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Guess what, our bodies are incredibly intelligent!  It speaks to us with a very simple code of either yes or  no.  Often times, with hopes to kickstart your fitness returns, you stop listening to your body’s direction, and allow another to guide you into which way to go.

For example, you may have been doing a Boot Camp or some other High Intensity Group Class regularly for some time.  You now have substantial changes in what you see in the mirror.  What you also have and may not see is what lies beneath, joint pain or stiffness that varies from nagging to, “Wow, that hurts!”.

Unfortunately, you may also believe that your consistency to maintain this body transformation hinders on the sole ability to sustain said Boot Camp or Group Class output.  Please keep reading.

  • With injury, your body will say No!, and disallow you from producing a high intensity output with an intention to minimize further injury.
  • Quality not quantity, which makes way for the almighty overload to be intentionally planned, and producing your consistent progress.

I believe fitness is a consistent behavioral adaptation of hard earned intelligence.  In short, don’t be ignorant.  Stop doing what you are currently doing and learn how to do it with the above in mind.

Unless you are a multi-million dollar competitive athlete, your progressive fitness is the foundation of your actual health, and your health is your wealth.

With  sanity,

Coach Sanity

 

STOP!  You do not have to repeat this demand to sustain.

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I recently received a Facebook message from a friend who was seeking some fitness guidance from me.  Wow, big news right?  I’m sharing because I think it is both important and interesting to address that with ALL of the information available, people still are unsure on how to begin and want to hear it from a voice they trust.

My friend asked me what kind of workouts he should be doing to help address  his goal of dropping 25 lbs, as well as gain some muscle.  I took my time to reply as I am busy, moreover, I also like to wait a few days to allow the words to sink in and give me  an opportunity to not overthink the process.

I assume he asked me as he respects my professionalism, as well as trusts the guidance I would give.  I wear this honor everyday and would like to share a little of the intentional strategy I used to address his goals.  Keep in mind, he is a busy single father of four kids, full time job, and only a little time available to hit the gym.   He likes to go for a run before work and, if time, hits the track at the end of his day.

I needed to come up with a plan that can help him maximize any time he has available to train, as well as practice fitness skills that create carryover to life outside of the gym and with his kid’s activities.

Week 1, 3, and 5 (approx. 12 – 15 sets each session)

Complex moves + Cardio

Monday – Power Cleans

Wednesday – Bench or Squat

Friday –  Deadlift

 

Week 2, 4, and 6 (approx. 20 total sets each session)

Muscle grouping

Monday – Chest and Triceps

Wednesday – Legs and Shoulders

Friday – Back and Biceps

There is no magic in the above, just a simple point at maximizing activities that begin to address his weight loss and muscle building goals.    Where the magic does lie is my reminder to him that there is again, no magic.  Do the things that create physiological change and let the magic happen all on it’s own.  In short don’t force it, just do the work.

In Sanity,

Coach Sanity

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You say you want to (or you already have) join in on the fitness craze called High Intensity Interval Training?   A common question I receive is, “Is this right for me?”  I mean after all, one person’s food is another’s poison, right?

Ask yourself these base line health questions:

  • Do I sit more than stand?
  • Can I touch my toes with out pain and/or restriction?
  • Can I walk a mile without feeling tired and/or sore?
  • Can I run a mile without feeling tired and/or sore?

Why is this so important?  Well, this basic level of health is your fountain from where you will draw recovery from.  Yes, both your ‘in class’ output and recovery are as strong as the foundation of this fountain.

Picture it like this, you are 16, you just got your driver’s license.  You now have open access to the road and the full gas tank to get you there.  You begin racing from place to place because, well why not right?  BOOM!  Your first accident.  Why did this happen?  You let the gas pedal lead, not the steering wheel.

The truth is, the exercises used in high intensity activity require a level of motor control that most don’t regularly practice.  Therefore, if you do not regularly practice the above, please allow yourself several weeks to do so.  Not only will your body love you for it, your orthopedic surgeon may be disgruntled because he lost your business.

Salud,

Coach Sanity

Your threshold is a personal sliding scale of one’s ability to repeatedly repeat.  It is also where most fad fitness routines will not consider in their mass programming.

An example of tolerating daily stress is to sweat out your current exercise routine with zero to minimal deficit against your ability to sustain and recover.

Take note that this tolerance can also be affected by other life circumstances, including lack of sleep, hours of sitting, or poor dietary choices.  Just a few common examples that can negatively impact where your marker currently stands.

Your fitness routine should be an expression of a fight or flight situation.  Know that a productive exercise program should also include the types of activities that allow you to prepare for the session’s intense demands.  Include both a general warm up and a dynamic movement warm up.  You should also take into consideration that your approach to obtaining your next level of fitness is to choose a plan that prioritizes the present tolerances, also knows as the “weak links” in the kinetic chain of body mechanics.

Be mindful of these above givens, a long with any body inflammation, joint stiffness, and/or lack of muscle flexibility.

Stand strong,

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

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

 

 

Front desk, locker room, cardio machine, etc.  It amazes me that so many people walk into the gym for their workout, and tend to travel the same route they did the day before.  Here are 3 tips I suggest to stop the insanity of living the same as you did yesterday.

1.  Wear a bright color around the area of your body you want to focus on for that day’s session.

When you look into the mirror, your eyes can focus in on the bright color around your mid-section, arms, or butt (for example), and you can better ‘connect’ to that area, and maximize every single repetition you do.

2.  Take a dry erase marker with you, and before you leave your car, write out on your window your word of accountability.

I love writing things down.  It makes them so much more real than simply keeping them floating around in my head.  The next time you head to the gym, write out one word you absolutely know will hold you accountable to your workout.  We all need reminders ;) For example:

  • name of your child
  • date of your wedding
  • color of your new bikini
  • the name of the guy/girl you have a date with on Saturday

3.  Focus on one thing, and one thing only

Most people go into the gym and dance around the entire area doing several machines and free weight exercises.  I suggest at least once a month you go into the gym to focus on one movement.  Spend at least half the amount of time you would normally spend, and perfect this one movement you have chosen.   Take the time to warm-up as if you were doing your regular workout, however, take this time to also focus on the muscles you will use for this one movement.  Don’t be surprised if you feel more sore than you have felt in quite some time.

 

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

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