I try to encourage as much as possible for my members to write about what drives them, what brought them to my garage, what changes they have gone through and the struggles and strains they go through while training at my gym. Its good to hear that your not alone in your struggle for weightloss and better health strength and fitness and it can show you that actually I could do this and that you could train here. JB has shown great commitment, consistency, drive, determination and discipline. These he brought to the gym from his past experiences but if you have a weak mentality, have no fear as this can be taught and developed through practices in the gym I will turn you into a strong, fit individual mentally and physically.
Here is JB’s update on his progress and his journey to reaching his goals:
I was at a dinner party a week ago and a (female) friend said I looked very different to the last time she’d seen me in June. In July, Bob posted something I’d sent him where I ‘checked in, put my new shoes on and decided to get a grip of myself.’ It appears, some three months later to be working. In discussion with my friend (who had been working hard at weight loss and had lost 1.5 stones) I told her about stepping up and embracing CrossFit again, cutting back on alcohol, some diet changes and training in general. She kindly said it was clearly having an effect.
That day I had worked out (the new core work) following a hard Fuck You Up Friday the evening before (ski erg, row, sled, airdyne, KBS, etc – hard work and yep, loved that one…). I genuinely believe that 3 months ago I would not have been able to complete the FYF and a workout the next day.
I took a look in the mirror the day after the dinner party and holy shit, I have hip bones !
I mean I can see them, defined ! Now, it is true to say I have not lost any weight per se which I assume means I am losing fat and gaining muscle. It is also true to say certain areas (including the hip bones) are a little better defined and I have lost some fat off my face… but it’s also true that I am still carrying too much fat around my stomach area and that will take time and effort to kill. At the age of 48, this is my problem area regarding weight and fat – if I do not train I put weight on and fat builds on a few areas – face (WTF ?), hips, stomach. When I get a grip and train, it pretty much goes, in the same order – face, hips, stomach but the stomach, shit, it takes a lot of work – months of work. So, slow progress is being made. How did that happen ? Here’s how:
After my last blog entry where I wrote about getting my shit together, I took a month off alcohol, stopped eating bread (I fucking love bread), ate more fruit, veg and salad and started training, on average, 4-5 days a week (1 or 2 days in Bobs Garage, the rest in a ‘normal gym’ but doing CrossFit style workouts). Those of you who know me only see me once or twice a week as I work down near London and commute weekly. I know that if I could get to the box in Edinburgh more often my results would be showing faster, but I cannot and that’s life – the upshot of that is having to work out on my own and persevere.
Well, so what ? I think what I have re-proved or proved to myself is a number of things and this is the point of me sending this blog to Bob; there is nothing earth-shattering in what I am about to say but this is a reminder that results can be achieved with discipline and if change is required, then change….
1. A month off alcohol is no big deal. I’ll do it more often.
2. Drinking less in general is not an issue once you break the habit of a drink or two every night. Not to say I am an absolute puritan now but my alcohol consumption is way down…I do feel better for it, I consume less calories and it helps the bank balance too .
3. Bread and wheat products definitely affect my well-being. When I eat it, I feel bloated, get excess mucus and feel sluggish. I felt a lot better for not eating it. I have discovered organic rye bread which tastes good and does not affect my health. I realised that not eating something I have taken for granted all my life is 99% achievable and not hard once you get used to it. If anything the issue is not being able to eat what is essentially a convenience food; often, it is difficult to find an alternative at lunchtime to a quick wrap or sandwich but it can be done. I think I found this harder than cutting out alcohol ! It’s clear though, breaking a habit can be good for you…sometimes you just need to find out what is causing your poor health issue – it may be something you take for granted and not associate with affecting your well-being.
4. Taking time and being disciplined about training regularly makes me happy. It allows me to blow out stress and know I am doing good for myself which is turn is good for my family as it helps my health. It’s important I remain healthy, not only for my personal well-being but also for my livelihood – if I get sick and can’t work, I don’t get paid…like all of us, I have bills to pay !
Of note is curbing any issues you feel about not training. I try not to beat myself up if I miss training but I am definitely in a mode whereby I get a bit concerned about not training. I have been here before but several months ago, when my shit was not in order, this was not a mode I was in. I think it is a pretty healthy attitude to have a slight concern if you miss training but if you are stressed about it in a big way or you beat yourself up about it, perhaps you need a re-think. As an example, last week I was on the road in S.Korea for work; result – travel, work and associated socialising means I have missed a week of training. On day two I found myself stressing about it so I consciously focussed on thinking about the coming week whereby I would focus on recovering from an ‘unhealthy work week’ and I found this helped a lot. So, this week a puritanical approach will be taken and I’ll be back ‘on mode.’
5. Committing to get to Bob’s gym as often as I can is something I have been doing for the last three months since my last blog. I’d be in 6 days a week if it was an option. Regardless, I have been reminded that enjoy the workouts. I like the box. I like the camaraderie and the craic. I like Bob’s approach and coaching technique. I like the suffering and the pain and the feeling of achievement that comes from completing a hard session. I cannot see a point in my future where CrossFit does not happen. I have been doing CrossFit on and off since 2008 and when I commit, the results show. They have started showing after my self-aware wake-up call in July.
3 months ago I made a commitment to myself and I have pretty much stuck with it. I am reaffirming that commitment in this blog; I quite like having hip bones.
I have a guilty secret when I was younger I used to watch Star Trek. I am drawn back to this phrase they used to say a lot. Captains Log as they detailed the events of the day. I think I will do these from time to time to serve as a way point to show you where I am at where the business is at and the project that is #bobsgarage is at. This is because like everything the only thing constant is change, ideas develop, people develop and so does the character of a person and how they view life and carry out their work.
At the moment I am waiting on picking my mum up from hospital, she has had probably one of the biggest weeks of her life having her second hip replacement. She is a strong women and much of my mental and physical strength I have developed has come from her. This past 6months has been brutal for her and has resulted in a slow decline into shuffling about the house and having to slowing go down backwards down stairs and dealing with constant pain. Constant pain can really get to someone, it can wear you down and erode your personality or it can change you for the better, strengthen you through the hardship you have gone through. I think it has done just that for my mum strengthen her as it has been her greatest challenge in her life dealing with this pain.
If the last 3 years has taught me anything it is that periods where you are overwhelmed are followed by periods of huge success if you can ride the wave manage the stress, anxiety of dealing with new concepts, new knowledge, being around and learning from coaches who are maybe more knowledgeable and experienced than you then you will have great success.
The feelings you feel of being overwhelmed is maybe even a auto response from your brain when it has absorbed all the information possible and is unable to process any more of the information that is being given to you. It can only understand and process so much before cognitive fatigue sets in.
This weekend saw my mentor Andy Mckenzie come up and host a Bodyweight seminar teaching a back to basics approach about training and bodyweight training and how it relates to everything else warming up and preparing the body and integrating range of movement to preparing the body most effectively to get the most bang for your buck and be the most efficient in your warmup process. As usual there was a lot of information from the man and it does get overwhelming as you can only take so much in. I am always amazed at how much knowledge he has and passes on when he does these seminars and each time I am with him I manage to absorb and understand I little bit more I then go back try to understand it for myself and then develop it and use it and pass it on to others.
He also made me think about belief, continually testing and challenging is always the way and always helps you to develop your confidence and ability to carry out a task, if you have the belief then you will finish the task, belief in #BOBSGARAGE and what I want to achieve and develop as a business, belief in carrying out the training that I do and pushing myself to hit my goals and the belief in myself when I am coaching in the gym and dealing with clients.
As I hit 29 I am beginning to understand what I need to do to progress as I person and as a coach and as a athlete and I am looking forward to the future and I am more confident about dealing with challenges and looking at the upside of most things. Continual development is the only way.
And finally I was reminded today about the responsibility that is given when you become a coach, you may be in the middle of something personal and someone may just phone you up and look for your help, make sure to not ignore this responsibility to help and to support where the client needs your help at dealing with physical problems or emotional ones. As a coach I have the responsibility to create and develop a community and culture that is what I envision one that is built on suffering together and building bonds from that that last a life time, one that makes us push ourselves to develop our capabilities in our strength, fitness, health and mindset but does not make us compete against each other but rather we work together as a team to become better together.
We are constantly evolving in our training, bodies and mindset just like the project that is #BOBSARAGE is stay tuned to the next captains log.
I was grateful for the opportunity to take over the Lululemon Train Hard Thursday session at their store this week. I was super excited for it and really looking forward to coaching and training new people. However only 1 person turned up for it, but this one person her name was Adrian did amazing.
So on Thursdays I have just recently implemented a new session in which we just use our body, it is called BODYWEIGHT and its a mixture of Mobility and flexibility work, lots of different crawling patterns handstand practice progressions and a bodyweight finisher.
The emphasis is on using your body and that you can get a really good workout from just using your bodyweight. Let me tell you some of the crawl progressions use every part of your body and just doing 3mins worth can feel like a lifetime.
So getting back to the Lululemon session I had planned, I brought the 28 minute workout that Bobby Maximus showed me last year at my GymJones level 1. Its a great workout and can be used for anything and only lasts 28mins which is under half an hour and can be fitted into your day. More than that it will deliver a intense workout, get your heart rate up, sweating, out of breath, and feel all your muscles working with just 28mins and you get to have rest!
The reason why I say less is more and quality over quantity is that this one person that turned up to the session was from Banff, Canada. A place that is very special to me as I spent a lot of time their when I was younger in the winter and in the summer snowboarding, mountaineering, climbing, hiking and eventually doing CrossFit the last time I was their. So it was cool to train someone from somewhere that meant so much to me!
So here are the details of the workout:
We warmed up with some bear crawls, serratus press-ups and RKC planks
then we took 5 exercises:
Jump squats, negative press-ups, jumping lunges, straight arm burpees and airsquats and did one for each round of the workout.
we used the work to rest ratio of 30:30 and did this 4 times with a 2mins rest at the end looking like this:
30:30 x4 2min rest
A whole round of Jump squats then a whole round of Negative press-ups and so on, you could use this workout just for press-ups, burpees, rkc planks its a really good format and works really well.
By the way Adrian killed it and got through it all she sweated, got out of breath, could feel her muscles working and the rest stopped her from doing any bad reps with bad form. Form is always number one as Dan John says “Always Strive for a quiet head, efficient movements and sense of calm while training” so we went over technique and took careful note when it broke down and took the time to correct it.
We took the time after the session to go over some details like intra abdominal bracing, and making use of the hamstrings and glutes when squatting and doing some simple drills to get them firing before we squat also as she was feeling the airsquats mostly in the quads/hip flexors, doing a bit of movement work and activation and practicing proper bracing and the airsquats felt completely different.
This one point just underlined how important it is to get down to the fundamentals when I meet a new person, how important going over breathing and going over proper bracing strategies and then looking at simple activation drills like partnered kneeling hamstring curls or single leg unweighted hinges or just practicing sending your butt back to the wall to ingrain a good hinge. As well as the fundamentals its important to treat every person as an individual going over specific problems and looking at how to fix or improve movement issues. I would definitely not have been able to give Adrian the level of training she got last night if there was 20 of us and would not have been able to help her solve her movement issue so here is to dealing with people as individuals!
I could have been down trodden and gutted about only having one person to train instead of a group but I made the most of it and got the most out of it for Adrian and had a great time at Lululemons Train Hard Thursday, you never know I maybe back for more as I thought it was a really good opportunity to reach out to new people and speak to potential new members in a fun and relaxed environment in the heart of the city and could be the potential stepping stone for new members to make the first step in joining #BOBSGARAGE stay tuned for more developments on this.
This weekend was many things. A chance to get out of the day to day running of my business to get away from the actual running of the business and actually work on the business. Getting straight to the point and seeing what I had to work on then actually getting it done for once, no procrastination, no putting it off but some actual focused work on how to develop #BOBSGARAGE.
We really looked at the business and got to grips what needs to be worked on and how to progress it where do I go from here and how to take the next step. Through focused discussion we worked out what needed improved and what needed developed and starting to plan how to take it to the next level.
If it has shown me one thing it is that you can get caught up in the notion that the way you are doing things now has to be the way you always have to do them. And that’s just not the case and anything is possible be it training groups or programming or business, if you just put your mind too it open yourself up to criticism, feedback and development and then go about working on how to make it better.
It may seem scary at first, making the leap, taking the next step forward when you are comfortable just going along as it is, but the point of the immersion is too fully immerse yourself in what needs doing to take your coaching, business and life to the next level.
Ontop of this we had new insights into coaching and training our clients and members at Matej gym Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance we went over movement prep together, I coached the group through a tough conditioning session, and we learnt from two of their experienced coaches more on movement.
This was interspersed with relaxed casual nights out in the Ljubljana where we could relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautiful city and culture and relaxed coffee and sightseeing in the day time.
We visited another Gym as well something completely different to Vigor it was Marck Goran’s gym based out of Maribor. He was such an interesting individual an incredible athlete and we resonated with him on many levels. He showed us methods of training and we experienced the full effects of them and he put us through them. An amazing day and we took away many ideas on conditioning, strength, mentality and how to create a culture which aspires to coming in at 8pm at night for an absolute gruelling session and chill out after like they really didn’t want to be anywhere else on a Saturday night.
Moving on from this weekend, I feel inspired and refreshed and cant wait to get back to the gym to coach, train and get stuck in even more to developing #BOBSGARAGE and its members truelly start taking it to the next level and behond. You can bet this wont be the last immersion and that the Combined Strength group will now go from strength to strength as so will #BOBSGARAGE and its members and anyone else that chooses to become part of such a driving force in Edinburgh.
Up at slightly earlier than usual Thursday morning around 3.45 should do it to get a red eye flight to Slovenia. The reason being to meet up with Andy Mckenzie and the Combined Strength group. I am really looking forward to this weekend to spend with other coaches talk about the problems I face coaching and and programming for my members and looking at way to solve them. Ontop of this there will be focused time on learning with Andy, every time I am around him I get that bit better at abosorbing what he is talking about and relating it back to what I am doing day to day.
It could have been all to easy for me to say I was too busy, or wasn’t able to get time off, but it is more than worth the effort, and the expense to get their and spend time with my group. It is all about accountability, this group has been great for that holding you accountable to things you said you would do, or holding you accountable to things you have done or not done or said or not said. That’s the best way to learn from your mistakes or even better from other peoples mistakes, learning to take criticism rebounding it and then building on it and getting stronger from it is the best form of self development.
It has been a long year, I remember coming back from Salt Lake City thinking what the fuck. But then I took the plunge and signed up to Combined Strength and it forced me to get better at marketing, no sorry actually think about doing daily social media marketing, and work on getting new members through the door. It all came down to accountability, when your tired been up since 4.30am and all you want to do is nap it will be the one thing that makes you get that piece of business done in the day that makes you work on your business or do some learning or do some training or makes you confront a problem in your business that needs addressed.
Andy has been the guiding light in my last 3 and a half years of this business and the reason I went towards Individualised CrossFit which to this day I still don’t know anyone else that is doing it this way. Putting the time and effort into each member I train has served a massive investment over the years and I am not about to stop doing that, I want to do as much as I can to develop the individual and the group community by being part of more social events and not making it primarily about the training because I know that’s so much more and that’s something that I am just beginning to understand as a concept yes individualisation is important and goal focused training is important as I want to see you progress and develop but I also want to develop commitment and cohesiveness which can be brought about by delving deeper into more social occasions with everyone in the gym creating a life long bond.
Its really important to spend time with other coaches that think differently to you, are more knowledgeable than you, that will force you to coach and talk about your concepts of coaching and your ideas of programming be it right or wrong to other more experienced coaches and in return if its wrong or if there is a better way of doing things then you can learn about it, not being arrogant or being my way or the high way about it but open and honest and ready for feedback or ready to learn from your mistakes and from this you can progress as a coach and as a individual.
I am looking forward to some time away from my most prized thing that is #BOBSGARAGE I literally loves this place. Its an amazing gift I was given and I try my best to help as many people as I can that reach out to me, after all my duty is to serve and help people and I love it even though it drains me so much sometimes I really love a 4.30am start and Monday is my favourite day. Any way I got distracted their, it will be good to get out of the gym and gain some new perspective and clarity on the problems I am facing and about to face, I am looking forward to talking about the problems my members face in training and getting advice on programming, feedback on coaching and business development on how #BOBSGARAGE will develop over the next 3 years and further.
I will leave you with a sunset below, its the same sunset I viewed 4 years ago when I went from San Diego to San Francisco. The road trip that lead to me meeting Greg Glassman and getting sponsored for a Level 1 the same sunset that inspires me 3 years on, why because its full of hope, I still feel that I am on that road trip that journey that adventure to that day every morning when I wake up at 4.15am and get ready for my members at 6am to light them up and get the best from them. I never used to be a morning person and when I started this I didn’t really put much thought into the early mornings, tough but worth it is what I would say, a certain level of fatigue that you get used to, getting used to 6 hours sleep and getting good at taking naps in the afternoon before class in the PM, getting my training done, working on the business and doing the admin needed to run a business. Sacrafices had to be made but they were worth it because the satisfaction in helping people is more than worth it. Developing that and managing that work life balance and developing it as a business is the next step and developing it with the same level of high quality service and consistency is going to be crucial if it expands and never forgetting that its not a job, its not a lifestyle but its a responsibility, coaching is a responsibility. Don’t Fuck it up.
2, commit to at least 3 sessions at least and look to build this to 4-5 sessions a week in 6months to a year.
3, set goals, doesn’t matter how small, 1 monthly and a handful for 3 months,
4, take note write your training down. There is no better way to see progress then to see how far you have come.
5, pick a couple of base level measures, could be a 500m row could be a weight lifted or a workout you have done. And look back and perhaps ask me to test it in a few months time.
6, write a food diary or use my fitness pal to see what your diet is like throughout be week.
7, keep note of what your weekly alcahol consumption is. You want a solution in a bottle then quit the bottle for 30 days.
8, pay attention to technique once that’s dialed in then work with your weight on lift and progressively overload that.
9, be prepared to work hard, get out of breath, have your heart rate raised sweat and be taken out of your comfort zone. At time it will feel hard if not impossible but if you push through that hardship you will not only be fitter and stronger but more mentally robust, because if we train the mind first then the body will follow.
So at the start of the week I decided to take the plunge and go for 30days of not drinking and cleaning up what I eat. I wrote about being honest with yourself and that while self assessment though hard at time is necessary and hugely beneficial to find out where your falling down in life, training and nutrition and where you can make progress. It is difficult, challenging and sometimes hurts but if you dust yourself off and look at it as a chance to get better and improve then you will only progress.
Support is important at these times and mine was initiated by my colleague from my combined strength group Joe Stoker, Joe has also been on the Gym Jones level 1 and knows all about cutting the bullshit and results based training. So when he said to me he sees me training so hard but my body didn’t reflect that, well it struck a cord and lit a fire for me to focus more on my nutrition.
There is another point to this as well, it is to inspire, to lead my members, you see a lot of motivational posts these days but the best ones are of your colleagues or friends pushing themselves to their limits. If you see someone else work their hardest then it rubs off on you and can lead to inspiring you too push yourself more, make a change or join me in the training I do at #BOBSGARAGE.
It had inspired one of my members to do just that JB so here is his update on his life long journey:
I’ve Got my New Shoes On
Hi, JB checking in…and I need a check in. A recent FB post by Bob chimed with my recent thinking:
“Honest self assessment is difficult at times. But necessary.”
My last blog entry was in December 2015 and at that stage I was making progress; getting fitter, stronger, healthier. I was working towards the 2016 Edinburgh marathon, planning to do Hadrian’s Wall as a personal ultra at some stage in 2016 and I think I set some realistic goals with Bob. How things change.
I am now 16.28 stone – the heaviest I have ever weighed. I am unfit and out of shape; and I look it. I seriously need to sort my shit out.
So what happened ?
By March 2016 I was running 15km comfortably and about to step up mileage for the marathon, working to a definitive plan. I was on track. I then headed off on the Fife Coastal Path for a 4 day trek and somehow injured my left foot cutting short my trek by two days. Recovery by no running – not what I needed with an impending marathon. No worries thinks I, I’ll just man up and work harder when recovered. Which is what I did. Then 5 weeks before the marathon, flu, chest infection and three weeks before I could even think about running. Even then, my chest was heavy. No go on the marathon which was hugely disappointing.
Nevertheless, CrossFit continued although a building work load in my job, which is high pressure, started pushing training, when I am away at work, out of the window as the hours stepped up in the office and the toll of weekly commuting takes its place. Never mind, ‘there’s always next week to get back in gear’…which became a boring, repetitive refrain. I suppose inevitably, the sporadic approach took its toll and during one session, my sciatic nerve tweaked in a big way and I was off the road again. Fortunately, around this time I had started physio for my left shoulder/left hand side of my neck which are trashed as I have been carrying old injuries for years and ignoring them until I got to the point where the pain was too much. Several months physio has made a difference but I still live with continuous pain – I suspect surgery looms. Anyway the point was, my physio knew my history, was on hand and set about fixing my lower back and sciatic pain with a vengeance. So, recovery mode again.
Then I decided to get my left elbow fixed which had reached a point of me being in intense, continual pain. I thought this would mean keyhole surgery to fix a traumatized bursa and a bone spur which were both the result of an old ice hockey injury. It was not keyhole surgery; a lengthy scar is testament to this and the surgeons comment, “one of the worst cases of impacted, traumatized bursa I have seen…” The good news – it is fixed. The bad news ? It was debilitating and stopped me training for weeks – but then, I could have worked around it. I should have worked around it. When I get the right elbow done later this year (old rugby injury, similar problem), I WILL work around it.
So all of the above happened and then I set about moving flat in England where I work, I started the process of buying a house in Edinburgh (which is where I live with my family) and the work load just kept building. A little busy to say the least. So work load is fine – I deal with pressure pretty well, in fact I thrive on it but it comes at a price and normally that price is training is the first casualty. As I said to Bob, this is dumbness personified as all CrossFitters will know. By giving up training to save myself an hour a day, I lose the space and place and challenge I love. I start losing fitness, feel like shit, feel bad generally and on the whole become miserable.
So, I hit the point whereby I knew I had to get myself back on track; for my health, for my family, for me. Again. On holiday, in the USA, I took a look in the mirror and gave myself an ‘honest self assessment… difficult… but necessary.” I gave myself a stiff talking to, issued myself a MTFU* pill and set about getting it together again.
This was the week I put my new shoes on, reset and restarted.
See you soon Bob.
*MTFU – Man the f**k up
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Sorry about that. I thought I would publish a new post today on my favourite types of conditioning just now. I have been doing lots of different forms of conditioning, ranging from 60min – 90min rows, half marathon rows, gearing rows, and interval work the main interval work I have been using for myself and my athletes is 30secs on 30secs off x6 row with 4mins rest x3. With the sled I have been using 20m distances out and back ranging from 40kg for beginners to 60-80kg for more advanced stronger and fitter athletes. This sled workout I have been referring to as dirty 30’s as its roughly 30secs work and 30secs rest usually done for 10mins but I have done it with 60kg for 20mins once or twice and its quite sickening.
The Every Minute on The Minute workout can be used in many different ways, with the dirty 30’s workout on the sled it is just the best and worst conditioning workout as it has the ability to light up your energy systems and also your power endurance of your legs, its also great as your pushing so there is an element of upper body work there albeit not much but it is a whole body movement.
Another version we are seeing more of as of late is using the emotm format ontop of completing a number of reps from another movement, today I attempted a workout of that version which was a workout I saw from one of the Gym Jones coaches – Chris Feather from all the way over in Sydney at 98 Riley St Gym. He is a certified beast like Rob MacDonald. His workout was 300 burpees emotm 5 Deadlift at BW which for me was 90kg. You can play these workouts one of two ways, go balls to the wall and try to get as many burpees done as you can in the minute before you have to do your 5 deadlifts or pace it and try and leave yourself 30secs rest each time, so ultimately you will be doing an hour of 30secs work 30secs rest. In this case I picked the 2nd choice. The best strategy to take with this long interval workout is to pace yourself and focus on good movement and bracing and breathing, in that rest period try your best to get good deep breaths in to recover, mindset is a big player here as 50reps in I was really struggling and needed to focus on small bite sized chunks of the workouts and getting used to the heavy breathing.
Now with such a long workout unfortunately it did prove too much for me as my left hamstring gave out at about the 60min mark, fatigue and exhaustion hit. So if I was to use this workout to the general population it would be for 20mins and maybe at 40% of their max, but the key point here is that you can create really good conditioning workouts if you add a whole body lift at low reps with a body weight movement or even a erg or Airdyne or sled, as long as your stick to the parameter’s of 30secs work 30secs rest I don’t see why you couldn’t do it to 60-90mins and its would be great really hit you hard feel it in the lungs and feel like a hard 60min run or bike or swim.
Just be ready to push yourself and test your mental strength, how long can you really go? I didn’t think I would get past 20mins but I got to 60mins, a little strain on the hamstring but nothing I cant heal with some focused recovery and nutrition and rehydration and maybe not squatting tomorrow.
As a coach I have much to learn, knowledge still needs to be developed and I will continually strive to learn and understand more through my mentor and coach Andy McKenzie and other coaches, one person I have also learnt a lot from has been Rob MacDonald and Mark Twight, pushed myself further than I thought possible. I will be looking to learn more about performance and strength gainz from Ashley Jones later in July also and will probably head back to Salt Lake city for the Gym Jones Level 2.
I think its good to form thought and processes from the training that I experience myself though as that will give me an understanding on how to train others as I do think that there is a balance between strength and conditioning training being both an art and an expertise and only you know the right mix for each person and what the best fit is, I think that’s the beaty of Individualisation. Each persons mix is slightly different depending on where they are on the strength spectrum, there level of fitness, injuries they carry and how long they have been training.
So next time your in the gym try a EMOTM workout try this 50 strict burpees emotm do 10 goblet squats.
Another weekend of Open Weekend workouts this time with 16.2 either as prescribed or scaled or programmed to a format that the member could be included in. In total we had about 14 of us doing it. Prescribed for some scaled for some or made into a 20min amrap with 25kg cleans from ground or above knee to ensure good technique.
Most of us surprise surprise found 25 toes to bar a lot and then adding in the cut off of 4mins meant it got spicy!
Friday night saw some of the girls take it on, Corinne in a scaled capacity as a 20min amrap with 25kg and knee raises, Jaimie entered a score into the scaled division and Emma completed the scaled workout as set out with time to spare at 19.46.
We also had Ben and Ruaridh put in a good performance this weekend also, who took on the scaled version with time caps.
As well mike who ran it too 20mins with 42.5kg power cleans
We then had Gregor and Jamie put in all out effort.
And finally last but not least Ana and Alan worked hard for 20mins with again two scaled variations, alan hang power cleans from above the knee at 40kg and slam balls because he couldn’t skip and Ana 25kg cleans and skipping and toes to bar for 20mins
Great work last weekend guys and I am looking forward to the next 3 workouts and bringing us together even more!
The weekends Deadlift workshop with Colin Gordon was a huge success.
We discussed Flexion and extension in great detail in relation to the Jefferson Curl exercise.
But more importantly we got to grips with the deadlift, how to warm up specifically for it and how to set up, breath and use our body to its maximum potential so we can deadlift all the weights like Eddie Hall.
Every time I have a workshop with Colin I learn a little bit more about movement, training and coaching in general, it was a fantastic 3 hours or so that just flew by.
We looked at in great detail how increasing our movement capacity across exercises like the single leg kb deadlift, hip aeroplanes and lateral lunges can have a huge benefit in not only increasing hip stability and mobility but helping reduce our chances of injury when lifting.
It was a good opportunity to just turn the music off forget about everything else going on at that moment and truelly commit yourself to listening and focusing on getting better at deadlifting. And that’s what we did there was a good amount of focus in the room and we all developed and learnt more about how to deadlift more efficiently.
Once we had gone through a specific deadlift warmup we then broke out into groups to go over breathing, setup, lat engagement and the stages of the deadlift.
We had two of my newer members in the workshop, Craig and Beth who I had gone over the deadlift a couple of times before in the last 2months I had been training them. This workshop was perfect for them as it gave the opportunity to focus on nothing else except this complex movement and they progressed with their technique really well.
We looked at how the lat engagement was really the key to a good pull, and that without the lats we really wouldn’t be able to pull the weight that we are able to pull, so if you pin those shoulder back in your set up it will help your body act as one, get you using your hamstrings etc and the weight will just float up.
Beth had only deadlifted 30kg or so past few months and she came to me unable to do an full airsquat because of lack of leg strength, past week or so she just started to have the strength to do full airsquats, and has the shoulder strength to complete our segmented flows, she also cut her 5k run time down by 3mins and at the deadlift workshop deadlifted 65kg with good technique.
I finished the workshop by just working up to a heavy single that was 220kg a 20kg PB.
So it was a great workshop, and we hopefully will have another workshop with Colin in a couple of months time on the squat fingers crossed.