There are three things Jeremy is more passionate about than anything:
1. Seeing people, like you, transform their lives through new, healthier habits and routines.
2. Seeing businesses within the Fitness and Wellness industry growing and thriving, despite potentially adverse conditions of the market.
3. His Christian faith, which drives him to increase his talents to help as many others as he can.
Jeremy works tirelessly to educate, empower and envision his clients, helping them create everything God made them to be.
His motto is to grow in faith, create freedom, and progress in fitness excellence.
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.
Every year people make resolutions to do or not do something.
But so many people fail!
What is the solution?
Is there a solution?
First lets look at the facts
“Based on the study, attempting to start anew by making a new year’s weight loss resolution is ill-recommended as it is a pointless exercise which only leaves you even less inclined to actually follow through with your weight loss goals. The final results of the study showed that less than 20% of the subjects were able to follow through with their new year’s resolutions.” http://www.relationshippsychology.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-resolution-success-rate
I understand this is just one study but from experience most new years resolutions just do not last.
Although I could delve into great detail on all the reasons why they do not work instead lets focus on how they can work.
1. Make them into new years goals not resolutions.
Resolutions make it seem like you have to give something up. Instead lets turn the resolution into a goal. When it comes to goals they should be written down, challenging, rewarding, and have a plan. By writing it down the chance of success skyrockets alone.
“Study 1 According to Dave Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech:
People who regularly write down their goals earn nine times as much over their lifetimes as people who don’t.
Lets face it when it comes to challenging goals and reaching them we all need help. Accountability makes a person more likely to succeed for several different reasons. The more accountable a person is to a group or to another person the more likely they are to succeed at a goal.
So many people set new years resolutions but have no real plan. Without a plan it just will not work. Just by saying something or half heartidly trying something will not work. This is especially true when it comes to challenging goals such as starting and running a business, losing fat and keeping it off, or quitting smoking. These are just three examples but any goal should have an action plan of things that need to be reach the goal and in many cases a new goal will need to be made.
So there you have how to make your goals stick for the new year.
I want to help so comment your new years goal or goals below.
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!
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)
Below is a question I asked in a survey awhile back.
If you could change one thing about the fitness/weight loss industry what would it be?
“Ban advertising of magic fixes
Getting out a message that people would want to get involved with.Not unreal ads.Telling people that it takes hard work ,commitment,ect.
Everbody telling the truth…no BS, no quick loss, just an honest process to loss weight and get in shape.
stop putting up super skinny spokes people. Use realistic healthy people
Get rid of misleading information, there are no quick fixes.
Get rid of all the hype and misinformation out there. There are a lot of shady people out there trying to make a buck.
No more quick fix ads
Feeling of getting ripped off because of false information and not knowing what to believe.
There is no quick fix, pill, or anything else that let’s you become fit without doing the work
The marketing crap!
Advertising for quick unrealistic results
Truth in advertising. There isn’t a quick-fix, it takes lifelong commitment and change. People get excited about quick fixes, and then get discouraged when they don’t last.
Tying both fitness and nutrition together more.
A grading system to all the fitness programs and nutrition options out there so people know what the best options are. It is cunfusing with all the info and it all says it is the best. Who do you believe?
I am not sure about you but I absolutely love the Olympics.
I had the opportunity to train a few former Olympic Athletes and here are some things I learned from them and from watching the Olympics.
1) The Law of Action
When it comes to results in life a person can learn all they want and never achieve anything.
You can want, wish, and hope but without action nothing will happen.
For example, Michael Phelps said he did not train to his potential. He might not be able to achieve his goals because he did not work as hard as he could. The truth of the matter is genetics is really over rated. I have never seen a baby do a black flip, jump, lift or do any of that stuff when they are born. I have asked my daughter (on the left) to do flips it does not work:)
So what we learn is that it takes action, to achieve anything worthwhile!
2. The Law of Faith/Belief
Nobody goes into wanting to lose or thinking they have no chance of winning.
The first step that helps people take action is belief.
They shoot for the gold, work for the gold but first they believe they can get to the olympics and even win the gold.
This happens with fitness goals all the time.
A person does not truly believe they can reach a goal so they never really work at it.
We can learn that we must first believe before we can ever achieve anything!
3. The Law of Specific Training
When it comes to any training for a goal a person must be very detailed and specific.
A triathelete and a gymnast will and should train very different.
The details are super important and the abilities are very different.
A gymnast is not going to win in a triathlon and the reverse is also true.
So the first step is figuring out a goal then training specifically for it.
4. The Law of Discipline
There are times that Olympians do not want to train but they train anyways.
They have to sacrifice so many things to become great.
They have to be disciplined in work ethic, nutrition, training times, and routine.
We learn that discipline is the crucial ingredient to reaching any goal.
5. The Law of Constant Improvement
My wife and I were discussing what do olympic gold medalists do after they win or after they break a new record.
She says they try to beat their last record.
I totally agree that they are never truly satisfied with their results they are always trying to get better and that is what makes them unique.
They always want to improve from where they are to where they want to go.
What we learn is that somebody who improves gradually and constantly will always beat the person who becomes complacent and content with their results.
6. The Law of Individual Team Work
The saying “a team is only as weak as its weakest link” is always true.
For a team to be better an individual has to get better.
Individuals should get better for themselves and for the team.
I will never forget my college basketball days when I sat on the bench.
Sitting on the bench is something I was not very good at so I worked as hard as I could.
Years later talking to a former teammate he said that it was us that made them better… that pushed them to become better. It is nice to have an individual goal yet have the team support to become better than you could on your own.
What we learn is that we can help more people including ourselves when we become our absolute best!
7. The Law of Failure
I am a perfectionist in many areas and that can be very bad because it can stop me from trying.
The rule is if you are not failing at something you are not trying…. I totally agree.
When it comes to the Olympics so many of these athletes started very young.
Tears of failure from falling, missing that jump, making mistakes are the only way to get to the success of getting to the Olympics.
Jerry Barca: “There is a gap between people that are really good and people who are extraordinary. One of the things that seem to always stand out is that people at the extraordinary level have a different relationship with failure, mainly they’re not phased or stopped by it.”
Dan Jansen: “That’s one of the reasons I ended up winning in the end. It is because I was never afraid to fail. The worst thing, and I always hear — quote —successful people say it is “Oh, my fear of failure is what drives me.” I don’t believe that. You may not like to get beat. But if you’re successful, you’re not afraid to fail because you can’t be. You’ve got to be innovative sometimes. You’ve got to take risks sometimes. People who are truly successful — they may say they’re afraid to fail, but more so it’s a dislike of failure.” http://plimptonmovie.com/updates/dan-jansen-success-failure-and-olympic-gold
What we learn is to learn from failure, get better, and keep going no matter what.
All this can be used to develop a any training goal.
You probably are not training for the Olympics but no matter your goal these points might help
When it comes fitness progression is key. Many times exercising less can be the answer because intensity can be increased and recovery can be improved. On the other hand, an increase in volume can help improve as well. If you have been training for a long time without a week or two off take a break. If you have been working out two times a week up it to three. It really depends on the person and a qualified professional can help you improve on this.
2. Train for a goal
I am not sure if I have ever trained for a weight goal. Instead I have trained for a specific strength, power, or speed goal. I have also trained to be able to advance in specific body weight exercises. The point here is focus your energy on getting to a specific result. A word of caution here. I do believe that goals can be conflicting. For example, becoming really strong and becoming better at marathons are opposed. That is not to say that a runner should not get stronger but the programming should be inline with the specific goal.
3. Manage Stress and Sleep More
Our bodies need sleep and many times. Most people say we need 7-9 hours of sleep. When it comes to stress we all have it. It is not the stress but rather the reaction to the stressful situation. Things like prayer, meditation, focused relaxation, quite time, and much more can help break that plateau.
4. Change nutrition
The obvious things are reducing bad carbs, sugar, alcohol, trans fat, and so on. On the other hand, little things like maybe eating more or less could help depending on the person. Eating more good fats or other nutrition tweaks may just improve performance.
5. Get some support
This can come in so many forms from professional support to the support of a friend. It could mean a training partner or a small group personal training class.
6. Get some recovery
Massage, foam rolling, chiropractic care, band stretching, walking, yoga, vacation, hot cold showers, and many more are all examples of ways to recover. Remember results happen after the workout. Working hard is important but so is working smart and consistent. Recovery techniques are crucial and might be what you need to bust through a plateau.
Finding supplementation for your goals is important. It is not the first thing to look at however I believe it is the easiest way to see some results. Try some supplements for performance and use those. Figure out what you like and what your goals are then you can add those into your overall plan. However some people focus on supplementation but do not look at nutrition or any other factors.
What have you done to break a plateau? Comment below!
Here are some things that I believe need to be a focus when training for this type of competition.
1. Really focusing on grip strength.
Many of the successful warriors have great grip strength especially per pound of body weight. I was really impressed with the football player who made it through because his weight was much greater than the other competitors (I digress). The truth is that grip strength has to be incredible to do well in this competition.
Here are some examples of exercises I am using.
– Two finger pullups
– Two finger KB carries
– Weighted pull ups
2. Must be explosive in the lower body.
The reasoning is because of the jumps that are needed throughout the competition. Fortunately my many years of training for lower body jump height has potentially prepared me for this. My main goal is to maintain strength and explosiveness in the lower body.
Here are some examples
– Single leg squats
– Different jump and sled work
3. Advanced body weight training
In the past I wrote about different exercises for body weight. I feel that strength per pound of body weight also known as relative strength is key. None of the warriors have a high percentage of body fat and many do freestyle tricking or are rock climbers. Without doing these specific things I will need to focus on other ways to be strong.
Here are some examples
– Explosive dips
Here is some of the training I have done in the past