Crossfit is hard. Very hard. But it’s the endless challenges that it presents that makes it so appealing (and humbling). Whether you are a games level athlete or a beginner, there’s always something you can improve upon. Like any other sport, Crossfit requires hard work, commitment and a sensible approach in order to see continual gains and reduce the risk of injuries.
The frustration must be absolutely maddening. I’m shocked you haven’t pulled your hair out or punched a hole in the wall yet.
I can’t think of a more humbling exercise than the overhead squat.
On the flip side, there are few exercises as impressive as a nice heavy overhead squat.
The modern world is set up for you to fail. Disappointment, rejection, and fear are everywhere. Our lives are constantly being filled with distractions that keep us from doing what is truly necessary. How depressing is that? Well, it’s only depressing if you let it win. By it, I mean failure.
Let me guess, you’ve been training pretty hard and consistently for the last few months. You’re hitting all your lifts and your strength is starting to improving quite nicely.
You’re even packing on a bit of muscle and your buddies are starting to notice. Hell, you’re probably getting a few double takes from the ladies over on the elliptical machines!
You’ve even gone as far as sprinkling in a cardio session or two from time to time to burn a few extra calories and not be a complete meathead.
But, to your utter disappointment, all that work and hard earned muscle is completely buried under a layer of fat that you just can’t seem to get rid of.
This is a classic case, my friend. A classic case of “I lift big and heavy weights so I can eat whatever want!” This is totally fine if you’re going for that Pilsbury doughboy or The Rock in 1987 look.
All kidding aside, you’ve made some common, yet critical, nutrition mistakes. Don’t worry though, with a few small adjustments, this can all be fixed. I’m going to help you get back on track and you’ll be leaner than ever in no time.
Losing fat has got to be one the most frustrating pursuits in all of fitness. With so much temptation from all of our favorite foods it’s amazing that only half of the western world is overweight!
Despite its’ challenges, losing fat isn’t impossible. It’s actually a pretty simple concept. All that’s needed is a little bit of time and discipline.
Easier said than done I suppose.
When it comes to nutrition, you don’t need to make it complicated. In fact, regardless of whether you’re trying to cut body fat or pack on lean muscle, there are a few principles that will always apply.
It doesn’t matter what circle you roll in whether it’s bodybuilding, powerlifting, Crossfit, or pretty much any sport with the exception of yoga (not really a sport), everyone seems to be on a quest for more strength. If you’re in the gym and you’re moving weight, you’re trying to get stronger in some way, shape, or form – or at least you should be.
I’ve never been a huge fan of the word cardio. Not because I don’t like cardio but more so because of the stigma attached to it.
When I hear the word cardio, I automatically think of people sitting on a recumbant bike pedaling away while reading the latest issue of People magazine.
I’ve got a few more things I’d like to share with you about my time in fitness industry. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, I strongly suggest you do, there’s some good shit in there!
If you’re looking to get the best return for your efforts in the gym (and I’m sure you are), then you better listen up.
It’s all about building muscle and reducing body fat. In order to effectively do both, and yes you can do both, you need to bring the two worlds together.
I’ll be the first to admit that I find diets to be utterly frustrating and confusing. We’re all human beings yet there are so many different approaches to eating.
Are we all that different in how we process food?
I know there’s food allergies that may cause some deviations but how can there be so many COMPLETELY DIFFERENT trains of thought?
Oh how time flies. As I get older, I find myself saying that more and more. But it’s true, it seems like the older I get, the more things seem to speed up. Life can feel like one giant beep test sometimes where each year gets faster and faster until we hit our “limit.”
Do kids even do the beep the test anymore or has the school system become so diluted that it’s no longer socially acceptable to be competitive and push yourself physically or mentally?
If you don’t know me or have never read any of my articles before then you should know that I’m about 2 things – getting fit and living a fulfilling life on your own terms.
One of the secrets to success in any aspect of your life is to simply condense the nonsense. In the book Essentialism, Greg McKeown repeatedly makes reference to how we need to develop the ability to “decipher the trivial many from the essential few.”
I’m not sure if we’re actually busier or just more distracted, but it seems like people are finding it more and more difficult to find time to eat sensibly nowadays.
I mean, between working long hours, spending time with loved ones, raising a family, social media and reality television, who has time to prepare a healthy meal?
Well, fortunately for you, your dietary habits don’t have to go completely down the drain just because you have a busy schedule. You can still maintain a lean, healthy physique simply by adopting a few tried and true habits that will keep you on the right path.
Here’s this week’s strength and conditioning workout. Let me know what you think!
For those of you who don’t me, what I stand for is quite simple.
Train hard, eat clean, be consistent, take responsibility for where you are in life, and don’t be afraid to fail.
It’s definitely a process that requires work on a daily basis. Even I have to take it one step at a time or else I get overwhelmed and feel like everything is impossible.
Training can be hard work with all the squats, deadlifts, burpees, pull-ups, and sprints. Combine that with trying to eat clean, get enough sleep, minimize stress, and you got yourself a full time job!
Here’s this week’s strength and conditioning workout. Quick and dirty, just the way I like it!
I find the fitness industry so ridiculous sometimes it’s comical.
It doesn’t matter where you turn, there is some kind of controversy or drama. It’s can be more cliquey than high school sometimes, I swear.
Now, before we get started, I just want to say that you’re already leaps and bounds ahead of 90% of gym-goers due to the simple fact that you even want to dabble with the Olympic lifts. As you already know, Olympic lifts aren’t for the average Joe, they’re for the strong, athletic type that’s after serious gains.
I’ve had the luxury to help hundreds of people over the course of my career. For those that were committed and took my advice seriously, they made tremendous gains. That’s right, not everyone that crossed my path transformed their bodies into the perfect picture of health. That’s OK though, not everyone is willing to do what’s necessary to get the results they want.