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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

On the Road to Perfection

I saw a facebook post ( the place where you can find things that piss you off, but also where you can find inspiration.) and it had an inspiratonal message until the last line. The last line was "don't strive for perfection, strive for progress." 

I see what they are trying to say but I don't totally agree.  To me this is saying it is OK to just progress and you really shouldn't try to be perfect.  I say that while you are trying to be perfect you will progress.  I agree we should all make progress.  Every day is a chance to get better with progressions.  I don't think the goal should to progress alone.  There needs to be a goal.  You need something to progress towards.  I lift weights to get stronger so I can progress to a heavier weight so I can break PRs and become the strongest I can be striving for my perfect lift.


As I go after this goal I make progress.  I don't understand progress for progress sake.  Ultimately you do not need to be perfect but you should strive to be the closest to it that you can.  This is where the strong surpass others.  This is where successful people become successful.  When you are just focusing on progress and not striving for perfection, the person who is will succeed before you. 

On the Road to Perfection you will find EXCELLENCE!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It's Simple... But It's not Easy

As a trainer I get a lot of questions everyday.  I'm happy to answer them.  It tells me that people care about themselves and others.  It is hard to ask questions because you have to admit you don't know something.  Some people feel it shows weakness.  I feel you are weak and will stay weak if you don't ask and don't learn. 

Asking a question is simple but it's not easy.

The ways we can get ourselves stronger are just this way.  Taking care of our nutrition is an important part of being healthy, getting stronger, and performing better on the field yet it is the most neglected part of the fitness equation.  You want to fuel you body with the right fuel for performance.  If you want to lose weight and burn fat you must eat properly.  People tend to complicate things with fancy diets.  The thing of it is you just need to choose the correct foods.  Don't over think it.  Just think.  Should I have the tasty cake or the apple for a quick carb snack? 

It is simple but the choice may not be easy.

The same goes for starting a fitness program.  And I emphasize program and not just joining a gym.  You've seen my rant about joining a gym before.  If you haven't the click here. But you should think about what you have been doing.  Is it getting you closer to your goal?  Are you healthier physically and mentally from your daily activities?  You should evaluate if you need help? 

Again admitting you need help is simple but it is not easy.

It takes courage to look in yourself and see your weaknesses.  It takes courage to ask for help.  It also gets more difficult the longer it goes by. 

It truly is a simple task that will make an enormous difference.  These are the times you should sweat the small stuff. 

Have courage because it is Simple but it is not Easy. 

Get Strong.
Stay Strong.
Finish Strong.
TLAW
Rock n Roll

Monday, February 20, 2012

PPRJ Warrior

It's here once again.  The PPRJ Warrior award.  If you are new to this I like to award a person who trains hard with a Warrior Award for going all out.  They bring 100% effort all the time.  The person must be a hard worker who limits their complaints to minimum.  I understand there will be some complaining during the sessions.  As long as the work gets done and the person exceeds my expectations and their own, they will be elidgible for the award.

Today I am awarding this to a person who has worked hard from day 1.  Her husband trains as well and I believe their children are involved in sports.  I know many of my clients train with family and I think that is awesome.  It is a great way to stay motivated and live long lives together.


This award goes to Nina!!  Congrats!!

Get Strong.
Stay Strong.
Finish Strong.
TLAW
Rock n Roll

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A NEW CLASS

There needs to be a class in school to teach kids to think. I'm not talking about knowledge thinking. I'm talking about thinking for themselves and creating positives out of negatives. Where are those questions on the SAT??

I know that this stuff should probably be taught at home.  Kids should be supported by their parents and told they can be what they want.  The parent should be the number 1 fan who encourages them to be all they can.  The parent should show them how to get up when they fall.  The problem might be that no one taught the parent. 

Why can't there way to think for yourself class?  Why can't there be a class that isn't about math, science, or a foreign language?  There should be a class where they teach you about successful people and how they got there. There should be class that teaches you about people that may have come from nothing and turned it all around.  The class would inspire and motivate more kids to turn into successful adults. 

If kids are lucky enough they will have teachers that do that.  I know I had and still have teachers that inspire and motivate me.  In fact I wrote a post a few months back about it here.  Hopefully kids find that.  Unfortunately I don't think enough of them do.

Usually the kids that are in the arts classes, or sports, get some motivation and inspiration.  They might get to hear stories of artists that made it from nothing.  Or they have great coaches that will build them up.  But what about the kid that isn't in the arts program or involved with sports?  What about the kid that might be in the low level classes that might be looked upon as never amounting to anything?  That is the kid that needs the motivation and inspiration class.  Just because they might learn differently doesn't mean they can't be successful.  I know that.  You know that.  But they need to know that. 

And it is not always the kid that learns differently.  It could be the straight A student that doesn't have a direction to use all their book knowledge.  Sure they can get a high score on the SAT, but that doesn't always translate into knowing what to do with their life. 

I guess my point is that kids should start young with as much all around support as possible.  Mental training is just as important as book smarts.  When someone shows you the tool box they need to show you how to use it and enforce that you have the ability to use it.


Some people figure this stuff out.  Others will buy books and programs that show them this.  I just think that if it is shown to kids earlier it will allow them to get more excited about learning because they may see the practicality of the subjects.  They may understand more that hard work and determination can take you to your dreams. They will learn that just because they have trouble learning the way schools make them learn does not mean they won't be successful!!!

Things need to be seriously looked at and changed. 

Get Strong.
Stay Strong.
Finish Strong.
TLAW
Rock n Roll

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

VAMPIRES EXIST: PROTECT YOURSELF

I know you probably think I'm crazy but vampires exist.  I'm not talking about the blood suckers fromTrue Blood.  I'm not talking about the stupid shiny ones from Twilight.  I'm not talking about the creepy ones from 40 Day of Night.
Im talking about the Vampires that suck all your positive energy out. They are Energy Vampires.  You know these kinds.  They come over to you at work.  They tell you how much their day sucks.  They like to do this when you're probably having a great day.  Chances are they will tell you how the boss hates them or how another co worker doesn't deserve their promotion or position.  They will probably even tell you that someone said something negetive about you.

Now they have accomplished fueling their crave to suck all your positive energy and leave you like them.  They hope that you will carry on this behavior and continue sucking all the positive energy out of the world.


A big problem occurs becuase this doesn't only happen in the work place.  This happens at schools, gyms, and worse, in your homes.  You might have a family member that has been bitten by an energy vampire.  What do you do now?


In all these scenarios you must identify the vampires.  In the work place and other social formats, avoiding theses creatures is the first line of defense.  You see them coming you run.  Avoid gestures loring them to you.  If you can't and do give the nice "hello" or even head nod "what's up", then try to not let the conversation go for long.  The longer it goes the more chance the FANGS will come out and you're done for.  If you feel the teeth sinking in start talking about all the joyous things in your life.  You know you have some so share them.  Tell them about how good you day has been and how much better it is getting. The vampire will be repelled as if you pulled out some garlic or a cross.  FANGS will retract and they will retreat to the next cubicle and prey on a weaker person.

If you have a famiy member that is an energy vampire the situation is a bit more difficult.  If they are not in your imediate family, and are like a cousin or an aunt you don't see often, it is easier to avoid.  You will probably just have holidays to deal with.  For those occassions see the above solution.


As for immediate family avoiding won't always work.  You probably live with and see them everyday.  You will have to do your best to stay positive with yourself.  Energy vampires can't convert to positive humans unless they want to.  Trying to make them positive only makes them stronger and look to feed on others.  What you can do is think positve, show them positive things that are in their lives without forcing it on them, and don't get sucked in.  If you get a vampire that is relentless and will stop at nothing to turn you than getting out might have to be an option. This is especially true when the energy vampire imposes it's will violently.  Hopefully this isn't the case.  If it is than that is not a vampire it is an asshole and you must remove yourself from that situation immediatly. 



Hopefully you do not know any of the energy vampires.  If you do please head my warnings. Stay away.  If need be take out your garlic and crosses.  If it gets really serious get out your UV rays or just stay in the sunshine!!



Get Strong.
Stay Strong.
Finish Strong.
TLAW
Rock n Roll

Monday, February 6, 2012

The exercise that will

The Turkish Get Up is a great exercise.  If performed correctly it will build overall strength.  There is a key aspect of the exercise that will make or break your Turkish Get Up.  It also may make or break your life.

In the video I briefly explain the steps of the exercise as well as how it can help you with your attitude and outlook. 

Drop a comment below and let me know if there are specific exercises that help you mentally.



Get Strong.
Stay Strong.
Finish Strong.
TLAW
Rock n Roll

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Disposable???

Recently I was in a meeting with some colleagues.  We were discussing marketing and it came up that we need to market our fitness to people with "disposable income".  That upset me because this is the way most people think.  They look at health and fitness as something that isn't needed.  It is something they might spend extra income on.  Meanwhile they continue to get more unhealthy.


If your budget doesn't allow you to join a fitness program should you not pay the mortgage to join one? NO.  I'm talking about the excuse maker.  This is for those that spend that "disposable income" on other things like tvs, ipods, iphones, fast food, alcohol, cigarettes....etc...


People are willing to spend hundreds and thousands of their "disposable income" on things that ultimately will have them disposed of.  If you know people like this, the ones that are unhealthy, over weight, obese, and they say they can't afford to get fit and healthy but spend on these other things, please wake them up.  If they insist on sleeping and dreaming of living a long life then that is their loss.  They will be paying even more on medical bills then they would if they invest their "disposable income" in a good program of health including fitness and nutrition.


And if they're just going to join a gym and not use it that is just as bad.  Joining a gym and just hanging out by the water fountain is probably worse. 

If you do join a gym get with a trainer or a program that will support you.  Make friends and push each other.  Don't just join the $10 or $20 gym just to say you joined and never go.  Use your "disposable income" to get results.

Bottom line is that you are worth it.  Find the income and invest in you.  Or you will pay much more later. 

Get Strong.
Stay Strong.
Finish Strong.
TLAW
Rock n Roll