Nov
19

I’m Back!

Back

So after a long year with lots of meditating and thinking I finally decided to continue with this blog, a year to the day. I’ve realigned and mentally cleansed myself to continue pursuing this. Big changes are coming and I’m excited!

Nov
19

Closing Time

After some long inner battles I decided to close the site down temporarily.. It may or may not be back, I don’t know. I just need to focus my attention on other things at the moment and realign myself to get my mind right and really tackle this weight problem I have.. In the meantime, enjoy the song.

Sep
25

Swimming Motivation for Anyone

We all remember the 5am swim sessions, the exhausting workouts, the constant consumption of bananas due to the potassium and all those who are no longer involved in competitive swimming miss it. Being a swimmer in high school I still feel a rush for anything swimming related. I’ve been really motivated lately and came across this video that took my motivation to the next level! A great video to jazz you up to take back control!

Aug
5

Crispy Kale Chips

Its been a long time since I posted any sort of recipe on the blog. I’ve been on this epic Kale kick lately and have really enjoyed the snack.  Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat.  It is high in iron, vitamin K, antioxidants, and many other beneficial nutrients.  The benefits of kale and pretty endless.  The following reciept is very easy to make and tastes delicious. All you need are the following:

  1. Kale (sold as a bag at Walmart as leaves with most of the stalk already removed)
  2. Foil
  3. Cookie Sheet
  4. Olive Oil
  5. Seasoning (Salt, pepper, etc..)
  6. Oven

Below you’ll find instructions with pictures on how to make this snack.  Modify it as you see fit but most of all enjoy!

Jul
30

Happy 66th Birthday Arnold!

Had to bring back an old post for The Oak. Today is the birthday of the GREATEST BODY BUILDER EVER! Arnold Schwarzenegger! Happy Birthday!

Many movies are still coming from the greatest action star in the history of cinema!

Previous Post Below!

Today is July 30th and the birthday of the greatest bodybuilder the world has ever seen.  Of course its none other than the great Arnold Schwarzenegger!  Arnold turns a bright a chipper 66 yrs young and has all but wrapped up his movie career but in exactly 2 weeks you can see him once again on the big screen but this time hes not alone!  For the first time ever the three most bad ass action stars from the 80′s and 90′s are together!  Bruce Willis, Sylvestor Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger!

New Update. His Best Quotes!

Although his appearance has changed we will still remember him as the muscled Austrian with an attitude and charisma to boot that landed him victories in countless bodybuilding competitions.  Here is a small Gallery I put together of some of his most memorable photos.

May
28

Heel and Foot Pain?

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As mentioned in a previous post about plantar fasciitis I have had some nagging foot and ankle pains ever since Tough Mudder back in October 2012. Fortunately recently came across a product called The JWedge I thought I should give it a try since I havent had any luck with other forms of exercises to relieve my pain. I was skeptical at first of course since nothing seemed to work but I was very surprised that after day one I noticed a decrease in aggravation and pain.

Developed and made in America this wedge was designed by an avid runner and a physical therapist so you know its gotta be worth a try. With a few daily stretches on a flat surface you should see those nagging foot pains slowly going away. I do like this product and will continue to use it if the need to relieve my pains arises. Here are a few shots of the product and one of me using it. I had to use a door as I dont seem to have a flat wall to floor spot anywhere (damn floor molding LOL)

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Jwedge

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Keep your feet strong!

Apr
3

Revamp in the works

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So I decided that the current model and direction of the site wasnt what I really intended so as of now its currently being ‘rebuilt’ and revamped to something a bit different. Its not going to be what I had originally planned but something new and a bit more fresh. More informative, more content, more everything. It will take some time but I will still be updating the site every so often.

Just for shits and giggles, for those who actually view my site (not many of you but some) what would you like to see? I’d like to get some input and maybe implement your suggestions. Thanks all

Mar
25

Plantar Fasciitis

Ever walked around and noticed a twinge of pain in and around your heel area? Does it feel like you’re stepping on a needle pin side up? Does it hurt when you are standing barefoot on a hard surface? If so you may have this fairly common ‘injury’ known as Plantar Fasciitis. What this is is basically tightening of the fibrous band around the heel area called the plantar fascia. What the pain is the constricting and the stretching of the tendon when pressure is applied. Some notice it more during the morning as people who have this tend to sleep with their feet pointed. While the foot is pointed it relaxes and constricts to that shortened length then when you get out of bed and start taking steps the soreness is prevalent.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

This has been bugging me since Tough Mudder as the very next day I could barely walk. In fact, later on that day I felt as though I was a 95 year old man. I walked gingerly to and fro the car. Was painful! So what I have been trying to do lately is wear shoes with good arch support from the moment I wake up until the moment I lay down to sleep. At work I keep my foot flat on the ground and at times stretch it as if I were stretching my calf muscle. It helps at times but its not a ‘fixall’ if you will. In fact there really isnt much that can be done to ‘cure’ the problem only help ease some pain. I’m not particularly worried about it as its more discomfort than an injury.

So if you have experienced or are currently experiencing this pain what do you do to help mend the discomfort? Post in the comments and let me know!

Stay Strong!

Feb
11

Music and Fitness

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As we all know music is a big part of fitness. Without it our workouts can be boring and feel never ending. Music helps with intensity, motivation and helps with blocking out distractions such as the often terrible ‘elevator’ music playing on the gyms speakers.

So my post today is a bit different in the sense that its about a workout mix I have the pleasure of checking out before others. As far as I know I have not reviewed any workout compilations or songs before and figured now would be a good time.

Right off the bat when I unzipped the file I noticed it was separate songs. Usually mixes and compilations are one single long track with nice transitions between songs but that is not the case. These are 20 separate songs that can be selected randomly or in order within your music player. Kind of defeats the purpose of a “workout compilation”

Some of the songs are a few years old and some are rather new, within the last year. Personally I prefer fast Dubstep while hitting the weights and only seldom and selectively do I like to throw in some rap/hip hop

The song choices are pretty good such as ‘Till I Collapse by Eminem

and Can’t Be Touched by Roy Jones Jr.

As well as Avicii – Levels

Mercy (RL Grime & Salva Remix): Kanye West

And Reptile – Skrillex

There are several other songs in the ‘mix’ that are enjoyable and will help with a good pump in the gym. Overall I’d give the mix a C as its really nothing new as in a mix but it’ll help you with getting some older songs onto your ipod or player should you have forgotten that ‘one song’ stuck in your head you’ve been meaning to add.

Thanks to DoA Mixtape KillaH for providing the Mix Tape as well as Gym Booty Keep up the good work and looking forward to the next one! Should you want a copy of the Mix Tape zip please comment and let me know!

Stay Strong

Jan
17

The Paleo ‘Diet’

So I’ve been reading up lately on something called The Paleo Diet or sometimes known as The Caveman diet.  Some people believe it refers to what our ‘ancestors’ or cavemen ate during the dawn of life on earth.  Whatever beliefs you have thats fine but if you look at the jist of it its simple.  Eat foods that are in their most natural state.  Ok, I know that grilling a chicken is no longer in its natural state but then again eating chicken raw is pretty bad for your health.  No, what this means is that you consume the foods without the use of preservatives, additional sugars, nitrates, hormones, etc..  Basically if the animal is wild and the food is wild eat it!  Some call it a fad or a unsustainable but if you take a look at what you can eat its pretty amazing.  

You can have things like chicken, eggs, beef, pork, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, berries, etc.. are all great sources of food and energy for your body. The secret which is no secret at all is that you do not add the ‘artificial elements’ that take it out of its natural state. Adding sugar, or dairy (dairy is a big no no in Paleo) add an element that some nutritionists say is not sustainable for your body. Those ingredients are not needed and your body will thank you once it starts burning off that excess fat revealing the real you.

Paleo has also become almost synonymous with Crossfit.  Many top crossfit athletes follow a strict Paleo that is used to fuel their performance The person who first introduced me was my old Crossfit trainer Laura Dowdey from Crossfit Copperfield. She swears by it and it shows. Many of her students partake in Paleo and they do find that it serves the purpose of leaning out your body and providing the energy needed to perform.

I’ll be making my first Paleo conscience meal today for lunch. The recipe below was taken from http://agymlife.com/butternut-squash-soup/

I’m hoping the flavor of the butternut squash in itself is satisfying as I really only had it doused in butter and brown sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Peeled/chopped butternut squash (frozen works well)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil (or other Paleo-friendly oil)
  • 1 TSP cinnamon
  • 1/2 TSP nutmeg
  • 1 TSP sea salt

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  1. Saute Onion in large pot
  2. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt
  3. Add squash to pot and pour in stock
  4. Boil squash until tender
  5. Puree soup until smooth
  6. Garnish options: Fresh herbs, green onions, nuts/seeds, Olive oil

The meal itself looks divine and probably tastes amazing.  We’ll see tomorrow!
 
So in a nutshell (almonds are great for you too!) eating better is actually pretty simple.  There are many exceptions to Paleo so research and see if this is something that you and your family could do.  Paleo can be summed up in a single phrase; “If man made it don’t eat it”

 

Stay Strong!

 

-Adam