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How are you #BodyPositive if you take probiotics?

Being body positive isn’t only for women. Even though I am a man, I realize that being body positive isn’t only being happy with your appearance, but being body positive means to take care of your body. I am 6 feet, 305 pounds (yes, I dropped some weight!) and I realize that I am never going to be a skinny man. The truth is I am absolutely fine with that. I don’t want to be slim. Imagine me skinny? My head is huge enough. I refuse to look like a bobble head.

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What are probiotics?

I came across probiotics it was the weirdest thing initially. Why would I put bacteria into my body? It sounded nuts. I felt like someone was trying to sell me oceanfront property in Iowa. But after further research, I decided to give the probiotics a try. Hyperbiotics is a company that makes probiotics. I am very cautious as to what I put into my body. I don’t eat fish, seafood or pork. To be honest, I am not a huge fan of beef. It’s just on occasion I partake. So, when I found out the ingredients that probiotics used, I jumped for joy.

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Because of my size, I try to drink a gallon of water every day. So, I admit I am regular. I use the bathroom frequently. However, as I am taking the probiotics, I am a lot more regular than usual. I am pleased! Whatever toxins that are in my body definitely need to be removed. The more that I take them, I will definitely keep you guys informed. I am pleased with the results! But, so far I am feeling vibrant and I have energy when I am working out. There are a lot of components within the probiotics to benefit our bodies. Being conscious of what we place in our bodies is being body positive. So, far the PRO-15 and the Better Body are my faves!

Please stay updated! We are walking on this path together! Let me know what you think of probiotics.  Leave a comment or send an email to kavah.king@gentlemenscurb.com. It’s the Gentlemen’s Curb a lifestyle blog where fashion meets fitness in a BIG way.

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Body Positivity In The Gym

In a lot of aspects, when body positivity is mentioned the initial concept that is women are the only ones affected. In no way am I negating the struggles that women deal with, but I do recognize that men share similar struggles as women. Not all men have the traditional body type. There are images plastered everywhere with the idea of what is healthy or attractive. We are all born differently, so the idea of a “standard body” is unrealistic. We all have different body types, but it’s our imperfections that make us perfect.

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Many of my readers know that I would prefer to work out in private or in a playground where I wouldn’t be bothered. Blink fitness began an initiative called #ManCrushMay where men of all body types have a platform to work out in a venue with no judgment. Here is some more information on Blink’s initiative:

In the era of the “dad-bod” phenomenon, it can be easy to overlook the absence of men in the body-positivity movement—which primarily focuses on women. However, a survey Blink Fitness conducted with Harris Poll found that:

80% of males said their relationship with their body could be improved

57% of males said it’s discouraging to try and work towards the unrealistic body images they see in the media

For the month of May (and every day), Blink Fitness is showing support for the guys, because body positivity should celebrate all bodies of every size, race, orientation, and gender. We’re transforming #MCM, #ManCrushMonday, into #ManCrushMay to celebrate men who are breaking barriers, being refreshingly honest, and redefining the “ideal male body.”

See #ManCrushMay in action in this video featuring male Blink members: https://youtu.be/p14y11CBbcA

Blink Fitness strives to create an environment where people of all fitness levels, shapes, and sizes can feel comfortable as they break out a sweat. The gym was founded on its unique brand philosophy, Mood Above Muscle™, which celebrates how exercise makes you feel, not just how it makes you look. The brand has been challenging fitness industry norms by redefining what “fit” looks like and prompting members to focus on the inner benefits of fitness. Body confidence knows no gender and all of us deserve to feel good about the body we’re in.

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I truly commend Blink for what they are doing to advance body positivity. If you have any questions, or if you have a topic that you want us to cover please email kavah.king@gentlemenscurb.com Until next time, its the Gentlemen’s Curb a lifestyle brand where fashion meets fitness in a BIG way.

 

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No Gym. No Problem. Part 2-Gentlemen’s Curb Plus Male Blogger

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Sometimes we have to stop making excuses…

A lot of us make excuses as to why we cant work on the best version of ourselves. From a fitness stand point, we make excuses as to why we cant work out. “The gym is too far.” “The gym is too expensive.” Or the most famous line “I will start on Monday.” I know these lines, because I have said them myself time and time again. And at a point, I actually believed these lines. As a man of size, I definitely need to be more aware of my health. I don’t ever want to be skinny, I love my size and my weight. I just want to be alive for the long haul. So, I am trying to convince myself that these are excuses and will no longer be accepted.

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Instead of making reasons as to why we can’t go to the gym, there are many items in our homes and playgrounds that we can use to benefit our bodies. For instance, the couch at home or the chair at the office can be used to our physical benefit. For some illustrated examples click the link here.

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These exercises can be done on your lunch break at work. They can be done while you are taking a stroll in the park. You can even do these dips during commercial break of your favorite television show. You can perform this exercise while you are on the phone having a great conversation. I hope that you got something from this post! Please make sure that you comment and share your experiences with us. Email kavah.king@gentlemenscurb.com. It’s The Gentlemen’s Curb a lifestyle blog where fashion meets fitness in a BIG way.

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Kavah King,

Let’s be totally honest with ourselves, the gym isn’t for everyone. People of size don’t want to deal with the awkward stares, the “experts” and the assumptions that I am trying to be smaller. Leave me alone. I don’t want your condescending thoughts, I will pass. I am on a journey to become healthier. I don’t want to be small, in fact, I will never be a small man. That’s a fact! Blame my parents. I am satisfied with my structure and will do my best to be as healthy as possible in my size.

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#BrawnFit Blogger Kavah King demonstrates push ups for men of size.

 

The most important thing is to be consistent in your workout. It’s one of the hardest things to do, but at one point walking was difficult for us too. We fell on our bottoms, tripped on articles, even asked our parents to pick us up. Even the greatest journey starts with a single step.

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For those that aren’t gym warriors, there are some exercises that you can do at home to substitute going the gym. Find a park bench, a dining room chair or even the edge of your couch. Get into push-up position, balance your body accordingly. You do not want to strain your body or cause injuries to yourself. Abd then you push-up!

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#BrawnFit Blogger Kavah King demonstrates push-ups for men of size.

This exercise will strengthen your forearms, upper back, and shoulders. Give it a shot! Let us know how many you did! How often did you attempt the push ups? Email kavah.king@gentlemenscurb.com It’s the gentlemen’s curb where fashion meets fitness in a BIG way.

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There Are Some Things On My Mind…

As many of you know, I have been on a journey trying to get to my goal weight of 300 pounds. Although I love my size, I think it’s imperative to be as healthy in my size. No, a certain size does not make you healthy. But, I want to make my best effort to me a man of size that is healthy. I want to change many of the perspectives and stereotypes that are damaging to the perception of men of size. We see that there are many athletes that share our structure and are more positive representations than the images and characters placed before us

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New Goals!

By frequenting this blog, you may get the idea that I am obsessive at times. Yes, I am one of those weird people that get consumed with a project or a task that I am working on. Because of my weight, I chose to exercise via calisthenics. (I am well into my 300’s, that isn’t a secret.)I figure that I am heavy enough, if I can balance and navigate my weight, then I will be in a better position. It would make me stronger and I would be more comfortable with my body. There was an exercise that I could not do. At first, I felt defeated, but I remembered that we all have to crawl before we walk.

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Let’s Walk This Road Together

So, now I am sharing my new goal with you all. I am trying to perform a static hold with one arm! I know that is extremely far fetched because of my size, but that is even more of an incentive to push forward! So, please walk with me! I am going to do my very best to reach this goal. It will be a milestone for me and I hope that I can share it with you. From the photos, you see that I have a looong way to go!

If you want tips or an accountability partner (Thanks, JM!) feel free to email me kavah.king@gentlemenscurb.com or leave a comment! Like, subscribe and share! It’s The Gentlemen’s Curb a lifestyle blog where fashion meets fitness in a BIG way!

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I’m proof that you can be big AND healthy.

A few months ago, I went to the doctor’s office for a physical examination. After the nurse recorded my weight and vitals, she told me that she was impressed because I was “healthy”.

Then she asked me: “Can you tell your secret?”

I replied, “What secret?” to which she asked, “How are you that heavy and healthy?”

At the time, I was 324 pounds and I have to admit that her question offended me. But it was not a surprise.

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After the doctor conducted the physical exam, he handed me a sheet of paper and told me that I should see a nutritionist. As I left the office, I glanced at the sheet to see that the doctor had written on it that I was “morbidly obese.”
Sound familiar? We have all been led to believe that being healthy is only associated with a certain size and lean physique. If you’re overweight, you can’t possibly be healthy. However, I am proof that that belief is wrong.

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I have never been a small man. It isn’t in my genetics. That doctor’s visit is something that has stayed on my mind and made me question a few things. Is the medical world basing their diagnoses solely on stereotypes? What does “healthy” look like? Just because I am a man of size, I am automatically viewed as unhealthy? There are many athletes that weigh more than me. Are they getting calls from the doctor that they are near death because of their weight?

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I was curious as to how a woman might feel in this same situation so I spoke with my blogger friend and sometimes workout partner Sarah of Sarah Taylor’s Journey to get her thoughts on this topic of being healthy regardless of size. This is what she had to say:

I’ve always been plus – I came out of the womb at almost 10 pounds and almost 2 feet long and yet I have always been active. I’ve played sports most guys play – Football, Basketball, Ruby, Volleyball, running, etc. But for some reason, it shocks people that I can move the way I do and can keep up at the gym. I recently started working out at a new gym that offers Bootcamp style classes and on my first day, I got lots of looks that read “What’s this big girl doing in here?”. As I met new trainers each day, they would approach me to correct me and my form, and as they approached me they would back away, realizing that I have amazing form and can keep up. Why is it when people look at a plus size woman, do they think she can’t be fit? Does that mean I can’t be active, healthy and fit if I’ve got a little more meat on my bones than the size 2 working out next to me? Please …. let me out squat you!

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There has to be a new standard that needs to be set. You cannot diagnose someone’s health by just looking at them. Both men and women of size are healthy and we do work out! No, I don’t want a six pack, but as long as I am healthy, I will be fine.

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We don’t need your “encouragement”. I certainly don’t need to hear, “Go, big man”, as if it’s a major thing for me to be working out at my size. I don’t approach a smaller person and say “Keep going little fella!” We are all capable and our size does not indicate that we are unhealthy. It’s time to shatter stereotypes and move forward.

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Photography by: Marc Watley

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Many of you know that I am on a mission to lose 20 pounds. My goal is to go from 324 to 300 or 305 pounds. I am a man of size, I am never going to be skinny. Honestly, I don’t want to be skinny. I am finally in a space where I love my body. I am a man of size. I have to come down a little bit for health reasons. (That’s the only reason why I am trying to drop twenty pounds.)

Too many times I need to get motivated. I admit there are too many times where I have to scroll through my playlist to find music that motivates me. Here are five favorites that me motivated. Before you proceed, just know that this is a judgment-free zone.

5. “Bring Out The Katz” KW Griff featuring Pork Chop

4. Ghostface Killa “Daytona 500”

3.  “My Love Is Free” By Double Exposure

2. “Never Too Much” Luther Vandross

  1. “Candy” Cameo

These are my favorites! These are some of my favorite songs to get me motivated #OnTheRoadTo300  List some of your favorite songs below. Maybe I can add those songs to my playlist.

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So, as most of you know this is a blog dedicated to men of size. If you call us big and tall, brawn or plus males. I have learned to love my body, especially because it’s my body. Trust and believe it took me a very long time to actually love my body. When you see these videos of me working on my body, I am not showing off in any way. I am showing my vulnerabilities so that other men and women who feel like me can feel comfortable about themselves and do what they want to do. You aren’t “too big” to do certain exercises. My goal weight is to be 300 pounds, although 300 pounds is still heavy from society’s perspective, but who cares? My personal goal is just that. Pardon my rant, there were some things on my mind.

Currently, I am working on an exercise that is extremely difficult from me. It’s an exercise that can be done anywhere. So, if you are working late and can’t make it to the gym, you have options. You can perform this exercise from the comfort of you home. There are so many areas targeted with this one exercise.

  1. Forearms
  2. Triceps
  3. Upper Back 
  4. Core   

 

Yeah, I could hardly do five! But, I am working towards doing more! Every journey starts with a small step. I started off with baby steps apparently.  Let us know what you think of this workout. Tell us how you felt after you tried the workout. Use the hashtag #OnTheRoadTo300 Please leave a comment or email us kavah.king@gentlemensurb.com

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Too Big For What?

Can a person over 300 pounds do calisthenics? Can a man of size do calisthenics? Can brawn men, big and men and plus men do pull-ups? When I first started to make some changes in my life, I was met with resistance. It started watching a video of some men performing calisthenics on a pull-up bar. I was intrigued! I was impressed. I marveled the way the men and women seemed to suspend their bodies in the air, I marveled at the way the moved their bodies so effortlessly. I felt it would be a great change for me to start working out in the park, instead of all the attention and “coaching” I received in the gym.

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Go Hard Or Go Home.

So the next day, I got my water, I made sure my phone was charged and I walked to the nearest park with fitness apparatuses. I started stretching, I turned my music up and started to work. Well, at least what I thought was work! I tried to perform a pull-up and I couldn’t! I was met with snickers from the other men that worked out in the park. A few of them said to me “big guys like you don’t come out here.” “You should go to the gym.” I felt defeated and I decided to head home. The next day I had a long talk with myself. I charged myself with the thought process that you have to crawl before you walk.

I began with a process that helped my pull-up process, you can review the post here: Too Big For What?Too Big For What Pull-Up 102, and Too Big For What Pull-Up 103.

For all of our readers, your goals aren’t unattainable. We are all at the point where we have to crawl again. When we were born we got a lot of bumps and bruises trying to walk. In life, we are faced with those challenges in our lives. Let’s work, it isn’t going to be easy. Let’s inspire and motivate each other. Until next time, leave a comment or an email and let us know what you think. Email us: kavah.king@gentlemenscurb.com

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I was always called “big man,” or “big bro.” With names like those, there are too many negative stereotypes associated with those nicknames. There is always an assumption that you aren’t strong as smaller people. There are assumptions that you can’t jump as high as smaller people. There are assumptions that you aren’t as fast as smaller people. At times, I was the last one picked to play. I remember one instance, where I was picked last to play. To be honest, I was insulted. As a teenager, we often pride ourselves in trying to be athletic. But, that day I made it a point to play my hardest. I laughed to myself because I knew they would lose (especially when the females were watching.)  I made sure that they said “Big man is a beast.” And that “big man got handles.” That instance occurred years ago and it’s a shame that I still receive some of those negative stereotypes to this day. Especially, when I enter the local park or gym to work out. I get a lot of suggestions from “trainers,” because of my size. I am told what my body should look like. It’s my body, shouldn’t I have some type of say so in the matter? I am the one that has to deal with all 324 pounds of me. Still, many are surprised by what I can do at my weight. But, I refuse to let those stereotypes be a hindrance in my life.

Writer and blogger Chardline rounded up seven people who shut down body stereotypes on On The Plus Side and I was fortunate enough to be included. It’s your life and you probably won’t make it out alive! Go had and embrace your body! Just because someone is big, it doesn’t mean that they are unhealthy.  Please take some time to read the article below!

7 People Who Shut Down Fit Body Stereotypes

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