Women and Strength Training

FitCampers!

We’ve got a great week planned out programming wise, so let’s get in the gym, give what we’ve got while we’re here and focus on eating as good as we possibly can! If you need help with that last part, click here and apply at the bottom of the page!

Don’t forget that there are no night classes Friday night, so please plan your workouts accordingly!

Women and strength training (part 1): 

This will be a two-part post, there’s a lot to cover and I’d like everyone (both men and women) to consider the points made here.

As a coach, I hear a lot from women about the fear of getting “big and bulky” from lifting weights. There are a lot of myths that revolve around this topic in the strength and conditioning world and it’s time that we talk about it.

Most women seem to think that if they even look at a barbell that they are going to become The Incredible Hulk and that they’ll loose their femininity. Personally, I think strength only exemplifies femininity, and I’ll explain why. Don’t worry men, I’ll have a blog or two for you as well. These next two are dedicated to the ladies.

A quick summary of the myths in this article:

  1. Lifting weights will make you huge and masculine.
  2. Women only tone. Men only bulk.
  3. Toning, sculpting and firming are totally different things.
  4. Women should never lift free weights.
  5. If women use their leg and butt muscles, they’ll get too big.
  6. Weight training turns fat into muscle.
  7. Lifting too heavy of weights will make a women “bulky”, so they should only lift light.

“Women are not a special population. They are half the population.” Mark Rippetoe.

What Coach Rip was saying here, is that women DO respond to heavy lifting. However, women get the best results when they train for performance, like we do at GetFit{Camp} , because even though women do respond differently to weight training than men, there is no difference in the quality of exercise that they need to be involved in to cause their bodies to change. The media has done a great job of perpetrating the myths of what those different responses are.

How to get there is really right in front of our faces, the results in terms of performance and body image (yes, we care about how we look naked), and the sad fact is that most of the population lacks the mental fortitude to do it. The “easy” way of circuit programs, low intensity machine based workouts, and “body sculpting” sessions are much easier to sell than busting your butt.

The fact remains that the body image that we’re seeking; the flat stomach, the curvy bottom half, and “long, lean” muscle that is sold to the public, is best found while chasing performance and a SOLID nutrition program. People tend to put the cart before the horse in that they put appearances first without thinking about the training to get yourself there. I have no doubt that I can add 50 pounds to your squat in a few months, but I don’t know how to get that C-shaped butt that everyone loves without making your squat better. If you want better arms, there’s no diet plan, no high intensity circuit class, no juice cleanse will get you there unless you do some sort of resistance training. You want better looking arms with that, “long, lean, tight arm” look, you have to improve your push ups. Get better at benching. Get better at dips. That will pretty much guarantee that you’ll get those great looking arms that everyone talks about. Chase performance and the aesthetics will come. (Don’t worry, I’ll get to the “too masculine” argument in a minute)

The appearance that you’re looking for will not change unless your performance does. That is what we program for and why we keep track of all of our lifts, times and gymnastics movements. For instance, remember how hard it was the first time that you did a 30 second tuck hold for 4 rounds? Now that you’ve moved on to the bent hollow rocks, those tuck holds probably look pretty dang easy. Your performance has improved and I’m sure that your waist has tightened up a bit as well as a result of getting better at something. Your genetics are best expressed when you’re performing at your highest level, and this is only achievable when you’re involved in a program that is solely based on getting you to perform at your highest level. It’s hard to get your best-looking body without resistance training at your (emphasis on your because it’s all relative and constantly changing) highest level.

You can’t get longer muscles. Without physically detaching your muscles from your bones and reattaching somewhere else, there’s no such thing as “longer” muscles. Let’s get that marketing term out of here, that’s just silly. As far as “firming and toning” goes, there is only hard work and eating better. Muscles don’t get toner, you get leaner.

I’m sure that a few of you have seen some of the top competitor females and have seen their larger muscles and leaner bodies and thought, “OMG, I’m going to get HUGE from lifting.” Those women have taken DRASTIC measures to get to that point through very strict diets, very specific programs, and very specific supplementation. These particular women train every day, they have nutritionists and cooks preparing food for them, they’re supremely dedicated to their sport, and lastly, they don’t give a sh*t what people think about them or their bodies. I think that last thing some something that we ALL can learn from…

These are just a few of the popular myths that are, for some reason, continued to be pushed on women in the fitness industry. To sum up:

  • You will not become HUGE by lifting weights.
  • The fastest route to being fit is through chasing performance.
  • Lifting heavy will NOT make you manly.
  • A fit looking, athletic body will come only through consistent hard work and a consistent eating habits.

Women fear being physically strong because our culture has put so much emphasis on what the female form should look like. Men find security in knowing that women need men to can take care of them and if a woman is stronger than they are, they might not feel needed as much. So they pressure women to not get stronger out of fear. Women don’t like other women being stronger, because they are afraid or unwilling to put in the effort that the other woman has to break the mold as far as what “feminine” means. When at the end of the day, a woman should do whatever she wants to make herself feel good and not care what others think.

I’ll be digging in a bit more in the next installment of this post, so feel free to discuss with me your thoughts!

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
SL
HBP

Get{Strong}
4×12 OHS
4×12 Pull Ups

Get{Fit}
4 RNDs:
200m Sprint
10 Push Press
20 Sit Ups

Fast Tip Friday and Announcements!

Announcements:

Today is the LAST DAY to sign up for ProCoach for this class. If you’re interested, read more about the program here, pick your level, then click here to sign up!

Tomorrow is a FREE Foundations Class to all new members. If you have any friends that are interested, please have them contact me to reserve their spot. Following that:

Next week is Bring A Friend Week! All of next week is free and open to the public. It’s perfect timing to take advantage of the free Foundations Class so they can jump right into class knowing all the basic movements. Let’s get some new faces in the gym!

Then, Saturday night we’re meeting at Cuetopia Billiard Cafe at 6pm to play some pool, hang out and have some fun. Meet us there and let’s play!

Keep Saturday, March 4th open for a possible hike for my birthday! Weather depending. Details to come.

FTF!

We’re finally here folks! It’s Friday and that means, more quick cooking tips! The new ones will be in bold:

  1. This is number one for a reason. PREP, PREP, PREP! It’s easier to cook a bunch of chicken or chop a bunch of veggies, or put together 5-6 side salads all at once than trying to do it throughout the week. Save yourself some time and sanity by prepping your meals.
  2. After making eggs sunny side up, deglaze the pan with sherry vinegar and then drizzle it on your eggs for an amazing different flavor.
  3. For rich, creamy, healthier dressings, use half greek yogurt instead of all the mayo!
  4. Prep HUGE crock pot meals and then divvy it up into four gallon sized freezer bags. Place in the freezer and take out a day or two before you want to throw them in the crock pot. Talk about meal prep.
  5. Recipes are just guidelines, not rules. Even if they were rules, break them.
  6. Pick one thing that you do well, and perfect it! Then, make some variations on it.
  7. Keep it simple. Find simple recipes. Steam veggies and season them. Grill.
  8. Try cooking the same meat, like chicken, with different seasonings. Mexican, Greek, Italian, etc. Try things out, but keep it simple.
  9. Speaking of eggs, try cooking different kinds of eggs, like poached!
  10. Try different kinds of salads! Different veggies, different dressings, have fun!
  11. When seasoning meats, sprinkle it on like it’s snowing. That way it will be more even and not chunky in spots.
  12. When roasting your veggies in the oven, avoid over crowding the food. Keep space in there otherwise the veggies will steam instead of getting that caramelization that we’re looking for.
  13. To cook potatoes a little faster than an hour in the oven, poke a few holes in them with a fork, wrap in a paper towel and microwave for 4-6 minutes, depending on how big they are. It will take some experimentation, but they taste good and done faster!
  14. Use left over veggies from previous meals for a salad bar! Avoids throwing out food that might sit there and you get more veggies into your meals!
  15. Quick pickle by mixing a little salt and sugar with white vinegar and pour over thinly sliced veggies. Wait 20 minutes and enjoy!
  16. When you’re browning meat, you should blot the surface dry with a paper towel so the meat doesn’t release moisture when it hits the hot oil. Too much moisture makes the meat steam instead of sear, and you will lose that rich brown crust.
  17. Invest in a bottle of high-quality olive oil. Just a small drizzle can really bring out the flavor of pizza, mozzarella, pasta, fish and meat. (I love these guys locally)
  18. When you grill, pull your steaks out of the refrigerator one hour ahead of time so they can come to room temperature.
  19. If you don’t have time to brine your chicken, use this simple trick: Heavily salt the chicken (inside and out) about an hour before you cook it. Then pat it dry and roast. This ensures crispy skin and juicy meat.
  20. HAVE FUN!!! Turn on music, sing, dance while things are baking, make cooking an enjoyable experience and you’ll want to do it more often. 

I hope that you all enjoy these and use some of them. Let me know what kind of Fast Tip Friday series that you’d like to see!

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
SL
HBP

Get{Strong}
4×12 OHS
4×12 Bent Rev. Fly

Get{Fit}
4 RNDs NFT:
5 Neg. Pull Ups
7 Good Mornings
9 Push Press

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

FitCampers!

Just a couple quick announcements before we get started on today’s subject:

We have a gym event coming up on the 25th! Let’s get together, play some pool and have a couple adult recreational beverages. Let me know if you’re coming by Thursday the 25th so I can organize the time! I’m thinking around 6:00pm.

My birthday is coming up on March 5th! Woohoo! I’d love to schedule a hike with everyone, and then have some brunch afterward, weather depending of course. We’ve had a pretty wet winter, so it’s hard to say what it’s going to look like by March 4th, so keep that morning open for a fun hike and brunch.

Next Saturday, the 25th, is also a FREE Foundations Class from 10-12 (appointment required)! All new members will get to try out a free foundations class, learn all of the basic barbell movements, and then the following week is free for Bring a Friend week! Be sure to let all your friends and family know, or heck even strangers, that they get to try out our awesome program for FREE. Have them reach out to me to reserve their space!

We’re going to be having some changes coming up soon in the gym! A new referral program, a few forms to fill out, a new pricing structure for new members coming in (also some corporate pricing for local businesses), and an upcoming survey to find how to better fulfill your needs and help guide the future of the gym. This is going to be pretty important, and the more people that fill out the survey, the better I can set up the gym, programming, systems, and features that the gym can offer. Be on the lookout in the next week.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs:

Abraham Maslow wrote a paper in 1943, “A Theory in Human Motivation”. He wanted to study the top 1% of people in the world that were the top thinkers, changers, and leaders in the world to see what made them so special. He thought that trying to study the mentally ill or neurotic people would only produce sick psychology and philosophy. Interesting thought.

The pyramid below is a visual of what he thought were the most basic needs at the bottom, to the higher thought processes at the top. (Bear in mind that this might vary based on cultural, regional and geopolitical needs, and might not be universal. This is just for a thinking exercise.)

Used with permission, FireflySixtySeven, Wikipedia.

Someone shared this the other day and it got me thinking. At the base of the pyramid, we can see that the foundation of this whole thing is, physiological needs. This sort of piqued my interest because I think that it’s something that we don’t really realize that we have pretty easy, the basic need for food, water, air, health, clothing, and shelter.

I think that it’s pretty easy for us to look at other people, who may have nicer things than us, and think that we’re not very well off. To me, that can throw off the whole balance of the pyramid. Is it ok to want nicer “things”? Absolutely! At the same time, I think that it’s important to be grateful for what we do have though, while we work toward the “nicer” things that we want. We can get deeper into things like, “The Secret” or “The Law of Attraction” but, I’ll let you research that on your own. The basic summary of these philosophies is pretty simple (though I do recommend reading deeper into it), whatever you focus on is what you bring into your life. If you keep focusing on the lack of whatever it is you have in your life, you’ll keep attracting the lack of that thing. Focusing on being grateful for what you have, that you have that thing in abundance, and more of it will come to you. Build the base of that pyramid strong, then move up. Keep seeing yourself as a healthy, strong individual with enough food, water, and shelter.

Once you’ve got the physiological needs down, now we can work on safety. A few things that can be found in safety are; personal security, financial security, health and well-being (which is what we work on in Get Fit{Camp}), and safety nets against accidents/illness (insurance). Some of these are much more complex than I’d like to dig into in this blog, so we’ll just talk about the health and well-being aspect. Just remember that what we focus on is what we attract. We have a lot that we can do for health and well-being, we can go to the gym and learn to be fit, we can learn to eat better, and we can learn how to meditate to calm our minds. Physical and mental health are pretty darn important to a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Humans are social creatures, we yearn to have our “pack” or “tribe” and that’s why love is next. Once we’ve gotten our basic needs met and we’re feeling safe, then we can focus on thriving by being surrounded by friends and family or those that challenge us to be the best versions of ourselves. Relating this to the gym, that’s why having our group classes is so important to our success. We have created an environment where we all support each other and genuinely care about each other’s success. We cheer each other on, challenge each other to be better or lift more, and we support each other when we need it most. I’m very proud of the community that we have at Get Fit{Camp} and you all should be too, because you are the ones that make it happen.

Once we have that “tribe”, that will launch us to the next step, esteem. How many times have you walked into the gym, having a bad day or not feeling so great about yourself but, walked out feeling pretty darn fantastic? Personally, more times than I can count. Our tribe helps to contribute to our self-esteem. We may come into the gym not feeling so great, but as we’re working out that might all change. We have our friends supporting us, cheering us on, and that will help us lift heavier, move a little better or faster and that will build up our esteem. Then, whether you realize it or not, that will flow over to other areas of our lives. It will build confidence in all of our other relationships/areas of our lives; work, school, church, etc.

The last level is self-actualization. This is the level that we’ll achieve when we’ve mastered all the other levels. Not just achieve them, master them. This level is for someone’s own FULL potential and REALIZATION of that potential. We might have that “ah-ha” moment where we realize that we have the absolute desire to accomplish everything that we can, to become the best versions of ourselves and that we KNOW that we can achieve those goals in whatever that may be. Look at all of the extremely high achievers in your life, what do they have in common? Do they have any negative self-talk? Do they every tell themselves that they CAN’T do anything? Or do they attack everything that they put their mind to? What dialogue do you tell yourself on a daily basis? It’s something that I’m still working on, but I know that I have to potential to reach this level. How about you?

Get Fit{Camp} is committed to helping our members in their health and fitness endeavors. Sometimes this also means focusing on positive thinking skills and habits as well. One program that has helped an enormous amount of people change their lives both mentally and physically is the ProCoach program. This is a yearlong, habits based program that really digs into the “why’s” of some of our eating habits. Understanding a bit of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs a bit more, this program has all of the elements that will build on each of those steps in the program; from our basic needs, all the way up to realizing how much control over our lives that we really do have. Because it’s a guided program by me, you’ll also have the support and “tribe” to help ensure your success. The next class starts on February 27th and the last day to sign up is the 24th, so go here and sign up now. This program is guaranteed to change your life, or your money back. Please read this page for all the details on the program. I look forward to helping you change your life.

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
sPL
4×12 Tricep extension

Get{Strong}
4×12 Bench
4×12 Hammer Curl

Get{Fit}
Tabata:
Mt. Climbers
Jumping Pull Ups
Reverse Lunges

ProTip Tuesday, Episode 14 – 37 Minutes

37 Minutes?

What’s he talking about?! Guess you’ll have to watch and see!

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
sPL
4×8 Front Scale

Get{Strong}
4×12 DL
4×12 Pike PU

Get{Fit}
4 RNDs:
200m Sprints
100m Suitcase Carry
20 Sit Ups

Motivation and Discipline

FitCampers!

Last week we had a few challenging workouts. There was more than one day walking out of the gym, I felt pretty… “good”. How about you? Anything that stood out to you about last week that you loved? Hated? See more of? Less of?

Something that a lot of people struggle with is “motivation”. Sometimes it’s hard to stay focused on the goal of lifelong health, let alone fitness. It’s easy to get caught up in the now and forget that what we do NOW will affect us in the future.

Looking back on my life, I wish I had given thought to what I was doing to my body in my 20’s and how it would affect me in my 30’s. Now that I’m in my 30’s and a little wiser, I can easily say that I’m thinking further into the future and how what I’m doing now will help me in my 40’s. Comparing the two decades’ side by side, it’s pretty obvious that I’ll be entering my 40’s in a better position, health and fitness wise, than I was when was entering my 30’s. I’m much more focused on the long view. What would I like to look like in my 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, or even the 80’s or 90’s? How active will I be with my kids? Grandkids?! How much will I be dependent on my kids to take care of me? Will I need a walker or am I going to be like Jack Lalanne and be active and athletic until the day I die? (Read about some of his fitness feats here and get inspired)

Sometimes it can be challenging to stay motivated, or “disciplined” to stay on track. So today, we’re going to cover just a few things that might help you out.

Starting with “discipline”. First and foremost, discipline is a myth. It’s not real. There is only choice aligned with what you want MOST, whether you realize that or not… You must understand that you can have finely etched abs of steel or you can have doughnuts (mmmmm… doughnuts….). Don’t beat yourself up just because you had a doughnut, just be ok with your choice that that doughnut was more important than having washboard abs.

The easiest way to make yourself immediately feel less stress and better is to make a choice that aligns with your goals. Try asking yourself when facing a difficult food choice, “What would an expert recommend? Would it be the bowl of berries with Greek yogurt or the triple decker chocolate fudge brownie sundae?” When you make that choice and people comment about your discipline or will power, just respond with, “I just like making choices that are aligned with my goals, otherwise I don’t feel good mentally or physically.” You always have a choice and when you make a choice that is aligned with your goals, be sure to celebrate it. High-five yourself and let whoever cares know that you’re pretty awesome for making a choice that is aligned with who you are.

One of my coaches said, “Everyday I have to wake up and decide what it’s going to be: a day of struggling or a day of rising to the occasion.”

People that don’t like what they do, will “work” every single day of their lives. When you enjoy the process, when you enjoy what you do, you don’t need motivation. You look forward to doing it, every day. The same works for food and fitness. Find something that you enjoy doing. Maybe it’s Get Fit{Camp}, maybe it’s yoga, maybe it’s powerlifting, whatever it may be, if you enjoy it it’ll never be a workout. Find creative ways to enjoy the foods that will nourish your body and taste good. Find a way to enjoy the cooking or fitness process.

“I’m seeing first-hand what the alternative (e.g. poor eating habits, not focusing on fitness as a part of one’s life) can do to some loved ones, and it scares the hell out of me.” ~Coach Jason

Something that you can do to help out, I’ve mentioned just a little bit about this earlier, is to constantly keep track of your daily wins. No matter how small. Did you eat 4 servings of veggies today instead of just 3? High five yourself. Did you walk for 10 minutes instead of 5? High five yourself. Keep a written log if you have to, so you can go back and see how amazing you are. Small wins daily add up to some MAJOR changes.

You’re not always going to be totally amped up. You’re not always going to feel like you’re kicking the days’ butt. Sometimes that’s just a way of your body letting you know that it might be time to slow down a little bit. On those days, just move a little bit, just focus on eating just a little bit better than you feel like. This keeps the ball rolling in the right direction, even if it’s not full speed ahead.

Most people think that if the answer to, “Should I go to the gym today?” isn’t a resounding “Hell yes!!!!” Then they’re not motivated. That’s not the case at all. There must be a disassociation between feeling and action. It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel like going to the gym or eating well, you just do it anyway and it’s amazing how easy it is to finish once you get started. And THAT takes practice. The more that you ACT in spite of your feelings, the easier that it gets in the future to do it. Then easier, and easier, and easier. You won’t always feel the “hell yes”, you’ll probably feel the “hell no” more often. If so, that’s ok! You’re totally normal. The only response to either one of those is to ACT anyway and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to finish and how much better you’ll feel when you’re done.

Hopefully this helps put “motivation and discipline” into perspective. If you need a little help with how to start incorporating those better nutrition and fitness habits, the next ProCoach class will be starting on February 27th and the last day to sign up is the 24th. Click on this link to learn a little more about the program. If you click here, there is a very informative video on the program as well as the sign-up sheet.

As usual, let me know if you have any questions. Let’s have a great week!

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
SL
HBP

Get{Strong}
4×12 OHS
4×12 Jumping Pull Ups

Get{Fit}
400m Run
10 Renegade Rows
200m Run
16 Renegade Rows
400m Run
10 Renegade Rows

TGIF

Friday!

It’s 80’s Friday, wear your black shirts and try to find some neon, just for fun! Sounds like it’s going to be a rainy weekend, try to stay dry and keep active somehow.

Fast Tip Friday!

This months FTF is a new series on quick cooking tips! Here are the first five (new ones are in bold):

  1. This is number one for a reason. PREP, PREP, PREP! It’s easier to cook a bunch of chicken or chop a bunch of veggies, or put together 5-6 side salads all at once than trying to do it throughout the week. Save yourself some time and sanity by prepping your meals.
  2. After making eggs sunny side up, deglaze the pan with sherry vinegar and then drizzle it on your eggs for an amazing different flavor.
  3. For rich, creamy, healthier dressings, use half greek yogurt instead of all the mayo!
  4. Prep HUGE crock pot meals and then divvy it up into four gallon sized freezer bags. Place in the freezer and take out a day or two before you want to throw them in the crock pot. Talk about meal prep.
  5. Recipes are just guidelines, not rules. Even if they were rules, break them.
  6. Pick one thing that you do well, and perfect it! Then, make some variations on it.
  7. Keep it simple. Find simple recipes. Steam veggies and season them. Grill.
  8. Try cooking the same meat, like chicken, with different seasonings. Mexican, Greek, Italian, etc. Try things out, but keep it simple.
  9. Speaking of eggs, try cooking different kinds of eggs, like poached!
  10. Try different kinds of salads! Different veggies, different dressings, have fun!

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
MN
RC

Get{Strong}
4×12 DL
4xME L-Sit

Get{Fit}
4 NFT:
10 Goal Posts w/Press
10 Jump Squats
30 sec. Elbow Plank

The end of 5×3

FitCampers!

Last week was a GREAT week! We had some amazing workouts and a really fun bowling event on Saturday.

This week we’re starting a new high volume strength cycle. Because it’s higher reps, we might dig into the Get{Fit} portion of our workouts a bit, and that’s ok. For the next 8 weeks, we’re going to be focusing on building up some muscle and ramping up the intensity a bit. This higher volume is meant to push the border of “hard”. That doesn’t mean failure, just means I want you to get uncomfortable a bit and then push that edge just a little farther. We’re going to be aiming for 12 reps per round in this cycle, but that also doesn’t mean that we’re going to get to 12 every single time. What I’d like you to think about is stopping 1-2 reps before failure. So if that means that you’re only getting to 9 or 10 reps and you feel like one or two more reps might cause you to fail in the lift, that’s ok, stop there. Get a bit uncomfortable!

The Fast Tip Friday series didn’t make it out on Friday again, but I think I finally got the problem worked out! Remember that all new things added from the week before will be in bold.

  1. Set a timer on your phone while you’re at work for an hour. Every time it goes off, go for a walk around your floor or building. It should take you no more than 5-10 minutes and you’ll get some steps in!
  2. When you go get your newspaper or mail, lunge out and back to get it!
  3. When you go to the store, park a little farther than normal. Not only will you get more steps, it’ll be much easier to find parking!
  4. Take the stairs! This is a great one for those of you only 2-4 floors up. If you’re a little higher than that, take the elevator up a few floors and then take the stairs. Work your way up to doing all of them!
  5. Walk to get water often. You’ll be doing two things at once, getting more water AND having to walk more to the restroom.
  6. While brushing your teeth, do some calf raises. Get up on your tippy toes and tap your heels on the floor and go back up.
  7. If you have a dog, walk it more often. They’ll appreciate it. If you don’t have a dog, pretend and go for a walk anyway!
  8. If you’re watching your favorite tv show, every time a commercial comes on do some exercise that you need to work on. Push ups, squats, lunges, mobility, etc.
  9. Now that we’re parking farther away from the store, as you’re walking in and out, walk faster!
  10. Schedule your time. Pull out your calendar and schedule one hour a day once a week and work up to two times a week, and then go from there. Baby steps.
  11. DANCE BREAKS! Whenever a song with a good beat comes on, dance to it! Even if you’re in your car, that extra little bit of moving to your jam will be fun and helpful. It might even make you (and someone watching) smile!
  12. Stand up work stations are a great way to get your body moving a bit, and it’s much better for your back, hips and energy levels than sitting all day. Ask your boss about getting one.
  13. This might sound silly but, stand/sit up straight! As you’re sitting at your desk or your new stand up work station, focus on sucking in your stomach tight, shoulders down and back, head slightly pulled back and breathing through your stomach rather than your chest. This will not only improve your confidence (studies have proven that simply standing up straight will greatly help in self-confidence) it will help keep that pesky back pain from flaring up, improve your core strength and keep your energy levels up.
  14. Farmer carry your groceries to your car. Load them up in some durable grocery bags and lug them to your car parked on the far end of the lot. It’s a great workout and two trips are for suckers.
  15. Now that you’re walking more, pick up the pace! Make it a walking race when going somewhere.
  16. While you’re cooking dinner/doing your meal prep, as food is cooking or water is boiling, do some planks, squats or push-ups! I’m sure that there’s something that you can work on mobility or strength wise!
  17. Plan active date nights with your partner! Go for walks, hikes, or even ride a bike for a picnic in the park!
  18. Trouble with pull ups? Buy a rig that hangs in your door frame and every time you pass it, do a couple jumping pull ups and work your way to dead hang pull ups!
  19. When grocery shopping, skip the cart and get the basket. It’s a great way to get some farmers carries in.
  20. Schedule it out. This is important. We seem to live and die by our schedules and the calendar. “Don’t have the time”? Schedule it. Make it a priority. Your health and fitness is something that should be a scheduled part of your life because it’s something that will have the greatest impact. Working on mobility, strength and flexibility will create for you the opportunity to remain mobile, active and independent into your later years. Take care of it NOW, because later might be too late.

There you have it folks! 20 tricks to help you incorporate more movement and health into your day. Which one will you work on first? Email me or post to the Facebook page and let me know!

 

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
MN
RC

Get{Strong}
4×12 Incline Bench
4×12 DB Step Up

Get{Fit}
4 RNDs NFT:
10 Good Mornings
9 Bent BB Row
8 HPS
(Once you start a round, you can’t put the BB down)

The Pause Button…

FitCampers,

In this industry, coaches like me hear these things a lot:

“I’ll get started on Monday.”

“If I wasn’t so busy at work, I’d get to the gym…”

“I’ll start over again after my vacation.”

There are many other phrases like this that all mean the same thing. “When everything is perfect, I’ll start working on my health and fitness.”

Nothing will ever be perfect. Work will always be hard. Life will always throw you curveballs. And the diet will never start Monday.

If you’ve said these things, don’t worry. We’ve all said them about one thing or another. Personally, I’ve said a few of those as well. My coach Dr. John Berardi wrote a GREAT article on the “pause button mentality” and it’s worth the read. It helps put things into perspective and will help you figure out how to incorporate fitness and nutrition into your life, no matter how crazy things are.

If you need any help with nutrition, simple reply to this email and I’ll make sure that you get on my list for the next ProCoach class. It will be starting in a month so be ready!

Only two more days of Bring a Friend, so get more friends and family in the gym to try it out!

Don’t forget that we’re going bowling on Saturday night at 6pm. Meet at the Fish Bowl in the Bass Pro Shops!

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
SL
HBP

Get{Strong}
5×3 Front Squat
4×12 Chin Ups

Get{Fit}
4 RNDs NFT:
15 BB Row L
15 BB Row R
100m Suitcase Carry (AHAP)
30 Double Unders

How was it?!

First day back?

How was your first day back? Nothing like burpees after 10 days off, amirite?

Great job yesterday everyone. Good work in easing back into it, its usually a good idea to reintroduce yourself back into it after a little break. Today we’ll get after it at our own pace!

Don’t forget that Saturday the 21st, we’re having a FREE Foundations Class for ALL new members! This means that everyone that would like to come and learn how to do what we do, they get to AND save $100! Then, the following week is Bring a Friend week so they can come try out the classes and see what it’s all about. Let’s have some fun!

Also Saturday the 28th, I’m planning a Gym Event. Let’s go bowling! We’ll meet up at the Fish Bowl in Bass Pro and have a little fun and celebrate with our new members! Let me know ASAP if you’d like to go and I’ll reserve a couple of lanes. It will probably be around $10-15 per person, depending on how many people would like to come.

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
MN
RC

Get{Strong}
5×3 Bench Press
4×12 BSS

Get{Fit}
4 RNDs NFT:
50 Double Unders
15 Goal Posts
12 Squatting Presses

And we’re back!

FitCampers!

Aaaaaaand we’re back!

It’s been a great 10 days; I got married, had a great honeymoon and had an amazing time on Maui doing some really fun things! We snorkeled, went to a great luau, saw the sunrise from the top of the volcano, and then biked down it! We saw whales up close, sea turtles on the beach by our condo, and some really cool fish (trumpet fish).

Don’t worry, we kept our distance.

Scariest bike ever.

It was a beautiful wedding and an amazing honeymoon and I’m ready to get back at it (as I’m sure that a lot of you are too!)

Today I’m just going to talk a bit about #operationleanoutgetfitcampsj. This is going to be a little on the personal side, just a heads up…

What is #operationleanoutgetfitcampsj? It’s a hash tag on Instagram that I’m starting to help motivate everyone on leaning out and following the Get Fit{Camp} ProCoach Nutrition Program. I’ll be posting progress pictures every Monday, some photos of food that I’m eating (as much as I can without spamming the feed), what I’m doing for some extra activity, and talking a bit about the struggles that I might be running into from time to time.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve kind of let my own nutrition, sleep, and workouts fall to the wayside. I haven’t been as good about eating according to the 5 Habits that I preach, more on the 5 Habits in a bit, I’ve put on some mate-weight, I’ve been less active and I’ve been, well, lazy.

It’s easy to blame external factors, and yes I’ve had a lot going on (getting married and out of the gym for 10 days), but that’s not really a good reason to not practice what I preach. I could still have stuck to the plan 80% of the time. Heck, I could have even stuck to it 50% of the time. I could have worked out on the beach. I could have been much better about my eating on the island. But instead, I decided that it’s been the holidays, I was too stressed, had too much going on, had too much on my plate to think about food, was too tired to work out, and that “screw it, I’ll start later” attitude. My focus and attitude shifted and I just let it all go and now I’m facing the results of that choice.

I feel tired, I’m definitely softer around the edges, and my conditioning is terrible. Going up the three flights of stairs to our condo winded me. It’s embarrassing. I run a gym for crying out loud and I just let it all cave in.

The reason that I’m telling you all of this isn’t to get pity or a slap on the back with a “you can do it!” type thing, I’m telling you this to let you know that I’m human too. That I struggle too. That even I have trouble sticking to it and practicing what I preach.

AND THAT’S OK!!!

The important thing that everyone (including myself) needs to remember is that; there is no falling behind, there is no failure, there is no “everyone is doing better than me”, and there is definitely no quitting simply because I “fell off the wagon” for a few days.

There is no “wagon”. There is only today. It’s simply a matter of asking yourself, what can you do TODAY to get going again? What is ONE THING that you can do to get started moving forward again? Can you start by eating 3 servings of veggies a day? That’s pretty easy. Maybe it’s focusing on just eating slowly. That’s pretty easy too.

Here’s my 3-step plan:

  1. Get back to using the 5 Habits:
    1. Eating Slowly. Focusing on spending 15-20 minutes with each meal and finishing at about 80% full.
    2. Having 2 palm sized (for women, 1 palm sized) protein dense foods at every meal. This means; chicken, fish, lean beef, etc.
    3. 2 Fist sized (for women, 1 fist) portions of fruits or veggies at every meal. For me, this is going to be my biggest focus. I know that I don’t eat enough veggies throughout the day, so I’ll be working on this a lot.
    4. This is one is the hardest for most people. For me, having 2 cupped hand portions of carbs. If I haven’t just worked out, a double portion of veggies instead of starchy carbs. I’ll be saving the starchy carbs for post workout only.
    5. 2 thumbs of fats with each meal (for women, 1 thumb). This is a LOT less than most people do. This means for me, that’s only about 8-10 almonds, two tbsp. of olive oil, two tbsp. of nut butter, two thin slices of avocado. It’s not a lot!

Eating with these types of measurements is SUPER easy. I’ll have the measuring tools on me at all times, my hands. It’s going to require some serious checking in and making sure that I’m actually hungry versus being bored. The question that I’ve heard to ask yourself if you’re feeling snacky is, “Am I hungry enough to eat plain, steamed fish and veggies? If the answer is no then you’re not hungry, you’re bored. If that sounds good, then you’re hungry and you should eat!”

  1. Move more. I have my own plan for getting more movement into my day, starting slowly and working up to more. The first week is extremely simple to set myself up for success and to develop the habit of adding in more movement; walk for 15 minutes, three times a week. It’s pretty simple, achievable and something that I can build from. I’ll be adding in more and more, working up to jogging. We have the Spartan Race coming up that I’d like to train more jogging for.
  2. Train in the gym 4 times per week. I’m extremely proud of the way that the programming has developed and, personally, I think that it’s been working very well for myself and everyone else in the gym that comes consistently. That’s between 2-3 times per week and pouring ALL that you have into it that day. I’ll be working out 4 times per week, whether I’m tired or not and just doing as much as I’m capable of that particular day. Might not be 100% all the time, but it WILL be 100% of whatever I happen to have that day.

That’s it! My simple 3-step plan to #operationleanoutgetfitcampsj. Once I feel confident that I’ve gotten this extremely simple plan in place and I’m adhering to it on a daily basis, I might try more advanced concepts. But for now, I’m starting simple.

We’re back to our regularly scheduled program tomorrow morning, so let’s have a fantastic week and ease back into it. It’s going to be hard to just jump back in and you’re probably going to feel the need to work extremely hard while you’re in the gym. Normally I’d say that that’s great! However, if you’ve done nothing (like me) over the past week, jumping back in as hard as you can could make you incredibly sore. So come in, take it easy and ease back into it program. It’s ok, remember that there is no “making up” for lost time. There is only today! It’ll be ok, I promise!

See you in the gym.

Don’t forget to ask your friends and family about the FREE Foundations Class on Saturday the 21st! All new members are welcome to come. Also, next week will be Bring A Friend Week, so not only will they get a free Foundations Class, they’ll also get a week trial for free. That way they can get a feel for what the classes are like and can start February off and running! Let’s get some new faces in the gym!

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
sPL
4×1 TGU’s L&R

Get{Strong}
5×3 Dead Lift
4×12 Side Weighted DB Press

Get{Fit}
AMRAP 10:
10 Pull Ups
10 Burpees