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  1. Did 'The Murph' today, bust started with 3 miles instead of 1. Legs are smoked.
  2. I stopped using powdered supplements years ago, but when I was using them, I tried almost everything on the planet. I came to realize, after years of trial and error, very few products work as advertised. Protein powder, Creatine Monohydrate, and a few others. There was one exception that sticks out: by far the best pre workout I ever used was this product: http://controlledlabs.com/product/purple-wraath-ergogenic-essential-amino-acid-matrix/. The effect is hard to describe. Its the best non stimulant energy I have ever felt. Give it a shot if you are in the market.
  3. Put my Spartan Beast class through this monster the other day (did it myself the day before) and out of a class of 13, 2 males and 1 female finished it. I have dubbed it, the "Death March": Run 1 mile to warm up then do 10 rounds of the following with no breaks: - 10 x Barbell Box lunge (each leg), men use 135lbs ladies use 90lbs - 100 yard farmer carries, men use a 45lb weight in each hand ladies use a 25lb weight in each hand - On odd sets (1,3,5,ect...)Pull-ups to failure, then hang until failure. On even sets (2,4,6,ect...) do chin-ups, then hang until failure. - 30 x Burpees
  4. That sucks bro. I hate it for you. Don't know if you have ever pulled a hammy, but one piece of advice I can give you is don't rush it. Hamstring is one of the easiest muscles to re-injure. Also might want to invest in a foam roller.
  5. Wow thats intense, maybe a little too much. I would have iced those hamstrings immediately.
  6. Sure, it may be 'by the book'/what your college professor teaches you or make for prettier text. But strickly speaking, it most real world situations, it just makes for more of a hassle. In my case, I am on a very aggressive 3 week build cycle with the applications I work with, and working in a solution that has 200+ projects, it waste vast amounts of time having to sift through code.
  7. Nothing that bothers me more than when someone builds an interface that only has a single class that implements it or ever will implement it. Even worse than that is an object inheritance structure that is 6 layers deep. I hate when you have to dig through an objects family tree only to find that the property/function you were looking for is 4 layers deep.
  8. Also, did a Spartan Hurricane Heat last month at the Atlanta Spartan Sprint. One of the most intense things I have ever done (That's body heat, not fog):
  9. Anyone have experience running an ultra? I'm registered for the Spartan Ultra Beast (http://www.spartan.com/events/?event_id=583/vermont-ultra-beast) later this year. In years past its been about 30 miles and 70-75 obstacles with an average finish time of 12 hour and a DNF rate of about 85%. I started training at the end of February. Putting in about 30 miles a week on top of my normal HIIT training. Looking to increase my mileage to around 50 miles a week by early August. Ran 15 miles doing 20 burpees every mile last Saturday and felt really good. Took me about 2.5 hours. This Saturday, I think I am going to lunge the entire Talmadge bridge and then do a burpee mile. The problem I am having is the lack of hills here in Savannah! Thinking about taking a weekend to drive up to Atlanta and train on Stone Mountain. Anyone have experience training for altitude and/or hills?
  10. Ill be there early. Doing the Hurricane Heat at 5:30am and another open heat at 10:30am. Any other AFMB members racing?
  11. Ummm the syntax is a huge negative. The learning curve adds overhead that frankly just doesn't exist with other C family languages. I still fail to see your logic in separating Information Technology and CS. I am a developer, I am dependent on many other areas of my company's IT organization. I depend on server admins to build, maintain, and patch my application servers. I depend on DBAs to optimize and backup my applications databases. I depend on project managers to define the scope of work and set deadlines for projects. You see where I am going with this. By definition "Information Technology" is the application of computer systems to maintain and distribute data. This requires much more than just software developers.
  12. It was bad wording on my part. What I meant was, iOS is really the only modern OS that uses Objective C. In iOS, you are allowed to use more or less any language that will compile with the same object format as Xcode functions. As far as I know, you still can not use a Just-In-Time compiled language unless you pre-compile all binaries before submitting the code for review. This may have changed, as I have not done any iOS development in a few months. Either way, it discourages use of most other languages by developers. I classified computer technicians in the same category because most (good) computer technicians have a more thorough understanding of hardware than any PM, BA, or Web designer in an IT org. Do they have the understanding to explain to me the difference between inheritance and polymorphism? Probably not. I am also speaking about a professional computer tech, not Billy Bob's computer repair shop. My company is actually one of the few that I have seen that requires a Bachelors degree for a technician. Perhaps a new trend? Not really sure what you mean by "Also I think we should start seeing IT and CS as two separate things". Most any job family that could be classified as a computer science (ie. software/hardware development) is a only but a part of what makes up a proper IT organization for any major corporation. It doesn't make sense to separate them, as it is only one part of a total sum.
  13. Seeing as how I am in an almost identical situation as you OP, Ill throw in my 2 cents: True tech people tend to be bigger fans of Android than iOS. Before I am crucified, let me explain what I mean by "True tech people". People that work in IT, that have experience and an understanding in the deeper aspects of "Computer Science" (ie. Software Developers and Computer Technicians) typically gravitate toward Android, as it has many more power user functions. Other people in IT (Project Managers, Business Analyst, Consultants) gravitate toward iOS. I'm not saying this is always the case, but it is the usual. I work in a team of 15 developers and everyone of us have an iPhone for our work phone and an Android for our personal device (except me, see below). I have had a company issued iPhone 5s for almost a year now, and I and still not fond it. A few months ago my Galaxy S3 decided to kill itself, so I just ported my number to google voice and have it linked to my work phone. I really want another Android phone, but I can live with the iPhone for now. As a developer, I will also say this: Android devices are much easier to develop for than iOS devices. The Android platform is Java based, and iOS uses Apple's proprietary Objective-C. You can only do development work for iOS on a Mac, but you can do Android on all three major platforms. Apple's app approval process is a nightmare. Google's is much more developer friendly. I am not saying one is better than other, I'm just pointing out what I, personally, like and dislike.
  14. Representing our dirty birds: Me at the finish line of this years Carolina Spartan Beast race. 14 Miles | 32 Obstacles | Finished: 2:55:47 | Placed: 353 out of 6412
  15. What are your goals? The first step is to find something to keep you motivated. One of the biggest reasons people quit exercising is because they have a set goal, and loose motivation when they reach it, or they "just want to be in better shape", which rarely works out. While its admirable to want to be in better shape, the biggest question to ask yourself is: why? Do you want to run a marathon? Do you want to play in the NFL? Don't think of a goal that is unreachable, like "not die early" or "to just feel better". One of the first things I make people that I train do is to set a "hard numbered" goal with a date. Example: you can run a 10 minute mile now, you want to be able to run a 7:30 minute mile in 6 weeks. That is a "hard numbered goal". I find that making my clients sign up for some kind of event or race is one of the best motivators. I am training someone right now who is going to run the Spartan Carolina Beast in a month. He signed up 6 months ago. He has lost 28lbs, but has probably increased his muscle mass by 20%. When I started with him, it took him 12 minutes to run a mile. Hes now under 7. The point is, find something that will keep you coming back. Something that makes you go, even on those days you really just want to sleep in, or eat a crappy lunch. From the physical side; start with cardio. Get your cardio to a manageable level and you will perform better in all other aspects of fitness. Good luck to you.
  16. For anyone in the Savannah area, we are holding Spartan Group X classes at the Wilmington Island YMCA on Thursday's at 6:30pm and at the Pooler YMCA on Saturday's at 8:15am. A few of us are training to run as a team in the Elite Division for the Carolina Spartan Beast at the end of October. Like our facebook page for updates if you are interested: https://www.facebook.com/SGXSavannah
  17. I'm there every game. Section 122 Row 23 Seat 7. Come say Hi if you're in the area.
  18. In my limited research of them, I have found that there are 4 versions of them: - A Brown Oak Handled "SA" version with Ernst Rohm's signature engraved on the back (Most Common) - A Black Ebony Handled "SS" Version with with Ernst Rohm's signature ground off the back (Uncommon) (They gathered these up from all of the SS men after the Night of the Long Knives, when the SS purged the SA and Rohm. They ground off the sig and gave them back to the SS men. I believe that this is what I have) - A Black Ebony Handled "SS" Version with with Ernst Rohm's signature still engraved on the back on the back (Very rare. Not many still around, as most were collected and ground) - A Black Ebony Handled "SS" Version with with Henrich Himmler's signature engraved on the back (Most rare of all, only 200 were ever made and were presented to the SS men directly responsible for the purge of the SA during the Night of the Long Knives. These don't show up on auction very often, but when they do they go for about $35k - $40k) Yes, I have contacted a guy in Germany who has access to the SS records archive and provides a research service. You get A nice presentation package about the person that owned it, their military background, their family life ect... I heard back from him, he said that hes going to the archive early next week, and he will look. If I find anything out, Ill post it here.
  19. One thing I forgot to mention. A trainer will only as effective as you let them be. Follow their diet plan, no questions asked.
  20. I'm doing the Ultra Beast in September. Definitely the most intimidating challenge I have ever take on in my life. Already gotten my trifecta for this year, and wanted something a little harder. If I do okay in the UB, I think I might do a 12 Hour Hurricane Heat next year. I would love to meet up with some fellow Falcon's fan at one of the races. Pre reg just opened for next years Atlanta race. Ill being do the Hurricane Heat in the morning and the 10:30 open heat if anyone else wants to sign up. Here is the link to the pre reg (I don't think there is a public link yet)
  21. Unless you are in NY or LA, that price is borderline rape. However, to answer your questions: -Why are personal trainers so expensive? That depends on a lot. The price that you quoted above is definitely on the high-end. However, there are several things that contribute to the trainers hourly rate: If the trainer works for a "Big Box" gym, it is very possible the club sets his price, these tend to be on the high side. Freelance trainers have a lot to consider when setting an hourly rate. If the trainer is in high demand, they tend to have a high rate. This is actually one of those situations that you get what you pay for (most of the time). If the trainer is in a large market (like LA or NY) they don't depend on consistent clientele, and can set the price high. If they size you up as a "high maintenance" client, they will typically charge you more. Its not fair, but its the business. - Moreover, are they effective? In short, yes. HOWEVER, you need to size them up first before committing. Ask around your gym. Find out what the general attitude is about that trainer. If people say "Yeah, he/she is good, I lost xlbs in x weeks" STAY AWAY. If clients or former clients WARN you about how hard their program is, sign yourself up. I am an elite athlete and I have a trainer. I am very capable of training on my own, but she puts me at the level that seems almost unreachable on my own. She commands a heavy price, but she knows her sh1t. Not only is she knowledgeable about human anatomy and biology, but she is a motivator. On a side note, she is a former American Gladiator. Funny, now that I actually think about it, I pay someone an absurd ammount of money to make me hurt so bad, I can't even sit without crying like a 3 year old... And I'm not even into BDSM...
  22. I found a few more Nazi related things in there as well. The most surprising of which, is an SS officer's dress dagger. The handle appears to be ebony. It has the iron eagle engraved on the hilt along with the SS lightning bolts. There is an enscription on the blade that reads "Meine Ehre Heibt Treue", which I think translates into "My honor is loyalty". I'll post some pics of it when I get home this afternoon.
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