Monthly Archives: May 2018
It amazes me how much people already knew.
Many will come up asking for some friendly advice on perhaps nutrition, training or maybe sorting an injury and improving mobility and always give the answer of –
“Oh yea, I know that”
Often followed by –
“But what else can I do?” or “But what about XYZ”
I’m often left stood there like ‘Well, fuck me. They know as much if not more than I do, perhaps I should be hiring them’.
Yet even though people always seem, and claim they already know what to do, their overall aesthetic, performance and visual evidence often lead one to an opposing thought process.
Almost as if they don’t know…
I have a question I often come back with.
– If you know what to do, why are you not doing it?
Usually there is a plethora of excuses as to why they’re not doing what they need to be doing, yet they obviously could, if they really wanted to.
Do you know what you should be doing?
If so, why don’t you do it?
Do you really know what to do or is that perhaps a little porky pie?
I suppose that is a little unfair of me to say because it might try well be the case that people do in fact know what to do and have some crippling self esteem issues that sep them from executing the lifestyle changes they need, my apologies for being so brash.
Here is something to try.
Write down 3 things you know that you should be doing that would improve your quality of life (and fitness results too).
Now for the magic element.
Step 1: Re-read the three things you know you should be doing.
Step 2: Do them.
Step 3: Repeat steps 1 & 2 for continued results.
Give it some thought.
Do you hate your body?
You shouldn’t, it does a lot for you.
A lot of people certainly do, yet there is something that many forget when they are steeped in their loathing.
It’s not your bodies fault it is the way it is.
Honestly, for the most part it does it’s best to keep going for you, despite the excessive amount of calories you force in to it via sub optimal food choices, calorically dense beverages, or even the sleep depriving activities you subject it too.
Regardless of what you do to it, it does it’s best.
So, let us say you have a few extra lbs, who’s to blame?
Is it your body because it’s out to get you and store as much excess body fat as possible so that you have a lower value in the overall dominance hierarchy, or is it because of ‘you’?
*’you’ being mental attitude, bad habits, lifestyle choices, essentially your consciousness, you mind as it were.
Our bodies are vessels, nothing more.
We are in control of them because nothing happens without some form of thought process first (for the most part, medical exceptions that affect mental/hormonal health/perceptions of reality or control excluded).
A lot of people find it easier to blame poor genetics, a bad hand that life dealt them, basically anything else other than themselves.
You’d be surprised how many people keep their ‘genetics’ int he fridge or wine rack.
It is in everyone to take control, all you need it to look inward and honestly think for yourself for a change.
“I think, therefore I am.”
Wow, this is getting quite deep 🤔
Don’t hate your body, appreciate it because what you see aesthetically is not a reflection of a ‘naughty/bad body’ it’s a reflection of YOUR mental state, of your mind, a reflection of what we might call ‘you’.
Your body is not to blame, you are, remember that, accept it and change it.
Change your attitude and you will change your life.
Give it some thought.
Front squats are great.
One issue may have is getting it in to the rack position, some can overcome this, great, however a few just never get that chance due to injury.
What are we to do?
The answer; same yet different – kettlebell squat (which is often a front squat).
I’ve found people who can’t utilise a barbell can often use a kettlebell in the rack position, then once they progress they can use two bells.
Seems easy, however if you get strong and work up to a pair of 48kg bells I can tell you that makes from one difficult front squat. Perhaps one day even a pistol might be the long term goal.
Here is a video example (pus there are some other great movement other as well) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQEFc6rSKvA
You can program in the same way you would for barbell work.