Thought of the day

mediocrity, greatnessI’ve never been one to nibble on anything. Not sure I’m into choking either. What does one need to do to be fabulous?

Boots No7 gym essentials gift box

Boots No 7 gift box to bosguyEarlier tonight I was pleasantly surprised by a gym essentials gift box courtesy of Boots No7.  I wanted to say thank you for all the great product and the gym bag.  I like the scent of Boots No7 face wash as well as the hair and body wash and look forward to using them in the morning.

Random man candy post – just for you

handsome guyI know I just posted my Temptation Tuesday post, but I’m wicked busy and man candy posts like this are both quick-n-easy. I hope you are having a good Tuesday and thank you for your patience.  In the meantime enjoy the post while I focus on my day job.

November Project – Stair workout Wednesday morning

Soldiers Field StadiumI’ve talked about the November Project a number of times over the past few years and thought I’d remind everyone that gym memberships are not necessary in Boston thanks to this group.

Every Wednesday morning the November Project host their free  morning workout at Harvard Stadium.  Click here for details.

Where: Harvard Stadium – 65 N Harvard St (Allston, MA)
When: Wednesday, October 1
Time: 6:30AM – 7:30PM
Admission: Free

Temptation Tuesday

handsome, hunk, gayPast Temptation Tuesday Posts

Johnny Diaz at South End Library Tuesday, 9/30

looking for providence johnny diazMiami native and one time Boston resident and Boston Globe reporter, Johnny Diaz, returns to the South End branch of the Boston Public Library to read from his new book, Looking for Providence.   I wrote about Johnny’s book in my July post, Summer reading list.

No plans on Tuesday, September 30th? Head over to the South End annex of the BPL at 685 Tremont Street from 6:30 – 8:00 PM and meet Johnny.

More event information about this free event here.

Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

Realm Fitness tips from KyleIf you are trying to put on muscle and are not currently practicing at least 1 or 2 sets of “negatives” you are missing out on a lot of potential upside, for literally less work.

Let me explain further, there are two primary types of muscle contractions, concentric and eccentric. Concentric is when a muscle is “shortening” (ex. action at the bicep on a curl when you are raising the muscle.) and eccentric is when the muscle is “lengthening” (ex. action at the bicep when you are lowing the muscle).

Studies show that “eccentric training” or putting your focus on the eccentric muscle contraction, during a workout, will build more muscle.  The activity causes more microtrauma and forces your body to rebuild and grow. Try applying this rule to your current program and see the results when you start lifting.  For each set, count 5 seconds on the “eccentric” and 2 seconds on the “concentric”.

  • Bench press: 5 seconds slowly bringing the bar to your chest, and 2 seconds pressing it up.
  • Squat: 5 seconds lowering your hips and 2 seconds pressing up
  • Bent over row: 2 seconds pulling the bar into your stomach and 5 seconds letting the bar out toward the ground

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.