How Did We Get To This?
While 815 million people worldwide (that's one in nine) go to bed hungry - one in three suffer from malnutrition, and yet in 2016 The World Health Organistion reported that 1.9 billion adults were overweight, of which, 650 million were obese.
Many of us are afraid to eat food....
Fear that it will kill us, bad for us, make us fat, make us ill. If we don't eat a certain way we are not good enough...
In "Healing The Shame That Binds You" John Bradshaw talks about how diets underscore a paradox of toxic shame.
"In dieting and losing weight, you have the sense of controlling and fixing the problem. Control is one of the major strategies - we attempt to control the outside so the inside will not be exposed."
When the truth is, that unless you also do the "inner work" like we do on my Project 12 Transformation program, all you are doing is dealing with symptoms.
Diets teach you to deal with the symptoms, and mask the cause while giving you the false promise that all will be fixed.
Unfortunately That's not how it works.
"Your moods are unpredictable and if you let them control your actions this will cause problems.
There is an ancient classic text called, The Book of Changes, or more commonly known as The I Ching.
Over two millennia old, etched within the pages are sixty four hexagrams which can unlock timeless wisdom. One of these hexagrams is known as Heng, translated it represents Perservering - something I came to face to face with at the Southern Area Qualifiers for Britains Natural Strongest Man.
Trojans gym in Bristol is a welcome throwback. Fully kitted out for people who lift. No frills. Just a welcoming community and all the toys you could possibly want. It was also where I was about to experience my first baptism of fire in a Strongman competition.
In a nutshell here is how it went down,
"Perservere and allow things to take their course because rushing ahead will bring problems.
These lines from the I Ching were to come back to haunt me later.
My performance on the Yoke was my worst ever, bar none. My legs wouldn't work, I couldn't get a good position. It was ugly as sin. It left me surpised and deeply concerned. My confidence was shaken.
For various reasons I wasn't one hundred percent, and I knew it. I went outside the back of the venue, took myself to a corner, sat on a lone beer keg and had a word with myself.
Me: "I should just pull out now - that was shocking. I still have another 4 events."
Inner me: "This is what you trained for. Get a grip of yourself Cj. Take it one event at a time. No one here is at 100%. Do your best and let the chips fall where they may."
Me: "Ok. I got this."
Inner me: " Good. Focus on your next best step."
Over the next events I began to make solid progress and claw back some ground. My focus, endurance and nutrition were begining to pay off.
It came down to the last event - Atlas stones. I was in with a chance. The picture you see above was my first and last rep on the atlas stones....
The first rep flew over, and then the words from the
I Ching were to prove prophetic.
I rushed the set up on the next rep, and as I lifted the stone to my lap, I felt my bicep and forearm tear like paper. I heard the sound and dropped the stone immediately and stood up.
It was over.
I pulled out.
I smiled to myself knowingly as I walked away. The pain was nasty. There was a deeper lesson for me to learn from this experience.
The other athletes continued to put on a brilliant performance. The crew down at Trojan's gym helped to administer first aid and made sure I was ok.
Over the next 24 hours I put my recovery strategy in place. Soft tissue care and nutrition were key. My aim was to hope the damage was minimal but in the mean time create an optimal environment for my body to begin to repair itself.
Since then I've had a few days to reflect on my experience and the hard lessons that I have learned. I'll be embodying them, to carry me forward into my next competition.
The important thing to remember is that the delay of your goals, are not the nail in the coffin of your achievements.
"Your regrets will soon be behind you. Apply the right amount of effort at the right time.
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This year I am excited to announce that I will be one of the guest speakers. The title of my talk is,
"What your trainer doesn't know about weight loss is..."
It's aimed at industry pros who struggle to get results with clients, and for keep fitters who struggle with personal trainers who's only advice is,
"The reason you are not losing weight is you are not in a calorie deficit - eat less."
This is not why you hired them.
My in depth talk will expand your current understanding of the weight loss debate regardless of your background.
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I'm also running some practical sessions for you to get stuck in to,
"Odd Objects and Odd Lifts For Functional Strength"
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See you there!
We've all been there haven't we?
The hottest new workout by our latest Strength Guru plastered over the internet. Even though we're already following a plan we think, "Let me give that a go" or perhaps we mentally book mark the program for later."
I know that I've certainly been guilty of that in the past.
But rather than hopping from program to program and blindly following the latest Iron Guru, by undrstanding fundamental principles of weight training, we can cut out the guess work.
Different stressots to the muscles and tissues of the body result in different adaptations to how the muscle performs and what it looks like.
Below is an meme that I put together to summarise the rep ranges, percentages and rest periods for strength training.
So now that we've got that covered, you're probably wondering which exercise you should be doing.
That's a good question. With all the possible movement that the human body is capable of, which weight training exercises yield the best results?
After all, judging by all the articles churned out every month by the fitness magazines, and the amount of training books available, there are literaly hundres of different exercises that you can do. Hell, Anrold Schwarznengger even wrote an encyclopedia about it!
But we don't need that many.
Our training program will consist of far fewer exercises.
Here are some fundamental principles that I found have served me well over the years. Here's a clue,
Make Movement Quality Your Priority.
The main movement patterns that you want to consider are
If your training program consists of all these movement then you are pretty much set. You are creating a solid strength base, and settting yourslef up to be one badass mofo (real talk).
Sure, you can chuck in other exerrcises that cover different patterns, if they are adding to your strength and wellbeing, but these are just the trimmings - they are not the main course.
Remember to ask yourself,
Then you will have your answer to see if the exercise is valid or not.
Principles over method.