Aug 31, 2004 Volume 1 No. 17

Knowledge is power!!!

We often say to ourselves: "If only I knew then what I know now!" Much of life's wisdom needs to be gained through experience; however, we can improve our success tremendously if we take the time to gather all of the necessary information to make the right decision. Whether it's not knowing what exercises to choose or not knowing how to pray, take the time this week to gain more knowledge on something you do not know. Remember, knowledge is power!

Enjoy the newsletter and have a Blessed Week!!

Cathy Morenzie

"Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. They quit on the one- yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown."

~ H. Ross Perot

It seems to be human nature that we look back at our lives and have to wonder what it would have been like if we had stuck out the tough times. Those times when we quit right before our breakthrough because we were so focused on the problem that our vision was clouded. We couldn't see the answer that was on its way and so we threw in the towel only to realize that if we had held on a little longer, things would have worked out.

There are far too many regrets in life attributed to a lack of perseverance and commitment. Don't plague the remainder of your life with "what could have been" and "what ifs" -- hold on firmly when you feel like giving up and be determined to succeed. Don't allow your emotions and feelings to govern over you, strengthen your mental toughness and stick life out. You were not created to crumble so don't allow life's obstacles to throw you off your course. Run that race to the end, get that ball to the end zone and feel the excitement that comes with success and triumph. See your goals through to the end and live a victorious life!

~ Nadia C. Thomas


Free Weights or Machines- which is best?

Free weights and machines are just two of the vast array of resistance or strength training apparatus available to us. One of the most frequently asked questions is: "should I use free weights or machines?" My answer is usually, "yes!" The Active Image philosophy is balance, variety and tailoring exercise to your individual needs. With this in mind, you can benefit from both forms of training once you understand where they fit in your program and even personality type. As with all aspects of your program, the main consideration should be safety! Other factors which will determine your choice are convenience, availability, time and your level of fitness. These two modes of training can be compared to driving automatic vs, standard transmission.


If I'm going to stick with my driving analogy, using machines would be the automatic transmission -- you plug in the weight you want and the machine does the guesswork for you. You don't have to worry about body positioning, range or (to a degree) technique! Machines provide better control and stability and therefore are great for beginners, seniors or someone who is injured. That is not to say that everyone should not use machines.

And back to our driving analogy, machines can get a bit boring after a while! Machines are for the average-sized person, so if you are very tall or short, they may not fit you very well. Other disadvantages include lack of portability; for home use -- they take up a lot of space; expensive to purchase and some equipment is a lot better than others (but, that's another article!). Perhaps the biggest disadvantage is that machines always train the muscle at the same angle which cannot simulate real life movement like free-weights do. Popular exercises on machines include the Pec Deck machine (chest), lat pull down (back), leg extension (quads.- front of thigh) and leg curl machine (hamstring - back of the thigh).

Free weights

In case you are unfamiliar with the term, 'free-weights' are dumbbells or plates. They would be considered your standard transmission since they are more difficult to learn and require a lot more co-ordination. They are definitely more fun! You get more range of motion; they tend to better simulate the body's natural movement patterns; they usually require more training and instruction; there is a greater risk of injury and can be time consuming - carrying different sizes of weights back and forth vs. pulling a pin to change the weight on the machines. Free-weight training also requires more balance and coordination of muscles to maintain your positioning. For this reason, you may require a spotter. The upside is that using free weights strengthens your core muscles (abdominal and back) while stabilizing and requires the use of more muscle in general so that you get more bang for your buck. Free-weight training is ideal for the conditioned exerciser, body-builders and athletes.

Popular free weight exercises include the bench press (chest), one arm rows (back) one arm kick backs (tricep), bicep curls (bicep)

My training routine combines free-weights, Nautilus machines and even my own body weight (push ups and dips). Remember, let your body be your guide -- it will tell you what it needs!!


Be Careful What you pray for ...

Though many of us who believe in the power of prayer do not need studies to prove its effectiveness, science does show that the expectations we have while praying factor into the outcome of prayers.

While surfing the net I came across the comical (maybe to some) prayer. Sadly enough, it's a true illustration of how some of us pray. I hope you get a chuckle from it but I also hope it moves to be turn your prayer life up a notch or two.


Lord, help me to relax about insignificant details beginning tomorrow at 7:45 am DST.

Lord, help me to consider people's feelings, even when they ARE hypersensitive.

Lord, help me to take responsibility for my own actions, even though usually they're not my fault.

Lord, help me to not try to RUN everything BUT if you need some help, please feel free to ask.

Lord, help me to be more laid back and help me to do it EXACTLY right.

Lord, give me patience and I mean right NOW!

Lord, help me to do what I can and trust you for the rest. And would you mind putting that in writing?

Lord, help me not to be a perfectionist (Did I spell that correctly?).

Lord, help me to finish everything I sta

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