QLF Preseent: The “Inner U” Pop-Up Bootcamp 

“If you build it, they will come ” – Jay-Z
Welcome to the “INNER U”, the official University of Heart, the one place where you’ll be forced challenge yourself, and find a sense of pride and hunger for your own success.

The open house is nov, 5 2016 @ 12 noon . BE THERE AT 1130, DOORS WILL BE LOCKED ONCE CLASS STARTS. AND BRING A MAT!! 

Click link to RSVP :

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/quantum-leap-fitness-presents-the-inner-u-pop-up-bootcamp-tickets-29013046804?aff=eiosprexshreclip&ref=eiosprexshreclip

Who’s Making Your Child Fat? 

“Listen To The Kids, Bro” – Kanye West 

I’m a firm believer that it’s our job to leave the world better than we found it. And one way to do that is by paying more attention to the rise in childhood obesity. I know, I know, nothing’s more precious then a “chubby baby” but… nothings more devastating than watching a kid deal with: self esteem, weight, health issues either. 

To be fair, it’s not all “our” fault, society, media, social construct, and even economical status play a part, let’s dig in. 


Try watching TV with a kid, you might loose your mind on how many times McDonald’s big ass arches flash across your screen. Now take into consideration that More than 80% of all advertisements in children’s programming are for fast foods or snacks and for every hour that children watch TV, it’s said that they see an estimated 11 food advertisements.

Systematically, Low-income youth and adults are exposed to disproportionately more marketing and advertising for obesity-promoting products that encourage the consumption of unhealthful foods and discourage physical activity (e.g., fast food, sugary beverages, television shows) I want you to count how many food ads you see during some of the shows minorities tend to watch. Just use VH1s Love & Hip-Hop as an example. 

Fast food is big business, Americans spend more than $110 billion annually… let’s highlight a few. 
Popeye’s Chicken 

 Black folk support this place like they own the farm the chickens were raised on … and yet, not ONE franchise (that we could find) is Black owned or operated. So basically a bunch of people not from your community are placing Popeyes on every corner of underprivileged neighborhoods and keeping us fat. 

McDonalds :

These guys have employed images of poetry-loving, “uppity” blacks to help push this product, just think about the 2004 commercial in which Mary J Blige sold her soul to help McDonald’s reach some street cred to secure its stronghold on minority consumers. 


The gap between healthy areas and poor :

When available, healthy food may be more expensive in terms of the monetary cost as well as for perishable vs nonperishable items. I’ve been thinking about this since my vegan post and it’s often times overlooked. The potential for waste in certain foods is very real in underprivileged communities. 

While on the other side: refined grains, added sugars, and fats are generally inexpensive, and readily available in low-income communities. So, Now take a Households with limited resources to buy enough food, logically they will try to stretch their food budgets by purchasing cheap-filling food. (My childhood) my mom basically tried to maximize “calories per dollar” in order to keep all three of her kids fed. This brings the childhood obesity full circle in a way. 

Strategic locations: 
Low-income communities have a lot more fast food restaurants readily in the vicinity , one great example of that is our public schools. So not only do today’s kids have to fend off the lunch lady from putting 3-day old sloppy joes on their plates, when they walk out side they’re faced with 4 bodegas, 2 McDonald’s, 3 Chinese restaurants and 11 pizza shops ( interestingly enough, none are black owned). At this point, beating obesity is a gift, not a norm.

So I say all that to say this…
Don’t always listen to the kids, bro. Educate them on making healthier choices and take the extra step in showing them a healthier lifestyle from working out to nutrition. 

* runs down the block to play laser tag… like the good old days with dial up Internet, no ipads, and no Netflix * 

Chicken Does Not Cause Cancer…Don’t listen To “They”

I pen this poem about my beloved chicken due to the fact that I was raised on it, created my size from it, and can’t see myself living a life without it…. Yes, I get I’m being dramatic but as a person who observes health and fitness on a nerd level I had to do research into the claims that ” Chicken causes cancer” so let’s break it down
Why do they say chicken causes cancer ?
Due to the fact they put arsenic in the chicken( which they have been doing since 1940)
Well, why do they put arsenic in the chicken if it’s considered cancerous ?
Well, it’s used to combat blackhead disease; however, arsenic combined with other drugs also increase weight gain and create a “healthy color” in poultry meat.
So, how exactly does that create the cancerous cells in the chicken that we eat?
It’s complicated but scientists acknowledged that under the “right” conditions, the arsenic used in animals can  morph into the more toxic inorganic arsenic.


Ohhhh, so what are u defending exactly ?
Well for starters, the title that chicken causes cancer is extremely misleading.. It doesn’t, assuming they are under the wrong conditions we may have a recall problem but since 1940… We haven’t ( due to arsenic usage)
So why do you think they are pitching this 1+ 1=2 idea?
My theory to be honest is, we are losing America as a country to obesity and this “new study” is a way to get people to cut back on chicken.. Why? Simple, some characteristics of meat eaters are : they tend to workout less, eat less fruits and vegetables, take in less fiber and tend to take in more total calories.
So?
Now, look lets at the type of cancer that these people tend to get: intestinal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon,bowel cancers  which are all  energy driven cancers which means there’s a cause and effect, so if your eating a lot of meat,processed meats, high fats, and consuming too many calories.. The chance of getting cancer is higher and it has zero to do with the arsenic placed in poultry.


Hmm.. I see what your saying
You know what else has arsenic?.. Everything :

– soil

-rice

– fruits

-vegetables

-seafood

-air
So should we stop eating all of these things?
No exactly, there’s a difference between organic arsenic and inorganic arsenic. Most of these things are organic which is proven to have little to no health risk involved. The problem(like mentioned before) is under the wrong conditions these chicken may still contain them instead of shitting them out, that now puts chicken at risk of becoming “inorganically induced chicken” ( which is a problem)
So when they say that chicken causes cancer, they are really saying chicken can cause cancer if things go wrong with the production of chicken, fortunately, in December of 2015, the FDA agreed to stop using the drug to help grow our beloved chicken. I should mention, they stopped using Roxarsone which is one of the few arsenic that are used on chicken.. So you, your food still has it, just less of it.
So what’s the point here? This all sounds like funny bullshit
Simple, eat what your going to eat, but moderation and a balanced nutrition program is key, anything at this point can cause cancer if your not careful… according to “they”.
* grabs baked chicken off the skillet with my barehands and proceeds to enjoy it *

The Effects Of Alcohol On Fitness 

  

Don’t kill the messenger… Plus, I’d probably kill you first. 
I’m 98% sure you’re going to read this and say “F–k you Zeus”, 99% sure you’re going to want to kill me when you see me, and 100% sure I don’t care. I want to start off by saying, I don’t have anything against drinking but I believe in “sweat equity”; you put in enough work to allow yourself the ability to indulge once and awhile.with that being said, let’s break down the effects that the consistent “happy hours” can have on your body, workout, and even Give tips on how to go around it and still be successful ( see I’m not that bad, I’m giving you the cheat codes at the end) 

  
Iight, BOOM…
 Let’s start from the beginning, and get to understand how alcohol can affects the body…

 

The thing about Alcohol is that it’s very energy-dense (providing 7 calories per gram) and nutrient-poor, and accordingly has been labeled as providing ‘empty calories’. Therefore, consuming alcohol, especially when combined with sugary mixer drinks, will take up a lot of your daily energy intake (in other words, it’s very easy to pack on a lot of calories with alcohol) its accumulation in the blood can suppress the oxidation-release of other dietary energy sources (fat, carbohydrate and to a lesser extent protein) and this will basically result in an increased amount of stored fat. 

So now the question is, how can drinking alcohol affect a next day workout? 
Well, Studies have discovered drinking alcohol The day before working out can inhibit the circulation of glucose, which the body uses for energy. Sippin’ on gin and juice can cause the pancreas to secrete its digestive enzymes inside itself rather than sending them to the intestine to digest nutrients properly. This can inflame the pancreas and halt transportation of key nutrients that will play apart in your workout 
  
It’s no surprise that working out while dehydrated isn’t ideal and might be suicidal the way I train and one thing about alcohol is that it can lead to dehydration. This can prolong muscle building or recovery process due to decreased blood flow in the muscles. Hitting the bottle at cool events like Patron Fest may also decrease levels of human growth hormone (HGH), which helps the body build muscle- this is depressing. 
* hears someone scream “ make Irv stop!!!”*
Okay, okay, okay! 
There’s no way around the fact that alcohol slows muscle growth and can cause you to gain weight. With That said, there are options to cheat these effects…
First, supplement your post drinking nights with N-acetyl cysteine (NAC).It’s an amino acid that serves as one of the body’s strongest free-radical fighters. Taking 500–600 milligrams of NAC daily can help replenish antioxidants while clearing out toxic metabolites that are generated by the liver’s breakdown of alcohol.
Another supplement to try is leucine. Alcohol blocks muscle building at the genetic level by inhibiting the action of leucine, the most anabolic of the branched-chain amino acids. Taking a dose the day after drinking can help override this inhibition.
Finally, try to time your drinking. alcohol decreases protein synthesis by 15% to 20% after 24 hours, but not sooner. Which means the day after you got drunk is the worst day, but right after your workout… Not so much
It may sound crazy, but having a few drinks on Friday night after training is better than having them on Saturday night. * hears Pandora’s box opening * 

LYBF episode 1 – The Journey 

so, over the last couple months I’ve been working with Taqee Bond of Word Of Mouth Radio on a great project. He came to me in January and told me he wants to change his life around and needs my help. We decided to document his weight loss Journey into a mini doc. The reason this is important is because right now is someone who is struggling wight weight loss and needs motivation. This is his ” Last Year Of Being Fat” and for anyone watching this is your last year accepting anything that you have the ability to change! 
Yesterday you said tomorrow… Now time to get to it! I’m really proud of this documentary. You guys will get a look into the up and down struggle of dealing with weight, food, and me. 

Hope you enjoy episode one! And stay tuned for his story as it unfold over the course of the next couple weeks. 

Epiphany on a Sectional Plate

  

Saturday I ran my second half marathon, (I ran the first one just 2 weeks prior). It was hard  but mainly because I ran on a sprained foot, (don’t ever do that, it’s dumb) and partly because I didn’t eat enough food.

  
What my race taught me was maybe I have to change the way I look at food. Maybe food shouldn’t just been seen as this treat. Maybe I need to start looking at food as fuel and think of my body as a machine. And when you think about it your body is a machine and the food is fuel to keep it moving. When you give a machine only what it needs it runs more efficiently and with more power.

But that concept is a little hard for me because what you need may not always taste good. At least thats what people tell me. I like what tastes good and that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for me. But that doesn’t mean what’s good for you can’t taste good either.

In talking with some friends yesterday, I noticed that I ate better when I was eating off my sectional plate. And by better I mean waaaaay less take out. Now don’t judge me I was eating off a sectional plate because I didn’t want my food to touch not for portion control. But now because I don’t I feel like I’m losing that sense of portion control. I think I over eat now and that’s probably what most people consider their regular meal.

  
So for tonight’s dinner…

  • 3 barbecue pieces of chicken (2 wings and a leg)
  • 2 medium roasted potatoes
  • 6 asparagus stalks

Everything was grilled. I like grilling it’s easy and quick. All of those things are good for me and will fuel my body so that it can function at its highest peak. Just remember that each meal is a new opportunity to start over.