What I’ve Been Reading, Why You Should Start(why you should even care)

What I’ve Been Reading, Why You Should Start(why you should even care)

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I know, this may not seem like a big deal to you… but…

I was hit by a stroke of “inspiration” to write this post the other day after perusing through some emails between a friend of mine and myself, and noticed he’s sent out an email entitled “What I’m Reading” to his nutrition clients.

At first I was like, “why the heck would he share that, nobody really cares, do they?”

I know some of you might not care about WHAT I’m reading, and I’m going to share with you anyway, and that’s fine, but you should read on to see WHY I’m reading them. (I’ll give you a hint, it’s not my first time through these books!)

So, while I’m sitting here enjoying my cup of coffee and burning some hard earned coin to help warm my old bones, I can shift my focus away from such silly things as my toes being cold or contemplating what I’m going to eat for lunch toward more productive things.

So, why all about these books then, eh?books-1002123

First off, this post has nothing to do with the actual books!

Jim Rohn always talked about growing your library and gaining new skills…. sales skills, job specific skills, personal development skills, physical skills, cooking skills, you know, skills. His reasoning is that(at the time) we were approaching a new millennia where new frontiers that had never been made available to us before are available at our finger tips(and fast). And that so succeed, at anything really, you need to grow your skillets and knowledge to get ahead and become successful.

So really what it does have to do with is making you(and me) better.

“They” say knowledge is power, and the more you know…. I’m calling bull on that, because you can know and not do and the knowledge does nothing, it’s the application and understanding of the knowlege that makes the great people great. It has nothing to do with regurgitating “facts” or “statistics” or whatever, you need to internalize what you read to get a good understanding of what is written down in black and whit right in front of you, otherwise they’re just words on a page.

And that is the reason I read(and the reason for this rambling session)

Over the past year I’ve filled up my Audible library with countless personal development, fitness, and nutrition books, again, not in the hopes of being able to spit out facts at people(you know how much everyone loves those people) but so I can apply what I learned into practice, make adjustments, learn from mistakes(the right way), and move forward better than I was yesterday, last week, last month, or last year…

So if you want to get good at something, I mean really good, this is where your focus needs to be, in exercising the most important tool you have – Your Brain.

Here’s my current selection of literature, to give you an idea of the randomness I’ve been using to develop my person.

  1. Fat Loss Happens On Monday – Dan John & Josh Hillis
  2. Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg

Now, obviously the first book is very industry specific, and is usually what most people focus on when they’re in a specific job type thing, but the second… that’s for yours truly.

You see, I’m probably one of the most disorganized people there is… I mean, I know where my stuff is(mostly) and I try to get a lot of things done, but sometimes I just end up becoming my own worst enemy because of several things, and that’s where this book has started helping me out. It’s a work in progress, trust me, but it helps me analyze myself(not easy) and start implementing steps to improve(slow and steady) in a way that the principles stick.

This is the ultimate goal.

Not just to know the stuff, but to apply it, otherwise why did you read it in the first place? Really…

This brings me back to my original point.knowledge-1052010

How many times do you think I’ve read these books?

Once…

Twice….

I’ve read each one of these at least 3 times, and plan on reading them more as time goes on…

The first time through you may not pick up little nuances, you know those things that will help you have a break through? Those little nuances…

It might be the state you’re in or you’re focused on a specific idea or thought so much you missed something right after, or even the fact that it may apply now where as before you weren’t ready for the bit of wisdom imparted to you by the author.

Whatever the case is, it’s important you don’t just read a book once and put it down forever.

I’m reminded of an old martial arts saying that’s been quoted by Bruce Lee and some other sorta famous people…

Fear not the man who had done 10,000 different techniques one time, fear the man who has done one technique 10,000 times.

The point being, the more practiced the skill, the more effective(deadly in the above example). This is how you should treat anything you do, as practice, and the game is life. There’s no timeouts, no do-overs, very few breaks, but a huge reward for succeeding. Wether you’re trying to lose some weight(practice cooking), get stronger(practice movements), learning to defend yourself(practice techniques), or get a new job(practice necessary skills), the key is to be disciplined, doing what’s needed when it’s needed and sticking to the plan. Even bad plans if stuck to produce better results than a good plan not followed.

The next step for you my good reader is to go out, buy a book in an area you want to improve and read it, read it again, and read it again until you have the material down so well you can’t get it wrong and watch yourself grow into a new, better person.

Stay Strong My Friend.

~Justin

P.S. Here’s a list of books you should check out:
(I’m sure there’s more I’ve forgotten/haven’t read, if you have some favorites, comment below)

Fitness
Fat Loss Happens On Monday(from above)
Intervention – Dan John
Simple and Sinister – Pavel Tsatsouline
Boxing WOD Bible – P. Selter
Paleo Workouts for Dummies – Pat Flynn
Training for Warriors (series) – Martin Rooney
Enter the Kettlebell – Pavel Tsatsouline(pdf is available FREE online)
Power to the People – Pavel Tsatsouline(pdf is available FREE online)
Relax Into Stretch – Pavel Tsatsouline(pdf is available FREE online)
Athletic Body in Balance – Gray Cook
Can You Go? – Dan John
The Gray Cook Lecture Compendium -Gray Cook(Audible)

Business/Personal Development
The Entrepreneur Rollercoaster – Darren Hardy
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing – Jack Trout, Al Ries
Zero To One – Peter Theil, Blake Masters
Trust Me I’m Lying – Ryan Holliday
Anything written by Tim Ferriss
Growth Hacker Marketing – Ryan Holliday
The Content Code: Six Essential Strategies to Ignite Your Content Your Marketing and Your Business – Mark W. Shaefer
Contagious: Why Things Catch On – Jonah Berger
The Like Switch – Jack Shafer, Ph. D. Marvin Karlins
Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business – Gino Wickman
Traction – Justin Mares, Gabriel Weinberg
48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene
Free – Chris Anderson
The Lean Startup – Eric Ries
The Richest Man in Babylon – George S. Clason

Other Books(for thoughts and things)
The Black Swan – Nassin Nicholas Taleb
Antifragile – Nassin Nicholas Taleb
Facing Violence – Rory Miller
The Book Of 5 Rings – Miyamoto Musashi(pdf is available FREE online)
Relentless – Tim S.  Grover(Michael Jordan’s Personal Trainer)
The Professor in the Cage – Jonathan Gottchall

Guest Bloggers(Share Your Story!)

Guest Bloggers(Share Your Story!)

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Everything about your journey, from the first struggle with that piece of chocolate cake – all the way to the very last pound you lost, or maybe your still going(hopefully)

Honestly, it gets boring hearing all us “fitness gurus” talking about this and that from our high horse. Trust me, I feel the same.

So, it’s time we turn it over to the people(i.e. You!) and hear what you’ve done to get, and continue to do, to get results!

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5 Reasons To Hydrate This Winter

5 Reasons To Hydrate This Winter

Hydrate to stay healthy this winter.

I know, nobody wants to think about this yet but Wisconsin is a cruel mistress when it comes to the winter months, so it’s good to be prepared. Piles upon piles of snow, 20 layers of clothes, and of course the sub-zero temperatures that make hibernation seem like a great idea.

But here’s the deal, all too often we forget that we need good ol H2O to keep us from dehydrating. One of the least thought of aspects of the long cruel winter that is undoubtedly upon us.

Why do I need to stay hydrated? It’s not even hot outside??water-bottle

Great Question, Here’s 5 Reasons Why:

  1. Your body actually loses just as much, if not more, water through evaporation as when you sweat. Think of that fun cracked and dry skin you get, why do you think that is?? It takes a ton of water to keep your skin from turning to dust, as the drier air leaches moisture from your skin. :O
  2. Dietary changes, like eating less fruit and hydrating raw veggies lead to less fluid intake. You don’t feel the sense of being parched when you’re cold as when you’re hot, so the urge to have a nice cold glass of water doesn’t seem very appealing or necessary.
  3. You pee more. Gross, right! But it’s the truth, when you don’t perspire as much your body needs some way to get rid of toxins. So even though you don’t sweat you still need the same fluid intake to get all that garbage out!
  4. You lose water when you breathe! Ever notice your breath in the winter months…  This is from the respiratory process, and it happens a LOT more in winter than summer.
  5. Soup doesn’t hydrate you as much as you think. Especially if you are buying canned, the sodium content is already up there and canned soups are even higher. Sodium actually draws water from the cells in your body, so make sure you drink a nice tall glass of water with that soup!

I think you get the jist of it, so drink up, drink up. Water and tea are some of my highest ranking(and favorite) drinks, with hot chocolate and coffee ranking in the not so often category of my winter drinks list. Higher levels of activity such as sledding, skiing, and shoveling snow should always be accompanied with plenty of fluid intake(remember, the water evaporates off your skin without you really noticing).

To help with this, you can also use an electrolyte supplement (I recommend Rehydrate) to help keep everything in check so you can properly recover from workouts, winter activities(like walking up the sledding hill 1,000 times), or just for general health.

To sum up, drink plenty of water all year. 1/2 your body weight in ounces typically does the trick, but if you’re performing vigorous activity this winter should definitely increase this amount. Look at the color of your pee(gross, I know), if it’s a straw colored yellow or clear you’re doing great! If it’s a darker yellow or orange, you’re running low on fluids and should definitely get a glass or two down.

For any other health, fitness, or lifestyle questions, feel free to drop a line – info @ post35.net and we’ll be happy to help out!

Yours in health,

~Justin

Get More With Less

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Do you really need to spend hours in the gym?  I didn’t think so, and you don’t have to.  Now typically what happens with most new gym goers is this 1) All the fancy equipment is sold to them as a benefit  2) Sign up is made easy because of the ridiculously low rate, I’ve seen some for $10/mo.  3) They have over a million locations to “better serve you”.  But what’s the real benefit?  You have to spend way more time on the machines to get even nearly what you can with just $100 worth of iron.  Honestly, $100 well spent at a sporting goods store on a decent set of kettlebells or barbell set would be more beneficial.  The discipline to follow through on your workout is the same no matter how cheap or how centrally located they are.

So why do they set up their gyms this way?  It’s simple, they want people to think more is better.  By cluttering the space with equipment that does everything the hard way, they have given the otherwise open air in the space “value”.  For example, I don’t need an espresso maker in the trunk of my car and I doubt I would use it, even though I love espresso.
Why am I telling you this??  First off, my previous life as a full time martial arts instructor, I learned through observation of the owner, and several very awkward selling tasks, what I didn’t want to do… Be a salesperson.  I just enjoy helping people.  Part of that is to educate as many people as possible what fitness is really about.  I like to keep things simple, I don’t like overly complicated doodads or shiny workout routines with no direct benefits.  I prefer using equipment that gets better results for a fraction of the cost, and in a fraction of the time.  The basis of any good program should be mobility (function before fitness).  There are a few basic motions you need to have to accomplish this; pushing, pulling, hinging, squatting, loaded carry.  That’s it…  Like I said, I like to keep things simple.  Here is an example of a basic strength program using a Kettlebell:

crossfit-strong-dallas-kettlebellsMilitary Press (push)

Pull Up (pulling)

Swing (hinge)

Goblet Squat (squatting)

Turkish Getup (loaded carry)

Do as a ladder 1,2,3,1,2,3 of each movement daily.  Don’t worry, you won’t over-train any of these patterns just because the frequency is high.  The main reason this works is because the volume is low.  Repeat for several months and increase the weight slightly once the weight you started with feels “light”.  Don’t get me wrong, you do still need cardio as well.  You can add the movements in to or before a Kettlebell complex.  Or simply starting up biking, running, swimming(weather permitting!) or a sport you’ve always wanted to or used to do.

So all the equipment in your local health club and hours spent there can be replaced by a few pounds of iron and 10-15 minutes a day.  Find some space and make sure it’s clear of breakable
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Keep it Simple, Stay Strong!

Justin

What type of footwear to wear & why

“Wrestling shoes, work boots, tactical boots, and Converse Chuck Taylors are authorized. Almost any shoes worn by a guy named Chuck will do.”hands

Pavel Tsatsouline said it best.  And here are a few reasons why such minimal footwear(if any) should be worn during kettlebell training.

1. The most important reason is reduced strain on the knees, back, and ankles.  Essentially everything from the ground up, any lift in the heels, arches, or anything else goofy going on will cause eventual problems.

2. Your muscles do not get the correct propreoceptive feedback from your feet.  Think about last time you had to do some complicated movement on an uneven surface… wasn’t easy, was it?  That’s the same signal your muscles get from your brain with improper footwear and it effects everything from the ground up(that’s right, even upper body)

3. Cushy soles cause instability through any lifting, pressing, or any other standing exercises.  Look at martial artists, the amount of stability required to throw multiple kicks on one foot is amazing.  Even generating the force to break boards and bricks on a single leg  is trained barefoot.

I could go on, however, the bottom line is this, anything you don’t need shouldn’t be there.  Running shoes are made for running, not lifting, basketball shoes are for basketball, and more research has even taken a majority of the bulk out from those in favor of minimal inputs.  Another huge benefit to training barefoot is something I’ve taken from my personal experience as a martial artist.  I used to have flat feet.  That’s right used to, however through the course of my martial arts training I was able to feel how I was contacting the floor in contrast to all the athletic shoes I’ve owned over my entire life.

So there you have it, keep it simple.  Chuck Taylors, water shoes, barefoot, anything simple and effective.