Monday, October 31, 2016

31 Days Of An Ultimate Fitness Challenge: Day 31 "Get Resources"

I don't know about you, but I like things that are free. Which means you don't need a gym membership to do fitness. It's free. It doesn't cost a dime:

  • to go for a walk, jog or run. 
  • to do squats, push-ups, sit-ups, burpees, or squat thrusts
  • to do yoga
  • to play hard

Why spend money when you can do it for free? This is one reason why I would like to close this month's series by providing you with resources to help you keep moving. I've used each of these and each one is outstanding in their own right.
  • SparkPeople (easy to difficult) is a comprehensive site that includes a massive library of resources, training material, nutritional information as well as a fun tracker for all the above. The site contains a Facebook-like community where you can set up your own blog and be encouraged by others who are doing the same as you--changing at your own pace, in your own way. Training programs can be individualized. App available. There is no cost to use this site. 
  • Darebee (easy to difficult) is one my favorite sites, easy to navigate. They are growing with fun and easy to follow programs, challenges, instructional videos and nutrition helps. Their workouts don't take much equipment or explanation. Just do it. Use the filter on the side to find what works for you. Yes, there's even an app! There is no cost to use this site, no membership required.
  • (easy to difficult) is loaded with many programs that extend far beyond bodybuilding. Don't be intimidated. You don't have to have bulging muscles! Just get in there, find a free tailor-made program for you, enjoy the support of an online community and have fun! Gym equipment is required. 
  • Freeletics (difficult) is a subscription site, but the few workouts they post for no cost will absolutely eat your lunch, so come packing. A subscription will purchase a structured program for you and some coaching, but a little online research will help you find what you need to put together a few weeks of sturdy strength and cardio training. The only equipment required is a pull-up bar.
  • CrossFit (easy to difficult). The heartbeat of all I do. I taught myself pretty much all I need to know with a little research, but it's best if you can join a local box. 
  • "The Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) is preparing professional combat athletes who are ready to execute missions in the largely unstructured battlefields of today and the future." (Difficult) Grab a 45# rucksack or sandbag and enjoy 10 weeks of training that will strengthen both mind and body. Before long you'll find yourself a dozen miles down the road whistling a tune.  Download the app or find the entire manual (with instructions) here
  • SEALFit (mid-range to difficult) is a membership site, but there are many free resources available through books (check your local library) and online videos. It's worth the dollars to train body, mind, emotions--the whole person. At this posting, I'm starting my third evolution of the program. 
  • SEALGrinderPT is a site run by one of the SEALFit coaches and does require a level of pre-training. I started this site without SEALFit, but one is best prepared with levels of CrossFit. 
Play Hard!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Trunk or Treat 2016

at Crossings Community Church


Making sure the candy is good for public distribution

Let us begin!

The Candy-Keeper--it's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it


Burt with Mary Poppins
(Pastor Paul and Brenda)

More Gran'babies!

Hot Dog! It's time to eat!

31 Days Of An Ultimate Fitness Challenge: Day 30 "Get Norris"

Saturday, October 29, 2016

31 Days Of An Ultimate Fitness Challenge: Day 29 "Get Down"

Today is another long day, a hot day working at the Fairgrounds and Williams-Brice Stadium for the USC vs. Tennessee football game.

Long hours of walking, moving, standing among thousands of people, many of whom don't care a lick in the world about things that really matter. But that's getting my foot onto another soap-box. Sorry.

This a small reason why one trains--to do hard things. We don't train to do easy things. We train to do hard things. And when hard things get easy, we train for harder things. There's always going to be one more thing that just a little bit harder than before.

Commitment to training affects you perform in real life:

  1. working at high levels of output for extended periods of time physically, mentally and/or emotionally;
  2. prepares for responding (not reacting) to both the known and the unknown;
  3. finding a way to make things work, with or without resources;
  4. thrive, because you don't always win;
  5. be strong without the need for competition

I began this blog series talking about strength, endurance, stamina and working long, hot jobs is one reason why one trains. Fitness is more than losing weight or looking good. It's getting in the mindset to accomplish hard things, difficult things. And in my case (today), working with crowds of people . . . that's a job in and of itself.

While I'm thinking of it, be a sport and leave your contraband at home wouldja? Think of others before yourself, for safety's sake.

Friday, October 28, 2016

31 Days Of An Ultimate Fitness Challenge: Day 28 "Get Digging"

Sometimes, no matter what you feel, you gotta do it anyway. That's why it's called "training".

Life comes at us with more surprises than what's expected, so we must be ready. No matter how we feel, something's gonna happen. Be ready. So train. Get yourself prepared to respond. That's how we stay ahead of the game. That's what fitness is all about--being ready.

So dig. Dig deep.

Today, I really don't feel "it" but I'm gonna do it.
Still achy, still moving a little slow, but gonna do it.
It's gonna be tough.
It's gonna be hard.
It's gonna hurt.
But I'm gonna do it.
I don't like the idea of it.
Might rather prefer to be doing something else, but I'm gonna do it.
Because that's how one gets stronger.
Dig deep. Reach down in there, find it, pull it out and give it all you got.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

31 Days Of An Ultimate Fitness Challenge: Day 26 "Get Tylenol"

Because some days, you just need it. After yesterday's WOD, I'm feelin' it. But pain is not bad. Pain tells me I've done something and I'm getting stronger. You know the old saying: "pain is weakness leaving the body."

I know a guy who comes to the gym and, I admit, he's moving, but he will not allow himself to break a sweat. If he starts to sweat, he stops. I'm sure he has his reasons, but I'm not one to judge. At least he's there regularly and he's moving. Me? I'm all for faster, harder. I'm not ashamed to push my limits now and look for pain relief later. It's ok to hurt!

Today, I did the Freeletics WOD called "Ares" which was 5 rounds of:

  • 7 Pull-ups
  • 7 Sit-ups
  • 100 meter run (modified up from 80 m)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

31 Days Of An Ultimate Fitness Challenge: Day 25 "Get Back"

Back in the saddle, that is.

However you fell off, get back on. That's how you train. You get on until you stay on.

Today, I'm back in full swing.  Completed 150 each of burpees, squats and sit-ups.

Gonna feel that later.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

31 Days Of An Ultimate Fitness Challenge: Day 23 "Get Hungry"

Where I've Been All Week

Today is the last day of the South Carolina State Fair, where I've been working security for the last 12 days. It's been a fun, amazing time, hours and hours of very hard work but the weather's been perfect, and the staff are awesome. I'd do this again, without question. Here are snapshot of the week. Enjoy!

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