Is Your Workout Encouraging ADD/ADHD

6 am class
No shows
No big deal
I probably wasn’t at my best anyhow
with only 4 hours sleep.

After 30 min doing circle checks in the gym (all good to go for the morning),
scheduling a family meeting
I am left twiddling my thumbs…..

“the devil finds work for idle hands” came to my thoughts.
I am not a criminal mind sort, with my hands anyhow.
Thoughts though, oh, thoughts.
About the only harmful thoughts that come to mind
are most often
those directed at myself.

I’d better get moving.
Hop on a stationary bike.

Plain and simple stationary bike –
no fancy settings,
just strap in your feet,tighten the tension
and
pedal.

Let’s do this….
30 minutes.
GO!

Within 7 minutes,
heart rate barely touched-
mind starting to wander,
bored!

There is no one in the gym,
just me and Maroon 5 playing.
I could get off.
A stronger force was keeping my feet moving
while my thoughts wandered……
are workouts now a days creating adult onset of ADD ADHD
rushing from one thing
to another
compromising form
for speed
for the sweat

People drive the same way to work,
day in and day out
never a thought to
“ooo, lets see if I can go faster, cut my time in half”
Are todays workouts contributing to road rage
and competitiveness behind the wheel?
Because, really
once upon a time
it was
a lot safer,
courteous,
respectful,
safe

 

I smile in drifting my thoughts back to the days of training
8 years competitive bodybuilder…….
a period
where I wasnever so focused,
purposeful,
strong,
competent,
organized

God forbid
if you stepped into a squat rack
with todays workout mindset
well
lets just say it wouldn’t work
having thoughts about “what’s next”
As soon as the scratchy bar hits
that beautiful spot
below your neck above your shoulders
you had better be present

Ah, those challenging workouts,
where
rather than grabbing the weight belt
and
ripping off the gloves
to hit the showers
it was off to a quiet room
to stretch
to reflect
to give thanx
to a body (and mind) well worked.
30 minutes alone with muscles and slow movement
THEN
it was shower time.

Ok, cool, I’m 15 minutes into the ride

boredom slightly lifting
as I recall
leaning down for a contest
dragging the bike in front of the television
or a one hour ride
while watching
back to back,
2 30 minute episodes of
MASH!

At this point,
today,
I am quite enjoying the
commitment to the pedals
and 30 minutes
as I remember
having a 6 month old
and contest day was
5 months away

Now juggling new mom
and competitive athlete
I was hitting the bike
at 5am to get the hour in
before
the baby woke up

Ya right.

In reminiscing,
aboth this period of time
this morning
I found myself reaching
for the ear buds
of a
sony walkman.
It’s 26 years earlier
5:30 in the morning
I hear the baby crying
I know she’s fine,
in the next room.

I put the ear buds back in
and tell her with whispers
“I am almost done
honey,
“I’ve got to do this”.

All this self absorption in my thoughts, I barely noticed the sweat now rolling down my temple, chin and dripping off my nose.  Damn!  That was the zone.  

Are too many looking for the physical experience of an intense workout, or is it the mental experience that is needed more? 

Bored with your workout?  Don’t blame the trainer or the gym.
Get in your game.
Stick with it,
until…………

Find Your Element

20120915-082115.jpgTo be in your element is to find a place where you just intuitively, are natural. Some call it “in the zone”. Who you are, what your purpose is and self discovery all become clear. This is the one and only time that I encourage you to be in the “comfort zone“.

Through 2 pregnancies, rain, snow, wind for over 20 years this is my element.

My best meditation is reached here. I connect deeply with God here. My minutes, day and weeks are planned here. None of this happens intentionally. My feet move, my mind thinks, my spirit is touched. It’s like all these little muscles are now getting a massage.

I first turned to the stairs in peaking for competition. It was a job to do. Very quickly I was hooked. Once I experience the pounding of my heart as I tackle the last couple of flights there is no cardio or sense of being alive that can compare.

I encourage you to find your element. It’s your road map, the key that will unlock your life.

Building Muscle

Another great article that hits one of my passions (next to gardening) on the head….pumping iron. You Need More Weight by Ron White

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Although it has been 20+ years since oiling up for competition, lifting weights and competitive bodybuilding is where I learned my most valuable lessons. When you talk intention and intentional actions, your body is the canvas and your chisel is the weight and movement in the dumb and barbells.

With the body and mind being one, the most interesting thing is “muscle memory”. Muscle memory is eternal……….How do you build muscle?

If you answered “exercise,” then you are partially right. For the most part, exercise is not what builds muscle. Exercise maintains the muscle you have already built, yet it only actually builds muscle when that exercise goes into uncharted territory.

“You need more weight.”

That is one of my best friend’s favorite things to say when we work out. If I am throwing up 225 pounds on the bench press and there is no struggle, he is the first to either add more weight or demand reps. I used to say, “No man, I want to control this weight first. I want to do eight solid reps of 225 before I move on to something else.” His reply would be, “Are you here to build muscle or maintain what you have?”

My particular goal at the time was to build muscle, so I would (knowing he was right) reluctantly say, “Build muscle.” His matter of fact retort was, “Okay, then you need more weight or more reps – maybe both.”

You see, when lifting weights your muscle is built when it goes beyond its comfort zone or literally stretches beyond what you have done before. If I had lifted six reps and I was spent – I also knew that there was no way my set was over. Just as I am about to give up, I hear the voice spotting me blurt out, “One more… come on… it is all you… one more… you got it… push it up.” My friend, Brian, will consistently push me to do one more than I would if he wasn’t there, and that is why when I work out with Brian my muscles are consistently in the growth zone.

If you are doing a set of 10 reps and are spent – you will get 90% of your growth if you do an 11th or 12th rep. The first 10 are maintaining what you have. The final two are the growth reps – these are the reps where you stretch yourself.

I have found that success in life is very similar to building muscle in the gym. If you are doing what you are comfortable with or can do easily, you never will grow. You will never expand to reach your full potential. Growth only occurs in life when you are pushing yourself to something new. This could mean learning a foreign language, learning to play an instrument, conquering your fears or pursuing your life-long dream of building a business, writing a play, authoring a book or talking to people that you normally would shy away from.

Growth in life is going to come when you are pushing yourself to lift the weights of life that you can only lift with a spotter. This means that you should not be afraid to team up with others and rely on them in your effort to grow. If you are going to build muscle in the gym you are going to need to do two things: #1 Lift more weight; #2 Have a spotter. The answers for success in life are very similar. Sometimes a spotter in life could be a personal life coach. There is absolutely no doubt that they will push you to lift more weight and be there to spot you when you feel that you can’t get the weight off your chest.

Go for more weight this week and get yourself a spotter!

 

Emotional Eating, I get it!

Emotional Eating…….I get it!  I’m Italian, meals are important to us.  Family time together.  Unlike some, my emotional eating is connected with good things. Celebrations!  Family time.  And as I progressed in my Bodybuilding career, food was connected with success, purpose, intention.

Even as I raised my family breakfast and lunch resembled more of a drive through sort of kitchen.  BUT , supper/dinner together was not optional.  To this day our dinner is a time of gathering, sharing the day, giving thanks for all the nourishment (food and other).  It’s a time of family community building.  The planning, shopping, preparation, cleaning  up.  We say grace – dinner even has a level spiritual.

When you come to dine with us, you come to our shrine.

To deny the fact that our emotions are attached to food is one of this first biggest lies we tell ourselves.  Recognize it, bask in it and just simply and easily…….MAKE GOOD CHOICES!

The FOOD MATTERS people have numerous videos.  Check out this one.

When your done that one, check out what the medical society says about filling in the gaps of our food.

Take control of your food, take control of your emotions.