“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
Give Me The Fish (GMTF): Stop taking lifting cues from random places on the web. Cues are for correcting a specific problem that triggers you at the moment to correct a specific deficiency. Just like with all things, context matters, and applying a cue to yourself at the wrong time can end up making your […]
Training is all about forward progress. Having to stop because of an injury can put you back weeks or even months. Because of this, calling yourself “injured” should not be taken lightly if you’re serious about reaching your goals. There is a big difference between being hurt or injured, and pain is not it. Injury has to do with permanent, debilitating, or physical indicators. Hurt is your body being forced to adapt to a new stimulus or minor damage that comes with the training territory. Learn the difference and prevent misdiagnosis and months of setbacks.
ig toe pain when squatting is often caused by the shoes you’re wearing. Feet can change over time and just because your shoes fit when you bought them, doesn’t mean they fit now. This is especially true if you are a runner. And, when you do buy new shoes, remember that toes splay more than you think underload, so you may want to look into buying a pair with a bigger toe box.
If you are hitting plateaus, starting to feel like you are stuck in a rut during your training, or you just wrapped up a hard season, it’s time to do a 180-degree turn and change your routine. I don’t just mean switching in one exercise for another. I mean picking a new sport, trying a new skill, and forcing your body to adapt by giving it something new to adapt to. Improving yourself is a mental and physical game and both can be burnt out. Change your training routine and see the results.
Crash Coursing The Ironman Give Me The Fish (GMTF): This is the down and dirty of how I developed my beginners Ironman training plan. While I’m not sure I would recommend it, you can run an Ironman with minimal experience in biking, swimming, or running. And, you can even do it in just 12 weeks. […]
Over 7 years of experience with being in ketosis has led me to believe that the Keto lifestyle really does have more benefits then you can count, but it’s not the end-all-be-all for your nutrition and performance goals. Ketosis is just another energy system, use it intelligently and you will not only look good naked, but you will feel infinitely better. Use it poorly and it can have disastrous consequences. Moral of the story, don’t be a robot, use what you learn to your advantage and don’t just do what the interwebs tell you. Remember, there is no Keto Prize, except for maybe more pocket bacon.
Contrary to popular meat head belief, pain does not always equal gain. Pain can also be a hint to take your hand off the damn stove. When working out, this manifests in poor technique. Poor technique that can be solved with the simple concept of maximal loading. Understand the importance of load sequence when lifting and you will not only increase your strength, but eliminate lower back pain from Squats and other lifts.
If you’re out of shape, it’s by choice. Committing one of three sins of the weak is a fast track to sucking at life. Being lazy, failing to see the importance of health, or playing the victim card is not only obnoxious to those around you but self-destructive. Your body is an investment more valuable than anything else on this planet. Putting the time into making that investment grow is completely in your control and essential to success. Get up off the couch, take control of your life and become a physical badass.
Training for a 50-mile Ultra Marathon is not as hard as you think. As long as you are active and know how to push through pain you can do it too. With three people starting at various levels of fitness and three very different and not that intense training plans, we were able to train to the point of being able to run a 50-mile Ultra Marathon.