Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Over the last couple of weeks I have been looking at following my Nutrution Certification with something a little more specific like a Fitness and Nutrution certification. After reviewing a few and looking at the requirements, the course load and sent a few e-mail back and forte with administration I decide to put it on the back burner for now. Some of the course allowed 2 years to finish and well I thought a lot of the information maybe repetitive from my certification at the Global College of Medicine. The focus would be different of course, as GCNM is geared to Natural Health and Wellness Education and the Fitness and Nutrition courses are just that, fitness and nutrition.

So I will be mailing out my material for marking tomorrow night and after 10 consequent months of dedicating myself to my studies I almost done. I have re-read my papers, my reports, my assignments and my own personal case studies and am going to take that learning and education to new levels. With my certification and as a graduate I will be able to start my own certified nutritional consultant business, write for health and nutrition publications or maybe even market nutritional and health related products. Maybe even working as a Nutritional Consultant at a weight loss clinic or health club. I am looking forward to all the great possibilities of my new venture.

Here is what I have learned - and what I will be ready to apply soon.

Anatomy & Physiology: Detailed study of how the human body works, with a special focus on the digestive system.

Toxicity and Detoxification: An in-depth study of autointoxication, food and environmental pollutants, Candida albicans and parasites. The importance of detoxification is emphasized and the right tools are recommended for cleansing each part of the body.

Dietary Guidelines and Water: A comprehensive breakdown of nutritional do’s and don’ts. Students will learn about the optimum diet and how to customize special diets for specific conditions. The importance of water is discussed as well as the best type of water to consume.

Pediatric Nutrition: The special dietary needs of children are studied for each stage of their development. The student will be enlightened by the connection between nutritional factors and childhood illnesses and behavior.

Medical Terminology: Learned the meaning of hundreds of medical terms. You’ll be able to use this as a source of quick reference when clients turn to you with medical jargon that is new to you. People today are much more informed about their conditions and forms of treatments, and it helps to be familiar with the medical expressions.

Alternative Healing Methods: Alternative versus Conventional medicine was learned. Learned about different natural therapies that can be utilized, in place of, or in conjunction with allopathic medicine.

Common Ailments Prevention and Treatment: Most common ailments discussed, as well as traditional, nutritional and herbal treatments for each. The three big killers, heart disease, cancer and diabetes was a major foucs.

Weight Loss: Fad diets and why they don’t work will be addressed, as well as other contributing factors, which inhibit weight loss. Learned about the ever-growing obesity problem in today’s culture and what’s behind such a huge increase in our weight. I also learned how to recognize the signs of eating disorders and discover a new sensible look at weight loss.

Physical Fitness: The importance of exercise will be looked at, as well as the best types of activities to engage in and how exercise can prevent many of our modern-day diseases.

Orthomolecular Nutrition: A detailed study of vitamins, minerals, and nutritional supplements.

Business Procedures: Learned how to set up my own practice and how to avoid any legal complications. Learned what I can legally say or do when dealing with your clients.

Nutritional Profiles
Case Studies: Students Complete 5 nutritional analysis and put a programs together.

I am also going to take steps to further my passion for fitness and nutrition. Don't be surprised if a Personal Training Specialist certification will be next.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Just a follow up to the rest of my strength training program as of week 1.
Keeping in mind, warming up each major body part with a light weight doing 20 reps.

Tricep Cable Push downs 20, 15, 20 (increase weight as reps decrease)
Standing Bicep Curls 3 sets of 15 reps
Close Grip Bench Press 3 sets of 15 reps
Incline Prone Bicep Curls 3 sets of 12 reps
Dumbbell Overhead Tricep Extensions 3 sets 12-15 reps using 12lb dumbbells
DB Standing Bicep Alternating Curls 2 sets of 10 reps

Bowflex Shoulder Press 3 sets of 15 reps
Bowflex Lateral Delt Raises 25, 15, 12 (increase weight as reps decrease)
Bowflex Rear Delts - 3 sets of 12 reps
Dumbbell Upright Row 2 sets of 12 reps

Standing Calf Raises 20, 15, 12, 12 (increase weight as reps decrease)
Be sure to use a full range of motion for optimal results.
I actually had to skip the shoulder workout week 1 because they were very sore. I thought about doing light weight but I knew my form would be compromised and I wanted to make sure I had the energy to do a powerful chest and back workout. WHICH I DID :)

I was also given an abdominal program to do 3 times per week
Stability Ball Crunches 3 sets of 20-30 reps
Reverse Crunches 3 sets of 10 reps
I was also challenged to do Stability ball pikes.
Keep in mind that each rep is to be done controlled - 3 seconds down and 2 seconds up. I use to be able to do 300-400 caries crunches and never felt that "burn" that people talk about. Now I know why - I was doing it all wrong!