Product Reviews

Book Review: “Meat is for Pussies” – John Joseph

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It first needs to be said that John Joseph is one of the pioneers of the Hardcore music scene – a scene I grew up in. He fronted the band Cro-Mags, which is in my top 3 favorites in that music genre. Of all my interests over the years, the Hardcore scene is still the one I identify with the most. So I was a little biased going into this book.

John is a tough dude. He doesn’t delve too much into his upbringing in this book, but it should be known that his toughness is validated through his experiences. He’s not arrogant. He’s not pretentious. But he’s been through a lot of hard times and come out of it on top. If you google the acronym, “PMA” – that’s John Joseph personified. However if you’re full of shit, he’ll let you know. As he does with Monsanto and its ilk in this book.

His writing style may take some getting used to for some. hahaa … I think it’s hilarious, but effective. He can get a point across in 5 words; 3 of them being expletives, that most would feel the need to convey in 10 wordy sentences.
If you can take the stick out of your ass and suffer through 20 F-words per paragraph, this book will actually teach you a thing or two.

Driven by his own experiences, his own research, his own discipline, but primarily for the benefit of others, this book was written to inform the masses about the poison that’s both in our food, in our environment, and subsequently within our bodies. He exposes the misinformation floating around by everyone from Big Pharma to what you hear Vinny the Juicehead rambling on about in your local gym.

You’ll find out why 80% of the food in your grocery store is harmful to your health and the author goes into specifics as to how it came about and what the effects are. More importantly, he offers alternative options that will not only keep you out of sickness’ path, but drastically improve your overall well-being. He’ll tell you why the need for meat as a protein source is a myth. John has competed in multiple Iron Man races – fueled only by a vegan diet and discipline. That alone shatters all of the falsehoods of not achieving your athletic potential on a vegan diet.

“Meat is for Pussies” as John admits is a bit of a misnomer. The meaning behind the name refers to the detrimental effects of the modern day diet on the human body. The more you consume toxins, the more weak and feeble you become – thus, a pussy.

I’d say the main emphasis in this book is simply to treat your body with respect. And that encompasses a few key elements:
Know what you’re eating
If it’s not beneficial to your health, DON’T EAT IT. It seems like a no-brainer, but the FDA, WHO, Monsanto, Big Agra etc are counting on people’s naivete and complacency for one sole purpose – lining their pockets.
Stay fit
A sedentary lifestyle in and of itself is detrimental to your health. Once you combine a consistently healthy diet with a daily exercise routine, you will be blown away with how great you feel.
Embrace spirituality
Not necessarily ‘religion’, but John stresses the necessity to cultivate mental/spritual health as well. Whether that be through periodic yoga practice, meditation, or both.

End result: If you care about your well-being, read this book.

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RIVAL RS2V PRO SPARRING GLOVES

Rival RS2V-Pro Sparring gloves-Velcro

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I’ve been using these for the last 2+ years and LOVE THEM!  [16oz]
Easy to undo the velcro (as long as you have your front teeth), great fit, they breathe fairly well, slick design.  They’ve been well-used since I’ve had them and are still in great condition. Minimal care has been needed too:
– always keep them out of my gym bag
Glove Dogs
Cleaning spray
– always use clean hand-wraps

Once these crap-out, I’ll probably replace them with another set of Rivals.
I’ve used the following in the past: G&S, Hayabusa, Top King. Rivals are easily my favorite. In due time, I’ll throw out a review for all of the above.

* this is all based on personal preference!

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As with this and future reviews, I’ll never go by a star-rating system, as I find them too subjective and people tend to pay attention to the # of stars as opposed to the content of the review.  My basic format: brief write-up/opinion/how it relates to my needs; followed by pros and cons.

This review relates to the Strava app used in conjunction with iPhone & Android.

I’m with a huge segment of the “mobile community” that’s addicted to gadgets and they stats they produce. I typically run and ride alone, therefore the main person I’m competing with is myself.  Although I enjoy being part of an online-community whose stats can be compared in friendly competition, I’m going to start this review with the biggest cons coming out of the Strava-sphere:

CON#1:
PEOPLE CHEAT!  I’ve run and ridden in Central Park countless times. People in the Strava community have times clocked at over 60MPH.  It’s just not possible – not even in a car.  I don’t want to know how it’s done.  I don’t care.  I just choose to bypass the whole “competing with the online community” aspect  of the app.
CON#2:
People ride a little too reckless in order to beat their stats. Personally, I’m OK with this, as I myself am extremely alert and usually ride at similar speeds.  But most pedestrians just don’t pay attention. NYC in particular is a bad place for this: 1st level of obliviousness to their surroundings goes to American tourists. 2nd (higher) level goes to foreign tourists. God bless them, but they have NO idea what’s going on around them, let alone the awareness to notice a bike coming at them at 20-30MPH.
CON#3:
– This isn’t a con for me, but I’ve heard many accuse [apps of this nature] of taking the soul/enjoyment out of riding.  To be fair, I can see how this applies. Going back to Con#2, when all your focused on is building stats/beating records, it can easily take the enjoyment out of the ride. I’ve fallen victim to this, but I’m OK with it since my major reason behind cycling is to improve fitness.  However to keep the fun aspect in tact, I try to separate the two; allowing for riding segments where I just sit back and take it easy.

PRO#1:
– Can be used for either running or riding. I do both, however I have so much time & mileage invested in my Nike+ app, I only use Strava for riding.

PRO#2:

– The web interface is very well-done; easy to navigate. I love seeing my stats. Love competing with myself.

PRO#3:
Works great with iPhone and Android. I just throw a simple device-mount on my handlebars and it’s smooth sailing from there. GPS links up right away in both city and the burbs. Interface on mobile apps is equally impressive. Interactive maps, achievement trophies, etc
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PRO#4:
– I love this aspect:  as you pass certain segments during your ride, it automatically places you in the running with others who’ve ridden that segment. You get to see where you place in comparison – and you always have the opportunity to move into that #1 position.

It’s definitely worth using if the above appeals to you.  The good FAR outweighs the bad. And motivation to improve your stats will always result in better fitness; better health — as long as you ride carefully.

All of the above applies to the FREE VERSION. CLICK HERE to see what the PREMIUM (paid) VERSION offers.

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