Mind Over Body

Do I get spiritual fulfillment from fitness? Absolutely! I'm a science-minded person, but I'm not too proud to acknowledge what I can't prove.  It is no secret that most gym professionals suffer with anxiety of some sort, so we work out for a purpose. There is a different way to work out for whatever you may suffer with. Anxiety, depression, mood disorders, hormonal imbalances, low testosterone levels, chemotherapy... Life throws curve balls. It all depends on how you handle it. 

Forming new habits which serve you better and help you get to where you need to go. If you are going to make important changes, you need to be able to measure and keep track of your progress. Keeping a journal is a wonderful activity for your personal growth. It forces you to reflect on your life regularly. It becomes more obvious where your challenges lie when you have to put your experiences down on paper. There is a huge amount of activity going on in your mind on a daily basis and, unless you make some effort to capture it and process it, it stays there.

Thursday, 15 September 2016 21:19

7 Reasons Your Rotator Cuffs Don’t Like You!

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The shoulder joint (and its connective muscles, tendons, and ligaments) has a greater range of motion than all other joints in the human body, which provides a very wide array of movement. The group of muscles and connections that combine to facilitate this movement is called the rotator cuff. However, the extremely complex anatomical structure that provides so much flexibility in movement patterns also unfortunately make the shoulder joint quite susceptible to injury, especially to those who spend a lot of time in the gym pushing and pulling heavy iron. So if your shoulders are constantly in pain, there is a good chance you have irritated and inflamed the joint and need to take a look at 7 reasons your rotator cuffs hate you!

Thursday, 15 September 2016 21:02

Avoiding Injuries with SMR

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Self Myofascial Release (SMR), what is that?! Many have probably never heard of it, but I bet you have heard of its slang terminology…foam rolling. With me now? Ok, so let's get started.

Since we don’t plow the fields and milk the cows each day anymore, we have become a modern, industrialized society of sitting. Most of the population spends 10+ hours in the day just sitting, whether we are working in front of a computer, checking messages on our phone, eating meals with friends, or lounging in front of the TV. Of course in an ideal world, all of us would have the time to go to the gym for an hour each day, but if you get too busy and have to skip a day, here’s a few suggestions to get just a little more movement out of each day.

Any serious lifter can tell you that in order to continue making progress in size, strength and/or fat loss over the long term, just about every workout needs to be “balls to the wall.” In the beginning, almost any new stimulus will bring about gains. However, after several years of pushing and pulling the iron you must continually push yourself to new heights, and this takes an extraordinary amount of dedication, discipline, passion and MOTIVATION! Here are 7 great ways to get mentally ready to tear things up before even getting on the gym floor!

Envision Your Perfect Physique

Summer is almost upon us, which means that more skin-baring outfits will appear, and the pressure to look as good as possible will be greater than ever. So what do you do if you’ve been cozily hiding under a layer of winter storage fat for the last few months or years? There isn’t much time to strip that away, but it definitely IS possible to reveal a trimmer, more toned you for the warmer weather that is right around the corner.

The Mind in Muscular Development

In my opinion, no dialogue on training would be complete without discussing the mind’s role in the equation! It would be a true disservice to the readers of Industry Insider not to include what may be the most important element in your pursuit of reaching the outer limits of your genetic potential.

Top most common mistakes people make when beginning a training program.

There are numerous mistakes made by a new gym goer or even someone who has recently made the decision to live a healthier life. Typically, the way someone eats is the most common area of mistakes. However, since that is very long complicated topic I will stick with the other top mistakes found in the gym clientele.

Let’s talk about "mindset," which I consider to be an essential contributor to athletic success and a mental area. This topic is also where professional and Olympic athletes offer wonderful examples in which they use different mindsets to perform at their highest level consistently. As a kid, I would watch my older brothers play basketball all the time to the point it stuck my interest. Before I picked up a basketball, I thought I wouldn’t be able to play like them but I changed my mindset and gave it a try anyway. Practicing and working with my brothers helped me gain a competitive edge and confidence.

How do you stay on track for success in your new gym routine?

I touched a little on this a few months back. Now that you have decided to join a gym, you've setup your membership, you're ready to go, but how do you stay on track, be successful, have fun, and not fall into the Resolution wheel? First, what is your goal?

Every year we have the opportunity to start fresh, with a brand new set of days to change our attitudes and tackle our goals. Many people start the New Year with resolutions to embark on diet and fitness programs in an effort to get into the best shape of their lives, improve their health, or perhaps enter a bodybuilding contest. New gym members will pack gyms this month, but the attrition rate will weed out many of these people.

With New Year’s resolutions in full swing and most of them centered on getting fit, we present to you some of the keys to success.

First, it’s important to set goals, but set that goal in a S.M.A.R.T. manner.

In every issue of every bodybuilding/fitness publications there are dozens and dozens of pages dedicated to sets, reps, exercises, routines, and intensity techniques…and rightfully so! After all, if getting bigger, stronger and leaner is your game, then you better be on point when you enter the gym.

However, no dialogue on training would be complete without discussing the mind’s role in the equation! It would be a true disservice to my readers not to include what may be the most important element in your pursuit of reaching the outer limits of your genetic potential.

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