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What’s Your Calling?

If you’re wanting to get into a specific sport/activity then you are faced with a huge list of choices & it can be hard to narrow it down to one single thing

I wanted to write this post today for you to have a little insight into how I recommend you go about this selection process & when you have decided, what to do from there.

First things first I believe you should experience as much as you possibly can before you make a final choice

When you experience many different types of exercise/sports that all involve different rules & regulations you can have a good understanding of what general direction you want to move toward

Just take boxing for example – you might hate the whole idea of competing by yourself & what that involves. So that’s one thing you have experienced & learned – a team sport may be more appropriate for you right now

So if you can start & use the experiences you have to narrow down what you want & don’t want then this can make the whole process fly by in maybe a month or two

Could you imagine how long it would take to try every single type of sport/activity? Too long – that’s how long

So once you have a general idea of which particular area you want to go into start narrowing it down a little more specifically

This can be done by personal preference but also any experience you have, what your body is like & what fits in with your life

If you have experience with any type of serious sport/exercise then you will have probably developed specific physical & mental characteristics associated with it. It would be easier to get back into that in the beginning so that’s something to think about

Next is your preference, say you have had experience with something in the past then that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn new skills & develop new characteristics, if you’re hungry to get good at a new skill/sport then that will be very good for your development

So what is your body like?
If you’re a 250lb 6’4 monster then I wouldn’t recommend you to start off as a marathon runner. If you’ve had 10 years of serious Powerlifting coaching then becoming a professional gymnast is going to be a good idea (helpful though).

Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t try to push yourself & try new things.
But with the type of body you have then you have to think about the likelihood of being successful. Think about this ‘Am I starting off at a disadvantage before I even start’?

Remember, not many people like doing anything that they’re not good at!

If you can get into something that you have an inclination to do well at, you will enjoy it as you see progression.

Let’s say you have a 400lb bench & you’re 200lbs then a powerlifting route may be a good shout

If that’s a little slow paced for you, have a look into American Football/Rugby

Also I want you to think about will it support you & your lifestyle & long term goals

If you want a muscular physique & to be healthy until an old age & you’re getting on in the age department then some type of bodybuilding/strength training program will be ideal yes but what about when boredom sets in (if it ever does)?

You could try something like competitive swimming, 400M sprinting & high intensity training maybe – low injury risk, explosive movements promotes lean muscle development & flexibility is a high priority

Even if you’re not interested in competing at a high level then just have a think about something you could do to have a social aspect, getting around like minded people can be a great way of simply just having fun!

Just to give you an example of all this I had a choice to make a few weeks ago..

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I’ve since gotten into Strength & Conditioning coaching

Tried MMA, Strongman & oddly enough dabbled in long distance running

I had free time in the afternoons & wanted more of a social aspect to my training so I went back to rugby but I wanted a change so I play in a different position & have pushed myself & gone for quite a good team with lots of room to progress

I have everything I want!

Social aspects, Coaches for me, Set times to train at, Games – to push me to train harder than I normally would

Plus I get a good balance of strength & conditioning!!

So what are you going to try?

When are you going to start looking around?

Enjoy the process & learn new stuff

 

Speak Soon

 

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I’m Getting Back Into Rugby!

So what’s new this week?

Well last night I went to play rugby for the first time in around 4 years!

Why is that relevant? Well I want to talk about something abut my instructor used to talk about way back int (Yorkshire for in the) day.

He used to say “go back to being a white belt”

Now the main reason he said this was to get the instructors underneath him to put themselves in a position where they understand what its like to start something new.

To go to being a beiginner & not know how to do everything because they’ve done it a thousand million times with their eyes closed – going back to a white belt

So yeah – last night I want up to a local Rugby team & to be honest I was crapping myself.

I mean I haven’t played since 2011 I think & then it was for my schools team.

Now in comparison to the school league I wasn’t THAT bad to be honest – I even got an award.

Look…

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But the level of players I saw last night both scared me & made me excited.

I can’t wait to play my first game with them, train with them – get around people who are hungry for progress in the weight room & build their performance.

Having more coaches to help me evolve & who can help me learn even more!

Plus on top of that it will be a great challenge to move away from barbells, chalk & walls for a while during the week.

It will be more, rain, cold being flattened by 20 stone monsters – ‘character building’ I think its called…

But in terms of complete fitness I do think it’s important to a sport/activity of some sort that you can

  1. Have something to push you a little further in your training
  2. Be around like minded people who will push you in all areas of your life
  3. Force you to train you weaknesses
  4. Have coaches to help guide you

So why am I getting back into rugby after all this time?

Well I’m good at strength, power, bodybuilding & throwing people around

However having quick feet, being agile & speed is my down fall & a sure way to increase that is to have a team of people relying on you to improve.

You see when there’s more than you involved there’s another reason to push through the pain in pursuit of the goal in mind – that sounded sweet!

Plus a monster screaming at you & wanting to crush you into the floor in order to get his hands on the ball will be a good little motivating thought 😀

So in all seriousness why don’t you try taking up something new?

Whether it be to become a white belt in order for you to find it easier to help others,

Push yourself out of your comfort zone & be forced to work on your weaknesses

Or just for a change in scenery – something to get you outside or around new people!

It could truly be anything too, I’m going to start doing ballet lessons early next year to work on my flexibility & leg strength.

Yes – there will be pictures – don’t worry 😉

But the most important thing is to have fun with it & experience new things!

Speak Soon

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The Secret To Weight Loss

So as we all know being overweight is a problem for your health.

As to the extent of problems -well that’s down to how overweight you are how long you have been in that position.

Type 2 Diabetes, Stroke, Heart attacks, Kidney problems, Liver Problems, Bad Breath, Sore joints to name some of the more commonly know health issues.

So I’m sure that if you have tried to loose weight – you’ve tried at least one or two ways of doing so?

And if you’ve had success and kept it off then congratulations!!! I applaud you!

However, If you are someone who struggles to shift those extra pounds on a consistent basis then you have finally found a solid answer you can rely on…

Step 1 – Get Disturbed. Make it worse that it is if you need to – you need it to get to a place where it will get you to the point you need to do something about it! Take a blood test to see what your body looks like on the inside, try on a pair of jeans that used to fit, look at yourself in the mirror naked and tell yourself how you really feel.

Pain is your friend if you don’t just live there, if you use it as a signal that something is wrong and something needs to change then it an become your friend.

Otherwise you can get around people who have what you want – where people are REALLY fit & healthy. This alone – being around people who have what you want will be a natural way of pulling yourself toward that as it has become the norm of the people you spend your time with.

Step 2 – While feeling this disturbance, you make a real decision. That decision requires what you want, not the game plan – here’s the difference…

What you want is to loose 20lbs, have your energy increased, have healthier skin and to fit into that pair of jeans from a few years ago.

Not run 15 miles and fall over as a pile of hot, cramped & sweaty mess!

Focus on what you want, why you want it and what you can do about it.

If you cant run, swim, walk, try an exercise class, do something at home, dance furiously in the living room with music! Whatever it takes!!

Step 3 – Create a real plan. The clearer a goal is the easier it is to accomplish it.

If i said to you “throw this pen (I handed you a pen) Over there”

And I pointed to a large office space

What are the chances you would hit the specific thing I wanted?

0-none, that’s how much!

Now If I said you “aim for that specific bin right there” & I walked up to it and touched it, you would know exactly where to aim for right?

Weight loss is the same, “loosing weight” is a really bad goal, “20lbs in 6 months” is great!

Step 4 – Don’t start doubting yourself. Along the way there will be some hard times, some days you wont want to eat right & exercise but it’s on those days where the real work begins!

You, like me have probably had time in your life where you have done something that before you set out, thought it would be impossible then did it!

Keeping that goal in mind as much as possible throughout the day will be a fantastic way of ensuring you thing “how can I” when problems arise.

Step 5 – Set yourself up to win. Have your running shoes by the bed, clear out the rubbish food from the cupboards and don’t arrange those huge nights out.

Am I saying you can’t have fun?

No – I’m not a complete Health & Fitness Freak

I occasionally enjoy eating really unhealthy, tasty food, but I also train my ass off!

Strongman

The real secret is to have to have a balance that is tilted towards your goals so you can do it for a very long period of time without going mad or seeing no results.

Step 6 – TAKE ACTION. Nothing will happen if the only thing you do is read this blog entry and go back to doing what you always do.

In a years time you will be worse than were you were now and probably more frustrated as a rsult of loosing weight and putting it back on again Read here for more on that here.

 

Step 6 – Reward yourself when you hit you’ve goal and set another! As humans we thrive of working towards a goal. If we accomplish that goal we should have a reward!

That reward can be anything you like but make sure its something that really cement is that hard work pays off.

Once you’ve celebrated set another goal, maybe something not quite so adventurous this time – how about to maintain current body fat/dress size for 6 months?

Whatever take your fancy :)

The main thing is that as we move towards the ‘ideal’ – whatever that is for you – we keep our bodies in a state that allows us to be energetic, happy & driven to get what w want & a healthy body that isn’t being weighed down by unnecessary body fat is in my opinion the worlds #1 problem that can be fixed by ourselves.

So set a goal & smash it!

 

 

Speak soon

 

 

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