Disclaimer: My bootcamp mafia episodes are for comedy, humor and entertainment only. All characters are purely fictional and exist only in my nightmares. No offense or hard feelings are ever intended. And as always, if you don't like it, disappear, like a wallet full of money, on payday.
So I always had visions of training warriors and warrior princesses and the like. Hardcore people who stopped at nothing to attain their goals. Team oriented, loyal, hard working and dedicated to the mission and the team. Reality set in 7 years ago and I had to accept that I would really train common folk. I have trained many soldiers and their wives. I have trained people from all walks of life and numerous professions.
But the majority have been average jane and average joe of all makes and models. And that turned out fine as I always had soldiers and some athletes in the mix. I've always had a small elite clan of followers who made it worth going to work everyday. I truly enjoy my job. It is my passion and has been for 30 odd years now.
The tides have changed recently and a new era has arisen. I contemplate the term "curse" often now. I don't know what caused this dramatic shift but it is alarming to say the least.
February is always a slow month for me. The January crowd has fallen by the wayside and those who linger on fade in February as life delivers it's body blow of reality to the masses. But there are always my small band of loyal die hards who never quit. And a new lot in the mix who never DIE!
People have been scattered to the four winds this week and most have not shown up for a variety of reasons. Then out of the abyss, comes the crew that I didn't expect to see. My favorite fictional characters from across the black hole, rear their ugly heads in unison and march forth to the sound of war drums.
Kumar, Troll and Zombie Man. Like night stalkers, they encroach on my position. And of course, nobody else is around to witness my plight. A 45 minute session in hell and torment. Fortunately, it passes and they slither away to leave me broken and scarred. I'm burned out and stressed now. The fire of my passion dims with each blow of the curse.
I will regroup and emerge victorious as I won't let the band of the curse bring me down. I will fight on.
Stay tuned for more as I'm sure disappointment and hell on earth are destined to follow. Till then....
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In order to get optimal results from fitness training of any kind, intensity is a key factor.
My world as it pertains to fitness started in the performance arena and later included the body composition realm as well. I started training in fitness and martial arts when I was 12 years old at a local karate school. I quickly learned that to be better at any physical thing, it required practice and intensity.
In order for me to get good enough to get my next belt or to win the sparring match against a better opponent, I had to train constantly and intensely, if I wanted it to happen any time soon.
Intensity during fitness training is often misunderstood. People commonly use heart rate monitors, rate of perceived exertion, feeling the burn and "getting a good sweat" to judge and rate intensity and exertion.
Back in the day, when I didn't know any better, I used all of these intensity gauging frauds. Then I realized that I only made significant progress when I pushed myself to a very hard and demanding level. I later named this hard and demanding level of exertion and intensity as the RED ZONE.
Then I adjusted my training program parameters to operate within the red zone. This red zone concept applies to all types and forms of fitness training. It implies operating within maximal or near maximal output on all events. We are talking about the 80-100% output, exertion and intensity level.
This means that you are constantly trying to improve your PR, 1RM, TIME, REPS and any other standard of measure including physique, weight, measurements, and bodyfat %.
For example: While in the Army, I had to run a certain pace in order to pass and max the 2 mile run. So every time I ran, I tried to beat my last time. In order to beat my last time, I had to run as fast as I could. I had to push myself as hard as I could for as long as I could.
Another example is the bench press. If I wanted to improve my PR and 1 rep max on the bench press, I had to lift heavier each time. Sure, there are many different programs that use percentage of your 1 rep max and other progressive set and rep counts to improve your performance and many work well. But I want to get better now! Not in 6 weeks or 3 months. So by operating in the red zone, I can increase my 1 rep max weekly or bi-weekly.
To operate in the red zone, it requires the right mental attitude. Run as fast as you possibly can. Lift as heavy as you possibly can. Do as many reps as you possibly can. Work towards beating your time, every time. Maximal output with extreme effort in everything that you do. Strive to max the event instead if merely passing it.
Many say that training like this is not productive or healthy. Many say that you can't sustain that level constantly. I call bullshit on that although you do have to train smart. Recovery, deloading plans and nutrition are all part of the concept. You do have to do these things in order to sustain operating in the red zone. It's an integral part of the concept.
Train hard, eat right and take care of yourself. If you operate in the red zone correctly, you are guaranteed success and that success will come now, not later.
So the next time you workout, push yourself as hard as you can and get your mind wrapped around that idea. Your brain will fight you on it. But your body will respond to the challenge and get better fast to meet the stress placed upon it.
That old bull about walking for 20 minutes, briskly, three times a week and follow a sensible diet plan is outdated and a waste of time. That's why everyone is still fat and weak. Get your nutrition plan straight and go sprint till you think your gonna die. Lift something so heavy (with proper form and technique of course) that you think you are gonna explode.
Train yourself to be comfortable in the red zone. Live there, exist there, desire to be there. Then you will accomplish great things. Give it a try. Mediocrity is for the losers in life. Strive to be the best that you can be in all aspects of life. The red zone is waiting. Get on it. Yesterday you said tomorrow. The red zone is today.
Disclaimer: Bootcamp Mafia episodes are for humor and entertainment only. No disrespect or bad stuff intended. If you don't like it, go away. Slit your wrists, get pissed and go jump off a bridge in other words.
So things have been fairly quiet at bootcamp lately. Kumar and troll sporadically showing up. The rest of the crew being lazy POS's and quitting for the most part. The Loyal Die Hard Legion members hanging tough - Jillian, Cage Fighter, and a couple others.
But then out of the blue, enters Zombie Man. I though he was an oxygen thief in the past and guess what? Yup still do! But his money is green and times are tough so here he is.
Now zombie man is a special kind of fu&*ed up. I was originally going to call him DSB (down syndrome boy), but you know how every one gets offended if you say a disability term. So he has the value of a zombie, so close enough. And he kind of walks and stalks around like a zombie after the warm up and first set of the workout.
So we have established his overall value to society as ZERO. Costing the world precious oxygen and resources. Anyway, I'd like to go on ranting about how awesome he is but -add troll and kumar into the shaker bottle and BOOM. Laughter erupts. I don't get paid enough to deal with this shit but anyways.
Enter Cage Fighter. She gets infuriated as she is working hard and then hears and sees the antics of zombie man and kumar discussing technique and instructing troll. Then cage fighter explodes with a rant heard round the world in an angry barbarian hoard voice. I can't contain my laughter and have to turn away. You had to be there. Needless to say it was a sight. Stayed tuned for more drama and action from the fat loss arena.
and now for some motivational music cause even the biggins need love too.
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