Posts Tagged ‘workout’

Do you lift, bro? Seriously bro…DO YOU EVEN LIFT?! If you don’t, here is a good starting point. If you do why do you even lift, bro? I had to have a moment of clarity with a colleague who mentioned to another colleague that I in fact only did it for vanity and spent more time looking in the mirror than I did lifting. What rubbish. I’ve spent more time in the gym than he’s spent wishing he could lift. Garbage really.

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Lifting for vanity or to look more appealing to the ladies can only get you so far. You’ll spend all your workouts on the vanity lifts for the girls creating muscular imbalances or quit once you get to a level where you start making progress with girls. I would even argue it’s not the body itself that got you the girl, but it was the confidence you gained from those lifts. Your confidence sky rockets, your posture is better, you’re less stressed and anxious, more energy, the mental benefits far surpass the physical benefits in social interactions. Respect the lift, bro.

In my experience, I lift because I have grown to love the lift. I’ve been lifting consistently for over a year now and suffer a mild depression if I don’t lift during the week. If I don’t lift everything else in life just kind of sucks. Mental fogs, less energy, eat less healthy than I would if I were lifting and I’m just plain lazy.

But I wasn’t always this way. Before I would dread the lift and try to rationalize every excuse in the book for why I couldn’t lift that day. I would hate a certain exercise like squats and avoid leg day like the plague. In fact, I was so ignorant of the ways of the lift, I thought to myself as a young teen that my legs would get bigger from the amount of weight I would put on my upper body. (laugh… its ok.) I Had no idea what I was doing, but I did it anyway. Sometimes, even in lifting with some degree of injury likely, you just have to shut your brain off and do it. First time I did dead lifts, I was bed ridden. One fateful leg day, I was doing squats and felt my back just “crunch”. Bed ridden. Fucked up my wrist doing cleans. Still going at it to this day.

Dat Body

I lift because I LOVE to lift. The chalk on the hands during and the caluses after. The social clubs they call gyms to rugged and raw work out temples. I’ve even compared my post-workout high to being better than MDMA. ( maybe it was shitty molly) I love everything about it. What makes it EVEN better is I’m becoming some kind of authority in my circle when it comes to lifting. A buddy I haven’t seen since he joined the army a year ago called me yesterday for diet and exercise advice, imagine that. Being that I am a small guy who isn’t jacked out of his mind, a lot of people call “shredded” or “ripped”. You can decide for youself, but the problem with lifting is the day you want to get bigger, you become forever small because you’ll never be as big as you want to be.

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Join the movement.

Peace.

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“No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training…what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” – Socrates

sick minds, sick bodies

Ask an average person with an average diet and an average exercise regiment, how they are and they will tell you, they’re fine. Their brain cells are slowly being killed off by lack of stimulation and large amounts of alcohol consumption, but they’re fine they tell you. Their bodies are atrophying by their poor workout plan and processed garbage they call food, but they are fine they tell you.

The average person goes about their day, knowingly or not, committing a slow suicide. Mentally, physically, spiritually. Reading nothing than the latest trend on twitter or facebook. Letting their bodies morph into the couch itself, becoming another cushion on the frame. Not pursuing the child like inspiration in their soul, telling them to go out and do what they dream to do because they have bills to pay’. Maybe rightfully so, but this does not warrant a life of a slow death.

The more I take my health seriously, the less I want to eat out with the masses. The options are few if any that do not make me want to vomit soon after. If I go more than week without lifting heavy I physically become depressed and have to force myself to pump out a set of Super Squats

Juicing, lifting, and getting a good nights sleep, more or less, makes me feel incredible. Most of those around me and that I observe I can tell are aging quickly and they are only in their 20’s. Their minds and their bodies are going to shit well before their natural aging process wants to allow. Bags under their eyes, skin looking damaged and dull, with fat accumulating around their bodies and the mind doesn’t go unscathed either. The mind that started out inspired and delighted to begin a new life has been murdered and replaced with a machine mind hell bent on serving the interest of leading a stable life.

Too often do I see people living the unexamined life. Sacrificing health for ‘wealth’ can only be executed for so long before it becomes unsustainable.

Health of the Body

Diet and exercise. It’s so simple yet so hard for so many to understand and execute properly. This will differ for different people with different goals in mind, but the concept stays the same. If your are not burning more calories than you are taking in, and not working out you will get fat. Fat isn’t good for anybody no matter what the doctors say about being healthy fat. I eat a 80//20 paleo diet with the exception of milk, cottage cheese, and an occasional pb and j (I am just a sucker for the pb and j) and juice regularly. It is not hard to eat clean and exercise regularly to maintain a healthy body.

A day in the life, Diet and Exercise wise.

Breakfast: 2 cups Oatmeal ( not entirely paleo either, add it to the list)
1 cup of mixed berries (Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries)
½ cup of cottage cheese
2 eggs over easy
Tall glass of milk

Lunch:
I’ll usually prepare my own juice the night before hand to take with me to class and eat light until I go lift.

Green Machine Juice: Handful of Kale, 5 stalks of broccoli, 2 green apples, lime juice, 1 banana, water.
Bag of trail mix: (peanuts, almonds, cashews, raisins, m&ms)
Water

Dinner: 2 cups of brown rice
2 chicken breasts
2 cups of mixed veggies(baby blend)
More cottage cheese 🙂 about ½ cup
1 cup of mixed berries
Tall glass of milk

Leg day:
1 set of super squats. 20 x 1. 225lbs
4 sets of dead lifts. Starting at 155 pyramiding to 185 for last set.
3 sets of leg curl. Starting at 135 pyramiding to 155 for last set.
3 sets of calve raises. Start at 255 pyramiding to 275 for last set.

I can barely walk up to the second floor to do leg curls after squats and dead lifts.

Full workout and diet plan soon to come.

Health of the Mind

If you go day in and day out, 8-10 hours a day doing something you hate for someone else’s benefit. You are committing spiritual suicide. You will become dead inside and live the rest of your life waiting for retirement and death to get a break.

Work relentlessly to free yourself from the bullshit we are being conditioned to endure. Ignore everyone and do your own thing if you have to. If you end up working for someone else and you love it, I am glad for you. I can’t even stomach the thought it. That being said, if you are like me and are still working for someone else, you must take the time out to invest in yourself in whatever way you see fit.

Read Books!
Take the time off to recharge, but also find the time to expand your mind to alternative perspectives. You can learn at least one thing from any person at anytime if you are looking for it. Books can be the perfect lens into another persons mind if you cant find someone physically. Autobiographies are great in this regard. Ask your friends over just to hang out and talk, you’ll be surprised with the topics that can be entertained when given the opportunity. I find my best talks are immediately after a good lift. Post workout pondering should be the podcast for those talks if I recorded them. Ha.

Meditate with deep breathing focusing on your breathing and chanting a mantra in your head for 10 minutes a day. This will help clear your mind immensely when you feel like all the stress in your life is giving you stomach ulcers. Lock yourself in your room or find an enclosed area where you wont be distracted and just breathe, close your eyes, and chant.

If you find yourself indulging in destructive activities to deal with stress, try finding more constructive activities to replace them. I can’t even begin to list all the things you can do, but a few would be reading,writing, painting, drawing, running, working out, driving, have sex!, yoga, fishing, hunting, watch a movie, build something, work on a new skill….

This is mere scratch on the surface for what you can do for the mind and body. Remember this is my experience and have no problem hearing yours and what you do for you mind and body.

Join the movement.

Peace.