Archive for the ‘health’ Category

In two days, GOD willing, I will be 67 years young. Almost six decades ago I was diagnosed as terminally ill. Obviously, I did not die.

I believe GOD heard and answered my parents prayers.

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I am thankful to still be here and I want to make every day count! It is very important to me to be fit and strong for my entire life; and to help others to do the same.

Our mindset is vitally important in achieving this. As long as you have breath in your body, you are not done. You are still in the game.

I did a lot of manual labor over the years and I am thankful for it. I worked all kinds of hard physical jobs. It made me value strength and tenacity.

I developed a “never quit” attitude over the years. No hard physical job was going to break me!

Many days I came home totally sweated out, dirty, and exhausted, then got right up the next day and headed back for more.

Depending on the job, I might be unloading 100lb bags of Marcite or 94lb bags of Portland cement inside freight cars all day (which feel like 130 degrees inside).

On other jobs I was cutting trees all day or working construction.

The point is this, strength matters every day and you can be strong every day.

In fact, you must be strong every day. There is no off season. You cannot afford to just shut down and quit trying because you turn a certain age, like 40.

I no longer do manual labor for a living; but I do a lot of manual labor at my gym, the Cave. There is not excuse for not being strong no matter what your age is.

Remember, weakness invites aggression. Weakness makes you a target.

Refuse to be weak at any age!

 

 

How about stronger hands, wrists, & forearms?

Or maybe improved midline stabilization?

Let’s not forget coordination, okay?

I can’t think of any, can you? Steel clubs & maces can help in all those areas.

Join us this coming Saturday at 11:00am at the Cave and learn from my coach, Don Giafardino.

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At the Cave, I do my utmost to provide the most effective training that I can.

However, what people do when they are not there can sabotage all their hard work.

I advise people to do several simple things, besides training consistently:

  • get plenty of sleep
  • eat plenty of high quality protein, fats, & carbs
  • stay hydrated
  • handle the daily stress of life well

If a person does not dial in all these things, in addition to their training, then their results will be minimal at best.

It’s not rocket science, none of it is complicated or magic.

However,  no one can make anyone do these things.

It requires a lot of self-discipline and many people do not have enough of  that, mainly because it requires some sacrifice. It requires leaving their comfort zone for good.

That’s all it takes, and it works.

 

 

 

 

20170319_151544I had the distinct honor of having Gary Reinl stop by my gym, the Cave, while he was in town working with a Pro sports team and take the time to do this podcast.

His approach to recovering from injuries makes too much sense to ignore.

Listen to the podcast here

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Iced!: The Illusionary Treatment Option

20151211_095217Well, this is the final post for Movember.

As with most things pertaining to improving the health of men, many guys will ignore it, unless it pertains to getting 6-pack abs without doing any hard work or dating a woman 1/2 their age.

That is to their own detriment, which they will probably regret later (in the hospital).

The smarter guys will heed the advice and take consistent action on it.

No one gets healthy and fit by accident, it is not something you are entitled to as I wrote in my earlier article “Being Healthy Is Not Your Default Condition”

Eating clean, getting enough exercise, getting regular check ups with your doctor, etc. is not rocket science.

My hope is that many guys will wake up to the facts of what it takes to get fit and healthy and actually do something about it!

thae8nfbufAs we wrap up Movember (men’s health awareness month) I wanted to caution guys who are overweight not to begin their weight loss program with running.

I am not saying they should never run, just get your body more prepared for it by cleaning up your nutrition and doing other types of exercise first.

Joint problems can result if you are not careful!

It is great when a person decides to finally get in shape, but don’t let your enthusiasm or desperation cause you more health problems.

So after enjoying your Thanksgiving, don’t go crazy on exercise. Get solid training advice from someone actually has a good amount of experience.

Forget what your buddies say or late night infomercials. Also forget about the photo-shopped guys in fitness magazines and their “amazing secrets to 6-pack abs”.

Do your homework and then make smart choices!

 

This Thanksgiving I am not giving the usual advice I normally do about eating, drinking, etc.

Nope, this year I am just urging people to make the most of the holidays with the people they love. Be grateful for what you have where you live (you could live in a war zone), what you have (you are not homeless), who you love (many people have no one).

Thankfulness is essential for good health and happiness is a concept that is centuries old, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” (Col. 3:15)

Instead of bemoaning how terrible you think the world is or people are, why not focus on the good things in your life. Recently one of my favorite writers, Lisbeth Darsh, wrote about focusing on what is right and good in your life.

You can go through life griping, complaining,  and being miserable (while irritating everyone else around you); or you can choose to take the high road.