by Dave Thomas First, a very quick thanks to y’all. I really hit a period where I lost my fun … Continue reading The 5 Best Strength Workouts You Don’t Do Enough
Hello, friends! What is this, a microphone?
The posts on DTP.com have been a bit infrequent and erratic for the last few months for a couple of reasons.
Number one, I went blank on things to write about and I always promised myself never to be the guy who puts out crap out for the sake of posting.
Number two, Performance360 has been busy in 2013 and a lot of our energy has simply gone to trying to keep up, kick starting some new ideas and maintaining momentum with what we already have in the works.
At any rate, there are a few things that I’d like to share.
** Performance360 is currently offering an aggressive New Year’s promotion. Start January 1 and your first month is just $69. … Continue reading P360 2012 in Review
I’m coming at you from a dingy terminal in the far corners of LAX. I am sitting in what honestly looks like a shed. It’s in the middle of the runway, supposedly associated with a larger terminal but a hub this is most certainly not. There is a smoke alarm that keeps beeping presumably from what I believe is a dying battery and I’ve heard “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” over the speakers for what’s gotta be the fourth or fifth time.
Oh, did I mention I almost missed my connection by nine minutes?
Is this LAX or Ethiopia?
You see the imagery everywhere. It happens in our gym and others around the country. People laying on the floor completely annihilated, covered in a pool of sweaty chalk, bruised and battered ready to go home and piss excellence. The images more closely resemble something out of the Hostel chair scene than a workout.
A lot of folks feel that if they’re not plastered to the mat after a workout then they failed, the exact mistake I used to made repeatedly. I will never knock someone for maximally exerting themselves. Ever. It takes balls to get yourself to that state. But is that continued display of exertion excellence? Do you really become stronger, fitter, more athletic, etc. this way day in and day out? While you may acutely survive it, are you really improving by unleashing complete hell on your body five times per week to the point where you must immediately assume a horizontal position after every single workout?
The answer is most likely ‘no’, and often times stalling and even reversal of gains can be occurring right under your nose without your noticing it before it sneaks up and bites you in the ass.
Routinely pushing yourself is one thing. Committing Samurai seppeku on yourself during every workout is another.
We are all guilty of it to some degree in the fitness industry as both trainers and trainees (I am both). My partner and I played high level sports so the notion of going as hard as possible is somewhat inherent in our DNA, as it is a lot of you who are competitive with yourself and others. It’s human nature to a degree, but not necessarily our good nature.