Exercise

What you can learn from my basketball “career”

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Somebody could't have slipped me a protein shake or a steroid or something???

Somebody could't have slipped me a protein shake or a steroid or something???

 

Here are a few of the highlights from my illustrious high school basketball career:

-fouled out in 2 minutes (2 offensive, 3 defensive) -played a total of 13 seconds one game -scored 12 points against! But it was against a team that was down to 4 players by the time I got in

 

Ok, so maybe football was more of the sport for me. My son loves basketball and thankfully as some awesome coaches. I do what I can to help him, but I am amazed at how much I have forgotten about basketball.

 

Despite not playing much, I practiced for so many hours and ran so many drills you would think I could retain a lot of that stuff. Not so much, but there is one thing that I remember.

 

Triple Threat

 

Anyone whoever played for Ronnie Stapler (here are a few other things I learned from Coach Stapler) knows all about Triple Threat. I went to school with his daughter and she would each lunch in the Triple Threat position.

 

Triple Threat is a position you get into when you get the ball so that you can easily dribble, shoot, or pass. To this day I get into Triple Threat whenever I catch a ball.

 

My point of all this b ball talk is to get you thinking about what Triple Threat could be for you in regards to fat loss and getting in shape. After you've been exercising and eating right for long period of time, you have the tendency to forget what worked for you.

 

The basics will always work, sometimes they just need tweaking. Think back to a time when you had success with losing weight, getting in shape, etc... What were you doing then?

 

Chances are you were: consistently exercising at least 3 days a week; cooking more, eating out less, and fueling your body with whole foods; doing the extra things that mattered like sleeping enough, being more active in every day life, having a positive attitude, stretching, and getting rid of harmful stress.

 

Or maybe you were in college and could eat, drink, and do whatever you wanted and still look good. That doesn't count.

 

It’s time to bring back your Triple Threat. Exercise, Healthy Eating, and the Little Things That Matter.

 

You don't have to start doing all of them today, just pick out the easiest one for you to start and then start! Make that step a habit (however long it takes) and then add in the next one. The key is changing something to get you started in a positive direction.

Burpee Calculator? Sickos…

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As One Fitness' Burpee Calculator

As One Fitness' Burpee Calculator

3.4 pounds of candy. That is what the average American eats every year during the Halloween season. I don’t mean to brag, but I think I’m above average on this little stat.

I feel it’s my job as a parent to save my son from eating all of that candy. I’m a giver.

This e-mail is not about avoiding candy all together, it is mainly about being aware how many calories you are taking in. Did you know some sick person came up with a Burpee Calculator? And it wasn’t me if you’re wondering.

You can go check it out and see how many burpees it takes to burn off one fun sized treat. Spoiler alert-it’s depressing.

For instance a person weighing 180 pounds would have to 69 burpees to burn off one fun sized Butterfingers. Dude…

Have a great Halloween, enjoy your candy but also keep everything in perspective.

Better Bad Things

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I was listening to a podcast called The Impact Show yesterday and the host was talking about having better, bad days. I have been preaching about the importance of better, bad choices for years so this will be a great addition. Let’s get into these two concepts a little bit.

Having better, bad days

This is based on the Japanese philosophy of kaizen. Basically it is focusing on constant and continuous improvement. Getting better every day, even if it is incremental.

But when you are working out, there are some days you just don’t “feel” it. Maybe you are tired, stressed out, don’t feel like being there, or any number of other things. What do you do then?

You make the best out of a bad situation. What can you improve that workout? What positives can you take away? A huge one might be, you showed up even when it was the last thing you wanted to do! That is a victory. Find a way to get better every day.

Better, Bad Choices

This is a nutrition philosophy I learned years ago that mainly applies to fast food. Because you will find yourself at a fast food place, possibly some time soon.

Not exactly the best choice, but life happens. Let’s say you end up at McDonald’s. Instead of ordering the Big Mac with large drink and fries, you order a cheeseburger with medium fries and medium drink. You will save 500 calories (1348 for Big Mac meal vs 848 for cheeseburger meal). That is a meal’s worth of calories! Another victory.

Always look for the bright side and try to find small victories even on days where it looks there are none to be found.

 

The Cubs, Bozo, A Goat Curse, and Weight Loss

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I grew up a big Cubs fan. Kind of weird for a kid from Alabama, but that is the power of television. We had the TV station WGN growing up, so I was convinced of two things:

  1. I would have totally dominated the Grand Prize Game on The Bozo Show

  2. The Cubs were the greatest team ever and Harry Caray was the coolest announcer ever.

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Although they were really fun to watch, they would break your heart when it came to the playoffs. The Cubs were known for finding strange and terrible ways to NOT make it to the World Series.

The Cubs have not won the World Series since 1908 and have not even been to the World Series since 1945. 71 years without making it to your ultimate goal is a long time!

But this weekend, they finally made it. Were able to fight through tough teams, doubt, and even the curse of a goat to finally make it to the World Series.

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I tell you all this Cubs stuff to tell you this. I have seen similar things happen with people trying to lose weight.

They try and try AND TRY without success to lose weight. It seems hopeless (I personally have not seen someone take 71 years though) and with no end in sight. But they tweaked a few things in their diet, tried a new way to exercise that works for their body/personality/schedule, and kept at it.

Then it started happening. Lose one pound there, 3 pounds here, and next thing they know it feels like the weight is just falling off.

Don’t give up! There is a way out there that works for you. A way that fits you and will not make you miserable while you are doing. Hint-If the diet or exercise program you are on makes you miserable every day, it will not work long term.

Here is my offer to you. Please e-mail me at HuntsvilleBootCamp@gmail.com and I would love to help you find the right path. Whether it is with me, a Zumba class, a Crossfit trainer, or a running program I want you to be successful. I’m one of those weirdos who thinks the more people I help in life, the more successful I will become in life.

I truly think this will help both of us and there are absolutely no strings attached. Look forward to hearing from you.

-Joe

BYOT (Be Your Own Thighmaster)

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The inner thigh muscles are also known as the adductors. You can remember that because they pull your leg back towards your body, like you are ADDing it back to your body. You just got 75% of what I remember from my college degree right there.

The adductor muscles are not only important because toned inner thighs look good, but they can also help you prevent injuries and increase your performance in physical activities.

So if you want to look better, prevent nagging injuries, and/or you would like to squeeze the life out of someone Bond Girl style I got your back.

Here are 4 exercises you can do at home to strengthen and tone your inner thighs:

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1. Band Adduction

Connect a band to a stable object and then attach it to your right ankle. Stand up tall with tension on the band before you start. Move your foot to the left like you are sweeping just above the floor. Control the movement as it goes back to your right. Repeat on your other leg, hold on for balance as needed.

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2. Plie Heel Raises

Start with your feet wider than your shoulders with your toes pointing out at a 45 degree (or more if it is comfortable). Then squat down and hold that position with a nice flat back. Hold that position for 60 seconds and alternate lifting one heel at a time. Increase the weight to make it more challenging, decrease weight and/or time to make it easier.

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3. Wall Squat Squeeze

You will need a wall and a ball for this one. Place a ball (exercise ball, medicine ball, basketball) between your knees, back against the wall, and slide down until your knees are bent at a 45 degree angle. While holding the squat, squeeze your knees as hard as you can against the ball.

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4. Chair Adduction

Lay on your left side, place the inside of your right foot on top of a chair or coffee table. Raise your left leg up and touch the bottom of the chair or table, pause at the top for a count, and then slowly lower your leg down. Repeat on the other side.

Bad Mamajamma Training

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Deborah Tomason=Bad Mamajamma

Deborah Tomason=Bad Mamajamma

Have you ever done a kickboxing class? It is such a fun and energizing workout! We did a Cardio Kickboxing series several months ago and people loved it. So we are bringing it back on September 17th!

 

The class is taught by Deborah Thomason who has a black belt in karate, so she knows exactly what she is doing and how to teach it as well. There are several benefits you will get, but here are the top 5 benefits of cardio kickboxing:

1. Get toned from head to toe

You will learn the proper way to punch, kick, and defend. When done properly these techniques will incorporate every muscle in your body

2. Stress relief

Had a rough week? Let all that stress that has built up, fade away as you sweat through class. It is tough to beat punching something for stress relief.

3. Confidence booster

One of the best parts of cardio kickboxing is that you will feel stronger every day. That empowerment will stay with you throughout the day and through your week.

4. Learn self defense

This is not Fight Club. Just wanted to put that out there. But learning how to punch and kick harder while protecting yourself will help you defend yourself.

5. Better balance and coordination

Balance and coordination are two things that tend to go away as we age. They go away because we don’t use them like we used to! Integrating your hips into a punch or standing on one leg to kick will help wake these two attributes back up. You will see improvement in both balance and coordination.

There is an added bonus benefit that is not scientifically proven, but should be. You will become a badmamajamma. And isn’t that what life is all about?

You can sign up here to reserve your spot---> Cardio Kickboxing

The class is only $39 for 3 Saturday classes and is open to the first 15 who register.

3 things for runners to add to their daily routine

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Today’s post is dedicated to all my running friends and those who might one day become runners. One of the biggest reasons people quit running is because it hurts!

That could be because they went too far too soon, muscle imbalances, improper technique, etc… That is why we have done running workshops in the past with physical therapist Dr. Nancy Harden, to give people the tips and tools to use to run pain free.

Today I have three things for you to add into your daily routine that will take you 5 minutes to do, but can make a huge difference for you.

Couch stretch

This stretch, made famous by Kelly Starrett, can be a lifesaver for people who have tight hips. And since the majority of us sit too much, the majority of us have tight hips.

This video shows a man with some fancy shoes demonstrating how it is done:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSfjqLFKR1A  

Lacrosse ball in the glutes

This is a step up from using a foam roller. It is a step up in effectiveness as well as how much it hurts. But tight glutes can lead to tight IT bands, tight IT bands can lead to knee pain, and then knee pain will make you quit running.

So here is another video that is not me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15bwZmuAJpk

I couldn’t do the two videos above without crying on camera, so I outsourced them.

Pinch of salt

If you are running long distances in the heat, you know you need to drink more water. But what’s the deal when you are drinking water all day, you’re peeing clear like they say you should, but you still feel thirsty? That probably means you are not absorbing the water you are drinking.

A simple fix to that is adding a pinch of salt to your plain water. You do not need to add salt with any water you are drinking with meals, just the times during the day when you are chugging water. You will feel more hydrated and cuts down on the bathroom trips too.

Co-Ed Class Coming to the Harvest/Monrovia area!

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It’s been a great run at Adventure Boot Camp. We’ve had over 7 years of dudeless bliss. We have helped several hundred women change their lives and it has been an amazing blessing to be a part of. But now is the time to adapt and change.

 

Dudes will be allowed for the first time.

 

We are starting a brand new evening class out in the Harvest/Monrovia area for Women AND Men. Here are the specifics:

 

What- Co-Ed Boot Camp When- Starting on September 12th at 530pm. The class will meet on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Where- Monrovia Elementary School 1030 Jeff Road

 

Everything else is the same format as our other classes. We still specialize in helping people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities get results through fun, safe, and addictive workouts.

 

This is a really exciting opportunity to expand our boot camp family. I would really appreciate it if you would share this new class with your friends and family who might be interested. Please send them (or yourself) to this link to reserve your spot Co-Ed Boot Camp

 

No experience needed, we meet everybody where they are and take them where they want to be.

 

Thank you in advance, have a great day!

Achieving Failure

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See if this sounds familiar to you. You are in your workout, feeling good, and then you hit a wall. You get to where you can’t do another rep or take another step without resting.

Then you beat yourself up for being out of shape. You’re not out of shape, you just found out your limit. You achieved failure.

That may sound weird to achieve failure because that word has such a negative connotation. But when you are talking failure in exercise, that just means you are working hard!

In our boot camp classes we do exercise for time, rather than repetitions. That way someone who has been exercising for 20 years can workout next to someone who has been sedentary for 20 years. In the first week the sedentary person might have to stop before the 30 seconds is up. That is fine! We always encourage people to go at their own pace and work on their level.

This flips the mindset around and allows people to redefine that stopping point. If they stopped at 20 seconds in the first week, then they continue to work, get better, and in a few weeks they are blasting through multiple sets of 30 seconds.

You need to get a little uncomfortable to make changes, but never get down on yourself because you had to stop in the middle of an exercise. Next time you do that exercise if you get one more repetition, take one more step, or go one more second longer you have progressed. Keep achieving failure and redefining your limits you will get to where you want to be.

10 Fat Loss Laws

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1.Eliminate the excuses, they no longer apply to you (listed first for a reason)

The sooner you realize that just about every reason you have used in the past for not being in shape (kids, work, illness, etc…) is an excuse, the sooner you will be successful. There are things that may be making it more difficult to be successful, but they are not stopping you.

Own your life! When you get rid of the excuses, you are now in charge and you are ready to make some changes.

2. Whatever you weigh in pounds, you drink half that much water in ounces every day (If you weigh 200 pounds, you would drink 100 ounces per day)

This probably seems like a ridiculous amount of water, especially if you are not currently drinking water. Make this a goal you will eventually reach if that is the case, don’t get overwhelmed.

Drinking water helps with increase energy, decrease appetite, increase exercise performance, improves skin quality, and a ton of other benefits. Bottom line is that drinking plenty of water is worth the effort.

3. Sleep a minimum of 7 hours each night

Picture someone doing a giant, mouth stretching yawn. Did it make you yawn? Then you probably need more sleep! If your body is not getting the sleep that it needs to recover, then you will not be getting the results you deserve. Set a firm bed time, get into a nightly sleep ritual, get the electronics out of your bed, and make sleep a priority.

4. Learn to de-stress

Even if you are doing all the right things (exercise, nutrition, sleep), you will not progress if your body is stressed out. That is how our bodies are wired. Dealing with stress comes before anything else in the body’s priority hierarchy. Think of some non-food/drink ways to rid yourself of stress. Go for a walk, hit a punching bag, listen to music, pet a dog. Do something other than just internalizing your stress.

5. Cut out fast foods and processed foods

 

6. Get rid of the junk foods and unhealthy snacks in 
your house

Will power does not work. You will eat those cookies you “got for the kids”. You know it and I know it because I’m the same way. If there are things in your house that you are trying to avoid, you will eventually give in. Keep. Them. Out. Of. Your. House.

7. Eat a vegetable at every meal

 

8. Eat a protein at every meal

9. Make sure you are eating healthy fats (olive oil, 
fish oil, nuts, avocados, etc...)

 

10. Eat fast burning carbohydrates (rice, pasta, 
bread, potatoes) only after a workout.

 

If you like these and find them helpful, there are 11 other Fat Loss Laws that go with this list. They are from my first book the 21 Day Tight and Toned Transformation. There are also 21 days worth of workouts you can do any time and just about anywhere with minimal equipment.

 

If you would like a copy of that book, just e-mail HuntsvilleBootCamp@gmail.com and let me know you want a copy and I will e-mail it to you as a thank you for being a loyal reader.

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