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Off Topic / Zyzzpiration
« on: November 30, 2013, 07:55:19 am »
I recently (in the past hour) learned more about Zyzz. I heard about him, like many others, when he died of a heart attack, caused perhaps by cocaine, steroids, or a congenital heart condition that was exacerbated by sitting in the sauna for too long. I wanted to share my thoughts on the Zyzz legacy.

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I watch his videos and am surprised that I'm not disgusted by them at all. I've moved away from partying, girls, drinking (never did much of that in college anyway due to being a hippie with long hair and being fairly asocial, but I did throw a coupe big parties in high school that I became known for) but I recognize that "Zyzz" inside of me, as Zyzz said. He said it's in all of us.

It's a youthful adventurous fun-loving spirit that can really do whatever it wants with the energy. Zyzz partied without his shirt on, danced on the subway without his shirt on, fucked bitches and became a "sick cunt" believing that if you're shredded nothing else really matters.

I'm 22 now but I remember feeling the same when I was 18-19 or so, that becoming shredded and aesthetic was how I would make it. But since I was committed to training for vert, I wanted to be skinny and bouncy instead.

Even though his steroid and drug use is typical of more and more teens with body image issues these days, the message I've gotten from watching these videos is that there's an adventurous side in all of us that wants to dance, laugh, and do whatever the fuck we want, but it sometimes goes to sleep with the routine of work, sleep, and study and social pressures. People let it out in the nightlife as an escape, and similarly Zyzz represented a way to break free from societal norms and aka be a rebel, but all the time, not just at night. The RawBrahs on the other hand, represent a way to be "good" while being shredded and aesthetic. I'm not planning on dancing while taking drugs at raves like Zyzz but it's nice to recognize that energy inside of you. I felt like I started to let it die. But I am taking it back, so don't let that Zyzz die inside of you.

Off Topic / Bitcoin
« on: November 28, 2013, 12:47:45 pm »
What do you think?
It's at 1200 USD atm.

I found this read on shock training to be pretty interesting, talking about how the muscle-tendon unit is overloaded through shock training, and how the energy restitution comes mainly from the tendons, and thus only shock training, and depth jumps can provide a specific overload to those units. The author of this document also did not favor weighted depth jumps, however I did not understand why and that is what I'd like to question in this article.

Also at question is the validity of these methods. Shock training may just be a myth afterall:

Before share the equations let me share anecdotally a few experiences that contradict the notion that building horsepower through traditional strength training improves the same qualities that plyometric are purported to improve.

1. Improving strength in my squats and lunges did not improve my depth jumps. They increased my ground contact time and I could not absorb forces from even a drop of 30'' without caving considerably at the knees.
2. Training depth drops from 30'' and subsequently depth jumps however did reduce my ground contact time and decrease the amount of knee and hip flexion upon landing, thus making my legs feel "stiffer."
3. Heavy squat jumps also made my legs feel stiffer and reduced the amount of flexion in the hips and knees from high drops.


Based on anecdotes 1 and 3 above I questioned how the forces involved in weighted depth jumps or jump squats would differ from those involved in depth jumps. Also at hand are the following questions:
What percentage of forces produced during a depth jump come from contractile elements of muscles, visco-elastic properties of tendons, and from a reconstitution of energy? How does this differ in a jump squat, a weighted depth jump, and maximal squats?
In this first post I will simply demonstrate calculations regarding differences in ground reaction force produced from a depth jump and weighted depth jump.

Upon landing from the initial drop in a depth jump, a ground reaction force (GRFs) is produced from the ground into the point of contact on our feet, while we decelerate from an initial velocity to a velocity of 0m/s. Afterwards we produce forces and reconstitute energy into the jump.

To calculate GRF, we use these equations:
GRF = mass (velocity)/time + weight (mass *gravity)
velocity = sqrt(2gd)

100kg athlete depth jump from 1m and 0.5m with weight. How much load does the athlete need to add to himself in a 0.5m depth jump in order to produce the same GRFs produced from an unloaded 1m depth jump? The athlete takes 0.15s to decelerate.

Velocity = sqrt(2*9.81m/s*1) = 4.4m/s
GRF = 100kg*4.4m/s/0.15s + 100kg*9.81m/s = 3914N

to calculate mass needed to produce same GRF from 0.5m drop as from 1m drop:
velocity = 3.1m/s
3941N = 3.1x/0.15m/s + 9.81x

rearrange and total mass = 127.5kg - 100kg = 27.5kg needed.

Question: Despite the same GRF, will the time to decelerate be the same? I would hypothesize yes. Would ground contact time be the same? Would forces produced during the jump be the same? For the last two I don't know. I would like some help in discussing that. Thanks.

Pics, Videos, & Links / Bobsled training and 60m times
« on: November 12, 2013, 11:34:15 am »
Bobsledders are the fastest athletes in the world. American football players are fast too but the average speed of a bobsled team is much higher than that of any other team for any other sport except teams in Track and Field.

In the Bobsled combine athletes must perform a one rep max in the clean and the squat as well as a 60m sprint. Their 30m time and their 30m fly times are recorded electronically. Athletes start with their heel on the starting line (their foot in front of the line effectively), standing. I'm not sure how deep of a squat these athletes perform because I have seen some youtube videos of half squats performed by bobsledding athletes.

Here is an example of a bobsled athlete testing his 60m:
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They are scored out of 800 points. An athlete may receive a maximum of 100 points in eight categories: 15m time, 30m time, 60m time, 30m flying time, squat, clean, shot toss, and broad jump.

Point awarded to athletes are based on how well they perform. These numbers are found here after clicking on "Combine Test Score Sheet":

Here are the results of the 2013 USA Bobsled Combine:

The fastest man there is Chris Fogt, who was a former sprinter. Many sprinters do become bobsledders, like Lolo Jones, Craig Pickering, and Chris Fogt.

Here's a cool vid showing other training they do:
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Dear males,

There is a new app called "lulu" that allows girls to rate guys, but it's not a dating app...

Upon downloading the app you will see your profile as females see it. You can see how many girls are "checking you out" or visiting your profile. Earlier today I had 7. Now I have 141 last time I checked which was 5 minutes ago. Now it's 145. It says I'm "smoking hot." But I have no idea why I'm getting so many views. Did someone say something about me and it attracted traffic to my profile? Fortunately that was not the case, it's because I'm new to the app and female facebook friends see me on their "dashboard" and click on it since I'm one of the first males to discover this among their fb friends.

Now, I heard about this app through a friend, who was extremely concerned. He got a female to log in and he saw he had an 8.9 rating, with all positive hashtags. He was rated negative for not doing the dishes. He was rated twice, so he assumed a couple of his exes must have rated him.

I asked a few girls to look at my profile and tell me what all the sections of this app are. Once a female logs in, she has a dashboard. She can see her male facebook friends and their ratings. The lowest I heard of so far was a 5.9. The highest was a 9.4. There is also a "dear dude" section where females ask other females questions that they would like to have a male opinion on. Since only females can view that stuff, dudes don't get to answer those questions. On my profile however, I have a "sex ed" section that allows me to see various questions and females' answers to that question, such as "what is a reasonable number for a girl and a guy?" I can click on that and see what percentage of women gave which answer; some of the answers for this question included "who cares" at 32% the most chosen answer, and "he and I should be each other's only 1" at 6%.

So the app is for advice, and guy rating, in a nutshell.

I am not concerned for myself, but I am concerned for males who have low ratings... yea maybe they deserved it, but it's provate information, not public. I am also not concerned because females aren't using this app to actually date guys, more just to gossip and have fun. I do not know however if females can view men who they are not facebook friends with. It seems as if most men are concerned so I feel it is important for me to share this information.

By the end of this post I have a total of 147 clicks to my profile. Note that these are not unique visitors, I think the same person can view your profile multiple times and the app will count it as a view.

So yea.

Update: I browsed through more of the sex ed questions. There certainly are some questions which I think could help males out on the lulu dudes section (it's the same thing but it's called lulu dude if you're a dude and you have limited access.)

One of the questions I liked was: "When it's a new guy, what do you most want to know about"
Most popular answer was "his relationship with his family" at 54%. "His ding dong" was at 9%. "His last girlfriend" was at 27%.

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Strength, Power, Reactivity, & Speed Discussion / Avishek Drops
« on: August 03, 2013, 08:22:30 pm »
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KB swinging jump vid coming soon.

It's an Honors thesis but I think it deserves to go here esp since i'm posting other studies.

I wonder if it's stress that caused triglycerides to go up. Perhaps the paleo/crossfit regimen caused an unfavorable increase in cortisol, or oxidative stress.

Increased oxidative stress is associated with increased triglycerides here:

will look more later.

Off Topic / Zodiac signs: astrology
« on: May 07, 2013, 09:38:52 pm »
What's your sign?

I can't claim to believe in astrology but I think it's interesting. I feel like many on this forum have very dominant fiery signs.

I'm Aries decans (born between march 21 - 30)

If i could directly upload a video file, like a .mov from my phone, i would post many more clips of my training. I dont post many clips because i would have to upload them to youtube but i dont want to upload just one short clip, if rather make a nice video.

Is this possible? Appreciate your comp skills adarq.

400m Sprinting or Shorter / 150m dash Usain BOLT!!
« on: March 31, 2013, 09:55:09 pm »
world record video 14.35 (2009)
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14.41 (2013)
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Tyson Gay 14.51 (2011)
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400m Sprinting or Shorter / 16 year old Japanese kid 10.19 100m dash
« on: March 31, 2013, 09:46:23 pm »
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In modern developed nations, men are losing their testicles at a rapid rate. With the advent of internet dating, men are also hiding behind their insecurities. We must rise above this bullshit and set an example that stands for the remainder of human existence. We must reform ourselves and build ourselves up to be indestructible fearless machines capable of anything, capable of turning any thought into a reality. Through these actions, the men we inspire will regain testicular volume, and the epidemic of lowered testosterone will end once and for all and we will have world peace.

To learn from mistakes, to learn from successes, and become glorious.
Improve mental stability, sociability, easygoingness, insecurity, fear, interpersonal relations, and cultivate emotional intelligence.

  • approach and/or converse with attractive women
  • post story
  • modify post with follow-ups such as good times
  • provide analysis

Additional information:
Post one story per interaction. Format is up to you, you are the narrators. If something else pops up I'll add it here later.

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