Download!Download Point responsive WP Theme for FREE!


Part 3 – The Road to Fitness Success – Choose Your Fitness Products Wisely!

Now that you have created a burning desire to be fit, healthy and attractive, and have begun secretly conspiring to satisfy your desires, the obvious question becomes…


There are so many different types of fitness products to choose from… all claiming to be your perfect fitness, health and physique solution.

  • So many recommendations…
  • So many famous personalities…
  • So many advertisements…

But which fitness product will work best for you?

Here are some characteristics to look for when choosing a fitness product.

The more of these characteristics the fitness product has… the better the chance you will succeed in achieving your fitness, health and physique goals.

Your Physical Fitness Program Must Be… Effective

While this characteristic seems like a no-brainer… you would be surprised at just how many people are actively using a fitness product that will never give them the results they seek.

Many people say they want improve their level of fitness… and get a bodybuilding product.

Big muscles are not necessarily indicative of a high level of fitness.

Many people say they want to lose fat… and get an aerobic endurance product.

Aerobic training is only a part of the fat loss equation, and will not produce the lean, muscular, athletic body most people want… regardless of all the hard work. The point is, make sure the fitness product you choose is designed to get the results you want… or you are doomed to failure before you begin. If you want to increase fitness, improve health and develop an attractive physique… look for fitness products designed to produce these results.

Understanding the Definition of Health Related Fitness

Being a Health and Fitness Professional, it is my job to understand terms and definitions which are commonplace to this industry, as well to keep abreast of evolving trends. Through my experience, I have found that a number of terms deserve a little more clarification than that which they are granted.

Aside from clarifying the definition of Health Related Fitness, this article intends to shed some light on a few of the associated terms, and to show their respective distinctions.

Is it simply all in a name?

The fitness world seems to use the concept Health Related Fitness like a generic fitness principle – interchangeable with others like “Physical Fitness”, “Health and Fitness” or simply “Fitness.”

While all of these terms can be included under the broad term Health and Physical Fitness, they individually refer to different aspects – both generic and specific. Unfortunately, references to these and other fitness-related terms are often vague, while consistency in their intended use is meager at best; there is a kind of “generally accepted” use for them, but individuals often rely on own interpretation, and this can lead to confusion.

With that said, does Health Related Fitness simply infer fitness by means of good health? Not quite. That is why we need to understand a little more behind these words before digesting the definition.

How did the term Health Related Physical Fitness come about?

That is a good question. One could probably ask what is this concept all about – can we not simply use the terms “Fitness” or “Physical Fitness” instead?” Why Health “Related”?

The main reason stems from the fact that most health and fitness terms are used inconsistently and often refer to different concepts or notions. Subsequent to the 1996 report from the US Surgeon General (Physical Activity and Health; a report of the Surgeon General), there was a move to try and address the alarming rise in obesity levels among the general American public. Studies and initiatives required standardization among clinicians, health practitioners and fitness trainers to grapple with the task at hand. Enter “Health Related Physical Fitness”, a working term to address the general state of health among the public.

Total Gym Exercise Equipment – Complete Fitness At Home

I am not a sociable person I must admit, and the thought of going to a gym and being surrounded by people I didn’t know, plus showing off my old totally out of shape body filled me with trepidation. Never mind the peculiar people that seem to populate some gyms, you know the guys who are obviously there to look at the women and vice versa, and oh that smell of sweaty bodies! When I get off work and go home, I want to stay home, and possibly listen to music I like to work out to, not some fourteen year old wailing about lost love over crackly loudspeakers! Total Gym exercise equipment has kept me from having to experience all that.

Total Gym exercise equipment is an investment, there’s no doubt about it. It’s not an item you can purchase on a whim and stuff in a closet when you don’t use it. This stuff is solid, big and could only go in the garage if you didn’t use it.

I get up early and exercise, and with the Total Gym all you have to do is get into the habit of doing something every day, even for a few minutes and your body will surprise you after a while. The Total Gym exercise equipment is designed so that every part of your body gets a good workout.

Total Gym has been going for over thirty years now and Chuck Norris’s endorsement of the system is well-known. This isn’t a fly-by-night company that will disappear as soon as you need some spare parts.

What is 10 minutes a day? You can either sit on the couch and watch the news, or use your total gym and watch the news. Do that every day and you’ll look in the mirror after a month and be amazed.

If you’ve no idea how to get started there’s plenty of literature and 80 exercises designed to shape and tone the entire body, all on DVD you can watch while you’re exercising. What’s not to love about this system?

I live in Florida, I get off the machine and jump in the pool to cool down for a few minutes while a pot of coffee brews, then it’s in the shower, a bite to eat and off to work. I’m wide awake as I avoid the other overweight, half-asleep sloths who get out of bed and into their car without any exercise – they have no idea what they’re missing without the Total Gym experience.

Yes it’s pretty expensive, but letting your self getting fat and unhealthy is even more expensive. If you have a partner that works out too, you’ll be getting a bonus. How much was that gym membership for two again? No thanks; I’ve got my exercise routine nicely worked out thank you, and my legs, arms, thighs and upper body.

How to Make It As a Fitness Model!

So You Wanna Be a Fitness Model?

People that follow my stuff know I generally write about nutrition, supplements, training, and other topics that are more science based than subjective topics, such as what is covered in this article. I decided to shuck my science geek persona, and write on a topic I know will be helpful to thousands of would be and want to be fitness models.

As well a known “hard core” science based no BS writer, why I am writing what some will perceive as a “fluff” article? Over the years I have gotten hundreds, perhaps thousands, of gals that ask me via email, letters, or in person “how do I become a fitness model Will? You have been in the business a long time, surly you of all people should know.” I get this from newbies and I get this from women that have been at it a while but have been unable to “break in” effectively.

The fact is, I have been in the fitness, health, and bodybuilding biz a long time, and though I am known as a science and nutrition based “guru” type, I have trained many a fitness athlete, and judged fitness and figure/bikini shows for the NPC, Fitness America, Fitness USA, and other federations as well as given marketing and business advice to all sorts of athletes, including fitness models. So, it’s not as far fetched as it might seem that I am going to use this space to cover a non scientific topic, which is, how one goes about being a fitness model.

This article will be useful to both experienced and novice types looking to “break in” to the biz. If you are already a professional and successful fitness model, I am sure you may still glean some useful information from this article.

First the bad news, there is no one way to become a successful fitness model. There is no single path or magic secret. There are however some key things a person can do to greatly improve their chances of “making it” in the fitness biz as a model, and perhaps using that success as a launching pad to greater things, such as movies, TV, etc.

Several of the top fitness models (Trish Stratus and Vicki Pratt come to mind but there are many others) have gone onto careers in entertainment of all kinds. Bottom line, though there is no magic secret to being successful as a fitness model, this article will be about as close to a blueprint for success as you will find.

“Do I need to compete?”

This is a question I get asked all the time and it’s not an easy one to answer. In fact, the answer is (drum roll) yes and no. The person has to deicide why they are competing in the first place to answer that question. For example, do you need to compete if your goal is to be a successful fitness model?