In a previous blog post I mentioned how I was planning n purchasing a Montare by Gary Fisher. Sadly I have come to the conclusion that this may only be a pipe dream when I factored in my living space. Unless I plan on sleeping with my bicycle I better invest in a folding bike.

I know that most folding bicycles suck but I need to make a concession. Or do I? Introducing my new dream bicycle the Montague Paratrooper.

At a glance

If it’s good enough for United States Paratroopers it is good enough for me.

Posted in Health at April 20th, 2010.

Posted in Health, Technology at April 12th, 2010.

Decided to try my first Spin class at Crunch.

What is Spinning?
Imagine a whole bunch of exercise bikes lined up inside a health club studio. Riders are on each one, spinning the pedals at a rapid pace. The lights are turned down, pumped up music fills the air and an instructor with a headset sits atop a lead bike, calling out commands.

Does this bike come with instructions?
I spent a good five minutes turning knobs and adjusting levers before I even got on the bike. Seems spinning requires an engineering degree.

Once the class got underway
I had to adjust the resistance in order to keep pace with the beat. This proved tricky. Not enough resistance causes you to lose rhythm, spin out of control and look silly. Too much resistance and you can cause massive muscle strain which may lead to injury.

Results
After 5 to 10 minutes of futzing around with the bike controls I finally got everything working. I was pedaling to the rythum, feeling the burn in my legs and getting a great cardio workout.

Posted in Health at April 10th, 2010.

Posted in Health at March 26th, 2010.

I think all the biking we’ve been doing on this trip has convinced me to pick up a bicycle when I get back. I admit to not being an expert on biking but I’ve narrowed it down to the Montare by Gary Fisher.

If you have any recommendations please let me know.  Now, before you sent me links to Cannondale please keep in mind i am on a $1,000 budget.

Posted in Health, Travel at March 21st, 2010.

I’ve always contended that working out using my own body weight as resistance would be more effective that joining a gym and using weights. My inspiration and measurement of success would be the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test.

Two years have passed and according to the chart above I score 95 points, a 1st class fitness test score. On top of achieving this score I had given myself the challenge of reaching the top of a 25 foot rope climb. Using only my upper body strength.

Santa Monica & Muscle Beach
Popularized in the 1950s and featured in many films since then, the network of outdoor workout equipment is where Jack LaLanne and other famous bodybuilders trained. Fully restored and refurbished, Muscle Beach serves gymnasts, acrobats and youth with an extensive gymnastics training area. Features include chinning bars at various heights, parallel bars, rings and a 25 foot rope climb.

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I can’t describe the feeling of accomplishment I felt when I reached the top. Two years of busting my ass had truly paid off. I had achieved, no, exceeded my goal of losing weight and getting in shape.

I am officially in the best shape of my life.

Posted in Health, Travel at March 20th, 2010.

For two years I’ve managed to lose 40lbs. with the help of my favorite iPhone app.

Weightbot is a simple weight tracking app that makes weight management fun! Just enter your weight daily and see your trends get plotted on a beautiful graph. Set weight goals, watch your progress, and view interesting analytical data about your weight changes.

Posted in Design, Health, Technology at March 9th, 2010.

Like a roller coaster, my emotions dipped and climbed with every minute that passed. Agitated by the heat, frustrated by my own bodies limitations and enamored with my own bodies musculature; Bikram was amazing. I may not have realized it at the moment or even wanted to admit it but Bikram helped me appreciate the human body in ways I never imagined.

Posted in Health at February 26th, 2010.

Having never done Yoga in my life I can say that Unnata Aerial Yoga was at first intimidating and challenging but truly rewarding. It made me realize I’m in great shape.

What is Unnata Aerial Yoga?
A new type of Yoga that combines traditional Yoga with the physical training of an aerial acrobat. Begun in January of 2006, Unnata Aerial Yoga classes use a low-hanging fabric trapeze to support the weight of the body. With the weight of the body supported, students learn how to achieve proper postural alignment through relaxation rather than effort, enhancing a relaxed and peaceful state of mind as well.

Unnata Aerial Yoga supports your traditional Yoga practice in numerous ways:

  • Challenging traditional Yoga postures such as inversions and deep backbends can be achieved without effort and without strain with the use of the Aerial Yoga prop.
  • Deep muscle releases achieved in the air allow students to explore much deeper stretches in their traditional Yoga postures on the floor.
  • Common Yoga-related injuries caused by overstretching the shoulders and compression in the lower back are addressed through exercises that strengthen shoulders without compromising flexibility, and by strengthening core abdominal muscles without compression of the spine.

For more information click here

Posted in Health at February 20th, 2010.

Tonight was the third night I had fish for dinner. Friday was black fish, Saturday Ahi Tuna and Sunday was salmon. I feel like flipper.

Posted in Health at November 22nd, 2009.