Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mud Runs and Obstacle Races

Mud runs and obstacle races have recently gained a lot of popularity, and one of the great things about this sport is that it is already widely accepting of shirtless competitors. Competing shirtless is a lot more comfortable, it makes you feel more attuned to your own body, helps you push yourself harder, and it is a great confidence booster. These events are also a great full-body exercise and a lot of fun! Shorts or compression shorts and a good set of running shoes will generally suffice. In addition to being a lot of fun, training for one of these events can be a great motivation to push yourself and get in shape!

Some popular ones to check out include Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, and Warrior Dash. Tough Mudder and Spartan both have training tips on their websites. So why not pick an event that looks interesting and get training? It’s a great way to build up your body and your confidence.

I mean, check it out:

Looks like fun, right? So take up the challenge!

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Awesome Pictures

Over time I have had a number of pictures submitted for the blog that haven’t really fit any particular topic I’ve written about (nor are they likely to), but they are somehow too awesome to let them fall by the wayside. So I’m doing a bit of fun post just to highlight some of the cool pictures I’ve received. Hats off to the guys in the pics, and have fun!

Nice moves! Very cool.

 Totally looks like these guys are flying, sweet!

 The bird whisperer.

 Love the cape!

That takes strength and skill.

Way to improvise and get that workout in!

Gotta love it, this guys is so buff he doesn’t need to stand behind the cutout with the fake muscles, he’s got his own!

Friday, October 17, 2014

U.S. Grappling requests opinions on Shirtless Grappling

U.S. Grappling is conducting an informal, non-scientific survey on shirtless grappling. They want to know whether grapplers should be required to wear a shirt or rash guard, or if they should be allowed to compete shirtless. Submission grapplers have traditionally competed shirtless and most organizations allow an option to wear a shirt or rash guard or not, so requiring a shirt would be the change here.

The main concerns seem to be sweat or the spread of skin infections. However, shirts and rash guards do little to prevent the spread of skin infections, the main preventatives here are checking athletes for signs of infection before competition and good hygiene before and after competition. And sweat soaks right through a shirt or rash guard anyway, but a wet shirt will hold the moisture against your skin and begin to smell much faster.

Others prefer the shirtless uniform for comfort, tradition, or hygiene reasons. And some simply think the choice should be left up to the athlete. One commenter suggested that they should rather ban loose and baggy shirts that may tangle and get in the way during competition.

It is still fairly early as of this writing, so feel free to go and cast your vote on the survey.

(The pictures are actually from another organization, the North America Grappling Association.)
You can vote on the petition here.
You can comment on the related Facebook post here.


U.S. Grappling has actually adopted a rule requiring shirts, in spite of the fact that the majority on their survey voted in favor of keeping shirts optional. There is now a petition you can sign to encourage them to change the rule back. Please sign the petition and share it on Facebook and Twitter. Meanwhile, NAGA has confirmed that they are not requiring shirts.