Episode 008 – Cool Fat Burning
Jun23

Episode 008 – Cool Fat Burning

This week, Note and Kasper talk about iceman training, how they use ice packs to burn fat and boost metabolism, exciting new developments in the health field related to brown fat, and more. Show Links Wim Hoff (Iceman) | Inner Fire The Cool Fat Burner The Spirit...

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How Zombie Games Can Boost Your Ability to Learn.
Nov21

How Zombie Games Can Boost Your Ability to Learn.

Hi guys! Now we can read the books and the articles, and often do, but I’m always changing my approach to learning in ways that I rarely see discussed; small personal tweaks and habits that are person specific, not just from a self-help book off the shelf or the latest study being reblogged and reappropriated. So here is a personal story about how I learn (using video games to distract myself.) For instance, would you believe I consider Dead Island and Dynasty Warriors (Video Games) to be useful learning tools.  And not just incase I accidentally walk into a dimensional split and wake up in the Three Dynasties Age of China or an outbreak of Kuru turns into a zombie apocalypse (or both!) and I need to fend off zombified ancient warriors. Although that does sound like a fun day out and all: If you don’t know anything about computer games you might wonder why I pick those two games specifically, they look like very different experiences. Well actually…. they’re not.  I mean they are.  But they’re not. Understand? No? Ok, I’ll put it simply: They’re both games that are fun, but largely monotonous and simple to play.  You walk somewhere, press attack, pick up an item, take it back to a location and repeat.  They both have simple steps like that over and over until you finish the games. So, you ask, why are they helpful learning tools? Well…. if you check out some of the fine online learning available at Udemy, Lynda, Monsters U… iTunes U I mean, Khan Academy, edX or even on youtube (and many others!) you’ll find a whole variety of courses covering almost any topic you could possibly want to study. ‘I’m still not getting it Note, What do online learning portals have to do with hacking away at Zombies?’ WELL, impatient Pete (A person I invented to argue with, seriously is no one going to get me some help?) Listen to me and you might transform into a more exciting character… and who knows… Bruce Springsteen might start singing songs about you. But that takes effort, and plenty of casual game-aided education. These type of games are perfect if you are a sufferer of OCD, ADD or just general fidgeting, and you feel compelled for one reason or another to do something whilst the course material plays. They are 2 examples of games that you don’t need to focus on very much at all, which is ideal; you can play through them and keep yourself entertained whilst learning from the online courses on your computer. Whatever you do… keep the sound OFF! I know it’s tempting, but...

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Upgraded Focus
Sep18

Upgraded Focus

Hi guys! So yesterday Kasper wrote a post on Pomodoro technique which is something I really like and I haven’t thought about in a long time, reading that got me really productive again despite the release of GTA 5… ok so I still played a lot of GTA 5 but I was productive too. It also got me to thinking, even though I have my own routines and techniques, a lot of them focus on technology… so where Kasper is bringing you great content on how he manages to be such an effective teacher, long distance runner and musician… I figured I’d get to Geeking out and focus on technology for now! In Brief: Biofeedback is a technique where we use technology to teach ourselves about the way the body works in ways we don’t usually understand.  From that understanding we can learn to make ourselves better in many different ways. The Upgraded focus Brain Trainer uses HEG feedback to improve our decision making, planning and focus abilities (as well as some other added benefits.) I love this thing. I’m going to write up some demo routines and things I think are useful to incorporate into a schedule soon, as well as an introduction to biofeedback for anyone that’s new to it – I always think people will know about this stuff, but it seems a lot of people are just hearing about it. For a simple definition let’s go to wikipedia: “Biofeedback is the process of gaining greater awareness of many physiological functions primarily using instruments that provide information on the activity of those same systems, with a goal of being able to manipulate them at will.  Some of the processes that can be controlled include brainwaves, muscle tone, skin conductance, heart rate and pain perception. Biofeedback may be used to improve health, performance, and the physiological changes which often occur in conjunction with changes to thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Eventually, these changes may be maintained without the use of extra equipment, even though no equipment is necessarily required to practice biofeedback.” Simply put: Biofeedback is using gadgets, tools and technology to give you an understanding of what your body does and then learning to affect that in one way or another.  A heart rate monitor is a biofeedback device for instance, it tells you how fast your heart is beating after all.  In recent times more gadgets have been released and are becoming popular, meaning that in addition to basic things, we can understand a vast array of different variables.  The rhythm of your heartbeats can be measured and understood using a heart rate variability device like the EmWave2, which helps you understand your stress levels and through...

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Power Cage building, fun but pretty exhausting ; )
Sep08

Power Cage building, fun but pretty exhausting ; )

Hi Guys so at some point soon I’m going to post about compound exercises that I like and that had a really big impact on me… and about how to train at home effectively and the things I think are worth taking a look at.  AND… How to build this cage without making the mistake I made…. For now here’s me looking exhausted after building this very heavy set of monkey bars, at least, essentially that’s what they are.  I slept for 17 hours after my workout, and during this video I can’t stop laughing about many times I say ‘umm’ and that’s what happens when I’m exhausted with brain fog.  Really happy to wake up this morning feeling really fresh and ready for the day and the huge week we have next week! My Recommendations: Check out this CAGE Take a wander over to Muscle For Life  Have a Look at Bigger Leaner Stronger  Have a good day  Sticks are underrated   ...

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Neuroptimal Personal Trainer Review Part 1
Aug31

Neuroptimal Personal Trainer Review Part 1

A new quest begins. What is it? ‘The NeurOptimal® Personal Trainer Bundle is a highly recommended, neurofeedback training package that helps people reach peak performance, happiness and well being. NeurOptimal Neurofeedback users enjoy the benefits of reduced stress, improved sleep and relief from conditions that used to hold them back from becoming all they were meant to be.’ In Brief: NeurOptimal is a premium biofeedback device; despite being expensive, it is potentially far more cost effective than some other biofeedback tools. It is produced by Zengar It will be featured periodically as part of our ongoing series of biohacking and biofeedback reviews. It is a recent addition to Note’s (Joshua) biofeedback tools and so far he likes it. We would love to hear from other people who’ve tried Neuroptimal. Full disclosure, I am a little obsessed with biofeedback and I’ve had some really huge positive changes from using it.  One of the things I consider essential in any biofeedback toolkit is the Heartmath EmWave2 – I’ll get into that on another post, but that is one little, fairly inexpensive piece of kit that helped me get myself together in 2012 and end up in San Francisco making new friends and kicking butt in a way I hadn’t done for years.  Over 2011-12 though that had happened at brief points with the help of biofeedback.  So again, heartmath is a definite in my book but today we are admittedly talking about something that would fall under the ‘premium’ label when it comes to biofeedback, and yet compared to other options, it works out to fairly cheap.   More on that later. Shipping a neuroptimal device comes with some complications, not least that to get it to England (through Australia and Canada) you’re going to hit some seriously hefty import duty and taxes, that caught me completely by surprise (probably my bad, I likely missed the warning!) and was really not a nice experience.    Luckily, the delivery was a device designed to make me feel better, so all in all it wrapped itself up pretty nicely. I’m going to update this as I go along and most these updates will be retroactive, I got this a few weeks ago and we have had much to do that I didn’t get the chance to start writing this stuff up. Where shall I begin? ‘Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.’ Well, fair enough then. The experience of Neuroptimal is fairly unique as far as my own personal journey so far.  You have 5 electrodes attached to your ears and head (3 ears, 2...

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