Every time I do a NUTRITION CHECK IN with a client at our BOX one of the first questions I ask the athlete is:
What do you need help/advice with? (People fall within 3 categories of help.)
-Education: I don't know what to eat? Recipes? Ideas? Alternatives? Planning?
-Motivation: I'm just not motivated to eat better? I have no time? I hate cooking? I think I eat really well.
-Accountability: I am a yo-yo diet'er. Regular food log check-in's. Can someone just YELL at me?!?!
I find that half of the people fall into the education section where they simply do not understand how solid nutrition works or they have falling victim to bad information by the less principled members of the weight loss industry. There is so much misinformation out there it can be easy to get overwhelmed, follow nothing and eat whatever is convenient and tastes good.
Then there is the other half that does get it and just won't do it or don't do it. They fall into the motivation and accountability sections.
Maybe they have a problem with their GOALS?
Or maybe they have great goals but their reasons WHY they want those goals are wishy washy?
If you are one of these types of people, John Bear's "Blackmail Diet" may have a great idea on how to motivate yourself.
John Bear's book, "The Blackmail Diet," tells the story of his unusual approach to making himself lose weight. According to his autobiographical account, he set up an escrow account with his lawyer totaling $5,000. Bear then wrote up and signed documents ordering his lawyer to donate that money to the American Nazi Party if he failed to lose 70 pounds over the course of one year. The book tells the story of his efforts to keep that money out of the hands of a world-famous hate group.
Read more about this story HERE
Obviously this is on the extreme setup (one of which I don't suggest:-) But the takeaway of the idea can be very eye opening.
When I hear someone say, "I do pretty good with my diet", or, "I feel I eat well", is a bunch of BULL!
Why not take the idea from Bear and set up an unavoidable and unpleasant consequence so that you MUST stick to your plan to achieve your goals? This could include giving some amount of money given to the group or person of your choice, giving away a treasured possession, or even committing a socially embarrassing public act. So long as it's something you're willing to work to avoid, and you set it up so that you can't renege on the commitment, it fulfills the concept of the Blackmail Diet.
Or flip it around and instead of it be a negative consequence you could give yourself some kind of reward you have always wanted. The reward must be great enough to really commit yourself to and work for similar value of the negative consequence.
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If you have a goal, a serious goal. How much would it take for you to lose or gain to take a no-holds bar approach to your goal?
"Half Push Up Flight Simulator"
Double Unders: 5-10-15-20-25-30-35-40-45-50 (RX is unbroken)
Push Ups: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
Posted by Chris.
"How you do anything is how you do EVERYTHING." Virtuous.
How you workout represents the kind of person you are.
Notice the kind of workout habits you have?
Show up on time?
Practice your goats?
Notice how you react to certain workouts or movements mentally?
Workout when you don't 'feel' like it?
Give it your all when you are working out? With your family life? At your job?
I can a lot about a person by how they workout. And I am not talking about skill or strength level. I'm talking about passion, determination, wanting to be pushed/challenged/motivated.
If you want the most out of your health and FITness, you probably want the most out of the rest of the aspects of your life. And for those of you I'm talking about, I applaud you!
From: CPMFITness Blog
Five rounds for max reps of:
Body weight bench press
Post reps for both exercises in all rounds.
Posted by Chris
The coaches here at CrossFit 818 in Glendale believe strongly in the power of accountability. One of our most important jobs is to help each of you stay accountable to your commitments and goals. I'm writing this blog post because I think the subject is important, but more selfishly, I want YOU to help me stay accountable on something that is very near and dear to my heart: flip-flops and slippers.
As most of you know, I love wearing flip-flops and slippers. But, as you'll see in the video below, the potential long term damage of walking around in these oh so comfortable and fashionable footwear isn't worth it. The problem with slippers and flip-flops is that we have to clench our toes in order to keep them on while walking at any normal speed. That toe clenching goes against how we are designed to walk, and doing it enough can a) completely change our normal gait and b) screw up a lot of important stuff in our lower bodies, like Achilles tendons, calves, knees, etc.
So, join me in reducing or outright eliminating the time you spend in slippers and flip-flops... and if you see me wearing them, help me stay accountable by pointing it out. Every time I 'slip' up (nyuck, nyuck, nyuck), I'll serve myself a dose of motivational consequence in the form of burpees. Yea burpees!
Athletes don't wear flip-flops. Yes, you are an athlete.
5 rounds for score (# of reps)
Thrusters (95/65) for 30 sec
rest for 45 sec
Pull-ups for 30 sec
rest for 45 sec
Burpees for 30 sec
rest for 45 sec
Posted by Zareh.
Between January 20th and January 24th more than 80 Iowa football players were put through a series of workouts which resulted in 13 of the players being hospitalized for rhabdomyolysis, a potentially life-threatening condition. While many of the facts about the offending workouts are yet unknown, talk seems to surround a workout that entailed one hundred 240lb. back squats and a long weighted-sled drag for time. The importance of coaching becomes apparent in situations like these as workouts should be designed to achieve a positive result. Anyone can program a horrendously difficult workout designed to crush an athlete's soul, but is that the purpose of training? No. Coaches have a responsibility to understand their athlete's goals and program workouts that will help them achieve those goals in a safe manner. On the other hand, an athlete must be accountable for his or her own general well-being. Intensity is internally driven and, while there are external physical markers of an athlete's intensity, once an athlete reaches the outer limits of their maximum intensity level it becomes their personal responsibility to monitor that intensity.
What do look for in a good coach?
Yours truly completing the 2nd Floater WoD at the OC Throwdown.
Posted by Zareh.