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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

 

Each and every one of my posts are written with the intention to simplify what was once uncomplicated and pure.  In the beginning, the passage of fitness training was gluttony free of silly toys and jumbo sized pieces of equipment.  It was once a simple place, and only your challenging experience awaited to be measured.

Now we are flooded with intentional distractions.  Appliances labeled as fitness tools soak up inches of primary real estate in gyms across the globe in hopes that they can sell you an opportunity to find a new you and a new look.  Which ones work?  Which ones work better?  Which one fits me?  Do I need all of them?  Just a sample of a number of questions that float around the four corners of your gym.   And a long with them, a number of mediocre fitness trainers simply selling a cookie cutter they call fitness.

I am here to tell you that there a lifetime of results existing amongst the most nutritionally fitness dense tools available on the market.   In this case, the biggest rewards do come in the smallest packages.  Below is a list of tools I feel are the most efficient way to spend your time in harnessing your fitness potential.

1.  Body weight

2.  Medicine Ball

3.  Dumbbell

4.  Barbell

5.  Kettlebell

Supplement(s)

6.  Bands

7.  Ropes

8.  Rowing Ergometer

9.  Variable resistance machines

Each allow freedom of movement and room to explore.  Taking your time to master  the skill of maneuvering these simple tools is your license to walk the path of extraordinary.   How does one master something so free?  You learn to flow, and 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

DONE WORK!

 

Time is made.

We all share one model commodity and that commodity is time. Twenty four hours is the make up of one day. What differs from one to the next is how the day gets spent. Something I have learned through fitness and what I am wanting to share with you is that time is not found, it is made. And through fitness, I learned how to produce more time.

First, a back story. When I started exercising years ago, I spent up to 3 hours a day in the gym. I, like a lot of people, felt that in order to achieve the results I was wanting, I had to spend a lot of my precious minutes in the gym to have it happen. What I discovered over the years was eventually that was not the case. The answers did not lie in the minutes spent on randomness, moreover, it was spent on specifics. And the specifics were the **Big Moves, that accomplished a lot more for the time spent doing them.

I realized I was spending 180 minutes a day, and only walking away with 10% of the health and fitness benefit. As you can see, not a very wise investment. When I later changed my focus, and spent 45 – 60 minutes on the big moves, I was walking away with 100% of a productive amount of time spent. Mostly because the exercises themselves require a focus and a plan, and in return, a stronger foundation to establish everything else above it.

What this means in the real world is that in order to be productive, one’s mental focus should first be spent on the frame (foundation) of what it is you are wanting to successfully achieve. And only then, spend the rest of the time filling in the created spaces on the necessary details.

So many people spend way to much time on the tiny details, when the focus should be on the model of how to spend the hour, and simply allow the minutes to play out in the direction they must go. In short, line them up and press play!

Follow the signs,

Coach Sanity

**Big Moves – Whole body exercises that demand an entire body to have attention. Aka: focus
For example: Squat, Deadlift, Pull-up, Overhead Press, Power Clean, Clean and Press, and Snatch
All the above exercises have regressions for a beginner to also enjoy launching their fitness success!

Labor/Play or Play/Labor

The recent question being answered on CNN, Facebook, and other social media sites is, “How do we get Americans to lose weight?”  As you know, I write simple answers that provide directions to accomplish the given task.  Is there more than one answer to this question?  Yes.  Do you need to do all of them?  No.  I will provide two answers for you here, and you can know that time spent between these two will be more productive in spending your precious hours than any other direction you may choose.  Follow the signs.

1.  Labor

I chose to use the word labor rather than work because we already work a lot.  The problem is, we are not physically laboring for most of it.  Yes I know, you feel tired.  And that tired feeling comes from many other reasons besides physical exertions.  Moreover, the tired feeling we get from physically exerting energy a long with the cognitive connection is much more productive all around and elicits a caloric demand that we just don’t get anymore in our normal daily living.  Instead of a workout, call it a laborout.  You need to feel that you challenged your body to produce a certain level of output away from what feels ‘normal’.  You don’t have to do it everyday, but seek to do it three times a week for at least 30 minutes.

 

2.  Play

Most of us don’t take the time to simply play.  I define play as physical exertion with no intention other than the simple act of being in the moment.  When we were kids, all we wanted to do was play with our friends.  We moved our bodies, invented new games, and built memorable experiences with one another we will never forget.  Take the time to get in 30 minutes of play 2 -3 times a week.  It can be with your kids, your nieces and nephews, your husband or wife, or simply with your most important person, you.   Invent a new way to play an old game.  Play some old games.  Reinvent you and how you feel.

Like I said, there are more than these two answers to the powerful question of how we get American’s to lose weight.  I promise you that spending the time doing these two above will bring you the sanity we all need to continue to embrace another tomorrow.

A Sanity approach,

Daniel Sanidad/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

Pink Ninja

Illustration by Tony Gil

1. Gym contracts have their own shape and better still, using the gym membership will help you find yours.

2. As a beginner, everything works until you are no longer a beginner. Give yourself some serious credit since you earned another level of fitness.

3. There are more than enough tools to use at a gym to get you fit

and 4. you will not need all of them to do it.

5. Progress comes when you go. Meaning when you go to the gym to create the stimulus, and when you go home to allow it to manifest into the new you.

6. Not everyone is looking at you,

and 7. if they are, they are wondering if you are looking at them.

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

Start ups

Growing up in the Silicon Valley of California means I have lived amongst an abundance of start up companies.  My environment is completely surrounded by the next “thing”.  And as many that have succeeded, simply means that A LOT more have failed.  Still, there are lessons to be learned from each of them.

Ironically , we each are a part of our own start ups.  At any given moment you can decide your next adventurous excursion.  Where do you want to go?  What do you want to do?  So long as the the answers remain a sun rise decision, you always have an opportunity to start.

The skill lies in 3 elements:

1.  Readiness – to wake with the mind and body prepped for the day’s tasks.

2.  Steadiness - to not stray from the day’s tasks

3.  Adaptedness - to possess the ability to reconstruct your tasks to fit the dynamics of  that day.

 

The mastering of these elements is to be amongst the Sanity Valley.  To unquestionably maximize every day you open your eyes to.

A Sanity approach,

Daniel J Sanidad

The leaders of any industry have also had to follow in one’s footsteps.  There will always be someone just ahead of you to follow.  That is until you have reached the point of full creative ownership, and then there will be several more.  My point is, we all have the potential to be leaders.  And in order to lead, you must also know how to follow.  What do you follow?

A direction –  directions give us points to travel.  They lead us to what we presently desire.

A will – one’s will provides a purpose.  It is the voice within your heart.

A reason – a reason is the point of our existence.  They are written in your DNA and ready for you to play them out.

 

Each day begins with an intent.   It is the icon of START.  We build the rest of our day around the intention we woke up to that morning.  No guarantee for another.  No do over’s in this game.  Take what you have in front of you and make the best YOU you can possibly create.  If your lucky, you can have another shot tomorrow.  Master your present moments and follow the direction your were born to participate within.

 

A Sanity Approach

Daniel J Sanidad

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