Over the years that I have spent since my life changing event of blowing out my knee, and realizing what it means to truly be hurt and know your weaknesses. This event in my life taught me how much of a challenge it is to get back on your feet after life has knocked you down and knocked you out. The big question is, "Do you want it bad enough?" As Rocky said, "...But it aint about how hard you're hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much can you take and keep moving forward?
The determination on this client of mine is like nothing ive ever seen! She came to me wanting to lose weight and tone up... I had no idea how much she would actually put into it but I was ready to run if she was.Day one came and it wasnt looking good... barely a 20 second plank (on the forearms) and 20 squats and she had taken a seat.3 months later..She has bought 3 new pairs each one 2 sizes smaller than the last.She flips 500lb tires.She can do L sits on the parallel bars and is well on her way to doing pullups.
I feel that for any person in an educational or coaching type of work should practice what they preach. I'm sure that we've all heard someone who had been a mentor to us (in the fitness profession) or have read this in a book. How many of you actually do it though? What I mean by that is if you're coaching a marathon runner, how many of you fitness professionals have actually been through a training program specific to a running race? What about training a powerlifter?
Last night as I watched our Olympians race my thoughts went behind the scenes. Their drive, what they give up - but most importantly what makes them different from the rest of us. I believe it takes heart and an amazing amount of support. The majority of our Olympic athletes are the youth of today. Not seasoned college athletes who turned pro. Some of their stories are really amazing. One athlete races for himself and his handicapped brother. Our female snowboarder is deathly afraid of heights.
Plug these tips/tricks in next time your training.
1.Pair lower body exercises with an upper body exercises, resting as little as possible. You’ll get more done in less time and burn more calories.
2.Always do exercises that work multiple muscles. E.g., squats, push-ups and lunges. No bicep curls allowed. Again you’ll burn more calories and build more lean muscle.
3.Use the same piece of equipment when you pair exercises. You’ll cut down on rest time and again you’ll burn more calories.
The Balance guy setting you straight.
Hey, guys I've made a few. Well ok, more than a few. But who's counting? You will learn from most of my mistakes if you do this.......
1. Don't go to heavy and sacrifice good form. We are doing this for life, not just for today.
2. Don't go to light. If your not challenged, your body not challenged and progress will stall. Use a weight you can lift between 6-12 reps.
3. Light weights and high repetitions will not give you the "tone" your looking for. Always use weights that you can lift between 6- 12 times.
Got it? Good.
We all want to feel the burn when working out, but what about the shakes? I'm not talking about feeling dizzy from not eating enough or from coming up too fast after doing a forward bend. When your body is working really hard, either holding a challenging position or toward the end of a set, your muscles start to unintentionally quiver.
I just completed 13 months of 5/3/1 training and have increased my basic lifts by about 50lbs each (deadlifting 435 lbs, squating 300 lbs, benching 255lbs and overhead press of 175 lbs).Lessons learned: