The Physics of Olympic Bodies (Science is Awesome)

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The Olympics is able to capture the imaginations of countries around the world. Though sometimes due to, in no small part, how freaking buff these people are. Every historical trend in world record performances has been positive, meaning that we (a very subjective word) as Olympians have only been getting harder/better/faster/stronger every year! It boggles the mind to think that every year someone one-ups the past by just enough to progress the world record.

What I find even more fascinating though, is how each event in the Olympic event defines the physique of the athlete in question. Training so hard for one event that, for some, you only get one chance to make your mark, it makes sense that the muscles required for your sport will be, shall we say, enhanced… I don’t know if you’ve seen Olympic cyclist thighs (sort of NSFW), but HOLYGEEZUSWOAH that’s intense. Swimmers need to be tall, long-distance runners have a low BMI (body mass index), sprinters have jacked arms to balance out their jacked legs, and power-lifters are just jacked all over. In the end, it’s simply amazing what human beings can achieve with their physical bodies and minds to be living titans on Earth. 

 


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I PULLED A BRITNEY: THE FREELANCE ROLLERCOASTER IS PRETTY WILD

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WRITTEN BY: MATTHEW SUAREZ @MATINGAS

When you freelance all your life, it is bound to have some ups and downs. My birthday month was definitely an up. I dedicated all my time and energy on a project (TRF) that when it ended, it felt like going down on the Dragster (Cedar Pointe) reaching top speed and in an instant, it is all gone. Just like that, I was at he bottom again. If it wasn’t for friends and family, I would be on the streets right now. Luckily, I have plenty of support, but also, plenty of debt.

More than 20 days have passed since TRF and it feels like it has been years. I felt like I needed to escape from Tijuana or myself. With no money, my escape was to shave my head. I actually just wanted a regular haircut, but my friend that cuts my hair was on vacation. I told a couple of male friends to just shave my head, but they did a horrible job that I ended up doing it myself. I didn’t do a good job myself since I looked like a crackhead mental hospital runaway. Luckily, I found the kindness of a stranger that bought me a beer and help me finish the job (weird huh?)

I already posted about Britney in this blog before. I was there after she shaved her head and talked in weird accents. In the eyes of the world, she acted insane. I don’t think there’s nothing insane about wanting a change in your life and opting on shaving your head. Of course, its way more of a shock when a female does it, but the relief of getting rid of dead weight feels magnificent. In other words, I feel like I comprehend Crazy Spears (to a certain degree).

June is now an uphill battle almost conquered. I’ve been working almost everyday of the month and remain at $0, which is fine since the desire to go out and socialize is null. Instead, I’ve got the World Cup fever, making me miss my first official writing job. I started writing about soccer again, just for pleasure. And luckily, a section that I didn’t know existed in the San Diego Reader picked up my writings.

The last World Cup I lived it in Los Angeles when I lived in Mariner’s Village. Mexico played the opening game and I woke up at 6 am to drink a six-pack of Heineken and watch the game, no one in the area cared about the World Cup except the European paparazzi. Of course I saw many soccer players and took their pictures. In fact, the first picture that I took of someone famous was in January 2001 when my brother recognized Ronaldinho in the airport of Rio de Janeiro. He quickly ran to him and told me to grab a camera. We only had a disposable camera and that did the trick.
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In my real paparazzo days I obviously saw plenty of David Beckham, but I never saw him as a soccer player, but more like an obnoxious and asshole male model. Besides him, I had encounters with plenty others. I almost ran over Landon Donovan once while rushing out of the airport parking lot to send pictures. Instead, I hit the brakes, found the nearest parking spot and jumped out of my car to bother Landon. The US soccer star was on his way to the Superbowl and was nothing but a great guy to me.
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(December 13, 2011)I also saw El Pibe Valderrama walking around Tom Bradley terminal, seemingly lost. I decided not to bother him.
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I spotted Didier Drogba with his whole family at the security line. They were there for a classic LA visit and Disneyland.
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http://matingas.com or  http://tijuanaadventure.com

 

120 Days of Crossfit: Change is Good- Lost 25 Pounds (My Journal)

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Written by Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandi

These past four months of Crossfit have been great and I have learned a lot about myself. One of things I learned was to listen to my own body because I got sick last month but know I know now when to cut back when I’m not feeling well. Crossfit is a lifestyle and routines are a part of a successful life but I’ve grown kinda stale of the routines and the WODs. I’ve been going hard from Monday to Friday not missing a work out but I think I’m starting to plateau. I’ve read several studies that it happens in a training routine where your body gets used to the workouts and you stop gaining any positive gains. So, I decided to change up my workout routines but keep the basic Crossfit workouts.

CHECK OUT OUR CROSSFIT ARTICLES: 

30 Days of Crossfit: Enjoy the Process or Just Enjoy Sucking ALOT

60 Days of Crossfit & a Marathon

90 PLUS MORE DAYS OF CROSSFIT: LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

Part of the change up was to workout at night, then workout in the daytime, which I would alternate every two days. I’ve also added roadwork, running before Crossfit and do a little hill work every other day.

I’m also playing other sports to supplement my work out program like basketball, racquetball and jujitsu in order to keep things fresh for me. Also, it keeps my body adjusting and not plateauing, so I can still get those positive gains.

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One of the best workout changes I’ve made was to add swimming to my cross training. I haven’t gone swimming since last summer so I wasn’t that good and my form was horrible.

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But it’s the Crossfitter in me that loves the challenge. The first time in the pool, I got so tired in a matter of minutes because it’s such a total body workout. I love not being good at something because it makes me want to try hard to be better at it. I’ve added swimming two times a week in between my Crossfit workouts. My cardio hasn’t been this good since college because of Crossfit and swimming.

It was such a great idea to change up my workout routine because I don’t have the feeling of boredom and my body will keep progressing. I’ve lost 25 pounds because of Crossfit, my Paleo Diet and changing my workout routine. Crossfit is a lifestyle but sometimes you gotta change shit up because just like in life not everything is going to go according to plan, so you have to be prepared for everything. This is what Crossfit is, it makes you into a better person physically and mentally while making you prepared for everything in life.

“Amat Victoria Curam” translation “Victory Loves Preparation”

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“You, Me, and The Internet.” – John D. Aguon

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By John D. Aguon @lttlgnt

So much has happened.

SO much has happened since my last entry.

I’ve been on crazy whirlwind, riding up and down life’s proverbial roller coaster. I love it though. I owe a lot to the masses. Seeing all of your updates. Sally got a new job. Bob got married.  There are People moving on up, even some of you to the east side. Seriously though, I owe a lot to the lives people broadcast online. For some reason I tune in. I see all of your success whether it is exaggerated or not. It fuels my gas guzzling fire! Well, I’ve been on the opposite side of the spectrum. John can’t afford rent. John needs a job. John could be a massive failure.

It was a dark place.

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Very dark and I owe it to the Internet.

What are we doing?  Sometimes I wonder what my life would be without the World Wide Web, constantly updating my every move. Trying to live up to the Facebook standard of living. Don’t get me wrong; I’m the first to admit that I LOVE broadcasting my whereabouts. The Burger joint I claimed to have found. The hike or if you’re going up Runyon, the gradual uphill walk I conquered. You can’t forget the infamous “ I took a picture with a celebrity, and we’re now best friends” Photo.

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But, the other day I realized something. I was having just a normal bad day, with a normal headache with a side of normal laziness, when I pulled out my iPhone and started scrolling through my photos. I found a sick picture from a few weeks back, of an awesome time I had with some friends, and of course with a flattering angle (you know high angle make you look skinnier). I filtered the picture, typed in some positive caption and went on to live my normal bad day.

Soon enough.

Blah blah blah, “likes your photo.”

So and so, “likes your photo.”

Finally, I realized. No one REALLY knew how I was living my life. No one knew that I lost my apartment, I lost my job, and I lost my dignity.

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Once again, I owe that to the Internet.

But, it’s not all a shit storm. It propelled me to actually living the life I project for everyone to see. I hit the pavement. I got on my feet again and found an incredible apartment and I’m now working for a place where I can say my career can finally grow.

I have to say; there is a light that Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites shines. Seriously though, throughout my life I’ve met some interesting people and rather than drifting apart through the distance and the years, Its pretty awesome to know that there’s a place where I can see little glimpses of your daily lives, triumphs, and families.

I appreciate you all.

I owe it to the Internet.

Check out John’s work @ Vimeo & Youtube

Phoebe Price Diary- 2014 Coachella Music Festival (Fashion)

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Written By: Phoebe Price @Phoebedenise

Coachella music festival features the hottest musicians performing their latest hits but the festival is really known for is its fashion. From the hottest trends to the latest fashions Coachella is all about fringe, free floating dresses, tie dye, floral, feathers, patterns and anything hippy.  Its time to break out your summer clothes and Coachella fashion is a good guide to putting your summer wardrobe together.

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Some staple pieces you need in your wardrobe are cut off blue jeans shorts. Now they have cut offs come in all shapes and lengths some are short in the front and longer in the back to hide these’s problem areas.  Cut off shorts can also be made from one of your favorite jeans and that way you can custom the length how you like.  Your next staple piece should be fringe and fringe is on everything now.  Go with shoes the have fringe details to fringe on shirts to vests and bags fringe is the limit. Fringe has been around for decades so invest in a cool piece and it will be worth your money in the end.

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Next find a free-floating dress that fits your shape and this piece can go from day to night. Find a dress that is tight up top and loose down bottom. Go with a pattern, tie die or a floral dress during the daywear sandals or a wedge and at night a pair of heels. You can also add a blue jean jacket that is cropped to add a fun funky look.  Next invest in a pair of ankle boots you can wear them all year long and they look good with shorts to dresses they can also be worn day to night and go with comfort. From ankle boots with heels to flats to cowboy boot to a more modern sleek ankle boot there are many to choose from so go with color and style that goes with your wardrobe.

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For more cushion find shoe pads you can tape down in your shoes they add more comfort for all day wear and they’re also great in heels. If you buy your shoes from department stores always ask they are usually free. Another summer staple piece is a jumper or and jumpsuit either long or short jumpers always look good, sleek and sexy.  During the day go with flats or wedges and at night add a pair of pumps red heels is always a way to spice an outfit up. Crop top have been in the trends for a while you can wear this look different ways. You can wear smaller tops with high waisted skirts, shorts or high wasted pants.

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If you like this look but want more coverage and still want to keep it sexy add a see through lace short or long vest this look was a big hit at Coachella and I see it staying around.  When your out in the sun you always need protection from the sun and at Coachella hats were a must. Adding hats always pull your outfit together and they protect you from all the harsh rays that make you age.

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Hats make you stand out and make an outfit go from drab to fab. If you don’t think you look good in hats there are many shapes and sizes from floppy’s, fedora to trucker hats you need to find the shape that fits your face. Check out my line phoebepricedesigns.com to see what hat your favorite celebrity is wearing. From hats to accessories feathers are everywhere and this summer feathers are back bigger than ever but don’t over do it choose one piece to have that sleek boho look.

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Coachella has come and gone but it’s fashion has created looks for us to talk about all year long and with these fashion tips you will be ready to create your own fashion looks. Until next year COACHELLA see you then.

TWITTER @PHOEBEDENISE AND PHOEBETIME

CHECK OUT PHOEBEPRICEDESIGNS.COM TO SEE WHAT HAT  YOUR FAVORITE CELEBRITY IS WEARING. ALSO, CHECK OUT PHOEBE’S INSTAGRAM

 

90 Plus More Days of Crossfit: Listen to your Body (My Journal)

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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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Check out our Crossfit articles: 

30 Days of Crossfit: Enjoy the Process or Just Enjoy Sucking ALOT

60 Days of Crossfit & a Marathon

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Running a Marathon(For those who can’t)-The Smartest & Dumbest Idea Ever

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Running a Marathon

For those who can’t

The Smartest & Dumbest idea

Ever

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.

Please check out my 30 Day Crossfit Journal

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…

I’m having a terrible time- (Living w/Peripheral Neuropathy)

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  ( kat@kakersinwonderland.com )  and donate whatever you want, just remember you have to match that for every mile I complete.

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This is a worthy cause and plus you can watch a fat Asian be in pain on a Sunday morning.

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