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Washing your hands with water is just as good as soap

How warm does water have to be to get bacteria off your hands?

A: Turns out cold water is just as effective as warm water, whereas using soap is the much more important factor. What’s more, using warm water costs a lot economically and environmentally. In fact, some estimates suggest that heating the water puts as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as 250,000 cars. Additional factors in effective hand washing are duration of time spent washing and amount of soap being used. The referenced study performed at Rutgers University found that 30 seconds of lathering with 0.5cc with plain soap is most effective. Using more plain soap, antibacterial soap, or washing for longer made no difference in the number of bacteria on the subjects’ hands.

References: Rutgers Study

Courtesy of Barbell Medince

Listen Up!

As we continue to roll into 2018, it is our mission at Naples S&C to provide our members every resource possible to help them succeed. That’s one of the reasons we started the podcast.

Coach Brett and I have been working on a new project over the last few months called the “LifeLong Fitness Podcast”. Every week we record a podcast on a topic that we feel can benefit our members and listeners.

We couldn’t be happier that we followed through on this. We are having a great time recording these podcasts and would love your feedback. If you haven’t heard any of the episodes, you can listen on your iPhone by going to Itunes and searching “LifeLong Fitness Podcast.” Its free. 

Some of the episodes include:

If you don’t have an iPhone or want to listen from your desktop, you can also listen for free on Soundcloud (click here). 

Also, if you have heard any of our episodes, we would appreciate it if you leave a review on the Itunes store by clicking (here). These reviews help other people find out about our podcast. 

To all competing, this weekend bring your A-game! Your gonna need it!!

Mario Ashley
Owner, Naples S&C

The New Year Hype Is Over. Thank Goodness!

By: Mario Ashley

I made it clear to our members this month that what was being popularized on social media about setting new years resolutions is something we’ve been doing way before the hype even started. We did it without the bells and whistles of the New Year festivities. We didn’t need January 1, 2018, to tell us it was time to get in shape. We’ve been in the trenches for months, some of us even years. 

I’ve also made it a point to admit that we could do more to help our community improve their body composition if that was their goal.  There is no doubt in my mind our members are getting FITTER, meaning they are stronger, faster, better movers. I’m just not necessarily convinced that our general population is seeing the body composition changes they want. Being fitter is about exercise. Being leaner is about nutrition. 

I also recognize that we can’t hand-hold two-hundred members hands every single day. It’s just not scalable. Instead, I believe that knowledge is power. If we could create a system that was easy to understand, I believe it would create less confusion and better execution for our members.  That’s how The Great Pyramid of Nutrition was built.

Not only did this pyramid help build a strong foundation of nutritional concepts, but we also provided the best resources for each tier so our members could go home after the seminar and educate themselves on the subject even more.

For our coaches, this was also a significant benefit as we felt many individuals wanted to jump the gun on the topic of “real food” and “calorie counting” and go straight to the sexy topics like amino acids, pre-workout supplements, and keto diets. The protocol we gave is simple. Let’s meet you where you’re at if you’ve never tried 30 days of eating real food that should be your goal. Give it a focused 30 days, from there we would ask, “did you see improvements?” From that single question, we can alter or advance the conversation based on their results. It’s that simple!

We couldn’t be happier about this new protocol and hope more people focus on their nutrition this year. My desire for my members is that by the end of the year they can definitely, 100% say they are happy with their weight and body fat numbers.