I can be better, New Gear, Car-sticker contest, April Challenge

Hi and welcome to another week,

I loved my training last week – well, except of course for that pushup/squat jump/plyometric lunge atrocity that I lived through on Friday!  Man that was a tough class – physically and mentally due to the sheer relentlessness of it.  I certainly couldn’t do a session like that every day – but it sure does create a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment – mixed in with a dose of pure relief – when the final bell rings.

I read a great quote today – “I can’t be perfect, but I can be better”.  And I have to say, with regards to my training and my diet – and consequently my diligence in organising my life – I am a better person when I am doing a ‘challenge’.  Because there are ‘points’ involved – whatever they are, I simply find the time to get my training done whether I can do a class or not.  Today for example I took all the classes that we ran (due to Lloyd’s sabbatical to enable him to publish as many self-taken photos to Facebook as possible in a 72 hour period), but after I had vacuumed and set up for tomorrow somehow found the motivation to slog out 12km’s on the treadmill and get through the ‘Jackie’ work-out twice.  Now, I can’t be sure but I am sure that was better for me than coming home to fall asleep in front of the footy – though I should add that Vanessa just sat down next to me on the lounge chair as I was typing this and announced that I smell – so maybe that running, rowing and thrusters stuff was not great for all parts of my life!

As for food, well – sure the challenge limits what you can have but as I think most people who are attempting it are finding with the exception of alcohol there are pretty easy replacements for everything else on the ‘no go’ list.  My diet is generally OK but I am quite happy to eat sweets, cakes and icecream – and drink beer – and not being able to do those things (I want those points) is certainly helping my health.  BUT – there are some very tasty treats you can have which don’t involve sugar and dairy (check the ‘Link of the Week’ section from this blog or maybe join the Life Challenge Facebook group) if you need some ideas!

What else can I say about all this?  I can’t be perfect but I can be better.  Last time I did the challenge I carried on with the ‘no grains’ policy (95% of the time), stayed away from potatoes, dropped the milk from my coffee and committed to take fish oil and stretch every day.  This time?  I don’t know what will happen yet – but I am really hoping that I make more of a dent in my sugar intake and perhaps even drop some more dairy.  Like I say, who knows what ‘extra’ habits I will develop in the next 3 weeks but I am pretty certain they will contribute to a healthier me into the future.

Oh – one other thing.  If you are doing the challenge and struggling for ‘energy’ – be patient.  Your body is still adapting.  You are still getting used to the reduction in sugar – you are still getting used to getting your energy from sources other than grains – you are still figuring out how to cook and how to eat.  Be patient.  You really do need to give it 30 days to get it all figured out and the benefits will be well worth it.

See you in the gym,

Michael.

April Whole Life Challenge – Weekly Challenge

I forgot to include the weekly challenge in the blog last week – but I am pretty sure everyone got it (the Jackie workout) through the email system.  This week, if you want your ‘3’ challenge points you need to complete a quadrathon three times during the week.  Now, the rules are on the Wall of Pain wall but essentially it is 500m row, 500m bike, 500m cross-train and a Bin Run.

Do it once – one point.  Do it twice – two points.  Do it three times?  Get the maximum three points.

Gym Update #1 – New Gear is on the Way (hooray!)

We are expecting a new delivery of leather gloves, bag mitts and hand wraps this week.  For anyone looking for their favourite color wraps, we should be fully stocked again by the end of the week.

There is also an order of deadballs, wall balls and other stuff in the works that I am sure everyone will enjoy being tortured with!

Gym Update #2 – Round 1 Fitness Dream-team and Footy Tipping

Both our AFL dreamteam competition AND our R1F footy tipping contest are underway.  If you still want to join the tipping, it isn’t too late – go to the following link http://www.footytips.com.au/comps/Round_1_Fitness&p=speedball  to get involved.

Gym Update #4 – Facebook ‘Check-In’ prize

I still haven’t gone through the analytics from last month yet, but fear not – I will be awarding a TANKS pass to the person who checked into the gym on Facebook AND whose name was pulled out of a hat.  This month, we will be awarding a free ‘RING THE BELL’ PT pack to the person who wins the competition – check in on Facebook and potentially win 3 x 30min PT sessions.

Remember also – if your car is spotted by me on the streets/in the car park at the shops/anywhere (except the gym, smarty!) then you will receive a free set of hand-wraps.  So get a cool new sticker on your car and win some wraps.

Gym Update #5 – Blog ‘Mini-Challenge’

A reminder again about the April ‘Mini-Challenge’.
Each day during the month of April you must do ONE (1) chinup for each day of the month that has ‘passed’.  In other words, on April 1st you must do one chinup.  On the 2nd – you do two, on the 3rd you do three etc etc.  Can’t wait until the 30th!

Facebook Highlights

Another good week of info and fun for those of you on our Facebook site – have a look at these links:

FYF:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pvM2WjUATU

Paleo Coach:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMdneB5sjHE&feature=em-subs_digest

Battling ropes:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-WQHA5BNFk

Rest and recovery:  http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/7-essential-elements-rest-and-recovery

TGU’s:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wjr0_FrdZmg

Hungry for change:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCqNNt82WcQ

Link of the week

This week – a bit of Motivation!

More than Motivated:  AWESOME!!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TJz-dO7wKs

See you in the gym!

Michael.