Posts tagged ‘Fitness’

Keep Your Friends Close, Your Enemies Closer…

and your “FRENEMIES” closest! I thought of this word while anxiously engaged in a good cause (losing my expanding waistline). Specifically, I was utilizing a principle I had learned from Dan John, one of my favorite strength and conditioning coaches, author and seemingly all around good egg.

More on Dan John in a minute, but first the principle: Inefficient Exercise, which he defines as

“doing something that takes a lot of movement and breathing and really doesn’t get you very far. If you are poor at swimming or dancing, swim or dance.”

My chosen Inefficient Exercise was riding my fixed gear bike. Although not a true “fixie” as these single speed bikes are commonly known, as my bike is set up to “freewheel” allowing me to rest when riding/coasting downhill. It is nonetheless, VERY inefficient for me, and as Coach Dan John has taught, a great way to lose body fat, exercise for met-con (metabolic conditioning), aerobic exercise, etc.

So why “frenemies?” After all, I am clearly a fan of Dan John and his coaching and should see him as a friend in my life… well, the truth is, because I was hurting. Bad. But that is good, inefficient, and in this case, and for my purpose effective, right? Right! But still, in my agony, I started “hating on” the guiltless Dan John… my new… “frenemy.”

Dan John is someone who teaches principles that are simple but not easy!  Principles that expose my weaknesses for my benefit! In my life, I have been blessed with many friends who have taught me myriad correct principles. When I am my best self I have had “enemies” who have taught me my own weaknesses, and therefore my most important life lessons personally.

During today’s efforts, I thought of some amazing “frenemies” I would like to introduce over the next several weeks, months, years? People who teach myriad correct principles that can expose personal weaknesses and help you develop YOUR best self, more than any friend or foe!

Examples: The aforementioned Dan John on Strength, Conditioning and being an amazing Coach! Jocko Willink and Leif Babin on Leadership, and Tim Ferriss on all things Learning/Teaching and Training/Coaching.

I am an unapologetic “bibliophile” and have read extensively the great writings of these three. Jocko and Tim also have amazing podcasts. My hope is to share with you some of what I have learned for your benefit, in hopes that you too might study these great Teachers/Coaches/Mentors, and selfishly to journal some of my experiences while putting their principles to the test! So…

“Keep your friends close, your enemies closer and your frenemies CLOSEST!”


On Getting Older WITHOUT Ageing

Everyone wants to get older, no one wants to age! –Joe Hamilton, talking with a patient, sometime last year.

As a “baby boomer,” (along with every other generation) I’m getting older. I really feel it at work when I ask my co-workers to “get me a ‘xerox’ of this chart please.” Most just look at me quizzically and ask, “you need me to copy that chart?” Others are so young they don’t know that xerox is now one of many copier manufacturers, much less remember a time when xerox was the ONLY company that made copy machines!

Heck, I remember “dittos!” The copy machine that rendered all of our printed material at school in a distinct blue print!

And of course, like every red-blooded American male boomer of the 70’s I remember “dittos” the great looking pants girls wore to school…  Hey guys, I’m happy to report dittos (the pants of course) are making a comeback! Sorry, back on topic;

There is, however a way to get older without excessive ageing. Exercise and eating right. Don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger. Seriously, best exercise methodology (if applied correctly) for slow-ageing? CrossFit. This is my informed opinion, for three reasons:

1. CrossFit has THE best methods, based on a comprehensive definition of fitness, and strict adherence to aligning it’s programming with human energy systems, as opposed to training for aesthetics.

2. CrossFit continues to develop best practices of it’s methods by using an open source philosophy, the only exercise methodology to my knowledge to take advantage of the internet, communication and media, strictly for the purpose of improving the practice of developing peak human performance. (As opposed to strictly for marketing)

3. CrossFit is scale-able. Don’t discount CrossFit for it’s focus on Olympic Weightlifting, gymnastics, sprint training, and their use in a high intensity interval training format. It’s true affiliate gyms and their coaches are taught to scale workouts to each athlete’s abilities. Can’t do a single push-up, pull-up or dip? Think you might be allergic to iron, and/or can’t see yourself doing a barbell clean from the floor? Haven’t run in awhile? Don’t worry there’s ways to get you from zero to hero WITHOUT injury… in the hands of the right coach!

Check the CrossFit affiliate in your area. If the workouts are not scaled to your needs, there’s probably two or more CrossFit affiliates in your city or surrounding area to choose from, find the right fit.

Even if there are no CrossFit affiliates in your area, go to the main website and subscribe to the CrossFit Journal. For $25.00 bucks a year  some of the BEST writing on strength and conditioning anywhere! You get a searchable database of all past journals, videos, pod-casts and articles, along with the new material that comes out every month. An amazing resource.

So there’s your answer to the exercise half of the equation. What about the whole “eating right,” half you ask? Great question, I will attempt to answer that tomorrow! Until then; please, continue to get older (it’s better than the alternative!) and I hope you’ll visit again for more suggestions on how to do so with less “ageing” along the way!