Monthly Archives: January 2017

Tips to Becoming A Kinder Fitness Club Member

I wanted to set aside some time, after my most recent outing to the gym, to talk about some annoyances that I’ve been seeing. I never try to judge anyone and am not mad at the offenders I saw this weekend, just wanted to call to attention some habits that need breaking, once you are in a public exercise center.

Number One: Keeping the Phone Use to a Minimum
It should go without saying but unless you are skipping a song or it is an emergency, the phone doesn’t need to be out while you are in the training area. If you want to take an amazing post-workout seflie, save it for a space that won’t be bothering anyone else. Remember that gyms are places where the people there are putting in every amount of blood, sweat, and tears that they have. I try to be someone of a level demeanor but that all changes if I just failed a lift. I want to fly off the handle when I am needing to get to the next workout machine, only to find that I have to put my day on hold because an idiot wants to take another picture for his/her Instagram. I might be griping but I am not naive, I know that people start getting anxiety when they are away from their phones, so I know that seeing them all put up will be highly unlikely.
Number Two: Being a Know It All
I’ve always found that there is only one reason to give unsolicited advice in the gym and that is because someone is about to seriously hurt themselves. I’m talking a situation where someone has no idea what they are doing and your advice could save them from getting crushed. If someone comes up to you and asks for advice, that is a totally different situation. In the rare times that I found myself at the gym, with only one or two others around, I have fallen prey to getting my ear talked off my the gym know it all. Normally, I am a guy that is pretty tough to get shaken up, it takes a lot to really make me mad. However, after dealing with someone who thought he was the world’s gift to weightlifting (even though he was smaller than me), I could only take so much. After he didn’t get the hints that I was not really wanting to talk, I had to get assertive. I would never inflict physical violence on someone, without being provoked, so I had to take another route. With strong but kind words, suggesting that he needs to let me finish the workout the way I want, he left and that was the last time he came to me to tell me what I was doing wrong!
Number Three: Too Much Sitting
I get it, you’ve just blasted your chest muscles and you need a minute or two to recover. We aren’t all born with superhuman endurance, when we lift a lot it is vital that we rest for a minute. Where the resting issue occurs with me is when that sitting is on equipment that others need to use, leaving us with wasted time that we did nothing to cause. Consider the next time that you need to rest, you do it in an area that isn’t filled with people trying to workout, just like you.

Celebrating Manohar Aich’s Amazing Life

Living to an old age is an event that I think a large majority of us want to end up celebrating. For one man in India, he was one of the oldest living men around. As so many think about, it was often wondered what attributed to the length of life that Manohar had. With the average life expectancy in the 70’s, to see that someone can reach triple digits, it makes us all have something to aspire to reach. To understand part of why Manohar was able to enjoy such an amazing life, it all started with a hobby of his. In his homeland, Manohar quickly took to the sport of weightlifting and it seemed to be a great match because he excelled at it! Soon enough, Manohar would begin to attend competitions and was winning quite a few of them. As the wins continued to happen, Aich was making quite the name for himself!

What made Manohar especially unique was his height, as he was only four feet and eleven inches tall. How tall he stood did not matter because he of how strong he was, everyone paid him the proper respect that he deserved. Known as the Pocket Hercules, this bodybuilding champion would even go on to reach the highest of heights when he won the Mr. Universe contest in the 50’s. Inspiring those who didn’t stand as tall as the others, Manohar was an inspiration to many people across his home country of India. Even standing up to tension that was commonly associated with older times, Manohar found himself jailed for a brief time in his life. Determined to rise above anything that stood in his way, Manohar would continue to use his situation as an inspiration to keep training, no matter what. As we previously learned, the hard work and continuation to not give up gave Manohar a reward when he was crowned as a bodybuilding champion. For many that stood side by side on stage with Manohar in the year of 1952, some self-confidence that those men had probably started to falter when the saw who they were standing side by side against! While there were other Indian competitors that set their sights on winning bodybuilding medals, and many would do just that, some had a place in their hearts for Manohar that time could not replace. Watching Manohar win his medals and seeing how proud he was is a joy to watch.

Watching Aich flex so proudly also shows that it doesn’t matter how tall you stand and that even shorter people can do anything else that the taller ones can. In different places around the world, there are top bodybuilding champions that we can all see as inspirations. I would have to say that, in America, our hero is going to either be Coleman or Schwarzenegger but that’s just what I would assume. True heroes can push us beyond what boundaries that we thought would be unimaginable, all in order to become a better person than we were yesterday. Finding that true inspiring figure could be all that you need to push past those old limitation that you have set for yourself. I know that hundreds of thousands of people looked up to Manohar Aich as a hero. Aich’s legacy will never be forgotten and I am sure that he will be an inspiration for the rest of time.

The Wild History of Ico Pro

Bodybuilding has been a sport that is almost as old as time. Way back when, people in older times than the ones we live in now didn’t have great physiques so that they could post them up on Facebook or Twitter, our ancestors were in shape because they had to be. If you see old statues that have men and women appear on them that look like they have no body fat, it is because there were many athletic events. Let’s fast forward quite a bit, to the decade of the 1990s and the sport of professional wrestling, which was in a turbulent time. With allegations of steroid use and the legitimacy of the sport in question, the CEO of WWE (which was WWF at the time), Vince McMahon wanted to spice up the same old wrestling program that fans had seen each week, he wanted to build something new, which would be a bodybuilding organization. It makes sense, Vince had already started to take over the world of professional wrestling. Both being sports that are all about conditioning, the jump to the world of bodybuilding was going to be an interesting one but Vince had some great potential competitors, as he employed many different wrestlers, many of whom looked like they just stepped off of a Muscle and Fitness photoshoot. It should come as no surprise that Vince began heavily promoting this new federation of bodybuilders on his own television programming, Monday Night Raw.

At the time, Vince McMahon was appearing regularly on Monday Night Raw as an announcer, unbeknownst to many in the 90’s, McMahon was the person who owned the company but that wasn’t as well known as it is now, with the age of the internet. With the mind that has taken his business to the top of the food chain, it seemed to be for sure that we were going to start seeing professional wrestlers stand right alongside our favorite bodybuilders. Apparently, there was even talks about a pay per view event being put on for Ico Pro, I don’t know how many of us would pay to watch other people pose but that’s just me. Before he started regularly appearing as an in-ring competitor, later on in the decade, Vince McMahon was in incredible shape, another reason he had so much drive to see Ico Pro become a successful bodybuilding federation.

I can’t say for sure what happened, in the end, but Ico Pro would not become the juggernaut that everyone had such high hopes for. What is important to remember is that professional wrestling was in a very tough time, throughout the mid 90’s. For one, the sport had really started to tank in popularity and an attitude shift was starting to take place that would see the entire sport get flipped on it’s head, with storylines becoming more real and edgier. If professional wrestling had been under the levels of popularity that it would be in the upcoming years, perhaps Ico Pro would still be around today. Even though we never got to see Ico Pro take off, McMahon had outlasted his other big rival, WCW and actually bought his rival in 2001. Vince has seen his father’s wrestling company handed to him and he has done amazing things for the sport, ever since that fateful moment.