Posted by: Roberto | 26 September, 2013

Barilla e i bigolini

Barilla e i bigolini

“Non farei uno spot con una famiglia omosessuale, perche’ noi siamo per la famiglia tradizionale. Se i gay non sono d’accordo, possono sempre mangiare la pasta di un’altra marca. Tutti sono liberi di fare cio’ che vogliono, purche’ non infastidiscano gli altri” – Guido Barilla

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Posted by: Roberto | 26 March, 2009

2009 IFBB Arnold Classic Results

1. Kai Greene

2. Victor Martinez

3. Branch Warren

4. Toney Freeman

5. Silvio Samuel

6. Moe Elmoussawi

7. Dennis James

8. Sergey Shelestov

9. Johnnie Jackson

10. Ronny Rockel

11. Gustavo Badell

12. Ahmad Haidar

13. Marcus Haley

Fish oil may protect men against potentially deadly aggressive prostate cancer, a study suggests.

Researchers found that a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish such as herring, salmon and mackerel, could reduce the risk of developing the disease by about 60 per cent.

It also reversed the effect of an inherited gene which is known to increase the risk of aggressive prostate cancer.

The study compared the diets of 466 men diagnosed with the disease and 478 healthy men.

It found men who ate ‘dark’ oily fish, rich in omega-3, one to three times per month had a 36 per cent lower risk of prostate cancer than those who never ate dark fish.

Eating oily fish more than once a week had an even bigger protective effect, leading to a 57 per cent reduction in risk.

A similar trend was seen for different levels of shellfish intake. Shellfish also contains omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 intake also had a major impact on the effect of a hazardous variant of the COX-2 gene, which promotes inflammation and is known to be linked to prostate cancer.

Men with the variant have a more than five-fold increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer. But a high consumption of oily fish effectively wiped out this risk factor.

Study leader Professor John Witte, from the University of California in San Francisco, said: ‘The COX-2 increased risk of disease was essentially reversed by increasing omega-3 fatty acid intake by a half a gram per day.’

Omega-3 fatty acids may help to prevent prostate cancer by combating inflammation, the scientists believe.

There is increasing evidence that inflammation influences cancer risk. Inflammation, which is an inappropriate immune system response, can be affected by diet, bacterial and viral infections, and genetic make-up.

The findings were reported today in the journal clinical Cancer Research.

Around 35,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the UK and 10,000 die from the disease.

Daily Mail – 25th March 2009

Posted by: Roberto | 23 January, 2009

Healthy Tube map puts London through its paces

AN ALTERNATIVE Tube map, showing how many footsteps it takes to walk between stations, has been released in an effort to get Londoners to take more exercise.

The average Londoner walks 43 minutes a day but this falls short of the British Heart Foundation’s recommended 75 minutes or almost five miles. The new map of the Underground, an initiative by insurance firm PruHeath, hopes to help commuters increase their daily steps to the recommended 10, 000.

Research suggests that as many as 20.5 million Brits intend to walk more this year to save money and to get more exercise. PruHealth suggests that to get up to the target, Londoners could get off the Tube a stop early and walk the rest of the way to work.

For commuters heading to Cannon Street from Monument on the District and Circle that will add a mere 99 steps, but hardier folk getting off at King’s Cross on their way to Farringdon would have to trek 2,438 feet – nearly a quarter of the recommendation.

A spokesman for PruHealth said: “Walking is a great form of exercise so it’s very encouraging to see so many people wanting to incorporate it into their daily lives. And crucially, with the economy as it is at the moment, it is also free, which helps if you’re on a tight budget.

“Small changes such as getting off the bus a stop early, shopping locally without taking the car, or taking the dog for a longer walk, are all steps in the right direction. Taking 10,000 steps a day can help protect you against a wide range of diseases including strokes, diabetes and some types of cancer.”

From “The London Paper” – 23.01.2009

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Posted by: Roberto | 12 January, 2009

Improve your peripherical circulation

Simon – one of my regular clients for massage – has a problem with his peripherical circulation: his feet are always cold, no matter if it is summer or winter. So, I decided to make a research in order to give him some advice on how to reduce the symptoms and I thought to share the results with you.

FOOD

Many herbal remedies such as ginkgo biloba can help improve blood circulation but so too can much of the food we eat. Five of the most effective circulation boosting foods are as follows:

1) Pumpkin seeds: they are a good source of vitamin E which research has shown can help reduce the stickiness of blood and therefore lower the likelihood of blood clots forming.

2) Oranges: the high levels of vitamin C and bioflavonoids in oranges help the flow of blood through your body by strengthening the capillary walls.

3) Nuts: they contain niacin, or vitamin B3 as it is sometimes referred to, which essentially gives your blood a boost and therefore can prevent circulation problems.

4) Watermelon and tomatoes: they are rich in lycopene which can help prevent a buildup of plaque (a substance that can interfere with blood flow) in the arteries and therefore ensure healthy blood circulation.

5) Garlic: blood circulation is another of the many strings to garlic’s bow. It can help prevent the accumulation of plaque and in some cases actively reduce it.

6) Bilberry:  it has been used for centuries, both medicinally and as a food in jams and pies. It is related to the blueberry and is native to Northern Europe. Bilberry fruit contains some chemicals that have excellent antioxidant properties. They scavenge damaging particles in the body known as free radicals, helping to prevent or reverse damage to cells. Antioxidants have been shown to help prevent a number of long-term illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and an eye disorder called macular degeneration.

EXERCISE

Regular exercise can help to reduce the symptoms of reduced peripherical circulation.

SMOKING

Stop smoking, if you smoke.

LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

If it is too high.

REGULAR MASSAGE

Can help increase the blood flow going into the muscles.

Roberto Bocchetti is an experienced and qualified Personal Trainer and Massage Terapist in London, UK. To contact Roberto, please call +44 7508 250 126.

Posted by: Roberto | 5 January, 2009

Happy New Year

This is the time to start exercising, get rid of the extra pound accumulated during the Christmas holidays and get ready for summer!

Do something good for your body, mind and soul: hire Roberto as your personal trainer and you will see REAL results.

Call +44(0)7508 250126 for a FREE Personal Training Consultation where we’ll discuss your needs, identify possible obstacles and assess your current fitness level.

Posted by: Roberto | 12 December, 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my clients and friends

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my clients and friends.

Roberto Bocchetti, Personal Trainer and Massage Therapist in London, UK.

Tel +44 7508 250 126.

Posted by: Roberto | 8 December, 2008

Arm-Wrestling

ARM-WRESTLING – By Kristina Georgiou
Reprinted from METRO, 08 December 2008

Arm-wrestling: it’s a sport that requires speed, strength, faith and a positive mental attitude and at last fans can watch it on TV in Britain, in a programme on Eurosport.

The smell of Deep Heat fills my nostrils as two bulky men lean over a tournament table. They place their bulging left arms on either side of the table, lock hands, shuffle their feet into position and stare into each other’s eyes.

‘Go!’ shouts the referee. Smack bang in the middle of the very unlikely location of Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock, the British Arm Wrestling Championships starts.

‘People don’t realise how hard this is. They think it’s a joke,’ says Steve Rogers, 48, one of the smallest men in the sport at 5ft 6in and 55kg (8st 91b).

But arm-wrestling has come a long way from the dark and dingy pub image many associate it with. Its origins can be traced as far back as 2,OOOBC, to a painting depicting the sport found in an Ancient Egyptian tomb. Most popular in the US, arm-wrestling was globally recognised as a legitimate sport around 1952 and its popularity is growing. Over the May bank holiday this year, 10,000 people watched the Arm Wars event at Manchester’s Trafford Centre.

At today’s event, 150 athletes are divided into weight categories from bantamweight (below 65kg) to super heavyweight – 110kg plus. They are also split into right-hand and left-hand divisions. An international competition
will also take place with 20 athletes from seven countries competing. There are only eight women arm wrestlers at the event and they follow the same rules as the men.

‘Heeeeeere we go!’ shouts ‘No limits Neil’ Pickup, 34, organiser, competitor and commentator of the event as the  strain shows on the contenders’ reddening faces. Fellow competitors sit at the front of the room, watching the action intently. Then: Slam! Game over. The bustling shopping centre roars as the loser stands back, rubbing his arm in pain.

This is the first time the event has been televised on Eurosport and it’s making a good show. A new weekly  programme, International Arm Wrestling, is about to start on the channel – a first for arm-wrestling in Britain.

Match after match, my preconceptions about the sport crumble: arm-wrestling isn’t as straightforward as it looks and each athlete has their own signature style. Like any fully fledged sport, there is a lot to learn. It has strict rules, fouls and divisions for amateur and professional levels, just like boxing.

The hand is a wonderful thing,’ explains Canadian Devon Larratt, 33, a milk farmer who is defending his super heavyweight title. That’s what makes arm-wrestling so complicated – you have this thing to fight with and it can do so many different things.’ Technique, strength, flexibility, hand positioning and the length of an opponent’s arm can influence a match. It has even been known for a competitor to break an arm during a wrestle. They often endure ligament damage plus elbow pain if the shoulder isn’t in symmetry with the arm and wrist. Recovery is a huge part of arm-wrestling – the competitor needs breaks to recover from each round. Training is obviously pivotal and a professional arm-wrestler trains three to four hours a day, six times a week to develop a strong, solid core and biceps like Popeye’s.

Their diet -which does consist of a lot of spinach -follows a high-protein, low-carb regime. ‘No sugar, no salt, eat lots of natural foods that aren’t processed, drink lots of water – everybody should be eating like that anyway,’ says Larratt. In an average session, an arm-wrestler can burn 1,000-1,500 calories.

Skill and strength are second to mental training. ‘You have to use your heart and mind,’ says Brazilian Marcio Barboza, 35, a super heavyweight contender and fashion stylist in New York; sure enough, before and during each match I see many athletes giving themselves pep talks.

There’s so much mental training: my visualisation and my rehearsals are very important.’ says Larratt, ‘I think about all the different positions and forces I’m going to feel and how I’ll react. When you’re up there it’s difficult to think because there is so much adrenalin in your body.

‘It’s very rare for a wrestler to just show up and be unbelievable. It takes years. It’s a long road because the muscles take a long time to accumulate and learn to work together.’

‘Bad Boy’ Alan Greaves, 57, who looks like a bit like Hulk Hogan, is one of the oldest men ever to compete. Pickup confirms the older arm-wrestler’s advantage: ‘Greaves knows the ins and outs of his opponent’s mind. You think
you’re going to go one way but he knows you’re going to go the other.’ Arm-wrestling, it seems, is a battle of brains as well as biceps.

TRAIN LIKE AN ARM-WRESTLER
The most important thing in arm-wrestling is to know how to get all the strength from your arm into your hand and wrist, says ‘No limits Neil’ Pickup: ‘Grip strength is the key exercise to work on, as weil as wrist and forearm exercises.’

AT HOME
Get a bag of sugar and rotate your hand and wrist around. Try to do three sets of 100. Your hand and wrist will get stronger, which will increase your forearm strength.

IN THE GYM
Try pull-ups and climbing ropes. Take a towel with you and wrap it around the grip handle of the dumb-bell so that it is much thicker, and do wrist curls. ‘You won’t be able to lift heavy weights at first but this exercise makes a tremendous difference to your grip and forearm strength, the thicker you make the handle, the more effective the power in your hand and wrist will be. You can buy specialist hand-grippers called Captains Of Crush from a company
called Iron Mind.

REHAB FROM INJURIES
Roberto is a qualified personal trainer and masseur operating in London, next to Clapham Junction Station. If you are an arm-wrestler, Roberto can help you in case of injuries (which are a quite common occurence) or he can help you to improve your strength and technique. To contact Roberto, call 07508 250 126.

Posted by: Roberto | 14 November, 2008

Beat the credit crunch! New offers on massage therapy!

The credit crunch might be exaggerated by the media, but for sure we are going through a period of uncertainty and financial recession.

I think massage is a good way to help people cope with stress, and I want it to be affordable. For this reason, I am launching a special offer.

On Tuesdays, Wedsnesdays and Thursdays between 10 am and 5 pm you get a 20% OFF. That is: 1 hour massage will cost you £40 (instead of the regular price £50), while half an hour will cost you only £24 (instead of £30).

I hope this offer will help people to afford a good massage with me. To make a reservation, call me on my mobile +44 7508 250 126. You can also call me for FREE via Skype through my website at www.musclerob.com

Posted by: Roberto | 14 November, 2008

New functionalities added to musclerob.com website

Great news! I have added a new functionality to my website at http://www.musclerob.com

From now on, visitors can call me for free via Skype, if they want to talk to me in order to have more information about my services or to make a reservation.

The Skype option is not always available because, as you might imagine, I am not sitting 24 hours a day in front of my computer. However, it gives visitors another option to contact me, in addition to my mobile number which is +44 7508 250 126.

For more information, check my website at www.musclerob.com

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