Train Like an Athlete to LOOK Like an Athlete

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Note: take a look at some of the athletes in the slideshow below. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Why do we always seem to get this one wrong?

There are a ton of people out there who are living and training for the goal of looking like an athlete (or a bodybuilder, model, you [...]

To Listen to Music or Not While Exercising? That is the WRONG Question.

I was scanning my news reader this morning and noticed that the top two entries had a little something in common…or not.

So, let me get this straight… two popular fitness-themed websites uploaded two different articles that suggest two completely opposite approaches on the question of whether to listen to music while running…within [...]

6 Reasons Why You Never Have Time to Exercise

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I just love it when someone tells me…

I can’t believe you have time for all of that. I could never do that. I’m just always so busy.

Translation: Don’t you have a life?

As if I have nothing better to do with myself and have all this free time I can use to exercise and engage in other so-called “lowly pursuits” because I’ve got nothing important going on in my life.

Give me a break!

First of all, I don’t just “have time for all of that.” I MAKE TIME for what’s important to me. I’ve got the same 24 hours a day as everyone else, and somehow, I’ve managed to integrate exercise and other health-improving habits into my schedule, the same as many others do each and every day.

note: that word “integrate” is key!

And get this, I’ve managed to do this for most of my life. Sure, it was easier when I was younger and had less responsibilities, but even as my workload and stress-load has increased in recent years, I’ve managed to keep my actions [mostly] in line with my priorities (ever heard of those?). No, I haven’t gotten everything perfect and I’ve made my fair share of mistakes, but I’ve stayed the course and have kept moving forward despite the challenges and setbacks, among other things.

But enough about me. Let’s talk about you, and in particular, why you don’t “have time for all of that.” I’d really like to know.

You see, based on my experience, these are six of the most common reasons why most people supposedly don’t have enough time for exercise. And many of them are not what you’d expect.
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Interview with Navy SEAL, Stew Smith, about Pull-up Training

Learn a Navy SEAL’s go-to Methods for Quickly and Efficiently Improving Pull-up Performance for a Physical Fitness Test

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Veteran Navy SEAL Lieutenant, Stew Smith.

Whether you’re in the military, law enforcement, the firefighting community, or another physically-demanding vocation – or you want to be – this interview is chock-full of tips and strategies to help you improve your pull-up performance in preparation for a Physical Fitness Test (PFT).

Maybe you’re just hoping to pass your PT test or perhaps you want to compete with the best of the best in the Navy SEALs. Regardless, if you want to improve your pulling strength and gain the ability to do more pull-ups with ease, you’ll learn some advanced yet simple training strategies from this interview with veteran Navy SEAL, Stew Smith.

Funny story. Stew actually wrote the first fitness program I ever followed. It was his book, Maximum Fitness: The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Cross Training. I used that program back when I was in high school as my primary workout system for about three years, while I was a cadet in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. This was the first time I had ever stuck with a comprehensive training program over the long term, and I got superb results from it.

I actually went and dug up my old training journal notes (yes, I STILL have them), and here’s how my PT numbers improved after just the first 13 weeks on Stew’s program, which was a calisthenics-focused phase (note: I didn’t have exact figures for my starting points):

-Pull-ups – started at 6-7 sloppy reps, after 3 months…31 reps!
-Pushups – started at 25ish reps, after 3 months…110 reps in 2 minutes!
-Sit-ups – started at 30-40ish reps, after 3 months…120 in 2 minutes!
-Ab Crunches – started at 40-50ish reps, after 3 months…220 in 2 minutes!

Needless to say, a few months on one of Stew’s programs was enough to get me ready to ace my Sea Cadet PFTs!
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Epic 500th Blogpost: 100 Fitness Lessons I’ve Learned About What’s Really Important (Do This Stuff to Succeed)

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note: make sure you don’t miss my NEW training compilation video that I put together to celebrate this milestone. You’ll find it at the end of this post!

This is my 500th blogpost on PhysicalLiving.com, and I can hardly believe it. Over 3.7 million people have visited this site since it first started in 2008, just six short years ago. It’s amazing that a little blog like this can have such a far reach in today’s day and age.

Things have slowed down here on the blog in recent years for a variety of reasons, including a few kids and a new business, among many other things. But I’ve been putting content together whenever I can. And it’s only because of all of you that I’ve made it this far.

So, today, I just wanted to say thanks. Thanks for reading my pitifully long and drawn out, boring stuff. Thanks for sharing my articles and videos with your friends. And most importantly, thanks for putting some of my advice into action. I’m humbled whenever I receive a thank-you note or just a quick comment letting me know that something I shared was helpful. You guys are awesome.

So, to commemorate the occasion, here are 100 lessons I’ve learned about fitness over the past several years of running this site. These are a mixture of practical and actionable tips along with some deeper, more profound philosophy concerning fitness and this lifestyle we choose to live. My hope is that there’s something in here for everyone, and at least one or two that really hit you powerfully, challenge you, and encourage you.

100 Things I’ve Learned About Fitness Since I Started This Blog 500 Posts Ago

Note: Skimmers should take note that the ones in bold are particularly meaningful and/or have had a dramatic impact on my life. So, skim accordingly!

It doesn’t matter if you can do 100 pushups or can’t do one, can run a mile in under 5 minutes or can’t walk one, can deadlift twice your bodyweight or can’t even bend over without pain. If you’re trying to improve, then you’re one of us, and we want you here. It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, old or young, or fat or fit. You belong. And don’t let anyone – even yourself – convince you otherwise.

You can spend 60 minutes a day struggling or the next 60 years suffering. It’s your choice.

If you want to be healthy, strong, and fit into old age, then you’re going to have to do things right from the start.

The best prescriptions usually include things like good food, physical activity, and plenty of rest. You’ll notice that these are not long words with funny suffixes.

You’ll have good days and bad days, easy days and hard days, days when you want to give up and days that you feel unstoppable. Get used to the idea.

If you can find something physically challenging that you genuinely enjoy doing on a regular basis, then you’ve quite possibly found your own personal fountain of youth – whether it’s considered “exercise” or not.

If you’re alive, conscious, and breathing, then you can always – ALWAYS – do more. Don’t forget it.

It’s okay to miss a lift, lose a race, or have a bad day – as long as you learn from it. It’s what you do after the failure that matters most.

In my experience, natural movement training – the way our bodies were designed to move – often results in unexpected and sometimes mysterious restoration of injuries, imbalances, and dysfunctions. #MovNat

If you’re still looking for secrets, shortcuts, hacks, or other quick-fix solutions that don’t really work, then it might be time to grab your dictionary and lookup the word “insanity.”

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