first_imgSo Cheryl Cole has a new “celebrity” trainer.In case you didn’t know her name, it is Tracy Anderson. Her client list is impressive to say the least and with names like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham under her tutelage, she must know what she is doing, right?I mean, just look at her clients. They are thin. They are rich so they only use “the best”. They are famous, so they MUST know what they are talking about, because being famous means that your opinion counts as fact, doesn’t it?? To some in the media it does. The Daily Mail in the UK ran a story about how Cheryl got in shape and even had quotes from Tracy Anderson in it.Quotes like;“Instead of working the main leg muscles, I worked the tiny ones around Cheryl’s thighs. This pulls the big leg muscles in and makes her thighs look slimmer, she looked amazing in those tiny shorts.”Sounds great? This statement is nothing more than waffle. I’m not sure which tiny muscles she is referring to that ‘pulls the big leg muscles in’: the only thing that comes to my mind is a cramp.A cramp pulls my leg muscles in. Maybe when I’m having a cramp, my legs look amazing but I’m in too much pain to notice? Next time I have a cramp, I’m getting a pair of tiny shorts.Tracy also states that;‘Women should never lift more than three pound weights or they’ll get bulky’Woah, woah, woah, hold on there Missy! 3lbs will make you bulky? Ladies STEP AWAY FROM YOUR CHILDREN NOW! Put them down before you get bulky! Also, no more carrying shopping bags please. And that coat you wear has to weigh at least 3lbs? Be careful, or wearing it could give you quads like a shire pony.She doesn’t like running or traditional cardio either;‘While running and cycling may burn calories, they do not design feminine muscles or get rid of an imbalance that may masquerade as a “problem area.”What does a feminine muscle look like? It must have a snazzy dress sense or something?…imbalance that may masquerade as a “problem area.”?So the fat around your waist is actually a muscular imbalance? I wish I knew which muscle that is, because once I get it rebalanced I can solve the world’s obesity problems.Anyhow, it’s not just her training methodologies that leave a lot to be desired. The diet plan that features in her ‘30 Day Method’ is equally alarming.A presenter for the BBC’s Watchdog programme actually followed the programme and diet plan for the full 30 days.The results were as expected and the weight loss as promised.It was the blackouts and dizzy-spells with constant hunger and a sluggish digestive system that was an unexpected bonus.She had the diet plan checked by Catherine Collins, principal dietician at St George’s Hospital, London, and the results were shocking.Calories were around 700 per day which is far too low.It was low in iron which can lead to anaemia.It was lacking in absorbable calcium which can lead to osteoporosis and osteopenia too – something that Gwyneth Paltrow has been diagnosed with. (Coincidence?)Protein levels were low.Even the vitamins that are available cannot be absorbed since there is no fat present in the diet to act as an absorption vehicle, so they will just be excreted from the body.All this on top of Tracy’s recommended exercise regime of 2 hours per day 6 days per week for the rest of your life.The thing you need to realise is that celebrities are as fallible as the rest of us.They have the added pressure of constant media attention and criticism to deal with, so when they see someone promising instant results they will jump on it, just like any of us.Some of the worst diets ever invented came out of Hollywood.Just because they are doing it, doesn’t mean it’s right.#TrainSmartFor further information on how to work your smaller, feminine muscles, contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: CELEBRITY HEALTH & FITNESS was last modified: July 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:celebrity trainerscolumnemmet rushefitnesslast_img read more

A warming Arctic means a change of plans for offshore drilling project

first_imgA 3-D rendering of Hilcorp’s proposed Liberty project as represented in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s draft environmental impact statement. (Image courtesy BOEM)The Trump administration gave a key approval last week to a milestone oil development. Called the Liberty Project, it would be the first oil production facility in federal Arctic waters. It’s being developed by Hilcorp, a Texas-based oil company.Listen nowBut as the Arctic warms, Hilcorp is already having to tweak its proposal to accommodate climate change. And future companies looking to drill offshore in the Arctic may have additional changes to plan for.To get at the oil, Hilcorp is planning to build a gravel island about five miles from shore in the shallow waters of the Beaufort Sea and drill from there.In order to build that gravel island, the company plans to use what’s called landfast sea ice, or ice that attaches to the coast each winter. They would drive on top of it and dump the gravel through holes in the ice. Shallow, near-shore operations have used sea ice in that way before.“When it’s in place and when it’s stable, it makes actually a fairly convenient platform from which to operate,” said Andy Mahoney,  a sea ice researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks who provides information to oil companies and federal regulators on what they can expect of ice thickness, extent, and seasonal duration.“You can build ice roads on it. You can operate drilling equipment from it. And it’s, I think, in many ways easier than trying to work off of a ship or a barge or something like that.”Mahoney says that the primary concern he hears from oil companies who want to work on landfast ice is that the window they have to work is shrinking as the Arctic warms. Mahoney says the ice is forming later and breaking up earlier.That means companies may have to stretch out work from one winter to two.Apparently, that’s happening to Hilcorp, according to construction plans the company has provided to regulators.According to plans Hilcorp shared with a federal agency in 2015, the company originally thought it could build the gravel island in one year. But in an email, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) confirmed that due to “historically abnormal ice conditions in the Arctic,” Hilcorp amended its plans. Now, the company is telling the agency it could take two years to build the gravel island.Hilcorp declined to comment.There are also other ways that a warming Arctic may affect companies who pursue offshore drilling projects.“With the projections of declining sea ice you would expect the waves to get bigger and bigger, and in fact that’s what is being seen in the Beaufort Sea,” said Jeremy Kasper, an oceanographer at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.Kasper is currently leading a study for BOEM trying to better understand wave and sediment dynamics in the area around Hilcorp’s Liberty project.A large part of their focus is the potential impacts of the Hilcorp development on the marine environment. But they’re also going to model how wave height, storm surge and coastal erosion may change along the whole Beaufort coast and some of the Chukchi coast decades into the future as the climate warms.Kasper says those changes could mean that companies have to plan for increasing erosion around their pipelines or alter how they work in higher wave conditions — for example, in shallow areas of the Beaufort sea.“If you increase the waves, you’re talking about bigger boats,” said Kasper. “Bigger boats, you have to start thinking about dredging because it’s pretty shallow up there.”Earlier this year the Trump Administration proposed opening the majority of Alaska’s federal waters to drilling, including Arctic waters. The first federal offshore lease sale for the Beaufort Sea could happen as soon as late next year. However, a final plan has yet to be issued and lease sales have yet to be held.But as warming temperatures change the Arctic landscape, it’s hard to imagine that any future drilling operation in Arctic waters could avoid calculating in the effects of climate change.This article has been clarified to reflect that the Liberty Project would be the first oil production facility in federal Arctic waters, but not the first oil production from federal waters. Northstar Island, also operated by Hilcorp, produces oil from federal offshore leases in the Arctic, as well. Alaska’s Energy Desk’s Elizabeth Harball contributed to this story.last_img read more