By David Smith
There has been so much discussion about the status of gay athletes in professional sports. Hearing both sides of the panel about whether or not a gay athlete would be accepted in a male-dominated team sport, whether it’s hockey, basketball, baseball or football. A lot of the issues that plague a gay athlete in the professional arena are also seen for everyday athletes (also continue to exert themselves for everybody else) such as locker room etiquette. As an athlete myself, having competed in amateur and collegiate levels of sport, my experience has definitely been varied itself. As a swimmer I swim with the local GLBT swim team here in Denver, as a Master’s swim team we compete at various meets and competitions locally as well as nationally, both gay oriented and not. Throughout my time in competitions I have overheard or directly have been involved with individuals and people who exert their homophobic nature in such a way, usually making comments about “the gay team” or something a long those lines that remind me I am here as an athlete, that my sexual orientation has nothing to do with my participation in sport. For the homophobic individuals in the competition, my sexual orientation may affect their competition, but it doesn’t affect mine.
By David Smith
A lot of our common ailments, diseases and issues that we face on a physical and mental level most often and easily are attributed to just a few basic things, what we eat and what we do, also known as diet and exercise. Now we could sit here for days reading about all sorts of different ways this all works but instead we’ll focus on one thing at a time.
Often times you will hear doctors, drug companies and your mother tell you it is important to take two Advil a day, for the rest of your life. They will tell you that it helps reduce your risk of heart attack, which in some aspects is true, yet why should you need to reduce your risk of heart attack when there is no need for the risk to exist in the first place?
By David Smith
Wednesdays are traditionally known as “Hump Day” because it’s the middle of the week and once you get over that “hump” it’s all down hill to Friday. Everybody knows that but my favorite way to celebrate hump day isn’t for the downhill slope to Friday. It’s for HUMPING!!
It is no secret how great sex can be and how getting some on a regular basis is beneficial to your overall health. Exercise greatly contributes to your overall health and very much to your sexual health. Physically and mentally! Consistent exercise not only helps to increase your stamina, strength and power but your blood flow throughout your body, which for men can certainly attribute to an increase in size as well.
This helps you to last longer and go harder but it also helps to increase testosterone levels, which really drives a lot of the passion and overall primal instinct in sex that can lead not only to a wide variety of different things but really make it explode in the end.
People who exercise 3-5 times a week at 60 minutes a day have increased sex drive, more variety and passion as well as more reliable “equipment”.
By David Smith
When people think of fitness, working out and even exercise, most people think about treadmills and gyms, P90X and Richard Simmons. One of the greatest things about being an exercise professional as well as just being adventurous is discovering new ways to exercise and to have fun with it!
It's easy to fall into a rut and a routine, however I body's aren't really designed and our minds aren't always best suited for the same thing day in and day out. We as human beings seek adventure, challenges and fun.
So why can't you experience all those things and get a workout in too?
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David Smith is a coach, exercise professional, athlete, blogger and owner of Stonewall Fitness. He is a certified personal trainer and holds a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition. He is an active athlete and Gay Games medalist training and competing in swimming. He is passionate about bringing the LGBT community together through exercise and fitness.