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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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Athletic vs Aesthetic vs Healthy

Athletic vs Aesthetic vs Healthy

Today I want to do a little compare and contrast between athletic, aesthetic, and healthy. I want to do this because these things don't necessary go hand in hand, while some people may have all of the above it is just as easy to only be one of these things.

So lets start with athletic. What is an athletic body? Very simple it is a body that is trained and honed to do a specific task, often over and over, to a very high standard. That could be running, lifting large amount of weight, hitting a ball or even hitting another person. Athletic is probably the most specific goal you can have, not best but most specific. If you are training as an athlete, pro or for hobby, you are focused on getting your body to do one thing and getting it to do that thing better and better and better. Now getting your body to be a well oiled performance machine does not actually hit on any aesthetic of health goals. While sometime these things can go hand and hand, think Tom Brady or Venus Williams, having an aesthetically pleasing body does doesn't not come along with athletic training or enhance it, unless your sport is bodybuilding but that's another story. Prince Fielder, Dontari Poe, Shaquille O'Neal and Eddie Hall all have body's we would not think of as “Athletic.” In fact for most of us if we saw these men walking around in there street clothes we may even think, damn that guy need to hit the gym or go on a diet. But these man all have an athletic body type because they are all PRO ATHLETS. That what that means, they get their body to do something amazing and don't give a damn if it is healthy or if they look good. For all athletes their training, their diet, even how they recover is solely focused on their sport. This doesn't mean you can't have a sports hobby and be healthy at the same time or not to look to our athlete for inspiration, just know when you read about The Rocks 5,000 plus calorie diet that you are keeping his goals in mind so you have a clear perspective.

Ok Next is Aesthetic, lets face it this is what we all want and what drives most of us to the gym in the first place. The funny thing is how many people don't want to come right out and say it. I have so many clients that come to me saying they just want to be healthy but then only want to talk about losing weight. Or that they just want to feel good about themselves when secretly they are hoping I can give them visible abs. Now again you can be healthy and look great, and in fact I find that the mirror can be a good motivator for getting people to put in the work, nothing feels better then seeing your body take shape and lovely how you look. However there can be an ugly side to the aesthetic goal as well. Having an Instagram worth body does mean defecto health. There are many programs and system out there that will get you the aesthetically pleasing figure you want but it will come at the expense of your health.

Lastly we have health. This is always our many goal for our clients and ourselves but what does it really mean? For us health means not being in pain, being able to move comfortably, having sustained energy throughout your day, and having the strength to lift and carry things as your life demands, i.e. groceries or kids. In short health means being able to enjoy your life because your body is allowing you to live comfortably. Here is the kicker, you don't have to live like and athlete or look like an Instagram model to be healthy. You can be plump and soft, or tall and all sinew and still be super healthy. Health is about how you feel, how well this amazing machine we call a body is running then how you look.

So why am I going over these points? Whats the point? Am I just trying to make you feel bad for lusting over that six pack? Not at all, in fact if you want a six pack I can help you get that six pack. I just want you to see that difference between these things so we can have some clarity when setting your goals and making a plan to get there. Like I said at the start you can be some of or all of these things but be honest with yourself about what your true goals are and what you are willing to sacrifice to get there. We have about 3 month tell summer which means for most of us aesthetic is going to be our main goal, we want to rock that bikini. Now you can only focus on that, or you can focus on being healthy too. We can help you dial in a proper healthy nutrition plan and give you exercise that while helping your body to move more and better will also help you look your best. The same goes for athletic, I love programming for sport preformace it is super fun. But we are going to focus on not just making you the best but mobility and recovery work that make you a healthy athlete will a long career. Now as I said there are other ways, there are programs and shortcuts out there that will get you antithetic and aesthetic goals but at no concern for your health or even the stability or the result. If your goal is a six pack or run a 4 minute and that's all you care about damn the consequences will then more power too you my brother but we are not the right trainers for you. However if you have those same goals but want to take the time and discipline to do it in a healthy way, please give us a call, we can help with that.