Wednesday WTF

Brought to you today by Yahoo! Catwoman New Batman movie coming out. And with it, a new Catwoman! Excellent. Tight black leather costume. Everyone will adore that, and rave about how good the actress, Anne Hathaway in this case, looks. We always do. And since it seems a lot of people hold themselves up to the physical ideals of what we see in a movie, what does it take to pull off the Catwoman look? Five hundred calories a day. WTF. “It dominated my year.” Want what you think is the ideal body? Live in the gym and eat nothing for a year. What does that get you? Accolades if you are an actor…that’s some serious dedication to craft! But for the rest of us? What it gets you is a year of living in the gym and eating nothing. Sounds like a lifetime goal right there. I can’t imagine…

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Introductory Class

Six Week Intro Class: June 30-Aug 04 Saturdays 10AM Locations TBA, $100/$150 Our first series of introductory classes will start June 30th. Classes will be an hour long. In these classes we will work on building a basic fitness platform for the next series of classes. Each class will consist of progressive workouts to build core strength, basic movement skills, and instruction in the 5X5 and 2×2 martial drill methods. The last class will be a fitness exam that students will need to pass in order to take further classes. Classes will be outdoor, rain or shine. A variety of Vancouver parks will be used, all will be chosen for ease of access by transit. Cost is $100 for six sessions. If you sign up before June 25th, for an extra $50 you will also receive a basic nutrition coaching package consisting of a basic diet and body composition analysis…

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Testing, testing…

Playing with facebook’s annoying feed restrictions. Sigh. If you can read this, can you do me a favour and click on the “like” button, so I can map out just how accurate their numbers are, and see how many people each post reaches. I’ve included a picture of me demonstrating good pushup form to help out. I’ll do one of those pushups for each like. …it might take a day or two… Thank you!

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Dinner With Friends

Excellent dinner last night. Got to meet the new woman in my friend’s life. Food…I love food. Food means company and talk and wonderful smells and sounds. My happy childhood memories all seem to center around Sunday dinners at my grandparents. Which really meant hanging out in the kitchen with my aunts, listening to them cook, chatter and laugh, while the menfolk gathered in the basement to roar at sports. It was fun to head down there to the land of the old-school home bar and pool table, and play with the seltzer bottles. But the kitchen was always the best part. The best part of being an adult is the freedom to recreate such moments at a whim. When I want to feel that happy buzz and roar again, all I need to do is turn on the oven, open a bottle of wine, and try to tease some…

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Leg pain from cycling…figured it out!

My weekend was shot due to muscle pain and serious joint swelling after five days of cycling. It was unusual for me because the overall workload and intensity was low…compared to what I usually call a workout. So a little research shows that IL-6 production (interluekin-6) increases with the intensity and number of muscles involved in exercise. Sprinting gives you a huge boost of IL-6, jogging only a little bit. Since cycling involves only the legs, that’s less muscle. It has been observed that in low intensity exercise like jogging, IL-6 production doesn’t even start until later in the workout. And jogging involves more muscles than cycling, so produces more IL-6. So I’m thinking that my cycling sessions, at an average of 35 minutes each, are probably ending right about the time my body is starting to ramp up IL-6 production. Bummer. Since IL-6 serves to decrease inflammation (It also…

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The Ideal Martial Art

This morning I’m going through my collected notes on martial arts training. My earliest notes start around 1990, when I started to really teach. Over the years I’ve experimented a lot, tried a lot of things, learned a lot of things. It all started to click about two years ago, when I had the opportunity to work with a group of new students with no prior martial arts training. I started some new things, and it all fell into place. Sadly, I didn’t have the chance to really build on the that work with the students. Towards the end of that time, I wrote down a grand plan for an ideal way of training students. I’ve briefly shown an outline of that plan to two people, but I haven’t shared the complete method with anyone. Part of the method based on some comparatively new approaches to mental and physical training,…

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