What an amazing 2015 it has been, let’s keep the motivational fire running in 2016 friends!
Good luck friends, you will be great!
– Poyan B
Do you know what an idea cemetery is? It’s when you have ideas in your head that you want to take action on, but never do because there is an inconsistency in planning and executing. Inevitably your ideas evaporate in your mind, never to be seen again, unless you take steps and transition them onto paper. This is a photo of all the journals I’ve been writing in since 2013 to now. The topics range from to-do lists, workout plans, nutrition plans, relationships, personal challenges, philosophy notes, design, art, and so on. I write everyday not only because I enjoy it and it keeps me prolific, but simply because there is too much information out there that I could not possibly internalize all at once—so instead, I write them down and refer to them at a later date. Thinking, hearing, visualizing and verbalizing is not enough—we must instead create a tangible system to plan and execute our actions. Buy a journal, get a pen and start writing—trust me, you’ll be ahead of the game. ✒📕💡
Tools that every modern man can use to seize the day. Other than the notepad, pen and knife—I carry these essentials on a daily basis. Reasons for their use: Swiss Military Watch: Time is everything—whether it’s knowing I need to be somewhere in the next hour, or when I need to start my next workout set, this watch is there for me. Bonus: If you are a man and you have thick wrists—start wearing a watch, it accentuates the burliness. Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Upgraded from the iPhone 4, so I have literally no complaints. Sleek design, speedy, responsive, decent camera and waterproof for up to to 1 meter. Prescription Transition Glasses: One pair of glasses that does everything—I’m a whole package kind of guy. Lens Cleaning Cloth: To wipe away all the blood, sweat and tears from my glasses. Pilot Precise P-500 Gel Pen: I appreciate a good pen, but there are way better performing pens out there then this one. I strictly picked this guy due to the badass camo coating—the gel ink writes decently well though. House Keys + Key Charm Made by @maahoot: I dislike heavy keychains, so I only carry what is necessary. J Fold Wallet: Overall great wallet with a ton of compartments that have enough room for cash and many cards. I could opt for something even more minimal then this though. Basic Lined Notepad: I handwrite everyday, so it’s purely instinct for me to bring around something that I can release my ideas, research and strategies onto. Kershaw Cryo: Not something I generally carry around with me unless I’m going to open packages, or if I’m out for a hike. Overall this is the best small, durable knife you can get for your money—I highly recommend it. These are my everyday carries, what are you packing on a daily basis? ⌚ 📱 👓 ✒ 📒 🔑 🔪
Are you looking for a more optimal movement to stabilize your core and abdominal muscles? If the answer is yes, then I recommend performing L-Sits, and eventually V-Sits once you become more advanced. You’ll want to start by finding a flat surface, or sturdy handles (think dip bars, or parallettes as you can see in the photo) that are shoulder width apart. Once you get yourself into position, you’ll want to press down with force, raise your bum up, contract your shoulders forward to balance your torso, raise your knees and eventually finish with your legs straightened out while pointing your toes—this will inevitably create a natural “L” shape. Do 5 sets of 5 to 15 second holds, with 1 min rests in-between. If you are just starting out, I highly reccomend prepping your wrists, shoulders, back and hips before jumping straight into it. Note: If you are not able to straighten your legs, just bring your knees up and tuck them into your chest for now instead—there is a progression to everything, and it doesn’t all have to be acquired on the first try. You can search “L-Sit Progression” on YouTube for helpful videos as well. Thanks for reading and have a sedentary FREE day! 🏃💪🙏
“Skin the Cat” is a gymnastics movement generally done on the rings, but it can be performed on a bar as well. This movement is an effective way to build better range of motion and mobility specifically in your shoulders and overall upper body. A good progression to start off on before rotating to full extension is a simple tuck, or ball-up—not necessarily a planche style tuck where your chest is hollow, but one where your feet are pointed up and your back is parallel to the ground. The next step would be to go another rotation and bring your legs (still tucked) over to the other side, and then eventually all the way down finishing with your toes pointing to the floor. Note: I highly recommend conditioning your shoulder capsules before jumping into this, since it can really leave you with damage if your body’s not prepared to rotate that far. If you’ve had past shoulder injuries, then use caution before doing this—or simply try something else. The last thing you want to do is jump into a movement like this without proper awareness and then have a re-occuring problem. Here is an awesome video showcasing a proper Skin the Cat: https://youtu.be/Np_s2fnYjso Goodluck! 💪👌
When you watch this short clip of me doing a tucked handstand, please have in mind that I do not have any acrobatic, or gymnastics background—this is purely a product of a systematic approach that has been pursued for the past few years—ANYONE can do it, all it requires is your ability to plan and execute. Since it’s a Sunday, I’ll let you in on some enlightenment that has changed my whole perspective of how I conduct my weeks. Here’s how it goes: There should be ONE day out of the week where you sit down for an hour and plan out what you are going to accomplish for the upcoming week. Ask yourself questions about how you are going to improve your health, your business, relationships, finance, and so on and then start your Mondays with FIRE. When you jump into the week with focused awareness of where you are going in life, you will be able to better progress and adapt when needed. After doing this for several Sundays, your Mondays will be your favourite day of the week since you have started to re-frame a monotonous week, to a now hyper aware and productive getaway. Cycle and repeat this process, and you’re ahead of the game friends. 🙏
History 💊: Piracetam is a smart drug that was first developed in a Belgian pharmaceutical company in the early 1960s to help improve corpus callosum communication—the section of the brain that communicates with the two hemispheres. Scientists inevitably coined Piracetam a “nootropic” due to it’s cognitive benefits that was noticed in helping people with memory, learning, concentration, decreased anxiety, mood, energy, hyper awareness and many more subtle, but beneficial cognitive upgrades. Personal Experience 👤: I’ve taken Piracetam for a year now with great benefits to say the least. I’ve also experimented with other “natural” nootropics in the past without much thought, but the racetam family was something I researched on and off for two years before I jumped on board since I was skeptical about ingesting something synthetic that could mess with my brain’s biology. With little, to no side effects after a year, I continue to take it and reap the awesome cognitive benefits that it provides me with. Important Note 📝 : This stuff isn’t like the NZT-48 that you see in the movie “Limitless”, but it will definitely provide an edge to your productivity if you want to perform effectively in your everyday life. I am not a doctor and do not prescribe any of this stuff, so please do THOROUGH research and understand the consequences of what you are getting into before taking something that could harm your biology—in other words, this isn’t something to be impulsive about. In the near future I will write a lengthier article on dynathrive.com to provide readers with more information about Piracetam. Let me know if there is anything specific you’d like to know about this nootropic and I will address it in the article for you.
Celebrating national coffee day like it’s an everyday occurrence with a modified Bulletproof coffee recipe that goes like this: high quality beans, grass-fed ghee, MCT oil, an egg yolk, L-Theanine, and filtered water… then make sure you blend everything. Search it on the web if you haven’t already—it might change your life. ☕ After a cup of coffee like this, I’ll be in high performance mode and sometimes won’t eat until the late afternoon, or occasionally if I enter flow state, I’ll go for a full 24 hours and won’t eat until dinner time. That might sound weird to some of you, but my body operates very effectively with this protocol and I rarely, if ever have cravings, or hunger pangs—just pure focus and energy for whatever needs to get done for the day. 💪🏃🙏
Consistency comes in two forms: 1) Setting blocks of time for the craft 2) Working on the craft instinctually and creatively Setting blocks of time to get good at something will give you structure and accountability, but when that block of time is over, your body and mind naturally gravitate to ignoring, or being physically out of the sequence. This will not sustain long-term motivation, and can actually backfire and diminish results if it cannot fit into your everyday life in some way shape, or form. Instead of focusing on blocks of time, become creative and work on your craft whenever it passes your mind in a setting that can be quite uncomfortable, or impractical to perform it in. Calibrate your actions accordingly, but don’t always wait until the “perfect moment” to get what you instinctually gravitate towards doing right now. PS: Thanks to the hot European girl that took this photo—I definitely need to invest in a tri-pod. 💪🏃🙏
NEW article up at dynathrive.com called “The Cesar Millan Crash Course for Dog and Human Psychology”. @cesarsway Learn about common dog behaviours and how you can become a stronger pack leader with Cesar’s philosophies. The photo above is me and my dog Jackson after a rigorous sprint workout. Jackson is 8 years old, but he has the heart of a lion. 💪🏃🐕
One half of the photo manipulation artwork I did for the “Purpose Fuel vs. Pleasure Fuel” article on dynathrive.com. Purpose fuel is your craft, your vision, your dreams, and your urge to make a difference by sharing the wealth of knowledge and experience you have encapsulated in your motivational pod. #purposeneversleeps #artwork #photomanipulation #photoshop #graphicdesign #bodybuilding #motivation #purpose #pleasure #philosophy #strategies #insight #humanperformance #dynathrive
Second half of the photo manipulation artwork I did for the “Purpose Fuel vs. Pleasure Fuel” article on dynathrive.com Pleasure fuels are tangible elements in life that provide us with ‘feel good sensations’—while also equipping us with the fuel to survive and more importantly… thrive. #purposeneversleeps #artwork #photomanipulation #photoshop #graphicdesign #model #cake #pills #exoticcars #champagne #motivation #purpose #pleasure #philosophy #strategies #insight #humanperformance #dynathrive
Mastery as a final outcome is what a large portion of people gravitate to and will spend their whole lives attempting to hold a firm grip on. Little do they know that every time this is done, the elusive title evaporates into thin air as it whispers into their ears: “You thought you had me, but there is still further work to be done.” . Check out further musings from the NEW article up on dynathrive.com
There is a NEW Q&A posted on dynathrive.com with good friend and fellow blogger @lucykborn of Living Beyond! Check out this interview if you want to learn more about health and wellness with the mindset to ‘achieve a life of greatness’. 👍💪🙏 . #purposeneversleeps #interview #article #blog #blogging #health #wellness #fitness #longevity #strength #motivation #strategies #insight #productivity #entrepreneurship #humanperformance #dynathrive
There is an epidemic happening, and it’s been going on for many decades now… it’s called “running with bad form to lose weight”. . First of all, running is a means for locomotion—the fact that it provides people with athletic abilities and a sense of enjoyment is a bonus. I have no hate for avid runners, but I do have a problem with running, or jogging being the ideal solution for losing weight… especially when done with terrible form. If you are running to enhance locomotion, mobility, conditioning, stamina, or for a charity cause… I commend you. But if the focus is strictly to lose weight, then the rigorous input is not worth it and is most likely providing you with sub-optimal results. Solution 💡 : Dial down the running, and dig deep into nutritional discipline and bodyweight/calisthenic training before you resume to pounding your feet on the pavement for 5k, only to come back and have the leftover pastries from breakfast. If what I just said doesn’t resonate with you and you still want to keep running to shed weight… then I suggest incorporating the skipping rope to your routine. This is a ubiquitous and effective way to concentrate on quick footwork ability, so when you go out jogging you can be light on your feet, avoid heel strikes and sudden injuries. The truth is out there… you just have to alter your choices, good luck. 👍💪🙏
Six years ago I started going to the gym at least five days a week for a duration of one hour sessions non-stop for a year. After one year, I built a physical foundation that I was proud of. Today the maintenance responsibility is minimal, but highly rewarding. This was all due to the first year of painstaking focus. Now… for anyone that really wants to progress in the gym, you need to hit the weights for at least one year consistently before you even think about quitting. If you dabble in the gym for one year and do not see results, it’s because you are lacking in focus. Quit your membership and get the f*** out. Seriously, whatever you do in this life go full force at it and get a large sum of feedback—even if it’s not something you see yourself doing forever. Start immediately and give yourself ONE year of focus and I guarantee that your physique will start hitting it’s peak potential. Note: 97% of people reading this will not even attempt to go for six months, let alone one year. Be the 3% that makes change happen and go all in. 👍💪🙏
Published a NEW article called “10 Strategies to Crush Sugar Cravings” on dynathrive.com This article is not just about how to diminish and eradicate sugar cravings, but it is a guide on how to manage your biology and the environment that surrounds you to your FULL ADVANTAGE. Thank you and enjoy 👍💪🙏
“Imagine mail delivery being carried out with assistance from a Gauswheel, completing a route efficiently while still getting good exercise. How about mall, or airport security? The possibilities only end when we stop looking for creative avenues.” . Read Q&A #6 with Paul Selby on dynathrive.com and he will bring you all up to speed with this innovative recreational device called the Gauswheel. People, ideas and innovations that help humans perform more effectively and efficiently are the kinds of subjects I like to present on Dynathrive, and @gauswheelcan fits in perfectly with that mindset. 👍💪🙏 . Thanks for reading and make sure to check out dynathrive.com for the full interview. Enjoy!
Pliability and dynamic physical movement helps you focus on how to better react to a changing environment that’s reasoning is not always favourable to your health. Stiffness and rigidity is a product of working against Mother Nature, and that’s a battle you will never win. Photo credit: @amiracle_design
I’ve noticed many individuals throughout the years burning out from social media, or other websites and apps because they diminish focusing ability. The solution for many people is to go cold turkey and completely deactivate, or shut off “permanent” access to their social networks to regain that focus they once had. This is great, and works… but how about for those that have a business, or brand that their sharing with their customers, and followers and they consistently need to stay on top of? The answer is: Digital Lock Out Apps For my Mac I use “Self-Control”, which allows me to blacklist URLs and set a timed lock for when I need stay on task while I do computer work. For my Android phone I use “Quality Time”, which is an awesome app that lets you permit apps that are essential to staying on task, and locking ones that are not. These apps give my schedule structure and temporarily lock out media that hinders my ability to get shit done. If you feel overly distracted, download these apps… Your productivity depends on it. 👍💪🙏
Here is the “pen vs. knife” drill from the Jason Bourne movie I’ve been practicing. A thought I had today (don’t read any further if this video didn’t resonate with you): . Recreational fitness and aesthetics < Combat fighting and self defence. Just because you “look” like you can handle yourself, or “feel” that you can… doesn’t mean you know HOW to. The most humbling thing about training in martial arts for so many years is the idea that we are merely flesh and bones. Vulnerability is at high risk in every human being, but we walk around as if everything is always going to be rainbows and sunshine. . “Hey look danger! Happy, happy, happy!”… that’s not optimism, that’s foolishness. The most mentally centered, physically disciplined and unstifled people I have ever met are those that have trained in the sport of combat at one point, or another in their lives. These people don’t let petty occurrences lead them into self-generating hostility. You see, they’ve been in the trenches… they know what it feels like to be knocked down, only to get back up again and keep fighting. Minor issues do not phase them. The lesson is: Martial arts doesn’t create aggression, it stabilizes it and creates an environment in your mind that releases it when required. This leaves little room for emotional reactions that don’t benefit your wellbeing. 👍🙏💪
An effective recipe to increase results in almost every aspect of life is by recognizing a problem and solving it. People that become successful and achieve amazing things are the ones that identified a gap, and then worked on creating, or finding a proper solution for it. You will never run out of problems, so find a solution to what you are currently dealing with, and then move onto the next thing. The end goal is not to be “comfortable” by having no problems, but getting better at solving them so you can increase your QUALITY of problems. Have a great weekend. 👍💪🙏
Attention desk jockeys… standing desks are not THE solution, they are A solution. It’s the distribution of weight, and load you are putting on your joints that will ultimately benefit the standing position, or even a sitting position for that matter. PS: If you’ve only tried standing desks for one, or two weeks and gave up on it, then you definitely did not give it enough of a chance. Think about it… you’ve been sitting in-front of a screen for the majority of your life time, and you expect the adaptation to happen over night? Forget it. Commit to sticking it out for the long game if you want to see better results. 👍💪🙏
“There were days I got to the gym, didn’t perform well, sat in my car, upset, I cried and I thought you know what, If I perform like that, it’s not going to get me a win.” — @_hollyholm #andnew This weekend, history was made in #ufc193. Holly Holm entered the octagon with a scalpel, and she conducted surgery at the highest level of precision and technical ability I’ve ever seen in woman’s MMA. Everything from creating distance, ducking and weaving, effective defence in the clinch, lethal punches, elbows, side kicks, oblique kicks, round kicks, and a variety of other movements were done exceptionally well by the “Preacher’s Daughter” to defeat the once reigning and undefeated champion, Ronda Rousey. Congrats to Holly for the crazy amount of hard work and years she has put into the fighting game. She is now the ONLY PERSON who has won world title belts both in boxing, and MMA. On the other hand… . Ronda is the best thing that has ever happened to woman’s MMA, and possibly MMA in general—that is a title NO ONE can ever strip from her. And I’m not just talking about winning fights, but think about all the back-end press and celebrity work she does, and then add in that she trains as a high level athlete 24/7. The work ethic is simply paramount. Overall, a spectacular performance from Holly, and I wish Ronda a smooth recovery both mentally and physically. A rematch will come in due time. 👍💪🙏
Here we go! A quick and to the point list of ’10 Muscle Building Techniques’ for people looking to have a bodybuilders physique. 1) Figure out your daily maintenance calories as well as the additional daily amount you need to eat to gain weight. Then MEASURE and TRACK your food out with a scale and app for a week to gain a better visual of how much you need to focus on eating. After a week, I suggest eyeballing your dishes. 2) Eat cruciferous veggies during the day to keep blood sugar low, and energy levels sustained. Broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans, asparagus, and cucumbers are great for this. 3) Eat starchy carbs at nighttime when being tired isn’t a big deal and your body can digest a higher caloric intake of carbs easier. Yams, white Jasmine rice and squash are some of my favourites. 4) Choose ONE compound movement (pull-ups, bench press, squats, deadlifts, etc.) and build all your other isolated exercises around them. 5) If you’re not crawling out of the gym, not breaking a sweat, not feeling a pump in your muscles, still full of energy, and any other feeling that expresses insufficient training… then you HAVE NOT put in enough work. Go back and do another set! 6) For carnivores, focus on incorporating grass-fed beef, lamb, pasture raised pork, wild salmon and EGGS as your source of protein. 7) Incorporate Mobility WOD by Kelly Starret and find out about the Ido Portal Method to stay flexible and injury free during your muscle building gains. 8) Stay shredded and defined by following an Intermittent Fasting and Cyclic Ketogenic lifestyle. DO RESEARCH ON THESE TWO SUBJECTS, there’s way too much information to write about on here. 9) Look at the golden age of bodybuilding icons such as Arnold, Zane, Draper, Columbo, Nubret, Mentzer, etc. for inspiration on proper muscular proportion. In my opinion the Mr. Olympia’s of today just look bloated with every inch of them overly protruding… but that’s just my opinion. 10) Toss your damn scale out, because the mirror is your BEST determining factor of aesthetics and size. Everyday you look different, so everyday you must calibrate your nutrition and training to your current symmetry. GOODLUCK! 💪🙏
I probably shouldn’t even be doing deadlifts with a history of chronic back pain… But during last night’s training session, my body answered with a confident YES. Why? Because I have decreased crazy amounts inflammation in my joints by eating a Cyclic Keto lifestyle and practicing mobility and complex movement patterns for the past several years. If you’ve ever dealt with an auto-immune condition that immobilizes you, I cannot stress how much NUTRITION and MOBILITY play in the role of releiving your symptoms. Ego lifting < mindful lifting 👍💪🙏
Hi friends, I have just updated my online portfolio (poyan.ca) with over 10 NEW graphic design and web development pieces + new ‘About’ and ‘Services’ page. The projects on this site are a product of 2.5 years of freelancing and contract work, and I’m glad to say that I’m finally feeling momentum pick-up for me in this industry. If you like what you see, direct message me and we can work together. Have a solid weekend! 👍💪🙏
If you fear Fat, you fear results. Over 70% of this plate’s ingredients are Fat. A few of the ingredients are… . – Coconut milk with no added fillers – Grass-fed beef – Free range eggs – Olives After a meal like this I can easily go over 5 hours without food. The reason why has nothing to do with discipline, it’s because my hormones are in check, there are simply no cravings. Ketones are burning, blood sugar isn’t spiked, and Leptin (hunger hormone) is turned off. There is a difference between being PREOCCUPIED with food, and being SATIATED. The former depletes mental energy, the latter sustains it. Just do what works and be done with it… eat enough so that you are satiated and get on with your day. 👍💪🙏