Friday, December 8, 2017
You Are Who You're With by Southside Slugger Tony Graves
7:09 pm est
I write this with the utmost importance because what I’m about to talk about, has a long
term effect on your overall self-development. In wrestling, what do the Tag Team groups The Rockers, The Four Horseman, Blunt
Force Trauma, and The Street Kings has in common? What they have in common is that each member of the group makes one
another better and they are a positive influence on their self-development. I say that to say this, you are who you hang out
with, whether bad or good. It’s up to you to determine that and adjust accordingly. I’ll use a couple examples
to bring context to point.
Ex. 1: If you decide that you want to go to college or go back to college
to better yourself, who do you hang around. You don’t hang around the people who have nothing going for themselves,
working dead end jobs, who are going nowhere in life. You hang around college campuses to get the feel of a college atmosphere
and more importantly, you hang around people who are already college students because they’re the people who are going
to be most influential in your development. By proxy, you’re in a stage of progressive and influential self-development
because you hang out with college students. Along with people who have your similar self-interest.
2: If you want to work out and trying to live a healthier lifestyle but you hang around people who play video games all day
every day and eat hot wings and drink beer nonstop, then more than likely, you are a hot wing eating beer drinker along with
them. This is regressive for the lifestyle you’re trying to obtain. Unfortunately, you have to ditch those old friends
that are a detriment to your hopeful lifestyle. Fortunately, by proxy you gain new friends who share a same love of wanting
to work out and live healthier lives by going to gyms, parks, etc.
Bottom Line: Is if you
want to be rich, hangout with wealthy people. If you want to work out, hangout with gym rats. If you want to be a coach potato
and play video games, then hangout in a virtual reality world on Xbox Live. Just know though, who you hang out with is going
to be a representation of who you are.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Thanksgiving 2017 by FIrst-Class Justin Adams
12:10 am est
After a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner (NO
ONE HAD TURKEY!!!), I am sitting here trying to figure out what I am going to write for this blog. As I am rewriting this
for the fourth time, I am scrolling through social media, and see everyone making posts about Thanksgiving and what they are
thankful for. This got me thinking about the “correct” answers we have been told to give, beginning at a very
early age. However, I believe that as one grows and experiences life, they begin to realize why those answers are correct.
This has become more evident for me over the past few years.
September 2014 began a rough time for my family. We had experienced 4 family deaths in the span
of 10 months, beginning with my grandmother, with whom I was very close. My brother then fell ill with what turned out to
be a muscle degenerative disease. Then, last year, my mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer; and after having been
in remission, the cancer came back this past year. I know this kind of a downer, but it gets better!
“What are you thankful for?” Especially since
my mother has now beaten cancer for the second time, all of these experiences made me realize that the answers we were told
were correct ARE in fact the correct answer. More importantly the experiences made me realize WHY they were correct. I am
thankful for my family; I am thankful for the family that I still have, and the memories of the good times with those I’ve
lost. I am thankful for my friends; they have been my support system during those trying times. I am also thankful for wrestling.
Not only did it give me something to do, to take my mind off the reality of what was going on, even if only for a short time,
it also gave me people I now consider good friends FAMILY.
For what will now be 21 years this coming April, LOUD AND PROUD has been a major event in the
Nutley, NJ area. It’s a night of great family-friendly fun with plenty of action from IWF Wrestling. However, the event
took on a different life seven years ago when the it became a benefit for Relay for Life. This brought a new meaning to the
event; a meaning that as you’ve come to know is really personal for me. If it wasn’t for organizations such as
Relay for Life, I might not have had as much time as I had with some of my family, and my mother may not be with me today.
So, I am thankful for Relay for Life, and for IWF Wrestling for making LOUD AND PROUD a benefit event.
Let’s end this on a high note!
Share with me on Social Media (@JustinAdams_6) your favorite
Thanksgiving/Family gathering memories! Some fond ones of mine involve my mother, aunt, cousin, brothers, and myself poking
fun at one of my grandmothers! It happens EVERY time without fail, even while we’re playing games! She tries to fight
back, but she’s no match for us!
Thursday, November 23, 2017
The Benefits of Working Out: Series 1 by Southside Slugger Tony Graves
1:08 pm est
As a professional wrestler, the greatest asset you have is the athleticism and
your ability to use what you've received in the gym to your advance in the ring. The beauty of this is, is that we all come
in all shapes and sizes and bring excitement and diversity in the ring. True indeed, this brings life not only for the fans
of professional wrestling but to the wrestlers themselves. In addition, outside of the obvious external benefits of working
out (fantastic physique!), you gain internal benefits that have a lasting affect on your body. As an applier of fitness, I
want to bring the first three of many to come internal and external benefits of working out.
better - If you can't sleep and instead are prone to tossing and turning, exercising can help you sleep better. By
strengthening circadian rhythms, exercising can help keep you more bright-eyed during the day and bring on sleep at night.
It also promotes better quality sleep.
While the effects may not be an immediate quick fix - a
recent study found that it can take up to four months for those beginning an exercise routine to have a positive effect on
sleep - starting a working out plan is the only way to ensure you'll sleep soundly every night.
strength and flexibility - If strength training and stretching aren't a part of your fitness routine, it's time to
incorporate them. Though many adults engage in cardio activities, quite a few stay away from resistance training and building
muscle - and that's a mistake.
Strength training, whether you're lifting weights, doing bodyweight
exercises or incorporating yoga moves, helps improve muscle strength and muscle mass, particularly important as we age. It
also keeps bones strong, thus serving as a great natural treatment for osteoporosis. Plus, increased muscle helps your body
burn calories more efficiently long after your workout is over.
Improve memory - Are you constantly
misplacing your keys or struggling to recall names? Exercising regularly can help jog your memory. A 2014 study found that
aerobic exercise, like running or swimming, boosts the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory
and learning, in women with a recognized risk factor for dementia. Besides looking to brain food to boost your memory and
mental skills, start breaking a sweat!
In conclusion, these three benefits serve us in our everyday
lives. As a professional wrestler myself, these three benefits are essential not only in the ring but out the ring too. How
can the Southside Slugger perform at 110% if I don't get sleep, have strength, or have improved memory. So, start working
out and gain these three benefits so you too can be the best you.
*Disclaimer: Even if you apply
these principles, you still can't beat the Southside Slugger. Hahahahahahahahahahaha