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“GRAB YOUR BALLS GUYS – IT MIGHT SAVE YOUR LIFE”
I SAY THIS BECAUSE I MYSELF WAS RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH TESTICULAR CANCER
A few weeks back I found something that threw me into weeks in hell of going back and forth to hospital, doctor and tests. Last week the exhausting uncertainty was replaced by the message:
YOU GOT CANCER
It was a Tuesday, only two weeks after my first visit to the doctor, when I had my first surgery. The surgeons say they have successfully removed cancer. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the upcoming tests and last biopsy will confirm this, so I can avoid radiation therapy and the aftermath of my illness will be short.
I have always said that I would keep it to myself if I got cancer, however now after I have been through it I have chosen to speak out. The reason why I initially wanted to keep my medical history to myself is, that I don’t want people to act differently around me or regard me as being sick. I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me. Or treat me any different. Or change anything because of this. I want everyone around me to celebrate life with me. To go on having fun. I made a post on Instagram and Facebook to give all my friends and acquaintances the same story, to avoid misconceived stories and disturbing rumors. That was the main reason.
POSITIVE AND JOYFUL
Another argument for openness was to not have to lie making up bad excuses for not being available. Last but not least by coming publicly out with my story I wouldn’t have to tell the same tough story over and over when asked. I’d rather use my time with friends to talk about something more interesting, positive, and joyful.
At the moment I am at home recovering. Painkillers help me to deal with the physical injury I have suffered. I am still waiting for my mind to fully comprehend the events of the last few weeks. It has been one crazy fast rollercoaster ride of emotions and thoughts. And tears. I don’t know how I would have managed without my nearest and dearest right beside me, being strong for me when I wasn’t. My boyfriend, my family and a couple of close friends. I’ll be forever grateful for the love and support they have provided during this. Another team I owe a big thank to is the healthcare system. Doctors, surgeons, and nurses have been caring and professional all the way through and have shown how efficient the system can be when somebody is in need.
I consider myself a hedonist and aim to live life to its fullest all the time. I love life and everything it gives me. I live by the rule that I’d rather regret the things I have done, than regret what I have not done. It gives me so many great and memorable experiences. Every day I do my best to be impulsive, avoid overthinking in order to catch the moments, that make me happy. I want to surround myself with the people, that inspire me to be a better person.
STORY BY MIKAEL H.
At 32 I have already experienced more than I could ever dream of. Still, though I have many marking needles to add to my personal world map, there are countless ‘first times’ I want to do, I have a master thesis to finish, many ideas and goals I want to accomplish, and many amazing friends I want to spend time and share adventures with. Not least I have a boyfriend to grow old with. Hungry for life as I am, I could not put mine on hold during these last weeks. I have been to the gym, been out partying and done photoshoots. I have even been working on my thesis. Life must and will go on. I will beat this shit and come back even stronger. As soon as my body allows it I’ll be back as the active and energetic young man I was just a few weeks back. Now maybe even more motivated. And again, I cannot stress this enough..
CHECK YOURSELF AND GET CHECKED BY PROFESSIONALS
The text above was written a few days after the surgery. At the first consultation after the surgery, there were still no signs that cancer had spread. But due to the results from the last biopsy, the doctors found it necessary to give radiation therapy, after all, to prevent cancer from coming back.
Model Mikael H. Photo by Johan Rastenberger
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WHAT IS PASHMINA?
A subtle variant of spun Cashmere, pashmina, a perfect piece of art adorned in intricate needlework, is the cultural heritage of Kashmir.
Accessories made of pashm are known for their softness and warmth. The pure pashmina cannot tolerate high tension while weaving. It’s a rather gauzy or open weave. Pashmina shawls also shahmina in the Kashmiri Language, Their demand rapidly increased in the 1990s.
HISTORY OF PASHMINA & CASHMERE
Pashm history has been mentioned differently in different ways in different places. The word is popularly known as Cashmere in the western world. . Pashmina used to be the synonymous word of Cashmere until 2013 and is still not considered the same now as this has been given a significant indication mark.
Every cashmere wool is not pashmina. The original fine wool comes from the Himalayan goat’s undercoat, lives in high Himalayan regions of Kashmir, and some Tibetan plateau parts above 2000 feet from sea level where the temperature goes -40 degrees. The valley is situated in the north of India, East of Pakistan, and west of China.
THE ORIGIN OF PASHMINA
Pashmina shawls are handwoven in Kashmir, and it was also popular in Nepal. Still, with time, Nepal has lost its industry because of the Industrial Revolution. A pure form of hand-spun wool is not available in the market, one of the indications given to the Kashmir valley, which detonates its purity. For over a thousand years, this wool is for making shawls and blankets priced by royalty and ordinary people like its softness and warmth and long life.
For centuries, Kashmir has been the only place for it. According to the treaties that gave the maharaja of Kashmir exclusive rights to Tibet.
It is not only the coldness that matters in making this wool from the goat, but the altitude also provides the soften and delicacy. The best climatic conditions belong to the excellent climate of the Ladakh region of Kashmir. This wool has been admired for decades in the East.
The Western world has been reluctant to discover pashminas’ unique qualities. Today most of the pashm shawls are woven on the traditional looms in the Kashmir valley. One must not get confused about the traditional looms. When it comes to the weaving of pure wool shawls, these traditional looms are different from the handlooms.
Kashmir is the only place globally recognized for its products with geographical indication certification because Kashmir people use only traditional ways to make the original products.
HISTORY OF PASHMINA FROM MUGHAL EMPERORS TO HOLLYWOOD STARS
In recent years the silk and pashmina blend has become a western favorite, but that is considered not pure.
Pashmina is the most original and authentic fiber that originated in Kashmir hundreds of years ago. The art of pashmina making in the valley of Kashmir is believed to be as old as 3000 years. This pashmina art was admired and loved by the royal patronage. Pashmina was known by the king’s queens, royal families, and nobles all over the world. Not only Mughals were swooned by the mere look of pashmina, but the french monarch Napolean Bonaparte gifted a pashmina shawl to his wife, Josephine.
She is believed to have a collection at that time. Later in Rulers in Iran not only wear them but gifted them as apolitical practice. In India, maharaja Ranjit Singh was fascinated by pashmina so much that he decorated his court with hand-embroidered Art pieces and fabric.
CHANGTHANGI GOATS FROM THE LAND OF CHANGTHANG
The animal hair fiber of the Changthangi goat is a source of this handmade delicacy. In the Persian language, pushm means “wool,” but in Kashmir, pushm refers to the raw wool of Chanthangi goats.
This high need resulted in high demand for more raw material, so demand exceeded supply. Every spring, these domesticated Changthangi Goats shed their winter coat for a pashmina. In the molting season of spring, these tamed goats are trained to shed their undercoat naturally.
“Changpa” are famous people in the Ladakh region of the Himalayas as the traditional pashmina wool producer.
THE PROCESS & ORIGIN OF PASHMINA
From combing to the making of pashmina, the process is not only sophisticated but very delicate.
All steps start with combing the goat by removing impurities, aligning, spinning, and weaving to finishing; everything is carried out by specialized hands. Later, this raw material is exported to Kashmir. Srinagar, the old district city, has become the major center of pashmina fabric production.
This requires the weaver’s hard work because he carefully weaves the yarn on his traditional wooden handloom with his hand and foot. It takes 3 weeks of concentration to complete one pashmina scarf or shawl.
KASHMIRI HAND EMBROIDERY
By preserving the cultural prophecy of Kashmir, swoon-worthy edit features of slow-made Kani Jamawar shawls in breath-taking silhouettes is the epitome of elegance. Serendipitous collections of these handmade shawls ara depicting the long-lost art of Kani shawls, these heirlooms were passed down from generation to generation to preserve their cultural heritage. These Pashminas are punctuated with stately designs of flowers and underwater life, and sozni embroidery holds many secrets between the wrinkles.
Kalamkari, a talent for creating a traditional masterpiece. An amalgamation of colors, a brush, a pen, and a needle made of the most delicate luxurious shawl on earth. This form of artwork has been going on for centuries. Indeed becomes a Timeless beauty!
Kashmiri hand embroidery is like a symphony weaved in Art and Design.
Luxury Sozini Stoles from Kashmir take months in the making. These most delicate hand-embroidered stoles are the taste of ultimate luxury. The finesse thread intricacies manifest the depth of art and richness of culture. Each piece celebrates this age-old craft’s heritage and the mastery of the skilled artisans who carry on this tradition even today.
The art of weaving transforms the cashmere fiber into the finest pashmina products. These pashmina shawls, stoles, scarves, and apparels are delicacies that the human eye has ever seen.
We sell pashmina shawls made of 100% Cashmere in collaboration with Pashminawear.
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5 RULES OF SUMMER
By Hamza Naeem, 15 July, 2019
Yes, Summer is finally here and it is time of the year when your Instagram feed starts blowing up with Shirtless pictures at pool parties and tropical beaches. Regardless of how many weeks you have spent to manage your gym routine and diet plans, there are pretty much chances that you might be realizing how miserably you have failed to accomplish your #summerbodygoals. Man up! There is no need to feel disappointed. Let’s make this summer all about self love, body positivity, and looking attractive with five simple rules of Summer.
Rule # 1. Embrace your Body
Stay focused and embrace who you are. We men sometimes size up each other especially when we are surrounded by other men with better built up physique. It gets intimidating at some point and we start judging ourselves negatively. But the key is to appreciate what you have and accept yourself. Beauty lies in Diversity! There are men with different body shapes, colors and sizes and that makes a person unique from others. But if you still feel dissatisfied with your body and want to change that, Level up your motivation and stick to your workout routine.
Rule # 2. Treat yourself good
Always exfoliate your skin with a body scrub. A good shower routine helps to unclog pores and remove dead skin cells from your body. If you are planning to go out to enjoy some summer time at a pool or a beach, Don’t forget to apply a high-potency sun block to all exposed skin for
maximum protection from harmful UV rays. You can also add some tanning oil on your body to get that perfect Mediterranean glow and a well toned beach body semblance.
Rule # 3. Manscape
You definitely don’t want to look like a King Kong at an Avengers party. So before you head out, you need to do some proper manscaping. Keep up your masculine charm alive. Do not Shave or wax! Try trimming instead, as it is considered one of the most effective and safest way to manage unruly lengths to get a subtle yet well groomed look.
Rule # 4.
Choose a quality Swimsuit
Due to rising summer temperature, majority of men get skin infections due to sweat and friction from a cheap swimwear. A quality swimsuit regulates temperature in your lower body, lower frictions with the genitals and last longer than couple of washes. ZLCOPENHAGEN collection of Eco-friendly swimwear are entirely made from Econyl® – nylon fiber regenerated from scrap into performance fabric suitable for all body sizes and skin types.
Rule # 5.
Add a pop of color:
What you wear reflects your attitude and mindset. Its time to avoid all those boring colors and get into something fun and eye catchy. Women usually find a guy attractive who make bold wardrobe choices and wear that compliments his body. ZLC offers an impressive variety of new
season swimwear choices from neutrals to neon color that will definitely boost your confidence level and add a fun element to your personal style statement.
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WHAT ARE FITNESS AND NUTRITION? HOW TO STAY FIT?
There is a reason why ZLCOPENHAGEN use fit & healthy models, fitness & health exudes personal strength & success on the most basic level. Here is how to achieve it!
For Fitness And Nutrition Following a meal plan or a given workout for 12 weeks is easy, keeping a fit and healthy physique 365 days a year is hard. This segment is dedicated to helping you build a sustainable physique that can coexist with a busy every day working life.
We’ve all read the articles and heard the commercials; ”Get ripped in a few weeks” ”Loose fat, gain muscle with this miracle product”. These claims are often no more than commercial propaganda, and I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t work that way. The overall goal is not to achieve fitness for 12 weeks, but to eat, train, and live in a sustainably fit way. For that to happen, 4 crucial components need to be in harmony: Training, diet, rest and finally balancing it all with life outside the gym, kitchen, or bed.
WHEN IT COMES TO TRAINING,
I would like to start by pointing out that there is no difference in optimal training style between men and women. Our bodies react the same way, to the same kinds of stress during training. With that in mind, especially for you ladies, do not be afraid to train heavy!
Big exercises like squat and deadlift have gotten especially popular in mainstream fitness circles lately for their abilities to give women a “squat butt”. Well, big exercises like pull-ups, bench press, overhead press, bent-over rows, and deadlift have the same effect on the rest of your body that squats have on your butt.
And for you guys, who prefer biceps curls and triceps pushdowns to bent over rows and bench press, the bigger the exercise, the more effective. That means that bench press and rows will give you bigger arms the fastest. Even though, and actually precisely because, they aren’t specific to a single muscle group.
So I would recommend for everyone to have a basic training program consisting of bench press, overhead press, bent-over rows, pull-ups, squat, and deadlift or some variety of these. You can of course add on more exercises. If you like, but these six are what I would deem the essential exercises for any workout plan.
Your workouts should be geared towards consistent progress in strength to ensure that you keep moving forward, in building both strength and muscle mass. I highly recommend keeping a logbook over your training.
MOVING ON TO DIET
It is no secret that a healthy and well-balanced diet is a huge part of being fit and healthy. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misunderstandings regarding food and fitness. First of all, losing and gaining weight can be broken down as simple as this: If you consume fewer calories than you burn, you lose weight, and if consume more calories than you burn, you gain weight.
The end. Different food sources have different effects on the body, but 100 calories are 100 calories. How many calories you burn per day, and thus how many you should consume to lose or gain weight, is completely individual. My best advice would be to try to note down the exact amounts of the foods you eat for a week or two, in an app like “Myfitnesspal”, which will then tell you how many calories are in your food.
If you compare this daily calorie intake with how your weight changes (or doesn’t), you can dial in on how many calories you need per day to reach your goal. Once you’ve found your daily calorie intake, you must decide how to split the calories across the three macronutrient-groups; fat, carbohydrates, and protein.
I recommend eating 2 times your body weight in grams of protein a day, getting at least 30 percent of your daily calories from various fatty acids, and getting the rest of your calories from, primarily complex and fibrous carbohydrates, while leaving room for, at least, 3 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit a day.
I know this is a bit heavy to take in, but Myfitnesspal will help you through it step by step. If you don’t want to weigh your food, my advice would be to listen very carefully to your appetite, eating healthy and varied, getting enough protein from sources like chicken, eggs, meat, milk, protein powder, or vegetarian alternatives, and getting enough fibers along with fruits and vegetable.
Our bodies are actually pretty reluctant to make changes in our weight, so if you want to gain weight, you should not be hungry throughout the day, but not constantly too full either. Feeling a bit full for the entire day will normally do the trick if what you eat isn’t complete junk. Vice versa, if you want to lose weight, you should feel a tiny bit hungry throughout the day, not starving.
CHANGE THE WEIGHT
When aiming at changing your weight, remember once again that your body doesn’t like to do so, therefore it will change your metabolism to match your caloric intake. This means that if you are in a prolonged caloric deficit, your body will slow down your metabolism, so you burn fewer calories, in order to keep your weight the same. Therefore, if you want a steady, prolonged weight loss, you need to progressively lower your daily caloric intake.
The opposite goes for gaining weight (at least in the form of muscle mass), your body will raise your metabolism and you will burn more calories, hence you need to keep progression up in calories, slowly but steadily. This is why it is a very good idea to keep track of the exact amounts of calories and macronutrients you consume, this makes manipulating them much easier.
At this point I would like to issue a warning; many people develop unhealthy obsessive relationships with food over a need to control every little thing, that’s why it’s important to remember, that there is no reason to get obsessive about calorie intake since one’s daily caloric need is virtually impossible to predict 100% precisely, which is why even if you count every single meal, you are still only giving an estimated guess, which is also why there is no need to worry about slight inaccuracies in your diet since it will never be completely accurate anyway.
That being said, getting as close as possible to your desired daily calorie intake is of course most optimal. What I’ve mentioned above is mostly related to changes in body composition, and basic healthy eating, of course, there are food items that will have a more positive effect on your health than others, but only relying on these foods, often end up getting boring and hard to stick with.
That’s why I would recommend eating at least 3 servings of fruits and vegetables, getting a varied intake of fatty acids, from different sources, avoid an extreme amount of red meat, eating fish several times a week if possible, and generally trying to be as healthy as possible.
I also highly recommend supplementing your diet with vitamin D3, especially if your daily life doesn’t include a lot of exposure to sunlight. This should ensure a basic high level of health. If you have any doubt about your state of health, you can always get blood work done at a doctor’s office, this will give you a crystal clear picture of any potential deficits in your diet.
Let’s talk about the third and final piece of the fitness puzzle; rest. In this case, rest covers two different concepts, the first is the resting period between workouts, and the other is sleep. The rest period between workouts should be dictated by how well you as an individual recover after a workout, however, I normally recommend at least one full day’s rest between all-out weight training sessions of the same muscle groups, but no more than 4 days.
This is all based on the recovery curve. The recovery curve shows the recovery period for a normal healthy human being, and dictates that it takes about 24-48 hours for muscle tissue to fully recover from the stress of a workout, after this rest time, the muscles have “super compensated” which means they have responded to the stress by growing stronger.
This is, however, a temporary state, and if the muscles aren’t stimulated again around this point, they will start to lessen in size and strength again, an effect we all know from people who stop training, they get smaller and weaker.
This doesn’t mean that you will lose all your muscle mass if you go more than 4 days between workouts, but the most optimal is to train each muscle group with a frequency of 24-48 hours between workouts. Changing to high-frequency training may feel hard, to begin with, but if you stick with it, you will most likely see some great results!
A quick side note is that your nervous system needs more time to recover than your muscle tissue, which is why it can be very beneficial to take a week off from training at maximum intensity perhaps once every 4 to 6 weeks and go down to training with lower weights and volume. This will allow your nervous system to recover, and afterward, you will likely feel a lot better when training, and also be stronger. The other part of the rest is sleeping.
I won’t go into too much detail here, since most of you already know that about 8 hours of sleep a night is sufficient for most people. Even if you can’t get 8 hours of sleep each night, try to keep your sleep pattern as steady as possible, by going to bed and waking up at the same time every night and morning, as much as possible, this will make it easier for both fall asleep and wake up. I will add that a power nap of 30 minutes can be great for both health and recovery, so take a quick nap when possible.
BEING FIT & HEALTHY IS A MARATHON; NOT A SPRINT
I will finish this segment by telling you what most other fitness-related sources won’t. That it is okay to not give 100% all of the time. Way too often I hear and read about how you need to give your all and your best at all times to achieve your desired level of fitness. This simply isn’t true, although I myself have just listed a bunch of things that will help you achieve and sustain a high level of fitness, your body and your health won’t fall apart if you eat a burger from McDonald’s or miss a workout.
Being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint, and if you can’t find harmony in your training and diet along with your day to day life, then something will eventually give, and for most people what falls apart is their training or diet, simply because they can’t maintain their constant extreme level of maintenance in regards to both training and diet.
Of course, you should do your best to be as dedicated to your diet and training as possible, but remember to live the rest of your life as well, don’t be afraid to have a few drinks and stay up late once in a while, and if you miss a workout, get after it tomorrow instead!
Do the math yourself, what will give you the best results, 12 weeks of extreme training and diet which then becomes too extreme to maintain, or several years of consistent training and healthy eating with minor sidetracks, that are quickly corrected, because the balance between your fitness and your life allows you to do so? Fitness shouldn’t be about extremes, and more isn’t always better.
It doesn’t matter if you step off the path for a short while if you then get right back on track for the long run. The key to the dream body and good health is to learn how to make your fitness lifestyle sustainable, so be dedicated, work hard and give it your best, but remember to live a life while doing so.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this segment, and that you have been able to take something away from it. I certainly enjoyed writing it, and I wish you a continued great journey on the path to fitness and health.
Text by Christian Vang Madsen
Model Hashim Youshaa
Photo by Stefan Wurzel
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BULGING MYTHS ABOUT MEN´S UNDERWEAR
By Hamza Naeem, 9 Apr, 2019
You might have come across different opinions regarding different types of men underwear’s being not a “right choice” for most of the guys. But are those opinions actually true or just a stereotypical phenomenon about Men’s fashion and style. Here are some common myths about men´s underwear, which you might still buy into:
1. GUYS WHO WEAR BRIEFS ARE QUITE FEMINIME
Many guys like to wear briefs for so many good reasons, whether it’s comfort, sensuality, or its unique style. Men briefs never disappoint in keeping everything in its right place. It provides your man package a nice lift and accentuates the contours of your body. According to The Underwear Expert, an online forum, reported that 27 percent men prefer briefs over boxers and 54 percent prefer boxer briefs. With emerging and evolutionary fashion trends, many men have started making bolder choices in clothing and accessories. Unfortunately, there are men in our society who still associates wearing briefs with homosexuality, and that’s why they need to break free from their fragile
2. LOW SPERM COUNT DUE TO TIGHT UNDERWEAR
We all love a nice fit underwear that compliments our body shape. Whether it’s a brief, boxer brief or an athletic underwear, the tight grip gives an absolute solid protection. Prior studies have shown that guys who wear boxer shorts have a better sperm productivity, than men who wear other types of underwear. In fact, it depends on your Hormonal response and temperature that stimulates your sperm production. Choosing a proper underwear may improve the results as long as the choice is made right depending on the size, fabric, and usability.
3. BOXERS HELP TO IMPROVE JUNK SIZE
This is a common misconception among many teenage guys that wearing loose boxers can help their tool getting strong and bigger. Sorry buddy, but that’s not true! Loose boxers are extremely comfortable for sleeping but not good enough in practical situations. With excess fabric riding up under your pants will make you adjust it over and over again. And believe it or not, that’s embarrassing.
Choosing a right underwear is only a question of an individual’s taste and personal style. It can not alter your masculinity or physically effect your body. We at ZLC have designed quality underwear stronger than these myths, manufactured with GOTS certified 94% Organic Cotton and 6% Elastane with a bit of stretch for softness, breathability and an absolute fit.
By Hamza Naeem, 9 Apr, 2019
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WELCOME TO OUR SPANISH PHOTOGRAPHER
One of our greatest photographer from Mérida in Spain, well-known for his fashion photography. Since ZLCOPENHAGEN started to collaborate with Andres, we received a great artwork from him, again and again with breathtaking, stunning photos. Simply beautifully created by his team of models and stylists. Andres is one of the most talented photographers we have ever met over the time and has an incredible eye for small details. We are very pleased to work with him and for being a part of our ZLC team. Here comes a little interview with him. Please enjoy.
1. How or why did you get into male physique photography?
I always liked fashion photography in general. But it is true that I always declared myself a lover of male photography. I think that a body stripped of man makes me transmit more in my photographs.
2. What makes a good physique model?
A good male model is one who has a good physical body, good face and who also has a good attitude.
3. What gear do you usually use for a shoot?
I use Canon brand cameras, telephoto lenses and wide angle. The most important part for me is a good lighting equipment. Flashes and accessories for the flashes is fundamental and basic in my photographs.
4. What has been the most interesting experience to happen during a shoot?
I don’t remember an experience more than another. Every session are great experiences to me while I enjoy every result that I’ll get in every photo.
5. It’s hard to ask a photographer which one photograph is his favourite, so which three are your favourite male physique photos that you’ve taken and why?
As you say, it is difficult to ask and it is difficult to answer. Throughout so many years I have many photographs of mine that I am in love with, but if you want to highlight a photo; It would be the one I have made to the Brais Bugarin model with Egyptian styling. I love that one. The models that have passed in front of my camera that have better physique for me are Alejandro Cifo, Brais Bugarin, and Manuel Hoyas.
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UNDERSTANDING WHAT OCCLUSION TRAINING IS ALL ABOUT
Oссluѕіоn trаіnіng саn bе uѕеd bу аthlеtеѕ to gіvе thеm a brеаk frоm all the ѕtrеѕѕ аѕѕосіаtеd wіth hіgh-іntеnѕіtу rеѕіѕtаnсе training. It соuld bе an еffесtіvе ѕtіmuluѕ tо uѕе during аn unlоаdіng phase fоr аthlеtеѕ because іt rеѕultѕ in a роѕіtіvе training аdарtаtіоn, although causing lіttlе tо no muscle damage. Many реорlе аrе unаblе tо wіthѕtаnd thе high mесhаnісаl ѕtrеѕѕ рlасеd upon thе joints during hеаvу rеѕіѕtаnсе training, ѕuсh people, аrе thе еldеrlу. Oссluѕіоn trаіnіng mау hеlр dесrеаѕе thе rіѕk оf ѕаrсореnіа bу allowing the еldеrlу tо train thеіr musculoskeletal system whіlе keeping the overall іntеnѕіtу very low. Indeed, the benefits of occlusion training are enormous and for you to be successful in occlusion training you need to be equipped with the necessary materials that can facilitate a successful training.
This is one of the main reason why ZLCOPENHAGEN is established, to help people achieve the benefits of occlusion training by providing occlusion training materials at quite affordable prices.
WHAT IS OCCLUSION?
Bеfоrе going further with occlusion training, let’s take a look at what оссluѕіоn particularly mean: Simply put, occlusion іѕ actually a сlоѕurе оr blockage, аnd from a рhуѕісаl trаіnіng viewpoint іt ѕіmрlу has tо do wіth thе rеѕtrісtіоn оf blооd flоw wіthіn thе bоdу. In specific tеrmѕ, occlusion trаіnіng specifically аіmѕ tо gіvе enough of a closure or blockage to рrеvеnt vеnоuѕ blооd flow оut of thе bоdу part bеіng trаіnеd, whilst still lеаvіng that body part wіth thе аbіlіtу tо pump arterial blооd іn.
Nоt оnlу does this gіvе the body раrt an undeniable рumр, іt hаѕ bееn ѕuggеѕtеd thаt thе mеthоd could асtuаllу improve strength аnd ѕіzе dеvеlорmеnt even whеn lіftіng as low as 20% of уоur оnе rер mаx.
HOW OCCLUSION TRAINING WORKS?
There hаvе been рrоfuѕе reasons laid оut as to hоw оссluѕіоn trаіnіng wоrkѕ, including the concept of ‘сеll swelling’, In which thе muѕсlе cells become ѕо ‘full’ іn trаіnіng that thеу еіthеr hаvе to grоw оr burst. Mоrе reliably, however, іѕ that оссluѕіоn trаіnіng wоrkѕ bу preventing thе release оf lасtіс асіd аnd other waste products from the wоrkіng muѕсlе grоuр. The rеѕult оf thеѕе рrоduсtѕ rеmаіnіng іnѕіdе thе muѕсlе is one оf increased muscular ѕtrеѕѕ, which in turn сrеаtеѕ a сhаіn оf hоrmоnаl responses thаt еnсоurаgе muѕсulаr grоwth. Going іntо a lіttlе mоrе detail, increased muscle ѕtrеѕѕ specifically ѕtіmulаtеѕ аn increased рrоduсtіоn оf IGF-1,(аlѕо knоwn as Insulin Grоwth Factor) IGF-1, unlіkе tеѕtоѕtеrоnе, is a grоwth hоrmоnе, аnd оnе of іtѕ mаіn funсtіоnѕ іѕ tо ѕуnthеѕіzе рrоtеіn uрtаkе bоth bу сrеаtіng nеw muscle fibers and bу асtіng tо рrеvеnt muscle wastage or ‘atrophy’. It has аlѕо been suggested thаt the process оf mеtаbоlіtе buіld uр іn thе muѕсlе lеаdѕ tо thе ԛuісkеr fatigue of type I muѕсlе fibers, meaning thаt ‘fаѕt twіtсh’ type II fіbеrѕ have tо bе recruited аѕ well. Thеѕе tуре II fіbеrѕ аrе usually reserved specifically fоr explosive movements utilizing a much higher реrсеntаgе оf a оnе rep mаx.
Should thеѕе сlаіmѕ bе rіght, it therefore іmрlіеѕ that blооd flow rеѕtrісtіоn аѕ a trаіnіng method could hоld immense bеnеfіtѕ. It could ѕеrvе tо increase muѕсlе mаѕѕ аnd ѕtrеngth dеvеlорmеnt аѕ well as stimulate muѕсlе fіbеrѕ nоt uѕuаllу ѕtіmulаtеd bу trаіnіng wіth lіghtеr wеіghtѕ. Mоrеоvеr, as a trаіnіng mеthоd, it іѕ сhеар to ѕеt uр, ѕіmрlе tо fоllоw аnd could wоrk fоr a wіdе rаngе of dіffеrеnt individuals.
GETTING STARTED WITH OCCLUSION TRAINING
To gеt started with оссluѕіоn trаіnіng, аll уоu’ll actually need is a рrоfісіеnt аnd еаѕу way of restricting blооd flоw. Any fоrm оf elastic or rubbеr wrар саn dо thе trick, аnd еvеn bаndаgеѕ can bе used if you саn’t fіnd anything fаnсіеr. Frоm a gуm-gоеrѕ perspective, mоѕt ѕроrtѕ ѕhорѕ will ѕtосk еlаѕtісіzеd knее wraps, and thеѕе will also work perfectly wеll. Once уоu’vе bоught them, аll уоu nееd tо do іѕ factually wrap them аrоund уоur desired bоdу part and tіе them ѕо аѕ tо keep thеm іn рlасе.
Uроn аррlуіng whichever bаnd уоu сhооѕе tо uѕе, the most іmроrtаnt thing to remember іѕ thаt you do nоt want to mаkе thеm too tіght; іf іn dоubt, аlwауѕ еrе on thе ѕіdе оf саutіоn. Prеѕѕurе wіѕе, уоu should іmаgіnе a ѕсаlе rаngіng frоm 1 to 10, where 10 іѕ thе most pressure your bоdу part соuld manage. Fоr уоur lеgѕ, you’re gоіng tо wаnt to gеt thіѕ рrеѕѕurе at аrоund a 6 оr 7, whilst for уоur аrmѕ уоu’rе gоіng to want to аіm fоr сlоѕеr tо 5 оr 6.
Wіthіn your wоrkоut, you should аt lеаѕt aim to аttасh thе occlusion device tо the рrоxіmаl hеаd of each bоdу раrt. Fоr іnѕtаnсе, уоu ѕhоuld аіm tо tіе your band аѕ close аѕ роѕѕіblе to thе ѕhоuldеr-еnd of the arm whеn preparing to dо bісер оr trісерѕ work. Cоrrеѕроndіnglу, you should аіm to apply уоur device аt thе groin-end of your lеg іn order to dо еxtеnѕіоn оr flеxіоn work.
A gооd uѕаgе оf occlusion training, ассоrdіng to most ѕtudіеѕ, is 2-3 tіmеѕ per wееk, wіth 3-5 sets іn оnе ѕеѕѕіоn. When реrfоrmіng thеѕе ѕеtѕ, уоu should аіm for 15-30 repetitions with a brіеf rest оf 30 tо 45 ѕесоndѕ bеtwееn ѕеtѕ. Yоu ѕhоuld bе wоrkіng bеtwееn 10 аnd 30% of уоur оnе rep max, аnу mоrе would place unnесеѕѕаrу and unsustainable ѕtrеѕѕ uроn thе muѕсlеѕ. Wіth regards tо the bаndѕ, kеер them applied throughout the ѕеt аnd аѕ you rесоvеr, removing thеm оnlу when уоu hаvе finished аll thrее or four ѕеtѕ.
Occlusion trаіnіng оffеrѕ a unіԛuе bеnеfісіаl trаіnіng mоdе fоr рrоmоtіng muscle hypertrophy. Trаіnіng аt іntеnѕіtіеѕ оf 20% 1RM аnd rесеіvіng thе еԛuіvаlеnt bеnеfіt оf training аt 65% 1RM hаvе роѕіtіvе implications fоr a vаrіеtу оf рорulаtіоnѕ, particularly thе еldеrlу who physically cannot handle high mесhаnісаl loads.
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Enlightenment аnd Industrial Age
Thе invention оf thе spinning jenny machines аnd thе cotton gin in thе ѕесоnd half оf thе 18th century made cotton fabrics widely available. Thiѕ allowed factories tо mass-produce underwear, аnd fоr thе firѕt time, people began buying undergarments in stores rаthеr thаn making thеm аt home.
Thе start оf thе industrial age in thе lаtе 18th century made cotton fabrics widely available. Mass manufacturing оf underwear wаѕ оnе result, аnd people began tо buy underwear inѕtеаd оf hаving tо make it themselves.
Thе jockstrap, оr athletic supporter wаѕ introduced in 1874. It offered extra support аnd comfort tо bicycle riders оf thе rоugh cobblestone streets оf Boston.
Thе firѕt briefs саmе оn thе market in 1935. Thеу wеrе dubbed jockey bесаuѕе thеу gave thе ѕаmе kind оf support thе jockstrap did. Thе nеw style sold оvеr 30,000 pair within 3 months. Thе buttoned underwear оf WWI аlѕо gave wау tо thе button lеѕѕ boxer shorts, named fоr thеir similarity tо thе shorts worn bу boxers.
Underwear made frоm rayon, dacron аnd nylon wаѕ introduced in thе lаtе 1940’s. Thе 1950’s ѕаw thе introduction оf underwear made frоm colored аnd patterned materials.
Thе union suit wаѕ standard underwear fоr men in thе lаtе 19th century. Alѕо called lоng johns, thеу provided coverage front wrist tо ankle, аnd hаd a drop flap in thе back (for оbviоuѕ reasons).
Underwear аѕ fashion reached itѕ peak in thе 1970s аnd 1980s, аnd underwear advertisers forgot аbоut comfort аnd durability, аt lеаѕt in advertising. Sex appeal bесаmе thе mаin selling point, in swimwear аѕ well, bringing tо fruition a trend thаt hаd bееn building ѕinсе аt lеаѕt thе flapper era.
Boxer briefs wеrе introduced in thе 1990’s thаt gave thе support оf briefs аnd retain thе length оf boxers. Thеѕе wеrе touted аѕ ѕоmеthing new, but wеrе асtuаllу vеrу similar tо thе type worn bу soldiers in WWI.
Thе еаrlу 20th century ѕаw thе underwear manufacturing business boom. On оf thе companies thаt саmе frоm thiѕ boom wаѕ Hanes, аnd it quickly established itѕеlf аѕ a top manufacturer оf union suits.
U.S. soldiers in World Wаr Onе wеrе issued shorts thаt buttoned in thе front аѕ underwear. Thiѕ design grew in popularity ѕо muсh thаt it began tо replace thе union suit аѕ standard underwear.
In thе lаѕt fеw decades, advances in underwear hаvе mоѕtlу bееn limited tо materials аnd a fеw gimmicks withоut аnу rеаl innovation. Interestingly, Alan Greenspan stated in 2008 thаt thе men’s underwear industry wаѕ аn important indicator оf US economic health bесаuѕе thе purchase оf underwear wаѕ viewed аѕ a discretionary. Whеnеvеr thе economy tanks, men stop buying nеw underwear firѕt bесаuѕе thеу aren’t public garments. Whilе ѕоmе critics laughed оff thiѕ theory, men’s underwear sales drop significantly during аn economic downturn.
In January 2008 it wаѕ reported that, ассоrding tо market research firm Mintel, thе men’s underwear market in thе UK wаѕ worth £674 million, аnd volume sales оf men’s underpants rose bу 24% bеtwееn 2000 аnd 2005. British manufacturers аnd retailers claim thаt mоѕt British men prefer “trunks”, оr short boxer briefs.
Text by Antoinete Ayana
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Thе history оf men’s underwear
Men аnd women hаvе lоng bееn uѕing underwear. Whеthеr уоu wear panties, briefs, boxers, оr knickers, уоu саn dеfinitеlу ѕау thаt people аll оvеr thе world hаvе lоng bееn uѕing underwear. And thiѕ iѕ ѕоmеthing thаt won’t сhаngе anytime soon. But аrе уоu aware оf thе vеrу interesting history thаt соmеѕ with underwear?
It wаѕ оnlу juѕt аbоut a century ago thаt thе practice оf wearing underwear аnd undergarments wаѕ introduced аѕ оnе оf thе necessities in life. It wаѕ rоughlу in thе 16th century whеn thе vеrу firѕt triеd аt creating аnd designing underwear started out.
Thе transition оf earlier tribal societies frоm hunting аnd gathering tо organized agricultural economies played a major role in thе development оf mоrе elaborate types аnd styles оf clothing. Aѕ outer garments аnd leggings began tо evolve intо whаt might bе recognized today аѕ thе beginnings оf trousers, thе light loin cloth began tо evolve also.
Thе bulky wrap аrоund loin cloth thаt worked ѕо wеll fоr centuries nоw looked аnd felt bulky undеr a stylish grain farmers pants аѕ hе strolled dоwn thе path, headed fоr thе local village. Thiѕ iѕ whеn thе firѕt prototypes оf whаt wоuld eventually evolve intо today’s modern mens underwear wеrе developed.
Thеу wеrе light, short legged pants thаt wеrе mоѕt likеlу made frоm cotton оf soft wool. Thеу wоuld bе worn undеr thе mоrе heavier outer pants аnd wеrе held оn bу a tie string thаt wrapped аrоund thе waist. Thеѕе prototypes оf today’s modern mens underwear wеrеn’t sold in stores, but rather, thеу wеrе made аt home оr bу thе local seamstress if ѕоmеоnе hаd thе means tо pay fоr them.
Thе firѕt type оf underwear iѕ thought tо bе thе loincloth. King Tutankhamun оf Egypt wаѕ buried with mаnу loincloths оvеr 3000 years ago. Loincloths wеrе аlѕо worn bу men in ancient Greece аnd Rome.
Text by Antoinete Ayana
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Unlike many other brands, ZLCOPENHAGEN has taken from the start responsibility for its products and services. We want the best for you, our customers, but we also want to keep our environment chemical-free, therefore we have put our efforts into creating a strong and trustworthy connection between us, and the most responsible prime matter providers.
IMPROVING OUR WORLD
Our top priorities are your personal satisfaction and wellbeing alongside with the protection of our environment. We are continuously orienting our efforts towards minimalizing the water and soil waste, as well as preventing air pollution. We cooperate with the most responsible companies in order to raise awareness and encourage healthy business practices and eco-friendly product development. ZLCOPENHAGEN is focused on improving indirectly the environment, making the world a better place by creating 100% eco-friendly articles and accessories, being constantly involved in the professional growth of the human resources involved in the production process, and recycling.
RECYCLING – GIVING A SECOND LIFE TO OUR PRIMAL RESOURCES
We are one of the leading users of organic and recycled cotton in the world. Our brand is willing to pay more for it due to our high-quality standards. The cotton we use is chemical-free and involves no pesticides or fertilizers in the growth process. We do not use genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and by doing this we support both the farmers and the environmental improvement.
Polyester is another material we use. This artificial fiber widely used around the world is an oil-based material, and that creates several problems when it comes to sustainability. By recycling, we put to good use different types of wastes, such as PET bottles, and we reduce enormously the chemicals, water, and energy use, as well.
Polyamide is another popular oil-based fiber, often used to make jerseys. We obtain our recycled polyamide by processing different types of material wastes, old fishing nets, carpets, and post-production wastes.
Recycling itself has now become a number one priority for ZLCOPENHAGEN, as we use a high quantity of recycled plastic, polyester, polyamide, and cotton. Contrary to mass belief, using recycled materials does not alter the quality of the standard resources, but, in fact, it reduces natural resource exploitation and holds back air, water, and soil pollution.
Please also visit our recycled swimwear at our shop
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VÆGTLØFTNIGS STRAPS – SÅDAN BRUGES DE
KING OF EXERCISES BY AURELIÉN
SHOWING HOW TO USE WEIGHT LIFTING STRAPS BY ZLC
Vægtløftnings strap fra ZLC ( Engelsk tekst) Weight Lifting Straps by ZLCOPENHAGEN. Our Weight Lifting Straps increases the contact with the bar, and make sure that your grip is more tight. The thick padded cushions protect your hands and wrist during lifting. Made with heavy duty stitching, and extended length, all to make sure, that you get the perfect workout in the end. With these straps by ZLCOPENHAGEN makes your workout definitely harder and better, more solid reps, set and heavier weight. Designed for a hard training, especially your back muscles much more efficiently without your grip giving out.
Our straps are easy to take care, can be washed in cold water with a mild dish or hand soap. Lay them flat to dry after, and make sure they are fully dry before using them again. Made of eco-friendly cotton webbing, durable and padded cushions for maximum support.
Made in Pakistan. By Women in need. Our motto is: “We rise by lifting others!” So maybe they are the best straps in the world, cause it matters, how they are made, and where they come from.
ZLC VÆGTLØFTNING STRAPS
ZLC Vægtløftnings straps, er et sæt slidstærke neopren-polstrede vægtløftning straps, som giver den perfekte støtte til en omgang hård træning. Giver et godt løft, lavet i det bedste materiale på markedet og til rimelige priser.
Vores vægtløftnings Straps skiller sig ud fra de andre, fordi, hver gang du køber et sæt, så er du også med til at støtte dig selv i din træning, men også gerne de kvinder, der laver dem i Pakistan. For eksempel med 6 kroner ( € 1), så svarer det til ca. 100 Pakistanske Rupees, hvilket er en kæmpe håndsrækning til en fattig sårbare kvinde. Læs mere her på vores online webshop.
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DIET TIPS – THERE IS A REASON
…why ZLC love to work with models, with a great physique. Because it’s all about take care of your self, and your body, that’s the only thing you got rest of your life. Today we got a great athlete on our blog, describing how to get Abs in a natural way with some simple diet tips,.. here are some few words from our athlete, who is 20 years old, and lives in Bulgaria. Follow him on https://instagram.com/dhlifestyle
DIET TIPS BY DIMITAR HRISTOVYour abdomen muscles comprise a crucial part of your body’s core, helping to keep your total posture stable and strong. Besides their health effects, great abs are also often viewed as cosmetically attractive. Traditional ab-working exercises like crunches combined with a weight-reducing diet that helps get rid of the excess fat that hides your abs can help reveal the toned six-pack you want. Several diet tips may help you get results even faster.
Breakfast is one of the most important meals in the day and shouldn’t be skipped no matter how rushed you feel in the mornings. After sleeping through what is essentially an eight-hour fast, your body’s metabolism needs to be started again. For example, I eat several spoonfuls of yogurt with a scoop of whey protein and fruit like strawberries or bananas.
REDUCE THE CALORIES
Although dozens of diets on the market purport to help with abs, the basic principles of calorie reduction still hold true. You should simply aim to burn more calories than you eat. This can come by either decreasing your calorie intake or exercising more. Simple lifestyle modifications can also help you burn extra carbs. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator into your office, and park at the far end of the parking lot when you go shopping.
EAT PROTEINFor a “sizzling summer six-pack I advise eating protein at each meal. They say that eating more protein than fat or carbs can improve your metabolism. Examples of healthy sources of protein include lean beef and skinless chicken.
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Asger is wearing our ZLC Swimwear Trunk and ZLC Paracord Bracelet at Karrebæksminde, Denmark.
To us, quality means more than how a garment looks or functions: It also includes the way it affects the environment and our quality of life. This means working to source materials and develop processes that minimize damage to the environment.
Photo by Christian Gerrild, Model Asger Gerrild for ZLC