Full Contact Friday: Spread Your Ideas

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Full Contact Friday #1 was a success.  So, we are doing it again.

Today we are bringing together a collection of tips, posts, and videos, from  folks that believe improvements in physical performance spill over into your career and personal life.

So, let’s have some fun. The two most important things you can do:

1. Share a relevant post from your blog with us in the comments section.

2. If you don’t have a blog but are interested in joining the conversation, then leave a comment or share a relevant post, article, video, etc. that you came across this week.

I’ll kick things off with a few items that came my way:

Travis (our new CrossFit Elite athlete at work) turned me onto the MobilityWOD site (for non-CrossFit speakers Travis informs me that WOD = workout of the day).  Lots of interesting posts for mobility experiments.

After reading this Steve Maxwell post, I was motivated to restart my experiments with pistols.  About the same time, I came across this post by Bret Contreras discussing types of squat exercises.  In the comments section, Bret was cool enough to post links to the following three vids for starting out and improving pistol performance.

And over at GETfizzYcal I found this post on the health benefits of dark chocolate. Now Kira (The Fight Geek) and I have 6 more reasons to enjoy our favorite treat.

Now it’s your turn, spread the knowledge by posting a favorite link in the comments.


17 responses to “Full Contact Friday: Spread Your Ideas

  1. Hey Adam,

    I’ve been playing with a few things this week that may be of interest. Would love to hear from anyone else who’s experimented with the following :

    GoPro HD : this is a small video camera which is designed to be mounted to various things. I’ve been using it for lots of things – birds in the backyard (here’s a bit of video to give you an idea of what it does : http://vintagecameracollection.com/collection/gopro/gopro_hd/index.html), tying it to the front of the car and going for a spin, putting it on the end of a mace and working out. And a ton of other stuff; more videos shortly.

    (btw, that ‘Cameraderie’ site actually gets a fair bit of traffic, so if anyone wants to add their own GoPro sample video, send me an email)

    Google Body : this is one of the many interesting ideas currently germinating in Google Labs, and is very promising indeed. It’s basically a 3D image of the human body that can be moved/resized/rotated etc, which can be explored at any depth. It’s easy to see all the muscles, the nervous system, bones and so on. Very cool. Check it out at : http://bodybrowser.googlelabs.com/body.html

    I’ve also been testing a few updates to the way I handle training logs. It’s currently a bento + ical + blotter thing, with a bit of a Carbonite backup thrown in. Works well. Keen to find out what everyone else is doing, and there’s a thread in the forums on this specifically :


    Lots of cool stuff. Looking forward to seeing what everyone else is getting up to.



  2. stoffainkorea

    Scott: Alex has a GoPro. Really great piece of gear. He has mounted it to his skateboard top and bottom for some cool vids. Also his came with a chest strap, might be able to get some interesting vids working out, running, snowboarding, etc. I’ve seen some cool projects done with multiple GoPros mounted to different locations, then all of the footage is edited to create a final film. This is a good example of what I’m talking about: SpeedFlying in Wengen. BTW beautiful birds. They just drop in for snacks?

  3. http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/the_thirdworld_squat

    Also have to throw in this video because I think it was a great team performance even though they didn’t go in with great confidence, but still worked together and pulled it out.

  4. Travis speaking of exercising under third world conditions, check out this video from the Sydney Gym in Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Like the re-purposed auto parts as dumbbells, weights, etc.

  5. Alright, so you mentioned in the opener that you wanted to the content to spill over into other areas of our lives, I’d like to share this piece I did a few weeks back.


    Basically, fitness should merely be a complement to our lives – it should never rule us. Ever.

  6. Oi Adam I really don’t have a particular fitness tip videos however by everyone sharing their tips we are here helping/motivating each other by sharing ideas, new training regimen, and making a choice to live in this lifestyle of an fitness driven/athlete we are all athletes some shape or form and some of us compete

    I love to share these two videos (of many I love) These KICK MY Thought process into high gear and MOTIVATES me BEST TIP I can share with anyone!


    Warhawk Matt Scott in Nike ‘No Excuses’ Commercial

    So Failure: The Secret to Success

    Follow me http://twitter.com/adrianacesar

    • stoffainkorea

      Larry – Nice tips and tricks there. I may try adding some flax seed oil to shakes for a few extra calories.

  7. Recently I have been working with a non profit that is working tirelessly raising funds to help military family members attend their child’s graduation from basic training. Apparently many people go through the process but are not able to share the joy of their hard work with family members, a very empty feeling after months of separation and hard physical work.

    By using various methods of fund raising, the Family First Campaign, through Generalsarge.com, is raising funds to assist these family’s. At this time their most promising approach to fund raising is by using a fee free non profit model to provide a method in assisting our reservists stay in top condition, also to prepare new recruits for the challenges of basic training. At this time many reservist and new recruits are struggling to stay active and many are phased out of the military due to being unfit.

    Please take a moment to visit http://generalsarge.com, follow his site, leave a message of support and/or like his facebook fan page. This helps drive up his search engine hits so people can find him and his cause. If anyone would like more information on how to set up your own fee free for non profit fund raising initiative please contact me at: Jhughes@bodynsoil.com.

    Thank you for your support..


  8. Hey Janet and Adam!

    Thanks for your kind words and the support too. Getting our future soldiers and keeping our current soldiers, both active and reservists, is so important and hit home even closer this past week. I never imagined that our sons Build-A-Bear teddy bear, General Sarge, would gain a following like he has and it seems to keep growing too.

    Thanks again!
    Dr. Rus

  9. Hey Adam,

    Just found your blog. Quality stuff! I’ll contribute an article I wrote a while ago that touches upon the topic of how training enriches your life outside of the gym… Weight lifting benefits that actually make a difference.


    • stoffainkorea

      Alex – Well done. Lots of collateral benefits to weight training you nail a bunch of them in this post.

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