Monday, October 29, 2012

[GTS Motivation] Live Bigger!

Stay Focused

7 Rules for Living a Bigger Life.
(via Nate Green's 7 Rules For Living a Bigger Life)

Loved this post so much I wanted to share a few highlights...
  • Feed your "Ideal Self" and starve your shadow.
  • Make your own life rules (your moral compass).
  • Plan your perfect day.
  • Live your perfect day.
  • Do one thing at a time (focus, keep the goal the goal).
  • Surround yourself with positive people who give a $hit (don't do it by yourself)
  • Pay it forward and help others do awesome stuff.

Now get focused, and get doing... It's Game Time!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

[GTS Mindset] Strength king in sports.

Quote via Pavel and Dan John's Easy Strength

" Strength will always be the king in sports.

Russian scientists insist that it is strength that is the foundation of all other physical attributes. And don't let anyone baffle you with the argument that a weak fighter can beat a powerlifter. No one is suggesting that strength is all that matters.  You still need the skills, conditioning, and other attributes of a warrior. But everything else being equal, the stronger fighter shall prevail every time.

A stale joke explains just how strong one needs to be:

Two Russians were attacked by a bear and started running.  One of them yelled, "Why are we doing this?! You can't outrun a bear!"
The other one ran even faster and yelled back: "I don't need to outrun the bear. I just need to outrun you!"

A fighter does not need to be stronger than a powerlifter, just stronger than other fighters."

Monday, October 22, 2012

[GTS Motivation] it's impossible to turn back

"The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it's impossible to turn back." -- Henry Rollins (Iron and the Soul)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

[GTS Motivation] Arnold's Blueprint

Very motivational video from ESPN Films that everyone can benefit from (not just bodybuilders).

This short film chronicles Arnold's journey into bodybuilding, his decision to defy the Austrian military, ignore the critics in his life, and his confidence to follow each of his dreams.

Monday, October 15, 2012

[GTS Mindset] You never know who's watching

I'm not a parent yet, but I can definitely say that whether you intend to or not, every action you make as a parent is internalized by your child. 

You are establishing what is "normal" from eating, sleeping, activity, work/life balance, anxiety, etc. 

I didn't realize until the last couple of years that many of the actions and decisions I make right now wasn't from being taught or told.  It was from years of seeing my parents "do the right thing", keeping their family first, picking up trash off the street, paying things forward, keeping life in balance, daily activity, etc. 

My parents established what "normal" is for me, and I took it from there. 

Parent or not... 

  • Lead by example. 
  • Spend time developing yourself.
  • Spend time developing others.
  • Have patience.
  • Inspire others to do good, by doing good yourself. 

You never know who is watching... hopefully your actions rub off on others down the road. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Lifting Standards: Visual and Mechanical

Do Bad Backs or Bad Movement Patterns run in his family?

One of the many reasons I encourage people to compete in a powerlifting competition, is that it legitimizes your gym lifts.  Competitions create visual lifting standards... but what about mechanical lifting standards?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Cardio Junky Jones

"Cardio" Junky?  Jones? 
(We add "Jones" to the end of just about everything now... try it, its fun...)

Friday, October 5, 2012

A more complete view - The perfect storm for fat gain

Update 11.1.12 - added link and quote on sleep.

"I used to be able to get away with eating whatever I want when I was younger.  I just need to exercise more."

It's not exactly accurate to say that you gained weight just because you stopped working out. There are a host of other factors.

What's the real reason you gained weight?


Monday, October 1, 2012

Do your part... It's Contagious

Your mood is contagious.

When someone walks into the room all Grumplstiltskin-like, people take notice, and it impacts the energy/mood of everyone in that room.

When someone walks into a room and has a smile on their face and a skip to their step it elevates the energy/mood in that room.

Regardless of if you want it to or not, your mood impacts everyone around you... your training partners, kids, co-workers, spouse, even people you don't know.

"Obviously, a good experience might make us smile, but less obviously, the physical act of smiling can change our biochemistry and hence our mood." - Via The Chair 

Do your part... 
  • Be responsible for the energy you bring into a room (gym, home, office).
  • Don't be Negatron. Leave your negative energy outside. 
  • Bring a smile and a positive energy with you.
  • Until it becomes a habit, fake it until you make it

The End. Go back to pursuing excellence.