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5 Rules To Make You An Athletic Machine For A Lifetime!
Ok today is going to be all about how to keep the ‘ole blade sharp! That’s right, time and time again I cover strategies on training and physical development and some things may look familiar and some may be a new idea for you, however today is just one of those days where a good reminder is in order. Keep on reading to be reminded my friend.
Keep The Blade Sharp…
Keeping the blade sharp is a phrase I like to use to refer to one maintaining physical prowess. Mobility is the fountain of youth and if you don’t believe me just take a look at what immobility does to a person. It’s pretty much a death sentence. So today I want to talk about what measures you can take on a regular basis in order to make you maintain that athleticism for a lifetime!
Rule #Numero Uno: Stress Your Body Regularly!
I know I may sound like Captain Obvious with this rule, but give me a chance to elaborate. I don’t necessarily mean solely getting to the gym with regularity, but rather literally finding ways to stress the body on a regular basis throughout the course of the day. This is something that can help you to maintain a solid level of strength and to help you to maintain a certain level of control with your body by keeping your mind in tune with it.
One way to do this is by practicing various “miniature bouts” of strength drills spread out over the course of a day. It could mean that you practice hammering out a set of push ups, a set of pull ups, or just by engaging in a bout of isometrics. Whatever your method you will maintain and even build on a significant level of strength should you commit yourself to the cause.
Rule #2: Lift Some Heavy Ass Weight!
Once again the name of the game is progressive overload! It amazes me when I hear people say things like “Well I don’t lift heavy anymore.” I always reply with “Well why the hell not?”
You see the point is that “heavy” is a relative thing. It’s relative to the individual and what that person is capable of doing. If you happen to be Paul Bunyan strong and can back squat 300 pounds with relative ease then that 300 lbs. is not that heavy for you. However, a 100 lb. squat may be heavy for the next guy.
The point is that you should not put a limit on what you perceive to be heavy or difficult. The goal is to make yourself better today than you were yesterday and if that means that the weight that was heavy last week isn’t so heavy today then you’re doing something right!
Rule #3: Do Some Sprinting!
You read that right my friend. Making sure you maintain some explosiveness is key to keeping the blade sharp! Mixing in a few sprints a couple days a week is a great idea. Not only will you build on and enhance your aerobic/anaerobic capacity you’ll be stronger for it as well.
Sprint work consists of effective work to rest intervals which will in turn feed the success of your strength program as well. This is the answer to your “cardio” and it beats out a treadmill every single time!
Rule #4: Throw Something!
If you look at the history of mankind the ability to throw objects has been a necessity regarding survival. Now when I say throwing I don’t necessarily mean just skipping a rock across a pond. I mean that’s fine, but what I’m talking about is the ability to pick up awkward objects and throw them with purpose and control.
The ability to toss around a few bales of hay, bags of feed, fertilizer, etc. are all necessary physical demands for working life skills. This kind of stuff goes hand in hand with being able to have enough physical function to get the job done. This is the kind of stuff humans are made to do, not sitting in a cubicle 8 hours a day. Go throw something. If you don’t have a bale of hay then use a medicine ball or sandbag. Just throw something!
Rule #5: Tote Something
One of the most basic things you can do is to just walk around carrying a weight of some sort. This is one of the most practical functional needs involving the development of core stability, yet many trainees neglect practicing this in any form whatsoever.
All you need to do is throw a sandbag on your shoulder and walk across your yard, pick up some dumbbells to do some farmer’s walks, or hold a kettle bell at the rack while walking a designated distance. The movement is simple. Note I said it was simple, not easy!
I hope you enjoyed today’s post, because I sure did! You might have noticed that I’ve been a bit quiet lately on getting out the content, but this has been for good reason. I’ve had to make some changes to the site in order to better serve you.
Also in case you missed it I also launched a new campaign this past week selling my brand new line of athletic shirts! In case you missed that there are only 10 hours left on this campaign for you to get yourself one of these shirts so you can sport around the new BRF logo! Check them out here.
Once again it’s great to be back with new content and I apologize for the delay of getting out some new information over the past few weeks. Remember that anyone can train hard, but only the best train smart!