NFL Week 7 and 8

Wow.  So I didn’t get a chance to post for NFL Week 7, but 4th quarter letdowns and injuries and brought me to a 3 week losing streak.

I thought NFL Week 5 and 6 were bad, NFL week 7 was just the same. That is three consecutive 6-8 results. Very disappointing.

But that all ends this week in NFL Week 8. I am going to hit at least 65% of these picks, and win the week for my Fantasy League…again.

The picks will be posted on Saturday.

TRX Training

So we have started training more with the TRX band.

This is definitely a very incredible piece of equipment, yet it is so simple. Just a rugged piece of straps that can withhold a lot of weight.

The rest of the training is based on creativity, body weight, and angles.

We are able to do suspended push-ups, jumping leg lunges, reverse rows, ab workouts. There is a lot to do with the bands. Just simple stuff, that gets your muscles leaner and stronger.

Stay tuned for results in the next couple of months to half a year, but so far the TRX bands are recommended.

WOD #1

Well thought I would start keeping  track of some WOD’s we do at SAMPA gym located in Richmond B.C, Canada. It’s near Ironwood Mall on Steveston. The actual address is #150-11960 Hammersmith Way.

So we’ve done some WODs before (Workout Of the Day) but thought I would start keeping a journal.

So yesterday our WOD was fairly simple, it involved a barbell and bumper plates, and a TRX band.
It was a ladder WOD so we went in increments of 2 from 2 – 16.

1. Squat thruster to overhead raise with 25 lbs bumper plates on each side.

2. Atomic pushups with the TRX band.

Perform each one and repeat up the ladder until finished.

If you want you can throw in TRX jump squats at the end.

Have fun and enjoy.

Resistance Band Training

I have been using dumb bells, bars and plates, and machines for most of my workout career.  These are the basics, and always will be.  But I ventured off and have found other methods.  People may not believe in this method, or find it effective, but resistance bands are the #%*@, because they can provide a full body workout, and more.

Is resistance band training just a fad?  The answer is “No”.

Two years ago I started using resistance band training, and found it very beneficial.
These resistance bands may look fragile, but the truth is, they are rugged, and can last a long time.

From experience I like resistance bands because they can provide constant tension for the up and down phase of the exercises. I also found that there was less stress on my joints, and exercises that caused pains to some joints with dumb bells did not recur.

To find the real scoop on resistance bands, I did a bit more Internet digging and research.  Through the research I can confirm that resistance bands can be less stressful on joints, which means less pain for my shoulder joints. They can also increase strength gains in a much shorter time period. As usual, you would still want to switch up your workout from time to time so you do not get bored, or plateau at a certain point.

My personal trainer teacher was not as fond of the resistance band, because they were not as functional for everyday use. This is because resistance band training is not based on gravity such as free weights, but on the tension of elasticity that is caused through movement. Therefore there is constant tension through the concentric and eccentric phases ( also known as the up and down phase) of lifting. By providing constant tension, it may not be a similar to everyday functional activities, but I think it is more beneficial to the end user because it improves both areas as to one.

If you get a chance, try a resistance band workout,  and checkout this resource for more about resistance band training at

Canucks and Leafs

Its true, theses are the two teams I like, Canucks #1 obviously, but I have also been a Leafs fan for many years. People do not know how this can be possible, the Leafs????. But the Canucks and Leafs are awesome Canadian teams, and I admit I’m a proud Chinese Canadian Canucks and Leafs fan.

Well we are only 3 – 4 games in to the season, and as expected, the Canucks have been kind of underachieving in the scoring area, and the Leafs have performed well, as I expected. ( No one gives the Leafs a chance after there previous dismal years.)

So the Canucks look great on paper, with a stacked defensive corps, gritty third and fourth lines, and two good scoring lines. Its just that, the goals have not come, and again we are only average so far this year. The shots on our goalie have been ridiculous, and seems like the defensive unit could use a little work. They may be missing the likes of Burrows and Salo, but I would be expecting more from this team, especially against a Ducks team that was 0-3. Luongo has played great, and without the captaincy, his play will improve. We just require some scoring other then the Sedins, because this team has all the weapons to be a contender, but I guess some of the players just need to gel before we hit the next gear.

With the Brian Burke era in his second season with the Leafs, he has finally got rid of all the useless players, and created a great team. There’s Gigueure between the pipes (he just needed a change of scenery), and a pretty good defensive corps. I may not like Phaneuf, but him teaming up with Kaberle is a WOW. The forwards are nothing special, and Burke gave up a first rounder, like Seguin to Boston for Kessel, but they can work together, and create chances, and best of all, get goals and the win. I expect them to make the playoffs this year because they have a team that will float under the radar. They will grind it out, score goals, and have a good back line to stop other offenses from scoring.

As for the Canucks, they will actually start playing hockey come November, and that will be the team to beat in the Northwest.