Regardless of where you are at in your fitness journey, I would encourage you to sign up for a competition if you feel the “itch”. Don’t worry about not being able to do a single pull up. That’s what bands are for. Don’t worry where you are going to finish or how long an event might take you. Do it for the enjoyment of it! Get a little bit uncomfortable and you will be surprised just how far you are able to push yourself.
Getting away is just that and it is a good thing. We need to reset once in a while. I hope for everyone out there, that they are able to to step away from routine and the daily grind to change it up. Stepping away is ok and I encourage you to do it. Regardless of what holidays look like for you, they are good for the body and the mind. To be able to get some rest, do things you enjoy doing but might find hard to get time to do otherwise or to get some tasks accomplished that need to be done. These are all good and should be done.
I would like to introduce you to this amazing human. This is Elaine and she just completed her 6 week transformation. What does that even mean? Well, she came in after really enjoying retirement over the past 6 months. She is a wife, mom and grandma. She realized that she was also pre-diabetic, experiencing hip and knee pain and her blood markers were not going in the right direction…
In society, we are set up for as much “here and now” as possible. We have drive-thrus. Not only drive-thrus but drive-thrus with mobile ordering. We have high speed internet and LTE+ cell phone coverage because “normal” internet makes us wait. We have microwaveable dinners and precooked chickens because we need to eat “right now” as we run out the door to something else. We have “super size” because that makes us full and more is better.
Do you ever have those days when everything seems to line up and fall in to place and just go right with training? You get to the gym, read the workout, go through the warm up and absolutely crush the wod! Man, those are good days! I hate to break it to you but “those days” aren’t going to be every day.
Did you read the article? Yesterday’s blog. The attached link. It broke down “the clean” in tremendous detail. Nine pages worth the be exact. That’s a lot of information. A lot of very good information. As I mentioned, turns out todays WOD just so happens so have cleans in it. I know, I know; you’re welcome! Ha
Were it not for the snatch, the clean would have but laughable challenges to the title “King of All Exercises.” Oddly, we start our examination of the clean with mention of the snatch, as many of the superlatives attributed to the clean apply equally to the snatch. Clearing the air early with admission of the snatch’s peer status, we can speak more freely of the clean’s unrivaled qualities and need not repeatedly suggest the snatch’s possible exception to the clean’s peerless qualities.
I’ve touched on stretching before in our blogs but it holds its place such that I wanted to go in to it again. The science behind stretching and why it is important has changed over the past few years. Instead of thinking of stretching as simply a way to get more flexible (which isn’t a bad thing by the way), think of it as part of your recovery. Specifically, stretching after we workout.