Get after it with this trick...

There is a time and a place for fun conversations in the gym. These can even take place while working out/in as long as the type of training dictates your ability to multitask. But when it comes to true training, the objective that awaits our attention, effort, focus, and much more, we  simply can’t afford to be multitasking. Our energy, emotion, breathe, focus all must be on our objective no questions asked.

Now, for all of us GS folks what am I getting at here? Well, when it’s time to focus - focus. When play is of opportunity enjoy it, as long as it doesn’t mess with the objective in front of us. But when it’s time to go we must still play a game. This is where the trick comes in and works like a charm. Plus it will increase your work capacity, help you potentially burn more fat/calories, and increase the overall time you have in your day. What is it? Here you go...

Break the objective down into blocks. Know that a period of rest, hydration and refocus will come after each block in order to properly recover but also prepare for the next piece of the objective. When shifting your mindset to these bouts of extreme focus it makes it much easier to consistently power through sessions with so much more efficiency, mechanical and physiological stress, and develop simply better motor control.

How would this look? Well say my session looks like this

A. 10min warm up

B. Kb swing EMOM x 10min

C. Goblet squat 3x5

C. Bench press 3x5

C. Bicep curl 3x10

*little to no rest. Power through.

D. Prowler sprint 5x40yds

D. Med ball slam 5x10

*15 sec between. 1min between rounds

First. I would start a clock for the 10min warm up and just start moving and doing what A. I know I need to do for my body. B. What feels good that day as well. For 10min I will just ignore others, breathe deeply, feel the movement, and enjoy it.

Now I’ll grab a sip of water. Chat for a second while I rest and start to see the next objective in training today. A 3 exercise superset with little rest. I analyze, and think about the variables that will dictate my loads etc. I may take a warm up set real light to feel things out before I make decisions and check the clock before it’s back to go time. Before you know it this objective is done and your back to rest and a hello to a pal.

This isn’t rocket science. It’s just being a little more adult with our training and our approach towards our sessions. Plus remember in the end it will also have nothing but positive composition effects as well.

So there you have the rant. When it’s time to work I want to see you get into the flow state and WORK or aka FLOW. During rest and bouts of low intensity steady state work talk your asses off :). But when the deep mission awaits get your standard operating procedures in order and hustle!

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Quick little nugget to ponder....

Hello! Here is a piece from Paul Chek that I want you all to really slow down, read, and ponder for a moment. 

"What becomes obvious to professionals with as much experience as Bill and me, or anyone with an open mind who has been paying attention to the diet craze over time, are these truths:

  • There is no optimal diet for everyone!
  • There is no optimal diet for anyone for any period of time, which may be as short as one meal depending on stress factors and environmental influences. (I have found metabolic types can change from meal to meal and that there is no replacement for constant communication with, and careful observation of, one’s body-mind for essential guidance!)
  • A diet that “cures” you may eventually harm you if you don’t pay attention to what your body-mind is telling you. One man’s cure is another man’s disease! Diet dogma is very dangerous.
  • Diet quality is more important than diet quantity."

Now, not here to debate on if this is 100% true or not but regardless it makes sense. Everyday is a new day, a new environment, a new chance to adapt through time. We must pull our heads out of the "camp spectrum" and start to look into the "real food - real nutrients spectrum". This gives you the chance to really find what foods support YOU and when they support YOU best. 

If you'd like to chat about your nutrition simply drop me a message and we can get that going. 

Lucius 

Burn YOUR Fat - Not The Fat

Bulletproof coffee is a hot topic today. I am not here to say the claims scientifically work or don't work. I am here to provide one quick reminder that may be helpful to some of you out there. 

First, let's say your using the complete bulletproof recommendation of butter and MCT oil. That roughly will come out to about 400 total calories. Many people tell me they are drinking butter/oil coffee in order to become fat adapted and burn body fat for fuel as they Intermittent fast or just skip their breakfast. True, you're burning fat alright - just not the fat initially I think most were after. You see your body is going to utilize and burn off the 400 calories of fat first before ever taping into its own fat storage for energy. Again, this isn't saying the butter/oil coffee is bad, wrong, doesn't work or have benefits, etc.. This is just letting you know that if your in need of a plateu buster and lose a few lbs don't forget that maybe dropping the butter/oil would;

a - apply a 400 cal total calorie reduction to your day (400 x 7 = 2800 cals. Thats close to the 3500 calorie defect to lose a pound)

b - allow your body to utilize its OWN fat for fuel vs. the fat provided from the butter/oil

Now, like me you may love the taste, or the cognitive feeling you get from the fats. Many need them because the hunger is real and the fats help satiate you and keep things zen. However if black coffee treats you just fine then don't be afraid to give it a go, your physique may thank you in the end.

Q&A - Paleo Diet For BJJ Athletes?

In the video I ranted for a bit but realize I may have missed the overall point of the question. The question was "What are your opinions on the Paleo diet for BJJ athletes"?

I support the Paleo diet and for the most part think it would be great for BJJ athletes. It advocates real, whole, natural, 1 ingredient foods. A diet made up of meats, veggies, fruits, healthy fats, berries, etc is a HUMAN BEING diet, and last time I checked a BJJ Athlete is a human being. Depending on the person and situation, I might add dairy, starches, or even grains, but again, this is dependent on many other factors. This would make it the "modern" Paleo diet which is known as "Paleo + Starch", also known as the "Paleo diet for athletes". Everyone is different, so to say what is good and bad is hard to pin point. But a diet that advocates REAL FOOD, count me in as a fan.