Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Workout of the Day

Warm Up: Trampoline 5-10 minutes

2 One-Arm Pull-ups on each arm
3 Reverse Pull-overs to Korean Dips
4 Around-the-world Muscle-Ups
5 Clapping Muscle-Ups
6 Pull-up / Press Downs
7 Behind the head pull-ups
8 Cross bar close grip pull-ups
16 Over Unders

Max 90 degree pushups on floor
Max 90 degree pushups on parallettes
5 x 3 planche pushups to bowers

2 x Max pommel circles

40 lemon-squeezer V-ups
90 second hollow hold with 30 seconds scissors
10 candle stick presses

Cool Down: Giants in Straps

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Problem with Personal Trainers

Underground Wellness interview with Juan Carlos Santana

This interview is a pretty accurate telling of the problems in the personal training industry. I would go a step further and say that most people can better motivate themselves to do a simple training program than a personal trainer can. When people just need to get moving in the right direction, a trainer can get in the way with too much "high concept" regurgitated theory.

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An Easy Zone Snack

Mix a teaspoon of Agave Nectar into a 7 oz. cup of Fage® brand 2% Greek yogurt. You're welcome.

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Workout of the Day

Warm-up: run half a mile

Workout: Bar Stuff + Pushups
3 reverse pull-overs to Korean dips
5 front lever muscle-ups
7 muscle-ups
9 pull-ups
11 kipping pull-ups
13 Korean Dips
10 switch-grip pull-ups
8 vertical leg body-weight rows
6 pull-up / press-downs
4 slow roll overs
2 lever control downs

Max push-ups

Cool Down: run half a mile

most of these exercises can be found at www.youtube.com/geoffcraft

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I am an athlete, and so can you!

I haven’t competed in a gymnastics event for more than a decade, and I haven’t competed in any form of athletic competition in nearly eight years. I do, however, still train like an athlete. I do dead lifts and squat thrusts, I do push-ups and pull-ups, I run sprints and distance, I eat healthy food, and I even play around on the rings every couple of days. Why? Well, I’m certainly not training for the 2012 Olympics, and I definitely don’t plan on applying for any gymnastics scholarships. I still train like an athlete because athletes train to fulfill a function, and functional training is the healthiest and most productive way to train.

Do I look better for working out? Sure. Do I feel healthier for working out? Definitely. Am I a stronger person mentally and physically for working out? Absolutely. Ultimately, training like an athlete is the best way to achieve any of the common workout goals of our fitness obsessed (albeit deficient) society: Strength, Aesthetics, and Health.

You don’t have to be training for an NFL team to benefit from an NFL lifting program. You don’t have to be a boxer to gain endurance and strength from a fighter workout routine. You don’t have to wear really tight shirts and chant about protecting this house (ADT does that for me) to benefit from training the way an athlete does. Functional training will take you to whatever fitness goal you might have in the healthiest and most expedient way. High intensity resistance training (body-weight and otherwise) is my workout of choice.

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