Training Without a Gym – The Upper Body

The upper body can further be broken down into pulling and pushing movements. Pulling recruits the biceps in your arm, and your back musculature (in a very broad sense). Pushing recruits your triceps, and your chest/shoulders. The rest of your body stabilizes your movement, keeping you balanced and giving you the base and center of gravity necessary to push/pull from. Note: Here’s the spreadsheet version, […]

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September 20th Update: Second Wind

Last week was not a great week — starting Tuesday, I was overcome by constant drowsiness, a feeling akin to starting a fever, etc etc. It was not a great time. But then Monday rolled around, and although I still couldn’t stick to my schedule — work and the rain and a general depressive feeling of demotivation — I did finally get my ass to […]

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September 14th Update: Arm Recovery, and Stomach Problems

So long story short (the long story won’t be featured), I got my arm cranked a little too much yesterday and it’s still feeling very iffy. That aside, a lack of sleep and some strange stomach incidences have put a halt to my week. Which means I need more recovery. There’s the bad news. The good news is that these things are minor and ephemeral […]

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September 8th Update: No Gi today! But not on purpose.

So today I had an unintended no gi class when I showed up to class with, well, no gi. I started BJJ towards the end of the summer, and now it’s the rainy season — which means my precious karate clothes have not dried yet. I didn’t worry about this for a pretty simple reason: today was the day my new training stuff was supposed […]

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September 7th Update: A little slower today.

It’s been a long day — a tad too long! I was off to a bad start with some foot pain and a feeling that I really, really didn’t want to be up yet — not necessarily tired, but rather, sore. Still, this is the first week and I haven’t been drinking enough (more signs of that appeared today), so it’s obvious to me that […]

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September 6th Update: A Leg Cramp! Time to find a fix.

I don’t cramp. It doesn’t happen. At least, it hasn’t happened in a long, long time. Typically, I cramp when I go really really hard. It’s when I turn my program from 100 to 180 — like I have been doing. Now, I’m not necessarily surprised; as I said, I’m doing a new program, and that comes with little waves and storms forcing me to correct […]

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September 5th Update: No Case of the Monday Blues!

Let’s just preface this by saying that I absolutely love coffee. I’m not the first to say this, and we’ll probably still be drinking coffee a thousand years from now, generated in the same little paper cups through our very own matter fabricator — but coffee is fucking amazing, especially on a Monday. My favorite thing is when I’m sitting at my computer on a […]

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August 26th Update: It’s Friday!

Fridays are always great. Considering that I do jiu-jitsu on Sundays, I don’t get the typical two-day rest that people are used to — which makes Saturday the one day in the week where I can give myself a rest from the motivation, effort and sweat. That being said, today’s workout was rather lackluster. I skipped squats — the bread and butter of today’s session, […]

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August 24th Update: Shadow boxing, and getting into a groove.

Today is day three of the week, and the first training day this week around that actually felt really, really good. I woke up with a decent night’s sleep of roughly over eight hours, started my day with the first cup of coffee since the weekend (was withdrawal my problem all along?) got work done and even played the violin — but what really highlighted […]

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Hydration: Why You Should Stay Hydrated, and How To Do It

Water is a pretty important part of life. You need water in order to survive, and that goes for every known example of life on the planet. The reason isn’t simply explained, and we’re still not 100 percent sure why water is so necessary, but the general rule seems to be this: water is a solvent, and a carrier, of all the basic components of […]

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