Dan John: Wandering Weights, Our Epic Journey Through All Things Heavy, Issue # 33
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Basically, all I do now is travel and teach. I was talking with my group the other day about being careful with our goals. In junior college, I told my counselor—the only counselor in my career who ever really helped me—that I wanted to teach at a JC, coach and travel the world.
I teach at Columbia College now, coach as much as I want, and travel more than I ever expected. Goals are funny things: they can happen. Let’s talk about this a little bit.
Is there a simpler lifting program than not lifting? Well, isometrics is training without movement…so to speak. A lot of people have forgotten isometrics. On the list of things that work really well for about six weeks, including machine training and insane training, isos have that great ability to push through a plateau. Andrew Read does a nice job here with the basics.
The “what you need to know” is a nice start for all of us. Quoting:
The deep squat is an essential movement pattern that you'll lose if you don't perform it regularly. Just squat as deep as you can go with your own body weight.
Glute contractions, hamstring stretches, and pec/shoulder stretches can be done daily, especially if you have an office job.
Stressed-out? Do 3-5 minutes of diaphragmatic breathing.
Now, that we have exercise dialed in, we'll read about nutrition. I've known Jerry Trubman for a while—we bump into each at events a lot. I liked this point:
“I hear many people who are budget conscious say that it costs too much to eat healthy. First off, I don’t buy it (more on that in a future post). Secondly, I think this is short-sighted. We need to factor in the other aspects of these poor nutritional decisions. Since just about all of the top selling prescription medications are to combat what even medical professionals consider “lifestyle-related” ailments, I often wonder what the health care industry would look like if no one was overweight and real food were the only options available at grocery stores and restaurants. I had a weird thought the last time I visited my local pharmacy: In the very back of the store (the actual pharmacy) they sell pills to treat the symptoms caused by consuming the things they sell in the front of the store (alcohol, tobacco, soda, junk food, etc). This thought has bothered me ever since, so I thought I’d let it bother all of you too. I’ve also heard it said that instead of asking why high quality foods cost so much more, maybe instead we should be asking why poor quality foods are so cheap?”
Now that you have goal setting, fashion, exercise and nutrition dialed in, let’s talk about changing the world.
“Brevity is the soul of command. Too much talking suggests desperation on the part of the leader. Speak shortly, decisively and to the point–and couch your desires in such natural logic that no one can raise objections. Then move on.”
Publisher’s note:"This is a book that is sharp, clear, new information about how to make a bigger impact on the people you personal train or coach. It’s hard to adequately describe how much clearer and more intelligent than what you normally can find in the health and fitness space." ~ Josh Hillis, author of Fat Loss Happens on Monday