by Ryan Fu •
This is an amazing video clip not only brought me to tears but encouraged me to take note of others around me.
The video below is of a German student who took note of a homeless man attempting to get money from those passing by. He noticed that the man’s techniques were not very successful so he asks the homeless man to borrow his bucket. What happens next will literally drive you to tears…
WRITTEN BY: RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ
After my first 60 days of Crossfit, I was feeling confident about myself and I was losing weight but also getting stronger. Confident about my fitness I decided to run a marathon for charity out of the blue without any long distance training. I surprised myself in how well I did in the marathon. But that is not surprising because Crossfit gives you the confidence to go anything because it challenges you mentally and physically everyday in the gym.
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But after rigorous weeks of training, 5 days a week with no days off, my body was finally starting to breakdown. After the marathon, I felt great where I was physically and mentally. I had lost 20 plus pounds and got stronger at the same time. I continued to go hard in training but after a week I started to get a sore throat. The thing about Crossfit it makes you think that you are indestructible but you are not.
I got sick over the weekend, so I decided to take three days off, but I was starting to get “Crossfit Fever.” My mind and body was so used to the grind that if it didn’t get any physically exertion, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I tired to focus on my work and writing but there was something missing. I need to go back to the gym; I wanted to go back home which Crossfit is to me, a place of sanctuary.
So, I took three days off and decided to back to the gym. Naturally, I went hard the first day because I don’t know any other way to train. I trained hard as a usually do for the next two days but during the weekend my sore throat came back and it became a full-blown cold. I felt weak, I felt sore, and I was certainly not feeling like Superman.
I finally decided to listen to my body and took the whole week off. I worked but I didn’t exert myself too much and I continued to write. I was still jonesing to hit the weights, I had to tell myself to calm down and relax. The same mental focus it takes to perform WODs in Crossfit, I used in getting better from my cold. After a couple days from resting, I was starting to feel better. I told myself when I’m 100% I will start of slower when I come back.
That’s what I did when I first came back to the gym. I didn’t go balls to the wall and just went 50% to 60% in effort. In the second week, I felt like my old self again and began to go harder. In the end of the week, I was feeling like myself again. I felt even stronger probably because I took some time off so my body could rest. I also changed my routine and added swimming to my regime. I found out that I was a really horrible swimmer, which is great because I love to work on things I’m not good at.
That is what Crossfit is, to challenge yourself mentally and physically in elements you might not be great at. Crossfit makes you ready for all the challenges that life brings. I have learned to listen to my body and feel better about myself to take a day or two off if I need it and not punish myself for it. To date I have lost 22 pounds and gained so much respect for all Crossfitters who make Crossfit their lifestyle. People might say I am a fanatic but would you be as well if you knew I how I felt physically and mentally. I eat, breathe and sleep Crossfit, which I am fine with because it’s my lifestyle.
Keanu Reeves has played a number of iconic roles. He was Ted in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”, Johnny Utah in “Point Break”, Jack in “Speed”, and Neo in “The Matrix” to name just a few. He is notoriously private, more than a little bit shy, the subject of a 4Chan meme (Sad Keanu), and a notable philanthropist. Through his generosity, Keanu has taught us all to have a “most excellent” life. His generosity has become so legendary that it reads like an urban legend. Most movie stars don’t donate huge portions of their salaries to crew members because he thought they deserved the money more. As you’re about to discover, it turns out Keanu Reeves is not your typical movie star.
Keanu Reeves was born in 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon to an English mother and Hawaiian-American father. Reeves’s mother was working in Beirut when she met his father, a geologist who earned his GED while in prison in Hawaii for selling heroin at Hilo International Airport. Reeves’s father abandoned his family when Keanu was just three years old. Keanu spent his childhood moving around the world as his costume designer mother worked and married again and again. Stability wasn’t all that present in Reeves’s life as a child and teenager. Reeves lived in Sydney, Australia and New York City for awhile before his family settled in Toronto. He attended four different high schools where he excelled as a hockey player. Reeves had dreams of playing professional hockey. He dropped out of high school before he graduated. A struggle with dyslexia made academics difficult and by then the call of the acting bug had already hit him.
Keanu’s first major role was in the 1986 Rob Lowe ice hockey film “Youngblood” in which he played a Québécois goalie. He soon moved to Los Angeles and scored a break through role in 1986′s “River’s Edge”. After that, Reeves worked steadily. There was “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and the sequel. There was “Point Break” – for which he won MTV’s “Most Desirable Male” award in 1992, “My Own Private Idaho”, “Speed”, “A Walk in the Clouds”, “The Devil’s Advocate”, “The Replacements”, and then the pinnacle of his career so far… “The Matrix” franchise.
Keanu has proven himself to be an extremely bankable movie star. On screen, Reeves is inherently likeable. He is the affable guy next door, your brother, your high school boyfriend. He is accessible. And although he has always lived a quiet life outside of the Hollywood scene and spotlights, Keanu has proven he is a man with an incredibly generous spirit.
Over the years Keanu has given millions of dollars to charity. Reeves has supported PETA, the SickKids Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer, among others. His sister has leukemia, and he has spent more than $5 million dollars to help her in her fight against the disease. Reeves also reportedly has set up a private cancer foundation to help a handful of children’s hospitals and cancer research. Reeves does not attach his name to any his gifts. He prefers to provide money where it is needed without taking any credit. Giving money to others is simply a part of this movie star’s beliefs and way of life.
And lest you think that all of this charitable giving is the act of a wealthy man who needs some tax shelter, consider how Reeves acted with a homeless man one time. He once spent several hours sitting on a sidewalk, sharing his food and talking with one of the many homeless people in Los Angeles. There was no pontificating and no star struck babbling. They were simply two men taking about life over lunch. This is not your typical movie star folks.
But the real generosity of spirit that Keanu possesses became clear when he was negotiating his back-end deal for the two “Matrix” sequels. For the first film in the trilogy, Reeves made $10 million up front, which, when combined with his back-end deal, upped his salary to $35 million. Amazingly, when it came time to negotiate his back-end profit sharing deal for the second and third “Matrix” films, Keanu insisted on handing over a significant portion of his back-end points to the films’ special effects and costume design teams. Reeves felt (and rightly so) that the men and women who created the effects and costumes for the franchise were the true heroes of the movie.
So how’d this work out for the FX and costume teams? The second and third Matrix movies earned more than $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office. When it was all said and done, Keanu reportedly ended up giving away an estimated $75 million dollars. Each member of these teams received $1 million dollars per person, instantly making them all millionaires. But Keanu didn’t stop at just the special effects and costume teams. He also gave the entire stunt team on the “Matrix” sequels Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Additionally, as documented in a personal account on Reddit, he helped out a Matrix crew member’s family in need:
“A family friend builds movie sets, doesn’t design, is one of the poor dudes that just builds. Anyways he worked on the set for the Matrix and Keanu heard about family trouble he was having and gave him a $20,000 Christmas bonus to help him out. He also was one of the only people on the set that genuinely wanted to know people’s names, would say hello and mean it, and would talk to people as they were his peers and not below him just because they were practically making nothing to build a set. I’ve never heard anyone say Keanu is douche, seems like the nicest person in Hollywood from a second hand experience.”
Reeves was quoted in a 2003 interview in Hello! Magazine as saying “Money is the last thing I think about.” For many actors, this would seem like a PR move. But not with Keanu. His generosity on set and willingness to do whatever it takes to make the best film goes way back. When he was cast in 1997′s “The Devil’s Advocate” Keanu took a several million dollar pay cut to make funds available to get Al Pacino’s deal done. He did the same thing for 2000′s “The Replacement” in order to get Gene Hackman on board.
When Keanu says money is the last thing he thinks about, he is not lying. He turned down an $11 million role in the “Speed” sequel as well as an opportunity to star alongside Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino in 1995′s Heat (a role that went to Val Kilmer) in order to act in a small production of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at the small Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.
Keanu Reeves is a man with a truly generous spirit. Whether it is giving millions to charity in support of a cause, funding his sister’s expensive fight against an insidious disease, spending time with those less fortunate with no agenda of his own other than to experience what that person has to offer, or ensuring that the less well paid members of a film crew are fairly compensated—Reeves is a man who always manages to be way more interesting than any of the roles he has played.
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President Obama’s New Plan
My Brother’s Keeper
Written by Hala Maroc @HalaMaroc_
The aim is to “start a different cycle,” Obama said. “If we help these wonderful young men become better husbands and fathers and well-educated, hardworking, good citizens, then not only will they contribute to the growth and prosperity of this country, but they will pass those lessons on to their children, on to their grandchildren.”
The president said he, too, could have been a negative statistic, because of his own unfocused anger over having no father at home. “I made bad choices. I got high, not always thinking about the harm it could do. I didn’t always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses. Sometimes I sold myself short,” Obama said.
Several times through out the speech Obama used the phrase “My Brothers Keeper.” The phrase “my brother’s keeper” comes from the Book of Genesis in the Bible, where God asks Cain, the son of Adam and Eve, for the location of his brother Abel, whom Cain had killed. In some versions, Cain replies: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Obama has quoted that Bible portion several times during his presidency, saying Americans should look out for each other.
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Crossfit is a Lifestyle
60 Days of Crossfit
Written by: Ryan Fu @fu_beatz
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” – Theodore Roosevelt
After my initial success with my first thirty days of Crossfit, I was feeling good about myself, losing about 14 pounds. I was gaining more confidence about the Crossfit routines but I was nowhere close in mastering all the techniques and learning the proper form for all the lifts. I still enjoyed going to class or just doing the WODs (Workout of the Day) by myself. I love the grind in which the workouts are very intense, just the way I like it because I believe you have to put yourself through a strenuous workout to figure out where your limits are mentally and physically. Right now for me, the physical part of Crossfit is fine because I can deal with the cuts, the bruises, the sore knees, the calluses and the occasional back pain. But the mental part of Crossfit is something I am still getting used to because Crossfit is not all about the workouts, it is about what you do after the workouts, it’s all about the Crossfit lifestyle. Do you take care of your body and eat a clean? Or do you party too much and drink too much? Unfortunately, I was not at the latter and my progress even though I was still in advancing in my workouts, I was falling behind the way I should be living my life, which is the Crossfit lifestyle.
After my 30 days of Crossfit, I was feeling all the physical affects after not missing a class or workout going Monday to Friday. I had a bunch of bruises on my arms and legs. I had sore knees and wrists. That first week after the 30 days, I had incredible lower back pain but I wasn’t going to miss a class, so I decided just to put Icy Hot on my lower backs before class. What a terrible mistake that was? I thought it wasn’t really working, until the middle of the WOD, when I was starting to build up a good sweat, my lower back started to burn. I was in extreme pain because I put way too much Icy Hot on my back but it didn’t stop me from completing the WOD. After that the painful workout, my back hurt less maybe because I experienced something more painful then a little back pain. But it’s never the physical part of Crossfit that is hard for me; it’s always the mental part of Crossfit.
Crossfit is all about finding the best person inside you, through hard workouts that will push your body, finding where your physicals limitations are so you can overcome them. The mental aspect of it is probably the hardest thing about Crossfit. I am going to be honest and say I was failing the standards to what you would a Crossfit lifestyle. I still eating healthy, sticking to the Paleo Diet. No diary, I switched to Milk Almond. No grains, I’ve been eating a salad with protein every meal. No Sugar, that’s a little harder for me because I would eat a small chocolate bar or two every day, but that is not my biggest problem. It is the lack of rest and the alcohol consumption. I am a writer in which I do my best writing during late nights with a glass or two sometimes more of wine. I know in some cases that wine can be healthy for you if you just have a glass of wine a day but I’m going thru at least three bottles a week. I find it that when I’m buzzed, I am more creative in my writing, but I know that is affecting my maximum potential as a Crossfitter and of course finding the better version of me. I have to figure out a better system where I can still be creative in my writing and not affect my Crossfit lifestyle.
Crossfit is not for everyone. It is hard and challenging. If it were easy, the world would be a healthier place. But it’s not easy; it is physically and mentally taxing. It challenges you to break thru your own mental and physical limitations to find the better you. Nothing that is ever worth something to you ever comes easy. You have to go get it and fight for it. I know now that I have to change my lifestyle a bit to maximum my own potential as a Crossfitter and find a better version of myself.
The L.A. marathon fell on the week after the 60 days, so I decided to run for a charity for my friend who has Peripheral Neuropathy. It is basically a disease that handicaps you from doing anything and you have to stay at your bedside for most of the day.
I decided to run for her and for anyone else who couldn’t run a marathon. Granted, it was a thoughtful idea but it was also moronic because in the last three months the longest I have ever ran was probably five miles. But this is what Crossfit gives to people, the confidence to conquer anything in front of them. Knowing that no matter how much pain and suffering is involved with a certain activity it will never equate to all the days you torture your own self in the gym. Crossfit makes you stronger physically and mentally. I did the race with the thought hopefully running at least 10 miles to raise money for my friend. But I ran it and did 16 miles, raising more money for her. After 60 days I have lost 20 pounds and felt stronger as ever. Also, I did an extra mile in the marathon, just because the Crossfitter in me wanted to do an extra rep.
It’s all about the lifestyle.
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Running a Marathon
For those who can’t
The Smartest & Dumbest idea
Written by: Ryan Fu @fu_beatz
My name is Ryan Fu, you can call me a gym rat because I spend hours in the gym. Especially, when I just started my Crossfit program for the last two months. I’ve been in the weight room just pushing and throwing weights around like a Viking but I have done little cardio. Please keep this in mind.
My friend Katrina Martin is one of the writers for Be Like Water Production. She is a terrific person and good writer. But she is living with Peripheral Neuropathy.
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
[ Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder of the peripheral nerves—the motor, sensory and autonomic nerves that connect the spinal cord to muscles, skin and internal organs. It usually affects the hands and feet, causing weakness, numbness, tingling and pain.]
Basically, your body doesn’t function as it should and most of the time you are bedside and can’t do anything about it.
Please check out her article on her having a terrible time with this disease down below…
When I read her article I was shocked that I have never heard about PN. I was very moved by her story. I couldn’t believe people have to deal with this everyday. I think my dad had some form of PN when he had diabetes, and he could barely move around.
The reason why I’m writing this article is because I decided I was going to run the 2014 Los Angeles Marathon this March. I have not trained for it at all and the longest I have ran the last three months was six miles and it sucked.
Runners say it takes a good five months to prepare for a marathon if you’re not an avid runner but if you are a runner it will probably only take you three months.
I just decided yesterday I was going to run the marathon. I’ll have two weeks to train.
What’s that? You’re fucking crazy and a dumbass!
You’re absolutely right.
This is a dumb idea.
But if you knew me, I’m all balls and some brains.
I have ran plenty of marathons before where I trained properly and not trained properly but at least I trained.
I know this is not going to be easy and I’m not sure I can even finish the marathon.
But in every marathon or contest I have ever done in my life, it was always for me. It was for my selfish needs. I have never done anything for anyone contest wise.
(Watch out for the Corny Line)
So, I’m going to run this marathon not for me, but for Katrina Martin and every person who can’t run whether they are disabled or not.
We are asking donations for Katrina Martin.
For every mile I complete, you have to match your initial donation. For example, I’m donating $10 and if I complete the 26 miles I’m going to donate $260 to Katrina.
So, click here on Paypal sign and use Katrina Martin’s email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) and donate whatever you want, just remember you have to match that for every mile I complete.
This is a worthy cause and plus you can watch a fat Asian be in pain on a Sunday morning.
There’s something Fishy going on in Denmark
Written By Ryan Fu @fu_beatz
I don’t know about you but when I think about a dolphin I automatically think about Flipper.
You remember it was a fun, loving dolphin having fun adventures with humans. Helping and loving Frodo and “Crocodile” Dundee. Growing up I was taught that dolphins were the friendliest and most intelligent mammals in the sea. They are the Golden Retriever in the fish world. Ever since I could remember I would hear stories about dolphins interacting with humans, trying to have fun with people. I love and respect dolphins. The reason is because I think a dolphin’s purpose is to have fun. Can you image the only thing that you were put here on Earth was for fun and to bring people joy? Everyone loves dolphins because they have fun. There’s nothing fun going on in Denmark.
Photo Courtesy of abcmedia
This happens every year in Feroe Iland, Denmark. Young men would participant in the slaughter of Calderon dolphins. Before I tell you the stupid reason why, here is a picture of Calderon dolphin smiling.
Is it necessary to mention that the dolphin calderon like all the other species of dolphins it’s near extinction and they get near men to play and interact In a way of PURE friendship – abcmedia
Now that we know what we are dealing with, we can now talking about the reason why hundreds of young men are killing these fun, loving creatures.
Young men of Denmark participate in the massacre of Calderon dolphins as a rite of passage into manhood. Hundreds of spectators would be part of the killing of these great creatures.
Fucking stupid right?!!
These young idiots would lure these friendly creatures, then swing there fish hooks 3 or 4 times, cutting them, making cry like a new born baby.
They don’t die instantly. They suffer in pain and cry. They die slowly in their own blood. People kill so many dolphins in Denmark that the sea becomes red with blood.
Aren’t we supposed to be the smarter beings? This is totally stupid and evil.
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