Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Nothing tastes as good as...

I once came accross a quote that really struck me as one of the simplest things to think about when choosing to eat well and being diligent about sticking to your workout program. The simplicity of it's statement has created an imprint on my mind, and I hope it has some similar effects on you.

"Nothing tastes as good and lean and fit feels."

I apologize for not knowing who the author is, I wish I did. Even as I reread it here, I think about how much I like certain foods that are not good for me, and then I think about how great I feel when I don't indulge in them, as well as how great I feel when my clothes fit well.

I've often heard people say that it's difficult to give up grains, that it's hard to not eat sweets/sugar, that it's a pain to eat several small meals a day rather than three big ones. The truth be told, once you've made the decision to give these things up, you will not crave them a few days after giving them up. Once you start eating smaller amounts every few hours and are no longer feeling stuffed and bloated after each meal, well that speaks for itself.

I'm not saying it doesn't take some will power and dedication because it does, but then again don't a lot of things?

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Well I'm down in Louisville for the IYCA summit, and so far it's looking to be a really great event. I'll write more about it after the two days are finished.

If I've said it once I've said it a million times. Every training program needs a goal. Truth be told we all work harder at something if there's a specific task that needs to be accomplished. Goals can range from increasing your deadlift, increasing your number of pull ups, loosing 10 pounds, etc.

Let's say your goal is to maintain, that's great but it has it's flaws at the same time. If you don't vary your workouts or the stimuli then your body will start to accomodate to those workouts and you won't reap much benefit from them. Even if you're goal is to maintain, give yourself small goals to achieve, such as a certian number of push ups, a cerain number of sprint repeats in an allotted time frame, or working on your pull ups. This way you aren't forced to completely change your workouts, you've just added a little something extra that will keep you interested in what you're doing. And you'll even see some results from it.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Home Sweet Home

Moving on... Well things have been crazy again, the official move into the new gym is this weekend, and I'm very excited yet it's a little bittersweet.

We opened our doors a little over three years ago, with a little bit of hope and a lot of vision. We always knew we'd outgrow our little space, but to know that the final day is upon us brings mixed emotions.

Our new space will easily accomodate more people and more class times, we have a seperate room for Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and we will be adding several new types of classes. I'm very excited for the new space to open, the options are again endless.

Hope you're able to drop in for one of our infamous workouts.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

A Lil Fun on The Wall

Indoor rock climbing has really become one of those activities that a lot of people are really into lately. And I am guilty as charged. Apparently I missed the boat a few years back and just jumped on now.

That being siad I've only been a few times, but as always, found a way to make it a little more interesting, not that it isn't already...

I went again tonight, straight for the same climb that gave me a tough time the last time, got a little further though tonight. After spending a good two hours trying various climbs (I still haven't figured out all the terminology) I decided it was time to switch things up a bit. My poor climbing partner has no idea how crazy I really am.

1. Climb to the top without allowing my right foot to step on any holds, just the wall.

2. Climb to the top without allowing my left hand to use any of the holds, just flat on the wall.

3. Speed Climb (if you'll call it that) as many climbs to the top as you can in five minutes (while being safe of course).

Great times, if this is your thing give it a go, and let me know how you do. It's slightly addicting.