I did adopt this mask.  I wasn't born into it.  That would be weird.

OtakuFighter: Twitch X Training Mask

I did adopt this mask.  I wasn't born into it.  That would be weird.

I did adopt this mask. I wasn’t born into it. That would be weird.

After seeing the ads at numerous UFC events, and eyeing the stand conveniently placed by OTM Fight Shop’s cash register, I decided to get myself a Training Mask.  Why?  Last week, I wasn’t able to train for most of the week, and I felt bad.  I figured that I had to throw myself back into the swing of things, and this was the best way to do it.  By simulating training at altitude.

Original image at trainingmask.com

I’ll let the training mask description do the job of explaining what it is.  I’m actually pretty winded.

Training Mask will make your workout so efficient, you can actually cut the amount of time spent in training by as much as two-thirds. Simply strap it on and begin your normal work out. Within days, you’ll see the difference!

It’s really simple science. By conditioning your lungs and creating pulmonary resistance, your diaphragm is strengthened, thereby making your lungs work harder. When lungs work harder, the surface area and elasticity in the alveoli is increased, thus increasing your stamina and ability to go harder at your sport – or simply have increased energy for daily living.

Our multi-level resistance system uses our patented (PAT.8.590.533 B2) “Resistance Training Device” flux valve system, forcing you to inhale fuller, deep breaths. While your body adapts, your lungs will be trained to take deeper breaths and use the available oxygen more efficiently. Increasing your alveoli’s surface area will transport more oxygen via your red blood cells and carry it to the extremities.

I’ve been using it since yesterday, and I can say that training with it is pretty damn tough.  The training mask makes you take really deep breaths when you train, and anything less than that doesn’t go through.  So if you have a habit of hyperventilating when you train, this might be the cure for it.  Or it’ll kill you.

In my next entry, I’ll do a follow-up on this training mask, with a more indepth look at the individual components that make it up, and how it can simulate breathing at 18,000 feet.  Not that you would.  Or maybe.

 

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OtakuFIGHTER: Fight Night Spring 2014!! (Part 1)

Yesterday marked the first Fight Night event at The Boxing Club, and naturally, I was on hand to take pictures.  And that I did.

Mind you, I’m still getting used to this whole camera thing, so my pictures didn’t turn out so well.  Oh well, practice is practice.  I’m going to put a few of my fave pictures here, and at the end, there’s gonna be a dropbox link for the entire picture dump, so you can post the pics wherever you want, just as long as you keep the SSB logo intact.  Don’t be a dick and crop it out.

And in a few more days, Brian’s gonna have his pics from the event up, and they’re better than mine. :P

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The entire dump can be found here MAKE WITH THE CLICKING FOR GREAT JUSTICE!  DO IT NOW!! 

Big ups to TBC for putting together an awesome show, and even bigger ups to the people that participated.  I’ll be joining you guys soon enough.

 

-Francis

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SDSU final four = Shave my head!

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Yes, you have read the title correctly if my beloved SDSU Aztecs reach the final four I will shave my head. Let me preference this by I effing love my hair by going to Moga Salon and using only Shisiedo hairwax. You must be wondering “why would you do such a thing if you love your hair that much?”. I am doing it because I love SDSU that much more and have been saying this for 9 years now. I remember in 2005 when i was a wee freshmen and SDSU was no where near as good as it is now in sports, I would say it as a joke to my friends knowing it would never happen ever. Also it might be quite selfish of me to do so because I miss that wonderful time of being a college kid where I had really no real responsibilities and I was with my frat (what up Alpha Phi Omega!), my nursing family and girls who would break my heart.  So I would do anything to relive those days even if it is for a moment and at the cost of my hair. Well here we are now and this might be the team SDSU fielded so I say get that damn final four berth and let me shave my head! And yes there will be videos of me cheering/crying if this ever comes to pass. I hope there is pizza and beer at least…..

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OtakuFIGHTER: The best birthday present!?

I'm not doing any competitive running for a while, thank you.

I’m not doing any competitive running for a while, thank you.

Happy early birthday!?  I think, I’m not too sure what time it is.  Anywhoo, I ran my first half marathon in 3:20:52.  I might’ve finished backwards.

Big ups to the San Diego Half Marathon peeps and everyone that put it all together.  My legs are shot.

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Weidman vs. Machida for the UFC Middleweight Title!?

Earlier today, the Nevada State Athletic Commission banned the use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy in combat sports.  That includes MMA.  For some time, TRT was hailed as a safe alternative to steroid use, and its use was widely publicized.  Especially for the UFC’s resurgent star, Vitor Belfort.

Although as luck would have it, his supposed title shot against Chris Weidman that was supposed to go down at UFC 173, won’t happen.  The UFC just tweeted that the fight would go to the new middleweight Lyoto Machida.

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I wonder…why did Vitor Belfort lose the shot?  Was it the TRT ruling?  Or something else?  Like, Ninjas?  I bet it was Strider Hiryu.

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So, our loyal readers, what do you think of all this?  Did Vitor Belfort pull out because he could no longer drink that TRT jungle juice?  Did Machida drink some peepee and gain hadouken magic?  Did Weidman break someone else’s shin?

Sound off in the comments section!

This band is dope.

Her Crimson Love X SSB – This is gonna be awesome!

This band is dope.

This band is dope.

You might be wondering why I’m doing an entry for a band.  Lemme break it down for you guys.

This band is dope.  Her Crimson Love is an all-female pop-rock(I LOVE THAT CANDY) band haling from our fair city, and they have an enjoyable sound.  You might remember, I did an entry about them last year when I caught their gig at the griffin.

Here’s a short bio from their official facebook page:

It happened in chemistry class. Hailing from San Diego, CA, the female rockers of Her Crimson Love (aka HCL) started out their days as a high school rock band that jammed in a garage to cover songs and made their own songs — and still do. The pop-punk, all-female band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Jennifer “Jay Jay” Juliano, lead guitarist and backing vocalist, Jamie Manalili, bassist and lyricst, Melanie “Mel” Buhay and drummer, Phonesavanth “Pon” Elena Navasak. Pulling influences from bands like Jinxed, Rufio, and New Found Glory guides them in creating the sound that they have today.

They performed at bar venues in San Diego such as the Griffin and the Office Bar and recently, AMP Music Festival 2013; their first was the AMP Music Festival 2012. Her Crimson Love enjoys sharing the stage with the talented, local musicians and getting to know and share similiar musical interests. Currently, the ladies are writing new songs, are working on releasing their first EP, and have some shows lined up.

Sooo…I was talkin’ with their drummer earlier tonight and we talked about geeky shit.  The usual.  And so, we decided to combine our powers for good and defend the geek realm from all that is pretentious, creepy, troll-looking, and #notaboutthatgeeklife.  What can you expect from this movement?  Um….interviews, maybe a video or two, Pon kicking Jared, the sky’s the limit.

So fans, be on the lookout.  HCL & SSB are gonna be rocking out, punching kittens, drawing manga, and partying really hard!

Although one of the things probably won’t happen too soon. :/

Their ReverbNation profile is here