Wednesday, November 30, 2011
1:34 PM | Posted by Martin Berkhan | Edit Post
Feeling fat and sluggish after Thanksgiving? Motivation lacking? Need someone to give you a kick in the pants to get going? Well, look no further, because I got 1000 Leangains exclusive Fitocracy invites for you.
That's right, Christmas comes early this year.
What is Fitocracy, some of you might wonder? Fitocracy is a unique and fun way to log and track your training online, "gamer style". If you've been reading my articles, you know that I consider careful logging and tracking of your training absolutely essential for progress (recently discussed here). If you can make the process fun and engaging, all the better.
The Fitocracy community is friendly, passionate and troll-free. From what I've seen, the ratio of broscientists to sensible people is very much in favor to the latter group, which is a rarity among fitness communities, and another big plus.
CNN did a feature on Fitocracy: "Why gamers are a great fit at the gym."
Brian Wang and Dick Talens were the stereotypical video-gamers in high school. One was scrawny, the other fat. They grew up playing marathon sessions of 'EverQuest' and 'Counter-Strike.'
Like Brian and Dick, I was a hardcore gamer. From The Last Ninja 2 on my Commodore 64 as a kid, to Street Fighter 2 and Final Fantasy 6 on Super Nintendo in my early teens, to marathon sessions of StarCraft and World of Warcraft in my early twenties, video games have been a big part of my life. I don't have much time to play nowadays, unfortunately.
I might be biased, considering my gamer background, but I think Fitocracy is a fantastic and well-executed concept. I can't wait to see what the future holds for them (Fitocracy is still in Beta phase and they're gradually adding new features).
By the way, here's what Dick told me a while back:
If you make a post, feel free to let people know that the creators are huge Leangains fans. We definitely wouldn't have as much time for Fitocracy if we never switched to intermittent fasting (used to obsess and spend hours prepping/eating 6 meals...), so your methods are responsible for a lot of our rapid building/success thus far.
And that's just awesome to hear. There's a ton of Leangains fans within the Fitocracy community, so rest assured that you will be among like minded people there. Anyway, here we go with the invite link:
Click here to join Fitocracy.
P.S. My top 7 favorite video games of all time, since you're all dying to know: Final Fantasy 6, Fallout 2, Street Fighter 2, Zelda: A Link to The Past, Resident Evil, StarCraft: Brood War and Advance Wars. No special order, because I find it impossible to rank them.
Monday, November 21, 2011
4:04 PM | Posted by Martin Berkhan | Edit Post
Once you go Leangains
You won't go back
With meals like crack
You'll soon come back
Each month a book
And now you're hooked
Best of Leangains Meals: Part 1
Click the link above to view the book in Google Documents. There's no sign-in required and you can click "download original" if you want to save the pdf to your computer.
There you go, folks. A splendid collection of meals and recipes from the first month of The Leangains Facebook Page. Enjoy, and let me know what you think. And feel free to stop by the Facebook Page if you haven't already. It's quite active, and provides a constant stream of meals, recipes, discussions, etc.
There's so many cakes, muffins, treats, and desserts in the book, so I better show off the meaty remains of last weekend's Goose Mastery, for balance. This evening also included some medium-sized Cheesecake Mastery, as usual.
Thanks to David Bustamente who took the initiative to put this fine recipe book together. A great thing, for sure. I thought it would be nice to publish one of these on a monthly basis, so I've arranged with David to make that happen. There's certainly enough material coming in to make up the content.
So, there's going to be another recipe book with meals from this month (November) in a few weeks. On top of this, that, and the Holiday eating...Well, hold on to your abs! In these trying times, it's fortunate that we have these excellent strategies at our disposal:
Cheat Day Strategies for a Hedonist.
Can you avoid fat gain during cheat days and holiday feasts like Thanksgiving and Christmas? Sure, you can. But if you're a big eater that loves food, like me, it's more a question of minimizing fat storage than attempting to avoid it. And trust me, there's a few nifty strategies that can be used for damage control while still enjoying holiday hedonism, cheesecake mastery and spontaneous feasts of all sorts.
The Leangains Guide.
The Leangains approach is the ultimate form of systematic gluttony. If you're new to this site, you better make damn sure you read the guide.
In case you can't get enough, here's more Leangains Meals.
Christmas 2010. The Twin Cakes. 6 lbs of raw cheesecake combined, so dense and powerful that they made the Earth shake. I will never forget that fateful night. "No entity, human or otherwise, can withstand 6 lbs of cheesecake in one evening...much less a thrill-seeking vagabond like you, young Berkhan." The battle raged on for hours. The might of The Twin Cakes...unfathomable to the normal human mind. But in the end, I am still here, and they're not. Ah, such a feast it was. But a greater challenge lies ahead this Christmas, I fear. They say a dark and antediluvian force has awakened in the North. It's in the cold wind, and it whispers "Brace yourself. The Cheesecake Cometh."
P.S. There will be a major new article - a few the way this is going - instead of just an update of "Fuckarounditis", so rest assured that I haven't forgotten about that. If something is worth addressing, you might as well do it well, or don't do it all. Stay tuned.
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