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Know Your Competition

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Know Your Competition

We live in one of the most awkwardly polarizing times in our history.

We live in a time where the number of people eligible for military service is consistently dropping, eventhough our population is growing. The majority of 17 to 25 year olds would not physically qualifie for the military. Not simply for being obese, but for being unable to complete the the fitness test.

Not only that.

But the average varsity high school athlete would also not be able to complete a military fitness test.

And yet.

At the very same exact moment in history.

We live in a time where the most people ever are reaching the peak levels of human capabilities.

The point is, we have developed a culture that is simultaneously the weakest AND the strongest of all time.

What?

The gap between weak, unhealthy, and out of shape people, and the extremely strong, fast, and resilient people, is growing wider and wider.

It makes looking to athletes for health or fitness inspiration more and more unrealistic, and less relatable.

The asperation of your average 25 year old to look or move like his or her favorite athelete is becoming just as realistic as the 7 year old who thinks they can fly like superman with a towel around their neck.

So I am issuing a challenge to all Everyday Superheroes. Everyone the is trying to better themself, or wanting to improve how much enjoyment they get out of life.

Maybe instead of looking to Olympic athletes or instafamous "fitness" "personalities" in their prime as your asperations, look to the person on your left. Look to the person on your right. Would you out live them if the zombie horde crashed into the room? 

Remember you don't have to out run the bear, you have to out run the slowest person in your group. That's who your competition is. That's who you should compare yourself to. 

So, think you can outlive the person on your left and the person on your right? Prove it! Know you can. Test your skills and keep them sharp and up to date. 

Think not? Fix it! Your competition is doing absolutely nothing right now. If you put in any ounce of work, you win.  

I challenge you to be able to walk in most rooms and feel like you could outlive the majority of people in it, should zombies attack. 

It has never been easier to defeat the lowest common denominator, and the lowest common denominator has never been so prevalent. 

Don't let it be you. 

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What Super Power Do You Covet?

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What Super Power Do You Covet?

When you prepare for your crime fighting mission, what power do you expect to most rely on? The sheer amount of cardio you have to do will happen regardless. We discussed this in a previous post. But once you swoop into action, would you prefer to save the day as quickly as possible, pick something up and move it to safety, or deduce how the crime took place, so you can stop it from happening again.

Basically, would you prefer to have super speed, super strength, or super deduction?

All three skills, speed, strength, and deduction, are needed in some capacity for any hero. The super power describes which of the three you prefer to rely on, enjoy using the most, or use by default without thinking. 

For example:

You come to a stone wall. How do you get to the other side? Do you smash a whole and walkthrough? Do you run up and jump it?  Do you look for a door? 

Your instinctive answer is your super power. The primary gift you should look to hone and keep sharp in case of use. The other two skills are viable options you should always mix in, just in case. It would suck to rely solely on finding a door, only to determine there isn't one.  

Your super power is the anchor to your training. It's what you should resort to when you fall of the wagon, when you're feeling unmotivated, and what you measure and test your progress against.  

We are going to analyze and break down what parameters will be most useful for your desired super power.

 

Super Strength

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You are going to pick up anything that isn't strapped down. You are the one your friends call when they are moving. Some asshat parked their car in your spot? Move it. Locked yourself out of the house? Knock down the door. You prefer to wield giant hammers, clubs, axes, or two handed swords, swing them once, and go home.

The first rule of strength training, is that you don't get strong by being strong. You don't improve strength by trying to lift 500lbs that won't budge. You don't improve strength by always and only lifting your max. You can realistically hit your max lift once. It takes so much of your energy to do so however, that you can't do it a second time.  

To improve your strength you want to work in full body compound movements. You want weights heavy enough to tax your whole body, while at the same time being light enough that after you have set them down, you can still pick them up again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And then maybe rest.

 

Super Speed

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Lines are the worst. Walking in a pack downtown makes you want to pull the skin off your face. You can totally run faster than rush hour traffic. The fastest way to get from point A to point B is a straight line, walls and private property be damned. Your jab is your favorite weapon and your wit is quick.

Speed is most effective in short bursts. The longer you spend doing something, the more energy it takes to keep doing it, the more you slow down. So when training for speed really you want to focus on two things. 1) Your top speed being higher. 2) The amount of time you can maintain your top speed, or close to it.

Plyometrics are your best friend.  Sprints, jumps, and other short bursts of power are going get you going faster, sooner. 

 

Super Deduction

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You know who the killer is within the first act of the episode. Crosswords and sudoku are your jam. Getting a question to something you don't know the answer to is both exciting AND an excuse to jump down a rabbit hole of research and thought experiments.  Your quick thinking prevents fights from escalating in the first place. Your understanding of physics and obsessive nature help you excel at things like climbing, darts, and billiards.

Just like strength and speed, your ability to deduce information from observing the world around you is physically trainable. To make it a superpower you have to be able to rely on it when you don't have time to think. When panic sets in and the chips are on the table, being able to tell whether someone is left or right handed doesn't matter unless you can apply the knowledge at full speed.

To train your deduction you want stimulate your mind in between spikes of adrenaline.  Playing memory in between a tabata, or tick tack toe in between heavy lifts can scratch this itch.

Which  of these powers do you feel calling to you? Which of the descriptions best describes how you see or would prefer to interact with the world? Lets discuss! If you want to learn more about how to exercise for character type, make sure to check out "How to Train for the Life You're Currently Living Part 2: Superhero Special Moves," on the products page!

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