"The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend."-Benjamin Disraeli
Stress is a powerful stimulant. It is the reason that our bodies adapt. When we train we are putting stress on our body so that it will adapt and come back stronger. Stress is also one of the biggest problems in modern society as people are putting far too much stress on their bodies. Your body can only handle so much stress before it starts coping in unhealthy ways.
Knowing your "why" is a hot topic these days and is something that I have talked about in a previous post. I believe that it is extremely important to know your "why" and I encourage everyone to explore that in themselves. In this article I want to talk about another question that is very important-"Why Not?"
I was listening to the Brute Strength Podcast recently and the host, Michael Cazayoux, was talking about the concept of how you do anything is how you do everything. He talks about this a lot and it is something that I have heard from many different places but for some reason this time it really hit home for me. I really started to think about how this applies to all facets of life and specifically in the gym.
Gut health has been a hot topic in the fitness community recently and rightfully so. As we learn more and more about the body we are seeing how much of an impact our gut has on our health and fitness. This is bad news for Americans because we as a whole have much poorer gut health than people living in other parts of the world.
Mindset is one of the most important aspects in determining if you are going to be successful in your training or not. In fact, I would argue that it is THE most important aspect. Before you ever lose weight, get in shape, get stronger, eat better, etc., you must do it in your head. No person ever achieved a goal without first deciding that they were going to do it in their head. In this article I want to talk about why mindset is so important and give you some tips to help you change your mindset and achieve your goals.
This article is going to be a little bit different in that I want to share with you something that I have come up with that has really helped me out in all aspects of life. This is not unique by any means but it is something that I have developed over several months of trial and error that uniquely fits me and my goals. I call it the Checklist Method. In this article I want to tell you how to use it and how to tailor it to help you reach your goals.
So you want to compete in the sport of CrossFit. That's great! It is a very fun sport that requires a big commitment. There are so many things that go into any given CrossFit competition that in can be very overwhelming trying to figure out what to work on. Should I be doing mostly weightlifting? How about a CrossFit workout every day? Maybe I should focus on gymnastics? Or my aerobic endurance? Every person is different on what they need to improve on, but I believe that there are basic characteristics of every high level competitor.
With summer right around the corner there is typically one thing on most people's minds with regards to their health and fitness. They want to look good for the beach. This is the time of year that most people kick their fitness regiment in high gear as their planned summer beach trip is only a few months away. The idea of spending all summer at the pool in a body that you are not proud of can be a scary thought.