Thursday, December 25, 2014

Where Do You Go After Simple? | StrongFirst

I think this will be a great way to start the New Year...

Where Do You Go After Simple? | StrongFirst

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Working Out VS Training Pt 2

Can you do both?
Is it possible to both train and workout at the same time, even in the same workout?
I’d say it is possible as long as you have your priority set correctly. If you are training for an event and it is in the near future, you would train your event in the first part of your session, SPP - Specific Physical Preparedness. An example would be if you are training for kettlebell long cycle at a competition you would practice/train for that in the beginning of your session. The second part of you session would be GPP – General Physical Preparedness. This is where you can “workout”, do circuit training, cardio, free weights, etc..
Now this can sound promising, a place where you can add variety, as long as it still works toward your goal of your training, and does not push you towards overtraining.
How do you know if you’re overtraining? Here are some signs of overtraining:
  • Washed-out feeling, tired, drained, lack of energy
  • Mild leg soreness, general aches and pains
  • Pain in muscles and joints
  • Sudden drop in performance
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Decreased immunity(increased number of colds, and sore throats)
  • Decrease in training capacity / intensity
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Depression
  • Loss of enthusiasm for the sport
  • Decreased appetite
  • Increased incidence of injuries.
  • Compulsive need to exercise

There are several ways to objectively check for over training, one simple way is to check your heart rate, pulse, when you wake up in the morning. If you know your resting heart rate [1st thing in the morning] and you find it is going up that is a sign of over training.

Some ways to treat over training
·               Rest and recover
·               Hydrate!!!!!
·               Sports Massage

That’s all for now ….any questions? Comments?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Working Out VS Training

Have you ever heard a phrase you liked but never gave it much thought?

I saw a picture of a sign hanging in a gym. It was the rules of the gym, and #1 was “Train don’t Workout”.

I liked that but never gave it much thought, until yesterday. Currently I’m training under the tutelage of Ken Blackburn, with help from Donica Storino, both from the IKFF for the kettlebell championships in November {Click above banner for more info}, I’ll be doing the “Long Cycle” . So I decided to do my Wednesdays session in my garage, sure I knew it was hot, 112f, but I like that once and a while, nothing like gettine a good sweat going. Here’s where it dawned on me the difference between training and working out. The good sweat would be great for working out, but when your training not so good. I was supposed to do 2 – 3 minutes  sets of 10-12 reps. First set was fine, 2nd set not so good, and the 3rd set of just cleans was plain out exhausting. So I now know, training is having a goal or event in mind, working out is just getting work in. Right now I’m training so no more garage sessions over 75f.
Thanks for reading and I'll be posting alot more from now on.....