John Lennon Quote - Happiness is the key to life

Take a second and read this....

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Punishing yourself in the gym...
Depriving yourself of good food (medicine)....
Measuring yourself against others on social media.....
Not taking time for yourself daily to just breathe, relax, process, and just be alive....

We are all on a quest to reach some kind of better health or fitness level. If we are not HAPPY with/or during the process the results will not be sustainable, or even as optimal as they could be with more balance and happiness in our lives. Being happy is the ultimate form of health - THE MIND IS PRIMARY! (Shout out to my Gym Jones Crew)

Lucius 

Ponder this quote...

This quote was from the early 1900's by none other than the great Eugen Sandow. A true pioneer in Physical Culture training/lifestyle.

"You may go through the list of exercises with dumbbells a hundred times a day, but unless you fix your mind upon those muscles to which the work is applied, such exercise will bring but little, if any, benefit. If, upon the other hand, you concentrate your mind upon the muscles in use, then immediately development begins." Eugen Sandow

Really think about this… Now think about yourself and how you train.. 

Do you truly know the intricate details of what and how your training?


Do you really understand how the entire body from head to toe is supposed to operate together in said movements you do?

Do you understand the stimulus you are trying to apply in each practice session? If so, do you understand what science has taught us about the appropriate recovery from each specific stimulus? 

Being healthy, getting strong, lean, improving performance, etc. are about appropriate stimulus being applied and the principles of said stimulus being honored. Far to many are exercising to often, to intense, to mindless for all the wrong reasons. If you want to get lean then send the correct stimulus to your body with proper nutrition, rest, and general light activity. If you want to get stronger than pick your exact goal, choose the appropriate stimulus you wish to use and honor the scientific principles that go along with it. Don't try to cheat yourself or science. This doesn't leave you healthy and strong, yet broken and weak while full of torturous stories in the end. Learn, create, test. retest. and grow as a human being in the process. 

Beautiful Movement | Watch It!

Those who spend time around me now have seen my transformation and have started to experience the Green Strength Philosophy. I always harp on owning positions and movement rather then doing more, going deeper, and skipping progressions. The more quality and conscious our efforts become the better skills we will develop. Here is a video that displays movement at its best, there is no doubt a flow like that is an enormous psychedelic experience. Enjoy, practice mindfully, and enjoy the journey!

GreenStrength Abs… Get em', Got em', Good..

Obtaining a stronger midsection takes consistent practice, with sound technique, and a solid plan. Good news is I am giving you a solid plan for free right here! As with all exercises, I advise you to dig into each one and really learn how the movements are executed. Using the correct movement and applying the correct tension/relaxation is key – this is what then makes practice so important. The end result is a solid, chiseled, thick midsection like that of a greek god. Give it a go for 1 to 3 sessions a week for 3 to 4 weeks and report back to me with your results.

If you really want to get into this stuff, I’m available for a private where we could delve deep into this topic. I assure you that taking the time to learn how to move your body properly will change your numbers…on the scales, in your lifts, in your posture, and in your blood work.

5 Rounds

-TGU Roll To Elbow x3/3

-Hanging Straight Leg Raise x5 (I actually suggest using the elbow straps and really compress your center)

-Janda Sit Up x5 (Slowly lower each eccentric).. FYI – It’s important to understand what your doing in the Janda Sit Up. Assume the standard bent-knee crunch position while your partner, a band, or your pavelizer (Pavel’s Product) holds your legs just below the calves. This hand position is the secret to Janda sit-ups. Your feet should remain in contact with the floor at all times during the movement, and the knees should be flexed no more than 90 degrees. Fold you hands across your chest, inhale, and slowly sit up while applying steady pressure against your partner’s hands with your legs. Stop when the tension in the abs is about to drop off (around halfway up) and exhale at the top of the movement. Inhale again and lower yourself all the way to the floor, pushing against your partner’s hands the whole time. Relax for a second, then repeat.

-KB or DB Side Bend x5/5

-Leopard Crawls x10 yards forward / 10 yards backwards

-KB Rack Walks x150ft

Simple, tough, and time-tested proven. If you add this in with your deadlifts, chin ups, presses, squats, swings, and couple that with a belly constantly full of REAL FOOD, fruits, veggies, grassfed meats, nuts/seeds, sweet potatoes you my friend will be ‘strong like bull’.

Balance - The key ingredient

As a teacher of physical culture I always try and communicate the importance of 'balance' for my students and others. Today our lives are on the go constantly. Stress, anxiety, and fear, seem to haunt many of us from day to day in many sneaky ways. By the time we find time to exercise we feel we have to go full throttle and make up for lost time. Eventually the accumulation of stress is too much and burnout takes over. It's an all or nothing world today. Health, happiness, and loving oneself here have taken a backseat sadly. This can be tackled, reversed, and conquered. Our physical culture lifestyle can be enhanced with one simple trick.. 'Balance' 

"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony." Thomas Merton

This quote speaks loudly on so many levels. In regards to exercise at the very least it really speaks to the importance of not worrying about the intensity level. Did I do enough?, work hard enough?, sweat enough? etc… Well, that's not what matters. What matters is that you're in rhythm and harmony with your body, and your thoughts towards exercise. With balance we know we will have hard days, easy days, strong days, and even weak days. The days we know we won't have is the "punish ourselves days."  Balance is being a mature human and knowing that moving, breathing, fueling the body with nutrition and care is an everyday thing. Our balance in practice will be what keeps us in rhythm and harmony. #GreenStrength 

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