Spartan Beast: Hua Hin, Thailand — Signed Up + No Longer “Obese”

A few days ago I was jumping in JOY and ECSTASY.  Never have I ever been so elated because of a machine.  When I saw BMI (Body Mass Index) the other day, I saw the Physique ratings at standard.  Six weeks prior to this, my physique was apparently obese, although I look relatively thin.  My metabolism before was at 35 (and I’m 30) and now it’s at 30. Let’s go over some of the categories that are on this piece of paper.

  • Weight – 76.6KG (2.3kg drop from last week)
  • Fat % – 21.4%
  • Fat Mass – 16.4kg
  • Muscle Mass – 57.1kg
  • Metabolic Age – 30
  • BMI – 23.4

Desirable Range

Fat % – 11.0 – 21.9

Fat Mass 7.4 – 16.9kg

Here’s about what 50% of the paper says, but my fat percentage and fat mass is 0.5 kg off after being about 2.0kg ver.

Now, does this change anything? No.  Does this change the fact that I feel my absolute healthiest that I’ve ever felt? Nope.  I’m super grateful that I’ve kept myself committed to going to a gym.  Everything is starting to unfold as it should and I’m super excited about it.

Also, I just signed up for the monstrous Beast in Hua Hin which will take place at the dawn of November.  Upon completion, I will be able to claim my Spartan Trifecta shirt and medal — what I’ve been chasing after for two years.

There are going to be videos coming to you guys at a grand scale, but in my podcast down below, I talk about what my dieting was during the past 6 weeks..

 

Podcast

Wim “The Iceman” HOF – The “Death Zone” Climber

With the news littered with pseudo-writers complaining about why there should be an age limit on Everest, I realized Tim Ferris talked about a specific climber who reached that unrelenting zone at everest where your body literally begins to die.  Oh, he did it in shorts and shoes.

Just to elaborate on “Death Zone” (for those of you who haven’t watched the controversial movie Everest),  it’s the name used by mountain climbers for high altitude where there is not enough oxygen for humans to breathe. This is usually above 8,000 metres (26,247 feet). Most of the 200+ climbers who have died on Mount Everest have died in the death zone.

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As you can see in the illustrated photo, Death Zone has taken the lives of hundreds of people after the 7900m mark, leaving a trail of bodies covered by snow behind.

Let’s get back on track with Wim who’s a very extra-terrestrial like being through the eyes of me.

In 2009, Wim completed a full marathon above the Arctic Circle in Finland, once again only in shorts, despite temperatures close to −20°C (−4°F).

Wim has set multiple records for ice bath endurance, with his best time at nearly 2 hours.

In 2011, he ran a full marathon in the Namib Desert without water. He can also run at altitude without suffering altitude sickness.”

WHO THE HELL IS THIS MAN?!

He’s a Dutch, world record holder of many things, many of them on the brink of insanity, but also questions how far the human body can go in such savage climates.

He has a very interesting exercise narrated by Tim Ferris in his book that could prove useful for those endurance and workout junkies around the world.

“A MIND-BLOWING EXPERIMENT
Before I describe the exercise, I shall repeat my usual refrain: Don’t be stupid and hurt yourself, please. Use a very soft surface in case you face plant.
Do a set of push-ups and end a few repetitions short of failure. Record the number.
Rest at least 30 minutes.

Do ~40 repetitions of the following breathing exercise: Max inhale (raise chest) and “let go” exhale (drop chest sharply). The let-go exhale can be thought of as a short “hah.” If you’re doing this correctly, after 20 to 30 reps you might feel loose, mild lightheadedness, and a little bit of tingling. The tingling is often felt in the hands first.

On the last breathing cycle, breathe in completely, exhale completely, then do another set of push-ups. More often than not, people will experience a sharp increase in the max number of push-ups, even though their lungs are empty.”

Excerpt From: Timothy Ferriss & Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Tools of Titans.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/k6BHeb.l

I will warn you again, DON’T KILL YOURSELF DOING THIS EXERCISE!  I love reading the references of a lot of these Titans, and to see this particular individual push the body to limits that no other being has ever been through was fascinating to say the least.

Herbalife24 – Rebuild Strength – My Absolute Favorite!

Out of all the Herbalife products on the market, when I tasted this two years ago after my Tough Mudder event, I was in absolute heaven.  The distinct taste of the chocolate behind the Rebuild Strength Chocolate flavor is by far, one of the most impactful post-workout proteins on the market.

This protein-rich supplement is formulated to support lean muscle mass.  With one scoop, you get 24g of dairy protein that’s not only good for weightlifters, but people who are looking to tone their body, too.

Tri Core proprietary blend that features your glutamine and amino acids; quickly blending some metabolised whey protein to create a rapid muscle rebuilding state 30 minutes after your workout.

In my opinion, this could be used for the endurance junkies, too.  When I finish a long-run in the morning, I throw a scoop of this and vanilla in with a whole banana and cinnamon; along with some ice and low-fat milk into a blender and blend away to heaven.

Although the price tag might seem like a bit much compared to the other supplements on the market, but knowing this is FDA approved (compared to 90% of the other products not being approved), this bad boy was made my favorite a long time ago.  Here are the tables and ingredients to it for more information.

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As you can see in the above table, the unbelievable amount of B vitamins is what gives you the energy back that you would have exerted through a strenuous workout.