Tyler Knupp hitting this backflip much easier now as well as being able to dunk easily for the first time in his life! Real results!
“Exercise science has treated the muscles like a big meaty furnace. We engage in muscular activity to burn calories and produce a cardio-respiratory demand. This has proved to be effective for caloric expenditure and maybe even improved cardiovascular health, but it has not left us moving well. We didn’t set quality movement as a goal-we focused on quantity. If we compound our incomplete exercise platform with a predominance of sedentary activities, we are left with extremely poor movement patterns.”
I have been having a few talks over the last few months with Dewey Nielsen, my mentor, friend, and elite level strength coach, about the most important issues in the areas of strength and conditioning. Actually, these have been more “listens” than “talks”, as I seem to learn a lot more when I shut up and take notes. But, one issue that I have been really kicking around is how critical movement QUALITY is. I have written about this in a few other posts, but the issue deserves a little deeper discussion. Continue Reading
“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.”
As a busy teacher, grading papers, lesson planning, and investing in your students, at the end of the day, the last thing you want to do is pay attention to your fitness and go workout. That was my mentality. I would get to the end of a busy day teaching, and feel like I had no energy to workout. And, more than that everything seemed so big. The changes I needed to make were so radical, the amount of energy I would need to improve my fitness level just seemed like more than I had in my busy teacher schedule. But, I did it, and I’m going to show you how you can do it too. Continue Reading
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
When I first started my lifestyle transformation, my close friends knew what was going on. But, most teachers spend at least 8 hours of their day at work. That means, that unless your best friends are other teachers, you are spending a lot of time around other people. So, it is important that your co-workers know that you are making changes. They will probably be skeptical at first, because this is probably not the first time you have attempted to lose weight and improve your fitness. However, this is a key component of your weight loss and fitness success because you spend so much time (at least 1/3 of your daily hours) at work. Here are a few suggestions to help your friends and co-workers support you at work. Continue Reading
“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.”
Prelude: As the summer approaches, I thought it would be helpful to share some thoughts on staying productive during your teaching break. Obviously, the focus is on fitness, but progress can and should be made in all areas of your life. Be on the lookout for a more in-depth, “How to Attack the Summer” kit in the future.
Ahhhhh….summer. When you ask a teacher why they are a teacher, “summer’s off” is mentioned within the first three things, usually first. I remember anxiously waiting for the last day of school. I think as a teacher, I looked forward to it more than when I was a student. I couldn’t wait to just relax and do all of the fun things I had been putting off all year. The thing is, usually I didn’t do many of them. Continue Reading