Mega-T Green Tea

Green tea has been highly valued for its herbal benefits for many years. It has been known to boost the immune system and cure various ailments. The antioxidants in green tea are said to kill free radicals that are the number one cause of aging and diseases. Therefore, it is no surprise that there is a product that contains these benefit and many more. Mega-T Green Tea contains a high amount of green tea extract (and 300mg green tea leaf extract) which helps curb a person’s appetite by containing natural appetite suppressants.

Mega-T Green Tea also contains plyphenols which are antioxidants that stimulate thermogensis; which is the process where calories are converted into heat energy for the body to use. Also added is chromium which helps increase the metabolic rate by allowing a person to burn fat during regular, everyday activities. Garcinia Cambogia is also in Mega-T Green Tea. This herb helps curve the appetite while aiding in overcoming food cravings.

Mega-T Green Tea also contains Guarana which provides energy needed to perform not only regular activities but exercises as well. Another component of Mega-T Green Tea is Siberian Ginseng which improves stamina needed for harder workouts. Other ingredients are Baldderwack, Fo Ti, and Gotu Kola which all have diuretic properties. Diuretics in Mega-T Green Tea helps induce sweating, causing your body lose your excess water.

For further information on Mega-T Green Tea reference to their website at: http://www.mega-diet.com/

Anthony McClanahan
April Green
41sports Intern

Body Plane Movement

Every movement your body makes moves through a plane. There are three planes of the body. The first is the frontal plane. The frontal plane divides the body into a front (anterior) and a back (posterior) section. The most common frontal plane movement is abduction and adduction. Examples would be dumbbell lateral raises, side lunges; military presses and a wide grip pull up.

The second plan is the horizontal plane, also called the transverse plane. This plane separates the body into a top (superior) half and bottom (inferior) half. The main type of movement that takes place is rotation, specifically internal and external. An example of internal rotation would be when you turn the knees towards each other in a standing position, this internally rotates the legs. External rotation would be when moving the knees outward or away from each other in a standing position, externally rotating the legs. Motion examples of the horizontal plane would be the bench press, wood chop, dumbbell flies and oblique crunches.

The final plane is the sagittal plane. This plane runs from left to right, or right to left. It either goes towards the sides (lateral) of the body or towards the middle (medial) of the body; essentially it divides the body into right and left sides. An example of the sagittal plane would be saying the nose is medial to the eyes while the ear is lateral to the eyes and nose. The most common type of movement in this plane is flexion and extension. A movement example would be performing a bicep curl, a step forward lung, a squat and standing calf raises.

Anthony McClanahan
April Green
41 Sports Intern

Further info see:
http://www.madsci.org/~lynn/VH/planes.html
http://www.runningplanet.com/training/runners-movements-motions-axis.html
http://home.comcast.net/~wnor/terminologyanatplanes.htm

Muscular Fatigue

Muscular Fatigue/Shaking following exercise:
When exercising (commonly a new movement or one of high intensity) muscles require a certain amount of energy in order perform the task. The body only has enough energy for tasks that it is use to doing, so exercising beyond what the body is use to causes a depletion of energy stores. Depleting energy stores limits the amount of energy delivered to active muscles. When there isn’t enough energy being delivered to active muscles they become weak and shaky.

With continued exercise, the body begins to build energy stores and fuel sources (usually begins to occur within the first 4 to 6 weeks) which minimizes muscular fatigue and shakiness. Pushing the muscles limits is good, but can cause lactic acid and other performance inhibiting byproducts. In order to prevent build up it is important to keep muscles moving even after exercise ends. By doing functional movements and stretches, which focus on sore muscles, prevents build up, decreasing overall soreness following exercise.

Muscle fatigue during exercise:
When lifting weights or doing slow-weighted movement muscles work to maintain the weight imposed on them. Having muscles perform more work than they are use to causes small microtears in muscle fibers. These microtares aid in building muscle mass by causing more protein to go where tears occurred. This results in overall greater strength and power. Microtears in the muscle are commonly felt by muscle soreness or even stiffness.

Anthony McClanahan 41 Sports
April Green
41 Sports Intern