Sprinting is one of the essential elements to leading an optimally fit life. When I say sprinting, I mean brief, explosive all-out sprints.
They are the single best activity to promote rapid reduction of excess body fat, achieve fitness breakthroughs, flood the bloodstream with anti-aging hormones like testosterone and human growth hormone, and boost neuron function in the brain.
Sprinting is a powerful hormetic stressor - a short, natural fight or flight stimulation triggering that renewal signal that makes you more resilient not just for your next sprint workout, but for all other forms of life stress.
Improving your sprint game can help you make an assortment of breakthroughs, from fat loss to fitness peak performance in a variety of activities, and generally making you a more confident, energetic person.
When you conduct an all-out sprint, you’re asking your body to perform at a level of metabolic function some 30 times greater than your resting output. Numerous studies have shown that sprinting skyrockets growth hormone levels quickly and reliably and boosts protein synthesis (muscle building or toning) by 230 percent.
If you want to get into sprinting, let's connect and I'll help you figure it out. You don't have to be a super athlete, anybody can learn how to sprint.
Here a brief outline on how a sprint routine could look like:
Exercise Alone is Almost Useless for Weight Loss
Hear me out. The benefits of exercise are real. Don't get me wrong. While exercise can lead to modest weight loss, it can have a range of health benefits, including reducing blood pressure and triglycerides in your blood.
Exercise reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart attack. A number of studies have also shown that people who exercise are at a lower risk of developing cognitive impairment from Alzheimer's and dementia. They also score higher on cognitive ability tests. If you've lost weight, exercise can also help weight maintenance when it's used along with watching calorie intake.
Very simplistically put, a pound of human fat represents about 3,500 calories. Therefore, cutting 500 calories per day, through diet or physical activity, can result in about a pound of weight loss per week. Now that's VERY simplistic. The human energy balance as "a dynamic and adaptable system", but when you alter one component, let's say cutting the number of calories you eat in a day to lose weight, doing more exercise than usual, it can set off a cascade of changes in the body that affect how many calories you use up and, in turn, your body-weight.
The 80/20 rule applies to exercise as much as it applies to many other things in live. Only about 20% of total energy expenditure come from exercise. Roughly 70% are used via basal metabolism - energy used for basic body functions at rest and about 10% are used to metabolize food. The rest, about 20%, is used up via physical activity. Which is not nothing, but it's definitely not a major part of weight loss.
Now, exercise can undermine weight loss in other subtle ways. How much you move is connected to how much you eat. Calories in and calories out are not independent of each other. If you exercise a lot, you might consume more calories than you burned off. Therefore, watch what you eat after an intensive workout. One slice of pizza could undo the calories burned in an hour's workout.
There may also be an upper limit of energy expenditure via exercise. After a certain amount of exercise, you might don't burn calories at the same rate anymore - total energy expenditure can eventually plateau.
One more thing…don't be fooled by the food & beverage industry. They keep telling us to "move more" while selling their sugar-loaded products. You just can't outrun a bad diet. We're losing the obesity battle because we're eating too much, and too much of the bad, processed stuff. Physical activity is vital to health, YES, but paying close attention to what you eat & drink IS MUCH more effective for losing weight.
As the article states: "But this focus on calories out, or the calories we can potentially burn in exercise, is an inadequate and a potentially dangerous approach, because it is liable to encourage people to ignore or underestimate the greater impact of energy-in, an obesity doctor and professor wrote in the journal Public Health Nutrition."
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Want to work your shoulders, lats, legs and arms? Interested in a quick and intensive full-body workout without the drama? Want to dramatically improve your grip strength?
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Why should we drink plenty of water? How can water affect our bodies? Check the list below to find out what happens when you don't drink enough water - get dehydrated:
6 items that decrease as a result of dehydration
4 items increase as a result of dehydration
2 items are retained as a result of dehydration
How much water should you drink then? It all depends. Adequate hydration before, during, and after exercise is very important. Remember, the body cannot adapt to dehydration, which impairs every physiologic function. Some studies have shown that a fluid loss of even 2% of body weight will adversely affect circulatory functions and decrease performance levels.
A good general guideline is: Sedentary men and women should consume on average 3.0 L (approximately 13 cups) and 2.2 L (approximately 9 cups) of water per day, respectively.
This is a generalized guideline and should be adjusted based on activity level.
If you're trying to lose weight, try to drink an additional 8 ounces of water for every 25 pounds carried above ideal weight.
Also, try to consume about 14 to 22 ounces of fluid 2 hours before exercise and drink 6 to 12 ounces of fluid for every 15 to 20 minutes of exercise. And finally, if you work out hard, drink 16 to 24 ounces of fluid for every pound of body weight you lost after an exercise.
CARDIO - It's really good for You!
Why should you do some cardio-respiratory exercises every day? We all know or read somewhere that it is healthy for us. But do you really know why? And what is considered a good cardio workout? Below is a great list of reasons why you should do some cardio every day. 30 minutes to an hour of light cardio is recommended. Also check out the list of possible cardio exercises. Enjoy!
Reasons for Cardio-respiratory Exercise:
Types of Cardio - 30 to 60 min per day is ideal:
How to Train for Strength & Power
You got endless time in the gym to build large, bulging muscles? If not, you may want to try these 3 training methods next time you're at the gym, park or at the beach. It is possible to get strong without adding too much size.
Here are 3 ways to train your muscles to be functionally strong without the "Hulk-Effect" and bursting out of your favorite clothes.
1. Speed Strength Sets
Fast and powerful sets of exercises. Try cleans, overhead presses, squats, and deadlifts. Perform them as explosive as safely possible. This will maximize your movement economy, motor-unit recruitment and lactate threshold. It also contributes to the strength of those small but very useful muscles. Keep in mind to use heavier weights while making it safe to perform the movement as quickly as possible. It can get tricky so please start on the rather "too light" side. You can always add weight once your body is more comfortable with the exercise.
2. Complex Training
To be considered complex, try 4 to 10 different exercises, and complete 5 to 20 repetitions in a row with NO rest breaks in between. This way, you can combine strength with explosive movements, which in turn result in much greater rate of force development = Increased Overall Power!
You can try this with a barbell:
A plyometric exercise is any activity where a muscle is stretched rapidly followed immediately by a rapid shortening of that same muscle. Focus on moving your body through its full range of motion. Again, as fast as you safely can. Pay close attention to your form at all times. When the form goes, you should stop or you risk injury.
You can try:
You can do these three types of workouts several times per week, with at least 2 days between hard sessions. Always keep in mind that your fitness is built by maintaining a good balance between stress/workout and rest/recovery not by continuously having sore muscles.
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We had a fantastic & intensive workout at the little grass park by Swamis beach. Super fun, amazing for core strength, overall fitness, cardio and balance. Come join us next time if you're around Encinitas - Swamis.
Great and intensive AM session at Swami's beach. I like hard 30 min workouts with my steel mace and kettle bell. Throw in some push-ups and squat exercises and you're having a full body workout, outdoors, while grounding and soaking up the happy vitamin D ;)
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Quick, easy, intensive! This is a great alternative workout when you don't have a lot of time. Do this simple exercise twice a week, try 5 reps, then increase to 7-10.
Core, legs, arms, back...it's a great whole-body workout.
You probably loved being on the trampoline as a child, but do you know that it benefits adults, too? A simple trampoline workout, aka rebounding, has many great health benefits and it's so easy to do. Not much is needed. It's particularly beneficial for your lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is part of the vascular system and an important part of the immune system, comprising a network of lymphatic vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph directionally towards the heart. It is responsible for the removal of interstitial fluid from tissues. It absorbs and transports fatty acids and fats as chyle from the digestive system. It transports white blood cells to and from the lymph nodes into the bones.
Rebounding can burn more calories than walking or jogging. It can help strengthen your body while detoxifying the cells. Here a partial list of benefits of rebounding:
How to Choose a good Rebounder?
Don't go cheap because you'll get what you pay for. Cheaper rebounders tend to break or malfunction. Look for at least 30+ springs that taper at the end and look and feel very strong. Double springs add extra strength. You may want to look for a support bar if you're working on your balance or if you're a beginner.
Good luck and happy bouncing!
It doesn't take much, a bit of sand, a few rocks and a cowboy hat. That's it.
Happy beach workout. This simple workout helps your core, your lower extremity and your lower back, and some upper arms & chest.
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Yeah, we all know cardio is good for us, but we also know that we're not building muscle. If you are not using weights or doing strength training, you may be missing out on these awesome benefits:
If you are ever interested in getting back into shape, making changes to your current workout routine, or need some help figuring some health-related things out, contact us today.
High Intensity Circuit Training - HICT - is not a new concept, but it is increasing in attractiveness because of its effectiveness and practicality for a time-constrained civilization.
The mixture of aerobic and resistance training in a high-intensity, limited-rest design can deliver several health benefits in much less time than traditional programs. When body weight is used as resistance, it eliminates the limiting factors of access to equipment and facilities. In simple terms, think push-ups, pull-ups, planks and so forth.
HICT can be a quick and efficient way to lose excess body weight and body fat. The built-in resistance training contributes significantly to the quantity of fat burned during a workout. Research has found that these metabolic benefits can be present for up to 72 hours after a high-intensity exercise bout has been completed.
There also may be a greater impact on subcutaneous fat loss with high-intensity intermittent circuit-style resistance training routines than with traditional steady state sustained-effort aerobic work or traditional resistance training. This is thought to be from the increased level of catecholamines and growth hormone found in the blood both during and after high-intensity resistance training exercise with shortened rest periods (<30 seconds).
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Today's Monday morning workout at the park done a bit differently. We brought our latest fun-tool to work - the Steel Mace. This is a fantastic tool for:
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Everything is connected. Humans are one amazing creation of interconnected organs, muscles, tendons, joints and so forth. Each part of the body is connected neurologically, chemically, mentally and physically. We have more specialists for all the separate parts of the body nowadays. Hand specialist, throat specialist, knee doctors, you name it. We are becoming more and more specialized, and in doing so, we have lost sight of what really makes people better. We have lost the holistic approach to health.
Our body is like a wheel with spokes. The spokes are the muscles and the core, whereas the rim is the spine. The software is the nervous system, digestive system and the hormonal system. On the other hand, the hardware is our physical body, which includes the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and cartilage.
We need to pay attention to this equation throughout life: Poor Quality Food + Poor Exercise Program = Poor Hardware
Therefore, we need to eat healthy, high-quality foods and workout appropriately.
This Primal Pattern Cert emphasized the importance of Base Conditioning. The seven primal movements (besides jogging & sprinting) are the base movements for most other activities and should be practiced and performed safely and often before moving on to more specialized exercises.
Stay healthy! Stay active.
Another great Monday morning HIIT workout session at the park. After a nice and easy warm-up run, we hit the ropes, jumps, push-ups & kettle bell for some intense core, stability, endurance and strength training. 2 rounds, 8 sets, 40 sec work, 20 sec rest.
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Here our quick, intensive, fun and effective 30 min Monday-Fun-Day at the Park workout. Join us every Monday if you'd like to start your week with a great workout.
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Come join me on Mondays at 6:30 AM for 30 min. For 10 bucks cash you and I will do some warm-ups, some sprints, some plyos, some HIITs and HICTs.
All outside. All with a smile. Hit me up and let me know if you can make it.
Rain or shine!
LOCATION: Canyonside Community Park
ADDRESS: 12350 Black Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92129.
Get started early. Ideally before breakfast to take advantage of an extended intermittent fasting period (12 to 16 hours). Do 25 sets each, 3 reps, and you're ready for the World Cup 2018 final!
After your workout, have some warm macha green tea for some extra antioxidants before you eat.
These simple exercises can all be done at home and they will strengthen your core, get your cardiovascular system pumping and set you up for a great day.