“They told me to dress for the job I want, so I dressed like Wolverine.”
I know that joke has been around the internet forever. Honestly, I’d be happy with a job where I could wear a super awesome hoodie like that. I take that back, I’d just like a job so I can buy one of these super awesome hoodies by Volante Design. The hoodies run between $155 to just under $400 depending on design and specifications, but they are custom made.
Luci “Steel” Romberg of the Tempest Freerunning family and five foot embodiment of most of my aspirations is making a movie. The Kickstarter page raising funds for the film says it “will combine top-level film making with world class freerunning as a way to visualize Luci’s journey and discovery of her own beauty truly is.” It goes on to say she struggled with an eating disorder until she discovered Freerunning which boosted her self confidence and changed her perception of beauty. Read the rest of this entry »
MMA Fighter Ginna Carano plays tough girl in Haywire
An article at nymag.com brings up an excellent question. Why do men train and bulk up to play an action hero and women prepare by starving themselves? I know women seem to be terrified of getting ‘bulky’ through weight training, but these are actors playing tough characters. I just don’t believe your 90lb frame can take a punch from a husky 13 year old boy let alone that drug kingpin’s monstrous 7ft bodyguard. It’s like when they put glasses on a male model and then tell me he’s a nerd. I’m just not buying it.
I don’t get what they are so afraid of either. Women just don’t get that big. The bodybuilding freaks you see are on hormones and supplement cocktails to get them to that size. See that bit of loveliness in the photo? That’s Gina Carano, MMA fighter and star of the new Steven Soderbergh movie Haywire. She can kick your ass six ways to Sunday and you’ll thank her for the pleasure. No problem maintaining both strength and femininity there.
I’ve always thought the sexiest of the tough girls had a little mass on them. It adds legitimacy to their characters. I doubt people would have loved Starbuck, Xena, or even the steadfast Dana Scully if they had been dolled up waifs pretending to be tough by clenching their jaws and acting pouty [cough..cough..I'm looking at you tough chick cop on Dexter or Castle or probably any of the CSI shows]. When Hollywood tries to turn tough women into generic beauty magazine ideals of sexuality everyone loses.
Come on ladies, reclaim your muscles and lets get some female heroes I can believe in.
“Staci’s story is awesome for a number of reasons, but a few in particular stand out to me:
Working a sedentary desk job, Staci slowly packed on weight and ate like a typical unhealthy American.
Before getting educated, she tried to get in shape by doing what 95% of the female population does when they try to lose weight: she ran a lot and essentially starved herself – Not surprisingly, she dropped to an incredibly low and unhealthy weight.
She educated herself, cleaned up her diet, and immediately started feeling and living better.
She found the Nerd Fitness community, discovered a love for barbell strength training, and started lifting HEAVY weights.
She’s now in the best shape of her life, healthier and happier than ever before.”
There has been a lot of buzz on the internet about the real life creation of an invisibilty cloak. Now it looks like they’ve found a way to expand that technology on a large scale to conceal entire EVENTS. Looks like science just told magic to suck it’s shiney light manipulating balls.
My favorite part of this story is National Geographic explaining the real world applications of such a device…
“In theory, the cloak would slow down light coming into the robbery scene while the safecracker is at work. When the robbery is complete, the process would be reversed, with the slowed light now racing to catch back up.”
“If the “before” and “after” visions are seamlessly stitched together, there should be no visible trace that anything untoward has happened. One second there’s a closed safe, and the next second the safe has been emptied.”
Sounds like someone has their retirement plan figured out.
There is one thing that Batman and middle class white girls from the suburbs have in common, an aversion to guns. That’s probably why I never shot one until this year. My experience with guns has been previously limited to shooting army men in the yard with a BB gun, laser tag, and feeling really badass playing Time Crisis at the arcade. Love it or hate it we live in a gun obsessed culture and I wanted to experience it first hand by pumping some hot lead into some rich American soil. So on my thirtieth birthday I headed out to the Family Shooting Center in Colorado’s Cherry Creek State Park with a head full of John Mclane based dreams to fire a deadly weapon for the very first time.
My very quiet partner in crime is at it again. Saving the world one knee hang at a time. For those of you not in the know, my partner Heather runs an aerial dance studio here in Denver. She is having a fundraiser this weekend for the Climbing Walls: Youth Circus for a Brighter Future. She is raising money for travel expenses to Israel to bring Arab, Jews, Ethiopians, Russian, Druze, Christians, youth at risk, Israeli groups and overseas through the medium of circus arts. She will be fulfilling a lifelong dream to improve international relations by creating bonds through physical activity. Hopefully she will be sharing some of her experiences here when she returns.
I know I’ve been behind on my articles, but I promise I have a good excuse. I just performed in my very first aerial student show! What an absolute thrill. You can see videos of all the performances at the new Miraas YouTube channel.
And of course my performance (and my artwork on the title cards)..
Rest assured, I am hard at work on a new article about the physical toll of such a lovely art.
If you don’t know team Tempest and are at all interested in parkour or freerunning you should look them up now. You might already know superstars Levi Meeuwenberg and Brian Orosco from Ninja Warrior or Jump City on G4. And don’t forget one of my personal heroes and remarkable female athlete Tempest member Luci Steel.
A proper cat burglar has to be in peak physical condition. Between my aerial classes at Miraas and parkour classes at Apex I’m usually too sore to add too many workouts in between. Although, I am hoping to add a day of running in there somewhere when I can will my body to move again. Read the rest of this entry »