Thursday, September 20, 2007

A word from our sponsors...



The kids at Booker T. are starting to say "that Mr. G, he don't play!"

One of the reasons I'm able to pull apart fighting teenagers with such ease is the Perfect Pushup system, which is a rare impulse fitness buy that actually worked. I used to avoid pushups because I'd get a carpal tunnel strain with my hands flat on the floor. These little grips, which rotate as you move up and down, really eliminate painful impact problems and help focus the workout on your shoulders, lats, pecs, and triceps. Definitely a plus for urban middle school educators who don't have time to spend hours at the gym. I do three sets of thirty right now, four days a week, alternating days with a standard bicep workout, and will probably be doing three sets of fifty by the end of the year.

I also recommend Barefoot Science. I have flat feet and was a runner for twenty years. Last year because my arches had collapsed so badly I began having ligament and tendon problems on the top of my feet and in my ankles. Because my feet weren't set naturally there was an incredible stress on all those cords which bind my muscles and bones together. Out of desperation I bought the Barefoot Science Therapeutic inserts, and within two months I had increased my arches to a point I hadn't seen since I was a teen. I can stand barefoot now without pain for the first time in my adult life, and have begun running again after an 18-month layoff due to injuries. If you work on your feet all day as I do, and suffer painful aching arches or flat feet, I would recommend this system. I tried all the other temporary orthotics, which wear out after a few weeks and cost $15 a pop. This system actually works your feet and makes them restructure themselves. If it can work my barking dogs back into shape, it can help you.

7 comments:

casey said...

I'm no runner, but I love me some pushups.

Gonna look into that device.

Three sets of 30? I do three of 25. Time to kick it up a notch...

Of course, I don't have any junior thugs to separate.

Nyarlathotep said...

I just bought these things two months ago. I could barely do thirty consecutive pushups at that time. Now I do 30 standard, 30 wide, 30 narrow, and I'm going to increase the sets by five next week.

The device looks cheesy, and it's made of plastic, but they work for me. No pain in the wrists or hands, and a great burn in the shoulders and chest!

ellen cherry said...

welcome to the gun show, dude! you look stee-rong! in my wussi-fied daily workout, i do 5 measly push-ups while cursing at Barbara on The View. and i think that's alot. at least i can still lift my guitar. (but not my amp. maybe i'll increase to 6 pushups to work on that.)

Dazzling Urbanite said...

do pilates 3 times a week. watch what happens to your abs. pilates is the SHIT (it also eliminates back fat...i dont know of anything else that does, barring a knife)

Nyarlathotep said...

Ah, back fat. Where would I be without it? Tonight we were out at a bar and they turned on this insane blasting AC vent at midnight. Everyone was cold but me. The reason I wasn't cold? Back fat.

You have to be flexible to do Pilates. And coordinated and graceful. I'll stick to pushups and crunches.

Nick said...

That's fantastic that you're able to run again.

Nyarlathotep said...

Still paranoid and taking it gingerly. One run a week, about two miles. Walking the other days. Want to make sure I don't blow anything out again.