Workout Blog Dec 14th 2015


 

2015-12-14 07.54.17

Time completed 15:56 felt like I was going to pass out

*For the workout Hurdle hops over and back count as 1 rep

Workout Data Dec 14th 2015

How to get conditioning in your workout as a lifter


As a so called “lifter” cardio is my kryptonite. Even though I know that cardio wont burn away my hard earned muscle. Soo what is a lifter suppose to do? Lift weights faster.  Now let’s get it straight if you want to be a better runner, cyclist, and swimmer. You will have to practice those discipline.  For those days you don’t feel like going out in horrible weather here are some lifting conditioning methods.

Every Minute On the Minute(E.M.O.M or E.M.O.T.M)
One of my favorite methods of getting conditioning while weight training For the next 10- 30 mins you will have a bell or buzzer or timer go off every minute.  Once the bell goes off you must perform a sequence of exercise within the minute.  What every time remaining in the minute. The faster you move the more rest you get. The slower you move the less rest you get.
Examples  
E.M.O.M x 15
1 Rep on each exercise
Deadlift
Bent row
Hang clean
Military Press
Back Squat
Good Morning

Escalating Density Training ( EDT )
Escalating Density Training created by Charles Staley
This is a great training model to help build lean body mass and at the same time burn fat and build your cardiovascular system. The goal is to pick 2 exercises resistance should be moderately high( 70-80% of you max).  For the next 12 mins you will perform 5 reps on each exercise trying to complete as many rounds as possible.   If you want to build muscular endurance use lighter weight and perform 10 reps on both exercises.

Example  
12 minute EDT
A). Barbell Back Squat
DB Bench Press

Rest 4 minutes

B.) Barbell RDL
Inverted Row

A.M.R.A.P( As Many Rounds As Possible)
Put 20-30 minutes on the clock and your goal is to get through your strength circuit as many times as you can in the time allotted. I really like to perform this circuit when I am by myself in the gym so I can hog all the equipment. Make sure to keep good form as you progress. I sometimes throw a sprint on either the treadmill, rower, or airdyne bike.

Example
20 min AMRAP
100-200m sprint
Front Squat x 10 reps
Dumbbell Incline Press x 10 reps
Chest supported row x 10
Barbell Deadlift x 10
Weight Straight Leg Sit-ups x 10

Give these workouts a try. Also if you have some other conditioning workouts please post them in the comments.

The Daily life of Strength Coach

The daily life of a Personal Trainer


If interested in going into personal training or Strength and Conditioning at College or Sports Performance facility. I will lay out one of my busiest days. So that you can have an idea of what you may be doing on a daily basis. I do love my job and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

3 am

  • Wake up turn off alarm
  • Eat Breakfast Oatmeal and scrambled egg whites, breakfast of champions( I prefer bacon and pancakes)
  • Grab uniform, lunch, and other important items
  • Leave for work 3:50-3:55 am

4 am

  • Arrive in the dark stumble around until I can reach the lights
  • Stumble through the dark turn lights on tv’s and collect laundry
  • Stand in middle room with superman poise try to build up confidence and get ready for the day( don’t feel any different)
  • Get ready for first personal training client

5 am

  • First training session sets tone for the rest of the morning
  • First session goes smoothly( feel good highly motivated decide to write a training program

6:00 am

  • 6:05 am return to desk start layout of training program.
  • 6:08 am remember Laundry needs to be changed and folded
  • 6:25 am get back to computer decide on color of template
  • 6:30 am get distracted by email
  • 6:50 am Get ready for next client

7:00 am

  • Client show ups 10 mins late.( they apologize for being late.)
  • 7:59 finish training client

8:00 am

  • 8:05 am check laundry again( I swear we are getting low on towels)
  • 8:12 am Get back to desk start work again on training program
  • 8:15 am reach desk stomach start growling decide to eat lunch( yes lunch at 8:00am)
  • 8:40 am finish lunch time to get ready for next client

9:00 am

  • 9:00 am client arrives for training
  • 9:55 am finished training client

10:00 am

  • 10:00 am put away equipment and check on laundry
  • 10:05 am make way back to computer to get working on training program
  • 10:25 am Co-worker ask me to review document.
  • 10:35 am review document, then back to work on training program

11:00 am

  • 11:00 am get tired of sitting down go walk around facility and check laundry
  • 11:10 am back at desk working of training program
  • 11:40 am tired of sitting again walk around facility again.
  • 11:45 am time to set up for my next client

12:00 pm

  • 12:00 pm client arrives decide to experiment with some new exercises
  • 12:55 pm finish training client( client has hard time walking after training session)

1:00 pm

  • 1:00 pm  Staff meeting( confidential information)
  • 1:50 pm meeting over

2:00 pm

  • Get a quick workout 30-40 min workout
  • 2:45 pm get showered and cleaned up

3:00 pm

  • 3:00 pm run out to QT to get a “Healthy Snack”
  • 3:20 pm  Start putting the finishing touches on training program
  • 3: 50 pm perform cleaning duties

4:00 pm

  • 4:25 pm get ready to co-coach the group training session
  • 4:30 pm help co-coach training session

5:00 pm

  • 5:25 pm finished co-coaching session
  • 5:30 pm start cleaning the rest of facility and putting equipment away

6:00 pm

  • 6:15 pm finish with cleaning duties transfer laundry
  • 6:30 pm grab stuff time to head home

That is the life of a personal training/ strength coach. Everyone schedule  does change around constantly and you will have to be very flexible just in case something does come up. If you want to get into this professional feel free to ask me I will be more than happy to help you out.

Why Discipline is better than Motivation


Motivation fades Discipline is forever

Getting and receiving motivation daily is a great way to start the day. It helps put you in a proper mindset for the day. Motivation help get the ball rolling for many is the hardest step. The only thing about Motivation is that it is feed of emotion. Some writers have said that emotion creates motion. That is true I will not deny that a lot has been accomplished when someone is either really angry or really happy.

The problem with emotions is that they come and go. The flee away and can change immediately based on events that happen in your life. For example you can had a terrible day at work and your boss chews you out about a problem that was not your fault. So you go to the gym to burn off some steam. The second before you begin tearing the gym up  you get a text/email/ or call  from your boss he apologizes for chewing you out. Now all that pent up emotion has been dissipated. Now you have this mediocre at best workout because you no longer have emotion driving you. Emotions are a double edge sword.

Discipline is what you need in your life. I look at discipline as rules that I have set in place that will not change no matter the circumstances. If I tell myself I will run intervals for 45 minutes. I will run intervals for 45 minutes period. I make a rule that I will eat protein and vegetables at every meal. You can look at my plate and see that I will be eating Meat and Veggies at every meal. Discipline can spread through many different areas of life such as: relationship, finances, nutrition, exercise, self-improvement, and social life.  Having discipline will help develop habits. Habits will create the person that you are today. Discipline does not rely on emotion. It is a separate entity that works regardless of your emotional state. If you had a wonderful day/ or your worst day you will still do what your suppose to do.

Discipline equals Freedom.

Words of Wisdom


Passion is learning to push beyond all of this in the pursuit of your dreams and goals. Your goals are going to cost you in every nuance of the word: physically, emotionally, financially and all the rest of the ‘allies you can find
– Dan John

Monday “I am sore” Workout


On Friday I had stated that I was going to change the way I have been working out. Well I did make some changes and I feel that the change is for the better. The conditioning part of my program has changed from running on a treadmill to running on the track with kettle bell workout thrown into the mix. I feel that this style of workout will help simulate what I will be doing with the ToughMudder. I only have a month left to prepare for this event.  I decided that I was going to train in rounds. I figure if I was able to do at least 13 rounds with the running and kettle bell workout continuously I would feel that I would be best prepared  for the event. This week I have to complete 8 rounds next week 10 rounds third week 12 rounds. By the end of the month I should be able to complete 12 – 14 rounds without any problem.  Coming in to workout on Monday I was unsure on how I would feel after New Years ( always have a designated driver ) but I actually had a great workout and now I am sore cause of it.

Aerobic Conditioning: 8 rounds                                  50 mins
1/2 mile run
10 Spider man push ups
10 alternating Kettle bell swings
10 Single arm Kettle bell bent over rows
10 Kettle bell Goblet Squats

wash rinse and repeat

Treadmill                                                                                        20 mins 
45 seconds  @ 10mph
75 seconds @ 3.5 mph

Stretching and Mobility                                                       25 mins

Lifting
*Tabata Front Squats @ 95lbs
Single Leg Dead lifts 4 x8
** Single leg Hip thrusters 4×10
Pull ups   4×8
Planks 1 mins
30 secons on side.

*http://www.tabataprotocol.com/
** 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3NT6c9Es0E

No work Thursday


Well I didn’t get the chance the get a work out in on Thursday. Life plans got in the way but that is fine I will use it as an impromptu day of rest. Rest is very important some days you will have to relax and allow the body to heal.

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.”

Staying on track with diets


Diets the one word people hate to hear. I myself hate the word diet. When I hear the word diet or someone saying that they are going on a diet. That to me means temporary. Most people go on a diet to lose between 15-20 lbs. Others may want to lose more weight.  Well usually what happens is that people go on the “diets” lose the weight then return to what they were doing before. The weight comes back and they begin the cycle again.  Why does this happen so much? I myself have found been through the ups and downs of dieting. The reason for that is. Most diets are very hard to adhere to for a life time. The first question that people ask about a diet is “Is it effective?”. Most diets for the most part are effective if you ever heard of the 2 snicker bar diet?.  Is that diet effective? yes it was effective but is that diet sustainable? No. Now if someone were to follow that diet they would get results but at the cost of their health. Now with my dieting experience what I have found to be helpful is to have “cheat meals”. What is a Cheat meal?  A cheat meal is a meal that acts as a reward for sticking with my diet.  I plan out my cheat meals with my social life. Usually I go out to eat with friends or the family on the weekend and  I get to sit down and enjoy a good meal with them. Before I can enjoy the cheat meal I must make sacrifices throughout the week.  It is  a built-in rewards system that I have in my diets.  Diets are very difficult physically and mentally. Constantly suppressing hunger pains and giving up your favorite foods(the bad foods) it wears a person down over time. That is why I tell my clients to have a cheat meal after a successful week of dieting.  This way it turns your diet from a long-term endurance race into the 100 meter dash. The rewards will help keep you motivated and make your diet sustainable. The longer you stay on a healthy diet the better off you will be in life.