Thursday, May 4, 2017

Greetings from Iran!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Greetings From Egypt

I'm on my mission to hang the human flag on 6 of the 7 continents, 2 to go!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Greetings From Colombia!

Human Flag Medellin

 Just hit a quick workout in Medellin, of course you don't always need a gym to train.


Monday, December 21, 2015

Are Protein Powder Prices Getting Way Too Expensive?

    My brother called me this weekend asking about which whey protein gave the best bang for the buck, and if any was cheaper than around $50 for 5lbs, I arbitrarily answered that I love the Now Foods Pure Whey which has no ingredients other than whey protein and Optimum Nutrition's Gold Standard if he wanted flavored protein. I hung up the phone, thought for a second, then immediately called him back with a realization on the insanity of these prices, he didn't pick up, so I'm gonna write this article instead!

      $50 for 5 lbs or about 2.26 kilograms of protein is INSANE! You are paying $10 a pound! Think about that, when you buy chicken is it $10 a pound? Steak? I'm not even sure Whole Foods charges this much! Yet we pay this for our protein powders, when it's becoming pretty damn well known mainstream that the powders and pills are mere supplements to compliment a solid diet, not to replace it.

     Let's take a look at the cheapest healthy protein, eggs, an egg has 6 grams of protein, so a dozen eggs has 72 grams of protein, and that costs me $2 where I live. Comparing this to protein powder, I get 25 cartons of eggs, 300 eggs, which comes out to 1800 grams of protein, the whey comes about to about 1600 somewhat grams. So the numbers aren't too far off, but lets be honest, what builds muscle? They both do of course, but the eggs are going to be far better, real food will always be better than the supplements! Let's look at chicken, it's about $2 a pound, so again comparing it to $50 whey, you would get 25 pounds of chicken, this comes out to over 3,000 grams of protein!!! High quality lean meat!

    I'm going to the gym in two hours, when I get out I may do my egg white drink, with liquid egg whites, hard boiled eggs or I may do protein powder with eggs, so I'm not saying don't use protein powder. For adults $50 probably isn't a big deal, but where this hit me is for the beginner, the kid that's gonna have to work two jobs to pay his gym membership than get bombarded by ads that you NEED PROTEIN POWDERS TO BUILD MUSCLE! Protein powder is a great supplement, but if you are on a budget and have to choose, real food dominates in price, grams of protein, and results.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Summary: I Cooked For The First Time In My Kitchen In 2015

   So in a rare case of events, I had two days off in a row this week, no clients, no fire department, no side business stuff, and no real estate work. I got a great cookbook off boasting healthy recipes so I decided to give it a go, I did two appetizers and one entree. My typical cooking day, involves grilling a piece of chicken, boiling some brown rice, steaming some spinach, or drinking egg whites/protein shakes. THAT'S IT! So today I did some fancy Italian dishes. Here's how it went down:


Time: 3 hours               Time: 30 minutes
Cost: $45            Cost: $12  
Left Over Servings: 1          Left Over Servings: 0
Healthier: No           Healthier: Yes
Calorie Estimate: 1,300*    Calorie Estimate: 500
Flavor/Taste: Plenty        Flavor/Taste: Bland

*in all fairness, I also had more calories because I was snacking on extra ingredients as I was cooking, and also did 3 recipes where I would have been fine with 2.

    On a health note, it already looks bad for the cooking day, so here's where it gets worse, the recipes I used, were actually HEALTHY RECIPES! But honestly, I can't say they were truly healthy, I'm not gonna knock or name the book I used, it makes a great effort to make healthier versions of dishes we eat, and I will definitely cook this again for special occasions. But at the same time, it calls for things high in sodium, and fat, and on top of all that, it calls for you to make several servings, and I didn't feel it specified that, yes the meal is only 300 calories, but you made 4 servings, so it's 1,2000 calories! So the problem is the average American may buy this book, but still continue on with our number one issue in America with our diet, PORTIONS! Sugar, salt, and fat are ESSENTIAL to live, it's the portions that kill us.

        Food is social, it bonds us, and it identifies our culture, it's family time, and it's friend time. So on the one hand we don't want to give that up, on the other hand we don't want to do it in excess. Admittingly, cooking only once in 11 months is the other extreme, I probably should cook more! But most of my friends and I go out to eat more often because we live near so many damn good restaurants. But when you are watching your weight and your health, you need to find the balance, you need to more often, and unfortunately eat bland, eat boring, and remember that food's first purpose is biological function. Cook for fun here and there, but eat for health and life.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

How Much Do You Need To Bench Press To Impress A Girl?

    One of my friends who has never been in the gym asked me this the other day. I think a lot of guys get into the gym to impress the opposite sex, and no doubt they want to have a big bench press to impress the girl they are pursuing, so statistically, what's a number that will impress over 90% of the women out there???

200 pounds

     Ok, if you are experienced stop laughing, and if you are new to the gym listen in. 200 pounds, that's it, I swear on my life 9 out of 10 women will be impressed if you can bench two hundred pounds. But unless you are about 4'11, have only one arm, or some other disability, 200 lbs is no summit on the mountain of the gym. It's something almost ANYONE can do in a year of training, some of the naturally big guys can probably do it without ever having touched a weight. It may sounds impressive to someone that has never been in a gym, or a girl that weighs 120lbs, but in reality, it's a warm up for most experienced lifters.

     What you need to realize if you are trying to lift to impress someone, you are in the gym for the wrong reason. Hey, I started off at a 95 pounds maximum bench press, so I was happy when I benched 200, but it was no where near my lifetime goal. You go to the gym to grow as a person, to extend your life, and to live it better. Don't just set your eyes on doing something to beat someone else or impress someone else. Those things will come to you, but there will ALWAYS be someone who can lift more and someone with a better physique. You have to set your mind to be in the gym for your body, and your life. 

Have a great workout!