Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Female Bodybuilding Inspiration: From Fat to Fit - Yashmeen Manak

Pushkaraj S Shirke : Neulife Athlete Intro: Yashmeen Manak:

Yashmeen Manak, India's first TNL-Cellucor athlete is Certified Personal Trainer, Aerobics Instructor, Kettlebell Teacher and Winner of Gladrags Mrs India 2005 “Best Body” Award. With 16years of handson exerience in fitness and sports nutrition, Yashmeen has now joined TeamNeulife and continues to be an inspiration for everybody looking to be fit.

This film chronicles her inspirational transformation and journey from fat, to fit to fabulous: 

Writer, Director, DOP: Pushkaraj S Shirke

Editor: Rohon Nag

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Messiah at the Shrine

The horde that had betrayed its land to live like rats in another land to fake pride back in its own, gathered in masses at the shrine. The shrine itself was based in the heart of the city, the same city in which they slaved day in and day out while they lived on its outskirts like petty mongrels whist telling everyone of their great life in stories of photographic lies. For one day, their messiah had come to the shrine to make them feel like they had some honor left, that their exodus was not shameful and the petty lies they led as lives were not a disgrace. And the exiled masses loved him for those lies. For one day, they felt their shame subdued, like pain in alcohol, like mindlessness in religion. Their messiah was there. They chanted NaMoh NaMoh. 
This is a fictional story and bears no resemblance to anyone living or dead. 
Yes really. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

BattlereadyX: Is exercising during Pregnancy safe?

BattlereadyX: Is exercising during Pregnancy safe? By Dr Mansi R Ashta

Physiotherapist & Fitness Consultant,
Child Birth Educator (CBE), Prenatal & Postpartum Exercise Instructor,
and Head Faculty ‘PT for Special Population’ – K11 Fitness Academy
In the not-so-distant past, women were urged to cut down on or even avoid exercise during pregnancy. Doctors feared that the jarring motion of running or lifting weights could damage the fetus, and prescribed abstinence from these activities even for the professional athletes.
Fortunately, the tide has turned and it has been proven that exercising actually makes for an easier pregnancy and delivery. In fact, Dr. James F Clapp III (M.D) found through a study of 500 pregnant women that those who exercised delivered a healthier baby with a stronger fetal heart rate. Even more compelling is the fact that of the women who exercised, time spent in labor was shortened by about a third, with 65% of the women delivering in four hours or less. I’m a perfect example of this, my labor lasted just 2 hours 15 mins.
This definitely is a win-win for baby & for mom as when you are in labor every extra hour seems like an eternity.
There are so many rumors out there, some started or perpetuated by popular pregnancy books, others the result of old wives’ tales or outdated advice, building confusion in the minds of many women about what they can and can’t do,”
Can you guess which one of these is the true statement?
1. Lifting weights while pregnant is dangerous for the fetus.
2. If you didn’t exercise before you were pregnant, it’s not safe to start now.
3. Exercising while pregnant pulls nutrients from your baby.
4. You have to keep your heart rate at or below 140 beats per minute.
5. Basketball is an unsafe activity while pregnant.
6. Doing sit ups while pregnant will squish the baby.
7. Running while pregnant is unsafe for the baby.
8. Any sign of trouble like spotting or pain means I should stop exercising and not do it any
more during my pregnancy.
If you’re not sure, or you’re making a wild guess, then you definitely need to read on!
1. Lifting weights while pregnant is dangerous for the fetus.
MYTH: It’s totally safe to lift weights while pregnant. Make sure you’re not holding your breath, don’t exert yourself to fatigue. Whether you are new to weight training or weight training is already part of your exercise routine, as long as the form & technique is perfect there’s no reason to stop, although you will need to avoid training at higher intensity. Strengthening helps coping with common discomforts of pregnancy like back pain and sacroiliac dysfunction. I had NONE!, thanks to my training routine.
2. If you didn’t exercise before you were pregnant, it’s not safe to start now.
MYTH: Ifyou never excised before, pregnancy is not the time to become the exercise bunny but that doesn’t mean you have to spend nine months sitting on the couch. Something as simple as taking a daily walk, going for a swim, taking up very low intensity strength training can do wonders for your pregnancy, and make you feel better as well. It can also help you combat the fatigue of pregnancy and help you sleep better at night. Ten to fifteen minutes a day is a great beginning, then graduallyprogress.
3. Exercising while pregnant pulls nutrients from your baby.
MYTH: The reality is that your baby takes what it needs from your body. So if anything, you’ll have a dip in your own nutrient stores, but your baby’s stores will be fine. The way to avoid any problems for youis to keep blood sugar levels balanced by eating smaller, more frequent meals. Babies of mommies who exercise during pregnancy are born leaner, but organ size and head circumference are normal. So don’t be afraid to exercise during pregnancy.
4. You have to keep your heart rate at or below 140 beats per minute.
MYTH: There is no one “target” heart rate that’s right for every pregnant woman. People are still stuck on this heart rate issue, and it was never based on anything concrete. What’s moderate for you might seem easy, or impossibly hard for someone else, so listen to your own body! What most pregnancy exercise experts now rely on as a guide is RPE, or rate of perceived exertion.
This is a scale that determines how hard you are working based on how you feel when you are working, you should be able to carry on a conversation, but not be able to sing.
5. Basketball is an unsafe activity while pregnant.
TRUE: It’s a contact sport, so there’s a risk of a blow to your belly. Other risky activites include those with risk of falling and hurting the belly, like skiing, waterskiing, and horseback riding, or going scuba diving, because of the water pressure effects on your body.
6. Doing abdominal exercises while pregnant will squish the baby.
MYTH: Your baby is pretty secure in there, you don’t have to worry about bending at the waist. Not only is it OK, it’s actually recommended!Abdominal workouts can provide many benefits. Some modifications may be necessary with your growing size but it definitely doesn’t warrant stopping them. Your abdominals and your entire core, including your pelvic floorshould be strengthened throughout pregnancy, and doing so will help not only during pregnancy, but also aid in labor and delivery and recovery. I didn’t suffer from Diastasis recti (splitting of abdominal muscle – rectus abdominis from linea alba) and my baby was out in just two pushes.
Moreover,it’s going to help with posture problems which will also benefit you after baby is born.
7. Running while pregnant is unsafe for the baby.
MYTH: As long as you and your pregnancy are healthy, and you feel OK, it’s safe to run right up until you go into labor. “TheAmerican College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has said that if you were running prior to pregnancy, you can continue during pregnancy, as long as you feel OK”.
If it does start to feel “odd,”listen to your body and don’t do it. Pregnancy is not the time to break any performance records. Also realize that as your pregnancy progresses, you’re going to be able to do a little less with each trimester. So don’t compete with your pre-pregnancy running achievements, or even with what you could accomplish in a previous trimester.
8. Any sign of trouble like spotting or pain means I should stop exercising and not do it any more during my pregnancy.
MYTH. While signs of pain, spotting, lightheadedness, nausea or dizziness are all reasons to stop exercising immediately, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will have to give it up forever.
What it means is talk to you doctor. Tell her exactly what you felt and what you were doing when you felt it, how long it lasted, and the severity. And then ask for her advice as to whether or not you should continue with an exercise program.
ACOG lists these warning signs to stop exercising and contact a doctor: vaginal bleeding, fluid leaking from the vagina, decreased fetal movement, uterine contractions, muscle weakness, calf swelling or pain, headache, chest pain, increased shortness of breath, dizziness, or feeling faint.
There are so many awesome benefits of pre-natal exercise – treat yourself and your baby right by staying active and exercising during pregnancy. You’ll be happy you did!
Always train under supervision of a Prenatal Exercise Instructor.
Dr Mansi R AshtaPhysiotherapist & Fitness ConsultantChild Birth Educator (CBE)Prenatal & Postpartum Exercise InstructorHead Faculty ‘PT for Special Population’ - K11 Fitness Academy 
1. faq119.pdf. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (ACOG).
2. Fetal Attraction. Dr Duru Shah
3. Exercising Through your Pregnancy. James F Clapp III
4. www.runningskirts.com. Susan B Anthony
Article curated by Pushkaraj S Shirke for Project Batlleready from the Keleven fitness academy blog: www.keleven.com/blog 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

An open letter to Gillette: Stop being a sexist bitch.

Hello marketing people at Gillette,
fuck everything lets get to the point - I like my stubble and I will keep it. So fuck you Gillette.
And btw, how are all your sponsored  'shaving movements' any less sexist than starting a movement to encourage women to get breast implants?
If there were 2 magazines with the same model, one with smaller boobs and the other with larger boobs, I'm sure men will pick more of the magazine with bigger boobs. but that doesn't mean you encourage implants.
A media campaign called 'women oppose everything stubble' done by desperate Gillette.
Getting Bollywood babes to say stuff they clearly don't believe in isn't going to work. 
There is a thin but very clear line between being sexist and being cool about something - whoever runs this shit at Gillette, clearly doesn't understand that. I understand your desperation to try and sellll your needlessly over bladed razors to do the job of a single blade razor to fools and that too in an era of electric shavers, but hey, you're reeking of desperation - and that aint attractive in either sex or advertising. Advertising is the art of persuasion, seduction, inception - not overkill and mind rape. So chill, and reconsider your marketing shit, Gillette.

See this stupidly sexist 'social experiment' sponsored by Gillette: 

PS: Luckily, my kind of women prefer my stubble and beard - So I don't give a shit. But one things for sure, I'm never buying Gillette for having made this sexist attempt over and over again.
- Pushkaraj S Shirke

Monday, August 25, 2014

Expendables 3

Expendables 3: An Explosive Borefest
Stallone and his new gang accomplish the impossible - putting us to sleep in the midst of explosions and loud music! hell yeah! Epic borefest this expendables series has become. I think its about time they pack up or invest in a writer-director who can actually redeem them from the retirement club - or rather as it would be now, the retirement and action newbie club. 

i rate it a 5/10 
A strict one time watch for Stallone lovers and for Mel Gibson's performance only.

- Pushkaraj S Shirke

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BattlereadyX: New Cellucor Supplement Stack Review: by Pushkaraj...

BattlereadyX: New Cellucor Supplement Stack Review: by Pushkaraj...:

Cellucor is one of my fav brands from the world over. Recently launched in India via Neulife and I had an opportunity to seize the entire stack. So i decided to review these supps for those interested in trying out Cellucor or knowing more about the products that it has brought into the Indian Market.

The Cellucor Supps reviewed here are:

CELLUCOR C4 Preworkout
CELLUCOR ZMA (with Longjack for testosterone support)

Do let me know if you found this review helpful and if you would like me to help you out with such honest and unbiased reviews in the future.
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Pushkaraj S Shirke
K11 Trained Fitness Consultant
Director, Battleready X

Monday, August 18, 2014

Greats of Movie Cinematography

These movies are legendary for their cinematography. If you love photography or cinamatography, these are movies you should watch over and over again! 

Barry Lyndon (1975)

A War Drama. Cinematography by John Alcott. An Irish Drama set in mid 17th Century, Great Battle Sequences and Pleasing Country sides.
“There was no sets involved all shot in the actual locations, and no Diffusion used at all for all those landscape shots. Those Candle light scenes were shot using Zeiss 50mm f/0.7 made by NASA.” - John Alcott
Barry Lyndon (1975)- 25 Movies Every Photographer / Cinematographer Must See

Schindler’s List (1993)

A War Drama. Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski. Biography of Oskar Schindler, a German Businessman, Contains Great Pre / Post WWII Scenes. The Film was shot in Black and white.
“I wanted to give a timeless feel to it, so the viewer wouldnt be aware when it was shot” - Janusz Kaminski
Schindler's List (1993)- 25 Movies Every Photographer / Cinematographer Must See

Amelie (2001)

A Romantic Comedy. Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel. Story of a Shy waitress, who tries changing the lives of others, which also helps her discover Love.
“I love to Play with the Color palatte, shadow-heavy, Scarce but harsh light, great translucent color quality.” - Bruno Delbonnel
Amelie- 25 Movies Every Photographer / Cinematographer Must See

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I Saw the Devil (ruined by bollywood as EK VILLIAN)

Monkey Rating: 8/10
personally, subjectively, i would rate this movie a 9/10

genre: crime, drama, thriller, gore, slasher

waddabout: When his pregnant fiancee becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge.

i say: this is one of my favourite films. it has been ruined in india by a substandard remake by the name of 'ek villian'. i saw the devil is gritty, emotional, realistically and artistically gore filled and psychologically precise. it does not waste any time on unwanted scenes, establishes everything at an apt and rapid pace and tells its story in a nerve wrecking manner that is commendable.

The music in the movie holds the entire film together - storytelling in the absence of dialogues. The cinematography is sharp and gritty, left raw on purpose at times to showcase the animalistic rage filled moments : for eg in the scene where the villian shoots the hero with a shot gun (see trailer). The performances by both the leads are PERFECT. The use of art and props as subtext in the film are brilliant - the fishing rod as a weapon to show catch and release, the angel wings in the car to contrast the devil within, the minimalism in the lead characters house to establish loneliness and so on.

i personally cant get enough of this movie. i ahve watched it 3 times in one week. but i suggest kids and people who cant handle blood and gore do not watch this film. AND PLEASE DO NOT WATCH THE BOLLYWOOD REMAKE OF THIS INCREDIBLE FILM.

Pushkaraj S Shirke

PS: for more reviews and recommendations: www.youtube.com/filmpickle

Robin Williams: In Memorium - The movies that make him an irreplaceable part of our childhood.

Waking up to the news of Robin Williams passing away was surprisingly saddening for me. Knowing that the real Patch Adams of cinema is no more broke my heart somewhere inside. A man whose movies were my childhood introduction to clean humour and honest, emotional performances. RIP Mr. Williams.
As a remembrance and tribute, we at film pickle ditched a movie review this week and instead discussed the movies that make Robin Williams one of the greatest personalities film has ever known:

Robin Williams, your movies will definitely be watched by my kids too. RIP.
- Pushkaraj S Shirke