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How Weight Training Increases Your Metabolism

Your metabolism, and your ability to regulate it, are vital to your fitness success. Whether your goal is to build muscle, lose fat, or improve your performance in a specific sport or event, you can’t do it effectively without understanding your metabolism and the effects training has on it.

What is metabolism? The Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science (Anshel 1991), defines metabolism as “chemical changes that utilize energy and result in tissue and compound building (anabolism) or breakdowns of substrates and release of energy (catabolism).”  There are only three ways your workout can change your metabolism:  1) the workout session itself and the number of calories burned during the workout; 2), post-workout oxygen consumption; and 3) the addition of new muscle mass.

1 The Workout Itself 

Muscle contraction requires energy (calories). The number of calories you burn during the workout is greatly determined by your exercise selection, intensity and weights used. You will burn more calories doing deadlifts, squats, or leg presses than you will doing bicep curls. Intensity and load also plays a large role in the number of calories burned during a resistance session.

2 Post-Workout Metabolic Effect

Intense weight training elevates your metabolism for up to 39 hours after your workout. Because of the intense weight workout, your metabolism has been stimulated to where you are now burning more calories while you are doing nothing.

When you train more intensely, you will deplete your carbohydrate stores and burn more fat during the recovery phase. As the training intensity increases, there is a proportionate increase in fat burning after the workout.

One study showed that 15 exercise sessions per month (50-minute sessions at 50 percent of oxygen uptake) could lead to an extra 2 plus pounds per month of fat loss, strictly from the elevated metabolism and extra calories burned – while doing nothing! That’s an extra 26 pounds plus, of fat burned per year.

3 Longer Term Metabolic Effect – The Addition of New Muscle 

Another extremely important aspect of fat loss that occurs from training with weights is adding lean muscle to your body. Lean muscle is “metabolically active” meaning muscle burns calories even while doing nothing. So, the more lean muscle you have, the higher your resting metabolism and the more calories you burn each day while doing nothing. Studies have estimated that for each pound of muscle you add to your body, you burn another 35 to 50 calories per day. So, an extra 10 pounds of muscle will burn approximately 350 to 500 calories a day, or an extra pound of fat every 7 to 10 days, without making any other changes.

Summary

The addition of new muscle mass is the only way to permanently increase your metabolism because muscle is “metabolically active” because muscle burns calories at rest, so it is obvious that the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn in a day.

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New Year, New You!

My Secret to Permanently Lose Fat for The New Year!

Still working on your 2018 New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and get in shape?  Stop spinning your wheels like a hamster and eating lettuce like a rabbit.  Both mammals are fat and cardio and salad eating is not working for them, and it won’t for you either.  Make 2019 the year you REALLY DO IT!  The video below is just one tip to get you on your way.

Have you made positive changes already?

Perhaps you’ve made some healthy changes already.  That’s great.  Look at this example of someone who thought they were making wise choices.  I reveal some better choices that can get you going even quicker.  This is just the tip of the iceberg of what a typical client can expect to learn through our training sessions.

Do you want to make 2019 your year to change?

Contact me through this link to set up time to meet and discuss your 2019 Resolutions!

Christmas Gift Certificates Now Available!

Not sure what to get your fitness enthusiast for Christmas? How about a gift certificate for personal training, nutrition, or hormones counseling. Click link https://freeintro.raybessette.com/ to request a gift certificate in any value. Ray trains his clients at Raw Gym Texas, a state-of-the-art fitness facility with the goal to improve health and fitness of their members and clients. Real people. Awesome results. Winning mentality. Happy holidays!

UPDATE! Stephanie’s 80lb Weight Loss Story!

Ray Bessette with Client Stephanies Latest Update - Down Another 10 FAT Pounds!

No muscle sacrificed in her weight loss journey! Get to your health & fitness goals, learn the lifestyle that's sustainable this time, instead of trying to guess from other non-creditable resources! No fads, gimmicks or unrealistic promises! The hardest part is getting started, I've made it easy. Click https://freeintro.raybessette.com/ or call (281) 713-5700 to schedule your FREE consultation!

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I’m Throwing in a Free Blood Test with Personal Training

Get a Jump on the New Year!

There is a lot going on between Halloween and the New Year as far as celebrating the holidays. Most people gain 8 to 12 pounds from November to the end of December, then they make their New Year’s Resolution.  How about breaking that trend this year and still not miss out on all the fun?  You can!  I will design a fitness program you can live with while allowing you to enjoy the holidays and stay on track with your health and fitness goals.  I’ve made it easy….

So easy, a cave man can do it

You can’t fix the outside unless you fix the inside

When you sign up for Personal Training (36 sessions) with me, I will include my comprehensive blood lab test* ($500 value**). No insurance is involved.  In addition, I will review your results and make recommendations on areas where we can improve your health through moderate lifestyle changes.  All of this combined will increase your energy, improve your sleeping habits and scientifically help you lose fat and keep muscle without killing yourself!

Sick Care or Health Care…which would you prefer?

The annual lab test most of us get through insurance is basic and your doctor will usually say “all looks good, you might want to watch what you eat and start exercising.”  I call that that “sick care.”

The lab test* I offer is far more comprehensive than your standard annual blood test with your doctor.  It is designed to look for areas to prevent disease from happening in the first place.  I call this “health care.”  The lab blood panel is ordered right from my office and your LabCorp results come back quickly, usually within a few days.  Three months later we can follow up on another blood lab test to compare numbers and validate the improvements!

No other Personal Trainer offers this type of complete, wide-range health and fitness service. No need to struggle anymore with your goals!

More about hormonal balance

Please visit this page for more information on hormonal balance, the roles hormones play, anti-aging, and the benefits of BHRT (bio-identical hormone replacement therapy).

Are you ready?

The hardest part is getting started, I’ve made it easy. Click here to get started.

* blood drawn at LabCorp
** offer good through November 30, 2018

Interview with an 86 Year Old Cancer Survivor

How It Began

Mike is an 86-year-old client who, 15 years ago, was instructed by his Cardiologist to begin exercising to improve his overall health. He was on several preventable medications, 12 to be exact.  Not sure where to begin, Mike contacted me for help.

Goal Setting at Our First Meeting

The initial fitness assessment revealed his health goals, physical limitations, and nutritional habits.  We developed a fitness plan that was realistic and sustainable for him.  We agreed on an initial goal to get his body fat percentage under 30%, which is out of the clinically-obese range, while still maintaining and even gaining muscle mass.

Success

In just a few months, Mike’s doctors saw a tremendous change in his appearance, attitude and blood lab test. He wasn’t moving like an old man anymore! His doctors started to eliminate and/or reduce some of his medications. Currently, he’s down to two prescriptions for his heart condition.

Where He Is Now

Over all the years of training with me, Mike still owns and operates three companies. He says he feels energetic, strong, has more stamina and endurance, and has a better ability to focus and concentrate.  Mike is also a cancer, pneumonia and broken hip survivor.  Doctors, to this day, marvel over his conditioning for his age, and credit his exercise and lifestyle change with me “a life saver.”  Mike is a phenomenal success story that keeps on ticking!  Age is just a number, just ask Mike!

Watch this Incredible Interview!

Are You Next?

If you or a loved one would like a free fitness assessment, please click here!

For more information on hormones, please visit https://raybessette.com/hormonal-balance-health-facts/

October Nutrition Class: Cancer Prevention Through the Science of Food

Presented by Ray Bessette  

Where: Raw Gym, 11703 Spring Cypress Rd., Tomball, TX 77377

When:  Thursday, October 11th & 25th 2018; Other dates to be announced

Time:  6:00pm to about 7:00pm

To Learn More:  Watch this YouTube video.

Cost: $50 per person, 50% donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation!                                         

Contact: ray@raybessette.com or 832-755-1949 for any questions or more info.

Web Site Nutrition info link: https://raybessette.com/anti-inflammatory-nutrition/

Early Register: http://raybessette.com/contact/  

Limited to 15 people, other October Nutrition Class dates will be announced

The same content will be shared in each class.  Click on the PayPal button below to reserve your spot for either date. Or, stop by Raw Gym with a $50 payment per person by Wednesday, October 10th. We accept most major credit cards, cash, or check payable to The Firm U.

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Some questions that will be covered in this nutrition class are on our Nutrition Quiz. If you miss 10 answers or more, you need this class!

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The Purpose of Exercise

Why do we exercise?

Most people think the reason we exercise is simply to burn calories. The true purpose is to send messages to the body requesting enhanced physical capabilities, while sending a repetitive message to the body, asking for improvement in metabolism, strength, and aerobic (lung) capacity.  Watch this video to learn more.

These are some of the effects of exercise (Weight Training) on your body:

  • Increases insulin sensitivity (then you won’t need as much insulin -a WIN for fat loss!!)
  • Increases muscle mass. Fat is burned in the muscle. More muscle=more fat is burned!
  • Increases testosterone & HGH anabolic hormones.
  • Increases glycogen storage (more places you can put glucose, the less gets stored as fat)
  • Increases lung capacity allowing for more oxygen. Fat only burns w/ oxygen.  More Oxygen = more fat burn!
  • Increases resting metabolic rate (your body has to restore its core temp and repair tiny muscle tears.) Speeding up metabolism lowers citrate levels, thus lowering fat production.
  • Decreases cellulite (by moving lymph system)
  • Reduces stress and lowers Cortisol, decreasing fat storage and appetite.
  • Sweating is an excretory function (Detox! Kidneys don’t have to do all the work)
  • Lipase enzymes are activated by heat. They break up fat to feed to the working muscle to burn instead of sugar. Continues up to 15 hrs!

My Fitness Program

With my program, you weight train 3 days a week for a one hour session, alternating muscle groups between upper body and lower body ever other session.  Important to remember:  the Purpose of exercise is to not burn as many calories as you can in one training session, but to stimulate your muscles to burn calories when you’re resting!

It’s also important to note, my program doesn’t involve any crazy tire turning over, jumping, Cross Fit type exercises that have a greater chance for injury. We use weights to stimulate a specific muscle, that muscle breaks down and repairs at rest, greatly improving your metabolism.  With my method, we do opposing muscles every other set so there’s little rest in between sets, this gets your heart rate up, so you’re really doing cardio while weight (strength) training. It’s the best of both worlds!

With this method of training, in 3 one-hour workouts a week, you burn calories every hour of the week (168 hours) as your body is recovering/healing from your workouts.   You can do additional cardio in between days as an option if you like.  Cardio has its place, but why not “kill two birds with one stone” and get your strength training and cardio all in one workout?  Imagine what you could do with an extra four hours a week.

Contact me to set up a free appointment to discuss your health and fitness goals.

Purpose Of Exercise

 

X10 LIFE

X-10 LIFE

X-10Life is an Oxygen Magnet! Don’t gamble with your Health!

We as humans, survive because of respiration. All of our cells respire, utilizing oxygen for energy. It’s what we do. Oxygen deficiency causes us to die. Usually a slow death, from diseases caused by inadequate oxygenation such as Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease or Diabetes.

How do we become oxygen deficient?

Simple: by eating adulterated oils and fats from the food processing industry. We are giving ourselves these diseases by eating common everyday foods! Trans fats are only the tip of the iceberg.

Nature had provided us an opportunity to fix this problem. Our bodies require unadulterated polyunsaturated fats found through organically produced, unprocessed foods such as meat, eggs, cheese, seeds and raw nuts. Ray Bessette will teach you exactly what foods to eat. The polyunsaturated fats that you need are Omega 3 and Omega 6.

Don’t be mislead by things like “Omega 3” added eggs or products such as fish oil.

Fish oil is a derivative (DHA and EPA) of Omega 3. It can be dangerous! What your body needs is the “Parent” form of the Omega fats. It will make any derivative it needs from there ONLY IF IT NEEDS IT! How simple is that? More than half (75%) of heart attack victims have normal levels of LDL and HDL cholesterol yet virtually every physician will tell you to lower your total cholesterol if it is above 200.

A blood clot contains mostly adulterated Omega 6. Cholesterol is not bad…oxidized cholesterol is bad. Cholesterol has no sensor in the body, so why do we put a number associated with it? To sell drugs? Cholesterol plays an important role in the production of hormones and transferring oxygen to our cell membranes. Why would you lower it? Maybe doctors are smarter than our own human physiology and don’t believe we are self-regulating & self-healing.

If you replace the adulterated fat in your diet with unadulterated (oxidized) fat, you will be on your way to having healthy cholesterol circulating in your body.

Other potentially life-threatening illnesses are similarly improved with proper fat consumption. It is very important to consume unadulterated Omega 3 and 6 fats in the correct ratio of 1:1 to about 1:2.5. Ray Bessette will educate you how on much of the Omega fat containing foods to eat to provide you with the correct ratio to avoid toxicity.

If you decide to supplement this essential nutrient, buyer beware!

We recommend the X-10Life formulation of the “Parent” Essential Oils (PEO’s) It has been verified* to contain extremely high-quality oils in the exact correct ratio. Ray is dedicated to “Fitness Through Science, Not Fiction”. Don’t gamble with your health.
*Professor Brian Peskin, M.I.T Electrical Engineer, Biochemical researcher, formulator of the X-10Life EFA’s (PEO’s) and author of various scientific articles, and books (The Hidden Story of Cancer and The 24 Hour Diet among others).  Here is a recent YouTube presentation Prof. Peskin gave at a recent seminar this YouTube page where he discusses the superiority of plant-based Parent Essential Oils (PEOs).

Have Questions or Need More Information?

Contact Ray directly here.

Disclaimer

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products and information contained herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases or, medical problems. It is not intended to replace your doctor’s recommendations. The information is provided for educational purposes only. Nutritional benefits may vary from one person to another.

You Were Made to Rise

Post-surgery workout – What a difference 1 workout makes

It’s 7 weeks after my elbow tendon surgery and my physical therapist and doctor gave me the go ahead to restart LIGHT weight training. You don’t have to tell me twice.  I did a mini vlog just before I went into the gym yesterday and another when I finished my workout (watch them below and see the difference in my outlook before and after).

A bump in the road

But the thing is, I decided while I was recovering from this procedure to have another pain looked at. This one in my right hamstring at the attachment point at the gluteal fold (i.e. just under the butt cheek 😊) I had an MRI last Tue and got the results last Thu. It revealed quite a bit more than I was expecting, but makes sense given the pain, tingling, etc. I feel sometimes. In a nutshell:

  1. Degenerative hip labrum tearing (a.k.a. arthritis) and a focal tear (still learning about this).
  2. A stress fracture in L5 (spondylolysis) and grade 2 anterolisthesis (forward slippage of vertebrae 50%). I’ll be getting a full lumbar x-ray or MRI very soon so I know exactly what is going on and how to work around it. https://www.spine-health.com/video/lumbar-spondylolysis-video
  3. (This is what I went in for in the first place) tendinosis and low grade chronic partial tearing at the hamstring origin. I’ll be getting PRP on Tuesday. Watch this re PRP:  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=what+is+prp&&view=detail&mid=F30FF7A53ED765DC7A79F30FF7A53ED765DC7A79&&FORM=VRDGAR

Thank God for Ray Bessette

I was ready to go back to the gym, but now with this new situation in my lower body, I started to feel sorry for myself on Friday. I wanted to work out upper body but now I’m so afraid to do anything that’s going to mess up my back without knowing more about what’s going on. Thank God for my husband who let me cry it out and have a very short pity party (a.k.a. An Instance of Indulging in Self-Pity 😊).

“You can turn this negative into a positive,” said Ray

Ray encouraged me that I can turn this negative into a positive and he offered to help me with some upper body exercises that will stabilize me and not put excessive pressure on either my arms which are still healing or my lower body that I’m trying to protect as much as possible right now. Once I got to the gym Saturday I was feeling like I wouldn’t have that much I could do, but Ray showed me many variations of exercises using machines and recommendations on what to do to get a full upper body workout spread throughout the week. He was patient and empathetic, educating me the entire time.

I felt so depressed going into the gym and felt so optimistic leaving the gym…a complete 180. Yes, of course, Ray took special care because I am his wife, but let me tell you, I’ve shadowed him in the gym many times or worked out in the proximity where he is training clients and I can tell you he gives them ALL the same treatment. He cares. Watch these videos and see the difference in my spirit before and after the workout.

For some of us, the gym is therapy

It’s my “drug” of choice. With ball cap on and down over head, Beats on; and heavy music playing, it’s my “Me” time. My playlist (which I’m listening to now) has a mixture of hard rock and contemporary Christian and one of my favorite Christian songs has come on (Danny Gokey’s RISE). Yes, I will take this as a message to me from God on High. I encourage you to listen if you are feeling helpless or hopeless: https://www.bing.com/search?q=rise+danny+gokey+song&src=IE-SearchBox&FORM=IESR4A&pc=EUPP_UE02

REALIZATION

Before the naysayers chime in or think to themselves how I should feel fortunate this is all I’m going through and it’s not a life-threatening experience like some are dealing with including very close friends of mine….let me respond by saying, “Yes, I know that.”  This is why my pity party lasted all of about less than one day.

Are you in the same boat?

If you are in a similar situation recovering from an injury or need a new way to workout because of an injury, I HIGHLY recommend working with a certified personal trainer who is innovative, listens to you, seeks feedback from you on how a movement is making you feel and has the intuitiveness to change or modify movements to suit your personal circumstances.  Of course I’m biased.  If you want the BEST, then you must contact Ray Bessette here.   He will get you on the road to improved physical fitness.  Learn more about who his is, his experience, and what motivates him to make you better.


You were made to RISE!

Rise Lyrics – Danny Gokey

Watch the Video here

There’s a brokenness inside of you
There’s a wound that still reminds you
Of the fear, shame and rejection
You have seen it, you have seen it

You know it’s time to get up
But your heart’s paralyzed, you’re so stuck
You’re past the point of trying again
You’re defeated, you’re defeated

But something inside you can’t deny
You hear the call of your creator
I made you for more, unlocked the door
I wanna restore your glory

So rise
Breaking the dark, piercing the night
You’re made to shine
An army of hope
Bringing the world
A radiant light
A radiant light
You were made to rise, rise

Lift your head and look around you
See the dreams you lost, they have found you
And the heart that once was beating
Is coming back to life
Coming back to life

But something inside you can’t deny
You hear the call of your creator
I made you for more, unlocked the door
I wanna restore your glory

So rise
Breaking the dark, piercing the night
You’re made to shine
An army of hope
Bringing the world
A radiant light
A radiant light
You were made to rise, rise

Shut the door on yesterday
Leave what happened in the grave
You were made to rise
You were made to shine
Creations longing for the day
For kings and queens to take their place
You were made to rise
You were made to shine

Rise
Breaking the dark
Piercing the night
Made to shine
Bring the world
A radiant light

Rise
Breaking the dark, piercing the night
You’re made to shine
An army of hope
Bringing the world
A radiant light
A radiant light
You were made to rise, rise