November 24th, 2006


Beautiful Boxer

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Based on the true story of Thailand's famed transvestite kickboxer, Beautiful Boxer is a poignant action drama that punches straight into the heart and mind of a boy who fights like a man can become a woman. Believing he's a girl trapped in a boy's body since childhood, Parinya Charoenphol (affectionately known as Nong Toom in Thailand) sets out to master the most masculine and lethal sport of Muay Thai (Thai boxing) to earn a living and to achieve his ultimate goal of total femininity. Touching, funny and packed with breathtaking Thai kickboxing sequences, Beautiful Boxer traces Nong Toom's childhood, teenage life as a traveling monk and grueling days in boxing camps. Shot in 9 provinces across Thailand and in Tokyo, the film also features a series of explosive matches where Nong Toom knocks out most of his opponents in Thailand and Japan.
Beautiful Boxer has been officially selected for the Panorama Section of the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival. It’s the only Thai film in the 2004 Panorama. Directed and produced by Ekachai Uekrongtham, the film stars Asanee Suwan, a real-life kickboxing champ as Nong Toom. The role earned him the 2004 Supannahongsa Award (Thailand's equivalent to the Oscar) for Best Actor.


Marilyn Monroe, lifting weights

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Via The Mighty Kat

Marilyn Monroe, Hollywood Workout, 1952 - by Philippe Halsman

From David Morrell's Loving Marilyn article at -
... she wanted to look even better and asked a military instructor who'd been a weight-lifting champion to teach her how to use barbells and other gym equipment. Her commitment to remaining in physical condition would continue throughout her life. One of the most interesting photographs of her shows her in jeans and a sweat bra, lying on a bench, lifting weights. Visitors would find gym equipment in the corner of her living room. At a time when hardly anyone ran for exercise, let alone women, she would regularly take early morning jogs through the back streets of Beverly Hills.


Lucia Rijker

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Via The Mighty Kat

"Lucia Rijker, born and raised in Amsterdam - Holland, is a 4 time former World Champion as a Kickboxer, and a 2 time former World Campion as a Boxer. She is undefeated in 54 fights, with 39 KO's and is currently ranked #1. She has trained with other World Champions such as: Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya, Mike Tyson and Vitali Klitchco to name a few. Lucia has been in the ring professionally for over 23 years. She was nominated for the toughest athlete of America by USA, together with Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woodsds."

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Shadow Boxers opens with vignettes about half a dozen women boxers as they experience the adrenaline rush of their first matches. Winners or losers, they are almost all hooked on the experience. "Why wouldn't I want to make history?" a clownish former gymnast says to an interviewer who wonders what attracts her to boxing. Bankowsky undercuts the romance with a glimpse of an older male fighter commenting that he wouldn't let his daughter or son box.

This prologue sets us up to see Rijker in a class apart from these other women boxers. Not that the adrenaline rush is absent, but her immersion, dedication, and dazzling skill is the equivalent of a great ballerina who lives to dance or a great musician who lives to play. Rijker is also particularly attuned to the existential confrontation that occurs in the ring-one with the self rather than the opponent. "Because you can get hit, because you can get hurt, because you can get knocked down, it's like real life. In every fight, I learn something new about myself." The woman who admits that her ferocious anger could have made her a danger to others outside the ring centers herself for a fight by chanting the Lotus Sutra. (Lucia is a member of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI)-USA, is an American Buddhist association that promotes world peace and individual happiness based on the teachings of the Nichiren school of Mahayana Buddhism.)

Bankowsky's boxing experience serves her well. The matches are filmed with exceptional insight into the ritual preparations, the entrance into the ring, the sizing up of the opponent, the fight itself, and the moment of triumph. Rijker narrates the fight sequences in voice-over, and her precise memory of what she was doing and feeling adds immeasurably to our understanding of the person and the sport. The film, which was shot over a period of three years-focusing on the six fights that led to the championship-switches fluidly between color and black-and-white, and the handheld camerawork is all the more impressive for being so invisible. The emergence of women in boxing has inspired several documentary and fiction films; Girlfight, the Sundance winner, showcases a stunning young actress, but Rijker is more fabulous than any fiction.

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Muscle Clamp

Originally uploaded by crasch.

Via Stumptuous.

"Verl Miller says he was discouraged by what he saw in his physical education classes: the iron weight collars were too heavy, the spring weight collars were difficult to squeeze, the screw weight collars would strip while other weight collars simply fell apart. As a result, few of his students were using weight collars. This led to his invention of Muscle Clamps, which he rightfully advertises as the most intelligent weight collar available. His criterion for his clamp include safety, speed (clamp engagement and release are lightning quick), lightweight (be sure to bring them home when you're done or they'll disappear), affordability (Well, they're not cheap, but the quality is great), durability, sizing for both Olympic and home bars, and protection of the bar from scratches. I'll add a ninth he achieved - protection of fingers. There's no more pinching with these.

If you're still using spring and iron collars, get a pair of these right away. You'll treasure them. The only trouble we had with these at the Ballys I managed was that they'd disappear."


Science of Flexibility

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"Gain a well-rounded understanding of the principles underlying stretching and flexibility with the updated third edition of Science of Flexibility. This practical text includes illustrated stretching exercises with a concentration on muscle structure and the technical nature of stretching. You will learn about the principles and clinical aspects of flexibility, the factors limiting flexibility, as well as techniques to enhance flexibility throughout the body.

Based on the latest research, Science of Flexibility, Third Edition, provides a comprehensive examination of the scientific, anatomical, and clinical principles of stretching. A 16-page appendix features 60 illustrated stretching exercises. A basic stretching exercise is given for every major part of the body—starting with the toes and plantar arches in the feet, on to the quadriceps and hip flexors, trunk and back, and finishing with the neck, shoulders, and arms."


Secrets of the Circus

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Secrets of the circus promo video

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How To Learn The Splits

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Kelly Garrison
1988 Olympic Gymnast, 1988 Olympic Gymnastic Team Captain, 3 time National Balance Beam Champion, Professional World Balance Beam Champion, USA Gymnastic Hall of Fame Member

Flexibility is a requirement for gymnastics and it is important for many other sports as well. Olympic Gymnast and Team Captain Kelly Garrison teaches you the fundamental leg and hip stretches for gymnasts. The stretches primarily focus on the hip flexor, hamstring, and quadriceps muscles. Many of the demonstrations also include stretching one's back and calf muscles. Correct technique while stretching is mandatory for perfect alignment while performing gymnastics, ice-skating and other sports. Young gymnasts show numerous drills and various levels of flexibility. This video is a must-have for anyone wanting to learn the splits or to increase their leg and hip flexibility!

22 minutes. 2002.