Train the movement!!

What a better day to discuss why you should train movement patterns and not body parts!
If you live in the northeast and just got slammed with snow, chances are you are digging yourself out. Shoveling away.
Shoveling snow is a movement pattern that requires squatting and shifting weight from side to side. Are you shoveling properly? Driving from the legs and hips? Or are you like most people and use your arms and low back? That’s a recipe for disaster. That’s why you need to train in 3D and use movements as part of your workouts.
Life is a series of three dimensional movements, usually involving a shifting in weight, either yours or what you’re carrying/lifting. Start training like it!

Thankfully there is a great way to do that. Welcome to the world of training with ViPR. A hollow rubber tube with 3 handles allows for thousands of combinations of grips and movements whether they be how the hands are moving, the feet are moving, or the body is moving.
It’s unique design allows for a complex movements and shifting/lifting patterns. What better way to prepare your body for life’s daily challenges than training your body to handle forces from any angle.
Oddly enough on this snowy day, there is a shoveling movement pattern that would help out perfectly. It’ll train you to drive with the legs, open and turn the hips, and remove that snow properly. ( or could just get a snow blower ha ha ha)

If you haven’t experienced the fun and challenges of working with the ViPR, you are missing out and I highly suggest getting your hands on one with an experienced fitness professional. Preferably one with ViPR experience. Like me!!


Favorite things of the week

Here are some articles that I’ve read over the past week that I found interesting. I’m going to try to keep this a consistent post from week to week.

Are you making these mistakes?
http://www.jencomaskeck.com/2012/11/top-five-clean-eating-mistakes-while.html

I’ve talked about sitting in previous posts because it is a major health risk. Much of the population spends entirely way to much time sitting. Work, commuting in the car, at home watching tv, even when you’re exercising (sitting machine to machine).
That can seriously stunt your ability to achieve your goals. Think about how much you sit, and try to cut down on it.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/11/04/exercise-sit-women-recommendations_n_2051494.html

Found this website full of interesting healthy recipes. Already tried the sweet potato fries and lime/cilantro chicken. Delicious
http://www.foodrenegade.com/recipes/

Common workout mistakes
http://greatist.com/fitness/fix-common-workout-mistakes/

Myth about cardio. I hate cardio. I’d rather do sprints, battle ropes, kettlebell swings. Anything than boring slow state cardio. Especially for trying to lose fat. Don’t get me wrong i used to love running for miles. But that was more mental than physical. FYI training for 3 marathons I didn’t really lose any weight. Just sayin.
http://jillfit.com/2012/01/31/cardio-myths/


Motivation Monday

Hope this finds everyone with power and a warm, safe house. We were slammed on the east coast and there has been a lot of devastation. Makes you happy to have what you do. Things will get better and we can rebuild. And we will rebuild.
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in NY and NJ especially in the hardest hit areas.

I thought this was an appropriate quote for today:

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” -Benjamin Franklin

If we keep at something, it’ll eventually get better. That goes for anything in life.

Stay strong!


What are you thankful for?

It’s November, and everyone starts thinking of what they are thankful for. Maybe because of Thanksgiving coming up or just the general holiday season.
This year I have lots to be thankful for, and based on the devastation that hit Long Island, NYC, Connecticut, and New Jersey, I have even more.
I’m thankful that I have such an amazing career that let’s me help many people lead a healthier life.
I’m thankful for my family and that they are all healthy and safe.
I’m thankful for my son, who has been the best thing I have done with my life.
I’m thankful for my wife, for putting up with me and my crazy schedule.
Finally I’m thankful that I got the inspiration and courage to keep this site going. Usually I don’t think my writing and what I have to say is useful, but if even one person learns something from me, then it’s worth it.

Be thankful for what you do have and never take for granted what you have. You never know when it could be taken away.

What are you thankful for?


Motivation Monday

Last Monday of October.  Did you reach any of the goals you set from the beginning of the month?
I know I did.  I wanted to stay more on top of writing and I think i accomplished that throughout this month.  It may not be the best writing in the world, but I think the more I put it out there, the better it will get.

Here is your quote to get you started this week:

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Albert Einstein

For example, endlessly pedaling away on a bike or walking on a treadmill day in, day out, not getting any results but still convincing yourself that “cardio” is the key to losing weight.  Try changing up your routine.  Add something new.