Body by jake IM Rings

I decided on the weekend to get into suspension training. Bought a copy of the new book “Rings of Power” from dragon door.
Its a very brief book but it was only $10. There are better materials out there like “Suspension Revolution” and a book “Sling Training” from meyer & meyer sport.

First step was to get a chinning bar for my doorway. I decided on the gofit brand because it is 8 inches higher than other brands. A bit peeved at elitefitness in Auckland though as they still have not shipped 5 days later.

For my suspension gear I was prepared to fork out $150 for an Adidas 360 but quite by chance came across the IM Rings – a super good deal compared to all the rest. Also I see good reviews all over the net.

im rings

im rings

chinning bar

pullup bar

The versatility of Kettlebells

At first sight kettlebells dont seem versatile in the least. A set bunch of weights and 4kg between them. The weights they come in are not even high.

But the seasoned lifter knows better. Most of the resistance from kettlebells is in the form of torque. Over which you have 100% control – even though nobody created the electronics to directly measure it yet.

Rest assured it is in the hundreds of pounds.

So while you may be swinging 24 or 32kg of steel – the actual resistance is far far more and you can vary it as you please.

If you are tight for cash you can tape plates to the bottom of your kettlebells or tape them together at the handles.

Just like I do to lift more weight:

taped kettlebells

kettlebell swing

1 hour of intense exercise can add 10 hours to your life

OK I came across this fact yesterday so lets calculate:

I have been training 30 years roughly

3x per week for 40 minutes approximately

So 3 X 40 X 52 X 30 = 187200 minutes of exercise

Probably its more but never mind

So we multiply by 10 = 1872000

Thats how many extra minutes of life I have earned

Thats 31200 hours = 185 weeks = 3 1/2 years

LOL 3 and a half years –> not much really

Maybe I should have become a ditch digger

Update on Autogenics

I have been doing autogenic meditation for many months now – usually 2 or 3 sessions daily minimum.

I usually do two short sessions and a long one at bed time.

To assist I have a sound and light machine, a CES and a ganzfeld mask.

I bought a bunch of the best books on autogenics off amazon before beginning:

Autogenic Training: The Effective Holistic Way to Better Health
by Dr. Kai Kermani

Autogenic Therapy Volume 1 Autogenic Method
by Wolfgang Luthe

The Jack Schwarz Method of Autogenics

…and several others.

Basically through deep relaxation autogenics heals psychosomatic illness and symptoms. Improvements in memory, imagination, smell & taste etc can result. Any stress related illnesses can be prevented or reversed.

Yes my ability to visualize is gradually improving. More in stops and starts really as when I do get clear images they are crystal clear.

Also things like my sense of taste – this morning it was like I could feel every nerve in my tongue while meditating.

Another method I have found that is ideal to do along with autogenics is the sedona method for emotional control.

At the moment I am working on increasing the length of time I can stay in the autogenic state undisturbed. In a few months this will result in the imagery and visualization ability to become fully activated.

Dead on Steroids

Big Kiwi – Justin Rys an infamous Kiwi Body Builder & Steroid peddler recently passed away. Rys was a likeable character, I never met the guy.

Well he didnt make 40.

Here is a list of dead steroid uses:

Carlos Rodriguez died 1991 age 48 stomach cancer
Mohammed Benaziza died 1992 age 33 clenbuterol injection
Ray McNeil died 1995 age 29 killed by his wife
Andreas Münzer died 1996 age 31 liver and then kidneys failed
Mike Mentzer died 2001 age 49 heart complications
Ray Mentzer died 2001 age 47 cardiovascular disease
Hans Hopstaken died 2002 age 45 heart condition or pneumonia
Ron Teufel died 2002 age 45 liver failure
Scott Klein died 2003 age 30 kidney failure and heart failure
Claudia Bianchi (female) died 2004 age 34 blocked arteries
Derrick Whitsett died 2004 age 38 heart attack
Marianna Komlos (female) died 2004 age 35 breast cancer
Robert Benavente died 2004 age 30 massive heart attack
Sonny Schmidt died 2004 age 51 cancer
Charles Durr died 2005 age 44 enlarged heart
Don Youngblood died 2005 age 51 massive heart attack
Fannie Barrios (female) died 2005 age 41 apparent stroke
Paul Demayo died 2005 age 38 heroin overdose
Eduardo Kawak died 2006 age 47 heart attack
Eric Otero died 2006 age 37 hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Johnny Fuller died 2006 age 62 cancer
Dan Puckett died 2007 age 22 heart condition
Greg Deferro 2007 age 53 heart disease
Rob Sager died 2007 age 29 heart failure
Shelley Beattie (female) died 2008 age 39 suicidal depression
Art Atwood died 2011 age 38 heart attack
Frank Hillebrand died 2011 age 46 heart attack
Luke Wood died 2011 age 35 kidney failure and heart failure
Casey Viator died 2013 age 62 heart attack
Ed van Amsterdam died 2013 age 40 heart attack
Greg Kovacs died 2013 age 44 heart attack
Matt Duvall died 2013 age 40 heart attack
Nasser El Sonbatey died 2013 age 47 kidney failure
Terri Harris (female) died 2013 age 49 massive heart attack
Mike Martarazzo died 2014 age 49 heart attack
Vince Comerford died 2014 age 52 heart issues
Shawn Robinson died 2014 age 31 heart issues
And let’s not forget those who are still hanging on:

Arnold Schwarzenegger heart valve surgery still living
Don Long kidney failure still living
Tom Prince kidney failure still living
Flex Wheeler kidney transplant still living
Ed Corney heart attack and 2 strokes still living
Boyer Coe quadruple heart bypass still living
Danny Padilla heart attack still living

from the following site

Autogenic mind power

Some months ago i began autogenics training from scratch. Its not my first foray into the technique as many years ago i could get into theta at will after practising autogenics for a year or so. What evaded me however was the deep visualization of the advanced methods. The holding of a colour field for example I could not do – only a murky haze. This was both a frustration & a disappointment.
There are no autogenics therapists in New Zealand and shamefully only 2 or 3 neurofeedback practitioners. So there is no choice here but self training. There is at least a floatation center in town.

If you are unfamiliar with Autogenics it is a method of training to quickly induce deep trance & deep relaxation while over a period of months healing & rejuvenating the central nervous system & brain.

The standard exercises involve verbal reinforcement during progressive relaxation. Preferably a month is spent on each formula.

1. My right (dominant) arm is heavy

2. My arms & legs are warm and heavy

3. My heart beat is calm and steady

4. My breathing is calm and regular

5. My solar plexus is warm & glowing

6. My forehead is cool and dry

While affirming these verbal commands in ones mind the body is in one of several relaxation postures. My favourite is flat on my back on the bed. The environment must be very quiet and warm with no distractions.

The session must last only 10-15 minutes max for the first 6 months. This is because you are training yourself to quickly enter deep relaxation. During this process your brain will heal & regenerate removing neurosis & psychosomatic illness. Sessions are done 2-3 times a day.

As you move on to the next formula you briefly reaffirm the previous ones, the focus most of the session is on the affirmation for that month. The whole thing is done with passive concentration not will power. You just relax in the posture & make the affirmations while focussing on the body process – let the brain do the rest itself.

What happens is day to day thoughts intrude, twitches, itches etc. You simply have a scratch, put thoughts aside and continue with the session – which removes anxiety by itself.

So its very easy.

After the standard exercises comes the advanced stage. Now as a kid I recall doing this stuff myself naturally without ever having heard of autogenics. I would lie in bed at night or in the morning in total relaxation and see clearly a full pure field of a single colour. This is a Theta brainwave state, perhaps borderline alpha/theta.

So this is the first of the advanced exercises.

7. I see a pure field of a single colour (the one you mind chooses)

8. I see a full pure field of (any colour you please)

9 I see a solid 3D object (such as an apple, a cup etc)

10. See a movie (in your mind vividly)

11. Meditate upon a mental concept such as a philosophical value

12. Ask your subconscious for answers to problems.

Now its important to note that there is a big transition between exercise 6 and 7. This involves the length of time in trance. The standard exercises are done for a short time period to train you to enter trance. The meditative sessions are done for 30-60 minutes at a time. You must gradually increase the duration and depth of the meditation after the standard exercises from 15 minutes up to 60 minutes.

Once you can remain in deep meditation for 30 – 60 minutes only then should you begin exercise 7. You should take six months to lengthen your sessions. You can also work on deepening the trance during this time. This is not an approximation of how long it should take. It is a prescription – you must take six months to gradually ease into it. This is because the whole process is gently healing and developing your nervous system.

You will have spent six months already on the standard exercises gaining the benefits of 2-3 deep relaxation sessions daily. Now you spend another six months practising very healthy beneficial deep meditation sessions up to an hour long. For your mind and body it is a great tonic.

What ever neurological conditions you have holding you back will have time to heal during this period of rejuvenation. Then you can begin with the advanced exercises.

Things that can help in the advanced stage are biofeedback, CES (cranial electro stimulation), floatation and brainwave entrainment.

So for me I am beginning the transition from 6 to 7 now. I have just made a CES device & have several biofeedback devises such as skin temp, GSR, EEG & EMG. I also have a good sound & light meditation machine. I will use the floatation center in town also.

What can you do once you have mastered the Advanced Training?

Full sensory visualization & somnambulistic hypnosis. You can also control body processes & recuperate much faster. Boost immunity. Practice advanced QiGong, Hypnosis etc. Basically it opens you up to be able to practise a wide variety of other advanced therapeutic methods too.

So its awesome.

A month of mountain hiking in Queenstown

Yes I went again for a month this time.

I spent 3 weeks living in a tent half way up a mountain. The elevation was 1,748 m (5,735 ft) minus 1000 ft which is the altitude of lake Wakatipu.

That means every time I hiked up to my tent I climbed 2300 feet – I did this probably 17 times during the month which comes to a climb of nearly 40,000ft.

No wonder I got a bit skinny by the end of it.

Anyway here are the pix.



ben lomond

I also went to Milford Sound which was real kewl

milford sound

milford sound

gareth thomas

Far too many pix to put here so look at my flickr page

Peace of Mind

The things that provide Peace of Mind are simple things. Many people lack Peace of Mind because they seek it from the wrong things.

Money for example with or without does not provide Peace of Mind. Without it you worry how to make ends meet. With it your problems are amplified.

Relationships and emotional entanglements certainly do not provide it.

Here are the things that do provide true Peace of Mind…

Peace and Quiet
Physical Culture

Those things in a proper balance and application can provide what we all seek – sanity.

Solitude and silence in a beautiful natural environment are great. But to enjoy these things your physical & mental state must be well.

You must make your own explorations of physical culture & mentalism.

Erotisism is just a bit of the old nookie, not an obsessive love affair – just a bit of a spice up.
For me that means shagging a few hot chicks and hanging out at the strip club.

These things I find can remove the petty madness of society and the world from my thoughts.

Free Power Twister Training Report

This is a quick report about Power Twister training. I love these things and have used them on and
off for years. But I always felt that the way I used them was kind of redundant.
Lets face it there are only a limited number of exercises you can do and years ago there was not
much variety in torsion strength.

These days you can get Power Twisters in a wide variety of resistances. I have two, a 40kg and a
60kg. I know they come much harder than that too.

The device itself does not have variable resistance – nobody invented that yet as far as I know.
OK so limited exercises and a variety of fixed torsions. What can we do to fully utilize the device?
Well isometric holds are the first thing and most natural apart from just bending the spring we can
maintain the tension at various holds.

Well I figured two more ways to use the Power Twister giving four methods:

Dynamic Tension
Dynamic Bending

Download the PDF Report here Power Twister Training

Finally it seems Power Twisters come in 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 , 80 and 100 kilogram torsions – Google Python Power Twister to get the bad ass 100kg ones.

Is Gym Movement Biofeedback Nonsense?

It sure looks like nonsense – and I didnt try it out yet. Its also definitely NOT Biofeedback – here is my rant…

Applied kinesiology
(AK) is a term used to describe the manual
muscle testing diagnostics primarily
developed by Goodheart (1964). Goodheart
took classic manual muscle testing and
moulded it into a precise diagnostic tool.
Prior to him, muscle testing was used
primarily to diagnose motor nerve
pathology and assess recovery during and
following therapy. He astutely observed
changes in muscle resistance patterns in
the absence of motor nerve pathology.
What he discovered was that disturbances
anywhere in the body would lead to
changes in normal muscle contraction
patterns. The main and most notable
change from the past was that the muscle
test became less an assessment of
contractile strength and more an
assessment of proprioception, spinal and
central nervous system regulation and
the effects they have on neuromuscular
Strengthening a weakened muscle by
exercise is only sensible and efficient if
neuromuscular, proprioceptive control of
the muscle is intact. Usually, it is not the
loss of strength in a muscle that is most
important, but a degrading of normal
neuromuscular function both within
and between individual muscles that is
responsible for the greatest number of
disturbances. AK is the only available
method that allows for a clinical diagnosis
of this type of dysfunction.

The Muscle Test Handbook- Functional Assessment, Myofascial Trigger Points and Meridian Relationships

Neuromuscular Functional Assessment (NFA)
series by this author (at this printing
available only in German) and in Walther’s
classical Applied Kinesiology, Synopsis
(Walther 2000) or the flow chart manual by
Leaf (1996)

OK this is NOT biofeedback – it is very crude applied kinesiology which is a very complicated methodology in proffessional practise

Is it a valid technique? possibly – Does it do the same thing as biofeedback? – no

Biofeedback & applied kinesiology can however compliment each other nicely –
also biofeedback devices & protocols could be adapted to measure the
Applied Kinesiology physiological parameters which would be far more efficient and technologically sound.

Biofeedback can be used to alter the underlying physiology and change the response to AK muscle testing –
hence enabling the practise of selected exercises that would have otherwise shown a pathological response.

I think used together the two are potential dynamite.

My issues with the Gym Movement book are…

1. He claims biofeedback has only been used in the past by athletes to detect over training.

This is nonsense. Biofeedback is primarily used to autoregulate. To alter relaxation, enhance meditation & visualization,
and as an adjunct to autogenics and hypnosis. Autogenics itself goes far deeper than mere relaxation as that is only the
preliminary stage. Read the original text books by shultz.

So the uses of biofeedback for athletes are many.

2. He claims his methods are advanced biofeedback – no his methods are Applied Kinesiology.

Probably something less advanced than biofeedback.

3. He says to follow your body signals and do not try and model yourself into something you are not.

This to my mind was the most pathetic thing in the book. Defeatism and he bases it upon the initial misnomer of
calling applied kinesiology biofeedback.

With biofeedback you can alter your physiology and hence the response to AK tests and genuinely perform better as a consequence.

You can indeed achieve greater goals or models. Much greater in fact.

Despite these misgivings the concept of using applied kinesiology testing to enhance training is sound and many appear to be
getting great results. I’m sure by integrating this with real biofeedback & psychological techniques like hypnosis & autogenics
even more incredible things can be achieved by athletes.

But please lets stop calling applied kinesiology biofeedback & lets stop discounting real high tech biofeedback techniques.

Questions that remain to be answered …

Just how do crude ROM tests or grip tests indicate a more optimal training approach?

How could real biofeedback & other modalities be used to alter the testing response to match a goal with reguard to exercise selection?

Can a strong result on a ROM test actaully indicate a weakness in antagonistic muscles which would actually signal not to train?

If the results from ROM testing are as good as claimed how can it be explained scientifically & improved?

Basically I am skeptical – but keen.

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