Chaos & Pain Blogspot and Jason Statham

by on Nov.24, 2010, under Fitness

So I have to give props to a blogger who recently decided to link to us on his blogroll and we’ve been receiving massive hits from his site. Jamie Lewis writes a blog called Chaos & Pain. It primarily concerns hypertrophic strength-training, but reads like a punch in the mouth by a guy with a doctorate in kick ass and biology. If f-bombs and pictures of scantily clad ladies aren’t your thing, then you should probably not check out his blog. But if you are looking for an informative view on strength-training in a no-holds barred, I’m going to rip your face off while deadlifting a house and stealing your girlfriend kind of way, I highly suggest you check him out.

Case in point is his recent post regarding Jason Statham. Mr. Lewis was kind enough to post a couple of Statham’s workouts that he had corralled from the interweb. Take a look at them, they might seem kind of familiar to you.

Second case in point is his post: Innovate or Stagnate, The Choice is Yours, Part 3.

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09/07/10: Rest Day!

by on Sep.07, 2010, under Fitness, Rest day

Rest Day!

Please be aware that at least every 5-6 weeks of training on the Z-Fit schedule (3 days on, 1 day off) you should take off about a week from any strenuous conditioning. Your body needs the time to heal and rest. Don’t become a couch potato or eat fast food for a week, but simply don’t do any metabolic conditioning/hypertrophic strength building. Play some sports for fun, take the dog for a walk, but nothing too crazy.

I know this might sound crazy, but you will not lose any strength or conditioning, and you’ll be able to come back harder and stronger after your body has completely healed.

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Your Parkour

by on Jun.16, 2010, under Fitness

Everyone trains parkour for their own reasons.  Some people train because it is a great way to exercise, others train because it releases excess energy, and we all know the ones that train just to look cool. In my experience, people mainly train parkour for the amazing sense of accomplishment in learning new moves and gaining a sense of control over their body. Knowing how your body moves and being able to express that is the ultimate taste of freedom. It is so raw and so personal that people literally become addicted to parkour. This sense of accomplishment is what drives us to continue our practice and to better ourselves in our training.

After the first moment you feel this freedom, you’ll start to analyze the obstacles and environments around you. Whether walking, driving or peering out of a window of a building, you’ll notice yourself thinking like a traceur. We see obstacles as play things, as problems with an infinite amount of solutions. As we begin to see these obstacles as a challenge to overcome, our life develops meaning and we feel empowered when we start to understand that the only obstacle is yourself. Whether it is mental or physical strength, only you can hold yourself back.

Once you attain the knowledge that fear is all that stands between you and overcoming something (a situation, a wall, anything) that presents itself in your life as an incredibly beneficial power. You know you can jump, climb, run and vault over what stands in your way (both figuratively and literally).

Overcoming physical obstacles for traceurs becomes simpler as training progresses. When we start to look at ourselves as traceurs, we begin to realize that the obstacles we can’t touch in our lives become the most difficult ones to handle. This is where our parkour training shows its true benefit. We can transfer our confidence and strength of mind in managing fear, and use it to conquer life situations.

Whether it be confusion of where life is taking you, a fight with a significant other, or problems with work, parkour teaches you that you have control over everything in your life. Only you can take that first step, whether it is taking the first step of a 9-foot cat leap or asking your boss for a promotion. Parkour teaches us more than just physical movement, it teaches us how to better ourselves in every aspect of our lives. This is your parkour.

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First Rule of ZombieFit

by on Jun.12, 2010, under Fitness

One of the the things we hear all the time is the quote from Zombieland: “First rule of Zombieland: Cardio.” After reading someone post this on our Facebook page, I started thinking about the first rule of ZombieFit.

First Rule of ZombieFit: Perform functional movements at high intensity.

Cardio is great, but by training JUST for cardiovascular endurance you are ignoring the benefits of anaerobic strength and the fitness aspects of having an increased anaerobic capacity. ZombieFit aims to increase your cardiovascular endurance, your functional strength and your anaerobic capacity via the performance of functional movements at high intensity.

First, you need to know what anaerobic capacity is. “Anaerobic” means “without air” or “without oxygen.” Anaerobic exercise is a short lasting, high intensity activity where the demand for oxygen from the exercise exceeds the oxygen supply. Anaerobic exercise relies on energy sources that are stored in the muscles and, unlike aerobic exercise, is not dependent on oxygen from (breathing) the air. In other words, anaerobic capacity is the amount of power available to a person when their oxygen system is depleted.

Without going into the various energy systems in the human body (we’ll save that for later, promise), it is possible to recognize when you’re using anaerobic power. Think of running a cross-country race (or any other long distance). If you were to sprint at the end of that race while your oxygen system was depleted, you would be using your anaerobic power.

This is important to those who practice parkour (and also in hundreds of other situations) as there may be a time when your oxygen system is depleted and you need additional power to jump a gap, climb a wall or perform a difficult vault (or run away from zombies). Having that reserve of anaerobic power will be essential to completing that movement.

Cardiovascular endurance is necessary to your overall fitness, but too many people believe it is the ONLY form of fitness.

Now you know better.

**Also, today is a Rest Day! We have started to upload parkour tutorial videos to our Tutorials page, and will be uploading further videos in the very near future.

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Carbs bad. Fat good.

by on Apr.28, 2010, under Fitness

Check out this article in the Scientific American. Hopefully this is the start of a major paradigm shift in Americans’ take on diet and health.

For those of you that want to learn more about this topic, check out the book, “Bad Calories, Good Calories” by Gary Taubes and the websites of Robb Wolf and Dr. Eades.

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