Back To The Source Of Equipment (Part 1)

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I read a Nerd Fitness articles  and I learned good stuff.

When I began, I went is a small gym at Sous-Moulin . It was a gym in sport center for volleyball, basketball, soccer players. There were only machines (because people stole dumbbells) and when we were 10 people, the gym was full.

2 years later, I went in a real gym. I’ll not lie to you the first time I was alone and I was afraid to the free weight section because I was afraid of hurting myself. But I had so much desire to have the 50 Cent’s body that I watched several times exercice’s video on Youtube and I did it.

On internet, there is a lot of excellent video that explain how to do squat, deadlift, etc. I downloaded videos of my workout program on my smartphone to heard instructions in the gym to do it right. It’s funny, I still have these videos on my smartphone and on my Cloud.

Now I feel good in a gym, I share with you gym’s basic principles and equipment that you’ll see most often. You’ll not have a loser’s head like me the first time.

Gyms filled to the maximum of equipment but you don’t need to use all of them to do an effective strength training. I’ll talk to you about basic equipment.

First time

first time

It’s easy to lose your mind the first time when you go in a gym. There is a lot of things and everyone seems to know what to do.

The most of gyms have :

  • Cardio zone (treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, etc)

  • Free weight zone

  • Group fitness room

  • Locker rooms

There are gyms that have pool, sauna, jacuzzi but it depends.

The fist time you go in a gym, it’s normal to ask for a visit. It’s important to do it because even if you’re used to gyms, you don’t know where are equipements you want to use. It would be a shame if you miss something. I don’t really remember but it was 6 months that I was in a gym and I discovered by chance, hidden in a corner, a machine to work calves.

Free Weight

free wieghts gym

During the visit you’ll see a lot of equipements. Personally I find that the gym’s staff concentrates enormously on machines and cardio during visits. It’s a shame because it’s the least interesting part. Let’s go to the free weight zone.

Barbells can have a size from 1.2m to 2.4m (4’-8 feet) long and a diameter from 25mm – 51mm (0.98’’ – 2’’).

Olympic bar

olympic bar

It’s the standard training barbell (Olympic men’s barbell). This bar is 2.2m (7.2 ft) long and weight 20kg (45lbs). The Olympic bar has bearings that make it spin nicely to help assist the Olympic lift, snatch and the clean and jerk.

There are also gyms that have « woman bar » is 2.1m (6.9 ft) long and weight 15kg (33lbs). There is also smaller bar to lift weight between 4.5kg – 13.6kg (10lbs – 30lbs).

Fixed weight bars

fixed weights bar

This is a small barbell with weights already fixed on it. They’re usually located next to dumbbells.

Dumbbells

dumbbell

There are several dumbbell’s design but it’s just for the style. Weights are from 0.45kg to 90kg (1lbs – 200lbs).

Ez-Curl bars

ez-curls bar

This bar is special because it is short and it has « W » form. This bar is only use for curls. I use this bar to do curls because with a normal bar, I have wrist pain, it’s my morphology (read this article). So if you hurt when you do curls with a normal bar, use that one.

Trap bar

trap bar

You can also name this bar « hex bar ». This bar has a hexagonal shape and allows you to be in the middle to lift weights with a neutral grip. This bar allows you to do deadlift and shrugs but it’s not an indispensable bar. Olympic bar is indispensable.

Safety squat bar, Cambered bars, Apollon’s axe, Strongman logs (and others)

safety squat bar cambered bars strongman logs

Theses bars aren’t necessary but it doesn’t mean that it’s useless to use them from time to time. If the gym specialized for Powerlifting, you’ll find these bars.

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-Steph

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The Mistake Of Learning From Mistakes

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I watched an Olivier Roland’s video  and I learned good stuff.

It’s true that learn from your mistakes is a good method to improve yourself but you can do a huge mistake by doing this. Let me explain to you, the huge mistake is to only learn from your own mistakes. Look the world, we’re billions and there are billions of people who lives before us. As everyone makes mistakes, learning from mistakes of others is also a good strategy.

Mistakes of others

mistake others

Look mistakes from people who are in the domain where you want progress allow you to save time and money. I think we know it but we forget to do it quickly. It’s important to have a strategy to learn from mistakes of others to progress.

I tell you the truth, I also made this mistake several times. Sometimes I noticed that I had a talent and I was alone in solo thinking that I was smart enough to succeed. I thought I didn’t need professors, books, etc. It’s an ego trip, it’s the best method to waste time and almost guarantee failure. Yes, I know there are exceptions, some people happen to be successful in being solitary wolves but it’s clear that they lose a lot of time.

No matter where you want to succeed, there is a golden rule. You need master the basics ! Once you master the basics, you can be creative but not before.

You can try to be creative before master the basics and in 90 % of the cases you’ll fail, it’s true. Look at people who are successful, people who are creative, they were all newbies and they all learned the basics.

Example

Looks at the creative chefs who have restaurants with 3 stars in the Michelin guide. Do you think at the first day in kitchen, they said to themselves : « Go, I make a crazy recipe ? ». No, they learned to cook rice, pasta and they had to learn the basics like everyone else.

There is a company very creative that is Cirque Du Soleil  that reinvented the show. You notice that there is a lot of circus inspiration and other domains. It looks very similar to fusion restaurants. You know this concept where you take the best recipes from 2 countries and you make a mix of 2 to make a menu.

Learn form mistakes of others

biography

First

The simplest method is to read the biography from people who are successful in the field where you evolve. You’ll learn a lot of things, you’ll see that they strarted from nothing and sometimes they made incredible mistakes. Reading biographies helps you avoid making these mistakes.

Second

Be in touch with people who are successful in your field. Don’t absolutely look for people who are at the level where you would like to be, communicate with people who are better than you. Ask them what are the classic mistakes that beginners make.

Put in place a stratregy to know mistakes of others and solutions they used to move forward. You’ll see, this will save you from unnecessary stress.

Attention is a thing to do in addition to attend trainings, see tutorials in video,etc.

What I mean is not be a lone wolf. Connect you, inform you, be curious, attends trainings and find mistakes that you must not make before you make them.

-Steph

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Free smartphone apps :

To track my calories, I use MyFitnessPal 

To track my workout program, I use Jefit 

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Back To The Source Of Human Strength (Part 1)

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I read a Nerd Fitness article  and I learned good stuff.

When I’m in gym, people tell me why they started to train. There are several reasons, lose weight, gain muscles or to be in shape for a special event. There is a golden rule to have result in strength training, it’s eat clean and lift heavy.

Everybody says it, eat clean and lift heavy but what does that means ? I think it’s time to go back to the source.

Why

why

The life is easier when we’re stronger, did you notice it ? By exemple, to carry bags from supermarket, to carry a piece of furniture, to run to be in time, etc. Everything is easier.

Strength training is extremely efficient to build muscle and burn fat. Whether to lose 6kg (15lbs) or 45kg (100lbs), it’s the same thing.

Strength training help to build muscle and lose fat but it also help to stop or even reverse sarcopenia (it’s skeletal muscle reduction with aging). Train our skeletal muscle allow us to be independant (therefore avoid nursing homes) and live longer.

The profits list isn’t finished yet.

A nice athletic body

Strength training help you keep your muscles while you’re in calories deficience and losing weight.

Strength training allows you to have a better oxygen consumption than aerobic exercices. After training your body needs to make a lot of efforts to recover and return to the normal state so the state you had before the training. Scientific studies have shown that your metabolism‘s level increase for 38 hours after your training.

Strength training increase your metabolism, increase your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) because your body needs more calories to keep your muscls than to keep your fat. It’s estimated that for each 4.45kg (1lbs) of muscle, your RMR increase of 30-35 calories.

Improve your health

Strength training help you to improve your balance and coordination, improve cholesterol’s rate, help to control blood sugar, stop muscle loss, improve blood flow, reduces your resting blood pressure, build a stronger heart and increase bone density.

Feel better

It’s clear with strength training you have more self-confidence, your have more energy, a better mood, less anxiety and less stress . It also improves the quality of your thoughts, a scientific study has shown that this increases the cognitive function .

It’s not advisable to do a strength training 1 hour before sleeping. On the other hand to train early in the day helps to prevent sleep apnea  and insomnia.

Prevents diseases and degenerative diseases

You notices that many men and women die because of cardiac disease. Stength training helps to solve problems that are factors of heart disease such as inactivity, diabets, obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol. Cardiologists begin to advise strength training to people who have heart attack.

Strength training helps to manage and improve the lifestyle of people with clinical depression , cancer survivors , have had a spinal cord injury ,who have recently had a stroke , fibromyalgia , Lymphedema , Down Syndrome , Parkinson’s Disease , Osteoporosis  and Arthritis.

It’s fun

Strenght training helps to reach your goals whether an effective training of 20 minutes to have a good naked body or to do a sports competition. It’s fun to see our progress because it’s like increase level in a video game. If you want to be better in a sport like badminton or rock climbing, strength training is a good choice.

People who shouldn’t train

The only people I’ve found who shouldn’t train are people who have an injury and it’s a break that doesn’t last long. We’re human being and it’s natural to carry things and move. Strength training is recommended for pregnant women , children and teenagers  and even paraplegics .

Obviously, it recommanded to see his/her doctor before beginning a strength training program to adjust the training program.

Basic objections

objection

But I’m too old, it’s not reasonable

When people between 30 and 60 years old tell me that they’re too old, I laugh because it’s a lie. It’s like say : « I don’t have time » and later I see a messsage on Facebook like : « Yestersay, Game of the thrones was epic ! ». Scientific studies have shown that people between 70 and 90 years old had impressive results in 10 weeks .

Other scientific studies have shown that this helps to avoid dementia  and to delay Alzheimer’s .

People who think they’re too old to train are exactly people who should train.

But I just want to be better for a sport and I want to stay fit

Strength training improve your muscle’s endurance, scientific studies have shown it. Resistance exercices help to increases overall muscles endurance , fix nervous system problems and increase activation of motor units within your muscles.

I don’t want to bulk too much

It’s a great strength training’s myth, it’s not in 1 year than you’ll have the bodybuilder’s body no matter wheteher you’re a man or a woman.

For women, here 2 exemples of moms who have become strong and fit without having a bodybuilder body. This is the story of Veronica  and Bronwyn .

Have a the body of a famous bodybuilder doesn’t happen in one night. Naturally we don’t have the amount of homones to have the body of a famous bodybuilder. We need to eat a huge amount of food (8 000 – 10 000 calories per day) and a huge amont of drugs (no, no, it’s another type of pharmacy, it’s true).

I’m fat, I want only lose weight

I’m fat, I want only lose weight

It’s a good reason to start strenght training. By losing weight, you surely want to keep your muscles. I mean, yout want to keep your muscles while you lose fat. With strength training you lose quickly centimeters (inches) in different body’s parts. It’s true that the overall weight loss may seem slow, that’s why is important to track your measurements. With strenght training when you eat with a caloric deficit, it’s increase your metabolism so you lose fat.

It’s boring

What I like with strength training, it’s we can see our progress quickly. It’s like increase level in a video game. I think people get bored when they expect nothing to do between 2 sets. This is why I advise people to have headphones to listen to their own music selection or an audio book to increase motivation.

Muscles and strength training

muscle fiber

Don’t be fancy, it’s interesting to understand how our muscles work to avoid failling into the Matrix’s trap. What I mean is that the only person you gave to impress is yourself and not the others.

It’s our muscle fibers that are small muscle cells that build up our muscles. Our muscle fibers are long, cylindrical and have the size of a strand of hair. Our muscle fibers are composed of myofibrils surrounded by sarcoplasm. I really summarized that but if you want to see it in detail, click here .

We have around 642 skeletal muscles that work together to make move our body. Imagine, when you bend your arm, your biceps contracts and your triceps does the opposite (elongates) to let the elbow bend. Every muscle of your body work as a team to make you move.

We have different type of muscle fibers :

Slow twitch (Type 1 fibers)

Slow twitch fibers are used to convert oxygen into energy for a long period of time. They don’t move quickly to be resistant to fatigue. These are the fibers we use most for marathons.

Fast twitch (Type 2 fibers)

Fast twitch move quickly so they’re not resistant to fatigue. Our body has 2 categories of fast fibers. The type 2A fiber has an endurence characterisitc used for long sprints. The type 2X fiber has « super fast » characterisitc used to short sprints or lift weights. I really summarized that but if you want to see it in detail, click here .

Each individual has a different percentage of slow and fast fibers. It’s for this reason that people are naturally better to run long distances or sprints. It’s funny because we can see it in strength training with people who are better to do sets with high or low repetitions.

It’s the end of the first part and the second part is event more interessting.

Share this article if you think it can help someone you know. Thank you.

-Steph

P.S. To read Part 2, click here.

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3 Words To Say Everyday

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I read a Nerd Fitness article  and I learned good stuff.

When I was a child, I was reserved and I was full of nonsense. I let go of thinks in my bedroom and I was doing everything at the last moment.

Few years later by doing research on internet about personal development, I found 3 words that help me to build health habits, improve my strength training, prepare meals in advance and pay my bills.

It’s very effective and simple. These 3 words are : Do it now.

Click

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Often after using something , I left it there and there were tasks that I would leave aside to do the when I was less busy. Do you do that ?

When I came home, I played video games. I bought preprepared foods to save time in the kitchen. And of course, I had beers in my rucksack.

Looks at what was going on :

  • I went looking for a plat but all plates were dirty in the sink

  • After cleaning a plate and eating, I left the dirty plate in the sink.

  • After playing video games, I wanted to sleep but there was a bunch of clean clothes to put on my bed. Bam, I put my clothes on the side and I sleep.

  • I woke up and all my clean clothes were on the floor.

  • I went looking a plate for my breakfast and I saw a bunch of dirty plates in the sink, Bam, I shouted insults in the kitchen.

Every morning, I had a negative state of mind. I was a lazy dumb

Avoid overworking

overworking

When I was looking personal development website, I found this Art Of Manliness video . It’s Do It Now  .

When I watched it I said : « Shit, it’s me. It’s sucks ! ». When I wanted to change, I found some tips of Leo Babauta  and this motived me to :

  • Buid new healthy habits

  • Put my clean clothes in the closet instead of throwing them on furnitures

  • Clean plates immediately after eating. Now in the morning, everything is ready for my breakfast.

  • When I receive a mail, email or a message from my social media, I answer immediately instead of doing a reminder and responding later.

It’s my responsability

responsability

Do you noticed when you put something aside, you should manage it some day ? But I noticed when it happen, I must manage a lot of stuff in the same time that I had set aside.

Be indifferent to things

When we put something aside, it means that we’re indifferent. The problem is the day where we should manage it, we’re too tired.

Mental stress

Without knowing it, we accumulate mental stress by seeing things that have to be done. By exemple when I see a bunch of dirty plates in the sink. I know I need to clean them but I don’t do it.

Wait the deadline

A great exemple of a time when indifference and mental stress reach the maximum. I need to have more time to make my tax return and I have some hours left. Watch this beautiful Homer Simpson’s video , you’ll like it.

Wait, I’ll show how it went. It’s funny because my brother to the same thing now :

Clean clothes on my bed

It was always a problem before sleep, especially when I brought a girl back to my bedroom.

Train later in the day

Somedays, I was able to train in the morning but I didn’t do it. All of a sudden, it’s 23h (11pm) and I still don’t train. I trained at home because the gym closed.

Don’t write an article

Somedays, I didn’s write an article on my blog because there were a lof of cool stuff on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat ou this on Youtube . I had to write 2 articles the next day.

Do it now

do it now

By putting things aside, we find ourselves doing a lot of work because everything ends up at the same time. « Do it now » allow us to do 3 importants things :

Less work

We can work less and have the same results. Why work more and have more stress ?

It’s done

Anyway we have to do this task so let’s do it now. In this way, it’s done.

Less mental stress

Each time we make procrastination, we worry more about this task in our subsconscious. Improve our subsconscious, it’s improve our lives.

Do you know the 3 seconds techniques to talk to a girl ? it’s the same to do a task, more you wait and more doubt will make you become lazy.

Train today

If you do your training at the end of the day, do a micro train when you wake up. Do pushups and abs to be in mode « I’m in good shape ». This is will help you to stay motivated to do your training after school/work.

Cook meals for all the week

If you cook all your meals for the week, do it on Sunday. Prepare all your meals in advance to avoid to eat unhealthy during school/work. You don’t have excuses.

Emails

If you want save time with your emails, read and answer immdiately or archive.

Dirty plates

If you want clean plates everytime, clean your plates after eating.

Clean clothes

When your laudry finished, immeidately put it in your closet.

Letters

Open the letter and manage it immediately.

Do you have a funny story and the conclusion is « I can’t believe I was so lazy » ?

-Steph

P.S. Do you want free workout programs ? Click here 

Smartphone apps :

To track my calories, I use MyFitnessPal 

To track my workout program, I use Jefit 

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Free Content and Paid Content

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I watched an Olivier Roland’s video  and I learned good stuff.

Free Content

free content

People when they start to create content on their blog, YouTube channel or Facebook page, they’re afraid to give good quality content for free. Now, it’s normal to give free content so that people get to know you and analyze your expertise. Lets people decide if they like or not your expertise. This is how you build your audience by sharing your knowledge and your expertise. Give something free is the first step to give something to pay.

Don’t hesitate to give the best of your content. If you keep the best for you thinking you can sell it later, you make a huge mistake. The only way to show to the world that you’re one of the best in your field is to show for free what you can do.

There is a lot of free content on internet, the competition is so aggressive that it’s quality that makes the difference.

Paid Content

paid content

The free content you have, you can use it in a different format by adding value. Here are some example :

eBook

You can sell a digital book with the best content of your blog/youtube channel (free content). The main thing is that you have to be transparent about the content of this book. The value that this eBook has compared to your blog/youtube channel is that it gathers content of your blog/youtube channel in relation to a theme in a format easy to read (PDF or Kindle). You can also add exclusive content.

Grouping content around a thematic in on place can have an added value of $10-$15. For many people, it’s more convenient to pay for this eBook than spend several hours looking for content in your blog/youtube channel.

Online training

It’s the same thing, you use the free content you have but you present if with videos. The video’s value is greater than the text’s value. Oh yeah, podcast audio is between the 2. It’s better than a text and less than a video.

Look, a Harry Potter’s book is cheaper than a Harry Potter’s DVD/BluRay. It’s the same content but formats are different.

In an online training, people don’t want only content well presented, they want an efficient tracking, an interaction with the community and a network to meet other people with similar interests. An online training also has a pedagogical curriculum that is nonexistent in the free content.

Olivier Roland have an online training of 9 months with more than 140 videos organized in 7 modules. By example if it’s a blog’s training logically blogs participating in training are evolving during online training. This is not just theory, at the end of the training, each blog will have achieved its goals. This is the true value brought to people.

Content

Content is just a part of the equation of what people want. We can recycle content in different ways. But beware, nothing prevents us from putting exclusive content in our eBooks or in our online training.

Yet another way of giving content. Make a workshop in « LIVE » with Facebook, Youtube or Instagram. It’s a way for you to meet your audience and make people meet.

Different format

different digital content

Did you ever see a movie at the cinema and after you bought the DVD/BluRay ? I think « yes » (I also do this). It’s the same content but in 2 different format.

Did you buy an album from a music group that you like and then you go to see their concert ? I think « yes » (I also do this).

We do that because the experience is different. So don’t be afraid to give free quality content. This is the only way people have to see if your work is of good quality.

An example with 2 entrepreneurs :

  • Entrepreneur A : He said : « Hello, I’m the best personal trainer of the world, it’s me the best ! ». On his website, we can watch only one trailer of his training program that lasts 3 minutes.

  • Entrepreneur B : He said : «  Hello, I’m a personal trainer. I have a blog and a youtube channel, you can see my programs ». On his blog and his youtube channel, there is a lot of free content to lose weight and gain muscle.

Which entrepreneurs will have a growing audience ? Entrepreneur B because he share his knowledge and his expertise.

Give free content means that this content doesn’t have a pedagogical curriculum. People who come to see free content have all different goals and this allow to the content creator to have a lot of freedom of expression.

A paid content need to have a pedagogical curriculum to reach a specific goal. The organization and consistency of content must create a value that goes beyond simple content.

-Steph

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Be Radical For Success

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I watched an Olivier Roland’s video  and there is good stuff.

Here is a trick to radically solve one of your problem. I know a lot of people who come home in the evenining after school/work and each evening they think playing video game for only 1h. Unfortunately, they all end up playing at 1:00 in the morning. Everydays they think they will stop to play so long but it doesn’t work. They do procrastination and their projects don’t advance. They don’t have time to work on their projects.

I have a solution for you, sell your Playstation ou your Xbox on eBay ! I know what I’m talking about, I like video games. I bought video games when I was in Tokyo. But you know, since I play radically less video games, I don’t miss. Not yet played Final Fantasy XV (my brother finished it) doesn’t stop me from sleeping at night.

By doing that, I won several hours a day to train and develop my blog.

Eliminate

eliminate delete

This solution is simple, effective and it works for other things. This radical solution frightens us but it’s simple to use it and it sovle 99 % of the problem.

Imagine you want to lose 5kg (11 lbs). There is 2 options :

  • When you go home and you want to cook something, your fridge is filled with pizzas, ice cream and soda.

  • When you go home and you want to cook something, your fridge is filled with chicken, vegetable and water.

Which fridge is the most effective ? The truth is that it much simpler to not resist because there is no temptation. So the radical solution to solve your problem is to eliminate temptations that prevents you from reaching your goals.

We all have goals to reach in 6 months or 1 year and we need to protect our dreams. Be radical to protect your dreams and don’t procrastinate. Each day, one step closer.

To ensure your success, what is the thing that you must eliminate radically ?

-Steph

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The Right Time To Start Your Own Company

too old

Really there is no age to create your own company ! You can do it when you’re young, middle, old and even if you’re retired. No age.

What is important is to have an idea and really want to do it, execute it. There is a lot of people who create their company at 50 years old and it’s cool.

If you think you have less chance to have success with your company because you start it at 50 years old, you’re wrong. It’s a limiting belief or an excuse.

This envy may be caused by the bitterness of not realizing a dream or the loss of a job or people who are retired who are bored and want to have an activity.

Gary Vaynerchuk has an amazing video about it. Watch it and have fun.

-Steph

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