Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Few Of My Favorite Things: IronMind Sew-Easy Lifting Straps

This is the continuation of a  serial style segment titled "a few of my favorite things".

The intended purpose of for this series is to both allow me to do "mini product reviews" as well as bring you market awareness of some of the industries more niche products and items I like that I feel you should be aware of!

IronMind Sew-Easy Lifting Straps:
I have used these staps for maybe 10 years now! I have found none better and nothing even close to the ease of use!



Product Details
Maybe the easiest of all lifting straps to use and perfect for those who don't like having to manage the ends of Short & Sweet Lifting Straps or think they won't be able to do so. Put your hand through the loop, pass the ends under the bar, twist, and you’re ready to rip up few big ones. Made of flat nylon webbing that is super-tough and super-strong, sewn into one closed loop (21-1/4").


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Few Of My Favorite Things:Doughnuts & Deadlifts - Cherry Bomb Blend Coffee

This is the continuation of a  serial style segment titled "a few of my favorite things".

The intended purpose of for this series is to both allow me to do "mini product reviews" as well as bring you market awareness of some of the industries more niche products and items I like that I feel you should be aware of!

Doughnuts & Deadlifts - Cherry Bomb Blend Coffee:

Picked up a bag of this goodness at the 2017 Arnold Classic! Being the consummate coffee fanatic I was very skeptical but was relieved to find this a wonderful morning brew!



Product Details
This roast has bold dark cherry notes with a creamy body. Certified organic, fair trade beans. Jam packed full of caffeine, this is the perfect pre-workout.

Most bags of coffee are 12oz and we think that is silly, thus we offer 16oz bags of beans. That's right, boys and girls, one pound of caffeine

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

5 Arnold Classic Pro Tips

The Arnold Classic has come and gone yet one more time and TeamEvilGSP was in the mix once again. Rather than pen a wrap-up type piece I thought perhaps I'd give you a few tips and tricks we've picked up over the last decade of ASF going.

First and foremost when booking your lodging look at the outlying towns. Towns like Dublin are only 10-15 minutes from the downtown and Expo center and are always cheaper and easier to book.

Second tip, study the ASF website to learn the layout and schedule of the attractions you see most interested in. Walking blind into the unadulterated mayhem that is the Arnold Classic is never an effective plan.



Third, take advantage of the FREE parking shuttles. One of the very best tips I can offer you is to park at one of the many satellite location around town like the fairgrounds and take the FREE shuttles to all the other locations. The shuttles are full-sized tour buses and get priority on the roadway, they will get you to your destination faster than you can on your own!

Fourth, pack some bottles of water (or whatever you care for) and some travel-friendly food like protein bars. The few food vendors in the expo are INSANELY BIZZY and fairly high priced. Bringing even a simple snack can save you a ton of time and money.

The fifth tip is a big one, stay for Sunday. Intact try to plan on Sunday bring the day you shop the Expo booths. Sunday you will find the crowds much smaller and more manageable. In addition, the expo vendors are more receptive to negotiation rather than face repacking and shipping product a second time. This is the day for the real deals if you take the time and work the room.

A quick bonus tip, network, network, network! It's easy to be overwhelmed by the size and scope of the event, take steps to ensure you make introductions. If you don't have already, print biz cards and hand them out liberally. Vendors love to get access to potential clients so it's never an imposition, and just might be the potential dialog you need in the future.


B."EvilGenius"Chavez

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Don't Be An "A"Hole

Alternate Title:
Don't call yourself a strongman if you are NOT!!!


The inescapable theme pervading modern strength training is the idea of "work Your Weaknesses". Very good and practical advice for elite lifters and strength athletes, however for the less advanced it may, in fact, be problematic at best.


   ...…...How can addressing your weaknesses ever be a "bad" idea you ask.......


Let's say Strongman "A" is new to strongman and new to strength sports in general. "A" competes in a local event and does well in the NOVICE division. After reviewing his performance "A" identifies overhead pressing as his prevailing weakness.
   
        ………...Sounds Logical So Far You Say.................


"A' now prioritizes his training to bring up his OHP to the standards of his other events
(strengths), But remember "A" is a novice and his "good" events are likely abysmal by national standards! So now after a full training cycle "A" is (potentially) a rounded novice.............not MY idea of a well developed long term goal!




I submit that "A's" better course of action would be to implement a more basic and rounded training protocol with the goal of bringing up  his body weight and general strength to a more "nationally" competitive level. It is my experience as a coach that often just training to be STRONG for an extended period of time has the unexpected (too many) effect of "smoothing out" weaknesses!


So many times an "A" type lifter will come to me for coaching and say something like "I'm 100kg and my OHP (or whatever) isn't as good as the other 105kg guys" My response is always YOU NEED 5kg BEFORE YOU CAN MAKE A COMPARISON! 5kg is a WHOPPING pile of muscle, even in unrelated/ correlated muscle groups it will have a measurable impact on OHP performance! Trust me as a coach, no amount of shoulder specialization will pile on 5kg of raw muscle!!!!


My goal here is not to question the value of knowing and evaluation your weaknesses, but rather to question the standard (the prevailing standard that is) definition of weakness!


As a rough guide, I'd say if you do not have a minimum of a double bodyweight squat and deadlift and perhaps a bodyweight or better bench press you may not use the term "Strongman" to describe yourself no matter how many times you've competed!.


B.Chavez
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Monday, August 1, 2016

A Few Of My Favorite Things: Bodyrecomposition

This is the continuation of a  serial style segment titled "a few of my favorite things".

The intended purpose of for this series is to both allow me to do "mini product reviews" as well as bring you market awareness of some of the industries more niche products and items I like that I feel you should be aware of!

Lyle McDonald's Bodyrecomposition
The website of diet & training guru Lyle McDonald! Endless hours of well-written science-based info on all things training and nutrition!

I personally spend hours each month reading up on Lyles offerings!!!


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Monday, July 25, 2016

A Few Of My Favorite Things: Hario V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper

This is the continuation of a  serial style segment titled "a few of my favorite things".

The intended purpose of for this series is to both allow me to do "mini product reviews" as well as bring you market awareness of some of the industries more niche products and items I like that I feel you should be aware of!

Hario V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper:
Designed for manual, pour-over style coffee brewing. Brews one to three cups at a time. Works well with V60 size 02 paper or cloth filters. Very hands-on brewing, allowing you, the user, to control brewing time and temperature. The Ceramic body is durable and helps prevent heat loss during the brewing cycle.



This is my maker of choice when i want to SLOW DOWN and enjoy the art of coffee!

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Monday, July 18, 2016

A Few Of My Favorite Things: Optimum Nutrition Oats and Whey!

This is the continuation of a  serial style segment titled "a few of my favorite things".

The intended purpose of for this series is to both allow me to do "mini product reviews" as well as bring you market awareness of some of the industries more niche products and items I like that I feel you should be aware of!

Optimum Nutrition Oats and Whey!:
Oats and whey are fundamental elements of an athlete's diet. Naturally low in sugar, oats supply slow-burning complex carbohydrates and hunger-filling dietary fiber. Whey proteins are readily digested and provide considerable amounts of essential amino acids, especially the three branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). Optimum Nutrition's Natural 100% Oats & Whey combines the benefits of these nutritional powerhouses in a smooth, drinkable shake that's quick to prepare and equally easy to clean up after. Each serving packs in 24 grams of all-whey protein and as much fiber as a big bowl of oatmeal. Better yet, it tastes great, and it goes down easy. As the name suggests, Natural 100% Oats & Whey is free of artificial flavors and sweeteners. So naturally, it's great for breakfast, after workouts, and anytime that you're looking for an on-the-go meal.




One of the very few products that I (B.Chavez) spend my money on! This product is a simple, delicious meal replacement!


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