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Smokey

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More photos taken of the wee kitten born seven weeks ago to the freshly spayed feline. I made use of the light coming in through the sliding glass door to take a few photos of the boy. Will print a few to give to them (along with photos of his momma). They are calling this wee one Smokey. His momma is Tiger Muskie. Hoping they will get to enjoy a long, happy, healthy life together.

All photos in the comments are clickable, as always.

[SOOC, f/1.4, ISO 100, shutter speed 1/4000]

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Martial Arts Strength Training

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According to various sources on the internet, a 1996 article in Iron Man Magazine revealed Bruce Lee’s workout. In addition to his cardio and karate workouts, Lee lifted weights three times a week and performed the following routine:

clean and presses 2 x 8

squats 2 x 12

barbell pullovers 2 x 8

bench presses 2 x 6

good mornings 2 x 8

barbell curls 2 x 8

Unfortunately, he injured his back doing good mornings, which nearly ruined his career. Otherwise, his weight training was successful in that it is credited with helping him add 30 pounds of solid muscle to his relatively small frame.

Although Lee is the most famous martial artist ever, it may be that the strongest was a man named Masutatsu Oyama. Therefore, it will be interesting to contrast Lee’s workout with Oyama’s.

The Karate Bull-Fighter

Oyama was one of the first to bring Karate to America and founder of the Kyokushin style of Karate. His 1958 classic “What is Karate?” was one of the first books on the subject written in English, and designed to make the subject accessible to westerners.

Oyama initially became famous with stunts such as bull-fighting Karate-style. Unlike Mexican bull-fighters, he would actually wrestle the bull to the ground and break off one of its horns. (He wasn’t too popular with animal rights activists in Tokyo.)

Oyama’s Strength Training

According to Oyama’s 1958 book, strength and speed are more important than skill for Karate, and speed more important than strength. Also, he said it was very important to practice jumping.

Here are some recommendations he gives in “What is Karate?” (He doesn’t give an exact workout.)

Running – 4km per day

Rope-skipping – 20 minutes per day

Dumbell arm exercise (shoulder press?) – 200 times

Dips – 100 times

Push ups (with hands in fist) – 300 times

Inclined push ups – 100 times

Jumping side kick over 4 foot vaulting horse

Inclined dumbell bench press

Exercises requiring a partner:

Hitting bag with upper elbow and side of elbow – 200 times each

Practicing jumping kick with bag

Exercises for neck (with partner)

Leg exercise (squat with partner on back)

Back and Abdomen exercises with partner

Elsewhere in the book, Oyama said that he would bench press 175 pounds 500 times a day.

Then there are karate-specific exercises such as straw striking and exercises that are specific to board and stone breaking abilities. All this was in addition to practicing forms, sparring, etc.

Comparing Lee and Oyama

Now, what strikes me as the essential difference between Lee’s and Oyama’s workout styles is volume. Lee’s weight training routine is relatively brief, and he avoided lifting on days of heavy martial arts training.

While Lee might do an exercise for 2 sets of 8 reps (which is fairly typical), Oyama would do it for hundreds of reps. Clearly, Oyama’s is a more time-consuming approach that would require a lot of dedication.

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Denise Austin: Prenatal Cardio Workout- Fit & Firm Pregnancy

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Denise Austin: Prenatal Cardio Workout from Fit & Firm Pregnancy is a fun, low-impact, 20-minute heart-healthy aerobic workout that is adapted for all three trimesters to boost metabolism, burn calories, and tone the entire body. Boost energy and perfect posture with Legendary Fitness Expert, Denise Austin as she takes you through this low intensity, joint-friendly segment from her popular “Fit & Firm Pregnancy” Workout DVD. Now you can re-shape your body and build everyday strength throughout all 9 months of your pregnancy with one of the best in the business. Challenge your core as you focus your breathing and activate the abs. You will feel energized, refreshed, and renewed as you firm the chest, buns, arms, legs, and back through a combination of upbeat cardio exercise, dance steps and quintessential sculpting moves such as lunges, lifts, squats, kicks, and stretching variations. You will need a towel and a bottle of water to complete this routine that is great for all ages, trimesters, and fitness levels. Look and feel your best on the road to a slim and toned post-baby body right from your own home with Denise Austin! For more Denise Austin workouts, click here:

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Healthy Weight Loss Plan – Lose Weight Fast

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