“Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind-you could call it character in action.” — Vince Lombardi
Have you ever woken up after a night of drinking alcohol and immediately felt a sense of regret after saying or being part of some drunken debauchery? Well unfortunately I can’t help you with what you might have said or done, but I can offer you some advice with the prevention of that dreaded hangover and improved recovery.
The feeling of comfort can often be the Achilles heel blocking you from where you are now to where you want to be. Throughout your life, you have probably heard the saying, “get out of your comfort zone” or “stop playing it safe”. Like many people, I used to roll my eyes when I heard these types of statements from parents, teachers, coaches and anyone offering free life lessons. It used to annoy me. I would always think, “just let me be good at the things that I like and know I can do really well.” Let’s be honest, we all love doing things that we know we are good at, because we get compliments, a sense of achievement/purpose, validation and not to mention a big head! Who wouldn’t want all of those feelings? It’s part of human nature to like doing the things that make us feel good.
If you have been training with weights consistently and at high intensity for a while without a planned reduction in your training volume, adequate rest and nutrition, then you are holding back your ability to adapt to the training stimulus. This can mean an inability to hold onto lean mass, storage of unwanted fat and increased risk of the common cold or flu.
If you have a job that makes you sit for a living or have been training for a while, chances are there are tissues in your body that are in need of some attention from a foam roller or a professional massage therapist. With “sitting becoming the new smoking,” there are a myriad of negative health implications that can affect your body and it’s ability to maintain mobility in certain joints along with weakness in muscles.
One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to training and developing a successful program. What works for one athlete/client isn’t guaranteed to work with the next, no matter how much you try and fit that square peg in that round hole. Continue reading “Group exercise and what you NEED to know”
Everyone might not want a 6 pack, but it’s safe to say most people would like to prevent an early death. In the interest of the preservation of my blog readers, here are 4 ways to fend off the grim reaper from an early visit. Continue reading “4 ways to prevent an early death”
A key aspect that often gets overlooked in programing for individuals is to understand the client’s personality type and understand how to keep them fully engaged.
An individual who is engaged and has bought into their training will have better compliance, attendance, results and overall enjoyment of the process. Continue reading “Optimal arousal for training”
Asking if you want more energy is like saying “do you want more money?” I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want more morning energy (or more money for that matter…) I have a simple, inexpensive way to improve your energy levels without ergogenic aids like caffeine and other stimulants. Over the last few years I was someone who abused caffeine and was stuck in the cycle of loading up on it to meet the demands of a rigorous lifestyle. Waking up at 5:15am everyday with 3 shots of espresso, followed by a long black at 10am and a pre-workout stimulant that had enough caffeine to give Keith Richards a high! … Continue reading “A healthy hack for more energy in the morning”
The further down the rabbit hole I have moved with life, education, performance and results for both clients and myself, I realise that data, analytics and the power of the mind create success. Whether it’s for looking good, increasing strength or being successful at a particular task, you need to have a measurable number and an assessment process that can help you determine if you’re moving in the desired direction. Continue reading “A key factor for success in health, WRITE IT DOWN!”