Monday, September 17, 2018

Is It Better To Look Good Than To Feel Good?

In the 80's on Saturday Night Live, Billy Crystal played a character that was an aristocrat that would rather look damn good than to feel good about himself. More like a hollow outlook on life that many people tend to follow without realizing it. The motto of his character Fernando was "Darlings, it is better to look good than to feel good you know what i'm saying?" Now what does this relate to? Well for decades, even centuries, image is a powerful thing and it has made many people successful, many others suffer but also makes it an importance beyond the reality of the body's true meaning.

Image is just a speck of the real outlook to how a person can be physically, mentally and emotionally. It brings up the targeted audience in the fitness industry where image far outweighs the feel of a person. You see the pictures in the magazines, on the stage, on tv; looking directly at you and judging the appearance. Just about anybody can look good with the right tools and elements that make up the image of that individual but yet what is the image? What is the first thing you notice about a person with tattoos, a rock hard body, the way they sit, their posture or the way they do things in your surroundings? It's a rarity to say "what do I feel" than to say "what do I see".

A lot of us have an issue with our image and who or what we want to be on the outside but what about the inside? The irony is the feelling tends to come out more what you just see from the exterior but many can also hide what they feel by projecting themselves into a world that what you see is nowhere near what's on the inside. You'll ind people that say "what you see is what you get" but the trouble is that it is more rare than we want to believe whether someone says it or says it to themselves. I at times see a horrible image of myself and hear doubts, fears and feel hopeless but yet I don't always show that. We hide our emotions and our feelings because in some cases, we are taught to do that and only show what we want you to see because if you knew the truth, it would make us vulnerable and conflicted plus it's breaking down the world we built around ourselves we strive to keep locked and sealed.

Looking good can make you successful and even maybe get you an endorsement or having your face on a box of cereal or in a commercial selling stuff that is already sketchy in the first place. Just looking good however, comes with a price and if you let it consume you, it throws away the real aspects of your true self and letting the outside judge you more on the exterior than what the interior really has in stored. I'm no model, I don't have six pack abs or 20 inch arms, for the most part I'm just solid physically but my true self has passion, compassion, emotional rollercoasters, a memory that is both a blessing and a curse, I'm very happy most of the time but I do have my downfalls of being a pain in the ass at times, it's a fact lol. I don't strive to look like a greek god or even come close to looking like a young Brad Pitt, but I do what I can to be good hearted, train to the best of my abilities, play, have fun and be good to somebody who's having a rough time.

You don't need to be crazy good looking to live a full life. The funny thing is, what you see from a good looking person is like this; they look like Zeus or Aphrodite on the outside but on the inside they can be like Medusa or Hades and you won't even know it until it becomes painfully obvious and then it's too late. Some people who don't have the MIS (Model Image of Society) are the sweetest, most caring and all around amazingly awesome people on the planet. It takes guts to really feel something than to cover it up with an image some are not proud of and are ashamed to wear.

Image on the outside is like a painting made of colors, expressions and little details that take on a life of their own but the feeling is in the self image, it goes beyond the colors, the expressions and the little details; it is a larger world that is the hardest to master and to express the emotional content and hitting a surface that for many take decades to find, some never reach it because to them, feeling something is a weakness and if you express those feelings, you're going to lose your image. So let me ask you again.....Is it better to look good than to feel? Some people have both, many have one or the other, the real question is, which one do you plan on using to make yourself real to the world?

Herb Of The Day: Sea Buckthorn 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Animal Isometrics And Developing Strength In An Even Greater Unique Aspect Of Muscular Power And Conditioning

I see things differently and not always look at one aspect of training as the end-all-be-all. Isometrics are very underrated compared to other forms of mainstream fitness yet it is one of the most important elements that will take your strength, speed and agility to a whole other realm where possibilities are endless. You can do Isometrics just about anywhere and anytime whether using equipment or not and it doesn't matter if you're a beginner or an advanced athlete.

Isometrics have been used for centuries and have been done in ways we still have yet to discover. It has helped men and women get strong and powerful from a variety of positions that are endless and have aided them in countless sports, everyday life, rehab, military training, yoga, wrestling and law enforcement. One form of isometrics that I have rediscovered is through the holding positions used in Animal style movements. Now what are isometrics exactly? It is the element that has you holding a position against an immovable object or against yourself.

For Animal Isometrics, these will build strength from angles not normally used in typical Isometric fashion. If you were to do a crawling movement, you can take a step and then press your hands and feet into the ground as hard as you can for up to 10 seconds or less. This builds the foundation for holding yourself up and engaging your body in a unique way. What about jumping or leg movements? Well for example the Frog Jump; obviously you can't hold an isometric in mid air unless you have the gift of flight so how about holding the frog jump in mid squat to full squat and contracting the muscles hard in that position. Breathe out doing an "sssss" or "fffff" sound, never hold your breath on any isometric contraction as this can lead to hypertension, unwanted blood pressure and even headaches.

For beginners, this builds that foundational strength and creates that surge of power in the tendons and joints. Balance is crucial especially for those over 40. When you can build strong tendons and ligaments, the rest will fall into place. Another great aspect of Isometrics especially utilizing in mimicking animals where you can lessen the intensity of a contraction and just hold yourself up in a position and stay there as long as you can. If you can hold a crab exercise for over a minute, that builds some serious tendon strength, how about a flamingo hold? Being able to squat or balance on one leg for five minutes is tough as hell but imagine the strength you'll have in your knees, ankles and overall leg power and explosiveness.

If you're an advanced athlete and have done animal movements for a while, start holding positions and see where your strength takes you. Imagine being a little faster, have greater intuition and developing a greater skill in the mind/muscle connection. You'll have lesser chances of getting injured and think of the strength you'll have if you're in a combat sport. If you're in MMA, think about what it be like to be explosive and take down your opponent with ease, have pinning power beyond belief, punch with such force that a knockout is inevitable, be able to slap on submissions because your grip will be so strong that they can't get away and be able to squeeze without much effort that you'll be like a freaking anaconda.

Make Isometrics a part of your arsenal, especially in the ways of the animal.

Herb Of The Day:  Thor's Hammer Formula

The Effectiveness is in the Combination
All of these together is designed to be stronger than just one alone. If you talked to a consultant you might be able to figure out which of these four steps is the needed one for you. But why not just take care of everything all at once?

Just a single herb can work wonders for any one person. However, people are different. So when you have a blend like this of five herbs, you’re better ensured of getting great effects as they all work through all the different possibly dis-functions.

And as you’ve seen, the effects of these herbs extend beyond the one main function we aim it at. There will be side effects. Good ones! Though you may take this formula for performance in the bedroom don’t be surprised when you notice better health and effectiveness in other areas of your life.*

One wife commented, “That’s the hardest your d*ck has ever been!” Another guy said, “Is this thing going to stop?!?”*

Thursday, September 6, 2018

A Vacation For Your Nerves

Do you ever grab life by the throat and squeeze every ounce of enjoyment out of a single experience? Maybe you escaped to a jaw-dropping beach one weekend. You basked in the glow of the red sun while listening to the ocean serenade you with its crashing waves.

Chances are, you know the sedative feeling a vacation can give you when you do it right. You’re present, relaxed and everything comes just a little easier to you.

Only problem is — you eventually go back to your day-to-day routine. The kind where you’re getting whacked at all day by a barrage of problems. Pressure to succeed at work, countless tasks to carry out and a slew of lurking issues you aren’t even aware of yet.

Soon you’re all wound up again, and those amazing feelings you felt not too long ago seem a far cry away now.

But there are ways to recreate that powerful feeling you felt on your last getaway without having to go on another adventure.

One herb, Reishi Mushroom, is designed to evoke the same sense of calm and contentment you enjoyed while away from your hectic life.

(I am also sharing this with you because to for a LIMITED TIME its on sale. Only $24.99. Check it out here)

Nicknamed ‘Tonic of the Emperors,’ Reishi contains a vast amount of these magic things called triterpenes. A Triterpene is an unsaturated hydrocarbon derived from a C30 precursor known as Squalene.

Squalene makes up half of the liver oil found in certain species of sharks and is otherwise widely distributed in nature, most commonly in olive oil. It also synthesizes hormones, including Vitamin D and cholesterol.

Upon entering the body, Triterpenes work to tonify the liver.

As you might know, your liver is an important organ in the human body. It helps cleanse your blood of any toxic chemicals like sugar, processed or fast foods, alcohol, tobacco and various environmental hazards.

The liver also works with the nervous system. Lipids, glucose and metabolites acquired from eating and drinking trigger the nervous system to make certain physiological changes.

When you tax your liver by consuming harmful substances, you can find yourself on the bad end of these physiological changes. You can feel symptoms including chronic fatigue, nausea or vomiting, and abdominal pain. This can also lead to long-term diseases such as obesity, fatty liver disease, and liver cancer.

But, when the triterpenes in Reishi work to nourish the liver, it triggers the nervous system to produce a calming and grounded effect. This puts you in a more relaxed state.

Learn more about Reishi here and and start feeling calmer and more relaxed today!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

National Mushroom Months: Top 5 Therapeutic Mushrooms

Hi There,

Mushrooms are amazing. Did you know that we’re genetically closer to mushrooms than we are to plants?

And that some mushrooms do many things similar to humans such as produce vitamin D?

In nature, symbiotically with plants, fungal mycelium provides immune system benefits to plants in exchange for food.

They can do much the same for us.

Check out this complete list of Medicinal Mushrooms for health and performance here, and learn how these mushrooms can change your life.

Among the best of the best, we will talk about...

Learn all about some of the therapeutic used of mushroom here

Reishi is the most highly revered mushroom (and herb overall) in Chinese medicine because of it’s many benefits. For helping the immune system, for supporting your mood, it is hard to beat.

Chaga, the King of Mushrooms, is newer on the scene but is just as powerful…just in different ways. The key benefit of this mushroom is how it helps to support your DNA. And really there is so much more.

Cordyceps is known as the mushroom for athletes for how it helps with lung capacity and endurance. This mushroom, and the effects of it, are what got me into herbalism in the first place! We feature the lesser known, but still highly powerful, Cordyceps militaris.

Lion’s mane mushroom, given that name because of its appearance, is being scientifically investigated for its benefits to the brain and nervous system, as it supports nerve growth factor (NGF).

7 Mushroom Alchemy Tincture This 7 mushroom blend is one above the rest. Strategically designed to support in overall health this tincture contains Reishi, Chaga, Lion’s Mane, Shiitake, Maitake, Artist’s Conk, Turkey Tail. A powerful combination to support almost every function.

and... Its National Mushroom Month!!! Celebrating mushrooms everywhere you can save on your first purchase of Reishi Mushroom ON SALE until Monday 9/10/18 for $24.99

Monday, September 3, 2018

If It Is Not Interesting, Don't Do It

We at times like to push ourselves and get caught up in the moment of a workout that just fuels us up even when we're exhausted. That to me is a fun way to look at things and also yet very rarely, we do things we're not particularly interested in but we push on anyway; although some just don't have that in them, specifically yours truly.

I get so excited at times to do a workout but despite the excitement, if it doesn't peak my interest, it goes away faster than the flash. One workout recently I got excited for was the Matt Furey Exercise Bible; a deck of cards workout I have done many times in the past but whenever I do it now, I lose interest fast and it doesn't appeal to me that much anymore. Unless I'm forced into a place where I can't go out then maybe I'll do my best to push through it but for the most part, I just can't stay motivated to be in one friggin spot the entire workout. It isn't an issue whether I can do it or not but rather the issue of staying interested to stay with it doing ONLY 4 exercises and feeling others that are left out.

BTW everyone, this concerns only fitness; there are some things in life you just have to do whether you're interested or not. You can't just not be interested in pay your bills or taking care of your kid or just not do your job. What I'm talking about is that if there's a program you just flat out can't be interested in but keep doing it anyway, there's something wrong there and it could hurt you mentally as well as physically.

There have been workouts where I wanted to quit but I was so into it that it just made it more exciting to have that other side of the coin to say "keep going." That's why I love the Animal Dice Game so much; it brings excitement, challenging factors and the will to keep going even after just pouring sweat, getting exhausted and wanting to die. If I need a break, I can just do an animal that's a deep breathing exercise and keep the workout going. This workout alone, gets me more excited and motivated than regular calisthenics and can adjust them to however I want. Here's a good analogy (one that I noticed in my soon to be 9 year old niece) that being in one spot can drive a person crazy especially if you're hyper and need to move so you get up and run around and get that energy out; this is me most of the time when I'm not watching movies/shows or working/promoting. I feel the need to get up and move.

I guess a reason why I do shift to other workouts that don't involve animals is because maybe I want to make the person who came up with them proud and show that I'm like their other trainees. The problem is that over a number of years, I realize more and more that yes these programs work but they won't always work for me and I have to follow my own path in order to be happy. I'm more than willing to learn from them and pick up little things but I just cannot put myself in a position where I have to do their program down to the very "T". DDP Yoga for example; one of the greatest programs of all time, I learned it and did the workouts following along but it became too repetitive for me and if I know the exercises by heart, I have the right to come up with my own style of the program. I can't follow along a workout after a brief period because I literally hate having to follow the same speed and tempo as everyone else, it's not how I operate.

I have a unique brain setup and it makes me operate in ways that have been a struggle with me ever since I got the meningitis. Unless you've had meningitis or have a grasp understanding of someone who has gone through it, you can't possibly understand what it's like for them to do things that aren't in the norm of regular brain functioning. I don't have the luxury of having the same interests as the general population, I see things differently, react differently and even say things differently that has gotten me into trouble and even has put an end to relationships not just girlfriends but other friends as well and it has even cost me some jobs I did. Very few people in my life understand the process I go through and have stuck by me through it all. I was forced to learn things in very specific ways and don't have a firm understanding of general everyday things so in some cases, I've had to learn certain things nobody else can teach me and whoever has tried most of the time has failed or I have failed them and it wasn't through lack of trying but because my interests are unique and following through with them. The basic summary of this paragraph is that if it doesn't interest me; sooner rather than later, I'll quit something right then and there, get frustrated and overwhelmed and basically shut down mentally.

This part of the article is not about taking pity on me and I'm not asking for sympathy, it is being open and honest about who I'am and what others may go through that you may not realize. There are people out there that have a lot of interests but only made for them and the people around them just cannot connect with it or that person can't connect with others and there are some people out there such as myself that can connect with a lot of people and can be interested in a plethora of things yet still struggle with a lot of things in everyday life.

When you find things that are interesting to you, hold onto it and let it become a passion; not so much an obsession but a passion that fuels your soul and you can be excited regardless if it's on a 1-10 scale. Learn things that give you that rush and have it reap many possibilities for you.

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