updates and news on my upcoming book/ebook, projects, and daily life
|Posted by jedimastery on September 22, 2010 at 5:27 AM||comments (1)|
Not sure what best way to record the progress but I think Ihave some system down as how to record my progress when doing the Max PyramidHIT. As of now this is how I will record it: (lowest weight-highestweight)/(contractions or “reps”)/(TUL, which I believe is 20 seconds for each contraction/rep)
Overhead Press: 95/155/9/3:00
Leg Press: 160-240/9/3:00
Forearm grab: 16-78 L=9/3:00 R=9/3:00
Bicep curl: 45-85/9/3:00
Weighted crunch: 0-45/9/3:00
Tricep extension: 40-60/5/1:40
This is my first time trying the Max Pyramid High IntensityProtocol. I read about it on here: http://www.bodybyscience.net/home.html/?page_id=798.I have to say it was one of the best workouts I’ve done in a long time,possibly ever. Weighted Crunch I think would have been better if done on amachine, last time I tried on a machine though, just couldn’t get it to workproperly. Tricep extension has lowest reps/contractions because of doing itlast, and was done after I had already done pulldown and overhead press. Thisworkout was done over two days as well, the big three (overhead press, pulldownand leg press) and tricep extension on one day and the other three done fourdays later. Due to schedule changes at work it will be some time until I can doother exercises but I plan on doing chest press, seated row and standing calfraise.
|Posted by jedimastery on September 13, 2010 at 6:01 AM||comments (0)|
High Intensity Workout (HIT) 9/13/10
Seated Row: 160/1:06
Chest Press: 160/:58
Overhead Press: 160/1:09
Leg Press: 260/1:49
Standing Calf Raise: 60 L=11 R=11
Forearm grab: 63 L=11 R= 12
bicep curl: 80/8
weighted crunch: 45/8
Tricep extension 70/8
In this week’s workout which is split up into two days, thefirst being big five, tricep extension and standing calf raise. The second daybeing weighted crunch, forearm grab and bicep curl. From last week there was anincrease in reps or TULS in all exercises except chest press. I decided to do chestpress later, and change up an order, someone commented on a youtube video ofmine and said my chest press would go up If I did it after, the exercises thatworked the shoulders.
Whether that’s true or complete bullshit I don’t know. Ialso increased the weight on my exercises for the big five, except leg pressand pulldown, next week Im going to increase those as well. I think I will alsoincrease the weight on the forearm grab as well.
All things aside, things at work and other areas of my lifeare improving as well. I’ve been playing poker and slowly but surely working myway on getting out of my job and quitting it. Im sleeping better and theholosync meditation and binaural beats I listen to every day and night arestarting to show big results J
|Posted by jedimastery on September 7, 2010 at 7:04 AM||comments (2)|
High Intensity Workout (HIT) 9/2/10
Seated Row: 155/1:03
Chest Press: 155/1:14
Overhead Press: 155/:53
Leg Press: 250/1:06
Standing Calf Raise: 60 L=9 R=11
Forearm grab: 60 L= 10 R= 10
bicep curl: 80/5
weighted crunch: 45/6
Tricep extension: 60/5
This workout was done at Firstenburg Center,and as of now im going to keep that as my gym of choice. They don’t have asmuch equipment as other gyms such as 24 hour or La Fitness, but all theirweightlifting and cardio equipment (which I don’t much care for honestly), isNautilus. I did my isolation exercises and the big five all on one day. I thinkfrom now on I will separate the two, except perhaps doing calf raise and tricepextension possibly on same day.
I think I still needsome adjustments on my leg press but after reviewing some MAE videos I think Iknow what I need to do now. The ab machine, to me felt clunky and just wasn’table to use it right. Seated Row and overhead press the TULs went down, bicepcurl went down and abs went down as well. Besides that for the most part I seeimprovements in all my exercises.
Next week I will be increasing weight on some of myexercises by about 5-10 lbs, I think 3-4 weeks is a good time to increase weightslightly. I might do it 2-3 weeks depending on my progress.
|Posted by jedimastery on August 29, 2010 at 6:10 AM||comments (0)|
8/25/10 Hit Workout
Seated Row: 155/1:08
Chest Press: 155/1:03
Overhead Press: 155/1:06
Leg Press: 250/2:26
Standing Calf Raise: 60 L=9 R=10
Forearm grab: 63 L=10 R= 12
bicep curl: 80/10
weighted crunch: 45/9
This workout actually consisted of two days, the first being 8/25 and second being 8/29. The bulk of the workout, being the big five and standing calf raise was done at firstenburg center. I improved all my TULs, the only problem I think I had was I did the leg press on the other machine. There’s two leg press machines at firstenburg, both are nautilus, but one uses resistance plates and the other you put weight plates on it, like it’s a free weight.
Decided to do the other one, so it might have just been a mess up by me, I feel more comfortable and better form in other one but decided to use this one, this time. I don’t think it matters much what machine, they are both nautilus. I think I need to try to adjust it so I get proper position with my legs too, it feels like im too far away a bit past couple of times and its been a reach to extend my legs all the way out, or maybe its no big deal.
Anyways, my isolation exercises
that I did at home, forearm grab, bicep curl and weighted crunch I felt did a
lot better. I feel I have a much better foundation or grasp on where Im at with
my current weight and where I want to be and a better ability to focus and push
myself more every time. Work doesn’t seem to be as stressful though I would
prefer to quit it soon. I might try doing all exercises on one day and seeing
how I do using machines for some of these. I prefer machines as of now since
Its hard for me to go until positive failure without messing up form. Later on
I might do more free weight but as of now I feel good with what Im doing.
Due to my work schedule and other
things that have kept me busy, this is the longest recovery time I’ve had in
quite some time. It was thirteen days.
|Posted by jedimastery on August 18, 2010 at 4:12 AM||comments (0)|
Hit Workout 8/12/10
Seated Row: 155/1:07
Chest Press: 155/:58
Overhead Press: 155/1:02
Leg Press: 250/1:13
Standing Calf Raise: 65 L=6 R=8
Forearm grab: 63 L=10 R=10
bicep curl: 100/2
weighted crunch: 70/3
I feel I made improvement in about every exercise, only one that didn’t go upwas overhead press, I tried doing my isolation exercises differently or atleast some of them and going with lower weights. I tried that since I think Ishould go for a weight I can do about 9-10, then slowly increasing weight andgetting the increased weight I use to higher and higher reps.
I know that only doing a couple of reps is as productive asdoing a lot of reps. I did make a big goof on the pulldown and that I did thewrong weight, I was looking at the wrong exercise, so next week I will do 170. I’vebeen listening to an binaural beat that deals with exercise, its probably alphabinaural beats for exercise and also listening to Quietude while I work outwhich puts me into an alpha state and more focused state, both of thosecombined with my holosync work and some fine tuning on my diet I think ispaying off handsomely.
Unfortunately this week ill have to take a few more recoverydays since I have one day off, then work two days, one is a 10 hour shift (yay…..),and then have a day off so ill have to do it on my second day off. Good for methough theres a wedding and funeral (well its not good that someone passedaway), but there will be lots of food to hold me over so that’s a plus J
|Posted by jedimastery on August 11, 2010 at 1:25 AM||comments (0)|
Seated Row: 155/:55
Chest Press: 155/:58
Overhead Press: 155/1:11
Leg Press: 240/2:01
Standing Calf Raise: 65 L=5 R=6
Forearm grab: L= 2 R= 2
bicep curl: 100/2
weighted crunch: 70/2
This workout is actually split up into two days, the big five exercises plusstanding calf raise are performed at the Firstenburg center, then the isolationexercises (forearm grab, bicep curl, weighted crunch) are done on a separateday. Most of my exercises had a marked improvement, except for my isolationexercises, I felt a bit drained and not sure what happened but will do muchbetter next week. Firstenburg center is by far the best gym ive gone to, allthe big five exercises they have are nautilus machines. Im also getting betterat performing calf raises and doing them correctly and staying balanced.
|Posted by jedimastery on July 19, 2010 at 4:58 AM||comments (0)|
I've read a few books on Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) the past but Id say so far this is one of the best I have read. The first couple of NLP books I ever read were way too technical and a bit hard to follow at times. I've even read A dummies guide to NLP and that didnt even give me a full understanding of NLP. It also uses some self development and personal development principles but Anthony Robbins primarily uses NLP as his tools for change and success. It has a very positive message, especially towards the end, and has a lot of practical knowledge. With reading this book, I've been using some of the principles and techniques to work, primarily the swish pattern, I have a much better understanding and knowledge of NLP though I would like to get some training in it in the future. In time Id like to re read it and really put all of it to work, but with future self development books, I think more and more I am going to put it to work more and not just put that information and power on the back burner. If I want change Im just going to change it right then and now and not later. I have another book by Tony Robbins Ill read in the future, but I would highly recommend this book for those looking to improve their persuasion, speaking, communication skills, and for those interested in self development and especially practical application of Neuro Linguistic Programming.
|Posted by jedimastery on July 15, 2010 at 9:43 PM||comments (1)|
Was disappointed about the gym, I haven’t been to a 24 hour fitness but half of the gym was cardio machines, and the weight machines were all second or third rate machines, only one exercise I did was a hammer strength. Didn’t have any Nautilus or Med Ex machines whatsoever. Despite that made some improvements and had a good workout. Also ran into someone I knew at gym too which is cool.
Before workout had to go through a guest trial membership setting up deal with one of the trainers there and was trying to sell me personal training or something else. Also told me some things about HIT I don’t necessarily agree with but I was civil, even though I wanted to call BS on him, said machines aren’t necessarily HIT because they don’t use stabilizer muscles, its better to do once you slim down and also it can cause a lot of stress and pain on your joints, body, muscles. The last part is somewhat true, but I know how to do exercises safe and effectively, MAE and BBS for the win
|Posted by jedimastery on July 13, 2010 at 4:50 AM||comments (0)|
So on July 8th I went to see 2012: A Time for Change at the living room theaters in portland, which is an incredible theater and very comfy, with nicely cushioned chairs almost like mini couches in the theater. Its based on the book "2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl" by Daniel Pinchbeck, who is also the narrator and main figure in the movie, interviewing such people as Sting, Ellen Page, people involved with the Buckminster Fuller foundation, a co designer of the Euro and economics expert, among many other experts and a few random people off the street. The director and animator for the movie is Joao G. Amorim who is an Emmy nominee. It starts out with an interesting story of the Mayan's origin story of how humankind came to being, with some rather interesting animation as well.
I dont remember all of it but the gods tried making humans out of wood and mud, but neither attempts worked, but then made them out of corn but were too powerful. They were also in touch with nature, but in time the gods felt they gave them too much power and blinded them with a mist, in time they ignored nature, fought amongst each-other, cut down the forests. The movie then starts with some background information on Daniel Pinchbeck, providing some social commentary on his personal life and work, hes a journalist that advocates the use of psychedelic drugs, which the movie goes into some depth about, primarily iboga used by the Bwti tribe in Africa and Ayahuasca. His previous book before his 2012 book was primarily about the use of drugs and how it led to many of his personal and spiritual revelations, even saying that after taking part in a Bwti shaman ritual he severely cut down his alcohol consumption.
Ayahuasca is used by Santo Daime churches, which is a combination or blend of Christianity and spiritualism. Daniel interviews Sting about his use of Ayahuasca after he visited a Santo Daime church in Brazil, of which he said helped him deal with alcoholism. Later on he admitted to be a tree hugger and has done yoga every day for many years. The movie talks and covers a lot of topics covered in the Zeitgeist movies of which I am a big fan and since watching have become an active participant in the Zeitgeist Movement, I went to Z day and joined the local PDX Zeitgeist Group. He interviews Ellen Page about her experiences with aquaculture and says at the time she started doing it and being an activist, it was a good spiritual experience for her, especially since it was around the time her popularity and movie success was skyrocketing. He interviews those involved with permaculture communities and I like how they take a symbiotic approach to use of land, water and resources to grow crops, plants and food, and by mimicking and using the concepts of nature. It also shows clips and interviews with Buckminster Fuller Foundation members, and how he does the same with nature and architecture, and his vision of the future.
Jacque Fresco who is the founder of the venus project and is combined with the Zeitgeist Movement, I know spent some time with Buckminster and is where he got a lot of his ideas from, they showed some inventions he made and they were rather remarkable. They compared the dymaxion car to a car of the time he lived in, and his car got a lot better gas mileage, carrying capacity and higher top speed. He also was able to construct buildings in about 24 hours as opposed to the longer process it takes now to build houses. He also used less living space then people living in his era as well.
He interviewed a chemical engineer, who has a PHD in chemistry and demonstrated how using electrolysis, had created a battery using water for a scooter. Another person he interviewed, was able to clean water in septic tanks and in a greenhouse, with plants and plant matter and within a few days was able to use it for watering and other purposes, not clean enough for drinking water but rather impressive. Daniel interviewed a scientist who is a big believer in the power of mushrooms that grow naturally, who spoke at TED, and demonstrated how mushrooms planted in contaminated soil (whether it be toxic chemicals or oil) and cleaned it up within a few weeks in time lapse photographs.
This movie really inspired me and i liked it a lot, i believe they covered a lot of ground on social issues, environmental issues and even economic issues, when it comes out on dvd id love to buy it and would love to see it again. One of my best parts of the movie was when Daniel Pinchbeck interviewed an economics expert on the economy and said that how the current economy is, it isnt set up to deal with the environmental issues, or current economic issues, and gave an awesome analogy. The analogy he gave was he said that the current economic model or vehicle is if someone were to drive a car with no brakes and a bad steering system, no matter what you do, your going to crash even if you get a new team of experts in the car. He also went into some depth about how if something can't be made a profit off of it, it is not really thought of, especially in our capitalist economy. They even talked briefly about an Oil Tycoon that is buying up water companies and reserves and selling it, for profit, a natural resource that should be available to anyone. I thought the analogy he gave was pretty spot on as Im fed up with how the current economy is, debt system and even how money is literally made out of thin air by the federal reserve. Thats how money is made people! The only other person that can make something out of thin air is God.
This was an awesome movie I would recommend to anyone and to those that say its already too late, or have a negative cynical view, I say sometime sooner or later we will have to deal with it. Like one of the native americans that Daniel also interviewed, I believe a lot of people give over their power or faith to such things as the economy, your job, or even religion, distinctions between good and evil, or that someone will ultimately save us. It may happen or it may not, i dont mean to encroach on commonly held beliefs and opinions, but thats what they are, commonly held beliefs that aren't apparently true, its time to wake up, dont drink the coolaid and think for yourself. Just because your doing okay now and have in the past, theres always something more and better to work towards, dont give your personal power away to such a thing as a job, career, or even life itself I believe. I hope that my book and ebook, if nothing else will wake people up and shake them to the very core of their realities and perceptions. Anyways, go out and see this movie, and tell me what you think, what do you agree or disagree on. I think we have all the tools and resources to figure out all our problems, its just our attention or focus is not on it but on ourselves, materialism or something else.
|Posted by jedimastery on July 13, 2010 at 3:41 AM||comments (0)|
I went to LA Fitness in Beaverton and did this, it seems they had a lot of good quality Nautilus machine, much to my delight. The seated row machine was different and was called mid row. They didnt have one machine that I wanted to do the standing calf raise with, Im not sure what its called, but they have one at the gym at the high school I used to go to and at the LA Fitness in vancouver, I think the only exercise you can do it with is standing calf raise or possibly a squat. I did a mix of machines with TULS (time under load) and MAE exercises with rep count, in total I did 8 exercises.
Seated Row: 135/1:08
Chest Press: 135/:58
Overhead Press: 135/:47
Leg Press: 215/2:02
Standing Calf Raise: L= 60/10 R= 60/10
Forearm grab: L= 60/8 R= 60/9
bicep curl: 90/5
weighted crunch/ab machine: 75/7
At the time I was unable to do bicep curl, because of previous exercises, so I did them today (7/12), I used a dumbbell for one arm on forearm grab, then used a pulley machine to do other arm, it took a lot more weight, so might not be fully accurate. Ive also been doing about 9-10 pushups about once a week and sprinting for added strength gain and skill conditioning, though I dont think its entirely necessary. The Leg Press I could have added more weight, was a bit different since it was a machine where I sat still but pushed the platform away from me with my feet, instead of the leg press machines ive used before that is like im pushing myself back with my feet. My leg muscles I feel always seem to get a good strength gain and in time I think they will be as thick as tree trunks, in fact they are close enough.
Still have some bodyweight id like to get rid of, mainly around my belly and upper body, but feel in time I can burn that off, been very closely following my diet and restricting carbs and taking into consideration my source of calories, not necessarily the amount, though I have been watching that as well.