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Forging gains through progressive overload

Beginning the grueling process of forging gains I started the long process of forging gains through progressive overload in 1994 at age 18. In the fall of 2018 I was watching a series on Netflix about the Celts, and how they weren’t at all the barbarians described to...

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Suggested Gear: Body Helix – Elbow Helix

I have had really great results using the Elbow Helix by Body Helix. It gives very consistent, firm support without feeling constricting. It holds its shape, and it fits true to size. It doesn’t smell strange after use, and is made to withstand lots of use.

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Eccentric Effort & Compression Heal Injuries

Eccentric Effort Hello! So today I'm going to explain the difference between concentric and eccentric motion. That's going to be particularly important today, because I'm going to explain how it can help you heal from injuries. Contrary to what you might...

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Ripped Abs are a result of clean eating

Ripped Abs and Beauty There’ve been many signifiers of fitness and beauty over the years. You can see this by looking at art from around the world and the way people are portrayed in photographs, paintings and sculptures throughout history. Some cultures...

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#TakeHotterSelfies: Body Dysmorphic Disorder

How does Dysmorphic Disorder affect me? Last night I was going through old selfies to measure my fitness progress. And some of those selfies were really, really truly fantastic. But with Dysmorphic Disorder, you really can't see that about yourself. So I'm...

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Innercise: Emotional Wellness – In My Fillings

Handling Emotional Triggers Click links below to skip to: Introduction The Trigger: He got me in my fillings Room to Fail Summary Accept yourself as powerful instead of as victim to remove the veil of self-deception. When you seek to identify what is...

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Welcome to the INTEGRE8T Wellness Blog!
Welcome to the INTEGRE8T Wellness blog! Here you’ll find dozens of articles I’ve written about a wide range of topics. There are entries about exercise, fitness, wellness, nutrition, and personal stories. I hope they help inform you as you continue on your process of self improvement.

Blog Mission

I want to provide helpful information for workouts, recipes, personal stories, philosophy and position statements, interviews with content experts, and other ideas. I also have a lifetime of observations concerning body image, self esteem, goal setting, and perseverance. If you ever want some inspiration, I have a page just for that as well. The idea is that the posts on this site will be practical, inspirational, personal, conversational, and educational.

The INTEGRE8T System

I am a strong advocate of taking a wholistic approach to wellness. The eight patterns of fitness are Breath, Hydration, Nutrition, Strength, Conditioning, Flexibility, Focus, and Rest; however, these look primarily at the physical body. We are more complex than that, so many of my vlog posts will address the eight modalities of wellness. These address the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Psychological, Social, Sexual, Spiritual, and Financial components of our lives, which are intrinsically connected to each other like a web. Plucking one part of the web creates reverberations throughout the whole. I will sometimes include thoughts about my favorite topics. These pressing concerns will generally focus on arts and culture; dance and theatre; language, poetry and fiction; personal stories; The Kitty Consortium; diamonds; aesthetics; chocolate; and, most importantly, Janet Jackson. Enjoy!
Welcome to the INTEGRE8T Wellness YouTube Feed!
Welcome to the INTEGRE8T Wellness YouTube Feed! Here you will the list for my YouTube channel, so all the videos from that channel are in chronological order here. If you prefer to view the content by topic, I have playlists that organize the entries into different categories and groupings. The vlog covers a wide variety of material. Some of it is more explanatory, and other portions are demonstration based.

YouTube Feed Mission

As of May 2017, my idea is to have sub-channels for vlog feed playlists for workouts, recipes, personal stories, philosophy and position statements, interviews with content experts, and other ideas. I will explain my own goals, and I will be able to demonstrate my progress. I also have a lifetime of observations concerning body image, self esteem, goal setting, and perseverance. The idea is that the posts on this site will be practical, inspirational, personal, conversational, and educational.

Playlists

I am a strong advocate of taking a wholistic approach to wellness. The eight patterns of fitness are Breath, Hydration, Nutrition, Strength, Conditioning, Flexibility, Focus, and Rest; however, these look primarily at the physical body. We are more complex than that, so many of my vlog posts will address the eight patterns of wellness. These address the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Psychological, Social, Sexual, Spiritual, and Financial components of our lives, which are intrinsically connected to each other like a web. Plucking one part of the web creates reverberations throughout the whole.

SPORTY 40

It is very important to me to demonstrate that people in their middle years can still be fit. In 2016 I turned 40 years old. My SPORTY 40 vlog feed sub-channel will showcase how I have been able to maintain physical vigor and youthful vitality well beyond my teens and twenties. Also, for those who enjoy them, I plan to include FLEXCERPTS on this channel. Some viewers get motivation and inspiration by seeing results, so I will make little videos to show the pump my sessions give me.

STR8 TALK

All of this will have more value if people know me better as a person. Another vlog feed sub-channel I plan to create is called STR8 TALK. Obviously the 8 is a branding reference; however, there is also some snark built into this. Rampant homophobia is still an issue in many sporting contexts, so it is also important to me that people appreciate the abilities of LGBTQ athletes. With this in mind, straight becomes an ironic double or triple entendre. Yes, I will speak frankly about my experiences and observations, but I will do it from my perspective, and I will often include thoughts about my favorite topics. These pressing concerns will generally focus on arts and culture; dance and theatre; language, poetry and fiction; personal stories; The Kitty Consortium; diamonds; aesthetics; chocolate; and, most importantly, Janet Jackson. Enjoy!
Jack Kirven is a gay mobile trainer in Charlotte, NC who gives a free gift to people who subscribe to our newsletter.

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