Stuff We Like #1
Saltwater floating, crazy blenders, and The “Fck It” Workout
Making the transition from scrawny to brawny isn’t just about building muscle or becoming more athletic — it’s also about becoming a better man and living a bigger life.
And part of that is sharing cool things, experiences, gadgets, and ideas with like-minded guys. Because if you think something is awesome, chances are we’ll think it’s awesome, too.
So this is a list of stuff we like that’s currently making our lives just a little bit better.
We think it’ll make your life better too.
Floating is exactly what it sounds like. Well, kind of.
You get in your bathing suit, enter a weird-looking tank, and float on top oftwo-feet-deep water that’s been mixed with over 850 pounds of Epsom salt.
Oh, and you’re alone in complete darkness and silence. For 90 minutes.
Why, you ask, would anyone want to do that? A few reasons.
First, the act of floating is a completely relaxing experience on your body. Since you’re floating on top of salt water, there’s no pressure on any of your joints.
Your body has a chance to completely decompress. (We had our lower backs, knees, ankles, and necks pop without physically moving them. Definitely weird.)
Second, you’re in a small, private tank in total darkness with no light or sound coming in. This sensory deprivation helps your sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) calm down and allows your parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) to take over.
That means your muscles, joints, and ligaments all take a break and your body reverts to healing and repairing.
Sounds kinda like hippie new-agey mumbo-jumbo, huh? We hear you. That’s how we felt too. But while we didn’t “see God” or have crazy hallucinations, you better believe it was relaxing.
The Ninja Blender
With it’s shiny multiple blades, the Ninja blender looks like a hand-held torture device. It also makes incredible Super Shakes and smoothies.
And when you make as many as we do, you need a blender that can handle the large amount of food and ice.
Another cool thing: Unlike the Vitamix Grandaddy Of All Blenders, this one won’t set you back a few hundred bucks. We picked up ours for $100.
A very simple Super Shake recipe:
- Throw in a blender: One cup unsweetened almond milk, two tablespoons coconut milk, handful of spinach, handful of mixed frozen berries, one tablespoon almond butter, and two scoops vanilla protein powder.
- Blend the hell out of it.
The “Fck It!” Workout
For whatever reason, when most guys hear “circuit workout” they think of Richard Simmons or old-people workouts on machines.
Although we normally follow a progressive workout program, there are just some days — mostly when we’re traveling — when we say, “Fck it. Let’s just do some stuff.”
It’s a good way to have some fun in the gym and try some exercises you wouldn’t normally do.
On a recent trip to Portland, OR to work with Nike athletes, JB and I stopped by the Elemental Fitness Lab and did this workout:
Warm-up circuit – 2x through
- Valslide hamstring curl x 10
- Kettlebell swing x 10
- Single-leg hip extension x 10
Workout circuit – 5x through
- Sled push down and back
- Turkish Get-up with 70-pound sandbag
- Rope slams
- Neutral-grip chin-ups with weighted vest
- Monkey bar trip around the gym
Here’s JB doing finishing his last circuit of the day. (It got a whole heck of a lot harder after a few rounds.)
What kind of stuff is currently rocking your world? Any gadgets, workouts, or other cool recommendations? Hit us up in the comments with a couple.