Posts tagged: projectarnold

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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

Recovery is going well

I am 2 weeks into my recovery and my arm is feeling amazing. The doctor stated I need to stay in the sling for four weeks which really sucks. I have trouble typing, preparing any food and doing just about anything. It can be frustrating some times but in order to get better you have to listen to your doc! But again my progress is great and I cannot wait until I’m cleared.

Take a look at my arm two weeks into recovery. The slits are very tiny as the surgery was laproscopic. These are just 2 of the slits. The shot is from top down

It definitely is difficult to keep a strict diet as without the gym and hard cardio sessions I need to really limit my intake. I’ll be back and even stronger