Sunday, March 02, 2014
Want a gorgeous, toned bum? OR BUTTOX CALLED BY MEN , Here are the best exercises for your glutes and thighs. Donkey kicks Starting on your hands and knees, keeping your core tight and back flat, raise 1 leg and keeping knee at 90 degrees. Push that leg as high as you can in the air and lower back down, repeat for 12 reps, then switch legs. Aim for 4 sets of 12 reps. Model: Sara Fennell; Photo credit: Jamie Watling Photography Adductor squats WH&F Head Trainer Nikki Fogden-Moore demonstrates adductor squats with single dumbbell. Start: Feet stance is wider than hip width; keep your back straight and arms locked with the dumbbell in the middle. Lower your body weight into a squat then hold before your rise back to the start position. Aim for 10 to 12 reps. Glute bridges Reps: 12 reps each exercise A two-part exercise, starting with glute bridges. Lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, place the weight on your pelvic area. Keeping your core tight, rise your hips up off the floor and thrust them as high into the air as you can, squeezing your butt at the top. Keep shoulders on the ground. Lower hips back down, but do not touch butt to the floor. That is one rep. Perform one set of 12 reps, then immediately switch positions for Donkey Kicks How to:Get in push-up position with each hand on a kettlebell, feet hip-distance apart. Bracing your core and keeping hips down in line with the rest of your body, drive one knee as high as you can in towards your chest. Return, switch legs and repeat for number of reps. Curtsy lunges Stand with your feet hip-width apart, and, keeping your weight on one foot, take a big step back with your other leg, crossing it behind your left leg (as if about to do a ‘curtsy’). Bend your knees and lower your body straight down until your front thigh is parallel to the floor, and both knees are bent at 90 degrees. Be sure to keep your core tight the entire time to stabilise yourself. Rise back up into your starting position and do the same thing with the other leg. Your toes should be pointed straight ahead the entire time, and keep your knee over your ankle to avoid injury. Aim for 4 sets of 12 reps (per leg) ADDED CHALLENGE: Superset this exercise with 20 reps of mountain climbers after each set. Photo credit: Jamie Watling Photography WH&F Trainer Nikki Fogden-Moore demonstrates a squat and lateral jump. Lunge and press Start with the weight or kettlebell to the right side, feet shoulder-width apart and abs on. Take a long step forward into a lunge position with your thigh at 90 degrees, parallel to the floor. Take care that your knee is not over your toe. Next, press the kettlebell/weight above your shoulder in a controlled movement, breathing out as you do this, then return the weight to the hips and step back with feet shoulder-width apart. Repeat on the other side. Master this first before you go for speed and twists or advanced techniques. Browse more workouts from WHF Head Trainer Nikki Fogden-Moore. Sumo squats with kettlebell Start by taking an excessively wide stance. The more your feet are apart, the more you activate your glute muscles and not your quads (front of thighs). Point your feet to 45 degrees away from your body. Holding the kettlebell in front of you (arms should not be flexed), with your core engaged and your back kept straight, bend your knees and send your hips backwards, lowering your body and the kettlebell as far as you can without compromising your posture. Try to get the weight all the way to the ground without actually touching it. Rise back to your starting stance, squeezing your butt at the top of the movement. That’s one rep. Aim for 4 sets and 15 reps. Added challenge: Superset this exercise with 10 reps of jump squats after each set. Using no weight, do the exact same movement but when rising from the squat, jump into the air, bringing your feet off the ground
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Monday, February 17, 2014
The technology to make science-fictional STAR TREK medical tricorder has arrived. The Q-POC is a handheld device that, in under 15 minutes, can diagnose what a person's ailing from and if that same person has any potential drug resistance! It does this by analyzing the patient's DNA.
Q-POC's parent company, England-based QuantuMDx Group, has said: "Our goal is to shrink the laboratory and put it into the hands of the doctor."
Indeed, the Q-POC is similar to a smartphone, and yet has the added bonus of "provid[ing] the accuracy, sensitivity and specificity of a state of the art laboratory, at the patient's side and at a fraction of the cost," as described on QuantuMDx Group's website.
QuantuMDx co-founder and chief scientific officer, Jonathan O'Halloran, elaborated further: "We were frustrated with the length of time it took to do diagnostics, and the costs. We could certainly see our patients spent three weeks worrying, and they should be getting results immediately."
With the Q-POC's handheld diagnostic testing capability, rapid treatments are possible. This is especially critical in remote areas.
While the company began in England, it received some seed funding from South Africa, so a branch was started in Capetown. While there, the company realized how their technology could assist with diagnosing disease in developing countries. O'Halloran explained: "There's a real humanitarian need."
For now the Q-POC's diagnostic device will test for malaria. Malaria infects more than 215 million people annually. The Q-POC will be pre-loaded with a cartridge having data about malaria (i.e. thousands of malaria markers as data points for comparisons), which will be used as the benchmark for the diagnosis when a single prick of the patient's blood is scanned. According to O'Halloran, the Q-POC differs from other malaria diagnostic tests out there in that competitors only have one or two genetic markers as comparison points. But, the Q-POC's extra markers proved the additional bonus of helping to determine if the patient will be resistant to particular drug treatment regimens.
While the Q-POC is still seeking more investment funding (QuantuMDx Group has an Indiegogo campaign for the device), QuantuMDx Group anticipates future development of a Q-POC for tuberculosis.
It is anticipated the malaria Q-POC will cost up to $1000 per device, with each cartridge of marker data costing roughly $10 extra. QuantuMDx Group nonetheless states that the pricing will decrease as volume of sales increase.
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