Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and World Champion, James Puopolo is doing work with a racked carry on the balance beam! High level stuff.
“The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man. “
One of the ways I have been helping people move better is by using the balance beam. Now, let me start by saying that the balance beam is not the be all end all. It is just a useful tool. And, it is an easy way to help people start improving their motor control (upgrading their software). And, people seem to really like it, because it is different than what they are used to doing in a fitness setting. Most adults haven’t been on a balance beam in decades, so it is a fun challenge and something they can quickly improve on. And, added stability leads to improved performance. All people can benefit from moving better.
Me getting some balance beam work in
When I attended the Functional Movement Systems training, I was blown away by one of the stats I heard. Half of the people (that’s right 50%) 75 years or older die within 6 months of falling. Now, there are various theories on why that is. But to me, the startling part of the statistic is that falling is essentially a death sentence for elderly people. Continue Reading
“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. “
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have been lucky to be surrounded by a ton of knowledgeable people, and I am learning so fast I struggle to keep up. When I first started narrowing my focus on improving performance and training methods, I was turned on to something called the joint-by-joint approach that was created, as far as I can tell, by Mike Boyle and Gray Cook, two guys I have also mentioned earlier. This idea has made a ton of difference in how I understand training and improved athletic performance. Let me do my best to explain the importance. Continue Reading
“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.”
Even though I allowed myself to get really overweight, I have always been interested in the idea of improving human performance. As a high school basketball coach for nearly a decade, I was almost obsessed with finding the best, most efficient ways to help others improve. Every time we would have tangible success, I would note the methods used to improve, and then would try to improve on other areas, or find new strategies, better than the current procedures.
Over the past year, I have been focusing my attention and time on one question, “How do we improve the athletic performance of individuals?” Now, initially, the question was more centered on weight loss, and overall fitness, but as my research expanded, I started to consider how we become better athletes. Maybe people will say, “I’m not in high school or college anymore, why does it matter if I can become more athletic?” At first this seems like a valid point. However, when you consider that 50% of people 75+ years old die within 6 months of falling, you begin to realize, we ALL must focus on moving better. Continue Reading
As a teacher, one of the tough parts of improving your fitness is eating the right things at work. Unlike many other jobs, teaching causes you to be stuck in one spot for the majority of your day. Your schedule is not your own, and you are constrained to the bell schedule. This can make it difficult to eat right. And, since we know that what you eat is at least 80% of your body composition, this poses a big problem. Most of the time, what I, and my teaching friends, have done is stock our desks with convenient snacks that are already pre-packaged and easy. We make a Costco run and pick up some crackers, trail mix, etc. The problem with these snacks is they are loaded with empty calories, and because they are usually high in processed carbs, they will make us hungrier in a few hours. However, the fix is not that difficult. Here are three ways you can easily make your snacks more healthy. Continue Reading
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
(Author’s Note: This is the last in a series of three posts on goal settings. If you missed the first two check out the links embedded in the post!)
I have been receiving some good questions about goal setting and the process of goal setting. I think the topic is often talked about but rarely implemented. I know that even as I write this post, I will tell you the process I am using, but know that it’s not perfect. And, I’m definitely far from perfect in my execution of this stuff. Again, I am just a learner on this journey just like everyone else. But here is what I am learning. Continue Reading
“I contend that not only can you laugh at adversity, but it is essential to do so if you are to deal with setbacks without defeat.”
(Author’s Note: I took a week off from writing this week, but still wanted to post some fresh stuff. Here is a post I wrote a few months back about dealing with obstacles when your achieving your goals. I’ll be back next week to finish the series on goal setting. Enjoy!)
When I started my life transformation on December 27, 2011, I was motivated and inspired. I saw great progress initially, and I was fueling my change with hours of audiobooks and reading, motivational speeches, and all kinds of good stuff. As a result, it was easy to write about what I was learning, because it seemed like every day presented a new lesson. Well, as time went on, my motivation waned, and I reverted to some of my old habits (nothing major just stopped listening to as much good material, started spending more time on Netflix, etc). I still saw some progress toward my goals most weeks, but other weeks I stayed at the same weight and had not improved in my other goals as well. This was frustrating and discouraging. I felt a few times that maybe it would be easier to just go back to my old lazy lifestyle. This was scary, because I knew this wasn’t what was best, but I felt really discouraged. Continue Reading
“I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacation with better care than they do their lives.Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.”
If you missed the start of the series last week, check it out here.
Goal Setting is talked about a lot in personal development. Numerous books and blog posts have been written on the topic of goal setting. As a teacher, I am sure you talked to your students about goal setting regularly. However, I know in my own life as a teacher, even though I was talking to my students about setting goals, I wasn’t doing it. My overall health and fitness needed a major overhaul, yet I didn’t set goals and work toward any kind of change. Again, as I mentioned in a previous post, 97% of adults have no written goals. Again, as is one of the main themes of this blog, I want to give you practical goal setting advice that you could implement right away. I have read countless articles and books on goal setting, but only started applying them in the past year. However, I have developed a clear process that is easy to use. Continue Reading