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Record Breakers

Nothing feels better than the satisfaction of success. Working hard towards a goal or passion and pushing your limitations to meet or exceed that milestone. That sensation can be quite contagious. That feeling can drive us to do great things, be selfless, or be bigger than ourselves. One such success is pushing one’s body and mind together to achieve greatness. Weight training is one of he best examples of this. Through dedication and consistency the body transforms into a stronger and healthier version all while continuing to break boundaries and push through the body’s limits of what it can do. The changes aren’t overnight but putting in the work day after day is cumulative and the results are their own rewards. What’s more impressive, is to see an adaptive athlete rise to the occasion and not let boundaries define them.

You’re going to say, “but what’s an adaptive athlete?”. Fear not, there’s an answer to your current quandary. An adaptive athlete is the ultimate in fitspiration! Let’s put to rest the words “handicapped”, “disabled” and “special needs”, instead, let us focus on what it means to adapt. To adapt means to adjust and undergo some kind of modification to fit new circumstances. It is in our nature to adapt to life in anything it throws our way. Our bodies, minds, and spirits are constantly making the changes as an innate survival technique. An adaptive athlete has honed their motivation and will to persevere as pursue their goals despite physical or mental inconveniences. There are people and organizations that support and celebrate dynamos like this…enter Limitless Lifters.

Limitless Lifters was founded in 2018 after seeing a need for inclusion and financial support to athletes with special needs of all ages and levels of fitness. They do this through educating within the fitness community as well as organizing fundraisers to raise money and awareness for the competitors. Their mission is to show how important fitness; recreationally and competitively; for athletes and individuals, especially the adaptive level, can be for their overall wellbeing. Ultimately to see an all inclusive fitness community. This ushered in a competitive event known as Record Breakers.

The Bearded Villains Miami Chapter had been waiting for an opportunity to help in any way. Many of the brothers in the chapter are health conscious and promote a healthy lifestyle on social media to help others daily from diet tips, to accountability in the gym, and even words of empowerment and positivity to get through. On May 25th the Bearded Villains Miami got the chance to host an event, dedicated to finding sponsors to support these athletes for a future event, in conjunction with Limitless Lifters and The Battle Axe Gym. One of our members first reached out to Alejo of Limitless Lifters to collaborate with them. Khaled, a member of Battle Axe Gym, reached out to Alejo as well to get involved. Khaled’s grandfather, Abdul Chafoor Al-Yassery, was also a man who cherished helping others less fortunate. He would always bring people together and help raise money for those in need. He also sponsored orphans and helped households who had lost their “breadwinner” from war. He was a beacon of Humanity and brought smiles and blessings to all that knew him. When he passed, Khaled wasn’t able to be with him and felt the best way to honor his memory was to continue in his footsteps by doing the same acts of selflessness that he had done when alive. Khaled asked to have the event named in Honor of one of his best friends and closest confidants, his Grandfather. Abdul Chafoor Al-Yassery would look on as his legacy continued.

Record Breakers started off the day with powerlifting. Michael De La Pava, Owner of Battle Axe Gym, MC’d the event. His boisterous voice and attitude engaged the crowd to cheer on and encouraged the competitors to push themselves to success. BV305 did any and all they could to give support and raise money to help them reach their goal to be able to go to an upcoming meet in August. The rest of the day had obstacle course events as well as tug of war and sled push/pulls. Sponsors for energy drinks and nutrition were there as well with proceeds going towards the event. The energy was explosive and electrified as spectators cheered on the athletes. They were completely receptive to the cheers and praises, posing for onlookers and hugging their coaches and families with each lifting victory. It was truly an awe-inspiring competition for those that participated and those that didn’t. These athletes put their hearts and sheer will with every lift in every event. People that didn’t even work out or exercise left with a feeling of inspiration to be active. There were no longer any excuses they could give themselves about NOT being healthy especially after seeing these Warriors put it out there and give it their all despite some hinderances. Any hinderance is merely an obstacle to overcome and defeat – whether mental or physical. These kids wont give up on their dreams and aspirations just like none of us should either. with that being said, don’t let a day go by without doing something to help make life better for yourself or better yet someone else who may need the extra push.

Bearded Villains Miami will be sponsoring Joshuell from Special Allstars Fitness for a competition on August 10th in Fort Myers. His energy and showmanship is absolutely contagious. He’s always smiling and clearly loves to perform and lift. He’s a shining example of a love for life and living without limitations, something we can all embrace. Here’s to good health!

Written By: Bryon ‘Shagnus’ Chagnon

IG: @shagnus

Edited By: Javier Vasallo

The other side of wellness.

Many times, you’ve seen BV305 speak about wellness throughout the months. Since 2018, it has become a big part of their message, and an important virtue they’ve put out in the world for their followers to see, and feel inspired to follow suit. In this movement, they have found serenity for themselves, and many of those that have become attached to it. Kind of ironic to think about; where an act of pushing and pulling tremendous weight, driving ones self to the brink of collapse in doing so, and exerting the body to unfathomable limits could in fact lead to a state of peace within, once the dust settles.

It’s a simple explanation really, and all boils down to one very detail that’s missed so often. The one thing that people so easily overlook. What is that? Mental stimulus.

Wellness, although primarily associated with fitness, and proper nutrition goes further than simply the physical. When you work out, you slim down, you tone up, you build muscle, and stamina. You shift the natural chemistry in your body, which allows it to endure more and makes your daily activities much easier, or at the very least, less excruciating. When you set a goal, and see progress, in whatever way you intend it to be, it brings forth a sense of satisfaction and overall accomplishment, leaving you fulfilled in how you see yourself. That fulfillment is the mental stimulus that truly encompasses wellness.

Wellness is not just eating healthy and being fit. Wellness is mental stability as well, and enjoyment in what you do. To some, it may be working out and eating clean; to others, it can be yoga and meditation. Neither is wrong, but both are different. This is going to a whole other spectrum, some would say. In truth, it isn’t too disimilar. The commonality with either method, is the purpose of mind, but practiced in an almost opposing way. Let’s put it into perspective. Meditation is used to strengthen the mind, and allows a person to control their mind as they would their body. The mind, not to be confused with the brain, can be trained just as purposefully.

Sit down for a moment and take in what’s around you. Now, consider that the unfocused mind takes in an incalculable amount of information at a time, that goes by unnoticed. It’s the less prominent things that aren’t realized. Not because they aren’t there, but because they’re less obtrusive due to the chaos of your other senses. So, what if you are able to focus on those less prominent things. Find a focal point, and consider it for a moment; its size, its shape, its composition, its color, its texture, understand it for what it is, its purpose, its importance. Notice the sounds around you have almost faded from existence? Notice that in the time you’ve read the last paragraph, you have forgotten this started as a fitness blog? The sounds haven’t disappeared, and this blog hasn’t changed, but now your focus is elsewhere. Because you have focused on something so deliberately, you have unintentionally drowned out everything around you.

A person who meditates, finds understanding, leading to fulfillment in their knowledge. A person who works out finds results, and fulfillment in their progress. Both have found fulfillment, and both are now pleased with their fulfillment, which leads to a healthier outlook in life, because they are in fact, happy with their achievements. Whether it be martial arts, or an overdue fishing trip, or a great book you’ve just read, your wellness is that which makes you happy. BV305 Wellness is not simply a push to find a better looking person in the mirror, BV305 Wellness is a push to find that which fulfills you on a much deeper level. Find your wellness.

And that my friends, is a Wrap!

Written and edited by : Javi Vasallo
Instagram : _pride55

Not all heroes wear capes

Not all heroes wear capes…

In fact, the word hero means: “A person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. That means, that heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. Neighborhood Heroes is an organization in Miami Florida that makes their impact by helping anyone less fortunate.

On February 16th, 2019, BV305 had the chance to participate in HASHTAGLUNCHBAG (which is an event were lunch bags are made and distributed to those less fortunate). On this day, at 11am the Bearded Villains Miami met at The Motivational Edge in Miami and began putting together lunches.

The room was consumed with individual chatter as several groups of people split up into assembly lines to make and pack lunches. Peanut butter and jelly on one side of the room, turkey and cheese on the other.

Villains, their kids, as well as several other volunteers standing side by side, all working towards the same goal: to feed the hungry and less fortunate.

In a mere hour and a half, they were done. As a group, they stood together and listened to heartfelt stories from the creators of this organization about their life, their struggles, and how they got to where they were.

“I remember not really understanding what was going on. My dad said we were going to be driving to Miami to feed the less fortunate. But, its not something I’ve ever done,” said Xanthus, the son of one of BV305’s original members. “When we got there, all the villains were gathered outside. Standing around, waiting for the event to start. Once we started everything was so organized. Everyone had a job. Never knew working could be fun.”

Groups were made and sent off to two different locations to distribute the food. One went to liberty city, the other downtown.

“Dad and I went with the Liberty city team. We were told to knock on the doors of all the houses with painted doors and tell them we’re with HASHTAGLUNCHBAG and ask if they wanted lunches.” One by one the teams emptied their boxes of bagged lunches. “After a while, a bunch of other kids that lived in the development wanted to help. We went to every house trying to distribute as many bags as possible. It was my goal to get rid of every one of them.”

The teams finished passing out the food, and what was left was brought to Miami Rescue to further aid in feeding those in need.

Not all heroes fly around town stopping crime. In fact, anybody can be a hero. All they need, is a cause to stand behind, and a means in which to support that cause. We can’t solve world hunger. But when we pull together, we can make sure that less people go to sleep hungry on any given day.

“I’ve never thought about the less fortunate before. The only life I’ve known is the one my family as provided me with. That day, I got to see how other people live. People who don’t have money for an xbox, or new shoes, or in this case food for the house. I’m grateful for the opportunity to give back, and I look forward to the next event where I can help make someone’s day a little bit better.”

On February 16th, 2019, with an organization with great intentions to stand beside… a group of villains became heroes. So, the question for everyone reading this is, “Who are you going to save today?”

Lights! Travel! Action!

Ah, show biz – the film industry. How many times have we laughed, cried or been at the edge of our seat glued to every moment on the screen? A good movie or show will do just that. They have the ability to draw us in and captivate our minds. Films can teach or entertain. They can give us an escape for a while from reality or show us a reality that we’d never be exposed to by normal circumstances. Movies and shows can allow us to walk along side characters and experience their world and surroundings. Films can take us into the possible future of whisk us into the medieval past. This is just an outer perspective. What’s it like though to actually play out these roles and make them come to life for others to share and be captivated and enthralled by?
One often dreams of being in far off lands, seeing and experiencing different cultures. Many children being a bit extroverted can parlay well into an acting career from child thru to adult. There’s no real age limit to acting. Acting was a natural thing for one of the BV305 brothers and he wanted nothing more than to at least be a part of something big, possibly a memorable or timeless production – another Lord of The Rings per say or in an epic franchise like the Marvel series of films. For many it’s difficult to get out there and break into the field of acting. This Bearded Villain chose to throw himself out there and see what happened. He began by picking up extra roles here and there here in Miami, all the while seeing the whole process of how things are put together and filmed. FaceTime on screen is the key in the industry and the more FaceTime you can get, and doing well in front of the camera, the better your chances are at landing yourself larger and more interactive parts. Through this process he found myself on a plane across the world to Thailand.
Thailand is a beautiful country, but it is also a country of extremes. You have extreme poverty right outside of an 8 story Mega mall with technology, fashion, and goods that haven’t fully hit our own market here in the States. Tourism has shaped a good amount of the country but it was also so fascinating to see how in unison the people were. They weren’t afflicted by the vanity bug that plagues us here. Everyone driving seemed like a thousand little ants all knowing what the other was doing. There were no accidents that occurred or narrowly happened, although just from driving around there; if it were back home; there would have been road rage and accidents galore.
Back to the reason he was in Thailand in the first place. Our brother was there to film as an extra on an independent show being shopped to Netflix as a series on Human trafficking. The producers had already done scenes in New York, LA, and Miami. Bangkok is quite inundated with the street walker – and not all of them are GIRLS! The goal was to capture the authenticity of the situation despite it being a fictional show. The producers liked his work so much they wrote him into the remainder of the pilot as a main character. Very exciting stuff, and works great for his “reel” or acting resume. They finished filming ahead of schedule which allowed him to really take in the culture while there. He visited many of the Temples and blessed while meditating with monks. Growing up in martial arts, he also decided to train Muay Thai with some serious masters in the art. Pretty brutal when you actually learn the from people the art originated from and not the watered down version we see here. He ventured the markets and tried their wares – Scorpions! He even went so far as to get a traditional tattoo as an added reminder of his experience and time spent. It was an amazing experience over all.
Acting is also taking him to Ireland as well to film as an extra on the History Channel’s Vikings TV series as well as Norway to play a role in another Viking-like independent film as well. He’s traveling the world, seeing new cultures and experiencing different aspects of life he’d never do otherwise being here in Miami unless he took a vacation to these places. He took the the risk and made the jump.
Ultimately, the moral of my story is to chase your dreams no matter what they are. Live life as best you can. Life is too short to not take a chance on something that can really be of worth and make you happy. The truth of the saying “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life” is resounding. We should all strive to enrich our lives in whatever way our heart and desires take us. Live with no regrets and don’t look back…you’re not going that way. On that note I’m gonna say “That’s a wrap!”

Written and edited by: Bryon “Shagnus” Chagnon

February has 28 days… But why?

Thirty days hath November, April, June, and September. February has 28 alone. All the rest have 31. This popular rhyme has been around since the 1500s. But, has anyone ever took the time to find out why February has only 28 days? It’s not something they teach in school. What mysteries lie in the month of February? What secrets does this short month keep?

Well, to make this story short… It’s the Romans’ fault. Our modern calendar is loosely based on their old, confusing one. Though records on the Roman calendar are sparse and sketchy at best, legend has it that Romulus, the first king of Rome, devised a 10-month lunar calendar that began at the spring equinox in March and ended with December.

Martius: 31 days
Aprilius: 30 days
Maius: 31 days
Junius: 30 days
Quintilis: 31 days
Sextilis: 30 days
September: 30 days
October: 31 days
November: 30 days
December: 30 days

Tally up those numbers, and you’ll see a problem—the year is only 304 days long. Back then, winter was a nameless, month-less period that no one cared for much. (Planters and harvesters used the calendar as a timetable. To them, winter was useless and wasn’t worth counting.) So for 61 days out of the year, Romans could ask “What month is it?” and you could correctly answer, “None!”

Rome’s second king, (King Numa Pompilius) decided to make the calendar more accurate by syncing it up with the actual lunar year (which is about 354 days). Pompilius added on two months(January and February) after December to account for the new days. The Romans believed even numbers were unlucky, so Numa tried to make each month odd. But to reach the quota of 355, one month had to be even. February ended up pulling the short stick, probably because it was simply the last month on the list. Numa’s calendar ended up looking like this:

Martius: 31 days
Aprilius: 29 days
Maius: 31 days
Iunius: 29 days
Quintilis: 31 days
Sextilis: 29 days
September: 29 days
October: 31 days
November: 29 days
December: 29 days
Ianuarius: 29 days
Februarius: 28 days

Of course, a 355-day calendar had its bugs. After a few years went by, the seasons and months would fall out of sync. So to keep things straight, the Romans had the brilliant idea to “occasionally” insert a 27-day leap month called Mercedonius. The Romans would erase the last couple days of February and start the leap month on February 24th. This caused headaches everywhere. The leap month was inconsistent, mainly because Rome’s high priests determined when it would arrive. Not only did they insert Mercedonius haphazardly, but the priests (being basically politicians at the time) abused the power, using it to extend the terms of friends and trim the terms of enemies.

In around 45 B.C., Julius Caesar commissioned an expert to put aside the lunar origins of the Roman calendar and make it sun-based, like the Egyptian one. Caesar added 10 days to the calendar year and an extra day in February every four years. (The leap-year day was inserted after the 23rd, the same time as the old intercalary month.) Now, the year averaged out to 365.25 days, very close to the actual average length of a year: 365.2425 days (and even that varies). But in order to get Rome on track with the Julian Calendar, the year 46 BCE had to be 445 days long!

After that, the world favored a 365 day calendar. And here we are over 2019 years later, still using the same calendar. At least… For now.

Written by Victor Fonseca
Ig: everyone_hates_victorfonseca

2018 Bv305 wellness challenge

2018 was a challenging year for everyone to say the least, it had many ups and downs trials and tribulations, the Bearded villainsV Miami Chapter was no exception. With the year starting of somewhat stagnant, the veterans in the chapter realized that a change needed to happen within the chapter and decided to take action and so the BV 305 wellness challenge was issued. Quickly, the challenge was accepted by many of the brothers in the chapter who agreed a change was needed in many aspects.

There is a massive amount of research connecting an individual’s overall wellness to an alignment of body and mind. Quite simply put a healthy body creates a healthy mind. The brothers within the challenge committed to 90 days, to get moving and rebuild their bodies and minds. Each morning brothers would share workouts, songs, and motivational quotes to keep the focus within the group. As with any challenge life happens and the difficulties of staying committed arose but, through the strength of the brothers involved each stepping in different moments to uplift each other to realign with their goals and motivation.

As BV305 challenge group started sharing progress in the next few weeks it was evident that something else was happening, the entire chapters mindset was changing. The days were bringing more obstacles but with the new mental alignment amongst the chapter it also creates more solutions. For each pound lost, each progress pic taken, the Miami chapter was finding a new identity, and through that wanted to share with the world their journey and an open invitation to join them.

In 2018 the brothers in the challenge stepped out of their comfort zones, joined gyms for the first time or switched to new ones, lost collectively nearly 200lbs, hit personal lifting goals, and even competed in CrossFit, powerlifting, and strongman. The discipline of staying committed carried over into their home and work lives as well. The year 2018 was indeed a challenging road but through holding each other accountable and keeping each other motivated the BV305 was able to elevate themselves above the pitfalls that many of us fall victim to. The want for change must come from within but the change can only happen when supported from the outside. With that being said the Miami chapter challenges you to challenge yourselves and those around you, together we are capable of even greater heights.

Written by: John Banks
IG: bearded_superman

Bv305 New Year

And so a new year has begun! This is the time where one typically reflects upon the previous year, and all that came and went. It is a time where one chooses to correct mistakes, and make changes to what may have failed in the previous year. Or….it’s time taken as an opportunity to better ones self. We have all heard the phrase, “New Year, New Me”.

Some might say it’s the biggest cliché since “it’s not you, it’s me”, and in truth….it is. You see, such a statement imposes a simple untruth; which is to acknowledge that what you are isn’t good enough, and that’s the furthest thing from the truth. Now, there is nothing wrong with improvement, and this much is down right accurate, but improving on ones self doesn’t automatically identify your present self as insufficient, it simply means you are ambitious. So let us start with this change. Not “New Me” but, Better Me. As a matter of fact; Better Us!

BV305 is, and always has been a staple for their community; fueled by their knowledge of what determination does, and their willingness to be a light to another’s darkness. They have extended beyond their own homes and city, and have become a beacon to any that looks their way. A simple good morning message from an energetic, and seemingly psychotic few. Later, an afternoon post showcasing the time they spend in each other’s company. Even drawing to a close; a day spent working themselves to their bones; with another bit of positive reinforcement. This is the journey they take to attain this. It’s a journey of the soul.

Positive reinforcement comes a long way. You may be a realist, and reflect more on the reality that is action. Indeed, actions create possibilities, and reinforce goals to become achievements rather than just dreams. However, the positive outlook on a seemingly impossible situation is what makes reality seem less troubled, and drives your Will to achieve your success.

Furthering into betterment, one believes that the focal point of self improvement is ones self. Completely unaware of the impact it makes to one’s being, to be the light to another. In this new year, you are urged to be better. Why not help another to be better, and in doing so, better yourself. Feed off the energy you give off that triggers all that’s around you, and effects you just as efficiently. The Bearded Villains Miami challenges you now!

Don’t be a new you. Who YOU are is perfect. Be a better you, be a you that others look up to. The you that people get inspired by. The you that inspires a greater people. A greater Us!

Written By: Javier Vasallo – @_pride55

Amigos for kids

There are 365 days in a year, by our standard calendar. Many of these 365 days, the average person spends their time doing insubstantial things. A day at the house, watching TV, or maybe kicking it with their friends. Of course, everyone earns their living, and spends half their life slaving in one sense or another, but the moments one looks forward to, are of the aforementioned.

Of course, there are other moments that are a bit more….lavish, that is just as important when there is time off. The crazed parties, expensive getaways, fancy meals with elegant company at overpriced eateries; pretty much filling up in a dose of vanity. The joys of life, if you will. Then, there is that which fulfills like nothing else can. The simple act of giving back.

As is already known by so many, BV305 has become a group that is looked upon when charity is involved. One thing that drives them, is the ability to give back when able, in whatever form is at their disposal. More so, it is in keeping their traditions to give their time and effort towards specific events that are meaningfully, valuable or near to them.

Every December for the last 3 years, Bearded Villains Miami team up with Amigos for Kids; an organization that’s existed since 1991, and formed as a subsidiary to Amigo for Children’s Homes, until they branched off a year later, to form their own independent organization with the purpose of raising awareness for the needs of South Florida’s abuses, neglected, and less-fortunate children.

In particular, this December 15th event was in the spirit of Christmas. Dozens of volunteers come together with Amigos, and figuratively dawn their Santa hats, and elf ears to gather up the items donated by so many, to later be received by these young and needing souls. A few hours of hard work, to bring smiles that last a lifetime.

In the 365 days in a year, a handful of hours can make the difference in the life of so many. These are the moments the bearded brothers live for. As people in a world filled with so much, how will you sacrifice your time, to make your difference?

Bullies united.

December 16th marked the 2nd Annual Bullies Unite Event. Brewers from around South Florida come together to showcase their breeds, raise awareness about the breeds themselves, and engage in charity events, focused on giving back to the community. This concept was originally created by Team G3 and was formed with the same ideals and principals of the Bearded Villains, which IS giving back. Did we mention puppies? Who doesn’t like to see a slew of puppies all in one place?!?

Bullies Unite started a toy drive in conjunction with their event initially. Many people hold toy drives but the focus is universally the same, to give to children in need, no matter the circumstance. When Team G3 reached out to the Bearded Villains to partner up, BV305’s Lieutenant Jorge ( @thebeardedphoenix ) answered the resounding call. Jorge incorporated Nicklaus Hospital as the focal point for the donations. The stage was set and the event larger. Much of what the Bearded Villains do, and the majority of what BV305 is geared towards, are charities of variety for children. Children are our future as a nation, but more importantly to mankind. How bv305 shows and does for children in need carries with them into adulthood with the hopes that what bv305 shows them (will be instilled in their character as well.)

Bully breeds in general are a group of misunderstood breeds; Pit Bulls being at the top of the list. Most people see pits as vicious and dangerous. The fear is such that ownership of a pit in some counties is prohibited. The one creature on this planet that will love a human more than itself is a dog. Dogs have been domesticated and have coexisted with our race almost our as long as our race’s inception. A great deal of how a dog acts is in their upbringing and training. All in all, a dog is still an animal, and animals will act like animals. We accept them into our lives and we have to accept them for who and what they are. We can’t react derogatorily to a creature that lives instinctually. Any dog can lash out whether it be unintentional or intentional, bullies however are donned this stigmata. Bullies Unites main goal is to urn these negative views into positive understanding through education and awareness.

This year’s event did not disappoint in turnout or donations. There were quite a few breeders in attendance and a rescue sanctuary for birds of prey was represented there as well. Pet supply vendors and the breeders held raffles for supplies, puppies and toys. The toys donated for Nicklaus Hospital were in abundance. Money raised was also donated to the hospital. Some Nicklaus Hospital children are bed ridden and unable to go home. They’re not allotted a Christmas like the rest of us. Giving gifts and time gives these children an opportunity to celebrate the best way they can. BV305 even hosts a radio show in the hospital call Radio Lollipop. This allows children to call in and request songs while participating Villains aid them in completing fun group projects.

Acts of kindness and overcoming ignorance are synonymous. Bringing awareness to a misunderstood breed of animals while helping children in treatment and acts that bring them a semblance of happiness in the light of despair can mean a world of difference. This was evident just by seeing all the smiling faces of the ids at the event when Santa showed, BV305 style, and passed out presents. We may be in the season of giving, but the season of caring and giving is really all year round. Happy Holidays from your Beloved BV305.

Written by: Bryon Chagnon

Instagram name: shagnus

Edited by Victor Fonseca.

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