I finished the final book of the Leviathan trilogy and I have only good words to say of it. I’ve always wanted to read the entire series ever since I saw its hardbound cover in our local bookstore but I waited for the right time due to budget constraints (Read: student money is never enough) and it wasn’t until I saw the first book at a sale that I since promised myself that I would hunt for the remaining books. And finally, the story has concluded itself and I’m quite happy with the results.
I’m dubbing this as one of the best series I’ve ever read. I can’t spoil anything but what I loved about this book is how it never made the story predictable. I had a couple of moments where I was literally on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t simply stop reading until a chapter has finally relieved me of the situation. Another favorite is how the fact that, though this is for teens (mainly), it never poked fun about the tragedies and horrors of war and how death is not so simple as to be merely reduced to something as ordinary and common as a statistic. The book never let up on the fact that wars are horrible events in human history and it takes the lives of too many innocents.
Originally posted on Thoughts for the day...:
For the years that i have always tried taking a “shortcut”, a “smarter” way of “training less to grow more”, or just plain balls to walls training old skool style….i jus can’t seem to figure out what would be the most valuable training movements that most of us should do, if you even lift that is(yes you know who you are). Now that i am much older, wiser, more aware of the consequences of certain actions aaaand most importantly i have made it to where i am with least amounts of injury (well not major ones at least). The four list that i chose has specifics in them that allows one to improve in many areas as well as a high carry over to most things in life let alone a sporting activity(Functional). If you want to improve your testosterone, increase GH levels, burn fats, improve mobility, improve mobility, look…
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So I was experimenting with my 24 kg pair and as of this writing I still suck at performing double snatches with them. In fact, I can’t even perform a continuous/uninterrupted double snatch and I have to get by racking them in place before I swing them down and snatch them back up again. Last night I realized maybe it’s time I get better at them and the only way to get better at something is to know how to do them and actually doing them.
I’ve done a Fibonacci Complex before but this one simply takes the cake for being the toughest complex I’ve ever created (for a pair of 24 kg; for a pair of 32 kg, that’s another question) and I’m naming it the Fibonnaci Fat Burner 2.0 based on the infamous Fibonacci sequence. (more…)
Originally posted on Ministry of Lean:
Kettlebells are the ultimate exercise tool. If there was once piece of exercise equipment that could replace everything else in a gym, it is a kettlebell. No other tool can accelerate your heart rate, torch fat and tone every muscle faster, more efficiently and in less time, than a kettlebell. Three or four 15 minute workouts a week are all you need to get in fantastic shape.
For today’s busy professional , 15 minutes is often all one can accommodate for fitting in a workout during the day. A kettlebell workout makes 100% use of these 15 minutes. What was it that the oft forgotten italian economist Vilfredo Pareto once said? “80% of the results come from 20% of the effort?” Well kettlebells turn this principle on its head.. Think more like 100% of the results come from 100% of the effort .
What is a kettlebell ?
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Originally posted on The Kettlebell Fairy:
Everyone thinks that working out and losing weight should be a miserable activity. We should go to the gym, feel the burn, and leave soaked in sweat and slightly nauseated.
Most people even classify a “tough workout” as one that leaves you unable to move for the next three days or one that results in throwing up or bleeding. I think the main reason for that is shows like The Biggest Loser, where people are worked until they’re sick or in pain. It makes for better television, but it’s not healthy in the long term.
As someone who likes to be comfortable, I’ve never much liked this mentality, but for a while, I sort of believed it myself. I would run on the treadmill even though it was the most boring and painful thing that I could possible force myself to do, all for the sake of a “tough workout”.
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I’ve been trying to do double cleans with my 32kg pair (140 lb total) to perform double front squats, double lunges, and one-arm push-presses. I’ve so far only done very sloppy double cleans. My description of it would be like overextending my back and catching the two kettlebells on my chest with my legs bending towards the front. It’s really that ugly. I figured I should try to fix my cleans before I end up breaking my back or worse.
So for 20 minutes yesterday, I did the workout below. One round would go like this:
6 x One-arm clean per arm
5 x Pistol squat per leg
I’ve been playing with my 24 kg kettlebells with Dan John’s Armor Building Complex and Pat Flynn’s Godzilla Complex. Both are extremely efficient at fat burning and muscle building and both will definitely strengthen your body as a whole. I’ve done both for weeks on end, alternating them on a daily basis.
So I figured, since I’m now including a pair of 32 kg bells in my workout schedule, I might as well try and combine the two.
One set would look like this:
2 double cleans
1 strict double military press
3 double front squats
1 double kettlebell lunge per leg
1 military press per arm