The Truth About Natural Bodybuilding

Over the decades, bodybuilding has evolved tremendously but it is generally understood that there are two main factions or philosophies of the lifestyle; natural bodybuilding and pharmaceutical bodybuilding. Around the time drug use entered the sporting arena, the lines between the two were more blurred and it wasn’t particularly easy to spot an enhanced athlete. Today however, the line between the two can be more clearly defined. Those who take the chemical alternative have perfected the dosage combination’s to develop muscles that far exceed even the most gifted of natural lifters. Just watching a natural bodybuilding show and comparing the contestants to it’s professional counterpart, it’s easy to view them as completely different sports, which they really are.

All bodybuilding associations promote natural bodybuilding, yet it is seldom practiced by the world’s top bodybuilders. In fact, none of those at the peak of competitive bodybuilding are natural bodybuilders. The IFBB Mr. Olympia, considered by many to be the greatest bodybuilding title in the world, is an excellent example of pharmaceutical bodybuilding. In competitive bodybuilding, it seems that winning has everything to do with how you play the game. Pharmaceuticals such as diuretics, growth hormone, beta-blockers, insulin, EPO, amphetamines, steroids and countless other doping substances are the rule, not the exception. One thing that is often ignored is the damage that can result from using these substances.

Natural bodybuilding is an art and a science. The objective is to create a body that is beautiful to behold, resilient, strong, graceful, flexible, lean and highly functional. Natural bodybuilding represents a positive life-giving phenomenon. It is a form of training that creates and preserves form, function and health. Natural bodybuilding uses exercise, dietary supplements and a healthy diet to enhance immune function and increase resistance to degenerative disease. With each repetition, cells are flushed with life-giving oxygen and micro-nutrients. Waste is removed efficiently and quickly. When practiced correctly, it does not destroy or eliminate. It adds much more than symmetry and quality muscle, but gives you benefits beyond what can be seen with the naked eye.

Natural bodybuilding represents the truest element of bodybuilding by requiring a clean lifestyle which promotes the achievement of optimum health. Optimum health gives us the opportunity and insight to define our goals and the motivation required to achieve them. Once truly well, we are able to adapt to change and stress without significant damage. A healthy person is well-nourished and physically fit inside and out.

Those who lift weights or use their own body as resistance to achieve any degree of muscle tone, strength or power are engaged in “building” their body. This practice has numerous names – body-shaping, body-sculpting, resistance training, weight-lifting, weight training or working-out. Whatever you call it, if you pump iron you are bodybuilding to some degree. Competition level bodybuilders simply take the same process of training and dieting to an extreme level.

Natural bodybuilding avoids any chemicals or toxic substances. Natural athletes avoid banned substances for two reasons. First, the rules of natural bodybuilding clearly state that they are not permitted and second, crossing the pharmaceutical line reduces health, and health is what natural bodybuilding is all about. Therefore the destructive use of performance enhancing drugs is deemed unacceptable.

The idea of natural bodybuilding is to take your genetic potential to the maximum using supplements, training and high quality food. Health is never compromised for aesthetic value; rather aesthetics are altered in response to controlled exercise performed faithfully and always progressively. This creates a natural cause and effect, facilitated through both hard and smart work and constant vigilance. Biological bodybuilding provides us with the opportunity to challenge ourselves, outperform ourselves and demonstrate our potential. It is not about looking better than anyone else. The lifestyle encourages wellness and provides a reliable means of extending health span.

Introduction to the Catfish and Catfishing

The catfish has over two thousand different species being represented on every continent except Antarctica. They accounts for over eight percent of all the species of fish in the world. Catfish have two defining characteristics; the first is the very distinctive barbells around the mouth. This gave rise to the fish’s name as they have resemblance of cat’s whiskers. The other is that no catfish has scales.

A catfish’s barbells (whiskers), although commonly believed to be so, are not any sort of defence mechanism and cannot inflict pain. They are a sensing tool that the fish uses to detect food even in darkest muddiest water. That does not mean that the catfish is without armaments, it has barbs or spines in its dorsal and pectoral fins sharp enough to puncture human skin. These barbs will secret a stinging protein that will induce significant pain and so catfish should be handled with care.

Most catfish species are relatively small averaging 10 to fifteen pounds, but there are some species that grow to enormous sizes the biggest of which is the Mekong Catfish which has its home in Asia. Mekong catfish have been caught weighing in excess of six hundred pounds. Both Europe and the USA have big catfish species that are in excess of one hundred pounds.

The three most targeted catfish in the USA are:

The Blue Catfish (Ictalurus Furcatus) also known as the channel cat, humpback blue, great blue cat and the fork-tail cat. This catfish has a forked tail and is light grey or silver in color with a blue sheen which leads to their name. A typical weight is between twenty and forty pounds with a world record of 124 lbs and they are present in most large rivers and lakes of the southern USA.

The Channel Catfish (Ictalurus Punctatus) also called the spotted cat, silver cat, squeaker cat and river catfish. They also have a forked tail but are grey, silver and almost black with a white underbelly. The young channel catfish will have many black spots on its side but these fade as the fish gets older. They are usually two to ten pounds with a world record of 58 lbs. The channel is common throughout the USA and will be the normal catfish of the smaller waters such as ponds and creeks. They are also raised in managed pools for food purposes.

The Flathead Catfish (Pylodictis Olivaris) commonly called shovelhead, mud cat and yellow catfish. They have a square tail and the head is flattened between the eyes (leading to their name). They are distinguished by their lower jaw being longer than the upper jaw. They are yellow-olive through to brown in color with a yellowish white underbelly. Weighing in at ten to forty pounds with a world record of 123.9 lbs. They originate from the Mississippi and its tributaries, but due to their popularity as a sporting and food fish have been transported throughout the USA and are now considered an invasive species in some states where they decimated the populations of local fish. They live in large slow-moving waters and will be found in most of the large lakes, reservoirs and rivers in many states.

Catfishing is the specialised sport of angling for catfish both for sport and food. Carried out with rod and line and using every technique unlike trout and salmon its main sporting rivals. In recent years there has been a re-birth of the method used by Native Americans called “Noodling”. In this method the angler uses his hand as the bait and when the fish bites he grabs the fish and hauls it from the water. If the fish is very large it is a major battle between the angler and the fish and therefore there is element of danger which accounts for noodling to be judged an extreme sport.

Augmented Reality Defined

Augmented Reality (AR) is regarded as the merging of virtual content together with the actual world. The exact concept as well as simplistic apps are typically not specifically new, at least one of the extremely typical applications is in fact a live score picture located on the actual monitor for the duration of a sports competition. Although compared to virtual reality, which totally replaces the actual environment with a particular digital one, AR interacts along with the real world. And additionally with the ever intensifying improvement associated with mobile technology, augmented reality will be at present progressing towards exceptionally exciting spaces, which will probably have more and more effect directly on our everyday life. A single implementation particularly that is attaining a whole lot of interest is without a doubt AR focused advertisements, where by customers will be able to interact with the manufacturer and/or merchandise.

In view that AR becomes significantly more highly developed we will have the ability to connect with the content live while we proceed about each of our everyday lifestyles throughout the physical world. AR display screens happen to have been about for a time yet previously only have really been put to use extensively in armed service as well as high-end products, for example a heads-up display in military aircraft and high-end motor vehicles. Right now there are now three significant types of projector screens employed in AR: head mounted, handheld and spatial.

A head-mounted display (HMD) can be described as wearable apparatus, frequently in headwear design, which superimposes digital data on top of real life facing a persons eyesight. A hand-held display is simply the way it sounds, an AR display through a hand-held device just like a mobile phone video camera and makes utilization from the inbuilt components to develop the information and interact along with the environment. A spatial display, in contrast to HMDs and handheld displays, create an image against a natural area and therefore an individual is segregated away from the program and helps to make this really is an ideal concept for conversation and cooperation with many people as the equivalent device can be employed by multiple individuals in unison.

After the display, AR necessitates detectors and tracking details, because it is necessary for AR apps for the unit to recognise specifically where it’s located in Cartesian space. AR often employs the systems integrated sensors for instance; cameras, accelerometers, GPS device, gyroscopes and compasses. All of this data is then used to understand where the product is and precisely what is all around it, as a way to augment reality with the computerized material.

With regards to computer software there is a lot of motion within the growth and development of AR software packages currently. Both equally Android and IOS already have a number of applications designed to use AR and take advantage of the inbuilt hardware. You can also find a good number of AR driven startups which are benefiting from traction and capital.

Chinlone, Burma’s Most Popular Sport

Tock, tock, tock; everyone who has been to or is living in Burma knows this hollow clicking sound characteristic for a small ball when kicked in what is arguably Burma’s most popular ball game and played here since 1.500 years: Chinlone. It is played with a ball that has a diameter of roughly 6 inches/14 centimetres and 12 pentagonal holes.

Wein-kat is the team version of chinlone and the solo version played by women only is called tapandaing. Chinlone, which means cane ball in Burmese, is played with just that: a woven cane/rattan ball, and has its roots in tzu chu also called cuju an ancient Chinese game.

A team of six players passes the light wicker ball back and forth between them with their feet, knees, shoulders and heads as they move around a circle. One player goes into the centre to take the solo part, creating a dance of various moves strung seamless together. The soloist is supported by the other players who try to pass the ball back to him with one kick. There also has to be a high level of harmony amongst the player in order to avoid that they obstruct each other. When the ball drops to the ground it is dead and the game has to start again.

It is a football game played throughout the world varying only slightly. In Singapore and Indonesia similar games are called sipa, in Thailand takraw, in Malaysia sepak raga, in Vietnam da cau, in Laos kator and in Japan kemari; South American stylistic relatives are batey and pok-ta-pok, just to give you a few examples.

It is played by young and old, predominantly men but also women at virtually any time and everywhere in the country. It is a sport of harmony and unity and integral part of all pagoda festivals. Every year in Tabodwe (February) when the Mahamuni Pagoda Festival in Mandalay is celebrated hundreds of chinlone teams from all over the country meet here at their largest festival to perform chinlone at its finest.

Basically any surface that is dry and flat is suitable for chinlone but the most ideal one is a circle with 22 feet/6.7 metres diameter made of dry and highly compressed earth. This gives a hard yet elastic and soft chinlone court.

At the pagoda festival in Mandalay traditional Burmese Orchestras’ live music is ‘setting the tone’ for both the players style and rhythm while moderators entertain the onlookers with funny comments and call out the names of the chinlone players’ moves. These moves and ways of kicking the rattan ball – some 200 of these moves have developed over time – are a mixture of movements of Burmese dance and martial art; quite a large number of them being downright artistic. The most difficult of them are executed behind the player’s back where he cannot see the ball he has to kick. To master these kicks requires numerous hours of hard training.

Precise performance of chinlone kicks and correct body postures are all-important. To every move is a clearly defined correct way to position the upper body, head, hands, arms and legs and correct play allows six points of contact of the body with the ball, namely the ‘chay pya’ (tip of the toes), the ‘chay myet’ and ‘chay pha myet’ (outer and inner sides of the feet), the ‘chay pha naunt’ (heels), the ‘chay phawa’ (soles) and the ‘du’ (knees). However, to stop the high-flying ball and place it on the foot also the ‘pakon’ (shoulders), the ‘mai ci’ (chin) and the ‘yin bat’ (chest) are used.

Chinlone being a basically non-competitive ball game is played within one team, is highly demanding and requires fullest concentration on part of each of the players. They must with and without playing the ball stay extremely focused throughout the game; a state of mind called jhana. Here it is not about winning over or losing to a competing team but about grace and aesthetics. The objective of the game is to keep the cane ball in the air by passing it with one elegant kick from one player to the other within a team of six players that is positioned in a ring. Thus, a chinlone game is judged by the style and grace in which a team is performing.

There is also a competitive relative of chinlone that is played by two opposing teams over a net. This game is called sepak takraw and it originated in Malaysia where it was developed in the 1940s. But in Burma this game of direct competition in which one team wins and the other loses is not as popular as chinlone.