Lifelong Friendship

Tuesdays are holidays for us at LFBX Gym.  Spring came early and the weather started to get warm, so we were so excited to go to the beach and enjoy the ocean and the warm sun and breeze.  AND all of the Tuesdays in May were either cold or rainy, so we patiently waited.   June came around and on our first day off in June, we were blessed with sunny weather and extraordinary company.  We spent this auspicious day with my dear friends Mark and Tatsumi in Chiba.  Mark and I worked together at an amazing company called World Family.  I was able to tour around Japan with my boss, mentor and best friend, Mark for a little over 8 years.  Our friendship is precious to me.  He is an amazing guy who uplifts hundreds of thousands of people every day.  He also loves to cook some amazing vegetarian fare. This is a photo of us in oven mitts on his oceanfront mansion.

We took a bus from Tokyo in the morning and arrived close to his place within about 90 minutes.  Immediately he took us to a fruit and vegetable market where all of the produce was picked that morning.  It was packed with local people buying goodies.  Then we went on a hike in a valley, filled with rice fields, that was so green and filled with the freshest country air.

After a short drive, we went to his place to relax and enjoy slow conversation and this beautiful flower arrangement that was made especially for us.

We have a tendency to get pretty goofy at times and this was one of those times.  Silliness without a drop of sake!

Mark and Hitomi were able to meet officially for the first time and got along perfectly from the get-go!

Mark’s vegetarian feast was DIVINE!!!  He made a huge salad filled with fresh, local veggies and avocados.  He also made a home-made veggie-meat filled penne with tomato sauce.  The veggie meat is Mark’s “Ancient Akronian Secret” recipe; a Buckeye Favorite.  I am only eating raw foods at the moment, so I enjoyed the aroma of that savory, cooked creation and enjoyed my Mega Salad filled with avocado – you can see it at the top left of this photo.

Time slowed down while were were there and we realized that just a little over an hour out of our home in Metropolitan Tokyo, there is a warm, peaceful haven with two angelic friends that we can visit and enjoy life with in the near future again.

Thank you Mark and Tastumi for your love, kindness and many gifts.  You made our year!

Chris Lee – LFBX’s Designer Extraordinaire

Chris Lee – LFBX’s Designer Extraordinaire

Allesandro Michele!  Oh yeah, that man definitely has a good sense of style!

Mais oui, Hedi Slimane also has an amazing sense of style! No doubt!

AND, when it comes to Extraordinary Style, this is the man we call.

We are proud to present our friend, client, fashion model and creative visionary, Chris Lee, and his latest creations made manifest!  You can find Chris here on instagram and here on facebook.  Befriend this man.  He is a true gem through and through.

He is the source of the “X-factor” in our LFBX Gym Logo.

He is also the Chief of Design and Director of Awesomeness behind on our shiny new website.

He is also one of the most generous and genuine guys that we are honored to call our dear friend.

Without further ado, we are very happy to share with you “The Rage of Sugamo”.  This logo leaves locals utterly flabbergasted the moment they set their eyes on this design with the word SUGAMO directly below it.  It’s fun to see the reactions and double takes we get from people.

Ladies and gentlemen, our first official LFBX Gym T-shirts!

Thank you, Chris Lee for sharing your heart and your epic sense of style with us!!

Kahori’s Chin-Up Consistency

Kahori’s Chin-Up Consistency

I would like to introduce you to Kahori Namiki, who has been training with us since December 2017.  She is a joy to be around, as she is always cheerful and positive.  She is a native-English speaking business woman who is strong-willed, kind-hearted and who also loves to snowboard all winter long, and can dance hip hop to boot.

I am certain that she is a Samurai because even during really hard training, she never gives up and never complains.

七転び八起き = Nana korobi ya oki

This is a Japanese proverb “Fall down 7 times, get up 8.

Kahori always gets up and gives it another go.

We have been working for about 6 months on getting Kahori to complete a full chip-up with a neutral grip.  We have been using various bands to work her way down to her first band-less chin-up.

The green band is the thickest, so it helps lift her especially at the bottom of the lift where it is the most challenging for most people.  As the bands get thinner, the assistance from the band decreases, so as Kahori got stronger, she progressed through purple, black and then red.

The approach we used was simple.  Once she could complete 5 full chin-ups with the green band, we would try with the purple band until she could complete 5 full chin-ups, then the same for black and then red.

Here is Kahori completing her first full ROM (Range Of Motion) chin-up band-less.  Now we are working her from 1 on up to about 10 so that she can become a Kunoichi as well as a Samurai.

Bravo to you, Kahori, for your commitment, consistency chin-ups and cheerfulness!

You are Extraordinary!