Instead of the tagline “Stay Fit and Strong,” it should read “Stay Skinny and Weak.”
(In the last part of this series on training for the aesthetics with mental toughness training, I discussed the flaws on individual body part training. A better method to changing your body’s composition is with full-body workouts. When you train your whole body during a workout, you release muscle building hormones throughout your blood system. Single body part training does not have this hormonal effect. Athletes, bodybuilders, strongmen have been doing full-body workouts since the beginning of the century. Single body part training only become popular in the 1970’s when bodybuilders on steroids promoted this new way of training. In today’s post, I will discuss the second biggest fitness myth – long distance running is a good protocol for fat lost).
If you asked person on the street what do you think is the best workout protocol to lose weight, a majority of them will say long distance running. It has been assumed for nearly 50 years, that jogging is the most effective method to shed fat. Like individual body part training, the jogging craze evolved during the 70’s. It was pushed heavily by the shoe companies, particular the fledgling “Nike” which was one the early pioneers of the running trend. Running took the nation by storm. It was believed to prevent heart disease and was fun to do. Plus, the runner’s high was very addictive. Continue reading Getting the Best Body Ever with Mental Toughness Training (Part 5)
I am very pleased that a majority of you are doing the WODs. That’s a good thing because if you weren’t the psychical aspect of this system, it will be very difficult to achieve mental strength. I get a lot emails from my readers telling me and providing me feedback about their training. I really appreciate it! Keep it up!
One of the main questions I get is about scaling back for the WODs. For example, instead of doing the recommended 6 sets for a CrossFit WOD, a lot of you want to know if it’s okay to do only 5 sets or even as low as 3 sets. Continue reading You Have to Learn How to Finish What You Started (Part 1)
(In part 3 of this series on engaging your will with the WODs, I talked about how we should never will ourselves through an injury during a WOD. If your body feels like there is some sort of acute trauma, you should stop and reassess the injury. However, the major problem is that most people can’t differentiate between real physical pain and psychological pain. If the misery is in your head, you must continue the workout and abolish the excuses and negativity in your mind. The best way to do that is with a will that is relentless).
I hope you all now understand the difference between physical pain and mental discomfort during the WODs. This distinction must be understood as your work on the development of your will. When working with your will, I caution you all. Continue reading Mental Toughness Strategy #2 for the Workouts – “Making a Strong Connection with Your Will” (Part 4)
The great Steve Reeves only did full-body workouts.
(In the last article on this series on training for the aesthetics, I talked about the flaws of individual body part training as a means of building more muscle. A better alternate to getting a muscular body are full-body workouts using compound movements like squats, deadlifts, pull-ups, etc. Full-body WODs will be the center piece for the workouts in this mental toughness program. Not only will they build bigger muscles, burn more fat, but get you to be more athletic.)
With this mental toughness program, you will learn to move your whole body as one unstoppable machine. A major problem with what individual body part training has done is the lack of emphasis on coordinating and agility. These two positive fitness traits have been mostly ignored by the traditional bodybuilding protocols. Continue reading Getting the Best Body Ever with Mental Toughness Training (Part 4)
(In part 1 and part 2 on this series, I talked about how powerful a defiant will is to your mental toughness development. When you have a will that is dominant in the WODs, you can tolerate loads of discomfort and suffering that would break the average person. The reason why you can out manage the suffering is that you understand the greatest insight of those who are mentally tough which is – suffering is more mental than physical. By obtaining this knowledge, you can use your will to overcome the discomfort and transform it to unstoppable desire and action.)
Ever since, I published the two part series on the power of the will, I’ve gotten tons of emails asking pretty much the same question. It seems that many of you want to know if a strong will should override an injury. Continue reading Mental Toughness Strategy #2 for the Workouts – “Making a Strong Connection with Your Will” (Part 3)
(In part 1 of this series, I talked about how a weak upbringing can really hurt a person’s ability in dealing with adversity when they are an adult. However, even though a Freudian therapist would disagree, I strongly feel one can make up for the shitty job their parents did with hard physical work aimed at getting one to be mentally tougher).
So a big part of this training is teaching you how to fight back by yourself. And the best teacher to do that will be the WODs themselves. The WODs will be both your friend and enemy. Continue reading Quit Babying Yourself (Part 2)
Ross Enamait is one of the baddest dudes on this planet.
I never get tired of seeing one my articles being picked by Ben Bruno for his “Good Reads” list. It’s always an honor to have one my articles on this list. If you’re a health and fitness fanatic like I am, you’ll love the recommended reading by Ben this week. I loved “Conditioning Thoughts” from Jason Ferruggia. He has some great tips on how to get in shape not only for the summer, but throughout the year. Also, I was really inspired with “The Earth is Our Gym” by Ross Enamait. For those of you that think that you need a gym membership to get in shape, you got to watch this video and read Ross’s response. Continue reading Good Reads 7/14/2013
(In the last article on this series of training for the aesthetics, I talked about the two biggest myths in the fitness world. The first one is that we have been duped in believing individual body part training is the best method to develop muscle. The second lie is that long distance running is the most effective way to burn fat. You can read part one here and part two here.)
The main problem I have with how the mainstream works out is that is based on individual body part training. For example, if you are training your chest, you focus primarily on your chest muscle, while the rest of your body goes to inertia. Continue reading Getting the Best Body Ever with Mental Toughness Training (Part 3)
I would like to thank you all for the wonderful emails to me. I really appreciate your support. It just motivates me to write more articles. Overall, the responses have been extremely positive. However, I did get a negative email that I would like to share with you.
The reader said, “I am bothered by your site. I really don’t see the need for anybody to constantly push themselves past their limits. This sort of aggressive training is very unhealthy. Instead of becoming tougher on ourselves, we need to be kinder and learn to accept who we are.”
I appreciate all comments, even the ones that I disagree with as they provoke me to think. First of all, this training is not for everyone. It is definitely, not for this reader. Some of my readers are athletes who are looking for an edge with their competition. Continue reading Quit Babying Yourself (Part 1)
(In part 1 of this series, I discussed your ability to persevere is heavily depended on your will. Your will is what imposes your thoughts and desire into action. A strong will is a must if one needs to become mentally tough. When you develop an indomitable will, you can tolerate loads of suffering that would break the average person. When in times of trouble, nothing is more valuable to your survival than a will that refuses to give in.)
Many of you may think that mental toughness is solely about not quitting. Yes, it is huge factor of the toughness equation, but that’s only part of it. This program is all about taking the craft of perseverance to another level. Continue reading Mental Toughness Strategy #2 for the Workouts – “Making a Strong Connection with Your Will (Part 2)