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Consumer Whores / MOVED: FREE SHIPPING
« on: June 06, 2011, 09:52:03 AM »

Parkour And Freerunning / MOVED: WMG
« on: January 25, 2011, 01:27:43 PM »

Women / MOVED: Is this like the kitchen of apk?
« on: January 05, 2011, 09:05:14 PM »

Welcome! / MOVED: Team Radical (7 months of practice)
« on: December 01, 2010, 01:57:52 PM »

Parkour And Freerunning / MOVED: general discussion
« on: October 24, 2010, 05:33:22 AM »

Pics & Vids / Travel Ep. 1: "le coq sportif"
« on: July 04, 2010, 12:46:49 PM »
Tossin' some love out to Ithaca traceurs Dave and Zach. Nice edit Dave!

Pics & Vids / Need help locating a video
« on: May 30, 2010, 07:28:52 PM »
Several years ago a parkour video showed up on the internet. I believe it was a German traceur but I could be mistaken. I remember nothing of the video other than that at the end, the traceur stopped what he was doing and helped a young child walk on a beam in a park, giving the child silent encouragement.

I have an overwhelming desire to find this video but haven't been able to. Does anyone who's been around a while remember this video or can help me find it on the internet?


Training Journals / Charles Moreland - OAC, OAHS, FL, BL, and who knows?
« on: December 13, 2009, 03:02:16 PM »
It's that time again and despite having 17 credits and 3 jobs, I'm going to attempt to set up a regular strength routine this "off" season. Here's how we will begin:

3 sec FL*                                       ~20 sec adv tuck
8 sec BL*                                       ~3 sec full
8 sec adv tuck PL                            ~25 sec tuck / 1 sec adv tuck
OAC*                                            ~10 second negative
10 sec OAHS                                  ~6-7 seconds
340 DL                                          N/A
75# pull up*                                  N/A
110# dip (depending on shoulder)     N/A
225# bench 1RM                             ~185 1RM
Straddle Press*                              Tuck press, bent arms
Full center split*                             ~10 inches to go
Backwalk over                         

Workout A
High bar squat ~3-5 rep range
1 min adv tuck FL
1 min straddle/jack-knife BL
Bench 3x5
DL 1x5

Pre-hab  YTWL complex


Workout B
High bar squat ~3-5 (might substitute with box squats)
1 min tuck PL
Weighted pull up 3x5 or one armed lat pull down 3x5
Weighted dip/OH press 3x5 (depending on shoulder)
DL 1x5

Pre-hab YTWL complex


* - skills/achievements I consider a priority

This is mostly a loose guideline but feel free to chime in with changes. I am an extremely active person, so what exercises I do on what day are liable to change depending on how I feel.


Charles Moreland
~6% bf

EDIT - I should also mention that growth and progression will potentially be very slow. I eat a rather clean diet and do not plan on approaching this program the way I did SS. I don't expect to gain too much weight.

Pics & Vids / Parkour Malaysia
« on: September 07, 2009, 06:07:09 AM »
Found this last night on Vimeo. I really enjoyed the feel and the environment:

Diet / My Summer Pledge - The 100 mile diet
« on: June 25, 2009, 09:43:16 AM »
I spend a lot of my time reading. A good deal of it actually, mostly in the forms of anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and exercise books. So recently, my focus has changed and I've been picking up books like In the Defense of Food or The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan, Deep Economy by BillMcKibben, Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, or Food Inc. By Karl Weber.

Much has changed since reading most of these books. A severe shift in thinking has occurred for me. Can I buy healthy food from my local super-market? Several months ago, I would say yes with certainty. Now I'm not so sure. The real shift came with this however: How does buying this item of food affect not just me and my health, but my local community?

The reality is, most foods purchased at your super-market have traveled hundreds to thousands of miles to get to your mouth. Think about a mango. A mango is a very healthy and nutritious fruit...but why is this mango in upstate New York? It wasn't picked ripe, obviously. This mango came from Mexico...sometimes Chile! Chile is 5,000 miles away! Grapes too! Grapes from my super-market are from nowhere else but Chile, and they are always there.

I'm done with industrial agriculture which is why this Summer, my girlfriend and I have decided to take the Summer Pledge to only consume local produce within a 100 mi radius. We joined a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and receive vegetables and fruit from local farmers, delivered to us weekly and scour our community's many weekly farmer's markets. We are given 1 exception a week, which we usually use to buy things like fairly-traded coffee, tea, raisins, or oatmeal. To follow is a list of food we've been eating and buying:

Dairy -
Raw milk cheese

Meats -
Venosin (okay so this wasn't exactly local but it is by far the leanest meat I have in the freezer currently)
Beef - all sorts of cuts - GRASS-FED and PASTURED

Vegetables -
Red Romaine Lettuce
Boston Lettuce

Grain -
Whole Wheat flour

Eggs -
Pastured chicken eggs from a chicken farmer down the road

Fruits -
Blueberries (soon!)

Please follow us on our pledge! and

Socialize / Building the Gymnastic Body
« on: September 12, 2008, 09:41:17 AM »
After so many long years of waiting, Coach Sommer's book, Building the Gymnastic Body, is finally arriving.

It would do everyone a lot of good to pick up some of the wisdom presented here. Here is the link for those that do not the website:

Pre-Arrival sale price is $40 which I believe to be more than reasonable.

Happy training!

Illinois / Coming to Oz Park tonight
« on: August 13, 2008, 10:00:06 AM »
Frosti told me to come to Chicago when we were in Denver. Little did he know I had already scheduled to meet with one of my old friends in Chicago following the COPK jam. So I'll be making my way to Oz park tonight at 7pm to chill, probably only for a few hours but better than nothing!

Looking to see you guys there!

Maryland / Spring Break
« on: February 21, 2008, 12:16:58 AM »
I'll be tagging along with Zac back to the Annapolis come the 27th to the 7th. I know a visit or two (or 5  :) ) is in the works. Just wanted to make it known that we will be in the area and we will be looking for some fun!

Diet / Sodium Nitrite
« on: December 23, 2007, 10:18:31 AM »
        Everyone loves a cook out or public picnic in the Summer time. Weather is always nice and the food tastes great! Growing up I was always advised to scrap the hamburgers at public picnics and go for the hot dogs instead. Although this advice potentially saved me from such immediate illnesses such as E. coli (which was making a big scene in my adolescence), the World Cancer Research Fund has found out new information that either choice has probably increased my risk for cancer by overwhelming numbers.
        I am now 20 years old and consider myself a healthy individual. I maintain healthy exercise key to being a traceur and I (so I thought) eat healthy on a daily basis. This is the illusion I think many of us have and is the reason why the WCRF completely blew me away. If I were to continue eating things included in my normal weekly diet (processed meats) I could potentially be at risk for developing cancer.
        Processed meats come in surprising quantities. They can be found all over grocery stores in the candy section (in the form of beef jerky), to the canned goods section (soups with meat and pasta products with meat), to the designated area with all forms of processed meats from salami to pepperoni and from bacon to sausage. Now although these foods are generally considered “not bad” when consumed in light quantities, what's ever more probable is the daily consumption of a certain dangerous ingredient found in almost all of these products: sodium nitrite.
        Sodium nitrite is a food additive that not only prevents the risk of botulism but also colors the meat and makes it look more fresh than it actually may be. A meat packers dream. A quick look at the wiki site for sodium nitrite will show a huge contradiction between pros and cons of its use, being labeled first as a potential carcinogen while also claiming its applicability to treat sickle cell anemia and heart attacks in infants. It appears to heal and destroy.
        In humans, sodium nitrite was found to under-go a chemical reaction which produces nitrosamines – known carcinogens that greatly increase the chances for colon and pancreatic cancer. Taken from the American Institute for Cancer Research article on the subject, “The British review noted a 49 percent increased risk when 25 grams of processed meat (about half a hot dog) is consumed daily.” Now you may start to think, "I don't eat half a hot dog a day!" However, take a look at a *sample* of the products sodium nitrite can be found in located in Mike Adams article linked at the end of this page. To treat myself as an example, Monday and Friday nights after Tae Kwon Do I would usually treat myself to an Italian sub from Quiznos. These subs are literally packed with all forms of different packaged meats. In the rare occasion I eat pizza I never treated pepperoni to be a bad thing every so often. I recall eating many hamburgers last year from college food service (before I changed my diet) as well as many other occasions where meats would be served. None of these are incredibly horrible in sparse quantities, however you can become so closed minded on just *one* food you lose of track of what comes in each one.
        According to Mike Adams (the author of the article which brought this to my attention) the USDA did acknowledge the dangers of this additive all the way back in the 70's but were silenced by the meat industry who “insisted the chemical was safe and accused the USDA of trying to 'ban bacon.'” This is a great example of how our protection is prioritized. While protecting our rights as American citizens is usually number one, protecting business has  become ever more important in our governments function. And so, you start to limit to what extent an organization can protect you from the truth. I feel the FDA and other organizations generally do a decent job. But there's always that thought in the back of my mind of what actually is happening and how often the almighty dollar replaces the significance of a human beings life.
        After several hours of researching who said this and who believes what, I've decided to retract my previously said statement and rephrase, “I am 20 years old and I will consider myself a healthy individual.” A healthy individual with a diet free from these products and a new found activism to not be so passive about these ingredients and chemicals I cannot pronounce or understand. After all, they may be the reason why our society is so disease ridden or so likely to develop cancer or other serious illnesses. To stop it, all it may take is one person to simply ask “why?”

Original article by Mike Adams -

Wiki search for sodium nitrite -

WCRF's website -

The AICR article -

*short aside - These references are all online and obviously they will always be subject to doubt due to that outstanding fact. However my last two references are respected organization whose word I feel can be trustworthy. This article is not strictly against sodium nitrite but chemical use all around. Thorough studies such as the one on sodium nitrite should be done BEFORE consumption of the product begins. Hopefully this knowledge will spur a change.

Diet / For those of you that still drink soft drinks....
« on: December 09, 2007, 03:35:33 PM »
Stumbled upon this little ditto:

Don’t drink cola if you want to be healthy. Consuming soft drinks is bad for so many reasons that science cannot even state all the consequences. But one thing we know for sure is that drinking Coke, as a representative of soft drinks, wreaks havoc on the human organism. What happens? Writer Wade Meredith has shown the quick progression of Coke’s assault.

The main problem is sugar. It’s an evil that the processed food industry and sugar growers don’t want people to know about. Even dietitians, financially supported by sugar growers and sugary product manufacturers, are loathe to tell us the truth.

When somebody drinks a Coke watch what happens…

    * In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
    * 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
    * 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
    * 45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
    * >60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
    * >60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
    * >60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.

So there you have it, an avalanche of destruction in a single can. Imagine drinking this day after day, week after week. Stick to water, real juice from fresh squeezed fruit, and tea without sweetener.
Primary Source: by Wade Meredith

Socialize / I'm a bad person
« on: November 29, 2007, 12:37:44 AM »
I'm a bad person...but honestly...I could not help but laugh my ass off at this robot chicken-

Never thought of ET that way before 

Socialize / 60 minutes
« on: November 27, 2007, 02:24:29 PM »
I thought this was an incredibly interesting segment from 60 minutes.

A woman has a son on life support was declared brain dead and in a state of "vegetation." He makes random grunts and moans but after tests it was decided these moans were merely reactions, not planned or thought out expressions coming from brain activity.

One night he was moaning rather obnoxiously keeping his mother awake. She got annoyed and put a sleeping pill (Ambien) into his feeding tube to force him to go to sleep. To her surprise the pill had the complete opposite reaction and actually acted a spark plug to his brain and he "woke up" and started forming coherent sentences.

They tried this on several other patients who are now placed into a new category labeled "minimally responsive" and had a perfect success record by offering the patients Ambien.

Remarkable...a sleeping pill...

Socialize / Wisdom Teeth nooooooo
« on: November 20, 2007, 09:37:02 AM »
It's Thanksgiving break, and on my third day home I had to have my teeth pulled.

Now I'm bed ridden and told not to do anything physical for 4-5 days...   4-5 DAYS!?!?  NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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