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Top 3 Biggest Mistakes…

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This blog post started out with the goal of highlighting the number 1 mistake people make when attempting to lose weight. The problem was that I couldn’t just pick one! So without any more preamble here are the top 3:

#1- Lack of Consistency

It’s very common for people to attempt to mix and match training programs and diets. They take the parts they like from several different sources and attempt to create their own hybrid program. If you are a skilled trainer you can get away with this but for those who aren’t you need to pick your path and stick to it. Even if you can’t jump in the deep end and go 100% with a diet or training program then you either need to pick something else or make a plan to work into that program 100%. You have one butt, you only get to ride one horse so pick a path and stick to it. Once you have your program chosen stick with it for 8-12 weeks so that you can truly see whether or not it actually works for you. Anything less than that 8 week mark and you won’t truly know since changing the body takes time.

#2- No Method of Progression

This is an issue for both training and nutrition. Many people will jump onto a low calorie diet along with a high intensity or high volume training program. This does not work in the long term because you have nowhere to go once progression stalls other than to eat less and train more. This will eventually burn you out and tank your metabolism which sends you right back to square one or worse because you then have to fix what you old planned messed up before you can get back to making progress. In general when starting a weight loss program you need to eat as much as possible and train as little as possible and still get results. Then when progress slows you can make adjustments to your diet or training to keep progress going.

#3- Trying to Train Past Poor Diet and Sleep

Weight loss is a multifaceted issue involving sleep, stress management, diet, and exercise. Just focusing on one area and excluding all the others will get you nowhere fast. As strange as it may sound, weight loss is about 90% diet, sleep, and stress management and 10% exercise. Exercise does not make your body burn fat, it makes your body burn calories. Whether those calories come from stored fat or not completely depends on how you are feeding and resting your body. Weight loss is a hormonal game. Food and sleep affect us on a hormonal level and if they aren’t in balance then weight loss comes to a screeching halt.

Taking small steps to fix these 3 problems will go a long way to getting you back on track!

Accumulation 3s- Squat

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Box Jump-
36 inch box x 3 sets x 2 jumps

Squat-
225 x 7 sets x 3

BB Reverse Lunge- (clean grip)
95 x 5/leg
105 x 5/leg
115 x 5/leg

BB Hip Thrust- (bench supported)
135 x 3 sets x 3

EZ Bar Curl-
115 x 2, 2, 2, 2, 6

I’m going to be working the hip thrusts and try to get damn strong at those. It was a great glute/hamstring exercise that put zero pressure on my lower back. Didn’t get any video but I’ll try to get some benching and deadlifting later this week. Off to the gym for some sled dragging and cardio!

Accumultaion 3s- Military Press

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Military Press-
125 x 7 sets x 3 reps

FG Deadstop DB Row-
95 x 10, 7

Defranco Shoulder Tri-Set-
25# Lateral/Clean & Press, 35# Front Raise x 2 sets x 10 reps each

Pull Ups-
BW x 3, 3, 6, 6, 6, 6 (30 total)

Felt a little run down but the training session turned out great. I’m trying to keep my military press as strict as possible since the past couple weeks it’s gotten a little sloppy.

Training Update

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Don’t have the details in front of me but I hit all my reps on bench and deads last week.  My back, however, wasn’t really agreeing with the deads.  I was sore then I helped move my grandmother in-law move on Saturday and I was crazy stiff all weekend. Got into the chiropractor Monday and got it put back in but I’m not going to be squatting or deadlifting this week.  The military pressing went great Monday night (hit 140 for 8 reps) then did some machine work for back then some random stuff for shoulders.  I attempted to squat yesterday but I was still feeling my back a bit so I called it am just taking it easy.  I’ll be sled dragging today and Friday and possibly Saturday in order to make up for it.  I will be benching tomorrow and hopefully get some video. I’ll also have some updated pictures and measurements to post Saturday morning.

Military Press & Squat

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Monday:
Axle Military Press-
95 x 2
115 x 2
130 x 4 sets x 5

FG Deadstop DB Row-
95 x 8, 6

FG CG Incline Bench-
135 x 5
155 x 5
165 x 5

Rolling Tricep Ext-
35 x 12, 12

Shoulder Stretch

Tuesday:
Squat-
195 x 2
215 x 2
230 x 4 sets x 5

Yesterday I felt great. I trained with the Dino crew again Monday night which was great. Since they were heading out to Al’s tonight to train I decided to squat earlier in the day. I felt great while I was squatting but I have to get into the chiro tomorrow. Last week squats felt heavy as crap the entire time, today felt way better. I didn’t understand why at first but then I remember that out at work the squat bar is a virtually smooth barbell while the one I squatted with today had knurling all the way across and actually stayed where it was supposed to on my back.

Chow Time- Recipes I Like

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This is site I’ve been digging the past couple of weeks.  It’s run by Megan and Brandon Keatley who have some amazing recipes.  Here are 3 that my wife and I have tried this week and liked.

Marinated Roasted Chicken Fajitas

Tex-Mex Meatza

Paleo Double Chunk Chocolate Cookies

To the Point: Ab Training

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Oh hey there back pain....

Why you need to train your abs:
1. Injury Prevention
2. Improved Posture
3. Improved Gym Performance

Strong abs are important no matter what you lifting goals are. When most people talk about their abs or “core” they usually are only referring to their abdominal muscles. In reality your “core” includes the abdominal muscles as well as the muscles of the back and spine. Contrary to what most think, the abdominal and other core muscles are not meant to create movement, they are meant to prevent it. Their primary function is anti-rotation, anti-flexion, and anti-extension. In order for the abs to do their job properly then the joints surrounding them must be doing their as well. Fairly often if you look at someone with back pain you’ll see that the hips are locked up tight and their upper back (thoracic spine) is locked up tight as well. This forces the lower back to compensate for the lack of mobility in those two areas by loosening what is supposed to be a very stable area. This coupled up with a steady diet of crunches, sit ups, russian twists, and improperly performed back extensions is a recipe for back pain and dysfunction.

If you didn’t follow along with all that here are the cliff notes:

1. Loosen Up Your Hips- Defranco’s Agile 8 among other things works great and is easy to perform.  FWIW, if you have back pain and are blaming it on tight hamstrings you need to think again.  Most likely your hip flexors are far to tight which rocks your pelvis and low back out of alignment forcing your hamstrings to get tight and stay that way.  Stretch your hip flexors and see if that doesn’t help.

2. Pick Abdominal STABILITY Movements over Mobility Movements- Start with the basics like planks then move into something where you move around a stable base such as Stir the Pots, Pallof Presses, or Body Saws.

3. Loosen Your Upper Back- Check out Nick Tumminello and Tony Gentilcore on Youtube for some great movements here.

By focusing on those 3 areas you will then actually be able to move your hips, shoulders, and upper back through proper ranges of motion and allow your core to remain nice and stable like it needs to be.  Once you have those three taken care of then you can move into some more advanced movements but until you can create stability then don’t try to create movement!