Movement Consistency

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Movement Consistency

We all have different goals in fitness and movement is the piece that connects all of our goals together. Movement is how we get from A to B, it’s how we pick up our kids, how we lift a 1RM over our head, how we get out of bed in the morning, how we stand from a seated position; above all, it’s how we coordinate the different parts of our anatomy to complete a chosen task. No matter what you strive to become better in, movement is the foundation.

The fitness goal that you have set for yourself is rooted in very basic human movement, don’t get it mixed up. When you see an Olympic Lifter snatch your 1RM deadlift or a gymnast hold an Iron Cross, it’s not because they trained the snatch at peak loads everyday or held the rings in seemingly impossible positions without fail, it’s because they devoted their time and energy to learning the basics. They became experts in performing the basics, let’s call them Basics Experts, which laid out a foundation for their abilities to climb higher and higher.

Another piece that goes along with this idea of becoming a “Basics Expert” is consistency. You have to know how to complete the movement and you have to perform the movement over and over and over again until it gets boring. You may begin to question why it’s necessary, but you know that it’s for the sole purpose of laying out your foundation. While others are speeding past you and going straight toward the flashy moves, you stay your course and practice the basics a little while longer. Even Kobe Bryant stayed after practice to shoot free throws, even as a professional.

The tallest buildings start as a stable foundation.

So next time you do an air squat, a jump, the land after the jump, a deadlift, single unders, box push ups, pull ups, your entire warm up, anything that involves movement, think about how it’s laying down your foundation and how that is one in the same with your goal.

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5 Steps To A Successful Diet

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5 Steps To A Successful Diet

What’s up guys! Do you find yourself wavering between diets? Or even wavering between which diet to even begin with? Dieting can be very confusing but it doesn’t need to be.

In today’s get-it-now, quick-information, grab-and-go society, it’s hard to just start a diet because they all claim to work, AND THEY ALL DO (mostly)! But any diet you decide on needs to have the same focus and commitment as learning a new language. You cannot begin to learn French and then decide two weeks later that maybe Spanish will be better for you and then a month after think to yourself, maybe Japanese is the one, only to find yourself sticking to the comfort zone of your native tongue.

If you want results, you have to put in the time and energy to learn the ins and outs of ONE diet. Pick one, and commit to it for 3 months, minimum, BUT forgive yourself when you don’t hit the nail on the head 100% of the time (because even while learning a new language you might try to say “Good Job!” but instead mistakenly say “You’re Fat!” **true story). If that happens it doesn’t mean you’ve failed, it just means you now know what to avoid, and that’s a great thing because you are learning!

Dieting is all about learning and you have to commit to being a student of the diet in order to reach your goals. No dietary journey is perfect so don’t expect that. Instead, expect hardships, expect mistakes, expect your human nature to desire what you shouldn’t have, but don’t give up!

Try this challenge:

1) Pick a diet and learn the absolute basics of the diet.

2) Focus on breakfast only and make it fit within the diet’s guidelines for two weeks.

3) After two weeks of focusing on breakfast only, keep that momentum and start focusing on lunch for the next two weeks.

4) You’re a month in - Congratulations! Keep it up and now start focusing on dinner for a couple weeks.

5) You’ve made it 6 weeks! By now you have a solid foundation of what breakfast, lunch and dinner looks like within your chosen diet. Over the next 6 weeks continue experimenting and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

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