02 June, 2011

Simply Complex

5 min warm up
4-2-1 tempo
2x 20 push ups
2x 20 squats to overhead presses
2x 20 inverted rows
2x 20 step ups ( step up onto an elevated surface, balance on one foot, and step down)

1-1-1 tempo
2x 25 straight arm twists(each direction)
4x 30 sec planks
2x 25 oblique crunches( each side)
5 min cool down

This week I have spent a majority of my time drawing up diets, figuring basal metabolic rates and perfecting program design for optimal results. The funny part is those are relatively big words for very simple calculations that should produce consistent results. The rest of my week has been spent answering questions from clients and sorting out issues that should be handled by psychologists. I remember reading an article about a month ago where the writer suggested that exercise may cause weight gain rather than weight loss due to the increase in appetite that comes from being in a caloric deficit due to muscle exertion. What this individual, in my opinion, missed was that the diet and exercise in and of themselves are easy. It is we as humans that make them complicated. On a biological level, our bodies are rather predictable across the board. The law of thermodynamics is no respecter of person, in that it maintains to function the same no matter who you are. The complexity is that our workouts aren't always tailored for the inconsistencies in life. The fact that you broke up with someone you were in a significant relationship with is not a push ups fault and having a hell of a day at work cannot be cured by elevated calorie intake without consequence. A consistent discipline of doing something every day to take positive steps toward reaching your peak performance also means balancing all of the distractions that present themselves throughout the same day. This is why we appreciate athletes that excel in their field, often beyond the level of discipline and accountability that we can muster for ourselves. Yes, it is hard sometimes but the results are worth as is being able to look at yourself in the mirror and know that you have done well. Hope today is a good one!


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