Black Friday at Legio Gloria

This is not an attempt at moralising over consumption during Black Friday, it is merely an explanation as to why neither Legio Gloria nor Jotunheim Nutrition has any sales for this day (or for any day for that matter). Black Friday is a symptom of an ultra-commercial culture, which sees consumption for the sake of consumption as something worth celebrating. Legio Gloria is a concept against the modern world, so it does not make much sense in joining the festivities of said modern world.

The reason for buying a Legio Gloria garment must never be because of its price, the monetary price is not even the actual price you pay for it. The total price is the monetary price in addition to the countless hours spend on the path of glory – i.e. the path of constant self-improvement. A Legio Gloria garment is deserved via the blood and sweat brought forth whilst honing your physical or martial prowess, and the hours reading in order to attain a higher level of Enlightenment. Furthermore, competing in price against brands who have their production in third world countries is not sustainable. I encourage you to have a look in your wardrobe, the majority of your garments are most likely made in sweatshops by underpaid workers. It is time to bring back the production to Europe. That is why all of our products are made in Europe; it is not about the money – it is about sending a message.
It is of course also about money but the greater goal always comes first.

The ultimate time to purchase a Legio Gloria garment is when you have deserved it, it might be now, or it might be in three months when you have reached a certain goal you have set-up for yourself. Either way, wear it with pride, and make sure that you represent the garments in the best possible way.

November Releases For Legio Gloria

It is my great pleasure to announce the new releases for Legio Gloria and to take this opportunity to elaborate a bit on the company and the philosophy behind it.

The philosophy is beautiful in its simplicity. I want the clothes to be the best they can be, I want to aim as high as possible. I never saw any reason in settling for less. Moreover, this is a long-term endeavour, this is not about quick monetary gain (read more about that here). In fact I have yet to take out any financial assets from the company. I have reinvested everything to be able to bring out more and better products.

The clothing (the same applies for the training gear and supplements) are closely linked with my own personal honour. The absolute majority of customers are people that put their trust in me, therefore it is my sacred duty to maintain this trust. Thus it is always very satisfactory to receive praise and confirmation that this trust was well placed. This goes beyond clothing and supplements; my word is of supreme importance for everything I do. Maintaining this trust will be important for all coming endeavours as well (whatever they might be). That is why I put so much work into the company and why I view it in the long-term.

Furthermore, Legio Gloria is not only meant to be a clothing brand, it is supposed to be a lifestyle and a philosophy, a metaphysical legion if you will. There are so many young men cast adrift in the Modern World without access to many of the things our ancestors had access to; a Männerbund and a thriving local community for example, or a shared worldview with your peers. Being the only high Thumos guy among numales at the university or being surrounded by self-hating Whites or people not of your tribe can indeed be a less than enjoyable experience. Knowing that there are others in a similar situation makes it easier.

First of the releases is the long awaited re-release of the Byzantine Black Sun. The Byzantine eagle stands for European unity, something that is needed more than ever before. The Black Sun stands for a spiritual awakening, something that also is needed more than ever before. Un-Enlightened individuals might find the Black Sun controversial, so keep this in mind; wearing it also means that you must be able to back it up.

The Legio Gloria Weaponshield T-Shirt is just as the Byzantine Black Sun remade with a different cut; it is larger in the chest and the arms go a bit higher (so your guns are being shown at all times). Wear this garment with a firm gaze and a straight back.

We have also released two different rashguards. The Phoenix symbolises Evropa (Western Civilisation – or European Civilisation) reborn from the ashes of its death. The sword and book emblem symbolises the struggle for Enlightenment, both physical and metaphysical. The sword stands for the physical part and the book for the metaphysical part. The wings stand for righteousness. Both designs are meant to give you a boost in inspiration whilst training hard. I always use various mental techniques when training (in order to push myself harder – before a heavy lift or at the last rounds of sparring), these designs have a similar purpose: When you are tired – look yourself in the mirror to remind yourself that you are training for a higher purpose.

The Dragon Prince Swimming Shorts were perhaps a bit oddly timed, being released in November (perfect time for Yule/Christmas though 🙂 ). However, they took some time to get right and, yet again, since the purpose of the clothes is to be worn for a long time they will be equally testosteronous to wear come Summer – or now, if you are located in more tropical environments.
The artwork is inspired by St. Göran och Draken (St. George and the Dragon), which is a common figure in European history. The Swedish version commemorates victories over Denmark (the dragon). This version is to symbolise your victory over an enemy – whatever that enemy might be (detrimental addictions or other troubles for example).
If you think that these shorts are extremely aesthetic (which they are), but do not think you are in good enough shape yet to be worthy of wearing them; make sure to train very hard until next Summer.

Three Autumn Releases For Legio Gloria

I am proud to announce three new releases for Legio Gloria. First and foremost is the third version of our popular Handsome Shorts. The original Handsome Shorts were released last Summer, and I have trained many a gym session in them over the Autumn and Winter. Although, I was very satisfied with them I knew they could be improved to be a bit more comfortable in the Temple of Iron, thus we added some elastan to the garment making it a bit more flexible (always good when squatting). The Handsome Shorts: Mark II were (and still are) a very solid pair of shorts to train in. The alterations we made this time around was to add metal rings to optimise the aesthetics of the garment, as well as to optimise their functionality by making the pockets a bit deeper, in accord with my own assessment and per the feedback of some of our valued customers.
The name itself; Handsome Shorts, it is derived from a quote in the Horus Heresy book Know No Fear, where the Primarch Guilliman is being described in the following manner: “He is handsome, in a plain way. He is handsome the way a regent on an old coin is handsome, like a good sword is handsome.” I thought this was an adequate description of the shorts as well, since they are in fact handsome in a plain way.

The next release is the Mithrandir Exploration Hoodie. The name explains its purpose; Mithrandir is the Elven name for Gandalf and means grey wanderer. Although it can definitely be utilised as a gym hoodie it is designed to be a bit warmer than a regular hoodie, making it well suited to exploring this beautiful world of ours, especially as the weather gets a bit colder.

The emblem on the chest symbolises the struggle for Enlightenment, both physical and metaphysical. The sword stands for the physical part and the book for the metaphysical part. Wear this garment with pride; it is meant to be worn only by those who live by the ideal.

Lastly, the Handsome Exploration Tracksuit Bottoms are just as the hoodie designed to be a bit warmer, making it suitable to wear as the weather gets colder. Proudly made in Poland – as is all of our garments.

All garments are available at https://legiogloria.com/

Moreover, be sure to follow us on Instagram: @legiogloria
Also, if you are uploading any epic pictures, be sure to tag them with #legiogloria

Lastly, we have a lot of new releases incoming in a few weeks (including the long awaited Forbidden Garment) so stay tuned for that.

Jotunheim Nutrition and Legio Gloria – News and Updates

We are currently developing two new Whey-80 products, both sweetened with stevia instead of aspartame for those who do not like the latter. I will continue to use the products with aspartame however. The new flavours will be banana and strawberry. Magnesium is the next mineral in the pipeline for releases. You can follow us on Instagram for more news and updates: @jotunheimnutrition

The webstore is available here: https://jotunheimnutrition.com/

We have released two new garments for Legio Gloria. The Valknut Tanktop and the Lionheart Handsome Shorts. Both are proudly made in Poland. 

Moreover, we have restocked several other garments, such as the Pagan Nature and Gym Hoodie and the Lord Byron’s Cultured Thug.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram for more news and updates: @legiogloria

New Releases at Legio Gloria

I am very happy to present the new launch at Legio Gloria

The garments themselves are designed to fit an athletic physique, since this clothing brand is for men who place high emphasis on both the physical and mental journey upwards. The designs are high testosterone with messages against the current paradigm.

Your Ancestors Are Watching
A great reminder when looking to set the pace high (no matter your endeavour). If you know your Ancestors (or someone else you seek to make proud) are watching you; you will strive higher.
This mental technique is something that has gotten me through many a hard session both in the Temple of Iron and the Temple of Mars – it applies no matter what you do (also when it comes to resisting degeneracy).

Ride The Tiger
Traditionalist philosopher Julius Evola’s famous book restructured into an even more high Thumos concept. Still riding the tiger in the sense that you avoid being trampled underfoot by the tiger (i.e. succumbing to degeneracy etc.), but also (to a certain extent) controlling the tiger. Of course you cannot control modernity but a good example of this is how you approach the Immaterium, certain men fall for the temptation of pornography (being trampled underfoot), others manage to stay clear of it (riding the tiger in the classic sense). And a few manage to stay clear of the temptations and at the same time make full use of the treasures of the Immaterium (knowledge and communication among other things). Riding the tiger successfully means standing above the decadent aspects of the modern world yet at the same time plundering it of riches. I will elaborate on this in a coming video as I think it is a very valuable concept for us Men Among the Ruins.

Nordic Lifting Straps
These are similar to the current ones, the difference is that these are non-adjustable. Which to choose is up to personal preference. I prefer these ones.

Gym Stringer – Your Ancestors Are Watching
Same message as for the t-shirt but for a traditional gym stringer.

Valsgärde Tracksuit Bottoms
New tracksuit bottoms. The design is a bit different from the Handsome Winter ones. As the name suggest the former ones are a bit thicker and thus also warmer. The Valsgärde ones are a bit thinner and also a bit more fitted to get that classic aesthetics look. They also have pockets with zippers. Although they are quite tight in their fit they are also quite flexible, as demonstrated below.

Stay tuned for more releases in the coming time (various new garments are incoming). Follow us on Instagram @legiogloria and remember to tag with #legiogloria if you take any epic pictures.

Moreover, if you are in the Nordic countries, be sure to head over to Jotunheim Nutrition to get some high quality supplements.

 

Jotunheim Nutrition – The Launch

I am very pleased to announce the launch of Jotunheim Nutrition. This has been a long time coming and something I am genuinely excited about. First and foremost I recommend you to read the FAQ on the site to attain some Mimer-level knowledge gains: FAQ

The aesthetics of the brand will be inspired by mythology and folklore, something that has always been close to my heart. Moreover, the aim with the brand is to serve as a solid point of knowledge in a sea of questionable content. Simply put, there are plenty of brands run by people without adequate nutritional wisdom, or more importantly, who does not go along the path of honour. I know that my customers are my supporters, this is a huge motivating factor for putting out the best products (along with the fact that I will use them myself). Selling a product to someone who trusts you creates a high level of accountability. I revel in this high level of accountability as it pushes me further along the path of excellence (I strive for excellence in all of my endeavours).

Below I have listed the first products. These are essentially what I use (and since I want to use my own products I started with these). More products will appear gradually. Some of those include; Creatine Monohydrate, Vitamin D, Omega-3, Vegan Protein Powder (with Stevia) and Magnesium (in addition to new products we will also release new flavours and versions of the current products). In addition to adding products to the store we will also add countries to the list we sell to. We are currently selling to the following countries: Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, France and Ireland.
The United States, The United Kingdom, Canada and Norway are all high priority (many glorious lads in those countries) and in the pipeline for the coming month. The reason for this is due to issues regarding shipping and tolls (since the listed countries are not in the EU).

EAA is a mix between a supplement and food. I use it either as a drink prior to the session (or sipping it in the beginning of the session), or as a nice drink at other times, i.e. when writing or watching some YouTube etc. A good friend has written an article on EAAs, you can read it here for additional insights: Amino Acids
Furthermore, I am very happy with the taste of this product, it was good on the first try (i.e. the first test sample), better at the second try and great on the third and final try.

Zinc is a valuable mineral to ensure healthy testosterone levels, especially when training hard. This is a supplement in the true sense of the word. Moreover, if you are looking for a libido booster; this is it. There are several supplements being marketed as testosterone boosters, many of questionable nature. Zinc, however, is a true friend indeed.

Whey (and protein powder in general) is technically speaking not a supplement; but rather food. The optimal amount of protein required to build muscles may differ between individuals but a good aim is 1,6-1,8 grams of protein per kg of bodyweight.
I prefer drinking whey to bolster my protein intake (which usually lands at around 170 g on a regular day) rather than eating more meat. Whey and eggs has been the mainstay of my diet over these last years.
The Pear-Vanilla taste is legitimately a tasty product. The Chocolate Whey is also tasty.

The shaker is made in accord with what I wanted to use myself; an aesthetically pleasing design with material that is free from toxic plastic (only toxic masculinity here!), the shaker is made in gallant Hungary.

As mentioned above we will continue to release products and add countries to our list, so stay tuned for that. Be sure to follow us on Instagram: @jotunheimnutrition for more information and posts about nutrition and training. Also, be sure to follow Legio Gloria on Instagram for new releases (some severely epic ones coming next week): @legiogloria
And lastly, if you want to place an order for any products you can do so here: Jotunheim Nutrition Webshop

Thank you for reading, have an epic week.

The Golden One – VirtualShield

I have recently created an affiliate account at VirtualShield (as I believe in online privacy and security). If you want to sign up for a membership; use my affiliate link to support my work: VirtualShield.

Fangorn vs Isengard

Lord of the Rings has many great themes. One of my favourites is the battle between the environment and the industry (the Ents of Fangorn vs Isengard). Which is an excellent critique by Tolkien of the Industrial Revolution, and translated to our day: rampant Free Market Capitalism vs Mother Earth (so same battle for all three). As I have stated before I am all for Capitalism that is dictated by certain principles. Such as principles of sustainability. For example: fishing is acceptable. Completely depopulating the oceans of fish is not acceptable. Plenty more of examples can be found.
We don’t have all the answers right now but incorporating a sense of Nature in our metapolitical and cultural struggle is of paramount importance.

For more information check out this video I recently made.

Is Aspartame Dangerous?

As the launch of Jotunheim Nutrition draws nearer there are a few questions that bears elaborating on, one of them is in regard to aspartame. The short answer to the question in the title is: no, aspartame is not dangerous. Had I concluded that aspartame was dangerous I would not have consumed products containing it.
Below are a few scientific studies for those who would like to know more.

NO EVIDENCE OF HARM – ASPARTAME LINKS TO MEDICINE JOURNALS AND STUDIES DEBUNKING MYTHS

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/aspartame.html – ‘’ Most studies in people have not found that aspartame use is linked to an increased risk of cancer.

One early study suggested that an increased rate of brain tumors in the US during the 1980s might have been related to aspartame use. However, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the increase in brain tumor rates actually began back in the early 1970s, well before aspartame was in use. And most of the increase was seen in people age 70 and older, a group that was not exposed to the highest doses of aspartame, which might also make this link less likely. Other studies have not found an increase in brain tumors related to aspartame use. ’’

 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the use of aspartame and other artificial sweeteners in the United States. In 2007, the FDA stated:

 

Considering results from the large number of studies on aspartame’s safety, including five previously conducted negative chronic carcinogenicity studies, a recently reported large epidemiology study with negative associations between the use of aspartame and the occurrence of tumors, and negative findings from a series of three transgenic mouse assays, FDA finds no reason to alter its previous conclusion that aspartame is safe as a general purpose sweetener in food.

 

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) assesses the safety of sweeteners such as aspartame in the European Union. According to a 2009 report from its Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food:

 

Overall, the Panel concluded, on the basis of all the evidence currently available… that there is no indication of any genotoxic or carcinogenic potential of aspartame and that there is no reason to revise the previously established ADI for aspartame of 40 mg/kg [body weight].

 

http://pubs.acs.org/cen/whatstuff/stuff/8225sweeteners.html

 

‘’According to Walters, the body has mechanisms for filtering out small amounts of methanol. About 24 g of methanol is considered a lethal dose, but aspartame, which is 180 times sweeter than sugar, is used only in milligram amounts. What’s more, Stadler notes, methanol already occurs in many foods at higher levels than those delivered by products containing aspartame.

However, Walters says, people with the rare genetic disorder phenylketonuria (PKU) lack an enzyme for properly metabolizing phenylalanine, so they need to regulate their aspartame intake. In the U.S., all products containing aspartame must, by law, carry a warning for PKU patients.’’

 

https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/htdocs/gmm_rpts/gmm1.pdf

 

‘’Although the National Toxicology Program (NTP) has not conducted standard 2-year rodent bioassays with aspartame, a number of chronic rodent cancer studies have been performed and are outlined in the Introduction to this report. These studies have been interpreted as showing no consistent carcinogenic response that would raise concerns about the safety of this widely consumed artificial sweetener. ‘’

 

‘’aspartame was well-tolerated by experimental animals given doses of up to 6 to 8 g aspartame/kg body weight per day (Molinary, 1984). In the current studies, the highest dietary concentration of 50,000 ppm was estimated to provide doses of between 6 and 10 g aspartame/kg body weight per day throughout the studies with all three mouse models. There were no specific clinical signs or consistent effects on body weight gains or survival in any of the studies.’’

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2892765/

 

‘’A double blind study subjected 55 overweight youth to 13 weeks of a 1,000 Kcal diet accompanied by daily capsules of aspartame or lactose placebo. Both groups lost weight, and the difference was not significant. Weight loss was attributed to caloric restriction. Similar results were reported for a 12-week, 1,500 Kcal program using either regular or diet soda.’’

 

‘’Interestingly, when sugar was covertly switched to aspartame in a metabolic ward, a 25 percent immediate reduction in energy intake was achieved. Conversely, knowingly ingesting aspartame was associated with increased overall energy intake, suggesting overcompensation for the expected caloric reduction. Vigilant monitoring, caloric restriction, and exercise were likely involved in the weight loss seen in multidisciplinary programs that included artificial sweeteners.’’

 

https://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/edible-innovations/question5361.htm

 

‘’Does aspartame produce enough methanol to harm people? The short answer is, “there is a lot of controversy around this question,” as you will see in several of the links below. Most people regularly consume up to 10 mg of methanol per day as part of their normal diet. One 12-ounce can of aspartame-sweetened soda contains about 200 milligrams of aspartame [reference]. You’d add a tenth of this amount to your diet as methanol following digestion (20 mg).’’

 

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0116212

 

‘’Using a comprehensive battery of psychological tests, biochemistry and state of the art metabonomics there was no evidence of any acute adverse responses to aspartame. This independent study gives reassurance to both regulatory bodies and the public that acute ingestion of aspartame does not have any detectable psychological or metabolic effects in humans.’’

 

https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/14-appendix-E2/e2-41.asp

 

  • Some concern requiring further investigation exist for some cancers, especially hematopeitic ones, but the data do not clearly identify a relationship.
  • Overall exposures up to 40 mg/kg/day do not pose safety concerns based on modeling of evidence-based safe blood levels in a dose-response model.
  • Overall, intakes of aspartame are not associated with an increased risk of adverse outcomes in populations who do not have PKU.

 

https://www.andeal.org/topic.cfm?cat=4089

 

‘’The problem with many of the “aspartame toxin” stories is that they contain just enough science to make them sound plausible. Unless one understands the science, it is hard to figure out what is right. The short reply to this allegation is that it doesn’t make any difference if there is ethanol in fruits and vegetables or in aspartame-sweetened products, because none provide enough methanol to cause toxicity.’’

 

‘’Therefore, the argument that the ethanol protects against methanol poisoning is correct. However, this fact applies only in cases of actual methanol poisoning and has absolutely nothing to do with dietary sources of methanol. In the case of consuming aspartame (as with fruit and vegetable drinks or other sources of methanol), the levels are so low that it makes absolutely no difference whether ethanol is present or not.’’

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2802896

 

‘’These results further document the safety of the long-term consumption of aspartame at doses equivalent to the amount of aspartame in approximately 10 L of beverage per day.’’

 

https://www.cell.com/trends/endocrinology-metabolism/fulltext/S1043-2760(13)00087-8

 

‘’However, accumulating evidence suggests that frequent consumers of these sugar substitutes may also be at increased risk of excessive weight gain, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. This paper discusses these findings and considers the hypothesis that consuming sweet-tasting but noncaloric or reduced-calorie food and beverages interferes with learned responses that normally contribute to glucose and energy homeostasis. Because of this interference, frequent consumption of high-intensity sweeteners may have the counterintuitive effect of inducing metabolic derangements.’’

New Releases at Legio Gloria

It is our great pleasure to announce a few additions to the Hanseatic Clothing Store. First and foremost we have the Pagan Nature and Gym Hoodie, which is made out of a thinner material and is thus suitable for endeavours during the Spring, Summer and early Autumn. It is also made with a bit of stretch in it to ensure a good and comfortable fit. Regarding the name it is a description of its purpose, the hoodie is suited for both being out in nature and being in the gym. The Raven is a beautiful Pagan symbol for those who which to represent the Old Gods.
Except for the Zealot’s Delight this is my personal favourite from our line. Proudly made in Poland.

Next up we have a pair of high quality lifting straps. Very proud to be able to list these as made in Sweden.
The colours are a light blue-grey with a thin print of black.
The print might fade as the time goes on, as a testament to your hard work in the gym. The leather itself though, should be as durable as Gleipnir, which is the binding that holds the mighty wolf Fenrir.
Recommended use: All heavy pulling movements, such as deadlifts, weighted chins, and shrugs. On the lighter pulling movements it is recommended to go without straps as to train your grip strength as well.

Moreover, we have Lord Byron’s Cultured Thug, which uses the same material as the Pagan Nature and Gym Hoodie, and is thus suited to similar endeavours, although with a bit different aesthetics. The name is taken from the following quote:

“Truthfully, in this age those with intellect have no courage and those with some modicum of physical courage have no intellect. If things are to alter during the next fifty years then we must re-embrace Byron’s ideal: the cultured thug.”

-Jonathan Bowden

The design represents this aspect with two details; the Fleur-de-Lis stands for the cultured aspect (i.e. the strive for intellectual prowess) and the brass knuckle zipper stands for the thug aspect (i.e. the strive for martial prowess). It is a similar metaphor to that of the sword and the book; the combination of physical and intellectual capacity.

Lastly, we have the Handsome Shorts Mark II. These are aesthetically speaking essentially the same as the previous edition. The difference is in the material; whereas the first edition of the Handsome Shorts were made out of 100% cotton, the Handsome Shorts Mark II are made with 92% cotton and 8% elastan. The reason for the change is beautiful in its simplicity; elastan gives you a bit more flexibility and comfort when engaging in athletic endeavours. We took a good product and made it a bit better (better as in more suited to the purpose).

All items are available at legiogloria.com

Note, due to the extremely aesthetic nature of the garments some of them are already out of stock.