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November 24th - Kettlebells and Nightmares

A View of Shanghai from Pudong The past couple days have been good. I met up with my friend, JD, before he went off to Spain and ate some really good food with my girlfriend. Besides the weird nightmares I've been having its been a good few days of life. Let's talk about kettlebells first, then the nightmares. Guan Yu Holding a Guan Dao Since I'm now trying to train more intelligently and actually understand the body/exercises more I've gone into the route of looking up kettle bell workouts to add into my routine. Not because they are a "fad" or shortcut to results, but because they suit Kung Fu really well. You can see a "Kung Fu Kettle bell" under the staff You might've seen it in some Kung Fu movies or pictures. Guys working out with some concrete blocks, jumping around, and punching trees or slapping sand bags. Then, you see people today punching sandbags, lifting weights, and throwing kettle bells. Nothing really has changed, just what we tr
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November 17th - What to call this?

My days are very mundane but I am enjoying my time here. I'm using this time in Shanghai to develop my strength while trying to maintain the flexibility and agility that I gained at the Kung Fu School. The mundane part of my days is my fault because of my procrastination and laziness that I've developed.  Just writing this blog has been difficult because I don't have much to write about. I could write about what I do everyday for weight lifting/power training but that isn't very interesting (and I do that on my Instagram story). I could write about how my weekend was spent walking around Qi Bao at night eating burgers but there really isn't much to that story either. Still trying to figure out what to do. The Burger was really good though, Krusta's Burger in Shanghai. Before I went to the Kung Fu School there was a review I read that said something along the lines of, "Going to the Kung Fu School is a lot like college, you learn so much and challenge yourse

November 13th - Friday the 13th!

麻酱面 - Some really good (not spicy) noodles! Feeling a bit sore after yesterday. I'm so glad that all of my protein powder has arrived, I'm trying the On Gold Standard Whey Protein which is what my friends at Maling gave me before they left. This time I'm trying out their Double Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream flavors. Right now, I'm taking 2-3 servings (50-75 grams) of it a day as I don't want to give my body an excess amount of protein that just gets wasted. Now, next week I will try 3-4 (75-100 grams) servings a day to see how my body feels. According to my studying, you should be getting 1 gram of protein per pound of your body weight.There is no way I'm getting that much protein through the food I eat in China. It has been fun learning this nutrition/exercise science but I don't understand it yet. Getting Close to 100 Pull Ups a Day Recently, I've been reading Zhuang Zi Speaks and some of the parables in there got me thinking. Throughout the book t

November 12th - Protein Powder Dreams

It must've been all of the workout videos and articles that I've been reading. My dreams were filled with me being a weight lifting coach last night. Then, there was the dream of me being stuck in some sort of dark maze. Which was odd. Last night, I thought about how I got here. There was a point in time where I was going to move back to Missouri and live with some friends but that didn't happen. I remember another point in time where I was going to go to college and become a programmer. There were many points in time where I was going to join the military. Somehow, I've ended up in a small apartment in Shanghai lifting weights and reading Daoism books.  How did I get here? Well, the whole four years of this blog will certainly help tell how I've gotten here.  Besides working out, I've also been reading Zhuang Zi Speaks which is a collection of parables. There is a lot of knowledge within this small little comic book. Right now I'm just reading the English

November 11th - Training has begun...

A Neat Pose, Low Stance Waking up this morning made me realize how fast the Kung Fu School is becoming a memory. Laying in bed I remembered how my morning was at the school. Waking up at 5 or 6 after sleeping in a 10 year old stiff bed. Preparing tea and breakfast after washing clothes. Then, train. Now, I wake up at 7 or 8, eat some breakfast and... not do much. Kind of in a "limbo". Yesterday was my first day at the gym. It's not a bad gym either, a small 24/7 gym with a treadmill floor, weight lifting floor and two separate rooms for classes and yoga. The only thing I didn't like about it was there wasn't a shower room and the weights were all over the place. Did a basic upper body workout that I read about on A Workout Routine . To be honest, I didn't feel like I "worked out" after what I did. Maybe I did too light of weights.  Didn't sweat, no sore muscles, no tired muscles. It did feel good to get out of the apartment and do something. Toda

November 10th - Twelve Days In Shanghai

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