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  • How many perfect pushups can I do in 60 seconds?

    I recently asked myself “How many perfect pushups can I do in 60 seconds?”.

    From time to time I often ponder questions of fitness and strength and last night I wish those were the questions I answered.

    Pushups on the beach after a run.

    In place of those I re-answered the question how many beers can I drink before the two for one special ends?, followed up by the question where can I get a philly cheesesteak at 3 am?. The questions I wound up answering led me to formulate a strategy for recovery. Well, first it led to the bathroom – then to the recovery strategy.

    What would stop my day after drinking from being a total “X” on the calendar?

    Having done enough research through the years to feel confident in my break down I kept it simple and picked out the nights where I drank a lot but felt great the next day vs. the nights I drank too much and wanted to jump off a cliff the following morning. The best rule and one that led to years of happy dance offs with little or no regrets the next day is NO SHOTS! I had a hard and fast rule of no shots that got me through my early 20’s with very few bad nights. It wound up being the nights and mornings of hell because of shots that caused me to adopt this policy, and I can say it has been the true root of my being able to recover quickly from a night of drinking.

    As I got older I relaxed my shot rule, and with that had some of my worst hangovers because one shot leads to two leads to four leads to checking your bank app the next morning wondering how you spent $300 on a Tuesday night and why your coccyx is bruised. If you’re gonna do shots, set a limit of 1-2. I recommend staying away from them entirely but sometimes they are unavoidable. The late night feast is also a chance to take your hangover from slow death to not too shabby and the rule here is if it kinda makes you sick while you’re sober stay away from it. This isn’t to say a few slices of pizza are gonna kill you, but if fast food hurts your stomach on a regular day it will send your intestines into turmoil during a hangover, go carb heavy.

    Cereal is always a safe bet, it has been engineered by science to be both nutritious and delicious, breakfast in general is good but they are closing all the damn diners in Brooklyn so it’s hard to get a toasted corn muffin with a side of fries in the middle of the night. The easiest thing to do but one that is frequently missed is getting some last minute hydration in before you go to sleep and wake up with a case of desert mouth and headache eyes. Right before bed drink a huge glass of water, one that is almost uncomfortable in your stomach. The more water the better drink until you can’t hold anymore and staying on the water theme if you stink of cigarette smoke grab a quick shower so you don’t have to breath it in all night.

    Lastly, if you can’t afford to even take the chance that you’ll have a hangover keep some alka seltzer in the house and drink it when you wake up, that should get you in tip top shape for those perfect pushups.


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  • 7 Deadly Zings- A Guy’s Guide to the 7 Pillars of Fitness

    This inaugural post lays the groundwork for the 7DeadlyZings blog, which is the home base for my 7 Deadly Zings program. The concept being- helping regular guys burn fat, lose weight, and gain muscle. It is by far the best diet and exercise program and I only sell it to guys who are committed to the goal… and – I’m going to let you have it without breaking the bank.

    7 Deadly Zings- Burn Fat, Gain Muscle. Underground Weight Loss Program for Men.
    7 Deadly Zings- Burn Fat, Gain Muscle. Underground Weight Loss Program for Men.

    I’m also going to give you an occasional glimpse into my thought processes and rants to give you an edge in other facets of life. You’ll also see the occasional flub.

    Let’s get started.

    If you’re like me you’re constantly trying to find value for your dollar, from picking a gym that has the most amenities- like the perfect pushup – to finding restaurants that will provide quality for a good price. I’m in it to keep my bank account strong. It’s a great feeling knowing you’re spending in a way that leaves the guilt out of what can kindly be called “questionable purchasing”, because no one really needs a sombrero. This exercise in searching out value put my mind in a mode to see that the best thing you can work out is your toolbox to save a small fortune. The why is easy, saving money and as the saying goes a penny saved is a penny earned. Fortunately the how is pretty simple too and involves an activity we are all very accustomed to – being online. There is a video for pretty much everything you could ever want to know on someone’s website explaining how to do pretty much anything. With that in mind let’s take a look at things that cost a ton if you were to have them done by professionals but you could do with a decent tool set and a little effort.

    Painting is a great place to start and while a professional painter may not need as many specialty items like painters tape and edge rollers, these tools are available to you for a small cost and the savings of doing it yourself will easily be up in the $400-$500 ballpark. A professional might have you beat in a race to finish but if you have a few hours to spare and prep the room according to any of the online videos that show proper technique you will get great results at a fraction of the cost. I just painted nearly every room in my house and saved over $3000 – and yes, there are some spots that annoy me, but the cash I saved makes up for that.

    Staying on the home improvement end of things and stepping up the intensity to electrical work let’s just say make sure the power is off and put the wires back on in the same spots you took em off. This works for light switches, power outlets, lamps, etc. Where each one of those could be $25 a pop to have an electrician do it, take a look around your house those outlets add up fast. Cars are gonna be the next place we save tons of cash and that’s because of one part that needs frequent replacement, costs hundreds of dollars to have done by a mechanic and is basically just 4 bolts to do, I’m talking about brakes. Good set of brake pads costs about 50 bucks, decent tool set costs the same and brakes need to be changed once maybe twice a year depending on who’s driving. If you get this done at a mechanic you are looking at over $300 and that is the amount that can be saved over the life of your car each time you would have changed your brakes!

    Once you tackle the painting and the brake job your handyman confidence will be in overdrive and you will begin taking on more and more complex fixes all the while saving what will wind up being thousands of dollars over a given course of time. Take that money and buy more tools and do more stuff to save and on and on… you get the picture. That’s right- the 7 Deadly Zings program is your next logical purchase.