Coach vs. Trainer

Coach and Trainer.  I have seen these two terms used very loosely lately and having chosen a career path that entails both these titles, I wanted to clarify the difference between the two.  Yes you can be both a trainer and a coach but they are not mutually exclusive.  Just because you are a certified trainer does not automatically mean you are a qualified coach.  Continue reading

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Fit vs. Healthy

Have you ever looked up to someone because they are Fit?  Have you ever been envious of a person because of their high level of fitness or their ability to crank out pull ups in their sleep?  Have you looked at a extremely muscular body and just though, wow I wish I was that in shape?  I’m sure most of us can answer yes to any or all of those questions.  However have you ever taken a moment to think about your health?  In fact have you ever considered the difference between being fit and being healthy?  A overly muscular person or a person that can run a marathon at a record setting pace isn’t necessarily a model of good human health. Continue reading

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Effects of Meat Consumption

cattle_at_pasture_usda_large[1]In past blogs I have wrote about eating meat.  More specifically I outlined the importance, in regards to your health, as to where you are getting your meat from.  Knowing the source of your meat (organic, grass-fed, pastured, etc.) also happens to benefit more than your personal health.  The over consumption of commercial or CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) meat is also detrimental to the environment. Continue reading

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Stretching, Recovery & Mobility Work

When we think of training or working out we usually associate that with high intensity movements in the gym.  However your workout routine should include some mobility work.  This is just as important if not more important that your high intensity training.  Mobility work can include various techniques used to allow and/or get certain joints in your body to move properly.  Mobility work can be more important than your workout because if you cant move properly you are; limiting yourself, more prone to injury and compensating for the lack of mobility by using other muscles.  For every 60 minutes you spend training, you should set aside 15 minutes for mobility work.  As I stated before there are a lot of techniques we can use to mobilize various parts of our body, one of which you may be familiar with is foam rolling.  For a more complete list of techniques I would recommend checking out the book “Becoming a Supple Leopard” by Dr. Kelly Starett.  This book is the complete head to toe manual on the subject.  However if you don’t want to shell out 30 bucks for the book or the library doesn’t have a copy for you to check out that’s ok, because I got you covered on the basics. Continue reading

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Coffee follow up

A few weeks back I wrote a post in regards to the benefits of drinking coffee.  In that post I referenced “Bullet Proof” coffee.  I then followed up on that post  with a full blog entry on the delicious hot drink.  Now to complete the coffee hat trick, I present to you a few new options to add to your coffee.  Staying away from the excess sugar and creamers full of not real ingredients, the options below will offer your palate a pleasant change as well as some performance enhancing qualities.

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Figure out “YOU” before figuring out your workout

 

I have witnessed many people (myself included during my uneducated rambunctious teenage years) train with the philosophy of going 100% all the time.  If you are not working out every chance you get and at a high intensity all the time, then you are missing an opportunity to get stronger.  WRONG.  You are gaining an opportunity to decrease achievements over time or worse, get hurt and hence lose out on a lot more. Continue reading

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Stay Positive

Following a training plan or trying to reach goals can be a very motivating experience.  However at the same time it can  hinder our ability to live in the moment and to listen to our body or intuition.  Things don’t always go as planned (injuries or other opportunities) and it is easy to put on the blinders and ignore an opportunity or cause harm if we focus on  specific goals all the time.  It is especially hard to convey this message to  young aspiring athletes which are passionate about training for their sport, but cannot due to injury.  The best I can do to help anyone like this is to pass along my words of wisdom.  For that I went back to the archives (my notebook prior to having this site) and found a entry I wrote to keep my self motivated through a similar situation. Continue reading

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Recovery Days

Every goal that you work towards, you must include recovery or rest days into the equation.  Mental and physical exhaustion is a reality.  If proper rest is notIMG_0021 taken then”Burning out” is not a question of if rather a question of when.  In order to occupy yourself and take time off to chill out, you must stay motivated towards the main goal.  Keep long term sustainability in mind and learn to enjoy resting.  Continue reading

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