Years not Minutes

The secret to getting strong and staying strong is... starting and not stopping!

I know this sounds simple but, in reality, it's tremendously hard. Committing yourself to a training program takes a level of commitment that most don't have. But you can tell those who do. They are a breed apart, thy carry themselves differently and they have a certain "something" about them. They are across the board happier and more mentally resilient and are able to handle the wear and tear of the years with grace.

What does it take to become one of these outliers? Find a strength and conditioning program that you enjoy and stick with it. Not for just a few months, but for years, and possibly decades. I can guarantee that it will be the best investment you ever make and that the dividends that it pays are priceless.


Not Enough Time?

What is the number one excuse for not working out on a regular basis?

"I don't have enough time..."

You have plenty of time for binge watching on Netflix and playing Words with Friends... but you don't have time to take care of your body? Seriously! Think about this: if you don't have time to take care of your body then what are you going to do when it starts to fail you? Because you know what? It's going to be a lot harder than if you had been working on it all along.

It's never too late to start. But you're going to have to make working out a priority over the TV and social media.

I promise you that it will be worth it!


Work In Progress

Project
I hear about people spending a lot of time doing DIY (Do It Yourself) projects around there homes now that they are spending a lot more time at home.

Well, I want you to think about a DIY project for somewhere you are going to spend a lot more time than your apartment, townhouse or home.

Your Body!

If you aren't spending time every day working on the ultimate DIY project - your body - then you are going to have to pay someone else to work on it later. Those people are called doctors and surgeons, and while I have a tremendous amount of respect those professions, I really think that if you work on your "project" a little bit each day - you can put off turning over the project to them!

Just something to think about...


Weight Loss Tip

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If you followed what IG "influencers" say about weight loss and weight maintenance, you would be lead to believe that cardio was the king of weight loss.

This fallacy has been around as long as people thought about losing weight... or maybe even longer than that!

The truth, and one that most trainers don't want you to know about, is that doing cardio has little to do with losing weight and keeping it off.If anything, cardio is associated with loss of muscle size and density; which is not a good outcome as you age.

Instead, the act of resistance training, picking up a kettlebell, bar or dumbell, will have a more significant and long lasting impact on your body composition than hours of cardio.

Not convinced? Check out this article on the Inverse.com website for more information on why you should jump off the treadmill and start picking up some iron!


Short Arms = Short Backswing

T RexPoor T-Rex! First it was Push Ups and now it's Kettlebell Swings!

It's completely understandable why T-Rex doesn't like Swings. With his short arms he's going to have a real hard time getting a good enough Backswing to get the Kettlebell moving with any speed. The best he could hope for is a slow, wimpy Lat Raise!?!?

It's a good thing that you're not T-rex and you can take full advantage of your long arms and legs as well as hips to create a Backswing that make any self-respecting Kettlebell fear you!


The Basics...

When someone says the "basics", what do you think of?

I'm hoping you think of the Kettlebell Deadlift, Swing, Squat, Clean, Snatch and Press. I would add to that "short list" the Push Press, Jerk, and Thruster. That's a total of nine "basic" techniques.

That's not all, because the "basics" can all be done with two hands and one kettlebell; one hand and one kettlebell; and two hands and two kettlebells. So very quickly, and without adding any new techniques or combinations (especially in the two kettlebell area), you now have twenty seven basics. TWENTY SEVEN... think about that.

How many of you have spent sufficient time developing your two hands and one kettlebell skills? One hand and one kettlebell skills? Two hands and two kettlebells? I'm going to go out on a limb here and say... not nearly enough!

When you start thinking that you've got your kettlebell skills down, you might want to think again, and start looking at the list of TWENTY SEVEN "basics"... and start training!


Sleep Yourself Well

We all know that sleep is an important part of health. It creates an environment for physical healing and improved performance, improved brain function, and memory, as well enhancing your immunity. With COVID-19 still in our midst, and the new flu season just around the corner, don't you think you should be doing anything you can to stack the odds in your favor?

Did you know that getting less than seven hours of sleep a night make you three times more likely to contract the common cold? Did you know that women who sleep less than five hours a night are almost seventy percent more likely to develop pneumonia?

Neither did I! But if you listen to this video by Dr. Matthew Walker you'll know what you can do to make sleep a key player in keeping you healthy and flu-free!