Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What I Wore - Love You More

Hi guys, 

Really LOVED posing for these photos.  My talented, blogger wife Emily takes them all, so we have an awesome time of it usually taking turns shooting each other.  Turns whatever else were doing into a date- though sometimes a date with the kids in tow. 

Pretty simple, pretty casual, and pretty dark, and yes shorts for a few weeks longer.

Any one else have a hard time not always going to the black in their wardrobe?? lol

Outfit Details: 
Slouchy Beanie: Nordstrom
T Shirt: Ring of Fire
Bullet Necklace: Vitrine Designs
Shorts: PD&C Authentic Apparel
Shoes: Guess

Friday, September 5, 2014

What I Wore - Dirty Paws

Hey Guys!

What can I say?  Velvet trousers :)  Yeah, I like this outfit.  Black always feels appropriate, and for sure the loud graphic can speak in place of color on this look.  Nice to wear a T-shirt while the days are still warm this autumn.

Is it just me, or is there not something empowering about wearing a big tiger across your chest!

Outfit Details: 
Cap: Volcom
Velvet Trousers: 7 For All Mankind 
T Shirt: Broken Thread
Cuff Bracelet: Rue 21
Shoes: Creative Recreation

Sunday, August 31, 2014

What I Wore - A World Alone

Hey Guys!

Its been nice weather around here and good times.  

Got to spend a few hours in an old industrial part of my home town.  There are some great colorful eateries, and stores to wander through.  Best of all there are some fantastic old buildings to go exploring around, great for photo shoots:) 

Isn't it funny how you think you know some places so well, and yet can still discover new things about them?  Things are always changing but I think maybe our perception shifts as well.

I've had this shirt a while, I love it, with its matching skinny tie - I picked them up back when I lived in Great Britain--- Oh those university days :)

Outfit Details: 
Button Down Shirt: Red Herring
Skinny Tie: Red Herring
Blazer: INC International Concepts
Jeans: Levi's 550
Shoes: Dockers
Watch: Armani

Friday, August 29, 2014

Weekend Wishlist 3 - Black & White

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Quick 101 on Building & Seeing Your Abs

Building Abdominals

Yes, calisthenics have their place and can be effective, but often too few venture beyond that when it comes to working the abs.  I'm talking about things like sit ups, crunches, mountain climbers, leg lifts, etc.  Often some routines will work high reps, without even adding weights.

Abs respond much like other muscles when it comes to growth.  Do we preform bicep curls unweighted?  No!  If your goal is to grow the muscle then go ahead and add some weights.  Things like weighted leg lifts, weighted decline sit-ups, cable crunches, and ab machines.

In the course of a good weight routine you naturally work your core already with things like dead lifts, dumb bell pullbacks,  and and shrugs.  You're always working your core, however it can recover faster than other muscles.

I like to hit up my core at least once a week: a minimum of 4 movements, 3 sets of 8-12 per movement.  Often I may go for 2 or 3 ab sessions in a given week by just adding movements at the end of another routine.  

Seeing Your Abdominals

It is one thing to work on building your abdominal muscles, another to actually see them!  If you're like me, or most guys, body fat likes to stay around the midsection- so even if you've successfully built them you may only be able to see the pad of fat covering them.

Its a big misnomer out there, that one can "target fat."  If that were the case then everyone would have visible six-packs!  The pure and simple truth is that we must lower body fat and our own genetics will determine where, and in what order the body will loose fat.  That is why some people may have a better mid section with a higher body fat then others.  Some men may see their six-pack at 10% body fat and others not until they get to 6% or maybe lower; women will usually begin to see their six pack at a higher percentage assuming they've built something there.

Lowering Body Fat

Here are some important points in starting on this journey.  Remember that consistency and time are also an essential aspect as well:
  • weight training a minimum of 3 times a week
  • cardio training a minimum of 3 total hours a week
  • lowering colorific intake
  • eating quality, non processed whole foods
  • eating sufficient protein
  • eating the "good" fats
  • properly hydrating (cut sodas and increase water)

I'd love to get into further detail about this and other fitness subjects.  For now I wanted to clear the air on this topic.  There is so much bogus material out there! 

When people know you work out the first two things they ask you to do are- flex your biceps, and show us your abs.  Getting big is one thing, but for those of us who naturally have a gut, having a chiseled core is a sign of self control and self mastery. 

I'd love your input on this subject!  Please share your knowledge in the comments bellow.