Do you have goals? Do you want to be the best at something? Are you an athlete? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have probably encountered the struggle of not seeing any results, or not seeing the kind of results you would expect. This is inevitable, and it can really be discouraging. But alas, it is NOT the end of the world. We are elite – we can overcome! Things will constantly need to be changed and tweaked in order to keep excelling and progressing. The same old thing will only work for so long before you hit a ceiling. It’s at that point we hit the ceiling where our character gets revealed. You can either give up and settle for what you got, or you can plow through that ceiling and keep going onward and forward, attaining more and even better results and goals! Continue Reading…
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Motivation – that internal feeling that makes you smile, grin and makes your blood pressure rise when you know you are about to make a new record in a lift, or sprint, or whatever it is you are trying to excel in. Without motivation, we ain’t shit! Though intangible, motivation is that thing that keeps us going through the hurt, the sweat, and the sometimes blood. Motivation makes us push through the pain, and never give up until we reached our goals!
The sad truth, however, is that motivation can sometimes be overpowered by our environment, by our bodies, but most importantly – by our minds.
WE HAVE TO STAY MOTIVATED ALL DAY, EVERYDAY!!!
This article we came across from CutAndJacked.com, called Top 5 Utimate Ways To Stay Motivated, by author Melih F. Cologlu, just about perfectly lists the very best ways to stay motivated… through thick and thin… Continue Reading…
If you stumbled across here without having a look at part 1 of Improve Your Athletic Recovery, make sure to go back and do so.
If you are acquainted with the previous 3 tips for muscle recovery, then let’s move onto the remaining 3…
Probably the most important aspect not just for muscle recovery, but for overall health and well-being as well. Gone Liftin’ has a pretty good article on the effects of sleep, which you can find here. But anyhow, we feel the urge to reiterate – GET YOUR FUCKING SLEEP!!!
This is THE MOST important aspect to recovery. If you don’t sleep well and enough you wont recover, period. There is no substitution for sleep, absolutely nothing! The most important aspect of sleep is hormonal regulation and the bodies secretion pf vital chemicals such as cortisol, melatonin, serotonin, dopamine, testosterone and growth hormone, to name just a few. The problem with not getting enough sleep and putting your body under stress with high intensity strength training and other training styles is that you can chronically start producing more cortisol than any other hormone, leading to lack of recovery.
When we workout, we get sore. Why do we get sore? Because you are ripping your muscle fibers apart, and just as important as it is to work hard day in and day out, recovery and the time you are not in the gym or on the field is even more important!
The premise is simple – the more frequency and volume you have in your workouts, the more you have to compensate with food and rest. You can’t go to your limits everyday and expect to sustain that kind of intensity without proper recovery and relaxation. It’s not rocket science…
We came across an interesting article from ResoluteStrength.com titled 6 Easy Tricks To Improve Athletic Recovery. The article is basic yet genius in its entirety. It simply and easily lists some good ass tips for improving your muscle recovery so you can keep making those gains, instead of wasting your valuable gym time by not recovering properly. Continue Reading…
It’s no secret that childhood obesity is a growing pandemic in America.
Blame it on bad parenting; blame it on video games; blame it on the technology age. Whatever you wanna blame it on, go ahead – it’s nothing more than a steaming pile of shit. Children need proper guidance and role models in the early stages of their lives, and keeping kids in shape is not to be overlooked.
Kids can play games and play on their tablets and XBox and what-have-you, but proper nutrition and physical activity should not be optional- it should be mandatory!
But in any case, this is not a “discipline your children” article. This is meant to be a sort of “manual” to help parents and / or guardians to get their kiddies in the right direction in terms of health and fitness. Continue Reading…
Fish oil has been increasingly gaining more popularity recently, and in turn receiving much more scientific research these days. This a good thing! While there are numerous benefits to adding fish oil supplementation into your lifestyle, we want to concentrate on the heart-healthy benefits of this nutritional powerhouse.
Who is Fish Oil for?
Luckily for us, fish oil is far and wide most likely the best supplement you can choose to add to your cupboard (of course eating a diet rich in fish is great, too!). Fish oil provides a wide array of benefits for athletes and sedentary people alike. You don’t need to be an athlete or a gym rat to reap the benefits of fish oil. Due to body composition benefits, anyone and everyone should be supplementing with fish oil. Bottom line – it’s awesome!
Fish oil’s primary components are fatty acids known as DHA and EPA. Why these are great is because in the human body, these can be stored in the bilayer of cells for future use. Yep it’s true! By consuming proper amounts of EPA and DHA containing fish oils, you can actually alter the chemical composition of the fats that make up the bilayer of your cells. What does this mean? The processes of your body that utilizes fats, now have these long chain and short chain fatty acids to utilize for energy and body function. Good stuff! Continue Reading…
Not too long ago, Gone Liftin’ put out an article on whether or not smoking marijuana impacts your fitness lifestyle.
Bodybuilding And Marijuana – Good Or Bad? details some positives and / or neutral aspects of smokin’ the reefer when you are into the bodybuilding lifestyle.
Well, we are now inclined to write a post about the negative effects of marijuana while bodybuilding. Sorry guys, but it was bound to happen…
Our previous marijuana article was short and sweet, but we decided to go a little more in depth to break down some negative aspects of smoking weed while working out (not during an actual workout… just in general.)
While marijuana is universally considered a safe “drug,” like anything, it should be consumed in moderation and monitored accordingly. It still alters your brain chemistry and it also alters your physical prowess, whether we choose it to believe it not. Continue Reading…
You think you’ve been standing right this whole time, eh?
If you’re living in a modern society, then chances are your idea of good posture is not actually what good posture is, according to this interesting article from ScrawnyToBrawny.com. The author of the article, Nate Green, states:
Apparently, I’ve been standing wrong for 28 years.
Well, no, that’s not quite right. I’ve been standing wrong ever since I started working out (about 10 years ago) and learned that “good posture” was to keep your chest high and shoulders back.
Turns out that’s NOT good posture.
Chris told me so, the other day when I was working out at his gym. He said, “your chest is puffed up too much and your shoulders are too far back.”
I told him I didn’t even know that was a thing. That’s how I thought you were supposed to stand.