As I lay here preparing for tomorrow morning’s 530am training session visualizing the challenges and succsess’s that will play out this week. I will also visualize the leaders for the workout and how they’ll respond to surprises of certain movements and sets, reps or intervals, I pick out what ever they need to challenge themselves. Who wants to be pushed and who is willing and wanting to be a better version of themselves through fitness. I create programs usually on Sunday nights. Unless i feel the need to create a template early in the week then maybe i’ll refine it the day of or on a sunday night. It gives me a chance to accumulate info and digest how the week went for everyone and how I’ll help them push through different sets, reps, movements, both mentally and physically. When I prepare watch out:)! When I don’t it still means I can put together a great program for the day. Creating programs is second nature and alteration of a workout can happen in seconds. If something doesn’t work in that very moment, I’ll find a movement or rep scheme or whatever so that it will produce confidance in the people training and yes i have a powerful belief in everyone that I help. I believe in people, people really great especially the ones that want it. The ones that want to learn, show up and are ready to take a few more steps in becoming better. The desire to be their or Our best versions of ourselves from the inside out. Yes I’m ready for tomorrow, it will be a day of moving forward.
I’ll throw this in tonight, hard work helps develop self confidance, example learning to be a better infielder by taking 100 ground balls daily. The first few weeks might be rough, it just depends on the level of confidance that person starts with. Let’s say they have confidance in themselves to get better at a skill. It’s just that their ability to field is not yet where it matches up with belief. Now let’s go three years later 14 thousand ground balls later, Which would breakdown like this 100 gb’s x 7 days per week =700 gb’s x 4 weeks of gb’s =2,800 reps a months 12 months= 33,600:)! Wow that is a lot of ground balls in just one year. Times 33,600×3 =100,800 now were talking big league numbers in terms being an above average infielder. This imaginary infielder has built himself up some big league confidance in the skill of being an infielder, an outstanding infielder. This is possible, that’s how confidance happens. The belief and taking action to achieve in life. Just like stepping into the gym and training the body by practicing to be fit on a daily basis. As weeks, months and years pass a great body is being built and the development of healthy habits are ingrained. The habits of choosing bettter foods getting more sleep and creating a level of balance that make US feel good about our bodies,our energy, and most of all the belief that we can change ourselves and become better at anything we choose. We must then choose to get our reps in on a daily basis. Practicing being fit with dedication, desire and commitment to ourselves better. Let’s prepare to reach our goals whether they are new or old goals can be met with preparing to go after them. Let’s take that first step to make progress.
I’ve been helping people create meal plans for their specific goals and also in the decision to make significant changes in food and nutrient choices. Which means gaining an understanding of the basic food groups. What are fats, protein, carbohydrates and how do our bodies use them for energy, restoration and building. Just learning about the food groups can help with choosing foods that will help you get to achieve fat loss goals, performance, muscle gain and restore health. I’ve just now opened the door to about five or six more blogs. I’m going to stay focused the decision making proces of making nutrition program work for you. I can write fat loss diets that will work, but what I’ve learned is that once the thirty day, ninty day, or even 6 months to a year of strict dieting, at some point you get to your goal but now life sets in and the craving for variety might start to creep in. This is when the question arises how do I maintain my new body or what next? People love the results of strict dieting but it usually takes a great deal of dedicated effort. I’m here to present a healthy lifestyle of eating and managing body fat levels, performance and health. Eating healthy to me means eating clean carbs lean proteins and healthy fats and yes I even eating carbs at night. Too much of any these food groups will show up in your workouts, energy levels, bowel movements, body fat or lack of body fat. One strategy to understand the body is to experiment. I’ve done no carb for a max of 3 months, while lifting weights and conditioning , as I increased work capacity for both, I maxed on strength and maxed out on conditioning. During this experiment on my body and mind, I strength trained 3 to 4 days and conditioned for 3 to 4 workouts with some double ups on conditioning and some days on strength. As I felt energy levels start to taper and also with it enthusiasm to lift and to keep on pushing through. I started this program of eating and training to jump start fat loss. I lost fat but I was now at the point where I wanted to focus on the snatch and clean and jerk. So I added in carbs to my first three meals of the day and utilized healthy carbs such as oatmeal, quinoa , yams and sweet potatos. I keep it very simple, I keep so simple becuase it’s how I eat everyday. The better I eat and sleep the better my training goes. After maxing out my time on the no carb routine , I was now ready to add carbs in and my body responded happily. Energy, strength and vigor went up. So keep in mind as I got one goal such as lower body while pushing performance , I knew that at sometime I would go back to carbs. My indicators for adding in carbs were low energy and strength at almost a plateau. Yes I said almost because I know and understand my body so well, I can make the adjustments that allow me to make the transitions of modified training schedule to adjusting the volume in my strength program. Oh I also got headaches too. As I see it my training and nutrition go hand in hand. I also know people that train hard and rely on low carbs, but there training doesn’t exceed what they put into their bodies. It’s like putting in 10 gallons of gas into a 5 gallon tank, most of that gas will be un used, fortunately for scour bodies are an Amazing piece of art and machinery . Our bodies can and will store what’s not being used, if over feeding happens regularly. We can’t look at the other end if the spectrum too, what if we put 10 gallons into a 100 gallon gas tank? We would run out gas too soon for us to be productive. What if that 10 gallons just allowed us to pull out of the driveway. We would then need a more fuel and let’s say the only fuel nearby was fake gas and we used it anyways not knowing what was used in the gas to make it gas. So we bought 20 gallons thinking we would get to work but instead our car ran sluggish and did not perform like it should. Hmm kinda sounds like putting in cheap food or processed food hinders the body from running great or even optimally. I’ll through I curve ball and bring this into play, basil metabolic rate. It’s the rate at which our bodies burn or utilize nutritients when it is at rest or stationary or sedentary . So not eating enough can cause the body to transition the way it expends energy. So putting in 10 gallons of gas in 100 gallon tank will usually cause this imaginary car might cause it to perform below optimally , kinda the same way our bodies react when not getting the enegy needed to sustain its daily activities. Transitions and experiments. So Wheather you want fat loss or increased performance it’s going to take a plan of action and also time to see what works for your goals and time it takes to get the most out of your food and the most our your training.
My coach said I should blog more about my journeys in life and fitness. I started my working my fitness or training at the age of thirteen, I’m currently thirty eight years old and still enjoy training, but at times it can be challenging when life comes from behind tries to break me of my routines that i’ve established through out my life on this earth. This last year I had some personal issues to take care and I did that. I’ve changed my entire life for health reasons. It meant living or dying. My fitness is very important in my daily life. Training is the cornerstone of my life. I believe fitness has saved my life hands down. It helps me both mentally and physically. Being able to move around and not be limited by any physical or mental blocks has enabled to reach a lot of goals such playing division one baseball, powerlifting, crossfit, weightlifting and of coarse opening up Midtown Strenghth and Conditioning. Training helps me take care of my body by eating the right foods, getting proper rest and of balancing business and life outside the gym. I have a strong passion for helping people get better at fitness, no matter what level someone is at I know I can help them. I always ask myself what can I do better today?, I enjoy pushing myself past old limits. I feel that a focused training program is the key to success. I’m getting back to heavier weights in the snatch and the clean jerk. Today I doubled 97kg in the hang snatch and hit 130kg in 1 clean pull and then 1 clean & jerk. So I feel I’m close to getting back on the platform soon so I can challenge my training even more. One the keys to success is staying focused on your goals and being active in the process of accomplishing them. Staying on a fitness program means investing time and energy and also prioritizing. Just like today, I’m starting up my blog again so I can help others become better. Most of my enegy has been put into my training and helping others in the gym. So now I’m making time to write and share more information on health, nutrition and of course lifting weights to live a quality life
Hello Strength Sessions, I’m back from well just living my life and making the right adjustments for me to be happy and to make progress. I really don’t like staying the same. I have a passion and interest in always making something better especially if I believe in it. Wheather it’s the gym or my personal development or helping others that really want to change. Change is essential. We are all creatures of habit, I got that from a Randall Strossen article. Now I’m at the point in my life where I’m questioning my habits are they helping or stalling progress?, or do I just need a little help in some of the areas that I’m working on. I’m not afraid to ask for help because I’m going to need it to get to the goals I created awhile back and I’m going to accomplish them no matter what. Staying focused is a huge part of being successful at anything such a fat loss diet, homework, training, being a parent, teacher, coach, athlete, an IT guy, a comedian. In order for me to be who I’m, I must remember what I’m everyday. The greats that standout are those that don’t have to be reminded, they just are because they are always doing, being and having others around them that are subconscious reminders of who we are. Doing things that help me maintain the focus of who I am. I’m coach plain and simple and I coach myself and others daily.
training is going great and I’ve improved a lot since last year and all my training weights have went up, which is great. Now all that good old fashioned hard work will be translating into a bigger snatch and clean and jerk in the next few competitions. 110kg and 140kg are right there for me to make. The harder I work the more I feel i deserve it and have earned it. The harder I work the more I believe in myself. The more I BELIEVE in myself the more challenges I take on, it’s a continual cycle of success. That’s why I believe fitness is really important, It allows me to push through barriers on a daily basis, It makes me comfortable to be uncomfortable.
Trusting myself, is what I do when I’m consistently earning the results I want or the desired outcome, I follow my heart, plain and simple. It’s an internal guidance system that I’ve used to create success for myself and others. In other words you can call it self confidence. I do follow the success principles of living a healthy life, helping others and keeping my mind on being in a positive state. I choose to keep my mind and body focused on what makes me happy from the inside out. I developed my instinct at an early age and finding baseball at an early age helped me focus on what was needed to play as much baseball as possible, that is where my heart comes in. I felt all my decisions were based on how can I play more baseball, watch more baseball, be a better at baseball and how can I play with best. I fell in love with baseball at age 7. My best friend at the time showed me what it was and how play. When I first touched the baseball and threw it, I immediately felt a connection to the Game. I loved it so much I never doubted not being any good or being really great. I knew in my heart that I just wanted to play baseball day and day out. My instinct told me to just play and have fun. That desire and love for this game was the platform and workshop and for the game of baseball to develop me and nurture my truly unshakably belief in myself. Over a long period of time I became really good at baseball and my self confidence grew each year i played better, and here comes another psychology term self esteem. Self esteem and self consciousness are closely related. I guess you can say I found my safe place to develop my internal confidence and for trusting my instinct. Baseball is a tough sport and hands down one of the mentally toughest I’ve ever played. Through all the good games and bad games, I always had time of my life for each and every game. My instinct also put me in challenging situations to help me grow as a person. I started lifting weights because my grandfather knew I was chubby, hence all those great cheap snacks and a lot of microwavable foods, yes I grew up in the late 80’s and I like food. So Gramps put me on my very first training program. So simple it still works. Here was my first work program, back squats 3×10, bench press 3×10, bent row 3×10, overhead strict press 3×10, leg raises 3×20 and 2 to 3 minutes on the mini trampoline. During the summers I would swim about 50 to 100 laps in his pool. The pool was small but it was still some work to get that 100 laps in. I trusted my Gramps and again trusted my instinct as this is the right thing for me. I really loved to lift, it made me feel good and a slightly different feeling that baseball. It was instant gratification. Baseball showed me who I was and what I wanted to become. Those are important because knowing who I was early on allowed me to follow a path to success. Even though I didn’t know at the time. I can only look back at that time and be very very grateful to have been so lucky to have sports and weights in my life and My family. As I know now life has obstacles, dangers and challenges if not directed, guided or coached properly. I keep my instinct fine tuned with daily workouts and goals to push myself to grow. I really believe that if I can do it everyone else can with some dedication and consistency and yes a desire to improve, inside the gym and outside of it.