Archive for June, 2013

How to perform shuttle runs to improve cardiovascular fitness?

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

I have until March to improve my fitness for my rugby season and I want to try out shuttle runs to improve my fitness but I don’t know what intensity I should perform the exercise in.
Do I sprint all the way or should I jog.

FYI- I do weight training

Our circuit training class did lots of shuttle runs as groups to improve cardio vascular fitness. We worked out in a hall, so we only had the length of the hall to run, then turn and back again. That was one shuttle. The trainer set us up in pairs (or threes) and one person would do sit ups or pressups or bicep curls, etc while the other ran shuttles. The pairs got to choose how many shuttles to do. The fitter ones chose 10 or 12 shuttles, the less fit pairs chose 6 or 8 shuttles. The the shuttler ran the chosen number of shuttles while the other person did the exercise. Then they swapped and repeated. There was always a list of exercises to go through when you were the one staying stationary.

I think this would translate very well to running shuttles by yourself. Choose a turning point and the number of shuttles you want to do, then think of a list of other exercises you want to do. Alternate shuttles with the list of "stationary" exercises. This helps to give you a "rest" to recover from the shuttles, while not stopping exercising. We used to get about 20 exercises and with the shuttles, this gave us about a 35 minute workout. If you need to use more time, just go back to the beginning of the exercises and start over. If you want to increase the effort, run MORE shuttles or run them faster.
You could of course do this outside. The trainer used to take us on a 3 mile run around a hilly course. Because we were all ages and fitness levels, he couldn’t just get us to run, so we ran a certain distance, with the fast / fitter ones being made to turn back and run that part again while the older/slower ones caught up. Every so often, we stopped and did a stationary outdoor type exercise, which allowed us to recuperate a little. So you could run a short distance, stop and do an exercise, run another distance, stop and do an exercise, try a HIT – high intensity run for a few seconds, then stop and do an exercise, etc. There was also a hill included in the run. Some of us walked up it, others ran but we all joined together again at the top, with the faster ones doing exercises to allow the slower ones to catch up.

Should the president scrap this health care bill and start over?

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Should the president scrap this health care bill? Don’t you think he should start over and add public option.

YES, but instead of starting over B-Ho needs to leave it alone, the current HC bill has nothing to do with helping poor, sick, lazy people who would rather buy video games than health insurance, its about power and control, everything barry and the libs do is about power and control, not a single thing they have ever done has helped anyone but those in power…why the lemmings still can’t understand this I don’t know, I refuse to beleive that anyone is so stupid to not see it but maybe I am wrong and the liberals really are that stupid

How do I find the complement and supplement of an angle that is a variable?

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

My maths homework says to find the complement and supplement of each angle. I can do this with normal angles but one problem says "g°". How am I supposed to find the complement or supplement of a variable angle? I never learned this.

complement of angle g° = 90° – g°

supplement of angle g° = 180° – g°


What can I do with a nutrition major from Berkeley?

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

I sent in my SIR to UC Berkeley, as a nutrition major. I got accepted to UC Santa Barbara as an Econ major, but chose Cal because I want to help fat people.

Do you think I made the right choice? Will having a nutrition degree from Berkeley help my credibility? Thanks for any answers.

Well, let’s start with my gripe about your question. Not all "fat " people feel they have a problem, nor do they want "help". That said, The nutrition degree from Berkeley is a great credential, and you will find it opens doors in the employment market. You do not need the degree to work for Weight Watchers, and the degree will not give you a chance in my house (yes, some would tell you I am "fat", but I am not… I am fluffy, and do not consider it a problem…) Nutritionists do their greatest service within the area of under-nutrition, especially in the pediatric population, and in nutritional management within long term care facilities, hospitals, and jails, where individuals have lost or never had the ability to control their own diets and fate. The idea that obesity is "bad" remains controversial, and has become a liberal political issue. Politics and science make strange partners. Consider for a moment the fact that obesity is rampant in the US and Australia, at the same point in history that the average life expectancy is increasing in those countries. On the face of it, that would be an element of proof that obesity is good. (I do not believe it is that simple, however. I simply challenge the idea that obesity is "bad".) Perhaps you will do the research as a nutritionist to clarify this argument…Good luck!

Can a doctor prescribe HGH to a growing teen?

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

How’s it going, I’m 15 and am 5’6. I have heard of many cases where teens have been given HGH to increase height, I know that the only way for you to obtain HGH is through prescription. So my question is will my doctor ever give me HGH? Even if I ask for it? I would like to be 5’9, but I believe my chances of getting there on my own are slim, at best. Thank you for your time.

No. Doctors only treat with growth hormone in cases where the individual is below a specific threshold of height that would be limiting to their function in life. IE: Generally under 4’11.

Exogenous HGH can suppress your own endogenous (what your body makes) production of this hormone and have serious side effects and ultimate negative effects. Further HGH does not just cause increased ‘bone/height’ growth it causes everything to be encouraged to grow,.. including organs (ie: The heart).

At 5’6" you are at a ‘normal’ height, and being 15 you still have a fair chance of growing more naturally.

You can find a doctor to look to see if your growth plates have fused to see if you are , indeed, done growing or not.

Good luck,