The Power of Transformation


If you've been training for a while, gradually cleaning up your diet, no doubt you've experienced the amazing power of transformation. It's a tremendous feeling.
Combined with that feeling is the the incredible satisfaction associated with helping someone else - whether that's in the form of financial assistance, giving them a hand overcoming a particular hurdle, or simply showing them a new way of doing something. Anything at all.

A few of the ways I like to blend these are the ones I mentioned in 'Giving it Away' and 'Giving it Away II' : essentially donating pre-loved training equipment to those without any of their own. I'd love to kick that up a notch (particularly at this time of year), and add some other forms of assistance to that list. First cab off the rank is my favourite micro-lending service, Kiva.

I first came across Kiva back in 2006, after reading about Matt Frame's 'handcuffed swimming in Cambodia' record. It's a service which let's you invest a relatively small amount of money (typically $25, which is still $25, but is small for a business loan) in a business somewhere in the world. I say 'invest' because it's a loan - you'll generally receive the money in full, several months later.

If you've got an extra dollar or two and would like to check out the details of what they do (and how), come and join me at :

And thank you. Watching someone transform their life is truly incredible.

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Scott Andrew Bird

Scott Andrew Bird is a writer, photographer and a guy who just loves this stuff. He's been at home in front of a computer for more years than he cares to remember (OK, 35) and is now making amends for years of many mistakes noted in the De-constructing Computer Guy articles (part 2) on T-Nation.

Find out what he's up to via Twitter, Google+, Facebook; and of course his online home. Enjoy.

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Handcuffed Swimming in Cambodia.Gymrat points to an interesting entry for the International Guinness World Record Day : a handcuffed swim in Cambodia. Canadian film-maker Matt Frame will attempt to dog-paddle his way to a slightly odd victory in the name of charity. A noble cause - the education of poverty-stricken Cambodian children.
Bilateral Breathing whilst Swimming.

Should you breathe to both sides?

Blaine Moore.

Runner and Writer.

Looking At : Mar 1, 2015.

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