Bring Out Your Inner Athlete!

When it comes to sports I have learned so much.

I have learned

1.  Team Work

2.  Goal Setting and Hard Work

3.  Planning

4.  Fitness and Health

5.  Dedication

6.  Attitude

7.  Passion

8.  Purpose

9.  Persistence

10.  How to handle failure

These are just some of these things that I have learned from my beginnings of shooting hoops in rural Minnesota even when it was below zero degrees.

What does this have to do with you?

Well if you are reading this you are an athlete!

Yes anyone that has a body is an athlete.

Weather a beginner or advanced you can learn from the athlete.

 

Here are three ways to bring out your inner athlete.

1.  Training is about results and reaching a goal.

The rarely focus on getting to a certain weight the focus on performance.

They set a goal for sprint speed, vertical jump or any other goal based around their sport.

They do the needed thing to reach the goal including training, nutrition, sleep, and recovery.

The same should be true for anyone that is training.

Constantly set goals and work towards them.

2.  Mentally they have to be strong.

When it comes to results with fitness many times the person holding us back is ourselves.

Playing sports taught me to keep getting better.

It meant being the best I could be no matter what.

This is true for anyone that is training at all.

Continual regular progression in intensity is a key to results.

It is not going to be easy however it is going to be worth it.

3.  They realize that for them to do well the team has to do well.

Unfortunately not everyone has this same philosophy.

Some people believe to do better someone has to do worse or they have to beat somebody else.

The truth is that teams function best when each individual does the best for the team (for a mission).

They work for a greater good.

Yes those are the teams that do well.

In conclusion, when it comes to fitness training and life in general take the good from athletes.

Be the best you can be, train hard, train smart, and help others!

Comment below what have you have learned from athletes or from your on sports experience?

 

 

A Secret Fitness Weapon

So what is this secret fitness weapon?

Power!

Power can have several different meanings and uses.

But for this article lets discuss power in terms of sports and fitness.

“Power is defined as the amount of work performed per unit of time. Power is an element of skill-related fitness that is needed to excel in athletic performance. Increased strength does not always translate into increased power.” Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/115549-define-strength-power-muscular-endurance/#ixzz2HRc7hBZL

Why do I say power is the secret weapon?

Because power is super important for the athlete and for fitness alike.

Power is the combination of strength and speed!

So if we increase strength, power will increase as long as speed does not decrease.

We can increase speed, and this will also increase power as long as strength does not decrease.

This is why by simply increasing strength and/or speed in the same amount of time is a great way to increase overall fitness level.

“Developing power does not necessarily have to involve Olympic lifts or bounding up and down an athletics track, but can have dramatic results in beginners and advanced trainees alike looking for fat loss, when programmed correctly.”  http://training.fitness.com/articles-research/importance-power-training-any-goal-42800.html

No matter your goal power should be accounted for.  

Power is needed to jump higher, sprint faster, move a weight faster,  or move a band faster.

In the end any program should increase a persons power!

Comment below your thoughts about this secret weapon.

 

Three Mistakes Many People Make When Training

Throughout the years I have seen some crazy things in the gym.

Some workout related and others not!

When it comes to observing workouts and people here are some of the biggest mistakes I have seen.

1.  Pushing Too Hard or Not Pushing Hard Enough

Intensity is something that is widely misunderstood.

I have seen people loading up bars up to 250lbs for squat but could not do a proper body weight squat.

I have seen loads of crunches, improper push ups, and countless time on the treadmill.

I was told you can never do enough cardio.

Same exercises with the same intensity every workouts.

When it comes to intensity slow and steady wins the raise, however a person still needs to be challenged appropriately to see results.

Here is an example of what not to do because it is to intense!

Here is an example of something not intense enough!:)

2.  Focusing on losing weight versus metabolism

Losing weight is easy it can be achieved through starvation, eating restriction, excessive aerobic exercise, fad dieting, HCG shots, surgeries and so on.

Many people want to lose weight and that is great however what they really are saying (most of the time) is they want to be more lean.

I know several people that are thin but not fit and absolutely not healthy.  So What?

Well any fitness program should be focused on improvement and progression.

Basically workouts should be centered around individual goals and then measured for constant improvements in a safe manner.

3.   Thinking that it is the workouts alone that changes appearance

Most people realize that an increase in lean muscle tissue will improve metabolism.

But then do not do the needed things to increase lean muscle tissue especially in regards to lifestyle things.

Here are a few ways to help the workouts be better and increase metabolism.

  • Stress reduction and management
  • Sleep
  • Supportive nutrition and supplementation
  • Other recovery techniques that make training sessions more effective

So what can be done immediately

1.  Figure out your goals and a plan

2.  Find some accountability for your goals including a program that is focused on metabolism

3.  Stay away from quick fixes

4.  Focus on lean muscle tissue

5.  Improve performance slow and steadily

Questions or comments are encouraged below!!

 

Music With Workouts This New Years

When it comes to fitness and working out there are several ways to help increase intensity.

I see several reasons why to use music for workouts

1.  Decreases boredom

For the average person workouts can get boring and mundane.  When listening to your favorite music this can be helpful from workouts being mundane.

2.  Increase intensity

When it comes to workouts results happen with increased intensity.  I know several people that want (need) their hardcore or upbeat music to increase the intensity of their workouts.

3.  Variety through tempo

Depending on the interval or type of workout music can be used to match the tempo.  For example, doing a sprint or conditioning workouts can be different music than say lifting weights.

4.  The fun factor

Music is associated with fun and many do not think exercise is fun.  However we tend to associate certain music to fun and excitement and mixing that with exercise increases the fun factor.  If something is fun this increases the likelihood of continuing.  Continual progress is one of the most important keys to fitness success.

5.  Infinite Choices

People like different types of music so there are so many ways to get in great music.  I know of people that listen to 80’s ballads:)  Others listen to hardcore music, others country but the truth is whatever makes you want to workout, workout harder and do better is key!

So now that you know that workout music helps…. here is a workout radio station for you to listen to some upbeat music and the best part…. NO COMMERCIALS!

 

 

2013 New Years Fitness Predictions

1.  Gyms and health clubs around America will be packed.  A very small percentage of people will have improved by 2014.  Here is one example  “73 percent give up on their goals to lose weight, get fit or train for an event within six weeks, according to a new study from Harris Interactive and Bodybuilding.com.” (http://www.mensfitness.com/training/will-you-keep-your-fitness-resolution)

2.  The quick fix weight loss industry will continue to grow. The worst fad diets ever.  Yes there is one where you eat cotton balls!

3.  Fitness Revolution Franchise will be the place for local communities to continually see guaranteed results and why I joined the Fitness Revolution

4.  Metabolic Training will be the words used to help training a faster metabolism.

5.  More and more people will do shorter workouts 30 minutes or less because they are more effective and help save time.

6.  Fad diets and easy fixes will continue to thrive based on peoples desire for any easy way out but will not work in the long run.

7.  The same thing will be needed for long term weight loss.  More strength, more speed/power, and better lifestyles.  Basically proper hormone levels is the key to long term fat loss.

8.  At home workouts and online programs will grow along with small group training programs.

9.  Many people will think they know what to do but will not be doing the proper steps to become more fit and healthy.

10.  Hopefully people will understand that long duration aerobic exercise is not the answer for long term fat loss.