More Shirt Designs coming soon

I’ve been thinking of more shirt designs to add to the store. Some will be inspirational, anime and Japanese inspired. We’re also thinking of other various types of clothing to print on. If there’s a specific type of shirt you like to wear, let me know. With the expansion of the sweatshirts last year, we saw sells almost immediately. It also helped that it was fall and winter lol. I would love to do every piece of clothing under the sun.

 

New blog layout and website

Hello everyone. It’s been a while since I last posted. We’ve been really busy since our announcement of attending SuperCon, the largest convention in south Florida, I think. What have we been up to? Getting stock to sell, whether we are hand-making them or buying them for resale.

SuperCon is 3 weeks away and we are in a time crunch to make sure we have enough. We are planning the layout of the booth and coming up with a strategy to be able to vlog while we are there.  I’m meeting so many friends and I want to the time to say hi to everyone. Normally the vendor’s hall is so full that people are packed and moving inch by inch. Good for us, bad for vlogging and meetups

What will our cosplay be? I’m hoping to cosplay Raven and Star wants to be Starfire or Beast Boy. Its 4 days so we should have another cosplay but we can’t decide. 

Since we are going to such a huge event, I wanted to change our website a little and make it mobile friendly. Unfortunately the way that the website is now, it is not mobile friendly. I changed the website layout as well because I wanted a more simple design since this will be the blog for the company.

I was trying to give it that website feel before because we didn’t have a website. Now I can just post updates and other things I would like to share. I’m planning on blogging 3 days a week. I hope I can keep up. 

If anyone has any blogging ideas, let me know in the comments. We tried to vlog in the beginning but our life is so uneventful at the moment that it won’t make since. So anytime we attend a con, I will make sure to record our experience and upload that to share with everyone. Like before, any vlogging ideas, I’m open to suggestions. 

Fandom Con 2016 Possiblity

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A couple of days ago, we received a email asking us to join their vendors list this year. This is very exciting because they are the first con to ever contact us. We think we will be able to go but we have to plan everything out to make sure. We’ll keep you posted. (⌒▽⌒)

What exactly is FANdom? FANdom is a predominately anime based convention that also caters to fans of comics, video games and sci-fi We’ll try to bring everything and anything fans want to see in an all inclusive event like none other! Our location at the Emerald Coast Convention Center in Fort Walton Beach is spacius and large enough to hold a number of events and open things up for attendees to roam around and have a great time.

This time around, November 11-13, 2016, we want to increase the amount of events while still giving you the classic events from years past. Year seven will prove itself to be bigger and better than year six and we hope to continue this trend for years to come.

Don’t forget to friend us on Facebook and “like” our FANdom Con page for all the updates we have and pictures our fans have taken.

Ad Day + Rain Day

Yesterday, because of the rain, the gym was almost empty. But that doesn’t stop us. Actually that gives us an opportunity to do the workouts we want to do without constantly moving to the side for the next person. Yesterday was ridiculous. I moved 3 times in the area to make room for someone and they don’t even say excuse me. How rude, right? So we got fed up with it and left. Today we left early because the parking lot was flooding and we didn’t want our car to be trapped. But hey, we are still getting our time in even if it’s not the amount of time that we want.

The weather in Florida has been a pain. One minute it’s sunny and the next it’s raining, which won’t be bad but we’ve been having thunderstorms. I can’t wait for Hurricane season to be over.

Yesterday I decided to work on my abs a bit.

Exercises
  • Two-Arm Kettlebell Swing
    • 8 kg x 10 reps
    • 8 kg x 10 reps (PR)
  • Weighted Russian Twist
    • 6 kg x 10 reps
    • 6 kg x 10 reps
    • 6 kg x 10 reps (PR)
  • Crunch
    • 20 reps
    • 20 reps (PR)
  • Flat Straight Leg Raise
    • 10 reps
    • 10 reps
  • Scissor Kicks
    • 20 reps (PR)
  • Plank
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  • Goblet Squat (kettlebell)
    • 6 kg x 10 reps
    • 6 kg x 10 reps (PR)
  • Mountain Climbers
    • 20 reps (PR)
  • Plank Jacks
    • 10 jumping jacks (PR)

Site for sore arms.. tips for safely using free weights.

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Post written by: Dusten

It’s Thursday, my arms have been painfully sore since Sunday night, and I think it’s safe to say that at one point within the hour in the half I spent at the gym I may have messed up somewhere. From what I remember I was only just going to do cardio, but after a while on the elliptical I went to go get water and that’s when my ADD set in. Right across from the water fountain were three racks of dumbbells of various sizes. So I figure I’d grab a 45 pounder and go cold muscle (some would call it resigning in the weight lifting world.) Well everything went well until I got home from the gym and then the usual soreness sets in, which in itself isn’t the problem, but the following day if went from a little sore to intense pain with limited movement.. and nearly five days later it’s still pretty bad. But just a reminder I thought I’d share a few tips for lifting so you can evade the same pain.

  1. Picking the right weight:
    This was probably the most important tip for a number of reasons. Before I took on the infamous 45 pounder I haven’t been lifting for a while, like a really long time. The rationale for trying it out in the first place was merely I’m a big guy, a 45 won’t hurt. Obviously I was wrong, I was trying to build strength, but since I haven’t lifted in a while it’s important to start with lighter weights. You should use weights you can do 10 reps with easily is what you should be working with before you start to move to a heavier weight.
  2. Have a spotter:
    having a spotter is very important and for the first time in my life I’m living with the consequences of not having one. A spotter makes sure that the weights are balanced and is the first the second line of defense against injury. (The first is using proper lifting techniques)
  3. Warming up/stretching:
    To be fair I did do a fifteen minute run on the elliptical before I went to lift. But no stretching of any kind happened before I started exercising. Doing warm up exercises with really light dumbbells really helps warm muscles and loosens the joints.
  4. Executing sets: I just picked up the weights and tried to burn out (Btw is really idiotic). when doing any weight training it’s important to know how you are going to execute lifting them. Whether you’re starting with the heaviest weight for your first set and then lowering the resistance with each set (reverse pyramid). Or if you’re using the same weight throughout all sets (straight sets). Burning out isn’t the answer.

I wish I would’ve had these tips in mind when I was there doing major damage to myself. Well I have plenty of time to do cardio until my arms heal.

Music and Fitness: A Hand in Hand Relationship.

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Post written by: Dusten

Left, right, left, right sounds like music to your ears right? Maybe not, but keeping rhythm is very important in fitness. Whether you’re lifting weights or taking a light jog around the block to even running a mile or two, keeping a steady rhythm can help you optimize your workout.

Many people instinctively listen to music during exercise, perhaps you’re that person that listens to hard rock while weightlifting to overcome fatigue, or maybe you’re the person on the treadmill just trying to pass time. Whatever the reason, here are some of the ways music affects your workout routine.

Distraction: Well maybe this one’s a little on the nose. Music is a great distraction, decreasing your bodily awareness. Runners usually run longer, faster and that “wall” that every runner fears get pushed back a little. For weightlifting, music distracts you from awareness of exertion and strain on your body, giving you an optimal workout.

Effort: A controlled study by VIVO in 2010 found that cyclists that listened to faster music performed better than cyclists who were listening to slower music, or no music altogether. Music between 120 and 140 bpm gave the best performance, while slower music was best for cool down and slower cycling.

Motivation: There’s something about listening to pop, dance, rap or rock that really makes you want to move, and the right music at the right time gives you a certain “high”. Whether you’re at the gym, at the club, or home in your underwear. Music lightens your mood and during exercise, even the laziest of people can benefit from a dose of music during a routine.

So remember, before you head out to the gym or for a run, slip on some headphones, put on your favorite song, and get the most out of your workout. The above are just some if the benefits to music and exercise, and there are tons more. With time, you’ll see those benefits manifest themselves with optimal results. And if you’re unable to access music during your routine, we can always think of the classic left, left, left, and right, left.

Day 2 of Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution

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Hello guys. How is everyone? We started the Jillian Michael’s 90 day body revolution and it’s day 2. I can’t say much right now since we just started but I’m happy that we are following a strict plan. It will help keep us on track. I can’t wait to see the results. There are a lot of good reviews on it.

Our dog, Onyx, is not liking the fact that we are taking up the space in the living room when we workout. He groans and moans and then lay somewhere else lol. We are modifying the meal plan to be paleo. I’m loving the smoothies so far, even though we only had two so far. I think the only equipment we need is the stretch bands. We use 5lb weights and we each have our own yoga mat.

I would record us doing the workouts but my phone doesn’t have any more space and the video quality on my ipod 3 is horrible. We will be getting new phones, Iphone 6, tomorrow, hopefully. It will be 64gs and friends are already telling me how good the pictures and videos are. I’m happy to hear that.

Which Milk is Paleo?

Bottles of Different Kinds of Milk

Since we’re going on the Paleo Diet, I wanted to know which milk is paleo and which one isn’t. Here’s what I found out.

  • Real Milk
    • No.
  • Soy Milk
    • No
  • Coconut Milk
    • Yes
  • Almond Milk
    • Yes
  • Cashew Milk (Never tried this myself)
    • Yes
  • Goat Milk
    • No
  • Hemp Milk (Never tried this myself)
    • Yes
    • Additional Fact: Hemp Protein Power, No
  • Rice Milk (Never tried this myself)
    • No

Basically any milk that made with the nuts and water. So now when I go for my coffee at Starbucks, no more soy milk. They have coconut milk so I’ll use that instead. I wonder can they heat that up. We’ll see lol.