Carlton’s List of Favorite Movies That You Probably Haven’t Seen

September 26, 2012

Sept 2012

*In no particular order

  1. A Man Named Pearl
  2. Heaven Help Us
  3. Man on Wire
  4. The Fall
  5. Amelie
  6. Tokyo
  7. Fortress
  8. The Park is Mine
  9. Perfume
  10. A Bronx Tale

New Weekly Tipz! Today i talk about 5 things that i get asked about a lot. Things like “should i do cardio before or after resistance training?” and other common questions. I try to keep it short and brief, for me anyway. Spread the love.

September 24, 2012


September 17, 2012

Autumn 2012

  • Visit all the national parks in America.
  • Write at least one book.
  • Fulfill my mother’s bucket list.
  • Visit Michele in Australia.
  • Start an after-school/camp/wellness center for kids or elderly.
  • Road Trip Route 66.
  • Road Trip East Cost in Autumn.

New weekly tipz! Most of us would prefer to have less body fat on us than we do. For some of us, it may be a few pounds. For others, it may a lot more…and that’s ok. But more than likely, there is a long list of many things that will eventually need to change for this unwanted fat to magically disappear. Today i will tell you about the one “modification” that i’d recommend putting at the top of your list! It’s something simple.

September 17, 2012


September 16, 2012

0. Maurice Ravel – “Bolero”

1. James Brown – “I Got You (I Feel Good)”

1.5 Harry Belafonte – Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)

2. Phil Collins – “In the Air Tonight”

3. Mazzy Star – “Fade into You”

4. Willie Nelson – “Me & Paul”

5. Donny Hathaway – “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know”

6. Prince – “Strollin'”

7. D’angelo – “Smooth”

8.  Sam Cooke – “That’s Where It’s At”

9.  Pink Floyd – “Wish You Were Here”

10. Black Sabbath – “War Pigs”

11. Sarah McLachlan – “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy”

12. Dean Martin – “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head”

13. Fishbone – “Unyielding Conditioning”

14. Funkadelic – “Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts”

15. Billy Joel – “New York State of Mind”

16. Al Green – “Simply Beautiful”

17. Bill Withers – “Ain’t no Sunshine”

18. Marvin Gaye – “You’re the Man, Pt. 1 & 2”

19. Peggy Lee – “Fever”

20. Michael Jackson – “Billy Jean”

21. Stevie Wonder – “I Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer”

22. Beatles – “Yesterday”

23. U2 – “I Still Haven’t Found What i am Looking for”

24. Kings X – “Flies and Blue Skies”

25. Pure Prairie League ‘ Aimee”

26. John Denver – “Take Me Home (Country Road)”

27. Police – “Roxanne”

28. Aaron Neville – “Tell It Like It Is”

29. Bonnie Rait – “I Can’t Make You Love Me”

30. B.B. King – “The Thrill is Gone”

31. Guns N Roses – “Sweet Child O’ Mine”

32. The Impressions – “Fool For You”

33. The Flamingos – “I Only Have Eyes For You”

34. The Drifters – “Under the Boardwalk”

35. Bob Marley – “Natural Mystic”

36. Sam Cooke – “A Change is Gonna Come”

37. Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Simple Man”

38. Jeff Buckley – “Lover You Should’ve Come Over”

39. Jeff Buckley – “Last Goodbye”

40. Journey – “Send Her My Love”

41. Nat King Cole – “The Christmas Song”

42. Gene Kelly – “Singing in the Rain”

43. Vince Guaraldi Trio – “Linus & Lucy”

44. The Allman Brothers Band – “Blue Sky”

45. T-Bone Walker – “West Side Baby”

46. Sly & The Family Stone – “I Want to Take You Higher”

47. John Cougar Mellencamp – “Pink Houses”

48. Duran Duran – “Save A Prayer”

49. George Michael – “One More Try”

50. Elton John – “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”

51. The Who – “My Generation”

52. Led Zepplin – “Ramble On”

53. Jeff  Buckley – “Everybody Here Wants You”

54. Sonny Rollins – “Alfie’s Theme Differently”

55. Faith No More – “From Out of Nowhere”

56. Jimi Hendrix – “Voodoo Chile”

57. Nina Simone – “Feeling Good”

58. Frank Sinatra – “When You’re Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)”

59. Tony Bennett – “Fly Me to the Moon”

60. Israel “Iz” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole – “Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World”

61. Richie Havens – “What You Gonna Do About me”

62. Sly and The Family Stone – “If You Want Me To Stay”

63. Prince – “Purple Rain”

64. Ennio Morricone – “Fistful of Dollars (Overture)”

Carlton’s BEACH LIST

September 15, 2012

Autumn 2012

  • If Camping, see my “Carlton’s CAMPING LIST”.
  • Expandable Net-Tent or Umbrella or Tent Tarp
  • Ground Blankets/Towels/Tarp
  • Warm Beach Blanket for cool evenings
  • Short Beach Chairs or Camping Chairs
  • Boogie Boards, Noodles, Floaties, Goggles, etc
  • Towels
  • Swim Trunks
  • Rashguard Shirts
  • Dry Clothes
  • Water Shoes, Flip Flops
  • Flashlights, Lanterns, Headlamp, etc
  • Cooler(s) with Ice or Ice-Packs
  • Sunscreen, Aloe Vera, Mosquito Repellant
  • Sunglasses, Cheap Sunglasses, Sunglass Head-Straps,
  • Water Containers, 1 Gallon of Clean Water
  • Kayak, Fishing Poles, Scooter-Go Cart Rental, Kite, Football, Frisbee, Sand Castle
  • Real Fire or Cooking Stove?
  • Wet Wipes, Paper Towels
  • Books, Radio, Computer, Notes, Journal
  • Hats for Shade
  • Knife, Gun
  • Phone Chargers


September 15, 2012

Autumn 2012

  • Map: always bring a map. keep in a safe, dry place or bag
  • Itinerary: Leave Plans with family, friends, Park Rangers, etc.
  • I.D. Passport, Driver’s License, Visa,
  • Money Purse/Wallet: I’d recommend 3-5 stash spots for emergency cash, credit cards, debit cards or contact information (names, email, phone # and addresses). Main Purse should be anti-theft kind (hidden from plain view)
  • Clothes: (cold weather: Layers…base layer or tshirt-fleece-coat-rain shell, Wool Sox, Beanie, Mitton/Fingerless Gloves, Hiking Shoes/Boots, Camp Shoes/Watersox, Thermals, Rain Shell Coat, Comfortable Hiking Pants. warm weather: Swimming Shorts, Sleep Shorts & tanktop, Flip Flops, Long Sleeve Cotton Sunblock Shirt), Hoodie, Base Layer Hoodie,
  • Hat(s): Hats for shade, Beanie, Fleece-Ear-Cover Hats w Pigtails
  • Bandana: or Stretchy Multi-Scarf/Mask thingy (keep sun off neck AND dust out of mouth and nose)
  • Sunglasses: Carrying Case, Head String for Sunglasses
  • Backpack: Daypack (smaller, maybe a Camel-Pac with water bladder), Big Main Pack (for carrying Everything), Backpack Rain Shell, Carabiners, Clips for hanging wet socks, clothes to dry while hiking
  • Toiletries: Deodorant, Toothbrush and Toothpaste, Gum, Mirror, Soap & Towel, Ear Plugs, Bite-guard, Eye Mask, Digestive Enzymes, Sunscreen, Aloe Vera, Mole-Skin, Extra Duct Tape
  • Medicine/First Aid: Sunscreen, Aloe Vera, Mosquito Repellant, Benadryl, Aspirin, Anti-Diarrhrea, Digestive Enzymes, Malaria Medication, Proper Vaccines, Band-aids & bandages, Peroxide, Neosporin, Duct Tape
  • Emergency Stuff: Satellite or Cell Phone, Signal Mirror, Space Blanket, Duct Tape, Trash Bag, Para-chord, Backup Food & Water, Candles, Balloons or Condoms (for water storage), Razor Blades, Flares, Generic Anti-Biotic “Z-Pack”, Duct Tape, Emergency Phone Numbers and Names of people to contact
  • Lights: Head Lamp, Flashlights, Big Lantern (batteries? OR propane?), Candles
  • Fire: Fire Making device (matches, lighter, etc), Wood, Starter Sticks, Starter Brick, Newspaper, Fire Gloves, Shovel, Wind Block, Grill for Fire
  • Water: Steel or Water Bottles, Gallon Jugs, Extra Container, Camel-Pac/Bladder, Dromedary, Water Purification Device, Liquid or Tablets
  • Food-Water Cooler(s)
  • Ice: Ice bag(s), Ice Packets, Insulation Sleeves
  • Food & Drinks: Any Beverages (coffee, tea, beer), Smores, Nutella w Cinnamon Raisin Bread, HEB Heritage Hotdogs w Wheat Flat-Round Buns, Little Beef Smokie-Sausages wrapped in Crescent Bisquit, Mustard, Chili, Chips & Dip, Cookies, Baked goods, Fruit
  • Food Prep-Utensils: Plates & Cups, coffee or hot tea mugs, Matches/Lighter-FireStarter, Fire Brick, News Paper, Tin Foil, Trash Bags, Zip Lock Bags, Sauce Pan, Flat Pan, Scrub Brush & Soap, Tongs, Hot-Dog Poles, Spatula, Paper Towels, Wet-Wipes, Cooking Spray, Seasoning (Salt, Pepper, etc)
  • Cooking Stove: Stove, Grill top for Fire, any fuel for stove
  • Cutlery: Multi-tool, Basic Knife, Hatchet, Wood Saw, Fish Fillet Knife
  • Camping Chairs: (Hunting Stools, Hammock, etc)
  • Tent: Main Tent-Poles-Stakes w Rain Cover, Tent Ground Tarp, Sting for hanging clothes around inside of tent, IF AT BEACH: Big Net Tent or Tarp
  • Tent Accessories: Mallet & Good Stakes, Air Mattress, Air Pump for Mattress, Base Layer Blankets, Pillows, Knee Pillows, Sleeping Pad, Bed Sheets
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleeping Bag & cover, Sleeping Pad
  • Sleeping Accessories: Ear Plugs, Face Mask, Portable Fan, Piss Jug, Gun, Early Alert Alarm System (sting and cans), Knee Pillow, Bed Sheets
  • Gun: optional
  • Radio: optional
  • Hiking Poles: (Wood, Metal, Self-Defense Spear)
  • Bikes: Pump, Extra Tube
  • Bear Protection: Bear Spray, Bear Gun, Bear Canister, Bear Bells, Rope for Food Hanging, Night-time Early Alert Alarm System
  • Extras: Rope w weighted attachment for pulling dead limbs down from trees, Fishing Poles & Tackle, Frisbee/Football, Camera, Video Camera, Books, Computer (watch Movie), Radio, Bag-Holder for collecting wood, Shovel, Shit-bucket, Pooper-Skooper Shovel

New Weekly Tipz! So this week, i wanted to talk some about sleep. It is easily one of the most underappreciated things we will ever do. Honestly, i think i could go longer without food than sleep. And that’s saying a lot for me! There are s o many factors that affect our sleep but this i know, most sleep problems are simply a symptom that our lives, overall, are completely out of balance. Don’t worry, it happens to all of us. I go over some helpful tipz and a few things that have worked for me…

September 10, 2012

10 Secrets of Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur

September 1, 2012

10 Secrets of Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur

There is a myth that entrepreneurial success is all about innovative thinking and breakthrough ideas. Here’s what success truly means.


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I’ve been an entrepreneur most of my adult life. Recently, on a long business flight, I began thinking about what it takes to become successful as an entrepreneur–and how I would even define the meaning of success. The two ideas became more intertwined in my thinking: success as an entrepreneur, entrepreneurial success. I’ve given a lot of talks over the years on the subject of entrepreneurship. The first thing I find I have to do is to dispel the persistent myth that entrepreneurial success is all about innovative thinking and breakthrough ideas. I’ve found that entrepreneurial success usually comes through great execution, simply by doing a superior job of doing the blocking and tackling.

But what else does it take to succeed as an entrepreneur, and how should an entrepreneur define success?

Here’s what I came up with, a Top 10 List:

10. You must be passionate about what you are trying to achieve.

That means you’re willing to sacrifice a large part of your waking hours to the idea you’ve come up with. Passion will ignite the same intensity in others who join you as you build a team to succeed in this endeavor. And with passion, both your team and your customers are more likely to truly believe in what you are trying to do.

9. Great entrepreneurs focus intensely on an opportunity where others see nothing.

This focus and intensity help eliminate wasted effort and distractions. Most companies die from indigestion rather than starvation, i.e., companies suffer from doing too many things at the same time rather than doing too few things very well. Stay focused on the mission.

8. Success comes only from hard work.

We all know that there is no such thing as overnight success. Behind every overnight success lie years of hard work and sweat. People with luck will tell you there’s no easy way to achieve success–and that luck comes to those who work hard. Successful entrepreneurs always give 100% of their efforts to everything they do. If you know you are giving your best effort, you’ll never have any reason for regrets. Focus on things you can control; stay focused on your efforts, and let the results be what they will be.

7. The road to success is going to be long, so remember to enjoy the journey.

Everyone will teach you to focus on goals, but successful people focus on the journey and celebrate the milestones along the way. Is it worth spending a large part of your life trying to reach the destination if you didn’t enjoy the journey? Won’t the team you attract to join you on your mission also enjoy the journey more? Wouldn’t it be better for all of you to have the time of your life during the journey, even if the destination is never reached?

6. Trust your gut instinct more than any spreadsheet.

There are too many variables in the real world that you simply can’t put into a spreadsheet. Spreadsheets spit out results from your inexact assumptions and give you a false sense of security. In most cases, your heart and gut are still your best guide. The human brain works as a binary computer and can analyze only the exact information-based zeros and ones (or black and white). Our heart is more like a chemical computer that uses fuzzy logic to analyze information that can’t be easily defined in zeros and ones. We’ve all had experiences in business where our heart told us something was wrong while our brain was still trying to use logic to figure it all out. Sometimes a faint voice based on instinct resonates far more strongly than overpowering logic.

5. Be flexible but persistent–every entrepreneur has to be agile to perform.

You have to continuously learn and adapt as new information becomes available. At the same time, you have to remain persistent to the cause and mission of your enterprise. That’s where that faint voice becomes so important, especially when it is giving you early warning signals that things are going off track. Successful entrepreneurs find the balance between listening to that voice and staying persistent in driving for success–because sometimes success is waiting right across from the transitional bump that’s disguised as failure.

4. Rely on your team. It’s a simple fact: No individual can be good at everything.

Everyone needs people who have complementary sets of skills. Entrepreneurs are an optimistic bunch, and it’s very hard for them to believe that they are not good at certain things. It takes a lot of soul searching to find your own core skills and strengths. After that, find the smartest people you can who complement your strengths. It’s easy to get attracted to people who are like you; the trick is to find people who are not like you but who are good at what they do–and what you can’t do.

3. Execution, execution, execution.

Unless you are the smartest person on earth (and who is), it’s likely that many others have thought about doing the same thing you’re trying to do. Success doesn’t necessarily come from breakthrough innovation but from flawless execution. A great strategy alone won’t win a game or a battle; the win comes from basic blocking and tackling. All of us have seen entrepreneurs who waste too much time writing business plans and preparing PowerPoints. I believe that a business plan is too long if it’s more than one page. Besides, things never turn out exactly the way you envisioned them. No matter how much time you spend perfecting the plan, you still have to adapt according to the ground realities. You’re going to learn a lot more useful information from taking action rather than hypothesizing. Remember: Stay flexible, and adapt as new information becomes available.

2. I can’t imagine anyone ever achieving long-term success without having honesty and integrity.

These two qualities need to be at the core of everything we do. Everybody has a conscience, but too many people stop listening to it. There is always that faint voice that warns you when you are not being completely honest or even slightly off track from the path of integrity. Be sure to listen to that voice.

1. Success is a long journey and much more rewarding if you give back.

By the time you get to success, lots of people will have helped you along the way. You’ll learn, as I have, that you rarely get a chance to help the people who helped you, because in most cases, you don’t even know who they were. The only way to pay back the debts we owe is to help people we can help–and hope they will go on to help more people. When we are successful, we draw so much from the community and society that we live in that we should think in terms of how we can help others in return. Sometimes it’s just a matter of being kind to people. Other times, offering a sympathetic ear or a kind word is all that’s needed. It’s our responsibility to do “good” with the resources we have available.

Measuring Success

I hope you have internalized the secrets of becoming a successful entrepreneur. The next question you are likely to ask yourself is: How do we measure success? Success, of course, is very personal; there is no universal way of measuring success. What do successful people like Bill Gates and Mother Teresa have in common? On the surface, it’s hard to find anything they share-;and yet both are successful. I personally believe the real metric of success isn’t the size of your bank account. It’s the number of lives in which you might be able to make a positive difference. This is the measure of success we need to apply while we are on our journey to success.

Ido Portal Training – Pullup Progression Should be mostly kept to the 5 Rep Range

September 1, 2012

There is little reason to devote any substantial amount of training to move someone beyond the 5 rep range in the Pull Up exercise with one’s bodyweight.

Dont get me wrong, my students can do dozens of reps when requested or lift a substantial amount of added weight if needed, but we rarely do so..

I was requested not long ago in some event to perform 25 pull ups. I performed them almost to h

ip height with no kip and momentum used and I could have gone much further.
In another occasion one of my students performed a chin up in a test with an added 75KG to his body. We never performed ONE REP of weighted chin ups before.So, what shall we do when we achieve a clean, tempo, pronated 5RM Pull Up?
Its time now for further neuromuscular complexity. One direction can be to explore Muscle Ups and from there Gymnastics Ring Sequences, another is to explore the One Arm Chin Up. Those are just two examples, there are numerous other ones we share in our advanced seminars.By working towards these more complex goals, intensity and capacity are guaranteed, but not vise versa!

The problem arises when trainers with little understanding of WHERE TO GO NEXT are the ones responsible for the training process. For them I recommend attending one of our certification course The Ido Portal Method – Upper Body Strength Training where we cover all the basic progressions, technical execution of every element and basic programming for upper body strength.

Dont waste your time running after intensity and volume alone – especially in light of our shoulder girdle’s sophisticated structure.

‘The scapula craves complexity!’

* Photo by Chris Tai Melodista – Odelia working with some Archer Chin Ups

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