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  1. Addai

    Jogging Advice

    oh definitely! i take the approach of a little warm up, however much it takes for you to really get the blood pumping, then stop, stretch out, and then start your real run. and if you're trying to increase flexibility, it's even more important to strech after the run. stretching before is merely for injury prevention. to be fair though, it's pretty hard to pull a muscle jogging, but for some people they do tighten up.
  2. Addai

    Jogging Advice

    That's alright. Time is the best measure. Distance only matters as a measure if you're going to get competitive. Some people might prefer it to looking at a watch I suppose, as visual markers are easier for them, but time is really the way to go! Also, upping your cardio to two days a week would probably be good. Once probably isn't enough, but could possibly be depending on the intensity of your weight lifting and kickboxing. You don't want to do anything so infrequently that you can't carry over progress from one training session into the next. Someone mentioned running injuries, which is a serious consideration. If you haven't experienced them up to this point, and with as little mileage as you're actually getting in, you're probably fine. If you start feeling any signs of injury, be sure to post here or look around online for what to do--don't wait, and do NOT run through an injury. Good luck with everything.
  3. And yet you argued over the meaning of Et Si Omnes Ego Non. Completely different. That's not a term, it's a sentence. It reads today exactly the same it did two thousand years ago. It's a constant. Etymology is not.
  4. ^Is English your first language?
  5. my on campus apartment at my school, apparently each spring the ants have a party in it. so last spring, my first year here, they went crazy. i killed hordes. flushed to be precise, as i can't bring myself to step on one or anything like that. i was living with my sister at the time, who is a very committed vegan, and she obviously was having quite the internal struggle over what to do. for a couple weeks she took them outside but it just got ridiculous, we were overrun. you'd look on the counter and see a dozen. you'd see lines of them marching around the walls. terrible. i wasn't really a vegan at the time, just sort of a pseudo/de-facto vegan... but yeah i flushed my an ant, but it was a terrible situation.
  6. I thought that was a really well put article. As to the man who coined the term, it's irrelevant (ducks flying objects). Original meanings have no worth to present day strictly within the context of what it means to people. All words meanings change over time, and often very rapidly. Most dictionaries are years behind, perpetually struggling to keep up. You can find enormous lists of words that have changed remarkably in the last hundred years, and even in the last 50. Even sooner than that. People will always look for words to fit a purpose, often times misusing them, and with that their meaning inherently changes. Vegan has been used in so many new ways over the last six decades now, that it's meaning has inherently changed, branched off, and come to be a far more dynamic term. A+ article.
  7. Addai

    Jogging Advice

    I recommend a watch because if you do set times, and keep track of it, it can become very motivating, it gives you a goal for the day, and you can track your progress. Much like how all the lifters here having training journals. It's funny how crazy people are going over the effectiveness of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). It's like, uhh, interval training has been around for many decades longer than I've been alive. When I ran cross country we did Fartlek, which is Swedish for speed play. Same concept. In HIIT you basically alternate between jogging and running really fast, most people do a 2:1 ratio. So let's say you jog slowly for one minute, then you crank it up to top speed for 30 seconds. And you just do this for 20 minutes, 30 minutes, or whatever depending on where your conditioning is. When I ran XC I'd typically jog for 2-4 minutes, then do 30-60 seconds of faster running. I dislike really short intervals like 1 minute to 30 seconds, but I've seen many people at the gym do that, and I've never done "HIIT specific" running, just a variety of other types of interval training. From the studies I've seen, HIIT really is the most effective for fat loss. You can train at it less than just standard jogging, and get better results, so I'd recommend that. Really maximizes the time you're putting in. I think trying to run HIIT every time might be a bit much though, and a bit boring. I'd still recommend throwing a regular easy run in there of normal jogging. So if you ran let's say Monday through Friday, then do HIIT on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and a normal light jog on Tuesday and Thursday (5 days a week is probably too much, but I'm just giving an example. 3-4 days a week should be plenty! Maybe HIIT twice a week, with a normal jog in between, all depends where you're at currently).
  8. At my gym its the new cool thing to do. Everyone does EVERYTHING on those god damn stability balls.. Is swear, if I have one more person come up to me and say "DUDE, that exercise is great, but try it on a stability ball and it'll give your core a nice pump" I'll punch him square in the face. AMEN. I want to shake your hand after reading that. I can't even say how damn annoying those things have become. Yesterday watching two morons doing everything in the world on them, recommending it to EVERY PERSON in the vicinity. Stability balls have become proselytizing.
  9. My bad, I lied. When I said pullups, I meant chinups.
  10. Addai

    Jogging Advice

    It depends what you're looking to accomplish. I ran competitively for years so I guess most of the routines and training I've done doesn't really translate well for most people. It is all about goals though. If you're just looking to burn fat, then fartlek/HIIT is probably going to be your best friend. If you have a goal to complete a local 5k next month, then you're going to want to approach this differently, same with a marathon, or if you want to run competitively in anything. One thing I would say is instead of jogging till bust, then jogging again, get yourself a watch and time yourself. I'm a big believer in not stopping to walk, unless you're in very poor shape. Even if you have to jog at 1mph, do it! I'd recommend going for a brisk 5 minute jog, stretching out, and then saying I WILL jog for the next 20 minutes, even if people are walking past me. And do that a few times a week, and once it becomes easy, then bump it up to 25 minutes, 30, etc. But again, there are many different ways to train with running, and to keep things from getting boring you can switch things up. It all depends on what you want to accomplish!
  11. Well, let me sort of rectify what I said. In periods of intense cardio, your muscles can certainly be used for fuel, but again so long as you're eating, you're going to be fine. I ran distance with a number of very muscular guys (even a muscle ultra-marathoner [not bodybuilder muscular, but a great physique], so there!). They exist. But fat is stored energy. It's meant to be released more slowly, which is why it isn't burned up during intense cardio. Think about like, human evolution here. Food could be scarce, so energy needed to be stored long term, i.e. fat. But sometimes we had to run away from the dinosaurs, in which case our muscles could be used. But let's say we take away the dinosaur fleeing. The fat will be burned first. If you study starvation you'll tend to see that people waste away, losing both muscle and fat, but generally they'll lose all body fat and still have some muscle, at which point muscle becomes an emergency fuel. At least, that's as I understand it, and some of it might have been partially correct. But the important thing is it's silly to think that cardio is going to burn muscle. Just eat!
  12. I'm not really going to argue this but elaborate on the point I made earlier. I've been lucky to know some great history professors, and the consensus I have gotten among educated circles is simply that the man was a product of his time. And it is a bit ironic that most of the criticisms you levy are with 20th century terminology, but I understand that that does not strike at the core of your argument, but it should probably give you pause for reflection. In layman's terms I think the man was a douche bag by 15th century standards. Not an evil monstrosity, I'm sorry--he was not--he was a douche bag. By todays standards, he was an evil monstrosity, and seeing as I live in the modern world it is for that reason--the slanted prism of history--that I do not support a day in his honor. Not to mention the very arguable lack of merit. That's right, how's that for upping the level of discourse: Christopher Colombus, 15th century douche-bag.
  13. Addai


    Well, not really. Bee's aren't slaves, they aren't being coerced, they're doing what they naturally do and we're just harvesting it. Every single bee in the state I live, and I buy local honey, has two things true about it: one, it will produce honey irrelevant of human activity and two, it will die by winter. I wouldn't compare that to what the dairy industry does. I also believe it could be done in a completely symbiotic way in which both we and the bee's benefit, and I believe that there are some places (rare) where this exists. Where bee's are provided an ideal habitat, where there populations strengthen (and remember in some areas of the country the decline of the honey bee is a serious problem, maybe this could help?), and we get delicious honey. It also does not have the health or environmental ramifications of the dairy industry, though I figured we were sticking to the moral side of the argument. And we do all kill bugs with our car, and if intent is your problem, we still all swat bugs (well, most of us...though I bet even the most ardent among has has crushed a mosquito). Last year I had an ant problem. I killed hundreds, if not thousands of ants. Every vegan I have known has cold blooded killed a bug at some point that I've been with them. As for titles, I think it's pretty silly to say that because of honey someone isn't a vegan. Someone who doesn't touch meat, doesn't touch dairy, or any animal products, advocates veganism, supports animal rights groups, and so on--you really want to risk alienating that person because they eat honey? I just feel like that might be counterproductive. If that were me, and someone asked, I'd say vegan for simplicities sake. Explaining the semantics of a technicality would be tiresome. Anyways, once I finish the honey I have, I won't be buying any more, and I really just wanted to rant my stupidity and play devils advocate to hear what you all had to say. Thank you guys for humoring me, I read dozens of excellent points, many of which I did not know or had not considered. On a related note, could someone recommend me something delicious with which to sweeten my tea, for that is, I fear, the only reason this thread really exists...
  14. Addai


    Great site, thank you! I'm still seeing an indoctrination problem though. For instance, I eat a completely vegan diet (save for my honey who's fate is in serious limbo), and I do care about the welfare of animals. First and foremost for me is health, but were that taken out of the equation I still would be eating vegan. I also buy no animal products, and no products tested on animals. I've rescued dogs from the track, I support animals rights groups, and so on. I advocate most of the things vegans commonly do. But according to that site, I'm not a vegan if I eat honey, which I see a real problem with in terms of marketing. Just a quick note, I actually had not consumed honey in years just because I had no use for it, so I never really considered this when making my switch to veganism. However, I've taken up drinking tea again, so I bought some honey for it. Frankly, I'm not sure I care about bugs. If my house were infested, I would tent it and gas the place without hesitation. I doubt many vegans would hesitate. I understand that in THAT case you have a serious problem that could really affect your livelihood, so it cannot be compared with the honey, but what I'm driving at is that I wouldn't particularly care, and I wonder how many honestly would? I kill SO many bugs with my car. And I hear you on the intent part, but we're all in great shape, and I bet most of us could bike if we REALLY wanted to go hardcore. But know what, when a mosquito lands on me I swat it without much remorse, I'll kill wasps if they're in my house (bee's I really try to save), and I don't know where I'm going with this. I have no intelligent argument I just wonder where you draw the line. For me it might be bugs. According to that site we should be Jainists to be vegan, to sweep the ground before us with a broom so that we might not step on a bug. Every Vegan I know I have seen cold blooded kill a mosquito. And I FULLY appreciate how different that is from SPONSORING bug-abuse by purchasing honey. I am not comparing the two. But what I am saying, is that if you can kill a bug without remorse, which I'm going to take a long shot and say most of us can, does that really make you that much better than the guy buying honey? You're still killing tons of bugs with your car, you're stepping on them, you're swatting them. But you don't support it with MONEY. I mean, we're only talking a matter of degree at this point aren't we? I'm sorry that was so long, so nonsensical, and basically a totally idiotic unintelligent ramble with no legitimate point to be made.
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