Random Thoughts – 9/8

Posted: September 8, 2013 by dannytwoguns in About Me

Things are busier than ever lately and I cant complain at all. In case you missed it, here are a few things on the horizon…

Monday, September 16th – Back to School Transformation Challenge (for teachers and school administrators) start (8 week challenge, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 4pm @ $300)
Saturday, September 21st at 12pm/Noon – Get With the Program Book Signing and Grand Opening @ 2220 W 50th Street (off Pacific and Grandview)
October 1st – Transition to new facility
Mid-October – Rock Your Jeans/Drop Two Sizes Transformation Challenge

Definitely going to be an exciting new couple of months for everyone involved and Im absolutely looking forward to it. Here are a couple random thoughts in the meantime…

Training to failure is training to fail

This is a popular quote among top strength coaches and fitness professionals and the antithesis of certain communities in the industry. I was once again reminded of it in the recent release “Off the Floor,” a manual on the deadlift by Dave Dellanave. I find it one of the more valuable pieces of advice. In my clients programming as well as my own, adopting this philosophy has not only gotten clients better and more frequent results but it has also cut down on nagging pains and ailments.

There is a time and place for maxing out and maximum intensity but it is the far minority to simply getting stronger, progressively and consistently without ever pushing the absolute in the set. As the industry leans toward the leave yourself in a puddle of sweat and puke crossfit mentality and getting tired for the sake of getting tired, it’s always a good reminder that smart training always trumps training yourself into the ground and training yourself to fail.

“Luck is a word lazy people use to describe people that are hustling”

This is one of my favorite quotes from “Start” by Jon Acuff. This goes hand in hand with a Thomas Jefferson quote I posted on Facebook last week that said “I find that the harder I work the more luck I seem to have.” These quotes apply to just about everything I can think of. It’s true for my business, it’s true for my fitness and strength goals and it’s true for you and your fat loss, performance or strength goals. The best and most optimal results come from those who hustle and those who continually keep their goal, the goal and only do things conducive to those goals as often as possible.

Filling in the gaps

Another training related one. This was a big take home from Dan John at the Functional Training Summit in Long Beach. One of the values of having a coach or fitness professional in your corner is the ability to get an objective view of your own training. Dan John notes that if it were up to him, the majority of the time in the gym would be spent doing push exercises, specifically the bench press, because he is good at them and he would never do any pulling or rows, because he hates them and is bad at them.

And it is human nature. We tend to do the things we are good at and avoid the things we are bad at. He noted the important to “fill in your gaps.” In the grand scheme of function – push, pull, squat, hinge, split stance, single leg, symmetry etc, we need to emphasize the areas where we are below average at.

For me personally, Im good at deadlifting, bilateral exercises and lower reps, so I’d do it often. And Im awful at anything lower body (that isn’t a deadlift), unilateral exercises, core and higher reps. So for the past 6 weeks I’ve made it an emphasis to fill in my gaps and it has certainly been an interesting experience. Its humbling because you get your ass kicked by things that shouldn’t because you are so inefficient at them but always has shown its benefits tenfold in strength, performance and aesthetics. Definitely has influenced my programming greatly.

Little Gratuity

I was on the phone setting up an appointment for a weigh in and assessment with one of my new clients for the Back to School Transformation Challenge and after we set up the appointment she said, “Thank you so much for doing this.” She hasnt even started yet and is excited for the life changing decision she has made. It made me smile. Her gratitude and excitement made me grateful and excited as well. I will always be grateful for and love having the ability to change peoples lives for the better and don’t take that honor and privilege lightly. Just wanted to take a second to thank everyone who has given, currently gives and will give in the future, the ability for me to be a catalyst in their fitness journey.

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