When my wife and I bought our house back in 2013 we had to give up a number of things in order to balance our budget so that we could afford the monthly instalments on the mortgage. One of the things I sacrificed was my gym membership which meant that I had to start getting creative with my approach to fitness.
I started using workout apps with great success but soon realised that I need a dedicated space at home where I can do my workouts. I didn’t need much, only a pull-up bar and open floor space of about 3m x 2m.
Now I’ve had this space before. A makeshift area at the back of the house which can be seen in one of my earlier posts. However apart from the love I have for my family, very little else really last forever. So I had to give up that space when we decided to do some renovations.
I was left without a pull-up bar and no dedicated area where I can train.
But, thanks to a YouTube video that inspired me to build my own pull-up bar I am proud to announce that I’m back in business (so to speak)
Depending on what your fitness goals are, i.e get bigger, leaner, stronger or faster, you would approach conditioning in a slightly different way.
The concept of conditioning stems from the scientific approach to the physical training of professional athletes, who would have their training programmed in specific phases.
Pro athletes would typically have periods of specific focus for their training, for instance, the off-season wouldn’t mean- no training, but rather active rest during which time training is mostly used as a form of therapy or to address smaller issues in order to prevent future injuries.
The Pre-season phase is when athletes would start training in ways that would prepare them for competition and increasingly simulate the conditions which they would experience during competition. For instance they might need to develop the ability to keep running at full pace to catch one more pass, or to out sprint a defender, or to kick up to one more gear on the last lap of the race, even if they have already spent all their energy already, just trying to stay in the game. Conditioning, therefore, has the specific goal of preparing the athlete for the competition. Of course, in-season, athletes would be training in the same way, but with the extra consideration of competition days, that would mean that training sessions may be shorter or less often, but never any less intense. Continue reading “Conditioning Training”→
They say the Chuck Norris doesn’t do Push-ups instead, he pushes the earth down.
This is not actually possible of course, but it is a nice intro for my first post in 2017 under the topic of bodyweight training. A topic that I will focus on throughout the month of March.
You see, I think it is a fair assumption on my part that anybody who trains for the purpose of improving their health, physical appearance and general well being are using some form of resistance training, because resistance training is the only natural way to change the shape, size, strength and endurance of your muscles. Simply put when a certain movement is made more difficult to do as a result of some kind of resistance that acts directly opposite to the direction of the movement and is repeated up to the point where the movement can’t be completed without having to rest, resistance training is achieved.
Alyssa Conley has established herself as a sprinting force to be reconned with and has shown that has what it takes to compete at the very highest level- the Olympic games. She is dedicated, extremely hard-working, but still down to earth in spite of her success in 2016. She even took some time out to take me on in a 1-minute Burpee challenge. Continue reading “Taking on the Speed Queen(Video)”→
Have you ever heard it said that sitting is the new smoking?
Well, it is true that sitting it’s not going to cause lung cancer or make your teeth turn yellow or even give you bad breath, but too much sitting could be seen as one of the root causes for many health problems that modern society faces today. Continue reading “Get off your A#$$”→
Wayde Van Niekerk is not the only Running Hero that South Africans can look up to. Known to fewer people but in many ways just as heroic is the Spiderman Runner that inspires every time a sighting is reported.
Locally he is known as ‘Spinnekop‘. This road running hero shuns personal pride and comfort to bring attention to a cause that is close to his heart, which is the hearts of children. Specifically the hearts of his own young son as well as little Elisa who suffers from a Congenital Heart Defect(CHD).
A little CHD patient may suffer from a range of heart defects. It ranges from simple defects with no symptoms to complex defects with severe, life-threatening symptoms, which can be very difficult to bear for any loving parent.
Although it seems that Eric’s, the Spiderman Runner, son is less severely affected by CHD and will probably outgrow his heart defect, this brave father and husband still go through life with an amazing attitude. Instead of going after his own goals in an inconspicuous manner he trains for is next marathon and perhaps also the Comrades Marathon 2017 in a full Spiderman suit. Come rain or shine Eric can be seen on the streets or at weekend races dressed in his hero suit, always friendly and happy to pose for a selfie or to share a passing thumbs-up.
This attitude of selflessness, approaching life in a slightly different way than is normally expected in order to bring attention the plight of others is what makes this man such a hero. We can all take a leave out of his book by thinking about how we can influence the lives of the people around us for the better by just changing our approach slightly.
So go to the Facebook links in the second paragraph of this piece to like and support this very worthy cause.
If ever you see this fast-moving hero of the streets, show your support with a friendly wave or ‘beep-beep’ of your car’s horn.
Big things, achievements, goals, a legacy, these are the things in life that we all strive for. You might not want to admit to it, but you do too. Your big thing might be to buy a house for your family to live in, start your own successful business so that you can be your own boss or become healthier to ensure that you are around to enjoy a long life with your loved ones. Getting Big things done will always be a lingering thought for all of us. So why aren’t you, and me actually going after them, why don’t we work on achieving these big things?
Having goals in life is important. In striving to reach your goals you practice a few skills that you need to have mastered to get through all the challenges in your life. You have to make smart choices, sacrifice some things. You forego lots little joys that, were it not for your inner drive to achieve that goal, you would be indulging. Not overdoing it of course, but what exactly is wrong with laying in a little more, a little bit of sugar in your one-a-day cup of coffee or as I discovered break away from precious workout time to enjoy a magical moment with my 2-year-old son.
Smartphones have taken over our lives. The distraction factor of having the world of social media and google and games and photos and Whats App and…see what I mean. Despite all these distractions, my smartphone has really become an enriching part of my life through the use of apps. Specifically fitness apps. A good fitness app truly is like having a dedicated trainer in your back pocket, ready to put you through your paces at a moment’s notice, at any time of day, anywhere you are.
I’ve been using a few, but I’m sure there are many more out there and even more still to be developed, so I here are my thoughts on the best mobile fitness apps for Andriod or IOS on the market right now. Continue reading “An App-reciation for fitness.”→
You finally decided to start taking action with the simple and easy training plan from last months fitness magazine. You’ve prioritised your daily workouts and it’s has been going well. The short-term effects of training already showed up after the first few weeks. You’re sleeping better, your concentration has improved and your confidence is up.