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That PoP!

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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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

The importance of voicing out loud what it is you want is the most necessary action to begin your journey.   Within a few words of action, we find a surplus of accountability.  Now committed, we find a network at our fingertips.  So, what could be possible if you simply voiced out loud?

Sanity-FS is about learning the focus and discipline to maximize each and every one of your life experiences.  Most of us play out a day without truly recognizing the opportunity to not just live a day, moreover, direct it.  We can easily lead ourselves into the directions that allow us to maximize a moment that may never ever happen again.   How?  You simply voice out loud (VOL), and watch your goal positioning system (GPS) come alive.

Next step?  Press play, and follow with ease into doing the work.

Follow the signs,

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

As most of you already know, I write about maximizing experiences.  To grasp every opportunity present allowing yourself to experience each moment and make it your own.  Is this possible?  I think, yes.

We start by giving us a name, SanityFS athletes.  Our discipline is in the art of MME or Multiple Mixed Experiences.  The name implies that there will be several happenings constantly around you.  The task is to be mindful of them and make them possibilities for you.  But first, beginning with owning one thing each for mind and body.  Your mind must be open and your body must be adaptable.  In other words, remain fluid.

One’s fluidity is the ability to hold a suppleness.  No additional stress, no further tension.  This requires a very different intent to your  daily exercise.  A coach prescribes an exercise for very specific reasons.  The prescription must fit the demand of the goal and be able to adapt to when the goal is asked to change.  In science, we have cycles, in layman’s terms we have short and long term goals.  For me, it is a balance between both, with an emphasis on an ability to change the short term to fit the long term.  That is a SanityFS athlete.  An ability to recognize a distraction and react accordingly, so to allow for forward movement.  The language between the mind and body is always effective and efficient.  Time no longer gets wasted.  It is spent on a maximal return for each investment.

As a coach, I would suggest to recognize that there are, and will be, distractions around you.  Some are necessary and still many are not.  Which one is which is for you to decide.  What was the long term goal?  Are you still heading in that direction.  Recognize that the environment you are within must:

a. reflect you

and b. support the direction you are going

if either of these are missing, we lose efficiency and gain distractions.  Like seeks like, but first be cognizant of what you like, and obviously don’t like.  What are we here to enjoy?  The open road ahead or the madness of would of, could of and should of.

A Sanity Approach,

Daniel J Sanidad

 

Previously I wrote a post to briefly explain a need in rewording the saying, People can’t change.  I stated, One can not force a change because life will take care of that on it’s own.  Having said that, I’m here to offer you your first opportunity for a life change.  You interested?  Here it is:

How do you want to do today?  For example:

6:00 a.m. Wake up

6:15 a.m.  Shower

7:00 a.m.   Work

1 :00 p.m.  Lunch

6:30 p.m.   Workout

8:00 p.m.   Dinner

10:00 p.m.  Sleep

This may be a typical day for someone, however, not truly answering how you want to genuinely experience today.

Another example:

5:45 a.m.   Wake up

I will spend 15 minutes doing something that will add to my  dinner experience tonight.

6:00 a.m.  15 minutes of Yoga

6:15 a.m.   Shower

6:45 a.m.  Park further and take 15 minutes to walk into work (the goal is to experience  fresh air, new faces, something different)

7:00 a.m.  Work

1:00 p.m.  Lunch (w/a vital friend)

6:30 p.m.  Workout (Solo mission. Take some time to reflect on your day)

8:00 p.m.  Dinner (Yay, been looking forward to this since you woke up this morning.  What did you decide to experience?)

10:00  p.m.  Sleep  (Wow, what a day)

Which day would you prefer to add to your life?  Now I ask again, How do you want to do today?  I’ll take memorable experiences coupled with good conversation, sweat, and laughter please.

 

A Sanity approach,

Daniel J Sanidad

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