What To Look For in a Good CrossFit Coach

 

The great thing about CrossFit is that everyone is encouraged and challenged to improve themselves in a safe environment: achieving more than they thought possible and recognizing their full potential. Having a coach is important because they can allow you to feel challenged, supported, and competent in your ability, and they can assist you in reaching your fitness goals. 

As the saying goes, “Great coaches produce great outcomes”.

So what makes a great CrossFit coach?

1.They break down goals into achievable pieces.

Athletes of varying skill levels are frequently present in the same classes at the same time, so coaches must be able to adapt their coaching to the specific individuals in class. Breaking down your goals into actionable steps is the key to actually achieving them. These steps don’t have to be extremely complicated; in some cases, simplicity is the best approach. A successful goal-setting strategy must include long-term, medium-term, and short-term goals. Breaking down your goals will ensure that you are taking consistent steps toward achieving success.

2. They communicate effectively. 

A person may be extremely gifted athlete, but that won’t necessarily make them a good coach if they are unable to communicate. Great communication begins with connection. Being able to communicate effectively with your coach, and knowing your coach can reciprocate, will increase the liklihood of success and create a more enjoyable experience overall. Relationship skills will enable the coach to manage people and deal with potential problems in a dynamic environment. Coaches who interact and communicate effectively with their athletes can provide positive feedback and constructive criticism in ways that have a significant impact on their athletes’ performance.

3. They emphasize the basics and appropriate progression.

To put learning into action, the coach must be able to apply knowledge in the appropriate manner and at the appropriate time. An emphasis on the foundational principles also indicates that when training athletes, a coach adheres to proper progressions. This includes maintaining proper form at all times, insisting on proper scaling, and focusing on the fundamentals in order to protect everyone’s health and keep them injury-free. Some athletes want to step right into the most complex moves, such as snatches without learning the basic movement patterns first first. So one of the core tasks of a coach is to improve the skill level of their athletes based on their capabilities, which will allow them to ramp up gradually.

4. They coach the person, not the athlete.

The most effective coaches take the time to know the athlete as a person. Getting to know what makes people “tick” improves the coach’s ability to communicate, the athlete’s buy-in, and elevates the overall experience everyone is having.

5. They never stop learning. 

The acquisition of knowledge is the starting point for the coach’s journey. It is the responsibility of the coach to fulfill their athletes’ expectations and to study, experiment, and offer as many solutions as possible in order to see progress in their path. Coaches should be learning from their athletes, from their peers, and from other coaching resources regardless of how many certifications or how many years of experience they have. The pursuit of knowledge is never-ending.

“Coaches are not people who failed at being athletes themselves. They are the ones who have the guts to create many more athletes than just themselves.”

Athletes and coaches who have genuine relationships generate more trust, better communication, and a winning attitude. So finding a great coach will result in an effective and successful Coach-Team Relationship.

 

If you would like to achieve your fitness goals and have amazing coaches, contact us today to set up a time to talk with one of our awesome coaches!

Should I Add Protein To My Diet?

Most people associate proteins with bodybuilders, who eat more meat and drink protein shakes to improve their physique. However, protein is not only beneficial to them, but it is valuable to everyone, whether you are an athlete, runner, hiker, gym-goer, or simply enjoy playing or doing other forms of daily activities.

 

Aside from water and fat, almost every cell in the body is made up of protein. Proteins are large, complex molecules that play numerous roles in the human body. They are necessary for the structure, function, and regulation of the body’s tissues and organs, and they perform the majority of the work in cells. It is also a key macronutrient that the body uses as a building block.

 

So, yes, protein is necessary to include in your diet!

 

Where do we get proteins?

Meat, dairy products, nuts, and certain grains and beans provide protein in our diet.  Animal products, such as meat, eggs, and milk, are complete proteins. This means that they supply all of the amino acids that the body is unable to produce on its own, thus this provides the highest-quality protein sources. 

 

On the other hand, most plant proteins are incomplete, which means they lack at least one essential amino acid. To get all of the amino acids your body requires, you should eat a variety of plant proteins every day if you are not going to eat animal products.

 

Why is it important?

If you exercise but have low energy or do not feel like you are building muscle, it could be due to a lack of protein in your diet.  

 

Anyone who engages in any form of exercise will undoubtedly require more protein than anyone who does not. This is due to the fact that when you exercise, you are effectively tearing and breaking muscle fibers apart, which then requires repair by the body – necessarily involving the use of protein.

 

According to a study published in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, high-protein diets are commonly associated with muscle hypertrophy and strength, but they’ve also been recommended for weight loss and recovery from strenuous exercise or injuries.

 

Protein is the primary component of muscles, bones, organs, skin, and nails. And muscles are approximately 80% protein, excluding water, making this nutrient particularly important for athletes or people who exercise.

 

Consumption of high-protein foods has significant benefits, including lowering the risk of several diseases, building lean muscle,improving post-exercise recovery, weight control as well as suppressing hunger.

 

How much protein do I need?

The amount you require is determined by your age, gender, health, and level of physical activity. The average person needs about .7-1 grams of protein every day per pound of lean body weight (talk to one of our coaches if you want to know what this number is, specifically, for you!). Though protein is found in an abundance of foods, many people still fail to get enough. 

 

Athletes who eat enough protein tend to supplement their nutrition with healthy protein shakes as a way of increasing the amount of high-quality complex protein that their body receives. They also try to ensure that every meal has a healthy serving of protein in it to help spread the daily needs out throughout the day.

 

Keep in mind that our body needs protein to stay healthy and work the way it should, so make sure to include protein in every meal. A healthy diet is essential for good health!

 

If you would like to learn more about individual nutrition coaching through Southpaw Nutrition Coaching, please contact us today and indicate your interest in learning about nutrition!

Benefits of Macrotracking for Fitness and Physique

Most individuals believe that fitness consists solely of working out and adhering to a diet plan. We frequently assume that calorie counting is the greatest way to achieve the physique we’ve always desired, to reduce weight, and build muscle. However, counting calories doesn’t show how balanced your diet is but only establishing a calorie deficit. Few recognize that the best approach to get a high nutritional status is to grasp the benefits of macro tracking and include it into our diet plan. 

 

What is a ‘Macro?’

Most people have heard the term macro at some point in their lives.  In terms of nutrition, it is short for “Macronutrients”– or the building blocks of food that contribute to dietary energy intake. These are made up of three components: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Accordingly, an increase in the proportion of one macronutrient for a given calorie intake implies a reduction in the proportion of one or more other macronutrients. 

 

Why Should We Track Macronutrients?

Here are some of the benefits of monitoring your macronutrients for fitness and physique!

Prevent chronic disease risk

An increasing body of data suggests that a significant imbalance in the relative proportions of macronutrients might raise the risk of chronic illness and may have an adverse effect on micronutrient intake. Micronutrients, referred to as vitamins and minerals, our body requires in little amounts to be functional and to digest these macronutrients.

In adults and children, the AMDR for carbohydrate consumption suggested is 45–65% of dietary energy intake. The intakes were based on the assessment that high carbohydrate intakes (>65%) increase the risk of CHD and low carbohydrate, high-fat intakes (45%) increase the risk of obesity.

Essential in bodybuilding

When gaining muscle, it is important to determine the necessary macronutrient ratios as varied macronutrients have different effects on muscle development and preservation. According to a study, in order to gain muscle mass, diets should consist of 55-60% carbohydrate, 25-30% protein, and 15-20% fat for bodybuilder composition. It is beneficial to have a positive energy balance so that additional energy is accessible for muscle metabolism. 

It is important to note that these percentages should be specifically prescribed based on your health history, lifestyle, and goals – talk to one of our coaches today if you’d like a personalized nutrition program!

Control your body’s metabolism

The macronutrients not only impact your weight via food intake but also how calories are burned. Metabolism is the method through which your body transforms into energy everything you consume. Calories in foods and drinks interact with oxygen during this complex process to release energy for your body. Humans regulate their energy intake in terms of the protein consumed, including consuming more when required to maintain protein balance. Proteins are reported to have the greatest impact on the increase of basal metabolism by around 15-30%, followed by carbohydrates for about 5-10% and fat by 0-3%.

In conclusion

We already know that macronutrients are the most important nutrients in big quantities to provide the energy needed to sustain the body’s function and carry out everyday tasks. Hence, it’s critical to recognize and acquire excellent eating habits, as well as making sure you’re including macronutrients in your meals, depending on how active a person you are and your fitness objectives are. So the key to achieving fitness is a mix of effective workouts and good nutritional habits!

If you would like to learn more about how you can build a healthy nutrition program contact us today to set up a time to talk with one of our awesome coaches!

How CrossFit Can Help Runners

 

If you are a runner, you’ve probably heard some of your running buddies talking about using CrossFit to improve their performance. You’ve also probably seen people vehemently disagree with their assertion. CrossFit and running have been a hot, debated topic over the past few years.

The beliefs of the endurance community and fitness enthusiasts collide when this matter arises.

Can CrossFit improve your running performance?

Can it make you a stronger, better, faster runner?

To answer these questions, let’s dive into the world of CrossFit!

What is CrossFit?

CrossFit, in the simplest definition, is fitness training.

The movements in CrossFit are different from traditional gym exercises because they have multi-joint (functional) movement patterns. The exercises use multiple joints, such as knees, hips, and shoulders, to perform compound movements. These are executed at a much higher intensity than typical cross-training programs.

CrossFit workouts can be performed safely by anyone of any age or fitness level (though we recommend learning from a qualified coach!). The movements and workouts can be modified to suit anyone.

People who do CrossFit care a lot about their health and fitness. Hence, getting stronger each day is one of their goals.

How Does CrossFit Affect a Runner’s Performance?

If you are a runner, you may love CrossFit too!

Crossfit combines powerlifting, weightlifting, strength training, and gymnastics training. These benefit the slow-twitch muscles used for long-distance and fast-twitch muscles used for sprinting.

The main problem encountered by many runners is running only works one part of the body – the legs. Over time, the repetitive one-movement pattern of running can cause an imbalance in the rest of the body which can lead to any number of injuries. If you have been in running circles long enough – chances are you have seen or experienced this first hand!

CrossFit exercises, on the other hand, involve the whole body & varying movement patterns rather than isolated muscle groups and singular modality movement patterns.

Working the entire body will help runners lose overall body fat, which will increase endurance and speed. Being lighter and stronger will also diminish the amount of impact that runners experience in each foot strike – lowering the chances of injury.

Can CrossFit make you a faster, better runner?

If you’re looking for a cross-training option, CrossFit is a great fit!

The functional exercises that CrossFit utilizes help build strength, improve the range of motion, and make everyday tasks easier to do.

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) improves strength and endurance which are essential factors in good running. In a blog post by Anurag Shahi M.D., mixing up your running with high-intensity workouts like CrossFit will lower your risk of injury and improve your overall fitness levels.

If you are wondering whether CrossFit can help you become a better runner, the best way to begin is by asking a coach for help. They can guide you along the way!

With hard work, determination, and discipline, you’ll be well on your way to a new PR!

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Quick Study on Macronutrients: Protein, Carbs, and Fat

A Consumer’s guide to Fat, Carbs, and Protein…

Nutrition is a highly individual journey and no one answer is true or right for everyone. The simple fact of the matter is that when it comes down to it, you have to figure out what works best for you. However there are some overarching philosophies that can channel your approach to healthy eating. When you figure out a style and frequency in your relationship with food that works well you will notice improvements in energy levels, weight loss/gain, focus, mood, and of course physical performance.

Fats

Paleo, Ketogenic, and Atkins diet have helped change many of the negative perceptions of fat in the diet. As Americans, a far bigger threat to our health is a diet that contain high sugar and processed foods.

Fats are actually an essential source of fuel and micronutrients that make us healthy. However, it’s important to choose the right types and amounts of fats in your diet that let you operate at your best.

The chemical structure of a fat or fatty acid determines what role it will play in our bodies. Based on this structure we are able to classify fats in certain classes that share similar characteristics. Fats can be divided into saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats.

  • Saturated fats are found in red meat and coconuts and up until recently have gotten a bad rap as culprits of heart disease.
  • Monounsaturated fats are found in plant foods like nuts, avocado, and olive oil.
  • Polyunsaturated fats include Omega-3’s and Omega-6’s which can be found in fatty fish, flax seeds, and walnuts and are associated with a variety of health benefits.

Fats are essential for energy requirements, hormone production, and make up the wall of every cell in your body. They are also directly related to our immune system and having the right ratio of fats is very important for a healthy inflammation response.

When you think about fats, in a broad sense, think: “Eating the right amount of fats lets my body store energy, regulate hormones, and stay healthy”

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are found across a wide variety of foods and depending on the structure of the molecule our body will respond to eating carbs in very different ways. Carbohydrates have a direct relationship with the glucose levels or blood sugar in our bodies. When our blood glucose levels become elevated our body releases a hormone called insulin to store this extra energy for later when we might have a greater need for it. This glucose is stored in the muscle and liver in long chains known as glycogen or the glucose can be stored in adipose tissue to be utilized later (aka fat storage).

Your goal should be to optimize the amount of carbs that are being stored as glycogen and minimizing excess carbs that would contribute to fat stores. Selecting the right types of foods like vegetables are beneficial because they contain fiber, vitamins, minerals and have a low glycemic index. The glycemic index measures how much a food increases our bodies glucose after consumption. High GI foods include white bread, white rice, and cereals. These foods can be very bad for your waistline, because if your body is not prepared to receive fuel and store it as glycogen they will immediately be stored as fat.

Our bodies can become insulin resistant and requires higher and higher amounts of insulin to store the glucose. Resistance training however, can increase our insulin sensitivity. That means that our cells are highly responsive to storing glucose when insulin is present. Focus on consuming low glycemic carbohydrates that provide key nutrients and avoid high sugar or refined ingredients.

When you think about carbohydrates, in a broad sense, think: “Eating the right amount of carbohydrates lets my body create energy”

Protein

Protein is found in and comprises most of the cells in our body. It is found in a variety of animal and plant sources. Protein is important because it contains amino acids, tiny molecules that are the building blocks of muscle and also used for the synthesis of hormones and neurotransmitters. Some of these amino acids are considered essential meaning they must be provided from a dietary source. Without these essential amino acids we will not be able to repair our tissues and certain vital processes will cease to happen.

Since protein helps us recover from and perform optimally during our workouts it is important to consume after a workout for muscle repair. Real food sources of protein include beef, chicken, eggs, and fish. Try to include these foods as staples in your diet. These foods have amino acid content that is similar to what our human body requires for repair. This is also known as the biological value of the protein. Vegetable sources of protein have a lower biological value and may lack one of the essential amino acids needed by humans. These foods must be strategically combined by vegans or vegetarians so they consume all the amino acids needed for tissue repair. As a vegan athlete it can be challenging to meet your needs without supplementation and can be difficult to get a full spectrum of key micronutrients.

Try to consume 1.0 to 1.5 grams of protein for every kilogram of body weight. For a 200 pound man (90 kg) that means 90 grams to 135 grams of protein per day. This will provide enough amino acids for your bodies daily needs. Unfortunately eating more protein doesn’t mean it automatically turns into muscle. Unused protein will be broken down and utilized as a fuel source by the body.

When you think about protein, in a broad sense, think: “Eating the right amount of protein lets my body repair, renew, and recover”


Hopefully knowing a little bit more about each of the macronutrients and how they act in your body will help you to make more informed decisions. Depending on your specific goals, lifestyle, and health history, you may require a different ratio of protein, carbs, and fat than other people. If you have questions about how much (and what) you should be eating, please contact us today!

The Importance of Stress For Your Health

 

 

Did you know that a little bit of stress can actually maximize your performance?

IF you’ve ever been in a flow state and totally lost track of time immersed in the task at hand – then you know know how astounding it can be to snap out of it. You were so focused that you couldn’t worry about your bills, external relationships, and the little worries in life.

It turns out that time spent in a flow state is one of the highest corollaries to a fulfilling life. The more time you spend in flow the happier you are. It also turns out that flow is the best way to get good at a particular skill– assuming the activity meets some key criteria.

The Yerkes Dodson Law examines how as arousal increases so does performance. Being pushed slightly beyond your comfort zone you get hooked. Locked in flow you will continue to push yourself, just barely keeping up with the challenge that is inches from your grasp. They even assigned a specific value to the degree of difficulty. If the level of the challenge is approximately 4% greater than your current skill you will be most likely to get into a flow state.

If you think about great athletes, musicians, artists and other high performing individuals you will see countless examples of them rising to the occasion. Completing the game winning drive as they march their team down the field and scoring with just seconds left on the clock. Playing a guitar lick faster and faster immersed in sweat and the roar of the crowd. These folks are locked into what they are doing to a place that is beyond what conscious mind and ego can interfere with. They are fully present and immersed in the task at hand.

It is important to find the thresholds in your life where you can push yourself and grow. If you feel like a task is too easy you will quickly lose interest and find yourself bored. If it is too difficult, you will feel like it’s hopeless and not actually give your best effort. Find the challenge that is engaging and challenging yet attainable if you truly want to get the most out of yourself.

If you want to find a gym that will meet you where you are at – and help challenge you to become better – feel free to reach out and schedule a Free Consultation with on of our coaches!

CrossFit: Sport vs Exercise Program

CrossFit has exploded in popularity as a fun and effective way to get fit.

It’s popularity has evolved because it works for everyday folks who need to maintain their health but is also extremely popular as a competitive event.

Sometimes it is tough for the outside world to see the differences between the sport of CrossFit that they see on TV and the training methodology they would experience in a local gym. Let’s look at some of the key differences between the sport and the training style so you can make an educated decision on adopting CrossFit into your life.

CrossFit in any form without a doubt incorporates functional movement. Using natural human movement patterns like squatting, hinging, and pressing overhead you will experience these patterns. What varies between competition and class is the technical requirements or difficulty, and the loads used in competition.

CrossFit as a Sport vs. CrossFit as an Exercise Program

The best athletes in the world compete in the “CrossFit Games” that you see on TV. This is the “Sport” side of CrossFit. In order to truly differentiate the fittest men and women, they must be tested by the most extreme workouts. They perform weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardiovascular workouts but at much higher intensities and volume than a coach would ever ask you to perform in your local gym.

“Intensity is the independent variable most commonly associated with maximizing favorable adaptation to exercise,” -Greg Glassman

The cool thing about the sport of CrossFit, is that you get to watch your favorite athletes being pushed and tested in the same style of workouts that you perform at the gym everyday. Everyone is safely pushed and challenged to improve themselves. Reaching just a little bit further and tapping into their true potential.

If you want to try a high-intensity functional fitness workout like CrossFit you might be surprised by how friendly and welcoming the community is. You will not be the biggest or smallest, the oldest or youngest, or even the least experienced.

Training for the sport of CrossFit looks very different from the training that takes place in a regular CrossFit class. The workouts in a CrossFit class are designed to elicit health & longevity rather than as a competitive sport. Each workout will then be modified to fit your specific needs & current fitness level. Your coach will modify the weights or movements in a way that encourages you to perform the movements safely rather than push you into doing something that is dangerous or painful.

This style of training has gained popularity because people are able to experience long term growth in a fun and supportive environment. If you’re ready to join a like-minded community of motivated individuals then come check us out!


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Top 3 Reasons Build Strength With Kettlebells

If you could only buy one piece of equipment to accomplish all of your training what would you buy? Treadmills and bikes are great for cardio but definitely won’t get you stronger. A barbell is great but where do you have room to store it & use it? Total gym style machines always feel awkward: the cables never work and they seem to be built for someone else’s body (pro tip: they also aren’t very effective). So what exactly can use to transform your body, build strength, burn fat, and improve your cardio?

Enter the kettlebell.

Kettlebells are a great and diverse tool that you should implement into your training. Kettlebell swings train the total body and can be a low impact way to build muscle. They can be used to improve performance as well as make you look and feel strong and capable. Of course, a tool is only useful as long as you know how to use it. Consider learning the basics with a certified coach who can show you the ropes. 

Today let’s dive into the top 3 reasons to train with kettlebells so you can see if they are a good fit for your fitness regimen. 

    • Carry Over To Life
    • Add Variety To Your Training
    • Quick And Effective Way To Train

1. Carry Over To Life

Kettlebell swings have a tremendous carry over to athletic goals and lifestyle activities. They teach you how to hinge at the hip, one of the most important movement patterns for health and optimal function. A strong and healthy lower back, as well as a tight core, will be developed rapidly when you train kettlebell swings with good form. You will also develop an iron grip. Grip is one of the best indicators of a healthy human and Harvard has found a strong correlation between grip strength and cardiovascular health

Swings will also improve your performance with the Olympic lifts and power lifts and any other hip dominant movement like jumping. Kettlebell swings teach the dynamic hip extension that is the foundation of a powerful lifter and athlete. When you become strong and proficient with swings you can continue adding load becoming stronger and more explosive in the process.

2. Add Variety To Your Training

You can train Kettlebell swings more often than many other strength movements. Performing swings 2-3 times per week can really improve your strength and endurance and shake up your typical workout routine. By adjusting the weights , the number of sets, repetitions, and how long you rest you can get totally different responses from your kettlebell workout. 

A typical Monday workout could focus on strength and power. You would use fewer reps and a heavy weight taking 2-3 minutes between sets to fully recover. 

Wednesdays workout could be focused on building cardio. Use a light kettlebell and swing it for a long time. Pick a number like 20, 50, or even 100 reps and see how quickly you can get there. Or set a timer for 5:00 and see how many swings you can get in that amount of time. 

On Friday you could train kettlebell swings in a high-intensity interval workout. Use light to moderate weights and focus on explosive efforts followed by bouts of recovery.

3. Quick And Effective Way To Train

Learning swings comes easier for some and harder for others. They are also easier to learn than the olympic lifts and far less technical. Swings are a great alternative for individuals who are focused on fitness for their health and young athletes. They also require less time to prepare the body for in terms of warming up the joints, muscles, and nervous system. They can be a fast and fun way to fit in a workout if you don’t have much time.

The kettlebell swing is such an effective tool because it trains both the eccentric (lengthening of the muscle) and concentric (shortening of the muscle) in a dynamic fashion. The snatch and clean both require a focus on a strong concentric contraction as the weight is lifted, Swings offer a different stimulus that may better suit athletes in sports like basketball or soccer or folks whose goal is not to lift maximal weight overhead. 

Kettlebell swings are a fun and effective way to train. Just like most exercises, it’s best to learn from a certified coach so you know you are performing them properly. If you are interested in getting in shape and training in a fun new environment come in for a free consult and we can show where you how training can be fun and get you results!

4 Fitness Models That Don’t Make Sense

Think about your workout. How does it help you achieve your goals? What is the “theory” behind what you do? Exercise makes intuitive sense (I think we can all agree on this) – if we are more active, we will burn more calories and our bodies will adapt to the increased workload, etc.

However, there are a number of fitness models that claim to maximize general physical preparedness (GPP) training but have faulty logic. They don’t make sense. I’d like to break them down:

  1. Color Based Training: Some gyms tell you that wearing a heartrate monitor and keeping your pulse in a particular zone – some mystical tangerine-colored place in between red and yellow – will lead to optimizing your fitness. While this sounds catchy (and their marketing is fantastic) – does it really make sense that “working hard, but not too hard” is the best way to optimize fitness?
  2. Duration Based Training: Others suggest that the only way to get results is by slowing down your movement – claiming that duration and “time under tension” are the only metrics that you need to worry about. Actually, they aren’t completely wrong. Incorporating tempo into your movements can make them much more challenging.But think about this in practical terms: if you lift 50 pounds one time (really slowly) or 100 pounds 3 times (really fast) which one do you think will help you develop more strength, cardiovascular capacity, or power?
  3. Competing-Models Based Training: Then there are gyms that claim the best way to get in shape is to pick two DIFFERENT models – like yoga and interval training – and slap them together. Let’s break this down:Each fitness modality has a unique goal. And each goal requires you to fine-tune your body in a specific way to get there. It’s like simultaneously trying to make your car fast, and capable of going off-road. The goals are inherently at odds with each other.Many would argue that CrossFit does this: borrows elements from different fitness methodologies and puts them together. And they are correct. The difference is that CrossFit’s methodologies line up with it’s goals. I’ll explain more later.
  4. The “We Don’t Have A Model” Based Training: At least the training methodologies listed above tell you SOMETHING. Because you also have these big globo-gyms that don’t tell you how to get in shape at all… Literally, does their marketing say ANYTHING about how to get in shape?Go to any homepage or ad for a big gym and look at the language that is used. It will talk about: 1) How cheap their membership options are 2) The sheer size & number of amenities their facility has 3) Some limited-time deal they are offering that has a lot of fine print.This is akin to taking you child to the playground and just dropping them off. You walk in and are staring at a million different gym equipment options, but have no idea what specifically you should be doing to reach your fitness goals. If you want to lose weight, would it be better to run on the treadmill for 30 minutes, do 3-minute intervals on the elliptical, or do a combination of burpees and squats in the corner? If you are trying to build muscle, do you use dumbbells, machines, or barbells? What movements/rep-schemes should you do to maximize your results?

Southpaw’s Fitness Model

At Southpaw we believe that fitness is primal. Our bodies are designed to move. It doesn’t have to be complex, and it doesn’t require fancy technology. In fact, it’s pretty simple: the more work you can do, and the faster you can do it, the better your outcome is going to be.

But just because it’s not complex, doesn’t mean that it is easy. For years we have been hunched over at desks, looking down at our phones, and slouching at the table. We have ingrained a number of unhealthy movement patterns into our bodies and we need to unlearn these bad habits while we develop new ones.

Our coaches are experts in the field. They have boiled down all of the exercise science and competing theories to find the ones that actually work. They have helped hundreds of people get out of pain and into the best shape of their life by using functional full-body movements and guiding them through a variety of different workouts that are designed to maximize results. People become faster, stronger, leaner, and more confident in their lives.

If you don’t remember anything else, remember this: pick a gym based on the results it will help you achieve – not because of some fancy theory or shiny object. So, when you are ready to start a program that is built around results, click the link below to schedule a Free Phone Consultation and learn about the benefits of professional coaching, effective workouts, and an encouraging atmosphere!

**Note: ANY fitness program is better than a sedentary lifestyle. And most of the gyms mentioned above have good intentions. However, we believe that the model we have crafted at Southpaw is the best model for well-rounded fitness and general physical preparedness that leads directly to the transformations people need!

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What’s Keeping You From Achieving Your Goals?

If you currently want something in your life that you don’t have then there is a 100% chance that you are human. How you define yourself is by the action you take towards bringing those into your life. Some people make declarations about how they are finally going to make the big change
Generally, if you have a goal you haven’t achieved yet you fall into one of these three camps. 

  • You don’t know what to do and you don’t know how to do it.
  • You don’t think you deserve it.
  • You haven’t put in the work.

So what’s really keeping you from achieving your goals? Let’s find out…

1. You don’t know what to do and you don’t know how to do it.

This is generally the first challenge you encounter when you have a new goal. Luckily it is also the easiest barrier to address when it comes to making positive changes in your life. Whether you seek to earn more money, improve your health, or find your soulmate there are websites, coaches, books, podcasts, and more resources than you know what to do with. Success leaves clues and in the information age we live in you have access to the tools and resources you need to get started on the path to your goal.

“When action is our priority, vanity falls away.”  Ryan Holiday

Let’s say your goal is to lose 10 pounds and keep it off. Like forever keep it off. Many adults find themselves at a weight they don’t feel comfortable and confident at. The problem is that if you have only ever gained weight since you were a kid and never seen the scale go (and stay) in the opposite direction then you are a total novice. Being a professional weight gainer is easy for you, you’ve done it your whole life. If you want to lose weight then you have to start fresh. It’s time to throw out what you think is true about nutrition and exercise because all of the information you have is through the lens of a person who has only ever gained weight. Let go of ego. Let go of pride. If you want to make the change then you have to start with fresh eyes.

2. You don’t think you deserve it.

This could be thought of as self-sabotage. Maybe since you were a child you have been conditioned to think a certain way. Many of the long-standing beliefs humans hold are instilled by parents, environments, or traumatic experiences. Long ago the brain accepted as fact that “this is the way it is”. If you have a long-held belief that is clashing with one of your current goals then your first order of business is to remove that roadblock. No amount of will power or strategy can overcome a fixed mindset. You are an adult and you are responsible for your own life. You have the power to change any condition that you don’t want. 

“How have I been complicit in creating the conditions I say I don’t want?” -Jerry Colonna

Executive coach and author Jerry Colonna asks a powerful question to himself and his clients. “How have I been complicit in creating the conditions I say I don’t want?” Ask yourself this question in the context of your current goal. If you are struggling to lose weight, what are the things that you have been “okay with” lately? If it’s the food in the fridge that you snack on, skipping your workout, or surrounding yourself with people who have unhealthy habits then that is entirely on YOU to change. That starts by demanding more of yourself. You have to consider yourself worthy of the goal you claim to want. When you are mentally ready to be the person who achieves this goal you will be able to receive it.

3. You haven’t put in the work.

This can be the most frustrating camp to fall into when it comes to not achieving your goals. You may be doing everything right. You hired the coach, you have a strategy, and you’re executing on it every day. So why haven’t you accomplished your goal yet?! 

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” -Vince Lombardi

Whether growing a business or growing your biceps it can be tough when the results haven’t shown up yet. So what should you do? KEEP GOING! 

Constantly ask yourself: What else could I be doing? Continually revisit camps one and two in this post. Are there any additional resources or tools that could be getting you to your goals faster? Could you work with someone who has proven results in the exact area you are trying to grow? Are there any roadblocks you are creating for yourself? Is there an area where your behavior is inconsistent with the outcome that you seek?
Frustration or anger can itself be a powerful tool. If you are fed up with your lack of progress then you should use that as fuel for your fire. If you have the bandwidth to be upset about your situation then you most likely have the bandwidth to work harder (or smarter!)

If you still don’t know why the results won’t come then you should consider working with a mentor or coach (like ours at Southpaw… hint hint!) who can help you get there. A great coach will help you set up a framework for success. They will help you develop a SMART goal that aligns with your mission and current state. Understanding the time frame and order of steps necessary to achieve a goal can dramatically improve your mindset and the way you tackle each day. You can break your goal down into manageable chunks and as you check them off you will build momentum towards your big goal. The best coaches will be clear and neutral in their feedback about what it takes to get to you to your goal. 

You want to surround yourself with people who will be supportive and honest your path to success. Avoid the detractors. That includes anyone who tells you they support you, but that you can’t achieve what you want and to “get real”. This life is yours to choose and you can’t waste time with the people that will only hold you back.