Sorry for the low activity

Hello, everyone! Maybe many of you have notice that I haven’t been posting as much as I use to. That’s because the workload at work and my freelance have increased. It’s a good thing but it takes up time for being social on Instagram and everything else. Once I catch up on my workload, I’ll have time to post a lot again. Thank you guys for being so patient. I really appreciate it.

Tsuki

2 Days until Omni Expo!

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Wow time has gone fast. It’s 3 days before Omni Expo and we are racing to get everything finished. This will be our second convention we will be attending and we are really excited! As we are getting things ready, we are trying to figure out what food to bring. This will come later in a video; How To: Plan Your Meals For A Con.

We handmade more products then at Holiday Matsuri so seeing people’s reactions to them will be exciting. We have more bentos to sell since we were almost out at Holiday Matsuri.

Unfortunately we won’t be in cosplay. We didn’t have enough time to make them and the products. But at least we know what we want to cosplay for Florida Anime Experience in April. We will be recording the con so there will be a Con Walkthrough: Omni Expo and we will be interviewing cosplayers that will be visiting our booth and when we walk around.

 

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.

Exercising at a the Park

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We wanted a change of pace yesterday and we went to the park instead of the gym. We enjoyed the scenery and had some fun! Today we should be able to go to the gym and do this week’s challenge again.

Rest Day, A Day for Work, Free Cup and Progress

Wednesdays are always our rest day because Suta has to work late and we only have enough time for dinner. So while she’s at work, I go to Starbucks to get some work done. I’m a freelance graphic designer and during the week, it’s hard to find time. Also, I’m working on the website for FTC. It’s coming a long great. I think it’s the best website so far. I’m pulling in a lot of resources to help me layout everything.

Yesterday I was able to have my protein shake because of a free cup I got from the gym! There was a store that had a table there called Nutrishop. They’re really close to my job and they said that they have better prices. We might be able to check it out tomorrow since we don’t have any plans and hopefully we can go to the gym.

I posted my April progress picture. I see little changes but there changes none the less. My stomach has gone in a little. Thanks to the challenge we are on! Seriously, I’m happy my cousin thought of this challenge. I don’t think I would be as focused as if I was doing it randomly.

Run Otaku Run Year Challenge – Week 15 Day 2

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Mondays seems to be the days we can DEFINITELY go to the gym and not have to worry about what we have to do afterwards. So yesterday, we walked into the gym and say that they were going to start cycling class. We asked them when and they said today and you’ll need to sign up at 6:30. We went to go do some strength training and then came back at 6:00 right to beat the possible rush and they said that it had to be 6:30 on the dot. Fine! So we went to go exercise some more and came back at 6:25. People were lining up but we were able to sign up. What they didn’t tell us was that the class was at 7:30. VERY important information.

So we went to do circuit since we had to wait 30 minutes. Ten minutes before class started, we decided to leave circuit so we can get a bike. As we walked, a girl stopped us and asked about our shirts. I had our logo printed on shirts and we wore them as our gym shirts. She asked if it was a group and that she’s very interested. We told her about it and she was very excited. She said that she wanted to be a part of it. That’s great!

After we talked to her, we went to our class with 4 minutes to spare. Our instructor was a man, gay (not that it matters) and totally hilarious. He had us laughing the entire workout. He made it so fun and let everyone know that they can do it at their own pace. Good to know.

Suta was a freaking star! She looked amazing. She said that she loved doing cycling class and it showed! I, on the other had, well, I don’t know I looked. A lady said I looked awesome but I don’t know. That’s my second cycling class ever. I enjoyed it. When he said that you was going to sweat, he was kidding! OMG I had sweat dripping off me and I’ve never had that done before for a workout. I’ll definitely start doing cycling classes every Monday.

Run Otaku Run Year Challenge – Day 2

It felt so good going back to the gym after a week. We hit the elliptical hard even though we only did it for 30 minutes. We normally go for an hour. We choose to do GREEN.

  • 50 Jumping Jacks
  • 50 Squats
  • 20 Crunches
  • 20 minutes Cardio

Doing the squats, I’ve realized that I was able to go down deeper than before. Who knows, maybe the week off was a good thing. The jumping jacks was a improvement as well but I still don’t like to do them because of my big boobs. But oh well you do what you must. We are to rest every other day so that will only be cardio days for an hour. Unless Star wants to run then I’ll would speed walk on the treadmill.