Archive for the ‘healthy body’ Category

In this simple, outdoor setting this guy works up to 50kg for reps with gadas (maces).
That amount of weight on a barbell is no big deal, but when you are swinging it around your head, it’s almost impossible.
It can be done though, watch this guy in action!

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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How many times have your heard the phrase, “Listen to your body!”?

It is so common, yet is ignored by many people.

I have learned it hard way, probably like  many others.

One particular thing I have noticed is the human body body will send you a warning, prior to a torn muscle or tendon. Usually it is a “twinge” or slight pain, during a lift. It is not that noticeable, unless you are really paying attention.

The problem comes when you think it’s not too bad and decide to push through and finish the set. So part way through the next rep BAM! You drop the bar and grab the injured part.

You are done, you won’t be lifting for a while.

So why did it happen?

There are numerous reasons:

  • you are just so focused nothing will stop you from finishing
  • you are so egotistical you think you are invincible
  • you are new to training
  • you have been training incorrectly

The point is, injuries are avoidable to a certain degree.

Good technique is a big plus when it come to preventing injuries, but even people with good technique get injured sometimes.

Listen more closely to your body next time!

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Anyone who lifts heavy and hard knows how important it is to get adequate rest and recovery. In fact, all those who train hard, even if they are in a non-barbell sport, know this.

However, many people sabotage their recovery through excessive amounts of stress. Much of that stress comes from being completely immersed in social media. I mean they cannot live without checking Facebook a gazillion times a day.

Another  source of high stress is the news, real or fake doesn’t matter. It keeps people in a constantly agitated state of mind.

People rant and rage about all manner of things they cannot do one thing to change.

For instance, people are ticked off about the election. Big deal, I have been ticked off about numerous elections over the decades, and it didn’t make one bit of difference in any of them.

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So, if you want to recover more effectively, here’s some things that should help

  • get out of town for a few days to a beautiful place (the mountains, a lake, a beach, for instance)
  • spend time with someone you get along well with
  • do some simple, relaxing things
  • stay off social media (you won’t die from that, I promise)
  • don’t watch the news (it will be just as bad, just on a different day)
  • get some extra sleep