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Ronny Chieng at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2013

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Richard On, Guitarist for OAR

Richard On is interviewed by the local DC NBC news affiliate for Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Richard is also my younger cousin on my mom's side. I've said this before but I'd like to see more Asian American males in rock and Richard is living out my rock dreams. Alas, to be up on stage wasn't my destiny.

Power training for the Asian athlete

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Most of the time, people ask me what they should be doing to get big or get strong. Every once in a blue moon, however, I get the question, "How do you train, James?"

Through a lot of trial and error, I noticed I respond best to a certain range of reps and certain number of sets. Not all the time, but about 80% of the time, I get big and strong on 4-6 sets per exercise (totaling 8-10 sets per bodypart), 4-6 reps per set.

I also noticed that I respond to explosive movements: hang cleans, kettlebell swings, etc. I'm just geared to be fast and moving. My body just hates moving slow or being still. If I eat all the time, then my body swells up like a monster on the above parameters. If I just eat like a regular joe, then I just stay trim and lean.

Why am I like this? Well some people have a lot of fast-twitch muscle fiber, and I happen to be one of them. It means I like heavy weight and speed, so 4-6 reps is the sweet spot for me. 4-6 sets per exercise, totaling at 8-10 s…