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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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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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NYC Has Some Crazy Weather

The transition months between winter and spring in Brooklyn, New York can be brutal. One day the weather can be 60 degrees and the next day the weather can be back to below thirty degree temperatures. As a man of size, the warmer weather can be perfect for us! The weather where I can wear a sweatshirt and be at peace. But, today I decided to switch it up and bought Bad Rhino along for the ride!

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Bad Rhino From Head To Toe!

With limited styling options for big and tall, brawn and plus size men, Bad Rhino is a brand that does it’s best to make style accommodations for men of size. From their shoe selection to their denim collection, Bad Rhino is one of my favorites. I love their prices as well, make sure that you subscribe to their list and stay updated with sales and promotions.

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On days when there are warmer winter days, it’s like the ENTIRE city comes alive. So, I had to make sure that men of size were represented the right way! Bad Rhino’s sweater selection is amazing, especially because Bad Rhino carries up to a size 5x! I would recommend the cream sweater! The design sets it apart and the woven intricacy can be appreciated.

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The denim collection is dope! You can find your exact style and trust me they have your style! On some days I prefer the tapered look, but today I decided to go with the straight cut.

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Are you having a struggle finding shoes? Bad Rhino has you covered. I wear a size 15, so there is difficulty to find great shoes. Bad Rhino has you covered!

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What do you think of the look? What are your thoughts on Bad Rhino? What do you think of the denim?  Leave a comment! Or email us kavah.king@gentlemenscurb.com. Make sure you subscribe as well.  Until next time, The Gentlemen’s Curb a lifestyle blog where fashion meets fitness in a BIG way.

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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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The Gentlemen’s Curb is a blog that is geared towards fashion and fitness for men of size. As a man of size, there are many stereotypes that I am faced with. One popular stereotype is that men of size are clumsy. Another stereotype is that men of size aren’t the most intelligent, but are brutes. We can go further, but stereotypes are damaging. Negative stereotypes simply prevent human growth. But,what’s life without variety?

 

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I guess a man over six feet and over three hundred pounds can be menacing. I can be menacing, to those that don’t know me.I guess it’s all about perspective. I am assumed to be a thief. Too many times when I am walking people grab their purses and clutch their belongings. Don’t let me enter an elevator with people, some people become very uncomfortable.

Just because I prefer to wear a hooded sweatshirt, does not mean I have the intent to do something malicious. Marvel’s Netflix series “Luke Cage” took a black man in a hooded sweatshirt, something that seemed so menacing into a champion of the people. And the most impressive part is that he was bulletproof. A bulletproof black man when black men have been murdered by police. I had to throw on one of my favorites, a hooded sweatshirt, especially for this post. What I enjoy is viewed as menacing and threatening by many. How are my clothes threatening?

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Black Lives Matter?

If conditions were better, there wouldn’t be a cry to preserve black life.
Some cases remind me of the movie “Judge Dredd” where the law enforcement became the judge, the jury, and executioner. Men have been murdered on camera in front of their families. Men have been murdered for the world to witness. The body’s of men have laid in the street rotting in front of the world, with no regard or respect for human life. The news of hearing an unarmed black man killed by police has become the norm. The news of the murder is spread, then outage happens. Then the protests come and afterward the person murdered becomes a hashtag for a few weeks. Then it’s business as usual for most of America. But, the families of those murdered are forced to deal with the trauma.

This isn’t a “hate” post, but this post is to raise awareness about a problem where innocent people are being murdered by police. These men didn’t deserve to die? At what point will we recognize that all human life is valuable?

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The last post I went into detail about the negativity I faced when working out due to my size. (You can read that here)

Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from achieving your goals. The only barricades that are present are the ones you establish in your mind. To be totally honest, I love to be the big man in the park. I love when people  have lower expectations of me because of my size.

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I love that my size gives people preconceived notions about my abilities. I love that my intelligence is underestimated because I look like a brute. I love the assumptions, I can navigate a lot better under those circumstances.  I love that I am told that I “represent for the big brothers.” I love that opinions matter less and less to me when it comes to my body.

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I love the snickers and awkward stares that I get when I am exercising especially in the park. In case you haven’t realized, I have learned to be myself and love it! We are in a world where the masses set standards for what is acceptable. I am sure that I am heavier than a lot of my readers, but I don’t let my weight be a crutch. You shouldn’t either. My forehead is larger than most, but I still push myself. If I can, then I know for sure that you can!

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Love and appreciate your body, stay strong and keep the fight. We are all working on our greatest versions, let’s be great together!

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At times I am the big man that gets too much attention in the gyms. Yes, it is hard to focus when fellow gym members are trying to give my workout a critique. I am not here for personal trainers that learned their routine from YouTube. Just leave me alone and let me build my “brawn” in peace. I don’t want a six-pack. Most importantly I don’t want to look like you. It makes me feel as if something is wrong with my body because I am constantly approached about correcting “techniques.” Don’t confuse my statement, I don’t know everything and I am willing to learn especially when it comes to bettering my life and my health.

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But, why tell me irrelevant things that you don’t apply for yourself? I don’t want to have your frame. I am perfectly fine with my body. All 324 pounds of my body! From the huge forehead to these boats I call feet. To avoid the fake trainers and confrontation, I like to work out in the park. Yesterday, I decided to go to the local playground. Jackie Robinson Park located in Brooklyn, New York. Again, I am met with “easy big fella” comments. To this day I am trying to figure out why is my size any of your concern. At this point, I am tired of others trying to force their perspectives on me. I work hard at being the best version of myself every day. Who cares if you don’t think that I am the perfect model for health? To this day I am trying to figure out why is my size any of your concern? I learned to embrace and love myself. So, much so that the true focus of this post is for everyone to love themselves. Do not let your size limit you in ANY way. Be yourself and be awesome while you are at it!

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