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Use Your Illusion

Posted in Health and Wellness, Martial Arts and Training, Strategy and Psychology with tags , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Sick and tired of being sick and tired?

Change your body language:  Sit up straighter.  Pull your head up and back.  Pull your shoulders back.

Change the language: Saying that you’re sick and tired will create a condition where you’re just that.  What do these words mean to you?  “Happy.  Elated.  At peace within.”  Change the words you use and you change your world.

Use Your Illusion: Picture yourself happy.  Imagine in your mind’s eye what that would feel like from the inside out.  This can be used for all sorts of states.

Exercise: Kung-Fu is my drug of choiceWhat’s yours?

Make it yours,

May I Never Be

Posted in Health and Wellness, Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , , on February 3, 2012 by ctkwingchun

I hear the weirdest crap come out of my patient’s mouths.  I couldn’t make this stuff up.

“I blew my back out cutting my toe nails.”

“I didn’t bend my knees walking off the curb, kind of jarred myself and now my neck hurts.”

“I tried not eating candy, but then halfway through the day I just couldn’t take it anymore.”

“Gardening is a great way to lose weight.”

“All diabetics cheat, right?”

“I can’t have sodium, I can’t have gluten, I can’t have diary – I mean, I just can’t do it.  It’ll affect my lifestyle.”

Ah.  I’m not judging – much.

Kung-Fu is my lifestyle.  Choose yours.


Fitness; Lies, Myths and Bullshit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 14, 2011 by His Dark Side

***the following are key excerpts from an article (link below) worth reading in its entirety;

  • Muscle withers away if you’re not constantly building it.
  • Too many of us drift into health clubs with only the vaguest of notions about why we’re actually there. Vague goals beget vague methods; the unfocused mind is the vulnerable mind, deeply susceptible to bullshit.
  • Your (personal) trainer knows literally nothing about sports; he’ll gladly prescribe a whole suite of cool stability-ball “functional fitness” and “core-training” exotica with rubber bands and wobbly Bosu platforms.
  • You’ll wonder why 21st-century fitness looks so much like 21st-century dieting, something we labor at constantly while our bodies hardly change.
  • Any reasonable person might conclude that cardio and weight machines are the best gear for getting fit. They’re not… Every serious strength-and-conditioning coach will tell you that muscle-isolation machines don’t create real-world strength for life and sport.
  • Multiple studies of pre-workout stretching demonstrate that it actually raises your likelihood of injury and lowers your subsequent performance.
  • The entire gym, from soup to nuts, has been designed around getting suckers to sign up, and then getting them mildly, vaguely exercised every once in a long while, and then getting them out the door.
  • A personal-trainer certificate isn’t much more meaningful than a beautician’s license — anybody can get one without breaking a sweat or even meeting a single athlete.
  • “The best thing I can do for an athlete,” coach Rob Shaul said to me as I struggled to get up, “is to make him strong. Strength is king, and you’re fucking little-girl weak.”
  • True sport-specific training, for literally everybody except elite athletes, isn’t sport-specific at all. It’s about getting strong, durable, and relentless in simple, old-school ways that a man can train, test, and measure.
  • And now I knew this wasn’t about a gym or about gym equipment; it was about an ethos, an understanding that nothing on Earth beats the fundamentals, a commitment to regular, measurable improvement in everything that a gym trainer won’t teach, for fear you’ll walk away bored: push-ups, pull-ups, bench presses, squats, dead lifts, and even such military-seeming tests as just how fast you can run a single mile.
  • It all starts with understanding the four basic muscular aptitudes: strength, power, muscle mass, and muscular endurance.
  • Strength means how much you can lift once, and it’s the backbone of every sport on Earth.
  • Lift a weight so heavy you can lift it only once, you’re building strength (and, oddly, not much mass); lift a weight you can move six to 12 times, you’re building mass (and, oddly, a little less pure strength); ease up to a weight you can lift 50 times, and you’re working muscular endurance (which is great for endurance sports but tends to undermine the first three, shrinking your strength, power, and muscle size).
  • Focus on a few basic exercises — the squat, the dead lift, and the bench press.
  • It can be hard to believe a true strength coach the first time he tells you that by pressing and dead-lifting on even days, squatting and doing chin-ups on odd days, avoiding all other exercises, and adding a little to the bar each time, you’ll be stronger than you’ve ever been in only a month’s time.
  • If you just stick to a basic strength-training program, you can expect a certain wonderment about what the hell you were doing all those years, why nobody told you it was this simple before, and why nobody else in the gym appears to have heard the good news.
  • Keep it simple.

Break A Sweat

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 5, 2010 by ctkwingchun

When you exercise do you break a sweat?  Yes?  So what.

I parked my car five blocks away and when I finally got to work, after carrying my laptop, some coursework and my toolbox full of Chinese medicine stuff, I was sweating.  Would I call that exercise?  No.

At the gym I’ve resorted to now seeing how many times I can lap the others in class when we do circuit training.  I call THAT exercise.

Intense Exercise

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 25, 2009 by His Dark Side

This article from the New York Times is well worth reading;

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