Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Kick Out the Epic Pt. 2

The worst thing possible happened to me at the gym today.  My iPod ran out of battery and my backup was sitting innocently on my desk at home.  Nooo!  The experience reminded me that I don't actually need music to push hard or focus in the gym, which is good.  But I do really love it.  So, in no particular order:

And you can't talk about EDM without at least mentioning this, because I haven't heard the end of it since we watched this episode (and I explained it).

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Big is NOT Beautiful

This post might make you think I have a superiority complex about being in good shape.  I do.  I hella do.

The culture of acceptance being created around obesity absolutely disgusts me.  I can't believe that we are, as a civilization, supporting people being fat.  In the real world, these people would never survive.  The choice would be to get healthy or get buried--literally.  Fatties would get hunted down by predators because they are too slow; they would be more likely to die from disease and illness because their immune systems are suppressed; they would be ostracized from their communities for taking more than their share of the hunt and not contributing enough to the welfare of the group.  I'm sick of hearing "big is beautiful, or "I'm a real woman,"  or "it's what's on the inside that counts."  Well, whatever's on the inside has a serious flaw too if you think that being a walking diabetes brochure is acceptable behavior.  Why are people so polite to fatties? My health insurance premiums are being affected by the burden of life-extending care for these lazy a-holes (who should be allowed to choke themselves with their neck fat in peace).  I should at least get to heckle them with rotten fruit and lettuce.  Bring back the stocks!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

State of Nature

You may be able to see in color, hear in stereo and solve long division in your head, but your body is as unaware of its surroundings as that house plant you can't quite kill or keep alive.  Do you think that because you wear shoes your feet know they aren't touching the ground?  You think because you sit down at a table to eat with a fork and knife your body digests meat any differently than it did 10,000 years ago when you killed it yourself?  You think your muscles know they're lifting steel plates off a stack instead of repairing your shelter or killing prey? You think that's air you're breathing?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Mastery +50

So in WoW, mastery can be a totally awesome stat, or a really bad one, depending on what and how you play.  For example, an Arms warrior specializing in Player versus Player would def want to have a bunch of mastery on their gear.  That same warrior specializing in Player versus Environment (player versus computer basically) would not want any.  But IRL, mastery is always awesome.  I had an epiphany about it today...

Get Freqy

Part one and two of this discussion involved training splits and training intensity.  The next piece of the puzzle is training frequency!

Training frequency affects everyone, and it affects every part of your training regimen.  Train too often and you will fall victim to chronic overtraining, tendonitis and tendonosis, and fatigue.  Last week I discussed the impacts and benefits of high intensity training, but training frequency necessarily limits your intensity level too--you can only train at max intensity for so long.  We've all gone too hard and suffered the consequences at some point.

Friday, February 10, 2012

New Video!

Upperbody smackdown mashup vid:

Thanks Jordan!!!

More videos coming: posing, diet, legs (you will cry), and eventually some dedicated training videos so you guys can see what I do for each bodypart.  My channel needs subscribers, ready go!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Epic Fail

Perhaps one of the most overlooked, yet vital, aspects of training, especially weight training, is training intensity.  This is one of the areas that can be the most difficult to progress in, yet yields the greatest returns.  It's also one of the most misunderstood aspects of weight training.  It's not enough to just train each muscle--it's not even enough to train each muscle well--you have to train each muscle intensely.  Harnessing and improving your training intensity is easily the most effective way to get consistent improvements, period.  

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Splitting the Difference

Recently my training partner and I had a little discussion.  It went from pre-exhaustion theories to training splits to bio-mechanics.  Example: you'd think that pre-exhausting the biceps before a back workout would be a good way to help isolation, but I don't use that technique, do you?  Or training back and biceps together: makes sense and a lot of people do it, but I never do.  Why not?  

Monday, February 06, 2012

Kick Out the Epic

This is what's been getting me going lately.  In the gym, I mean!  Gees...

And also this sexy mix chopped into a few pieces with Audacity. 13:40 through 20:40 is particularly epic, it is quite LITERALLY the best version of Bromance I have EVER heard.  Watch Parks and Recreation, Rob Lowe is hilarious.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

FM Reviews NO

I get a lot of questions.  The more I look like I know what I'm doing, the more people seem to be interested in what I'm doing.  One of the most common questions is "Have you ever tried ...?"  Since I started bodybuilding four years ago, I've done a lot of shopping around supplements-wise, so the answer is usually yes.  Here are a few products that get the FM stamp of approval, plus a lengthy informational intro on this genre of supplements.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Sneak Peek

Here's a video featuring a little sneak peek of the upcoming footage I'm putting together!  A BIG thank you to my friend and co-bodybuilder, Jordan Cronin, who is filming and editing the whole thing and basically doing me a huge favor.  Thanks, Jordan!  He rocks :)  This is his update on his current competition plans and a short clip from his biceps workout, plus a sneak peek of me doing extensions--more soon!

You can see more of Jordan's videos here.