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Playful Ginastica

When you get to play as you exercise it becomes a whole new experience. Trends in fitness today take things way too DAMN seriously and its sucking the fun out of training. Unless you're a professional athlete or having to go up against competition in a matter of weeks or months that's where real seriousness comes into play (how oxymoron of me to say) or you're in the military or law enforcement being serious about being in shape is where it's at right there. Many courses today try to plant into your brain that if you want real results you train similar to those who are Navy SEALs or Army Rangers, train like your favorite NFL Player or your favorite actor that's in a Superhero Role so in turn you buy the magazines, watch and participate from a DVD, you go to a "Boot Camp" or whatever the hell it is they want you to do. It's not realistic training people.
I get it, you want to be inspired, something to motivate you or have something mentally kick you in…

What Makes These Courses I Talk About SOOO Special?

When you hear someone talk about this course or that course and how it changed their life or made them a better athlete and all that sometimes can sound like a broken record. You heard me or in this case read so many times about my love for animal movements and conditioning and making progress its becoming sickening at times to some people. Truth is, I love to write what i'm passionate about, its not to annoy the crap out of anyone its more likely to give something a positive outlook and not look at the bull$hit that makes certain comments people make that is negative and full of bad reviews and why its total crap.

I don't just love any particular fitness course, I love the ones that make me feel awesome about myself, inspires me to train differently, not be like everyone else and break the rules. They make me feel special because at one point in time (actually more than a few) I didn't feel special towards other people, I wasn't living up to their standards or they…

How Many Courses Can You Possibly Learn & Master?

Something is always trending in the fitness wyrld and when someone finds it catchy they jump on it like a trampoline. Its not a bad thing to do something buts another to do it when you're told to or because it "looks" awesome than you aught to be doing it. You can learn the very best and the very worst courses on the planet from DDP Yoga to Insanity W/ Special Guest Jane Fonda and it still won't be enough to truly understand the concept of Self Discovery.

I have many books on different subjects ranging Charles Atlas style exercises to Chi Kung, Mythology Themes, Bodybuilding, Weightlifting, Animal Exercise, Gymnastics, Cardio, DDP Yoga and much more yet when it comes down to it, I just come up with my own thing and I'll tell you weye....I look at it as someone who's a MMA Fighter (Bare with me on this), you can learn 10,000 techniques and know them like the back of your hand but in a fight or competition the amount of techniques you actually use is a fraction…

Maximizing Natural HGH With HIIT

With all the animal training and experimentation lately and getting a new toy; i'm thinking of heading back to doing really hard training 2-3x a week and the rest of the time just play around. Now what would I be doing? High Intensity Interval Training. For those playing the home game, HIIT is a form of conditioning that can be done by exercising really fast for a very short period of time. Its only done a maximum of 3 times a week and can be done by training to levels that get you winded fast and I mean fast, so fast it makes fast people look not fast (sorry had a The Longest Yard moment); this can be done by doing things like Hill Sprints, Burpees, Fast-Paced Push-ups, Run hard out on the field or track, anything that makes you huff and puff faster than the Wolf from the Three Little Pigs.

My favorite style of HIIT is doing Sprints, lately due to living in weather where the seasons change, I've done more of them indoors by running hard in place for 30 seconds. When its nice …

The Flow Of The Animals

Happy Thorsday Guys,

Thought I'd attempt to have you break away from all the politics, tragedies and Superstar Athletes' stand by kneeling by giving you something that is positive, fun & downright awesome to do. You see, as you may have read lately about my experimental Animal Fitness regimen, another form is bringing me back to the exploration of primal movements & that's the Animal Flow 2.0 Programwhere you learn to hold, travel, combine & even stretch the specific moves of the All-Bodyweight course. You've heard it a thousand times on how beneficial and fun bodyweight training can be when you mix in the Animals; from my personal experiences with other systems there is no other adventurous style of fitness than the animals.

Mike Fitch is the Owner & Operator of the world-renowned Global Bodyweight Training Website has developed & mastered a beautifully crafted course that is chalk-full of different ways to use the 3 basic principles of Animal Flow …

Being More Primal Everyday

Taking in the mighty style of Animal Exercise I've also been doing Primal Movements (Similar to systems like Animal Flow & Gold Medal Bodies) with an addition of more naturalized human movement that takes on ideals like crawling, jumping, balancing, twisting & moving laterally, forward, backwards & using all 4 limbs down to one. I'm fascinated by how these moves can be incorporated to any fitness regimen and aid in sports to help heal possible injuries, make the body near injury-proof and develop control.

Its becoming more of an epidemic everyday that young men and women are now weaker than their parents and grand-parents. I find that a little hard to believe at times but I see many kids today over the age of 15 just don't have the energy or the strength to go about day to day whether its in school, out and about, at home or wherever else. Its a shame that these kids have to live with this and its not all their fault; its pressure from the media, social media, …

Be A Sponge

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For over 10 years I've been learning and absorbing everything that peaks my interest in the fitness world. Although my main interest is Animal Exercise I love finding out cool stuff about training that is unique, off the wall and very off to the side non-mainstream styles of programs. Taken in so much yet use very little which is the best possible way to get what you want or the type of work you're willing to put in.

You can learn 10,000 things in your lifetime but most likely you'll end up using only a fraction of what you learned in order to get the best possible results. We can't use every single thing 24/7 otherwise we won't be able to sleep and take in what can be truly useful. When it comes to fitness I believe its important to utilize our senses the best way possible in order to get the best results when it comes to losing weight, building muscle, burning fat or whatever; hell we can do multiple things in order to get what we want out of our learning but lik…

An Ancient Angle for Workout Recovery

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In Chinese medicine there’s the concept of the Three Treasures.

Jing, Qi and Shen

Shen is your spirit.

Qi is the everyday energy you use for all things.

And Jing is your foundational energy.

While all three are important Jing is considered the most, because without it, you can’t have the other two. Without it you’re dead!

With an abundance of Jing you have tons of energy reserves, bounce back from injuries, and would certainly recovery quickly from even the toughest of workouts.

Unfortunately, most men find that they take longer to recover from workouts as they get older.

 You could say this aging. You could say it’s less helpful hormones. But the Chinese would say it’s because of Jing, which encompasses both of those things.

Sadly, as we age our Jing tends to dwindle downwards from various stressors, lack of nutrition, sleep and so much more.

Some say the only thing you can do is preserve the Jing that you’re born with….

But the ancient Taoists believed that certain practices could a…

Neck-Rupturing Centrifuge Science…

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Wow!



Science certainly investigates some odd things and in odd ways, but this one may just take the cake.



You know how ants have the reputation for being the strongest creatures on the planet pound for pound? (Or perhaps more accurately milligram for milligram)



Recent research has looked into how true this is…in a very odd way.



It is estimated that ants can carry about 1000 times their weight. To test this, Castro, Nguyen and Lilly anesthetized ants and glued their heads into a centrifuge.



They then sped this centrifuge faster and faster until the ant body ripped from its head.



Castro said, “We had to put a Plexiglas barrier around the centrifuge to protect the grad students because the ant bodies would go flying at the moment of rupture.”




I guess that gives new meaning to the term “bullet ant.”

What a way to go!




They found that the force applied was from 3400 to 5000 times their bodyweight, well above the 1000 time idea they started with. (Of course lifting and withstanding force are certainl…

Rise from the Ashes like a Phoenix

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In Greek mythology the Phoenix was a bird that lit on fire and was consumed from it. Then from the ashes it would be reborn and come alive once again.

Do you feel like you need to be reborn to greater health and vitality at times?

A powerful class of herbs known as the “Superior Herbs” in both Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda can do that for you.

Why settle for an herb or supplement that may help you with a symptom you’re suffering from?

The other option is to get a powerful formula of some of the VERY BEST herbs in the world. Something that can support your health, your hormones, your immune system, just about everything in your body.

My friends at Lost Empire Herbs put together Phoenix Formula for this reason.

This blend of four herbs has some of the most powerful stuff on the planet.

Shilajit - The Destroyer of Weakness and Conqueror of Mountains, the #1 substance in Ayurvedic medicine

Polyrhachis Ant - The Herb of Kings and #1 Qi Tonic in Chinese Medicine

Pine Pollen - The Superfood of the 21…

Will The Animals Inherit The Earth?

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Maybe not in a literal sense since a lot of species are dying out although plenty still flourish. In a fitness sense its not likely but it will make people think twice about what to look for in a program. There's always going to be that age old question of who or what will inherit the earth but for today let's focus on what becomes of the way to animal training than to crazy schemes like Crossfit, P90X, Insanity, Triceps Extensions On Bosu Balls or any other form of crazy training.

More and more, animal exercise is becoming more popular due to the Primal Movement & Animal Flow workouts that focus on moving more naturally utilizing movements unilaterally, all four limbs in various positions and developing the body's natural function to jump, crawl, balance, coordinate & control the awareness of movement. When it comes down to it, the animals are the originators of Bodyweight Exercise period. Sure you can claim that the Romans started doing bodyweight exercise, tribe…

Thoughts On Steve Maxwell

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I have yet to meet this amazing individual either on Social Media or in person but I have seen enough of his work that I believe I can make an observation. For the most part he clearly does not look like a guy who's in his 60's but more of a man at around 45-53 at best. One of the most knowledgeable guys on the planet when it comes to fitness, conditioning & Brazilian Jui-Jitsu and clearly that has been in the game for 40+ years. I watched his interview with Joe Rogan for the second time on his podcast, its a 3+ hour interview where he talks about his life story, the type of training he does, his traveling life and philosophy on fitness plus some history lessons.

Not many men at this stage of their life are in this kind of shape, the guy can do pull-ups, sprints, crawl, do hindu push-ups, swing a kettlebell and has greater conditioning than most guys half his age. When it comes down to it he's the type of guy many can learn from. Its not everyday you get a guy in later…

A Deck Of Wild Cards

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I was reading an older article of mine yesterday and it got me thinking; a workout that was simple, basic but fun to do and can be done quickly so I ended up doing it. It was a deck of cards workout that would be cool to share with that can aid in amplifying conditioning in a very cool and very unboring way.

So for today you don't get 1 but 2 workouts that can get you going. This was a very cool session of flipping a card and getting to move like a wild animal. The objective is to get through the deck as fast as you can but still on good form and getting them lungs firing. It didn't take me too long to get through the deck so it wasn't difficult but wasn't easy either. Most of the cards had me bending my legs either in a full deep squat or partial squat that really hit the muscles everywhere. You pick 4 animals to the regular cards like spades, clubs ect. but the jokers if you had two or three you pick up to 2-3 animals so you can get a variety of movement that isn'…

Does Music Have An Importance In Training?

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I'm part of a 2-sided coin o whether to listen to music while training. Now hear me out (no pun intended) I do believe music is great to workout with but at the same time, it depends on the type of training you do. If you listen to any type of music that you love do so but look at this type of perspective; Music is great but also focusing on your mind and body as one is just as important.

Some people listen to music while training because it revs up the adrenaline and gets them into that "zone" which is awesome I do it too but also at the same time, its very difficult to pay attention to your breathing and focusing on the mental aspects of training like utilizing visualization & internal energy. Sometimes music can be distracting when it comes to training in certain aspects like Qi Gong, Yoga & other meditative practices. Maybe its just me but my preference is to listen to music during intense training where I can move with the beat and shred it up with the movem…

The Way Of The Animal

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With all the latest fitness fads today and the body shaming its no wonder we are confused, disoriented, quick to judge and killing the spirit of helping one another. I'm not putting down those that do Crossfit or practice extreme levels of fitness that's great for them and wish them the best but what needs to be realistic is the notion that in order to be fit you need to push yourself to the very brink of puking, passing out, getting injured just to prove how fit you are is sadistic, cold-hearted & just plain psychotic. I know what it's like to nearly pass out and get hurt in training and i'm telling you right now its not worth it. If your body can handle the stress that's one thing but if you're taking unnecessary risks to make yourself fitter its not worth killing yourself.

The human body can only take so much and putting it through so much stress that it ends up in the ER over a stupid workout will only add pain into your later years. I too have gone int…

Jungle Training For Women

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Happy Monday to all you awesome people. I was thinking about this in a meditation this past Wednesday and it got me thinking how sweet it would be for all the rocking ladies to get more involved with Animal Exercise. Now its not a must but I personally believe when it comes down to it, animal styled exercise will do more good for developing a sleek and feminine physique because mainly its not only really cool to move naturally but it would give inspiration for those who are confused as to what to do.

In reality, women are just as bad ass and far better than us guys than we give them credit for. Let's face it, for us guys we can never give birth so we have the luxury of not enduring the most powerful form of pain imaginable that a woman has to go through, plus its harder for women to lose weight, build muscle & burn fat like a furnace because they don't have the development of testosterone and the amount of growth hormone as men do. However, despite all that women have the …

Jungle VIP For Superior Conditioning

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For a while now I've been living in the jungle being among the wild creatures of my inner Amazon & Congo. I travel there everyday and every night where I get to be free and transform into all kinds of animals that bring me joy, strength, health and most of all the love I can't get enough of. Its become such a frequent visit, I was made a Jungle VIP, a lifetime pass to not only visit but learn from the very best the Animal Kingdom has to offer. You can be a part of this too if you believe in your imagination and the will to move using your natural body's abilities to crawl, jump, walk, sprint, go backwards, forwards, side ways and long ways like a wild animal.

The other night I watched a remake of a classic Disney tale that just amplified my love for animalistic movement and that was The Jungle Book. The story, the coming of age tale & adventure of a little boy traveling through the jungle is full of beautiful artistic CGI, the amazing characters that just make you …

Using Comic Books To Inspire For Training

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For those that have always had a fantasy or two, comic book mythology is more than just words and pictures of different characters in various situations. Whoever has a read a comic at one point or another fantasized about having the powers or abilities of their favorite heroes. Some even wished they had the body, a muscular physique, a slender but wired build like Spidey, the indestructible power of the Hulk. Most will never achieve the dream of being super strong and healthy that was inspired by a comic book. I know I didn't up until a few years ago.

I was never a big comic book fan growing up like other kids were, I knew about superheroes from watching Saturday morning cartoons and watching them on film like Blade & the Batman movies. I didn't get into comic books themselves until a few years ago and started collecting them in various volumes and an omnibus or 2. It really kicked in for me seeing the Avengers films especially the titled name itself and decided to learn m…