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Good questions.

From my own experiences and research, it would be like asking:

Drum machines Vs. Drums which do I use.

Well, a quick observation will depict that one must have come from the other. In this case, pilates is derived from yoga or at best yoga-esque principles and methods, so suffice it to say that for which may be a the BETTER CHOICE it may be a matter of needs, time, preference and fitness levels.

Now to compare the both:

What is Pilates?

This is an exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and improve overall health.

Primarily, the workout is usually performed on a mat and on specially designed equipment. The Pilates system includes exercises for every part of the body and applications for every kind of activity.

It is noteworthy of mention that Pilates focuses mainly on cultivating core strength in the body and lengthening the spine.

Furthermore, a lot of dancers practice this exercise and it does deserve a lot of credit for having become very well knows (especially in the last few decades) for its effect on sculpting the body.

Needless to say, in partnership with Yoga, it does go a long way towards increasing physical fitness all around.


What is yoga?

Boy, ol’ Boy?

I think it should be, in terms of body-weight only exercises, What ISN’T yoga or at least yoga-esque, should be the question.

Alright, you got me, yeah I lean more towards this system of exercise.

Well Foras, can you tell us why?


Folks, Yoga is a scientific system of physical and mental practices that originated in India more than three thousand years ago.

However, the word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. Its ultimate goal is the union of man with God or the universe in one breath. Furthermore, it aims to liberate the spirit as the mind and spirit are equally involved in its practice.

Needless to say, yoga is indeed the oldest existing physical-culture system in the world. Besides being a systematic and scientifically proven path to attaining physical fitness, it delays ageing, rejuvenates and improves appearance, maintains suppleness and increases vitality and the creative part of life.

Still, after all is said and done, like drums and drum machines, in terms of Yoga and Pilates, both can stand independent of each other, work dependent on each other or when the need arises can be interchanged in their exclusive or combined uses.

That’s not to say one isn’t better than the other, to me, I think it’s more preference. However like drums which will never go out of style, Yoga does have more of a human and authentic feel to it. The emphasis on breath, relaxation etc is something that seems to be absent or less prevalent in Pilates, although that’s not to overlook the ease, quickness and efficiency of doing the art form.

This article did mention that Pilates is often used by dancers, just like Yoga is often used even by Basketball players, Boxers etc, so it means just like drums are oft times needed or used in a song and do form the foundation of music and dance, the use of either or both would be a wise choice.

But, I do lean more towards Yoga, just from my experience, besides, when doing Pilates, it almost feels like I’m doing Yoga either way, so , I guess, why not just do it.

I guess that reminds me of my audio recording teachers who insist to this day to use live drums over drum machines for the ‘authentic’ feel.

So yeah, left to me, I’ll go with Yoga, it works for me, does what pilates can do and more, but for variety, being the spice of life as is often said, doing Pilates here and there won’t hurt and may in fact help a lot.

Still, owing to the obvious similarities between both exercises, suffice it to say that some guidelines need to be observed when executing them.

For the Interested persons, such helpful aids are herewith provided:

• Yoga postures should not be done on a full stomach.

Wait at least 3 hours after a meal BEFORE practice.

Personally, I think it’s best to do yoga first thing in the morning.

• If you can, (and you probably should) try to do Yoga barefoot.

Or at the very worst with socks or those non-slip footwear they have advertised. Me, I’m old school…barefoot!

• Okay, Nude Yoga has the right idea. Will I go that far…hmm, no! However, as little clothing as possible should be the ‘dress-code’ when doing yoga so you can move freely.

• As the Father of Naturopathy, Prof Ehret recommended in his books, always try to exercise in front of an OPEN window. So please make sure the room is ventilated.

• You are not competing with anyone so take it slowly and safely.

So no straining, no holding the poses beyond your physical strength levels; okay…buddy!

*Try to have fun with both; with everything in life.

Well, if you decide to use “drum machines” (Pilates) or “drums” (Yoga) as long as you’re getting the sound (fitness) you want, hey an exclusive, combination or interchangeable use of them would do just fine.

In Friendship,

Foras Aje


I prefer “drums”!!!

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People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.
- Norman Vincent Peale


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As you may have observed in part 2 of this series, I discussed how exercise and diet has an effect the Endocrine/Nervous and Digestive Systems.

Nonetheless, it is noteworthy of mention that closely adjoined to the stomach are the liver, spleen, kidneys, colon and pancreas, which in addition to the lungs and skin are the main organs of the excretory systems.

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Elimination and detoxification of poisons in the body are primarily achieved via the excretory organs. Where it not for them, no one would exist. For maximum efficiency of its vital parts, yogic exercises and a healthy diet is essential.

Suffice it to say that exercise (yoga, calisthenics, etc), besides aiding the body in its daily detoxifying duties of weight control and removal of disease, increases ones efficiency for, perhaps, less strenuous activities that one has to do.

Furthermore, aside from making you feel and look better, relaxed and poised, exercise aids you to become more adequate for the demands you place on your body. In addition, a well-trained body equates to a well trained mind.

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But, now that I have gotten your attention , I will mention that however Yoga differs from other physical cultures in that it:

1. Broadens mental faculties.

2. Leads to Acquisition of Control of involuntary muscles and organs in the body.

3. Opposes violent muscular motions as they produce large amounts of lactic acids in the fibers.

4. Is the oldest and perhaps the best for developing the metaphysical.

5. Keeps the arteries, veins and muscles elastic which results in delayed ageing.

As you may have observed from this 3- part series, Yoga, (or other yoga-esque exercises of derivatives of the art) as a choice of exercise is perhaps one of the best one can make.

It most definitely cannot hurt and in fact may help immensely.

So Why not give it (or its derivatives ) a shot starting today.

In friendship,

Foras Aje

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“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
- Michael Jordan


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Inches and Pounds. That’s what people begin to lose from their waistlines within days of using an abdominal exercise device called the Ab Wheel.


The first time I was introduced to it was in the year 2000.

It was while working out in the gym downstairs in our office building.

I was using the ‘crunching machine’ thinking I was doing something worth mentioning, when this guy pulled out a device that looked like a wheel with two handles around it.

He challenged me to do 10 repetitions of this abdominal exercise device and imagine the testosterone driven reaction when I sighed and said “please, what the heck can that do?”

A lot.

I tried one repetition and though I made it to about 8 (okay, I’ll never tell you what the exact number was but still…); I knew this ab-wheel thingy was on to something for abdominal exercises.

Your arms, upper back and shoulders benefit from the forward pushing and pulling. In fact, if you carry stress in your upper back, you can forget about it. The Ab- Wheel is going to loosen you up in that area.

Moreover, (of course considering my dietetic habits), within about a few weeks, I got not a 6-pack, but an 8-pack folks.

My tricep cuts started to be more defined than ever and my outer chest muscles greatly benefited from this.

In addition when you roll out to your sides (not even necessary with this device but still…) you target the love handles as well.

For how to use it: start with a hand on each grip and kneel down with both knees together on the floor. Lock your arms and hold the wheel at your knees on the floor.

Slowly roll the wheel out and away from your knees and continue going forward until your hands are beyond your head. Do not touch the floor; your body should be 3-6 inches above the floor. Return to the starting position by pulling in with your abdominal muscles and arching your back. Keep your arms straight and use your core muscles to return to the starting position again. Breathe in at the start and exhale on the way down. 7-10 repetitions equal one set AND one hell of a workout!

Most of all; dig this, if you go to a store like Sports Authority, Champs or even an Ancient Market, you can get it for only $9.95.

I don’t know about you, but if a device that inexpensive can get not only my abs, but perhaps my whole upper-body in great shape and tone, it sure has got my vote.

Not convinced, try it out and you’ll see.

In Friendship.

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Even though you are obviously increasing your total body size, the irony is yes you can accomplish both goals for the body at the same time-with the proper techniques applied though.

The good news is it is within reach.

To lose weight while at the same time gain muscle, you can do some things to make sure this is accomplished and they include the following.

1. Engage in exercise. I personally believe in a combination of Anaerobic (Without Oxygen) and Aerobic (with oxygen) calisthenics to bring this about. I also believe they should be executed in the order of which they are mentioned.

2. Eat a healthy diet. And what do I recommend for a ‘Program to gain muscle and lose weight at the same time’?

The Mucusless Diet. This consists of a large, large amount of organic (or safe, conventional) seasonal fruits and Raw and properly cooked Vegetables (leafy and Roots).

Such a diet not only builds the body, but nourishes and cleanses it simultaneously owing to their broom-like, yet nourishing elements.

Perhaps the most beneficial aspect of this diet is that it automatically promotes weight loss and lays down the foundation for building a genuinely toned muscle frame, while at the same time building up your endurance capability for simple

(yet effective) calisthenics such as the Ab-Wheel Roll-outs, chin-ups, chair dips, push ups, pull-ups or the Matt Furey Royal Court (Hindu Squats, Hindu Push-ups and Bridge), that you can add to an exercise routine to automatically begin to see the results of your efforts and sacrifice within a few days…really.

That said my good friend, if you want to get pumped up ‘muscle-wise’ yet lose the weight (for trouble spots like the gut, love-handles, Triceps), yes there are some tips that you can implement to make your own Program to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time.

Just remember to

* Set your goals

* Set a timeframe for your goals

* Figure out how to meet your goals with an exercise program

* Structure your program

* Maintain your program

If you follow a balanced program that includes cardio, strength training and flexibility and make sure you’re getting nutrition, you’re on the right track.

Here’s to health!

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“Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses… on your powers, instead of your problems.”–Paul J. Meyer


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