So is Marcy Weight Training Equipment Really That Good?

There is a variety of fitness equipment, each to fit the needs of the individual, from free weight equipment that requires a workout bench, to home gym leg & hip machines or home gym weight machines; there are different designs and categories of weight machine trainers. How do you choose your level of physical training? Look at a magazine that specializes body building, check the website and the selections available, speak to a fitness trainer, decide on what your body improvement goals are.

Actually, your decision about what you want to achieve is going to be the best way of deciding what you are going to need. Second thing to consider is the space you have available. Thirdly, consider the training time you have available – which will affect choices about how adjustments are made. You better think about your available financial resources as well. Yeah, it’s tough to have champagne wishes on a beer budget, but it’s better to have a realistic idea rather than ending up using a high priced piece of equipment in one of those hotels with bars, right?

Marcy Weight Training Equipment has a great variety, and can probably fit into your budget. Sweet, right? They have a home gym with 150 lb weight stack, compact design (for consideration #2), innovative press arm design that converts to vertical pec fly without having to make those time consuming adjustments and high and low pulley positions. They include instructional step-by-step exercise graphics that show you how to exercise all your major muscle groups. The price is attainable and will keep your bank account in good health.

The Smith Machine, what they call The Serious Choice, is a home weight gym cage. It has 4″ nylon pulleys, a frame structure that features a 7 degree slant designed to accommodate the natural upper and lower body movement, commercial grad pop pin adjustments with tightening features adjustable bar catches and safety stoppers, lat bar pull down, cross over, butterfly, low pulley, arm curl Smith cage, and a multi-function bench included preacher curl pad and sleeves on leg developer. The price is a bit more.

The champagne model is the Marcy Diamond Elite Personal Trainer and is a complete, easy to use home gym; it allows you to tighten and strengthen all your muscle groups. If you can review this one without going into cardiac arrest from the desire it evokes in you, by all means review. And if you have a healthy wallet, by all means consider it as a possibility. Remember, Marcy has something for everyone.

8 and 9 Inch Erections Are Not Average – But Some Guys Are Getting This Big From Hand Exercises

The most often cited measurement of a man’s size is 8 or 9 inches. These measurements are used because they sound somewhat realistic. Telling someone you have a ten inch erection does not sound realistic, and so we get the 8 inch size as the most often. Many men want to know how realistic these numbers actually are, because it just doesn’t really sound possible. This article takes a look at what real averages sizes are, and states that many men are getting much larger as a result of doing certain hand routines.

What are the normal, or average sizes that most men have; what are the cold hard facts?

Most guys are usually stunned by the fact that the average size is only 6 inches, and that the average girth is only 5 inches long. And these are erect figures, not soft or flaccid figures, as some people may have thought because of the insane amount of false information that is being spread by men and women. Considering that this is average size, it means that most men are this large, and approximately twenty five percent of guys are this size. To show exactly how delusional most people are about sizes, and really have no idea what they are talking about, if you move up to just 7 inches the percentages of men drop all the way down all the way to 10 percent.

So how many men are actually these eight and nine in sizes or even 10 inches?

Eight and nine inch erect sizes are extremely rare. The facts are that only about 7% of men have these two numbers combined. And guys who are 10 inches, are very, very rare, probably accounting for less than 1% of the total population. This translates into taking 3,000 men and having only 30 of them come anywhere near that size. And 1% is probably really pushing the possibility of these sizes. In fact these men are probably more likely around .5% of all guys. This would look more like 15 out of that three thousand people.

Diatoms: Interesting Facts

Diatoms are tiny single-celled organisms that make up diatomaceous earth. They were first discovered in 1702 by Anton van Leeuwenhoek and for hundreds of years these microscopic creatures have been studied and analyzed. Richard B. Hoover contributed to this research by travelling the world, studying diatoms and collecting new species. In a June 1979 Edition of National Geographic, he published his exciting findings on these extraordinary organisms.

Below are some of the most exciting and intriguing findings regarding diatoms:

  • While studying a diatom collection in Belgium, that had been dried on paper in 1834, Richard B. Hoover was shocked to find that after adding water to a slide, the diatoms were revived and began to swim around… after nearly 150 years!
  • More than twenty-five thousand species of diatoms have been discovered, none of which have the same shell.
  • Diatoms exist in large numbers in most bodies of water throughout the world. In fact, just one liter of seawater can contain as many as ten million diatoms!
  • The greatest numbers of diatoms exist in cold oceans.
  • Diatoms can thrive wherever there is light, water, carbon dioxide, and nutrients. In some cases diatoms can even live out of the water – in moist conditions, they are able to live in topsoil, or attached to moss, tree trunks and even brick walls.
  • Diatoms are very resilient and can endure lengthy droughts.
  • Diatoms vary greatly in size, with the largest measuring only one millimeter across.
  • A species of diatom found on Cape Cod, known as Hantzschia virgata, bury themselves in the sand when the tide is in. Just after the tide goes out, the diatoms glide to the surface in order to sunbathe. Their timing is impeccable, as they know precisely when to bury themselves back in to the sand, retreating just moments before the tide returns. In fact, it was discovered that even after keeping these diatoms for weeks in a laboratory their timing remained constant. They continued to dig in and out of the sand with such amazing accuracy that their actions could be used to predict the tide!
  • Diatoms are impressive shell builders. They transform dissolved silicon into a silica almost identical to the gemstone opal.
  • Diatoms contribute enormous amounts of oxygen to our atmosphere.
  • Huge numbers of diatoms die and sink to the bottom of river, lake and ocean beds. In some areas, sea floors can be covered in a layer as deep as 984 feet (300 meters)! Over many years these layers of dead diatoms fossilize and become rich deposits of diatomaceous earth, or diatomite.

A Review of the Sportcraft TX5.0 RC Treadmill

I love walking, especially out doors, but there are times in winter when it’s just too darn cold. So, recently I bought the Sportcraft TX 5.0 RC Treadmill. Here’s my review and why I’m glad I bought it.

It’s great that I can now enjoy a good walk workout in the comfort of my own home and the features of the Sportcraft TX5 treadmill are really good. I talk about the best ones below.

Out of all the features of the Sportcraft treadmill, the best one is that it can easily go from its horizontal walking position to a vertical position so I can easily store it: I live in a small town house so space is an issue for me. Mind you, the Sportcraft machine does look quite stylish so leaving it set up and on display won’t embarrass a style-conscious person.

The display panel that comes with the Sportcraft TX5 is fantastic as it gives me lots of information. Not only does it show the miles and steps I’ve walked; it also shows the calories, heart rate, time and speed. There’s a quick mode button that lets me change the speed as well; It’s real easy, you just use the “+” or “-” signs to slowly increase or decrease speed in increments of one tenth of a mile.

Although it is a cheap machine, I’ve found I can also use it for running, though I have to admit I don’t run on it all that much. When I do run, I find the remote control to be very useful as it allows me to easily change speed without touching the display panel.

I’m a bit of a safety nut and one reason I’d put off buying a treadmill was because I was afraid I’d fall off – I had visions of my legs and arms being mangled. But, the Sportcraft TX5.0 RC has banished those fears. It comes with a safety cord that attaches to you and a sensor on the panel so if you should fall or slip, and the cord is not connected to the sensor, it stops automatically.

What I liked, and my husband loved, was the low price of the machine at just under $250. My husband found setting up the Sportcraft treadmill a breeze. The manual that came with it was easy to follow.

If you are looking for a treadmill, I would highly recommend the Sportcraft TX5.0 RC Treadmill. My husband doesn’t use it though as he’s an ardent runner; it isn’t really suitable if you take running seriously. But, for walkers like my self I think it works just great.

My review of the Sportcraft treadmill is a little short; I’ve just mentioned the things I liked most about it. The display console of the machine is just about right, the remote control makes operating the treadmill easy and I really like the safety cord. To date, I’ve had hassle free walking on this machine and am getting the workout I need.

5 Most Common Circus Acts

Circus is one of the oldest form entertainments. Even in today’s modern age, most people are still being entertained by watching circus. You will see in this article 5 of the most common stunts and acts that are performed by people in a circus.

Circus Stilt Walkers – Stilts are objects that are used by people or any structure that allow them to stand above the ground a higher level. Stilts could either be poles, pillars or posts. Walking stilts are the ones that are made from bamboo pole with wood or another bamboo attached to it for the feet to stand on to. They are the ones that the tall people you see in circus use, these people are called stilt walkers. Circus stilts are very much the same to the very first stilts ever used.

Fire Breathing – It is another attraction in a circus. Fire breathers are the people who perform this act. Fire breathers use a special kind of fuel that only ignites if it is sprayed from the mouth into the air in tiny mist. The mist form of the fuel makes the fire bigger and looks thrilling. Fire breathing requires proper fuel and skill to succeed.

Toss Juggling – It is another very common and famous attraction in circuses. Toss juggling is the one that you see in many circuses and movies. The juggler is the person who performs the said entertainment. The juggler usually uses balls, clubs, or rings as his props.

Animal Acts – This is also an all-time favorite, whether of kids or adult. Animal acts involve the trainer of a specific animal and the animal that the trainer trains. The animals that are used during animal acts are usually elephants, monkeys, sea lions, bears, lion, tigers, leopard, parrots, and other hard to tame animals. Because of its use of animals, many animal welfare and other environment organizations are against the use of animals for their show because of the many reported animal cruelty cases.

Sword swallowing – Finally, the sword swallowing act. The sword swallowing act is an ancient art that is performed by having a sword pass through the mouth of the performer down over his esophagus and right towards his stomach. Sword swallowing is among the most dangerous stunts or acts in the circus.

The act may cause major injuries and possible death.

The stunts that these people do in circus are made possible through years of hard work and practice. Those things are done by professionals and should never be done at home. Stilt walking is probably the safest among them all.

Will Soy Candles Affect My Soy Allergies?

Do you know someone who has an allergy to soy beans? It’s more common than you think. According to the Asthma and Food Allergy Foundation of America, soy allergies fall within the top nine food allergies for child and adult food allergy patients. Reactions can vary from red and itchy skin to anaphylaxis which needs immediate medical attention with epinephrine.

So, if soy beans can cause death in an untreated individual with a soy allergy, why do soy candles not carry a warning on them? The answer is simply because they don’t need it. Wax, be it soy, paraffin or beeswax, is very non-reactive and even though someone may be allergic to soy in foods, it’s the digested protein that triggers the allergy, not the byproducts of the combustion (mainly carbon dioxide and water). In order for the allergy to take place, the soy must be digested to enter the blood stream. If it’s burned, the protein chains are broken up and are no longer the same molecules that could cause the allergy.

However, an allergy aggravated by scented soy candles is very common, but it’s caused by the added fragrance, not the soy wax. No one is able to predict or determine if they will have a reaction to a particular fragrance. The only way to find out is to burn the candle and observe the outcome. Fragrance materials that are known allergens are not used by the fragrance industry. But, as with foods, some individuals will experience an allergy to a fragrance that the majority of the population has no reaction to.

The bottom line is that no one needs to be afraid of soy wax candles aggravating their soy allergy. If you want to be safe, avoid particular fragrances if you have known allergies to them and if you buy a candle that does bother you, make a note of its fragrance and discontinue its use immediately.

Adult Acne and Its Underlying Causes

We always thought than acne and pimples were an adolescent thing. But adult acne affects approximately 20 percent of all adults during their lifespan and can be a harrowing experience for the unlucky ones who have to deal with it. Not only is it disturbing, but adult acne can be a socially damaging stigma which greatly affects one’s confidence and self-esteem.

Acne has always been associated as part of the adolescent phase when hormones rework in our body and produce external and internal changes as we approach adulthood. But for those who continue having it past the adolescent growth spurts, acne can be a troublesome challenge to deal with.

Acne is actually a surface response to the changes that go on inside the body. But most sufferers, until they can seek the advice of a skin professional, tend to resort to off-the-shelf treatments such as cleansers and beauty regimens which can only temporarily respond and work on the external symptoms of acne. Those spots and pustules on the face, neck and back are almost always manifestations of some imbalance that is happening inside the body.

Acne can be caused by several factors such as hormonal imbalance, stress, diet, lifestyle, lack of sleep and rest, or even an underlying disease. I haven’t met anyone who has actually succeeded in treating acne and getting rid of it forever with those skin-based treatments alone.

Acne treatment should be holistic and should be done inside and out. A sufferer’s lifestyle needs to be assessed. Is he getting enough rest and sleep? Are there external factors, such as physical, mental or emotional torments that could trigger a chemical imbalance within the body? Is the patient receiving proper nutrients in his diet? These are but a few points that need to be assessed, dealt with, and treated if necessary. It is important to establish the cause of acne than merely treat the symptoms alone. Otherwise, it will only be a vicious cycle that can be frustrating to any adult acne sufferer.

The Top 10 Culprits Causing Malware Infections

I think it is safe to assume that the places you visit on the Internet will determine which programs are installed on your PC. Let me put it this way, the software installed on your computer will have some relevance to the sites you often visit. Lets take a few examples, when you are using Gmail, chances are good that you will have Gmail Notifier or GoogleTalk installed on your PC. When you often visit Yahoo.com or take part in their social networks, chances are good that you will have Yahoo! Toolbar or Yahoo! Messenger installed on your PC. Lets take a more practical example, users visiting Microsoft.com most probably have packages like Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows XP installed on their computers. It is likely for supporters of the Open Source Initiative to hang out on sites like OpenSource.org, OpenOffice.com, Linux.org or SpreadFirefox.com. So your software preferences play a huge role in the type of web sites you visit and vice versa.

But what has this to do with malware infections? To be honest, everything! Let me show you what the top culprits of malware infections are and it will soon be clear to you what the connection is between the web sites you visit and the malware found on your PC.

Top culprit number 1: Pornographic web sites

Download Spyware Blaster by JavaCool Software and have a look at all the porn related web sites blocked by this program. It is also remarkable to see how many computers with traces of pornographic web sites in their browser history, are often infected with spyware and trojan horses. Unfortunately you will have innocent victims of malware infections, also with traces of pornographic web sites in their browser history, but only because the malware redirected them to these sites. However, people with pornographic material on their computers are not that innocent in this case, pornography does not go out looking for people, people go out looking for pornography.

Top culprit number 2: Illegal music (MP3) and movie downloading sites

These sites normally force you to install special downloading software on your computer so that you can download files from them. These download managers are often bundled with spyware and are trojan horses themselves, downloading tons of other spyware programs while you cheerfully download your illegal MP3’s. They sometimes place tracking cookies on your PC to monitor your browsing habits and hijack your browser to make sure you return to their site or a site of a partner.

Top culprit number 3: Software Piracy web sites

If you love using illegal software, cracks, serial numbers or license key generators (keygens) then you most probably had to remove some malware infections in the past after visiting one of these sites. Most of the people using these cracks are normally technical wizards and know how to disinfect their computers. Many of these sites do not only contain harmful scripts but also fake cracks and key generators, which are nothing else but malware. Some crack developers create a working crack but distribute it with spyware or a trojan horse to make your PC their slave.

Top culprit number 4: Peer-to-peer file sharing programs and networks

The file sharing community is loaded with pornography, pirated software, music and movies. Is it not amazing that everywhere these guys make their appearance you also find spyware, viruses, trojan horses and all kinds of malware? The client software is also often bundled with spyware (or adware as they call it).

The culprits discussed so far are those connected with illegal and indecent activities. People visiting these sites and using these services deserve getting infected with malware. These culprits are also some of the biggest sources of malware epidemics. What flows from the mouth, comes from within the heart. The same rule applies to your computer, those nasty little programs crawling inside your computer is, in the case of culprits 1 to 4, the direct result of your own sinful actions and activities.

The next couple of culprits are caused by negligence and a lack of knowledge about how malware are distributed.

Top culprit number 5: Pop-up and pop-under advertisements

Another culprit that wants to caught you off guard. A pop-up window may appear out of the blue or a concealed pop-under window my load in the background without you even knowing it. These windows can start downloading malicious programs and install them on your computer. They can appear on any web site, not just illegal and other bad web sites. You can prevent these windows from opening by using a secure browser like Firefox with a built-in pop-up blocker.

Top culprit number 6: Fake anti-virus and anti-spyware tools

You visit a legitimate looking web site and suddenly a banner appears telling you that your computer is infected with spyware. You can scan your computer with all the anti-spyware software in the world, over and over again until you are blue in the face, but that banner will keep telling you that your computer is infected with spyware. This is because it is a plain image banner. The site never does a scan of your computer, it is a fixed message that will display on any computer, no matter how clean it is. Simply put, it is a blatant lie! They want you to believe that your computer is infected and that only their software can remove this spyware. If you download and install their software you will only find that it is spyware itself. You may end up infecting a completely clean system with a dirty program, trying to remove the so-called spyware.

A system scan is not a three second process, it takes time, so no scanner can tell you instantaneously that your system is infected with spyware. I do not believe in online scanners, rather use software with a good reputation, a local scan is much more faster. Most online scanners are no online scanners at all, you actually download the whole scanning engine and end up doing a local scan anyway. A real scanner will tell you the name of the malware and its location on your hard drive, if it does not give you this information, then it is fake. Even if it gives you this information, it still does not mean that the software is legitimate. Do not trust everything you see online and stick to well known anti-malware brands.

Top culprit number 7: Free games, screen savers, media players, etc.

No, not every free program comes bundled with spyware, but spyware (once again the developers prefer to call it adware, but it is still the same thing) is often the price you have to pay for the free software. It is normally a ploy to monitor your use of the program, to send the creators statistical data or to collect data about your online behaviour in order to send you targeted ads. If you try to remove the spyware you normally render the main application useless. Read the EULA (End User Licence Agreement) very carefully before installing the application. But everyone knows that nobody reads those tedious, long licence agreements, so use EULAlyzer by JavaCool Software to check for specific keywords and phrases that might reveal any spyware programs being installed or privacy breaching practices that may occur if you install the free software.

Top culprit number 8: Malicious web pages with harmful scripts

But you already mentioned this one in culprits 1 to 3. No, culprits 1 to 3 often have harmless web sites and it is the content you download from the sites that is harmful. But you also get web pages containing malicious scripts, totally innocent looking web sites, like a site donating money for cancer. You go to their homepage and suddenly a script virus strikes your computer. This is what an anti-virus shield was made for, that unexpected attack. Firefox is also designed to prevent harmful scripts and browser hijackers from accessing the system and taking advantage of flaws and weak spots in your operating system.

Top culprit number 9: E-mail

Virus worms spread themselves by forwarding a copy of the virus to all the contacts in your address book. Those contacts that are unaware of these worms will most likely open the e-mail and the file attached to it. But when you open a strange infected e-mail from an unknown sender, then you are guilty of double negligence. For the virus to be activated you need to open the e-mail and in most cases you need to deliberately open the file attachment too. By using a little common sense you will know that strange e-mails from unknown senders are dangerous, especially when they have executable attachments with file names ending with the “exe”, “com”, “bat” or “scr” extensions. Even dangerous e-mails from known, trustworthy contacts can easily be identified if the contents of the e-mail seems strange and out of character. By being careful and responsible when opening your e-mails, you will not only prevent your own computer from getting infected, but you will also prevent the worm from spreading any further.

Top culprit number 10: You the Internet user

What? Me? How on earth can I be a culprit? Well, you are an accomplice in the spread of malware if you do not have an active and updated anti-virus package installed on your computer, if you do not scan your computer for viruses and spyware on a regular basis, if you do not use shields like the TeaTimer tool from SpyBot (which is free by the way), the Ad-Watch shield of Ad-Aware or the resident shield of AVG Anti-spyware (all of which you have to pay for, unfortunately), if you spend your time browsing pornographic and illegal web sites and take part in the sharing of pirated software and copyrighted material (culprits 1 to 4), if you fail to be responsible with the software you install on your PC and the e-mails you open (culprits 6, 7 and 9) and if you refuse to use a secure web browser (like Firefox) built to prevent malware infections (culprits 5 and 8). Yes, I will go so far to say, that if you stay away from culprits 1 to 7 and 9, you probably won’t need any virus and spyware protection at all. Culprit 8 is the only reason why you should have anti-virus and anti-spyware protection, for those unexpected attacks, over which you have no control.

Culprits 1 to 8 are the main sources of malware. Infections caused by them led to the creation of culprits 9 and 10, which distribute the malware even further. Do not turn your computer into a malware paradise or a malware distribution centre. Take responsibility, protect your computer against these threats and prevent the spread of malware.

Sea Life Found When Scuba Diving in Hawaii

Vacationing in Hawaii affords the individual with the ability to see tremendously beautiful scenery, enjoy spectacular food, people, and for those adventurous sorts, there is scuba diving. Scuba diving in Hawaii is an experience everyone from the beginning scuba diver, to the more advanced scuba diver, will never forget. Hawaii’s warm, blue waters supply scuba divers with the ability to enjoy their experience even more. Another benefit to scuba diving in Hawaii is all of the sea life that you will get the opportunity to see.

Larger Sea Life

When visiting Hawaii you are bound to see a lot of different sea and bird life. Some of the larger sea animals that you will have the opportunity to see are whales, dolphins, and a host of sharks. In some cases, simply by taking a boat tour to your diving location you will have the opportunity to see whales and dolphins swimming peacefully out in the water. With respect to breeds of sharks that you will see, a few can be seen. Some of the common shark breeds people have the chance to see when scuba diving in the waters of Hawaii includes the Galapagos sharks, white tip reef sharks, and sometimes tiger sharks.

Reef Fish and other Sea Life

The waters of Hawaii are filled with a variety of smaller sea life, in addition to the sharks, dolphins, and whales previously mentioned. Scuba divers in Hawaii have the opportunity to see some of the estimated 680 different species of fish that live in the region. Of those 680 species, an estimated 450 species live their lives closer to the shore and near the reefs. This affords scuba divers, and snorkelers, with the chance to see a plethora of reef fish along with all of the coral in the area. Additionally, scuba divers have the opportunity to see a number of different rays and sea turtles in the waters of Hawaii.

No matter which island you are visiting in Hawaii, if you are scuba diving you have the opportunity to see countless numbers of sea life that will leave you with an experience that you are not soon going to forget after returning to the shore. The variety of marine life in Hawaii is truly remarkable. Enjoy all the sea creatures without disturbing their delicate habitat. Always have fun while respecting the aquatic animals around you. Make sure you also stay safe.