No Willpower Or Just A Case Of Wussy-Itis

Training presents us with a weird dichotomy. If you are training too easy, it feels like nothing is being done. If you train too hard, recovery time takes too long. Training too hard comes with its own set of values. Loving the hard training but there is that one little squeak that tells you this is waaay too hard. So you shove that little whiny you in some deep dark corner in your brain, and yell I’m hardcore! I’m a fucking UNDER ARMOUR ad! If there is a camera right now, this would be my montage! KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!

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I’m a god among men. Kneel and worship before my abs.

I have done hard training in my life. From doing Thai boxing. Training for a half Marathon. MetCons, Oly lifts, WOD’s yada-yada obligatory masturbatory resume here. But there is NOTHING that saps my will power and focus and no amount of slogans, shouting or positive reinforcement can make me break than running in a wet rain snow environment. I’ll do it, but I will bitch and moan like a cat in heat. I’ve narrowed it down to having wet and cold slushy feet and cold rain coming down my back. Last night was one of those moments that I wished so much that I had a car. Don’t get me wrong, I tried to power through but you hit that point where you are just miserable and running faster isn’t helping because you have about 12 lbs of groceries on your backpack. On the way back I stepped into an ice/snow patch and my foot came through. Suddenly, I’m ankle deep in cold, cold water. FAAACK. So I try and boot it home ASAP. At the cross walk a car was too close to the curb and “did somebody order a shower?” At this point, If I got mugged, death would be instantaneous for the individual.

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Thinking back now, we spend so much of our lives training in safe and warm confines. No type of training will really prepare you for lifes’ dekes. You train hard for when you step out of the gym.

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I dunno where this gym is but if they can train like that with no chafing, I want in.

Hard training gives the you mental fortitude to just give ‘er. And to keep going knowing that you have the capacity to endure. Because that movie montage in your head? Doesn’t end after the buzzer.

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Sports Tape – Best Tool for Training

When I was competing a lot in Taekwondo, a rolled ankle is pretty common occurrence. If it was a meet, you can bet that to immobilize the ankle, tape is the go to gadget! After ice, tape that ankle tight! Even now, when I’m doing lifts, I tape my wrists especially when I (try) do gymnastic ring workouts.

As a tool, there is no greater utilization than the lowly sports tape. Whether it is for recovery, training, performance and injury prevention, I use it for any of these things.

Case in point for Thai boxing. In this sport, even wearing shin guards, shin to shin clashes are constant and is always a guarantee. When a hematoma happens, you end up with this tiny bump on your shin, that will always hurt. Tiny bone fragments are chipped off leaving a divot in your shin causing the bone growth to have a “bump”. To prevent this, as soon as possible, tape the shin tight for a couple of days until it heals relatively flat and even.

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My student Kim from last summer. I told her to tape it 6 months too late!

It was more so used in the last summer Olympics when a lot of the athletes were using kineso tape for everything. Results have been varied in its use but personally it has helped stabilize my wrist and knees. My knees are both shot from Patello femoral syndrome. It still hurts but the pain does not get worse if I use the tape. Kinesio Tape is made from cotton, so it is breathable and does not irritate the skin.

Some have found creative uses for it: kinesio-tape1

Still others have gone beyond its scope and branched to inter-specie:

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Although, by far, this is the best use :wpid-Photo-11-Sep-2012-2206

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Happiness and Ambition

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In our pursuit to become “anything”, sometimes we forget the reason why we do it. Ambition and happiness should go hand in hand but are/is sometimes overridden by one or the other. To have ambition, is to strive, to perfect, and to succeed. They key is finding that measure of success.

Are you ok, with the result? Can you still improve? If so, will you be miserable? Is the misery worth it? All these questions, are easy enough to answer, but really hard to actualize.

Anchor your vision with temperance and reality and boost that with confidence and persevere. Take care not fly too close to sun. To fly freely in space with boundless heights of ambition will only leave you falling back to to the ground. Try to look down every once in awhile. You might find that contentment was already at your feet.

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My Eyelids Hurt

Graaah!

So you are ready to try out a new exercise regimen! Good for you! Crazy Navy SEAL Insanity Fight Training! You did good but next day, OMFG you can’t walk. Can’t even wash your face. Had to roll out of bed instead of sitting up. What the hell happened?

In a nutshell, most Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) happens during eccentric contraction of a muscle (think of the bicep muscle lengthening during a bicep curl).

Cryotherapy, stretching, homeopathy, ultrasound and electrical current modalities have demonstrated no effect on the alleviation of muscle soreness or other DOMS symptoms. Sometimes, Ibuprofen works but is dosage dependent and time sensitive.

So what to do? Caffeine to the rescue! Take a cup or two of java and wait for an hour or two and it will significantly, help with performance and attenuate soreness. Try it!

Love 🙂

http://web.clas.ufl.edu/users/msscha/PreMed/caffeine_musclepain.pdf

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1526590006010236

Why Does God Hate Me When I Exercise

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Ever since I can remember, I have always had Asthma. I remember stories of my parents rushing me to the hospital as a baby because I was sickly and cannot breathe. As I grew older I learned to avoid certain triggers (kind of like the rules for Gremlins but not as cute):

a. Do not over eat.

b. Do not go near tobacco smoke or strong, flower perfumes or colognes.

c. Do not run too fast.

d. Do not ever go near a cat.

Some of these, you cannot control but as a child it was to stop playing tag because you are suddenly passing out from not breathing!

It turns out, YOU can exercise, but you have to follow certain guidelines to slowly make your lungs used to stress. The best warm up for anyone suffering asthma is High Intensity Intervals and Variable Intensity warm-ups.

Here is the protocol:

  • Total duration should be at least 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Start with a gentle jog, cycle or swim, and gradually increase the pace.
  • Include several bursts at 80 to 90 per cent of maximum intensity, each lasting two to five minutes.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21811185

I always thought we we’re kindred spirits.

Gymnastic Pursuit

I started to do gymnastic training just to keep myself interested in working out again. Endless hours of HIIT does take a toll on the body and mind. My friend, who does some incredible feats of strength pointed me to this routine for my warm up.

5 sets of 5 Handstand Push up on the wall

10 seconds of holding a frog stand

3 sets of 3 muscle ups on the rings

3 kipping motions on the straight bar.

This warm up kicked my ass, but I arrived at more things I needed to work on, namely flexibility. Turns out when I hold a stretch its only for, at best, 5 seconds. I time my stretches now and it takes 20 minutes to finish the whole stretching routine! Dang!

I started 2 weeks ago and I’m still feeling it but I’m getting faster on my workouts now so adaptability is happening! Try it out and lemme know what you think! I’ll post an article on flexibility later!

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Organic Food vs Inorganic food(?)

ImageWell, we’ve all seen the article of organic food not really having a higher nutritional content than buying from No-Frills. They did say it had less pesticides BUT the pesticides at No-Frills (or any other store) are with-in health guidelines and assuredly you won’t be getting any superpowers from eating them (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-09/sumc-le082812.php).

If you consume store bought (personal politics aside), it is “safe” enough to eat store bought vegetables. As my friend told me, “I buy organic food but not when it costs me 5 dollars to buy two kale leaves”.

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