Two Lives To Live

Hello Folks,

It has been famously said, that we actually live two lives. The second one doesn’t begin until we realize that we only have one. To me, that is a very powerful statement. I imagine that it would be equally powerful to anyone who is seeking, or following a certain path. As we live our lives, it is VERY easy to think ” I will do that tomorrow.” I don’t mean just work either. We often put off pleasure, or pleasurable things, because we assume that we have time. Do NOT put off life’s pleasures. Regret is the most potent venom there is, and we should be careful not to suffer from that affliction. Be well, and have an AMAZING, purpose-filled day!

Ridiculous Myth #2

Already folks, I have already hit you with the most ridiculous thing  I have ever heard in fitness. If not, check out the post before this one. The second most ridiculous thing I have ever heard, and it is PERVASIVE is this jewel: ” I mean, he is big now, but when he gets older, that muscle will turn to fat.” UMMM wow! NOT possible folks. Muscle and fat are two different types of tissue. That is like saying that you have a lot of hair, but it will turn into teeth one day. Muscles can atrophy (shrink) but they cannot become something else. We are not Transformers yet ( Darn it ! ) Anyhow, that is all I have for today, so please, if you WERE saying that before, KNOCK IT OFF! You are killing me over here. That’s okay, I still love you all. Make it a great day!

The Fitness Lie That Won’t Die

Hello folks,

I am about to hit you with the biggest lie ever…..Well not THE biggest lie, just the biggest fitness lie. The BIGGEST lie ever in my opinion is when the person WITH the belt says that it will hurt them MORE than it hurts you LOL! On a serious note though, the biggest lie in the fitness world is this: NO PAIN, NO GAIN!

That is a bold faced lie! Pain should NOT be a part of a person’s training for 99% of fitness and health scenarios. Now, when as a Martial Artist, I have had hundreds of sparring matches. No surprise that sparring with no pads or gloves hurts. When football players get tackled, that hurts. I can go on with those kinds of examples for a long time.

But for the other 99% of people, pain should NOT be a part of the program. A workout can be challenging, it can test your lungs, and you may feel your muscles reacting. THAT is okay. Muscle fatigue and discomfort are good, JOINT pain is beyond bad. Fitness is a lifelong journey, and it just does not make any sense to workout to the point where you are actually DAMAGING your body and compromising your health. Remember a workout should INVIGORATE you, and send endorphins rushing through your body. You are supposed to feel GOOD after working out. You are supposed to be GLAD that you decided to work out.

Remember folks, we are on a LIFELONG wellness journey. We have to be careful not to do damaging things that make us look great when we are young, but feel burnt out and broken down when they are older. Take a look at combat athletes in the Olympics. Many of them were in that top .05% of athletes on planet Earth in their prime. MANY of them suffer from daily aches and pains as early as their mid-thirties. They have done irreparable damage to their bodies and their joints. That is NOT the life that most of us want to have. So stay the  course, be smart, and enjoy your health for your entire life.

Go The Extra Mile!

Hello everyone! I was just reminded of a quote that I really like. That quote is: “The Extra Mile is very lonely” I LOVE that. The idea is that a lot of people will make a LOT of lip service about what they want, but few will sacrifice time and effort to achieve their goals. In life in general, and Chuan Fit in particular, let’s not forget that it is the EXTRA that separates EXTRA ordinary from ordinary. If you are struggling now, and we have ALL been there, take a moment to rest, refocus and reshoot at your goals. Have an amazing day!

What Progress Really Is.

If you want to get all kinds of dictionary, progress is defined as: forward or onward movement toward a destination. While health and wellness are not physical destinations per se, we can definitely see how measuring progress is important. Now there are a lot of ways to check in and scale physical progress. I am NOT a fan of scales at all, but they CAN serve a limited purpose. SOME of the measures that I use typically are: Improvement in energy, waist-line change, ability to move in new ways, improved cardiovascular limits, improved strength, improved agility, and improved attitude.

Now, some of those things are easy to measure, some not so much. But to ME, what progress really is, is the fact that you went out, and did SOME kind of movement and healthy eating with the purpose of improving yourself. If you can do that more days that not, you can easily and reasonably call that progress.

My functional definition for progress is: The intentional actions that you do to improve your overall health, in a positive direction. That is it folks because I do not want to get too technical. Start with that definition, and good things will happen.

Myths About Physical Strength

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to address a really pervasive myth about (physical) strength. If you ask most people about physical strength, they will likely think of the ability to move large, heavy objects. Don’t get me wrong, that is part of it. But I have never been a fan of lifting weights, and I am NOT digging at those who do. When people ask me why I do not life weights, I tell them the truth,” Weights are heavy!” That is my honest answer.

That is NOT to say that I am physically weak. I personally equate physical strength as the part of an integrated whole. I think of strength as the ability to move your body in any way that you want, and to sustain any type of motion, or stillness that you can think of. What that means is that while I am 180# at 6 feet, my bench-press is NOT that impressive. How do I know? Because I don’t have a clue as to how much I can actually bench press. I DON’T do bench presses. I look for the ability to maintain and sustain certain postures and body position. Along with Chuan Fit, I love to do stuff like see how long I can hold a plank ( not long enough ) and how long I can maintain a handstand position without falling.

I am pretty lean naturally, and I do NOT need to injure my wrists by trying to prove a manhood point on the bench press. I will measure my fitness with Chuan Fit and push-ups, thank you very much. It seems that in today’s Cross-Fitting, Iron-Addicted, ” MORE IS BETTER” trends, that people use iron on bars to determine how strong they are. That is one way to measure progress to be sure, but not the only way.

Stick with your Chuan Fit and body weight exercises folks. It is less dangerous, and less impacting on the joints.  Your body is a perfect machine, we just have to use it perfectly. On that note, have a good day, I am going to go do a handstand!