Plans foiled again!

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Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go to the gym today because of life’s ever changing plans for our lives. Star was called into work so I was home uploading videos, binging on Youtube and going through some old clothes that we’ve held on for too long. Unfortunately the clothes were too old and worn for us to donate but we have clothes that we plan to donate.

Now I’m currently watching Netflix. Our plans for tonight are to go to Whole Foods and get dinner. Star will get cashews so she can make vegan cheese for her Alfredo pasta she wants to make tomorrow. I’m going to grab a lot of fruit and maybe some sweet potato to make some fries.
Tomorrow we have major plans because Omni Expo is getting closer and we need to plan out what we are going to do and sale. The booth will be a corner booth, so that means we will need to provide more product. This will be exciting. Good night guys.

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
    • 00:01:00
  • 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.

Run Otaku Run Year Challenge Postpone?

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I’m thinking about postponing the RORYC because lately I only have time to do it once a week and that’s not much of a challenge. We’ve been having meetings and other gatherings during the week and we barely have time to go to the gym. Anyone who still wants to do the challenge can message us. We are still going to try to get to the gym in the mornings so if that works then we’ll continue on with the weekly challenges. I will find more challenges to do. There’s nothing like a good challenge right?

Work + Exercise = Feeling Great

Anime People WorkingEver wonder how the working adults in the anime get in shape, even though it seems like they have no time? They exercised at work! I’m starting to do that as well since it seems like I haven’t had to the time to go to the gym lately. I came across this website called Greatist.com and they have a list of workouts you can do at and away from your desk. Seriously, I think these can be done anywhere. Here are my favorites!

  • Walking ‖‖ Even though I do enough of that because I work at a print shop.
  • The Wall Sit ‖‖ I wish I could do this one but my boss is always walking back and forth and he’ll ask me what I’m doing lol
  • Calf raises ‖‖ Never thought of this one! As I’m waiting for a test print, I can do 15 calf raises
  • Standing Leg Curl ‖‖ Instead of sitting at my desk, I could be doing some leg curls. No one will notice.
  • Bicep Curls ‖‖ Not only will I do this with the stapler but I will also use the desk tape and jobs that’s already printed. A lot of paper is heavy so while I’m taking it to be cut down, I could be doing some curls with them.
  • The Pinstripe Push-Up ‖‖ I have no clue what you would call this otherwise but when I was talking to a coworker, I leaned in on the table in front of me and pushed out. I was about to do 5 of these before the conversation is over. He didn’t seem to mind what I was doing. 😀
  • Torso Twist ‖‖ Wish I would’ve known about this before! What a great idea! Some of my time is spent seating down in my chair, if I’m not standing next to a printer. You can also do this standing, it’s great for your back as well.
  • The “Weeee” Desk Chair Wheel ‖‖ Basically, you pull your legs up a little bit where it’s not touching the ground and then you pull yourself to and away from the desk. This really helps your abs as well.
  • Ab Squeeze ‖‖ Just squeezing your abs periodically can help keep your ab muscles engaged.

I did these exercises and I feel as if I had a full body workout. Now it doesn’t seem so bad that I didn’t go to the gym and I can say I worked out for the day. I’m going to do this for two weeks and see if I’ll start seeing results!

Run Otaku Run Year Challenge Week 16 and Birthday!

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We haven’t been at the gym yet because we are preparing a birthday party for a friend. Suta is making the cake. For the past two days, we’ve been trying to go to the gym in the morning but we haven’t been going to bed on time. Suta went to bed at 12:30 because of the cake and well, I went to bed at 10 but Suta said that she will need to get a good 8 hour sleep in order to wake up early. I can understand that. Who wants to go to the gym with only 4 hours of sleep?

Ok so WEEK 16 of Run Otaku Run Year Challenge! This is a workout can be done at home so I’ll be posting this tonight when I’m done.