Monthly Archives: March 2012

Punk Rope Playlist: Country

Punk Rope Playlist: Country

Dueling Banjos | Eric Weissberg & Deliverance
Fake ID | Big & Rich
Shotgun Blues | Jason & The Scorchers
(Ghost) Riders In The Sky | Me First & The Gimme Gimmes
Don’t Get Old | J Roddy Walston and the Business
Hoptown Jailbreak | Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers
Hot Rod Lincoln | Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen
Thank God I’m a Country Boy | John Denver
Country Roads | Me First & The Gimme Gimmes
Allie Mae Reynolds | O’Death
On the Road Again | Me First & The Gimme Gimmes
Rocky Top | Lynn Anderson
Thrown Out of the Bar | Hank Williams III
The One On the Right Is On the Left | Johnny Cash
Lonely One | Alice Texas

Leave a comment

The Hunger Games Workout

The Hunger Games Workout

I guess I’m the last person in the country to hear about The Hunger Games. My roommate, Shelly, mentioned the trilogy to me about a week ago and I had no idea what she was talking about. Then, a few days ago, a reporter from MSNBC left a message asking for my opinion about The Hunger Games Workout. My initial reaction was “I don’t like the name.” The words “hunger” and “games” shouldn’t be paired together, ever. But I suppose it’s too late now as the movie is about to break all box office records.

So back to the workout. I did some research and found out that the creator is an ex-Marine whose daughter is a fan of the books. Nice. But I still don’t like how we have a tendency in our culture to exploit what becomes popular. Somebody creates a hit and then somebody else jumps on the bandwagon. You see this in the fitness world all the time. After all, there’s Yogilates, Spinlates, Koga, Piloxing, and even Christ-Centered Yoga. I mean for chrissakes, can’t we leave Jesus out of fitness.

Anyway, my main concern with any new workout is for the safety of the participants. My next concern is whether the workout is effective. Fun ranks up there as well. So hopefully the Hunger Games Workout scores a trifecta. If you try it, let me know. Okay?

Oh, click here if you want to read the MSNBC article and my comments about The Hunger Games Workout.

Leave a comment

Thumbs Up or Down for the Five Fingers?

Thumbs Up or Down for the Five Fingers?

About a year ago I tried on my first pair of Five Fingers (the KSO model). After all, I had to experience firsthand what all the hype was about.

Stupidly, I asked the salesman if I should wear my regular socks. He looked at me as if I had three heads and then I realized my error. You can’t wear traditional socks with the Five Fingers as each toe has a home to rest in. After that gaffe, I proceeded, with caution, to put on the shoes. I had a tough time getting my toes to cooperate, but eventually, they found the right openings and all was right in the world. Next, I bounced around, jogged in place, did a few tuck jumps, and concluded that I would take a pass. I just wasn’t all that impressed.

But several months later it seemed like everybody and their mother, including my partner Shana, was wearing the Five Fingers so I gave them another shot and broke down and bought a pair. I figured what’s the worst that could happen?

The “worst” turned out to be pretty bad. I wore them about a dozen times for rope jumping, but was careful not to wear them for too long at a stretch as I knew my feet had to adapt to them slowly. I also wore them a number of other times for the boot camp class that I teach. So I wasn’t particularly worried when I wore them to do a rope jumping instructional DVD, but I should have been. After a few minutes of hard jumping, I felt a distinct pain on the top of my left foot. This was something I had never experienced before. The ONLY thing different from the thousands of other times that I’ve jumped was that I was wearing the Five Fingers. The pain eventually went away, but it took several weeks.

Well maybe it was me as I hate to blame a pair of shoes, but a few weeks ago the exact same thing happened to Shana, who had wearing the Five Fingers regularly for months. She’s still in pain, although it’s gradually subsiding.

I don’t yet have a scientific explanation, but I suspect that having the toes separated is not necessarily a good thing for all athletes. Imagine that you’re a boxer and you’re given a new glove to try out, which has separate slots for each finger. With your first punch, you’d likely do some serious damage, to your hand, not your opponent.

I still like minimal shoes, but for now I’ll stick with wrestling shoes and racing flats. Maybe one day I’ll give the Five Fingers another shot, but for now I’m content to keep my toes together as one happy family.

Leave a comment

Punk Rope Playlist: St. Patrick’s Day

Punk Rope Playlist: St. Patrick's Day

Whiskey Makes Me Crazy | The Tossers
Victory | Dropkick Murphys
Soldier’s Song | The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem
Pub With No Beer | Three Day Threshold
Waxies Dargle | The Young Dubliners
Marie’s Wedding | The Rumjacks
Muirsheen Durkin | The Vandon Arms
Siobhan | The Tossers
Suspect Device | Stiff Little Fingers
Wild Rover | The Pogues
Alternative Ulster | Stiff Little Fingers
Whiskey In the Jar | Saint Bushmill’s Choir
Queen and Tequila | The Mahones
Drunken Lullabies | Flogging Molly
The Parting Glass | Sinéad O’Connor

Leave a comment

Free Beastanetics Boot Camp

Free Beastanetics Boot Camp

Beastanetics is the best and quickest way to get in shape while enjoying the support and encouragement of a tight-knit community of fellow Beasts. And, now you can try it for free for one week. If it doesn’t kill you, we’re pretty sure you’ll be hooked.

WHERE:

McCarren Park soccer field in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

WHEN:

Monday 3/26 | 8am-8:55am & 9:30am-10:25am

Tuesday 3/27 | 8am-8:55am & 9:30am-10:25am

Wednesday 3/28 | 8am-8:55am & 9:30am-10:25am

Thursday 3/29 | 8am-8:55am & 9:30am-10:25am

 

 

Leave a comment

Punk Rope Playlist: Zombies!

Punk Rope Playlist: Zombies!

Horror Beach | HorrorPops
Rock N’ Roll Zombie | Ralph Rebel
Cemetery Man | Stellar Corpses
Gravediggers | The Creepshow
Killing | The Rocketz
V8 Nightmare | Koffin Kats
Dead Girl Superstar | Rob Zombie
Graveyard Hop | Left for Dead
Dead Bodies | Nekromantix
Go Zombie | Zombie Girl
Graveyard Tree III | Koffin Kats
Living Dead Girl | Rob Zombie
Night of the Living Dead 3D Trailer Music | Jason Brandt
I Walked With a Zombie | The Visitors
Dawn of the Dead | Scary Halloween Party Music & Sounds

Leave a comment

Recent Posts