an interesting note on training while swimming: Speedo makes a glove that you wear on your hands which has webbed fingers and a velcro wrist. this piece of equipment is excellent to supplement various strokes and resistance training in the pool.
the answer to Samantha's question is three fold. Firstly, a woman has less bone density overall, which is less solid ma*s in her body. Secondly, there is much less muscle in a womans body. Muscle weighs 3 times as much as fat and doesn't have anywhere near the bouyancy of fat. And thirdly, women have immensely higher body fat percentages than men. So a man with a high percentage will not float as well as a woman with a similar percentage. And since most women have very high fat percentages, low bone density, and low muscle density they float considerable better......No comparison.
Last Edit: Jul 27, 2005 2:30:34 GMT -5 by ArmyOfOne
Many ideas for this topic.... But for one, you could do what i do sometimes. Just go to the basketball court. Basically just toss up the basketball and try to make wild shots. Of course most of the time you will miss. This is the idea. Now you chase down the ball, making weight shifts and directional changes at a fast pace. You change speeds and are jumping up and down and bending down to pick up the ball.
also, another thing i do.....basically just put four objects in a square. You could also use the "key"in the basketball court, but really you just need a flat area (gra*s or hard surface) and four "points" or corners. Now just start at one, run straight to the one in front of you. Now side step as fast as you can to the next one to the side. Then backpeddle to the one behind you, and now side step again to the one you originally started from. You can make all kinds of variations on this. Instead of regular side stepping you could "cross over" side step which is more difficult, etc.
thought some of you might be interested in this little bet i had with a friend. A friendly 100$ bet regarding cutting weight down to a certain weight. That weight being 194lbs. Today was the weigh in day (Sunday 11-20-05), I had about a week to lose the weight but i really didn't start until tonight. I was originally at 204 last Sunday, and the same today as well just prior to starting at 7PM.
I remembered losing 10lbs during a 2hr. wrestling practice in high school (graduated 1984), while wearing a rubber/plastic suit and sweats over the top of it during the whole practice.
Note that i had been limiting my food and water intake quite a bit in the last two days so i really was already a little dehydrated and had only eaten some toast and a small bowl of cereal today much earlier in the afternoon. Also note that i took about 4 pota*sium pills prior to starting this process. If you do not do this you will feel incredibly lousy during the process and even will feel really bad later on after rehydrating. Be careful not to overdo the pota*sium pills as you can OD on them b/c they are fat soluble. They keep electrolytes more balanced during the process. Better to do this than just to rely on gatorade or pedialyte afterwards. By then you already feel lousy.
Anyway, tonight i started the process at 7PM. I first began to take some "water pills" (over the counter), and then went to the YMCA. I sat in the sauna/hot box for 1hr. with just shorts on and taking a few breaks for a minute or two during this time.
I continued to take a total of about 4 water pills during the total time period.
At 8PM i left the YMCA and put on a rubber/plastic spa suit and a sweat suit over this, along with a ski hat and the hat from my sweat suit. This was to keep the heat in and the sweat continuing to flow.
Went home and put on ANOTHER plastic/rubber spa suit over the two outfits i had on already. Kept on the beanie hat and Hoodie hood. And, around my waist i put one of those neoprene "fat man" belts. Then turned on the heat way up in my condo.
During this period since i got home and 1100PM, i wore all of those suits and I did 3 bouts of moderate cycling on the "air dyne" bike (arms and legs working with the resistance of a fan blade on the front wheel like in the TUF shows on Spike TV) that i have in the condo while watching TV. Each bout was about 20minutes long and i rested and sweated for about 30minutes between bouts. During the rest periods i was VERY hot and sweating profusely. And then when i got back on the bike i was able to raise my temp. back up again.
Note that it wasn't easy at all, and i have had previous experience with the pains of cutting weight in high school wrestling. Although i will turn 40 on Nov. 30th (in a couple of days), so high school was a while ago.
But i still remember what it feels like to lose that weight. I was regularly 5lbs over weight on the day of matches. And it's surprising that the body remembers these things. I can say that the PAIN was about the same. It is VERY miserable sensation to do this much weight cutting. A few times i started to feel a little dizzy, and kind of agitated as well. At times I also felt a little nauseated. But at least I won the bet......
Last Edit: Nov 21, 2005 4:13:20 GMT -5 by ArmyOfOne
the main point i was trying to convey was low/no impact excercises that can be done much more frequently than other types of cardio and general conditioning exercises. Of course if you are really getting ready for a big event or if you really want to hit some hard cardio, then go for regular hill training where you aren't concerned with how high you lift your legs, or just regular sprints, and jogging/running on flat surfaces. Of course you will have to allow some recovery time after doing these and wont be able to fit as many workout's in during the week, mainly because it's so hard on the body/joints.
speaking of conditioning...after my previous post i just went out and did my cardio.
Now, one more thing you can add to the list of excellent exercises is this...
For a very good cardio workout, with very little impact try the following:
First find a small to medium/small graded slope/hill that goes up quite a ways. Depending on how long you want your runs to be. If its a longer hill you can just break up your runs into smaller amounts. The trick is to run up the hill while just barely lifting your feet from the ground (less impact), so you will be almost running in a shuffling manner. At the same time use your arms in a very hard pumping action (in an over-exaggerated manner). This will give you the forward momentum a*sist, and also really burn your lungs. You can break down your modified sprints into 50 to 100yard increments or so. Also, by doing this on a slight grade you greatly reduce the impact of running on solid ground. If you were to do the same thing on flat ground you would notice a big difference in impact on your knees. Doing it this way allows you to train more frequently because of less muscular breakdown and micro tearing during the session.
By the way, I'm a Registered Physical Therapist and Certified Strength Training Specialist here in California.......
one of the biggest things you can do for yourself to get back into shape or to stay in shape is some of the low impact things listed below. One of the most important concepts is being able to do something almost everyday. The key to that, is finding low and no impact things to do consistently. You can throw in hard plyometric, weight, and running workouts, as well as "rolling" and bag work along the way as you build up.
1. Find a hilly area and walk on a combo flat/hilly area for approx 1hr to 1.25hrs a day. 2. Treadmill at the gym. Briskly walk, with an incline of 3 to 5 degrees, again for about 1hr. 3. Elliptical trainer at the gym. Gives you a good upper body/lower body workout with very little impact even at a strenuous levels. Go for about 20mins. 3. Schwinn AirDyne type of bike that uses air resistance and has the alternating arm movement during cycling. 4. Swimming, treading water, various strokes,
Things that are generally not time efficient are riding a regular bike on the roads. There is way too much "coasting" going on and its not a regular/consistent type of exertion. Time is much better spent doing some of the above things.
Last Edit: Jul 22, 2005 19:55:48 GMT -5 by ArmyOfOne
it's kind of sad how race DOES play a role in these things.... It's also kind of sad how females consider themselve "above being struck" in situations like this. Believing they can just be as aggressive as they want with total impunity. And the fact that after the police came they lied to them is pretty much to be expected.
I'm a little surprised that they wanted to follow through as you are pretty tall yourself. I thought maybe they were bluffing as far as claiming they were going to hit you...but i guess not.
The reason pepper spray is so good (and the car can hold a larger can than you would normally hold in your pocket), is that you can exit the car with it in hand (possibly out of sight initially), and then once you've determined that this person will come up on you and get in your face, rather than just wanted to discuss what happened, you can tell him to stay back. If he doesn't, and crosses the line you just let him have it.... and afterwards you can say he was physically threatening you, etc. etc. ....and you can call the police yourself as well after just to cover yourself.....In many ways pepper spray is the perfect initial weapon, that is if you have it with you and it's easily accessible. It will allow you to have that critical "safety buffer zone" that will allow you to keep them at a distance. Otherwise, once they are in striking range, the sucker punch is going to come at some point. And obviously, they were just waiting for you to look away before they came with a strike so that you couldn't see it coming.......the usual technique on the street.
I have to say, i think it's too bad you didn't put a little more mustard on those shots though. People like that are really the scum of the earth and i would have loved to see them go down a little harder.
Last Edit: Dec 19, 2005 1:21:23 GMT -5 by ArmyOfOne
use the MT clinch on the fat lady as she comes forward to attack you .....from there you could EASILY just step back and drive her straight into the ground. Now just put a knee on her and hold her down....if the other one steps up, then tell her to back away, if she doesn't and tries to pull you off, then go for a punch or a sub hold like maybe a guillotine.....now if the first lady tries to get up and help then do the same to her, and then just go back and fourth until you wear them down.....
In general, no mercy for fat ladies attacking you.....First off i would tell the wife to stay IN the car prior to exiting. She should know this is what she should do in the first place.
If all else fails......pull out a twinkie and tell them if they can catch you then they can have it..... then just run around the parking lot while they chase you....after a while they will be ga*sed and u/a to continue....at which point you go up to them and eat the twinkie yourself while mocking and teasing them while they are too ga*sed to attack.
Last Edit: Dec 18, 2005 20:26:13 GMT -5 by ArmyOfOne
are you gonna tell us what you did? Or are you waiting for more responses.....If so, i feel that my response should count for at least 3 or 4 responses, so you can feel free to give us the whole story now.
Well....If you always carry a medium/large can of extra strong pepper spray in your center console, or withing reach, then you just exit the car with this in your hand. That's exactly the situation that i carry mine for. You never know when something like that will happen. If a guy tries to car jack me, more than likely he'll have a gun and i'll just give him the car anyway.... in this situation you just hold up the can and point it at their faces as they approach and shout out a warning to stop and that you have mace...
Or you could have that "small fry" 900,000volt taser gun that i had mentioned in a previous post within reach and just wait until she is right in your face and then just zap her. You could say that she verbally committed to physical violence and stated she was about to "kick your a*s" so you felt you had no other choice, since your mom taught you not to hit women.....therefore the taser gun was your only alternative.
Or, you could just stand in a "side standing" position as you prepare to launch a nice crisp jab in their direction as they approach. You can expidite their approach into your jab by asking them to beat you up.
Also, I don't abide by any rules in not hitting women. I think that's pretty much of a joke. Of course if i had a spouse of a significant other, and IN GENERAL i would never do it. But clearly some women take this as a license to get in your face and insult you. In these cases, if they were to physically touch me, i would not hesitate to "one punch" them into oblivion.
This actually happened to me in about the 5th grade. A girl actually wanted to fight me and kept enticing me. Finally after school we went out to the playground with a large crowd and i proceeded to mount her and rain down punches into her face until she was all bloody.....she started it, she wanted it, she got it....i felt no remorse after that either. At that point i didn't consider her a "girl" just another person.
If you didn't want to punch them b/c they were women you could have given them a really hard low kick to the knee if they were coming up on you hard. Being so fat they would take the full force in their knee and just go down.
More than likely though, i would just stand and stare directly at them and not say a word. Standing in a relaxed yet alert posture, not moving forward or backward, ready to strike should it come to that. Usually, the person will just yell a little and then after a while take off after they realize you won't fuel their fire and that they would have to physically attack you.
Most of the time people like that just want to physically intimidate you and to yell profanities in order to get some anger/aggression out. They will come to within an inch of fighting but usually wont follow through unless you oblige them. They are usually satisfied with knowing that they made somebody really scared and they were afraid of them.
Last Edit: Dec 14, 2005 13:22:10 GMT -5 by ArmyOfOne
That's funny, i almost own that exact same firearm..
The only difference is that mine is the Glock 23, which is a smaller version of the .40 that holds 13 + 1, but will hod 15 + 1 with the clip extender.
I wanted to pick the one gun that could do it all, as opposed to owning lots of guns for different things. The Glock 23 is compact, lightweight, low profile, nice caliber, big clip size, good name brand, and very concealable
As far as only having one gun goes, it's a great choice...Anybody else have some good selections as a "do it all" type of handgun that meets all of the above qualifications?
You would pretty much have to choose from the sub-compact variety, to get the firepower and the concealability at the same time.
Last Edit: Jul 24, 2005 5:07:02 GMT -5 by ArmyOfOne
now these are some nice, top of the line, personal defense knives. Some of the best i've found. H and K gun makers have now come out with some really cool knives. Between the H and K knives and the knives listed below, i think they are the best for personal defense and overall quality. Although both are very expensive.
By the way, regarding carrying a small gun. I know the laws pretty much don't allow it. But the way i look at it all of the people that would actually use one against you, ie gang members, thugs, criminals etc. don't have carry licenses. They are they kinds of people that if you agree to "take it outside" and fight like men, they will take advantage of the situation and just shoot you once outside. I've treated a number of patients who have had this exact thing happen to them outside night clubs.
I'd rather have the police cite me for illegally carrying a weapon in the event that i had to use it, and still be alive, rather than not having it b/c it's illegal to carry and let some 17 y/o street punk shoot me b/c he thinks it's cool, and doesn't really care if he spends a few years in prison. On the street now days, most thugs that will really do you harm carry knives FOR SURE, and if they can get their hands on one, a gun as well. At the first sense of trouble they will be pulling these weapons out. At least in some of the parts of town that i travel to in my job. There are areas that just have this kind of culture, and knowing submissions, fighting, etc. just won't cut it. They would NEVER actually fight with somebody unless they had lots of friends backing them up, or a weapon. In the street, for the most part, you need to carry some of the weapons i've mentioned. Or just pray, and try to avoid all potential problems with people. Which is a good idea anyway.
The mentality of a young kid, punk, gang member etc. is the following: For whatever reason, if trouble starts they will perpetuate it most of the time. If they are with friends many times they will actually look for trouble. They don't understand the idea of trying to avoid trouble for the most part. They will want to "act like a man" and not back down b/c of their pride, etc. etc. etc. Unlike ourselves who would try to avoid a troublesome situation. If trouble is going to start, lets say a normal fight, they will perceive this as self defense, even if they were the main instigator. And even if they appear to want to fight fairly. And at this point most of them will pull a knife etc. and use it, b/c in their minds they are defending themselves. And to them it's a self defense situation. They might do this just as the trouble starts, or if they are losing the fight. If they are losing the fight, you are likely to get stabbed by one of their friends who perceives this as a "self defense" situation for their friend, and feel it's totally justified b/c you are hurting their friend.
This is my view on the matter mainly through experience, and talking to people from various walks of life, victims of violence, gang members, street thug types of people, etc. They tend to think differently than us. To defend against them you can't always play by "marcus of queensbury rules", you have to know how to stay out of trouble, and if outnumbered, you have to have the right tools with you. And if that's the case, your fists and grappling just won't cut it.
vince... the nickname for a VERY small concealed carry gun. A gun that you can keep with you at all times and almost not even be aware of it is called a "mouse gun" or "mini gun". There are many very small guns around. But most of them people really wouldn't carry on an every day basis. And they really wouldn't carry them at all because of size/weight, etc. The MOST famous of these are the Derringer's. Derringer epitomizes mouse guns and made them famous. And prior to the modern age of guns, Browning and Colt made two very nice "mouse guns" in the .25 caliber that were wildly popular. And many people still carry these older model "vest guns" still today.
If you go to the www.northamericanarms.com web site,,,,,just click on the products/guns link on the front page.....Up at the top of the page, look to the far left...that is the .25 NAA mini gun. Just write down some of the gun measurements and compare them to something you have around you. And in some cases they show the gun in somebody's hand for reference.
All of the guns on the page could be termed "mouse guns" except maybe the longer barreled "mini master" revolver, and maybe the .380 framed guns.
But there are some very small guns, usually in the category of .22, .25, .32 calibers that can be referred to as "mouse guns" by small gun fanatics like myself.
Of course you've heard the saying "the first rule in a gun fight is to bring a gun", and "any gun is better than no gun at all"......The small caliber guns like these epitomize these statements. In fact, i tend to believe these small guns are much more powerful than even a 1911 Colt .45.....That is, because who will actually carry their Colt on a nice date out on the town? Maybe after the date, you are by the beach and decide to take a walk on the beach and it's dark, next thing you know you're cuddling on the sand and a group of guys comes walking by and starts some trouble. Sure would be nice to have your Colt....But wait, that's way too big to be carrying around, and who expected trouble tonight anyway?? Well....since you have your .25 NAA mini gun, you're ready to go. And of course you've got a small canister of pepper spray for multiple attackers at a distance.
Some makers of the most popular mini guns, or "mouse guns" are: North American Arms, Seecamp, Kel-tek, Beretta, and of course Derringer. Smith and wesson makes some very nice "air light" revolvers that are good for concealed carry, but they are still kind of big to be carrying around, but they are VERY light (and expensive). The Seecamp guns are also very expensive relatively, but good guns. Kel tek has the smallest DAO gun of all (pretty cheap too), but i'm not sure about the reliability..
In my opinion after MUCH research over many years, and after seeing the new .25 caliber NAA mini gun. I would definitely say the North American Arms gun (400$) is head and shoulders above the rest. No other manufacturer makes this caliber. The next best would be the .32NAA caliber (which fits into the same frame as the .380 NAA gun. Again, the .32 NAA caliber is very new and revelutionary. It's a .32 slug, fit into a .380shell.....the ballistics are great...very high velocity with lower kick back.
And of course there are many NAA mini revolvers that are great b/c they have 5 shots. By the way, the new .17 Mach 2 caliber is one of the newest things on the market, and incredible caliber based on the .22 long range. It is a .17 bullet put into a shell that houses a .22LR (same principle as above). They have a conversion cylinder for this bullet that you can put on some of the other NAA guns, and they have a .17 Mach 2 revolver. In the next few years you will see more and more manufacturers putting out .17 Mach 2 guns (along with the new .17 HMR caliber based on the .22mag.)
Personally, if you weight ALL the factors, for an up close gun I think the .25NAA is the best, but you could also find some uses for the others on the site.
In the future, when there are more options for the .17 mach 2, that will be my next mini-gun. either that, or i'd like to get it in a regular hand gun size with a longer barrel that can be used for long range "varmint" shooting, etc, etc. with BETTER ballistics than the .22LR......Once again, the benefit of this gun over some of the more powerful "hand cannons" that are so popular.....well, if you can't hit it then what does it matter what caliber you are using? Also, if you hit the guy once or twice with a .357 and only lightly "wing him" then that's not very good. Especially if you only had a 5-6 shot revolver.
With a .17 HMR or .17 mach 2, you will be hitting almost wherever you aim with pinpoint accuracy, and at incredible distances. Putting one shot of .17 directly through the stermum is better than 2-3 hits with a .357 that only "wing" an a*sailant.
Of course i still have my Glock 23, .40 caliber 12+1.....excellent multi purpose weapons with a decent sized caliber. Also is a sub compact gun.
Last Edit: Oct 9, 2005 5:59:07 GMT -5 by ArmyOfOne
I just bought a 900,000 volt stun gun. Which is the smallest of it's kind. It's called a small-fry, and about half the size of a pack of cigarrettes and very flat/rectangular for easy concealment. I also carry varying sizes of the strongest pepper spray on the market as i mentioned above. Bear mace in a larger can is very powerful with a long spray. Good for the car, hiking, etc. But also, i carry a very small 1.5 oz. pepper spray that is extremely compact with a 10' range that i bring almost everywhere.
I also just purchased a .25NAA "mouse gun" that is a new cartridge that just came out last year....www.northamericanarms.com ...basically it's a .25 bullet in a .32 cartridge. It's a cutting edge technology for small guns. The muzzel velocity is about 1,200 fps on this gun, where normally you couldn't reach that velocity unless you were using maybe a .22LR out of a rifle. So basically, to me this gun packs more of a punch than a .32, with less recoil, and greater velocity, and you can carry it anywhere as it's about one half the size of your hand.
Of course at times a carry a knife too.
Ultimate weapon #1 will always be good judgement and attempted avoidance of all bad situations (even though i like to fight and am very capable)
But, weapon #2 is always mace. No lasting effects, shoot at a distance. And you don't have to hesitate like when using a gun. Because of course the guy will be dead.
weapon #3 will always be the third line of defense....900,000 volts of stopping power no bigger than a large ciggarett lighter. And again, you don't have to kill the guy like with a gun or a knife.
But of course, if the other guy pulls a gun or knife.....your other backups are always there. Which now days, you will see a lot of. People frequently carry knives and guns around as a first option.. Which is why i really wouldn't rely on a knife for the most part. I carry a good one b/c i like them, and like to play with them, etc. But in a real situation, if a guy pulls a knife, and i'm carrying my mouse gun, there is no way i would opt to pull my own knife on him. I would never risk a knife fight with somebody. Just pull the gun as a threat (although you could legally shoot him at this point),, and probably he will run away. You just solved the situation with NO violence. And if he came at you anyway, you would still win out. So you actually have a greater chance for avoiding violence and harm to either of you if you can threaten with a mousegun, and give the attacker a way out if it's possible.
Last Edit: Oct 9, 2005 2:58:11 GMT -5 by ArmyOfOne
carrying mace is pretty much the best idea i feel, as you can use it against multiple people, and nobody will get killed. If you use a knife and kill or badly wound the guy, then it's your word against his (and he will lie of course). And you may look like the bad guy because you were carrying a "lethal weapon" like a criminal does. With mace you can hold it discretely and even use it as a solid ma*s in your fist so that if he still is coming at you, then you can pound him in the face a few times to finish it. Of course i do carry a knife many times myself, but mace would almost always be a first choice.
As an aside, I sometimes run late at night where there are loose dogs out and even coyotes at times. For these scenarios i carry "bear mace" in a large can that can reach 20-30 feet. It is also great to carry under the drivers seat of your car. In case of an altercation you can have it ready quicly. And since it is so powerful it WILL take out one or multiple attackers AT A DISTANCE (instead of the usual 7 or so feet that normal mace works at), The spraw is very forceful compared to most regular mace cans also......highly recommend it.
I had been looking around for some good equipment.... Lately i hear a lot about Windy, Twins, and Combat Sports Int'l.....
I found a link to Thunder Fight Gear from Bas Ruttens site. I did a little research and checked out the company's site...
What i found was some great equipment, good styling, quality, good service, etc...
i just got my first order shipped to me very quickly and all the stuff looks great.
In particular i was extremely impressed with the Muay Thai headgear the offer. In fact, after shopping around A LOT, i had not found any headgear that can match up to one of the ones they have on their site. IMO the BEST out there with regards to (non caged) traditional head gear....
here is a link to the site, and the head gear section. The one i'm talking about is the third one down. The Thunder Muay Thai headgear (this is their newest model).... It had excellent velcro enclosures for quick on/off. And fits great.
Can i start bugging you now about the video since the seminar was just finished this weekend?
As usual, as soon as it's ready I want to get a copy. And same goes for the shorts as well.
deep down i feel that you probably already have these items ready to ship out but you just keep telling us "one more week" just to cause unecessary pain and suffering for your personal pleasure and enjoyment.
I was looking into buying some thai boxing sparring equipment recently. I've heard some good things about "Windy" brand equipment. Also, i know that Bas Rutten is selling "Thunder" equipment on his site. And i've seen some of "Century's" equipment as well.
Anybody familiar with these brands? Any good suggestions as far as: gloves, instep pads, headgear goes?
Of course I am checking..... Thanks for the update...... The message is clear: "Fat people to the back of the line"!...... Serriously though, it sounds like quite a pain in the a*s. It really sounds like it will be a few more months until all this is ironed out. There just seems to be so many communication and production problems with those guys. After all you've been through i guess it's hard to turn back on the shorts. Hopefully these people come through for you. It seems like it shouldn't be that hard for them to just make the shorts but i guess that's how it goes.....
Vince....I'm about 5'10", 208lbs and maybe a 36 waist or so...... Just curious why you mentioned that 32 and below is a perfect fit? Does that imply that in some way the fit for larger sizes isn't as good?
EXCELLENT!!!!!...man, that sounded like a lot of work.... I was secretly checking this thread daily, but i didn't want to bug you any more. Actually, i just realized that there is almost no way to know if there is a second page to a thread...Were you aware of that?? I didn't even know the second page of this thread existed, unless you look up at the "page" menu and click it, then it drops down to page 1 and 2. Otherwise you would just think the last entry on the first page is the most up to date entry. Kind of funny, but i guess that's the way the software works....any way to change that?
Looking forward to seeing those shorts pics. I've been holding off on getting shorts in anticipation of these coming out. Thanks for perservering through all the hard times!!!