Friday, December 25, 2009
I will be creating the"#2 Action Muscle Challenge" in the new year. Lets get even more people on board for the #2 AMC
Here are your winners:
Jimmy Mac 167
We will get some girls here
Fantastic Jobs! Well done :-)
Jim, Brian, and Christine I will be getting in touch with you to create the workout you won.
Keep up the hard work ;-) stay tuned for the next Action Muscle Challenge.
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Monday, December 21, 2009
35 Push-ups modified
TOTAL = 113
TOTAL = 108
TOTAL = 164
TOTAL = 160
26 Push-ups mod
TOTAL = 85
62 Squats mod
TOTAL = 157
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Thanks for your time in taking the Challenge bud! Well done!
Gregory's TOTAL Reps = 139
Saturday, December 19, 2009
PS: I got my kiss and hug this morning :-)
Action Tip of the Day:
Your VITALITY should be high in the morning....yes you know what I mean! The men should be saluting and the girls ready to greet them off the ship :-) If you do not feel this way in the morning, the hormones in your body are not working in balance with you. A couple main causes of decreased vitality are: poor nutrition, decreased fitness and improper workouts.
If you need help with your vitality, nutrition and workout program "I CAN HELP". You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
MY WORKOUTS YESTERDAY:
500m Sprint Row = 1:24.6
3RM Split Jerk = 180lbs Body weight baby!
45min of Functional Back and Leg training with rest periods of 20-60sec
e.g. lots a multi directional Lunges, squats, jumps, static holds, wall sits, one leg wall sits and tons of strict multi grip AMRAP pull-ups........GOOD STUFF! NO MACHINES and can be done in your living room :-0
For those that are on the fence to taking the Action Muscle Challenge; lets try and make this work.
- You can keep your scores personal by emailing me email@example.com
- I then can tell you where you need to start your fitness journey after I get your scores
- If you want to post your scores; please post them to yesterdays Challenge post. OR send them to me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post them for you.
- I am here to help and this small test can give me some good empirical data specific to you. This data helps me create programs tailored to your needs and fitness goals :-)
* If I get a good response from this Challenge I be putting up some beginner WOD's "Workout Of the Day" for you all to do at home, in the gym, at work or in your garage ;-)
Now get up and move your body for 3min.
Something I choose to do is Video tape myself moving and exercising from time to time. This has been a great tool for me to see how I move, what I look like when I move and technique work on specific exercises. When you tape yourself ask: do I like what I see? Do I like how I felt?
You and only YOU hold the power to change this. I can help create a path for you to follow. Plus if you want to literally see a transformation over time......it is on video tape.
I was going over some video tape of me from 2 years ago, I was moving slow, looking large, stopping all the time to drink water and rest, my technique was crap...the list goes on. What I did do to change the old Chad was to "Make a Choice" to become the fittest Chad I could be! I have told some of my good friends about this choice, when they ask me why I train. My advice to you is Make the Choice, stick with it, make it enjoyable, create that time in your day to thank your body for working so hard for you, by rewarding it with a sweet workout.
(yes thanking your body means to work it out, your body loves it!)
So lets Start it UP people!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The ACTION "Muscle" Challenge for this weekend!
The goal for this fun challenge is to create a fitness movement for the New Year with my close friends, family and clients :-)
You have 3min to get as many reps as possible; No Rest, straight through (set a timer to beep on each minute ) IT'S ONLY 3MIN OF YOUR DAY :-)
1min Anchored Sit-ups
1min Air Squat
1min Push-ups or Modified Push-ups
Anchored Sit-ups = Sit in front of a Wall, place your Dumbbells anchored against wall. When you do your sit-up you must touch to wall with both hands for each rep.
Air Squat You can do a free squat, you may squat to a ball, chair, bench or whatever that will get you to have your hip crease even with your knees (90 degrees)
Push-ups or Modified Push-ups= You may do regular Push-ups OR Modified Push-ups. Remember to try and keep a nice bridge posture / plank in the push-up. In the bottom position for the push-up have your elbows in line with your shoulders (90 degrees), then push-up to top elbow lock out to count one rep. NOTHING can touch the floor. If your doing Modified Push-ups, keep your butt in the air a little bit, trying not to let your legs or stomach touch the floor.
Have fun and send me your scores :-) If you video this event send it to me, the top video will get put up on this site :-) Send your scores in by this Sunday please.
Winners will recieve a workout created by me, "just for you".
-Guys winner regular push-ups
-Girls winner regular push-ups
-Guys winner modified push-ups
-Girls winner modified push-ups
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Snatch balance 4 x 4; 90 sec rest
Tall Snatch 4 x 4; 90 sec rest
Hang Power Snatch 3 x 3; 90 sec rest
Hang Snatch 3 x 3: 90sec rest
Snatch 1-1-1-1-1 90-120sec rest
Not a bad day. Had trouble receiving the bar at the bottom of Snatch, having a few bail outs because bar was not in optimal position. Have to be more patient in 2nd pull and use more hip extension. I am getting better at my lower starting position.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Back to the 101 Nutrition:
Coach FitzGerald's years of empirical data on his clients regarding their lifestyle variables, training and nutrition can be summed up in three words "Get Dialed In!".
OPT's "Mastering Food" Levels really hit home to me and my fitness/nutritional journey to become the best super human I can be! I can honestly say that I have been through all the Mastering Levels Coach FitzGerald talked about and then repeated a few levels along the way to getting back to the top.
Everyone has a journey and it is all about dialing it in, you have to go on the journey to understand what works for YOU and what doesn't work for YOU.
As in Level 4: Embody it, Live it! "I know that when I eat this, I feel like this".
There are a ton of people out in the world who read Fitness mags or eves drop on who is eating what and they lost 12lbs!! Who gives a pshi%! You need to be "Aware of it" "know what your putting into your body, why, and what is the outcome". Not because she did he did! We are all different when it comes to what we need, where we need to start and what foods will work.
You need to get dialed in people! That is why I believe everyone needs a Coach....hell I have one and I am a Coach; it works wonders:-)
My ACTION tip of the Day:
Keep a FOOD JOURNAL ;-)
In this food journal write down what you eat, the time you ate it, and the most important part how you FELT after and at specific times of the day that are giving you trouble (e.g falling alseep in the afternoon). This Empirical Data you take on yourself, your significant other or your kids is very important: you can find out food allergies, intolerances and Irritants. This is step ONE to getting DIALED IN. Lets start it up:-)
Here is a little bit of what I do in my Food Journal:
*I put little happy faces beside the meals that give me energy, make me perform great in workouts and make me more hormonally stable (no mood swings) :-)
* I put sad faces by the meals that make me fall asleep after :-(
* I put a open mouth face by the meals that make me FART, or get the RUNS :-O
* I put a tongue out face for the BAD MOOD SWING meals :-P
I did the CF WOD CHRISTINE today:
3 Rounds for Time:
12 BWT Deadlifts (I am 182lbs today)
21 Box Jumps (20" Box)
TIME = 8:23 PB Sweet! Next goal is 8:14 possible sub 8 if I can keep my rowing steady.
OLD TIME = 8:48
Friday, December 11, 2009
I for one do not use fish oil, but enjoy having salmon once per week or every other week.
Not using fish oil anymore was a decision I made along with my coach after taking it for a few months. I really try to listen to my body and felt right away that when taking fish oil I felt like crap, plus I got Diarrhea the same day and even worse in the mornings. The day I went off fish oil I felt like my body was going back to normal, and no more "runs" thank god!
Right now I know a lot of people ramming fish oil in very large doses for many reasons like: weight loss, energy, inflammation, pain and because he said she said. Those people that I have listened to about taking fish oil tell me they like it and are seeing the results they want, but are they doing more harm than good to their body?
Fish oil might work great and it might not, in the end YOU are the one to decide this. What we can do to help this fish oil situation out is to do some research and share this info with others we love and train with.....and not argue about it ;-)
In the end, the choices YOU make in your life are to be made for what YOU WANT NOW to make YOUR LIFE GREAT!
Making YOUR choices NOW pave YOUR own road the way YOU WANT it to look :-)
Here are the videos.
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By8icw-ua8g
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7SYlEuRnVg
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
AMRAP P-Bar Push-ups WIDE; tempo 3131: 12/12/10
10 Wall Ball Shots to 12feet: CHECK
AMRAP P-Bar Pike Presses, tempo 31x1: 12/10/9
DB External Rotation - 4-7/arm; rest 45 sec b/t arms: 6-4-5-4-5-4
AMRAP Plyo Push-up "Hands & Feet off floor: 13/13/10
10 Push-up Burpees Jump to 8ft: CHECK
5 Strict HSPU: CHECK
Monday, December 07, 2009
Speaking of the RIGHT reps and PROPER INTENSITY.
I was talking with my client Andrea after the workout about reps/required and intensity....think of it this way; if your top athletes in your gym are doing some low times for a specific workout, and your time is double that, then alter the required reps to match the intensity it takes to get those top times :-) Put it this way, top athletes have to work hard to get their times, their heart rates are high, lactate threshold is high and they have little rest without form breaks. All this equals the Proper hormonal release and positively more effective than work done over 30min with a sustained heart rate and lower intensity not improving your lactate threshold. So it is good to alter your reps to find the proper Intensity as this will pay off vegas style in the future!
If you guys have questions or want some help email me: email@example.com
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Well I am at week 6 of 12, the half way point in my programming. My programming is about inceasing my weaknesses and testing a CF Met-Con workout.
Is it hard to program yourself?.....oh yes because you can take the easy way out every time! One of the ways I choose to make this not happen is to keep solid stats so the next time I have the knowledge to hit the right intesity.
I have improved in all my stats & Named CF Met-Cons and I pretty stoked about that! Now comes phase two, more big lifts and Oly lifts (YES!)
How am I marking my progress? How do YOU mark your progess?
*I am keeping rep stats on my relative strength work which all have improved big time
(e.g strict pull-ups, push-ups, lunges)
*I am keeping notes on workout stamina, post recovery, loads lifted, flexibility improvements (e.g. I use the yoga block in many of my movements & now have either rotated the block from tall to sideways or taken it out completely).
*I have also been monitoring nutrition, body weight and tape measurements. (e.g I started day 1 weighing in at 189# and today my half-way point I am 181#)
I have focused my training to many movements that are specific to my needs/goals as you have seen in my past posts ( the key here is specificity).
Some of my goals are in general terms: What are YOUR Training goals?
Increased Flexibility (yoga and stretching)
Mental Clarity (yoga and meditation)
Isometric Strength (muscle tension without movement)
Increased anterior/posterior strength (think bridging, KBS, pull-throughs, hip thrusts)
Dynamic & Speed Strength (muscle tension & joint speed. plyometrics, creativity in exercises)
Relative Strength (move your body weight)
When you put this all together, SPECIFIC FUNCTIONALITY is the outcome.
Is your Program tailored to YOUR needs/goals?
If NOT I can help you out with this :-) email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the next 6 weeks I am placing in an Olympic Lifting Day and small Met-Con workout post oly lift. The Met-Con will involve a couplet of one Relative Strength skill (e.g. burpees) and the Oly lift I am training that day (e.g. Snatch).
Check out this wicked video! The Human Body is absolutely amazing! I love the quotes in this vid!
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Complete 2 Rounds of each Super Set A,B,C,D Round 1 / A,B,C,D Round 2
Goals today: Match Pull-up reps and keep solid form on Lunges
Legs: 25reps Db Split Squat/leg; rest 30sec (15reps with 25# drop set 10reps free)
Legs: 25 Goblet Squats (40#)
Back: AMRAP strict Super Wide Pull-ups 12 /12
Legs: 25 One Leg Speed Skater; rest 30sec (no leg touch on ground, high knee drive)
Legs: 90 Sec Wall Squat isometric hold
Back: AMRAP Close Grip Strict Pull-ups 12/12
Legs: 15 Reverse Lunges/ leg(20#); rest 30 sec
Legs: 24 reps/side 3 & 9 O-Clock Lunges; tempo 21x1
Back: AMRAP Chin-up Strict 12/12
Legs: 20 reps /side Iky Lunges; rest 30 sec
Legs: 20 Sumo Hops (4 fwd, 4 bwd)
Back: AMRAP Switch Grip Pull-ups 12/9
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
A.) AMRAP Grip change each set Pull-ups X5 sets; 40sec rest
C.) HSPU 5 sets of 5reps Unbroken; 1min rest
D.) Ring Dips 5sets of 5reps, tempo 31X1; 1min rest