Monday, October 24, 2016

Mav goes Spartan week 5:

Another week, another update...

I have to be honest, outside of my yoga and some quick morning workouts things have stalled a bit.  But the good thing about this weekly post about my training is that it's an accountability tool as well, and as I realize my training has laxxed, I'm able to put my attention to it and tweak my training accordingly.  

So now it's back to the drawing board, so to speak.  My running has slipped, so I need to find a time of day where I can get out consistently.  I also need a few more training sessions during the week.

I've been getting my burpees in, and that will continue I'm gonna add a few each month to continue that growth.

I've mentioned it before, my Friday night superhero class has been a great training tool, running jumping and climbing and calestetics for two hours is a great Friday night workout.

Spartan has been setting up its next years schedule so I'll be able to target a goal race soon. 

More to come...

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Six Shooter: October 21

Every week on my show Maverick's Comic Roundup I give you my six shooter, six comic books I think you should check out. This week those books are:

1. Herobear and The Kid Fall Special 2016:  HEROBEAR IS BACK! Part two of the "Savong Time" storyline that began as a member Ni series but now seems to be continuing as a series of specials sees time go wonky due to the events of previous issues, and Herobear and the Kid have to save the day as well as find the missing Henry! 

2. Faith #4:  (Vailant) Faith, her heroic boyfriend Archer and her magically created double battle evil at Comic-Con! Another great issue filled with geek fun and real con going tips!  This may very well be my favorite comic on the market right now.

3. Trinity #2:  (DC) The mystery introduced on issue one deepens in this great new series that continues to lead with strong characterization and an interesting twist at the end.  They're doing a great job balancing the newer versions of these characters yet making their bond feel timeless.

4. Lost Boys #1: (Vertigo) comic book sequel to the iconic 80's movie catches us up to Michael, Sam and the Frog Brothers as Vampires once again descend on Santa Clara.  If your a fan, or a fan of 80's nostalgia this is the book for you this week.

5. Batman #9: (DC) Batman recruits several of his rogues in order to go to Satna Prisca in search of Bane and the Pscycho Pirate.  Plus a surprise cameo from a Legion of Superheroes favorite.  Interesting to see what the "Rebirth" version of some of these characters have been up to.

6. Deadpool: Too Soon #1: (Marvel) Deadpool blackmails an odd assemblage of heroes including Howard The Duck, Squirrelgirl and Spider-Ham for his Christmas card photo, but when Forbush Man is murdered, the mystery for the killer is on... And so is the absurdity.  Be warned, this book is pretty out there, but it's also a whole lot of of fun.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mav goes Spartan week 4: Mav goes Yogi?

So after looking into it for a while... OK, A long while, and trying a few DVD workouts I finally made the jump into the world of Yoga and took my first real Yoga class.  I have to say it was everything, and nothing like I expected.  And since this post is late this week, I'm now able to talk about my first two classes.

My first class was a small class, which was probably a good thing and the instructor Geri did a fantastic job of not only making me feel at ease, but broke terms and movements down so that a newb like me would totally understand.

One of the most interesting things about Yoga that I found was the body awareness that comes with practice.  At first it may seem strange that your told to release tension in your jaw or the top of your head when focusing on some other body part your twisting like a pretzel but then you realize that your jaw is clenched and you hold tension in all sorts of body parts when exercising.

It was strange to me come out of a workout both fatigued and completely relaxed but that's how I came out of both classes. There's also a calmness and sense of accomplishment that was very welcome after a long crazy day.

I'll definitely be sticking with yoga during my Spartan training since it helps greatly with flexibility, core strength and mental focus.  Right now, it's a once a week practice but I can definitely see that expanding in the future 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Mav goes Spartan: week three, getting a grip

Week three update time, So far I'm pretty happy with my training, I'm building a consistent base and that's really important.

Burpees everyday as well as several mini workouts, I'll be upping the intensity on those soon.  I'm Getting in a run or two a week and I know that needs to bump up, but since I've been running that's not the thing I'm most concerned with.

I have noticed while watching various videos that climbing is a big part of many of the runs.  Monkey bars, rope climbs and walls show up in many of the videos.  So I've decided I'm gonna start looking into different climbing and grip strength workout. I think I am gonna get a pull up bar too, more than likely a portable one I can take with me on the go.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Mav goes Spartan: week 2

It's week two, and progess continues.

My Friday night Superhero class has become a surprisingly valuable asset in my Spartan training. I set up some obstacle courses, shuttle runs, and we do lots of calesthetics every week, and I've been doing the challenges with them.  Since we have new equipment and a bigger room this year we've had some really fun challenges. Two hours of that and I get in a great workout.

I've also been turned on to a new app by my daughter.  It's a 7 minute workout challenge app that uses basic bodyweight exercises in a seven minute circuit. Best part is they let you set up how many circuits you do so you can create a longer workout.  It's on the App Store. I just searched 7 minute workout challenge.

Speaking of my daughter, guess who discovered Spartan has kids races and now has been following me asking if she can run one.  Looks like I may have a training buddy after all.

That's it for this week, 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mav goes Spartan: week 1

Time for my week one check in. So far things are moving forward... Slowly.  I have had a few ups, and a few downs, but that's life.

First, Thank you to everyone who has been supporting me so far on this seemingly crazy endeavor, I've gotten some great positive comments and encouragement and it really means the world to me. It was fun to learn that a few of you are considering making a go of this Spartan thing as well.  

This past weekend I had a chance to win free admittance to a Spartan Race in a raffle at the beef and beer for my daughters competition dance team,  but typical to form I didn't win. Not a big deal, but a free entry would've been nice.  I do have to say I may be the only person ever to go to a beef and beer and have neither beef nor beer. I did fill up on salad, green beans, potatoes and some pasta.  

The diet changes are progressing nicely, I've found some really delicious, cheap and easy food recipes, and when I've had to I was able to make smarter choices for quick on the run meals.  Thank you Wawa for adding vegetarian tomato bisque, rice and roasted veggies to the menu.

On the fitness side of things, I tweaked me knee a little the day before I decided to go Spartan, so it's been a little slow but I did get my morning exercises and a run in this week.  I'm starting with the burpees today since the pain is all but gone.  Another thing I didn't take in to consideration is that I'm now teaching two hours of superhero class on Friday nights now and that alone is a big workout.

Also, I'm gonna be signing up for my first real yoga class soon!  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Throwback Wrestling Thursday: The Fall at the Brawl

It's officially the first day of Autumn, so I thought it would be fun to look back at the annual WCW event "Fall Brawl!"  And it's most infamous moment ever.

Fall Brawl was anchored almost every year with one of my favorite matches, The War Games! I have to be honest though, it's one of my favorite matches mostly because of the original versions of the event. Once they moved the match to Fall Brawl many of the War Games matches were... Uninspiring.

Of course we can't talk Fall Brawl, or the War Games without its most infamous moment and auspicious debut. The arrival of The Shockmaster! 

(Photo credit: WWE whether they like it or not)

Twenty Three years later and I still can't stop laughing at that video.

To this day I still don't know what they were thinking with the Shockmaster's debut, and as strange as it sounds, that fall may have been the best thing that happened to that angle... Seriously. 
Without the epic fall, an enormous man with a sparkly Stormtrooper helmet and giant fur vest would've crashed through the set and threatened Sid and Vader using Christian Bale's Batman voice.  Think about it, that part of the situation was their actual plan!!! 

I have to hope that WCW creative were stuck with a last minute wardrobe issue.  I believe that the plan for Shockmaster was for him to wear the "Super Shockmaster" outfit that they tried to introduce later on from the start, and that for whatever reason the costume and mask wasn't ready for his debut.

(Photo credit: Still WWE, Don't let them deny it)

So with no costume they did the best they could on short notice... And it was pretty awful.  The original promo (sans fall) more than likely would've been panned and been chalked up to another bad WCW decision when they were in an era where they made a lot of bad decisions, And only occasionally if at all referenced.  The War Games match would've pretty much been the same without the slapstick and forgotten.  Surely I wouldn't be discussing him today.

Now however, thanks to WWE Network, YouTube and other social media, The Shockmaster is legendary.  He's even had a resurgence lately appearing on recent WWE Programming, and has had had actions figures and other products made.  Shocked most definitely made the best of an embarrassing moment and is now part of one of the most legendary wrestling moments ever. That's not the over the top statement you think it is when you first read that sentence.