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A better you.

Shane Lance B.S., MEd

We often fall into the trap of judging ourselves based on comparisons to others.  Doing that can lead to negativity and depression.  So what if you have worked your tail off for months or even years and you still don’t look like a movie star?  So what if you aren’t the strongest person in the gym?  Not only that, so what if you ARE the strongest person in the gym?  Your competition is not the people around you.  The competition is you!  Set your goals to be a better version of yourself.  I can’t walk in to the gym one day at 5’ 9” tall and 50 lbs over weight and expect to walk out 12 weeks later looking like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.  Not only is he much taller than that but I’m not sure he’s even human. (Ha ha just kidding Rock.  I love you man.  Let's workout some time)

One of my heroes is MMA legend Randy Couture.  Over the door of his gym it says something like, “leave your ego at the door”.  I love that.  You have nothing to prove to anyone but yourself.  Always focus on self-improvement.  Go, be a better you!

Remember?

Shane Lance B.S., MEd

Remember when you were a kid, how active you were?  You were throwing things. You were jumping over things, on things, and from things.  You were running.  Sometimes toward things, Sometimes away from things, and sometimes just for the fun of it.  You climbed trees, fences, and hills your mom said you were forbidden to be on.  You went swimming in rivers, streams, ponds, and ditches, even when you were not supposed to get wet.  You played in mud, snow, weeds, cat tails, and willow patches.  Not to mention all the sports and games you participated in.  The point is, you were always on the move.  Life was a big adventure.  You were always in good shape. 

Well, maybe that was just the way my childhood was.  You may not have done all those things but it’s probably safe to say you stayed in shape and didn’t have a gym membership.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am a gym rat, by I am also willing to admit that there are many more ways to get in shape that are fun, effective, and cheap.

One great and fun way to get in a workout is on a playground at your local park and/or elementary school.  Now, timing is everything.  If you are a man, and you show up in spandex during recess and start doing a workout on the monkey bars, this might cause some concern.  You may end up doing a jail cell workout.  So, make sure the playground isn’t crowded with kids.  It does help to bring your own kids with you if you have some.  There are a lot of good exercises you can do on a playground.  You are only limited by your imagination.  Also, look up playground workouts on the internet if you need to get some ideas.

It’s a little cold and snowy out there now in some places in the country.  I probably should have saved this post for later but for some reason that was just what was on my mind.   So there you have it.  See you on the monkey bars!

Teach a Kid to Lift.

Shane Lance B.S., M.Ed.

When my son was 14, I decided it was time for him to hit the weight room.  My training partner had a son the same age.  We both had these delusions of grandeur about our sons coming to the gym with us and getting hooked on pumping iron just like us.  Hmm, well it might have worked if we hadn’t dragged them out of bed at five in the morning.  If they had worked as hard at lifting as they did at complaining, they would have built some serious muscle.  Surprisingly, we put up with the complaints for eight weeks before we gave up and let them sleep.  I wasn’t too concerned at that point.  My son was a wrestler and football player and I knew sooner or later he would discover that girls like muscles.  It was the next year that it happened.  A girl said he was looking buff and a monster was created. 

I had the pleasure of training the football team through the summer during each of my son’s four years of football.  I watched him grow bigger, stronger, more athletic, and more confident each year.  It was a lot of fun to spend quality time hitting the weights with him before he left on his LDS Mission.  Of course, he’s still not as big and strong as the old man but he has a good start.  For Christmas this year I sent him a set of exercise bands so he can work out.  He sent us videos of him working out and he is apparently training other missionaries now.

One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is a desire to lead an active and healthful lifestyle.  It is like teaching them to fish.  The best way for us to do that is by example.  It is hard to instill that desire if the only activity they see from you is when you run to the bathroom during commercial breaks.  We all have our down times.  I am fat and out of shape right now but that has got to change.  My daughters are depending on me to train them to kick butt in soccer.

I'm starting on Tuesday.  It's too crowded on Monday. ha ha

Wading through the hype.

Shane Lance B.S., M.Ed

Let’s face it, there is a lot of hype out there when it comes to the health and fitness industry.  A multi-billion dollar industry is sure to attract a little fraud.  It can be difficult to know what type of exercise to do, what type of food to eat, or what type of supplements to take.  So many choices.  So many sound great.  What to do?  What to do?

Well, first, find the things you are interested in and start learning.  We live in a wonderful day and age when a wealth of knowledge is at our fingertips on the internet.  Now, it is important to pay attention to the sources.  Before you run off and buy little green pills made from plants that only grow for one week out of the year and only in one small spot in deepest Africa, and has to be processed a certain way by people of a certain group dressed a certain way, make sure the source is credible.  Before you pay big money for a special suit and hang upside down doing yoga poses while wrapped in a special plastic wrap for fat burning, consider the source.  Remember, anyone of any age and experience can create a website and write an article or blog.  Even the claims that are not so farfetched can be hard to sort through. 

The best way to protect yourself is to arm yourself with knowledge.  Be a sponge.  Suck up all the knowledge you can find on a subject.  Soon, you’ll recognize hype in a heartbeat.  Find people who are already successful with things you are interested in.  Most are always eager to share.  Be careful of the guys at the gym who are quick to offer their unsolicited advice. Usually, the ones with all the knowledge aren’t the ones running their mouth trying to show everyone how smart they are.

Your most important resource is YOU.  Learn to listen to your body.  Know when an exercise, diet, or supplement is working or not.  The idea that exercise programs are one size fits all is crazy.  That’s why knowledge is so important.  You can take one of those programs and if you have the knowledge you need, and listen to your body, you can adjust it so it is specific to you and your goals.

So, start reading and learning.  Visit this blog often.  I’ll be discussing different programs, diets, supplements, etc…  And most of all have fun finding your way to a fit and healthful lifestyle

 

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