Jan
14

New Years Resolutions

New Years Resolution

New Years Resolution

So its been 14 days into the year 2013 and many of us/you/folks, etc.. have started to fail at your New Years Resolutions. Don’t sweat it because you haven’t sweat in atleast 14 days so why start now. But seriously its never too late to start so if you have started and failed start again.. however! Try something different since your previous resolution was obviously not working. Instead of saying “I want to lose 65 lbs” try “I will give up sodas for 3 months” or “I wont eat carbs past 6pm” etc.. If you start making easier resolutions its more likely that you will achieve success.

So I challenge you to make a list of 5 things you want to accomplish within the next 3 months, and be realistic. Seeing as this is a fitness related blog my goals are fitness related. Here is my list that I compiled, whats yours?

 

  1. Lose 20 lbs
  2. Do not drink any regular sodas
  3. Take a multi vitamin every day for a month
  4. Be able to run 2 miles without rest
  5. Avoid fast food

 

So far so good and on the regular sodas LOL.  It will take some time but its not unrealistic and can easily be done.  Just put some effort into it.  So do it and kick ass!

Nov
5

Meat Slop May Change Your Life

I was doing some recipe searching and came across something strange called ‘Meat Slop.’ I’m sure the name itself doesn’t provide a pretty picture, well you’re right it doesnt. The name implies that its just a big pile of mess and it is but what someone discovered is a recipe that makes an almost perfect macronutrient makeup of a 40/40/20 diet. Thats 40% calories from Protein, 40% calories from Fat and 20% calories from Carbs.

The excerpt below is from Silver Hydras original post:

The main ingredients that must be present for Meat Slop are:

  • Ground meat of some form; lean beef works well. Anything between a pound or a kilogram really.
  • Cabbage of some sort; I prefer red (more anthocyanin content, whoo!) although green tastes less ‘cabbagy’ and might be good to start off with for those who don’t like cabbage. 2 medium sized (18in circumference) are good.
  • Tomato paste or an equivalent flavored paste; I personally use two cans (591mL) of the lowest calorie tomato paste I can get, usually the cheap stuff.

Thats really the base of the ‘slop’ but you can certainly add more ingredients especially if they do not add any major caloric content, such as pickles, peppers, mushrooms, etc..  Additional veggies are never frowned upon for healthy eating.

 

Check Silver Hydras post here for a complete recipe break down and cooking instructions. Try it out and let me know what you guys think. I’ll be making this very soon and will post a review! Thanks to Silver Hydra for the information.

Nov
2

Arnolds Next Projects

For those who know me I’m perhaps the biggest Arnold Schwarzenegger fan around and have seen just about every one of his movies. I quote his movies daily with friends and family and pretty much idolize his ascension in the bodybuilding world as well as movies and politics. Success runs synonymous with the name Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Now that his career in politics appears to be over he can focus on what made him a house hold name, movies! Many rumors have been swirling about that Arnold is planning on reprising his role in several movies which he does not do too often sans a few such as Terminator 2, Terminator 3, The Expendables and Conan. However the rumors that I mentioned look to have him reprising his role again in Terminator 5, another Conan, a possible True Lies sequel and recently announced TWINS sequel called Triplets.

I can honestly say that I am more than thrilled to hear the news of these sequels, especially True Lies and Conan. The Triplets movie is not really something I’m too interested in since I was not thrilled with the first one anyways. Terminator does not surprise me since he sort of made a digital cameo in T4 as the Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 or T-800 so its only natural to assume he will have some sort of appearance in Terminator 5, perhaps as a real person who the terminator is based off of, that would be interesting.

True Lies 2 has been talked about as soon as the first was released back in 1994. James Cameron, the director of True Lies, has expressed disinterest in sequels earlier in his career but according to recent news his focus lies with 2 sequels to Avatar. Afterwards he plans on devoting time to True Lies and possibly a Terminator sequel, which will be both highly anticipated and definite box office successes.

The movie that we are most likely to see first aside from Triplets (I’m on the fence about it) is a third Conan movie. The synopsis could be about an aging Conan who is now King and is at the end of his reign. He wants to go all out in one last battle, for glory! I think the idea is great and do like the idea of an older Conan reigning supreme and having an itch for one last battle. I guess you can say its similar to the last Rocky Balboa film that shows Rocky not 100% satisfied with his boxing career and needs one last final/farewell fight to close the book on his life. I see this as a success or maybe I’m being biased, either way I think Conan still has some life left.

I hope Arnold continues making movies well into his 70′s. He can still be a top box office action hero as long as it remains believable. I will remain his biggest fan even when he is long gone. There is no one like Arnold Schwarzenegger

Oct
22

Post Tough Mudder

I dont even know why I’m making a post about my experience with Tough Mudder Austin 2012 as it is indescribable. The adrenaline at the starting line, the motivation of the MC working the crowd, the chill in the air, etc.. preceded the epicness that was about to ensue. I would be lying if I said I wasnt scared.. I was! At 8:35am the horn went off and the race began. Bobby and I were off to a steady pace and about 30 yards into the run I nearly twisted my ankle and thought to myself ‘crap, is this how the race is going to be for the next 11.9 miles?’ Thankfully I kept up as best as I could and finished the race as fast as I physically could. Of course I did have some trouble with the obstacles I suspected I would, such as the Boa Constrictor and others that really surprised me. The simple cargo net was actually pretty frightening! I wasnt ready for its height and instability.

Also height of the 2nd set of Berlin Walls, which was on mile 10 seemed higher than the previous set. Its not that I was not capable of overcoming them I simply had zero strength to push me through and had to tell Bobby to just go ahead and meet me at the finish line.

The Everest obstacle I conquered on my own, after a few tries of course. The first 2 tries 2 big dudes at the top tried to help me up but they were just in the way. I saw Bobby standing at side telling me “You can do it man, you run up and your chest is well above the lip.” So I pushed myself one last time and sprinted up the ramp and successfully made it to the top without any assistance! Hell yeah!

And of course, the grand finale was something that most everyone wasnt looking forward to but I personally didnt really mind. The first set of wires previously in the race were intense but it wasnt as bad as I expected. I was expecting to be slammed down to the ground with each jolt but nope, I sprinted through the whole thing and even dropped my arms instead of covering my face.

This was an exhilirating experience and I have no qualms to do it again. In fact I’m beginning to train for next years Tough Mudder which is in October 2013. I’m stoked and if anyone wants to do it with me, let me know I’ll start a team!

Note: The vids are not of me obviously hah.

Sep
24

Day 7 of Crossfit

Today I completed my 7th day of Crossfit at Crossfit Copperfield and wow this was a hellacious workout!  We did something called the ‘Whittman’ which is the following;
 
Seven rounds for time of:

15 Kettlebell swings (53, 35 lb)

15 Power Cleans (95, 65 lb)

15 Box jumps (24″, 20″ box)

This was the hardest workout so far. I keep saying that for the previous days WOD but it does get more difficult. The only difference is that I had mine scaled to 4 rounds instead of 7. If I were to complete 7 it would have taken me a very long time. The Cleans are not difficult to perform but doing 15 at a time is grueling on the body and can mentally fluster you. With true grit and being ‘dialed in’ on the workout you can really pull out those last reps with precise form.

mr clean crossfit cleans

Overall I am seeing some great results. My clothing is fitting better and less snug. My stamina has improved a lot and I do see some more definition in my arms. Very happy with where I’m headed. Although this was a 1 month Crossfit session I may have to get rid of my 24 hr fitness membership and continue with crossfit! Stay strong!

Sep
19

My Top 8 Gym Annoyances

Ever been to the gym and you had a miserable time getting a good workout due to constant distractions? Its hard enough going to the gym for those with some motivation but seeing people there that are unruly, distracting and overall wasting their time can put your own workout in a damper. I’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Gym Annoyances, let me know if you agree or if you have your own list to contribute.

 
 

1. The Stinker
 
I know some people will say “this is a gym, its not suppose to smell like lollipops and dandelions” Well yeah you’re right but it shouldn’t smell like a bucket of yuck either. Sometimes smells can be so unbearable due to extreme body odor that it becomes a huge distraction. People need to be considerate. Shower atleast every other day (no joke) and slap on some speed stick and we’re good to go.

 
 

2. The Sweat Box
 
Again yes, I know its a gym but the lack of courtesy by other gym members who drench a bench with their sweat is disturbing and disgusting. I don’t mind my own sweat but swimming in someone else’s pool is something I’m not interested in doing when I’m trying to focus on getting shredded.

 
 

Gym Annoyances
 
 

3. Failing to Rack
 
This is something I’ve stressed to management via twitter, facebook and in person at my local gym. For the love of all that is holy please please re-rack your damn weights! I don’t know whats worse, taking off 8 plates from the chest press machine or looking for the 35 lb dumbbell. Either way its frustrating and rude. If you can’t put things where you found them don’t touch em!

 
 

4. The Main Event
 
This is the guy/girl who draws attention be it by dancing, hopping around, shadow boxing, dressing in a g string, or whatever.. these people scream LOOK AT ME! It’s a hazard in the gym as I can’t help but to stare and think why are they here? Stop causing a scene and lift!

 
 

5. Yakkity Yak
 
I can’t count how many times I’m blasting some insane heavy fast music in my earbuds and it’s still being drowned out by the idiot talking next to me on their iphone. No one cares whats for dinner or about the latest company mergers. You’re at the gym to focus on improving your health and body so hang up and run.

 
 

6. The Lunker
 
Surely we’ve all seen the video of the ‘lunker’ who grunts excessively and is kicked out of Planet Fitness (that gym is a joke) Well I too wouldn’t mind seeing them be escorted out of the gym. Sure there are times when you have to let out some steam and noise while squatting 400 lbs but good grief do you have to wake the dead? Seriously, just clench your teeth, breath through your mouth and get that weight up.

 
 

7. Hogging the Machine
 
We all don’t have 3 hrs every day to dedicate to the gym so if possible do your set, take a small stroll, maybe 30 seconds and get back to your sets. If you can let someone work in. I’ve hit the gym during lunch breaks and I sometimes have as little as 45 mins to drive to the gym, change, grab a workout, run a mile, shower, change and be back. I can’t be held up by someone hanging out on a bench of machine with 5 minute rest sessions between sets. Do work and go!

 
 

8. No inhibitions
 
I do not know how this applies to the ladies locker room but in the mens locker room there are plenty of older gents who enjoy, a bit too much I might add, being naked as soon as they walk in. I am still uncertain why the older crowds enter the locker room and immediately strip to their bare asses and “hang around” for what seems like an eternity. The locker room is meant for changing and showering, not socializing with your twigs and berries. It’s just ridiculous!

 
 

I’m sure we all have our own top gym annoyances so leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Sep
17

Day 4 of Crossfit

So I finished up Day 4 of Crossfit at Crossfit Copperfield and am noticing that my recovery time is decreasing. When I first tried out Crossfit I remember not being able to workout for a week. I came home, laid down on the floor and moaned as I was in a lot of pain and discomfort. This time its not the case. I know its not for lack of effort as I am giving 110% (Jess you’ll get this LOL) but maybe my body and muscles are responding well to the extreme torture and hard work that is being thrown my direction.

I still cannot believe that in less than 3 weeks I will be racing a 12 mile race called with a great friend of mine who from my understanding is in pretty amazing shape currently. I’m not really worried about it like I use to be but I do ‘fear’ one obstacle. Its called the Boa Constrictor.

The thought of being in a small tube partially submerged really messes with my mind. I know I’ll be able to do it but I don’t want to have a panic moment and freak out halfway through the obstacle. Hopefully the closer I get the more I can focus and get my mind right to conquer this fear.

Sep
10

Day 1 of Crossfit

I’ve started a crossfit routine from today to get my body back into cardio burn mode for the big race. I do notice that afterwards I did not feel lethargic as I did the first few times. I do believe that my current diet as well as my current endurance and stamina levels are allowing me to do more and go hard then before. I’m VERY happy with my progress for the race. My goal is to continue with crossfit until the Thursday before the race, October 4th. I want to get in atleast 3 workouts per week and incorporate some more running into my regimen to compete with the runners during Tough Mudder!

Aug
28

Only 39 Days left

Short post this time but its almost time. Tough Mudder is coming up FAST.. faster than I imagine and my mind is mentally prepared but my body and stamina need work. Of course my mind can only get me through some of the obstacles but ruthless aggression will allow me to conquer all. With Bobby playing catch-up to me its going to be an amazing adventure. ;)

What I need to focus more on is running stamina. The more I run the better my chances of completing with a solid time. I have no goal necessarily other than finish. I wouldn’t mind a strong time but my main goal is finishing. Stay strong and don’t lose sight of your objectives

Aug
24

Inspire to be someone not something

As you may know by now Arnold Schwarzenegger is somewhat of a hero of mine. Not only do I admire his work ethic in the gym but his overall attitude in conquering anything he sets his mind to is something truly admirable. This is a great video to watch if you need some motivation to overcome any sort of rut you’re in. Listen and take action