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That PoP!

COACH-SANITY-SIDE2

When we were children, we jumped out of bed, we ran up and down the streets, and we climbed trees for hide and seek.  In a nutshell, we played.  The activities felt free, and in a blink of an eye we demonstrated the proper response to stay in the game.

Today, we have lost a bit of that edge, our freedom of movement, our explosive bouts of play.  We do still have a reactive process, yet, now leaves a mark of pain and impingement.  What now?

The ironic truth may be that your dose of medicine lies in fucntional movement.  I am a firm believer that movement is medicine.  With that, proper prescription of activity is also key.

If you miss that PoP!, it may be that your focus is in the wrong direction.  That PoP! is a significant byproduct coming from the opposite direction.  In exercise terms, this would fall under the training of:

  • Ground(ing)
  • Elasticity (muscle/ligament)
  • Reaction (central nervous system)

It is important to train or retrain the proper response of these once youthful reactions.  A few examples:

  1. Plyometrics
  2. Powermetrics

Plyometrics: movements that bring a focus on improving the neuromuscular response of the above examples.

Powermetrics: exercises aimed to improve the foundation to allow training higher thresholds of plyometrics.

Focus: Improving the response(s)

When playing hide & seek, you hid from the seeker.   Once discovered, a sprint to home base was your one focused direction.  With that, one option for you to do before or after your workout.

Jumping Jacks 30 reps

Squats 20 reps

Jump Squat 10 reps

Skater 20 reps  

Rest 1-2 min, repeat 2 – 3 times.  

Focus: Practice your ability and expression to fall, search for the ground, stay in motion, and feel strong.

Olly olly oxen free,

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

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

 

Ready.  Set.  Move.

I have written thousands of exercise programs and blogged countless posts.  All to inspire and prescribe one simple function, medicinal movement.

We are bombarded on a daily basis with information.  In my opinion most of it is not necessary, and the stuff that is, usually doesn’t get it’s fair right to be heard.  The presentation is lousy, and the take away message gets misinterpreted and played out incorrectly.  Not always by malice intentions, moreover, ignorance and playful stupidity.

This post is being written to communicate to you with the most direct presentation and purposeful intention.  I am here to voice out loud that your freedom of movement exists in the one step just ahead of you.  Go after it.

Follow the signs,

 

Coach Sanity

Which way to go?

I have been working in the fitness business for almost 20 years.  And not only that, I started in this business at the ripe old age of 19.  Prior to that, I had been in the gym since 16, and it was then I knew I wanted to pursue a career in fitness.

These words are very similar to countless numbers of professional trainers and coaches I have read, also describing their passion for the fitness game.  Where do my words weigh in differently?  Directions.

Directions is just another word for choices.  When one is given directions, they are also being given the act of choosing.  They choose which way to go and hope that way will get them to their destination.  A long with having directions comes options.  You can travel the most direct route, the one avoiding one way or another, or the one filled with distractions.

I created a professional career specifically to provide directions for all of  my clients.  You see, all of us need direction.  We all can use some assistance to further help continue us on our quests.  The foundation of Sanity Fitness System is the dedicated intention of bringing focus to one’s way, and improve their ability to enjoy every moment of their journey.

To me, fitness goes way beyond what we can see, or what we can touch.  A feeling of fitness is what you carry with you within every minute of everyday.  When coming upon your next direction, your approach will only be what you possess at that moment, no more and no less.  When most people bog themselves down, and carry to much, others pass through because they have learned that sanity exists between the small spaces of left, right, front, back, up and down.  An when the time comes, you simply fall into your place.

Follow the signs,

Coach Sanity

Mastery & Specialization

 

Traditionally we took our time, and approached our livelihood via a craft.  A craft is a skill, and usually done by hand.  Over time, one mastered their craft to eventually find themselves full circle, gaining knowledge and intuition.   This action took hours of perfection.  Skillfully removing all of the inhibitions and distractions, to eventually fashion a perfect substance.  That is mastery.

Today we have specialization, a word used to describe the act of separation within a system.  With the goal to gain more focus in one thing or another.   The vision is concentrated to place sight on only what is tangible and required.  This is a way toward specialization.

At first glance, mastery and specialization both look to be perfect processes.  They both lead toward successful directions of  life experience.  What I have come to learn over the years is that mastering a craft gives an open mind, and removes emotional burdens.  Specialization sees tunneled vision and fixed positions.  The former runs freely, while the latter knows rigid function.   Mastery allows us to fit within the spaces.  Specialization fits one space.  Specialization becomes limited.  Mastery is limitless.

Follow the signs,

Coach Sanity

 

My Sanity

Albert Einstein defined insanity as, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”.  Even though we know this to be true, several continue to replay the same insane scenario over and over again.  When will it end?

I believe I have found an answer to that question.  Rather than looking at the, when will the insanity end, I suggest we focus on when sanity can begin.  You can spend several precious moments on worrying about what is wrong.  Or you can spend your moments on falling in to what can go right.

Just like insanity, sanity can also live all around you.  One of the reasons why most have only replayed the insanity version is because, in spite of wanting a different result, we are creatures of habit.  However, if you peel down toward the second level of a habit, you find that our habits can also be re-wired.  How so?  With movement.

You ever wonder where the phrase, “movement is medicine” came from?  What all that information boils down to is that although we are creatures of habit (mentally), our physical body can create the stimulus for our brains to re-wire a new habit.  That ability is something that no pill, machine, or late night infomercial can ever duplicate.  That is our own, and we can either use it or lose it.  So, where do we go from here?

I suggest you first recognize that you may be living in a world of insanity.  Next, you decide if the smile on your face is genuine or not.  Then decide to seek the direction to lead you toward finding your own sanity.  That process takes action.   Your action to continue to see through, what you first envisioned as a new you.    I am not here to give you your way because it is your way.  I am only here to point you in the right direction.

Follow the signs,

Coach Sanity

 

 

Fate follows fitness

 

Blue Ninja

Illustration Tony Gil

Do you believe in fate?

They say fate  is the supposed force, power, or principle that predetermines events, as well as any inevitable events predestined by this force.  And if you believe in it, it is also said that your course is predetermined.

I am here to say that whether you believe in it or not, there is ‘stuff’ going on around you that may believe in fate.  And the ability to adapt yourself to a little, a lot, or all of this stuff takes a level of fitness you may not currently posses.

Without allowing yourself to fully take or make advantage of everything around you, you limit everything about you.  The key is to prepare you.  I am now telling you that a certain level of strength is required of us everyday.  And, there is another level of strength that is required to live in the unknown, the possibility.  The strength I am speaking of is your ability to seize, to adapt, and to conquer.

This level of strength is what I speak of when I speak of Sanity Strength.  It is the fitness between your mind and body and the strategy of knowing what to do with it.  Let’s call it your ninja skill.   You see we all of have a ninja living within us.  And whether you believe in fate or not, your ninja skill is the ability to be successful in either direction.

Follow the signs.

A Sanity approach,

Daniel J Sanidad/Coach Sanity

What’s your sport?

Me?  I’m just a trainer.

A response I recently heard myself give, and after, angry because of it.   After several years spent perfecting a skill, I still have moments when I belittle the sport I love.  Later, I had myself sit down and rewrite exactly what it is I play out everyday, because if I don’t do my job, my fans can not do theirs.  This was what I came up with,

I have mastered the ability to assist my followers in becoming more:

a. productive and efficient, using a mix of movement patterns and lifestyle adaptations 

b. resilient, using traditional training practices and innovative applications to fit the needs of today’s sports

c. methodical and focused, for  that ‘in the game’ strategy

and d. reflective, to further aid with future strategy and recovery.  AKA, THRIVE.

What all these simply mean is that I always stay ahead of the game, so to better lead the direction for those searching to improve theirs.  My career decision may have been an easy one, still, the work to get there has been exactly opposite.  I practice to consistently hold a focus toward productivity, to not over or under think, and to react accordingly, so to not lose sight of the steps used to move forward.  I may have started in this sport as a fat kid playing with fitness, and now, I am a professional trainer directing the plays that manufacture an opportunity to living inside of extraordinary.
Sanity, grab yours.
A Sanity approach,
Daniel J Sanidad/Coach Sanity
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