Great article on EPOC

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What is EPOC? Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC, informally called afterburn) is a measurably increased rate of oxygen intake following strenuous activity intended to erase the body’s “oxygen debt.” Basically it helps you burn more calories by increasing your Metabolic Rate for a duration of time after you work out with high intensity  training. By getting more oxygen into your system your increasing your body’s energy expenditure, allowing you to burn more fat. Workouts like the Spartacus Workout One and Two, the Kick Ass Body weight workout and the 125 challenge do exactly that. Check the workouts and check out the article and get some EPOCH today.

The Core Bag Review

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Hitting your target as a martial artist is a critical part of training. The CoreBag is a great product that develops your hand and eye coordination. The CoreBag will help you develop your focus, spacing and timing. The way the CorBag works is it is specifically weighted so that when you hit it, its’ movements are unpredictable, just like when you’re sparring or fighting. I personally think that this is a great product. After a three minute round with the CorBag you will be huffing, puffing and burning calories. My kids can’t stop hitting and  practicing with it. As with any training equipment when it is fun to use you will use it more often. I gave this product five out of five stars for its unique design, potential and it’s unpredictable nature that will take your training to the next level. Try the Corbag out for yourself click here for more details. It retails for $49.99 and it’s made in the USA.

Fight Highlights From Illinois Shotokan Karate Club Tournament 2010.

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It’s good to test yourself every once in a while. Do a personal gut check to see if you have the heart to stand up and put what you practice into action. It’s not about wining or losing it’s about putting yourself out there. Testing your steel and coming back with experience. Karate has always been a part of my life it has given me focus and discipline. The psychological aspects I apply to many parts of my life. I use the same mentality when I get my self out of bed at five a.m. to workout. Clearing your mind and pushing yourself out of you comfort zone will take you farther than you could ever expected.

It was a good day for me at this tournament. I won first place for kumite (fighting). The sportsmanship and respect was present in every participant. I truly learn a lot about myself and what I need to keep working on. Remember the biggest room is in the world, is the room of self improvement.

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This year on October 24, 2010 my children and I, Miles & Sylas will be participating in the Kick for a Cure Kick-A-Thon. I personally know
how it feels to lose a love one to cancer, I lost my father to it. Together with your help, Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs, Kicks for a
Cure, raises money for Cancer research. Please show your support and help us kick cancer!

Casein Protein Powder

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Men’s Fitness has a great article about Casein. I personally use GNC’s  – GNC Pro Performance® 100% Pure Casein Protein – Chocolate.  Mix it up in a blender with a cup of water and a banna you will have a great tasting smoothy. Casein protein powder is simply the dehydrated, supplemental form of casein. Caseins are phosphorus-containing proteins and make up 80 percent of the protein in cow’s milk. What does Casein do for you? It helps build muscle mass and speeds up muscle recovery. The only draw back is if you take to much of it, it can strain kidney function and lead to dehydration, slowed digestion and fat storage—the body will convert excess protein to fat if it can’t use it. I take my casein supplement only at night before I go to bed. What it does is feed my muscles while I sleep. Check out the full article for all the details.

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