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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Fun Session For YOU!

All you need is a pair of kettlebells, a mace, and a small amount of space.  

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Length: 30min total

Each exercise will be done on the minute every minute for 5 total rounds. (6 exercises - 5 Rounds = 30min)

Min 1 - Turkish Get Up Right Arm x1

Min 2 - Single Arm KB Swing Right Arm x10

Min 3 - Mace 360 + Lateral Lunge x3 each direction

Min 4 - Turkish Get Up Left Arm x1

Min 5 - Single Arm KB Swing Left Arm x10

Min 6 - Double KB Clean x10

Choose your loads wisely :)

Enjoy,

Lucius

Interested? Or Committed?

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results. - Kenneth Blanchard

GreenStrength is about working to achieving a stronger you! In turn this has a byproduct of better performance, longevity, self confidence, and so on. If you're just 'interested' then the road to total human optimization is going to be a bumpy one, non sustainable in many ways. This is why I believe and suggest we must be 'committed' to total human optimization and except nothing less. Our lives, goals, and future truly depends on this. 

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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. 

Weak Patterns? | Mindful Practice Is Needed!

Here is a great post on www.strengthsenei.com – Click to read entire article

I wanted to post a few lines from this article as I feel it answers a ton of questions. I know for fact many of my guys are going to really understand why I always talk about being mindful during training, and the major differences between what I/We/#Greenstrength and others constantly preach. Again, we do the same exercises, same correctives, same food choices as everyone else blah blah – the difference is we mindfully encourage you to search for the ‘perfect practice’ as mentioned below. So enjoy and let these lines sink in and you’ll understand one of the many #Greenstrength differences from the rest of the modern fitness world.

“Just for a second, let’s say your athlete presents with postural imbalances. His right shoulder is low, his pelvis is rotated and his left knee buckles in.

Considering that an individual’s postural response is involuntary, in that context, performing corrective exercises means compensation will be a component of every repetition.

Performing a corrective exercise incorrectly does not make much sense. As they say, practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.

Proprioception is derived from the muscle’s capacity to inform the nervous system where a limb is at all times. When muscles are shortened and some are lengthened as a result of these postural imbalances, the sensitivity of the muscle receptors decreases. This results in a loss of feedback for where the limbs are positioned. This is what a reduction in proprioception comes down to.

Less proprioception = less sensation = less performance! It’s very difficult to control and move what you don’t feel.”

Be Mindful in your practice and movement! 

Lucius C. Tirey IV