Why We Don’t Exercise

Storm Trooper Gym

At The Human Animal, we believe in the power of self-discovery through discussion.  Our goal with this podcast is to start a conversation, but not finish it.  The process of exploring what it means to be a human animal is uniquely your own, and yet you will find many shared experiences with those in your tribe.  Often, we discover something about ourselves through the people closest to us.  So enjoy – connect – reflect – and most of all, embrace the journey.


 

This week, Jake and Matt sit down to discuss the concept of the “85%” of people not currently engaged in an exercise/movement practice.  Is it so crazy to think that what the fitness industry has to offer doesn’t appeal to 85% of us?  We don’t think so.  So where does that leave us?  What are the entry points to movement and fitness that are being left out?

We’ll cover:

  • Why the 85% of us who don’t “exercise” might not be crazy at all
  • Is fitness “fun” anymore?  Was it ever?
  • How to work at the edge of your ability (in more ways than one)
  • Play as an entry point to fitness and movement

…and so much more!

We really enjoyed this discussion and hope that you will too.


 

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New Goal-Setting Series on Force Bloomington

I wanted to let you guys know about a three-part series I wrote for the Force Bloomington blog about Goal Setting.  This is a great companion piece to our podcast on goal-setting.  We’ve been sharing it with all of our clients at Force and have had great feedback so far!  Here’s a brief except:

“It’s important that we not only set goals, but that we develop some structure to how we set, track, and achieve those goals.  I want to lay out for you how to create a goal-setting practice that is specific enough to plan for your unique needs and goals while flexible enough to allow for adjustments along the way.”

Follow the links below for more!

An Approach to Goal-Setting

Part 1:  Zoom Out – Zoom In – Zoom Out

Part 2:  Applying the Model

Part 3:  Paving the Way to Success

Best,

Matt

 


Where are you headed?

We are back with a new episode of The Human Animal Podcast!  (Actually, we already have three new episodes recorded and a fourth in the works this weekend.)

We believe in the power of self-discovery through discussion.  Our goal with this podcast is to start a conversation, but not finish it.  The process of exploring what it means to be a human animal is uniquely your own, and yet you will find many shared experiences with those in your tribe.  Often, we discover something about ourselves through the people closest to us.  So enjoy – connect – reflect – and most of all, embrace the journey.


 

In this week’s episode, we cover:

  • The importance of asking why (both as a trainer and as an end-user)
  • Why program design is like using a Map App on your smartphone – and the missteps that can happen as a result
  • The things you should demand of your coach
  • Connecting with your higher purpose
  • A vision for the fitness community as a whole
  • The two kernels of truth in all self-help books
  • …and more!

We also meshed a couple of snippets from the podcast with our intro music to hopefully get you pumped up about the episode!  Let us know what you think.


Reach out to us at:  thehumananimalpodcast@gmail.com

Find us on twitter and facebook @freefitguy

Subscribe to us on iTunes!  Leave us a review if you have a moment and feel like it. :)

 


New “Rules of the Dojo” Page is Up!

Just a quick note that I have a new page up discussing the “Rules of the Dojo” – 5 things we use in our Ninja Academy classes to focus our practice and our interactions with each other. These have some depth to them and can be used as a center piece in any team building environment. Check it out here:  http://www.freefitguy.com/move/rules-of-the-dojo/

In st(h)ealth,

Matt


Program Design – How to Write the Best Training Programs for Yourself

In today’s episode, we dive into training program design.  If you on your own without a coach, what movements are a part of the most effective training programs?

As always, it depends.  However, wherever your functional “gaps” are (i.e. the most basic movements that you DON’T do on a regular basis) is where you can get the biggest bang for your buck.

We go on to discuss different movement categories, considerations when you are on your own, is strength training supplemental, and how play might be better than any regimented training program you can do (again, within a specific goal set).

We hope you enjoy the episode!  As a bonus, we’ve laid out our Program Minimums below.  Look for a full blog post on this and video links to come!

Efficient Program Design

Pick one from each of the following two categories.  One of these will go in “Workout A”, the other in “Workout B”.

Bilateral Lift
-Goblet Squat
-Deadlift/RDL
-KB Swing

Single/Split Lift
-Step Up
-Split Squat/Forward Lunge
-SL RDL

Pick one from each of the following two categories. One of these will go in “Workout A”, the other in “Workout B”.

Upper Push
-Push Up
-1-Arm KB Push Press
-Iso Push

Upper Pull
-Pull Up
-TRX Row (suspended row)
-Iso Pull

Pick one from each of the following two categories. One of these will go in “Workout A”, the other in “Workout B”.

Carry
-Farmer’s
-Front Rack
-Waiters

Locomotive
-Weighted Crawl
-Weighted Sled Push
-Weighted Sled Drag

  • 2 days/week to start.
  • Perform 3-5 sets of 5-10 reps (each), or 10-40yds (each).
  • Rotate exercises every 3 weeks.
  • Do some sort of ground movement or “reset” between each set or each exercise.