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Messages - Michael Zernow

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Okay, I'm going to be absolutely honest here, I haven't read all the posts leading up to this. But that's probably for the best because I just wanted to say what made me want to do this in the first place without really trying to prove anything or argue with anyone.

I got into parkour not because it was a competitive sport, or even because I wanted to do it professionally. When I started training YouTube didn't even exist yet. I just heard about it and then started doing it, for no other reason than I liked the idea of it, or at least the limited concept that I got in my head from seeing it on Ripley's Believe it or Not. But what kept me going wasn't anyone else's description, definition, or explanation. I've met David Belle, I've traveled with Sebastien Foucan, I've trained on almost every continent, I've heard every philosophy, attitude, and argument. But none of them are why I do it. I do it because I want to. I like to look at a situation and see myself in it. "How do I do that? How do I get from here to there? What can I do here?" These are the motivators of my training. Working to develop myself as a human being, exploring what I'm capable of. One day a person asked me if I wanted to test myself, to see how fast I could be, how creative I could be, and to top it off I could bring my friends. I don't care what anyone else would have said because I said yes. I do parkour, I am driven by personal challenges and this was an opportunity to test the two skills I have worked most diligently in my life to develop, my ability to move and my ability to be creative. No one made me do any crazy tricks, no one made me flip off a building, I was able to do and say whatever I wanted. I was able to be competitive again some of the biggest most impressive freerunning I have ever seen by just move around and having as much fun as I could, I don't think I ever did anything from over six feet high. So no, this was not parkour as we train it, as it is at a jam, or what we talk about in the forums. This was something different, it was an opportunity, one that I know at least I am grateful for, to challenge myself, to push myself, to explore and experience what we are all capable of, and to show the world what all of us have been doing, training to be able to do, to give the people that have only ever seen YouTube videos or the Office a sense of what people are really able to do with their bodies and their minds. To me that's worth it. To me that's why I train, not for any other reason other than the simple fact that I can, because nobody is making me do this, no one is standing behind me telling me I need to stick that landing one more time before I can go home, it's just me, it's my voice, and that makes it my decision. And I made it and I'd make the same one again.

That is all. Also I love you. :P

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Pics & Vids / BOB SAGAMONSTER! - The Original Motion Picture
« on: March 03, 2011, 10:09:55 AM »
When you've got and hour until the next class, and a beautiful day outside, sometimes you've got to make a decision. I'm a human being BOB SAGAMONSTER and I will train today!

Enjoy.

APK Productions and the Tribe Proudly Present...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ-JK0TReFw

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Pics & Vids / Re: Increasing my kong distance
« on: June 12, 2010, 10:00:14 AM »
Not all kongs are created equal, for this one you seem to be konging a pretty wide obstacle and you seem to be hitting the middle of the obstacle every time. Try experimenting with planting your hands on the closer side and on the farther side. I think you'll find that if you try to reach out farther you will use your arms mainly for correcting your body position for landing (like a dive kong). I think if you plant closer you can use your arms to pull yourself out as you jump.
I'm not exactly sure where I would place my hands if I were going for the max distance, but I'm willing to bet its near the closer edge.



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Midwest / Re: Welcome to the Midwest Board!
« on: May 05, 2010, 07:45:28 AM »
I am a firm believer that the Midwest is the greatest place in the world.

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Training Journals / Re: Frosti Saves The Gym
« on: March 22, 2010, 12:41:52 PM »
This Is Going To Take A Million% Belief In Yourself

5 Rep Max
5 sets building up to 175#

Someday I'll be able to do a push up.

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Pics & Vids / APK in Bogota, Earth
« on: March 15, 2010, 12:20:50 PM »
So we went to Bogota. It was awesome. Adrian was there and Ryan was there and Amanda was there and so was I. I filmed some stuff in a million D's. You can see all the D's right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rp30a1EWUs

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Training Journals / Re: Frosti Saves The Gym
« on: March 15, 2010, 12:10:46 PM »
AutoTune My Giant Muscles

Deadlift
3X195#
3X225#
13X255#

No that was not a typo, indeed I did do the last set for 13. There was a moment between setting down the weight for the last time and regaining full awareness of my surroundings where I lost my connection to the world in front of my. A distant image stood on the other side of a screen of warped glass that was my perception. My thoughts focused in on my body and it's functions, checking and updating the status of each piece and reporting back to the main processing center. And then the everything checkout fine and I was back, all systems go. But it was a moment of self realization of rather than my body being aware of my thoughts and actions but instead my mind being aware of my body's concerns and duties. I think I might keep doing this lifting stuff...

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You're right everyone should see this.

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Training Journals / Re: Frosti Saves The Gym
« on: March 08, 2010, 01:08:00 PM »
Day 3 of Frosti Takes It To The Limit

Deadlift
355#

Sorrow. I will reclaim you 365# PR and you will be mine again. Actually I've realized I'm over you, I'm better than you. I DON'T NEED YOU ANYMORE. I'm sorry, I've always loved you, but I need to know how to be me without you.

Skipper Gets Man Arms
It's been a week since I actually did the Deadlift and I'm back to lifting. Skipper had a workout planned so I hopped in.

OHP
85#X3
100#X3
110#X5

Pull Ups
3 sets of 8

Ring Dips
3 sets of 5

I shall be mighty. See you soon epicness...

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Training Journals / Re: Frosti Saves The Gym
« on: February 23, 2010, 02:47:03 PM »
Day 2 of Frosti Takes It To the Limit

Back Squat
350#

Nufsed.

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Training Journals / Re: Frosti Saves The Gym
« on: February 22, 2010, 04:49:50 PM »
Day 1 of Frosti Takes It To the Limit

OHP
Max: 137.2#

Broad Jump
Max: 111.5" (9' 3.5" Toe to Heel)

Could I have done better? Of course. But maxing out when you have an endless source of awesome bursting out from your very core being can take quite some time. So yes, I did take it a little easy, but it is a long week and there are many test left to prove myself upon. This is only the beginning and world shall hear my cry and it will echo from the mountain tops and ripple through the seas, and when you hear it ring in your soul you shall know me and realize that which has been foretold.

Almond Pocky FTW.

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Thread & Board Archive / Frostis interview.
« on: January 28, 2010, 06:53:05 PM »
Sorry this took so long, I actually shot a video to answer the questions but then I got a bunch more and I forgot my camera on my way to Hawaii so I just did it again because I love you all so much.

T- Murda
Why do you SUCK!!??!??! - Mostly I'm just so jealous of you.

What is your favorite type of training session? Ninja mission, sessioning a spot and finding possibilities, running through the city, etc...? I think it's important to mix it up, try a little bit of each, but really I just like to have fun. So whatever mood I'm in is going to dictate how I train, if I want to get a move down I'll drill it, if I want to mess around I'll just session spots, and sometimes you just have to go.

Grayson
Frosti, I watched your video and my mind was blown... no literally like my brain couldn't take the awesomeness and exploded, how do I fix this?... - It's pretty common, unfortunately there's no known cure yet.

In all seriousness, what ran through your head on that save in the video, it was amazing! - If I had to guess it probably was something like: "Weeeeeeell, shit." But then add a healthy dose of body awareness, lucky underwear, and years of training and somehow landing feet first just happens.

Jeremy
Im extremely jealous of your "good job" shades (thats what they said right? hahha) Can i have them? - I would honestly say yes, but I lost them. So it goes.

Is your birth name actually Frosti? or is that a nickname? I never had a birth name, I was found on the rooftop of a Wendy's in Michigan in the middle of February. The name came from there.

Not a question, but i must say, your ariakes look SWEET!! - I know.

Andy Keller
My question: Next time I come to Primal, are you going to be a loser again? - I've never been a loser in my whole life ever. Except when you come to Primal, I think I'm allergic to you. I'm gonna get some antihistamines for next time.

Rebecca
-How long is your hair? - Always Ready To Rock length. That's about down to shoulder blade length for those not in the know.
-What's the one thing that gets you totally amped, in a good way? Everything. You. Mirrors. MP3's. Dancing. Sunshine. Yeah, everything.
-What did you do to Chief Andy that made him call you a loser? - I told him I already had a date to the Winter Formal.

Spencer
Why don't you post in Socialize? - I'm an idiot.
Do you not have enough time for us? - No.
We could use you down there. - I know, I've got to get my priorities right.
Where did you get your sense of humor? o-O - I borrowed it from a friend and never gave it back.

Janine
How did you master the art of making ridiculous faces?  Good job! - I practice everyday by watching a mix of late night public television and listening comments on youtube and twitter posts read by robots. You should try it sometime.

Bao
Why? - Mostly I just can't figure out what else to do. I am here, now, and this is all I know.

Alex
in what ways did Parkour help you throughout Survivor? not just the physical parts, but the philosophies and the mind set as well. - Well I lost, so it didn't really help all that much. As far as what it did do for me it was give me a positive outlook on the situation, knowing that whatever challenge lay ahead(physical or mental) I was confident in my ability to adapt to overcome.

When you comin back for another UIC jam? - I invented the UIC jam. I've jammed more jam at UIC than any living human being. They should put a statue of me jamming in the center of the quad. I heard they're skimping and going for a plaque though. WEEEEAK.

where is ur fav place to train? - I like anywhere I can just run, the rest is just momentum and reaction. That's just about anywhere in the world.

Ozzi
How did meeting me change your life?
- BEST DAY EVER.

Are you ready to meet the sexy's dog alive, not me, roxy. - I didn't know how to tell you this man, Roxy and I have been talking online for a while now. It started with facebook poke's but now it's just something so much more. I hope you're cool with it.

What is the emphasis of your training? - Survival. I want to do what I love to do but still be able to do it tomorrow. Living's too much fun to not do it everyday.

Wenxin
Where do you find the songs for your videos? - I try to find songs that feel like how I felt when I was doing the things in the video. I collect music from friends,family, and my favorite iPhone app Shazam. Shazam lets me tag songs that I hear so I can get them later, I like it because I"m not picking songs because I like the way the band looks or if I think they're cool, I get them because I like the song. I try to expose people to songs that I like that I think they may not have heard before.

Chris Kessler
Hey Frosti, I dig all of your videos. I'm definitely a fan of the Levi and Frosti show. - Thanks.

Just wondering what you do if you feel like you've plateaued. How do you get the motivation to keep going? - I think that my training will continue to evolve as I do. As my interest in parkour changes so will my abilities and focus of my training. I love how I feel when I do it, as long as that is still there I will be too.

Where is parkour going for you? Wherever the wind blows?
- I'm gonna be the very best like no one ever was. Not really. I'm just going to keep doing it and keep spreading it. I believe in parkour and what it can do for people. I feel like people want to do it naturally and I want to tell them it's ok, that they should do it and they should enjoy it.

Ryan
favorite gear?
shoes -
Ariake Mesh
Clothing - Birthday Suit
back pack - I like to travel light.

Ashely
Where's your favorite spot to train?
- The place I've probably put the most hours in at UIC because it has so many different things to train and you can go for extended runs there and not run out of things to do.

Corndogg
What traceurs inspire you? - All my friends, if it wasn't for them it would be lonely. If I had to pick people who I've been really motivated by it would be people like Travis for his dedication, Levi for his mentality, Diddy for his attitude, Teg for his speed, and myself for sexiness.

Who else inspires you? - Girls. Also anyone who isn't' afraid to do what they love to a level which they believe in, so people like William Spencer or Kobayashi or anyone who's gotten really good at something everyone else said was stupid, because well…who cares, it's your life do what you love.

Nikas
Are you ever going to be going to any jams in Chicago again? - Yes.

And what is your favorite place you've been so far for parkour/freerunning? - I liked Australia a lot, they had a really good atmosphere for training, the whole community was really open and excited about movement and that really stood out to me. Plus the architecture was great as well as the natural training. 

Chris
What do you use for motivation in training when it seems like you've got nothing left? - Zombies.

Do you have any tattoos and if yes what are they?
- I have three. The first is a Japanese crane that my mother drew. The second is a quote: 'The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." The last one says: "Change yourself, inspire the people, save the world." If you want to know why i got them or what they mean you'll have to ask me some other time because I don't feel like typing it out.

Name 3 books/movies/tv shows that everyone should check out.

Books - Dharma Bums, The Naked Ape, The Wind Up Bird Chronicles
Movies - Night of the Living Dead, The Fall, Trainspotting
Shows - This American Life, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Discovery Channel

David
Over your experience, what injuries have you had? - Mostly just sprained ankles, tweaked my wrists, and jarred my knees, but other than that cuts and bruises. Knock on wood.

Also, what techniques do you use to overcome your fear. - The do another technique technique. Things that I really want to do though I usually just put through this test: Do I want to do it? Can I do it? Why haven't I done it yet?

Gabe
> Boxers or briefs? (Or none?) Boxer briefs, I don't like chaffing.

> Where do you see PK/FR going in the next ten years or so? - Moon boots, and then we're all gonna quit.

Glenn
Do you incorporate Wilderness training into your practice, or would you say that your environment is usually urban? - I don't do it nearly as much as I should but I do enjoy it, I also believe it's very useful, but the truth is I spend most of my time in urban areas so the most amount of my training should be done there. But it's always good to vary your training and it's always good to spend time in nature. Guess why? It's natural, as in what you're supposed to do.

Jordan
First things first: Super duper job! - Thanks, I try.

Second things second: When Andy actually brings me to Primal next time he goes, will you not be a loser? - No guarantees.

Third things third: Walk me through a normal day for you...is not a question? What's a normal day consist of? - Wake up. Be awesome. Go to sleep. Some times I skip the first and last steps, but NEVER the middle one. Mostly my being awesome aligns around making APK work for all you crazy kids and making sure we can help as many people as possible find out about parkour in a positive way that will help them start or develop their training and pass on that  idea of parker that I believe in and that we all care about so much to the rest of the world.

Matthew W
What are your hours? - 24/7

If I could say just one thing to all of you who read this or to whomever you care to share this with it would be this simple statement: You are here, now. This is what you're doing. This is your life. Not your parent's life, not your friend's life, not a movie. This is it, you, and every action, every choice dictates the definition of not only your character as a human being, but more importantly the story of your journey. So if you care about something or someone then that matters, because it's important to you. So do something about it. Tell someone about it. Even if you just think about it for five minutes everyday, it's enough to remind yourself that you have this gift, that is the present, this moment and not only is it yours to do with as you please but you're aware of it and you can act. You are here, now. Realize that and then figure out the rest.

Thanks for your time and I appreciate all your questions, if you have anymore you can post them/PM/facebook I don't care it may take a while but I'll get to it.

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Training Journals / Re: Frosti Saves The Gym
« on: January 05, 2010, 07:28:29 PM »
Day 5 - Straight Side Kickin' It With Tha Homies

OHP
5X105#
5X115#
4X125#

Squat
5X225#
5X275#
5X305#

Deadlift
5X235#
5X285#
4X325#

Friendship. It's just so goddamn beautiful. Today I watched another man and his beautiful body moving in delicious way. It just got me so excited...ABOUT LIFTING! We did so much lifting it was super sexy. We lifted big weights and small weights, and medium weights too. Just kidding about the small ones, THEY WERE ALL SUPER HEAVY BECAUSE WE ARE CRAZY STRONG!!!!!!!

Sometimes having someone there just makes you more powerful and today was one of those days. Just like my muscles work together to produce incredible abilities when Zac and I worked together to be unbelievably strong we're just able to do things that make faces melt like provolone in paninis.

Thanks Zac, you're a peach.  :-*

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Pics & Vids / Re: good job!
« on: December 22, 2009, 10:10:24 AM »
I quit parkouring today to take up a new serious hobby called Straight Leg Landings and Blindfolded Sideflips. Mostly I do push-ups and yell at people. It's grrrrrrreat!

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Training Journals / Re: Frosti Saves The Gym
« on: December 22, 2009, 10:08:50 AM »
Day 4 - Could it be, our Hero in Danger?!?

Squat
5X205#
5X255#
5X275#

Bench Press
5X135#
5X165#
3X185#

They say every great warrior experiences defeat at some point. For me I'd say I just really wanted to try it because I never had. So I didn't finish all my reps, who's to say that I even wanted to. Maybe I really DID want to go to this meeting and those last two reps(and other exercise I was supposed to do) just had to wait(they did). Most of all I think it's important to try new things, to push oneself to experience more out of life. Not being perfect was a new experience for me and I feel closer to the average human being now. So thank you world of the ordinary, for accepting me as one of your own, even though I am different you reached out to me with open arms and let me into your home. It was lovely and now that I have tried it I think I'm going to take back to the skies and carry a new perspective with me, and maybe, just maybe, someday I'll come back to visit.

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Pics & Vids / good job!
« on: December 19, 2009, 08:57:00 PM »
Hey Guys. My name is Frosti. So, here's the thing: I took a camera and pointed it at myself, while parkouring. And this was the outcome. I'm Frosti. :-* 8) :P ;D ??? :-*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vNsJLQPRjA












































 :-*

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Training Journals / Re: Frosti Saves The Gym
« on: December 17, 2009, 04:13:00 PM »
Day 3. And Then The Minds, Oh How They Were Blown

Squat
5X185#
5X235#
17X250

Press
5X85#
5X95#
5X105#

Deadlift
5X215#
5X250#
7X285#

I have to admit I cheated a little bit today. When I was doing my Presses I started just pushing the Earth down under my body instead of just lifting the bar over my head. I know I'm just cheating myself but sometimes it's hard not to. Plus all the phone calls from China get annoying..."Oh, prease Mr. Frosti, stop morving the Earth, you make-a so many Earthquake here we can't make any more toy for the chirdren." And I've got to think of the children, it is the Holiday season after all.


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Training Journals / Re: Frosti Saves The Gym
« on: December 02, 2009, 03:40:53 PM »
Day 2. So Amazing

Back Squat
5X135#
5X185#
5X223#
5X223#
5X223#

Overhead Press
5X95#
5X95#
5X95#

Deadlift
5X135#
5X185#
5X235#

This was so easy that I almost cried. Then I realized that I can't cry because it would make the world so sad that it would probably melt. So I told the world to do it for me. As the rain fell to the ground outside the window I pondered life, the stock market, and the meaning of being a baller. It's incredible to be so fantastically powerful.

Thanks for your comments everyone, it's for you that I lift these heavy things and then set them down again. ;)

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Training Journals / Frosti Saves The Gym
« on: November 23, 2009, 02:15:42 PM »
Day 1. Epic

Backsquat 5-5-3-3-3-5
#185-205-215-235-255-280

Weighted Ring Dips 5-5-3-3-3
#25-25-30-35-40

Butt thing 15-15-15

Back Ext. 15-15-15

Later...

Overhead Press 5-5-5-5

#95


I felt really good about today. I am the strongest man alive. One times somebody sad I were not. They are totally dumb because I am so strong.

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Consumer Whores / Re: Team Jiyo shoes?
« on: November 02, 2009, 06:50:22 AM »
If you click the English flag in the top right corner you can see the whole site in English. It makes it a lot easier if you speak English.

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