Training Wisdom 101

Smart
Smart Power in politics is a term used in reference to the combination of using both military strength and diplomacy. There is also S.M.A.R.T. Business. An acronym that stands for:

S-pecific

M-eaningful

A-djustable

R-eachable

T-imely

But this isn’t a political piece, nor business acumen. It’s about exercise, physical fitness, and reaping the rewards of hard work.That being said, the same acronym above is used in Fitness Training. The key to success in anything is a well thought out plan. Charlie Batch, a NFL quarterback once said, “Proper preparation prevents poor performance”.

Document it

I still carry a Top Flight, college rule notebook and pen into the gym for every workout. In today’s day and age a bit archaic I’m sure, however I do not use an app to document my workout, and suffice it to say, don’t believe that to be the case with the majority of people on the gym floor with their phones either. But’s that not for me to criticise nor judge.

I use my device at the gym for it’s stopwatch. I’ve always been a very detail – oriented person but suffer from serious ADD So I log what muscle group I’m working, the exercises, the amount of reps/sets, the order in which I do them etc.

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I use this information to not only plan my next workout, but to chart my progress….in four (4) and six (6) week intervals.  And then I adjust accordingly as I go.

Modus operandi

To me, training smarter also includes paying close attention to form and technique. And not just for the obvious. Safety first, and learning to check your ego at the door, is crucial. Theodore Roosevelt once said:

“Walk softly and carry a big stick”.

This isn’t a rant either, but I feel it important to point out I do not feel the need to swing, yank, jerk, or slam heavy weight around to let out my inner beast. So often I see really, really bad form. Training smarter also means understanding fundamentals like proper form and how stimulating muscle fibers helps them grow. Targeting the muscle with pinpoint precision isn’t easy, but much like riding a bicycle – once you master it, it’s there.

Time sensitive

Smart

The greek philosoher Aristotle said, “Patience is bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” We all want progress, gains, the pay off and the gold watch. In an age of instant everything it is important to remind ourselves (and not let it discourage us) that results take time. Set a date. “By tbe end of January I will have increased my squat by x.” “By my birthday I will have lost 15 pounds.” It is amazing how the closer the big day comes, the more determined we get at working towards it. Sometimes those little tricks work better than any preworkout ever could.

It can be done. Be smart. Be patient.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DON’T FALL BACK

Seasons


Contrary to common belief, myself included, – labor Day is not the official end of summer. The Autumnal Equinox, which is on or near September 22nd is.

It just passed.

Personally I welcome the new colors of trees and crisp air. It signals it’s time for a change again.

The reason I point this out though, is that it seems like just yesterday, literally, we where talking of New Years Resolutions and planning new fitness goals. My how time flies.

As the chillier weather approaches it is easy to lapse into inactivity and resort to munching on fattier, tastier comfort foods. Nay I say. Many people forget that motivation that got them so psyched at the beginning of the year.

I hear people say often, “I’m so busy in the fall with the holidays and all”. But weren’t we busy all year with planning summer vacations and keeping up with the Kardashians?

Keeping up

Physical Fitness means different things to different people, however I believe one thing to be true, regular activity and exercise is not “seasonal”. Proper nutrition isn’t either. Just because summer is done doesn’t mean we need to fall of the well-being wagon, cancel the gym membership and call it a day.

In fact, it is exercise that will help you get through those hectic months a more stronger, healthier, and happier individual.

Turn your clocks back…..not your health!

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The Concrete Jungle

Jungle

Sky high

At the moment I live in a densely populated, frenetic metropolis. I call it, “The Concrete Jungle”, and it doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon from expanding…..up.

jungle
noun
a situation or place of bewildering complexity or brutal competitiveness.

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The noise, crowds, smells, and all around chaos combine to fuel that brutal competitiveness. It takes strength to go about the daily grind day after day. Both physical and mental.

The proven benefits of regular exercise are numerous. Besides helping prevent obesity, illness and chronic conditions, regular exercise helps to keep us alert – mentally strong. For me, it’s lifting weights. For others it may be jogging or yoga.

The ancient Greeks are considered the inventors of organized fitness, and with whom I am completely fascinated with. They believed simply, that a strong body equalled a strong mind. And as such, are considered “The Thinkers.”

So like a lion in the Serengeti, be alert, be active…

Be strong.

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