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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

What To Look For In A Fitness Program

Many times people quit on their program within a short period of time and these are some of the reasons....It's too tough, they get injured, not challenging enough, there's no consistency, harder than expected to be, no one to workout with, scared of it or they don't have the mindset to keep going. I know what its like to quit early and usually its for one of 2 reasons: I lost interest or I got burned out. Rarely ever got injured on a program and that's usually the first thing that signals you a program isn't going to truly work. I have been hurt from doing certain feats but never anything severe.

The type of program that you aught to be looking for in my eyes (this is based on more than a decade and a half of experience, wins & loses, trial & error and victories & failures) comes through these ideals, concepts & elements....

Is it something you are highly interested in?

Is it something that gives you opportunities to set goals that keep you going consistently?

Is it something that won't injure you or won't have you straining?

Does it motivate you?

Does it live up to the standards that congruent with your personality & mindset?

If you can find a program that fits all these you are set but yet most people won't find 3 things that fits these categories. The reason why this is because they are brainwashed into thinking how the "guru" or "trainer" thinks and becomes a sheep to his/her wolf. Its not all their fault, it can be overwhelming to choose something where there's a plethora of opposing opinions and both negative & positive feedback. I'm still learning these categories even after all these years and i'm no where near perfect at all of them but with consistency I have spent the majority of time hitting at least 3 of these minimum and the biggest one id of the interest. It doesn't have to come natural to you but it has to keep you at bay from overworking yourself, teaching you the value of backing off when needed and vitally important that it makes you happy because if you're miserable where's the true intentions of actually doing it.

Learn what works according to your needs, your personality, your self-observation & relying on your own mindset to stay motivated and being intense when needed & learning to take steps back recovering. I learned many years ago I had to be self-reliant in my training because i'm not in the habit of following others down to the very depth of the earth and hate being told to me that this or that is the very best. Live for interest, having fun & challenging both mind and body. We are all looking for the same thing and that's being the best we can be.

Product Of The Day: Hercules Pre-Workout Formula

A powerful mix of Herbs & Minerals; doesn't have the greatest taste but will power up your body to a high degree and allow you to not only possibly break PR's but give you excess energy left over even after your workout. Take it 15 minutes before tackling your training and feel the benefits kick in and hone that energy to a level that you may not have experienced before. Only take it before workouts not on off days.

Darebee Of The Day: The Harley Quinn Workout

For all the ladies that want a change of pace in getting in shape quick and utilizing combat entities suck as kicking and punching. Guys don't be fooled by the name, it'll kick your ass too trust me it almost knocked me on my ass a time or 2.The crazy girlfriend of Mr. J doesn't bite unless she's provoked and has skills that can take out even the toughest of men. Before you know it you'll be hearing her voice cheering you on (don't know if that's a good thing or bad thing).

Monday, August 29, 2016

Combining Fat Burning Exercise Systems

Sometimes 2 sets of Training Programs are better than one. Its only fitting to take in multiple concepts of strength & conditioning not because of "needing" to do more but to get experience in what can be useful and what doesn't. I have clocked in many hours on one exercise system alone so imagine when I do more than one system in a single day.

At the moment, I'm utilizing 2 very distinctive and very powerful exercise systems that has shown me results in a short amount of time. No i'm not losing so much weight to save my life but I'am however losing bodyfat and gaining awareness and healthy functional strength & stamina. The first one is Isometrics (Free-Handed) doing up to 2 body parts (Or sets of muscle groups) a day and the other is my all-time favorite form of conditioning and that's Animal Exercise. With the Isometrics, they help generate greater blood flow & maintain muscular definition while the Animals develop coordination, endurance and high intensity conditioning. Combining these 2 elements are amazing as in terms of balancing out the timing of the day plus I get a quick or long workout if I choose to.

Is it possible to do multiple types of exercise in a day? Very much so but its not a requirement or something you need to do the rest of your life. I do however believe in getting experience in as many concepts as possible but in a balanced way where you want to get better at something like a specific skill or building strength for a specific purpose. It doesn't need to take hours a day to do either so don't think you can't get experience from not doing something for a very extended period of time; building it over time creates more experience and when you do something daily, you gain more knowledge but don't kill yourself over it. I don't do extreme intensity all the time but I do hit it hard when the time is right and use everything I have, the other times is more focused based, moderate intensity and making time whether for a few minutes or longer.

Look into developing your body inside and out when you take on more than one type of exercise system but don't strain yourself or take it to the limit frequently, work into it slowly and focus on what's important for you and not letting certain things dictate what you want out of it. Don't force it, let it come naturally and challenge yourself intuitively.

Product Of The Day: Onnit Primal Kettlebells


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(DOD): The first Darebee Workout Of The Day. As a fan of the themed circuit workouts its important to find the type of workout that can inspire others to take on a fun challenge while using your imagination. I love these types of workouts and if you want to buy a book of 100 Darebee Workouts go to the right of the blog. Most comic book fans know about Bats but very few deep down understand the type of training it takes to stay in shape against Gotham's greatest criminals so he needs to be on top of his game every night. Here's a way to sample what it would be like to workout like the Dark Knight.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Your Body Is The Gym & The World Is Your Equipment

From 13-20 (roughly 7 years) I thought like everyone else the only to get super strong was by lifting weights and heavy equipment on the machines. I didn't know any better and yes I did get crazy strong for natural lifting (meaning no steroids or P.E.D's) hitting over 300 in the bench, near 370 in the deadlift, over 400 in the squat (so 1000+ total in the Power Lifts), over 700 leg press, 500 on the calf raise machine and more so I wasn't any slouch but I found out something terribly wrong. I was strong but I was no where near fit enough to write home about; couldn't run a sprint to save my life, sucked at push-ups and literally had little flexibility or mobility.

When I broke my legs I knew I had to make a change. I went into a 180 and made the decision to focus more on my conditioning, flexibility and tendon building. Sure I put on muscle but I went far beyond that, I developed flexibility fast, gained control over my body from the inside out, created drills that enhanced my performance, made progress at a quicker pace than through years of training prior to that. Nothing was going to stop me.

What I began to realize through self-rehab to today was that you don't need a building to feel like you have to get strong in. The real gym that matters is not what you need, its what you already have and that is YOU!!! Weights & machines are good to a degree but they're not the end-all be all. Why have one building with so much crammed together when you can have the world to walk around in. Go lift rocks, move logs, go swimming, crawl on the grass, meditate in the woods, do pull-ups at a park, do push-ups anywhere, sprint in place if you can't get to a track or a hill. The majority of people don't have an open mind and that's really sad but its not all their fault. Its the dumb and tempting advertising on TV, in magazines, in the stores and maybe the worst place to be tempted is on the internet. Some people choose to be so narrow because they're afraid of what will happen if they leave behind their domain, the thing that has kept them safe and secure & they can't leave something they've believed in for so damn long.

It takes a big person to expand their mind and be aware of what can be truly useful instead of what they were told to do. I don't believe in worshipping guru's or feeding their ego by doing what they say down to the very letter. I see that as a threat to my individuality and leading my own path by learning what can work for me and not just bodyweight stuff but things like hammers, maces, rocks at the lake, my isometric power belt and many more. I choose to be creative; yes from time to time I get suckered into a particular course that I work on but unlike having it tell me this or that, I find a way to not only make it work for me but balance it out by being open to ideas, not always open to the belief.

Your body is your gym, look around you with open eyes internally and externally the equipment that surrounds you everywhere you go. The world has all the equipment you need or none at all just yourself.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Isometrics For Fat Burning & Building Muscle

These days while i'm circling with Animal/Playful Movements & various circuits when i'm in the mood, I also do Isometrics. Mostly free-handed but a mixture of different things. On Sunday, I tackled isometrics through the use of my pull-up bar. Contracting and relaxing using different grips and doing them in three positions (standing on the ground & the two steps on a stool). Don't know how long the workout was but I felt it immediately and very much at the end.

The thing that always struck me about Isometrics that I sometimes forget to realize is that they don't just make you stronger but denser in the muscular structure that can aid in the fat burning process and put on greater natural muscle mass. This isn't bodybuilding muscle but the type of muscle that is functional and strengthens not just the big boys but the little ones too on top of strengthening the connective tissues such as the tendons & ligaments and literally fires up those muscle fibers when contracted.

When most people think of Isometrics the one that comes to mind is the Plank exercise where you hold yourself up in a push-up like position either on the forearms or hands. This exercise is more known for being what's called a Aerobic Isometric where you hold a position for an extended period of time instead of using full on contractions. The real exercises go far beyond just holding a position, its a form of extensive laser-like focus and utilizing specific muscles or the whole body depending on the position where it's in isolation, in other words Pushing, Pulling, Squatting, Gripping against an immovable object or staying in a static position where you where you don't move the muscle(s).

Some have the belief that isometrics don't really work if you're trying to build muscle; that can be said within the depending goal of the type of muscle you're building. I do believe it works because I have done it plus its been used by some of the strongest people on the planet dating back 100 years or more. The original muscle builders of the early 20th century did in fact use isometrics to build their bodies, the other term for this is Muscle Control. In America the most famous for coming up with this concept was Alois P. Swoboda that had a course called Conscious Evolution. Another famous name which in turn became a much bigger legend in the world of Physical Culture was Maxick that made not only muscle building a way of life but also made it an art form which became part of today's Bodybuilding Culture. Not only did he build his body through this style of training, it also helped him become pound for pound one of the strongest men of his generation.

Isometrics in simple terms develops Positional Strength where you do fixed positions and strengthen that area. Bruce Lee has done this, Dennis Rogers, The Mighty Atom & others have generated incredible strength, power & speed utilizing this method. To me the most powerful example of this method of training is from a wrestler named the Great Gama of India; aside from his insane regimen of high rep calisthenics & wrestling practice, his method of Isometrics made him so tough that it kept him undefeated throughout his entire career. Never losing in over 5000 Matches even the greatest wrestlers of America & Europe couldn't touch him. His longest matches were no more than 10 minutes if that and threw guys around like rag dolls even though some were far bigger than him. So what was his Isometric Workouts? Well legend has it that every morning he would get up and wrap a belt around a tree and proceed to throw it in every position he can come up with. Never was able to make the tree come out out of the roots but because of this, his opponents didn't stand a chance.

There are many ways to use isometrics especially if you're tackling the weights because if you're stuck in a certain position, you put the bar in that position (using a rack) and strengthen that position. It aids in developing strength so when you use the full range of motion it'll be easier to lift because of strengthening the positions little by little. That's all for today but if you want to pick up some great courses based purely on Isometrics here's a few places to check out.....

How To Learn Muscle Control

Muscle Control By Maxick

Power Isometrics

Isometric Strength

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Playful Movement & Isometrics

Its not always wise to cram so much into a short amount of time. When you do your best to make time but you scramble for it and move too fast, it can bite you back in the ass. Use your time wisely, get up a little earlier, do the very best you can in the time you do have. We have responsibilities that to which is obvious but you can never not have fun when you exercise. Whether its for a few minutes or longer, make your exercise enjoyable, live in the moment.

I love Isometrics not just because they work like a charm but are in my eyes the very best forms of exercise when you're short on time. For 5-10 min. you can get in a full body workout utilizing Isometrics but you don't have to do them in one workout, spread it out throughout the day. Pick a body part and do a few minutes here and there. Personally I do 2-3 body parts a day that is spread out for example yesterday I did shoulders, Abs & Legs and today i'll be doing Chest & Arms.

When I do my so called Playful Movement training, I customize a sequence of move going from one to the other and flow through utilizing my mind and body together so when I go through it, its not overly difficult or straining but like the name implies Playful, being creative and learning how MY BODY operates under the selection of where every ties in with that sequence. Its never the same one twice. Develop a variety of exercises and infuse them together to create your own super routine that increases strength, stamina, flexibility & mobility. Be playful.

For more info on Isometric check out these courses.....

Isometric Power Revolution

How To Learn Muscle Control

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