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The Pull Up Progression

Published on April 11, 2014 by in Fitness

“The Pull Up Progression”

 

One of the questions I often get asked is how to do/modify/accomplish the pull up exercise. When I first started P90X several years ago, pull ups were a struggle for me. I couldn’t do one, well, maybe one really ugly one if I flailed my body around doing a fish-out-of-water dance to get my chin over the bar. Fast-forward to today and my recent best is 22 standard grip pull ups. Below I’ll offer some tips on how to go from “I can’t do pull ups” to doing several reps.

 

First, let’s look at the ways to modify pull ups in order of difficulty (easiest first) Read more…

 
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This Dude Called Me Flabby

P90X2ResultsCutoutThis Dude Called Me “Flabby”

 

The other day this dude said I look “a little flabby around the waist.” Really? He also said that I needed to “tighten up and look ripped” if people are going to take me seriously as a fitness trainer.  Was he being harsh? I don’t know. Maybe I do need to tighten things up, look more like a fitness model, and try to get my body fat down to a more respectable level. After all, isn’t that what people want? The six-pack abs, the ripped body, the physique that turns heads at the beach?

 

Let me tell you about this guy that so blatantly pointed out my flaws. He’s the same jerk that has repeatedly pointed out every little thing that is wrong with me for the past 4 years. Even after I lost over 50 pounds of fat. Even after I worked hard to complete P90X (multiple times); even after I completed a round of Insanity; even after I trained for 6 months in a Muay Thai gym; even after I went on strict diet of no gluten, no refined sugar, no alcohol, no caffeine, no processed food, and very moderate meat consumption for 6 months – this guy always looks at me and says, “Not good enough.” This guy is me.

 

There’s a saying that says, “We are our own worst critics.” Isn’t that the truth? You want to know how many people have called my “fat” or “flabby” in the last 4 years? Zero. On the contrary, I’ve heard all kinds of “you look greats” and even “you look amazings.”

 

I remember last summer I was hanging out with my sister in-law, and she asked if I wanted some sort of treat (I don’t even remember what it was). I told her, “No, I’m really eating clean right now to lose a little more fat.” She kind of gave me a look and asked Read more…

 
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6 Words Re-defined by Insanity

Published on February 27, 2014 by in Uncategorized

InsanityLogo1If you have ever done the Insanity workout, you may have had your definition of “intense exercise” re-defined. Insanity claims to be one of the “hardest workouts ever put on video” and it lives up to its name. Below are some words that you thought you knew the definition of – until you did Insanity.

 

Cardio – Exercise that stimulates the cardiorespiratory system is what you thought of the term cardio. Insanity definition: exercise that brings a near lung explosion.

 

Interval Cardio – Short bursts of intense cardio exercise, followed by longer periods of less-intense cardio or rest. No! The Insanity definition of interval cardio: long periods intense cardio (actual lung explosion) followed by a brief period of regular cardio.

 

Warm-up – You thought a warm-up was an easy beginning to a workout; some easy jogging, jumping jacks, stretches, real light weight lifting, etc. The Insanity definition of “warm-up” is: Read more…

 
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Finding BIG Motivation to Work Out

BigFootI’ll be honest – lately I’ve been having a hard time finding motivation to work out. I mean, I like working out and it has been a hobby of mine for most of my life, but for whatever reason lately the motivation has been lacking. Maybe it’s the short Alaska days, long nights, or whatever they are. You see, where I live the sun comes out around 10:30 and it sets around 5 or so, but the sunrise is a SLOW rise. It looks like dusk for a good 45 minutes before it actually looks like full-blown daylight. Same thing at night, a slow dissention with an hour of gloominess before total dark descends across the sky. I think I miss the sun. Maybe that’s why I’ve been having a hard time with my workouts.

 

I was thinking that I might have to go on feeling like this for another month or so until the days start getting a little longer and the sun brings a much needed boost of energy and cheer. I was thinking that next 4 weeks or so would be workout after workout of grogginess, dragging myself to even pop in a P90X DVD let alone execute plyometric push ups and corn cob pull ups. But all of that changed recently when I found the motivation I had been looking for. I found something to train for, something that reignited my burning passion to build muscle and strength. That something is to capture Bigfoot. Read more…

 
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Should, Could, Don’t or Should, Could, Do

Published on January 12, 2014 by in Motivation

Jim Rohn is one of my favorite authors and speakers, and I often quote him because a lot of the principles he taught relate well to health and fitness. One of my favorite fundamentals he taught was the formula for disaster and formula for success. The formula for disaster is: Should, Could, Don’t (or Won’t, Didn’t). The formula for success is Should, Could, Do (or Will, Did). Mr. Rohn once said, “If you should walk around the block for your health, and you could walk around the block for your health, and you don’t walk around the block; if you should eat an apple a day, if you could eat an apple a day, and you don’t – you have to be satisfied with your own poor health and cardiovascular disaster.”

 

Isn’t that true?

 

Below I have assembled some other situations where the Should, Could, Don’t and Should, Could, Do principles hold true.

 

If you should exercise, you could exercise, and you don’t exercise – you have to accept being fat and out of shape.

 

If you should treat your spouse with the same love and affection you showed on your first date, and you can show your spouse that same that same affection, but you don’t – you have to be satisfied with a poor marriage and lack of intimacy. Read more…

 
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BM(Freaking)I – How accurate is the Body Mass Index?

UntitledThe Body Mass Index (BMI) chart is used to gauge a healthy weight for people and used by a lot of doctor’s offices, personal trainers, dieticians, and other health professionals, but is the BMI flawed? How accurate is the BMI chart, and should you use it to determine your level of health?

 

What is BMI?

 

BMI is a calculation to determine one’s healthy weight by taking into account height vs. weight. The calculation is then compared on a chart to determine if you are underweight, normal, overweight, or obese.

 

Here is how you can calculate BMI: Read more…

 
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Politically Correct and Incorrect Nutrition: What should I eat?

Published on January 5, 2014 by in Healthy Eating

I am hungry and I need something to eat, but with everything that I have read on the Internet lately about diet and nutrition I am just not sure what I should have. Let’s think this through:

 

First, I heard that you should drink water before each meal, so I need to get a bottle of Aquafina – no wait, bottled water is bad for the environment because of all the waste and pollution. Tap water it is. No, not tap water, I almost forgot: tap water has chemicals and fluoride and stuff in it, so a no go on that. Maybe I should get one of those R/O (reverse osmosis) systems installed; second thought, R/O water is stripped of all the minerals that my body needs. Maybe I’ll go Paleo with my water and drink like a caveman. I’ll find the nearest stream and I can capture some water in a stone cup – but wait, what if the water is tainted with bacteria or animal feces or something? I can bring the water home and boil it, or maybe even sanitize it over a fire to save gas. But will the smoke from the fire pollute the air? Maybe I’ll pray for some rain and stand outside with my mouth open.

 

Okay, now I need to be sure that I have a good balance of protein, fat, and carbs in my meal.

 

Protein: I think I’d like a steak. Or was steak bad for you? According to Read more…

 
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Solving the College Football Mess

Most people know me as a personal trainer and fitness guy, but what they don’t know is that I double as the guy that solved the mess that is college football. Next year the FBS division is going to a 4 team playoff system which is somehow supposed to be better and more fair than the current 2 team playoff system known as the BCS. We can do away with all of that with my solution. I welcome you to Glen Gosch’s New Rules for College Football.

 

New Rule #1: No mid-year charity games for SEC conference schools (or any other FBS conference)

 

The Crimson Tide will no longer be able to play Saint Mary’s School for the Blind in week 10.

 

Okay, now that I have offended some ‘Bama fans. I’ll put my sarcasm aside. Read more…

 
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My Fitness Can Beat Up Your Fitness

Sibling RivalryI think it’s comical when I am browsing the Internet – and this includes Facebook, blogs, and online magazine articles – and I find all of these opinions on how certain types of fitness concepts are wrong while another type of fitness reigns supreme. Do this, don’t do that. My fitness can beat up your fitness. My fitness can piss further than your fitness. Or something like that. Here is some of what I have found.

 

You shouldn’t do P90X because:

 

It doesn’t work, no one actually finishes it, those infomercial pictures are fake, nobody gets ripped like that in 90 days, and you don’t need a set of DVDs to get in shape.

 

You shouldn’t do CrossFit because:

 

It’s hard on your body, you have a 95% chance of Read more…

 
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Pooh Foot from “Gym Wind”

Published on December 30, 2013 by in Just for fun

GymWindCoverThe response for my second book Gym Wind, Indecent Exposures, and Other Short Stories has been great so far! Here is what one reader had to say:

“I’m going to have to encourage you to write more, thank you for the chuckles thus far good job :D :D”

So I bring you my last preview into the book here on the blog with a short story titled “Pooh Foot”. You can check out another chapter here and here. If you want the whole book, you will have to fork over an entire 99 cents over on Amazon.com.

Enjoy…

“Pooh Foot”

 

When reading the title Pooh Foot, you might be thinking this has something to do with stepping in poop; it does – sort of. I’m 19 years old and still living in Southern California during this story. Or is it more of cautionary tale?

 

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Just a few more sets of my workout before I head for the showers. It’s Friday night, the gym is dead – apparently the rest of Southern California has something better to do on this Friday night instead of pumping iron. And I probably do too. I could sit in on the freeway for three and half hours trying to cram through North Los Angeles traffic with 10 million other people on Christmas Eve to try and get back to Temecula to visit my parents and siblings for the holidays. Instead I decide to waste a couple of hours here to let traffic die down before I head to the parents’ house. This cuts my drive time in half by hitting the freeways after rush hour.

 

Besides, working out here gives me some time to blow off some steam. I think it’s possibly more productive to release anger by slinging iron around then Read more…

 
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