Wreck It Weekend 4/29/16

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We hope your week was filled with forward progress and killer workouts!  This is for those traveling.  I recently got back from a trip and it’s always tough to get a workout in on the road.  Nevertheless, I always feel better, more accomplished, and mentally energized after a good sweat.  Don’t let your travels be your excuse.  Make a commitment to crush it on your Fury Road!  Brought to you by WOD-RX.

 

The Immortan Joe:

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3 sets:

10 Burpees

25 Pushups

25 Body Squats

25 Crunches

30 second plank

 

The Furiosa:

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4 sets:

15 Burpees

30 Pushups

30 Body Squats

30 Crunches

1:00 Plank

 

The Mad Max:

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5 sets:

20 Burpees

35 Pushups

35 Body Squats

35 Crunches

1:00 Plank

 

There is no time limit for these workouts.  Complete each exercise one after the other and then rest/repeat.  Good Luck Wreck It Crew!

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Regret: The Poison We Drink Willingly

We tend to spend a large portion of our time and mental power focused on the events of the past.  We constantly ask ourselves, “If I had done X, would Y be any different?”  We repeatedly visit moments in our memories that have hurt, wronged, or injured our psyche.  I have found myself, many times, sifting through the wreckage of my past like a gold miner during the rush.  I pour over each detail with extreme scrutiny and attempt to point out the flaws in a previous conversation, action, or decision.

This introspective review usually occurs at night, before bed and tends to happen almost automatically.  It’s like I have programmed my brain to digest everything I did that day, that week, that year, or even 15 years ago and then analyze my mistakes and shortcomings.  My brain doesn’t seem to recognize time lines and blends all these painful memories or subpar judgement calls into one horror film that I sit through time and time again, without popcorn.  This is mind numbing ridiculousness.  These repeated self-critiques lead to unnecessary anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, and guilt.

I feel this is a cycle that most people are caught, destined to continuously regurgitate past experiences in a negative arena that stunts growth and inhibits one’s ability to truly learn.  When all we focus on is what we should have done instead of what can be done now, we lose out on multiple opportunities to become who we are meant to be.  The mental anguish of constantly reliving painful experiences is a completely insane thing to do.

We can’t change anything that has occurred anymore than we can reason with a wasp about its stinging escapades.  We must resist the urge to finely comb our past for discrepancies and, instead, turn our attention to the lessons learned from these “sub-par” performances.  Life, for me, is a collection of lessons.  Each lesson is meant to show me a part of myself that I didn’t know existed or was afraid to understand.  Every hardship, problem, uncomfortable moment, or difficult situation is another opportunity to gain insight into who I am.

When I approach my past from the perspective of opportunity, I don’t feel the same anxiety, fear, and shame that I once did.  I make note of the lessons life taught me in these memories and strive to correct my behavior for future “tests”.  After I have done my objective critique, I release the experience.  I don’t dwell, ponder, or beat myself up over things that should have been done differently.  I remember that the moment is now past and time machines aren’t working yet.  The only thing I can do NOW is to fix what I found lacking and try again tomorrow.

The mental anguish of constantly reliving painful experiences is a completely insane thing to do.

As an example:  Not too long ago, I botched a sales opportunity.  I thought I had everything taken care of and the decision would end in my favor.  It came down to the wire and the prospect wound up staying with the current company.  Why?  I had not expelled all doubt in the program I offered him and didn’t completely understand his exact motives behind his decisions.  At first, I blamed the customer for not accepting my “brilliant” proposal.  I went through every detail for days, making myself sick over the reasons why I lost the account.  I should have been of done A, B, C, etc.  I finally stopped, pulled out a piece of paper, and wrote the words, “What I learned” at the top of the page.  I made a list of my faults, my assumptions, and my mistakes.  I read the list aloud and saw what I had done wrong.  After the reading, I threw the page in the garbage.  What’s past is past.  I now know what I need to do for the next proposal with this client and with any other client in the future.  I chose to take my lesson and let the “should have been pain” go.  The only thing I can influence is the progress I make today.

Let go of the past hardships and poor decisions that you have made.  Take note of how you can improve from the experiences of yesterday and convert those points into actions.  Nothing good every comes from exhausting all the options that could have been taken.  The event has come and gone.  It is time to free yourself from the constraints of the you from yesterday, last week, or last year.  Make a commitment to filing away the person you used to be and the decisions that keep you up at night.  Strive to learn from your mistakes and grow out of those uncomfortable moments.  Focus on today and you will find that life is beautiful when you live for now instead of yesterday.

Weekend Workout 4/22/16

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We are proud to have partnered with WOD-RX to bring you this weeks Wreck It Weekend Challenge!  Check out their Facebook page and their stores for some sweet workout equipment, apparel, and gear.  They are genuinely in it to help others reach their potential and Wreckognize is honored to be associated with such an awesome local company!

 

The Boss:

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30 Burpees

100 sit ups

30 Squat Jumps

60 Squats

60 Push ups

60 Lunge Twists

150 Jump Ropes

 

The Sam Jackson:

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45 Burpees

200 sit ups

45 Squat Jumps

90 Squats

90 Push ups

90 Lunge Twists

250 Jump Ropes

 

The Leo:

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60 Burpees

300 sit ups

60 Squat Jumps

120 Squats

120 Push ups

120 Lunge Twists

400 Jump Ropes

 

These will be painful.  Challenge yourself and find the real Grit you have underneath.  Wreck It!
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Snap Shot: Ketogenic Diets

“Ketogenic Diet” and “Ketosis” are words that don’t mean much to the average person.  To a fitness enthusiast these words are gaining more and more momentum.  Most new diet aficionados have seen these crop up in recent publications, articles and books.  The art of ketosis is gaining traction in the fitness communities across the globe.  But what is Ketosis?  What is a ketogenic diet?

I’m not a doctor or a scientist so I’ll keep this brief and leave the nitty gritty to the big dogs.  Put simply:  Ketosis is when your body begins utilizing its stored fat as its primary source of fuel.  This also produces ketones, which your body can use as an energy mechanism.  Ketosis is achieved through a “Ketogenic diet”.  By restricting carbohydrates to about 50 grams or lower in a given day, you can begin to move your body into ketosis.

This is an excellent way to burn up fat and lean out your body.  Like all things, there needs to be moderation and monitoring.  Going overboard by starvation or completely elminating all forms of carbohydrates can throw your body into ketoacidosis, which can be a big problem for those in favor of living.

When you eat a diet that forgoes breads, pastas, potatoes, processed carbohydrates, and all forms of sugar, your body instinctively reacts by turning to its stored fat for sustenance.  Without the presence of fast digesting, quick energy carbs, fat will become the furnace feeder.  For anyone who is struggling with an excess of body fat or has struggled to drop weight in the past, this style of eating can be incredibly beneficial.

There are hardcore believers, like in any school of thought, that think this is the be all/end all way to live.  Carbs and grains are the devil and we should burn down all bakeries!

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I think the balance always lies somewhere in the middle.  I believe a person can eat in the Ketogenic spectrum 75% of the time and enjoy a few “cheats” the other 25%.  Food is not inherently evil, except for high fructose corn syrup!  The problem lies with us.  When we consume massive amounts of processed sludge, our bodies begin acting abnormally.

Over time, we develop diseases, excess fat, mental deficiencies, and a multitude of inflammatory issues in response to the unnatural “american” diet.  Our bodies were not designed to handle 100s of grams of sugar a day or a constant pound of croissants down our face holes.  We are at our optimal when we introduce our guts to good greens, healthy fats, and animal/plant proteins.  Diversity is the name of game.

I utilized a Ketogenic lifestyle as part of an experiment Dr. Ed Adams constructed for the Wreck It Crew. (You can read about that here: 2 month experiment)  I ate this low carb/high fat diet for 60 days and some crazy things happened.  I wasn’t hungry all the time, my brain seemed to operate on a clearer plane, my energy didn’t dip in the afternoon, and I lost 15 pounds (mostly fat).

I felt great, looked great, and was free to design my day based on how I felt instead of how hungry I was or what macro-combo I needed.  It was an awesome experience and I believe everyone should give it a shot for at least 30 days.  Ketosis could be the missing link in the chain to fitness and nutritional success!

Without the presence of fast digesting, quick energy carbs, fat will become the furnace feeder.

Here are some great resources and guides to help you along your Ketogenic journey.  I utilized the Primal Blue Print by Mark Sisson.  It can be a technical read, but it provides some great research and concepts to help you craft a high fat/low carb happy bus.  Here is an awesome resource guide to Ketogenic living from Bodybuilding.com.  You will find some ballin insight, FAQs, common made mistakes, and general knowledge about this style of eating.  Also, check out this big low carb foods list that will aid you in your search for the perfect ingredients to ignite your fat burning voyage!

I thoroughly enjoyed this body/mind experiment.  It taught me so many things about my physical needs, reactions to outside stimulus, and gave me the tools to better create a lifestyle that meets my end game goals.  Give this diet a try and see for yourself how beneficial it can be!

 

 

How Not to Ruin Your Relationship: A Quick Guide for Couples and Fitness

There is a fine line between pushing each other towards a fitness goal and pushing each other towards the open arms of another lover.  Couple’s tend to struggle most when there is a gap in weight or physical fitness levels between the two partners.  All too often, couples find it incredibly frustrating to motivate one another in their quest for a healthier lifestyle.  We get angry, upset, jealous, sad, depressed, and discouraged by our partner’s insistence on health or our lack of progress.  We often feel inferior to our spouse, especially if he or she has made substantially more progress than us.

In turn, said spouse can find it difficult to convey their love, appreciation, affection, and encouragement without coming off as disappointed or demanding.  For the most part, we all want to be better for our significant other physically, mentally, and emotionally.  The physical part seems to be the hardest portion to nail down.  Our society places so much emphasis on our outside appearance that we, not only feel pressure from the outside world, but also from the person we love most in it.

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I have had my fair share of knock-down, drag out brawls with my girlfriend over the concept of health and fitness.  I have experienced the helplessness and frustration of attempting to instill my drive, motivation, and knowledge of physical fitness in her.  Often times, we have argued over exercises at the gym, fought over our meal choices, and thrown our fair share of metaphorical punches while setting goals for each other.  I would spend hours cultivating new ways to communicate my feelings and intentions, but I continually came up short.  Every plausible solution I attempted created more anger, resentment, and caused a breakdown of communication. I simply could not understand why she didn’t grasp how much I wanted to help or how hard I was working to make her fitness dreams a reality.  I blamed her for not understanding, for not wanting to follow directions, and for always battling me on the concepts that I knew to be true.  I imagined shaking sense into her and screaming at the top of my lungs, “JUST LISTEN TO ME!”

Obviously, this bared no fruit.  I had been approaching the problem with the wrong perspective and the wrong agenda.  I was attempting to force her to find “my fitness”.  I had forgotten the years of consistent training, countless hours spent on health research, and the many, many failures that helped me define my drive.  I also realized that I have a deep passion for how the body works and how best to shape it.  I wanted to fast track her fitness and clone myself in a matter of days.  I was coming off as brutish, disappointed, and impatient.  I had complete tunnel vision.

I was treating her as if she were a regular client not the love of my life.  My clients do not have a vested interest in my happiness.  They are trying to change their physical life to be better for their own motivations, not for my approval.  All my girlfriend wanted was to make me proud and feel good about herself.  Yet, there I was attempting to train her like she was any other person.

There is a particular strain that can be put on a relationship when it comes to physical health and appearance. We want to impress our lover with an amazing body. We yearn for his or her approval. We need to feel confident that we are the only thing that he or she is looking at. If, at any time, these desires and needs do not get fulfilled, we become self-loathing creatures. This sadness and sour attitude bleeds into our work, our social life, and our relationships like poison. It infects our conversations and mental attitudes. If left untreated, these feelings will calcify and become a part of our mentality. This has ruined more than a few relationships and I would be damned if I let it happen to mine.

I forced myself to refocus my messages and rethink my communication.  I observed that, often times, my words were misconstrued and digested by her brain the complete opposite way that I meant them.  If I asked, “Have you hit the gym yet?”, she was hearing, “Why haven’t you worked out already?  How can you be this lazy?  I thought you loved me?”  All I wanted to know is if she had already worked out so I can structure my afternoon.  This simple disconnect in communication is linked to her thoughts, feelings, and emotions towards me, as well as her own self-confidence and perceived fitness level.  She is effectively projecting her insecurities onto my words, which creates a poisonous potion of disaster.

This happens with all relationships all over the world.  Both parties are at fault but the responsibility rests on the partner wishing to instill change in the relationship and lifestyle.  We must alter our communication to avoid accidental offenses and breed an environment of encouragement.  We must set an example for our loved one, not stand on a pedestal and shout down directions from on high.  We are in this together and we must do our best to support one another through, not just fitness goals, but life in general.

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Here are some tips and tricks to help you convey support, affection, and motivation to your significant other, that can prevent having to change your relationship status on Facebook:

1. Never Force Anything:  If your partner doesn’t feel like working out today, don’t ever tell them that their progress will suffer or that they “need” to get some exercise.  This puts distance between the two of you and makes him or her feel like a failure.  It also makes you come off like a disappointed parent who is upset about a subpar test result.  Let them know it is ok to rest and that they are making great progress.  Suggest a couple’s walk instead.  If they still don’t bite, cook dinner together and let it go.

2. Be Patient:  When we catch the fitness bug, we tend to shout from the roof tops and encourage everyone to jump on board the health boat.  That is all well and good but many people will not adopt your passion for weights or good food as quickly as you might like.  If your partner is a slow adapter, take your time!  Don’t push too hard or too fast.  Let him or her figure things out for themselves and grasp this new lifestyle at a pace that is comfortable.  Once your spouse sees progress or begins to feel better, he or she will naturally ramp up the volume.  Sit back and encourage, never push for performance or deadlines.

3. Let a Slip Slide:  There will be inevitable deviations from the path.  Your partner will veer off into sugar town or skip a few workouts in a row.  It’s going to happen.  Accept it and move on.  Don’t pout, give judgmental looks, or tell your lover that they’re falling off the wagon.  These life adjustments are hard and require a learned set of skills and mental toughness.  Not everyone is born with an ironclad will that helps to say no to cheese cake!  Let them have their cheat cake and workout break.  All you can do is be there for them when they wish to return and encourage their fitness voyage.

4. Set Couple Goals:  This can bring you both together and intertwine your fitness agendas.  Set a goal sheet for the week that has things like:  miles walked, workouts done, desserts skipped, or number of squats completed.  It can be anything that is measured in reps or distances but, keep the list simple, number oriented and, most of all, combined.  Do not set a column for your name and your partner’s, at least in the beginning.  When you each look at the goal list, you will see a combined total of work from both parties.  This will keep your spouse from feeling discouraged if he or she slacks on certain items.  If the two of you reach your target number have a reward set, such as: a couple’s dinner, back massage and pampering session, or small trip for the weekend.  Be creative and enjoy the work!

5. Love Unconditionally:  No matter if your spouse is failing to progress or quits entirely, love him or her.  You chose to be with this person for more than physical qualities.  A person is worth more than their weight.  Remember that the only thing you can truly do is be the best person you can be for your significant other.  The only control you have is over yourself and yourself alone.  You can’t make someone into something he or she isn’t.  You can only love that person for who he or she actually is.

Weekend Workout 4/15/16

Happy Friday!  Spend some time this this weekend testing your mental and physical limits.  Here are some options to get yourself in gear and see how hard you can crush, Jungle Book Style!

 

The Baloo:

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50 Backwards Lunges

5o Body Squats

50 Pushups

50 Pull ups

50 Yard Bear Crawl

1 Mile Run – 12 minutes or less

 

The Bagheera:

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75 Backwards Lunges

75 Body Squats

75 Pushups

75 Pull ups

75 Yard Bear Crawl

1 Mile Run – 10 minutes or less

 

The Shere Khan:

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100 Backwards Lunges

100 Body Squats

100 Pushups

100 Pull ups

100 Yard Bear Crawl

1 Mile Run – 9 minutes or less

My 2 Months without Carbs, Sugar, or Supplements

I have always been of the belief that I had this “diet” thing figured out.  I read research, gobbled up multiple sources of food literature, and rooted out as many pieces of information that I possibly could on how the body processes the foods we eat.  I got locked into the idea that my brain was full of all the possibilities that laid before me in the spectrum of nutrition.  Of course, this is not the case.  There is always room to expand my knowledge base, learn something new, and apply different mechanics to my ever evolving search for physical performance.  I was shocked at the results that I experienced through a two month journey into a different diet/nutrient model.

My good friend, Dr. Edward Adams of STAYRXFIT, LLC and the GeneRXations Podcast, set forth a challenge to me and my cohorts.  One day, I happened to show him my supplement cabinet and his face contorted into a mass of panic, concern, and terror.  In his well educated mind, there was no reason for a human being to be consuming so many manufactured supplements.  I was flooding my body, on a daily basis, with a multitude of non regulated ingredients, some of which haven’t undergone the stringent testing necessary to evaluate their true effectiveness.

I was taking these products on the basis of what I had read and researched, as well as what top fitness professional had recommended.  I lived and breathed supplementation.  These products had been such a large portion of my regimen that I didn’t think to question their validity.  I saw results and these supplements aided in my performance, endurance, and recovery.  I was religious in my consumption and held strong to the idea that, without these ingredients, my workout gains would falter.  I didn’t once consider any ramifications of this habitual supplementation or if I was, in fact, doing more harm to my body then good.  Pros take them; so, I must take them too was my motto.

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Here’s a quick run down of my routine:

Morning:

  1. Whey Protein
  2. Multi-vitamin
  3. Green Tea Extract
  4. L-Carnitine 
  5. CLA
  6. Caffeine 
  7. Yohimbe Root Extract
  8. Omega 3/Fish oil

Pre-Workout:

  1. Whey Protein
  2. Pre-workout Supplement
  3. Green Tea Extract
  4. Yohimbe Root Extract

During Workout:

  1. Amino Acid Mix

Post-Workout:

  1. Whey/Casein Protein
  2. Creatine
  3. Candy

Bed Time:

  1. Casein Protein
  2. CLA
  3. Omega 3/Fish oil

Dr. E made a few things quite clear to me.

A)  There was no way my body could use everything I was taking in.

B) I was spending hundreds of dollars a month on supplements.

C) I could be causing lasting damage in my pursuit of momentary gains.

He set forth a challenge that inspired me and the Wreck It Crew to figure out how our bodies naturally functioned and if we truly needed all these supplements.  He measured our sizes and weights and then told us to steer clear of any type of supplementation, including protein, for a few months.  We were tasked with collecting all of our nutrients from the foods we ingested.  I also decided to try a different diet that restricted grains, breads, processed carbs and all sugars.  Double whammy!  Needless to say, the first week was brutal.  My mental resolve was challenged every morning and I found myself salivating over a tub of half used whey protein.  My routine was so deeply ingrained that I could barely make it through my first few workouts off the supplement train.  My lack of sugar and carbs didn’t make anything easier.  I went through small “withdrawals” that gave me headaches, low energy, and a decreased mental capacity.  I was in a serious funk and, for an addict, that can be a real dark place to be.

Luckily, I had encouragement and support through the guys going through the same experiment as me.  Their resolve strengthened mine and helped me over the first week hump.  By week two, my supplement cravings had diminished and I found working out without them to be quite enjoyable.  My new diet had begun to take effect and I no longer experienced the sugar pains.  On week three, things took a miraculous turn.  I wasn’t hungry as often, I had regular amounts of energy throughout the day, and I crushed intense workouts with ease.  I felt great and had a new perspective on my fitness game.

Towards the end of my 60 day no supplement and diet overhaul, I had lost 15 pounds and had the lowest fat percentage I have ever experienced on my body.  I no longer planned my day around when my next dose of miracle grow was coming and had complete freedom over my appetite.  The freedom was the most amazing part to me.  Before, I had time frames for when I had to workout or ingest a particular ingredient that would cut into my schedule.  Now I base my day on how I feel and what will be best for me in the moment.

This “free-form” approach to fitness was foreign to me but became one of the greatest lessons I gathered from this experience.  Now, I am able to hit a workout on a whim, without having to run through a supplement checklist before I am ready to wreck shop.  I have the insight to craft the supplement and meal plan that best fits my body and my needs.  There is no cookie cutter approach to diet and exercise.  It is a lifestyle that is ever changing.

With a clear goal in mind, I can build the plan that will put me in the best position for success.  There are no supplements that I absolutely have to incorporate for my dreams to manifest.  You can’t buy supplements for hard work, dedication, passion, and happiness.  Those things don’t come in pill form.  Trust me I have tried that route!

Everyone has a different chemical make up that responds differently to the food and supplements we ingest.  I know my body better through this experience and I thank Dr. Ed for showing me the light.  I challenge you to try a natural approach to your lifestyle.  Focus on the foods and nutrients that your body requires.  Once you have a base line, add in the supplements that will best help you reach your goals and don’t go overboard!  We are here to help.  Email us at wreckognizefitness@gmail.com if you have questions or just want to have a personal conversation about your fitness.  Get out there and Wreck It!

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Yoga is for Men

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“Please God.  Let this end.  I swear I’ll be good from now on!”  This was my exact thought the first time I took a Yoga class.  I was bargaining with my creator 45 minutes into the 75 minute class the same way I used to after I got in trouble when I was younger.  I kept checking my watch as the seconds dragged on and the torture continued.  My body had never bent, contorted, strained, or sweated like it did on that first day of Yoga.  I couldn’t breathe.  My legs were shaking.  I had to hold on to the wall next to me so I didn’t fall on to the nice ladies calmly performing the flow next to me.  It was a humbling, ego deflating experience.  The crazy thing about all this unbearable abuse was: I loved it.

I had never been challenged in that particular way before.  My body was built from the iron in the gym.  I could lift heavy and lift often because that was how my body was trained.  Yet, all this physical fitness and constant gym attendance didn’t prepare me for an hour and 15 minutes of holding my body in a sequence of hardcore stretches.  There were times in that Yoga class that I just sat down while all the women around me held perfect alignments.  I, with all my strength, endurance, and knowledge, was defeated by a hot room and some body weight holding positions.  I was stunned by the difficulty and intrigued by the proposed benefits of incorporating a regular Yoga class into my fitness regimen.

There is a misconception that surrounds the art of Yoga.  When I mention a Yoga class, I often hear responses like: it’s “just for women”, its “girly”, “go do a man’s” workout”, or “where’s your sports bra?”  This is so sad because all those guys who knock the art as being beneath them or something that is gender specific are missing an amazing piece of the fitness puzzle.  Growth, in all forms, requires an open mind and a willingness to try new things!  Yoga has the ability to enhance your flexibility, core strength, joint strength, and mental toughness.  An hour long class can make you activate your hips like never before, hold planks way longer than you ever dreamed possible, or force you to perform a hand stand against a wall.  All this while your brain is screaming at you to stop the carnage.

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“I hope that silent rip wasn’t deadly..”

Yoga is not just for housewives or board college girls.  It is for everyone.  It is an art form that can improve your mental and physical functions in and out of the gym.  The more flexible you are, the more dynamic your lifts can be and the risk of injury from weight training decreases substantially.  The stronger your joints get, the more weight you can hold.  Just by knowing you can make it through an hour of warrior poses and constant leg tension, prepares you to handle the strain of a crazy intense cardio session or long day at the office.  Yoga is a way to build a more effective body that can perform at a more optimal level.  It is a simple addition that might just be the missing link in your fitness regimen.

Stop being such a girl!  Get a Yoga mat, learn some awesome stretches and how to breathe, test your body, and gain insight into what strain your brain, as well as your body, can truly handle.  I have come to believe that the way to becoming a completely fit individual is through a diverse array of stress.  Putting yourself through a variety of different workouts and physical disciplines is the best way to build a holistic, functionally fit body.  I dare you to try just one Yoga class.  I am willing to bet that your perspective will be much different when you crawl out of the studio!

Weekend Workout 4/8/2016

We hope you have had an awesome and productive week.  Here is your weekly challenge to see if we can’t put a smile on that face!

 

The Loki:

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50 Kettle bell Swings

1 Minute Rows – Rowing Machine

50 Goblet Squats

5/10 Second Sprints

50 Mountain Climbers

20 Burpees

100 Jumping Jacks

 

The Harley Quinn:

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75 Kettle bell Swings

1:30  Rows – Rowing Machine

75 Goblet Squats

5/10 Second Sprints

75 Mountain Climbers

25 Burpees

150 Jumping Jacks

 

The Joker:

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100 Kettle bell Swings

2 Minute Rows – Rowing Machine

100 Goblet Squats

5/10 Second Sprints

100 Mountain Climbers

30 Burpees

200 Jumping Jacks

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Total Human Optimization

There is a gross misconception that there is one holy grail answer to all of life’s mysteries.  There is one ultimate solution to all issues.  Whether it is fitness, nutrition, religion, child rearing, education, taxes, government, or any other issue that brings warring sides to battle, each person has his or her own version of the truth.  Here lies the rub.  We live in a world that is ever evolving, changing, and growing, whether we like it or not.  New discoveries are made, an alternative view point on a problem is presented, and questions come faster than answers.  People are quick to choose a side and fight, tooth and nail, to prove that their opinion is fact.  This type of thinking and behavior causes a short circuit in the growth process and inhibits our natural ability to adapt to new information.  When we close our minds to alternative options, opinions, and critiques, we become stale, fragmented, and disconnected.
I view the world in a much less “black and white” fashion.  I try to see all sides of the board when I am playing a game and do my best to understand opposing views.  My reality is a fusion of multiple ideas that converge on one another to create a beautiful mess of information that I can sift through.  I attempt to find new and different ways to expand my thinking and evolve my methods to become the most well rounded human possible.

Lyle Tire

I used to think that weight training was the be all end all form of exercise.  If a person wanted to get strong, lean, and fit, he or she had to lift weights and the gym was my sanctuary.  Eventually, I couldn’t touch my toes or recover from injury quick enough.  I took incredible amounts of supplements to improve my training edge but neglected the natural ingredients from fruits and vegetables.  Protein was my only objective.  I built a body that looked good on paper, but, when put to the test, it crumbled in the functionality department.  I began to wonder if my version of truth was the “whole” truth.

I timidly began to reach out of my comfort zone.  I attended a hot yoga class and added more vegetables to my diet.  I rearranged my supplement intake and focused more on total body movements in the gym.  I started sprinting periodically, as well as researching the benefits of saunas and cryotherapy.  I quickly realized that I was missing a gigantic chunk of the puzzle.  I had been locked in a one sided mentality that caused me to have unnecessary negative ideals about other forms of fitness.  I was instantly humbled in that yoga class, immediately felt the benefits of adjusting my diet, and started to feel more mental clarity after long sauna sits.  The true benefits of health began to manifest once I started playing with all the pieces on the board.  The one size fits all mentality simply does not exist.  It takes a collection of different stressors and an open mind to reach the full potential your
body has locked inside.
Are Optimized Towards Your Health & Fitness Goals? Get Your Free Personalized Assessment From Onnit Now.Total Human Optimization is my goal.  I want to be functionally fit from as many angles as possible.  The world is full of different and exciting ways to test my grit, endurance, strength, speed, and mental focus.  The only way that I can build the body that can handle the world around me is to incorporate an ever expanding list of differing disciplines.  It took me years to realize this irrefutable fact.  You can begin by seeing the whole picture and start placing the pieces that form the best picture of health imaginable.  Don’t get bogged down in one sided views, stereotypes, biases, and ignorance like I did.  Bring together the most holistic fitness approach you can and your body will certainly reward you for it.

If you have a certain goal in mind, like getting big and strong, then focus on the tools needed to reach that goal.  But, don’t neglect the wide array of disciplines that can help bring your fitness to the next level.  Attend that yoga class, check out martial arts training, sit in a sauna, go for a swim, eat a piece of fruit, or take a day off.  Listen to your body.  Expand your mental boundaries.  Explore the wide and wonderful world of fitness.  Find what fits you and Wreck It!

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