Gut Check: Can You Handle “Slow” Progress or Setbacks?

I’ve been training for almost fifty years.  And “progress” in my training, nutrition, and lifestyle does not come as quickly as it did when I was starting out.

Neither will progress come as quickly for you.

There are reasons for this.

If you start a diet or training program and you’re basically out of shape and unconditioned–assuming the program is good–you can expect pretty dramatic results (in the beginning) if you stick to it.

But the more conditioned you become, the smaller the noticeable gains will be. Think of the elite athlete. They are so finely tuned they are looking for very small gains to give them the edge over the competition.

Once you’ve embarked on a health and fitness program, you need to begin thinking like the elite athlete.

The Expectation Trap

Understanding that health and fitness gains typically come slower, the more healthy and fit you already are, is key to gauging progress. For example, over the past week, I’ve been consciously adding more water to my diet, to flush out the junk, and to get my body working more efficiently. Proper water intake has been linked to many health benefits, and particularly, I felt a need to increase water intake for improved sleep, which has been a challenge for me for some time.

While I can say that I have experienced some improved health benefits, including some improvement in my sleep, I have not experienced a huge difference. At least not yet.

What I’ve noticed is something similar to other lifestyle changes I’ve made over the years–based on what someone has said, or someone’s stated experience is using a particular strategy, an expectation has been set up in my mind to expect a particular outcome in a particular length of time. That’s what’s known as a setup, my friend! Continue reading “Gut Check: Can You Handle “Slow” Progress or Setbacks?”

Is There Something Wrong with Training to Look Good?

We live in the age of Internet selfies. Of steroid-bloated bodies. Of big booty bikini competitors… In short, the world of health and fitness is awash in a sea of vanity.

Yet, at the same time, we’ve seen the rise of “functional” exercise: CrossFit, stability balls, athlete-centric training. Overall, quite a positive trend, I’d say.

These appear to be two ends of a spectrum—“form” versus “function.” Do they have anything in common? More to the point, is there anything wrong with training to look good? Continue reading “Is There Something Wrong with Training to Look Good?”

Greek Yoga™–Total Body Conditioning in 30 Minutes!

Featured Video Play Icon

VIDEO LINK

Greek Yoga™ distills Greek-inspired calisthenics, classic yoga, and modern cardio training into one amazing workout!

This workout can be modified to fit where you’re at right now, even if you’re an older trainee, weak, or someone who tends to irritate joints when they work out.

The timing couldn’t be better with summer upon us. The price is right too–during the month of June, we’re offering three 30-minute sessions of Greek Yoga™ for just $90! ($30 per session–the same per-session price as our six session package) Continue reading “Greek Yoga™–Total Body Conditioning in 30 Minutes!”

Does It Pass the “God” Test?

This week I realized I’ve long been applying a standard–a test if you will–to my own approach to health and fitness, and to ideas pushed in the health and fitness world.

I call it the “God” test.

You know the saying, “Does it pass the smell test?” In other words, is it believable or not as a solution to whatever problem it is we’re discussing.

The “God” test, states, in the way that I see it, “Is the proposed solution keeping within the laws of nature and of nature’s God”? (to quote the Declaration of Independence)

Or is it just plain unnatural? Continue reading “Does It Pass the “God” Test?”

Starch is a Tool–Like Fire!

I experienced a new food adventure earlier this week that I’d like to share with you. It was another eye-opener in regards to the effects of starch on the body.

If you’d like to see what happened to me when I tried eating starchy vegan, read Starchy Vegan Made My Body Go to Sleep. It’s a lengthy read, but if you want to dig further into the world of starch and the kind of effect it can have on you, check it out.

The above foray into the starchy vegan world taught me some profound lessons. And this week’s experiment with a more “paleo” style of eating (cutting out grains and legumes) opened my eyes even further. Continue reading “Starch is a Tool–Like Fire!”

Greek Yoga™ Is Here!

I’m thrilled to announce an exciting addition to Greek Physique™, LLC–Greek Yoga™ ! For simplicity and brevity sake, I’m setting this blog post up as a kind of FAQ:

What is Greek Yoga™?

It’s really the blending of Greek Physique™ classic progressive calisthenics with classic yoga–a perfect marriage utilizing the strengths of both disciplines.

What are the Benefits of Greek Yoga?

Now this is where it gets interesting. Because there are a lot! I’m going to list 10+ benefits: Continue reading “Greek Yoga™ Is Here!”

Starchy Vegan Made My Body Go to Sleep

I’ve been into health and fitness for most of my life. And I’ve known for a long time the kind of impact the right diet can have on a person. Through eating incorrectly, I’ve known periods of poor health and horrible productivity. Even today, as a healthy 57 year-old in great physical condition, if I try something in my diet and it doesn’t work, my health and productivity can quickly take a nose dive.

Which brings me to this week’s experiment.

I’ve been concerned for some time about the potential negative effects of too much meat, eggs, and animal products on the system. I understand that God allowed mankind to eat meat after the Flood. But I also know that the first diet He provided in the Garden was raw vegan:
Continue reading “Starchy Vegan Made My Body Go to Sleep”

Do You Have a “Supplement Habit?”

 

Supplement: Something that completes or makes an addition.–Merriam-Webster

I’ve been thinking about this one for a long time. It’s time to speak up about it: Dietary supplements are being misused–big time. Yes, I said it.

Supplements are a huge money maker for many in the health and fitness world. It’s a golden goose for them. In effect, they are “supplement pushers.” And they may have talked you into a “supplement habit.” Continue reading “Do You Have a “Supplement Habit?””

How to GUARANTEE Success with Your Health and Fitness Program

 

I’ve recently been discussing why so many are failing to implement health and fitness programs–it’s because health and fitness are NOT a priority.

But let’s say that you received that message and are ready to make health and fitness a priority. How will you guarantee the success of your program?

The power of habit.

Uh, okay,,, you may be thinking that the answer sounds pretty basic. But I assure you, it is the case–habits are that powerful. Anything you’ve achieved in your life–outside of a one-time fluke–has very likely been achieved via the power of habit.

So how do you implement the power of habit? Continue reading “How to GUARANTEE Success with Your Health and Fitness Program”

Replace Your Work Ethic with a “Play Ethic”

 

This morning I was looking at one of my training books, as I am want to do before my workout. Just looking for ideas, and thought stimulation. The book is Garage Gym Athlete by Jerrod Moon, and it’s a great one, by the way. I highly recommend it. You can pick it up for just $2.99 at Amazon (and I’m not getting any affiliate cut on this one).

If you’re the kind of person who loves programs and are into a CrossFit-type of training (particularly with barbells) , then Jerrod is your guy. He’s ex-miliary, lives and breathes programs, and is a living testament to their efficacy.

But I had kind of an epiphany this morning once I started my workout and intended to put some of Jerrod’s ideas to work: I AM NOT A PROGRAM GUY! Continue reading “Replace Your Work Ethic with a “Play Ethic””