The Truth Behind Cosmetics

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Sally from Wild Orchid Beauty sent me this confronting Infographic. Its a little off topic but I believe most people will be as shocked as I am and that this information needs to be shared. Its an infographic about cosmetic testing on animals and the numbers are as scary as they are unnecessary.

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Why Men Should Do Pilates

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Though the overwhelming majority of people that do Pilates are women, men could definitely stand to take advantage of all the big benefits that Pilates has to offer – especially if they are looking to get stronger, to build better endurance, and to perform better in bed.

If you’ve been thinking about taking a Pilates class but aren’t quite sure of whether or not it’s really right for you as a man, hopefully you’ll check out all of the inside information we have for you below the for making your final decision.

Shall we jump right in?

Pilates focuses on muscular balance

The biggest benefit that men are going to be able to take advantage of (or at least the biggest benefit that they are going to notice almost immediately) from a handful of Pilates classes is the muscular imbalance resolution results they receive.

Most guys spend hours and hours at the gym pounding away with as much iron as they can reasonably get their hands on, not realizing that their muscles may not be as balanced (from a strength and endurance department) as they should be for ultimate performance.


When you run through a months’ worth of Pilates classes, your muscular imbalances are going to be almost entirely resolved, allowing you to lift heavier, to lift more often, and to lift more explosively than you would have been able to before.

Pilates is all about building up your core

Another big benefit you’re going to enjoy from a bunch of Pilates classes is the amount of core strength and endurance you’re able to generate.

Almost all of these workouts are designed to help you flex, strengthen, rebuild, and expand your core strength and endurance. At first these workouts are going to seem a little bit silly, but if you really pay attention – and do the movements with strict form – you’ll find out exactly why so many millions of people take these classes on a day-to-day basis.

We’re talking about game changing core strength and endurance results here.

You’ll get to meet a lot of women

As we mentioned above, the overwhelming majority of people that do Pilates are women – fit, young, energetic, and enthusiastic women that want to make sure that their bodies are in the best shape that they can be.

It sure beats finding that “last chair” during last call at a local watering hole, that’s for sure!

Yoga and Pilates are popular forms of exercise especially for women. These two exercises can help you achieve a leaner and fitter body and are available as classes in most gyms or through online videos and DVD’s. If you are one of the many people trying to choose which one suits you better, here are the key differences between yoga and Pilates to help you decide.

Difference in Purpose and Focus

The focus of yoga is not only on the body but also on the mind and spirit. Its purpose is to increase a person’s flexibility, reduce stress, and bring relaxation. Many practitioners find yoga to be physically, emotionally, and spiritually therapeutic

On the other hand, Pilates focuses more on giving a person a leaner and stronger abdominal core and body without bulking. It also helps in achieving some flexibility, balance, and better posture.

Difference in Breathing Techniques

In yoga, the emphasis of breathing is for relaxation, meditation, and stress reduction. It is often called “belly breathing”, focusing on the expansion of the abdomen.

In Pilates, the primary goal of its breathing techniques is to send sufficient amount of oxygen to the muscles for an effective and efficient exercise. This emphasis requires concentrated breathing in the diaphragm and rib cage.


Difference in Poses and Movements

Although the poses and movements in both yoga and Pilates help tone muscles, the higher intensity of the Pilates exercises makes it a much efficient system for achieving a toned and leaner body. In Pilates, there are more lying, sitting, and kneeling exercises and more concentration on abdominal strengthening.


On the other hand, the yoga poses and movements are more effective in achieving muscle and joint flexibility. In yoga, there are more standing exercises and more concentration on the strengthening and flexibility of the spine and limbs.

Difference in Equipments

Both yoga and Pilates require the use of mats but some Pilates exercises may also require the use of other equipments such as the Pilates machine, chairs, tables, bolsters, and exercise balls. Foam blocks may also be used by beginners in yoga to extend their reach while doing some of the poses.

Deciding Which One is for You

You do not necessarily need to choose one over the other. Many fitness experts suggest the combination of yoga and Pilates for better results. You must also take into consideration your fitness priorities and your level of enjoyment in doing the exercises. Both exercises are beneficial and will help you achieve a healthier and a more relaxed state of body and mind.

Pilates Moves for Stronger Abs

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If you’re looking for a workout that is going to really help your abs pop when beach weather finally rolls around, or just want to find new ways to strengthen your core for maximum performance and endurance, you’re going to want to take a look at some of the Pilates moves for stronger abs that we break down below.

Regardless of whether or not you’re a college student that wants to tone up and avoid the Freshmen 15 or a power lifter that just wants to be able to strengthen your core so that you can throw even more iron around the gym, Pilates moves for stronger abs are going to be able to help you get the results you’re after.

You might have to change up the protocol a little bit or shift these workouts around to match your level of intensity, but at the end of the day, Pilates definitely delivers the goods.

Trying out “The 100”

Almost every single Pilates class around the world integrates “The 100” into every single class and every single workout, and for good reason. Not only is this move specifically designed to get your blood pumping, it’s also designed to really blast your core and your abs.


All you have to do here is laid down on your back, gently bringing your knees up towards your chests. Once you get your knees perpendicular with your body, point your toes out away from your face, curling your head up into a crunching position, and start flapping your arms up and down slowly towards the floor. Shoot for 100 repetitions, but if you’re only able to knock out 50 that’s okay, too!

Roll Around!

All you have to do is draw both of your legs up into your chest, holding onto them while you try and pull yourself into a ball. Then simply roll yourself slowly forward and then backwards, counting for five seconds throughout the process.

It seems pretty simple and straightforward on the surface, but once you start to get up there in the repetitions department, you’re really going to start to notice your core burning a little bit and your muscles getting stronger.

Roll around for two or three minutes at a time, taking a minute break in between repetitions, and eventually build up to about 10 minutes or so of rolling action. By the time you’re ready to pull that off, you’ll be just as strong in your core as it gets.