24 Aug My Random Things I’ve Been In To Lately Blog Post
My Random Things I’ve Been In To Blog Post
Jazz MusicI’ve always liked jazz music, but I’ve found myself listening to even more recently. Jazz music is one of my favorite types of music to listen to when I’m writing or working on a program or project.
Seriously read Tell me that “say it over and over again” by John Coltrane won’t help relax you to get into a focuses state.
I also read a while back that people who listened to jazz music are smarter. Who knows if that’s true but I choose to believe it because it means I’m getting smarter and I like that idea. Let me live in my denial.
And I know what some of you are thinking, that’s some fancy guy, pinky in the air while he sips wine style of music and you definitely can’t work out to it. I’d challenge you to not be so one dimensional though and give Jazz a shot next time you’re reading a book or studying something. You might just have an epiphany.
If you don’t already know, your production of good levels of testosterone can be partly dependent on your consumption of dietary fats. Olive oil is always consistent in my diet for this reason.
I have a pretty big bench press competition coming up and lately I’ve been increasing my intake of dietary fats to try to raise my testosterone levels as much as possible.
That means more olive oil. I’ll have three to four tablespoons two to three times a day making sure to have it in the morning and at night seeing how T levels increase when you sleep.
Olive oil is a good fat that can be added to a lot of food that you eat. Make some steak and plain pasta with broccoli and put the olive oil on the pasta and presto, you have a great muscle building meal.
Or you could be like me and just take a couple of tablespoons of it whenever and be done with it.
Adventure (mud) Races
Ok, I guess I should say that the idea of doing an adventure race like Tough Mudder or Spartan Race is something I’m into. As I said before, I’m preparing — very single mindedly — for my bench press competitions. After that, I’ll be preparing for other powerlifting competitions because well, that’s what I do.
Within a year to a year and half though I would like to take a break from powerlifting, lose some weight, and get into great shape (different from powerlifting great shape of course) and do an adventure race.
I’d like to do it because I have no doubt that it would challenge me in a completely different way and of course I want tocompete in something new even if the common crowd I’ve seen at these races are the “let’s just finish the race and get along” crowd. I don’t think I can win one of these races my first time out — or maybe ever — but I’m sure as hell not going to stop to help someone I don’t know over an obstacle when there’s someone up ahead of me beating me.
Does this make me a jerk? Probably, but I still believe in competing even if it doesn’t seem to be popular anymore.
I’m not always big on motivational videos because most of the time I think they’re over the top corny.
I get it.
You take yourself very serious when you work out. Give it a rest.
But… this one is pretty cool and you can’t tell me this doesn’t make you want to try one of these things:
Active Isolated Stretching
I recently read Aaron Matte’s book Active Isolated Stretching: The Mattes Method and have started incorporating more AIS (active isolated stretching) in addition to my training and am pleased with the results.
The Matte’s Method is only using a 2 second hold when doing a stretch because it keeps the antagonistic muscle from “reflexively contracting” thereby preventing full range of motion flexibility. This idea is definitely familiar to me as I’ve used this concept in my dynamic band resisted stretching but I’ve been incorporating it in static stretching on non-training days as well and I like how I’ve been feeling.
There’s a lot more to the Matte’s Method than I’ve explained so if you’re interested be sure to pick up the book.
What about you? What kind of random things have you been interested in lately that might benefit other people? Share it in the comments.