Century Specialization

Century: a hundred; anything consisting of a hundred parts That is the Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary definition for century, and the one I will be using. Century Specialization is using the number 100 to specialize in training a physical weakness. It can be used to bring up a lagging body part, or for training a weak movement. The goal is to reach 100 reps in one way or another, depending on movement and goal. I will visit two ways I personally have used century specialization, as I call it, to further my goals. First is for bodybuilding, muscle isolation specialization: For this you pick an isolation exercise that you can do for one large set of 100. I chose calf raises, since I wanted larger calves (one of few body parts not being worked by the heavy lifting I was doing). I performed a single set of a hundred 5-6 days a week for about four weeks, and noticed significant size increase in my calves. You can pick any exercise for this, just make sure you can do 100 straight reps. If you can’t do 100 reps, decrease either weight or range of motion. For calf raises, it is best to do them flat on the floor, or else you may not finish the set. Curls could also be used, by picking a light stick that can be curled 100 times. Or maybe a pressing movement by using a book. Any movement that hits a muscle lagging behind in size, … Continue reading

Gifts for Spartans

Christmas is right around the corner… …and it is customary to buy/make gifts for others to give to them on Christmas day. Chances are if you’re trying to buy something for someone, they already have a list of things they want. That is fine. However, here is a list I made of a few programs you could get to give to any “health freaks” you know, or fellow Spartans. I’ll give a summary of each program along with a mini review. And yes, I am affiliated with some of these programs, so if me making money of these recommendations offends you, I don’t much care. I only recommend programs I have either done myself, or programs made by people I trust and would use myself. So without further ado… How To Get a Classic Physique: This is amongst my personal favorites… …and one I have used myself. I’ve written a previous review about it, so I won’t stay long on it here. The focus of this program is to build a body similar to that of old school strongmen and bodybuilders. Main focuses are on diet, strength training, lifestyle and conditioning. Also mentions other Spartan principles that I have grown to love, such as meditation and cold showers. Great for someone who already has a passion for strength training, has access to equipment, and knows how to do the basic lifts. Body of a Spartan: The name itself is good. Simple and to the point. That’s what this program is.  … Continue reading

Make Time to Play

Normal people see their workout and job as a chore. They complain about their job, but say they have to do it. They complain about how boring working out is, if they do so at all. A Spartan enjoys his workout. And chooses a job he enjoys. The normal person is to “busy” to play, or if not to busy, he has “grown up” and thinks it to immature. A Spartan sees his workout as play and enjoys it like a child. If a normal person works out, they lift sissy weights or walk on a treadmill watching tv. A Spartan lifts heavy weights, wrestles, runs and sprints, or carries heavy objects. The normal person is reluctant to workout. The Spartan longs for it. The normal person is stressed out day and night. The Spartan makes it a game, a challenge. There are many differences between a normal person and a Spartan. A normal person gets sick every year, is weak, never satisfied, and doesn’t know how to have fun. The Spartan is never sick, very strong, always satisfied, and most certainly knows to have fun. He does this because he makes time to play. When you play you learn to enjoy life. It makes exercising easy and fun. So next time you life weights, don’t be a normal person. Be a Spartan, and have fun. Next time you run, have fun. Make time to play, and your life will begin to improve. Go have fun!

Inspiration Series Part 4: Master Chief

Inspirations may be drawn from anywhere. For me, this next one is drawn from fantasy. He has a history, has fought battles, and saved lives, yet isn’t real. He is an icon in modern culture, especially amongst gamers. That is the trailer for Halo 3, and it features the Chief. Master Chief is famous for being a brave, skilled and faceless hero who speaks few words. This image can be very inspiring. Let me give a brief summary of his back story. At a young age (around 6 years old) a boy known as John was selected by the military for testing of a top secret program called SPARTAN-II. He was replaced by a clone who would later die in an accident, to hid the kidnapping. John was chosen for his physical capabilities (a head taller than other kids and very strong) as well as his mind and luck. He was then assigned the name John-117, and trained by the military until he was 14, when he was given cybernetic implants to increase speed, strength and intelligence. At this age, he had the body of an 18 year old, and after the implants, was able to easily take on several ODSTs (think Navy Seals of today), killing three, in hand to hand combat. When he received his armor, he finally looked like the Master Chief we see today. As a matter of fact, his full face has never been revealed. This adds to the mystery and even awe of the … Continue reading

Winter is Coming: Experiments with the Cold

Science works by trial and experimentation. I have been doing just that with the cold. Instead of accepting what others say about it, I took things into my own hands. In short, I found using the cold has many benefits. I used to hate the cold, now I reluctantly enjoy it. I will cover a few subjects, each briefly. Some I may have already discussed before, others have never mentioned. Number 1: Sleeping in the Cold Every night (not counting stormy nights) I have been sleeping with the window open, regardless of how cold it gets. Over the past several weeks of doing this, along with a recent drop in temperature (tonight things got down to 33 degrees), I have observed many changes. Firstly, my sleep has improved. Something about cold, fresh air invigorates the body as you sleep. At night I would take very deep breaths and feel that coolness come in. Naturally, better sleep would improve the rest of my day. Waking up earlier, needing less sleep, being more productive, more energetic, etc. Second, I have found the cold air helps muscle soreness. One night, my arms were sore from exercising at the park and heavy lifting at the gym. Throughout the night, my left arm was right next to the open window, fully exposed to the cold. My right arm remained on the other side of my body, shielded from the cold. When I awoke, there was no more soreness in my left arm yet my right … Continue reading

Break the Addiction: Surviving

We are highly focused on surviving. Google the term “how to survive” and there will be hundreds of millions of results. I did it and received 337 million. Evidently, it is a very big topic. A very common mindset. The problem with that mindset is it never ends. At what point to you stop trying to survive, and actually enjoy your life? Let’s take a look at the average American consumer. He works a 9-5 job, makes payments on his house (or apartment) and car. He may or may not be still trying to pay off student loans from college. He wakes up each morning not wanting to go to work. He stumbles out of bed, needs coffee to finish waking him up, and begins the dreadful drive to work. Why does he do all this? To survive. After all, he “needed” the job to pay off the debt on the car and house he “needed”. He “needs” to go to a normal job to make a steady pay check. He also “needed” to go to college so he could get an education that could provide him that steady paycheck. Eventually, this somebody will pay off his debt, move up enough in life, and be “free” to enjoy his life and retire. Right? The problem is, everyone is doing that. Everyone is following the rules. That means there is competition. Competition from thousands of other zombies who are just trying to survive. Go to work, do what you’re told, follow … Continue reading

Break the Addiction: Food

Is it actually possible to have an addiction to food? After all, we do need food to survive. If we don’t eat, we die; it’s as simple as that. Or is it? Now I’m not saying that if you stop eating you will become immortal, but eating won’t do that either. As a matter of fact, every person that comes in contact with food dies, so in the end it doesn’t really matter. Addiction to food is a problem very, very few people will admit even exists. I have found the moment I say I have broken my addiction to food someone replies as if I am trying to kill myself. Whenever I hear someone complain about missing a meal and I honestly, and seriously, tell them they need to break the addiction, they believe I am joking. The argument always is “you need food to survive. Don’t starve yourself!”. The worst is “Oh, but you need to eat. You’re already really skinny”. After they state their opinion, I sit back and watch them struggle to make sure they never miss a meal, even if the last one had all the nutrients and energy they need for the day. Or worse yet, I sit back and watch them think they “need to eat” so go buy some crap food and shove it down their gullet. Here is the honest truth: In most “civilized” or “first world” countries, such as the USA, we eat far, FAR more than we need to. … Continue reading

Inspiration Series Part 3: Eminem’s “Not Afraid”

  I keep a lookout for information, wisdom and inspiration all the time. If I hear a useful tidbit or piece of advice I remember, regardless of who it’s from. If I draw inspiration from a music video outside the realm of my normal music, I don’t turn that away either. A particular music video did just this, and that is Eminem’s “Not Afraid” video: Note, video contains language that some may not approve of. Be warned. I will attempt to briefly explain one particular way I see the symbolism in this video, the reason it is so inspiring to me. Hopefully it will be for you too. The video starts with Eminem standing on the edge of a building in the middle of a city. And obviously, that looks dangerous. Looking at where he is now, we assume he is in danger and possible even suicidal. No sane person would stand on an edge like that, they could get hurt. It’s risky. There’s no security. It appears foolish. But this isn’t the whole story. We next see him in a small, dirty room. Alone… but safe and secure, right? He can’t fall from here. But he obviously doesn’t seem happy. I see this as the safe “box” we are taught to live in. (I’ll be showing the events in chronological order now, the video organizes it a bit different for dramatic effect). Eminem stays in this room, angry until he throws a chair at the wall and notices it … Continue reading

Who is your Tyler Durden?

I made a short video on this subject before writing this article, also titled “Who is Your Tyler Durden”. I got some of my basic ideas out on video before taking more time to write them here. Check it out: I may be a little late to the club, but in the year 2012 I have finally seen Fight Club. There were several interesting points in that movie, but one in particular stuck out. For those who have seen the movie, you will know the context of this quote, “People do it everyday, they talk to themselves… they see themselves as they’d like to be, they don’t have the courage you have, to just run with it.” This is spoken by the character played by Brad Pitt, known in the movie as Tyler Durden. He was talking to Jack, the movie’s main character, played by Edward Norton. Now the point I’m bringing up isn’t simply talking to yourself, although that may certainly be a part of it. What I am highlighting from that quote is the fact that we each have this self image of who we would “like to be“, who we wish we were, but are to afraid to pursue, or “just run with it“. Jack met Tyler on a plane, and they eventually became close friends who started fight clubs across the country. It took time for Jack to let go of his normal, consumerism lifestyle with the nice apartment, stable job, and nice suits. Jack had … Continue reading

Inspiration Series Part 2: The Lion

Inspirations come in all shapes and sizes. This one happens to be in the shape of a cat and weigh in at over 500lbs when fully grown. Yes, the lion. A few things about the lion, the first of which is obvious. It’s a predator. The top of it’s respective food chain. Second, it eats meat. Raw meat. Because of these two things, it is naturally a hunter whenever it isn’t stealing a kill. But hey, if you’re at the top, you can do that anyway in the animal kingdom! As a meat eating predator, the lion shares something in common with many other meat eating predators. That is being strong, lean and fast. It is this combination that inspires me to study lions and other creatures to emulate certain habits of theirs that could benefit me. An example is diet. Lions eat usually only once a day, sometimes even going several days without food if they got a big enough kill. They will feast on a carcass for hours if need be, and live of that until they are ready for their next meal. Putting this into people terms, it’s called intermittent fasting. “Intermittent fasting” is the natural state of being for most any predator I have studied. And these predators are often much leaner and faster then their prey counterparts. So if having fewer but larger meals works for the lion, why not us? Many have tried and succeeded at this. There are programs designed around this entire … Continue reading