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Injuries - Discussion / Re: Broken Hand
« on: May 25, 2011, 09:44:11 AM »
Damn... I gotta say, if I punched and kicked stuff in my house back in the day when I was still in highschool or earlier.  My mother would have ripped my arms off and beat me with them.  Then my father would have brought me to the hospital to have my arms re-attached but only so he could do the same thing.  ;)

Well I hope you have a quick and problem free recovery.  Just take it easy on that hand.

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Socialize / Re: My training yesterday.
« on: May 19, 2011, 01:09:35 PM »
I'd rather be bitten by a Black Widow than a Brown Reculse.  With the Widow, if a timely trip to the hospital is made, you'll be fine.  But with a Recluse... the effects are exremly like Necrotizing fasciitis, the flesh eating virus. 

Check please!

I don't mess around the BR's.

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Training Journals / Re: [Untitled] - Ashley's Training Log
« on: May 17, 2011, 10:36:52 AM »
I'd have to agree with Joe, it always seemed to be if someone steped to your inside with TKD, you'd be powerless because you couldn't kick them anymore.  But I don't know much about TKD.

Mauy Thai is my vote, if it means anything.  ;)

I loved learning the Filipino Fighting Arts myself.  It was awesome!

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Yeah still no problems the day after, but I'll just take it easy for the week anyway.  

If it helps to better understand. It's was obviously a case of my muscles not being able to support the weight.  The weight being my body.  I attempted the negative, I engaged the muscles to slow my decent but to an outside observer all it would have looked like is I jumped up and came right back down. lol.  

This was also done at the end of my workout so my muscles were in a good state of fatigue.  I'm just going to have to be more careful.

Thanks for the input though. :)

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Well at the time of writing this, I no longer feel pain.  I'm not sure why not, considering how sharp the pain was initially and the increase in the feeling about twenty minutes later.  I couldn't even turn my steering wheel (with one arm) without feeling it in my arms.  I iced them down as soon as I could as I said. 

They were sore feeling for the majority of the day.  On two different occasions today I have taken Ibuprofen, for other reasons like headach and such.  By the end of the day the pain felt to be coming more from the lateral head of the Triceps Brachii, that is If I'm looking at the right diagrams.

That area where the Deltoid lateral meets the Triceps Brachii is where the sharp pain was focused at when it happened.

I really don't know what to think.  I've been weight lifting three days a week with two days of spend for cardio for about three weeks now and I know that being active can help speed up recovery time but I'm at a loss as to why by the end of the night I don't feel any pain anymore.

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Gorilla PK / Re: I'm so sore!
« on: May 16, 2011, 05:59:15 PM »
I've found that being regularly sore is often a sign of over-training which is unhealthy. 

No I suppose I'm lucky there, I've never worked myself out too hard that I continually get sore.  I'm usually only sore the first time after an extended period of inactivity.  Afterwards I feel normal.  When I was in high school football, I thought I wasn't training hard enough or something, but we had a strict routine we followed and I didn't dare change it. lol. It wasn't until later that I realized it's good that I wasn't sore.

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Interesting note, I once set a spider on fire.  I held one of those long lighters to it.  All his legs burned off and then there was a high pitched squealing followed by loud pops.  I think it was exploding. o_O 

Afterwards I felt terribly bad for doing it, considering I was on my back porch and it hadn't done anything to invoke said attack.

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Injuries - Discussion / Injured both arms during negative pull up
« on: May 16, 2011, 10:15:14 AM »
I searched but couldn't find anything similar to what I seem to be experiencing.  I attempted a negative pull up which ended disastrously.  Immediately after I had sharp pain in both of my arms from what I've been able to guess is the Deltoid lateral.  Now I could be wrong on that.  The pain is coming from right about where the shoulder stops, between the bicep and tricep.  Pretty much on the side of the arm.

Now I'm going to lay off even doing the assisted pull ups until further notice.  I didn't detect any inflammation but I iced them both down as soon as I could anyway just in case.  Now my arms seem ok for the most part.  Earlier I attempted putting on a jacket at work which caused a considerable amount of discomfort in the injured area of my arms. 

Just wondering due to a lack of inflammation if I should move on to heating them or if I should ice them down some more after work? Or if some other action is recommended all together?

Since I'm at work I'm unable to include a picture pointing out where I'm feeling the pain, so please let me know if more details are needed.

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Gorilla PK / Re: A Basic Beginners Routine
« on: May 15, 2011, 06:25:55 PM »
It's taken me some time to work the kinks out of this routine I must say.  Though I like it and I'm just starting out it seems odd to me.  With all of my lifts my first set is at or close to just the bar.  My first set on the bench is the bar then I add weight to it.  It's weird because I'm so use to starting with higher weight than that.

Then again I never really saw results before but I also wasn't very consistent.  With this routine I've been very consistent with it.  After working out just where I need to be by the end of the all the sets I'm now at a point where I feel comfortable increasing my reps.  But it took a few weeks of picking a weight, realizing that it was too much and I'd not be able to completely finish all of the sets.

Just a thought that may help others.  :)

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Just The Facts
1. Spiders are not technically insects, but actually skeletons made of congealed hate.
2. Men are slightly less terrified of spiders than women are, and are therefore easier prey.
3. Spiders have 8 legs. Every one can kill you. Simultaneously.

So what does that make Spider-Man?

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I'm on the edge as far as spiders go.  Mostly I'm not afraid of them, but the bigger they get the more cautious I become.  We get spiders as big as my palm in my house every once in a while and if I see them I don't freak out, but I do keep an eye on them. If they get too close then I "attempt" to direct them outside.  But usually they become stubborn and/or get awefully close to crawling on me, which is NOT acceptable and I end up catching them with toilet paper and throwing them in water grave, via my toilet.

I use to freak out around wasps, but now that only occurs if thier is three or more and I've recently disturbed thier nest, which is always done by accident, in which case I run like the dickens and make for the first door I see.

I've learned that strange dogs will mostly respond well to you if you approach with confidence.  If you feel nervous you really do put off some vibe that in turn makes them nervous and then they can get aggressive.  Not that I make a habit of approaching strange dogs or anything.  ;)

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Pics & Vids / Re: My very 1st video!
« on: May 14, 2011, 03:10:27 PM »
Ha everyone is better than my first video.  Nice stuff man, very inspiring, keep it up.  I especially like the shady looking trade off from the guys in the background at 1:43. lol.

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Pics & Vids / Re: Mustache Party - Santa Rosa Freerunning
« on: May 14, 2011, 02:34:05 PM »
Nice stuff.  Love the repeated falls in the water. lol.  I'd guess that's what you call some nice wet fun?  Lots of energy in this video too, kudos on the flip!

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Do you have any tips on cooking; like cooking legumes for instance.  I can obviously look it up, but I'm figured I'd ask.  I have trouble finding specific instuctions on things like that sometimes.

Normally for a meal I cook fish or chicken and some kind of vegetable, like black eyed peas, mixed vegetables, lima beans and such.  They're the frozen variety however so they tend to be easier to cook, I just drop them in a pot and boil.  :) 

Not sure if maybe I should add something or if my meals are fine the way they are.

Thanks and great job on your weight loss.

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Training Journals / Re: Awesome Man Training Log
« on: May 12, 2011, 05:37:24 PM »
I'm thinking I should list my goals.

Ultimately I'd like to weight in at 180-190 lbs.  Be able to squat 1.5 my body weight and be able to jog for 30 consecutive minutes.

Now as my weight goes down the total amount of lbs I'll need to be able to squat to reach my goal will also decrease of course. 

To break up my goals to be more quantifiable.

In next three weeks I want to have dropped 6 lbs. And I want to increase my squat by 5-10 lbs.

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Training Journals / Re: Awesome Man Training Log
« on: May 12, 2011, 05:28:33 PM »
Breakfast:  2 eggs, 2 egg whites and two pieces of toast w/ a glass of milk

Lunch:  Cup of steak chilie w/ bread and a small sweet tea from Panera Bread.

Dinner: Small strawberry smoothie

Workout: Today was cardio day.  I'm up to 10 minutes now.  I use a brisk walk for a minute, a light jog for 30 seconds and a sprint for another 30 seconds.  Then I go back to a brisk walk to start the process over.  Another week of that and I'll try adding another couple of minutes.

Tomorrow I'm thinking maxing out to find my 1RM.

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I like playing games like this with all the lights out and earphones on so all I hear is the game.  I've had my fair share of scares doing that though.  ;D

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Getting over your shoes
« on: May 10, 2011, 06:24:40 PM »
im not arguing with you, so dont take it that way but, without adding barefoot training (not parkour specifically, just small jumps and drills) into your training you are missing out on a lot of sensitivity training. my landings got exponentially better after i took my shoes off and went for minimalist shoes.

I'm sure you have.  I understand how being barefoot can help, I've read up a bit on the benefits of being barefoot, or wearing minimalist shoes, and they make sense; which is why I'm not actually against the idea of barefoot training.  I was just stating that it's not a priority of everyone.  We are after all seeking our own path. :) 

And I didn't take your post as an argument.  You were just stating you're experience and I have nothing against that.  8)

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Training Journals / Re: Awesome Man Training Log
« on: May 10, 2011, 03:34:54 PM »
Still working out the kinks of my new weight lifting routine, but I'm getting there. :) 

Now, it's time for the scolding from my peers because of my diet.

Breakfast:  Don't hate me too much but I had Mcdonalds Bacan, Egg, and Cheese Bisquit w/ hashbrown and a medium coke.  O_o   I know what the hell am I doing?  That won't help my goals at all. 

Lunch: Subway 6" Roastbeef sub w/ bag of chips and a medium rootbeer.  Better, but the chips and coke?  Bad Josh!  Bad!  :(

I haven't had dinner yet, but later after my workout I will have the rest of my sub.  But I promise I'll only have water and no chips this time.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Getting over your shoes
« on: May 09, 2011, 08:22:13 PM »
If training barefoot is a goal of yours then yes, you do have to start sometime.   It's all personal choice, and me personally, I don't plan on being barefoot much, so I don't see any barefoot training in my future but my goals may change, as may hers.   

If being barefoot is something someone is interested in because it's natural, because we didn't wear shoes tens of thousands of years ago... well no, but we also didn't wear clothes either but I'm not going to jump through the city naked anytime soon.  However, that would be an odd sight to see.  :o  I also understand that's not an entirely accurate comparison.

Anyway I'm not trying to knock going barefoot.  Parkour is movement and if that's how you move, then right on brother(or sister).

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