Those damn Russians…

Just when I thought I was getting somewhere with this calisthenics stuff these Russians come and raise the bar astronomically. Backwards muscle ups?? One arm weighted chin ups?? one arm walking chin ups?? My self esteem is destroyed and at an all time low. So its basically what a normal persons average self esteem would be…LOL!
So here they are:

I was never good at the acrobatic stuff like flips, gainers, and those martial arts tricks even though I so very much admired those who could. I mean it just looks so freaking cool! I remember watching this video as a teen and wishing I could do what these guys do. Freaking ninjas. But apparently I have no sense of direction the moment my feet leave the ground and after some failed attempts and my face meeting the floor I decided I would focus on regular martial arts stuff. Like hitting people in the face. I seemed a little more suited for that.

But then I found calisthenics, something that looked totally cool and required complete mastery of every inch of your body. How sweet it is. It now fills the void I have had in me since I have not been able to do martial arts. Its understanding your body in a new way and the only person I can injure is myself!

And now the obligatory video of Frank Medrano because he is the man when it comes to body weight exercises. I have yet to decide if his being vegan is cheating or not…

Anyways, time to get back to the bar and DO WORK!

This chick…wow…

So I had posted this video of this 17 year old girl doing exercises a lot of men couldn’t even do awhile ago. If you missed it, here it is again:

She was crazy impressive back then and now she’s back a year later! Check it out:

Just insane. Seeing her continued progress has motivated me to keep going as I am going. No days off. Never satisfied. Always chasing after that next challenge.

My only question is, why does she kip when she demonstrated she’s got sick pull up strength and can probably do muscle ups without kipping so much.

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Hyphy Mud!!

So I was perusing YouTube as usual and came across this preworkout concoction that was too interesting not to try out. It’s called Hyphy Mud and here’s the creator KaliMuscle to explain to you exactly what it is!

Now, I don’t take a pre-workout before the gym, I usually have enough energy and focus to get by without it. Although, I have tried a months supply of MusclePharm’s Assault, which was quite interesting. Basically a pre-workout is a drink you take prior to working out which is mainly filled with stimulants that keeps you focused on lifting weights.

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The first time that I drank MusclePharm’s Assault I got a tingly, prickly sensation all over my body. This was from the beta alanine which aides in preventing muscle exhaustion. By the time I got to the gym and started lifting I felt like King Kong and Godzilla all rolled up into one. I was this big unstoppable beast that has just snorted powdered Unicorns and was running on rainbows. I had only one thought in my head and that was to LIFT WEIGHTS!! Not only that but to do it with a vengeance, if that weight was going down it was coming up no matter what. It was tunnel vision and all I could see was weights I wanted to lift.

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But with all stimulants the effects gradually became less and less every time I took it. That coupled with having a pre-workout drink, a workout drink, and a post workout drink was just too much for me and I just stopped taking it. I am more than satisfied with just having a post workout shake or smoothie. Mainly because I am SUPER lazy.

Now back to HYPHY MUD!!

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It’s a little Pepsi and instant coffee mixed together. How easy and awesome is that? Remember I am lazy. So I mixed some up and slammed it before my workout. Taste? That first hit of the foamy mixture does make you snap your head back and go “God Damn, that’s got some kick!” The rest of it, not so good. Maybe I did not have the correct ratio of instant coffee to Pepsi? It was an overall bitter, foamy wreck. Basically it’s just caffeine on top of caffeine.

Did I feel more focused? Nope. Did I feel like King Kong? Nope. Did I wanna lift weights? Always! Did I feel anything at all? Yes. I felt a rumble in my stomach. It did not like Hyphy Mud, at all, and it took very little time to tell me. I did get an awesome glute workout out of it as I had my cheeks clenched tighter than ever to make sure I did not leave skid marks all over the gym. The MUD in Hyphy Mud did not stand for Makes U Dangerous, for me it stood for Makes U Diarrhea. So there you have it, if you want to lift weights with an urgency of finishing quick so you don’t liquefy your pants, then this is the drink for you!

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40 Days and 40 Nights

The NEW experiment begins….

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Well not exactly a new experiment perhaps, as my other single male brethren can attest to. Even though there are secret months dedicated to this endeavor, I’ve never been one to follow convention. As the kids say these days “I do what I want!” Why, you may ask, am i doing this? Have I gone crazy? Stupid? Well perhaps stupid….like a fox! In all seriousness this is an experiment in productivity.

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Many hours and days have been spent appeasing that incessant, nattering, obsessive like drive for “videos” and “pictures” and anything else of that ilk. To try and cut ties and free myself of that primal instinct should theoretically lead to an increase in productivity which will in turn lead to a better quality of life. Pushing those thoughts and urges out of my head and redirecting that time and energy into bettering myself and achieving my goals is an exciting and interesting prospect. Not to say I did not have goals before this, but many times there were waylaid and put off to the side in favor of instant gratification. I’m sure most men can agree, more time is wasted with this than actually needed. It is a brief escape from reality where everything is just right. But we cannot escape from reality and it only delays the inevitable. So this is now my time to shine and go out and get what I want!

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Maybe about two and half, three years ago, I did not have a dollar to my name. I was broke. My mother and grandparents to take care of and I had no means to do it. But I was still relatively happy because I was distracted, idiot that I was…or still am. But I changed gears, ever so slightly. Enough for me to start getting a cash flow and to save that first 100 dollars in my bank account. I was ecstatic with that. Pretty pathetic for a grown man right? But I kept grinding and saving and turned that into 1000 dollars. Investments have allowed me to have my loans paid off by next year. It has afforded me the opportunity to finally spoil the ones who loved and raised me. In the next month I will have reached my next goal of 10,000 dollars in my account, which have nothing to do with my investments. My goal in the next 40 days and nights is to not only switch gears, but to find a whole new one altogether. Bigger, better, faster and even more motivated. So for the next 40 days and nights I will strive to hit my financial, fitness and life goals with an intense focus!

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Time to smash some Personal Records!

On a side note, I am a couple days into the 40 days already and have started doing Hot Yoga. It has really been keeping me at peace and given me laser like focus. I don’t even notice all the nice ladies in their yoga pants dripping with sweat.

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Who am I kidding? Its absolute torture! But hot yoga is a new fitness challenge that I am determined to conquer and something I said I was going to do a very long time ago and now I am doing it! Productivity!

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Now for my PR stats as they currently stand:

Bench Press: 225 lbs

Squat: 245 lbs

Deadlift: 270 lbs

Pull-up: strapped with 45 lbs

Weight: 162 lbs

I kinda let myself go after my week vacation in Vancouver….I’m still eating really bad. But it will change! I hope! Or this will have been all for nothing!

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SQUATEGGEDON!! LETS DO THIS!!

First off I just want to say Team Asia is crushing it as usual! We almost have our 300 workout time to under the 20 minute mark. At this pace the Spartan race will be a cake walk!

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In case you missed out what the 300 workout entails, here is the video once again.

Now onto the squat challenge! Overheard some ladies talking about this at work and thought “Pfft this will be TOO EASY, lets just start with phase 2!” So its quite simple, there’s a set number of body weight squats you do everyday by following the squat calendar. You don’t have to do them all at once or even in the same sitting. Just as long as you do them all by days end. Now lets get off our butts and get bootylicious!

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This is phase one for those who want to start nice and easy

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This is phase two for those who want to hit it hard!

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I’m not going to show you how to do a squat because I wear short shorts and no one wants to see that. So here is a lady who looks better in them than I do. (My legs are way more jacked than her’s…just saying)

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Also I will be using this post as my squat journal for the month.

SQUAT PROGRESS!

Day 1: 100 squats? Too easy, I gonna do some more leg workouts.

Day 2: Ok, 200 squats…I left them all to the end of the day. This kinda sucks

Day 3: Good God this burns! I’m cramping, I’m cramping!!

 

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