December 2011

Go Nike!  About time they did some GOOD marketing for girls who are athletes!  This is (or at least should be) the NEW sexy!

Copy: My shoulders aren’t dainty or proportional to my hips. Some say they are like a man’s. I say, leave men out of it. They are mine. I made them in a swimming pool then I went to yoga and made my arms.

Copy: My knees are tomboys. They get bruised and cut every time I play soccer. I’m proud of them and wear my dresses short. My mother worries I will never marry with knees like these. But I know there’s someone out there who will say to me: I love you and I love your knees. I want the four of us to grow old together.

Copy: My butt is big and round like the letter C and then thousand lunges have made it rounder but not smaller. And that’s just fine. It’s a space heater for my side of the bed. It’s my ambassador. To those who walk behind me, it’s a border collie that herds skinny women away from the best deals at clothing sales. My butt is big and that’s just fine. And those who might scorn it are invited to kiss it.

So, it’s Wednesday. I’m just realizing that I didn’t write yesterday and just getting my first workout in since last week. The only reason I got that is because my training schedule for today fell apart. So I went to my local gym instead of my work just to get a quickie. Anyway, you guys all know that I always advocate proper running mechanics and that it starts with foot placement. My current choice of shoe to help me is the Reebok Real Flex. Like them, don’t love them. Anyway, as i walk into this gym, I am almost overwhelmed. No less than 5 different people had these shoes on, as well, and I’m thinking….”Hey, it’s working, people are getting it.” No, they aren’t. Not one of these people ran anything close to well. Hardcore heel-strikers all, and one didn’t even run, just walked around the track with his cell phone glued to his ear. Productive, right? Anyway, just a reminder, if you want minimalist shoes, you have to be a minimalist runner. Otherwise you are going to end up hurt. Be careful, be good and learn to run first. Have a good week, and I’ll try to get pissed off about something else before the week is up.

PS – I was pretty flatlined on the scale from last week, how did you do?

Nothing serious today. just a little note to wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe holiday weekend. Whether it’s Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa or something that I don’t even know about, enjoy it. Get enough of your 3 F’s…Family, Friends and Food. They are the good things in life and you don’t know how long any of them will last, so enjoy them while you can.

This post is sort of related to my post last week about your 98%. The link was passed on to me by one of my former students (Thanks, Josh), and then I saw it in 2 other places this weekend, as well.  See?  I’m not the only crazy on the planet.

Whenever I work with a client, I emphasize one thing.  I am going to work with you for 2-3 hours per week.  That leaves 165 hours for you to screw up what I’ve done, which most people will do.  People with a trainer twice a week and just expect to magically reach their goals.  Someone even went as far as to ask another trainer that I know what SHE would do to guarantee that woman’s success.  Setting her trainer up for failure from the get go, while relieving herself of any blame what-so-ever.  The 2-3 hours per week that you work out with your trainer encompasses about 2% of your week.  What you do with the other 98% is REALLY what is going to determine whether you succeed or fail.  Now, lets take 33% of that out right now with sleep.  If you do not sleep properly, your body cannot process properly.  Lack of sleep messes up neural and hormonal function in your body, thusly impairing function and the ability to lose weight or see physical improvement.  So get your rest.  Do you go to the gym on your own?  Is it a priority, or does it get lost in the shuffle.  My wife, Michelle, is a perfect example.  We are 2 busy people, no different than anyone else.  Due to the nature of our jobs (she is a massage therapist), our schedules do not coincide, they overlap.  Pretty much the extent of our contact until the weekend is in the morning before I leave or after 8pm when the boys are asleep.  One gets home the other leaves right away.  Anyway, the point is that over the last year, she has made her health and fitness a priority.  She gets up anywhere from 2-4 days per week (depending on the week) before the boys, or even myself get up (around 6am usually) and works out in our basement with the equipment that we have.  We don’t have tons of stuff, and you don’t need it either.  Few sets of Dumbells, ropeless jump rope and a couple medicine balls.  She uses her 98% smartly and MAKES exercise a priority.  Therefore, she sees results and is happy with how she looks.  She gets up when other people hit the snooze.  Now one of her friends comes over and works with her.  Another priority maker.  But even that will be undone if you workout in the morning just to ruin it with fast food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Be smart with your body and be smart with your food.  Make the efforts and you’ll see the results.  Use YOUR 98%, and don’t rely on the 2% to work.  The math just doesn’t add up.

OK, nothing fitness related today.  Just a funny story that happened over the weekend that I would like to relay because it was freakin’ hilarious.  So we’re taking the boys on the Polar Express.  They’re excited because they are going to see Santa and Mrs. Claus and getting to see reindeer at the North Pole.  So I’m sitting on the trolley with Alex (my 3 year old) and asking if he is excited about everything.  He is, of course, being cute and innocent.  Anyway, a little bit older boy gets on the bus.  I had seen this boy in the waiting area with his dad.  Bigger kid (probably 8 or so) and a “big kid” (little tubby….took after his dad).  Anyway, I’m sitting talking to Alex and this boy gets on the trolley a few people ahead of his father, so his dad sees none of this.  So this boy walks by my seat, looks at me and pops his shoulders like a tough guy and states “Betta move!”  Then simply proceeds to walk to the back of the bus.  I was in awe!  I watched him walk to the back and couldn’t help thinking to myself “Did that really just happen?!”  I just got served by an 8 year old.  And of course it would be way too embarrassing to bow up on a little kid, right?  So I relay the story to my friend, Brant, on our way home and he and I cannot stop laughing.  To the point of tears.  How crazy is that?

Everybody loves a challenge!  It brings out the best in our inherent competitive nature.  For some of us, it brings out some of the worst, too, but that’s another discussion for another day.  So, here it is.  Your December Challenge!  Don’t give up on your routine.  Typically, the holidays come about and everyone falls off the wagon.  And that’s the excuse.  “Well it’s the Holidays.”  Be good.  Be strong.  Be disciplined.  Just because it’s that time of year does not mean that you have to go completely berserk with food and drink.  I’m not saying to not have fun.  Lord knows I am sure going to try.  But it also doesn’t mean that you have to jump off the deep end and feel guilty about it for the next 3 months of strict dieting and starvation (which don’t work anyway).  So challenge yourself to be better than that.  Don’t gain the “Holiday 10”.  Make it 3.  Or 4.  Or 2.  Stay active and make good portioning choices.  Have one cookie instead of 6 (OK, maybe 2).  You’ll feel better about the new year and won’t have to be one of those crazy resolutioners that clog up our gyms and make the dedicated of us park so far away in the cold (buggers).  I look forward to hearing how you stick it out.  Good luck, and thanks for reading.

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