A Double Kettlebell Workout

Decided to do a quick session today with two 24KG kettlebells.

double kettlebell press

I do quite a lot of double presses and cleans as I want to get good at long cycle – it will take me 3 years I’m sure.

double shoulder press

I also like to throw in some easy shrugs…

kettlebell shrug

When doing these you can hit the triceps by bending the elbows back.

Here I am cleaning the bells …

kettlebell clean

…and in the rack

kettlebell rack

A 90 minute weight vest hike in Auckland City

I live in Auckland New Zealand. A city of 1.5 million. Probably I will leave soon as the economy is getting worse.
Today I went on my usual weight vest route. I walk down to the water front, past the ports to Tamaki Drive.

From there I will often take a 3-5 or even 6 hour hike along the water front.

auckland

Here is the view outside my apartment block. That’s Queen street – main street Auckland.

gareth morgan thomas

Here’s me in my 18 kg weight vest setting off on a short 90 minute hike.

auckland

A view of downtown Auckland.

tamaki drive

It normally takes an hour to walk to this spot and I consider it usually to be the “start” – either of a run to the beach way around the bays or a long grueling weight vest hike. My vest hikes I usually begin at 4 or 5 am when there is nobody around and it is cooler.

tamaki drive

As you can see there are thousands of rocks and boulders down here – often I will do a stone lifting session.

gareth morgan thomas

A 90 minute hike is fairly painless. Generally the pain & fatigue kick in around the 3 hour mark. Anything over that like 5-6 hours is hell. I dont take breaks longer that 10-15 minutes on my hikes. Always with a minimum 40 lb vest.

This year I am getting into “Iron Wire” Kungfu

This year I am getting into “Iron Wire” as well as the Iron crotch

Iron wire is in reference to the tendons & sinews. It is also called Iron Thread. The Japanese Okinawan’s started doing it also and its known as Sanchin Kata in Karate & the Japanese Pangai Noon Karate is actually Chinese Boxing as the originator learned it in China & returned to Okinawa to teach it further there.

Iron wire & Sanchin are similar – the set is performed under full body isometric tension. There is an emphasis on breathing patterns and withstanding striking in the stances of the set – in this way it is related to Iron Shirt also.

Because it is dynamic moving exercise performed under full muscular tension it develops tendon strength.

I already do Iron palm & iron arm daily. Now I will add the forms for Iron body, Sanchin & Iron Thread along with the Iron Shirt massage & beating. I also intend to begin Iron Crotch this year.

My Queenstown adventure

Well I had seven days in the mountains. A truly beautiful land. The pictures are pretty much what it is like there in Queenstown. I climbed Ben Lomond from the lake to the top of the tree line and hid my tent as its against the rules to camp up there. My goal was to escape all humanity except my own for a few days so I had to bend the rules a little.

ben lomond

After the first night I was discovered by two local Kea’s at 5am. They have a reputation for destroying packs & tents and I had to go down for supplies so I was a little concerned. Luckily they left my pack unscathed upon my return. Carrying the 40 lb pack up the mountain was quite strenuous. The next day was very hot and by days end I had found a new & more secure tent site hidden by fir tree’s. I also had mild heat stroke, was exhausted after two days climbing and came down with diarrhea in the evening.

queenstown

The next day rain was forecast so I rested with a crook belly and more diarrhea. I did recover from my previous two days exertion and went to get some food & med’s the next day in town. I also had a sore throat most nights and the place was swarming with blow flies. Apart from these things it was heaven. The birds sang me a beautiful serenade to awaken and fall asleep to, the sound of the wind in the trees drowned out the distraction of humanity as faint as it was in the town below.

ben lomond

The rest of the days I was fit and well. I climbed near to the summit of Ben Lomond but did not go quite to the top as I was perturbed by the large number of other hikers up there on that day. It was a very easy climb from above the tree line but the climb through the forest was strenuous involving rocky cliffs & steep paths all of the way to a 500m altitude above the lake.

ben lomond

Each night I lay in my tent with scenes of the beautiful mountains replaying through my mind. This triggered my subconscious to open my minds eye and mental screen. It was almost perfection. Perhaps a little further from civilization and human influence next time, my imagination may be freed.

ben lomond

one mile track

I think I will have Queenstown fever soon – take a look at this video…

Click through here for my best pictures montaged: http://freefitnessguru.com/images/range_montage13.jpeg

Onions triple testosterone ?

Several supplements are reported as increasing testosterone by 40-50% – these include resveratrol, garlic extract, olive oil & other specific lipids and several others so one would expect that taking these supplements together would cause an even greater increase.

Pantocrine deer antler extract is also purported to substantially increase testosterone – this may be linked to IGF increasing gonad size & function.

From an older post:

Testosterone & Growth factor Tincture – daily dose

Tienchi Ginseng : 1/3 teaspoon x3 per day
Pine Pollen tincture : 1 teaspoon per day
Nettle Root : 1200 mg per day
Tribulus : 500 mg per day
Panax Ginseng : 1/4 teaspoon per day
Siberian Ginseng : 1 teaspoon x2 per day

The above formula can be taken daily indefinitely

To be cycled 3 weeks on 1 week off …

Pantocrine – deer antler extract : 4-10 droppers per day depending on your weight

OK but the two biggies are Onion Juice & Ginger extract. Onion juice has shown a 3x increase in testosterone in rats at a small dose equal to 50 ml per day for a human. Ginger extract has shown a doubling of testosterone.

By using these both the studies suggest a substantial increase in testosterone may occur. As always anti estrogenics will be required.

Off to Queenstown next week

This is the kind of scenery I will be taking in for a week – the less people I have to deal with the better

queenstown

Bicycle seats that won’t cause impotence or prostate cancer

First of all YES cyclists often suffer from impotence. Yes and I myself was affected by this many years ago when I was about 30.

Its not as if I did not know. Up until that time I had deliberately avoided cycling for this very reason but inexplicably I took it up for six months at a local gym. That was all it took.

Remember a 100 kg body builder is putting all of that weight on the same surface area as a small 12 year old child might while riding a bike. So the bigger you are the more damage cycling will do to your body.

I noticed a numb crotch while riding after 20 minutes or so. After a few months I stopped getting morning erections. At that point I stopped cycling – but it was too late.

I am a virile, randy heterosexual guy. But cycling not only killed my morning erections, it also killed my random erections during the day. You know how you might be sitting on the bus and a hot girl gets on and gives you the eye – you get a boner sometimes right?, or you may be sitting at home and have some sexual fantasy about a lady – boner time.

Well it all ended – I could still get a full erection but found it only happened usually while having sex or masturbating. I damaged my damned crotch simply by cycling.

Usually this is irreversible according to standard western medicine. We will discuss potential cures later.

First cycling is good except for this problem – the solution is a crotchless seat.

crotch bicycle seat

The best I have come across (no pun intended) is spyderflex http://www.spiderflex.com/saddle-specs.html

spyder seat

spyder seat

Here is a list of others:

http://www.spongywonder.com/

noseless seat bicycle

http://www.moonsaddle.com/
http://www.bycycleinc.com/
http://www.amazon.com/Schwinn-No-Pressure-Bicycle-Seat/dp/B000DZGLVY

seat bike

This one still puts some pressure on “the region” – Its cheap but I wouldn’t buy it

http://www.ddwings.com/
http://www.spiderflex.com
http://www.nexride.com/index.html
http://www.realseat.com/
http://www.tri-d-tech.it/tu-modelli-eng.html

crotchless seat

Personally I’d go for DD Wings or Spyderflex – Who cares what it looks like – cycling looks fricken gay anyhow.

OK there is a huge selection – don’t go making your self impotent like I did.

Finally what about a cure after the damage is done? Well the only thing I can think of that directly addresses this is QiGong KungFu – these guys can take a full force kick to the balls so I’m sure they can fix a little cycling induced erectile disfunction.

Iron Crotch

Yes I am perfectly serious – You wanna fix it or not?

http://mastertu.com/iron-crotch-package
http://mastertu.com/health-bar-package

iron crotch qigong

The chinese name for this is Tiedan Gong which involves massage & lifting weights from the penis & scrotum. Tiedang gong means kongfu of Iron penis.

Now if you can stomach this gross video of some dude touching another dudes penis without throwing up… you may learn something.

Planning a Hike in Queenstown

I hope to make it to Queenstown New Zealand over xmas to climb Mt Ben Lomond

Queenstown

Its a full days climb to the summit & back down but I may take a tent & sleep high to see the night sky.

I’ve wanted to do this trek for 15 years so its time to do it.

Resistance bands for punching

Here is a band setup that will work your jab & perhaps you can use it at the same time as the mass suit.

If you take a look at the mass suit in my previous post its an excellent piece of kit. It looks like the products are compatible – as some of the lifelineUSA gear may be also.

http://www.perfectpunch.org/

perfect punch

This other product attaches to the waist so is wrong for japping.

http://www.myshadowboxer.com/

shadow boxer

shadow boxer

Now a cheaper alternative is simply to slip a resistance band around your shoulder – or loop it around a door handle or post behind your back. This will work your jab & if you want to work pecs its similar to cable flys.

The mass suit is better for upper cuts & hooks. For kicks its ideal as is.

Strength Band Gear

I want to tell you guys about some very cool equipment. Its based upon resistance band training.

No 1 is the “MASS SUIT” this can provide up to 70 lbs of resistance to most sports including sparing, running, even swimming.

mass suit

mass suit

mass suit

Yeah thats pretty damn cool and it can of course be used in addition to a weight vest. Unlike a weight vest this sucker will not cause knee & joint wear over time. But hey why not add the 70 lbs to your weight vest session any way ?

These things are expensive coming close to $300 new – but I’m gunna get one this summer anyway from www.MassSuit.com

The mask by the way is a breath or respiration trainer – there are several brands available and most are much less obtrusive than what you see on that guy.

The other place to get “fancy” resistance band gear is www.lifelineUSA.com. Again very expensive – especially if you have to pay foreign shipping but some great gear. The range is big but below are two examples.

vertical jumper

power pushup

power pushup

There are a few books on resistance or strength band training these days. The Resistance Band Workout Book & Strength Band Training are on Amazon & there is a good ebook from this site for $7 http://www.resistancebandtraining.com/

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