My Favorite Pre-Workouts

I don’t always do blogs outside personal development, but I’m on a streak this week – bringing to you another blog about health.

Pre-workouts could be very controversial.  The stuff I see black market vendors sell here in Thailand has no origin; meaning that if something happens to you, like a serious side-effect, there’s no one you can call about that particular product, nor will they hold themselves accountable.

Since being a proud user of Herbalife, I’m very wary and adamant about using anything outside Herbalife.  However, because I lack the motivation in some gyms, places, running and all other things considered – it was time to look elsewhere for energy.

My introduction into the pre-workout game was horrendous, but coming here to Thailand while finding some shops that provide better pre-workouts…here’s my breakdown of them on my podcast down below!

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https://www.spreaker.com/user/thearseniobuckshow/my-favorite-pre-workout-other-breakdowns

My Herbalife Story

I did this story in a podcast a long time ago, but I’ll have to write this bad boy out and post the podcast at the bottom because this, at its height, was one of the biggest business ventures that made it’s way into my life.

However, I didn’t realize it and just went at it from a healthy standpoint rather than looking to expand and grow.  So it goes something like this….

In October of 2012, I was sitting at a table in a hot gym staring at a man who looked like Bruce Leroy out of the 1985 film ‘The Last Dragon.”  Over to my right was a booth with banners with writing super imposed in big lettering “Nutrition LV.”  Of course at the time I was looking for a better source of protein and post-workout snacks, but luckily I festered up the courage towards the end(which I lacked five years ago), went over and spoke to one of the nicest women in the world.  She saw that I was dragging and asked me, “um, would you like some water? I have some orange flavored water with B vitamins.”  I took it, and the rest was history.  After coming to my senses almost instantaneously, I asked the woman, “do you have protein bars?”  She invited me over to her office.

It took me about 6 months to visit, but when I finally got there and had a tea beverage and a ridiculously delicious protein shake in the other hand – BOOM! I signed up, which was a fee of 70$ shortly later – just so I can buy my Herbalife at anytime at a discounted price.  Within the first couple of months, I increased my overall discounted rate to 35% – just before heading to Thailand. Since being here, I’ve been focusing so much more on different things, so I haven’t been doing Herbalife full-time per se.  However, it’s still something I buy on a monthly basis and have it shipped from multiple countries – because I LOVE IT.

No Shoving

What a lot of you must remember is don’t always be rescue 911.  People, especially in American society, don’t want any help.  The moment you mention anything to them comes a defence mechanism and they say, “SCAM” in the matter of seconds without knowing anything.  On the other hand, I saw that my brother had had back surgery the year before, my sisters and mother were at the very minimal overweight….so I tried helping them, only to be completely shunned by them.  Take everyone you’re trying to help off your shoulder first; then go through the door, become what it is you want to become successful at before going back to say, “uhhhhh, yeah.  Here I am? Do you think I’m still lying?”  At that point, you don’t even have to do it.

Range of Products That Help

I’m very picky with what I consume after workouts.  These days, I workout at a gym in the heart of Bangkok called “The Lab” and the workouts are fierce and relentless.  Having a typical Thai dish won’t suffice.  Having a grounded up salad for carbs and protein (based on if its focused more on fat burning than weightlifting), would, but there’s not much in the neighborhood….so an already made Herbalife shake paves the way for me.  It’s not only the shakes, but the probiotics (those who suffer from constipation – this is your god); to the best defense that has echinacea formulated in it; to the ridiculous Herbalife 24 line……pure love!

I say with utter gratitude that I’m so unbelievably thankful that one afternoon shifted the way I see healthy eating for the rest of my life.

I will still eat my hamburgers, though.

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Spartan Race: Melbourne, Australia – Hurricane Heat – Signed Up!

Yes, indeed! I’ll be making landfall back in my ‘second home’ of a country called Australia this upcoming February to kick-off the 2018 Spartan festivities – beginning with a Hurricane Heat.

What the hell is a Hurricane Heat?

Something tells me that this is going to be the competition of a lifetime.  No “gorilla” hills like Melbourne’s Tough Mudder back in 2015.  No desert terrain from last April’s Half Tough Mudder, and no “gateway to heaven” signs like the one’s imposed on Bali’s course.

This is going to be a log carrying, sandbag dragging, tire pushing hell.  I love the fact that I continue to test my body and push it beyond it’s limits.  I guess this is just the sheer beauty of working out; and if you got an unbelievable sickening work ethic topped with discipline, why not?  You have one life.

Ultra Beast, 12HH, agoge and death race are probably out of the question.  I’m not climbing 100 meter high ice blocks and running on frigid ice.  I won’t be going up and down the Great Wall of China anytime soon…..but an Ultra Beast could possibly be in the discussion come 2019.  However, let’s just get back to the agoge.

“Arsenio, did you say the “Great Wall of China?”

I can’t imagine operating 60 hours without any sleep like this.  Some of the participants weren’t even given medals, and that’s got to hurt the most.  I think these types of races are for people that are looking to relinquish any demons from the past.  Tough Mudder was the first one that got me into the game.  Tough Mudder propelled me past a very ugly first two years in Thailand.  The next races that followed Tough Mudder, to Spartan, to me doing unbelievable classes that push my body to the limit every Monday and Thursday…..this is what life is all about.

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The Ramble: Traveling Next Year, Podcast, GaryVee, My Own Medicine, Q’s & A’s.

I decided to create a podcast on what’s happening in the life of Arsenio Buck in Bangkok, Thailand.  Here’s a rundown of today’s topics in short and what’s been happening since my “Wheel of Life” podcast.

Traveling

I pre-booked some spots in my schedule for next years traveling because, of course, I need to have traveling + Spartan competitions, and traveling just for the sake of seeing wonderful countries.

Kazakhstan/Kyrgyzstan are both an 80% go at this point, unless withdrawals happen because my lack of depositing into a developing relationship.  Honestly, some of you are probably thinking now, “omg! Those countries? Why?” Well, I’ve always wanted to travel to Central Asia because I believe like Georgia and Azerbaijan, its the best kept secret.  I’ve seen how open-minded just about everyone is there just being online and how friendly they are and willing to meet.  My heart is telling me to go there; and on top of that, I have a brilliant friend who’s urging me to visit.  So, expect a April landfall, podcasts, and crazy blogs + videos coming up during that time.

Cairo, Egypt….yes, yes, YES! I went on a day trip when I was in the Maldives to one of the islands in proximity to Hulhumale, and on that boat trip on over…I locked eyes with a specimen.  A gorgeous specimen, but she gave me an unresponsive stare.  However, when we got to the island, she unwittingly grabbed my empty glass and placed it on a plate that the concierge was collecting.  I said, “omg, thank you!” It was the sweetest gesture ever.  10 minutes later – her, myself, and her friend were chatting it up, under the sun, in the most gorgeous, turquoise waters ever.  She’s a soon-to-be dentist and he’s a soon-to-be engineer.  They said Egypt, especially Cairo, is AMAZING! And that I should visit.  They also told me that September was the perfect month to visit, too.  Therefore, September is when I will set air (not set sail) to Cairo!

With those two massive trips looming in the New Year, I still need to fit in America, and my short Spartan holidays (Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and possibly Melbourne, Australia if my friend becomes a friend again between now and February).  It’s an action packed year approaching!

GaryVee Podcast

Boy! I listened for probably 30 minutes last night and about 30 minutes this morning.  The keys and things he said in the podcasts I listened to relate so much to my podcast in general.  For instance, there was a girl talking about, “I’m not thinking so much of the present right now because our business is losing money…I’m thinking more of the future.”  This struck me because just a few days ago I was pretty down on my podcast plays before I made a podcast + blog about not giving up.  Within 24 hours, I got the best back-to-back day in my podcast history in terms of plays with countries such as China, Mauritius, Hungary, Uganda and others coming on strong.  The thing is you’re going to encounter a lot of setbacks, but those setbacks are needed for the process called “growth.” Never forget that.

Two Days Ago & Dealing With Ignorance

Wednesday was a head scratching day.  It first started with going into a 7-11.  There was a man standing just a few steps back behind the counter.  I, unknowingly, stepped in.  After that, this same man took four giant steps back into the middle of the aisle, standing there with a blank look on his face.  What my historical self would’ve said would be something around the lines of, “oh, you’re acting like an asshole. I didn’t know you were in line.  Come up here? You don’t want to go?”  However, I invited him to come before me and he still had a blank look on his face.  I won’t fight with ignorance, so I decided to just pay and go.  I win, he loses.  Done.

However, later on that evening I had some students laugh and make fun of the Vegas massacre.  Ignorance like that cannot be tolerated, and it often happens here in Thailand, unfortunately.  The lack of sympathy, empathy, compassion and heart runs real deep within 90% of the beings here.  I erupted and some of the other teachers in nearby classrooms heard the commotion.  I said, “do you think that’s funny? 59 people dying is funny to you?” One shrugged her shoulders and I went on a rant, threw some paper at them and that will be the last time ever facing those individuals again.  Now, of course I’ve been reading so much on dealing with people, but that’s a whole different level of ignorance that can only be handled by fury.

Inhale……..exhale.  Everything is perfectly fine.  I feel that the situation last night had to occur for a reason.  My guess is something, or someone, is trying to emerge in that time-frame.  It took a comment from a few individuals for me to say, “find someone else to deal with your ignorance.”  These things happen, people.  Despite my reaction and them, words and pettiness comes and goes a dime a dozen with no value whatsoever.  State what you have to say, and when you say it…know the ramifications of what might happen.  Nevertheless, I’m grateful for having yet another opportunity to teach and speak in this country filled with opportunities.  See, you can change your state-of-mind pretty quick, if you want to.

 

5 Days In – Herbalife Probiotics Working Like A Charm!

With a video down below, I can’t be anymore happier to introduce you to the absolute wonder of probiotics and how it promotes a healthy gut.

12-19% Americans are constipated on a routine basis.  That’s literally between 50-60 million people, as Dr. Mark Hyman has said.  Some of my students say they go to the restroom twice a week, which is unbelievably alarming because if you have lifelong constipation, that could possibly increase the risks of intestinal cancer.

After eating almonds, avocados, raisins and so many other good fats and fiber, I still didn’t have the ultimate solution to relieving myself.

Well, five days in and this bad boy works like a CHARM!

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Spartan Race Achieved!

What a magnificent Spartan Race and well-organised to say the very least.

After doing a Spartan Super in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia back in July, I had my doubts of how prepared Thailand can be – given the history of such events that have happened here.  In KL, I stood in a pre-registration line for 1.5 hours and it took 30 minutes of delays to take a shower after the race.  The majority of the contestants complained, which they should have.

So, when Thailand decided to host the first ever Spartan, I was hesitant; not only because of the location, but the event in general.

I WAS WRONG!

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The Army Cadets did an excellent job in hosting the event, even with scuba divers and lifeguards in the water part of the course.  Endless amounts of fluid and excellent first-aid on hand in case people got hurt (and they most certainly did).

The best part of this event was definitely the people.  I mean being able to see people from all over the world from America/Canada, to Kazakhstan, to the Philippines was absolutely WONDERFUL.  This forced Thai people to converse with one another in English.  I was even more astonished at the English speaking capabilities of the contestants.  At one point, I heard one girl speaking perfect American English before turning to her friends to speak in her native tongue. YEAH! Those were the people that were there.

Not only that, but the actors and actresses (who I don’t know and particularly care for, lol), that went there to bring awareness to health and compete was just marvellous.

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The beginning of the race was solid, and I wasn’t too throughout the majority of the race, but the sweltering heat left me dehydrated for about 24 hours (or just needing to drink a larger amount of fluids for the next day). Nonetheless, with the implementation of a water obstacle and a few others that involved us trekking through rocky rivers, this course was definitely the funnest I’ve had (or at least number two behind Bali’s Tough Mudder last year).

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However, for the ultimate competitors out there, such as myself, you have to be aware of your team.  Meaning you need to make sure everyone is up-to-par with cardio.  For example, the big man to the right, Mr. King Mai, wasn’t up to the task in terms of doing cardio.  Therefore, we were lounging around walking for about 75% of the race.  There were times I wanted to run and push myself like crazy, but I had to wait for him.  Still a wonderful time, but just train your team on a routine basis so that you won’t have to experience this.  Moreover, do it by yourself.

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Holding that hardware in the end was just amazing though.  Unbelievably grateful for taking part in it, meeting Americans and Aussies, Thais, and people from all over the world.  I just can’t wait for the next one! And as you see in the photo above, I’m literally one race from completing the trifecta.  That could be done in early December by doing The Beast in Johor Bahru, which is more accessible through Singapore than it is KL.  I will be twiddling my thumbs in suspense, debating if I should or shouldn’t.

On The Eve of Spartan – I’m Relaxed As Ever

Yikes! Is this it? The competition here in Thailand – making it’s fire ever inaugural appearance, is here!

Ahhhh….the feeling of going through mud and using a ton of upper body strength is starting to come.  The hyperventilation and the entire ride (1.5 hours) to the site of the monster.

Who am I kidding? I’m not afraid.  Pfft….7-8km is no big deal compared to the monstrosity of a beast in Kuala Lumpur (was suppose to be 13km but was 17km).

Nonetheless, doing this with friends should make it a very intriguing race.  I don’t know how many different countries will be there, but it’s looking like folks from Aussie, all the way up to Kazakhstan, will be joining the stupendous fun – or maybe lack thereof.

This keeps me away from a Saturday, a shopping plaza on Saturday that houses the most unbelievable amount of ignorance on the face of planet Earth.  Wait, wait, wait…..no pity parties.

I’m so unbelievably grateful being able to do this….this meaning travel 3-4 times a year for vacation and travel for competitions, too.  The leniency and flexibility of my present investment job (I call it an investment job because I invest my time into it) helps me do this.  A lot of my friends, especially in America, aren’t given an opportunity to do anything because of ridiculous work situations whereas if they leave, the boss tells them not to come back.

I’m truly grateful, on every inch of my being, for being able to enjoy life, the planet, and do what I love day in and day out because a lot of people can’t.

With that being said, there’s going to be a hell of a blog write up, pictures, and a few other things coming 24 hours from now (at the conclusion of the race).  When the blog goes up, know that I will be engaged in a 2-hour spa & massage to restore my body.

If anyone has any questions about dieting, traveling, or anything else…please let me know!

This is Arsenio….over and out.

Spartan Race Looming Large!

This will be the first ever Spartan Race in Chon Buri, Thailand and I’m not even worried.  For the most part, there’s a huge underestimation of the race happening within my mind that will sneak up on me.

Malaysia Was A Rude Awakening

I thought the Spartan Super in Kuala Lumpur was going to be relatively easy.  Even halfway through the course, my legs were sound and I didn’t have any tension in my upper back.  However, things got pretty difficult when I had to carry a bucket of rocks for almost a quarter mile – leaving my back in a good amount of pain.  I had to also carry a sandbag over my head into a ravine and all the way back up.  By the end of the race, my knees were buckling on the outside and it was difficult for me to go down anything.  I recall coming across the 3rd to last obstacle and seeing another contestant who had given up on doing burpees.

Towards the end, it was just pain.  It being in Kuala Lumpur probably didn’t help because there wasn’t a sense of comradery and fellowship between everyone running.  Everyone either just looked out for themselves, or their group.  There was no cheering each other on and no speaking to one another.

Thailand – I’m Just Praying To Any Entity In The Universe

That prayer is simply hoping that everyone will work together to achieve the goal, just like Tough Mudder.  This is what separates Tough Mudder from Spartan, too.  In Bali, Melbourne, and Phoenix (three different continents), everyone worked together to battle it out to the finish.  Australia, towards the very end, people just wanted to finish.  America, given the fact that we’re just so warm-hearted (lol), reeled everyone in, regardless if you knew them or not.  I recall helping an older lady over a Berlin Wall with her daughter and son on the other side.  It doesn’t matter who you are and what background you’re from…..

……The goal is to develop a sense of fulfilment, heart, and help one another.  That’s what this race is predicated on.

So, for those Thais who will read this throughout the course of the week, do something for someone without being told to do it!

Vacation: Malaysia Airlines, Sheraton Hotel, Spartan Race & Amazing People All Around!

What a trip!

I can’t emphasize enough that doing my podcast recently on self-control helped me out tremendously upon flying here to KL.

2.5 Hour Delay!

Honestly, there was absolutely nothing I can do about it.  Who knows what the story was (although someone said something about a plane being in a hanger somewhere at KLIA1 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport).  2.5 hours camping out at the gate after security – was brutal….but I was able to finish a good amount of blogs and communicate with folks.

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More Delays!

Once we arrived, it seemed as if the biggest cruiseline in the world docked at the airport and unloaded all their passengers to clear customs and immigration.  45 minutes in the line with people from I-Dont-Know-What-Country looking at me and making comments about me in their language.  YAWN! At the same time, I was nervous about someone taking my luggage, given the fact it had been sitting there 45 minutes.  Nonetheless, I had to be one of the very first of my flight to get through the extensive lines before rushing to the conveyor belt – only to find that my luggage WAS STILL THERE! *Hands to the sky*

Sheraton Hotel = True 5 Star Hotel

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The check-in, service, elevators, unbelievable breakfast buffet, stunning food, state-of-the-art facilities, wonderful steam room, comfortable bed, desk in the room, tub, shower, meticulous room service, shoe shine service…..not sure if I should keep going? Sheraton was exceptional.  I have to say that checking in and having them hold a crazy deposit on your debit/credit before charging you a full amount after is extremely excessive.  There has to be another way around it.

Uber and the MegaMall

This was my first time ever taking an Uber, and man, what a success! He picked me up right at the train station and took me to my destination in a hurry.  The second Uber was even better because he was very attentive and interested in my life, just as the reception at the Spa/Massage on the 5th floor was (minus the pushy-trying-to-sell-you-stuff method). Uber is the next wave of getting around, and it’s much safer, especially in a country like Thailand because taxi drivers have the worst rep of them all.

Mid-Valley MegaMall had tons of shops; however, I had to take a train and walk for 25 minutes to get there.  Oh, I should’ve taken an Uber. LOL.

The Spartan Super – the good, the bad, the ugly, the ‘COMMON, MAN!’

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The Good

Met the most wonderful muslim who had the hazel(est) of eyes that I have ever seen.  OMG! She was awesome….later, met a a cluster of Malaysians from all types of backgrounds who were just incredibly personable and charismatic.  Also, met a South African who I had a wonderful pleasure of talking to at KL Sentral before going in different directions (and who also did the race).  Ahhh…just wonderful.  Nexus International School is WONDERFUL! Perhaps a new place for employment in the future? The students there were splendid in both the English Language and in regards to their personalities.  Doors are wide open for a relocation!

The Bad

Stood outside for 1.5 hours to get into the venue.  That was a complete discombobulation on Spartan Malaysia’s side, given the fact they held registration in a very confined area.  YIKES! Starting heats were backlogged up to an hour.

The Ugly

The comradery and cooperation I’ve seen at other Tough Mudder events worldwide just wasn’t there.  It was difficult getting through the race when you had only yourself and others just minding their own business.

The ‘Common, man!”

Water, water, water! By the time the afternoon rolled around, the water supply was diminishing like crazy.  This apparently was a problem the last time the event was held in the same location.  Yes, I understand it’s a lot, but you have months to prepare a good amount of water that needed to be used for all spartans post-race.

Oh, can I mention the cooperation again? Come on, man! Honestly, indigenous Malaysians didn’t have a problem, but I do have to state the obvious whereas Chinese Malaysians, Chinese Singaporeans, or mainland Chinese (the most obvious) people just stay within their own circles.  Like NO ONE matters but only them.  I just don’t understand the “Chinese” culture, but perhaps someone can help me understand….because I’m at a loss of words with that.  However, I know the Spartan Spring that’s approaching in Thailand is going to be comical beyond belief.  These people will trample each other. LOL!!

Achieved!

Focusing on the grand of achievements, what a difficult race! Carrying a bucket of rocks 600meters and sandbags over your shoulders before trekking into a gorge was unbelievably strenuous – and I thought it was a bit over-the-top.  Hey, I get it, it’s a competition, but being a competitive event and borderline insanity should have a very fine line in between. In summary, this was the most brutal event I’ve ever endured in my lifetime. It was only 13km! I know what parts of my body I should work on going forward when the absolute BEAST comes up on October 8th.  I’m still contemplating doing it, though.  If I do, I’m going to allow myself two days rest and leave on a Tuesday rather than a Monday.  Carrying luggage after having a vicious deep-tissue massage AFTER the most difficult race in my life is a NO F*** NO!

And now, as I write this blog at the airport, I’m deeply saddened for leaving KL.  That same feeling I had when I left wondrous Bali – heading back to doomsday.  It’s hard, but opportunities are still there in Thailand.  When opportunities run dry, I’m heading for the hills – the luscious green hills of Malaysia.

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Herbalife Shake Recipe #3 – Chocolate + Peanut Cookie PDM (Protein Drink Mix)

OH. MY. GOODNESS!  I completely understand why they invented chocolate chip cookies….and here’s why I just HAD to write another blog about a recipe I desperately needed to share with my followers.

Chocolate flavor and the added protein drink mix is a blessing to humanity.  Here’s the breakdown and I highly recommend a blender.  Those who put scoops of powder into water and shake it should be ashamed of themselves.

  • 3 Ice cubes (depending on if you want it runny or thick)
  • Milk (this is an eye test because too much could take away the taste).
  • One scoop of PDM Peanut Cookie
  • Two scoops of Chocolate Formula 1

Additives: cinnamon, banana, peanut butter.

You can experiment with what you have.  If it’s not too sweet, you can put vanilla extract or a whole banana in it to boost the sweetness.