Best of luck to our very own Mike James who is going out to Santa Cruz to compete in a strong man competition this weekend. He recently competed in California’s Strongest Man and held his own against some of the nation’s best, and is looking to improve his ranking further. I know many of you have questions about what strongman is or how to use the weird looking implements laying around the gym that he has. I encourage you guys to ask him about it and if you are interested in trying that sport out please ask Mike. He is very knowledgeable. Good luck Mike!
This is an older post but there are a lot of faces I haven’t seen in a while who I hope read this.
We’ve all experienced “IT”. Whether you’ve been training here at CFB and CFW for a few years, months, or even weeks. What is this “it” I am talking about? I will tell you. This “it” is the slump we get into when we start to fall off track with our training . A few days off will easily turn into a week then two weeks and so forth. Next thing you know you are so deep in “it” you’re not sure if you can climb your way out. Not only does this slump effect your training but also your diet, sleep patterns, mood, and your daily life in general. It is very easy to fall off track and stay off track. The domino effect of “it” can continue on and on unless YOU decide to take the initiative and do something. Taking the initiative will be the hardest part. You have to look at yourself in the mirror, dig deep, and find that motivation that you once had. It’s still there in you, you just have to dig it up again. Sometimes in life we have to hit rock bottom so we can have something to push off of to get back up again. Take control of your training and your life. Get back in here 3 to 4 days a week. Throw away all the junk food, light your hair on fire, just do something.
Remember, it’s the first step that’s the hardest. We’re here to get you through the rest. -A.J.
Your mind is a very powerful tool. Use it to assist you versus it controlling you.
As summer time is coming around the corner, the time to enjoy the sun and hang out at the beach is coming. Everyone is more than motivated to train hard, but how do you spend your time outside of the gym? A lot of what you eat goes hand in hand with how your body will function on the day to day.
Someone told me that it was close to impossible to give up certain aspects of their current diet. I just simply said that it wasn’t their time to change. After saying that, said person immediately responded with, “I’m ready to change right now!” Then I replied with, “Good. You have the rest of your life to be accountable for the decisions you’ll make for a better and healthier lifestyle.”
The point is that if change is not part of the program then nothing will change. If you cannot change for the set goal you wish to accomplish then everything will continue as is. Something as simple as giving up soda (which I can say I drink but maybe 1-2 times a year by chance) can drastically change your body and dependency on sugar.
“But drinking water only is boring.” You can put fruits and/or vegetables in a mason jar with a re-usable screw-on cap. “That’s too tedious.” Well then you can ponder about the people that still get their water from wells using wooden buckets and rope. “People still do that?” There are people that would love to complain about what they would like to eat versus having nothing to eat.
Be true to your goals and work hard for them. Everyone is given an opportunity to change daily as long as they seek it out. Be true to yourself. Work for it. -Tim
This is a little rant from myself (Tim). I want everyone to know that I enjoy seeing everyone everyday. A big part of this occupation is interacting with all of you and assisting you in any way I am able. But there lies the problem too… Seeing you everyday also means you are most likely training everyday!
Here’s the thing. I have no problem seeing you everyday if you are balancing training, active recovery work, and just simply rolling out. If your performance, ability to produce force, agility / coordination, etc. increased every time I see you daily, then I would say you are doing something fantastic; however, I see a lot people decreasing in performance, strength lifts, and stamina.
A big part of the reason is because recovery is not being taken seriously. How you recover directly affects how your body will function on a day to day basis.
The balance between training and recovery is different for everyone. If you have any questions, please speak to any trainer of choice. Have a wonderful Easter everybody. -Tim