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So I’m a huge fan of podcasts. My absolute favorite is Joe Rogan. He sometimes has some awesome people on that really have some good advice on life. Joe also has some awesome habits he does, that are super inspirational. One thing he talks about often is float pods, and the benefits he has seen both physical and mental using the float pod.

But what is a float pod or sensory deprivation tank? It is a private space where you can experience freedom from your senses. The pods provide a light and sound free environment. They are filled with 10 inches of water and approximately 900 lbs of dissolved Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate).

Being a fan, and always looking for things to help my mental illnesses, I had to try a float session. I found a great little spa about 20 minutes from my house and assigned the wife to sign me up for a float session. She agreed to this assignment so she could get a spray tan. Win – win. The goal of my float session was to shut my brain up for a while, let my body chill, medicate heavily and listen for the universe.

Fist thing I did was medicate heavily with some of my favorite Indica strains, Hell’s OG. This is great strain for relaxing your body and providing mental clarity. Fortunately I am a medical cannabis patient and have access to some amazing medicine. So, without hesitation I heavily medicated myself right before leaving for the session, intent on having an amazing experienced, floating weightlessly, deprived of all my senses.

We arrived promptly at noon for my float session appointment. The lovely attendant took my information and after some minor paperwork I was whisked to the back to take a shower. Alone. The lovely attendant wasn’t a part of the pre-shower session. The shower is necessary to prevent people from putting their crummy naked bodies in the pod. Yes, naked. You are naked when you float.

I showered up, dawned the bath robe and bathing cap provided, which by the way looks easy to put on, but, I assure you was a pain in the dick. I know I’m a moron, but putting a swim cap on should of been easier than it was. Anywho, showered, robed and capped, I rang the attendant who guided me to the float pod room. For a few moments she went over the basics, how to get in the pod, how to shut the lid, light and music adjustment as well as a floatation device incase I felt I might drown in the murky depths of 10 inches of salt water.

Out she went, I dropped my robe and in I went. The top closes on hydraulics, there is no way to get locked in and I in no way felt claustrophobic, there is a lot of head space to sit up inside the pod and move around. Side note: as she began her instructions on light and music in the pod, the Hell’s OG really kicked in and I spaced out on how to run the lighting situation inside the pod.

First I just wanted to get comfy with the feeling of floating. I laid out straight as a board and just…floated. The light was on inside the pod, its dimly lit, but not a blazing light. Fuck. I need to figure out how to turn out the light. Did she push the button or turn the button? It’s just a button, shaped like a marshmallow simply labeled, LIGHT. Reluctantly, I pushed the button and…..boom, lights out.

Now I can get down to business. Pitch black, dead silent other than my fat ass and jelly belly splashing around in the salty water as I position myself for maximum float comfort.

Depriving yourself of the external chatter is a peculiar experience to say the least. The effect on your physical body, to be horizontal, with no sensation beneath you relaxed my muscles like nothing I’ve experienced before. Much different than a massage. Nothing is touching them other than water. How much time I floated reposing my body is hard to say, it was good, keeping my mind focused on just physical peace kept dumb chatter form ruining the experience. For the time being.

Eventually my mind chatter got the best of me and I started running dumb shit through my brain. I recognized this happy horse shit and decided to fuck with the lights, and restart the process. The bulb for the pod is set up at water level, not directly above you. The trippy thing about the light was you could create a mini light show across the top of the dome as you float. These fuckers know people are getting medicated and floating. There’s no way this light show is in here for any other purpose. Bravo.


I decided on a symphony of green lights dancing like streamers in the wind. Back down I went, focusing again on relaxing my body. What happened next was an unexpected surprise say the least.

Eyes closed, I could still sense the green of the lights, it was almost like a hallucinatory experience, not only did I see the greens, but shapes, and other colors began to frolic in my vision. I feel like a cheerio floating aimlessly in the ocean as the Aurora Borealis dazzles my mind over head.

The light show went on for I don’t know how long. The only bummer was the pod fits a guy who is six foot two, but eventually, you do end up floating into the side of the pod, either with you head, or feet, at least this was the case for me. The hour flew by. When the time is up the pod has a jet stream that slowly bursts water into the pod to let you know times up.

Out I go, stood up to dry off, and felt as though I dropped 200 mg of edibles. Nice. Since you just floated in all that salt water, you need to shower. AGAIN. It’s necessary and worth it. I finished up, and met my lovely, tanner bride in the lobby. Twenty minutes later we arrived at our abode and it hit me. My body was rested, restored, at peace, chill, on a level that my poor grammar skills don’t allow me to convey here.

My zen experience with peace and relaxation lasted all the way to the next day and in the evening. Peace and love poured through me. I was one with the force, the force was with me. There is no doubt I want to try this experience again, while highly medicated. Did I have a visual experience based on the medication? I doubt it. Maybe? The only way to find out is try again. And try again I will. In all honesty, if you are not claustrophobic, and want to experiment with different experiences to enhance your mind and body, try floating.



I’ve been depressed for a while now. Many years in fact. I’m pretty sure it has to do with all the bad decisions I made in life. (Thats a whole load of other posts.) Additionally, two years ago my parents died suddenly within six months of each other. Being an only child when your parents die sucks too. It sucks all the balls.

But, if it were not for these terrible choices and unfortunate deaths I wouldn’t be here, writing to you.

I never thought I was “depressed” thats something that happens to other people. However, after some time reflecting on my person and talking to loved ones, it was pretty clear I was depressed. I spent a lot of time in bed, and felt guilty when I did. Like I should have been doing something more productive. When I am not in bed, all want to do is take a nap. Either way I was not able to be productive in any way shape or form.

I felt lost, there was no direction in my life. No physical obstacles, no mental ones either. I was drifting through life in a rut. You need a challenge in life, mental and physical. Positive challenges to help you become a better person.

I needed to do something. One thing I began to study was medical cannabis and depression. Can weed really help you over come depression. Yes. And no. I thoroughly believe cannabis can help you with depression, but it needs to be a tool in your arsenal to help you over come this disease.

The first thing I did was research strains for depression. The website Leafly, is an amazing resource to find strains for depression. The second thing I did was research cannabis terpenes. This lead me to find that limonene is an essential terpene found in some cannabis strains to help fight depression.

The next thing, find strains high in this terpene, then see if my local dispensary carries these strains. Whew. It was some work but well worth it. I found an experimented with some strains and found the following strains to be the best for me.

Durban Poison. My number one go to strain. This flower kept me uplifted, euphoric and energized. I get super productive with this strain and its perfect for daytime use.

Super Silver Haze This little darling is great for a nice head buzz. Another strain for great euphoria and being ultra productive,

Golden Goat. The goat is great for high energy and motivation.

Grapefruit Durban. I use this in a c02 cart and love it. My absolute favorite for all day use.

Those are my go to strains right now, obviously I love to experiment with different strains and see what works best. I tend to lean towards anything citrusy and skunks. Lemon strains seem to be another hit for getting that edge over depression and anxiety so many people need. If you have depression, and access to medical cannabis, try these strains. I you have depression and have some killer strains that worked for you, comment with them please! Good luck, be nice to a stranger today.

Moonshine Haze Review

Posted: December 2, 2018 in Cannabis Reviews, General

Moonshine Haze is a potent sativa from our local Tera Vida Holistic Center, produced by the awesome crew at Terrapin. The flower is a mostly sativa strain bred by combining Nevil’s Wreck and Amnesia Haze.

The combination of these powerful genetics creates a strain that is perfect for all day use.  This flower tops of at 15.45% THCa which was a perfect strain for me.  It produced a heavy head high at first which lead to a light wave of euphoria to my entire body.  Visually, this haze had some gorgeous red hairs and some heavy resin with light fluffy buds.

A huge factor in quality cannabis is longevity of relief.  Most strains give me relief for around 90 minutes, but this haze gave me almost 3 hours of quality relief and motivation.I was able to get a lot of chores done around the house and keep to my to do list without getting groggy or couch locked.

Moonshine haze has a light flowery profile when you smell it.  Not over powering at all with a touch of woodiness.  Upon the burn and exhale you are blasted with a light touch of earthy goodness that has you feeling as fluffy as a spring breeze.  This strain is one of my top 10 all time and I’m looking forward to trying it again in the future.

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Last week the amazing team at Terrapin Care Station  bestowed upon the medical marijuana patients of Pennsylvania their latest creation, The TERRAPOD.

This new vaporizing contraption had me leery at first.  I didn’t really want to get roped in to purchasing a special device that only holds special pods that will eventually become over priced, have limited strains and eventually not be worth my money.

But, as always I went against my better judgement and purchased the pod, (20$) and a cartridge of the strain, Dark Blue Cheese.

With all new devices and strains there are certain qualities I am searching for.

DURABILITY –  Really want a vaporizer that is durable, things get dropped, sat on, chewed on, whatever.  The construction of the battery is solid.  It has an easy to hold grip that perfectly fits in your hand, and in your pocket as well.

DISCRETION – This device is certainly discreet.  Maybe twice the size of your common USB port, this little device looks nothing like most vaporizers.

TASTE – The flavor profile of this blend of Princess Leah and Dark Blue Dream is a citrusy/earthy taste that tickles your tongue with each hit.

MEDICINAL – I want the effects of the meds to last at least 2 hours.  I found that this strain hit well over the 2 hour mark.  The feel was a massive head high that washed away all anxiety and stress.  The pulls are easy and you can get a massive hit if you aren’t careful.

Overall this is a great little device. The pod attaches to the battery via magnets and seems to be a very high quality build.  There have been no issues with poor connectivity our hard draws.

I’ve been pleased with the results and with my current medicating cycle, one pod will get me a good 7 days of use.  I’m pretty happy with that and the price point is pretty spot on.  I’d love to see them bring these pods to 40$, and I think they eventually will.  New strains added to the rotation will also be critical to the success of these devices.  I’m on board and if you haven’t tried one yet do it.

UPDATE! Check out part 2 of my Terra Pod review HERE.

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I’ve read  many books over the years to help me be more motivated, better salesman, be successful, change my mindset and a host of other personal development lessons.  A lot of those books did a great job.  They helped me figure things out in life, and I thought they changed my life, but not like this book I discovered.

For years I have suffered with tremendous back pain.  I was diagnosed by several top back doctors as having  ruptured L4 and L5 discs in my spine.  They told me I would live for the rest of my life  with pain and discomfort.  And so I did.  For the past several years I’ve been injected with so many shots in my spine to deal with pain, I’ve lost count. None of them provided the relief I needed. I suffered through every day with discomfort, most days pain.  It altered my life in a negative way for almost 10 years.

I couldn’t lift weights the way I wanted, everything I did I had to be careful not to hurt my back.  Sitting, sneezing, petting the dog, moving the wrong way in bed could all trigger intense spasms and a trip to my pain management doctor for a series of shots.  It was horrible.

One day I was turned on to a book by Dr. John E. Sarno named ” The Mind Body Prescription, Healing The Body, Healing The Pain”

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This book, of all the books I’ve ever read about the improvement of ones self, is the one that changed my life.  There are lots of books about how the mind affects the body.  There is no doubt that a huge mind-body connection exists.

I suffer with tremendous anger.  Loads of it.  I never really focused on WHY I am so angry.  I had some ideas, but after reading this book, I know exactly where the anger stems from.

This anger, is harbored inside my mind.  I cannot express my anger towards the cause.  Thus, it is repressed inside my body and expressed through back pain.  I read this book cover to cover in less than 3 days.  Five days after completion of the book  I have zero back pain or discomfort.  ZERO.

Six months later I can deadlift again, row 2,000 meters, and lift weights and work my core with no thoughts of having to be careful of my back.  No pain, no issues, nothing.  Cured.  I can’t believe it myself.  After all these years of pain.  I wish I discovered this book sooner.

This book changed my life.  If you read it, and apply what it says about the cause of your pain, it will make sense.  I can’t recommend this book enough to anyone who suffers from back pain with no relief in site.

Buy it, read it, apply it.  Thanks for reading and share this post with anyone you know who suffers from back pain.

Lately I have had to really focus on making my mind less hectic.  I have a doctorate in procrastination and found I need to write things down in order to get some things done.  I have also discovered that I still put off doing things on my list sometimes.  Well, a lot of the time.

A to do list is a great tool to get you started, but I found that scheduling things in my calendar was a huge step in getting more important things done.  Your phone comes equipped with a calendar, use it.  Once I started scheduling my time at the gym, time to work on my business, my meditation practice and other important matters in life, I became much more efficient with my time.  Time is the one commodity we can not acquire more.  Be stingy with your time.  Everything I do is scheduled on a calendar. This is a tough habit to stick with, but when you commit 30 days to the process, you will be surprised about how much more efficient you become.

Meditation is the second practice I have started that was so difficult in the beginning, but is an important part of my daily routine. How do you start meditating?  Youtube has great beginner videos that will walk you through, 10, 15 or 30 minute sessions.   Just push play and follow the instructions.  I highly recommend starting off in the 5-10 minute range.  Spotify is another great resource for meditation.  Just start.  set aside 10 minutes a day where you won’t be disturbed.  Meditation benefits include reduced stress, improved concentration, information processing, fosters creativity an a host of other amazing things.

 

With great change comes great patience.  Try these practices in your life for the next 30 days and I guarantee you will see dramatic improvements in you life.  So many people I talk to live unfulfilled lives.  They are over 40, and feel like the American dream is really not a dream at all.  We are at a point were we realize this ride is at best half way over.  Perspectives and things change dramatically as life chugs along.  Thank you for joining me as I document my journey to build a newline after 40.

 

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Life After 40

Posted: October 5, 2017 in General

 

On October 1 2017 I turned 42.

It has been nearly 2 years since I last published post on this blog.  Life has changed dramatically for me over the last few years.  Huge career shifts, the death of my parents six months apart from each other, and a spiritual/mind awakening occurred.

I fell out of love with the world of fitness and the business of fitness about 2 years ago. The grind of marketing and the business end of training people for fitness became more of a drag than exciting.  My physical and mental fitness suffered.  I learned a lot about business partnerships.  The hard way.

However, life changes quickly, and without warning.  In December of 2016 I lost my mother to cancer.  Six months later my father passed. He had suffered for 10 years with Alzheimers disease.

After failing in the fitness business, losing my parents and having to start over again in my forties I came to a lot of realizations.

Life isn’t what its cracked up to be.  The pressure of society to conform is overwhelming, and looking back on life, I wish I did so much differently.  This seems to be the opinion of a lot of people my age.  We were let down by a society that says go to college, buy a house get into debt, buy crap, live the American dream.

thats not my dream, not anymore.

After my parents passed I realized that of all the stuff in the family home, the only thing of real value to me was the pictures, 8mm films and my fathers high school football jersey.

Life after 40 is my account of rebuilding my life after 40, I have a new career as a consultant with a merchant services company.

My goals are to travel more, be in the ultimate physical and mental shape of my life,  but also build a rewarding career that allows me to live the next 40 years of life on my terms, collecting memories, not junk.

I’ve become passionate about Alzheimers awareness and I will be spending the rest of my days helping as much as possible the Alzheimers Association find a cure to this terrible disease.

I look at life in an entirely different way now.

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February 1 of 2015 marked the fifteen month anniversary as a fitness entrepreneur. In that brief time period many lessons were learned about the business side of fitness. The first several years of my coaching career were spent coaching boot camp style classes at a local karate studio. My class was scheduled two nights a week and Saturday morning.

 

Throughout that experience I learned some things about marketing, but focused mainly on the coaching side of things. Learning new exercises, utilizing them myself, then incorporating them into a workout. A challenge I had working in a karate studio was lack of equipment. Most exercises were body weight with some dumbbell work as well.

 

However, the time came for me to move on, and open my own facility. With this decision came a host of new responsibilities and commitment. I learned a lot of lessons over the past fifteen months about running your own Hybrid Training Facility, in my case The Superhuman Barbell Club.

Here are five things I learned as a new fitness entrepreneur.

1. WORD IS NOT BOND

My first deal in real estate went horribly south. I rented a small garage to start out and the landlord and I agreed in words to a X amount of dollars for rent to be paid every three months. However, when the time came to sign the lease two days later, he changed the monthly arrangements from tri monthly to bi monthly payments. This totally fucked me, as I set up my six month business plan based on a three month rental agreement. Get everything in writing immediately especially in real estate. This brings me to number two.

2. LEVERAGE

One reason I got screwed on my rental was because I had zero leverage. I was in a position where time was not on my side and had to take the best deal at the moment. I wasn’t happy about the situation, but I had no leverage. Sometimes you need to do what’s necessary to achieve your goals. Create as much leverage as possible for yourself.

3. THERES ALWAYS A CATCH

When you open the doors on your own garage gym or fitness center, it’s not long before the landslide of offers flood your inbox. Demos of shakes, new gadgets, massages, free OCR race offers and more. Everybody has something they want to sell to your clients, 99.5% of these offers are shit. Nothing is free and all these offers will end up benefitting the third party. Avoid them.

4. IT WONT GO AS PLANNED

Nothing will go as planned. The key is to be flexible and roll with the punches. Goals will evolve and change. A brick and mortar business is a living thing. All businesses are. They change, grow, mature and evolve. However, they can also become stale and stagnant and need some reinvention. Be peprapared for chaos at any time.

 

5. SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT THE ANSWER

So much emphasis is placed on being visible on social media to grow your business. Facebook pages, Twitter, YouTube, it goes on and on. Bottom line, and this has been my biggest struggle, going out to meet new people. Be visible in your community. The best way to grow your business is by being a name in your community. Participate in sports, be active in local government or other activities in your area. This, will help you more than social media. The more people you meet and speak to you about your work, the better.

 

 

Going from fitness coach to fitness entrepreneur has been a rich yet painful experience. Not only do you coach your team, but you now are in control of many more aspects of fitness. Everything rests on your shoulders. One thing I can suggest, find a mentor to help you achieve your goals. Do your research and make a plan!

 

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Around November of 2014 I lost my mojo. I had no desire to workout, blog, or do anything else related to my personal exercise or business study. I became burned out on fitness.

 

In three consecutive weekends with Team Superhuman, I ran Spartan Super, CMC Philly and Vermont Beast. I was sick, beat and tired. I had no desire to pick up a weight or do a pull up. My diet suffered tremendously. Then, with almost the entire team we traveled to South Carolina and killed the SC Beast for good measure. I was so done with fitness.

 

In addition to the physical strain, my brain was fried as well. Being the owner of your fitness business also carries a huge burden. Now, my facility is no huge operation. I operate a garage gym. Literally a gym in a garage I rent. There is no bathroom, no heat and no air conditioning. Much of our equipment has been fabricated in my basement or donated by team members. It has helped me break free of being employed by a fitness corporation, and call all my own shots, however this freedom comes with a price.

 

 

First, there's marketing. Now, this sounds easy enough, but it is not. There are so many gurus on the web with all the keys to success on how to market your fitness business. However, this flood of gurus has so much conflicting information, it becomes maddening trying to sift through everything. One person says market on Facebook like this, another person says no, market like that. Have a blog, link it to all your social media, post at this time, but not that time, post this, but not that. It made me crazy and crushed me with anxiety. When you go to school little to nothing is taught about the business side of fitness. And make no mistake, it is a business. I encourage anyone who is going to school for personal training with the hopes of becoming there own boss to educate themselves on the marketing of your fitness business as well.

 

November rolled in and I was physically and mentally decimated. Fitness sucked. The business side and my personal pursuit of wellness became a chore. The only fun I had was coaching classes. Seeing people make progress, pull a muscle up for the first time, hit a PR on a deadlift, that was fun. Everything else sucked. After opening the doors and being in business for a year, I was doing fine. Attendance stayed steady, we had made great progress in 2014. But I didn't want to do it anymore.

 

 

December arrived, and I took a much needed 10 day vacation in the Caribbean.

 

 

 

 

 
Time away from the world really allowed for reflection. Did I want to run the Superhuman Barbell Club anymore? Could we ditch the lair and workout at a local chain gym? Do I really want to put the monumental effort into marketing in 2015? These questions and more needed to be answered.
The answer always remained, will it be fun? Im pushing 40 years old, and Im tired of doing things that are not fun. If it isnt fun, its not worth doing. My grand conclusion, I'm ditching the gurus, and doing what I want, how I want, and will have fun doing it. Do I want to see Team Superhuman take over the world in 2015? The answer is a resounding YES!
 
The difference is, this year the focus will be more on fun than anything else. I'm back in the lifting game, and have decided that instead of leading the team from the front of the class, I will be in the trenches of the WOD's with them. I'm looking forward to this new outlook, and the reults that will come of it.
 
As I sit here writing this I am a hefty 227 pounds. The fire has been reignited, and I am looking forward to some stunning physical and athletic results for Team Superhuman in 2015. Bread pasta and manufactured foods have been cut from my diet. For the past several days I have made great strides in maintaining a lifestyle where I eat animal flesh, veggies and fruits, leaning heavily towards embracing the paleo lifestyle. After a cruise and the Holiday season, an extreme reboot of my system is in order. So, here it goes!
 
 
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Recently the some of ladies of Team Superhuman took time out to show off their bad-assness in a photo shoot. The ladies have spent the last year achieving tremendous physical results, but look damn amazing as well.

 

They are all proof that weightlifting has tremendous benefits, strong truly is the new skinny

Chriss shows of her abs.

War Machine in the over head squat

 

The Champ has killer legs

Black Widow with sweet back and shoulders

 

Back and shoulder art

Keeping it risqué

 

Vandana with some intensity

 

At 55 years young, Vera is an inspiration to us all.

 

Huge thanks to the ladies who make Team Superhuman so extraordinary. Donna K is our Team Photographer, and without her talent, these great shots wouldn’t be possible! Thank you!

 

Learn more about Team Superhuman here.

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