Climbing Out Of The Hole

I first met Jeff when I was at the lowest point in my life. I had no motivation to train or really do anything remotely exercise-y (it’s a real word, google it). Anyway, he dragged me to swimming, diving, weights and kickboxing. It was painful at times but absolutely welcome. I would ebb and flow but it was already there so even though I might slide a bit I know enough to come back to working out. Then there came a point when Jeff decided to do a fight. He trained his ass off and subsequently winning the fight with a knee to gut TKO. After that, tried to get back but it just wasn’t there any more. Fast forward to finishing Uni, he got married and now kids on the way, and he said it was the same feeling as before. He knows he needs to exercise but, as he says, the drive has dwindled. When I was at that point, I really felt like I was failing all the time.

My own drive waned also when I got to Toronto after Uni. Found a gym and started doing my own workouts. It was a long slow climb to see that light but I’m almost there. Now, my motivation comes from striving to be better at what I am trying to achieve. Internal motivation plus really good workout partners push you like no other. Fitness is a continuum and not a pass/fail paradigm. If there is anything to I can impart, daily things compound to bigger achievements taken as an aggregate.

So here is my challenge to my former student, my friend, and my brother: the 3 x a week daily 10.

Warm-up :

10 Arm Rotations left and right.

10 Power Jacks or Jumping Jacks.

10 Quick Toe Touches.

10 Body Twists.

3 rounds of :

5 Burpees

10 Pushups

5 Strict Pull-ups

10 Air Squats

5 V – Ups

Finish with a 30 sec Mountain Climbers.

Do this for 3 weeks before you have anything in your belly in the a.m. I know life is busy but this only needs 15 minutes of your time.

Get back to it. 3 Weeks, Nak Muay.

Be Relentless, Like Fire.


Pull-Ups And Being A Girl


So I read this article about women cannot physically do chin ups.  You can read it http here pull-ups

This got me to thinking why is it so hard and to an extent they explained the boring bio-mechanics and weight to height to lever body something, something zzzzzzzzz.

I quote “Men and women who can do them tend to have a combination of strength, low body fat and shorter stature. During training, because women have lower levels of testosterone, they typically develop less muscle than men, Vanderburgh explained. In addition, they can’t lose as much fat. Men can conceivably get to 4 percent body fat; women typically bottom out at more than 10 percent.”.

Why stop there? If that is hard, then a muscle up or a rope climb would be next to impossible yet just youtube muscle up and women and there’s a ton of them out there.

Like anything else, a chin up/pull up is a benchmark achievement. To get there though, you have to be able to do a couple of things first. Strong core, stronger biceps, even stronger back and lighter body mass. I put it akin to doing an Olympic snatch. It involves more than strength. Shoulder mobility, low back, ankle, hip flexibility are but a few things you will need.

So don’t be discouraged! Most studies need to be debunked and disproven anyway! As my old coach said, a strong mind is a strong body.

Yours In Fitness.

From the book “Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia” 1910-1912

*If swimming is one exercise that ought to be mastered because it may be the means of saving life in the future, rope climbing is another. Every boy and every girl should know how to climb a rope, and to descend easily and quickly from a height by means of a rope. It said “Every girl!”

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