Posts Tagged ‘personal training’

2011 Renton Fat Loss Contest – What Will You Do In The Next 8 Weeks?

Monday, January 17th, 2011

What If You Could……

And YOU can!

You definitely won’t find me saying gimmicky stuff and b.s. that you can drop a 100 lbs in 8 weeks and that changing your body is real easy and you can do it by eating whatever you want and training 10 minutes a couple of times a week. And if someone does, you need to question their integrity and have them prove it to you……if they prove it to you then give me their number so I can learn from them.

What I believe in is changing your lifestyle so that when you make a body transformation you can maintain and/or continue to improve on the results that you achieved. What good is it to bust your butt training and taking on a crazy diet for 8-12 weeks (or more/less) only to fall of and gain it all bak in even less time? Positive changes are meant to last and when you start on a path that should be kept in mind.

But why do a transformation contest then? (more…)

Switch: How Can Getting Injured Be Good For You?

Monday, November 15th, 2010

How can this be good?

How can this be good?

If you asked me this question a couple of years ago, I would look at you sideways and maybe even attempt to give you the backhand smack.

There is no situation where being injured can be good for you!

Right? Or is there?

Before I move on, I encourage you to read Switch: How To Change Things When Change Is Hard (Chip and Dan Heath) which is a book that got me thinking and looking at things differently. I t allowed me to look at some negative situations from a positive outlook, being able to see what good can come out of it. Powerful stuff!

First off, I suck at being injured! I can be sour a lot of the time and not that nice to be around. I’m a hyper person, so taking away my ability to do what I want when I want to (a.k.a. restrictions) made me anxious and irritable.

I used to be that way anyway. This time around it has been different. (more…)

Excuses – Just Say No!

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

You ever ask yourself “why do I complain so much?”

You should!

I have, and it reminds me to re-program my brain and stop making excuses. Every one does it, it’s just that some people do it more than others AND some actually take action in spite of having the “excuse”. The one’s that do are the people that are successful, whether in training, life, business, relationships…. or dodge ball (if that’s your fancy).

Whenever you feel sorry for yourself, find inspiration in others that could have many more excuses than you but decide they will not be defined by them.

I started thinking about this as I was sent a link to an article about this years CAF Inaugural Paratriathlete Camp, which invited and sponsored one of our Renton Results boot camp members Tony Smith.

Tony is the tallest of the crew, as are his achievements!

Tony is the tallest of the crew, as are his achievements!

Tony lost a leg in a car accident but you can’t notice because he kicks so much ass! (more…)

What I Think About Fitness Boot Camps – Part 2

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

There was so much to say about fitness boot camps I had to put it into two parts, who would have thought?

The truth is that boot camps have blown up, which means that whatever we do in our programs, systems and training sessions is going to affect a large number of people!

“With great power comes great responsibility”, can’t remember who said that, I think it may have been Spidey….

With great power comes great responsibility

With great power comes great responsibility

While we’re taking quotes from Mr. Spidey, we can also ask him about his training program and nutrition, dude is lean! (more…)

What I Think About Fitness Boot Camps – Part 1

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

This is not going to be a “OMG, I love boot camps” or “they suck!” answer, but more of my own explanation on when you should take them seriously or not. So read on….

Considering this blog is pretty oriented towards performance training, muscle building, athletes and feeling/looking better……

…why the hell would I talk about boot camps?

Well, let’s see:

1. If you have a body you’re an athlete. And who says we can’t implement athletic exercises in boot camps?

2. Most people will improve performance, build muscle and lose fat in a boot camp setting

3. If you are compliant with a good boot camp system then you’re going to look better naked

4. The improved mobility, flexibility and strength will help you feel better and get rid of pain

5. Hocevar Perfomance runs the Renton Results Boot Camp so I’m talking about it mofo’s (you must be thinking I’m biased right away)!

Just like anything else, the question whether boot camps are a good choice comes down to the quality of the training system, nutrition and the people running it. My list from 1-4 above only holds true when all things are in place. (more…)

More Strength, Power And Endurance In Less Time – Contrast!

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

We all like strength, power and endurance. If you don’t, you should mofo!

Most of you also like to get as much done in a short amount of time. At least I would hope so!

So if I said you can tweak your training just a little bit and get more strength, power and/or endurance in shorter training session, you’d listen.

Let me introduce contrast training.

The short and simple explanation of contrast training is…. Choose an exercise  (usually a compound exercise) that you will load heavy in the 3-8 rep range (for strength and power endurance we may go even higher) and follow it up with a an exercise that has the same movement pattern and similar rep ranges.

A very simple example would be a box squat followed by a box jump or a squat jump.

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I swear this is the only picture of a box squat I could find…

Not a regular box jump per se, but you get the point (more…)

Where is Luka Hocevar?!

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

In all honesty, right now I’m on Lake Chelan, Washington for a 4 day weekend….

Getting some inspiration from the view

So don’t feel to bad for me :)

But I feel like I need to let everyone know what has been going on since the New Year as I have negelected the blog and haven’t been on top of providing great information as I promised. For that I deserve a backhand slap and if you see me feel free to give me one (just mention what it’s for so there won’t be any “misunderstandings” and I don’t go Hulk on your ass!) (more…)

Barefoot Training, Seattle Workshops and Anything Else I Can Think Of

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Just finished my first training session wearing the Vibram Five Fingers and I feel great! After around 20 minutes into the session the “weird” feeling went away and I honestly felt like I was barefoot.

I shouldn’t get too sore since I wear Nike Free’s 5.0 most of the day, as well as doing a bunch of barefoot dynamic warm ups.

Since a bunch of people have been asking what the hell I’m wearing on my feet and why, I’ll touch on why you should start switching up your shoes and start working towards doing a lot training barefoot. (more…)

How To Fix Your Aches and Pains While Warming Up

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

If you hang around training forums on any reputable training site, you’ll notice that the highest percentage of questions is directed towards fixing aches and pains (for example, go to the EliteFTS site and you will see the Q & A section filled with questions about fixing injuries, aches and pains).

The truth is that a large number of the aches and pains people experience whether before, during or after training (especially if you’re not doing any training) are a direct result of bad posture, overcompensation, repetitive movement, tightness, weakness, muscles that don’t activate, a crappy training program, etc.

Many of the issues you may be experiencing can be fixed without having to go under the knife or visit a sacred shaman in the mountains of Tibet. What you do need is a training program that is catered towards your goals and addresses any issues you are experiencing. (more…)

Complexes For All Occasions And Goals

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Complexes. Created by Istavn Javorek in the 70′s, a former Romanian weight lifting coach who later brought the concepts to the U.S. 

Love and hate.

I relate the former to the latter. I love the results that the complexes get me and my athletes/clients, but I hate thinking about doing them and waiting to pick up the barbell before my set is about to begin. They are probably one of the toughest things you can do when it comes to training/conditioning. If you don’t agree with me then please try a set of this barbell complex with 115 lbs  on the bar (you should also focus on speed of movement as well as form and get through it under 1:30 minutes). Go for 3 sets with a 90 second break: (more…)