and you can expect to have fun meeting new people, enhancing your self esteem, increasing bone density, improving your cognitive thinking, get better motion control, develop a better range of motion and reduce your stress to name but a few advantages.

A zumba class typically runs and hour and in this time you can burn about 500 calories depending on your size and weight. This is a very good match for other types of exercise as jogging for an hour burns about 650 calories, playing sport for an hour about 450 calories and if you swim for an hour you can expect to burn 410 calories.

Zumba classes can be found all over but you should check at your local Y, fitness club or gym. Searching online can also be a good place to find a class as they might be held at a local community center or school. If you cannot find a class then enquire at the local gym. If enough people are interested then they may be able to set up a class.

If you really love Zumba than you should think about becoming an instructor. It does not take very long to become a certified Zumba instructor though you will have to choose between the Zumba Gold and the Zumba Basic Step. These certification classes are available for 1 day and 2 day classes.

If you are getting tired with your regular exercise and want something that is new then try zumba. The music is great, the exercises are fun and once you get into it you will not even realize you are working out.


The Top 5 Best Six Pack Ab Exercises

If an exercise routine targets the correct muscles in your stomach area, you're sure that you're getting the best exercise for it. Below you can find 5 of the most effective six pack core workouts. Doing the bicycle, long arm, reversed, and vertical leg type of crunches, and the plank can help you get the body you've always dreamed of. For best results, perform them in 12 to 16 repetitions, 3 sets each (excluding the plank).

First of the bunch is the bicycle. It focuses on your whole rectus abdominis. And it also targets the obliques. While on the floor, place both hands behind the head. Make sure too that your back's entirety is flat against the ground. Extend your knees upward, and bend them at a 45-degree angle. Move as though you're pedaling or bicycling - the left knee touching the right elbow, and the right knee touching the left elbow.

The long arm crunch makes your usual floor crunch tougher. It focuses on your rectus abdominis' upper part, although the entire length is worked out too. To do this, while lying, extend both arms out above the head, with your upper arms touching your ears. Then get your upper back off the ground. Make sure your arms are straight each time.

On the other hand, the reverse crunch zooms in on the lower part of your rectus abdominis. Put your palms down on the ground for support while lying. Take both legs upwards, bending the knee at a 90-degree angle. You can have your feet crossed or simply together. Tighten the belly area, then take your hips off the floor. Maintain that your legs aren't swinging during the routine.

Another effective routine targeting the rectus abdominis and the obliques is the vertical leg crunch. While lying, lift your legs up, your feet towards the ceiling, and cross the knees. Your hands can either go behind your head or on the floor for support. Lift your upper back and get back to the starting position. Maintain that your feet are directed upwards.

There may not be a lot of movements done when performing the plank. But it's great for working out the abdominal and back muscles. Using your forearms to prop up your upper body, get on the floor facing it. Your position should be that of a straight line, inclined from the head to your feet. Hold the position, while tightening the belly area, for 20 seconds to a full minute. Do 3-5 reps to be effective.

It's best to pair these 5 six pack abdominal workouts with other cardiovascular workouts. That's because they can help in melting off those layers of fat, which keep your abdominal muscles from being evident.


What Different Types of Exercises Can You Do With an Exercise Ball?

As children, there was nothing more fun than playing with that favorite ball. Unfortunately, we eventually grow out of it and it finds its place in ball heaven to never be played with again. However, the end of childhood doesn't mean that a good old inflatable ball can't have a permanent place in our lives. In fact, there are inflatable balls that are made for adults to have fun with. And that would be the exercise ball.

The exercise ball is a great way for the individual to receive a workout of their core muscles, which are the muscles that keep us balanced. How this is achieved on the exercise ball is that certain exercises are conducted that require both the body and the ball to be balanced. The goal is to keep the ball from rolling out from underneath you and in the process you are receiving an excellent core workout.

There are a vast number of exercises that can be done, but there are 10 exercises that can be a lot of fun and those exercises are:

1. Squats: Hold the ball between your lower back and the wall. Slowly bend at your knees and hips in order to achieve a sitting position. Make sure the ball stays between you and the wall. Return to the standing position and repeat this between 8 and 15 times to strengthen the legs and hips.

2. Birddogs: You want to get on all fours like a dog with the exercise ball under your stomach. You are now going to extend an arm and a leg that are opposite from each other off of the floor at the same time and keep the ball balanced beneath you. Repeat this o 8 times for each side to strengthen arms and legs

3. Subpine Bridges: Have your hands on your hips while sitting on the ball and start walking. The ball should roll out until it gets to your head and your shoulders, then walk back to go back to the sitting position. Repeat this 8 to 15 times to strengthen the thighs and buttocks.

4. Pushups: Put the exercise ball underneath your stomach and have your palms flat on the floor. Walk out with your hands until the ball is somewhere between your hips and your ankles. Now bend your elbows to do pushups. Repeat this 8 to 10 times to work the upper arms

5. Abdominal tucks: Being in the same position as with pushups except with the ball under the knees, tuck the knees to make the ball roll toward the ankles and then return to the beginning position. Repeat 8 to 15 times.

6. Hamstring curls: This one requires you to lie on your back. With your palms flat on the floor, the ball should be under your hills. From here you will slightly bend your knees while lifting our hips to bring the ball toward your buttocks. Repeat 8 times.

7. Crunches: Crunches benefit the abdomen and the mid-back should be against the ball with feet shoulder-width apart flat on the floor. Your hands should also be behind your head and repeat 8 to 10 times.

8. Walk-outs: Walk back and forth with the ball under your belly, walking out with your hands until the ball reaches your ankles. Repeat 6 to 8 times for abs and upper arms.

9. Balance: Sit on the ball with hands on hips and spine straight and lift one foot at a time. Repeat with each leg 8 times to balance your core.

10. T, Y, I: This exercise has you placing the ball between the hips and thighs while keeping the knees bent and the toes down and moving the arms into a T position, a Y position, and then an I. Repeat this 4 times to strengthen abdominals and shoulders.

These fun exercises are a great way for you to get in shape.


Nautilus Treadclimber Review - What to Know About the New Treadclimber Models

Thinking about a Nautilus Treadclimber? This cool-looking machine (also called the Bowflex Treadclimber) first appeared in the infomercial world several years ago. Nautilus owns the Bowflex name and soon changed the name from the Nautilus Tread climber to the Bowflex Tread climber.

The machine caught people's attention for two reasons. It looked so cool and it burned calories at twice the rate of a normal treadmill. So people wanting to lose weight very fast bought these machines in droves.

There were mainly 4 models on the market - the TC1000, TC3000, TC5000 and the TC6000. Nautilus didn't really add any updates to these machines for years. However this year, they've come out with 3 completely new, sleek, streamlined models and discontinued the older, clunkier-looking machines.

The new models are the TC5, TC10 and the TC20. Here's a brief review of each:

The Bowflex TC5 Treadclimber is the most affordable model, coming in around $999. This is the lowest price ever on a Treadclimber machine so it's bound to be extremely popular. It is non-motorized and has a fairly bare-bones console. However all the main benefits are there like high-calorie burning, low-impact exercise and a compact design (more compact than a treadmill.)

The Bowflex TC10 is the most affordable motorized-version of this machine and comes with a better console, rear step-up platform, goal-coaching feature and a longer warranty.

The Bowflex TC20 is the luxury model with extra-long treadbelts, built-in workout programs, integrated heart rate monitor, 2-user tracking and a backlit console.

Which machine for you really depends on your budget and personal situation needs. For example the TC20 may be best for multiple-user families since it has the tracking features for multiple users. The TC5 might be the best option for someone on a budget since it comes in under $1000.

Another benefit to the new Nautilus Treadclimbers is that even if you don't want to necessarily "lose weight", they can still help you tone up your body and lose inches where you really don't need them (i.e. love handles or jiggly thighs) and put curves where they should be.

Plus, if space in your workout area is limited these machines are more compact than a standard treadmill. And they come with wheels on the bottom making it easy to move them out of the way when you're done.

Are there any drawbacks?

Well, you should know that you can't necessarily run on these machines. The top speed is 4.5 MPH and the treadbelts (except on the TC20) are on the shorter side. These machines were really made for incline walking more than anything else.

Also, you should know that if you buy a used Treadclimber, the warranty does not cover a second owner. So if you get it home and it breaks the next day, you could be out hundreds of dollars to fix it. It's best to buy new and get the protection of warranty coverage.

Bottom Line:

The Nautilus Treadclimber is one of the fastest-calorie-burning machines on the market. There are several models to suit different budgets and the low-impact exercise can also make it easier for people with knee and hip problems.

While these machines are not necessarily for running, the new models are sleek and built to give you super-fast results.


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