Category Archives: Food for Thought

140 Character Philosopher

I recently hit 1,000 total tweets on my Twitter account, freefitguy. It spurred me to go back and look at how my thoughts have evolved over the past 3 years.  Some things my thoughts have shifted on, while others still struck a chord with me.  I hope that something in here will strike a similar chord with you and serve as some small inspiration for your day.

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Train at the edge of your ability regularly, but at the edge of your capacity rarely. #freefitguyacademy

One of the best program minimum systems out there – @Mark_Sisson‘s 3 rules: move frequently at a slow pace, lift heavy things, & sprint

Spending time in the proper progressions and teaching perception will yield stunning results in the long and short-term.

OVERcoaching is often the result of UNDERpreparing your athlete/client.

Change the movement environment, change the movement behavior.

Top 2 ways we can help prevent ACL injury in female athletes via ortho surgeon – Teach landing mechanics and help them get a “fanny” #TLAG2

You must change your perception to change your reality. While the first is difficult, the second is impossible without it.

New poster I want in my gym: “Fatigue is not the goal. Getting better is the goal.” #lessismore

Performance does not guarantee health. #TrainLikeAGirl2

@JoelJamieson knocked it out of the park with his presentation. “Stress is stress whether perceived or real.” #stressmanagement #TLAG2 Continue reading

Figuring Out Exercise

Why do we exercise?  That might seem like a weird question coming from a Personal Trainer, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about seriously of late.  Not necessarily why you exercise (we covered how to determine your individual motivations for exercise in this post), but why we exercise.

Evolutionary Perspective

In our modern culture, exercise has become second nature.  However, when anthropologists visit modern hunter-gatherer societies, many don’t even have a word for “exercise”.  And that makes sense – why would you expend energy needlessly when your life requires constant and adaptive movement?  Do you think a hunter-gatherer would do a CrossFit WOD and risk being unable to walk the next day?  (Something that I often see celebrated in today’s exercise culture.  “Gosh, I could hardly walk down the stairs for 4 days!  It was such a great workout.”) I don’t believe so.  Instead, they would focus on developing the skills necessary for their tribe to survive and thrive.  Whatever conditioning that created, as long as they were useful, would be acceptable.

Hadzabe Hunters practicing archery in Tanzania.

Hadzabe Hunters practicing archery in Tanzania.

This is the same attitude that I take towards fitness.  Focus on the full range of human movement skills.  It is by acquiring those practical skills that we gain (appropriate) conditioning.  In most programs, it is the other way around – i.e. if I can do 20 pull ups, I should be able to get on top a tree branch.   Only the conditioning often doesn’t transfer to the practical skill 1:1.

Maybe it is this loss of perspective on how exercise and conditioning transfers into useful skills that has created the segmentation of exercise over the past 100 years of physical culture.  The appearance of large muscles or skinny bodies has become more important than the abilities those body types are supposed to predict. Continue reading

But Are You Happy?

As January rolls around, many gyms (including mine) will be filling up with new faces who have new resolutions for a new year.  Right about now there are hundreds of blog posts hitting the interwebs all about how to set good goals – and rightly so.  Most resolutions fail in large part because the goal setting process didn’t have structure.  But setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-specific) goals isn’t the whole picture, and it isn’t what I want to talk about today.  Today, I want to talk about what motivates us to set these resolutions in the first place. Continue reading

Episode 7 – I Met My Goal, Now What? – The Human Animal Podcast

This week brings another episode and another topic.  Once you have met your initial fitness goal, what motivates you to continue on?  In this episode, we cover:

  • How do we go about setting new goals?
  • What are the coaches’ current goals and why did we set them?
  • Why fitness and philosophy go hand-in-hand
  • Why this question “I met my goal, now what?” is a critical turning point in your own fitness journey.

…and more!

Enjoy :)

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Episode 5 – Mindfulness – The Human Animal Podcast

Welcome to the Human Animal Podcast, were we discuss training, fitness, and nutrition in the modern age.  This week, we are happy to introduce special guest Nathan Miller, CSCS.  Nathan is a fellow coach at Force Fitness and a mindfulness guru.  This week, we cover topics such as:

  • What is mindfulness?
  • How mindfulness can help you reach your fat loss goals and beyond
  • How to start a mindfulness practice
  • Troubleshooting objections
  • and sooooo much more…

I think this was our best podcast to date.  If you think so too, leave us a review or subscribe to us on iTunes!

Best,

Matt, Jake, and Nate

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