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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Review: Dave Asprey being creative…LIVE!
Aug30

Review: Dave Asprey being creative…LIVE!

Hi folks, I have to write a brief apology to kick this off… I did think about posting this the other day but I didn’t get around to it and if due to that you’ve missed a couple of awesome days of Bulletproof principles LIVE! Then really it’s my bad.  I am sincerely sorry! I was so busy watching myself and working away in the breaks that I briefly put it out of mind.  Since we only have readers in the tens so far I hope no-one holds a grudge, and it is technically our first week! To put it simply, one of our favourite people, Dave Asprey of The Bulletproof Executive and Upgradedself is doing a three day workshop on creativelive, and while it is on… it’s FREE! I bought an all access creativelive pass for $99 which is the going rate if you purchase the course now and until it finishes its live run tomorrow afternoon… after that it’s $149… so no pressure, but I wanted to give you guys early (even if I’m late!) news about this.  I really just discovered CreativeLive through this and I’ve already put my name down for and bookmarked some upcoming courses. You can see the course free today right here (Friday 30th August) from 9am PST, or 5 o’clock GMT http://www.creativelive.com/courses/bulletproof-life-dave-asprey If you purchase it you also get materials that pre-empt the release of The Bulletproof Executive book that we’ve been waiting for.  They’re really great and informative.  I’ve always been a big evangelist for Bulletproof products after they had a significant affect on my life and I loved The Better Baby Book even though I don’t plan on procreation anytime soon (I’m very committed to my practice sessions though) and I’ve since gotten a lot of people into one or more aspects of the Bulletproof Lifestyle.  Dave is a really interesting guy who I respect sincerely and who’s really kicked butt in so many areas that he is the rare example of someone genuinely embodying the principles he preaches.  He was the first guy to ever sell something on the internet, is the Vice-President of a cloud computing security company and runs one of my all time favourite blogs.  Not to mention the Stickmen have Bulletproof brand supplements in their kitchens and even took a recent excursion in Amsterdam powered by Bulletproof Coffee we’ll no doubt be writing about very soon! In any case, friends, PLEASE see this whist it’s live and free, even if you’re only getting that last day, that’s still HOURS of content for nothing.  Which is a pretty awesome price… but I do recommend picking it up for...

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How to look like Superman.
Aug27

How to look like Superman.

Nah, not really.  It’s something more like ‘upright-relaxed‘ we’re going for.  Centred, with weight evenly distributed; the chin not protruding from the body too much and pelvis balanced so the bum isn’t pointing out excessively nor curved inwards and your spine straight but not forced upright too much should make you the natural S-Curve and not the unhappy C-curve.  Wiggle (yes wiggle) the pelvis forward and back for ten seconds and you might become aware of a more comfortable, natural position.  Shoulders are rolled back and down, and relaxed, with a smile on that mug of yours.  If you also put your feet at about shoulder width, balance your weight a bit more towards the ball of the foot on both sides and stop there for a moment you might feel how much stronger your body is than when it’s hunched up or than the rare occasion you puff your chest out in a frankly bizarre display of attempted social dominance. In fact Superman-pose might just give you pretty serious back problems. In brief: Posture is one of the most important factors when it comes to your physical and mental well-being. Good posture can be the difference between completing a task and losing your motivation. Many people have poor posture and probably don’t even realise it; the increasingly internet-prone, sedentary lifestyle we lead in offices all day might be making you unhappy in more ways than are immediately obvious you instant-gratification junkies. A whole variety of daily and long-term ills maybe affected by poor posture. There are many ways to correct poor posture, from chiropractic to physiotherapy to insoles if you have arched feet like me. Posture affects your outlook and the confidence you have in your thoughts.   I’ve always had pretty terrible posture, I have a number of conditions that contribute to that, ok! But there’s no point in making excuses when it comes to how you walk around in your day-to-day life, the only person you’re making excuses to is yourself (and maybe your mother.) This week I decided to look at one area of my life that gets far too little attention and posture was the first thing I thought about, so I did a lot of reading… and I must do some more.* This point was made for me by non-other than the great Steven Fry.  After I’d finished reading the slew of articles and papers I’d collected last night, I heard him mention on QI that there is in fact a new study showing the best position for sitting on a chair (and it is not upright) is leaning back at a gentle curve so your pelvis...

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Review: The First 20 Hours
Aug20

Review: The First 20 Hours

A few years ago, Josh Kaufman wrote The Personal MBA… I loved it.  It’s like having a stack of business books condensed and covering most of the things you’d want to know if you happened to be searching the ‘self-help’ or ‘start a business’ books section.  It is by no means the only book you need, in fact, here’s a link to Josh’s list of the 99 (and growing) best business books to read . His new book, The First 20 Hours, is a very different project, it has more of Josh’s personal touch to it and is more about having fun (at least, in our eyes) than it is about business.  Why? It’s about learning. Josh’s book is written as a polite and easily digestible treatise on why you should learn something new.  It’s also a slight rebuttal to the interpretations of 10,000 hour rule popularized in Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers.  The idea being that maybe you do have to put an average of 10,000 hours in to your craft to be a world champion or a master craftsman, but you don’t have to be a world champion to play tennis effectively, or a master craftsman to make your own pottery.  A close listen to his talk or a read through of the first chapters (the most important are the first 3, arguably) should lead readers to understand that it’s not a definitive ‘do this for 20 hours and you’ve ‘learned’ that skill’ but a ‘do this for 20 hours and try to be smart and organized about it and you’ll almost always be surprised at how much you can learn in that time.’ The first three chapters detail everything you need to know about the way Josh recommends you start thinking about learning new things, the following chapters are personal stories about him learning new skills.  Truthfully, I read the first three chapters and couldn’t stop myself rushing off to brush up on my piano skills. The remaining chapters I read for fun on a sunbed and then bought the audiobook because I enjoyed reading it enough that I wanted to listen back for inspiration as I was beginning a new skill. There is no hard theory here, the book is Josh’s observations of learning and experience culled to make a great set of guidelines, rules, tips and encouragement.  Just as there is no book that will provide you with a chart of how to practice for 10,000 hours, all that can be offered is the encouragement to begin.  The chapters about him learning are enjoyable and surprisingly full of information on skills like Yoga, Ukulele playing, Programming and Touch...

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On the way!!
Jul08

On the way!!

So here is a quick update, we have been working like crazy to have everything up as soon as possible! Ever since we’ve decided to air this podcast we have been looking for the best way to serve our listeners and readers. Before we air the first podcast, we want to have the website up and running so that our first listeners can enjoy some high quality right away. At the moment we are focussing on building the website, writing great content, looking for awesome skills to learn and getting all of the technicals set up to record our first podcast. We might be taking some extra time but it will be worth the wait (for us at least). It is the stickman way to always look for the optimal way to get high quality results right off the bat and we want this show to be rolling out every single week from the first episode on so we are building and adjusting our workflow to run smoothly. In the mean time, enjoy this conceptual drawing Joshua made in his first flight of inspiration. For us, this was the first tangible stickman related thing ever and we still look to it to guide us in our tracks. It has all of the basics in there, in fact, the entire website is based from that first idea! Within no time we will have some cool articles and reviews coming out on this website so stay tuned.     Oh and by the way, if you are reading this, you are very likely one of our first readers and we just want to let you know that we appreciate that intensely!! As on of our first readers, you can have a great impact on the content on this website so please leave a reaction and let us know what skills you are working on, or what skills you would like us to work on!...

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