Category Archives: Ask Sam

Why You Should Care About Flexibility

I’m a 40-year-old “weekend warrior”  I play basketball, football, and run frequently. Lately, however, I’ve experienced a lot of injuries (strains, pulls and joint issues) and I’m wondering why do I keep getting injured and what I can do to prevent this?  ~Matt, Los Angeles

It’s crucial you stretch and build flexibility. Think of your arms and legs like the limbs of a tree. If the “tree branches” are brittle and inflexible, they’re more likely to becoming injured, or break.  But if you’re “bendy” (like a palm tree or Gumby) you’ll be able to withstand more force. The more flexible your muscles are through their entire range of motion, the more strength you will be able to develop.  If you don’t stretch your muscles, the belly of the muscle remains in a semi-contracted state, and therefore you aren’t able to work the muscles through their entire range of motion. Continue reading Why You Should Care About Flexibility

My Favorite Supplement for Cutting

QSAM, I am an actress preparing for a role in a feature film.  I have been working out with a trainer for the last 2 weeks and started dieting this week but I feel I am at a plateau. Is there anything I can take that would accelerate fat loss before we start shooting?  ~Gwyneth

It’s highly unlikely for you to be plateauing if you’ve only been eating right for less than a week.  You may need to increase your activity level to two workouts/day (common for actors, models, actresses).

If you need a secret weapon for cutting, my favorite is  CLA Extreme by NOW Foods.  It combines CLA with L-Carnitine and green tea extract. I’ve used it a number of times with celebrities with fantastic results.  It’s probably my favorite supplement for fat loss/cutting without any of the adverse effects of taking a stimulant. And don’t forget to take an honest look at what you’re eating.

The Complete Beginners Guide to Buying Cross-Training Shoes

HEY SAM:  I am thinking about buying cross-training shoes to use in the gym. Is there anything specific I should look for in cross-training shoes?

~Bob, Los Angeles

As with men, it’s important to know that not every shoe is equipped to handle every need. Knowing the differences between these types shoes will help you get what you need, but moreover — prevent unnecessary injury! In terms of exercise, there are three kinds of shoes to be concerned about: running, walking and cross-training shoes. So what makes a cross-trainer a GOOD cross-trainer?

7 SECRETS ABOUT GOOD CROSS-TRAINERS:

MESH — The shoe needs to have some mesh fabric. Mesh in a cross-training shoe helps the shoe handle variations in temperature, as well as to be moisture-wicking, (pulling moisture away from your skin). Breathability determines whether your foot drowns in a pool of sweat, or glides along comfortably.

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FLEXIBILITY— One surefire way to developing unsightly corns is an inflexible shoe (especially in the toes). A good cross-training shoe should feel flexible. Does it bend in different directions easily? Does it allow your foot to move easily for movements like burpees and pushups? If in doubt, do a few in the shoes and see.  Continue reading The Complete Beginners Guide to Buying Cross-Training Shoes