Sunday, February 7, 2016

Green Tea

Green tea,

I’m a big believer in drinking gallons of water (despite my horrific coffee addiction).  Generally I recommend drinking only water, especially if you want to achieve weight loss, however, to every rule there must be an exception. The exception to the rule of ‘drink nothing but water’ is green tea.

Green tea is heavy with powerful antioxidants that wage war on free radical damage within the body. It has a plethora of related benefits.

·         Green tea reduces the risk of heart disease

·         Reduces cholesterol

·         Helps with diabetes by regulating glucose

·         Aides in weight loss

·         Has a calming effect on the nervous system

·         Can reduce abdominal fat

·         Increases fat oxidation and energy expenditure

·         Optimises glucose utilization

Caffeine free green tea is fine & you can drink multiple cups a day. Don’t forgo water while you’re indulging in green tea but feel free to enjoy a cuppa whenever the mood strikes & if the mood never strikes perhaps you should make it part of the fitness regime. From a health perspective, the green tea will be better for you than milk, protein drinks or meal replacements.

Green tea would be good to add to the daily rituals along with your morning mantra’s & ablutions.


Monday, December 7, 2015

there comes a time when our role as a parent transitions from protective to supportive-pep-chearleader. when that baby grows up she may, from time to time desire the comfort of the protective embrace of yester-year but that part of life has passed. the child has evolved beyond that stage of parental protection. what is left for the parent is the role of wise elder, encourager. As a child transitions into adult hood, even the parental supporter must like wise, evolve & become not a nurturer but a source of experience & encouragement. your job is no longer tying their shoe laces for them, it has become telling them to not onlyto tie their own shoes, but once again step into the wind, one step at a time, no matter how hard the wind blows.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

top 10 ways of gaining super human strength

1) pick heavy shit up off the ground

2) pick heavy shit up off the ground

3) pick heavy shit up off the ground

4) pick heavy shit up off the ground

5) pick heavy shit up off the ground

6) pick heavy shit up off the ground

7) pick heavy shit up off the ground

8) pick heavy shit up off the ground

9) pick heavy shit up off the ground

10) pick heavy shit up off the ground

& the bonus:

pick heavy shit up off the ground

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The controversy of the long distant runner

Is there a place for steady state cardio in your training program?

The quick and dirty answer, yes there is. YES

I know what you're thinking. that doesn't sound like me. I'm sure there is plenty on record of me denouncing long-endurance based cardio; and I stand by that. running across the Gobi has nothing to do with health and fitness.
at certain stages of your training there should be some steady state cardio in your program. not all the time.

I used to cringe when some of my fighters would come in and barely be able to get through a training session because their hips were so sore they could barely manage to walk. why? because their coach had them running 15k daily. if you don't have respiratory endurance 5 weeks out then you're not going to get it. quit the long slow slog and focus on what you need. killing athletes with running is stupid! there, i said it again.

back to the however.
Steady state cardio improves your respiratory system and oxygen uptake. the better you can utilize oxygen the better you can pick up heavy stuff.

& that's it in a nutshell. steady state cardio trains your body's ability to use oxygen.

human beings are designed to be able to do prolonged running. we get the best of all worlds; strong, fast and enduring.

but we were never designed to be as big as we sometimes are. that's one of the multitude of reasons why so many (especially strength) athletes are carrying around so many injuries. steady state cardio improves our respiratory system. (gives you guts )

steady state cardio improves our core strength ( yes, running is good for the lower back and abs)

steady state cardio improves our metabolic functioning. burns fat)

now by steady state cardio i don't mean you should be running marathons or mini marathons daily or even weekly.

lets be realistic, if you start out on a run you are going to spend the first 5 or so minutes just warming up. so the first 5 minutes isn't really accomplishing a training effect. its only after that time that you start to get the benefit of the endurance cardio session.

types of cardio endurance training
running for time
running for distance
hill sprints
car pushing
tire flips

When you begin running I expect you'll be a bit slow & awkward. we call this the marine corps shuffle. as soon as you can you need to work your way into a proper jogging/running pace. like lifting, there is a right way and a wrong way to run. you should soon be paying attention to how you hold yourself and the way you move.

when running for time just slowly increase your time per week. its okay to work up to an hour but there's really no need to go beyond 30 min per session. (and yes that includes the warm up)

once you've worked up to 30 min or whatever time you've decided is your goal then you start trying to increase the mileage (distance you've run) within that time frame.

running for distance is like running for time slowly add 1/4 mile blocks ( you'd never have to go beyond the 5 mile mark & I'd say stick with 2 miles) once you've achieved your goal then start chopping away at the time it takes to get there.
when I talk about running i mean a proper jog. not slogging through a marine corps shuffle. fine to start out that way, but practice your pacing and technique. jogging should be comfortable. after the initial beginning if its hurting, something is wrong. check what your doing. some people just can't run. that's why hills, stairs and cars are good.

hill sprints start with one and work at it until your hitting 30 min sessions. run up walk down.

car pushing. why would you ever go over 20 min.

stairs, almost the same as hill sprints. 20-30 min. is all you'd ever want of these.

tire flips. grueling. flip that tire for the allotted time. ( i like to combine this with running) rest as you need to. continue as you can.

the sprints, car pushing and stairs are ideal for bigger people who can't run.

Even though its cardio endurance there really is no need to go past 30 min or 2 miles.
When I start with these programs i pay attention to the work load.

Its okay to run every day, but after you start hitting 20 min then you need to break it down to about 3 days per week.

After you hit 45 min. then you may have two 45min sessions and one shorter session in the week and so on.
Remember we're not trying to become marathoners.

car pushing and stairs you would be good to keep it down to twice a week.

hill sprints (if you're doing it right) once a week would be enough.

One thing I don't believe in, is wasting time on treadmills. Why on earth would you slog out on one of those things when you've got the whole world to play in? A treadmill locks you into an unnatural rhythm, in a boring environment, sucking in stale air. Get out and live a little. Run in the park, kayak at the lake, climb trees in the woods. these activities are good for the spirit and mind as well as the body. get outside. even if it raining, its better to go for a run out doors.

keep in mind, you are doing other forms of activity as well. i.e. lifting something 3 times a week.
you may also be doing some sprinting or spending time in the dojo.

steady state cardio (for the purposes of this article) isn't a now until forever deal. like all good programs work it in for a few training blocks then rest. set your goals and go about achieving them. once achieved, access & reset.
A block or two of steady state cardio can help your recovery from heavy lifting also.

remember my number 2 rule. pick up heavy stuff. to help those muscles become more efficient at picking up heavy stuff, improve your cardiovascular capacity.( the heart is a muscle too).

Program some steady state cardio into your training cycles.

Monday, December 3, 2012

e garbage

a word about energy drinks:

anything in excess leads to mass gain.
that includes sugar free, diet, regular, v, redbull, coffee, fruitjuice, energy drinks.
mass gain is fat isn't it.
you shouldn't be drinking anything but water or tea.
anything else is excess.

don't get me wrong i like my excess, but don't fool yourself into thinking you're doing yourself a favor by drinking something thats not water.

cut out the excess and see if your body doesnt show it by becoming leaner & reducing swelling and inflamation.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

little mouse ears

( or moose antlers?)

As soon as I can I have clients trying to do sit ups without their feet anchored..

Really if you can't do a sit up then why are trying to do any kind of direct abdominal work.
When you can do a sit up, then you can think about moving onto other 'core' work.
I don't know of a single client I've ever had that didn't lace their fingers behind their neck and use the 'jerk' method to develop momentum to enable their sit ups.
* if you are jerking yourself up, then you are not properly utilizing your core/abs. you're wasting time and encouraging injury
* sit ups should be slow and controlled (especial the down faze)[eccentric contraction is such a big word]
* as soon as you can, you should be doing sit ups without anchoring the feet
* I like to 'grip' the floor with my heals.
* using the mouse ears takes the pressure (even if unintentional) off the neck.
* the mouse ears add resistance ( as apposed to hands across the chest)
* hands across the chest encourages the 'jerk' reflex
* anchoring the feet uses more hip flexors than abs (so don't anchor the feet)

so whether you call them mouse ears or moose antlers (depending upon your clients I guess ) its just a better way. stick the thumbs in the ears and blow raspberries at your coach as you sit up.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

the sad truth about diet

the truth about diets is that they work, until, you relapse.
anytime you cut calories there's going to be some reduction in mass.

the source of your calories determines the type of mass you maintain, gain or lose!
in other words your macro nutrient ratio is what you need to be paying attention to.

you want to be loseing fat not muscle.
if all you're taking in is carbohydrates (hello vegans) then you are going to suffer from a plythora of vitamin, mineral & amino acid deficincies.

sugar, flour, bread, pasta, rice, syrup, jam, = energy.
if you take in more energy than you burn up, then you will have greater mass.

traditional vegetables/fruits = energy, fibre, minerals, vitamins
break fluid, transmission fluid, battery

steak, lobster, salmon, chicken, = building blocks, muscle, immune system

walnuts, olives, fats of anykind = bridges and communication.
oil, electrical transmission

the number one way to lose weight and harden up is the way thats been around for 100s of years. cut the carbs. i garantee, you are way overconsuming carbs (unless you are a competitive bodybuilder).

its hard to get too much protien. really hard. and if you keep your fats congruent with your protien then they will be under control.

the biggest lie on the world public is drop fat to get lean. want to be lean and muscular drop the carbs and manipulate the protiens.

the best results my clients get are by
not eating bread
not eating pizza
not eating cookies
not eating ice cream
not eating pasta
not eating canned meat

by eating more eggs

the newest trend (fad) in dieting seems to be the intermitten fasting bug.
i don't know why they call it that (yes i do but) its really just skipping breakfast and having a late lunch.

guess what, this diet has you cutting calories, just like any other diet.

i do like a lot about this eating style and there is a lot there for those that want to search it out and experiment.

it has several names, mostly paleo, warrior diet, renegade diet, etc. all have good ideas and bear some research just to further your knowledge but at the end of the day the keys to weight control are:
(bugs, high protien is always on the menu)

don't eat if your not hungry.
eat slow
when your not hungry stop eating
keep your sugar and flour stuff to a minimum
(actually just don't eat sugar, hell, its poison)
sit down away from the tv or computer to eat.

let me break it down simpler ( KISS right)
hungry eat
not hungry don't eat.

people want diets so they dont have to think,
just follow the rules of the diet, but the rules are many and complicated
so here's a diet with 2 rules.
hungry eat meat or eggs
not hungry- dont eat

stick with that for 2 weeks .
eat like a bear