3 Simple Steps to Having your Fittest Fall Ever!!!

 

The time has come to grab hold of our destiny and take charge and responsibility of our own lives.  Let’s empower ourselves and have our healthiest and most awesome Fall ever!!

Step 1:  Attitude

If you haven’t already bought into the idea  that your attitude toward life is going to ultimately determine nearly everything that happens in one way or another to you on a daily basis then we need to get you there and fast.    Thomas Jefferson put it pretty succinctly

“Nothing can stop someone with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help someone with the wrong mental attitude.”

 

Have an appreciation and respect for what you want and how much your attitude toward everyday can literally make or break your dreams.

Now we Have to  Dig a bit further and have to focus on the attitude we carry throughout the day.  We have to learn to only worry about the things we have power over, and let the things that we can not control go in one in and out the other.  I know it’s difficult but we are trying to kill it in this life and the next we don’t have time to worry bout things we are bombarded with on a daily basis from the media and the break room.  We are setting ourselves up for our fittest fall ever!!!  We are going to crush our work, and then we are going to crush our workouts, and then we are going to crush family time, or time with our friends.

Action Steps for #1

1.Create a list of things you are grateful for, and read it twice Daily

2.Create a List based on your worries that you have no control over…and practice actively forgetting about them.

3.   Last action step.  Choose to be happy!!!

Step #2  Proper Nutrition

Books have indeed been written and are being written on this subject, but for the sake of time let’s go with this.  Eat real food that you have to prepare for yourself.  It is a good check that if the majority of the food you are eating lasts longer than a week, you need to revamp your diet.

That is about as simple as it gets..and I agree with it wholeheartedly.

Action Steps for Step 2

1. Clear out your cabinets of anything that doesn’t make the cut based on the lists above

2. Write down everything you eat, for at least 2 weeks, if not 2 months

3. Ask for help

 

Step 3   Proper Movement Plan

This can be a new exercise plan, a better one, a new place to workout, a better place to workout, an at home workout program you are doing.  The important thing here is to have a plan. Plan to succeed this fall.  Plan not to get into a rut. Plan to be amazing.

Aciton Steps for Step 3

  1. Develop your exercise plan
  2. Tell someone you love who loves you enough to help you be accountable
  3. Ask a professional for help if you are not sure how to go about it

 

 

Hope.

Isn’t it incredible to be alive?

Take a walk.  Unplug.  Breathe in fresh air.  Walk through a creek.  Hug someone you love.  Hug someone you don’t love.  Call someone you have been meaning to for a while.   Show your children you love them.   Be grateful for such things.  Be happy.  Choose to be happy.  It’s more fun than choosing to be frustrated.  You work all the time, you don’t feel good, you hate your job, you fight with your spouse, your kids can’t stand you, you look like shit, you feel like shit, you aren’t good in front of people,  you hate your boss, your boss hates you.  What are these things.  What are these thoughts that you give power to on a daily basis.  Why do you let them control you.  Your mind is a computer and either you, or your environment is the programmer.  Absent of you choosing to your mind will let whatever stimulus it comes up against program it.  How scary is that?   Just watch the news, or listen to your “friends” complain…and bam….down that endless road called negativity.  But should you choose to be brave and become the master of your own destiny.  Well then….the world is at your freaking fingertips.   Believe in you.  It’s hard, it’s uncomfortable, but guess what we weren’t put here to be comfortable.  We were put here to grow, to challenge ourselves, that’s how we are made up.  We are literally movers and shakers, to deny that is to deny the very make up of our body and souls.  Give me the crabbiest nastiest human being in the world,…i put them in my class and take them through a Robstacle course and you will see them smile.  Why is that…because your body and mind crave challenge, and they crave movement….  Isn’t it incredible to be alive and be human.  We are the most complex movers and thinkers on earth  (we think)  Why deny it…you can’t ….just let go and get on with life.  I am so grateful for the position I find myself in everyday.   Is it easy….  Heavens no.  It’s not even close to easy.     “Don’t pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a hard one”

I have the strength, and I have the muster, and I have the ability to think better, be better ,move better, and I practice it every single day.  And I am thankful every single day that I have been blessed with my parents, my wife and children, my mind, my body and my community…..and I will do my best to elevate those around me for the rest of my life…..

 

IS NOT  THIS LIFE WE LEAD TRULY INCREDIBLE!!!!

 

Go out and Be Amazing….stop being scared of yourselves…..

3/19/2015

WOD

18 min of Movement
32 Feet- Foot hand Crawl on 2×4
16 Feet Farmer’s Carry on 2×4
and 10 Reverses with KB racked on 2×4

(5 reverses per side)

Continue through these three exercises until 18 minutes has passed

you can click the youtube link below to see an example of the movements….have fun if you try this one.  Slow purposeful and as always mind your movements!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM37K6DHtME&feature=youtu.be

WOD/ 3/9 and 3/10/2015

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2/9/2015

Warm up

Roll-10min/ Neck Rotations 2 min/ shoulder rotations- 2 min/ Lumbar Looseners- 2 min/  Walking Samson Stretches-2min/ Skinny PVC-3 min

Deadlift Movement Prep-  8-10 min

-PVC Deads

-Kettlebell Deads

-Hip Mobility

 

 

Deadlift

5.5.5.5.5

Well done on Monday.

 

2/10/2015

“When Chuck Norris Swings a Sword the Air Bleeds”

 

Warm UP-

Roll-10min/ PVC-3min/ UP dog, down dog, child’s pose (lat Stretch) 6-8min

2×4 Movement-  Reverses, Tripod Extensions

 

WOD

5 Rounds For Time

24ft- Foot Hand Crawls on 2×4

72ft- Farmer’s Carry

:45 seconds Lalanne Plank

50- Mountain Climbers

 

 

Fun Last Two Days.

Keep in Mind   This weekend!!!!! look to the calendar….for the events!!!!   Saturday Bring  Friend Day, and on Sunday Recovery Seminar with Chris Nentarz!!!!

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6 steps to changing your paradigm on Fitness and Nutrition

Step 1- Train Movement Patterns instead of Muscle Groups

I cannot overstate the importance of this paradigm shift.  It’s not about your hamstrings, glutes, and quads getting a good burn,  it’s bout being able to squat properly. If you find yourself asking what muscle is this exercise supposed to be working change your questions!!!  Ask if you are moving correctly….that’s the golden ticket.   If you want to feel good on a day to day basis then you must train your body to move well.  The better you move the better you will feel.  If you are 65 years old and you have trouble sitting down on the ground and standing up without using something to brace yourself with then you have no business going to the gym and hopping on a treadmill for 20-45 minutes, sweating your butt off while watching TV and calling that a job well done.  You did nothing whatsoever except cause your heart to beat faster, and improve some of your  “cardio.”  And when you get home that night you will still have trouble getting down to the ground and back up again.  If you are indeed that person it would serve  you much better to practice getting up, and getting down, over the course of 10-15 minutes, along with some basic crawling and mobility drills to help you regain some reflexive strength and flexibility.

 

Sample AT Home Primal Movement WOD

Crawl Slowly for 60 seconds  (on your knees or feet) -Knees under hips, shins stay parallel to the ground (this will keep your but low, and back flat) move your opposite limbs just like when you walk.

Sit down on the ground, and stand up 15 times (try to not brace your hands on your thighs)

Hold the hardest plank you can for 30-60 seconds

Repeat the above Circuit for 3-5 times, rest as necessary, proper movement is more important than speed

for more ideas  youtube movnat combos  …  tons of great stuff on there

 

Step 2- Don’t Eat Dumb Sh@#

I’m not sure I need to go any further with this.  ?  What’s that?   You don’t know what you should be eating?  Ok let’s try this.  Write down everything you can remember over the last week that you have eaten that did not help you lose any weight, or feel better (long term) or get healthier.  Take some time and make that list.  Now walk through your kitchen and do the same.  Everything you see that is not “good” for you write it down.    Now take a look at that list.    Are you ready?   Don’t eat that stuff.  Simple right?  Just remember this.  Your food supply should turn almost completely over every week, food should be perishable…cardboard is not.  

 

Step 3-  Write down Everything you eat, Everytime you Move, and how you feel at night

You may start by not even changing a darn thing, but just recording everything you do.   Writing down your meals and your exercises will page huge dividends and ultimately reveal to you what you are doing  or not doing to be successful.  By a notebook and just start.  Just start putting it down on paper.  You will be amazed at the results and positive changes that come from this step alone.

 

Step 4- Train with as many positive individuals as possible

Group training has  become all the rage.  And for a great reason.  IT WORKS   There is no working out by yourself that can compete with sweating, yelling, moving your best and your hardest, absolutely dying through a WOD, and then looking to your left and right  and seeing 5-15 of your closest buddies doing the same thing.  It lights a fire in you like nothing you have ever felt.  The energy is palpable when you walk into a class environment and it is contagious.  It spreads like a wild fire and does not extinguish until the last athlete yells time.  If you have not experienced it you are missing out and you certainly due.

 

Step 5- Never Weigh Yourself again

Simple.  Stop doing it.  There is no valid reason  (unless you are a fighter or wrestler or some other competitor that needs to know how much gravity they displace) ….let me repeat..there is no valid reason for you to know how much you weigh, or/and especially for you to worry about it.

 

and last but not least

 

Step 6-  Believe in the process, and believe in yourself!!!

You deserve to feel great.  You deserve to look great.  Now, if you take the steps above…if you commit to being better…..if you decide now that this is the worst shape in your life that you ever are going to be….then I have to be honest to you…the sky’s the limit.  Take that step, take the plunge, drink the kool aid and become apart of the revolution.  Take your Body Back!!!!

 

hope you had a good read.  if you are local  (i e) Buffalo area, I will be speaking at St. Greg’s on Thursday night @7pm.  Feel free to stop in and listen, it will only cost you an hour of time, and as always you are more than welcome to attend the intro class at 10am on every Saturday.

Best of Health

WOD 3/8/2015

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“Chuck Norris and Superman once had an arm wrestling match, the loser had to wear his underwear on the outside”

 

Warm up

10 Min Roll/ Child’s Pose, updog, down dog- 3 min

Walking Samson-2min/ Skinny PVC-3min/ neck Rotations and Shoulder Rotations- 3 min

Wrist Prep-2min

 

30 Jacks/ 10 Toe touches- 4x

Skill Work-  Full Squat Clean, PVC Pipe then SUper light Weight-  Just technique WOrk- 6-9min

 

WOD

6 Rounds   (will be timed, but the goal isn’t to go as fast as possible,   quality movement over time)

36ft- Inverted Crawl

45sec- Plank, alternating slow leg lifts

36 ft- inverted Crawl

10- Single leg Deadlift Toe Touches (5 per side, hinge and balance)

3o sec- Lalanne Planks  ( hold the plank, with arms as far in front of your head as possible,  Zero Extension..)

 

Good Luck and Happy SUnday!!!

WOD 3.4.2015

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Warm Up-  10min Rolling/ Bird Dog 3 min (extension/ flexion/  and when the leg is out..work on contracting that glute)

3 min – Up Dog/ Down Dog/ Child’s pose

3 min- Skinny PVC Drill

Double Under Progressions- 6 min

Broad Jump Skills and Drills- 6 min

– whole body/ Extension/ Soft landing/ hip and leg preps

 

WOD

5 Rounds For Time

36 Ft- Foot Hand Crawls

15- Med Ball Crunches (slow 3 sec Contractions)

5- Broad Jumps

 

-if this WOD takes you less than 7 minutes you probably are crunching to fast, and jumping to quickly in succession

-take time on the Broad Jumps, and work on good form, and near maximal distance.

-crawl as fast as form will allow you

-be happy from the neck up

 

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How a Simple Movement Tracker Could Save your Mobility

 

Let’s see.  I was thinking lately….I know…  That is a terribly dangerous habit, and since I am always trying to think of better ways to serve my athletes, and better ways to get them to achieve the goals that their hearts desire, I realized that something was missing from their lives.  And the implementation and use of such thing would be so simple yet could lead to huge, enormous results…..  So in a recent Seminar I gave I decided to change the way I present fitness.

 

I have noticed in the past, one of the best adhered to diet plans, when offering suggestions to beginners, I have told them to simply record everything they eat in a simple notebook.  AT first I don’t even really offer up much advice about what they should be eating, I just tell them to write everything down.  Anything that goes in their mouths.  And then the magic happens, they start to police themselves through every consecutive day.  It’s simple and brilliant.  So I thought let’s try the same thing with movement…

 

That is where the movement tracker below comes in super handy.

It is divided up into 5 different types of Movement:

1.Training- A Training session should have a beginning, end,  be measurable, intense, or feel like you are working purposefully.    A Crossfit Class, 3 mile Run,  Power Yoga class would be examples of training.

2.Play- fun, long slow movement, pleasure based movement.  Hiking, jogging, playing on a play ground with your children…etc

  1. Practice- things done to make us better at Training.  So for instance if you stayed after a Crossfit Class and Spent 5-7 minutes working on your Pull up, or your Clean and Jerk, these would be examples of Practice.
  2. Greasing the Groove- This is a great link to an article about Pavel Tsatsouline who created the term. You can use this method to improve daily on exercises    http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/greasing-the-groove-how-to-make-it-work-for-youRecovery
  3. Recovery- Actions taken with the expressed intention of recovering from movement

Your goal over the course of the 2 weeks that are listed in the table would be to put as many X’s in the boxes as possible.  Shoot for 10-12 for each block.  If you maintain consistency with your movement, and find time to fill those boxes up I can assure you than in a month or two of trying this you will experience wonderful improvement in your movements. …just by learning to hold yourself accountable.

 

Thanks for reading everyone.

 

Simple little movement exercise:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90PkBHqPrw8

 

What is measured is focused on, what is focused on is improved…

 

Click on the Task PDF below for a Copy of The Tracker!!   And Good Luck everyone!!!

Task  PDF

5 Aspects of Life One Must Conquer to Achieve Fitness Enlightenment

5 Aspects of Life One Must Conquer to Achieve Fitness Enlightenment


 

We live in a world full of wonderful technology.  I can pick up a phone not much bigger than my business card and be instantly connected with my pen-pal in china, and not see him while we talk, but see him talking back to me.  Long gone are the days of  truly “waiting” for anything.  We live in a society where convenience seems to be the number one focus in our lives.  Everyone everywhere seem to be searching for the easiest, path of least resistance way, to do absolutely everything.  We all want it faster, better, cheaper, and above all else we want it to work.  I think that there is where the problem may first start to rear it’s ugly head.  What else in our wonderful natural world works like that?  We certainly don’t expect to plant a tree and have it fully grown in a day?   As a matter of fact nothing in the natural world works that way.   Everything takes it’s own turn as part of a natural process.  Bugs get it, animals get it, the oceans, clouds, moon and sun all get it…..us humans on the other hand…we are special.  We have been bred by society, religion, media, and even our government to believe that we are special and the rules of the natural world don’t apply to us. We tend to circumvent natural laws as often as possible.  But the fact is, although we may not want to live by them, they very much govern everything we do.  We are not above “natural law.”  For instance, in any population if you introduce an endless supply of food, the population will grow exponentially.  And we think this is a good thing…..look at our ever-expanding waistline  The good news is there is hope out there.  In this post I will outline a very basic approach to 5 aspects of your life that I believe you need to conquer if you hope to achieve fitness enlightenment. (or at the very least reach you fitness goals)

ASPECT # 1   ATTITUDE:   It’s hard to type briefly on this one (or any of the others for that matter) subject, but I will do my best. But first perhaps I’ll let some that have a bit more life experience under their bit do some talking for me:

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
Winston Churchill

It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.
Dalai Lama

Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results.
William James

….so after reading such quotes you may naturally ask:  OK, what now?  Well you asked for it.  You have to become aware of your attitude toward you.  Sounds a bit redundant right?  But it’s not.  You, right now, are exactly where you are supposed to be.  You are a direct result of all the beliefs, choices, and events that have led you here.  You can change that.  What you can do is choose to change the direction you are heading.  Look inside yourself.  Listen to the way you talk to yourself about how you look, how you feel, how you eat, how you dream, how you act.  You have to find and identify an negative self talk…any thoughts that allow you to …eat that cheeseburger, or skip that workout, or put off joining that gym this week.  Simply…you attitude toward exercising and eating has put you exactly where you are today.  If you want to be in better shape, the first thing you need to do is decide to be in better shape.

ASPECT #2  ENVIRONMENT:  This refers to everything around you.  Friends, Family, living conditions, work, television, the country, our media…..all of it….if you open your eyes right now and look,,,,,what you see is your environment…..and unfortunately……it’s not pretty.   If you are a fit person in the United States of America you are on the extreme end of the spectrum.   As a matter of fact, we are pushing to the %70 mark in the US.   Seventy Percent of us are either overweight or obese….and for our children the percentage has tripled in the past 15 years.   That means if you open your eyes and ears to what society is screaming at you……if you listen to what the majority of commercials tell you, or what your friends at work say…you will stay the exact same way that you are.  The only way you are going to change is if you turn your boat around and start pedaling against the flow.

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
Mark Twain

I may take Mr. Twain’s quote and go a bit further…in terms of fitness and nutrition…..instead of pausing and reflecting…I recommend you  run like hell in the other direction….The bottom line is you, as a human being, are going to act, think, reflect, the values of the environment that you are in.  So…to change your life, change your environment.   More on that in the week, book, years to come.   Perhaps the biggest point to walk away from today, in regards to environment, is do not underestimate how important it is to be aware of how it can either enhance, or can crush your attempts to get/ stay in shape.

ASPECT # 3 TIME MANAGEMENT:   I’ll begin by saying this.  I am a father of two, a husband of one, have a full time job, run a business, and teach group exercises classes at a local gym.   Impossible to just accidentally accomplish everything that I have to accomplish everyday.  If I can find the time to train for a marathon…you can find 3o mins a day to get you to your fitness goal.   The bottom line is that you have to plan for it though.  Trust me on this.  No one has ever accidentally got in shape.  ”My goodness….I woke up the other day and out of nowhere, I had a six pack of abs and I could run a mile in under five minutes”   Trust me  this doesn’t happen.   What has to happen if you expect to get in shape is you have to make time for it in your schedule….and it has to take priority.  The said truth is most americans take better care of their cars than they do their bodies……here is a time management page stolen directly from a Sales Mentor of mine Chet Holmes:

Commit to these six steps
Six proactive steps to time management can transform your day. They take five minutes to do and can double the amount of results you get daily. The problem is not whether or not these steps will work, because they will absolutely work. The problem is whether or not you will fully commit to doing them, repeatedly.
The key to time management is commitment to the following six steps:
Step One: Touch it once
How often do you pick up something on your desk and say, “I have to take care of this, but I can’t deal with it right now”? If you do that a few times per day with a few different documents/projects/tasks, by the end of the year, you will have spent an entire month touching and rereading information without taking action. So, if you touch it, move it to the next step.
If you want to see how often you waste time, each time you pick up something, put a red dot on it. After you have three red dots on a piece of paper, you begin to feel pressure to do something and move on. If you touch it, take care of it.
Step Two: Make lists, but stick to the six most important things
When we conduct this time management seminar, we ask how many people in the audience make lists. Practically everyone does. People often have lists with 25 to as many as 40 items on them. They are proud that their lists are so long and that they are so busy.
Further investigation quickly shows them that long lists are the perfect way to be busy, but not productive. When you have a long list, your energy is focused more on trimming the list than it is on being productive. Each day, pick the six items that will produce the highest level of results, put them on your list, and finish all six things by day’s end.
Step Three: Plan how long you will spend on each item
You’ve started your day by making a list of the six most important things. That took two or three minutes. Now take another minute to plan how long each item will take or how long you will dedicate to the items that are ongoing.
When we conduct this workshop, the people with long lists usually find that they can have an incredibly productive day with only six hours spent on their six key items. Most people who use these steps find they get more important work done in less time because their time is focused on the most productive tasks.
Step Four: Plan when
Now that you know how much time to dedicate to each task, you need to plan when you will do them. In addition, you must build in time for the reactive mode.
For example, if you are a sales manager interrupted by frequent “got a minute” meetings, plan a fixed time when you will accept those types of meetings. Otherwise, unless it is an emergency, do not allow people to come to your desk and ask if you’ve got a minute!
Think of any top executive you know. Can you simply call them up, or do you have to schedule time with them? Many top executives plan their day down to the minute. Everything is done according to a schedule, including time for “got a minute” meetings. Scheduling time is the key to time management.
Step Five: Ask the results
Few people are highly productive. People like to have items on a list, so they can cross off the items. But that’s not enough. The things that produce the best results are generally the most difficult. Thus, they get left off of the list or are scheduled at the end of the day, causing them to get bumped to the next day…and the next…and the next.
Schedule important tasks in the beginning of your day. Cold calling or trying to get appointments with key prospects or clients are the things that produce the best results. However, they often get pushed off by average salespeople. After you make your list, ask yourself if the items on it are the ones that will produce the most results.
Step Six: Will it hurt me to throw this away?
Of all filed information, 80% is never referred to again. After hearing this time management idea, I began to throw away four out of five of the items I used to keep. It’s been 10 years, and I cannot think of a single time where it has hurt me
  Using those steps should help with not only work, but also may get us in the proper mindset of planning out our lives, not to mention our workouts.
ASPECT #4  NUTRITION:    I’m going to make this one simple.Eat none of the following: 

  • Grains–including bread, pasta, noodles
  • Beans–including string beans, kidney beans, lentils, peanuts, peas
  • Potatoes
  • Dairy products
  • Sugar
From here on…now you are wondering what you can eat right??????
  • Meat, chicken, and fish
  • Eggs
  • Fruit–especially berries
  • Vegetables–especially root vegetables, but not potatoes or sweet potatoes
  • Nuts–almonds, macadamias, walnuts, brazil nuts. Do not eat peanuts.
There…if you are wondering why…the why is for another time…for now…there it is….simple and to the point…take it or leave it..
ASPECT #5  MOVEMENT:  It’s listed last, because in my experience, it is the least important.  If the other four are aligned correctly  then number five simply falls naturally into place.  If you have the right attitude, are surrounded by the right environment, have planned out and organized your life, and are eating the way you were designed to, you workouts not only will work, but they will be part of your life, which is the point.  We, as a species, are meant to move.  We are mobile beings.  We are not supposed to spend 8-10 hours of our day sitting on our asses…..I think that there is a very primal reason that no matter how hard you workout, afterwards there is a very good feeling.  So I care not what you do to workout.  Sure I would like you to do some sort of functional, crossfit like workout that would incorporate basic movements, and would ultimately lead you to feeling better, looking better, and moving better.  Truth be told though, let’s at first work on consistency.  Step 1, in Movement is to   MOVE!!!!!  Spend 30-45 minutes everyday doing something that makes you sweat,,,,from there we will talk again……
  In summary….if you can master those 5 simple concepts I firmly believe you will be successful, not only in your fitness endeavors but in life as well.
thanks for your time Buffalo..