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Ego ego ego

Is your Ego getting in the way of your progress?
 
Ego is an interesting thing.
 
It stops you listening to those who know better and it really hates change.
 
We’ve all had those times where it has stopped us getting to the next level, be that in work, fitness or any other endeavour, it really is something that we can do without.
 
Our own ego is incredibly fragile, you can always tell when a persons feels threatened because they will act out in defence, even if the are not a part of the conversation or it wasn’t aimed at them.
 
After playing devils advocate for enough years I’ve been able to see this happen several times without fail, it’s quite funny to sit back and watch.
 
You can overcome this evolutionary flaw by doing the following:
 
– Embrace the fact that it’s your ego thinking, not you.
 
– Understanding what is going on with your ego (it’s scared of dying).
 
– Letting go.
 
The last one is the hardest, if you are asked or told to let go of something have you ever realised or thought “I just can’t do that.” and yet not known why you can’t let go, it’s because of our friend Ego, it wants to hold on to things that is really doesn’t need to.
 
The next time you struggle to let go or move on, ask yourself this – why is this so important to me?
 
Chances are the attachment doesn’t really have any base, it just is.
 
We’ve all been blocked by this little friend of ours, embrace-understand-let go.
 
Enjoy,
Ross
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Me, Myself & I – Ego Tripping 101

Morning All,
 
I hope you’re all well.
 
So, what to write about today, that isn’t recycled information with a slightly different wording or spin on it…..
 
As you may have guessed that is essentially what writing/social media videos etc is actually about in the world of fitness.
 
There is little that we don’t currently know that doesn’t involve the very complex biochemical reactions/mechanisms of the body that is. As for training and nutrition, it’s almost all been said before, so keeping this in mind I feel some reflection would be good.
 
As yourselves the following and answer them honestly:
 
– Where did you start?
– Where are you now?
– How has your ego held you back?
 
That last one will sting for some of you, but hey ho, ego is a fragile thing that leads us to do stupid things on a regular and repeated basis.
 
When it comes to the ego, it can govern us in secret and we never know. It is so sensitive that it feel threatened by almost everything that opposes it and the main fear it has is that of dying (metaphorically).
 
No one likes to admit they might be wrong, or to change a belief or value, even if it is a destructive one that holds them back, I can attest to this as mine has stopped me doing a great many things and because of this I’ve been able to learn what it feels like when mine starts acting up, which I will share with you in the hope you might be able to learn how to silence yours and avoid making the mistakes I have.
 
1. YOU HAVE BECOME VERY SELF-DESTRUCTIVE.
 
Essentially you know something doesn’t feel right yet you do it anyway.
 
2. YOU FEEL OVERLY SELF-CONSCIOUS AROUND OTHERS.
 
You seem there is alway an argument, judgement or someone to oppose your views coming.
 
3. YOU FIND YOURSELF COMPLAINING OFTEN.
 
Not getting your own way or people not fitting your bias will leave your ego screaming because it feels it’s in danger. You will actively seek out info you agree with, even if it’s wrong.
 
4. FIGHTS AND ARGUMENTS HAPPEN FREQUENTLY BETWEEN YOURSELF AND OTHERS.
 
As you can guess, you defend everything you say without questioning if it’s wrong, which it might intact be.
 
 
5. YOU JUDGE OTHERS HARSHLY.
 
Also known as projection, you place everything you don’t like about yourself subconsciously on others so that you don’t feel sacred around them.
 
6. YOU FIND IT HARD TO LISTEN TO OTHERS WITHOUT WANTING TO INTERRUPT.
 
“I know, but…” – this is the line that shows your ego is feeling threatened, if you go to say it stop yourself and listen first.
 
7. YOU SEEK REVENGE WHEN OTHERS HURT YOU.
 
Children and the immature seek revenge, the mature and the wise seek understanding and to learn from their experience. if you find yourself point scoring all the time it’s a sign ego is controlling you.
 
Take these simple insights as see which ones apply to you and for the love of all that is holy, think before you speak, trust me, it causes more problems than it’s worth when you engage your mouth before your brain.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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How you doing?

How are you doing?
 
Like, seriously?
 
We are two weeks in to the new year and starting the third and I just wondered if anyone has asked you how you’re doing so far :).
 
It’s easy to get caught up in the New Years rush and forget that we need to take some time to sit back and take a look at how everything is going.
 
You’ll find it isn’t uncommon for people to outwardly say they are fine but internally the exhaustion is starting to take hold, perhaps not physically, but certainly mentally. Or maybe physically as well.
 
Either way, it’s good to keep a check on how everything is going and have somewhere/someone to sound off to, not only for our own health but also to gain perspective and assess if we are being productive or just busy for the sake of it.
 
Take 5min and writ down these questions with HONEST answers:
 
– How are you feeling mentally?
– How are you feeling physically?
– How can you improve these?
– What help do you need?
– Will you ask for it? – A simple yes or no will suffice.
– When will you ask for it?
 
These might seem odd but they will help you open some mental doors and prioritise, if you ask each of these questions for various areas of you life – Work, Health/Fitness, Relationships, etc – You will find solutions and be happier all in all.
 
Take some time to look after you, if you don’t then who will?
 
I will ask again.
 
How are you doing?
 
Ross

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Brain Gains

Do you like to read?

I’m sure you like to read because reading helps us grow as people and is one of the greatest ways of gathering years of accumulated knowledge in a very short space of time, pretty amazing, right.

Here are three books that will help you improve not only your training but also your mindset as well.

1 – Eat That Frog – Brian Tracey
2 – Dinosaur Strength Training – Brooks Kubik
3 – The Renaissance Diet – Renaissance Periodisation

These three books will help you in the following ways:

1 – Doing what you NEED to do and understanding what it is.
2 – Simplifying your training for maximal benefit.
3 – Understanding how nutrition actually works.

Aim to read a chapter of each book per day and you will find you start to make sense of a lot of things in the world.

Enjoy,
Ross

*Bonus Book – The Art of Thinking Clearly – Rolf Donelli – Break free of YOUR logical fallacy.

*Bonus Book 2 – The Art of War – Sun Tzu – It’s just an epic read, plus it’s useful if you’re planning world domination too.

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Only a Fraction.

Morning Ladies & Gents,

Sayings such as;

“Train insane or remain the same”

“Pain is just weakness leaving the body”

“You must confuse the body by changing it up every week”

and so on.

While these sayings have a place, they often cause people to overcomplicate things.

When it comes to training there are many opposing views and ironically they are all right because they all work but it can become very confusing. The longer I’ve been training the more inclined to the mantra of ‘less is more’ because there comes a point where you can’t keep adding large amounts of volume/intensity, it just becomes too much to handle. The result is improper recovery and a distinct lack of progress, we seem o forget that rest/recovery is the secret to making some gains, the whole ‘S.A.I.D & G.A.S*’ are often forgotten. That said, a good bit of advice for the majority of people is to try training 2-3xP/W (2-3 big lifts and 2-3 accessory movements hitting all major muscle groups/movements) while keeping a keen focus on adding a tiny amount of weight (as in half a kilo or less), just something to keep in mind.

I’m sure plenty of you know about the following types of set/rep progression:

– Single: Adding weight = 5×12
– Double: Adding reps, then weight = 5×8-12
– Triple: Adding reps, then sets, then weight 3-5×8-12

The use of fractional plates with these styles of progression is a recipe for continued progress. This is a nice simple structure that doesn’t involve in-depth knowledge of Periodisation, Concurrent Programming etc. All you need is some basic movements that you wish to progress on (If training 3xP/W I would create two workouts A/B that contain variations of the lifts and alternate them to avoid boredom but still generate the desired training effect for each muscle group), then stick with them for an extended amount of time and make slow and steady progress by moving through the set/rep progression as needed.

For example:

Press Program – 5×8 – hitting all reps and adding 0.5kg until you stall (fail to hit reps with good solid from for 2 weeks or sessions in a row), then take off 5-10% total load and start again using 5×5-8 until you once again plateau. When you hit the next road block drop the weight 5-10% and start using 3-5×5-8.

While only an example you can see the merit in this simple method.

How has your mindset for training changed over the years, how have you grown as a lifter?

*S.A.I.D – Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands – http://www.exrx.net/ExInfo/Specificity.html

*G.A.S – General Adaptation Syndrome – http://www.humankinetics.com/…/understand-the-general-princ…

Enjoy,

Ross

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Single? That’s Not A Bad Thing

Morning Guys,

There is a lost training art that not only helps add a fair amount of lean tissue over a typical training cycle, it also yields some pretty impressive strength gains too.
This training method is not for the weak minded. Many will fail before they’ve even started it.
In my experience of training clients I have found a lot of men who try this just can’t hack it, but the woman… Now that’s a different subject, they seem to nail this style of training and get great results from it.
What is the training method I speak of?
Rest Pause Training.
There are various different variations of doing this style of training, I personally use two methods which are as follows:
1 – Re-Racking/Pausing with the weight – 20-25 rep goal at 70-80%1RM
2 – 15-25 Single Reps at 80-90% with 15-30 seconds rest between each rep (the less rest the better)
I have found these two variations can help the person in question push through the required reps with the correct intensity. As you can see this style of training has a fairly heavy weight lifted for a lot of reps, there is some accessory work involves too but the mains lifts are what give you the biggest bang for your buck.
If you haven’t done this style of training before then it’s wroth building up your strength base with some heavy triples, that way when you begin the transition to singles your body will have a better foundation to being with.
Lets say that you are going to start with the 15-25 singles method using 80% of your 1RM, that wouldn’t be a bad choice. You workout might look something like this:
Day 1 – Lower Body
A1 – Front Squat
B1 – Snatch Grip Deadlift
C1 – Walking Lunge 1x200m
Day 2 – Upper Boody
A1 – Overhead Press
A2 – Pull Up*
B1 – Dip
B2 – Bent Over Row*
C1 – Ego Movement or Postural Movement 3×8 or 2×12
*Only rest 15-30 seconds after second movement, no rest between movements.
Day 3 – Off or Light CV
Repeat Process.
The above is a standard upper/lower split done on a 2 on 1 off rotation. You may choose to add just one rep each workout to each lift until you hit 25 reps and then drop the reps back to 15 and add some weight to the bar. This may seem like long process when it comes to progression but let me tell you from experience it works, but yes it can be boring.
Perhaps you only have set days a week you can workout such as Monday – Wednesday – Friday, if that is the case then this workout might be better for you:
We shall set a 20 rep goal using the rest/re-rack method (pause for a couple of deep breaths and try for a couple more reps or re-rack the weight shake it off for 20-30 seconds and then continue until you hit your 20 rep goal).
Workout A –
A1 – Squat 1×20 @ 75% 1RM
B1 – Dip 1×20 – Weighted to suit your needs
C1 – Bent Over Row 1×20 @ 75% 1RM
D1 – Ego Movement or Postural Movement 3×8 or 2×12
Workout B –
A1 – Deadlift 1×20 @ 75% 1RM
B1 – Overhead Press 1×20 @ 75% 1RM
C1 – Pull Up 1×20 – Weighted to suit your needs
D1 – Ego Movement or Postural Movement 3×8 or 2×12
You will alternate the workouts A/B/A one week then B/A/B and keep repeating this.
Once you can hit all 20 reps without re-racking the weight (pausing with the weight on your back while squatting or in your hands if pressing) then add some weight to the bar.
If you;re unsure of how much weigh to add I suggest 2.5kg total to upper body movements and 5kg total to lower body movements.
These workouts look easy on paper but they’re not. You will need not only strong muscles but a strong mental attitude too, but if you can make it through these workouts then you will find some great results await you.
Enjoy,
Ross

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