Category: Sanity Athletes


Raising the Bar

 

Extraordinary directions

Extraordinary directions

A few months ago, I was one of the lucky 100 plus participants who attended a 3 day summit that basically celebrated two very specific things.  One was to thank me for doing exactly what I am doing, and the second was giving me a few more pointers on how to continue to do what I am doing.

What am I doing you ask?  I create extraordinary experiences to help you move forward into excellence.  What is excellence?  Excellence is doing all that you commit yourself to, to be done at the highest level of focus and meaningful direction.  Simply said, it is a trained instinct of significant progress.  You interested?

I have learned over the years that nothing can be forced.  In fact, the more you push at it, ironically it pushes you right back to where you started.  Yes, equal and opposite reaction, or in this case, the opposite direction.  In order for us to gain forward motion and progress, focus and a meaningful direction are both required.  Then, a lot of hard work done intelligently, so that any force being transfered is exactly into the direction of what is necessary to further your quest.  This is why it is so important to know what you want.

Why Raising the Bar?  I have helped to lead  so many people toward extraordinary changes in their daily lives and I have done this by learning early on that most were not recognizing their daily actions of insanity.  Yes, they were all working hard, however, they didn’t recognize that their work had become non-progressive.   I would like to introduce a new direction, and this direction leads us away from mediocrity, and toward extraordinary.

I can tell you now that extraordinary does exist, and if you are willing, you will find it.  You can begin now with three very simple steps.

1.  Wipe your slates clean, mediocrity was yesterday.

2.  Write down exactly what you want

3.  Next to it, draw an arrow going up, because this my friend is our direction toward extraordinary.

A voice of direction and creativity,

Coach Sanity

Make it simple, keep it significant, Sanity Fitness.

Make it simple, keep it significant, Sanity Fitness.

As a fitness leader, I have strived to empower others with education, using simplification as my primary tool.  What I mean is, I choose to not put more information in your head before helping you to decipher the golden nuggets you already possess first.  Also, I intentionally work to not live a day of insanity by playing out the same actions over and over, hoping to expect a different end.  Yes, I do things a little bit differently.

I can confidently say I have read, at minimum, a trainer’s dozen (somewhere around 8 – 20 ;) ) of blog posts, articles, and training logs written by authors who have shared with us an explanation of the differences between training & working out.  I think it’s pretty safe to assume that since there has been a fair amount of words written about this topic, then there must be something pretty important about it for us to better understand.  Now let’s decipher this a bit together.

“Working out” – a general term used to help piece together exercise routines that use an array of fitness modalities (tools) that you may find in your local fitness centers, hotel gyms, and/or tucked in the corners of your family garage.

‘The goods’ – in here would be the chosen activities executed using these fitness tools to get you perspiring, burning calories, muscles pumping, and heart rate jumping.  They obviously work as we have seen substantial changes in human bodies over the T.V. seasonal years from The Biggest Loser to Extreme Makeover.

“Training”  - a word used that specifically prioritizes an exercisers precise needs & wants, and organizes them into a magnificent plan to further allow their extraordinary transformation, over the course of several significant progressive sessions, toward becoming real.

The goods’ in this mix would be the extraordinary transformation.

I have personally witnessed amazing abilities a human body has the capacity of fulfilling on a daily basis.  Ironically, some of the most powerful ones I have seen have not been anywhere near a gym or fitness center.

We each have the capacity of extraordinary.  The rules are simple:

1.  Know exactly what you want today.

2.  Live exactly what you want, today

3.  Embrace all of exactly what you want, everyday

Your plan to train for an extraordinary life is what you should strive to carry with you in your sweat sessions, and in the end, your progress adds up to more than the solid physique you see reflecting back in the mirror.  It will lead you down a path of absolute opportunity, and your tangible ability to create an amazing day written personally by you.

Make it simple, keep it significant,

Coach Sanity

 

With a market of filled with fad fitness, it can be difficult to know what to follow.  I believe your time spent on a plan that increases both strength and resilience is essential for long term health.   These returns are built with proper movement and these three simple rules:

a.  start with easy

b.  listen (feel) for danger

c.  go back to a. when needed

Bring attention on you breath and focus on your chosen exercise.  Use your exercise time on movements that gain strength, and allow the productive results to arrive.

 

Start & Finish Position- Isolated Hip Squat

Start & Finish Position- Isolated Hip Squat

 

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Standing Parallel Squat – Straight Back. Knees align with toes. Head is in line with spine.

 

Example Workout Progression: 

  •  Kneeling Squat – 3 sets/15reps
  • Parallel Standing Squat – 4 sets/10reps
  • Jump Squat – 2 sets/2o reps
  • Superset – Squat/Jump Squat – 3 sets/15 reps (each)

Build an active lifestyle with consistent practice.

Simple. Significant. Sanity!

Coach Sanity

 

Simple tools.  Significant movement.

Simple tools. Significant movement.

Our excitements run high of adding  new activities through out each year.  Remember, life is a long marathon, not a sprint, and the better we prepare ourselves to enjoy each and every day, the more we can enjoy ALL the rewards.

Before you embark on your next activity (a run. a class. a lifting session. etc.) be sure to take a little time to prepare your body for proper recovery.  Aside from a proper warm-up, healing from the stresses of exercise can begin once you have finished today’s sweat session.  It is also a nice habit to make recognizing that your body can only continue to provide you what you will give it back.  In other words, take care of it, and it will be there for you when you need it.

A few simple actions you can use for recovery are:

  • self myofascial release techniques
  • passive or static stretching
  • short stages of meditation/breathing

I have found that a after my fitness training sessions with a few minutes spent on a tennis ball for my feet, some simple stretches, followed by 10 minutes of meditation can do wonders for longevity.  We all love playing this game of life.  And the better we treat our opportunities to savor our experiences, the more we open ourselves up to take in each colorful rain drop we call today.

To our health, Salud!

Let’s play,

Coach Sanity

I’d like to throw in my 2013 fitness predictions for my fans to mull over and share forward.  First a quick recap on what happened to the others in 2012:

  • Obese rate still on the rise
  • Fitness Fad Market increases
  • Health Benefits/Insurance cut
  • Still confused on where to begin/what to do

In short, insanity still exists and there is more work for me to do.  To begin, let’s all agree that our next approach will not be the same.  In fact, it won’t even be coming from the same engrained habit you call upon in your brains.  It is now time for something different.  Enter sanity.

2013 Sanity Fitness Predictions

  • An increase of appreciating meaningful and purposeful movement  (FOCUS)
  • We begin to chew more slowly
  • We invest our fitness time into the most valuable exercise prescriptions – no fads, just real fitness.

Stay tuned for an amazing year of Sanity!

Coach Sanity

 

 

Strength training articles have been written for years, and so, our practice has traveled from all corners of the fitness continuum supporting sporting activities ranging from weekend warriors, to minutes shaved from of a mile, to strokes removed to find us further under par.

I am writing this post specifically to educate about the training for a life filled with activity.  I have found where most people fall short is not recognizing their opportunity to rehearse, and thrive, within life’s activities.  A large part of this is not personal fault, rather, a commitment of time spent on a mass market of fitness filled with draining activities that sacrifice quality for quantity.  Strength training for life is allowing for a practice of progress found in progressive training.  Like goal strategy, this is intentionally planned and modified.

Where other mistakes are found is not knowing what is wanted in return for the time spent under a barbell.  Without knowing your take away product, the value  of the benefits begin to decline, and when we find ourselves short of long term results.  A few valuable benefits found in strength training are:

  • injury prevention
  • bone density increase/maintenance
  • long term weight management
  • mind focus
  • a sense of resilience

These benefits only continue to improve, as we challenge through periods of progressive strength training protocols.  Furthermore, I have found one of the most valuable benefits my clients take away with them from my strength training prescriptions is an improvement of their ‘in the moment’ thinking.  I value it as an increased ability of (RAISE ) React Accordingly In Stress Environments.

We tend to use a large amount of our human ability to recover from stress when we overreact to the happenings of daily living.  Your staying power can be found within the results of personal progression of the movement patterns our bodies were designed to do since the beginning of existence.  In the gym, they fall under weighted squats, deadlifts, over head pressing/pulling, throwing and hurling, and jumping/landing.  Simple movements done with progressive overloads, to test the human systems of tolerating heightened amounts of stress.

Seek value in the movements that change your life for the better, and spend more 0f your lifetime doing the activities that  make you smile.

Play now, live longer

Coach Sanity

It’s safe to say we are all now falling down that holiday funnel of Thanksgiving feast into Christmas cheer.  With it, brings an extra large place setting of holiday work party’s, family gatherings, and late night munching of leftovers.  Right around this time of the season I get asked that question, What do I do Coach Sanity?  Lucky for us, Christmas has come early.

I will share with you a few simple tips to add to your holiday festivities, and help curb a habit of bringing overeating into your new year.

1.  Leave a little something on your plate -

Let’s say it is a given you will be consuming more calories around this time of the year.  A good habit to now call upon is the habit of leaving some food behind for Santa and his reindeer.  Make it a good thing (opposite from when we were young) to leave some food behind.  If you visually see that empty plate, it will be very easy to repeat that experience over and over this entire season.  Stop the insanity now!

 

2.  Add a pinch of cinnamon-

Smart scientists have shown us that cinnamon can reduce the glycemic index of a meal by almost 30%.  Moreover, mothers have known this fact for generations.  (Hence, fresh home made apple pie ;) ) If your desert does not go well with cinnamon, sprinkle a little into your coffee, or try sprinkling some on your turkey or stuffing during Thanksgiving.  Just get a dosage into your body before you massively consume large amounts of pies and cookies come desert time.

 

3.  A day of fasting

For those that follow the “several mall meals a day” type of eating plan, you already know you’re allowed a day of splurge every seven days.   This is because it reminds your metabolism to not accommodate and slow down to low caloric eating, and kick into light speed digestion on day seven.

I am suggesting you take that approach and flip it, by fasting for one full day within one week before or after Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Not only will this give your metabolism a much needed break from all that consuming, it will also allow your body to get back to healthy medicinal movement, and take on another year of sanity living next year!

Happy Holidays,

Coach Sanity

 

 

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“I believe a life practice is personal development aimed at a powerful direction.”

 Coach Sanity

 Through tough “hard knock” life circumstance, I found myself settling with content, moreover, without a direction or meaningful purpose.  After the passing of a parent, illness of a sibling, and friendships lost,  I was led to a dark abandoned place where courageously fought life chapters become closure.

What I discovered was an emptiness of truth, a blank space called possibility.  Deep down inside is where our true self gets discovered.  And to be nurtured, for in time, can again be shared with another.

Salud,

Coach Sanity

 

My mission is to simplify.  Simplify.  Simplify.  I speak these intentions so boldly because to me, sanity is a fluid line connecting our dots between our mind & body.  I am not only speaking to one direction, moreover, to every direction.

In this moment I speak of a simple application that brings together training, and tasting.  What I mean is, the open spaces between both of them, and how they can more easily work together for you.

When we think of the word train, we may tend to envision words that elevate our hearts and cause us to perspire. For example move, lift, heave, and throw.  When we hear the word taste, we may find ourselves searching for a connection toward delicacy, flavor, and indulge.

As I voiced, our sanity is a line that exists between the lyrics of mind & body.  In this instance, I speak of your lyric to be within a balance of left and right brain hemispheres.  When we taste, our mind should speak to our body voicing logical, rational, analytical, and objective impulses.  We should see it as parts, and as sequential means to an end.  When we train, our mind should fall toward intuition.  Be subjective & holistic.  To learn to see it as a whole rather as individual parts.

A balance can be found not within a focus of which side one remains dominant, but rather gain a strong trust in our body’s feelings of both present place and present time. Here is where I am to be, where I am to play, and where I am to discover.

Follow the signs,

Coach Sanity

 

I began to do a little on-line research after deciding to write this post.  I typed keywords into the Google search engine and was promptly delivered a surplus of directions to travel with just a click away.  I did click a few of the links, and found authors writing about health decline, our population of obesity, and of course several fitness tools available for purchase.   Easy, right?

I also recently found a former colleague of mine who launched her new virtual fitness web site.  It was completely filled with very simple choices to get you off the couch, and quickly feeling an instant burn in your glutes.  All for one very low monthly rate.

We all know there are many more options like these available on the market.  Each prepared with personal creativity and inspirational intentions.  I applaud all of them for their efforts, and truly hope that you may find your sought out answers within their given directions.

So why the title, A Change in Fitness?

I titled it this way to spark my reader to think about this question a little bit differently.  When I see this question, my brain also envisions:

  1. A change?
  2. I change?
  3. Change fitness?

This leads me to recognize that from my time spent in fitness, I have changed.  I am stronger, leaner, healthier, and more wise (seriously I am!).  And now that I have transformed myself, I am in search of a new one.  This is where most people tend to go the wrong direction.  They seek their next big change amongst the latest fitness toys and accessories, when the answers lie into the direction of personal change.  More specifically, define a way you wish to travel, and envision a different you.

I suggest a different keyword search.  On your next Google hunt, search within the image section.  Words like:

  • play
  • jump
  • push
  • pull
  • run
  • movement

Did you find something that inspires you?

May I suggest a change of clothes, and go conquer it!

Follow the signs,

Coach Sanity

 

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