I had a potential client ask me how do I find this? My first reaction was to say that you need to find this yourself but soon realised that I hadn’t actually helped. I then started looking for different information around this subject and found that there was plenty about how to maintain it or strategies at least to maintain it, AFTER you had started. There was not much on how to get started. Here’s my angle on it. The word motivate has it’s origins in latin – ‘motare’ or ‘motivus’, meaning to shake or stir. I think the starting point for finding your motivation is to find a quiet place and think (really think) about what moves you on an emotional level when you consider your health and fitness. Often times it is to do with people around you. Is there a reason why you would like to be able to be there for somebody else and may be not only just, ‘be there’ but also be useful/fun/inspiring/attractive/healthy (fill in what ever term means something to you) to them and or to yourself? My motivation was to be good at sport because (rightly or wrongly) that is how I defined myself. It also fits with the ‘story’ I developed about life that says being athletic, active, capable, sporty, adventurous and functionally useful, are qualities that make life worth living. That works for me because it is a constant and is always nagging away at me when I have more than a few days in a row of not really […]
It is customary to talk about goals at this time of year. The start of a new year is the time for new beginnings and optimism. Always. I have been watching the tennis and it made me think that life is very much like it. You get a chance to start at zero (love) every game and every set, just like in January of every year we get to reset and start afresh with a ‘new year’, which in my opinion is awesome. I guess a lot of people get cynical as life goes on and say, “oh it’s the same thing every year, change, resolutions, goals, ……etc. etc blah blah.” Whilst resolutions can be wild assertions made in a dubious state of mind with questionable intention and resolve, I encourage you not to throw the goal driven baby out with the cynical bath water . We are purpose built by nature. To not have something to aim for is like being a boat with out a rudder drifting aimlessly in an ocean of boredom and malcontent. When we stop being focussed on growth, quite frankly the game is, if not over already, very close to it. We all know people who feel there is nothing left to learn and who have got lazy in their thinking and their actions. Avoid these people because they will drag you down. Be that pain in the backside always seeing the positive side and jumping out of your skin at the chance to do something new. Holidays are the time to do a […]
I was cycling this morning with some clients and we all worked hard and it was fun – my zone put out some interesting numbers but that is a story for another day about recovery and maximum heart rate changes. It got me thinking a little though. How does a ‘go hard’ cycle session fit in to the whole fitness, wellness and strength approach for the average person? The thing is, you don’t want to focus on just one thing. I saw this old couple on one of those sensationalist current affair programs last night. They were in their 60s and running a marathon a day! Now far be it from me to criticize such an active couple but to be honest they didn’t look well from where I was sitting. There was evidence in their bodies of the massive pull of gravity that results when a particular muscle group is overworked. They had this stooped posture and the oxidation damage to their skin was huge. The alternative of sitting on a couch and getting more and more dysfunctional by the day is definitely a far worse option and clearly not what I am advocating (derrr!). My point is that we should be looking at a mix of activities and ones that open up the body not close it down. Too much flexion, both lumbar and hip (bending of the spine and movements that bring the thighs to the ribs) should not be overdone. How does cycling fit in to the equation getting back to my starting point? Too much […]
Interested in your feedback. We have this sign in all three areas we work in here at the pool. We want you to know what guides us. We have thought long and hard about this. Values are enduring. ‘Useful fitness’ may be a guiding principle but the rest….Well they will define what we do ongoing, no matter what the business but I don’t think there is any better one than the business of making lives better.
I have been listening to and watching some videos from legendary strength and conditioning coach Mike Boyle. Funny man. He says if a movement looks like dog [email protected] then it probably is, so you just gotta fix it if you don’t want to pile strength of top of dysfunction which is the classic train-injure-recover a bit- train – re injure cycle some of you may know. Anyway, he put up a slide which I suppose I already knew but when it was put the way it was put, it makes you think a little about your own body and why things may have happened the way they have. Basically from the ground up and in alternating order, your joints go like this. Feet stable, Ankles mobile, knees stable, hips mobile, lower back stable, mid back mobile (thoracic spine), shoulders stable, mid neck mobile and neck stable. If you have a lack of mobility in one of the mobile joints, you will likely have a pain or problem in the joint just above or sometimes below. If you have too much movement in a joint that should be stable (e.g. lower back) then you also will likely have problems. I know it has been true for me when I think about my mid back and the recurring issues I have had there, both above and below. Both Mike Boyle and Gray Cook have elaborated greatly on this and it is not necessarily as simple as I just presented it, but as a starting point can get you thinking more about the […]
One of the great things about doing what I do is that you get exposed to a lot of great information…ahead of time. And the one thing that studying 3 science type degrees showed me is that you need to keep an open mind when trying to understand various things in this world. Another point I would like to preface this blog entry today with, is that I am always suspicious where there is a lot of money being made from the heavy promotion of a product by the guys in the white jacket. Case in point this issue about saturated fat, heart disease and cholesterol medication. The boys and girls (precision nutrition, 180 nutrition, Mercola) I have been reading for sometime now have said, ‘hey things may not be what they seem when it comes to “prevailing” thought on these matters’. So it was with great interest that I saw the documentary on Catalyst. You should check this out if you are on a statin medication in particular and if you have any interest in what is ‘healthy’ when it comes to foods like margarine and butter. As usual it looks like keeping it simple is a much better health strategy but you will have to watch this to know what I am talking about.
Hey well done Brisbane. Over 7,500 riders got on their bike yesterday and showed their mettle by making it to the Gold Coast after a 60km or 100km pedal. Awesome work! Congratulations to Guy & Helen, Les, Michelle, Graeme, Kristy and Chappo. If I missed you let me know because getting your ‘useful fitness’ on deserves recognition. I have to admit it was pretty tough and I reminded myself again why specific training and the right refueling is critical to a good performance. I certainly could have done both of those better!
This video on deadlift will clear up a lot of confusion around this super important move. If you haven’t heard of Gray Cook then you will be impressed after I introduce you to the creator of the Functional Movement Screen. Admittedly this video is for geeks interested in the technical aspects of the squat versus the deadlift but it is pretty interesting if simply want to understand movement better.