Strength Training

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The Calisthenics Kings of the Internet, Lazar Novovic and Frank Medrano

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Inspirational fitness enthusiasts, Lazar Novovic and Frank Medrano have taken the internet by storm by their more than impressive calisthenics moves. Signature moves such as “The Typewriter” (insanely advanced pull-ups), the Dragon Flag and the Human Flag (both extremely difficult abdominal exercises) are some of the exercises that they famously made a name for themselves in terms of body-weight exercises.

Frank Medrano, like many ordinary men, had done track and field during high school years and fell out of place with his health years afterwards. Frustrated with his health situation, he puts the effort consistently—eventually giving him the recognition he deserves. He is famously known as the “Vegan Bodybuilder” and despite the lack of eating meat protein, his hard work comprises. Frank Medrano is currently dating Antoinette Pacheco, another fitness personality who transformed her life as well.

Lazar Novovic is another brand ambassador of the Calisthenics movement. Claiming to have used no gym, supplements, or other weights besides his own bodyweight, not only he was able to achieve an 8-pack, prized among many ripped men, but he is the owner of a Calisthenics organization called BAR BROTHERS, a creative workout team for body weight exercises. The goal of BAR BROTHERS is “to motivate you to get in shape and help you reach your life goals.”

In case you are wondering how difficult to be an official representative of the movement, BAR BROTHERS requires that you have to complete    at least “7 Muscle Ups, 25 Dips, 10 Wide Grip Pull Ups, 25 Push Ups, 10 Leg Lifts, 7 Muscle Ups.” in under 5 minutes or less.” There is not much is known of Lazar Novovic, except he proudly represents his Serbian heritage.

“The tools that you choose are nothing more than a means to an end. Equipment will not change the equation for success, as the most important variable will always be YOU. Having control over your own body and being able to do what you want is what makes training so amazing.” -Frank Medrano

To learn more about Frank Medrano:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frankmedrano99
Website: www.thefrankmedrano.com

To learn more about Lazar Novovic:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarBrothersOfficial

My Internship at Ashtanga Yoga

Eddie Stern and I

Eddie Stern and I

Wouldn’t you believe that I went from taking a class from Modo Yoga into doing a summer internship in Yoga? Remember, I only had one experience in taking one yoga class at Modo Yoga and that’s really it. Sure, I did met Yogis on my journey, but it wasn’t until I offered a chance to intern at a Yoga studio, why not LEARN Yoga instead of relying on apps or online? I have the privilege of interning with the Urban Yogis at Broome Street with Eddie Stern, one of the best yoga teachers as a Summer Intern Urban Yogi. The internship comprises of learning different poses such as Sun Salutations A and B, Tree Pose, Crow Pose to harder ones including the oh-so difficult handstand pose. For someone who boasts about great upper body strength, you need much more than arms to balance your body. (Disclaimer: I am really still working on my abs and want to see how far I can get there without any supplements, yet.). The second part of the classes are group discussions from the book, “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra. Each week, we would read at least one chapter to discuss our thoughts about what was read. I found the Law of Detachment to really hit home for me the most, especially as someone who is more into the Entertainment/Media industry of things. (In case, this is your first post you read from this post, I am a photographer, http://www.chiomaozuzu.com) Don’t expect the results of your labor to be automatically, everything really does happen for a reason.

For six weeks, I learned alot about myself and how I perceive my reasoning of what I am met to do. I mean, I don’t have the perfect body yet, but I am giving my best each day. And when I do, I still want to push myself to exceed amazing limits. Career wise, I may  not have the perfect job (and yes, I have done alot of red carpet celebrity portraiture) but I hope its something that embraces my talents and not only empower people but also give them enlightenment in the most entertaining way possible, as my “Dharma”. Yoga is something that I still consider a whole different ballpark. I never learn how control of my breaths, patience, and listen to my body when it comes to what I put inside my body. There are times where the people I surround myself or have to deal with on a daily basis throw me off balance and discourage my goals in both fitness and media, most importantly, my spirits and well-being. Its beyond the poses, “I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.” (By: Rumi).  I admit, dear Yoga, I don’t know why we met so many times before, but I like to get to know you better, you seem to touch my heart and I hope we can spend more time together.

Concept of F.I.T. is Mind, Body, Spirit.

 

My Fellow Yogis

When Yoga and I met the first time.

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This is an interesting post to me because I am still learning lots about Yoga, but I find the practice one of the most life changing experiences I had. Its not something I would not have got into on my own, until the opportunities to practice the discipline frequently hits me. It was a rainy day when I first tried Yoga for the first time at Modo Yoga in NYC and I love trying out new things so to speak. I was two months into my personal training in Circuit Training and I figured why not try Yoga. I mean, I have a clue that I need flexibility and balance, but never was the kind of person who remembers to breathe when I go into my workouts. I walked inside the hot room with my towel and black whitebeater shirt and lied down. I haven’t experienced hot indoors since the summer heatwave in 2008 and there was no electricity. I waited for my instructor to teach the class.Shit, I am sort of sweating here.

Surrounded by a sea of attractive bodies of people lying on the mats and doing their own thing, the instructor gave us some drills I am no where familiar with. To me, that is stretching. I can’t remember the name of the poses, but I know I was nowhere near the level of flexibility, as I suspected. I struggled to maintain my balance, no, to even catch up with the class as I continue to sweat out alot more. However, despite the fact I am new, I learn one thing from this experience, the stress and muscle aches I felt from my circuit training class were relieved. Knowing me, I done an array of sports that are bound to get you sore, especially cross country, track, karate, and rugby. For the first time, I am not competing to achieve a goal, I am pushing myself for me. Of course, I would get in a world of hurt if I try all the poses in haste and inexperience. I thanked the instructor for his time and asked for last minute advice. Something about patience, change, and growth was something I got out of him. This is not the last experience I have in Yoga. Next post is actually a followup. 

Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.”  Caroline Adams