Archive for February, 2012

Make your own FOAM ROLLER

Foam Roller??!! Am sure you have heard of it and maybe even own one, maybe you are rolling on one right now while reading this, but I found this foam thing pretty underrated by lots of sports professional. So whats a Foam Roller ? got the below excerpt from Wikipedia

Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) technique that is used by athletes and physical therapists to inhibit overactive muscles. This form of stretching utilizes the concept of autogenic inhibition to improve soft tissue extensibility, thus relaxing the muscle and allowing the activation of the antagonist muscle.

This technique can be effective for many muscles, including: gastrocnemius, latissimus dorsi, piriformis, adductors, quadriceps, hamstrings, hip flexors, thoracic spine (trapezius and rhomboids), and TFL.

It is accomplished by rolling the foam roller under each muscle group until a tender area is found, and maintaining pressure on the tender area for 30–60 seconds

The one you see above is the P90X RumbleRoller12 inch (Short) and its retails for $44.95 as you can see below, This little foam to me don’t really cost $45 IMHO, but I may be wrong, P90X send me one and I will justify that.. LOL , This weekend I decided to make my own Foam rollers as I felt some Innovation flows through me this weekend..

“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.”

— Edward de Bono

So how will you be able to own one without paying top dollar for this? well I found a simple solution and made one for myself,  Ok it may be without the Fancy Shamcy ribbed foam pointing out,but hey you get for what you pay for,

First you need to get a couple of items, maybe you even have it lying around your house

  1. Industrial Metal Pipe , found this lying around at the warehouse that I work  at and they have no use for this, its pretty sturdy and its strong enough to withstand my weight
  2. Industrial Strength double side tape
  3. Non Slip Mat (I’ve chosen yellow to contrast with my stretching mat)
  4. Scissors to cut up the items *DUH

If you notice I’ve put in the strips diagonally so it will feel ribbed with I roll over. This strips are the foam type and it do gives in the ribbed feeling, Nice

Once you have placed all the stripped around, just wrapped the non-slip mat tightly over the pipe, I cut it longer so I will be able to fold it in as the edge will feel soft as well.

Ta-Da, my own foam roller at a fraction of the cost, oh how much is the fraction ? well here is the breakdown

Material                                                  Cost

Industrial Metal Pipe                              FREE

Industrial Double Sided Tape              $3.00

Non-Slip Mat                                            $3.00

Total                                                 $6.00

So Yup, there you go, NOW go make your own roller and save some Moolah, you can contribute to my “Help the Isaac who wanna travel the World fund” . No seriously, I accept Cheque and PayPal, am grateful to any amount sent .. LOL, if you really did send I will just use your money towards Charity of your choice. yeah and tha’ts HOW I ROLL !!


Celebrity ran a 3:55 Marathon but disqualified

Not sure if you guys know Edison Chen? LOL.. who doesnt, he was the one acted in Batman where he ushered Bruce Wayne into the tower in Hong Kong. He was the one created such big news on his naked photos with all the celebrity and models in HK. So with all that bad rep, he tried to be good.. He signed up for the Hong Kong Marathon that was held on the 5th of February 2012

He successfully managed to (more…)


Absolutely BAD SWIMMERS !

You know lots of people are scared of the water According to a survey, nearly 86 percent of adults and 91 percent of children and young adults admitted to being afraid of something. When a fear becomes irrational and unbearable, it can turn into a strange, funny or even weird phobia.

Well I surely can’t make your phobia away, but I can share some water funnies with you .. enjoy laugh away !


Would you pay $14000 for this bike ?

Believe it or not this bike cost $14 000 buckaroos, how crazy is that ?  Did you know that a Chef in China earns only $402 a month ! how long does he have to work to earn that freaking bike? a total of 3 freaking years just to get that bike and that is if he spent all of it on installment just for that bike, and what bike am I talking about ? check it out here.. (more…)


Training IMHO

What Does training means to you, yourself as an athlete?

Training to me means a self discipline to oneself, to me race day is not as important as training FOR race day.  The journey starts when you sign-up for a race, then that’s where you start planning out your days to yourself stating when you gonna do this and do that.

You gather your thoughts, you gather your courage, and you (more…)


Garmin FR60

This was the continuation of a conversation I had with Brother Stupe and VinAnn, sorry if you guys are lost in this post, lemme just explain from the start again

So, here’s how the story goes, I like gadget and I always have believed that training with a HR monitor is essential, I have always spoke of POLAR being the leader in this industry as they are the SME and Pioneers, I got bored with their design and decided to take a different twist, bought myself a FR60 before venturing into Garmin High End line.  It had everything I wanted, HR, Stride ,Distance and  Fitness program.

I had used it for about 1 month max if counting days of usage, then it went blank on me, luckily the customer care was just near my office, can’t imagine if it was further, rushed to get it fixed during lunch and to cut the story short the say they will take a look at it and call me back, OK! standard procedure I guess.. after a week no one called, Called back and demanded an answer, they said They will send the watch back to Taiwan for further investigation.  (Sheesh..what customer service, I said ok.. what else can I possible do? this is only after about a month.

About 4 weeks have passed, “I” called them again and they said its ready for collection  Note the word “I”, (customer service at best, NOT) went to pick it up, they said this and that happeend to the watch and they REPLACED me with a NEW ONE !!  Was esthetic with the gesture, brought it back and used it for a couple of time for about 2 weeks, come race day for Army Half Marathon, The stupid product died on me again, Mind you this is only 2 months or so after they have fixed it,  This time I was so pissed at the watch I left it at home in the darkest corner of my house, hoping it will realize what IT had done wrong and revive itself. sadly to say no, that did not happen.

Then again the whole story starts again,  brought it back to Garmin Customer care, said they will take another 4 weeks.. blah blah blah … WTF !! IF I WAS POOR and that watch was all my savings that I took to buy,  you tell me that I had to go for another 4 weeks for them to repair I can frankly say F U Garmin !! told myself if Garmin is not going to improve on their customer service, PLEASE GO GET POLAR or any other brand !!

#If any of you guys reading this are from GARMIN, I still have the watch and receipt to prove it! Maybe I am just bad luck receiving this faulty device TWICE!

Lemme know how you felt about your HR monitor guys.. really comments and feedback would be good !


Stretch that HAM !!

ham·string  (/ˈhamˌstriNG/)

n.

1.Ham that is strung on a string usually made of nylon, safe for consumption
2. Any of the tendons at the rear hollow of the human knee.
2. or hamstrings The hamstring muscle.
3. The large tendon in the back of the hock of a quadruped.
       Ok ok .. I made that 1st one up. Dont take it so seriously,  its about 5 weeks to Ironman 70.3 Singapore and I was hammering it on the bike last weekend with Benny, and after the ride went for a run,  Had no stop to my training and Sunday went for a Gym session working solely on the legs (No pun intended) and then for a Swim.
I knew after the bike ride my hamstring was wacked..  but knowing me, (more…)

Team Seal 6 ?

Saw this movie trailer when I visited the cinema recently and my jaws dropped! am not sure if this movie was inspired by SEAL TEAM 6 ? can anyone confirm? well whatever it is .. it sure is “KICKASS” would love to watch it in HD, DIGITAL and even 3D if they have it..  check out the trailer the first is the first trailer where the second is the Extended version,


Where is your MANNERS !!

Etiquette For Runners

In the interest of promoting an enjoyable running and racing experience for everyone, the Road Runners Club of America encourages good runners’ etiquette. Whether running in a group or running alone, always follow the RRCA Safety Guidelines.

Whatever the pace, wherever the race, manners matter.

Rules of the road and trails

  • Run against traffic if running on the road. If running on the sidewalk or multi-use trails, travel on the right and pass on the left.
  • Never run more than two abreast if you are running in a group. Don’t be a road or trail hog.
  • Don’t run down the middle of the road or trail.
  • If you are running an out-and-back route, don’t just make a sudden u-turn at your turn around point. Stop, step to the right to allow oncoming traffic the opportunity to pass. Ensure the road or trail is clear of oncoming traffic (runners, cyclists, in-line skaters, etc.) then make your u-turn. Making a sudden u-turn without looking over your shoulder is a good way to get hit.
  • Alert pedestrians when you are passing them – don’t assume they are aware of their surroundings. A simple “on your left” warning will suffice.
  • Be alert on blind curves.
  • Stop at stop signs and ensure oncoming traffic yields to you before proceeding across a road. Don’t assume cars will stop if you are entering a cross walk.
  • Respect private property along your route. Don’t relieve yourself in the neighbor’s bushes.
  • Don’t litter. If you can’t find a trash can, carry your trash home.

General Rules for Running in an Event

  • Follow the rules of the race outlined on the race entry form! (more…)

Don’t be Racist ..

Found this to be pretty funny … dont you think ? PEACE TO THE WORLD !


Zipp 404, Race Wheelset or Everyday Use

I am sure if you are a cyclist you must have heard of this brand called ZIPP , they are the market leaders in racing wheelsets and I can tell you their wheelsels and rims are well spoken off in the racing community.  Just check out this statistics done by Zipp

“You can keep going and your legs might hurt for a week or you can quit and your mind will hurt for a lifetime.”
Mark Allen – Ironman

Kona Wheel Count = World Domination

I guess they pretty much ruled the racing world, as for me I am not a promoter for ZIPP, can’t afford them as they are too costly to me. I just want to (more…)


Chinese New Year 2012

I know Chinese New Year is over for all, time to work your butt off eating all those cookies, bak kwa, soft drinks, beer and especially tossing the Yu Sheng or Yee Sang.  I only manage to toss twice for this CNY, as CNY is the only time we get to eat the Yu Sheng, well no matter less calorie consume.

“Well, a full belly conquers all.”
–From the film Saving Face

Speaking of Yu Sheng, My family will  (more…)


Valentine’s Day around the World

Only 5 days to the “Saint Valentine’s Day” or commonly known as Valentine’s day.  This is the day where some poor kid will be spending all his savings on Flowers , Chocolates and Gifts for their love one, be it a girl or boy its the same.. come to think of it I have not really spent Valentine’s day before. What does it feel like? a day filled with Oozing love? Romantic gestures? hugs and kisses ?  (getting goose bumps typing this out)

I decided to give you (more…)


China’s sexiest blogger leaked

Do you think this is a publicity stunt? does she wants fame ? well she already is famous.. but maybe she wants more attention ? I dont know .. . but yeah .. pretty sexy I might say .. sexy yo !! (all I can say is curvacious full body.. most girl will be jealous..)

A series of nude and sexy photographs of a popular Chinese blogger has been leaked onto the Internet.

The pictures of Yan Hua Meimei (Fireworks Sister) were first posted online by netizens earlier this year.

Very soon, they were circulating like wildfire.

The blogger, Yan Hua Meimei, whose real name remains a secret, re-posted them on her weibo.

She even (more…)


Helmeting my Nogging

Not long ago I was looking for Aero helmets on the web, I was doing my research and everything on helmet, searching furiously on reviews, helmet pros and cons and what people think of aero helmets.

Hoping that it will make me go faster on the bike leg, my first choice was Giro Advantage,

And that was it, I had my mind on it and I was pretty much settled on the decision as many people had reviewed it, I told Benny (more…)


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