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I got an IV from IV2YOU today. I had been feeling pretty crappy for the last couple weeks. My whole system needed to be refreshed between work, functional movement training, and a trip to Vegas. I was very lucky to have met Dr. Edwards. After a brief discussion she filled my IV bag with a whole lot of AMAZINGNESS!!! I would say the bag was 3/4 if the way in before I started to feel better. There are so many benefits to IV Therapy we could talk about it all day. Don't just drink my Koolaid, find out for yourself. IV2YOU will come to you or you can go to them in Boca Raton, FL.




      Last week I got to meet Sarabi at the Zoological Wildlife Foundation. This place is pretty amazing. The animals are rescued from all types of bad environments and situations. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and provide a wealth of information. If you are in S. Florida this is one place you don't want to pass up.  



    IV Hydration Therapy has been around for a while, but in the last couple of years become very popular. In the beginning it was used to treat mild to moderate dehydration. Now its commonly used for: hangovers, jet lag, and workout recovery just to name a few. 1L of IV fluid is equivalent to drinking about three gallons of H2O. If you were to drink three gallons of water you would only retain about 20% of it. Not the case with getting an IV.  You can get a variety of mixtures in an IV bag. It's like ordering a cocktail. The Myers Cocktail, which is typically: magnesium, B vitamins, and vitamin C. This mixture has been found to be effective for acute asthma attacks, fatigue, migraines, upper respiratory tract infections, cardiovascular disease, and several other disorders. You can do my favorite combo, Glutathione and Vitamin C. I'll do one of these when I'm starting to feel a little under the weather. Glutathione has several functions in the body. It is used in DNA synthesis and repair, protein synthesis, prostaglandin synthesis, amino acid transport, and enzyme activation. This benefits your immune system, nervous system, GI system, as well as the lungs. Add Vitamin C and you are on your way to take on the flu bug. A couple of my friends that travel frequently will always get an IV upon getting home to fight jet lag, which is just dehydration from the the cabin pressure in the airplane. Our normal comfort level is when the humidity in the air is about 40-70%. The cabin in an airplane is usually around 20%. This is why you feel "Jet Lagged" on long flights. If I know I'm going to be on an airplane for a long period of time I will get an IV before I fly out and then when I return. Here in South Florida there are many wellness clinics and spas that offer IV hydration therapy. I have yet to get one out here,but as soon as I do I will tell all about my experience. In Las Vegas the only one I would have come and do my IV's is Marshall at IV RESCUE



      Thanks to my good friend Mike, I'm stocked up for the next series of training. There are a lot of products on the market; some of the ingredients counter act each other in certain formulas causing you to spend your hard earned $$$ on a placebo. Mostly put out by large companies that employ models and athletes to promote their products by wearing company t-shirts. Do these employees actually use the products?.?.? Mike Mahler creates the formulas for his line of supplements. If you have taken any of these you know its no placebo. If you have yet to try any of these click on the picture do the research and read the testimonials. 



      Training you mind is important for overall health. Lets THINK about this for a minute. Your body only does what your mind tells it to. Dr. Joseph Knoll describes the brain like a computer. Your brain has many drives that can be programmed. You are in charge of this. I'm not talking about positive thinking, or some "wish board". You train your mind like you would train your body. 

      My daughter got me hooked on this website that is the gym for your brain, Lumosity. This website is Awesome!!! The games on this site are fun and challenging. You will enhance your Brain's memory, attention, speed, flexibility, and problem solving skills. 10 minutes a day is all you need. You can do that on your lunch break, or while your having your morning cup of coffee. There is even an app for your phone. Check it out and let me know what you think. 




      Many of my colleagues and I partake in SUP (Stand Up Paddle-boarding). Such a great way to break up the land training. You must engage your core to be able to stabilize the board. I started SUP last year and since then always make room in my week to jump on a board for a few miles. Saturday we got to try out some new boards for the 2013 season thanks to Kathy @ Outdoor To the Core. They had some new paddles, boards, and other fun things to play with out there. The board rep for BOGA Paddleboards was very informative and helpful with picking out the right board. I took out a couple different ones to play with and compare the differences. After paddling a few miles around the lake with different boards and paddles we broke for lunch across the lake in The Village.

      If you want a break from the norm, head to the water and jump on a SUP. You'll forget that your getting a workout. If your in Las Vegas, head to Lake Las Vegas and check out Outdoor To the Core for a variety of outdoor adventures. If you like a challenge they offer SUP yoga classes on the lake.   



Toys, Toys, Toys...


     The other day I went over to my friend Jeff's to talk shop about FootBikes. Whenever I visit Jeff he always has cool toys for me to try out and play with. This battery powered scooter is so fun!!! It feels like riding a jet ski. There are a couple different models. I rode the LYRIC RNG3R. This one has three speeds and gets up to about 22MPH. The battery fully charges in about 4 hours and can go around 25 miles before needing a recharge (not bad!!!). I almost forgot to mention the security system. LYRICs have a remote like the one you have for your car that acts as the key. When the alarm is set it gives a warning chirp if touched followed by sirens if touched again. Cool scooter. I think I'll be getting a pair of these for my daughter and I.




     I got a recipe for protein power balls from my brother. I tweaked it from the original form. These golf ball sized energy snacks are amazing. I don't count my caloric intake so don't ask how many calories are in each one. Besides when you make them they will be different based on how big you want them to be. My brother makes them about half the size of mine. My daughter will always choose two PPB's (Protein Power Balls) and a power smoothie for breakfast over blueberry pancakes every morning. Healthy and kids Love it... NO WAY!!! Here is the recipe, try them out and see for yourself.

2 cups: steel cut oats

1 1/3 cup: coconut flakes

1/2 cup: organic hemp seeds

1/2 cup: chia seeds

1 cup: carob chips

1 tsp: vanilla

1 cup: peanut butter

2/3 cup: honey

     Mix all the ingredients in a bowl then place in the refrigerator for about 45min. Roll the balls to what ever size you prefer. They are good just like that, but I like to roll them in chocolate protein powder for my sweet tooth. I use "Growing Naturals" rice protein powder. 




      Listen in on a great new Podcast! My good friend Mike Mahler teamed up with his friend Sincere Hogan to create the "Live Life Aggressively Podcast" REAL talk!!! If you are someone who procrastinates or does shit Half-Ass you might get a little hot under the collar. Sincere put a "Bullshitters Discretion Advised" tag on it. 



     I LOVE to train outside with the elements, but Vegas in the summer is a little brutal. Indoor facilities are key to consistent training when its 118 outside. I have been taking my daughter to Nevada Climbing Center the past couple months. She loves it!!! NCC is an amazing facility!!! All the people I have met there are really cool and always willing to help. Not to mention its always very clean. For $20 you get a rental harness, climbing shoes, and the ability to climb all day. I got hooked up last week and climbed for about an hour and a half. I had a great time and an amazing workout. I have climbed there in the past, but never hit all the different challenges. It's become another addiction...



     My latest addiction is all my daughters doing. She was introduced to archery in school last year. I didn't think too much about it, but for her that is all she talked about for the next six weeks. A sport/craft that my little princess found all on her own. I was very proud.;)) Her mother purchased her a Groupon for Pacific Archery. I think the deal was  two lessons including equipment for $39. Can you say hooked!!! For our daughters 12th birthday she asked for her own bow and arrows. ??? Gabe @ Pacific Archery set her up with an Amazing Hoyt recurve bow!!! She loves it!!!

     Watching her develop her new craft over the last few months has been amazing! The other Archers there are so helpful. While I was watching her one day Dan, Gabe's dad asked me when I was going to shoot. "IDK" Dan grabs three different brands of compound hunting bows for me to try out. "See which one feels the best to you." The Three compound bows I tried were a Hoyt Spider, PRIME ???, and a Mathews Creed. Each one shot so different. I compared them to cars. The Prime was really hard hitting like an heavy SUV. The Hoyt Spider was more of a BMW M5, super tight but known for performance. My favorite one was the Mathews Creed, smooth like a Cadillac. All three were extremely accurate. It just depends on what you like. Just like the cars...

     Today was the second time I shot my Mathews Creed Tactical. I Love it!!! I now understand my daughters passion for this craft. We stand side by side shooting arrows. What a beautiful day! It's an art. Lots of technique and practice. Try it out. You might get hooked though... LOL



"The Will..."

     At dinner the other night with my training partners and collogues, the topic of "The will" came up. Some time in life and training you will hit a point where you have to make a decision to continue or not. When things look impossible or unattainable many will quit. Hopefully nobody reading this. LOL  I met a woman That was on a hike and got separated form her group. She wondered around into the night in the cold and rain. Disoriented, cold, and banged up she thought to keep going till she found help. The next day she was found on the backside of the mountain in another town. A man whom was hunting found the woman near his ATV. This gentleman took her to get care. When we spoke to the woman later, she said the only thing that kept her going is the thought of her children. She said she had to keep going. In this case it was the will to survive that drove this woman to achieve her goal. 

    Training is the same. When you hit a wall you have two choices. You either stop, or go through it.