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Monday, 21 September 2015

The Foundation Of The Human Body

Todays ‘Fitness’ movement has regarded isolation to be the key to strength training. If you walk into any gym today you will see people training a certain muscle of the human body by isolating it. Such equipment and exercises has been created to fulfill these requirements like the Leg Press, Bicep Curls, Military Shoulder Press etc.
However this bodybuilding style of training cannot be transferred in the real world. This is because when push comes to shove and you’re in a situation that demands real ‘functional strength’ this isolation crap will never work. There are many reasons to state why your muscles are meant for ‘go’ not ‘show’ but the most important one is that the human body was meant to work in one go and not in pieces. Another important question asked today is “What is the most important muscle in the human body”. The answer is none.
The most underrated idea in the so called ‘fitness’ industry is that of compound exercises. Whether we know it or not “Strength is the foundation of the Human Body” and everything else like Flexibility, Mobility etc. are important as well but without strength the human body will collapse and perish.
Take a new born baby for example, a few weeks after the baby has been born it begins to move it’s body around slowly. Overtime as it grows older it begins to start crawling, standing up while holding an object and eventually they start walking. So what is the catalyst to all this mobility?
It is strength. This is the foundation of the human body that enables us to move and function effectively on a day-to-day basis. Depending from person to person the level of strength will vary and over time it will determine how healthy you are. So in order to improve your health we get told to start working out and lifting weights. This is actually wrong. I explained earlier why isolation techniques won’t help in the real world.
Weight training does help improve strength but isolation techniques will only worsen the situation. The answer is compound exercises. These types of exercises utilize every inch of the human body and work every muscle in the human body. Such exercises include Pushups, Pull-ups, Squats, Dips and Planks.








Friday, 11 September 2015

Strongmen


                 
                       
                          Men with Mustaches and Biceps Stronger Than Your Entire Body


The term ‘strongmen’ was given to strength based athletes in the 19th and 20th century. The strength levels of these athletes was so high that their biceps were considered to be stronger than most athletes bodies. The best part of this, they never lifted weights to gain there strength levels. 

Some of the most famous strongmen of the 19th and 20th century were Charles Atlas, Arthur Saxon, William Bankier, Joe Greenstien, Eugen Sandow etc. 
These strongmen performed spectacular feats of strength that can’t be replicated today. For example Arthur Saxon holds a mind blowing record of bent pressing 175 kgs (385 lbs). William Bankier held a sandbag weighed at 475 kg in front of a live crowd. Joe Greenstien could break chains wrapped around his chest by expanding it. Charles Atlas could do a one- arm overhead press with 266 lb. Eugen Sandow could bent press an entire cow in front of a live crowd. 

These feats of strength was so spectacular that no modern day athletes using weight training to raise their strength levels will never be able to replicate it. This is mainly because weight training reduces your Range of motion and flexibility. The feats on strength displayed by these strongmen were the ultimate test of their bodyweight. Also, it’s worth noting that these strongmen simply used weight training as means to refine their skills rather than make it the sole basis of their training. The kind of training they performed instead gave them a foundation of strength that is almost rare these days. 
Calisthenics is what these strongmen used to train. This kind of training involved intense sessions that gave them a foundation of bodyweight strength that rendered them indestructible. 

Exercises in Calisthenics involved Pull-ups, Pushups, Squats, Dips, Planks etc. All these exercises helped them master their bodyweight that resulted in performing such feats of strengths. 
The strength levels were not the only mesmerizing aspect of these strongmen. They were also extremely athletic and flexible. William Bankier was nicknamed “The Scottish Hercules”. He created a variation of the almighty rope climbing exercise that resulted in him gaining phenomenal results. He could had immense athleticism. 

Thursday, 3 September 2015

The Power Of You

The 21st century has an overload of fitness information telling you what’s right for your body, what to consume, what is considered strong, what kind of physique is best suited to your activity, whether or not it’s possible to get ripped, whether a certain person has consumed steroids or not, which people to follow, which exercises to do, what workouts to follow, how much weight to put on the bar, why weight training is superior to other forms of training, when to workout, what kind of workouts to do, why to train a certain way, when to sleep, how much to sleep, why to take protein shakes, what products to buy etc.

The list goes on and on. Basically we are told how to live our lives,what to do and when to do. The modern day fitness movement is dominated heavily with a bodybuilding mentality. That means the so called “experts” on fitness expect everyone to start lifting weights to improve their health and they provide us with false information on how to take care of our health.

What this modern day fitness movement eliminates is the idea of we discovering what works for us through trial and error.

When we discover what works for us is when we will prosper individually. There are a few crucial factors that are ignored by the fitness industry, which are critical to improving our health.
There is no one program that can benefit and change everyone at the same time.

  • Everyone’s physique is different in it’s own unique way
  • Lifting weights is not the answer to everything
  • Neither is fancy products that reduce your bank balance 

The idea of functional strength is simple. It is the strength required to be move on a day to day basis in order to be successful in a particular activity. You don’t need to be an athlete in order to use functional strength. Your body demands it irrespective to the activity you do.

Now, what the fitness industry makes functional training to be is the same definition mentioned above but weight training is considered as the training method. This is not ideal for the human body because the joints in the human body have become more vulnerable and are not protected whatsoever.

Whereas, Calisthenics on the other hand protects the joints and improves it in the long run. This is because you are using your own bodyweight. This is particularly the reason as to why athletes get injured in so many sports these days its because they have left their joints all vulnerable and weak with all the weight they have lifted. 


“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own”
Bruce Lee

This quote by Bruce Lee is beautiful and can be applied to any situation whatsoever. The difference between humans and robots is that we have been given a gift by the almighty god. This is an internal feeling system, which tell us what we want in life and what we don’t want in life. FOLLOW IT.

With all this overdose of information use that internal feeling system to absorb the information that you agree with. Discard what you don’t agree with. Also use that system to add your perspective on the topic. Finally your intuition is the key to your success in life. Follow it and don’t ever blindly listen to someone else’s opinions or advice.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Information = Mind Blown

The 21st century has an overload of fitness information telling you what’s right for your body, what to consume, what is considered strong, what kind of physique is best suited to your activity, whether or not it’s possible to get ripped, whether a certain person has consumed steroids or not, which people to follow, which exercises to do, what workouts to follow, how much weight to put on the bar, why weight training is superior to other forms of training, when to workout, what kind of workouts to do, why to train a certain way, when to sleep, how much to sleep, why to take protein shakes, what products to buy etc. 


The list goes on and on. Basically we are told how to live our lives,what to do and when to do. The modern day fitness movement is dominated heavily with a bodybuilding mentality. That means the so called “experts” on fitness expect everyone to start lifting weights to improve their health and they provide us with false information on how to take care of our health. 

What this modern day fitness movement eliminates is the idea of we discovering what works for us through trial and error. 

When we discover what works for us is when we will prosper individually. There are a few crucial factors that are ignored by the fitness industry, which are critical to improving our health. 
  • There is no one program that can benefit and change everyone at the same time. 
  • Everyone’s physique is different in it’s own unique way
  • Lifting weights is not the answer to everything
  • Neither is fancy products that reduce your bank balance 
The idea of functional strength is simple. It is the strength required to be move on a day to day basis in order to be successful in a particular activity. You don’t need to be an athlete in order to use functional strength. Your body demands it irrespective to the activity you do. 

Now, what the fitness industry makes functional training to be is the same definition mentioned above but weight training is considered as the training method. This is not ideal for the human body because the joints in the human body have become more vulnerable and are not protected whatsoever. 

Whereas, Calisthenics on the other hand protects the joints and improves it in the long run. This is because you are using your own bodyweight. This is particularly the reason as to why athletes get injured in so many sports these days its because they have left their joints all vulnerable and weak with all the weight they have lifted.

“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own”
Bruce Lee

Don't ever feel down on yourself

The Truth Behind Mistakes 

In the 21st century there is a big race for people to prove their worth in this world. Everyday new promises are made by the people wanting to make changes instantly in their life. New year resolutions are made to eat clean and stay healthy. Then we start posting things on social media telling everyone of the change we will make in our life soon along with the progress. 


However, less than a few weeks later we quit and fall victim to our old habits. After that just like that we fall into the rabbit hole and promise to never do such things again and stay miserable for the rest of our  life.

Many people in today’s world always indulge in the art of goal setting. This means that us humans are always on our feet trying to move from goal to goal. What people fail to realize is that this will only mentally fatigue themselves in the long run. 
Instead why not take life on a day by day basis. Well it’s all about the process at the end of the day isn’t it ?

The Lost Secret 

How we approach and conduct our lives on a daily basis is everything. When we are feeling down we often question our judgement as why we behaved in a certain manner. What we fail to realize is that our minds and body are programmed to function in a certain manner. This is because of muscle memory. 

The muscle memory in our bodies make us do things that we don’t even know we are doing because the subconscious mind has been programmed to behaving in a certain manner for a really long time. This principle applies from walking a certain way to the way in which we talk. 

Change Change Change !

So next time you make a mistake and ask yourself why you committed that mistake in the first place. So next time you try to change your behavior aim to change your muscle memory rather than changing everything in an instant, which we all know is a recipe for failure. 

The best way to change this is on a day by day process. That way we build momentum on a daily basis and eventually we will behave in the manner we intend. 

If you keep questioning your actions in a positive manner with the intention to change it, you will eventually start challenging yourself on a spiritual level. This is the best way i know to challenge and ultimately abolish your limits.