Flax or Fishin’
You may know that omega-3 fatty acids are good for your heart and can even relieve depression, but are you eating more fish? If not, you may want to consider flaxseed. Two tablespoons of ground flaxseed provides 1,000 milligrams of omega-3s—and only 25 calories. You can get the same amount of omega-3s in two ounces of cooked salmon, but that has a little over 100 calories, not to mention a fishy taste. You may want to try adding ground flaxseed or flaxseed oil to your protein drinks to get more of those important omega-3 fats.
Knee Pain and Quad Gain
Q: I’m 49 years old and have trained since my early 20s. Now when I squat, my knees hurt; but everyone tells me that if I don’t squat, my legs won’t grow. Is that true?
A: While squats are a very good multijoint exercise for overall leg size, they’re not the only way to build your thighs. In fact, ideally, you should find your specific biomechanical and musculoskeletal-optimized exercises, based on your bone lengths, joints and muscle fiber variations.
After Many Life Lessons, Doug Brignole Returns to the Bodybuilding World at 49 Back in the Game
Doug Brignole and I arrived at the third-level parking structure for our 11:30 a.m. appointment at the Cheesecake Factory in Pasadena, California, at the same time. We gazed down to the street level, where the restaurant Brix 42 occupies the space at 42 S. De Lacey Ave.
I wouldn’t have blamed the former AAU Mr. Universe if he winced a bit at the view. Twenty-five years earlier, at the age of 24, he went from waiter to gym owner when he opened the doors of Brignole Fitness in October 1984 in that very space.
1) Stay away from crash diets. You lose fat and gain it again. Second-generation fat is more stubborn than the first. The more your weight fluctuates, the more stubborn fat you may gain.
2) Avoid foods that you may be sensitive or allergic to. Some people react to certain foods, such as wheat, dairy or soy. If you suspect that may be the case, get yourself checked for food sensitivities.