As I write this post I continue to ask myself are you, Caesar? And to be honest I would like to think that I am and I see myself in that way (most of the time) but sometimes my impatience leads me in the opposite direction; not all of the time but enough for me to see it. I truly love helping people and seeing them reach their goals and go beyond any perceived limitations. I truly care about the well-being of everyone because I feel showing someone that they matter and that they are acknowledged and their opinions and points of view are valued leads to them passing those valuable traits onto someone else and leading them to hopefully develop other leaders.
The concept was developed from a boot camp and a small group training sessions that I ran at the second gym I worked at when I first started. Most boot camps use just body weight for resistance and are really heavy cardio training (at least from the ones that I have attended and or seen) I wanted to include resistance training exercises within the session along with heavy to medium cardio, and core training. One of the main areas that I wanted to focus on was limiting injury but maintaining a medium-high heart rate and allowing the individual to focus on the movement first and not have to focus on counting reps. Here is an example of a training session……….
Everything has a price, what price are you willing to pay to reach your goal successfully? What are your goals? Or do you just have dreams and aspirations inside your head in a confortable place that you just admire and they are fun to think about. Where is your plan if action to make your dreams a reality? And most importantly what price are you willing to pay to make it happen? Those are the questions I ask myself everyday some days I have to force myself to make my actions match my goals. Over the last year my goals have been good but that were not great!
Regardless of what method you chose to use for your body composition measurement, it is best to use one testing and analysis method to insure accurate and consistent results to limit conflict and false information. Take a few minutes to research and find the best method for you and measure your progress beyond the scale. No matter what your health and fitness goals body composition testing and analysis will be a game changer for you and give you the information you need to truly transform your body.
As I discussed before in the previous blogs in this series about Energy System Development (EDS) training you can create a training program that is specific to your training goals by training specific energy systems. In this final series, I am going to talk about training within the ATP-CP and glycolytic energy systems with resistance exercises that are programmed using a couple of different training methods.
Lifting heavy weights to become stronger is one of the most popular reasons to lift weights. But the combination of using various weightlifting principles and program variations to improve muscular Hypertrophy (increase in muscular tone and size) is even more effective and fun. Lifting to increase muscular size helps individuals improve not only their physical appearance but also their physical performance. One of the factors that are important is the use of set and rep manipulation. Which means programming different sequences sets and reps to increase the stress applied to the muscles that are being trained and. In theory, the number of sets should be about 2-4 sets and the reps should be 8-12 reps using 65%-85% of the maximum weight you can lift for 1 rep for that exercise to achieve hypertrophy. One other important factor is limiting your rest in between sets to less than 1 minute. This limit in the recovery time will increase the stress on your muscles which increases the growth response your muscles have during the recovery process. THE MAGIC HAPPENS IN THE RECOVERY!
For example, John 1 rep maximum for the Squat is 305 lb, for John to lift for muscular Hypertrophy his squat workout could be programmed in a linear progression either in a progressive overload fashion or in a regressive load fashion or a Drop set.
Linear Progressive Overload
1st set - 65% 198 lbs for 10-12 reps
rest 30-45 sec
2nd set - 70% 214 lb for 10-12 reps
rest 30-45 sec
3rd set - 75% 229 lb for 10 - 8 reps
rest 30-45 sec
4th set - 80% 244 for an AMRAP or 10-8 reps
Linear Regressive Loading (Drop Sets)
1st set - 80% 244 for 10-8 reps
rest 30-45 sec
2nd set - 75% 229 lb for 10 - 8 reps
rest 30-45 sec
3rd set - 70% 214 lb for 10+ reps
rest 30-45 sec
4th set - 65% 198 lbs for AMRAP
These are just a couple of examples of the type of set/rep manipulation that can be applied to your training program, but there other ways that are used to achieve the same result depending on your training schedule and or training goals. I primarily use the Tier system and a combination of Undulating Periodization for the majority of my clients.
There are numerous ways to create a training program the fits your training schedule and access to training equipments the fits your specific training needs. But the most important ingredient is CONSISTENCY. Over the last several years as a health and performance coach I have been apart of some amazing transformations and some disappointing results, and the common tread that all of my successful clients have in common was consistent effort and discipline with their nutrition and rest habits. The common thread in the disappointments and misses was inconsistency, excuses, and looking for a magical drink or pill that would get them out of the working hard and changing their behavior in order to get the results they want to achieve. Everything costs and your time is the most important commodity you have to give, there are no shortcuts that will help you sustain the results your want long term, it will just lead to disappointment in the long term.
What is your reason for getting up this morning? What gets you going? What inspires you? These are the questions that you should ask yourself. Answering these questions honestly help you pinpoint your "Why", keeping you focused on your path to reaching whatever goal(s) you want to achieve. Finding your "Why" will carry you past passion when you have self-doubt and your passion weakens and starts to fade. Finding your "Why" will help fill in the gaps when tough times hit, and help carry you to the next step on your path to success.
My "Why" is and always has been to help and serve people. That is one of the reasons I love team sports, it gave me the opportunity to be apart of a team and be apart of a collective unit. I never really paid attention or put a high value on my individual stats, my main goal was to be the best team player I could be and do whatever it took to win.... with a team-first mentality leading my actions. Some of my old teammates would say I fell short of this objective a few times. Every successful year I had stat wise as an individual player, I set out at the beginning of the season that my main focus was on helping my team win. I held my own personal achievement on the back burner and focused all my energy being the best teammate I could be. This helped me discover a lot about myself and helped give me directly through my career, and was the being of me discovering my “Why”.
I wrote a blog post last month about motivation called "You cant be soft your whole life" which was inspired from several conversations I had about the loss of motivation with a few of my clients and friends. In my opinion if you "lose" motivation to do something, either you don't know your "Why", your "Why" is to complicated for you to apply to your goals, or your "Why" is not defined through a purpose; therefore you are just going through the motions and working towards nothing like a ship with no rudder. There are steps that you can take to discover your "Why" and define it with purpose and direction. I use three three steps to define my "Why" which are:
I write down a my objective in five words
I set up a plan of action with steps
I go to work
This is a fluid process and sometimes I skip steps (due to my ADD lol) but this process helps keep me focus, especially when things are not going as planned, miss out on an opportunity or when I fall short of a a benchmark I have set for myself or my company.
You may have several "Whys" that you just don't know how to define or focus on, but with honesty and effort you can define, and discover your “Why” and be on your way to a more fulfilling life.
I recently rebooted my workout program and I am going back to basics, relearning all the lifts that I learned over the past 30 plus years. the first time I picked up a weight was when I was 8 or 9 years old after my mom and dad divorced I was over my dad's house for one of few weekend visits. He had a two bedroom apartment where one of the rooms had turned it into a makeshift weight room with the old school Sears or JC Penny's weight set (I am not sure which one), it was one of those plastic plate weight sets with the skinny bar and bench that by today's standards would be recalled due to stability deficits. After a dinner of my dad's famous desert dry rump roast and instant potatoes washed down with a few liters of kool-aid went into his weight room just to check it out. I picked up a dumbbell and I have been hooked ever since. Every time I got the chance to go in there on my weekend visits I would try "lift" weights (was lucky I didn't lose a toe). Then my dad moved to Chicago and my lifting weight days were over as far I knew it.
Fast forward to 1988 my sophomore year of High School after football season I meet a 5'10 280 lb Italian guy named Raul Denotti, he was a bodybuilder and part-time volunteer football coach. It was in the weight room talking and "working out" which was basically doing curls and triceps cable extensions in between sets of talking. Raul pulled me aside one day and asked me "what are you in here for?" I said something to the effect I want to bench press 300 pounds and get stronger for football. So Raul told me that you on the wrong track and wasting time talking and just doing "curls for the girls", I laughed but he had my attention. Raul then took me under his wing and gave me a basic training plan that was a "Three day Split", which is 3 training days out of the week (usually the days are Mon-Wed-Fri). He told me to start with the bar and work my way up to 135lb and when I could do 135lbs for 10 reps for 3 sets I would get stronger and be closer to my goal of joining the 300lb bench press club which was mostly upperclassmen. From that point on I was on a mission to be a member of the 300lb club, I started with the 3 day split, then it went to 4 days then I found myself in the weight room 5 days out of the week, if I could have lifted on Saturdays and Sundays I would have. I even began to hate holidays and days off from school because I knew that I could not lift on those days. I was officially a Meathead, without even knowing it. That love of lifting was stayed with me to this day.
With that said just because I love to lift weights does not mean I have been consistent over the last 30 year. I have had my issues with lifting weights, I have even hated lifting (for a very short time) but the one thing that was never needed to reboot that love was motivation. Motivation was a word that was never mentioned to me by any of my coaches, one thing that was made clear was to give great effort and have the resolve to keep moving forward finish goals you set out to accomplish. All good faith effort will be rewarded, it may not be the a reward you were expecting all the time, but you will develop the grit to get things done even if I didn't want to. Motivation can be a good thing but it can also be the poison that kills your goals. Motivation has its place but it should not take the place of giving your best effort and having the attitude to finish. Motivation can get you out of the starting blocks but giving your best effort and some grit will get you over the finish line. So F&#K YOUR MOTIVATION and remember why you started your journey keep the process simple and get to work.