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!

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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!”

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!”

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””

FAILING with Your Health and Fitness Program? Here’s Why

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Are you failing with your health and fitness program? Here’s the most likely reason why…

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Want Fast Results? It’s a HIIT!

 

HIIT is all the rage these days. Does that make it bad?

Not at all.

Just because something is popular, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value. Think Frampton Comes Alive! for example (yeah, I know–this dates me massively!). And HIIT is both popular and valuable.

What is HIIT? It’s an acronym that stands for high intensity interval training. In other words, training with high intensity, mixed with intervals of lower intensity.

It’s a simple idea, and far from being new, the HIIT principle has been at work with active people since the beginning of time (yes, further back than Frampton Comes Alive!) Continue reading “Want Fast Results? It’s a HIIT!”

If You’re Even THINKING About Training With Us, Read This

Hello! There’s a lot I want to tell you, so please bear with me for a moment…

I have two openings in my schedule right now, and I want to use them to train two motivated people who are tired of being overweight, or weak, or held back by a body that just doesn’t want to do what they want it to do.

It the “they” I speak of “you”? If it is, please do not delay your comeback any further. I can help you. Because I have been you. 

You may know my story. I’m 57, and in better physical condition today than twenty years ago.That didn’t happen by accident. It happened because I wanted more out of life than to simply exist. I wanted to LIVE! Continue reading “If You’re Even THINKING About Training With Us, Read This”

Spring is Here–Work Out Anywhere!

 

Spring is here!

It’s a time for renewal. A time for many to travel–kids out, get out! To be outdoors as much as we can.

I have always believed in natural health–in sunshine, fresh air, natural movement, minimally-processed food, and proper rest.

As weather permits, I believe in getting outside for my workouts as much as possible. It beats a dark, smelly gym! Good for the soul too.

And thankfully, there really isn’t much needed to get in a good workout; other than, as exercise minimalist Danny Kavadlo has said, “Something to step up on, something to hang from, and something heavy.”

It’s liberating!

Many years ago, I took a cruise with family to the Eastern Caribbean. It was great! For exercise equipment, I packed my yoga mat–that’s it! And that’s all I needed. I did yoga in the mornings right inside my cabin, I walked around the ship and islands that we visited, I swam in the beautiful, tropical, turquoise water, ran some on the treadmill in the ship’s gym, and did some post-cardio stretching. That was plenty and I never missed a beat. Continue reading “Spring is Here–Work Out Anywhere!”