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Permission Required?

Are you still asking for permission to live?
 
This may seem like an odd question, however, you’d be amazed at how many people consistently seek approval, validation or for lack of a better word, permission, to do just about anything.
 
Relating this to fitness, as a coach you’ll hear the following:
 
– Is it okay to eat XYZ?
– Does this sound right?
– If I do X can I have Y?
 
There’s a lot more where these came from as well.
 
All of them relate to people seeking the nod of approval before doing something.
 
This has two big impacts on people.
 
1 – It shifts accountability away from them on to you.
2 – It allows procrastination.
 
Looking at point 1.
 
If someone asks you for permission regarding an action or food choice they’re putting their accountability back on you because if something goes wrong or doesn’t work they’ll come straight back with – “But you said….”.
 
^^ This is something you’ll find everywhere.
 
A person will blame any and everything else before looking in the mirror and realising the blame/fault lies with them (the majority of the time, there are exceptions).
 
In regards to point 2, it gives people an excuse for inaction.
 
You see it in the working environment.
 
Boss – “Why hasn’t XYZ been done?”
Worker – “Because you didn’t ask me to do it”
 
*facepalm.
 
Long gone are the days of initiative and it’s understandable why it’s because in the past when people have tried to take the initiative they may have been told off for doing so.
 
Often it stems from childhood as well.
 
A parent (often your Mother) will ask you to do something and if you do it’s never to their standards, to which they delightfully say – “I should have done it myself.” – Or something similar.
 
Same goes for you doing something off your own back.
 
You may get a “Well done, but I wouldn’t have done it like that.”.
 
All in all, chipping away at your confidence to do things for yourself, this relates to many aspects of life.
 
You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t.
 
Thus the constant need for permission is born for a sense of protection.
 
Understanding where it all stems from is the first step.
 
After this, you can make your own choices moving forward, or maybe you can’t, I guess that’s up to you to decide.
 
Give the above some thought.
 
Enjoy,
Ross
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The problem with making your passion your purpose/profession.

 
You see this in fitness all the time.
 
People start up a fitness business because it is their passion and all they want to do is help people.
 
While this is all very nobel and altruistic it has a glaring flaw.
 
If someone is truly passionate that is.
 
This little shred of wisdom is often forgotten in the passion fuelled haze of progress –
 
Not everyone shares your passion, nor do they want to share it and as such they don’t want what you have to offer.
 
^^ Newer people and even some older ones in fitness take this personally when they really shouldn’t.
 
Why?
 
It’s not personal, it’s just business.
 
That’s the problem with making your passion your business.
 
It’s your passion, not everyone else’s and trying to force people to feel the same way you do about XYZ is a surefire way to crash and burn.
 
Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t care about what you do, however you do need a healthy amount of disconnect from it and to understand that if you do decide to make your business something that surrounds that which makes your heart sing that you might be doing a solo.
 
This isn’t aimed at shitting on your dreams.
 
It’s aimed at giving you a dose or reality because I’ve seen so many people fail and it’s not something wanted for you, or anyone embarking down the route of running a fitness business to be fair.
 
Fail to heed this warning at your own peril.
 
You’d also do well to remember that this is said from experience because it just so just so happened that this befell me and it took years to understand.
 
As such I failed my way to success 🤦‍♀️
 
So if you wish to make it in the endeavour above you must not only make the focus of your work YOUR passion, you must make it appeal to the passion(s) of your target audience/clients/buyers.
 
It’s less about you and almost always all about THEM.
 
Keep this in mind and you’ll find your dreams don’t end up in the dumpster like many others have before yours were even dreamt up.
 
Be passionate, just also remember to be vigilant.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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Bike Ride & Prejudice.

As we bask in the glory of the sun, like moths to the flame the cyclists take to the road.
 
Now there’s never been a problem my end with them until now.
 
Clogging up my pavement with their lycra barely supporting their family jewels 😤
 
Nah I just kidding 😂
 
One thing the sun seems to help many achieve is extra daily activity, be that in the form of cycling, running, swimming, or any outdoor activity.
 
Personally whatever get’s people actually doing something productive in regards to exercise/training is most pleasing to me.
 
These days a great many are caught in the thought that this must be done in the gym.
 
Simply not true.
 
My preferred style of training is outside with kettlebells, sandbags, barbells, ropes (to climb), if it was in a classic sense of training.
 
A truly enjoyable form of training is one where you learn a great amount of skill with it, such as martial arts, movement or that kind of thing.
 
Blending the two can make for quite the enjoyable life.
 
You’ll also be pleasantly surprised at the results too.
 
One thing I’ve tried to teach many is that it’s less about training ABC to achieve XYZ.
 
It’s about deciding what life you want to live and living it.
 
Say you wish to live life X, then the results you’ll have in fitness health, potentially aesthetic and all that other stuff will be the byproduct of the life you live.
 
This often yields a vast amount of experiences that can touch your heart emotionally and end up being unforgettable.
 
Now that my friends is a life well lived.
 
Therefore choose well and if you find your choice isn’t working for you then change it.
 
Simples.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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A little time

You might that guessed I’m in quite the pensive mood of late.
 
Today I shall break with that trend and give you something you can use in the gym 🤗
 
It’s called ’25-35-45′
 
This is the length of time you will spend training in minutes.
 
You will cycle through them each session.
 
Why?
 
Because it will stop you faffing about.
 
You might be thinking that you can’t get anything done in 25min.
 
Well you can, in fact you can get quite a lot done however it relies on you pulling your finger out and being productive.
 
The cycling of session time will get you out of the mindset of –
 
“I need to train to feel tired/worked/like you did something”
 
Instead it will get you in the realms of –
 
“What can I do that is productive and not a waste of time?”
 
There might be some trial and error while you find the flow of it all, however once you do you will find that it’s not about the amount of time you spend in the gym, oh no.
 
It’s about the amount of effort, the quality of work and having a purpose that makes all the difference.
 
Don’t believe me?
 
Try to do 10 Thrusters & 5 Pull Ups without rest for 25min solid (wave loads as needed) and tell me you’ve not achieved something notable.
 
Here are a couple of ways you can set up the rotations.
 
1 – Pull/Squat, Hinge/Push, Loaded Carries/Movement
 
This takes 9 sessions before you start the cycle again, meaning each of the above (Pull/SQ etc) gets a 25-35-45min session.
 
2 – 25-35-45 & 1/2/3
 
25min session = 1 lift
35min session = 2 lifts (ideally in superset fashion)
45min session = 3 lifts (tri-set is good)
 
1 lift = pick a big movement that hits the entire body
2 lift = choose 2 solid half body movements
3 lift = 1 big lift, 1 auxiliary lift & 1 isolation/weak-point lift
 
3 – EMOM or AMRAP
 
Pick one or two lifts for an EMOM (ever minute on the minute), or choose as many lifts as you like and complete as many reps/rounds as possible in the given time.
 
4 – 200-300-400
 
The above are rep targets.
 
25min = 200reps
35min = 300 reps
45min = 400 reps
 
You can cycle the days as in option 1, I’d go for a simple Pull-Push-Legs so you might end up with something like this:
 
25min – 200 Presses (a combination of press/dip etc)
35min – 300 Squats (Squats, lunges, step ups etc)
45min – 400 Pulls (Dl, rows, chins, swings etc)
 
It will take 9 sessions to have each movement go through each rep/time set.
 
5 – Recovery, Run & Ramp
 
25min = Recovery work day – foam rolling, stretching etc
35min = Cardio work of your choice
45min = Lifting day where you ramp the weights/volume up
 
There are many options, however the 4 above should be enough to get you started.
 
Take some time to think about how much time you waste in the gym and for what other reason than you just feel like you should be in there for a certain amount of time.
 
Do less better.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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***Warning, contains truth***

If you dislike an objective view of things then you best stop reading.

You won’t be judged, shamed or have your profile smeared.

Yet if you are someone interested in hearing a few bitter pills to swallow then please continue on.

I’ve heard many a conversation in many a gym over the years.

In the last decade though there has been an underlying tone in a lot of them; life, the world or however you describe it seems to owe ‘them’ (the collective them, as in everyone) something.

The world, people, what/whoever doesn’t own you jack shit.

Honestly.

In this life while there are those born with a silver spoon in far better stead than others and are presented all the opportunities, that doesn’t mean that just because you haven’t had this that you’re owed something.

People have become very weak-minded these days.

Take the example above, I’m sure you know someone who has it all.

They never asked for it all, they just happened to be one of those few who happened to get it due to the hard work and sacrifice of someone in their daily at some point.

Same will be true for your progeny.

Whatever you achieve and the foundations you lay will be used but hem to get a better foothold in life.

The people of the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s all did this for their young.

Then there was a time of bountiful harvests, follow day people gaining the attitude of being entitled and this is where things started to go wrong.

Sadly we are entitled to nothing in this life.

To be alive and have things as good as we have them is already a gift.

Don’t believe me?

If you’re reading this then I’d say you’ve already got it better than some who either will never have the chance to use modern technologies or others who have had their basic humans rights stripped away, not naming any northern countries or anything.

This is why I love fitness.

It keeps you humble because you don’t get results without effort, sacrifice and time given to the iron gods.

True enough some people have better genetics.

If you feel yours are lacking and that you should have better ones then I truly hope that txt time you choose to be born of better parents.

Think back to school, you had all the gifted kids and most of them now will be nothing more than a memory because they wasted the 3 space head start they had and rested on their laurels.

Anyone who gets a head start in life while lucky isn’t guaranteed success because the world doesn’t owe it to them, remember that.

So my dear friends, have you ever felt that you deserve more than you have?

That you’re owed something for nothing because reasons.

Sorry buttercup, you ain’t.

Neither am I.

We may not ever get what we feel we deserve, yet is what we feel we deserve actually what we are due? – Now there is a good thought.

Do what you can without the thought of reward just because you can.

In the end if you’ve given whatever you see as a priority everything you have to give you’ll probably be satisfied with what you have in the end.

Don’t except the world to cater to you for nothing.

Life doesn’t work that way for most of us.

Also if you’ve been one of the few to start severals steps ahead of the rest I am happy for you, truly. Now use that opportunity to do great things and don’t fuck it up.

To everyone else I will say one last thing….

There’s always a bigger fish.

Enjoy,
Ross

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Are you making sense or just making noise?

People are fascinating, especially the ones who say one thing and act in an entirely different way.
 
Fitness is rife with hypocrisy.
 
Body positive champions who wouldn’t dare post an unfiltered photo.
 
Warriors for the good of our planet that drive 2.5 litre engine cars and live a life with a carbon footprint that bog foot would be proud of.
 
These things are truly interesting to observe.
 
It truly is the tome of “Do as I say not as I do.”.
 
Plenty of bosses and very few leaders.
 
The attention of the masses is something most fit-pro’s are vying for.
 
Sad part is that they’re doing it in the same way a child would, by making noise and trying to shout the loudest.
 
Many would rather be noticed for what they do, as opposed to what they can do for you.
 
Shame really.
 
I know plenty who know their stuff, yet struggle to succeed.
 
When you look at the people who’ve risen to the top there is one thing they all have in common.
 
Do you know what it is?
 
None of what they do is about themselves, it’s about everyone else, it’s about you, essentially.
 
They share any & everything that may help someone.
 
Not for recognition though, just because it’s the right thing to do.
 
Before everyone was given the opportunity to gain their 15min of fame via the modern internet we know, people would share information, content, experience and anything of use of blogs, forums and some rather old things that predate the internet called books.
 
It’s those people that are now respected names.
 
Well, respected by the people who can see the difference between wise words and waffle.
 
Just because someone has the best looking videos, the flashiest graphics and endless selfies, it doesn’t mean they care about you or helping, despite what they may claim.
 
Inspiration or desperation.
 
How can you tell them apart?
 
It’s the eyes.
 
Learn to look behind them, to peer in to someones soul, as it were.
 
What resides there?
 
You’ll know the difference between the two when you see it, however once you do you can’t take it back and your view of things will be changed.
 
Damn…
 
That got deep.
 
Anyway, just a heads up for people looking to make a name for themselves, that’s the wrong path to go down.
 
Perhaps not financially, just mentally.
 
Give it some thought.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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Chances are it’s not your genetics

Do you find it easy to blame your genetics for any problem that arises?
 
Many do, trying to refute such a claim is not easy.
 
That said, it seems the world and it’s dog all have terrible genetics from what our ever connected state of affairs tells us.
 
I’m willing to call bullshit on it.
 
Take this classic:
 
“I have a thyroid condition.”
 
^^ Often self diagnosed and if it is legitimate then you will do well to look at their lifestyle habits.
 
While having a bum thyroid or similar issue does make something like fat loss harder, it’s not something that means you can’t make progress, you just need to be more diligent.
 
Would you like to know a secret?
 
I persoanlly have an under-active thyroid myself.
 
Yep, a legitimate one as well, the funny part, apparently I’ve had it for years and the Dr’s just didn’t see the need to inform me because my weight/BMI etc was always in the normal ranges.
 
Obviously anyone else with the same condition who is overweigh clearly has it worse than me….
 
It’s in no way the fact our lifestyles, activity levels, eating habits and general thought processes are different.
 
Nope, they’ve just got it worse and that is why they’re overweight.
 
🤔
 
Before you get offended, look, I get it, life can be hard.
 
We comfort eat, make poor choices and a whole host of other mistakes along the way.
 
In the end though most of our issues can be dealt with if we decide to make the necessary lifestyle changes.
 
This isn’t easy, it’s just a choice you make.
 
People talk about genetics and how they’ve made them a certain way and while they may indeed play a part, most of how you are comes down to your choices and lifestyle.
 
That’s just how it works.
 
If we take weight as an example, because everyone has a weight issue these days.
 
You don’t see any obese starving people, even if their genetics predispose them to being 400lbs, if they are starting and don’t have access to the calories needed they won’t ever be 400lbs, regardless if they have the genetic potential to be.
 
^^ Read that again and think about all the times you blame genetics, then look your lifestyle choices and take the time to have some honest reflection.
 
Now there will be some instances you have no control over, that’s just an unfortunate part of life, however for the most part it’s all in your hands.
 
While it is easy to blame say genetics, other people and the general state of the world, that doesn’t make it the best thing to do.
 
You’ve done it too often, I’ve done it too often, most people will continue to do it too often.
 
Time to take a step back, see the big picture and take charge.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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A Words Worth

We do love a fancy word or two in fitness, don’t we.
 
Metabolic Conditioning, sexy.
 
Anaerobic Lactate Intervals, nice.
 
Max effort ramping to ratchet loading, tasty.
 
Super-mega-ultra-saiyan-sets, sign me up!
 
It seems the more frivolous the word of title, the more people are drawn to it.
 
Such simple creatures we are.
 
I get it you know, like the humble magpie we like shiny things that catch our eye and for all intents and purposes there is very little wrong with being dawn in by fads.
 
Well, apart from the potential impact on your wallet.
 
Looking for the next best thing, the next suck fix and miracle that will solve all your problems (for about 6 weeks) is just how it goes.
 
Promise someone the world in 12 weeks or less and you’ll have them hooked.
 
Try to compel them to accept responsibility for a lifestyle change that will have them retaining the results they achieve for more than 2 weeks and you’ll see them scarper faster than Scooby & Shaggy when they found a monster.
 
Perform kettlebell swings for 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off, 10min total.
 
^^ Pretty effective, in the rest do some active recovery in the form of a mobility movement.
 
Here is how it can be named.
 
Option 1 – 30/30 kettebell swing intervals for improving body composition
 
Option 2 – Kettlebell Metabolic Accelerator for Fat-Loss
 
If I was to post an add with a video which title would grab people attention.
 
Yep, it’s obvious, essentially they both say the same thing, just in different ways.
 
Alphabet gymnastics truly are the mark of a good salesman.
 
Give some thought to the above.
 
If you’re in the fitness industry and struggle to attract people it could be because you’re boring in their eyes.
 
Or at least not speaking the language that resonates with your potential clients in the demographic you have.
 
If you’re not sure what words they want to hear, go ask them.
 
Have some conversations and listen to what people are saying, instead of trying to tell them what you want them to hear int hew you want to say it.
 
You’d be surprised how often if you ask people what they want they will tell you.
 
Well, in so many words you might say.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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***Plateau Breaker Series***

We all hit a wall at times with progress.
 
Given I’ve been here several times I’m going to share with you some of the methods I used to overcome mine.
 
First up, shoulders.
 
More specifically, pressing overhead.
 
There is little else quite as impressive as putting a heavy weight over head.
 
Ideally you want to be able to press your own bodyweight with crispy clean form.
 
Many can’t because they’re just too weak.
 
Or too heavy, might be a combination of both, who knows.
 
The three go to methods in my arsenal are as follows:
 
Negatives – High MUR, allow overload of CNS, good fun
 
Partial Presses – Teaches high tension, helps with confidence to grind through sticking points, looks cool
 
Plyometrics – Improve RFD, improves CNS connections, makes great fodder for Instagram video
 
How do you apply these?
 
There are many ways, I will give you some easy to apply ones immediately.
 
Negatives:
 
Push press (or push jerk) a heavier load than you can strict press overhead.
 
Aim for 2-5 reps, each rep you will aim for 6-10seconds on the negative portion of the lift. If a rep negative is less than 6 second stop the set, if it happens on the next set you’re done for the day with these.
 
Sets, well starting off with 3-4 is good, aim to bulk to perhaps 6-8 total, rest as needed between sets.
 
Don’t just let it drop though, stay tense and almost aim to pull the weight back down.
 
Partial Presses:
 
You will need Pins for this of block son some description where you can place the bar on.
 
Simple set the bar at your sticking point and press away.
 
Given the reduced range of motion 4-8sets of 4-6reps work well for this, you may also be abel to utilise heavier loads than normal as well, just make sure you keep total body tension in each rep.
 
*You can also set partial ROM, you’d need two sets of pins for this, say giving you 4inches of movement, you press from a pin just below your sticking point to a pin just above your sticking point. You’d drive the bar in to the top pin AS HARD AS POSSIBLE, for as long as possible, then repeat until you hit momentary muscle failure, then rest 5min.
 
Plyometrics:
 
Personally I’ve found launching a medicine ball as high as possible in the air works well.
 
You’d so as many sets as possible while maintaining speed, reps would be 2-3 per set as the focus is on acceleration. Rest 1-3min.
 
If you’re more advanced you can look at handstand depth drops – look up the book ‘Plyometric Training, achieving explosive power in sport, Hatfield & Yessis’.
*Please note all of the above, unless stated, are to be done while leaving a couple of reps in the tank, strength is a skill and you should see the above as PRACTICE not a workout method, if you want to get strong.
 
There you have it.
 
Some simple methods for breaking a pressing plateau that can be performed in most gyms without the need for specialist kit.
Be sure to get in remedial work in the form of lateral raises, reverse flies, t3 raises and so on, these areas are often neglected and can be the cause of tension (strength/power) leakage, they will be covered in the future so keep your eyes open for that post.
 
Next time; Deadlifts.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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Struggle Struggle Struggle

Motivation.

It’s quite an interesting word really.

We will often hear people talk about how to stay motivated when things get tough, or how to reignite a lost motivation and anything that is of a similar disposition, and while the intentions are good it is a sad truth that it rarely helps, if at all.

Talking a good game to achieve that instantaneous boots in moral is easy.

People can get a similar dopamine hit from merely talking about what they re going to do, in fact if you take the time to dig in to the science surrounding it you’ll find that the brain scans etc are almost indistinguishable in terms of response, meaning from a glance (without knowing exactly what to look for), you’d not see any really difference.

Same goes for the biochemical responses, to a degree.

That’s a rather fascinating little thing to know, however don’t take my word for it, please delve down that rabbit hole.

Anyway, back to motivation.

Aiming to sustain it, reignite it, or draw on some special reserve is largely a fruitless endeavour because it isn’t motivation that keeps us going, it’s resilience.

It is easy to see how people think it’s that people are highly motivated, however this not really how it works because you will find that the aforementioned is more akin to gasoline and added to the fire for that initial oomph in to action and after that you’re going to need something more substantial to keep that furnace going.

Unfortunately I can’t tell you what that ‘thing’ is to you because I’m not you.

For me it’s a simple case of enjoying the struggle and having go fight my way through a tough challenge because once I come out the other end of it all I will know a lot more about myself.

This is what sustains me through the resistances I meet when pursuing a goal.

It’s a conscience choice to keep moving forwards, that’s all.

If you can make yourself doing the thing you need to do, then in the end you’ll find what once seemed like an insurmountable task wasn’t really that bad, even if the struggle is real it’s better to embrace it every step of the way and just do what needs to be done, than it is to rely on bursts of motivation.

Of course this is only one perspective.

Having lofty goals can be a good thing, you’d be surprised that if you are to ask for the Moon how often once all was said and done it would be given to you.

Aim high, fight on, enjoy your motivation while it’s there just don’t rely on it and prepare for the struggle.

Once you come out the other end, it’ll all be worth it.

Enjoy,
Ross

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