Take a chance on your health

Scenario: You need to train for your mental wellbeing. It just doesn’t feel right if you can’t. Intensity helps with your sanity. There’s nothing else that can compare.

I get it! I’ve been there and done that. And, you need to think long term. Long term for your body. How will it function 10 or 20 years down the road with what you are doing right now?

How about taking a chance on your health? Take those extra few minutes after a workout or cut your workout short to do those restorative exercises needed to reduce the turbulent flow that you caused while working out.

It’s you that makes the choice of recovery. It’s not a question of whether you have time or not for your body. It is 100% your choice.

So, go for it! Take a chance on your health.

INITIAL Training Program [PART II]

Within sport/exercise/training/physical activity you want the appropriate adaptations that optimize health with speckles of performance. This is the exact opposite of “fitness” today.

99.99% of training programs do not give you the proper care inside the training nor outside the training ground. Why? Because they don’t know. It’s far beyond mobility, warm-up, technique, cool-down.

Your body is an intricate machine and can withstand trememdous amounts of stress…. until it hits a wall (just like the straw that broke the camels back) and you get injured. Five weeks, five months, five years? Depends. Depends. Depends!

The positioning of your body over your lifetime, your genetics and your environment have created your framework today. Without proper knowledge of your skeletal alignment and daily movement patterns you are a ticking time bomb in your training regimen.

It’s important to be educated, take care of yourself and be fully aware of your body. Self-care equates to self-responsibility which can be too much to handle for some people.

You are more than welcome to see me or any other professional that gives you the proper information. Please do not take your body for granted. Things can happen that are irreversible. Prevention with education is the way to go.

I would never take your sport away from you…. the question is: how is your addiction to your sport taking away from you?

INITIAL Training Program [Part I]

You see a cool sport or training program or group session or bootcamp that peaks your interested, and you are super keen to partake because it looks fun. GREAT!

Golden rule of thumb: It does NOT matter who, what, where, when, how, or why of that particular training program= you will 100% improve.

Why? Bottom line: Your body adjusts to consistency. Consistency. A regular stimulus at regular intervals will create change. And your body will definitely change [nervous system-> muscles-> connective tissue-> bone… and everything else mish-mashed].

Yes, whether it’s a crap or excellent training program your first 6 months to a year (or more dependent on the person) there will be improvements… potentially kick ass improvements. And then, you become addicted to this feeling!

Super! If all you want is: Performance. Results. Numbers.

To be continued tomorrow…

Train HARD

Training is never hard. Training may be fast or slow, lift more, lift less, throw further, throw shorter, jump higher or longer, do more, do less but never hard. Hard provides the wrong mental image – training is fun, training is social, training can test your limits and knock you off your feet as it sometimes does…. And, training is what we do to get better, training is what we do with friends – but training is never hard.

So go and train, learn something new, feel the sensation of exertion, go fast, go slow, go more or go less – but never go hard.


What’s the best exercise to build fitness for rowing?

The number one exercise, before starting up any sport again after being off for years is: walking! Hands down, it is the best overall whole body natural movement exercise. And, it is the most underrated. Can you walk 6 days a week? 1km, 3km, 4km, 2km, 6km, 2km is an example of your daily/weekly mileage, and you need to vary your route, your direction, your terrain (sand, grass, dirt, gravel, pavement), and what shoes you wear to get our body back into form. In addition, there’s something even more fundamentally important: what do you do throughout the entire day everyday? Move as much as possible, in as many ways as possible. Do you make your breakfast from scratch? Do you move to work or drive to work? Do you walk to get the groceries or take the car? Do you have standing meetings or sitting meetings at work? Upon arriving home do you sit on the couch or do you garden and/or move around until bed time. All of this matters in terms of your health, your fitness and getting you ready to row. When you are comfortable and ready to row, have fun with a group of people in the learn to row program, and then… if there is an adult league join it (once or twice/week). After which, you can integrate into the competitive program at your leisure, no pressure.


*This blog is answering to a middle-aged person who has not participated in sport for over 15 years.