Sunday, November 27, 2016

Lose the Thanksgiving Holiday Weight!

Thanksgiving is over but the left overs are still here. I'm sure everyone ate and ate and ate but now it's time to get back on track atleast until Christmas is here! That said, Here is my video on the top 10 detox foods.


I have workouts almost 7 days a week so if you want to break a sweat feel free to contact me as well.

Thanks and enjoy!!!

-Mark BFitness

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Guideline Pro: Beard liner template Product Review


As you guys know, I do product reviews here and there. This is another example of such. Today's review is for the Guideline Pro Beard Liner Template.  I'll keep this one short and simple. 
Price- 12.99
Ease of use- Not too bad, but it is pretty awkard to hold a razor to your face and shave while holding the template in perfect position to keep your line straight. I did think it worked better with my electric razor though. 
Quality of product- The template is made of a light flexible plastic. I did have an issue with the ink on the template disappearing though, probably from the oil or shaving cream dissolving it. 



Would I buy it if it wasn't free- Hmm, it serves a purpose. Probably not though. Just being honest, I already free hand my beard and I feel like I still have to free hand at times even with the template. However, I've only used it about 3 times, maybe with more practice I will get better at it and appreciate it a bit more. If that is the case, I will update this statement. 

Here is the product description per the company

Product Description
  • BEARD SHAPING TOOL - THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO YOUR BEARD SINCE YOU GREW IT!

    GuideLine Pro is a beard grooming template. Which allows a razor or beard trimmer, to command the level of precision and symmetry, you could expect from a professional barber.
  • EXTREMELY SIMPLE Although the design looks simplistic. Each element. Such as GuideLines unique non-slip shape. Or it's easy to follow numbering system. Was designed to perform a specific function. Resulting in an unbelievably natural beard shaping template.


*I received this product at a reduce rate in return for my honest unbiased opinion

Monday, October 24, 2016

Product Review: Credit Card Knife | Best Folding Hunting Knife by SnR Star


                                         My review of the credit card knife by SNR Star

First let me start off by saying, I received this product at a discounted price in return for my review.
Initially when I saw this concept I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Then I saw it was selling for under 9.99 and I thought man you can't beat that. However once I received the product I wished the plastic would have been of a better thickness. It feels like one wrong move while trying to assemble it and you could probably snap the blade from the plastic backing.





I do feel like the design is pretty cool though and for light use I think it does the trick. I have noticed however that there are other variations of this credit card knife concept that are a bit more durable.
For example the Boker Plus credit card knife, however this one is going to run you closer to $30.00.


Like I said, it comes down to what are your plans for it. If you want a knife that you can use everyday or maybe in a self defense situation then I don't think this is the one you want. However, if you want something you can use for opening letters/packages then this is will do the job.


Below are more details of the product. And be sure to click the video above for my full review.

Price: 9.99
Can be bought here
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L778AI8

 Product Description per the company.

Foldable Knife | Letter Opener | Envelope Opener, Ever plus Stainless Steel Multifunctional Credit Card Folding Knife: Lifetime Warranty: Nice-tool outdoor tool Card knife FLEXIBILITY - Perfect for the outdoors, kitchen use, or disaster situation. COMFORT - The folding knife handle plan optimizes the user's hand position for INCREASED hold AND relieves providing you with better results. EXPEDIENCY - Regarding the similar size as a credit card, it can robust completely in your WALLET so that it's ALWAYS AVAILABLE TO USE everywhere you go. PROTECTION - Obtains a VERY useful lock designed to hold the blade down to avoid ACCIDENTS when not in use. The slight lock location prevents little children from unlocking it and getting cut. WARRANTY - LIGHTWEIGHT among a smooth and modest design that includes a LIFETIME warranty!

DISCLAIMER: Please keep away from children This important folding card knife has flexibility and soothes for a useful and better cutting experience. Among its glossy design, you'll not be capable of gripping yourself from showing off the SnR Star. Folding Card knife to your friends! The SnR Star Folding Card knife is great for outdoor use! Whether it's camping, climbing, backpacking, fishing, etc, its performance would not fail you! Its light weight and small size will build you forget that you even have it with you! Make sure to use it from time to time so that you know it is there, especially when it matters most. The best gift you can ever give to someone.
 

 Specifications:
Length 87 x width 55 x thickness 2mm (overall size of the card) Weight: 15 g Material: blade / blade: cutting tool with a martensitic stainless steel; shank: Polypropylene Total l length: 14.3CM Blade length: 7.0CM handle length: 7.3CM Package:1*Credit Card Knife Lightweight, Durable, and Ready for Anything A truly unique travel knife, this is one piece of multipurpose survival gear you can’t live without. About the size of your standard credit card, it unfolds to reveal a sharp blade and comfortable, non-slip gripping handle that lets you slice, cut or chop your way through even the toughest materials.

 Product Details: Rust-Resistant Stainless Steel Credit Card Size (Folding) Durable, Lightweight and Compact Multipurpose Indoor/Outdoor Use Discrete (Fits in Men’s Wallet, Ladies Purse) Lifetime Warranty

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Let's call this one "FAT LOSS 101"

 BODY FAT and FAT LOSS

The first thing I hear from most people when they hire me to train them is that they want to lose weight. While this is good, I find a more ideal goal is to decrease body fat and to increase muscle mass. I say this because two people can weigh the same weight but have body compositions that are completely different. And though you can't control the height you were born with you can affect your body fat percentage.

That being said, let's talk a little about body fat.  Above is a chart of the agreed upon standards for bodyfat according to age, and gender.  There are a number of ways to calculate your body fat but for the lay person all we really care about is the eye ball test. How do I look with my clothes on or with my clothes off, especially if it is SUMMERTIME AKA BIKINI SEASON! Below are some figures are various body fat levels so you can compare yourself to the different figures to get a rough estimate into which group you below.

It is important to note that while being 3-4% B.F seems like a good goal if you are a man or 15% or below if you are a woman, it is extremely hard on the body to stay still lean for any extended period of time. Body builders and fitness models typically peak to these levels for their photoshoot/competition and even this is achieved by limiting water intake and manipulating their bodies through carb depletion.  Hormonal levels can be negatively affected and multiple health issues may arise as well.

So back to the Majority of Society: I just want to look better than I do now! 

There are two ways to achieve that better body: Diet and Exercise

 I'll start with exercise. If you are not exercising START! It doesn't have to be Insanity for you to start seeing results. Start at 10-15minutes of activity and gradually increase until you can do a half hour to an hour. Not everyone can go balls to the wall like I do so you have to know your lane and stay in it. But with time and consistency you will get better.  I recommend not just CARDIO but WEIGHTLIFTING AS WELL. Afterall, you want to increase the lean muscle on your body. And carrying more muscle makes your metabolism work harder to sustain it thus aiding in fat loss. We have all seen those marathon runners who are in great shape but look like if you pluck them too hard they will fall apart. Though they don't have the body fat some look fragile which I do not feel is an ideal look either. Or you see the runners who do cardio cardio cardio but still appear skinny fat.
Again, the goal is to strive for balance. So as I said, make sure you are doing both and when I say weightlifting, bodyweight exercises qualify as well. Pushups, Bodysquats, Burpees, Mountain climbers are all great.

Now we dive into the hard part. Diet! If you are like me you can workout and workout but it is fighting the cookies, cakes, and pies which is the hard part. Here is where good habits come in. My 1st recommendation is to get it out of the house. You will not win over your temptation. No matter how long you deny it, the second you stay up past 11pm, those cravings will attack you and you will give in.  Start loading the house with healthy substitutes. Fresh in season fruit are great options. Frozen fruit can be a good candy deterant as well.  If you like chips and crackers try substituting with nuts, air pop popcorn and/or rice cakes.  Is soda your weakness, try mineral water mixed with agave nectar.  I address this first because most people know to avoid the fast food, but it is the snack cravings that bring them down. 
As far as healthy eating...there are so many ways to skin that cat. Try to avoid starchy foods as much as possible instead indulge on protein, healthy fat, and fiberous carbs.

Better eating habits mixed with increase workload will definitely lead you to lower body fat percentages. Just remember, it takes time and consistency. You didn't gain weight overnight so you won't become beachbody ready overnight.

 
Your healthier soda alternative


-Mark B Fitness
 
 
Here is my video on the top 10 Detox foods