How to Get Your First Real Chin-Up

chinsFor as long as I can recall, I’ve been doing chin-ups of all sorts.

I did them at school.

I did them at soccer practice.

I did them in the army.

Now I do them in the gym or in the park, usually with rings.

What I’ve noticed, however, is that rarely can women do chin-ups. But not because it’s physiologically impossible for females to pull their bodyweight over a bar. It’s because, unfortunately, too many women fall for the general claptrap that chicks can’t chin.

I’ve never been one to conform to public opinion or what the majority of people think. So all I will do at this point is quote the great American philosopher, Ice Cube, and leave the matter at that:

“Do ya thang, man, fuck what they lookin’ at!”

Show me a woman who can do 10 chin-ups and I’ll show you a woman who is lean and strong.

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Top 10 Hip Hop Songs to Train to

NasHip hop is dead.

That’s what Nas said back in 2006, referring to the music industry and the state of hip hop music at the time.

As Nas implied, what people call “rap music” these days is not up to par with the 90’s when Ice Cube, DMX, Dr. Dre, 2Pac, Jay-Z, and the likes took over the scene.

I’m a hard rock/metal kinda guy at heart. Nothing gets me more fired up for a training session than blasting out some In Flames or Iron Maiden on the loudspeakers. But playing that stuff over and over again gets tiresome really fast.

A good hip hop training mix is my go-to choice of music in situations where you still want to listen to a track bringing some anger, aggression, and intensity without blowing your eardrums to pieces, for instance when practicing on the gymnastics rings or jumping rope.

Below are some of the most kick ass hip hop songs on my playlist.

#10 Jay-Z ft. Rihanna & E.S. Posthumus – Run This Town

ES Posthumus spinned Jay-Z’s original version, which lacked the punch in my opinion, into one of the best pump up songs I’ve heard in recent years.

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Research Corner February 2014 – Body Fat Measurements of Elite Athletes

ade_akinbiyiDuring the past few weeks, I’ve found myself gravitating more and more towards literature on human body composition and body fat percentages at the highest realms of athletic competition.

What sparked the idea for me to delve into the body composition figures of elite (and not-so-elite) athletes was seeing the 2013 NHL Draft Combine fitness results.

If you don’t know what the NHL Draft Combine is, allow me to explain.

Every year around 100 top draft eligible prospects around the world are called by the NHL to partake in an assessment involving interviews, medical screenings and fitness tests over a four-day period. These fitness tests – including the bench press, vertical jump and VO2max, among others – are arranged so that the teams can better evaluate the prospects’ physical attributes prior to the actual draft night.

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67 Ways To Build Strength, Lose Fat and Be Fucking Awesome

tom_hardy_warriorWith another year in the books, it’s a common tendency to look back at what did and didn’t happen in 2013, wondering what shoulda, coulda, woulda been…

Did you have a solid plan for getting stronger, building muscle and shedding fat, knowing exactly what to do every time you set foot inside a weight room?

Or were you simply going through the motions of working out, without clear direction, focus and progression?

How were you dealing with inner resistance on days that you didn’t particularly look forward to making the trip all the way down to the gym?

Were you able to overpower the sorry excuses your mind was coming up with? Or did you give in like a gutless wimp, rationalizing to yourself it was okay to skip training this time and you’d start again next Monday? We all know how that ended…

Did you prepare healthy, unprocessed, nutritious meals from fresh ingredients? Or was the sweet siren song of delicious pizza, pastries and candy too much to handle once you parked your lazy ass on the couch after a long, exhausting day at work and flipped on the telly?

Were you sound asleep by 23.00 on most nights, like you know you should have been? Or was watching stupid infomercials and late night talk shows more important than quality sleep and regeneration?

Which course of action did you choose at social gatherings? Staying up late and getting hammered at parties week after week with deadbeats or waking up refreshed and completing an early morning training session while everybody else was nursing a terrible hangover?

Maybe you did some stupid stuff and got injured? You wouldn’t be the first one.

Or perhaps you simply got lost listening to too many people, chasing contradictory goals, ending up spinning your wheels with no progress to show for your efforts.

Whatever choices you’ve made in the past, now is the perfect opportunity to wipe the slate clean and make sure 2014 is gonna be your best year yet.

I know it’ll be for me. I expect continual progress, consistent strength development, injury-free training, new personal records and shitloads of hustlin’ in and out of the gym.

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55 Training Questions That Can All Be Answered With “No”

jim carrey_yes manYou know the movie “Yes Man” with Jim Carrey cast in the leading role?

The basic premise of the flick is that a loan officer at a bank (played by Carrey) realizes he’s living a mediocre, mundane life and he better do something to turn his life around before it’s too late.

An old co-worker of his invites him to attend a self-help seminar where Carrey’s character, under crowd pressure, takes a vow to answer “yes” to every request thrown his way for an entire year.

Well, today I’m gonna take a contrary stance.

I will forgo saying “Yes!” to ordering a Middle Eastern bride online, visiting the Museum of Telephones in Lincoln, Nebraska and will even turn down that surprisingly tempting e-mail offering a penis enlargement surgery.

What I will do is reply to every training related question in this post with a resounding “NO!”

No!

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