Issue #70


by Juan Carlos Lope

20 Questions with Cover Model Ann Pratt

Video Interview with Amateur Figure Amanda Vassallo

Kim's Kounseling Korner
by Kimberly Martin

Video Interview with Amateur Figure Nicole Pearson

Ann Pratt, Jennifer Rankin, Betsy Arnaiz, Jessica Starr, Jennifer Sofio

Elite Fitness and Figure Newsletter
by Greg Hasberry

Video Interview with Pro Bikini Jennifer Dietrick


Elite Fitness and Figure Newsletter by Greg Hasberry

 Angry!!!???? Your heart rate is soaring, and all of a sudden you might feel a surge of energy that motivates you . You feel strong when you’re mad, but taking it out in the gym can be a BAD place if you overdo it,  push yourself too fast, too hard, or with little prior experience.

How to overcome: Use the extra energy to your advantage!  stay focused on what you’re doing. Think about the motions of your body,cut the rest time between sets but never loose focus.. the last-minute report that your boss sprung on you before lunch, believe me he forgot about it the second he passed it off to you in hopes that you'd have a return with in the hour.. Meditate before each training session. It only takes a few seconds of deep breathing and mind clearing focus to bring your perspective back to the forefront.

Feeling Sad? When you’re bummed out, prying yourself away from Häagen-Dazs and the tube might get a little difficult. Motivation is low and you’re much more likely to make excuses that keep you out of the gym. But there’s good news: Countless studies have shown that a little gym time combats bad moods and leaves you feeling better. The key is to go into your workouts with a plan.

How to deal: Add some excitement to your routine incorporate a new exercise or circuit plan. Stay away from sad, distracting thoughts and most of all negative people! focus on your program.

Effects on Cortisol and Seratonin
Exercise helps you to keep your stress hormones in balance, and at the same time your serotonin levels stay normal, so that you feel good. Something as simple as taking time to relax, take time to exercise can keep those brain chemicals on an even road .

  Here’s how stress affects Cortisol: Stress triggers a bio-feedback system that triggers a hormone to tell the adrenals to release another hormone called ATCH (adrenocorticotropin hormone). ATCH sends another message to flip a switch to make the adrenal glands produce cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone, which is essential for us to live. When cortisol is produced, it flips a switch to cut off hormones that induced the production of cortisol.

Sometimes things goes wrong with the bodies ability to to signal itself and the body keeps producing cortisol. When cortisol levels rise to dangerous level, you can develop physical and mental diseases and conditions brought on by chronic stress. The hormonal levels that trigger the production of cortisol bring about the fight or flight response. You may be stressed out over something rather minor, but your body will respond like it is being chased by a pitbull.

     When your body is flooded with cortisol you stay in a state of stress. Soon the anxiety you have been feeling is now turning into a state of depression. The constant stress caused by the stress hormone, cortisol, depletes your body’s dopamine levels. Dopamine is the feel-good chemical in your body. The high level of cortisol behaves just like a steroid, which has negative effects on serotonin and noradrenalin levels. By depleting the pleasure chemicals, you soon begin to have a feeling of depression. Constant states of stress cause your body to destroy serotonin, thereby destroying dopamine, which is the neurotransmitter than allows you to feel good.

Controlling your reaction to stress will often get your bodies feedback back in order, so that you will not keep producing cortisol. It is important to take time for yourself, Train hard, Take naps , Proper nutrition will in many cases can control the production of overproduction of stress hormone by taking part in regular exercise, and other stress reducing activities.

A routine of regular exercise can help your brain flip the from stressed to content and happy.

Gregory Hasberry
205-370-6225 cell number
Elite fitness and figure.com LLC
NPC Alabama state Judge


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