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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

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

The goals:

1.  Come in under two hours (last year came in at 2 hr 07 min).

2.  Post race, body feel strong (aside from muscle soreness); low joint pain, low inflammation (last year and the previous year I felt pretty inflamed)

 

The plan (brief description):

Increase strength training (basic full body movements, progressive overloads), increase both aerobic capacity and conditioning (rowing machine was dominantly used, some track work, and distance runs no longer than 30 – 45 mins)

sidenote: send me an e-mail daniel@sanityfs.com if you want more information on my plan for this race

Reflection:

First and foremost, we as adult humans think obsessively.  And not only that, we think little about what can go right and spend more time  on what can possibly go wrong.  I say possibly because half the time nothing has gone wrong yet, however, the mind begins to drift and before you know it, the wrong is now in front of you.

Thank goodness I knew this and approached my training very differently.   I always kept the plan simple, so all I had to do was work hard.  I taught my central nervous system to be resilient and with that, let my mind stay at peace.  I found my mind drifting between miles and steps, however, also recognized that one foot continued to go right in front of the other and all I had to do was relax and trust I chose the right plan to get the job done.

You see, a 13.1 mile run could be a fun Rock n Roll Half Marathon, or it can be a run for your life in fear of danger or harm.  Either way, your body will react to the current environmental conditions you find yourself within.   I could have stressed my body out, ran like my life depended on it, and finished (maybe) a few minutes sooner.  I chose to let my training speak for itself, and ran with the intent to stay as relaxed as possible.  The end result, I finished 17 minutes faster than I did last year, AND, did not pound my body to the ground for that eighteenth minute.  And being as experienced as I am when it comes to professional training, I will make that minute up the next time because my body knows I love it that much ;)

Simply put, whether it be a half marathon, full marathon, triathalon, etc., the steps you take to move further can either accelerate you forward or hinder your progressive movement.  You decide if you want to work smarter and not harder.  I choose smarter (and hard enough) to fully maximize each day I will have lived because today is the reward and the memories will be shared tomorrow.

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

Lucky

Winning the lotto?

So simple right?  It can make all of  your dreams come true.

Question, what are your dreams?

Don’t worry, I’ll wait…

…While we wait, I must say that I am lucky.  Why?  Because my dreams were made clear when all around me was not.  I have lived a multitude of bad experiences and still voice, I am lucky.

It is the darkest of days when clarity provides a light because it is the only direction to travel toward.   And just so you know, it will be far away.  That’s the point.  The journey from here to there is YOUR lifetime.  You’re so lucky!  You get to experience things that I don’t.  However, upon time of reflection, we can share our stories together.  So still, I am lucky.

A Sanity approach,

Daniel J Sanidad

 

 

It’s been said a body in motion will stay in motion.  And the most efficient way of for this to happen is to follow the path of least resistance.  However, when the goal is to create a change, then we have a different equation.   One of  going just beyond a tolerable threshold.  Moving in and around an area of uncomfortableness.  Creating a change in the chain of events by having the resilience to take on a challenge and see it through.

I would like to create a different statement.  The path of new resistance.  In the strength and conditioning room that could be as simple as a few kilo’s in the up direction or one to two seconds off your 500 Meter pace.  Just enough stimulus to spark something new, something different, and something to work through.

In real life application the new resistance will come in many different forms.  However, the one constant is you.  Your approach, your intent.  Both can be slightly altered to experience a different chain of events.  You want a new job?  You want to lose 5 lbs?  You want to meet someone special?   Let’s assume you desire a new outcome.  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting something different.  You can not begin a new journey and have the same you be that first spark.

A successful plan is one that keeps you moving forward and allowing you the opportunity to see it through.  I suggest a change in the equation.  Envision what would be necessary to have that new job, to lose those 5 lbs, or to find that someone special.  Once you have recognized what is necessary, your positioning is key for success.  Place you in the middle and map your plan around you providing the ability to maneuver and maintain the flexibility to adapt to any distraction that may appear.

The path of new resistance now becomes the path of possibility.  You can open doors you never new existed.  Your what if’s become when’s and you will always find a new you in the end.  Set your sights and just push send.

A Sanity approach,

Daniel J Sanidad

It’s a life, live it.

“Just enjoy as many moments as you can before it ends.”

It’s 9:45 a.m. and my phone has just sent me that reminder.  Well, I set this reminder to go off everyday (a recurring appointment) using my Blackberry calendar.  Why 9:45?  Well, my day usually starts about 4:30 or 5 a.m.  By the time I get to 9:45, I’d like to get a reminder that this is a life, I need to live it.  AND, I need to enjoy as many moments as I can before it ends.

Why do I workout?

Honestly, I want to look good.  I don’t think there is anything wrong with enjoying how we look, because when we  look good, we feel good.  We are visual creatures.  When we see ‘something’ appealing, signals go off and our emotions begin to flow.

Also, I want to perform.  What I mean by that is I want to be able to get THE MOST out of each moment.  Luxury cars are designed to give us a look as well as perform on the road.  All in all it is about enjoying the experience, the time spent, and the emotional feeling of what was in our hands.

Your body, no different.  It can be redesigned, trained to move quickly, accelerate, decelerate, and look damn good doing it.  Clothes don’t make the man, the  man makes the clothes.  Armani, Levi Jeans, and Calvin Klein are nothing until a body fills the space between the fabric.  If it fits, and fits well, you know it.

In this life we get one go at it.  We get a journal to fill with experiences, and opportunities only continue to those that take them.  It’s a life, live it.

A Sanity approach to living,

Daniel J Sanidad

Sanity FS has had the pleasure of working with about a few dozen or so high school athletes over the years and the approach has had to change a bit because of the influx of information to all other coaches, parents, and the teenage athlete.  Because of that, I have made changes on my end to improve my opportunity of providing a stimulus for change to my teenage athlete.

First, there must be a clean palette.  What does this mean?  Well, the teenage mind has now been fixed on one consistency, a ‘comfortable  and lazy’ home environment.  I say lazy because most of our technology has allowed for us to live lazily.  Now this consistency can fill a need for helping  parents stay organized, keep things flowing for the household, and allow the teenager to experience the “American Lifestyle”.  However, this does not allow for a stimulus to change.

I suggest that for ONE month ALL (or as many as possible) distractions be removed from their home environment.  That means no tv’s, game stations, or music docks in the bedroom.  The computer can stay, however, should be limited to school work only.  And remove any other distractions that is keeping their mind focusing on the goal of ‘change’ , or that next athletic level.

Their change should be a quest and it takes a certain kind of focus that is also necessary come game time.  An attention span has a base level, and I’ve watched some of my kids and noticed that it can sometimes be less than a minute.  After that, they invite other distractions into their mind and performance becomes compromised.  Obviously, not a good thing if the goal is advanced performance.

Obviously I know this all may sound like a difficult task and any normal teenager will resist, moreover, why it must be done.  Resistance is something that can learn to be controlled and with that, comes a peaceful mind and athletic focus.  Two very important and necessary elements to advanced levels of performance.  Our bodies will do what our mind tells it, and with that kind of control, our ability to adapt and overcome can be limitless.

A Sanity approach to training,

Daniel J Sanidad

Let me start by saying that I am not a runner. On most days you will find me swinging Kettle Bells, slamming Medicine Balls, and playing with other high output/Metabolic modalities. I like to get my workout done in about twenty minutes and don’t particularly enjoy two hour runs. However, I do enjoy an opportunity to challenge myself with other fitness means and 13.1 miles can fill that spot very easily.

I finished this race pretty close to the same time I did last time. Only difference was I ran A LOT less before the race this year then last. And when I say a lot, I mean like not even half what I ran last time. I did, however, make very valuable changes in my regular training that allowed me to have more free time and remain very fit and healthy.

Will I do another race again soon? The only thing on my mind right now is getting back to my regular workouts and develop my new class. Keep your eyes open for that update.

A Sanity approach to fitness,

Daniel J Sanidad

Major: Kinesiology

Why you chose this major:

I want to be involved with athletic training and I’m motivated to be in the best shape as possible.

Fitness accomplishments:

Basketball – 1st team all league in the Mount Hamilton division. Defensive player of the year 3 years in a row.

What do you want to do with fitness:

I want to be the new face of Sanity FS brand. I want to be able to inspire people to be the best they possibly can be. I want people to be able to look to me for help with fitness.

Any other information you would like to share:

I want to be the BEST.

A Sanity approach to fitness,

Daniel J Sanidad

Jason represents what fitness athletes are made of: A passion. A goal. A place at the table.

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