Why A Former Ectomorph Made A Big Diet Change

For those who don’t know, an ectomorph is one of the three body types we all fall under. I wanted to pay special attention to the type that makes up the ectomorph because that is the type that I am. For those like us, we find that when we eat, the food goes somewhere but it doesn’t show on us. I remember having to, due to constantly being on the road, had to drop weightlifting out of my life for a month or two. All of the sudden, I had close friends asking if I was getting sick or what had happened to me, like I had returned to them a different person. I was starting to notice that my shirts and pants were feeling a little bit baggier but certainly not the cause for alarm that everyone else must have thought it was. I won’t go into detail with the accusations that were made about my new look, which I tried to explain, only to have my perfectly logical reason fall right on deaf ears, thanks, family!

Gaining Weight Can Be Done by Anyone

What I found was that the unkind words (all in good fun, I suppose) had got to me and I slimwas coming back to weightlifting with an entirely new attitude. What was funny was that, with the lower body fat percentage I had from not training, the muscle was showing up clearer than before. When an ectomorph starts to really bulk up, it is natural for them to start thinking about getting more defined. I’ve told everyone who asks about the subject that bodybuilding isn’t something you are going to be a pro at in a month, or even in a year, although it does happen. For a vast majority of people, you’ll have your trial and error moments, they help you grow.
That new attitude didn’t just reach me in my training sessions, it followed me to the supermarket. I now hunted down foods that were calorie dense, with a mix of proteins and good fats. I felt that the joke was on everyone that had poked fun at me, in the time it took for the muscle to fade away, it started coming back.

Gelatin For Damaged Joints

It turns out that consuming gelatin isn’t just for those who want a nice dessert, there are other benefits to this food. You don’t have to be an endurance runner to suffer from joint damage. Even our workplace can sometimes be a cause of those annoying joint aches that linger on. If you are someone that can deal with day to day aches, that’s great, but for others, the pain can become too much. We all live vastly different lives and some are putting their joints under more strain than others. Oftentimes, it is those who put their joints under a massive amount of stress at a younger age, that begin to feel the effects as they get older. My stepdad was a bit of a wild man in his day, and he loved his motorcycles. Since he is a stepparent, it should go without saying that I didn’t personally know him in his younger days, just hearing what I could through the stories that he tells me. One night, this guy went out on his motorcycle on a rainy night and ended up violently crashing his bike, and his body was to suffer damage as well. This man was rushed to the hospital, after someone saw what had happened. My stepdad would end up being confined to a hospital bed for many months, thankfully never having to go into a coma. After the long healing process, this didn’t mean that my stepdad would be safe for lingering pain for too long.


Now well into his fifties, it is hard for my stepdad to sit down for long amounts of time, as his hips bore the brunt of the wreckage in the motorcycle accident. I’ve seen the scars that were the result of such a tremendous crash and it helped me figure out that I have no want to buy a motorcycle for myself. When I recently went to visit him, I saw that his cabinets were stocked with Jello, I had never known him to have a sweet tooth. What he told me made perfect sense, he had started regularly eating gelatin because it was making his joint feel more relaxed, like he could sit and rest more often. This man, now proudly eating his Jello for lunch was once a bad news biker that didn’t take anything from anyone, I had to chuckle to myself.

It’s not just my stepdad that is getting used to this dessert as a way to make muscles feel better. You don’t have to be in your fifties to start undertaking the benefits of gelatin for your joints, you can start now. I personally love gelatin and it makes for a fun and not so unhealthy dessert option, especially when I’m trying to keep my weight down. I usually prefer the grape and cherry flavors but, if you don’t know yet, there might not be another food with more flavor choices than gelatin but if you prefer, there is also unflavored gelatin that is often used for cooking. No matter how you choose to cook with it, gelatin is turning out to be a viable choice for repairing joints and muscles that have been worn down by everyday use. What have you tried that is uncommonly used to help out daily muscle pain? Leave what works best for you in the comments section, I’d love to know!

Reebok Releases Shoes Honoring Weightlifter

Taking the world by storm, there is a person lifting weights named CJ Cummings and his tale is quite an inspirational one. When I was CJ’s age, I was running with a bad crowd and getting mized up in a really bad scene. Had I been more like CJ, I could have spent those years taking care of myself. Known as the Legacy Lifter, these new shoes that are made by Reebook are a great pair for any aspiring weightlifter to put on. You might not get the strength that CJ is able to have but they are very comfortable and designed to help you breeze through your exercising. The shoes even have Cumming’s signature on the attire themselves, making it a great pair of shoes to gain some extra attention. As great as they look, these shoes are more than just nice looking footwear.

I had a tough enough time with trying to manage my grades and graduate, I couldn’t imagine how it must feel to accomplish so much as such a young age, as CJ Cummings has done. I am almost positive that he will continue to gain strength at a very fast pace. Already setting records and even breaking his own, Cummings has a mixture of pure talent and great genetics that don’t come along very often. With so much potential, I look forward to seeing CJ take many different medals and awards, throughout his career that has only just begun. One thing is for sure, CJ doesn’t let his fame go to his head, he is currently finishing up his degree. I have to give CJ props for choosing to put his focus, not just on weightlifting, but to also have a back up plan and to go for his education. There aren’t too many good role models left in the world of sports but that could soon change with one weightlifter who is determined to become the best. Trials and tribulations are certain to be around every potential corner but I don’t see that getting to CJ. I am sure that he is taking a bit of time to celebrate the release of his awesome new shoes.

I love the black and gold coloring, as some other weightlifting shoes that I have seen are way too busy looking for me to ever consider putting them on. For those who haven’t had time to see the shoe, you should really go and check it out. The heel on this shoe is made from a sturdy material, making sure that you have the proper support when you are trying your best to be like CJ Cummings. I can’t say enough how cool the shoe actually looks, it is classic with a newfound style that is all it’s own. The shoe retails for about $199 and is made by Reebook, with some advice and specifications from CJ himself. I wouldn’t be surprised if these shoes don’t sell out quickly, as Cummings has a huge following. I can see many people who don’t even know who Cummings is running out to get these shoes, just because of how cool they look. I hope that Cummings is able to have his opinion on more shoes, in the future, as the Legacy Lifters seem to only be the beginning between Cummings and Reebook. Having a good pair of weightlifting shoes is an investment that will keep you safe and strong.