Fitness Tip of the Week
I had a conversation this week with someone who was looking to shed a few pounds. After thinking on the topic, I realized there are a few ways we can go ahead and address this issue. In this weeks newsletter, we are going to focus on the phrase "what gets measured gets managed" to help get you on the right path towards trimming some poundage.
In order for us to get to Point B (our bodyweight goal) we must know our Point A (our current bodyweight). So, lets say you weigh 212 pounds and by the end of the year, you want to weight 200. The next step would be to reverse engineer the problem and realize that in order to get to 200, I have to lose one pound a month. This is nothing drastic. That is roughly one-quarter of a pound per week. I think we can all agree that is reasonable. Now, here is the important part, schedule a weekly weigh-in to ensure you are staying on track. Remember, what gets measured gets managed.
So here is what I would recommend: Every Wednesday check your weight to see how the week is going. If you hit your goal for the week, then what you did worked, nice job. If you do not hit the goal, then give yourself a day of redemption on Friday and re-check. The weekly weigh-in is not a life or death experience. It is a learning experience.
What I've Been Thinking About...
Something has to give. For those who read this newsletter weekly, you all know this is set to be delivered to your inbox at 7:30 am on Sundays. Well, it is 6:15 am on delivery day and I am still writing, hoping to get it done by the scheduled time. Writing on the same day as delivery is usually not the case. I try to plan ahead and get the bulk of it done during the week so I only have to edit and send over the weekend. But this week, something had to give. My work schedule for the summer is roughly 7:30 am to 12:30 am. Prior to work, I try to read and exercise. After work, time is spent with Emilia as Marisa's work has really started to pick up (which is great by the way). Then, when we are all home, it is family time where we put the horses out, water the garden, spray Emi with a hose for 30+ minutes as she runs away and giggles, and then bedtime. As you can see, there is no mention of writing in there anywhere.
I was speaking with a local business owner and we were talking about working and being a parent and in my opinion, having a career and being an involved parent is no easy task. If your work demands are 40+ hours per week, it leaves very little time to spend with your child. If you don't like that, then something has to give. If you aspire to be a parent, be prepared to give. There is another little life form who depends and needs you!
Fitness & Adolescence
Roughly 8 years ago I was coaching high school football and we had a baseball player join the team prior to his senior year. He shows up to the weight room one day and realizes something: I am weak! He doesn't have the technique down and his strength is poor. He looks more like a 7th or 8th grader lifting for the first time than a kid who can drive to and from practice. Meanwhile, his senior classmates who have been in the weight room consistently for 3-4 years were able to pack on strength at incredible rates. Every year, 25-40 pounds were added to their main lifts. Where, as an 8th grader they were lifting 100 pounds for reps, by the time they graduated they were using 225 for reps.
When parents ask when is a good age to begin an organized strength training program, the age 11 or 12 usually comes to mind. This is the beginning of those middle school years where the child is starting to mature. The thought is this: teach the techniques prior to puberty, then, when puberty hits, the strength improvements tend to soar at incredibly fast rates. If you want to have a strong child, take advantage of this window of opportunity because when its gone its gone!
What I've Been Reading...
Testosterone: The Story of the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us by Carol Hooven
A few months ago I heard the author on a podcast and I was immediately intrigued. One of the topics discussed was that of South African track star Caster Semenya. The story of Semenya is a complicated one but basically she was born with a Disorder of Sex Development which, in her case, has both male and female reproductive parts. Due to her disorder, her testes are internal and she has lived her life as a female. Now, because of the internal testes, her body produces high levels of testosterone for a female. BUT, because of her disorder, her body cannot use that testosterone which is why she presents as a female. Confusing, I know. Either way, this is why I bought the book to try to gain some clarity on the issue.
So far, so good as I am about half way through. More on this book to come...
Quote of the Week
"When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the losers" -- Socrates
I hope you all have an awesome week!