If you hadn't noticed already, February is the perfect month.
Do you see it? Tell me you see it... (Reply back if you see it)
Also, the tech-letter I sent out on Friday was definitely not meant for everyone-- major whoops. But if anything, I'm very tired so cut me some slack.
The general theme of this newsletter has always been productivity tools to strengthen your mind, habits, and day-to-day digital activities. But today I'm going to transition from mind to body.
Today's tech tool is one I wish I would have discovered years ago, and given how 80% of the world's new year's resolution is to get healthy in some way, shape, or form, this is your lucky day (because I'm definitely covering the "shape" portion of that).
For starters, here is a direct 2D model of my body. Please note how much effort I put into sculpting these tech-letters (and my body).
MuscleWiki is exactly what you think it is. It's your workout-Mecca. The biggest issue I faced way back when I began this whole "workout" lifestyle, is no dissimilar to what many of you might have faced: "How to do x exercise?"
When you see strong men and women throwing dumbbells on the floor (for some reason) or grunting while lifting heavy weights (so you know for sure that they're lifting heavy weights), it can get a bit nerve-racking to approach a machine and not know how to use it.
Throughout my life, I've subscribed to, purchased, or even looked up free PDFs of workout routines. These have been great guidelines as far as following a consistent plan, but the question still stands... how to do those exercises exactly?
Because mind you-- you might lift weights consistently for whatever your goal might be (lose/ weight/ maintain, or even de-stress), but improper form can ruin you (and I'm serious). This is where MuscleWiki comes in.
The GIF above should be very self explanatory- but essentially, this website lets you filter through workouts.
Say you want ab workouts-- select that body part on the 2D body and this will load up results featuring exercises specifically for that section. But if you're thinking "is that it?", let me tell you... "no it is not".
What MuscleWiki takes to the next level, and personally the main reason why I like it, is because it shows you quick clips on how to execute the exercise. This is the part most of us struggle, or have struggled with: the know-how.
If you need longer videos, clicking on those clips redirects you to them (here's an example of the "crunch" ab exercise, but slightly longer).
Not only can you choose the body part, but also the type of workout-- by that I mean stretches, using dumbbells, and so on (perfect for your quarantined-home-workouts!).
If you feel like browsing through a very long list of all the exercises on the platform, you can do that too. MuscleWiki also includes a few other tools, shown in the screenshot above; calculate your ideal number of required calories, and more.
This just felt like a very convenient and non-threatening way to get started (or continue) your fitness journey, regardless of what your goals are. MuscleWiki is free to use, and can be accessed through any browser.
P.S. I came across this very fun game that highlights what 2020 has been for all of us. It only lasts a few minutes, check it out!