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Galleries Update!

by Sharon Gayle May 29, 2011

Newly added Competition and Editorial photographs posted.


Check out my photo's from the 2010 Pro World Championships, and much, much, more.
~SharonGayle


Sharon Gayle front and center at the 2010 Pro World Championships.



Memorial Day Discount!

by Sharon Gayle May 26, 2011

Personal Training Rates Slashed!


Limited Time Offer.

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Listen Up! Testimonials

by Sharon Gayle May 25, 2011


Testimonial


A whole different level of workout!

Using the GayleFORCE Online Training Program, Sharon has kept me on a rigorous physical fitness regime. At the end of each workout I feel tired and at the same time, revved up... ready to take on the world. I’m always satisfied after every workout. I can't picture my life without  it.  During my business trips to New York, I train with Sharon one-on-one; which takes the workouts to a whole different level!  She has a great personality and really knows her stuff. The workouts are beneficial, convenient, and most of all, FUN!

~Raymond Perez, Duluth, GA.

 

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Obesity Levels Rising; Colorado Stays Lean!

by Sharon Gayle May 25, 2011


Obesity Estimated to Increase to 42.80% in 2018


Sadly, even with the abundance of health and wellness information available to the public, the latest stats indicate that obesity levels in America continue to rise. As the numbers increase, so do the chronic physical and mental illnesses; which are often synonymous with Obesity.

Calorie Lab’s 2010 State-by-State Rankings breaks down the numbers and provides statistics on just how much Obesity has increased in 2010.  Colorado continues to rank as the leanest state while Mississippi remains the fattest for the 5th year in a row.

 


Courtesy of Reuters/Toby Melville

While many industrialized countries have experienced similar increases, Obesity in the United States are among st the highest in the world.(ref.1) Estimates have steadily increased from 19.4% in 1997, 24.5%, 2004 (ref.2) to 26.6% 2007 (ref.3) An ABC Report cites that “Obesity puts a drag on the wallet as well as health, especially for women…


THE MILITARY

An estimated sixteen percent of active duty U.S. military personnel were found to be obese in 2004, with the cost of remedial bariatric surgery for the military reaching $15 million in 2002.  Obesity is currently the largest single cause for the discharge of uniformed personnel.(ref.4)

In 2005, 9 million adults of ages 17 to 24, or 27%, were too overweight to be considered for service in the military.(ref.5)



Image Courtesy of Calorie Lab

OBESITY DEFINED:

Obesity in an adult is defined as:  a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more.

Overweight is defined as
:  a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 25 and 30.


PROJECTED PREVALENCE OF OBESITY

Based upon data collected through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the prevalence of obesity in the United States is estimated to increase from the current level of 31.30% obese to 42.80% obese in 2018.


CONFUSION OFTEN LEADS TO INDECISION

There are schools of thought, which believe that “Not being able to sustain big lifestyle changes that experts tell them they need for weight loss”, is one of the causes for failure to address obesity; with "sustainability" being the core of the problem. Another reason given for the continued downward spiral of American health is said to be “too many options can often make decision make difficult”.  With less choices we often make quicker, more spontaneous, decisions and feel confident that we have made the right one. Too many choices often creates confusion, which has been found to lead an individual to not make any changes.


Too much information can lead to indecision.

I agree that with an overabundance of health and fitness publications, cable TV. programs, and fitness websites/videos encouraging "fitness their way"; the information can be a little daunting and may create indecisiveness.  Nevertheless, deciding to live healthy, and to pursue a balanced lifestyle is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. It impacts your entire future and dictates your longevity! 


To be sure that you are on the right track:


  • First and foremost, speak with your Doctor regarding your general health
  • Find out how, or what you might do to improve your general health, and well-being
  • If your Doctor recommends that you [implement] a fitness, nutritional, or wellness program; ask she or he to provide the name of a professional with the specific expertise
  • Meet with this Professional and follow the program they prepare for you

Have patience and trust that they know what they are doing.  But most importantly, believe in yourself and envision a better you!  If you believe you can achieve your goals …you’re halfway there.


SIMPLE CHANGES, BIG DIFFERENCES!

A simply change such as walking up and down the escalators during your commute, rather than allowing the escalators to take you for a ride, can mean burning 100 – 300 calories per day (dependent upon your current level of fitness).  Another change to consider… When at the office and going less than 6-flights up or down to another floor; CHOOSE TO WALK using the interior stairwells; rather than taking the elevator. 


Taking the stairs at the office can make a world of difference.

Not only will you begin burning significant calories; your legs will gradually become stronger showing increased tone due to the weight-bearing muscle activation, which takes place as you go up and down the stairs. Additionally, your Gluteus Maximus (buttocks) will also respond to each step you take, becoming tighter and more lifted over time.

You’ll be happy to find that within weeks, your body and legs will adjust to the change of movement and intensity, and you’ll be proud of yourself for trying. 

The suggestion above and other very simple changes to your daily routine, can bring about significant positive change; which are all part and parcel of leading a healthy lifestyle! ~SG.



References:

Reference 1. [^ World's Fattest Countries - Forbes.com - http://www.forbes.com/2007/02/07/worlds-fattest-countries-forbeslife-cx_ls_0208worldfat_2.html)
Reference 2. [^ (PDF) Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From the 2004 National Health Interview Survey, CDC NCHS, 2005-06-21,
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/200506_06.pdf, retrieved 2008-03-15] to 26.6% 2007
Reference 3. [^ (PDF) Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From the January–June 2007 National Health Interview Survey (12/2007), CDC NCHS, 2007-11-19,
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/200712_06.pdf, retrieved 2008-03-15]
Reference 4. ^ Basu, Sandra (2004-03-25). "Military Not Immune From Obesity Epidemic". U.S. Medicine.
http://www.usmedicine.com/dailyNews.cfm?dailyID=187. Retrieved 2008-03-08. [dead link]
Reference 5. ^ Shalikashvili, John M. (30 April 2010). "The new national security threat:obesity". Washington, DC: Washington Post. pp. A19.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/29/AR2010042903669.html.

Definitions:

Gluteus Maximus (Buttocks) - definition

Websites:

www.Calorielab.com
www.abcnews.com
www.americashealthrankings.org
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

GayleFORCE Fit Tip! Medicine Ball - Abdominals

by Sharon Gayle May 24, 2011

Medicine Ball Exercise


PARTNER DRILL - Sit-Up / Ball Toss


General Guidelines

  1. Lie on back holding a 3 kg* ball pound ball beyond head.
    Interlock ankles. Perform a sit-up and toss ball.
  2. Partner performs sit-up and tosses ball back.
  3. Repeat 12-15 times (each) per set.  Rest 30-seconds after set.
  4. Do 4-sets per session.

* 3 kg is considered a good general purpose ball.

Suggestion

Why not consider this exercise when you're outside at the park with friends?  You could pair-up, do 2-sets; take a 30-second break;  switch partners and repeat. Have fun while getting a quick abdominal workout. ~SG.

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WNBF "PRO" TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS - 4/2011

by Sharon Gayle May 23, 2011

Apr 16, 2011
Columbus, Ohio

1. Trevor Sajdak - $2,000
2. Rodney Helaire - $1,000
3. Robert Peacock - $500
4. Dan Balsavich - $300
5. Elijah Lewis - $200
6. Sean Tydings
8. Dean Annett
8. Wayne Palmer
9. Isaac Toka
10. Michael Lindberg
11. Joe Przbyla

 
 WNBF PRO Richard Lauro

Note:  No contestant images available.
Source: www.wnbf.net

INBF, NORTHEAST AMERICA - 2011

by Sharon Gayle May 22, 2011

Apr 16, 2011 - Matawan Regional High School - Aberdeen, NJ

Best Body
Placement/Number/Competitor
1st #6 Tonya Johnson
2nd #5 Jenni Barry
3rd #4 Jillian Kelly
4th #8 Ashley Hernandez
5th #9 Tara Gianni
6th #1 Sarah Brockner
7th #11 Christina Hargrove
8th # 7 Kristy Ciaravino
9th #10 Jesa Henneberry
10th #3 Tenasia Hatch
11th #2 Lori Marangi
Master men Over 40
Placement/Number/Competitor
1st #2 Patrick Ngamo (WNBF Pro Card winner)
2nd #4 Douglas Almanzar
3rd #5 Michael Sabella
4th #8 Mark Ziolkowski
5th #3 Alberto Hernandez
6th #6 Jeffrey Philips
7th #7 Marc Tomasella
8th #1 Louis DeVlieger

Master Women Bodybuilding
Placement/Number/Competitor
1st #1 Tara Crea

Masters Men Over 50
Placement/Number/Competitor
1st #3 Derek Johnson (WNBF Pro Card winner)
2nd #1 Robert Jackson
3rd #2 Willie Langley
Novice Women Bodybuilding
Placement/Number/Competitor
1st #1 Cynthia Mustafa
2nd #2 Angela Lo Brutto
Novice Men
Placement/Number/Competitor
1st #4 Jimmy Violand
2nd #1 Christopher Thomas
3rd #3 Derek Johnson
4th #5 Pete Willette
5th #2 WillieLangley
Open women Bodybuilding
Placement/Number/Competitor
1st #1 Tara Crea (WNBF Rookie Pro card)
2nd #2 Jennifer Maddalena
Bantam Men
Placement/Number/Competitor
1st #2 Michael Sabella
2nd #1 Robert Isif
3rd #4 Marc Tomasella
4th #3 Jeffrey Philips
Open Figure
Placement/Number/Competitor
1st #1 Njeri Mc Gill (WNBF Pro Card winner)
2nd #4 Robin Scott
3rd #9 Carly Pisarri
4th #8 Lori Perez
5th #5 Bennetta Taylor
6th #7 Tara Gianni
7th #3 Christine Signoretta
8th #6 Christine Zeppieri
9th #2 Laura Smestad
Light weight
Placement/Number/Competitor
1st #3 Russell Sadang
2nd #2 Dan Murray
3rd #4 Douglas Almangar
4th #6 George Kondratas
5th #5 Curt Terrano
6th #7 Robert Masson
7th #1 Louis De Vlieger
Novice Figure
Placement/Number/Competitor
1st #3 Kristine Loock
2nd #1 Nadine Ianniello
3rd #5 Jenni Barry
4th #4 Kristyn Ciaravino
5th #7 Denise Abad
6th #6 Ashley Hernandez
7th #2 Lori Marangi
Middle Weight
Placement/Number/Competitor
1st #2 Patrick Ngamo
2nd #1 Alberto Hernandez
3rd #3 Kuang-Ying-Chen
Teen Figure
Placement/Number/Competitor
1st #6 Ashley Hernandez
Light Heavy
Placement/Number/Competitor
1st #2 Jason Chambers (WNBF Pro card winner)
2nd #1 Tom Stinson
Masters Figure
Placement/Number/Competitor
1st #1 Nadine Ianniello
2nd #2 Benetta Taylor
3rd #3 Denise Abad
Heavy Weight
Placement/Number/Competitor
1st #2 Mark Ziolkowski
2nd #3 David Jones
3rd #1 Don Licari
Miss Fit Body
Placement/Number/Competitor
1st #1 Njeri McGill
2nd #3 Kristine Loock
3rd #2 Benetta Taylor
 

Note:  No competitor images available.
Source: www.inbf.net

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