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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

 

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Never Been To A Gym Before?

So over the next few weeks you may want to start and look for a gym to train at.

Now this can be a very daunting and intimidating idea for you. If so – I want to calm your nerves a little bit :)

If you’ve never been to a place of fitness before I imagine it would be very easy to form an idea of what to expect based on what you’ve seen on TV, Films, social media, heard people talk about or general advertisement from gyms themselves.

Well the first thing that I want to say is that there as many different types of “gyms” as their are types of people who train.

What I mean is if you want to go to a relaxed gym with chilled people and chart music then I’m sure there will be one near by.

Also, if you want to go to a Powerlifting gym where people scream, lift gargantuan amounts of weight and listen to very VERY heavy metal, again you’ll be happy to know that there will be one around the corner (or a short drive away).

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One thing you can be pretty damn sure of is that there will be a CrossFit ‘box’ (just a different word for gym – it’s not actually a box) where you can go and push yourself to an insane level of conditioning with a good variety of strength training in there too – the coaching is the best part of it for me (IF the coach is up to scratch)

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But whatever ‘type’ of gym yo decide (or just happen to fall into) go to then remember a few key things;

  • The membership cost might not directly correlate to what you get
  • A coach is worth a lot (IF they know what they’re on about)
  • What equipment do they have? Does it fit your needs and goals?
  • Some gyms will push you into a membership for 12-24 months – please be careful with this one – you don’t want things to turn nasty

 

 

So what should you actually look for in a gym?

Well what do you want to get out of it?

Pure strength?
Olympic Weightlifting skills?
Increased mobility?
A better physique?
Community/social aspects?

If you want a lot of thing then  suppose you either need to be willing to pay for a decent sided membership, travel or look around before you buy.

For me I get talking to people at my local 24 hour franchise gym. It has lots of good equipment, it’s open all the time (literally) and, for the most part – no wan**rs :) Bravo!!

So realize that everyone that goes to the gym will mainly be going for the exact same reason as you – to change how they look, feel & perform.

You might be pleasantly surprised to know that 99% of gyms aren’t like Globo-Gym fro Dodge-ball!

 

And if all else fails and you REALLY can’t hack being in a public place while being sweaty and gasping for air, try going when its quieter, at night, go with a friend or exercise at home :)

 

I personally love a gym – it’s an escape from everything else and being there just seems to make time fly by – plus you look great naked if you know what you’re doing 😉

 

Hope this helps Guys & Gals

 

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The Best Supplement In The World

So undoubtedly when you start your journey into the vast world of Health & Fitness there will be a time when the question of supplements arises…

What are they?

Should I even take them?

How often should I take them?

Does the price match the results I will get (the more expensive, the better the results)?

The list goes on and on.

Well first off I want to start off by saying I have used supplements in the past. Pretty much every kind of brand, purpose (weight gain, weight loss, health) & price range and the only one that I still use to this day is Cod Liver oil tablets.

Why?

Personally I feel that unless you are a professional athlete that has to maintain an extremely high calorific diet or someone with a specific dietary deficiency then extra supplemental nutrients can be consumed through ordinary food.

So what types of supplements are there?

First & most popular would be the ‘whey protein shake’.

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This is a form of adding more protein into your diet by drinking a ready made shake or buying powder and mixing it in with either water or milk. It’s by-product of the cheese making process in which the whey protein is separated from the milk and then turned into (other chemicals are added) the powder/drinks you can buy.

Next we have casein protein.

Casein is the other (main) protein found in cows milk. Again by adding chemicals to this raw product we get the commercially available casein protein shake which is widely regarded as the ‘slower acting protein’.

Next we have weight loss protein shakes…

Want to look like this?

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These annoy me a little here so bare with me please everyone.

Weight loss protein shakes are basically the exact same as the other two (When & Casein) but have been marketed – mainly to women – to buy these extremely overpriced bags of dried cows milk with added flavorings, preservatives and colourings and then they will miraculously  loose weight.

What they don’t say is that what you are actually doing is becoming malnourished because you’ve stopped putting in REAL FOOD and are instead eating chemicals and potions that sold and marketed to you in a very clever way so you never have the question pop up as to WHY you loose weight!!!

More on this particular topic another time – that’s enough for now I think

 

We also have Mass Gaining shakes & powder.

Want to look like this?

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This little gem of a product concept is sold to people who struggle to put on muscle. It’s basically again, the same whey/casein protein shake but this one has extra chemically made calories – how yummy. It has been extremely well received (and profitable to the companies) by the bodybuilding, Powerlifting, Strongman & Rugby/American Football world that this on thing can allow you to gain substantial amounts of weight by drinking one after every workout. HA!!

All I will say about any of these products above is you don’t NEED them. Even professional athletes can manage without them. If you a natural gym goer, who trains hard and eats 3-4 well balanced meals a day and rests enough then you will get results! You don’t need overpriced boxes of chemicals and potions to get you to achieve your goals.

For a long time I used protein shakes (quite expensive ones too) around 2-3 times a day, I stopped using them and nothing happened. I saw no difference to my physique, strength or energy levels at all. The only thing I did notice coming to think about it, was I didn’t have to take a bag of powder with me every time I went to the gym!

Saying this however I am a BIG believer that you should experience things for yourself and then you can form your own opinion. My recommendations would be;

  • Choose something with 100% whey/casein – no chemicals
  • Don’t pay any extreme – too cheap and it will be very nasty and maybe dangerous, too expensive and you might as well just eat nice tasting, expensive FOOD.
  • Avoid brands that are promising you the world – you won’t get it in a tub

 

Moving away from this area of supplements to a more ‘natural’ type of supplements.

 

Now we come to the side of supplements that I am a little more lenient on.

Food/dietary/nutritional supplements. These basically contain a specific naturally accruing chemical, enzyme, oils, vitamin or mineral that we can sometimes lack in our diet.

By taking Cod Liver Oil tablets for example I’m simply ensuring that my body has enough fatty acid. There are no false promises, no clever marketing schemes and no unknown chemicals being put into your body.

But what does happen is your body gets the important supplements it does require to maintain its complex job list on a day-to-day basis.

Things like wheat grass, Cod liver oil, digestive enzymes would be a good place to start to help with toxicity, digestive problems and joint integrity.

But still, all things that our body could ever really need can be found right here on earth. We have everything we could possibly need at most supermarkets to be honest. If you know what to look for that is.

Supplements CAN be a great way to help take out nutrition to the net level but 99% can be done through food and water alone.

So try actually having a look for yourself what the main essential vitamins and minerals are for your body and eating foods rich in what you feel would suit you.

 

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Shaking It Up

Recently I’ve been working serious overtime.

I haven’t been hitting my training as often and consistently as I would have liked to and as a result of this I felt slow, weak and tired. Normally I train three times per week with a Chest, Shoulders & Triceps on day 1 (Mon/Tue). Back & Biceps Day 2 (Wed/Thur) & Legs on day 3 (Fri/Sat).

Looking back and reflecting on why I think my training dedication started to lag was the fact that I hadn’t changed what I was doing in about 3/4 months.

I had no variety, nothing to look forward to doing, I stopped chasing numbers and Setting goals.

I let myself get bored with my training to be honest and it resulted in me really not feeling hungry enough to get myself to the gym when I knew I should.

I haven’t trained properly in about 3 weeks now and this past week I’ve been trying a new way of doing things!

For the best part of this year I’ve stuck to this Bodybuilding style routine and I’ve seen some really good strength/muscle gains. Over the past 3 weeks however I’ve struggled to find the energy to train my body parts as a split routine. So I’ve switched to more of a power/athletic full body routine.

The Result?

I feel ALIVE again!!

My energy has come back and I’m hungry to train my ass off and get my numbers up.

I’m following a basic power based plan (lots of cleans, box jumps, sprints, squats) Then following up with some strength work (Deadlifts, presses, rows) then accessioning like a bodybuilder to keep imbalances away and muscle shape as well.

So what I want to tell you is its not only important to vary how you train (different sets/rep combinations) to stimulate your muscles in different ways to continue with progress. But also for your own sanity, enjoyment and experiences you should (in my opinion) change what you do too. Try doing an olympic weight cycle, try using Strongman equipment, incorporate different training methods into your routine and see what works and what doesn’t.

My bet that introducing something completely different into your training will force your body to adapt to it after a few weeks and the results from this (my guess) would be that your performance will improve in what you originally were doing.

Plus I find that training more of a full body routine every now and then really helps with the ball ache of having super bad muscle soreness for a few days that restricts your movement and more important, your sitting down abilities after leg day!!

So have a go at something new! (Like Atlas Stones :D)

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Don’t be afraid to learn something new and step out of your comfort zone! It might actually help you with your main sport/activity.

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Alpha Male Motivation

A few weeks ago a good friend of mine (here we are a few weeks back at my sisters wedding)

 

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asked me to take part in a small documentary based around male body image.

After him and his team coughed out this magical little piece I couldn’t help but think that it made me want to go and train!

I hope it has the same effects for all of you, some of it isn’t pretty but then again, hard work, sweat and chalk very rarely is!

 

 

I hope it made some shifts in your state and you feel empowered to go train your ass off!

 

 

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