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Daily Dose of Hustle

Lifestyle, Mindset By January 31, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

“Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

I guarantee this is something everyone of us has heard at least once in our lifetime. In fact, you’ve probably even lived it if you’ve ever had to work in order to succeed at something.

Who comes to mind when you think of success or greatness? I think of Beyonce, Oprah, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs. Some of the things these people have achieved are remarkable and may even seem almost unrealistic or unattainable for lots of people to replicate in their own lives. Arguably people could say it would be impossible to achieve as much success as these people – but that’s self-defeating mindset, and that’s not what we’re about.


And by no means I am going to imply I expect you to be the next Oprah, but I do wholeheartedly believe that if there is something you want to achieve in regards to your physique, your health, your strength, your career, your life, you should pursue it with a relentless and consistent effort such as the Beyonces, Oprahs, and Michael Jordans of the world.

If there’s something you really want, and I don’t mean “kind of want”…I mean you want it so badly you’ll do what it actually to get it – you should take a step each day that brings you closer to your goal. 

But you can’t just say “I’m gonna do something every day to make it happen.” That’s a sweet intention with good enthusiasm – but you need to take it one step further. You need to plan ahead. You need to plan your actions. Your actions are the biggest indicator of whether or not you will fail or succeed in achieving what you want.

Actionable planning can be simple. In fact the simpler it is, the better. What I’m working on for the next six weeks is weight training four times per week for 45-60 minutes and doing aerobic cardiovascular training seven times per week for 20 minutes. If you were to look into my monthly day planner right now, I can show you exactly where my training time slots are for each workout and where I intend to do them. It’s a very simple and specific plan and undoubtedly a good way to get my achieve what I want. Not only is it easy to adhere to, but I’m creating a plan to forge habits that will allow me to live my life in a way that I want. 

By living in a way that is consistent with our desires we bring our dreams to life. That is how we achieve success. And quite honestly, that’s completely worth a daily dose of hustle.  What do you need to do to live the life that you want?

 “Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your destiny.” – Mahatma Ghandi

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“Lifting weights is pointless.”

Fat Loss, Training By June 14, 2015 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

As a strength coach, I expect to be approached by people and asked questions related to training. A lot of the time I’m on the receiving end of statements that are misguided and downright wrong – and in those cases I have to put on my big girl pants and try to be as tactful as possible while still getting the right message across.

Needless to say, I was having a discussion with someone whom I care about greatly and they expressed to me word for word: “Lifting weights is pointless. Weights are stupid. I hate it.”

The first thing that came to my mind was: “UMMM…WHAT THE HELL?! That’s not a great thing to say to a trainer. Do you know who I am?”

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Decidedly, this is not a great way to respond to people…so I chose to say this instead:  “Well what do you mean by that? I would disagree.”

Essentially the reasoning behind their statement was that they didn’t feel like they had accomplished anything of value in the they time spent lifting. “I would rather get exercise by shoveling snow, working on a farm, accomplishing tasks.”

And I get that – I used to say that before I ever started doing any type of training. Unless there was a direct objective or something that was instantaneously accomplished I couldn’t wrap my head around doing it.

With that being said, I have obviously shifted my view on training seeing as I work as a strength coach and I try to promote training for health and general preparedness for an awesome life to anyone and everyone that I meet.

I would say that if you don’t feel like you’ve done anything of value after training it’s because you don’t understand what training is and you don’t understand why you are training.

What training typically entails is moving the body under load from point A to point B with good alignment to stimulate the muscles and the nervous system in cumulative fashion over an extended period of time.

However 90% of people train because they want a specific benefit from it – not because they want to move objects from point A to point B.

People are usually training for one of the following reasons:

  1. Preparation: you are in the process of changing the way you want your body to look or function. In this case training is getting you ready to do everything you ever dreamed of with ease while staying injury and pain free. This can range from wanting to have shoulders that look like pumpkins, fitting in to your old jeans, being able to walk 1km with a 5 bags of groceries in your hands, or playing with your kids outside for more than 10 minutes without feeling exhausted and gassed.
  2. Maintenance: Your body already looks and functions the way you want it to without pain or injury and you want to keep it that way.

Training is a means to an end – it is not the end.

Training is deliberate – there is an aim and an end result. It’s not immediate and there usually is no instant gratification unless you learn to enjoy the physical act of training. The results manifest through a cumulative effort of progressions.

So when you consider that the whole purpose of training is to accomplish a specific result albeit not instantly – it is anything but pointless every aspect of good training is purposeful.

Now if your view of training or weight lifting is just going to the gym and randomly moving objects without knowing or understanding why you’re doing it or what you’re doing it for…then yes, I would say that is pointless and probably a waste of your time and energy.

But that’s not training.



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