My Top 5 Core Exercises


These are my favorite core exercises I incorporate some these exercises into more training programs and my clients training programs to develop core strength and keep my clients injury free.

  1. Pallof Press                                                            

2. The Boat anti-extension

3.  Suitcase Carry

4.  Cross body Isometric crunch

5.   Hanging Leg Raises

Shout out to Jason for filming

Walking alone is not Enough


Walking alone is not Enough
Many Americans believe that 30mins of walking a week is enough exercise to keep them living long healthy lives. These are the same people that will most likely to have problems later on in life.  If you believe that 90 minutes of exercise a week will correct sitting on the couch/chair for 80 hours a week then you will have some serious problems.  The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercise per week. Over the course of seven days those 30-60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise 5 days a week.  Surely running is more than enough to help me keep healthy. If you think that is true then you’re are greatly mistaken.  What about keeping Strength, power, and bone density up? What do you do then? You have to add in Strength Training.  World Class runners don’t just run every day they perform strength training to help prevent injuries from occurring. Resistance training has two main goals. The first goal is to help the athlete get stronger. The second goal is to help prevent injuries. Injuries occur through trauma or overuse.  To keep yourself resilient against gravity and the world around us it is very important to add resistance training to your exercise routine.

ACSM guidelines are 2-3 days a week of resistance exercise that is a minimum of 8 different exercises between 2-4 sets of 8-15 repetitions on each exercise.  So you will have to add another 30-40mins to your workout.  In total your workouts should last at minimum and 1hour (that and 1 hour of work time not leisure time).  Muscles have three functions in terms of movement. To cause movement (concentric contraction) such as bending your elbow, and to slowly resist movement (Eccentric Contraction) To slowly let your elbow bend while resisting the weight and To resist movement at all( Isometric) Holding a box and not allowing the move cause of weight.  Most people do not get hurt moving the body. Where most injuries occur is when people try to resist movement.  Resisting movement causes a greater force to be placed on our muscles and tendons due our mechanical disadvantage of our levels in our body.  Lifting weights and keeping Lean body mass will better your chance to resist those eccentric forces that occur on a daily basis.
To be honest in my opinion I believe that people should do more weight training than running. This is my reason for claim. Most people don’t run or bike to work. The typical day is get out bed walk to kitchen table sit and eat walk to car sit and drive.  Walk to your desk and sit and work. Then leave work go home and sit and watch tv, eat and go to bed. Now if you were to add running 30 minutes to your day you would make significant improvements to your cardiovascular system.  You may also build some lean mass in your legs from the running that you’re doing. Besides the recreation running you don’t do much running elsewhere unless it’s your occupation. On the other hand you perform yard work, lifting and moving furniture, and other various physical activities that may require bending, carrying, and climbing. Does running alone help you perform those activities? Not really because when you’re running you performing the same motion over and over. Which doesn’t correlate with bending or climbing weight training on the other hand forces people to move in positions that they may not be in on a regular basis? Not to mention will help improve muscular strength and endurance.  Parker et al study took a group of 60-77 year old women tested them on a submaximal walking test(2mph at 3.5% elevation) and weight carrying walking( carry a weight at 40% maximum elbow flexion strength) test. They recorded VO2, heart rate (HR) Systolic Blood Pressure (SBP), and Rate Pressure Product (RPP). Placed the group on a 16 week whole body strength training program.(3 days a week 1 hour per session) Then tested again. They say 57% increase in isotonic strength and 29% increase in isometric strength.  No change in VO2 max but significant decreases in HR, SBP and RPP while perform the walking test and Weight carry test.  Not only did the women improve their strength to prevent injury. Their ability to use oxygen became more efficient as well.  Not to mention as well when performing strength training people will work on full range of motion which is important for keep good flexibility and mobility of the joints.  So with older people especially it is very important that they perform strength training to keep muscle strong and bones dense.  As you age strength training becomes more and more important as you age.  Remember the goal of strength training is to help prevent injuries.  Younger people especially women have a fear of lifting weight s because they don’t want to get bulky.  Honestly that is like saying you don’t want to read because you are afraid of becoming a genius. It takes a lot of work to put on lean body mass most athletes work an entire year to put on 5- 10lbs of mass. So if your 3 workouts a week will not make your bulky unless it is in your genes. The fear of getting to big has long been debunk also most people are not willing to put in the amount of time to put on more muscle.

All in all Strength training is very vital for a healthy life I believe that everyone needs to incorporate some form of Strength training. It will help improve your quality of life and help prevent injuries from occurring as you age.  Walking or jogging is not enough keeping strength and lean body mass is very important for keeping you independent  and out of the retirement home

 

Are you afraid of Failure


This is something that has been on my mind for a while.  No one wants to fail in life or anything in that matter. In the fitness word you always being tested whether it’s the stepping on the scale. Getting timed in running drills and/or distances. Finding out how much weight you can move in a certain exercise.  I think when it comes to Health and Fitness I think failure is associated with a limit.  When you find out your max on a squat it now becomes a definitive number to how much force you can apply in that exercise( if it’s you true max). That means if we load the bar with 10 more lbs you will not be able to lift the bar and you fail at the lift.  The interesting concept with that is When it comes to strength you can improve. Speed and agility will plateau out. That is why you always see people in power lifting and bodybuilding always putting up outrageous numbers. It just that the body can take so much stress and strain from lifting for years and years.  But people should not be afraid of failure. Like today I was doing my conditioning program running hill sprints on the treadmill( 10% elevation at 10 mph 20 seconds sprints followed by 40 sec rest) my goal was to do 12 sprints I could only do 11 before I called it quits. I failed to complete my workout. Most people would probably consider myself a failure, but I look at it as an opportunity to learn how my body reacts to certain exercises and how to better prepare myself to make sure I am able to reach new PRs in my workouts.  You learn more from failure than you do from success.  So embrace failures in your life as an opportunity to learn something new.

Wednesday “Go Hard” Workout


Got off from work early and you know what time it is. Time to put in some work at the gym. I had a pretty rough day at work so I had some pent up energy to burn off.  So I was going pretty hard in the gym with no remorse for my body. So I decided to do both the Kettle bell workout with the running and the Treadmill condition one after the other. I had a lot of angry to get out.

 

8 rounds                                                                                       40 mins
1/4 mile run
Kettle bell clean and Jerk x 5 each arm
Alternating Kettle bell swings x 10
Single arm Bent over row x 8 each arm
Spiderman Push ups x 10

Treadmill                                                                                     30 mins
Work 1 min @ 11mph
Rest  1 min @ 3.5 mph

Stationary Bike                                                                       20 mins
2 mins rest
2 min Tabata protocol

Lifting 
Power Cleans     2 x warm         3 x 3 heavy
Single leg Pistol squats             4 x 6 each leg
Pull ups( over hand grip)        4 x 8
Anti Rotation T bar                   4 x 12

and that is all

 

Friday Post my workout late online workout


Friday came and it was time again to try to kill myself if possible I did the same thing that I always do in terms of cardiovascular conditioning but starting Monday I will be doing a complete overhaul of the workout I am doing I only have a month left to prepare for the 11 mile mud run so right now it is crunch time.

Aerobic
Treadmill                                                 45 mins
Work  1 min @ 10.5mph
Rest    1 min @ 3.6 mph

Stretching and Mobility work

Lifting
Hang Snatches 5 x 5
Single leg squats  4 x 6 each leg
Single leg Stability ball hamstring curls 3×10

Dumbbell bench 5×5
Inverted Rows 3 x 10
Anti T-bar rotation

Wednesday go hard or go home Workout


Hump day I was feeling a little sluggish but I knew that I had to get a good workout in to set a tone for the rest of the week. I told myself to go as hard as I can today. It started with Aerobic work like a boss. Hoped on the treadmill and ran for 45 min interval run. 10.5 mph for work pace and 3.6 for resting pace. Felt pretty good afterwards so I decided to do some low level plyometrics to mix up my work out a little bit. I am slowly changing my workout to include more power work. I think it will help me with the obstacles that I have to do in the toughmudder coming up in February. Afterward I moved to my Stretching and mobility work to allow my body some rest before I hit the weights pretty hard. I wanted to see if I can make myself sore from lifting. It was something I haven’t felt in a while I am starting to switch up the exercises that I do to keep my body on its toes. So we will see how it goes.

Aerobic
Treadmill                                                                           45 mins
Work 10.5 mph 1 minute
Rest  3.6 mph  1 minute

Plyometrics                                                                  15 mins
Low box drills
Hop Matrix
Stretching and Mobility                                      20 mins

Lifting                                                                               45 mins
Hang cleans              5×5
Lumber Jack reverse Lunge to Press   3x 8
Alternating 1 leg eccentric Stability ball curls  3 x 10(5 each leg)
Dumbbell Bench press  4 x 6
Feet elevated Inverted Row 3 x 10
Anti rotation T-bar  3 x 10
Hand walk out anti extension 3 x 5

Total time                                                                        2 hours 5 mins( +/- 20 mins)

Words of Wisdom


The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he id never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Monday “Getting back in Rhythm” workout


Oh the Christmas Holiday has come and past and I hoped that everyone has had a great Holiday spending good time with family and friends. Now it is time to get back into the swing of things and to starting climbing the mountain once again. Two days off from working out will do your body good but I usually like to work myself back into working out slowly. Usually peaking with my hardest workout usually later in the week. Even still I did feel great coming into this workout with no aches or pains. Since the last workout I decided that I needed to increase my work speed on my workouts so now the minimum speed will be 10 mph.  So now I will be moving a a 6 mile pace which in relative terms of speed its not really fast. Most people can run faster than 10mph but it is a matter of sustaining that speed which will be the goal. Since it is an increase I decided to cut my time down to 30mins and work my way back to 60 mins.  Stretching and mobility  work is the same I am still on working on hip and ankle mobility along with shoulder and thoracic spine mobility.  I definitely feel that it is helping me become more limber.  I haven’t had any aches and pains and I feel good overall.  Lifting I decided it was time to switch up some exercise in my work to make me more explosive.

Aerobic work                                                  30 mins
Work 1 min @ 10mph
Rest   1 min @ 10mph

 

Stretching and Mobility                         20 mins

Lifting
Hang cleans                                                      5 x 5
Walking Lunges                                               3 x 20( 10 each leg)
Box Jumps                                                        3 x 5
Cable pull SLDL                                               3 x 8(each leg)
Dumbbell Bench Press                                 4 x 6 (each arm)
L- Pull ups                                                         4 x 6
Back Extension w/ Rear deltoid raise   3 x 8
Anti-rotation T bar                                       3 x 10
Sit ups w/ antirotation                                3 x 20
 Total Time                                                  120 mins 

Friday Work out December 23, 2011


Last workout before Christmas wanted to burn myself out as much as I can nothing special I done this program and I feel that I am finally starting to get used to eat as well with the current diet that I am on to help me get my body fat down to about 8%( which will be  pushing it but worth a try). Starting Monday I will make a change to a lot of the exercises that I do so that I can progress and make myself as ready as possible for the Tough Mudder.  If you don’t read any other post I want to wish you a Happy Holidays  to all  and a Happy New Year.

Aerobic work
Treadmill                                                                               45 mins
Work 1min @ 10 mph
Rest  1 min @ 3.5 mph

Stretching and Mobility

Lifting

Bulgarian Split Squats                                                         5×5 @ 205 lbs
Single leg Dead Lift                                                               3 x 8 @ 85 lbs
Dumbbell Bench press                                                        4 x 6 @ 85 lbs
 L – Pull ups                                                                              4 x 6  w/ body weight
Anti rotation T- bar                                                             3 x 10 @ 10lbs
Sit ups                                                                                        3 x 20

‘Wednesday ” I am back” Workout December 21, 2011


I am feeling great. It has been four days that I have been under the weather. So to finally feel normal it feels great. I decided to share my new found energy and spirit. In the interval run I decided to go with a 3:1 work to rest ratio to see how far along my conditioning  1:30 work time  with a 30 second rest period.  Now you’re probably thinking that hey that is shorter than the usually  2 minutes work ratio. But you have to remember your rest period has been cut in half in comparison.  So instead of resting for a full minute between your work pace you only get 30 seconds. Now it is very important  that you keep that in mind because for the last two weeks you have had more rest time. So pay attention to the clock and keep on pace with the 30 seconds rest period.

Conditioning
Treadmill                                                                           45 mins
90 sec     work time
30 sec      rest  time

Stretching and Foam roller                               15 mins
Calfs
Hamstring
Glutes
Back
Quadriceps
 Hip Flexor

Lifting 
Walking Lunges                                                            3 x 15 each leg
Low Cable dead lift with row                                  3 x 8    each leg

Dumbbell Bench press( alternating)                   3 x 6    each arm
Pull ups ( over hand grip)                                        3 x 6

Anti rotation with T-bar                                          3 x 10
Back extension with rear delt raise                     3 x 8