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Things Bry Can’t Do

People lately have often been asking me, “Is there anything you can’t do?” which always amuses me greatly, for there are SO many things!
So I thought I would make a quick, silly post about the things that I can’t do.

Note: This list is obviously just for fun – I’m not getting down on myself, its just for a laugh. Who knows, some of these things may be ‘to dos’ for the future!

  • Draw, Paint, or Photoshop. [Proof]
  • Salsa and Tango
  • Drive on the Freeway (Merging! D:)
  • Play a musical instrument
  • Do the Splits
  • Fix a car
  • Change a flat tire
  • Catch a wave while surfing
  • Quirk an eyebrow without scrunching up my face
  • Tolerate drunk people
  • Play sports
  • Cut my own hair
  • Live without spicy food
  • Juggle
  • Get through a photoshoot without one ridiculous face
  • Cook complicated meals
  • Deal with spiders
  • Speak another language  fluently
  • Drink coffee
  • Eat Olive Oil
  • Brave cold weather
  • Sleep.
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Role Models or Obstacles? Thoughts on Seasoned Gym-Goers.

Going to the gym for the first time can be a nerve wracking experience. You’re walking into a foreign world of new equipment that requires certain form and safety awareness, you’re about to get sweaty and vulnerable in a room full of people you don’t know – and worse, they might judge you.

This is an all too common scenario I hear from someone who wants to make a change in their life, but may be self conscious about doing so. Being judged by seasoned gym-goers is a huge fear, and an unfortunate reality that discourages newcomers to a healthy way of life. This is particularly evident at this time of year, when we so often year gymgoers complaining about the “New Years Resolutioners” who are clogging up the gym, with comments about how they can’t wait for the herd to thin out – and I am SO disappointed by this attitude!

I find it baffling that these people don’t seem to remember that at one point, they were a beginner too. Someone who didn’t know what they were doing, someone taking the first step towards getting where they are today. Are their memories so short?

Instead, as seasoned gymgoers, we should be encouraging newcomers (regardless of the time of year), for taking the first step towards a healthy life. We should cheer them on for what could be a definitive moment in their lives, and we should also be willing to offer help, advice, and assistance with a smile. So this is my call to the seasoned, long term gym goers to be more supportive, to stop being so judgmental, and to remember how to be a courteous human being.

When I posted my thoughts on Facebook, I got varied responses, including:
“It makes it hard to work out!” – Really? Be creative and work around them. Maybe its an indication its time to change up your routine as well, and try something new.

“Well you know they won’t stick with it!” – This gets to me. DO you know that? No you don’t. You do not know whether or not someone will stick with their goal or not, because you have no idea what that person is capable of. Whether they start January 1st, or any day of the year, whether or not they are 5 lbs overweight or 100 lbs overweight, it doesn’t matter. You cannot anticipate if that person expects immediate results, of if they’re willing to work hard day in and day out, and you are not the judge of how bad they may want it. To assume you know otherwise is incredibly self righteous. That person deserves to be treated based on their potential just like you do, and not be assumed a failure.

Worst of all, one of my fans said she saw this quote on a Fan Page, which will remain nameless:

“It would be nice if we could get together as a group and take pictures of the buffalo in the gym tackinling their NYE resolutions. We’ll call it a month long social science experiment since they should be back to Mcribbing it up in a month”

I was disgusted that anyone in an industry dedicated to helping people feel healthy, happy, fit and confident could ever be so tactless, tasteless, and just plain rude! And its disheartening, to know so many in the industry have been saying much the same…

So I’m asking you with this post, to reconsider how you’ve been treating people at the gym since the new year, and to evaluate your attitude. Are you being self-righteous? Are you acting entitled? Could you be more supportive?

Inevitably, someone is going to read this post and think, “Its not MY responsibility to help someone at the gym, I don’t work there.” You’re right, its not. Just like its not your responsibility to hold the door for someone behind you or help someone pick up something they’ve dropped,  and so on. But you still do them, because you’re a decent human being, and not a selfish jerk. No one is asking for you to completely derail your workouts either. Courtesy and a smile alone will get you a long ways.

And yes, occasionally, I judge. I judged the guy with the swastika and white power tattoos, I judged the drug addict who started jumping over benches and making karate noises, and I judged the woman sipping a Starbucks latte while walking on the treadmill. So I’m not perfect. I never said I was. But I’d like to think I do a pretty good job of supporting people when they’re trying something new.

 

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What is your theme to guide you through the year?

Mine is The Year I Set Myself ON FIRE!

This year, I’m going to blaze brighter than ever, burn harder and increase the intensity in everything I do, until I’m a bonfire that no one can ignore. Watch out world, I’m coming for you. You can embrace the fire, or you can become coals in my wake.

Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion.  You must set yourself on fire.  ~Arnold H. Glasow

January 3, 2012 at 10:51 am no comments
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My Workout Playlist

Music can be a great addition to your workout. It can help you keep the pace, push you harder, or it can distract you through those last agonizing moments to your finish point.

Below, I’ve provided a sample (100 Songs) of the music I like to listen to while working out – these songs incorporate what I use for weight lifting, cardio, pole fitness, aerial silks, kickboxing and many other workouts, so you will find a great variance in music choice. My tastes range from musical scores and theme songs, to things you might hear on the radio, right into obscure bands that aren’t well known.

Where available, I’ve attempted to include Youtube links to the songs. I hope you enjoy, and perhaps find something new to add to your list!

  1. Escape the Fate – Gorgeous Nightmare
  2. Metallica – Fuel
  3. Katzenjammer – A Bar in Amsterdam
  4. Mariana’s Trench – Toy Soldiers
  5. Mariana’s Trench – Desperate Measures
  6. Mariana’s Trench – Haven’t Had Enough
  7. Mariana’s Trench – Stutter
  8. Mariana’s Trench – Shake Tramp
  9. Mariana’s Trench – September
  10. Mariana’s Trench – Vertigo
  11. Mariana’s Trench – Celebrity Status
  12. Mariana’s Trench – Sing Sing
  13. Rob Zombie – Dragula
  14. Sonata Arctica – Kingdom for a Heart
  15. Sonata Arctica – San Sebastian
  16. Sonata Arctica – Still Loving You
  17. Rev Theory – Hell Yeah
  18. Theory of A Deadman – Bad Girlfriend
  19. Saving Abel – Addicted
  20. Saving Abel – New Tattoo
  21. Jakalope – Witness
  22. Emily Osment and Josh Ramsay – Hush
  23. Hot Rod Herman – Dragula Remix
  24. Rammestein – Feuer Frei
  25. Enomine – Mitternacht
  26. My Chemical Romance – Black Parade
  27. My Chemical Romance – The Sharpest Lives
  28. Voltaire – Zombie Prostitute
  29. Voltaire – Vampire Club
  30. Voltaire – Brains
  31. Christina Aguilera – Express
  32. Christina Aguilera – Show Me How You Burlesque
  33. Christina Aguilera - Not Myself Tonight
  34. Christina Aguilera – Vanity
  35. Pink – You and Your Hand
  36. Pink – So What
  37. Danny Fernandes and Josh Ramsay -Hit Me Up
  38. Shinedown – Sound of Madness
  39. Shinedown – Devour
  40. Shinedown – Sin With a Grin
  41. Shinedown – Cry for Help
  42. Hammerfall – Hearts on Fire
  43. Hammerfall – Blood Bound
  44. Hammerfall – Natural High
  45. Dropkick Murphys – The Gauntlet
  46. Within Temptation  – What Have You Done?
  47. Within Temptation – The Howling
  48. Within Temptation – Angels
  49. Nightwish – Amaranth
  50. Nightwish – Bye Bye Beautiful
  51. Cee Lo Green – Fuck You
  52. My Darkest Days – Porn Star Dancing
  53. Adam Lambert- For Your Entertainment
  54. Repo! The Genetic Opera - Zydrate Anatomy
  55. Paramore – Thats What You Get
  56. Paramore - Let the Flames Begin
  57. Paramore – Fences
  58. Versa Emerge – Fixed at Zero
  59. Papa Roach – I Almost Told You that I Loved You
  60. Papa Roach – Hollywood Whore
  61. Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party
  62. Oingo Boingo – No One Lives Forever
  63. Symphony X – Accolade II
  64. Symphony X – Out of the Ashes
  65. Game of Thrones – Intro Theme Song
  66. Ascetic Junkies – Dracula
  67. Concrete Blonde – Bloodletting
  68. DJ Bobo – Vampires are Alive
  69. DJ Bobo – Pirates of Dance
  70. Army of Lovers – Crucifed
  71. Dragon Force – Through the Fire and Flames
  72. Dream Evil – Fight You to the End
  73. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – Paris (Ooh La La)
  74. I am Ghost - Lovers Requiem
  75. I am Ghost – Killer Likes Candy
  76. Jonathan Coulton – I Feel Fantastic
  77. Jonathan Coulton – Skullcrusher Mountain
  78. Maroon 5 – Moves like Jagger
  79. The Trews – Not Ready to Go
  80. Princess and the Frog – Friends on the Other Side
  81. Selena Gomez – Naturally
  82. Tom Jones – Sex Bomb
  83. Tom Jones – You Can Leave Your Hat On
  84. Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London
  85. Young Artists for Haiti – Wavin’ Flag
  86. Drowning Pool – Bodies
  87. Rancid - Red Hot Moon
  88. Finger Eleven – Paralyzer
  89. Nine Inch Nails – Hand that Feeds
  90. Blackmore’s Night – Storm
  91. Blackmore’s Night – Rainbow Blues
  92. Bowling for Soup – The Bitch Song
  93. Christina Perri – Bang Bang Bang
  94. David Guetta - Love is Gone
  95. Flogging Molly – Black Friday Rule
  96. Freedom Call – Carry On
  97. Gackt – Vanilla
  98. Great Big Sea – Company of Fools
  99. Great Big Sea – Consequence Free
  100. Great Big Sea – Ordinary Day

 

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New Years Resolutions


A New Year is upon us, and its time to make changes to make us happier, healthier, and better people! Here are a few of my New Years Resolutions:
Career:
  • Media exposure: be in at least three fitness magazines this year (features or articles written by me), and try to end up on the cover of one, or at least be in negotiation.
  • Shoot with at least one of the photographers on my ‘must shoot’ list.
  • Obtain a Sponsorship! This is the year I get sponsored – look out companies! I’m coming for you!
Physical/Aesthetics:
  • Build up my shoulders – to create a visible, round shape
  • Shoulder Press 35 lbs consistently, perhaps 40.
  • Tighten my glutes, reduce cellulite.
  • Increase cardio capacity/endurance
Diet/Eating:
  • Eliminate bread and wheat from my diet, in favor of brown rice and quinoa.
  • Wean myself from ketchup!
  • Be more creative in the kitchen, to post new exciting recipes on my website.
Personal:
  • Become versed in Italian
  • Take dancing lessons, or bellydancing, increase my talent with pole fitness, and train in aerial silks.
  • Learn to crochet (Already in the works!)
  • Pay it forward more – participate in more random acts of kindness, at least once a week.

What are you resolving to do this year? Leave a comment and let me know – and tell me how you plan to do it!

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My Lung Condition

Because this topic garners a lot of questions and curiosity, here is a brief explanation of my lung condition:

As a child (~7), I contracted severe Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough [I was unable to be vaccinated due to an allergy to the vaccine]. Unfortunately, the violent coughing left me with structural damage – which then led to the formation of scar tissue, which limits my air capacity, and slows down the rate at which I can metabolize oxygen. In short, I can’t breathe as fast, or hold as much air as the average person. And when this is strained, it can really hurt.

As a result of this condition, cardio has been extremely difficult for me. Through my school years I struggled through gym class, and was the last person to finish any laps, or timed runs. Hell, even a large flight of stairs or a moderate incline would leave me winded. (This is why people from high school would never suspect I would be a fitness model now!)

It took a long time to be able to perform cardio in any capacity. It was a very long, very slow process. Even now, tread mills and running are not my friends. But I know how to work around it. I know how to push myself effectively, without putting myself in danger. And every day, I’m getting stronger!

Just to be clear, my lung condition is just a part of who I am, and overcoming it is not what makes me a great fitness model or anything of the sort. I’m not going to push my story to win sympathy, or attention. I am proud of myself, yes, but I am a firm believer that the cards we are dealt are not what define us. But this is my story, and I’m happy to be frank and open about it because we all have challenges!

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