On Friday I arrived to the facility to see 2 pressies waiting for me. A book and a thank you note from our equipment guys thanking us for so much business.
All ready got a few chapters read of it and is a great read from one of the brightest minds in the business side of the Fitness business. The other present was from a girl who was home from abroad for the summer.
After slogging away in the Gym and not having a clue what she was doing she was delighted to do some 1-2-1 PT’s and classes to see what she should be doing and really appreciated the help. I know she will be reading this email so thanks for the gift 🙂
Later that morning I had a BodyMap client in who was well impressed with how her range improved throughout the session and she was blown away at how one little trick had her going from nowhere near her toes to about a centimeter from touching them. This stuff is 100% the real deal and you will be hearing a lot more about it in the months and years ahead.
Anyway, I’m still managing to squeeze my 30 minutes of reading in a day, just about, and I’m half way through Speed Trap by Charlie Francis. Charlie was Ben Johnson’s coach at the 1988 Olympics when he failed a drug test and both of them became ridiculed world wide.
Reading this and having watched both the Lance Armstrong documentaries you realise how rampant drugs are at the elite level of these sports and it’s really just a matter of who gets caught and who doesn’t! Have other thoughts on that and the book is fascinating for a lot of topics but I’m just going to cover one here!
One of the biggest topics that seem to reemerge when reading books on high performing athletes is the issue of rest.
He discusses that there are 2 types of Fatigue. Muscular Fatigue (Where you feel a bit stiff and sore) and Central Nervous System Fatigue (CNS) where your whole system is giving out.
Muscular fatigue needs a little rest but isn’t a massive deal. CNS fatigue however leaves us drained, feeling heavy and having no idea why!
From what I see CNS is common in a lot of amateur athletes and also “Gym Bunnys” who work out 5- 7 days a week flogging themselves.
High level sprinters coming up to an event will do a drill at 100% pace and can rest anywhere from 5 to 25 minutes in between drills.
This is to allow maximum recover and to enable them to perform at their best when they go again. Which is why a simple and effective workout for the busy Mom or Dad works one muscle THEN works a completely different muscle, allowing some degree of rest in between!
Ironically, at the amateur level we do the COMPLETE opposite. Trainers flog amateur players with runs, long training sessions and then berate them when they have heavy legs and can’t perform come match day!
It really is mind boggling and it is so True that…
a little knowledge is a dangerous thing!
Of course we have to train hard but there is a time and a place for everything!!
In Boxing the tradition is for Boxers to run miles and miles in their training. I am convinced that not all of this is not necessary, some of it of course but not all of it.
Was very interesting to see Floyd Mayweather do some swimming in the build up to the Pacqiao fight.
Why do they do it?
Cause that’s the way it’s always been done and no one wants to stray away from it!
I will GUARANTEE that in the next 3- 5 years someone will win a World Title by NOT doing the long runs but doing the short sharp style training and it will be major news in the Boxing Training world!
Think “Train Smarter” and Kick Ass