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Sep 19

Female Fitness Contest Prep Borge Fagerli

A normal contest prep for a male bodybuilder is usually in the 10-12 week range but if you stay lean year-round (something I recommend) you can probably get away with half that. It doesnt need to be all that complicated. Drop carbs, up the protein and add some daily treadmill or stepmill sessions of 30-60mins. Throw some fat burners in the mix. Rinse and repeat until lean.

Ok, maybe not that easy all the time, so lets talk about women. If they try to emulate this strategy it usually doesnt work very well. Evolutionary speaking, while men are hunters who thrive on higher activity levels and fasting and gorging patterns, women are gatherers and nesters. Womens bodies are basically the ultimate survival machine and via hormonal and neurobiological means have an advanced set of defense mechanisms against starvation and (too much) activity. I find womens bodies wildly fascinating and it has taken me many years to figure out how to get them contest lean, while retaining as much muscle as possible. And more pleasurable to be around as an added bonus.

First of all, patience! Take your time. This goes for both first time competitors and women in general. Unless you stay really lean year-round, double the time you THINK you need for a contest prep. Id say 20 weeks (yup, thats almost 5 months) of slow and steady dieting is a necessity if you want to get really lean. Then you wont have to kill yourself with PSMF-type diets (basically veggies and protein and nothing else) and 2 hour cardio sessions because youre not progressing as fast as you thought you would. The first half of the diet might seem like piece of cake (even if you cant have any), and the upper body usually leans out nicely, but the stubborn fat deposits on your buttocks, hips and legs might take a full 8-10 weeks alone to get nice and tight.

I wont go into food choices in great detail, but the standard fare should consist of chicken, fish, eggs, dairy proteins, rice, potatoes/sweet potatoes, some oatmeal and meat. Thats right. I believe humans are biologically programmed to eat meat. Women in general should eat more animal proteins, wild game (reindeer, elk, deer) or (preferably grass-fed) beef in particular. Yup, if its furry and breathes oxygen eat it. Im not a fan of vegetable oils, and I think *overindulging* (emphasis added) in veggies and sweet fruits will clog up your digestion. Ive seen women eat 3-4lbs of veggies just because theyre so hungry all the time, and then constantly complain about bloating and constipation. Use common sense. I know I just pissed off a lot of vegetarians/vegans, but I feel safe knowing my meat-fed legs can outrun both you and your sharpened cucumbers any day of the week. For some women into their 30s, a small amount of soy milk or soy protein and its phytoestrogens will provide some added fat burning effects, and should be considered as a daily diet addition.

I usually set calories at 14-17 x bodyweight depending on activity level, which translates into 1700-2000 kcals for a 120lbs girl, and go from there. Most will usually drop a pound or two in a few days just from cleaning up their diets and eliminating the sugars and junk food.

Now for the macronutrient ratio management. I know low carb diets are popular among women, but in my experience this isnt a good long term strategy. Ive successfully reprogrammed several girls from low to higher carbs, and the contest prep is a lot easier or at least more predictable. The downside can be more variable hunger levels and energy, but if they get leaner and stay fuller its worth it.

Even though insulin sensitivity is generally lower in women and you dont handle carbs as well as guys do, the lower calories for a 100-120 lbs fitness or bikini girl automatically takes care of that. I dont think protein should be set higher than maybe 1.3g per lbs of bodyweight and I start with 1g per lbs while carbs and calories are still high. This is purely observational but too much protein in the ranges commonly prescribed for fat loss diets (1.5g/lbs+) seem to lead to poorer digestion, more bloating and water retention, and also compromises carb intake.

For the first part of the diet when bodyfat is higher, I find low carb dieting (in my world this is below 80g per day) a nice introduction to get things moving. I can also get some quality weight training for the delts, back and glutes/hams in this phase (the most important muscle groups for a female competitor) by dropping cardio to just some easy walking. Meaning: no intervals or 2 hour spinning/aerobic classes but more on that later. Carbs are eaten post-workout and for the final meal of the day (yes, indeedread my article on the Biorhythm Diet to see why). One or two higher carb days at 150g or thereabouts focused around priority muscle group workout days, just to keep the machinery going and various enzymes upregulated for the reintroduction of more carbs later.

As the competitor leans out, 90% of the time I transition into a more carb-based, and lower dietary fat diet. I add in some interval-based cardio at this point. I will keep carbs at a 120g minimum per day, and will keep omega-3 and 6 fats in there as they are essential, meaning your body cant make them, you have to source them through your nutrition plan. This will only be for a short period, as fats are vital to proper hormone functioning and general health. I rarely do regular high-carb refeeds as they seem to be very unpredictable for women. Sometimes they work great, sometimes it takes up to a week to drop the added weight and it just feels like wasted time. I will, however, bump up carbs here and there if you get very tired or lethargic, in the range of 50-100g extra for 1 or 2 days, then drop back down. Slow, gradual adjustments are the key. Try cutting calories too hard and progress will invariably come to an abrupt halt. Try doing anything fancy, or wildly and randomly fluctuate calories, and progress will also slow or at least appear to be and frustrate both me and the competitor. Patience will be your best friend during a diet, so aim to lose only 1 lb or 2mm average if you use skinfold calipers every 10-14 days. Instead of worrying about daily weight fluctuations, they are not only inevitable but also normal calculate a running average. Take the sum of the last 5-7 daily measurements and divide by number of days to get the average. Do the same a week later and compare it evens out the daily variations.

To give you an idea, calories are rarely dropped by more than 150-200kcals per week and more often just 100kcals. Depending on how much training and cardio is being done, I will add more training instead of dropping calories the next time an adjustment is needed.

Still scared to up your carbs when low-carb diets have worked better for you in the past? Well, paranoia of getting in shape prevents most from experimenting with alternate approaches, and I can certainly understand that so see for yourself what of the following categories you fit into:

Their extremities (hands and feet) are cold, they freeze a lot but will heat up and feel energetic after a high carb meal (a sign of good insulin sensitivity). They are usually the OCD type, stressing over minor details and dont like frequent changes or deviations from their daily routine. They usually tolerate a lot of volume and struggle and feel burnt out if you have them do a lot of power type movements and heavy training. They beg me for the 1hr+ cardio sessions, but I prefer to take their need for volume out in the weight room not on the treadmill. I will handle the cardio topic soon, though.

The low-carb girls are the opposite: run warmer body temps and experience hot flashes, give them carbs and they get sleepy and bloated. They love intervals and lifting heavy weights, are usually more laidback, and thrive on variety. Will follow the program if you tell them to, but get bored easily and just go through the motions and lose interest if you dont change stuff around every week. Ill just shift the carbs and proteins or food choices around a little now and then, change a few exercises here and there, just enough to keep them motivated. Carbs should be focused around workouts and/or in the last meal of the day, give them carbs for a whole day or consecutive days and they seem to lose their conditioning almost minute by minute. Some of this tends to go away over time, though, which is why I usually increase carbs as they get leaner.

A top national fitness competitor Ive worked with for almost 3 years now used to be a low-carb girl, and she would bloat up if she even looked funny at a bowl of rice. This last contest prep her carbs were in the 150-200g range for a majority of the prep, 130g at the lowest point the final 3-4 weeks. She got into the shape of her life, and this was without ANY fat burners, thyroid meds or hormone usage.

Women tend to think they need to do pump and toning with light weights to avoid getting too muscular. Thats not going to happen with testosterone levels 1/50th of a guy, and its even less likely on a diet. Then just to top that off, you do cardio like a long distance runner because you want to burn as much fat as possible. While lengthening the muscles by doing Pilates and Yoga. Sure. What youre really doing is sending mixed messages to your muscles, and even though Oxygen magazine or the buff personal trainer at the gym tells you that confusing the muscles is a good thing, this strategy will have you spinning your skinny-fat, cellulite-ridden wheels forever.

A planned and strategic change in certain variables will have a profound and positive effect, but trying to force your body adapt to what is essentially conflicting training goals is what I refer to as Jack of All Trades, Master of None. In simpler terms: Try to be good at everything and you will end up being beaten every time by the specialist. Crossfit is a perfect example of this fallacy, but I already pissed off the vegetarians earlier in the article, so I wont go there. Today.

Tell your body to build its tolerance to long and slow enduring miles via a properly applied long-distance running program and you will be a good marathon runner. Tell your body to build large muscles by lifting a sufficiently heavy load, sufficiently many times (sets and reps), sufficiently often (frequency) to make the muscle adapt and grow larger and stronger and you will be a good physique competitor.

Tell your body to become faster and more explosive by doing short sprints with full recovery, low rep and explosive training with some strategic plyometrics and agility drills and you will become a better track & field athlete, sprinter, fighter or dancer.

So why do girls think they will end up like some sort of superhuman hybrid if they combine all these different types of training into one Perfect Program? Long, slow miles build endurance champions, but they tend to look completely different from sprinters or dancers, dont you think? Because the former is telling their muscle to become more energetically efficient, i.e. smaller and with increased oxidative capacity, i.e. strengthening the aerobic engine. The latter requires muscles displaying highly powerful and explosive contractions, with a highly developed ATP-CP and glycolytic system which incidentally is a fantastic sink for incoming carbs. A typical workout for a sprinter is 10-15 repeats from 10-100 meters with full recovery (walking) of 2-3 minutes in between. A total distance of 2000-3000m/1.5miles. They dont even diet but think of food (and especially carbs) as fuel and a lot of them could probably step right up on a fitness contest stage and place in the top 5 with ease. Far from the 60+ minutes of treadmill or spinning classes done by 95% of girls in gyms around the world, and how many toned butts do you see there?

And I dont even like lots of running for women. Due to biomechanics, faulty technique and overuse of high-tech running shoes (read: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/06/magazine/running-christopher-mcdougall.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1) injury rate statistics actually show that only 15-20% get away with it long-term. Funny how those 80-85% who end up hurt think they belong to that 15-20% of Mommys special snowflakes who dont.

Most of you probably put in hours of gym time every week to achieve a leaner and more athletic looking physique, so why would you even begin to think that training like a middle- to long-distance runner would accomplish this somewhat rare feat? You see, its not all about the caloric burn, its about what stimuli your body is receiving and adapting to. Since the heart rate monitor is telling you that 30 minutes of cardio burnt 200kcals, and since a magazine article told you that low/moderate-intensity cardio burns the most fat (%age-wise at least), you should go for 1-2hrs sessions if you REALLY want to burn fat. Right? Wrong, and its actually been shown both in research and in real life that the female body can preferentially mobilize fat from the upper body and store them right back in their lower bodies with long duration moderate-intensity cardio. Also, this type of cardio directly inhibits muscle growth, so youre basically sabotaging your Butt Blaster/Thigh Master efforts as well. But hey, if you really want to keep that skinny-fat ass and legs, stop reading now and forget everything I just told you.

Sure, you may burn more fat DURING the session itself by doing low- and moderate intensity cardio, but what happens the remaining 22-23 hours of the day is of far more importance, dont you think? Theres a reason why most long-term studies show high-intensity intervals to be superior for fat loss. Even if its mainly glycolytic in nature and burns less calories on an acute basis, it will effectively tell your body to refill muscle glycogen stores from the carbs youre eating, while burning fat as fuel when you are resting and recovering. You can probably see where Im going with this I like interval based cardio, and especially so for women.

With a caveat; and let me reiterate what I said earlier, womens bodies are a complex survival machine. Cutting calories too much or doing too much activity will stop progress in its tracks, so dont overdo the cardio aspect. Youre most likely already doing intense weight training 3-4+ days per week, which has a very similar neurological and biological impact and signaling effect as intervals, so stay on the conservative side and gradually build up your work capacity.

If youre competing in Athletic Fitness, you obviously need to row a lot for cardio, and you also need to imitate contest conditions where youre often limited to 1min rest from the rowing event until dips and chins.

Progress from 2-3 cardio sessions per week all the way up to a maximum of 4-6 sessions, of which sprint intervals no more than 2-3 days per week, and tempo intervals 2-4 days per week. Watch for signs of overtraining/overreaching and sub in brisk walking if your legs begin to flatten out and feel tired. Doing too much high-intensity work when your recovery is already compromised by a caloric deficit is a seriously stupid idea, so dont. Splitting it up into 2 or even 3 short sessions during a day is better than 1 long session, meaning 15 minutes morning and evening is better than 30 minutes in the morning. Something about stimulating the metabolism more often, as well as avoiding cortisol accumulation.

Also forget about that pump and tone stuff and making your workouts into cardio sessions. The same stimulus which built the muscle will be the one maintaining it. I know Crossfit is all the hype now, but Im very ambivalent towards training complex lifts requiring both skill and coordination until failure with short rest periods. Yes, you can get strong, but in my experience you will get stronger and fitter by separating strength and cardio and with less injury potential to boot.

Also consider the fact that women in general will do more reps at a given intensity than men due to neurological inefficiency, so do 5-8 rep training on a regular basis to keep strength levels up during a diet even delving into 1-3 rep territory as long as you stay explosive and use long rest periods (2-5mins).

Heres a typical training week deep into contest prep, about 4 weeks from the competition date and this ONLY an example, not a template to copy indiscriminantly:

Monday:

Morning: Tempo intervals, 5min warm-up, 30secs high intensity, 90secs low intensity for 20mins, 5 min cool-down. 30min total duration. .

Afternoon: Shoulder pressing, side and bent laterals for shoulders, some triceps work

Tuesday:

Morning walk/jog for 15-20 minutes. Afternoon/Evening: Sprint intervals 5 min warm-up, 10 x go hard for 10 secs, easy for 40 secs. Easy walking for 7 minutes. Total duration 20 minutes.

Wednesday:

Morning: 30min brisk walk

Afternoon: Barbell or DB complex: 8 explosive reps each of Bent Rows, Cleans, Front Squat, Shoulder Press, Squats, Good Mornings moving directly from one exercise to the next. Its a natural progression. Rest for 1 minute. Repeat the circuit 6 times.

Thursday:

40min brisk walk in the morning.

Afternoon: Lats and biceps, added delt work

Friday:

Morning: Tempo intervals, same as Monday

Afternoon: Chest, back horizontal pulling focus (rows and deadlift variations) with some added glute/ham work.

Saturday:

20-30 min brisk walk and easy mobility work or rest

Sunday:

20-30min brisk walk in the morning (I occasionally have someone do sprint intervals on the same day as legs as it leaves more days for recovery)

Afternoon: Legs

I dont play around too much with carbs at this point. The judges usually prefer the dry, hard look, and not fullness or vascularity as in a bodybuilder so dont try to carb up like a bodybuilder. What usually works best is just dropping down cardio to a bare minimum and increasing carbs ever so slightly for a few days at the beginning of the final week. Depending on conditioning, drop back down for the last couple of days to get rid of any subcutaneous water retention. If you need more fullness on contest day, add a couple of meals of carbs, fats and sodium before pre-judging and you should be good to go. Only if someone is really lean, somewhat stringy and flat and/or under-muscled will I try to improve their look by carbing them up more, but I still prefer to do that early in the week (Tuesday-Wednesday) and drop carbs back to diet levels Thursday and Friday (for a Saturday show) if they start spilling over.

Just keep water and sodium high throughout the week (5-8 liters is a good range it will be hard the first couple of days then you adapt) and only drop sodium (dont eliminate it) for the first meals on Friday, then bring it back in for the final meal or the first meals on Saturday depending on when pre-judging starts. Water is kept in the whole time, but Saturday you only need small sips between meals if youre really thirsty. The rest is an individual adjustment process, so I cant give you any cookie cutter routine here it will depend on how you have responded to various diet manipulations on the way and how lean you are.

A trial run 2-3 weeks out will save you a lot of trouble, and take note on what days you look the best, but when in doubt KISS. No, it wasnt a romantic invitation. It means Keep It Simple Stupid and dont waste 20 weeks of dieting by doing something overcomplicated and silly the last couple of days. Having a coach with a good eye to give you honest feedback and keep your head in check is not only a bonus, but a requirement unless youve competed many times and know your body inside out.

So there you have it, my contest prep tips for female fitness and bikini competitors, based on 50% science, 50% experience, and 50% stuff I made up as I wrote it. Yeah, I know it adds up to 150% but dont let my math skills get in the way of rethinking your old strategy and taking something useful away from this article.

Coach Borge A. Fagerli

Oslo, Norway

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1.3. Additional Restrictions. You may not, and may not permit any third party to, use the Services in any manner or for any purpose other than as expressly permitted by this Agreement. You may not, or may not attempt to, and may not permit any third party to: (a) modify, alter, tamper with, copy, translate, or otherwise create derivative works of the Services; (b) reverse engineer, disassemble, or decompile the Services or otherwise attempt to derive the source code of any software included in the Services; (c) resell or sublicense the Services; (d) use the Services to develop any software or other technology having the same primary function as the Services; (e) use the Services in a manner that interferes with other users’ use of the Services; or (f) use the Services in any manner that violates our Policies. All licenses granted to you in this Agreement are conditional on your continued compliance this Agreement, and will immediately and automatically terminate if you do not comply with any term or condition of this Agreement.

1.4. Reserved Rights. We own and reserve all right, title, and interest in and to the Services. This Agreement does not grant you any rights in or to the Services except for the limited rights to use the Services expressly granted by this Agreement. We may change or remove features or functionality of the Services at any time.

2. Your Account. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL USE AND ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH OR ARISING FROM ANY USE OF YOUR ACCOUNT. WE AND OUR AFFILIATES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO YOUR ACCOUNT. You will contact us immediately if you believe an unauthorized third party may be using your account or if your account information is lost or stolen. You will be deemed to have taken any action that occurs under your account. You agree to keep your password secret and not to share it with anyone except as may be expressly allowed under this Agreement.

3. Policies. Your use of the Services is subject to our general website Terms of Use currently referenced at http://www.anytimefitness.com/terms-of-use and the privacy policy currently referenced at http://www.anytimefitness.com/privacy, as each may be updated from time to time, and any other policy or terms for access to and use of the Services (collectively, the Policies). You will comply with all applicable laws and regulations in connection with your use of the Services.

4. Term and Termination

4.1. Term. This Agreement shall commence on the Effective Date and will continue thereafter until terminated as set forth in this Agreement.

4.2. Suspension. We may suspend your right to access or use any portion or all of the Services immediately upon notice to you if we determine: (a) your use of the Services may subject us, our affiliates, or any third party to liability or may adversely impact the Services or the systems of Anytime Fitness; or (b) you are in breach of this Agreement or any other agreement you may have with Anytime Fitness. Our right to suspend your right to access or use the Services is in addition to our right to terminate this Agreement pursuant to Section 4.3.

4.3. Termination. This Agreement automatically terminates at the time your business relationship with Anytime Fitness or an Anytime Fitness health and fitness club terminates. In addition, we may also terminate this Agreement immediately, without notice or liability, if we determine in our sole discretion that: (i) you have breached any portion of this Agreement or any other agreement you may have with Anytime Fitness; (ii) your use of or access to the Services inhibits any other user from using or accessing the Service; or (iii) the Services will no longer be offered. We may also terminate this Agreement at any time and for any reason by providing you notice.

4.4. Effect of Termination. Upon termination of this Agreement, your rights to use the Services and the Anytime Fitness Information immediately terminate.

5. Warranty Disclaimers.THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED AS IS. WE AND OUR AFFILIATES AND LICENSORS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE REGARDING THE SERVICES. EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT PROHIBITED BY LAW, WE AND OUR AFFILIATES AND LICENSORS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND ANY WARRANTIES ARISING OUT OF ANY COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE.

6. Limitations of Liability.IN NO EVENT SHALL EITHER ANYTIME FITNESS OR ITS AFFILIATES OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE SERVICES OR THE AGREEEMENT, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, WARRANTY, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY SUCH DAMAGES.UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER SHALL ANYTIME FITNESSS, ITS AFFILIATES OR LICENSORS AGGREGATE LIABILITY RESULTING FROM OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR THE SERVICES EXCEED ONE HUNDRED U.S. DOLLARS ($100.00). Certain state laws do not allow limitations on implied warranties or the exclusion or limitation of certain damages. If these laws apply to you, some or all of the above disclaimers, exclusions, or limitations may not apply to you, and you may have additional rights.7. Indemnification. You will defend, indemnify, and hold harmless us, our affiliates and licensors, and each of ours and their respective employees, officers, directors, and representatives from and against any claims, demands, damages, losses, liabilities, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys fees) arising out of or relating to any third party claim concerning: (a) your use of the Services (including any activities under your account); or (b) your breach of this Agreement or violation of applicable law. We will promptly notify you of any claim subject to this Section 7, but our failure to promptly notify you will only affect your obligations under this Section 7 to the extent that our failure prejudices your ability to defend the claim. You may: (a) use counsel of your own choosing (subject to our written consent) to defend against any claim; and (b) settle the claim with our prior written consent before entering into any settlement. However, we may also assume control of the defense and settlement of the claim at any time.

8. Modifications to the Agreement. We may modify this Agreement at any time by posting a revised version on the Anytime Fitness Dashboard website or by providing notice to you as set forth in this Agreement. The modified terms will become effective upon posting. By continuing to use the Services after the effective date of any modifications to this Agreement, you agree to be bound by the modified terms.

9. Survival. The provisions of this Agreement, which, by their terms, require performance after the termination of this Agreement, or have application to events that may occur after the termination of this Agreement, shall survive the termination of this Agreement.

10. Notices. All communications and notices to be made or given pursuant to this Agreement must be in the English language. We may provide any notice to you under this Agreement by means of posting a general notice on our website or by sending a message to the email address then-associated with your account. Notices we provide by posting on our website will be effective upon posting and notices we provide by email will be effective when we send the email. It is your responsibility to keep your email address current. You will be deemed to have received any email sent to the email address then-associated with your account when we send the email, whether or not you actually receive the email. You may give notice to us at any time by any letter delivered by nationally recognized overnight delivery service or first class postage prepaid mail to us at the following address: Anytime Fitness, LLC, 12181 Margo Avenue South, Hastings, MN 55033 USA. Notice to us shall be deemed given when received by us.

11. Assignment. You will not assign this Agreement, or delegate or sublicense any of your rights under this Agreement, without our prior written consent. Any assignment or transfer in violation of this Section will be void. Subject to the foregoing, this Agreement will be binding upon, and inure to the benefit of the parties and their respective successors and assigns.

12. No Waivers. The failure by us to enforce any provision of this Agreement will not constitute a present or future waiver of such provision nor limit our right to enforce such provision at a later time. All waivers by us must be in writing to be effective.

13. Relationship of the Parties. The parties to this Agreement are independent contractors, and this Agreement does not create an agency, partnership or joint venture.

14. Severability. If any portion of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining portions of this Agreement will remain in full force and effect. Any invalid or unenforceable portions will be interpreted to effect and intent of the original portion. If such construction is not possible, the invalid or unenforceable portion will be severed from this Agreement but the rest of the Agreement will remain in full force and effect.

15. Governing Law; Venue. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Minnesota, without giving effect to its conflicts of law principles. For the purpose of resolving conflicts related to or arising out of this Agreement, the parties expressly agree and consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of, and venue in, the federal and state courts in the State of Minnesota.

16. Entire Agreement; English Language. This Agreement includes the Policies and is the entire agreement between you and us regarding the subject matter of this Agreement. This Agreement supersedes all prior or contemporaneous representations, understandings, agreements, or communications between you and us, whether written or verbal, regarding the subject matter of this Agreement. We will not be bound by, and specifically object to, any term, condition or other provision which is different from or in addition to the provisions of this Agreement (whether or not it would materially alter this Agreement) and which is submitted by you in any receipt, acceptance, confirmation, correspondence or other document. If the terms of this document are inconsistent with the terms contained in any Policy, the terms contained in this document will control. This Agreement has been prepared in English, and English is the controlling language with respect to all matters concerning this Agreement.

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Fitness – Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fitness in biology is the relative ability of an organism to survive and pass on its genes to the next generation.[1]p160 It is a central idea in evolutionary theory. Fitness is usually equal to the proportion of the individual’s genes in all the genes of the next generation.

Like all terms in evolutionary biology, fitness is defined in terms of an interbreeding population, which might or might not be a whole species. If differences in individual genotypes affect fitness, then the frequencies of the genotypes will change over generations; the genotypes with higher fitness become more common. This is the process called natural selection.

An individual’s fitness is caused by its phenotype, and passed on by its genotype. The fitnesses of different individuals with the same genotype are not necessarily equal. It depends on the environment in which the individuals live, and on accidental events. However, since the fitness of the genotype is an averaged quantity, it reflects the reproductive outcomes of all individuals with that genotype.

Fitness measures the number of the copies of the genes of an individual in the next generation. It doesn’t really matter how the genes arrive in the next generation. For an individual, it is equally “beneficial” to reproduce itself, or to help relatives with similar genes to reproduce, as long as similar number of copies of individual’s genes get passed on to the next generation. Selection which promotes this kind of helper behaviour is called kin selection.

Our closest relatives (parents, siblings, and our own children) share on average 50% (half) of our genes. One step further removed are grandparents. With each of them we share on average 25% (a quarter) of our genes. That is a measure of our relatedness to them. Next come first cousins (children of our parents’ siblings). We share 12.5% (1/8) of their genes.[2]p100

William Hamilton added various ideas to the notion of fitness. His rule suggests that a costly action should be performed if:

Fitness costs and benefits are measured in fecundity.[3]

Inclusive fitness is a term which is essentially the same as fitness, but emphasises the group of genes rather than individuals.

Biological fitness says how well an organism can reproduce, and spread its genes to its offspring. The theory of inclusive fitness says that the fitness of an organism is also increased to the extent that its close relatives also reproduce. This is because relatives share genes in proportion to their relationship.

Another way of saying it: the inclusive fitness of an organism is not a property of itself, but a property of its set of genes. It is calculated from the reproductive success of the individual, plus the reproductive success of its relatives, each one weighed by an appropriate coefficient of relatedness.[4]

The British social philosopher Herbert Spencer coined the phrase survival of the fittest in his 1864 work Principles of biology to mean what Charles Darwin called natural selection.[5] The original phrase was “survival of the best fitted”.

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Desi Bartlett M.S., CPT | Flexibility

Desi Bartlett M.S., CPT, has been teaching health and wellness for over 18 years. Her innovative approach to teaching is to tap into one’s inner joy and let movement be an outer expression of that state. Originally from Chicago, she has earned a degree in Kinesiology, a minor in dance and her Master’s degree in Corporate Fitness. Desi holds advanced certifications in Yoga, Personal Training, Pre & Post Natal Fitness and Group Fitness. She is also a continuing education provider through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the National Council for Personal Trainers.

Desi’s inspiring and unique classes have been featured on networks such as ABC, Univision and Lifetime. In 2005, Desi was named ambassador for Lululemon Athletica. In that same year, she helped open Equinox Fitness in Santa Monica as their Group Fitness Manager. In early 2006 she was a presenter for NikeFitnessAcademy at the University of Southern California and also worked as the product director of fitness for Gaiam, teaching Yoga Dance Fusion,’ at Gaiam’s 10th annual LOHAS conference.

As an extension of her relationship with Lululemon Athletica, Desi designed the first round Yoga mat on the market, the 360 mat. She created a special class format based on the design of the mat, which is called 360 Yoga-Flow. Desi also filmed her 2009 Prenatal Yoga DVD on the 360 mat, inviting in a feeling of freedom to the movement for expecting moms.

In 2008, Acacia released two DVD projects created by and featuring Bartlett. The first title,’ 3 in1 Total Body Fitness,’ is a triathlon style, full body workout, the eclectic DVD combines 30 minutes of strength training to sculpt and tone; 30 minutes of cardio to train your heart, boost your energy and endurance; and 30 minutes of flexibility training and stretching to lengthen muscles and open stiff joints. The 2nd title,’ Yoga for Beginners,’ includes two unique practices, one an active, easy flow for complete body toning, the other slower and deeper for building long, lean muscles. There is much more to come from Desi, so sit back, relax and stay centered.

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