Friday, December 30, 2011
Instead of making a resolution make a decision!
If your resolution is to workout more, go to the gym more, join a gym etc blah blah blah, you probably won't. You will probably join a gym where the price is 19.99 or 9.99 and they have a cardio theatre where you can watch a movie while you're riding the bike.
With the price as it is you will be OK with not going a day, a week, a month, a year. You'll say "well it's only $20". The gym won't care where you are either because they have your $20.
Instead of wasting your money and not getting results, you should invest in a place where you will get a program. Invest in a place that will guide you to your goals while you're in an environment of people like you and people that have been through what your challenges are. Invest in a place where you become part of the community, village, tribe, family!
There are places like this out there. If you can't find one and are in a globo gym get with a quality trainer. You will know they are quality because they will make you part of their family. They will help you not only in the gym but out by bringing you together with other people going through the same challenges.
Bottom line is don't make a resolution. MAKE A DECISION TO CHANGE YOU LIFE! And don't settle for what you are being sold with all the fancy bells and whistles. The only bells you should hear are the ones that ring to let you now it's time to TRAIN!!!!
Check out the Training Room. This is a place exactly like what I'm talking about.
Rock n Roll
Thursday, December 29, 2011
If you get a chance watch Drew Breese talk to his team after setting a record over the weekend. The guy is all about team. Just because we might not play a sport doesn't mean we're not on a team. What you do, what you think has an impact on others.
Cut out the negative bill shit and build negrtive energy.
Being strong is more than physical strength. It is an all around mind, body, spirit focus. Get STRONG NOW. Build a STRONG community, team, village, tribe, nation, world.
DO IT NOW.
ROCK N ROLL
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
BTW T-Shirts will be on sale by the weekend. If you want to can let me know if your interested and your size on facebook.
Rock n Roll
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Are you happy with that?
You can change it. Things will happen to set you back. You will get knocked down along your journey. You need to get up. You need to keep moving forward. Move in the direction of your dreams.
Along the way take it all in. Life is very short. If your lucky you will live 80, 90, 100 years. Some not so many. The thing is we have a limited amount of time. Do not waste it. I'm not just talking about fitness or business goals. I'm talking about living. Enjoying life.
Yes you should work hard towards your goals, but at the end of the day will that make you happy? Will that enhance your life and the lives of others? Will that make your family and friends better?
If you take the time to thank people, help people, and enjoy the little things, life will help itself fall into place.
I saw a video on James Smith's Diesel Strength website that was about making your life AWESOME.
Check out his site and this vid.
Rock n Roll (I say this because this is the fun part of life. The Rock n the Roll!)
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Like I said I was half joking but the half that wasn't really thinks that this is a good idea. You might get strange looks but it's a great way to get your training in while doing shopping. The people that are looking are probably the ones that need to do this the most. They will probably just go to their cardio theatre and watch a movie, but that's a topic for another day.
Don't even get a cart at the store. Use the items you pick up as weights. If your grocery shopping grab some gallons of milk and do presses, curls, rows, swings, rack squat....etc... The possibilities are endless.
Point being, if you are dedicated and serious about training, it can be done anytime, anywhere, any day!
Even though these kids take it a little far, here are some things you can do. Just don't do push ups like this. ELBOWS BACK!!!!!!!
Food Store Training
Rock n Roll
And if you do take a cart get one with a broken wheel. That is a good challenge.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
(2 things wrong with this pic. Treadmill warm up and team Yankees! I won't say what baseball team I root for. )If you are going to do any type of weight training or intense training you really should be loosening your joints and getting your body ready for action. If you choose not to you run the risk of longer recovery time or, even worse, injury.
Using joint mobility exercises and a warm up that will warm up your total body would be best before you jump on those heavy squats, bench, or deadlift. Even if you are just going for a run it is beneficial to get your joints loose and your blood flowing.
Here is an example of some joint mobility and warm up I like to do before I train. I like to use some exercises I learned at The Training Room and from Zach Even-Esh as well as other various sources.
Here is a post by fellow Underground Strength Coach Christopher Lopez about proper warm up.
Warm up my friends!
Rock n Roll
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Well today it ends. Together we will fight excuses. I'm going to take on your excuses for not starting your fitness training program. I'm am taking on the challenge of eliminating your excuses. Well, I'm at least going to look at them, and your day, and find the time for you to get it done.
I believe that in everyone's day there are moments to get the stuff done that you do not want to get done. This could take a tiny bit of sacrifice. It doesn't necessarily have to. It only takes a bit of time management.
Here is how I'm will help you. Here is your chance to have the time found for you.
This is all you have to do.
1) You must be signed up for the PPRJ Info Society.
2) You must reply to either the first email you receive back after signing up or if you are already signed up you will reply to the last email received. Your reply must list your EXCUSES for why you haven't started a fitness program, an example time table of your day, and your fitness goals. I know day to day might be different but try to give me a typical day from wake up to sleepy time.
3) Deadline Friday 12/2/11 @ 8pm but don't put this off!!!
Here is what I will do.
FIRST 10 PEOPLE to reply will get my suggestions on where to place your training program in your typical day. You will also get a video with exercises that could be used in the time frame I am able suggest.
The next 10 PEOPLE after to reply will get only the suggestions on where to place your training program in your typical day.
I would love to help everyone as much as possible but I'm limiting this to 20 people who really want help. If you want it then sign up quick. I want people to reply that are tired of EXCUSES. I want people who are SERIOUS!!!!!
If you're not serious and just want free info that you're not going to use don't waste other people's time!!!!!
If I'm coming off fired up I am. I'm tired of EXCUSES. I'm not going to waste time anymore. I'm passionate about what I do and I want you to be passionate about the information I bring to you.
Serious people sign up in the top right hand corner box with the dumbbell and reply. If you're signing up for the first time you will already be getting a free exercise video.
LET'S ELIMINATE EXCUSES!!!!!!!!!!!
Rock n Roll
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I know that there are some bad teachers. I'm talking about the great ones. I don't necessarily mean the ones that teach their subject the best. I'm talking abut the ones that had an impact on your life.
Think back to the teachers who's names you remember for good reasons. They are the ones that had an impact on your life.
Those of you who know me know I'm a drummer. Music is a huge passion of mine. I started playing in 5th grade and I remember Mr. Tobias. From there I studied privately with Dave Johnson. Going on to middle school I had Mr. Connery and Mr. Balog. Then high school it was Mark Pultorak who taught the drumline and of course Karl and Thom Rechtenwald were my band directors.
These are names I remember because they were great educators and also gave me inspiration to stay passionate about music and life.
There were other great teachers who weren't music related. I remember Mr. Shaltis, my middle school phys-ed teacher. He saw me one day at lunch putting back my milk. He pulled me aside because he thought I was stealing the milk. I told him I was putting it back because I didn't want to waste it. He understood. Even though I did nothing wrong I felt that if I was stealing it I would have let him down. I would have been upset if I thought I let him down. That's how you know that a teacher has an impact on your life. You don't want to let them down.
There were others along the way and even today. So many continue to make an impact on my life. I wanted to take this post to thank them. Please do the same. It doesn't even have to be a teacher in a formal setting. Just thank those who've taught you something in skill and life. Thank those that have inspired you to be the best you can be. Thank those who you want to make proud. And parents thank the teachers for inspiring your children.
If you know any of the teachers I've mentioned please help me find them or pass this on. They've helped to make me who I am today and who I will be tomorrow.
Rock n Roll
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
I hope everyone out there is training hard for something. If you're not I believe you should find something to train for. It will help to get you in the shape you want to be in. Saying I want to lose a few pounds is not alway enough motivation. I really think you should have a physical, tangible, instant measurable goal.
What do I mean by this? I mean you can't always step on the scale and see progress. You can't measure your body fat every day and see it go down. You can however do a 5K. You can run a 1/2 or full marathon. You can do a triathlon. You can do a mud run. You can do a competition that has a few different challenges. You can do a powerlifting competition. You can do some type a challenge that will measure your physical ability immediately.
Why do I think this is better than just measuring your body numbers? Because it will take your mind off of just the numbers. I do believe weight loss is very important, but thinking about it all the time is not. Challenge yourself away from the scales. Training for these events will lead to your success on the scale.
"But I've never done a 5K or any of the events you are talking about!!" That doesn't matter. Just because you haven't doesn't mean you can't. You never know, you might even find something you really enjoy. If you do compete for the first time and don't do well, now you have a new goal to accomplish. You have a new PR to set. When you are done step on the scale. I bet your numbers will be closer to where you want them to be.
Train Like an Athlete
Train Like a Warrior
Get Strong. Stay Strong. And Always FINISH STRONG!
Please call or email to reserve spot by Wednesday October 19 @ 7pm.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Dave trained hard for months. When he started there was no way at that point he could physically handle the event. Dave new his goal and had a desire to achieve it. He worked hard and never lost sight of what he desired.
Having never done any kind of running event, let alone an mud obstacle course, Dave did an awesome job. He finished the entire 10K obstacle course and he Finished STRONG! That's what it's all about. Setting your goal. Seeing your goal. Have a Desire, not just a want, to achieve your goal. Then once you get it set a new one. Go through he process again. The only thing that stops any one form getting what they want is themselves.
Dave knows how to get things done. He has figured out the formula and it can be applied to anything. He now has the Desire to do a Tough Mudder and I know he will.
I am very proud of him as well as my other clients to take on challenges and FINISH STRONG! He now has the Desire to do a Tough Mudder and I know he will.
Have faith my friends and Stay Hungry, Keep Focused, Be Humble.
Keep Moving Forward
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Saturday, July 9, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
There are too many people riding scooters in Disney. I understand if you are handicap. If you have a legitimate injury and can't walk then you need a scooter or a wheel chair. If you're just too lazy and too obese you shouldn't get a scooter. You need to do something about it. Use your vacation as a motivation to get around the park on your own 2 legs. Stop using your weight as an excuse to ride around and cut to the front of the line. Get off your scooter and walk. There are people who are paralyzed and can't walk on their feet. You can and choose not to. Stop running into my ankles and get up and move! Again I don't mean everyone that is on a scooter. Some of these people might need them. I'm talking about the lazy people who let themselves go so much that they have given up walking. Move people!
GET UP AND MOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
It's called the Shake Weight. HA!! Get serious.
It's called nutrition. It's called burning fat. It's called building strong muscles. It's called watching the alcohol intake.
Obviously it takes work from a person to get rid of the love handles. I can't just tell you to do 50 crunches a day and they'll be gone. Burning fat is a total body experience. Find exercises that will use major muscle groups. Get your cardio in using interval training.
Most important is nutrition! Eat right. Eat at the right times.
It's not easy. If it was there would be a lot more fit people. Chances are if your just asking to get rid of love handles you're not far from your goal. Stay with it and be confident. You'll get there.
Train Like a Warrior
Thursday, April 28, 2011
What you should look at first is your strength gains. Are you getting stronger? Are you lifting more weight now than you were 6 months ago? Do you feel stronger during your day?
If your answer is yes chances are your physique has changed as well. Did your arms go from 12" to 24"? No but I bet your shirts are tighter. Thats not because they shrunk. It's because of the work you're putting in is paying off. Maybe you're not where you want to be yet and that's fine. Who is? That's why we keep working and moving forward. That's why we break PRs. You don't ever want to settle but it's good to acknowledge the gains you've made and know it's just the beginning.
If your answer is no and you're still working hard, take a look at your nutrition. Are you eating enough of the right muscle building foods? Are you getting enough protein? Are you eating often enough? This is commonly the missing component in the muscle gaining plan.
Bottom line is if you're training hard to get bigger and stronger, and you noticed you are definetly stronger, stop looking so hard for the difference in the mirror. It's there. You're becoming a bad ass! You train like a bad ass warrior who takes no prisoners. Quit looking in the mirror like a diva. Keep working hard. Stay focused. Nutrition! Nutrition! Nutrition!
Train Like a Warrior
Get Strong. Stay Strong.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Do you stop? Do you give up? Do you quit? Do you stop moving?
It's easy to stop. Its easy to quit. But it ain't about easy. Some things are out of our control but we have to remember we control how we deal with them. I try to remember no matter how bad I might feel it can get there is someone else that has it worse.
Maybe it should be easy. Unfortunately it's not. What you have to do is keep moving forward. When hard times come people will help you. Don't be afraid to get support. It might come from where you least expect.
Stay focused and be positive. Don't let the darkness take you. Keep your head up. Help others out of the darkness. Head up!
Rock n Roll
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
What's is it that's stopping you?
It's you! You can do what most of us do and blame others for being in the positions we're in. It's nobody's fault but ours. We have the power to make the change. It's not easy. Nothing is easy.
It's time to stand up and fix what's broken. Stand up and say I got myself here and it's time to get myself out.
Rise up from the ashes and fly. Don't be afraid to fail. Doing nothing is worse than failure. You can't learn anything by doing nothing. Stop blaming others. Take action. Make it happen. Do it now. The road to someday leads nowhere.
Don't worry about the haters. They hate because they do nothing and blame others. Quit worrying what they think.
I'm calling us all out to move now and take action.
Train like a Warrior
Live like a Warrior
Get strong. Stay strong.
Mind, Body, and Soul.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Last weekend my band was playing in Dover, DE and it's about 2 hours from where I live. I usually ask my friend Zach, who you've seen in some videos, to come along. Our other friend, who shall remain nameless came along. We started talking about workouts and he said "I need to get in shape before I workout with you."
I did not respond because I conditioned myself to ignore comments like this. I instead let it ring in my head. It us still ringing right now. I'm trying to figure out the logic of this thinking. I'll write it again. Maybe it will help. Maybe you've said it or know someone who has. "I need to get in shape before I workout."
Ouch! I think I hurt my brain.
Last I checked training gets you in shape. That comment is an excuse to put off doing what is needed. I'm not saying jump in and start with a sh*t ton of weight or full speed sprints. I'm saying START!!!! Stop putting it off. You can't get in shape or prepared. Just start. Get off the couch. Get away from the computer. STOP MAKING EXCUSES.
TODAY IS THE DAY TO START!
Not sure how? Just ask.
GET STRONG. STAY STRONG.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
It's good to change your training routines. I'm not just talking about changing the weight or the reps but the entire way you train. If you have been primarily spilt training, different body part each day, change up to include more muscle groups. You could do upper body one day and lower the next. You can do a few leg exercises with a few chest exercises. Do body weight excercises if you haven't had them in your routine. Plyometric excercises are great to add for explosive power. They also recruit more muscle fibers that will help for muscle growth. Get primal! Try to do some combinations that your body hasn't done. Try to shock your system.
Changing things up is not only good for your muscles but also for your mind. If you keep doing the same thing chances are you're not getting results. That's insane! You are also probably bored out of your mind. Don't be afraid to change things up. If you don't know how you can ask someone. You can ask me.
Just keep training hard. Keep moving forward.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I plan on coming back stronger next week. Heavy lifting and heavy intensity. I will change my routines up focusing only on multijoint movement lifts. Mainly Deadlift, Bench, Squat, Heavy Rows! I'll keep you posted on my progress.
Also, if you want me to post more workouts and more videos let me know. Also, if you enjoy my blogs please share with your friends and/or enemies. Thanks!
Friday, January 21, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Make yourself better by setting real goals. Write them down and look at them everyday. Remind yourself what you are doing and why you are doing it. Put pictures next to your goal of what you want and why you want it. Don't lose sight of what you want. If you want it, go get it. Don't think that "better than nothing" is acceptable. The least you can do is not the best you can do.
And don't "TRY" anything. Start DOING things. I love the teachings of Yoda. "Do or do not....there is no try."
Life is too short for "better than nothing." Be the best!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Gaining strength takes work. It takes dedication. It is a huge part of being fit. What good is it if you look good but can't shovel snow because you're not strong enough to lift the shovel. You need to challenge yourself. Get off that machine and pick up a dumbbell, barbell, kettlebell, or even some kind if suspension trainer. How about doing some push ups? You need to be strong to move your own body weight. If you need to let out a grunt because it takes effort feel free. I won't judge. This is a real judgement free zone.
This is the time to get strong and stay strong. It doesn't matter who you are, you can always get stronger. Exceed you're limits. Go a little to far but be safe.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I say any time is a time for change. Stop waiting for the new year. Stop waiting for the "right time". Now is the time. See what you want. Take a picture of it. If you can't take a physical picture of it take a mental one. Figure out what it takes to get what you want. Figure out what it takes to make that change. Figure out what you need to get to where you want to be. Draw a line from you to what you desire. Follow that line. Road blocks will come up. Run over them. Go around them. Get a sledgehammer and break them up. Do what it takes to get the things you want.
It's time to make life resolutions. It's time to change your world. Things get in my way all the time. I won't let it stop me from swinging. I'm going to keep swinging because I know my pitch is coming. It might be bottom of the ninth with all the sacks jacked, full count, down by 3. I'm going to swing and hit that game winning Grand Slam!
Change your life. Change the world.