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Going Man – A Short Guide To Your Ultimate Man Cave

Going Man – A Short Guide To Your Ultimate Man Cave

Modern life is a massive battlefield. Seriously. The only difference between these and some more savage, albeit a lot simpler times, is that we no longer ride off into battle to protect our possessions on a mighty steed. Current battles are fought with mortgages, loans, debit cards, and other far less noble-sounding necessary evils. Is life, at least, easier now?

Physically? Probably. Mentally? Not even remotely.

The outcome, however, is just the same. A true warrior-king needs a stronghold where he can recover from wounds and enjoy good old venison, wine, and lutes. A real modern man needs a cave where he can take a short break from outside life and indulge himself a bit.

But, we have to agree that “true man” is a term so broad that it threatens to level us all to the same measures with the subtlety of a steamroller. Let us then take a look at a few different ideas for different warrior-kings of the 21st century.

1. Entrepreneur’s Man Cave

    An entrepreneur’s lifestyle has a fair share of both pros and cons. One of the things we know the most about entrepreneurs, unfortunately, belongs to the latter group of characteristics – their work time is never truly over.

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    That is why an entrepreneur’s man cave should be less of a pleasure room and more of a place where they can retire and enjoy their hobbies while still being able to get the job done. What does that mean? A comfortable chair, wall-mounted TV,[1] spacious desk, sofa, and of course, an “executive” mini bar fridge to soothe the tired soul.

    2. Movie-goer’s Man Cave

      Image Credit: jeff beyers

      Every avid movie-goer knows how poor the theater experience can be these days. Cellphones, obnoxious people who can’t stop talking, and the mind-numbing sound of someone chewing popcorn. The answer to this problem is very obvious – build yourself a home theater.

      All you need is a good projector,[2] loudspeaker system (you can get away with 5.1, but try going for 7.1), and a few comfortable recliners[3] (Chandler and Joey-style). Details like movie props, posters, or standees can only make the whole experience more special.

      3. Rockstar’s Man Cave

        If you are, on the other hand, more into music, you can turn your man cave into a small private venue where you can jam with your friends. So, in addition to everything we have come to expect in a man cave by now, it would be a good idea to throw some studio equipment[4] into the equation as well.

        Keep in mind, though, that your neighbors may not share the same passion for music as you. Soundproof your cave so you don’t annoy them. Small, genre-centric details (e.g. rockabilly, 80s pop, heavy metal) are always a welcome addition.

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        4. Sportsman’s Man Cave

        There are very few of us who haven’t been, at least few times in life, touched by a sports fever. How does this fever work? You start watching the games, and the more you watch them, more you want to train. The more you train, more you want to watch the games.

        How to stop this fever? Why would you? Instead, decorate one of your rooms with jerseys, trophies, and sports memorabilia. Then move in a huge TV, even bigger couch, and a fridge. Finally, throw in some basic gym equipment[5] (dumbbells, bars, and treadmill) to you satisfy the other side of your inner sports devotee while you are waiting for the next game.

        5. Gentleman’s Man Cave

          Or in other words, a room for the ones with the more refined habits. What does that mean? Out with technology, in with good taste. A proper gentleman’s man cave should feature only a comfortable chair, small table (stylish and timeless pieces are highly preferable), a few wine racks, bookcases, and of course, an espresso machine.

          Remember, you are going for quality, not quantity. If you like to listen to music, move in a gramophone. They feature a large amount of eye-candy, and their sound simply can’t be replaced. Install layered lighting,[6] and you will score a huge design point.

          6. Gamer’s Man Cave

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            Let’s say everyone who considers himself a serious gamer already owns a powerful enough PC, extremely comfortable chair, loudspeakers (or headphones), and three-monitor setup. What’s missing to make this promising foundation into a man cave? Well, if you are old enough to actually make a man cave, you were probably growing up in the late ‘90s or early 2000s, so you know online multiplayer can’t hold a candle to local mayhem.

            Now, bring in more of the same, make some room for your friends, pull the cables through the floor and the walls[7] so you don’t trip over them, and your LAN den will be ready to go.

            7. Fantasy Man Cave

            A room for all of us who wander but aren’t lost. Now, pulling off a fantasy-based man cave is somewhat tricky to do, because you have to incorporate a love for books, games, and movies all into one room. Look to the previous paragraphs for help. However, once you are done with boring technicalities, you’ll finally get the chance to populate the room with swords, flags, tapestries, and all sorts of Tolkien-inspired no-goods.[8]

            The things you don’t want to miss are a comfortable rocking chair, and a substantial, Warhammer-friendly wooden table. Hidden doors (bookcase does seem like an excellent cover) are not necessary, but they are a very cool addition.

            8. Traditional Man Cave

              Image Credit: Elizabeth Anderson

              Essentially, a traditional man cave is a room that fits various tastes, but it’s slave to none of them; sort of the first thing that pops into your mind when you put the words “man” and “cave” together. So, what have you imagined? Okay, the usual suspects like the cozy sofa, huge TV, large fridge, and loudspeakers. But what else?

              That’s right, the things like mini bar, billiard table, dart board, even the old-school arcade games. In other words, a traditional man cave should convey a very strong pub-like impression. Does that make pub the man’s lowest common denominator? Why not.

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              The modern world is full of twist and turns. Granted, our lives are better than they were a couple of centuries ago, and we know much more ways to have fun than our ancestors did. What we sorely lack is time to have that fun and a place where we won’t be distracted.

              Should we then simply give up and surrender to a daily rut? No, we have to carve ourselves a place where we’ll be happy. Do you feel your life is not as awesome as you would like it to be?

              Then give yourself the best man cave ever.

              Featured photo credit: Elizabeth Anderson via flickr.com

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              Last Updated on August 15, 2018

              7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

              7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

              Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

              Video Summary

              Why is it important to train up our core strength?

              There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

              This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

              Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

              In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

              One Exercise, multiple benefits

              There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

              By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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              When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

              Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

              In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

              What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

              What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                  Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                  Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                  3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                    Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                    4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                      Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                      A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                      A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                      On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                      5. You’ll improve overall balance

                        Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                        6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                          Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                          7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                            Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                            How to hold a plank position

                            1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                            2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                            3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                            4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                            5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                            6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                            7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                            Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                            Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                              How to improve your plank time gradually

                              1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                              2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                              3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                              Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                              Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                              You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                              • Prolapse
                              • After prolapse surgery
                              • Pelvic pain conditions
                              • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                              • Previous childbirth
                              • Overweight

                              Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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