Euro Trip 2016: Paris Video

Paris 2016 Video

Here is the Paris leg of our honeymoon. We had an amazing time. Like the London video, I used my GoPro Hero 3 and a Feiyu Tech Gimbal. Thanks for watching.

 

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My Week As Rx (Probably Scaled): January 23 – January 29

 

Strength

Deadlift – Find a 3RM

My previous 3RM was 375 lb. and I wanted to hit a new PR. With all the PR’s I’ve been setting, I wanted to see if I could reach a new one. As I added weight the deadlifts felt a lot heavier than I remembered. I haven’t done heavy deadlifts in a while and wasn’t sure if I could hit a new PR. I was able to lift 375 lb. for three but I failed at 395 lb. Hopefully after this cycle, I’ll be able to hit a new PR.

WOD

For Time – 6 Rounds, TC: 15 Minutes5 push press (135 lb.)

10 pistols
Run (200 m)

I had a great time doing this workout. It was hard and I almost hit the time cap but I felt great after. I was worried that the run was going to slow me down since we just did deadlifts. My hamstrings and lower back were tight but I was able to push through it. I wanted to keep a pace of a round every two minutes.

When the workout started, I was able to keep the workout to about 1:30 for the first two rounds. Afterwards, each round was around 2:00 – 2:30. The push press was manage able as well as the pistols. I was able to do the reps unbroken but I took some rest between each movement. The run was the hardest to finish but I got through it with a reasonable pace. I was short of the 12 minutes but I able to finish the workout in 14:15.

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My Week As Rx (Probably Scaled):January 15 – January 22

Strength

Back Squat – Find your 1RM

After weeks of heavy back squats it was time to test my new 1RM. My goal for 2017 was to make it to 400 lb. and I was excited to see how far I have come. The last recorded 1RM was from February of last year. I worked up to a heavy single about 97% and then added up to 380 lb. This would be a 15 lb. increase over my last 1RM attempt.

I felt very confident since I was able to squat my old 1RM of 365 lb. for two reps earlier in the week. I walked the bar out and although it was very heavy, I felt it was achievable. I descended at a controlled pace and was able to complete the lift. Thankfully I was able to get through it smoothly and not stick on the ascent. You can watch the video below.

I attempted 385 lb. but I was not successful. I had a controlled decent but I stayed in the bottom position for a second too long and was not able to get back up. I dumped the bar and called it a day.

WOD

Partner WOD – Bear Complex, 20 Minute AMRAP

This workout was an alternating bear complex. The goal was to keep a steady pace and not rush the reps. I started at 95 lb. but my coach kept adding weight and I ended it up at 125 lb. At 95 lb. the reps were not too bad. I was able to keep moving at a smooth pace which is probably why my coach increased the weight. We finished with a combined total of 57 reps. This was a great workout because I was able to do it with my wife. We pushed each other and were able to keep a great pace. My wife and I are becoming better athletes together.

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Blog News: 2017 Resolutions

2016 was a great year. I got married, hit some fitness goals and played a lot of games. I have a lot of room to improve and I want to start off the new year right. Below are goals that I want to accomplish.

Blog Goals
 

I want to write more posts and stay consistent. With the holidays finishing up I will be back to writing more stuff about CrossFit and gaming. I just picked up the new Inov-8 235v2 and will be writing about it soon.

CrossFit Goals

I will write about a few PRs from the holidays but I have a few goals in mind for 2017.
  • 400 lb. back squat
  • 200 lb. snatch
  • 275 lb. clean and jerk
  • Under 5 minute Fran

These are ambitious goals but I know I can do them if I stay consistent.

Gaming Goals

I used to paint my models in pieces but I found that not all models need to be painted this way. I want to play more Warmachine lists but my lack of assembled models is hampering me. My resolution for 2017 is to assemble my easy to paint models and play them while I get them painted. Also, to actually paint more models in 2017! I also want to work on streaming more games I’m playing like Hearthstone and other games on the PS4.

Thanks for reading and be sure to look for more posts in the new year!

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My Week As Rx (Probably Scaled): New Format Changes

Format Changes Going Forward

Hello everyone. It has been a busy few weeks and with the holidays coming up, it’s going to get more hectic. After thinking about this segment of the blog I realized that I didn’t like writing about everything I did during the week. Their would be one or two workouts and strength sessions that I would be excited to write about but everything else felt like busy work. Now I will focus on highlights instead of a daily journal. One strength and one WOD but I will include more if I can’t choose between a few. This way, I can stay motivated to share my journey. Thanks for reading.

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The Bam! Box Unboxing: Adult Cartoon

 

What is the Bam Box?

The Bam Box is monthly subscription box for collectors. Each month contains nerdy and geeky items as well as autographed collectibles. The Bam Box also has an auto upgrade and instant winner system. You could receive extra items or automatically receive an upgrade to an item in the box. Upgrade examples are variant pin, print and comic colors.

What’s in the Box?

The pin for this month is from South Park. You could have received Cartman or Kenny as well. I really like Chef from the earlier seasons of the show. He was one of  my favorite characters before Isaac Hayes went nuts.

The first item is a metal print of Homer Simpson. It’s a very interesting item and would look great on my wall. I love the Simpsons and have been a fan of it since I was younger. My grandparents didn’t like me watching it which only made it cooler!

The first autographed item is from Dynamite Comics. It’s signed by cover artist Ken Haesar. Not a big fan of Betty Boop and would have liked something different. The comic books in these boxes have been misses for me. I was hoping for something more mainstream like Marvel or DC.

The next autographed item is from cosplayer Kristen Lanae. While it’s a sexy picture, it’s not for me. I’m not a big fan of cosplay and this item is wasted on me. I will probably try and sell it on ebay.

The last autographed item is “Bevis and Butthead Attack Rick and Morty” by KC Day. This is my favorite item in this box since it’s a mash up of two great shows. I will definitely be putting this up on the wall soon.

Final Thoughts

While this was a great theme the people at Bam Box missed the mark. I was hoping for more mainstream adult cartoon items and something more than just prints. This was a make or break box and I’m sad to say I will not be renewing my subscription. I had high hopes for this service after seeing past boxes but the last two months have been disappointments. I’m sure other subscribers liked all the items this month but I’m not one of them. If the quality and variety of items change in the upcoming months, I may resubscribe.
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Loot Crate December 2016 Theme: Revolution

Image taken from the Loot Crate email.

Revolution will be the last box of the month and I hope they close out this year with a bang! Mr. Robot, Firefly and Assassins Creed were the franchises listed. Exclusive items this month will be a Funko Pop!, an item from Mr. Robot and a hardcover from Sideshow Collectibles. I’m a fan of all the franchises listed and I hope all the items are sweet!

If you’re into these franchises and want to sign up use this LINK, also use the promo code SAVE3 for $3 off any subscription. I get credit towards more Loot Crates if you use the link. If you have any questions, leave a comment at the bottom.

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Euro Trip 2016: London

London 2016

When I was discussing our European honeymoon my wife and I picked out four cities. My first choice was London. I wanted to visit London after watching BBC shows like Sherlock, Dr. Who and Luther. One of my favorite holiday films is Love Actually, set in London.

Cell Phones

We were able to purchase Lebara SIM cards at Heathrow airport for £25. They also had other options in a vending machine but a Lebara representative gave us a good deal. We were able to get 5gb of data and 500 minutes of talk time.

Transportation

We got into the city on a train from Heathrow to Paddington station. It was about £10 each person. From Paddington we purchased an oyster card to use on the Underground/Tube. We didn’t buy the all day passes and instead opted for a pay as you go. The train and bus system was easy to navigate, especially using the City Mapper app. We would also take Uber rides if we stayed out too late or had to go to a place that was out of the way. 

London was the most expensive place for travel. The daily cap for fares were £9.40 but I’m sure I paid more than that in fares based on credit card statements. London is the worst in public transport cost if you’re staying under seven days. 

Accommodations 

We stayed in North Peckham in the Southwark borough. London has great public transportation and we were able to get to any area of the city fairly quickly using the bus system.

The Fun Stuff

 
We started off this trip with a classic English breakfast and it was delicious. This was the first time I’ve eaten beans at breakfast and it wasn’t bad. The bacon is thick and not as crispy but the hash browns were awesome.
 

During the planning of the trip, we picked places we had to visit: Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Big Ben, Westminster Abby and the London Eye. We also strolled through neighborhoods like Soho, Covent Garden and Notting Hill. There were a lot more places but it would be boring to list them.

The Tower of London has a lot of history. The former fortress holds the crown jewels of the monarchy. Crowns of past kings and queens are also on display as well other royal regalia.

 
Trafalgar Square is a place I’ve wanted to visit since I watched Jump London. I remember the huge lion sculptures and large obelisk. I was an avid free runner until I started getting injured. I stopped completely but I still watch our footage once in awhile. I’m still amazed at what we used to do. We also visited the National Gallery which is next to Trafalgar Square. The gallery had a great selection of art from artists from around the world. This was the first time I visited a large art gallery and it made an impression on me. It made me want to paint miniatures again.
 
 
In front of the National Gallery you will find a lot of street artists and performers. They range from chalk artists, poets, still performers and break dancers. 
 
 
 
 
Big Ben was not as “big” as we though. I imagined that it would be as as tall as a sky scraper. It’s actually a lot wider than it looks. I read an article that Big Ben is tilting, thankfully it’s not a danger to the public. We walked by the houses of parliament and toured the inside of Westminster Abbey. We used a free audio guide that was narrated by Jeremy Irons. I was surprised to see the tombs of great scientists such as Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton. I wanted to take a picture but the officials made it clear no photography allowed. 
 

 

We were able to get tickets to the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at Palace Theater. It was my first large theater production and it was a great experience. I’m a fan of the Harry Potter series but I didn’t want to read the screenplay for the Cursed Child. I was hoping they would make it into a movie or I would watch it live. Thankfully, the theater had tickets for sale. We didn’t realize how fortunate we were until we talked to people at the Harry Potter store in Kings Cross Station.

 

Before heading to London I researched some stores I wanted to visit. Orc’s Nest is a famous game store in London that has a large selection of table top games and accessories. They had a small wargaming section but no Warmachine or Guild Ball models. I wish we had a game store like this back home.

 

 
My wife and I love visiting CrossFit gyms in different countries. Most of gyms we visited are welcoming and helpful. We didn’t get to workout since we were on a tight schedule but we did buy a shirt. 
 

Final Thoughts on London

London is an amazing city full of interesting people, great food and rich history. We didn’t get to visit every place we wanted to but we will save them for our return trip. It was five days well spent and the experience was something we will remember forever. After London we headed to Paris for the second leg of our honeymoon.
 
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Barbells and Boxcars: Episode 11

Episode 11
After being on hiatus for three month’s, Rodel and I were able to record a new episode. In this episode we discuss my trip to Europe, our CrossFit injuries and pr’s and our experience at Otaku Recon 2016.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or email them barbellsandboxcars@gmail.com. Also check out the Barbells and Boxcars Facebook Page as well as the Limitless Fails Gaming Group Facebook Page.

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Limitless Fails Gaming Group: Otaku Recon 2016 Recap

 

Otaku Recon 2016 Recap

I had a blast at Otaku Recon 2016 but it almost didn’t happen. A few months ago I contacted the people from Kai Productions but they were not giving out spots for exhibitors. The group was disappointed but we understood. Two weeks ago the organizers offered us a spot  the main hall! I’m not sure what happened but we were willing to fill the spot. The short notice was unfortunate. I wasn’t able to make a new diorama or display board but we did the best with what we had. I think we did a lot better this year since we had a wide variety of wargames.
We decided to do a display most of our Wargames: Warmachine, Guild Ball and Infinity. Last year we did demos of Warmachine, this year we were going to focus Guild Ball and maybe Infinity. Since they were skirmish games, the demo would be easy. We set up the demo table with Guild Ball and the other table with Warmachine and Infinity. On the second day we had a small Warhammer 40k Ork display and a Dust Tactics display.
We did a few demos of Guild Ball and Infinity. The new players really liked the games and will hopefully start playing with us. Instead of video, I was able to take a time lapse with my GoPro. I will upload the video soon. Check out the Limitless Fails Gaming Group Facebook page for more info about meet ups.
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