Working Out No Longer Sucks

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Working out can be a daunting task. With busy schedules, these days, fitting a workout into your busy lifestyle can be tough. There is always a solution to a problem that you’re having, and that solution is Bulletproof Vibe. What is Bulletproof Vibe? Bulletproof Vibe is a 15-minute whole body workout and vibration therapy.

Listed below are some of the benefits of using the Bulletproof Vibe:

Detoxifies and strengthens the immune system (by moving the lymph system).

Helps build/regain muscle strength and bone density.

Reduces workout recovery time.

Stimulates healthier brain function.

Give you huge bursts of energy! 


Your might be saying right now, “how do you use this?” And the answer is simple: you simply stand on the Bulletproof Vibe, and the vibrations will travel from the feet through the spine and into the head. Be sure to stand on the Vibe with your knees bent. It’s best to always set your posture this way so that your head does not shake. Keep in mind that any movement while standing on the Bulletproof Vibe will have an increased benefit.

Stretching will be way more efficient, workout routines will return better results, and normally unused muscles or tissues will be stimulated. Try doing some standing yoga poses on the Vibe. You can also perform push-ups while on the Vibe.

How long should you use it? 5-15 minutes depending on how you feel. It is safe to use the Vibe every day if you choose to do so. It’s recommended to start using the product 2-3 times per week for only 5-10 minutes each session. The Vibe will introduce a new stimulus to your body, and you should give your body time to adapt to it. After a week or two, you may start to increases your sessions’ frequency and duration. As always, continue use with caution and listen to your body.

Book Review: 100 Deadly Skills

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When I found out this book, I had to have it. I rarely go to Barnes & Noble (I usually order from Amazon), but I needed to get my hands on this book immediately. Upon opening this book and poring over the chapters, I was hooked. Former Navy SEAL, Clint Emerson, does an outstanding job providing you with skills that will serve you well in any situation that you may find yourself in. For instance: you’ll learn how to turn a pen into a weapon, hide information in plain sight, and deliver a devastating elbow strike. There is something for everyone in this book, and I highly recommend that you purchase one for yourself and select family and friends. If you want to learn more about what this book entails, check out the artofmanliness podcast, featuring guest Clint Emerson. Also, be sure to check out Amazon and Barnes & Noble to purchase the book.

 

 

Why Bulletproof Coffee Should be 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins

 

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Have you ever considered putting butter in your coffee? I’m gonna take a wild guess, and say you haven’t. It might sound like a bad idea to you, but I can assure you that it’s not. Dave Asprey, the founder of Bulletproof and author of New York Times bestseller The Bulletproof Diet, is a Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur who has sparked millions of people to try Bulletproff Coffee. The basis of Bullet Proof coffee is to provide you with razor-sharp focus, mental clarity, and boundless energy. Having tested and tried this coffee myself, I can vouch for the claims that Dave Asprey is making. Upon drinking my first cup of Bullet Proof coffee, I felt instantly energized, and I was focused like I’ve never been before. There was something to this special blend of coffee, and I was hooked. Needless to say, I got away from being “Bulletproof” and it wasn’t until recently–when my girlfriend was interested in trying Bulletproof coffee–that I got back into being “Bulletproof” and I realized that I was ignorant for ever getting away from it. Just like anyone would do, Mr. Asprey presents a business with his “Bulletproof” line of products. I’ve tried several of his products, and they’re all legit. The only problem that you’ll run into with his products–is that they’re a bit pricey. For some, that won’t be a problem but for others–it will be. So, I devised a plan for you to enjoy Bulletproof coffee on a budget. Now some “Bulletproofers” will not agree with my plan, but this is for people who want to enjoy Bulletproof coffee, at an affordable price. After trying a ton of coffee (some good and some not so good) and with the help of my girlfriend (she’s a barista at Starbucks) I came up with this plan. In addition to my plan, I will also include the original Bulletproof coffee recipe. Have fun making this coffee, and let me know if you liked it (or not).

 

The original Bulletproof Coffee recipe

2 cups of hot brewed coffee made with Upgraded beans

Up to 2 tablespoons grass-fed unsalted butter

Up to 2 tablespoons Brain Octane MCT oil 

 

Here is my alternative Bulletproof Coffee recipe

One brewed Starbucks K Cup (Veranda Blend Blonde or Pike Place Roast)

Up to 2 tablespoons grass-fed unsalted butter. This ingredient is an absolute must. If you try this with salted butter, you will most likely throw up; it’s disgusting (trust me).

Up to 2 tablespoons MCT oil.

Add Stevia to taste.

Once you brew the coffee, put in your MCT oil, butter, and stevia (if you like). Blend all ingredients in a blender. I use the “Bullet” brand blender, but any blender will do. Blend for 20-30 seconds, and you’ve just made yourself one heck of a cup of coffee. There you have it. Not everyone is going to like this type of coffee, but that’s okay. It’s all about experimenting and seeing what works for you and your body.

 

 

 

Sleight of Hand: Why You Should Learn It

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*Disclaimer: After reading this post, I guarantee that you’ll never look at a deck of cards the same again.

 

Imagine this scenario: a magician hands a deck of cards to a spectator. The spectator is encouraged to inspect and shuffle the deck to their liking. Having completing that task, the magician spreads the deck of cards and instructs the spectator to choose one. After choosing and noting what card it is, the spectator places the card back into the deck (anywhere that they desire). With a few shuffles and cuts, an impossibility becomes a possibility—the magician takes one card out and separates it from the pack. As the magician turns the card over, he looks at the spectator and says, “Is this your card?”  and with an astonished look, the spectator nods in agreement.

 

What you just read can be a reality for you, and instead of being the one that is searching for answers, you can be the one that is accomplishing a seemingly impossible feat. Sleight of hand is a great skill to learn about and acquire in your life. It can be used anywhere you go, and you’ll learn a lot about yourself while practicing this beautiful art. Now, more than ever, it’s a little easier learning this art form—as opposed to years ago where you had to visit your local library, or find a magician to mentor you. Sleight of hand (magic) has changed drastically over the years, and there are various ways to learn and practice it today through books, DVDs, downloadable content, and if you’re lucky to have one—your local magic shop.

 

Now we can get into the good stuff: learning sleight of hand. I’m not gonna lie to you—at times you’re gonna want to give up (and occasionally be frustrated as hell), but when you learn and execute a sleight for the first time, you’re gonna want more and when you finally perform for a family member, friend, or stranger—you’re going to have an experience that you’ll never forget. Plus, you’re practicing an art form that 99.9% of people you know—will never do (which makes learning it all the worthwhile), and no longer will there ever be a dull moment wherever you are, because you’ll always have something up your sleeve (no pun intended).

 

All that’s left now is your personal journey through the world of sleight of hand. There are so many paths that you can take, and that’s the beauty of it all—you can choose what you want to learn and how you want to learn it. There is a lifetime of sleights and tricks to learn, but when you do find a sleight or trick that you particularly like, it’s with you forever and you will have the ability to astonish people, and maybe even make them forget about their bad day, and instead make them feel like a kid again.

 

Below I will provide links to sites on where you can get started on learning magic.

Added note: although I encourage people to learn magic, please do actually learn the sleights and tricks, and not expose any of the material that magicians work so hard to provide to all of us.

 

Ellusionist

theory11

Elmwoodmagic

VanishingIncMagic

 

 

 

 

The Tim Ferriss Experiment

The Tim Ferriss Experiment

 

The human guinea pig is at it again. Tim Ferriss released the first episode his new show, “The Tim Ferriss Experiment.” I’ve been a fan of Tim since I first heard him on the Joe Rogan Podcast, and soon thereafter—I read his book, The 4-Hour Workweek, and became enthralled by his ideas and philosophies about how to maximize your time, and challenging yourself. The first episode tackles music, and Tim shows us why it’s important to get out of our comfort zone—and start learning new things. View the episode below, and enjoy!

 

How I learned The Art & Science of Pitching: Tim Ferriss DSSS

Tim Ferriss

Justin Verlander

Baseball is such an incredible sport. The amount of skill that the players display on the diamond is jaw dropping. But there is one position in particular that I always admired: Pitcher. A pitcher has a lot of responsibility. Not only does the pitcher have to throw the ball over the plate, but also throw various pitches, and locate pitches as well.

Growing up, I was fortunate enough to watch the Detroit Tigers play at historic Tiger Stadium. It had always been a dream of mine to be a pitcher, and not only has that dream come true, but Tiger Stadium has played a large role in my quest to become a pitcher.

Approaching the mound, I had a rush of excitement that jolted through my body. So many great players pitched on the mound at Tiger Stadium: Mickey Lolich, Roger Clemens, Mariano Rivera, etc. Looking back now, it’s incredible that I get to play on the same field with the likes of those talented pitchers.

Learning how to pitch is hard, and I was terrible at it. I’m going to break down how I did it, and how you can use the following method to acquire any skill you want to learn.

So how did I learn how to pitch? Enter Tim Ferriss. What I’m about to share is his method for learning, and it is very effective. Here it is: DSS.

Deconstruction- What are the minimal learnable units, the LEGO blocks, I should be starting with?

Selection-Which 20% of the blocks should I focus on for 80% or more of the outcome I want?

Sequencing-In what order should I learn the blocks?

Stakes-How do I set up stakes to create real consequences and guarantee I follow the program?

This is a simple process to follow, and here is how I used it for pitching:

Deconstruction-The first thing I did was pick a pitcher who I wanted to pitch like. Being a Detroit Tiger fan, it wasn’t hard to choose Justin Verlander. I watched Justin Verlander’s mechanics on YouTube, and studied them extensively. Another thing I did was order the book “The Art & Science of Pitching” from Amazon. That book helped me understand the fundamentals of pitching.

Selection-For this step, I focused on pitching mechanics, and the types of pitches I would be throwing. Leg movement, arm action, and speed all went into account. As for pitch types, I focused on the basics: two seam fastball, four seam fastball, curveball, changeup, and slider(slightly advanced), but I like a challenge.

Sequencing-The great thing about pitching is that you can’t be out of sequence. You can learn all the pitch types you want, but if your pitching mechanics are poor, you won’t get very far. Learning the mechanics helped me pitch with proper form, and when I started to learn various pitches—everything fell into place.

Stakes-To guarantee I committed myself to pitching, I pitched at Tiger Stadium every Saturday. At first, it was hard. I didn’t know what I was doing, my pitches didn’t make it across the plate, and as they say in baseball: I got rocked (I gave up many big hits), but repetition and persistence kept me coming back for more.

With bases loaded, two outs, and a full count: I released the pitch, and former Detroit Tiger, John Wockenfuss, grounded out to first. It was a great thrill for me, and after I got him out, he came up to me and said “Great pitching, kid.” If I can learn how to pitch using this method, then you can learn any skill you desire. Choose a skill you want to learn, get started, and happy practicing.

John Wockenfuss

Guerilla Podcasting: A Simple And Effective Method

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Listening to a podcast is fun, and depending on what you’re listening to, you can learn a lot. After awhile though, I wanted to start my own podcast and it’s been fun and frustrating at times.

 

In this post I will explain how I figured out the most simple and effective method to start a podcast of your own. To my knowledge, what I’m about to share hasn’t been thought of, and it will save you a lot of time and headaches. I will include links to everything I describe that will get you podcasting in no time!

 

I knew what I wanted to podcast about, but the hard part was getting guests. You see, the foreseeable way to get guests on your podcast is by either being right there with them, or through Skype and a service that will allow you to record the interview. But what if you don’t have a desktop, or laptop? What if you don’t want to do it that way? Or what if you are traveling, and don’t have access to a computer? No worries. All you need is a phone (preferably Iphone or  Android), and you’re in luck.

 

Ready? Here goes: First, you need to download the app “Bossjock” you can find in the app store on the Iphone, and Google Play Store for Android. Next, you will need to download the app “TapeACallPro” from the two stores mentioned above. After that, you will need a mic, headphones, and an iRig PRE. Don’t worry, I will go into great detail, and get you started on your podcast.

Mic: I use a audio-technica ATR2100-USB. It works very well, and it’s affordable.

Headphones: You can use any that you want, and feel comfortable wearing.

iRig PRE: This device will allow you to plug in both your mic and headphones to your phone. It works like a charm, and once again, it’s affordable.

 

Bossjock: This app is amazing, and it will allow you to upload  your podcast to various podcasting platforms.

TapeACallPro: This app is crucial. It will allow you to record your conversation, and you can upload to a service called “Dropbox” which I will explain next.

Dropbox: This is a service that you can store pictures, videos, and audio. It works beautifully, and it’s very simple to use.

 

So now that you have an idea for a podcast, you’ve downloaded Bossjock, TapeACallPro, and Dropbox; let’s put all the pieces together now.

 

Open TapeACallPro app, and start recording with your guest on the other line. Once the conversation is over, upload the recording to Dropbox. Open up the app Bossjock, and press on one of the empty carts on the screen. A screen will pop up and Dropbox will be available to upload from. After you’ve done that, congrats! All you need to do is export to a podcasting platform of your choice. And there you have it! You just did your first podcast! Below are links to everything you need to know, and further info is provided in the links. I hope this has helped you, and I can’t wait to hear your podcast!

 

Mic:   http://amzn.com/B004QJOZS4

iRigPRE:http://amzn.com/B007534LFK

Bossjock: http://bossjockstudio.com/

TapeACallPro: http://www.tapeacall.com/

Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/

Podcasting Platform: soundcloud.com/ stitcher.com/