Interview With Pro Baseball Player Rob Semerano

Hey guys!

In my line of work, I have the pleasure of meeting great athletes from many sports. The person we are going to be talking about today is a professional baseball player and his name is Robert Semerano. I had the pleasure of sitting down with him and talking to him about his future goals. In many cases, athletes sometimes hit a plateau and want to step

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Inspirational Minister’s Amazing Transformation Stands the Test of Time

article 2009 lee claypoole 01 Inspirational Ministers Amazing Transformation Stands the Test of Time Lee Claypoole Shares the Secrets that Helped Him Shed 100 lbs–And Keep It Off for 3 Years and Counting!

By Daniel Collier

With the hustle and bustle of daily life, many Americans have fallen victim to poor eating habits and overall unhealthy living. In fact, adult obesity rates have doubled since 1980, from 15% to 30%, and two-thirds of U.S. adults are now considered overweight.

Being able to lose weight is one thing, maintaining and keeping it off is totally another. Kentucky native and minister Lee Claypoole has been able to achieve both of these feats and then some. At age 40, Lee dropped over 100 pounds and went from a size 44 waist to a size 30. Featured in a profile for USA Today’s Weight-Loss Challenge in the summer of 2007, Lee was commended for his complete lifestyle change and admired for his newly lean and sculpted body.

Now, almost a year and a half since that original USA Today profile, I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Lee to check his weight loss status and ask him some fitness related questions.

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The Golden Eagle Tom Platz

article 2009 tom platz golden eagle 02 The Golden Eagle Tom Platz Tom Platz was one of the most beloved bodybuilders of the late 1970s and 1980s. Known by his adoring fans as the “Golden Eagle,” Tom competed in and won multiple professional bodybuilding competitions throughout his era, most notably taking a controversial third place finish at the 1981 Mr. Olympia. Perhaps most recognized for his remarkable leg development, Tom made a professional bodybuilding comeback in 1995 and was awarded honorary Mr. America. Now at the age of 53, the Golden Eagle is again strongly thinking of making another comeback. I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Tom recently to discuss the possible comeback among other things.

Q: When did you begin bodybuilding? What motivated you to pick that particular sport and how did you retain that motivation throughout your career?

A: I could probably talk for an hour about that! Well, I began bodybuilding when I was 9 years old and I became very serious about it in a short period of time. When I saw Dave Draper in the movie Don’t Make Waves, I was absolutely mesmerized. I thought, my God, look at that guy! To a young kid looking for an identity, looking to gain some notoriety, it was that movie and also a particular fitness advertisement of Mr. Draper endorsing Weider exercise equipment that really got me inspired to be a bodybuilder. I told my dad, “when I grow-up, I want to be like him (Dave Draper), that’s what I want to do!” My life changed forever and was essentially shaped in a sense by seeing Dave Draper in those two things.

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One Arm Push-Up World Record Holder Jeremiah Gould

article 2008 jeremiah gould one armed pushup 06 One Arm Push Up World Record Holder Jeremiah GouldIn March of 2006, Greenville, South Carolina resident Jeremiah Gould broke the Guinness Book of World Records standard for most one-arm push-ups in one minute. He did 126. Remarkably, that’s over two push-ups per second. Just two years later, Jeremiah shattered his own record by doing an astounding 135 one-arm push-ups in one minute. To truly appreciate the significance of these accomplishments you’ve really got to understand the heart of this young man. Born a premature baby and having suffered a severe brain hemorrhage as an infant, Jeremiah wasn’t given much of a shot from the get-go. Since then, Big Jer (big for the size of his heart rather than his physical size), as he’s often referred to by family and friends, has spent his life determined to prove his naysayers wrong.

1. Where on earth did you get the crazy idea to try to break these records?

Well, ever since I was kid I’ve always been interested in records and trying to break them. I was born a preemie, and was always the smallest kid for my age. I also had a brain hemorrhage when I was a baby, which caused some cognitive issues and made school a real struggle, to say the least. It did however fuel my competitiveness, and athletics became my outlet. I found that performing crazy physical tasks with my body that nobody else could do gave me confidence in myself. When I was twelve I set the record at my school for most push-ups and pull-ups, and as far as I know those records still stand today. In 2001 I was looking at the Guinness Book of World Records and noticed that a guy from Switzerland held the record for most one-arm push-ups with 120 in one minute. I wondered how many I could do in one minute. I immediately got down and did 125 but it took a lot longer than one minute. I became determined from that point on to break the record and for the next five years trained to do so.

2. You’re a former competitive bodybuilder, how long did you compete and at what level?

I did that when I turned eighteen and competed at the amateur level for about two years. After working my tail off and not placing at any of the competitions, not to mention getting relentless grief about my skimpy briefs from my friends and family, I decided to move on to competitive power lifting.

3. Why did you originally get into bodybuilding?

It was the man, of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger! As a kid I used to watch all his movies, Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, you name it. It was Pumping Iron though that got me interested in the actual industry of bodybuilding. Though I was always the smallest out of all my friends, I was always the strongest. When I was seventeen I could curl 90 lbs. ten times with one arm … So I decided to give it a shot.

4. Were you into any other sports?

I played all sports as a kid. When I was six I actually was the state runner-up in wrestling. But to be honest, performing physical tasks that nobody else could do was always the most rewarding. There’s just a rush I got from it and still do! Whether it be push-ups, pull-ups, you name it, breaking records became a driving force in my life. My dad bought a weight set for me when I was twelve and I immediately took to it. Like I said before, I wanted to be just like Arnold!!

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Prolibra®: Fat-Loss and Muscle Preservation Tests Demonstrate Dramatic Fat-Loss and Muscle Preservation

Everyone knows that whey protein is essential for the support of muscle growth. But now comes word on the research front that there’s a cutting-edge new bioactive protein that appears to take this efficacy much further.

In a brand new 12 week clinical trial, subjects using a specialized fractionated protein complex called Prolibra® achieved a remarkable mean reduction in body weight of 6.1% while also preserving lean muscle to a much greater degree than the control group. Even more remarkable is the fact that such results were achieved using just 24.4 grams of this specialized protein per day.

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Prolibra®‘s proprietary composition includes a specialized bioactive peptide matrix along with a special whey mineral complex designed to precisely target key mechanisms of body transformation. Additionally, Prolibra® appears to help maintain a healthy glycemic response by reducing post-prandial glycemia. In a study conducted by Glycemic Index Laboratories, participants experienced a statistically signifi cant reduction of up to 37.8 glycemic index units when Prolibra® was added to a liquid meal. This mechanism of helping maintain already healthy levels of blood sugar in turn may assist appetite control and enhance weight loss.

These results are of great import to bodybuilders, principally because they would indicate that there is now a precision-targeted protein source available to them that would make the difficult task of cutting fat while preserving lean muscle considerably easier. This revolutionary physique enhancement tool is found exclusively in Supreme Protein’s new Vectron.

Scientific Reference:

A whey-protein supplement increases fat loss and spares lean muscle in obese subjects: a randomized human clinical study. Joy L Frestedt, John L Zenk, Michael A Kuskowski, Loren S Ward and Eric D Bastian.

Minnesota Applied Research Center (MARC), Edina, MN, USA, Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), Veterans Administration Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA and 3Glanbia Research and Development Center, Twin Falls, ID, USA