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1  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Losing Weight and Protein Shakes on: September 02, 2007, 10:57:47 AM
Yeah, real food is best regardless of whether you're trying to lose fat, gain muscle, or both.

Specifically with regards to weight loss, as has already been mentioned, many protein powders/drinks have a very high number of calories per serving, particularly the ones called "Weight Gainers" or "Mass" supplements.  I guess there is still some truth still left in advertising, because if you drink the number of servings per day on the labels of those things, you will get massive, however it's mostly going to be in the form of body fat.

Save your money and simply eat a healthy, well balanced diet. You'll feel better and look better. 

2  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Older Warrior on: September 02, 2007, 10:11:04 AM
Great Topic, too much for me to cover completely in one sitting, so I'll throw out a few of my (questionably valuable) cents here and there as I can. About me: (For frame of reference purposes) 

Age: 43
Training in martial arts since: Age 8 (with some gaps here and there due to injuries, surgeries, having real jobs, etc.)
Current Profession: Personal Trainer(Certified)/Conditioning Coach. (With the occasional Martial Arts, Fencing, and Rock Climbing lessons still being taught as time, and my aging body, allow.)

Well I make no claims to be a warrior but I have a thought or two (being almost 53 myself in one more week):

1) Flexibility and range of motion:  This is the one area I have noticed the greatest diminishment of ability.  I simply cannot bend, torque and/or twist as I used to.  This has implications in training, as well as a fight, because it becomes much easier for you to get hurt or hurt yourself doing simple things that were incredibly easy just 20 years ago.  If you happen to wrench something during a serious fight, all the other attributes you may have could go out the window abd be of no consequence whatsoever (e.g. strength).

Good points: It's extremely important to work to keep what flexibility we have, at the very least, as we get older. Better if we can improve our range of motion and balance that with the apropriate amount of muscular strength and power, as well as continued Cardio-Respiratory conditioning.

2) Body weight:  At least from what I see in me and a number of close friends, your body wants to add on pounds that are incredibly difficult (close to impossible?) to take off.

Incredibly difficult or close to impossible compared to what?  Man, I certainly can't agree with that statement.  I'd never expect to hear that sort of talk from anyone who's done hard martial arts training (no offense meant.) I mean if one has survived even a single Ajarn Chai type MT seminar, then keeping weight off or even losing it should seem easy by comparison  cheesy

Seriously, I deal with this stuff (weight loss/management, exercise/conditioning, etc) on a professional level all day long, and I can tell you without reserve that getting to and maintaining a stable body composition is quite doable at nearly any age for 90% of the population - meaning those without true medical metabolic issues unrelated to lifestyle choices.  How "hard" it is to do so, is largely a function of having the right information and then being consistent with your dietary and training habits.  Really though, nearly anyone who puts their mind to it can shed the extra pounds and keep them off without too much "suffering" - I mean how painful is laying off the twinkies when compared with getting whacked in the knee or elbow with a rattan stick?  evil  At least getting hit with the stick offers the benefit of keeping your mental toughness and pain threshold high, I'm still trying to figure out what twinkies have to offer.....

(Relatively unrelated side note:) Hey Crafty, that reminds me: What ever happened to Alfonso Tamez? I had the "pleasure" of training with him for a month at the Aspen Academy of Martial Arts back in the late 70's/ early 80's and will never forget the first time he lined us all up and said "You need to feel the stick to appreciate it."  I'm sure you know what came next  cheesy  I loved training with that guy.  Is he still around and training/teaching out there?  Just curious.

Back on-topic:  As Crafty notes, maintaining muscle mass as we age can be more of a challenge than losing fat.

3  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Canis Bostonus..... on: June 09, 2007, 03:12:41 PM
Thanks for that info Guro Crafty, much appreciated. 

Surprising how little FMA there seems to be in this town.  Anyone who finds themself passing through on business or what have you, feel free to give me a shout if you're in the mood to do a little training while in the area.


4  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Canis Bostonus..... on: May 31, 2007, 01:15:43 PM
Hmm, must be extinct......
5  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Canis Bostonus..... on: May 25, 2007, 11:49:52 AM
A rare breed?

Closely related species of same genus (and sharing bloodlines) seeks to form local pack.

Howls to date have gone unanswered.

Howl back if you hear the call........
6  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / MMA on: July 21, 2006, 06:45:25 AM
Cool Greg, that's good to hear. I'd love to see the fight happen, it would be an interesting one.
7  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / MMA on: July 20, 2006, 12:59:40 PM
As of today, there's no lightweight bout listed on the UFC 62 Fight card, hopefully they'll get something together.
8  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / MMA on: July 19, 2006, 09:02:22 PM
I've got no beta on a Silvia vs. Fedor fight, I'm afraid.

9  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / MMA on: July 19, 2006, 08:29:24 PM
Hmm, I heard through the grapevine that Kenny refused to fight Sean, can you confirm this isn't true?  Is the Sherk vs. Florian fight definitely on?

I'd love to see it but, and no offense to Kenny,  I don't think he's ready for Sean......
10  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Humor on: July 18, 2006, 08:45:41 AM
Okay, how can you not love something titled "Extreme Stick Death"?  (No stickmen were actually harmed during the making of this film)

And the blooper reel:

11  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / New to the forums.. on: July 12, 2006, 03:04:14 PM
I'll also take this opportunity to bark out a brief introduction:

Loren here (male), currently living in Boston - Chris, give me a shout if you're ever in town.

With regards to background, I had the good fortune to get my start in FMA with Guro Dan, Richard Bustillo, Alfonso "you need to feel this to appreciate it" Tamez  cheesy  , etc. back in the late 70's - early 80's, and am forever greatful to all of them, for far more than just the obvious.

Thanks to you Guro Crafty, for this forum (and your time) - it stands out as a unique resource for highly valuable information and discussion, the likes of which don't seem to be happening elsewhere.

Woof to all!

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