One of the biggest misconceptions about exercise is that it takes away from your energy levels. That’s like saying you can’t love another person on account you only have so much love to give away. Crazy right. Our bodies are … Continue reading
“What weighs more: A pound of feathers or a pound of lead? They weigh the same! A pound is a pound is a pound… except when you look at how much space that pound takes up.”
If you ever hear someone say “a pound of muscle weighs more than a pound of fat,” please do me a favor and call them out on this common misconception.
6 am class
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
Let’s do this….
Within 7 minutes,
heart rate barely touched-
mind starting to wander,
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
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?
once upon a time
a lot safer,
I smile in drifting my thoughts back to the days of training
8 years competitive bodybuilder…….
where I wasnever so focused,
if you stepped into a squat rack
with todays workout mindset
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,
rather than grabbing the weight belt
ripping off the gloves
to hit the showers
it was off to a quiet room
to give thanx
to a body (and mind) well worked.
30 minutes alone with muscles and slow movement
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
back to back,
2 30 minute episodes of
At this point,
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
the baby woke up
aboth this period of time
I found myself reaching
for the ear buds
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
“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,
Quite simply put……….are you tired of starting over……AGAIN! “THIS will be my year” you said about 330 days ago. Yet, as the last month of the year looms, your mind drifts to the short comings of your health goals that … Continue reading
Even as she aged and hands crippled with arthritis, my Nonna was tough! She was one strong cookie without ever walking into a gym.
Her body was strong as she seeded, planted, tended to and harvested the garden. Jars and jars of fruit and vegetables were preserved as well as sausages made. These, all done, in between doing laundry in a wringer washer. Lol! Remember those!!!
If there was ever a family celebration that had out of town or country visitors, they’d be housed and tended to at Nonna’s in comforting bed and breakfast style.
Being immigrants there has to be something said for the connection of strength in the spirit and strength in the body. Another never ending battle of the chicken before the egg thing.
You don’t have to start a new life in a new country to get this strength. The new strength that people are seeking in character, spirit and body can be found by putting on the gloves.
If you looking for something new, something challenging, something to break the ho hums of your current workout……puuuuut em up!
Strong and healthy is the new skinny!!!
Yep that was me, fat and out of shape.
I didn’t become a Provincial Level Bodybuilding Champion overnight. It was a journey to wellness that got me off my butt, out of the bars and moving like I did in my childhood. A journey that had the end in mind…...pain free back and body.
Being much to embarrassed to go to a gym, my gym was my living room. What I did there got me in tune with my body; how it could move, stretch, how my breath and mind could actually get muscles to relax and grow.
That’s what really cool about connecting with us at HIGH VOLTAGE HEALTH,think, the tip of the iceberg. The value in experience your getting from us is immeasurable.
If your taking the baby steps to improving your body and health through exercise, whether your at a gym or at home, do you know what this is? Have you used it? Do you hate it? Do you love it? Do you know how to use it?