Weider and Gold: Two Iconic Names in the Fitness World

If you’re fairly new to the bodybuilding and fitness world, shopping for your fitness equipment and machines and get a little confusing.  There are so many infomercials with fitness gadgets that are just a waste of time and money.  If you’re not familiar with all the brands that make fitness equipment, you might be in risk of buying something that is poorly manufactured.  Like any other products, there are names that are synonymous to reputation.  The two iconic names in the bodybuilding and fitness world are Gold and Weider.   If you learn anything from this article, just know that these two names mean high quality.

Gold’s gym has been around a few decades and the very first one that founder Joe Gold decide to build was in Venice Beach, Ca.  Joe has successfully built his empire to become the largest fitness membership worldwide with about 3.5 members strong.  Before you can only drive to go visit Gold’s Gym outside of your home, but now they’ve manufactured products for household use.  You can now find Golds gym home equipment online and through stores so that you can work out in the privacy of your own home.

Another highly respected name in the fitness industry is Weider.  A Weider home gym is like having a mini gym facility on one machine.  This is a great solution for those lacking enough space to buy individual home fitness equipment.  The benefit of having one of these multi gym units is the fact this allows you to work out all the major muscle groups such as your chest, arms, back, shoulders, and legs.

Remember, the brand doesn’t mean much if you’re not sure what your fitness goals are going to be.  If you want to lose weight then you should consider looking into aerobics machines.  For those looking to gain muscle mass, then you would look into buying weight lifting equipment.

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A Closer Look at Depression in Men

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Under the bravado and macho exterior of our male population lies a hidden truth, that men too fall prey to bouts of depression. This mental health problem affects an average of 1 in every 7 American men, yet this problem has remained to be unrecognized and unaccepted in the realm of male machismo. But with the revelations in light of Heath Ledger’s death, Owen Wilson’s attempted suicide, along with a long list of depressed celebrities, depression has become an open problem and a source of great concern.

Depression in fact affects both men and women at any given age, though how they respond and manifest this disorder may differ as men often exhibit the physical symptoms of depression while women delve on the emotional aspects. Recent depression news revealed that 40% of middle aged men are suffering from depression, significantly higher than women who are pegged at only 25%. Depression in men is also harder to recognize as men are not prone to be expressive of their emotions and as such it is essential that we learn to diagnose these depression symptoms to help the men that we love recognize and seek immediate help to counter this disorder.

Depression in men, especially when left undetected, can lead to a string of other social and health problems ranging from loss of work, to divorce, as well as cardiovascular problems and suicide. As a matter of fact, 80% of all recorded suicides are men and most likely caused by undiagnosed depression.

Identifying Male Depression

Men and women exhibits depression in a highly different manner, while men resort to acting out their moods, women turns to verbal outbursts. According to the latest research, the most common signs of depression in our Adam population includes increased anger and irritability, reduced ego, constant blaming of others, paranoia, restlessness, compulsive behaviors, insomnia, feelings of self disgust, becomes overly conscious and controlling, turns to alcohol and substance abuse for temporary relief and violent behavior.

Overcoming Depression

As men are more likely to deny that they have a severe mental condition, it can prove to be much more difficult and complex to diagnose and treat, experts say that it take 3 health professionals to cure 1 depressed man. Medical experts also agree that men do not respond well to traditional anti depressants and medication of which may even lead to more serious depression issues. Most experts suggests regular exercise, healthy diet and a strong social support system to help ease the treatment and recovery process for depressed men.

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