Simple Humans
December 24, 2010

Humans thrive on accomplishment, which is why we usually only succeed if we see progressive results. The gym provides an environment that encourages us to compete with ourselves. If we take the time to document our progress, we can keep track of our accomplishments.

If you have been stuck at a certain weight for a while, it is no doubt discouraging. You may quickly reason “all this work is not worth it”. However, after a few visits to the gym, suddenly your regular weights seem lighter than usual. Words cannot describe your excitement as you progress while your body becomes stronger. Taking your measurements can also prove encouraging, since there will be times when you stop losing on the scale, but keep losing in inches.

Strength training provides both an obstacle and a goal. What seems to be impossible at first may quickly become manageable in the near future. Once you look back and see how far your body has come, you are sure to get the satisfaction you need to carry on.

Humans are simple; we need to see results to succeed. So dig deep! Push mentally! Strain physically! SURPRISE YOURSELF! SUCCEED!

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Seeing results equals long-term success
December 7, 2010

We will not succeed without results! Logically, humans look at a situation in terms of what they are going to get out of it. So why do most fail to reach their goals? Many are impatient and selfish and often cannot justify the effort required compared to the slow results they are seeing. Their love or addiction to food outweighs the results, which leaves them feeling that it is not worth the effort, and they gradually slip back into their old habits.

Satisfying results are paramount for long-term success. So we need to choose a plan that best fits our lifestyle. It is the only way to stay motivated enough to keep slugging it out when plateaus hit.

*Photo provided by Handbag.com Health and Fitness


How many pushups can you do?
September 21, 2010

When growing up I remember being enthralled by stories of unbelievable feats of human strength. No, not from comic books… I never was much of a reader. It was tales of my father doing a hundred bedside pushups, before going to bed.

Yes, the good old days, your dad throwing you around the living room, as your mom nervously watches her lamp about to take another tumble. This healthy father and son camaraderie is beneficial on more than one level. No doubt a great bonding moment, but also a fun way to stay active.

As of late, my Pa and I have rekindled that friendly competitive spirit and turned it into a great way to stay in shape. I took it upon myself to see whether it would be at all possible to knock off a mere hundred pushups. Suffice to say they do not make them the way they use to. Back in the day men and women actually physically worked for a living. The idea might seem foreign to you but it is true; people physically exerted themselves to bring home the bacon (even literally).

Coming from the boy who could not climb the rope in gym class, I dedicate this blog to my dad; my hats off to you! Even with the well-deserved lean muscle from my past three years of pumping iron, I am just under half way to reaching this illusive hundred. What a mountain this will be to climb!

As much as you think you might know your family or friends, chances are you do not know how many pushups they can do. Well, that is about to change! Share this post and learn something new about them. Send me your results via the “Leave a Response” link at the top of this post or “Submit a Comment” below.

First, some ground rules… we have to make this fair.

  • your body must remain straight at all times (no raised or lowered butt)
  • place your hands just outside your shoulders
  • position your feet shoulder widths apart
  • lower yourself within three inches from the floor
  • raise yourself until your arms are straight
  • certainly no girly pushups
  • no stopping

Your pushups should look something like this: Pushups Guide

I will allow one slight modification. When you find yourself completely gassed, on your very last rep in the top position, take one quick second to gather yourself, enabling you to squeeze out a few more reps.

Send me your results and I will continue to update your progress. It will be a great way to increase your strength and have some fun at the same time.

Need a plan to help you reach a hundred pushups? Read this article: Test Yourself: Do 100 Pushups – Men’s Fitness.com by Jeff Decker

Happy workout!


*Photo provided by Microsoft Office Online Clip Art


Keep it simple stupid
August 10, 2010

Do not over complicate things! If it grows on a tree or comes out of the ground then eat it! You cannot go wrong with what God makes grow. In addition, do not forget about meat (thank goodness for animals)!

Just think of all the “garbage” you avoid by following that one simple rule. Generally the more man has mucked with it, the worse it is for you, so in turn the closer it is to its natural state the better it is for you.

Nothing, and I repeat nothing, will give you better results than balance and regularity. By this I mean, eat a balanced diet and GET OUT THERE AND REGULARLY BREAK A SWEAT!


*Photo provided by Desktop Nexus user: angelic

**Photo modified by Stew-Art-Prints


It’s time… Give Up the Wheel
March 2, 2010

Maybe it’s time that you swallow your pride, pull over to the side of the road and let someone else drive. Why? Lets be honest, YOU’RE LOST!

Being you and doing things your way has gotten you to where you are now. How’s that working for you? Are you happy with the results of your decision making? If not, then maybe it’s time to let someone else take the wheel.


*Photos provided by Microsoft Office Online Clip Art


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