Gym Courtesy

At a certain point, anyone who goes to workout at fitness centers and general public gyms has experienced a very common issue, which to be honest, annoys the hell out of me. Whether is leaving dumbbells all over the place other than the dumbbell rack, or leaving the leg press, bench press, smith machine or squat rack loaded with plates, I find it very disrespectful when people don’t re-rack the weights after they’re done using the equipment.

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Spartan Race – Defeating the purpose

Since completing the Spartan Super Race last year, I already knew I wanted to register for the Sprint race; after all, if I had been able to finish an 8 mile race even with ITBS, why wouldn’t I go for the 4 mile one, right? For those unfamiliar with the race, what would be the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear “Spartan Race“? I would stay an outdoor race, probably a tough one considering Spartans used to be extremely tough and intense warriors. At least that would be my first thought.

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How I beat ITBS (ITBFS)

What is ITBS or ITBFS? It stands for Iliotibial Band Syndrome or also known as Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome.

ITBS is an overuse injury of tissues of the outer thigh and knee. The iliotibial band runs along the lateral or outside aspect of the thigh and is an important structure that stabilizes the outside of the knee as it flexes and extends. Inflammation of the IT band can occur as it crosses back and forth across the bony prominence of the femoral epicondyle as the knee flexes and extends causing pain on the outside part of the knee especially during running when the heel strikes the ground. Read more

My thoughts on MyFitnessPal

When it comes about free nutrition tools to help us keep track of our calorie and macronutrients intake, MyFitnessPal (MFP) is probably one of the most popular apps available today. A dear friend introduced me to it years ago calling it the “Facebook For Fatties”, which I thought it was brilliant. Being into fitness, and having the opportunity to use a free tool to track my calories and meet new people with the same interest, I didn’t even think twice about it and opened an account. Read more

My Fitness Pal – Open Food Diary

As mentioned before on my Jim Stoppani’s Six-Week Shortcut to Shred post, I created an account with MyFitnessPal (username: yass4fitness) with an open/public food diary so people following my progress or wanting to get ideas what my meal plan looks like during this program can look at it. Since the diary is open you have the option of adding me or just save the link to your favorites so you can access it at any time. Click here to see the diary. Read more

What’s Next? Jim Stoppani’s Six-Week Shortcut To Shred


The name Jim Stoppani creates controversy in the BodyBuilding.com forums like no other. For some, the guy who hides behind a Ph.D. degree and knows nothing about fitness and nutrition, who only cares about selling his supplement brand. For others, he is a fitness expert who provides useful and scientific articles and workout routines that has help people change their lives. With such mixed opinions, then why Six-Week Shortcut to Shred? Read more

ITBFS or ITBS. What is Iliotibial Band Syndrome?

As I mentioned before, I suffer from Chronic ITBS or iliotibial band syndrome. This condition is very common among runners and cyclists. I had no idea what it was until I started researching what could cause pain on the external side of the knee when running.  Although there are many articles online about possible solutions for this condition, I believe this article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information has been the most complete of all the ones I’ve read.

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P90X

It wasn’t until I saw a picture of myself on 2005 that I realized how overweight I was. At that point my weight was 207 lbs. While I’m 5’11”, because I had little to no muscle mass, all the extra weight was mainly body fat accumulated around my torso area.

Not until 2008 I finally decided to give P90X a try after going online and looking for success stories from people. At that time, there weren’t too many BeachBody coaches, which made it easier for me to find legit reviews and stories without the constant impression I was being pushed to buy something and sign up to become a coach too. Read more

Welcome To My Blog!

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog!

Last Friday night as I was going to bed I realized I only have one more week left before I finish my current workout plan. It got me thinking about what my next step would be. While I have been considering to try out some of the free plans available at BodyBuilding.com, it occurred to be that just like myself, there are many people out there hoping to find reviews on those programs, experiences, and results. In the past, I have looked up for some reviews, hoping to find someone who has taken the time to go over the program and show real results, but unfortunately I haven’t been convinced by what I have read.

While I’m not a professional in the fitness and nutrition field, I believe I have achieved a lot during the time I have been actively working out, whether it has been at home or at the gym. Because of that, my passion for fitness and honesty when it comes about what I believe it works or it doesn’t from my perspective, I’ve decided to create this blog and provide others with a better review as I experience each fitness program.

While I am aware each individual is different, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, age or health condition, and results will be different from person to person, I will never claim that my experiences are applicable to everybody the same way. My goal is to give you a basic idea and hopefully motivate you to either try the program or look for a different and better option for you.

I hope all of you get to enjoy my posts, like them, subscribe to my blog and share it with anyone you believe could benefit from it.