Posted on

What is CrossFit’s Dirty Little Secret and Can It Really Kill You?

Since its inception CrossFit has either been loved or hated. Is it the new wave in fitness or just another trend? Whatever the case may be CrossFit is here and its becoming even more popular.

CrossFit, the brain child of Greg Glassman, the self-proclaimed “Rabid Libertarian”. Somewhat of a non-conformist, Glassman created these “workouts of the day” also known as “WODs” while acting as a personal trainer in Southern California. He was known for his whacky routines. The same routines that got him kicked out of many gyms and eventually lead him to Santa Cruz where he began training programs with the Sheriff’s department. Upon settling down in Santa Cruz, CrossFit was born.

Continue reading What is CrossFit’s Dirty Little Secret and Can It Really Kill You?

Posted on

The Cutest Workout Clothes For All Your Fitness Fun

the_cutest_workout_clothes

Let’s face it ladies, you love looking cute wherever you go. The grocery store, out to dinner, work, and even the gym. So why not look hot to trot in some of these trendy outfits. Take a look at some of the cutest work out clothes and get them for yourself!

Continue reading The Cutest Workout Clothes For All Your Fitness Fun

Posted on

What’s In My Tape Deck—Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail

jay_z_magna_carta_holy_grail

After a some internal debate I finally broke down and decided to get Jay-Z’s latest album Magna Carta Holy Grail. Having been a fan of Jay’s music for some time I figured I would give it a shot.

Is Magna Carta Holy Grail All Its Cracked Up To Be?

I guess it depends on who you ask but, all in all it’s a decent album. I personally don’t think it was Jay’s best by any means. Who cares. What I can say is that the beats are awesome for the most part. And they should especially when he had some of the industries best on the tracks.
The best part about Jay’s lyrics is there is always an underlying message. He has always been a great wordsmith even on his whackiest tracks. Either way I enjoyed Magna Carta Holy Grail for what it was, just another album.

Add These Tracks To Your Playlist From Magna Carta Holy Grail

If your looking for some new tunes to bump in your headphones while you workout I would totally add a few.

Holy Grail – feat. Justin Timberlake
http://youtu.be/2YcIgow6TDk

Picasso Baby

Heaven
http://youtu.be/vZlrjBBixEs

Posted on

My First Weightlifting Shoe

adidas adipower weightlifting shoe

adidas adipower weightlifting shoe

My participation in the sport of bodybuilding has grown to the point that I have seriously considered training and preparing for a competition. And like anything I feel if your going to do something you have to do it right.

Puma Benecio CanvasFor a while I was squatting and lifting in a shoe similar to a Converse Chuck Taylor. The version I had was actually Puma’s Benecio Canvas. I found great success in this shoe and highly recommend any shoe of that style.

Ideally you will want to squat in a shoe that is flat and allows your foot to be flat on the ground. A shoe like the Chuck Taylor or the Benecio allows you to fully ground your feet.

Why Consider a Weightlifting Shoe?

I began to consider a weightlifting shoe on the premise that I would begin to take my training to the next level. I had reached a squat of 315lbs and wanted to continue my progression. One main problem I started to notice was that my foot began to start slipping in my other shoes and I felt that I was losing strength in fighting for stabilization.

I didn’t just jump into a pair of weightlifting shoes. I did a little research. I read what others had written about them. I looked at what athletes in powerlifting and strength training were doing. I began to notice a trend. And that trend was that for the most part they were wearing a weightlifting shoe.

Since my dedication to training had grown, naturally it made sense to follow suit get one.

Why the Adipower Weightlifting Shoe?

adidas adipower weightlifting shoeI must admit I bought the Adipower out of pure vanity and personal brand preference. Plus I figured that since many Olympic Weightlifters donned them it would be a good fit. In my talking and looking online they did come as a highly recommended shoe and that for the most part others who had purchased them prior were happy. Not to mention the bright red is snazzy!

All in all I am very happy with my gift and choice of weightlifting shoe. I plan on sharing my experience while wearing these shoes with others so that they can make a judgement for themselves. Fitness is a journey through mountains and plains. It’s all about discovering new knowledge, applying that knowledge and kicking some ass in the gym!

Posted on

Fat, Sick, Damn Near Death

obese

Lying on your back, thoughts rushing through your head. Faster than light each spark of emotion triggers a reaction inside of you. It’s this very moment that you question yourself and the only thing you can say is why. What have I done. How did I get here?

Never paying much mind to what others have said in the past. Hindsight 20/20.

It’s too late now. What’s done is done. Your best guess is to just move on from here. Without having a choice. Making better decisions and setting goals for yourself is all you have left. Your only hope. Scary as it may seem, frightened shitless. Knowing, this is what I have to do.

Miss A Good Thing When It’s Gone

Each day at any given time, on any channel there is a fitness related advertisement. Seems like someone somewhere is coming up with the next hot trend. Even though its all around us, most people just tend to ignore the message.

Your health is the most important thing you have. Next to your loved ones. Without good health how can you enjoy all the many splendors that life has to offer. There are more and more stories about someone fighting for their life in the hospital because they were obese. Their heart was pumping so hard to carry the extra weight.

It’s not uncommon to see more obese children these days. Which is frustrating to say the least. I cannot fathom why someone would lack so much regard for their body.

I guess when something is taken away from us then and only then do we learn to appreciate it for what it was and what it is. Hearing stories of friends lying in the hospital having just been diagnosed with diabetes because of their choices and now fighting for their life makes me shake my head.

Be The Best You

healthy_and_fitThere is a world of self-help books, tapes, cds, programs, websites, and more. There is an entire industry devoted to the betterment of one’s being. Let me ask you something. If you were a web developer and you needed to learn a specific code to finish a task wouldn’t you research it?

Well then, if you’re having trouble with your life or your weight why wouldn’t you research a solution?

Sloth, A Deadly Sin

PEOPLE ARE NOT WILLING TO PUT IN THE WORK THAT IS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE WHAT IT IS THEY WANT!

As straight as it gets. And you and I both know its so true. Every week, day in and day out. Millions of people line up to buy lottery tickets, dreaming they would win. But not a single one of them is putting in any effort to realize their full potential and just get the money that they dream about themselves.

It goes hand in hand with physical fitness. First off I find that once again people dream of a better body and wish they were in better shape but never freakin take action towards it. And if things don’t happen right away, thats it, they give up.

three_feet_from_gold_napoleon_hill
An amazing and inspirational read from author Napoleon Hill.

I enjoy reading self help books. A great book that inspired me was Three Feet From Gold. The book talks about quitting at the very near sight of failure just moments away from achievement. I love it. It relates immensely with fitness.

Be Like Nike and Just Do It

Things cannot be any simpler. Just do it. Whatever it is. Its really that simple. In this case you’re concerned about your health. You know you’re not living right and eating shit. Then fix that. Don’t say you’re going to do it. Really do it.

Making a change to your body means making a change to your lifestyle. You have to commit. Just like an athlete trains for an event. Or a musician trains for a concert. Practice makes perfect. Build good habits and repeat them.

Have some regard for your body. Be concerned about what goes in it. Not obsessed. Eat a balanced diet consisting of meats, whole foods, fruits, and of course veggies. Avoid processed foods at all costs. Really. Get your own food and cook it at home.

No More Excuses

HappinessThat’s it my friend. There’s no more room for excuses. So let’s get to it. Grab your Converse All-Stars, a pair of sweats, some tunes, Barbell Academy’s Building Strength guide and off to the gym you go! Build the basic fundamentals of strength which will take you on a journey to a new you.

L’Chaim! To Health! To Happiness!