Today, I’m going to share 15 things that 15 years of fitness has taught me about what really matters when it comes to physical training, among other things. I think that this will be a nice change from the endless argumentation and bickering over mostly insignificant or otherwise inconsequential issues that is so rampant in the realm of health, fitness, and weight loss.
Now, some of these points may appear overly simplistic, but don’t overlook the immense value of the hidden truths they contain. If we could only internalize, practice, and embody these ideas to the point of forming a new identity, we would amaze ourselves at what we can achieve.
So, without further adieu, here are 15 things that really matter when it comes to your health, fitness, and quality of life.
What doesn’t matter: how many pushups, pull-ups, or sit-ups (etc.) you can do.
What DOES matter: that you push yourself every time you train to do and be better.
What doesn’t matter: whether you can qualify for the Boston marathon, or run a marathon at all.
What DOES matter: that you get out there and run because you want to and because you can. Period.
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I’ll never look at a turkey the same way again, or any other fowl for that matter.
You see, this past summer, a friend of mine invited me to attend a local chicken processing workshop with him, where we would be taught how to process a live chicken into chicken meat – from A to Z – killing, plucking, cleaning, you name it. I was quick to accept because it has always been an interest of mine to know how food gets from the farm to my plate. It’s also something I want my children to understand someday – that food doesn’t just magically appear on grocery store shelves – that death is required so that we may live.
Now, although I’ve eaten many-a-chicken before, I’ve never had to process a chicken until this class. So, I showed up not knowing what to expect, except that we would be getting our hands dirty. Needless to say, this would be an interesting experience for the whole group.
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So, you’re on your way to the Moscow subway, which is obviously where you go every morning (who doesn’t?). You’re on time as usual. But today, you notice a new, snazzy machine resting beside the normal ticket machines. It turns out that this special machine offers subway tickets just like the others do, but it doesn’t deal in rubles. In fact, it does not accept any money for payment at all. Instead, the only currency it accepts is exercise, or more specifically, squats.
Think I’m crazy? Well, this is actually real. A Russian organization called Olympic Change installed these special ticket machines in Moscow subway stations to promote the upcoming 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The machines are equipped with a camera, a screen, and a platform to help you count your reps. And after you finish your 30th repetition, out pops your ticket. And apparently, this machine can also tell if you’re cheating, too. You can see it in action in the video below.
Note: If you can’t read Russian, make sure the Captions feature is enabled in the Youtube player (ie CC button).
Now, maybe it’s just the peppy music, but I think I might be warming up to this kind of thing. But if I really think about it, I guess I have mixed feelings.
Continue reading Free Subway Tickets For Exercising: Good or Bad Idea?
I used to tell people that they are physically capable of performing 10X more total work than they thought they could. But apparently, I was wrong! Mark Divine, founder of www.navyseals.com and SEALFIT explains that you are capable of at least 20 times more than what you think you are. And I’d imagine he’s the type of person who would actually know, having been an active duty Navy SEAL for nine years and a reserve for over a decade. This is someone who has put his limits to the test every day for a long time.
And get this. He believes in you, too. But you have to change your beliefs if you want to tap into that potential. As is the case with many forms of change, it takes a shift in your perspective in order to start making that change a reality. So, if you’d like to challenge your perspective today, then watch this short video, especially if you want to start exploring your true potential – whether in your fitness training or other life pursuits.
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I train on the beach in my jeans all the time. Don’t you, bro?
You know, lately, I’ve seen a lot of wacky workouts with sensationalistic themes or titles. Things like…
The EXTREME Pec-Punisher Workout!
The INSANE Home Workout That Will Set Your Body Fat on Fire!
The Ab-Annihilator That Will Drive You CRAZY (and will get you institutionalized, too)
The list goes on and on. And you know what I think? What a bunch of wusses! I mean, do you really think that a workout – or any workout program for that matter – is really that extreme. Who are you kidding? Have our standards dropped so low that we really think that lifting weights, doing calisthenics, and the like borders on the extreme. Because when I think of something extremely hard that could actually drive someone to the point of insanity, I’m thinking hell week for Navy SEALs hard – not “I just did a 5×5 workout, gulped down a protein shake, and went home to take a nap before my afternoon massage” hard.
I’m sorry, but working out – as challenging as it can be – isn’t exactly on my list of extreme activities. And sure, there are fitness and athletic events that are truly extreme – like competing in an Ironman, or running an ultra-marathon. But those events involve a little more than an hour or so at the gym. And no, sorry, the Tough Mudder doesn’t count, and I won’t think you’re tough because you did one. Sure, it may be tougher than making pancakes on a Saturday morning, but not by much. The Death Race, on the other hand, probably comes pretty close, though.
My point being that in an effort to pump up egos, and make average, mostly unfit people feel like superheroes for doing a few pushups, we’ve lost sight of what hard work really looks and feels like. And this only complicates the problem because so many people are falsely indoctrinated that they have to train to the extreme in order to get the results they want – when simply working hard enough would be enough. Of course, most people these days aren’t all that familiar with real hard work, but I digress.
And sure, it’s easy to make a workout hard. If you make someone do more than they think they can, then trust me, it’ll be hard. For example, take a guy who thinks his max set of pushups is 50 reps, and then don’t let him get up until he’s done 100 reps. That’s hard. And believe it or not, it’s more of a mental/emotional challenge than a physical one. But that doesn’t mean it’s extreme – not by a long shot.
And this is very good news because most people don’t need to go to extremes in order to achieve their fitness goals. And so, with that said, here is a workout that is NOT crazy, insane, or extreme, but still works just fine.
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