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Thursday, October 30, 2014

A throwback

Spacebunny posted this on Twitter for Throwback Thursday. As you can see, my connection to the USMC is not exactly of the intellectual, mutually respectful sort that Mr. Lind enjoys. As it turned out, this marked the end of my long-haired mohawk days. Of course, neither of us would dare to mess with "the 6-foot-4 ex-Marine badass" that we are reliably informed many people imagine John Scalzi to be. By John Scalzi.



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71 Comments:

Anonymous broscience October 30, 2014 1:11 PM  

No homo, mirin dem abs brah

Anonymous fish October 30, 2014 1:14 PM  

Good "six pack"....I'm jealous!

Anonymous Scalzi October 30, 2014 1:15 PM  

I'll be in my bunk...

Blogger Guitar Man October 30, 2014 1:18 PM  

Why the mohawk? We've all done stupid things in the name of youth, but what are your reasons for having the mohawk? I guess you were in touch with your Indian side before realizing your Indian side.

Anonymous Giraffe October 30, 2014 1:21 PM  

I thought there was no such thing as an ex-marine. Once a marine, always a marine.

Of course Scalzi can look like whatever she wants.

Anonymous DrTorch October 30, 2014 1:21 PM  

Whose head are you shaving?

Anonymous kalel666 October 30, 2014 1:22 PM  

How was it that Krulak was shaving your head?

Blogger John Williams October 30, 2014 1:27 PM  

Impressive, young Jedi

Anonymous dh October 30, 2014 1:28 PM  

Giraffe--

Marines are only ex- if they are discharged for some sort of dubious or dishonest reason. You serve, you leave in good standing, it's fine.

I've heard one or two say that a general discharge is also iffy, but I don't think that's rock solid.

Anonymous jm October 30, 2014 1:31 PM  

What was your weight when the picture was taken?

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) October 30, 2014 1:32 PM  

Brb going to go live in the gym for a while.

Blogger John Williams October 30, 2014 1:41 PM  

Just read Krulak's wiki page. Having this blog available is entertaining, as well as it's a huge opportunity to learn. I'm enjoying the ride.

Anonymous Noah B. October 30, 2014 1:47 PM  

I've got a six pack too, you just can't see mine

Anonymous VD October 30, 2014 1:51 PM  

How was it that Krulak was shaving your head?

He's my uncle. Honorary, as it turns out, but I didn't know that until I was 15. He and my aunt were visiting my folks, that's taken on their deck.

What was your weight when the picture was taken?

180. I go 185 now.

Blogger hank.jim October 30, 2014 1:55 PM  

The Mohawk sends a message. You look like a boxer or martial artist. If that's what you wanted to do, then the mohawk would fit. Nice abs. I'm jealous.

Anonymous Giraffe October 30, 2014 2:04 PM  

@dh
Giraffe--

Marines are only ex- if they are discharged for some sort of dubious or dishonest reason.


That's the direction I was thinking. Dubious or dishonest? Yeah, that's Scalzi.

Anonymous Steve October 30, 2014 2:07 PM  

Is this the photo Mr Scalzi is referring to?

John Scalzi

I think it makes him look like he's on some sort of register and not allowed near schools, but YMMV.

Anonymous VD October 30, 2014 2:08 PM  

You look like a boxer or martial artist.

I'd been doing martial arts heavily until about 18 months before. This is what I looked like out of fighting shape. When I was training six days per week, my stomach looked like a freaking reptile. My friends used to call it "the lizard belly".

Anonymous VD October 30, 2014 2:09 PM  

I think it makes him look like he's on some sort of register and not allowed near schools, but YMMV.

That's a hard, hard man there. You do NOT want to mess with a badass like that.

Blogger Guitar Man October 30, 2014 2:12 PM  

I've been working out more consistently, and now I'm addicted to it. I don't hit the gym, I work out from home. And yeah, I do that annoying P90x3, but I'm seeing results, so you gotta take what you have.

Ilk, Vox, what are your workout methods?

Blogger Aquila Aquilonis October 30, 2014 2:14 PM  

Clearly this is just a microcosm of the oppression that you have been feeling your whole life. Scalzi owes you reparations for this violence inflicted upon your ancestral haircut.

Blogger WarKicker October 30, 2014 2:21 PM  

Those are great abs without having onion skin! What do you think your body fat percentage was?

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) October 30, 2014 2:26 PM  

Ilk, Vox, what are your workout methods?

I follow all of Dom Mazzetti's advice.

Bro Science: 50% fact, 50% magic, 100% results.

Blogger Guitar Man October 30, 2014 2:31 PM  

Broscience on Crossfit: "Crossfit is the meatspin dot com of circuit training"

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) October 30, 2014 2:34 PM  

Broscience answers: what is crossfit?

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian October 30, 2014 2:37 PM  

Wearing jorts?

Good goodness. man. the humanity.

Anonymous Daniel October 30, 2014 2:41 PM  

White soldier scalps Mohawk.

Sometimes, the tragic stereotype is all too real. Is that a single tear running down your abs?

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) October 30, 2014 2:43 PM  

Crossfit is the fitness equivalent of vegan.

Anonymous cheddarman October 30, 2014 2:44 PM  

Dag!

Blogger Arvind October 30, 2014 2:44 PM  

Hm... you must be pushing 6? 6'1 tops?

Blogger Arvind October 30, 2014 2:46 PM  

Egads!!! The cuteness!! the cuddliness!! The mind cannot take it..I can just see scalzi trying to put pink fluffy ears on you...

I get the sneaky feeling Spacebunny has more embarrassing photos in reserve someplace.....

Anonymous VD October 30, 2014 2:48 PM  

What do you think your body fat percentage was?

No idea. There wasn't much, though. I would sink in the pool even with my lungs full of air. My usual metric is: too fat = veins on biceps don't pop. Too thin = veins in groin pop. My mother used to worry I was anorexic.

It was a lot easier to stay lean before we got married. I can't cook, but SB is really good. I haven't had seconds in years. I suppose I'm from the Kate Moss school. Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels. Still, I could probably stand to lose 5 pounds and get back to 180.

Anonymous Daniel October 30, 2014 2:49 PM  

I think Archie Comics covered this "wedding" already...

Anonymous Huckleberry -- est. 1977 October 30, 2014 3:07 PM  

Ilk, Vox, what are your workout methods?

I like deadlifts, bench presses and power cleans three times a week.
Throw in a few sets of squats and curls, and a weekly pick-up hockey game on Friday nights, and that's about all I manage anymore.

Crossfit is the fitness equivalent of vegan

I thought that was paleo.

Anonymous rho October 30, 2014 3:14 PM  

Ilk, Vox, what are your workout methods?

I have an IBM Model M keyboard and lift it over my head twice a day.

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) October 30, 2014 3:15 PM  

Ilk, Vox, what are your workout methods?

I alternative a push/pull workout four or five days a week.

Push: squat, bench press, overhead press.
Pull: deadlift, bent over row, chinup.

Everything 5x5 except deadlift (1x5) and chins (4-8 sets of max reps).

Blogger Doom October 30, 2014 3:29 PM  

*grins*

I still don't care. I only ever do what I have to do. Besides, if you are true, no matter how "bad" you are? You know that a woman, even a child, can take you down. Need, want, love of life, fate. And rightly, I think. A little humility, an understanding of limits, and the grace of God. The rest washes down the shower drain, or toilet, if you are right with the world, along with the rest of the stink. Play a good game, when necessary, but...

Yeah... If you still carry that jib, you are a good son. Urhm, if you remain true.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein October 30, 2014 3:31 PM  

Ilk, Vox, what are your workout methods?

12oz curls.
6 reps.
More reps on weekends.

Blogger Salt October 30, 2014 3:35 PM  

Ilk, Vox, what are your workout methods?

12oz curls. # reps depending.

Blogger M. Bibliophile October 30, 2014 3:54 PM  

Gen Charles Krulak, son of the legendary Victor Krulak, Commandant of my beloved Corps when I enlisted, is your uncle.

Of course. Excuse me while I squeegee my brain off my office walls...

Anonymous Doug Wardell October 30, 2014 3:59 PM  

Looking good there, Vox. I hope to look about like that in another year or two.

Any thoughts on intermittent fasting, leangains, etc.? I've started doing leangains (modified for weight loss) + Riptoes over the last year and have dropped almost 30 pounds while putting on a substantial amount of muscle at the same time, but it can be hard to separate out the broscience and I'm sure a lot of my gains can be attributed to being a beginner.

Blogger Desdichado October 30, 2014 4:00 PM  

I've got a six pack too, you just can't see mine

I've got you beat; I've got a whole keg!

Anonymous Anonymous October 30, 2014 4:04 PM  

"no such thing as an ex-marine"

The way I heard it was, "Ex-Marines are currently guarding the gates of Heaven. In this world, you are a former marine."

Anonymous A Visitor October 30, 2014 4:18 PM  

Beale, that photo is insane! Man were you ripped!!!!!!!

"Ilk, Vox, what are your workout methods?"

I do Charles Atlas regularly (have restarted on lesson 1 right now) combined with watching my diet and running 2 miles a few times a week. The results have been good to say the least: I'm down to 160 (started off at 167 was at my height 172), aiming for 150 which would be unheard of since my high school days (a decade ago).

"White soldier scalps Mohawk.

Sometimes, the tragic stereotype is all too real. Is that a single tear running down your abs?"

Hahaha!

To think, Vox did it without Weight Gain 4000. BEEFCAKE!

Hopefully I'll get back to my former glory and surpass. I was actually in ok shape in high school, playing volleyball and having a trainer we nicknamed Waden the Warden will do that to you. Looking at old photos, no face fat, no side fat, semblance of a six pack. That can be brought back.

Anonymous ThirdMonkey October 30, 2014 4:39 PM  

Guitar Man,

Crossfit is masturbation. You feel good afterwords, but it doesn't produce much. I did it for 19 months. I recommend you get Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe. It is a huge wealth of information. I got past the novice stage, and now do Jim Wendler's 5/3/1. I hit PRs on the four main lifts (bench, shoulder press, deadlift, squat) about every 2 months.

VD, I'm not metrosexual enough for abs. If my wife wasn't such a good cook, I could probably have a 6-pack. It's all her damn fault.

Blogger Guitar Man October 30, 2014 4:45 PM  

ThirdMonkey,

Again, I've been doing P90x3, which, yeah some say is lame, but it gets me off the couch. I've been getting in decent shape over the last few years. I've read a lot about SS, but some reviews mentioned that folks bulked up tremendously, which is not my desire. I weigh about 195 pounds at 5'9" but wear a 33-34 pants.

Anonymous VD October 30, 2014 5:27 PM  

what are your workout methods?

In season: Abs, chest, shoulders, tris 1x week, Abs, bis and back 1x per week, 1x soccer practice, 1x soccer game.

Out of season: Abs, chest, shoulders, tris 1x week, Abs, bis and back 1x per week, Abs, legs 1x per week, abs, run 20 mins 1x week, abs run 40 mins 1x per week. And I try to stretch on the Stretchmaster once per day; I'm back up to 130 degrees now. But I was at 150 degrees back then.

I'm still stuck doing light chest and shoulders while I wait for this rotator cuff to finish healing.

Anonymous patrick kelly October 30, 2014 5:53 PM  

Recommendations for specific techniques for abs and shoulders? Those are the 2 areas I would like to improve the most.

Blogger Dark Herald October 30, 2014 6:08 PM  

Little remembered fact. Krulak was the first gamer general. Or at least he provided gamers with high level cover.

He actually encouraged it to a degree. He even had MCCDC distribute a special Doom mod, which meant you had to have Doom II on your DoD owned computer in order to run it.

"Hey I'm just following the commandants orders. Take it up with him."

Anonymous Anonymous October 30, 2014 6:17 PM  

Now that you are an Injun, you need the mohawk. It is only fitting to match the stereotype.

Blogger Joe A. October 30, 2014 6:35 PM  

Damn, you buff, nigga.

Anonymous FUBAR Nation Ben October 30, 2014 6:37 PM  

Bard, also a tomahawk and a knife for scalping.

Blogger rycamor October 30, 2014 7:08 PM  

Like many of the other Ilk, I'm doing basics: deadlift, squat, bench press, military press, curls, etc... Was allso doing interval calisthenics, sprinting and short running (1 mile or so). However, the calisthenics and running fell by the wayside with my new work schedule, dammit. Staying up in the early AM to finish extra programming work, the urge to munch overpowers... gained back an extra 10 lbs of gut before I realized it. Still sticking with the weights 3-4x week and hoping to get back to full schedule soon.

Anonymous VD October 30, 2014 7:21 PM  

Little remembered fact. Krulak was the first gamer general.

His sons introduced me to Divine Right at their house when I was ten. But you're somewhat shortchanging General Al Gray. He absolutely would have adopted FPS had they been available then.

Anonymous ThirdMonkey October 30, 2014 7:38 PM  

Guitar Man,
I actually lost about 10 pounds on SS while still making strength gains. Just don't drastically increase your caloric intake, and you'll do fine. The ones who bulk up tremendously are the teenagers drinking a gallon of milk a day. I don't want to get any bigger than I already am, just stronger.

Anonymous I Am Irony, Man October 30, 2014 7:55 PM  

From the link:

"I think it’s fun to have people have a little bit of cognitive dissonance."

Well, that certainly explains why HE suffers from so much of it....

Anonymous Harsh October 30, 2014 8:18 PM  

"You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me?"

Anonymous Rhys October 30, 2014 8:54 PM  

For the ilk who've bulked up considerably, how did you do it? And how much did you gain?

Anonymous Rhys October 30, 2014 8:58 PM  

Vox what does your ab training look like?

Anonymous Brenden October 30, 2014 9:21 PM  

Rhys,

I went from 135 to 165 in under 4 months. I worked out 5 days a week doing 1-1.5 hours of lifting. I at a ton of food, with no particular concern about what it was. I also used whey protein. I'm not sure how replicable those results would be, because I was far too skinny and just hit the age where gaining weight became easier.

Blogger Unknown October 30, 2014 9:23 PM  

Damn. If I could get to that point...

How long does it take to look like that?

Anonymous VD October 30, 2014 9:27 PM  

Vox what does your ab training look like?

Nothing special. 50 situps first thing. Sometimes a pair of 30-second planks after, sometimes three sets of 20 leg raises on the pullup stand.

Anonymous jrl October 30, 2014 9:57 PM  

Noice.

I do a bodyweight routine w/ weight vest. Also run 9 - 20 miles a week and cycle to work. Dropped 30 lbs of fat, am slowly gained.ing it back in muscle. Main focus for me is sustainability, i.e. minimal injury and a routine that I can stick to. I will be adding squats shortly.

Blogger tridekka October 30, 2014 10:06 PM  

Rhys, 152 to 200 in 4.5 months in my first semester at college. Accomplished via unlimited dining plan at college combined with 10-12 workouts a week. Food was whatever I could eat the quickest, workouts were 3 full body lifts a week combined with competitive rowing at the elite collegiate level. Made possible by coming from a cross country background in high school and transitioning into rowing, which is much more about peak power. Put on a little fat, but I stayed around 8.5-9% the whole time.

Currently, I do competitive cycling at the national level. On season is racing 3-4 nights a week with easy rides the other days and body weight workouts 1-2x a week. Off season is 3-4 hour rides each day and weight room twice a week. I fluctuate from 180-195 lbs depending on what I focus on (sprinting vs. medium distance events).

Anonymous LOL October 30, 2014 10:17 PM  

Those abs were photoshopped. Fess up Vox.

Anonymous Baseball Savant October 30, 2014 11:24 PM  

Not bad to start. you need to squat more. real heavy too. your hand can completely cover up your tear drop. also no lat hang. anterior & medial delts not separated enough. no vascularity. what the hell?

Blogger Franz Lionheart October 31, 2014 3:25 AM  

Vox, Why did you stop martial arts? Don't you ever miss it?

Anonymous VD October 31, 2014 9:20 AM  

Those abs were photoshopped. Fess up Vox.

Nope, sorry.

Why did you stop martial arts? Don't you ever miss it?

Instructor moved away, SB didn't like how I was always bruised or breaking something, and my brother invited me to join his soccer team. Sometimes, but I miss the guys and the cameraderie more than the activity itself.

Anonymous Baseball Savant October 31, 2014 10:51 AM  

Hey VD, I really love training & it seems you do to. You have pretty good shape & genetics, did you ever think about getting into competitive bodybuilding? At 5'9" you have a great height for it. Did the bodybuilding aspect never come into the equation for you because of martial arts or sports or things like that which required a great deal of flexibility?

Anonymous patrick kelly October 31, 2014 10:55 AM  

"50 situps first thing. Sometimes a pair of 30-second planks after, sometimes three sets of 20 leg raises on the pullup stand."

Wow, that's about twice what I can do now. I've got some training to do if I want to chase that 6 pack, then again I have a few years on you. Two years ago I couldn't even do 25 situps.

When I was in high-school I did 72 situps in a minute during one of those presidential fitness tests they used to do. Oh well, getting old suks, but I still enjoy breathing and walking upright...

Blogger Arvind November 03, 2014 11:46 AM  

Hi,
I posted this earlier to Anonymous conservative, so please delete there.

What would you suggest for a former athlete, track and field and basketball, 25+, for a martial art? Only previous experience decorative karate...
Can you recommend any dojo's in stockholm please...
thank you

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