The Reason Your DIY Workout Plan is Holding You Back

Imagine this, you wake up one morning to find yourself living in a world very similar to the world seen in the movie, The Hunger Games

You hear a knock on your door, suddenly you find yourself being herded by armed guards into the town square for the annual reaping event. Surrounded by thousands of other people, you watch as the District-Escort reaches her hand into a glass bowl filled with thousands of pieces of paper. As the escort reads the name on the small piece of paper you are horrified to realize that your name has just been called…

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You have just been chosen to represent your district, but instead of competing in a “hunger games” type of event you have just been chosen to get into the octagon.

Yes, you have just been picked to get into a cage and fight in your underwear against a person from another district in front of all your friends, family, and all the millions watching on pay per view…

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You have just been picked to fight inside a cage.

If that’s not scary enough, you have now just realized that this is an extremely dangerous endeavor, you might break your arm, or jaw or leg, or eye socket, you might even loose a few teeth or worse, you might even receive irreversible brain damage, HELL, there is a possibility you might die…

And for argument sake, lets say that you have very little experience fighting, other then the one small shoving match you had in middle school. In other words, you have just been chosen to do the impossible.

There is however one small glimmer of hope, you have 1-year to train.

Ok, let’s review. You have zero fight experience and in 365-days you will be locked in a cage with another person looking to inflict on you, a massive amount of pain.

What are you going to do?

Well you really only have two options:

  1. You can hang a heavy bag in your garage, watch a bunch of You Tube and Instagram videos, and get together with your buddies and teach yourself how to fight.

Or

  1. You can join a top-notch fight gym that has years of experience taking inexperience people and turning them into world champions.

Which option do you pick? Well given this scenario, it is a no-brainer right, you choose option 1.

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Option 2 is the only logical choice. If you want to learn how to fight as quickly as possible your best bet is to surround yourself with professional trainers and other fighters looking to better themselves. Call me crazy but, I can’t think of a better environment to learn how to fight then going to a gym/school that specializes in fighting.

Am I right?

Well in the health and fitness world way too many people choose “option 1”. There are many reasons why, but the most common is:

“I think I can do it by myself” 

Let’s address this reason.

“I can do it by myself” – If you find yourself saying or even thinking this, I am here to say, you are absolutely right! Just like in the “hunger games” story above, it is possible to teach yourself–you can get a membership to a big box gym, spend hours reading blogs and watching You Tube and Instagram videos, and you can even pester your in-shape friends for some fitness tips. If you do all this, you will make progress, because well, anything is better than doing nothing.

HOWEVER, just like the story above, your fitness results will most likely pale in comparison to the results you would have received, if, instead of going at it alone, you got professional help. Because well, you don’t have as much knowledge and experience as the professionals. In other words, you are choosing to reinvent the wheel!

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Not to mention, why would you want to reinvent the wheel anyway?

Why would you want to spend hours a day reading blogs, buying books, watching videos, learning proper form, going to seminars, getting certifications, learning about nutrition, learning body mechanics, and creating workout plans, especially if you are not a fitness professional?

Again, I am not saying that you are not capable of acquiring all this knowledge, but the question is, do you really want too?

Let me give you an example, I am not a car mechanic. So, if my car breaks down, the first thing I am going to do is take my car to a trusted car-mechanic. Not because I am not capable, I have a mechanical engineering degree, there are numerous You Tube videos, and I even built a racecar back in college. So I am sure I could fix it, however, it will probably take me days, weeks, or even months to do the same job my mechanic could do in a few hours.

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2005 – The racecar I helped build as my senior project

Why? Because I am not a car mechanic!

I haven’t worked on a car in over 11-years and I don’t have the proper tools! But more importantly, I don’t have the TIME to “figure it out”. I am too busy perfecting my own craft…

Wait, hold up!

Did you catch the word from the second to last sentence? The word- TIME?! Well I hope you did because TIME is all you have. Or as Bruce Lee said, “time is what life is made of”

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So if you haven’t figured it out by now, this entire post is about TIME!

Now ask yourself, between your work commitments, family commitments, social commitments, and other hobbies, how much time can you “afford” to spend learning about fitness? Before you answer, remember you only have a limited amount TIME and once it’s gone it’s gone, you can’t get anymore.

And don’t forget why your started your fitness journey in the first place, it was to get a particular result, right? Don’t you want that result ASAP?! Well teaching yourself will slow the process down!

So unless you are an aspiring fitness professional or fitness is you main hobby, why would you want to spend so much of your time learning (even then you should find a professional to learn from)? By allowing others to help you, you free up much more TIME! All this extra time allows you to be YOU. It allows you to be the best mom or dad, or best school teacher or restaurant owner, or soccer player, or the best husband or best wife or computer programer, or whatever it is that makes you, YOU.

So if you had to fight someone in 1-years time, I bet you would seek professional help, but what if you had 1-year to achieve your fitness goals?

 

 

 

 

 

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The Grass is Greener (Self-Sabotage Series)

If you have ever been to a yoga studio, hung out with a hipster, or been around anyone who has ever used the word “ZEN” in a sentence, then I can almost guarantee you have heard the word “mindfulness” a time or two. But what exactly is mindfulness? Well, mindfulness in its most basic definition means, being 100% in the moment. This means, giving all your attention to the task at hand, not getting distracted by outside thoughts. A way to relate this into the fitness world would be to think of it like this; the opposite of mindfulness is, working out while simultaneously thinking about what you are going to make for dinner and how you only have 2-more days until that major work project is due and that you also forgot to pay the electric bill. In other words, you are completely distracted during your workout thus resulting is a sub-par performance.

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Focus on the NOW

But mindfulness is more than just focusing on the current task, it is an actual way of life. It (mindfulness) is about embracing the NOW, it is about living in the moment. Trust me, living in the moment can be harder than you think! How many people do you know that are still living in the past, (remember Al Bundy and the 4 touchdown game)? Or what about the person so concerned about the future that they forget to enjoy (or at least experience) the present moment? They focus so much on the end-result that they forget to enjoy the journey. In the fitness world I call them the “grass is always greener” people, and these people suffer from a major form of self-sabotage because they spend more time waiting, wanting and/or reminiscing about the “good ole days” then they do, “doing”.

You should have seen me, I scored 4 touchdowns in one game!!!

You should have seen me, I scored 4 touchdowns in one game!!!

A grass is greener person is living the exact opposite of a mindful life. Instead of focusing on their current exercise program, they are waiting and hoping for a new gym, a new trainer, a new supplement, a new diet, and/or a new exercise program to come along and be the solution to all their fitness related problems. Why? Because it is easier to wish and hope for results then it is to earn them! It’s true, success is hard and despite everything we know, many people still believe that short cuts exist. So instead of buckling down and putting in work, they spend most of their time looking for unicorns and leprechauns!

So how do you know if you are a grass is greener person? Well let’s look at some of the signs/symptoms:

  • You are once again excited about another “new gym” opening up – The world of fitness is definitely growing and it seems that new fitness centers are opening up all the time especially if you live in a major city. Now if you love fitness it is definitely natural to be a little curious about the new gym (their trainers and methodologies) but your curiosity boarders on obsession. Ironically your obsession with this new gym makes little since as you have never been there or know nothing about the place other than what you read on their Facebook page. However, this doesn’t stop you from sharing all their posts and voicing your excitement on all forms of social media. Sadly just like the guy/girl that can never find true love, your relationship with this exciting new gym last no more than a few months.
  • You constantly want to “mix-up” your workout – It has only been 3-months but somehow you think you have once again hit a plateau in your current workout. This lack of progress (remember it has only been 3-months) has you convinced that your muscles have adapted to your current workout rendering this particular workout useless. The solution?  CrossFit, or yoga, or maybe hot yoga, or hot yoga crossfit (don’t steal my idea 😉 ) or maybe even pilates, spin, and/or Kettlebells, in fact you want to do anything as long as it is not your current workout plan.
  • You have every gadget or gimmicky machine you can get your hands on – Whether it is the Shake Weight, the Thigh Master, the Ab Lounger, Fitbits, Heart Rate Monitors, Step Counters, or Bar Method you have spent more money and more time looking for the easy path instead of doing what actually works, being CONSISTENT!!!
  • You still believe in fad diets – You have finally found the solution to your fitness problems, it is the cotton ball diet, or raw food diet, or the master cleanse diet, or the latest MLM diet, in fact any “diet” sounds like the solution to your problems except eating REAL WHOLE FOODS!

Now I am not saying that you should never change things up, in fact change can be a good thing but it needs to be a conscience decision. Because there is no perfect workout plan or perfect diet (except eating real whole food). Always remember that there are many ways to the top of the fitness mountain but no matter which route you take you must find some consistency. Consistency is and will always be the key to success and instead of looking for the next best thing sometimes you just need to “dance with the girl you brought”.

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While I would never encourage anyone to settle, I definitely don’t want you to fall into the trap of thinking the grass is always greener, because if you know anything about fitness it is impossible to master. You can always run faster, lift more weight, improve your form, and/or increase the intensity. The journey of fitness is not about finding the next best thing it is about finding yourself, and it is impossible to find yourself if you do not push thorough adversity. While there are multiple paths to the top of the fitness mountain no one path is any easier than the other, they are all hard, so instead of worrying about the future, focus on what you are doing today to become the best version of yourself. Life is too short and if you spend all your time waiting for something better to come along you will look back over your life and see all your wasted potential! Every day you wake-up you have the opportunity to become a better person, you have the opportunity to take an active part in designing your own future instead of waiting around hoping that someone or something will come along and design your future for you. So I urge to to start living in the moment, I urge you to stop waiting and instead take an active part in your life.

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Self-Sabotage: Bad doctors, bad food and boredom (Episode 12)

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Welcome to episode 12 of the Team Renon Podcast!

Binge eating, unethical doctors, bad breakfasts, self-responsibility and self-sabotage! In this episode Garett and Jessica plunge deep into the world of health/fitness ethics, asking questions such as when to say when to a friend? And what is the responsibility of a doctor when a client asks for the elusive “get out of jail free card”? This is a definitely a must listen!

Check out this episode!

Self-Sabotage “I Have Kids”

I so badly want to believe that you alone are the master and creator of your own destiny and that you are the only one responsible for your successes, failures, habits, and/or beliefs! However, this is not the case, there are certain factors that are out of your control, such as your parents and the environment you were raised. I have never met anyone who before they were born, was able to choose his or her parents. Do you know of anyone who has specifically chosen their parents? I bet you haven’t. So why are some people born in 3rd world African villages, while some are born right here in ‘Merica, the land of opportunity? If you think about your own life, you did not choose your parents, your country, your city, or even your neighborhood at least not for many years. So the argument can be made that a lot of what makes you, YOU, was the environment you were raised and the example set forth by your parents.

'Merica!!!

‘Merica!!!

What does this mean? It means that out of all the “jobs” in the entire world, being a parent has the highest amount of consequences for determining the future of the Human Race! But most importantly it means that having kids is not an excuse for being unhealthy! In fact I would argue that being a parent is the biggest reason ever, to be healthy, because now you are directly responsible for the life of another human. It is like the argument for illegal drugs, is it a crime if you are only hurting yourself? That’s definitely debatable, but what we can all agree on is that once you harm someone else you are now committing a crime. Same goes for your health, if you don’t have any children and you want to be an overweight, who cares (it is your life journey), for the most part you are only effecting yourself, however if you are unhealthy and you have kids well now you are effecting someone else’s life. And not just anyone, you are effecting the health and livelihood of your own flesh and blood. You are now effecting someone that is 100% depended on you for food, shelter, protection, wisdom, etc.

Let’s clear the air right now, I do not have any kids (at least not that I know of 😉 ), so now is your chance to use this fact to tell me I don’t know what I am talking about and ignore everything else I have to say about this topic. The truth is I do not know what it is like to raise a child but I do know that:

  • You are your child’s “god” – For a minimum of 18 years your child is 100% depended on you for survival. This dependence is so strong that it is natural for the child to emulate his or her parents. Which means, if you live an unhealthy lifestyle, by default, your child will live an unhealthy lifestyle! Your child has no choice in how you choose to raise them, however your choices good or bad have a 100% direct influence on nearly every aspect of their life! If you are active, your kids will be active too. If you eat healthy, your kids will eat healthy too. If you have diabetes, most likely, your child will have diabetes (the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree).
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    What type of role model are you?

  • You are a role model for your childIf you met yourself, would you be impressed? Kids are really smart and I am guessing by the time they are 10-year to 12-years old they know whether you are a winner or a loser at life. They will know whether you are healthy or unhealthy. Remember when you were a kid and you thought your dad could beat up Superman? Once you found out that your dad was not Superman, did he still impress you? Well if you are overweight do you think your child is impressed that you get winded walking up a flight of stairs? Most likely your child will always love you (unconditional love), but is your child inspired by you? Is you child proud to say, “that’s my dad” or “that’s my mom”?! Don’t forget that kids can be cruel, how does your child feel when your child’s friends say, “your dad is fat”? So let me ask you, if you are not your child’s biggest role model, who is? Let’s ask the Round Mound of Rebound for his opinion.
  • You “perform like you practice” – Any successful athlete will tell you that the game is not won on game day, the game is won in the days, weeks, and months leading up to the game. When it comes to sports, games are won in the off-season and on the practice field, because it is a universal law that we perform like we practice. It is impossible to give a half-assed effort at practice, and think that on game day you will be able to just “turn it on”, if this were true, there would be no incentive to practice! The same thing is true for a parent. If you think you can treat yourself like shit but somehow “rally on game day” for your family your are highly mistaken. You can’t help your family if you can’t even help yourself. You can’t protect your children if you can’t protect yourself. You can’t “phone in” your life and then expect to be supermom or superdad. Suppose the zombie apocalypse were to happen tomorrow, ask yourself,  “will I be an asset, or a liability to my family”?
  • People love to play the victim role – It is a well know fact that it is easier to be a “victim“, it is easier to blames others, than it is to take personal responsibility for your own actions. It is easier to hide behind your kids and convince yourself that you just don’t have the time, then it is to MAKE TIME! Trust me you can find the time, for every “I am the victim, cause I have kids” story I hear, I also hear success story from someone in a very similar predicament. What’s crazy about these success stories is that many of you “victims” will hate on anyone that finds ways to “get it done” despite having kids. Hows this for opening an old can of worms?
    Remember this? Does it make you mad?

    Remember this? Does it make you mad? Does this inspire you or make you mad?

  • Your responsibilities will increase – Yes having kids is a life changing experience! Yes kids are expensive! Yes they will require more of your time, but this should not be news to you, you should have known this when you “signed up for the job”. We can’t hide behind increased responsibilities when those same responsibilities were listed in the job description! This is the equivalent to having “million dollar dreams, but a minimum wage work ethic”! We have to do the job we signed up for!!! So take responsibility and find a way! Hire a babysitter, find a gym that offers child care, do whatever it takes, because in order to be the best parent you can, you need time for self-improvement!

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying you need to look like a supermodel, a fitness model, or Maria Kang the “Fit Mom”, what I am saying is that as a parent it is your responsibility to be healthy, it is your responsibility to be strong and it is your responsibility to be as inspirational as possible, not just for you, but for your family! Never forget that your family is counting on you being the best possible version of yourself, anything less, and you are cheating your family. So if there is one take away from this post it is:

No matter your circumstances, doing some sort of self improvement is the least selfish thing you can do!

Are you an asset or a liability?