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Injury: The Inevitable
At some point, all exercisers will succumb to some degree of injury in the course of their training. It is an unavoidable and inevitable truth. Standing at the crossroads of “injury perpetuation” and “healing”, you are faced with a choice: brush aside the valuable information your body is relaying to you or step back from your training and assess the situation. My GPS recommends navigating in the direction of “healing”. …
In the twenty-eight years that I have worked in gyms and health-clubs I have seen my fair share of #fitnessresolutions fizzle out soon after the initial spark of inspiration.
Setting: any gym or health club in the first week of January.
Scene: parking lot full, cardio room packed with a waiting list, standing room only in group-exercise classes, and not a free bench to spare in the weight room.
The energy is palpable. As days pass, the crowds begin to thin. Day’s stretch to weeks and the enthusiastic crowds along with their energy seems to dissipate into thin air. What are left are the regulars, plus the few that have been added to the collective, minus the well intentioned that let their memberships expire from last years failed fitness resolutions. The end result is practically a net zero gain in membership retention. …
My second official check-in for “The Vegan Challenge” and the verdict stands:
We are living a vegan lifestyle. Not only has it become routine, but also we are enjoying the process and its benefits.
For the past six weeks, my wife and I have eaten almost completely vegan. The times we have not stayed on course, that I will explain further along, have been purely situational. Once again, I have to thank my wife for the time spent researching recipes, energy to keep us on track, and for the love added that we taste in every amazing meal.
The Homemade Vegan Pantry, by Miyoko Schinner, has and will continue to be a source of recipes and inspiration. We received several new vegan cookbooks as gifts over the holidays, but what I have noticed, is that the process of figuring out what to eat, has become more organic. For instance, yesterday I made a vegan chili that the entire family ate for dinner. This morning, my wife layered the leftovers with organic polenta in a lasagna-like manner that I will heat up later this afternoon for dinner. There is little waste in the process. Leftovers are either eaten for lunch the next day or contribute to a future dinner. What is not eaten from that point is added to the garden compost and will fuel the food we produce from our backyard garden. Although it is not a closed loop system, we grow a substantial amount of organic food that feeds us throughout the year, and it is obvious we are inching closer to closing the loop. Knowing that the food you are feeding your family is of the highest possible nutrition and that it is organic/pesticide free makes me happy. Self-sustainability, in turn, will drive me further to produce and save more homegrown food to seasonally consume and preserve for the non-growing seasons. I love to garden and look forward to the challenge….
Steve McKanna was randomly chosen as the winner of the 2016 Fitness Kickstart Giveaway! Steve is actually a member of my community and is someone whose knowledge of strength and conditioning I’ve looked up to for years. I look forward to the challenge of finding something I can offer that he does not already know; some flexibility and yoga perhaps?
I am extending a second “Giveaway Consultation” to Steve to pass on to someone that will get the full benefit of an “Initial Consultation”. Thank you to all that participated; more giveaways to come every month!
The time is now!
Wipe the slate clean, commit to new beginnings, and forge ahead. Kudos to all who have taken the time to think about the changes they want to make. Do you already have your first workout of 2016 under your belt? If so, nice job! For many, the challenge to make a change is real and fitness related resolutions will be short lived.
Misinformation, unrealistic expectations, and poor planning are sure-fire ways to undermine even the most enthusiastic resolution! Twenty-five years of experience and thousands of hours guiding clients towards success is what I bring to the table. This year, let me help you make your resolutions come true!