2 Simple Things to Make Life Better

Lately I have had to really focus on making my mind less hectic.  I have a doctorate in procrastination and found I need to write things down in order to get some things done.  I have also discovered that I still put off doing things on my list sometimes.  Well, a lot of the time.

A to do list is a great tool to get you started, but I found that scheduling things in my calendar was a huge step in getting more important things done.  Your phone comes equipped with a calendar, use it.  Once I started scheduling my time at the gym, time to work on my business, my meditation practice and other important matters in life, I became much more efficient with my time.  Time is the one commodity we can not acquire more.  Be stingy with your time.  Everything I do is scheduled on a calendar. This is a tough habit to stick with, but when you commit 30 days to the process, you will be surprised about how much more efficient you become.

Meditation is the second practice I have started that was so difficult in the beginning, but is an important part of my daily routine. How do you start meditating?  Youtube has great beginner videos that will walk you through, 10, 15 or 30 minute sessions.   Just push play and follow the instructions.  I highly recommend starting off in the 5-10 minute range.  Spotify is another great resource for meditation.  Just start.  set aside 10 minutes a day where you won’t be disturbed.  Meditation benefits include reduced stress, improved concentration, information processing, fosters creativity an a host of other amazing things.

 

With great change comes great patience.  Try these practices in your life for the next 30 days and I guarantee you will see dramatic improvements in you life.  So many people I talk to live unfulfilled lives.  They are over 40, and feel like the American dream is really not a dream at all.  We are at a point were we realize this ride is at best half way over.  Perspectives and things change dramatically as life chugs along.  Thank you for joining me as I document my journey to build a newline after 40.

 

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6 Tips To Conquer Your First Spartan Sprint

Reeboks Spartan Sprint is a 3ish mile obstacle course race that will be a great way to test your fitness as well as your mental toughness. This race is a great way to introduce yourself to the world of obstacle course racing.

Over the past several years I have run dozens of OCR’s earned a few Trifecta medals and even a World Championship medal. I have seem people do unbelievable things on the courses. I have seen people vomiting 200 yards in, crying at obstacles “I didn’t know it was going to be this hard”. It’s a Spartan Race, it supposed to be tough.

At Team Superhuman we have trained many people of all ages to conquer their first Sprint and with that training we have developed some great tips for first time racers to help them have an amazing experience when the compete.

DON’T PANIC

The week leading up to the sprint you will be shitting bricks, don’t let your mind beat you. If you trained properly or, have been training for some time, trust in your training. Butterflies will be natural, especially when you are at the starting line, festivities are in full effect and your adrenaline is pumping. Use that nervous energy.

SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE

Many of the rookies we trained fear the won’t have the stamina to endure 3+ miles of horrid terrain and obstacles. Here’s a dirty secret. You don’t have to run the entire race. You shouldn’t expect to either. Depending on your fitness level, much of the race will be spent walking the course. Certainly there are times that you will do some running, but don’t expect to spend the entire Sprint in full on run mode.

DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE

You will hear and see all kinds of crazy Spartan stories on the Internet. Some will depict the race as a horrible, grueling endeavor that will crush the weak, that you have to be super prepared to tackle such an adventure. Honestly, it’s not that bad. Some of the obstacles suck when you do them, but, we have people over fifty killing these races. If you are scared to sign up because of the hype, don’t be.

BRING A FRIEND

Don’t race alone, invite someone from your gym, a friend coworker, your mom. Join a team! Nothing sucks more than being on the course alone, tired and wet. Having someone there to motivate you to push on is the most important thing to finishing a race. When your body and mind are spent, having a teammate is crucial.

RUNNING

We train the team in long and short distance running. We also do burden runs and hill climbs. The point is, train with running. Ideally if you haven’t trained before, you want to give yourself 90 days to train for a Sprint. There are many great apps out there to get you running. You want to be able to manage a 5k without being to winded. If you can travel 3 miles on foot in under 45 minutes, that’s a great start.

TRAINING

The options for training are endless, at home DVDs, Crossfit, chain gym. You have to decide what’s best for you. If you are a beginner, focus on squats, pull ups, and deadlifts. You will be lifting and pulling throughout the Sprint. This is another element that works best worth a partner. Have someone to keep you accountable. You can check out our article on training HERE. If you want online training you can contact us at superhumanbbclub@gmail.com to learn more.

There you go. Six tips to help you crush your first Spartan Sprint. You can check out our other Spartan post, Tips To Survive Your First Spartan Race HERE.

GOOD LUCK!!

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How To Overcome Fear and Conquer Life

Fear…

Today I watched the movie After Earth. The beginning started off with the movie's star Will Smith describing fear. I found the quote to be the most accurate description of fear I have ever heard.

 

Being Crippled By Fear

Over three years ago I decided to take the plunge into being a personal trainer and struck out on my own. To say I was gripped with fear is an understatement. I was paralyzed at the thought of speaking in front of a group of others. Fear had begun to wrap its tentacles around me.

Doubts crept in and I began to question myself. Can I do this? What what will people think? Was my training sufficient? The fear monster was looming.

 

 

I began applying at various fitness facilities in my area. I didn't expect an overwhelming response from employers, but would certainly entertain any interview.

I was open to personal training but really had my heart set on group instruction, so that is where I focused my efforts.

Thankfully, after only a few days of searching I had my first interview as a kickboxing instructor. Confession. I was straight out of school with my cert, I was as green as they get. Kickboxing was certainly not my strong set. But, I interviewed, and the owner of the facility was looking for someone who could possibly lead classes that were more bodyweight oriented, and not kickboxing. He offered me the chance. It was exactly what I wanted.

 

However, at that moment, fear yelled in my ear, “You'll Fail!” All the reasons and excuses imaginable why I shouldn't/couldn't make the offer work flooded my mind. How did I kill fear that day. I accepted the offer.

How Do Yo Overcome Fear?

By taking it head on, and punching it in the face. That is how you overcome fear. You just slay it. I know, I know easier said than done. But, it truly is easy. And gets easier when you realize just how irrational fear really is. Life is meant to be conquered, I truly believe that with all my heart. Don't let fear ruin your life.

 

 

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