Road Racing Is About Patience… Not Every Race Will Be Your Best

Road Racing

Road Racing is addictive – I get it, there is a reason why road races around the country made over $100,000,000 in total revenue last year.

We love racing but sometimes that comes without the proper buildup; maybe your friend talked you into it or you chose to run two marathons back to back… chances are you are not 100% prepared to run your best.

I’ve made that mistake at times – we used to think that the best way to train was to race yourself into shape but now we know that you have a finite number of hard efforts in a training cycle, be it mentally or physically… something has to give.

Success in road racing is about patience.

Sometimes racing too much can be detrimental to your confidence if you aren’t ready to roll – but racing can also be a good benchmark for your current training. Racing is a two way street and as a runner you must have perspective and you must have patience – there is a lot of experience that goes into knowing if it is a good time to race. That is where a good coach can be invaluable – knowing when you need a race to test fitness and knowing when it will kill your confidence or wear you down.

I tackled this very issue in one of my A Day In The Life videos:

 

– Justin

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Let’s Talk About The Warm Up; Are You Doing It Right?

typical pre run warm up

What’s a typical pre-run warm up routine for you?

For the longest time I would just walk out the door, do some leg swings – if that – and go on my way.

That was the routine!

However I know better now; the point of this pre run dynamic routine is to thoroughly warm up your running muscles and be ready to get into your run. So instead of taking 5 minutes to find yourself during the run you can warm up more efficiently and save yourself the pain of potential injury.

The more you warm up your hips, glutes and hamstrings the less stress you are putting on a cold muscle during the run.

You are essentially activating that muscle to fire properly so that your stride will benefit!

Check out the video below for a sample of my “A Day In The Life Video” series I’ve been working on. If you want, you can jump ahead to the 3:44 mark where I go through my warm up, touching on my glutes, hips, hamstrings and quads – to make sure that I am ready to go when I hit the road.

 

 

If you watched the whole thing, I hope you enjoyed the video!

Now let’s talk. Comment below about your warm up routine, or lack of and I’d love to see if I can help!

Also, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Instagram and Twitter if you have any other run-related questions.

Justin

How many exercise variations do we need?

Have you ever tried a bicep curl? How about a hammer curl?

What about a preacher curl?
Seated curl?
Incline?
Decline?
21’s?
Arnold’s?
Eccentric?
Pause?
Balanced on a bosu?

I see so many exercise variations sometimes it drives me crazy.

I’m sorry, but I have no friggin clue why anyone would ever do a bicep curl while lunging or squatting on a bosu ball? WTF?!?

 

exercise variations

 

I wrote another article about asking clients not to YouTube their exercises. The reason I do this is because there are 50 different ways to do the same thing!

Why? Continue reading “How many exercise variations do we need?”

Just go back to eating pizza and ice cream

“I don’t want to look like a man”

This is probably the most common response I get from women when I tell them they need to train their arms more or use more weights.

There are 3 major problems I have with this:

#1 – the societal image women have of themselves that generates such a huge fear about having muscles.

#2 – the lack of understanding of what it actually takes to look like a body builder (a man).

#3 – You’re basically saying that you’re worried your results will be TOO GOOD.

Continue reading “Just go back to eating pizza and ice cream”

The Time Will Pass Anyway

I’ve had this as my email signature for years:

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”

~ Earl Nightingale

I was thinking about this quote yesterday because it was my 1 year anniversary of moving to Guadalajara Mexico. I moved here to start yet another fitness business and in 11 months since opening it’s going fantastically well!

It’s a group fitness, instructor lead, exercise program and we’ve grown to well over 200 members in our first 11 months. We’re already in talks with people wanting to invest in 2nd and 3rd locations.

However, this isn’t a story of an overnight success and a business growing incredibly fast in it’s first year. It’s actually a story 10+ years in the making.

I started as a personal trainer 11 years ago in a small gym in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada. A year later I opened CrossFit Edmonton and ran that for 4 years before moving back to Vancouver, Canada. I then started working with clients online and a year later AnthroPhysique was born. I even started a meal prep business in Vancouver called Fresh in your Fridge before moving to Mexico and starting this business, FitMix25.

The fun thing is that all of those businesses still exist today – I’ve moved on from some of them but I still feel like a proud father seeing them growing in the world.

The key though is that through my 11 years of business building I’ve failed, succeeded and learned a lot! However, since day 1 my dream has been to help more and more people live healthier lives. The physical form in which I’ve pursued that dream has changed over the years, but the dream itself is still the same.

I’ve been going after the same goal for 11 years!

Even though this example is around the growth of my businesses, the principle is fundamental to the pursuit of any goal.

The reality is time passes. There’s nothing we can do about that. The only thing we can control is what we do with our time.

If you have a goal, but do nothing to pursue it, I can guarantee your result: you WON’T reach it.

However, even though there will be setbacks, struggle, challenges, hard times and frustration, pursuing your goal is always worth it. It may take a long time to get there but so what?

The time will pass anyway.

~ Chad

10 fat loss exercises better than burpees

Exercises alone don't burn fat

A friend of mine sent me this message on Facebook the other day:

Exercises alone don't burn fat

I get messages like this all the time. People asking me about a new machine, a new program, a new study, a new diet, etc. I love it!

I love it because people are curious, want good information and I appreciate that they come to me to validate the info. They aren’t just willing to accept everything that’s on the Internet.

Anyway, my response to my friend’s was this:

1. It’s not that simple.
2. In what sense do they mean for burning fat? Something more intense? If so, then most don’t.
3. In general, some good exercises in the list (unrelated to fat burning)
4. In general, some advanced movements that I wouldn’t recommend for most people.
5. Marketing at it’s finest. People love the idea of burning fat. This will likely get many shares and a few people even try it. I doubt anybody will see long term success from it.

I’ll expand here: Continue reading “10 fat loss exercises better than burpees”

Not seeing results? Step your game up!

Okay, this post may be a little bit of a rant…

I’ve been working in gyms and with clients for around 15 years now. Needless to say, I’ve seen a ton of people working out and putting in efforts to change their bodies.

Kinda…

I say kinda because I think there is a difference between working out and putting in the effort.

Let me explain.

You can see this in certain types of people:

The people who leave the gym looking just as good as when they came.

The people who constantly complain about their workout or how hard it is.

The people who stop with 10 seconds left in their circuit and start drinking water.

The people who leave their water bottle at home so they have to walk to the water fountain every couple of minutes.

The people take 15 seconds to transition between every 30 second station of a workout.

If you identify with any of these, please read on 😛

I would say that all of those people are working out. They’re at the gym, they’re doing something and they can even take a selfie to put on Instagram and prove it. haha

However, I wouldn’t say that they are putting in the effort.

They’ve got step 1 down and show up, which is important, but they’re lacking on step 2. Step 2 is putting in the effort to make it worth it.

To show up at the gym and just go through the motions isn’t going to get you results. I see too many of these people first complaining about their workout and then complain about their lack of results.

Unless you’re a body builder; if you rest for most of your workout, don’t own a water bottle or suffer your way through every workout then I have very simple advice for you:

Stay home!!

Seriously, you’ll enjoy life much more and there’s nothing wrong with enjoying life. Just don’t complain about your lack of fitness or that you have a body you don’t desire.

However, if you don’t like that advice then you might be ready for the tough love asvice:

It’s time to step your game up!

Stop complaining, suck it up, bring a water bottle and finish your workout as strong as possible. Just like you always get the last few drops put of your wine bottle, empty your own tank in every workout.

If you’re gonna do it, do it! If you show up, give it 100% and be proud of your efforts.

So if you’re not seeing the results you want, it’s time to step up your game.

If you feel you are giving it your 100% every time and you’re still not seeing results, message me because you’re in a whole different category! (this article doesn’t apply to you)

Chad

All About Proprioceptors And How They Can Benefit Your Running

All About Proprioceptors

Our bodies are awesome!

Think about it!

We have sensory nerves throughout our body that send feedback to our brains about where we are in space.

These sensory nerves, called proprioceptors, tell our brain about the terrain we’re running on, as we’re running, and our body makes the appropriate adjustments.

If you want to learn more about proprioceptors and see how you can better implement them into your training – check out my latest 5 Minute Barrier;

Thanks for hanging out friends!

If you want to follow along on my journey follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Anchor!

-Justin

Saturday Series – The Day 1 Mindset

If you’ve ever started a new fitness routine or diet strong only to fall off the wagon after a couple of months, this new mindset is for you!

The Day 1 mindset is the simple belief that: every day is day 1.

Day 1 is typically the first day of doing something. After day 1 you continue on with day 2, day 3, day 4, etc. Simple right?

It’s kinda like you start something one day and then continue on forever. With the all or nothing mindset, this is what you’d believe. You get one chance to start and then from there it’s 100% forever. If not it’s all over and you’re back to nothing.

By adopting a day 1 mindset, you start to build the belief that every day is a new chance to start over.

It focuses on building the getting started muscle and helps you realize that every day is a new day to pursue your goals.

Any time you strive for a goal it’s going to take many twists and turns and ups and downs to get there. Reaching a goal is never a linear path. There will be setbacks, struggles and failures.

Building habits and momentum is great, but it’s not JUST the momentum that will get you there. Even if you’ve done something for 21 days in a row and supposedly built a habit, it’s still hugely beneficial to see the next day as day 1 again. The focus shifts from “not breaking the streak” to “today is another chance to keep going in the right direction”.

 

Just because you succeeded at something yesterday, doesn’t mean you’re going to succeed at it today.

 

This may sound daunting at first because getting started is the hard part, but you’ll notice a change after a while. You’ll start to see that day 1 gets easier and easier. The momentum you build helps solidify this belief. Eventually, if or when you miss a day, the next day is still day 1 again and it’s not as hard to get back on track.

 

If you can realize that every single day is a brand new day and a brand new chance to take one more step forward in the right direction, then you truly have the day 1 mindset.

 

You lose the fear of failing because the next morning it no longer matters.

I challenge you to give this a try for the next 30 days. See every day as day 1 and let me know if it starts to get easier.

~ Chad

If you liked this, I recently wrote another post on the same topic. Even further back in time, I wrote an article about the All-or-Nothing mindset which is worth a read as well 😉

 

Beating The Marathon Taper: PR When It Counts

Marathon Taper Madness

The Marathon Taper — or as I like to call it Taper Madness — is a tricky concept to understand.

Complicated by symptoms of: feeling antsy, restlessness, having an overall energy surplus, being fixated on your race, day dreams about heartbreak hill, and just a general anxiety about training — ok a few of those may just be me.

It is not made any easier by the fact that not everyone will respond the same way to a traditional taper. A traditional marathon taper being cut back on the mileage starting a few weeks out from the race and then a few short and quick workouts marathon pace workouts to keep your legs fresh and race ready.

This brings me to this weeks 5 Minute Barrier; I’ll give you a few tools to beat Taper Madness and recognize if a traditional taper is right for you.

Thanks for watching and don’t forget to thumbs up that video and give me a follow on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat if you liked this info and want more!

Justin

Attention All Cardio Bunnies: Lifting Weights Rocks

Weight Lifting Jedi Level

Let’s talk through my least favorite “I don’t want to lift heavy weights” statements, shall we?

“I hate protein shakes”
“I don’t sweat when I lift weights, I’m def not burning calories”
“Lifting weights is only for big guys”
“I’m too weak!”

and, my ultimate favorite…

“I don’t want to get bulky!”

All of these statements are not only excuses, they are also 100% wrong. And the funny thing is…

I used to say all of them!! Continue reading “Attention All Cardio Bunnies: Lifting Weights Rocks”

From fitness newbie to loving exercise. Yes, it can happen!

Fitness Newbie

It’s 1999. Y2K was fast approaching, Haley Joel Osmet was seeing dead people and I was a pudgy 10 year old hating her life in PE. It was the day of the Presidential Fitness Test and I was shaking in my Skechers. Based on my recess activity, I already knew that I wasn’t athletic and I was positive I was going to fail.

The mile run was where I started to lose it.

I began to hyperventilate, paralyzed with fear that I wouldn’t be able to complete the long distance. In the end I (miraculously) did and later I scoffed at my 15 minute run time. “I’m just not athletic” I said, munching on my dunkaroos, “I hate sports and I hate exercising. I’m just never gonna be good at it, ya know?”

Fast forward to high school. I’d traded my Skechers for Uggs and I’d successfully gotten out of every physically demanding thing (other than dance classes) that was thrown at me thus far. I’d conveniently been sick for every trying day of PE in middle school. I’d even persuaded my doctor to suggest that I had “exercise-induced asthma” to get me out of running in my cheerleading practices. So, when my best friend suggested that we go to the gym after school, I almost dropped my Nokia brick phone.

Workout? By choice? Me? Was she joking? I laughed it off, pretended there was a Gilmore Girls marathon on ABC and slowly slinked away. There was NO way I was going to workout for pleasure! Continue reading “From fitness newbie to loving exercise. Yes, it can happen!”