Michael George
Michael George: Fitness Expert

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  • Cosmopolitan
  • Shape
  • Glamour
As one of Hollywood's most sought after fitness experts and certified training consultants, Michael George's intention is to strengthen the spirit along with the body. His book Body Express Makeover focuses on his unique 2-in-1 Total-Body-Workout program that can be done for as little as ten minutes a day. Michael has been featured on TV, radio and top magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Shape, Glamour, and many others.

Through years of personal training experience and extensive education, Michael developed his own unique fitness technology, Integrated Motivational Fitness™ and he created the 2-in-1 training system highlighted in his book. This balanced fitness regime integrates the body-mind-spirit connection for optimal energy and health. Michael uses motivation, commitment, and consistency as the integral components to achieving one's health and fitness goals, along with lifestyle transformation. His work encompasses almost all conditioning activities, including: aerobic and strength conditioning, yoga, core training, self-defense training, boxing, breathing exercises, and meditation.

Michael knows what it feels like to make the transformation. When he moved to Southern California from his hometown of St. Louis at the age of ten, Michael described himself as “the chubby kid with bad eating habits and low self-esteem.” In high school, he found his natural talent as an athlete playing baseball, football, and wrestling that carried into his college years at California Polytechnic Institute. It was at Cal Poly that Michael became more engrossed in health and fitness through amateur bodybuilding and his self-esteem and personal power soared.

After graduating, Michael set off for Los Angeles to pursue his passion as a fitness professional and embark on a journey of personal growth through Eastern Philosophies and exercises that he incorporates into his workouts today. A-list celebs like Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Meg Ryan and Christian Slater gravitate towards these training routines and principles because they work.

Michael is certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Michael is a spokesperson for numerous companies, including Nike, and is the star of several workout videos including the B-Fit series and Fast 10, Integrated Motivational Fitness. Michael currently lives in Southern California.
REVIEWS
  • Best Kickboxing DVDs
    Need a little assistance choosing the right kickboxing DVD for you? You have come to the right place. I have chosen some of the "Best" Kickboxing DVDs on the market. However, to choose the workout routine that is best for you; there are some things to consider:

    Determine your current fitness level: If you are a beginner, it is recommended that you consult with your health care provider prior to beginning any exercise routine. Kickboxing is a cardiovascular workout and is a high-intensity, high-impact form of exercise.

    Familiarize yourself with some of the advantages of kickboxing which are improving and maintaining cardiovascular fitness, increasing strength and flexibility, improving coordination and balance and sharpening reflexes. According to a study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), you can burn anywhere from 350 to 450 calories an hour with kickboxing.

    You should also familiarize yourself with some of the disadvantages of kickboxing: particularly the risk of joint injury and next-day soreness, especially for beginners and those who use incorrect form. According to ACE, some of the most common, potentially injurious kickboxing mistakes are:

    - Overextending kicks
    - Exercising beyond fatigue
    - Locking your joints when throwing punches or kicking
    - Wearing weights or holding dumbbells when throwing punches

    In addition to using correct form, it is important to workout at your own pace. Try to start at a level that suits you and slowly progress to a more intense, fast-paced kickboxing workout.

    Now that we have covered some of the basics, it is now time to take a look at some of the DVDs on the list below.
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  • Best Yoga DVDs
    Are you looking for a workout DVD that requires little to no equipment; that will help you lose weight, tone your body and strengthen your cardiovascular system? Have you tried the practice of YOGA? Whether you answer is Yes or No, keep reading.

    If you are already a Yoga practitioner, then you are probably aware of the wonderful benefits of this practice. So I recommend that you peruse through the list of DVDs that I have chosen as some of the best Yoga DVDs on the market.

    If you are a novice to the Yoga practice, then you are about to embark on what could possibly be one of your most profound life changing experiences. Not only does the practice of Yoga have tremendous benefits for your body, but it is also known to soothe the soul and clear the mind.

    What Is Yoga?

    Is it a hot new trend? Quite the opposite; yoga actually began more than 3,000 years ago in India. The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, and it means to “yoke,” or bring together the mind, body, and spirit.

    While there is the physical component of yoga, yoga encompasses so much more. The practice of yoga is an art and science dedicated to creating union between body, mind, and spirit. It is about making balance and creating poise, to live in peace, good health, and harmony with the greater whole.

    There are actually eight “limbs” of yoga, which include:

    1. Yama: Universal morality
    2. Niyama: Personal observances
    3. Asanas: Body postures
    4. Pranayama: Breathing exercises
    5. Pratyahara: Control of the senses
    6. Dharana: Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
    7. Dhyana: Devotion, meditation on the Divine
    8. Samadhi : Union with the Divine

    Therefore, for the serious yoga practitioner, yoga is truly more than exercising; it is a lifestyle. However, for the sake of this article, we will focus on the physical aspect of yoga.

    The physical component of the yoga lifestyle is called Hatha Yoga. Hatha yoga focuses on asanas, which is Sanskrit and refers to the practice of physical postures or poses. There are different forms of Hatha Yoga, some of which are:

    - Ashtanga Yoga is a vigorous, fast-paced yoga that helps to build flexibility, strength, concentration, and stamina. Movements are performed quickly through a set of predetermined poses while remaining focused on deep breathing.

    - Power Yoga is also a very active form of yoga that improves flexibility and stamina by completing poses. This form of yoga is rapidly rising in popularity.

    - Iyengar Yoga focuses on precise poses and participants use benches, ropes, mats, blocks, and chairs as props.

    - Kundalini Yoga uses poses, deep breathing and other breathing techniques, chanting, and meditation.

    - Gentle Yoga focuses on slow stretches, flexibility, and deep breathing.

    Yoga has tons of physical benefits. It can improve flexibility, strength, balance, and stamina. Many people who practice only the physical component of yoga also find that it reduces anxiety and stress and improves mental clarity. Recent studies have shown that most current practitioners started practicing yoga to improve their overall health. Many say that a doctor or therapist has recommended yoga to them.

    Fortunately, yoga can be as vigorous or as gentle as you want it to be, so just about everyone can do it. The Yoga practice is constantly evolving and changing. While the poses themselves do not change, your relationship to them will. Always listen to your body. It knows what it can do. Yoga is not competitive. If you push too hard, you probably won't enjoy it, and you could possibly hurt yourself. One of the most difficult aspects of yoga, yet ultimately the most liberating, is letting go of the ego.

    If you are a beginner in the practice of yoga, it is recommended that you consult with your health care provider, especially if you have a health challenge.

    A lot of people think that yoga is mainly stretching. Yes, stretching is definitely involved, however, the focus is mainly about creating balance in the body through developing strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits. The poses can be done quickly and in succession, creating heat in the body through movement or more slowly to perfect the alignment of the pose and to increase stamina.

    I have chosen a variety of Yoga DVDs to help you find the one that is right for you.
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  • Best Pilates DVDs
    Are you searching for a Pilates DVD? But you’re not quite sure which way to turn? Well here are a few options: 1. You can go online and spend endless hours reviewing the different clips from some of the most popular DVDs, or 2. You can rent several DVDs and choose one which works best for you or better yet, 3. You can continuing reading this article and perhaps make a more informed decision in less time... and I have also chosen some of my favorites, to perhaps narrow down your search.

    First let’s start with a little background information on Pilates, originally called “Contrology” by its inventor Joseph H. Pilates in the 1920s. As quoted by Joseph Pilates, “Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercises you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities… Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.”

    There are six principles well known in the Pilates Community that should be incorporated in all Pilates exercises: breathing, concentration, fluidity, precision, control, and centering. These principles apply whether you are working with a floor mat or using Pilates equipment.

    Today, Pilates is one of the hottest fitness trends on the planet and is ideal for practically everyone, young or old, the extremely fit or the not so fit. It is highly applauded by many who have chronic pain, injuries, or even asthma.

    Pilates is an intense workout with low impact and concentrates on building strength and flexibility, improving coordination, balance, and posture, and increasing stamina. Pilates movements are initiated by muscles in the abdominal area (known as the powerhouse or core) and are designed to work the smaller muscles that support larger ones, while stretching and lengthening the entire muscular package. Performed correctly, most Pilates workouts are safe to do every day.

    Most Pilates DVDs are very affordable, however, please be sure that you are prepared and have the necessary equipment to perform the exercises demonstrated on the DVDs.

    Before moving forward with your selection process determine which category best describes your fitness level: Beginner: just starting out, very overweight, or haven't exercised in over six months; Intermediate: active in sports, dance, or any regular exercise at least 2 – 3 times per week; or Advanced: very active in sports or consistently works out four or more times per week. If you are in the Beginner category, it is suggested that you consult with your health care provider before starting on any new exercise regimen.
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  • Best Treadmills
    Got Cardio? Many doctors suggest that walking is one of the best forms of exercise. Many fitness enthusiasts also encourage running. And what beats the great outdoors as the perfect setting for enjoying two of the most natural forms of exercise? Well, the elements could preclude this activity for some, safety may be another consideration and then there is the continual pounding that takes a toll on your joints when running on concrete. Or, maybe the idea of going to the gym just doesn’t appeal to you.

    Purchasing a home treadmill could be a viable solution. Studies have shown that you get more out of a treadmill than any other exercise equipment. However before you “run” out to make this investment, I suggest you take a look at the guidelines listed below:

    Budget: Decide on a price range and keep within the parameters that you have set. Just keep in mind that as with just about everything else, you get what you pay for. When you shop by price, select the best in that price range.

    Space: The treadmill needs to fit into your space. Be sure to take measurements of the space you have allotted for the equipment. If you have limited space and need to have a treadmill that you can store, check its size when folded or stored and test how easy it is to move.

    Noise Level:
    How noisy is it? If you live in an apartment or condo, consider your neighbors. If you plan to watch TV or listen to music, you need to be able to hear the audio over the treadmill.

    Motor: The motor gets the heaviest workout. Shop for at the very least 1.5 to 2.5 HP "continuous duty".

    Warranty: Look for the longest warranty on the motor, at least one year.

    Durability: If a treadmill is shaky or jerky, keep shopping. You want smooth motion. The belt must be wide and long enough for your stride. The hand rails need to be sturdy enough to support you and in a good position for your reach.

    To help you out with your search, here are some models that I feel are the best on the market.
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  • Best Home Gyms
    So you’re in the market for a home gym. You want something highly functional yet not too bulky. You want a home gym to be loaded with all the bells and whistles but not too pricey. Here are five home gyms that I feel give you the most bang for your buck. In a time when the pace is always hustle and bustle, who wants to sit in traffic jams and burn up $4.00 a gallon gas to get to the gym? For many, being able to train in the privacy of your own home using your own equipment is the ideal solution. You can get in and out without jumping into your car. You can improve your heath and stay fit without ever having to leave your home. Many people pay for gym memberships that they rarely use. Their account gets dinged every month whether they show up or not. A new home gym will put an end to this madness.

    As with all major decisions in your life, and what could be more major than your own health and well being, careful planning is essential. Before making a purchase there are some things to consider, such as:

    What are your fitness goals?
    Better health? Feeling and looking younger? Weight management? Preparing for specific sporting events? Whatever your goals may be, a general rule of thumb is to find equipment that will facilitate you in achieving all around fitness. For all around fitness, it is recommended that you purchase equipment that will work your heart and lungs, and at the same time, work your muscles.

    What is your budget?
    Develop a budget and stick to it as closely as possible! Do your homework and shop around, somebody, somewhere will be selling what you want at the price you want to pay.

    How much space do you have - Where will you put the equipment?
    Safety should be the key element in making this decision. Avoid low ceilings, or obstacles, which can be hit if lifting weights. The floor should be sturdy and able to handle the weight. There should be good lighting and fresh airflow.

    Will you use it?
    Of course, MOTIVATION is key here, so when choosing your equipment it should suit the interests and fitness levels of as many members of the family as possible. Your workouts should be enjoyable as well as challenging enough to progress to higher levels. Remember if you get bored with the equipment, you probably won’t use it.

    To assist you in this process, I have chosen the "Best of the Best" and the "Best of the Rest" in home gym equipment.
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