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  1. Taoist meditation

    /Off topic... There is nothing better than a swedish julbord! Back on topic... \
  2. Yeah I've done the Bill Starr 5x5 program and many others. I liked the squat every day and smolov jr, but for me the best program for strength gain was Wendler's 5/3/1. I never liked the 5 rep range for some reason but I really enjoyed the triples and higher reps for the puuump. But probably like you, after many years of grinding myself down, I've had to change my training around. (As an aside, I wish my older wiser self could've told my younger self chasing strength gains would be counter productive in the long run. But then again, would my younger self have listened..... probably not! ) For me being inactive stiffens my back up straight away. So now I still lift but nowhere near 1rm or even 3's. I usually stay at the 10+ range. I've scrapped a few exercises as well. I mainly stick to Front squat - let's me get deep in the hole, straight lower back with no rounding. Feels good Trap bar deadlift - guarantees no back rounding when fatigued Power clean Snatch grip dl from deficit - awesome Lunges - kb mainly Leg press - minimal lower back strain Leg extensions Bulgarian deadlift for hammies Leg curls Kb swings Hill sprints The main thing I've incorporated though is mobility work. This has been really good for just feeling nimble and without pain. Part of it has been movement stuff which is super trendy on the interwebs right now. Check out Ido Portal, MovNat and Vahva fitness for really good movement training. And good 'ol stretching has a big impact. Tight hammies will definitely cause a sore lower back. Play around with it, see what fits. Stay in the upper rep ranges, concentrate on form and time under tension. And keep moving. Basic hument movement, get down low and crawl. Vahva fitness animal movement is awesome.
  3. There are heaps and it kinda depends what you're into and how much time you're willing to give it. These are some of my favorites that I do and I feel they work. Quads Back squat - bb, kb, db, bw... Front squat Lunges - with kettlebell Hill sprints! Leg press Leg extensions Jump flow Hamstring Deadlift - conventional, sumo, snatch grip (love that one), trap bar (awesome if sore/tender lower back), kettlebell, one legged... Back squat Romanian deadlift Power clean - only if somewhat familiar with o/l Glute-ham-raise Lying leg curls Kettlebell swings Glutes Squats (see a trend..?) Glute bridge Hip thrusts Single legged Bulgarian squats Core Planks - all types Ab wheel L-sit - tucked or straight V-ups Kb side bends Heaps there, but for simplicity pick one or two from each and hit it twice a week. Or one a day.... so many variations.
  4. Some good advice here already, thought I'd just add some pointers. Firstly, are you sure you actually have tight/shortened hip flexors? If not, you can stretch them till the cows come home with little effect. Do the simple Thomas test. You can do it on your own. Best to do it more than once, as results vary, but it'll give you a good indication whether the hip flexors are tight or not. If you do have tight hip flexors, you should stretch and strengthen them. If not, it is still a good idea to strengthen them as well as your glutes and core, as these are more often than not the culprit for a sore lower back. My favorite stretches - Beginner - Kneeling Work up to Pigeon is good And a simple groin stretch That's it. No need to complicate it. Run through all at least once. Hold for min 30sec. If you can, do twice a day. If not, no biggie. Mobility work is a marathon, not a sprint. Strengthening exercises Low lunge - knee off the floor, hold 30 - 60 sec Sliding feet Or with ball Glute bridge Reverse lunges are good That's it. Also, if you have a foam roller, it loosens up the area nicely. When you sit in the car for a long time, tighten and flex your glutes and abs, contract them as hard as you can for 10 sec every now and then. If they're tight, I'd say both.
  5. Thanks for that link. Interesting. I'm going to have to read up on this a bit further. Thanks again
  6. Hmm who might this master be? Anywhere I can read about this further? It seems rather important. Cheers
  7. Do you mind elaborating on this? Reason I ask, I have been doing a simple standing practice for the last two months. No teacher. Hands tingle like mad, feet feels like a thousand needles underneath and warm, lower legs boiling and moving internally and the ldt is hot and I feel strong pressure around the ldt.
  8. Nietzsche Quotes

    Thanks. Found a copy on ebay. 15 bucks, can't go wrong. Interestingly, did a Google search and there are many opinions about what translation is best. But generally it seems Kaufmann is the preferred non-scholastic version.
  9. Nietzsche Quotes

    Any recommendations of a first read of Nietzsche for a novice? Cheers
  10. Call to Vikings!

    Yeah they're really cool. Like you said, they're hard to come by now. I've seen them on the swedish version of ebay and they're not tooo pricey. They were originally in Danish and then translated to a few languages. I had the swedish magazines but you can find them in english as well. I just found a website that have all the english copies online. Not quite the same as a real magazine in your hands but... Valhalla comic
  11. Call to Vikings!

    Surely everyone's seen these, but just in case, I absolutely loved these comics when I was a kid. My brother and I had the whole collection of 15 magazines with all the awesome and exciting stories. They probably weren't historically correct but a wonderful way of learning about the norse mythology as a kid. Unfortunately my old man threw them all out when we moved out... If you can find a copy it'd be well worth it I reckon.
  12. Call to Vikings!

    Here's one that says its wooden. UK ebay Here's one from Russia that looks really nice, but $$$$ Russian ebay
  13. AI & Google Translator & Lebanon's Cedars

    The end of the world is nigh... Why humanity soon will end
  14. Call to Vikings!

    Yeah interestingly there are heaps of forgotten gods that never got a mention in the proses. Maybe too many to keep up with... Btw, Firefighting - viking style! https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://amp.news.com.au/technology/innovation/military/sweden-deploys-laserguided-bombs-to-douse-forest-fires/news-story/1cf1fe478b64ffd118aafe5d1cdd56a0&ved=2ahUKEwib_Pztx7zcAhXHu7wKHfMgBzEQFjARegQIARAB&usg=AOvVaw0C9G8V2_CfNCB99NtsKm66&ampcf=1
  15. Call to Vikings!

    Haha all good. It is a little bit of fun reading up on it. I still don't know. Could be either way. Both sides of the argument make some strong points. But ultimately, it doesn't really matter either way. Here's a lengthy text I stole from another blog... "While the late Old Norse literary sourcesthat form the basis of our current knowledge of pre-Christian Germanic religion present Freya and Frigg as being at least nominally distinct goddesses, the similarities between them run deep. Their differences, however, are superficial and can be satisfactorily explained by consulting the history and evolution of the common Germanic goddess whom the Norse were in the process of splitting into Freya and Frigg sometime shortly before the conversion of Scandinavia and Iceland to Christianity (around the year 1000 CE). As we’ve noted above, the Migration Period goddess who later became Freya was the wife of the god who later became Odin. While somewhat veiled, this is ultimately still the case in Old Norse literature. Freya’s husband is named Óðr, a name which is virtually identical to that of Óðinn (the Old Norse form of “Odin”). Óðr means “ecstasy, inspiration, furor.” Óðinn is simply the word óðr with the masculine definite article (-inn) added onto the end. The two names come from the same word and have the same meaning. Óðr is an obscure and seldom-mentioned character in Old Norse literature. The one passage that tells us anything about his personality or deeds – anything beyond merely listing his name in connection with Freya – comes from the Prose Edda, which states that Óðr is often away on long journeys, and that Freya can often be found weeping tears of red gold over his absence. [11] Many of the surviving tales involving Odin have him traveling far and wide throughout the Nine Worlds, to the point that he’s probably more often away from Asgard than within it. Many of Odin’s numerous bynames allude to his wanderings or are names he assumed to disguise his identity while abroad. Thus, it’s hard to see Freya’s husband as anything but an only nominally distinct extension of Odin. Freyja and Frigg are similarly accused of infidelity to their (apparently common) husband. Alongside the several mentions of Freya’s loose sexual practices can be placed the words of the medieval Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus, who relates that Frigg slept with a slave on at least one occasion. [12] In Lokasenna and the Ynglinga Saga, Odin was once exiled from Asgard, leaving his brothers Vili and Ve in command. In addition to presiding over the realm, they also regularly slept with Frigg until Odin’s return.[13][14] Many scholars have tried to differentiate between Freya and Frigg by asserting that the former is more promiscuous and less steadfast than the latter,[15] but these tales suggest otherwise. Frigg is depicted as a völva herself. Once again in Lokasenna, after Loki slanders Frigg for her infidelity, Freya warns him that Frigg knows the fate of all beings, an intimation of her ability to perform seidr.[16]Frigg’s weaving activities are likely an allusion to this role as well. And, as it turns out, Freya is not the only goddess to own a set of bird-of-prey feathers for shapeshifting – Frigg is also in possession of one.[17] The word for “Friday” in Germanic languages (including English) is named after Frija,[18] the Proto-Germanic goddess who is the foremother of Freya and Frigg. None of the other Germanic peoples seem to have spoken of Frija as if she were two goddesses; this approach is unique to the Norse sources. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that in the Norse sources we find a confusion as to which goddess this day should have as its namesake. Both Freyjudagr (from Freyja) and Frjádagr (from Frigg) are used. The names of the two goddesses are also particularly interesting in this regard. Freyja, “Lady,” is a title rather than a true name. It’s a cognate of the modern German word Frau, which is used in much the same way as the English title “Mrs.” In the Viking Age, Scandinavian and Icelandic aristocratic women were sometimes called freyjur, the plural of freyja.[19] “Frigg,” meanwhile, comes from an ancient root that means “beloved.”[20] Frigg’s name therefore links her to love and desire, precisely the areas of life over which Freya presides. Here again we can discern the ultimate reducibility of both goddesses to one another: one’s name is identical to the other’s attributes, and the other name is a generic title rather than a unique name. Clearly, then, the two are ultimately the same goddess. Why, then, are they presented as nominally distinct in the late Old Norse sources? Unfortunately, no one really knows."