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I’ve been a personal trainer now for about seven years. I’m a big fan of the Old Time Strong Men: Eugene Sandow, George “The Russian Lion” Hackenschmidt, and Paul “The Wonder of Nature” Anderson, to name a few. Russian exercise science literature and its methodical, scientific approach to understanding and training the human body influences me greatly. I’m driven to continually learn, read, think, observe, and ponder both to satisfy my thirst for knowledge and to fulfill my obligation to my clients. Here are some thoughts on fitness (and life):
- Progressions – i.e., moving forward. The key to achieving fitness and most any goal. Weightlifting progressions mean lifting heavier weight, doing more reps, sets, or complex exercises. Simple enough, but if you aren’t doing more you’re not giving your body a reason to improve.
- RPE – Rate of Perceived Exertion. A subjective intensity scale from 1-10 with ten being maximal; you can’t do another repetition at the given weight. In general, aim for an intensity level of seven or eight. “Increase strength while feeling good.” RPE takes into account how you feel — very important. For example, on a high energy day when you slept well the night before, your diet is spot on, and life is wonderful two-hundred pounds might have an RPE of 7. Whereas, on a low energy day when you’re sleep deprived, work stress is high, and you only ate crap, that same weight could be an RPE of 9. Lighten the load and adjust accordingly.
- Food – We are made of food. Yeah? If you want to be made of better stuff, eat better food. Pay attention to your energy levels. You’ll notice when you eat quality food and in sufficient amounts it really makes a difference and you feel great. There’s a saying in weightlifting, “Over training is under feeding.” I agree.
- The Horizon is Always Out There – This realization a year or so ago was a mini-epiphany for me. The more I learned, the more I realized I needed to learn, and the more inadequate I felt — despite having built up a formidable amount of knowledge and experience. Lesson: Do what you can with what you’ve got. Of course strive for the ideal and keep on learning, taking action, and improving but also realize and accept and cherish the fact though you’re further along the path, you will never get there. That’s a good thing. Learning and improving keeps life interesting. Work hard and enjoy the process!
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