One of the biggest struggles with high school athletes is motivation. Not just motivation to play the sport they volunteered to play but motivation to put in the required work to be great. I have never been a big fan of rah rah cheerleader type motivation but do believe that the energy of the moment can greatly dictate the outcome. A former coach of mine put it this way, "if you are running a marathon, you're telling me that if your family is cheering for you near the finish line, you don't kick it into the next gear?" Essentially when you feel there are people on your side you are more likely to come out of your shell. [ 247 more words ]
This past Sunday my girlfriend stepped into the gym for her first ever lift and kicked ass! Read today's blog to see exactly how it went and what led up to it! Ladies, if you have been hesitant about the gym and lifting, read this and just know you can SO do it!
Talking is great, setting goals is great, checking in on the progress of your goals is great. Those are all habits of successful people. They take the time to figure out exactly what it is they want and constantly check up on the speed of their progress. Constantly talking and finding ways to make faster or more efficient progress. This is one of the main cornerstones of success, you must constantly innovate in order to stay relevant or on top. [ 313 more words ]
Are you taking action just to say you did? Are you secretly trying to validate your "grind"? Read my new post today about acting with intent and why just taking action isn't enough.
So you're thinking on going out for drinks with friends after training? Well think a little longer on that decision before things start to get out of hand. I'm not saying don't ever go out and get a drink, what I'm saying is don't have 10. Not only will you feel like crap the next day so will your training and any recovery you had going for you. [ 306 more words ]
Before starting any new endeavor, one question lingers that we usually do not share with anyone. The question rattles around in our brain and we usually answer it without even directly thinking about it. The question of course is......is it worth it? Is it worth it to sacrifice some of your off-work hours to work out? Is it worth it to change the diet you are used to in order to make a change in your health? [ 380 more words ]
When deciding on big goals and listing out all the ways that you can accomplish them, you can get a feeling of accomplishment, that "yes I'm finally doing something". If that is all that you do then all it is is a false sense of accomplishment. You didn't actually do anything you set out to do other than put ink on paper. [ 474 more words ]
3,2,1 .....action??? Different people throughout my various social media platforms have posted Gary Vaynerchuk (if you do not know who he is look him up now) about working your ass off and getting things done. One quote of his that came across my computer screen today was "I am going to build the biggest building in the city by BUILDING THE BIGGEST BUILDING IN THE CITY" [ 648 more words ]
There are times when you are not at your best, when you have so much on your plate that there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. That the "easier" task to accomplish will take precedent because it will have a direct effect on your immediate future instead of long down the road where you can't even see it. [ 139 more words ]
For many of us our daily lives pertain to us sitting around a desk, sitting around a kitchen table or sitting around the tv. If you think about it most people probably sit for more than 8-9 hours a day. This is the new prototypical modern human that no longer needs to hunt and gather. Then in order to compensate we go hard in the gym for 1-2 hours. [ 397 more words ]
Being a high school coach and teacher, I am surrounded by kids every day who appear apathetic, uninterested in school, in a fog or constantly distracted. It is very easy to point the finger at "this generation" and how much they suck. But regardless of how you feel about their potential or future, they tend to mirror us as well. [ 340 more words ]
EVERYBODY SUCKS, but it's ok.... Read my new blog and see why!
Seeing as every other day a new fitness trend is released promising amazing results, it seems like a good idea to figure out why all of these programs are the "best" and how they actually get these results. Before getting into any science stuff, we all know that a lot of published results are total bs or photoshopped. But since I can not 100% confirm who does what, I'm just going to stick to the facts. [ 534 more words ]
My number one priority this New Year was to get back to basics in my training. The most basic and efficient program around is 5/3/1 by Jim Wendler. The program is straight and to the point. Lift weights at a lighter percentage than your 1-Rm and make small, incremental gains over the long run. I previously wrote about my lack of improvement in strength over the past 4 years. [ 313 more words ]
My current training: I am running Jim Wendler's 5/3/1 routine for the entirety of 2017. I have not made the strength gains I should have over the past couple years so my number one focus for this year is strength. My routine for the past month consisted of the following: Monday - OH Press (5/3/1 programming), Neutral bench press, Pull-ups, Inverted row, Curls, Tricep pushdowns… [ 152 more words ]
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