Kids That Are Stronger Than You

Here’s some motivation: Giuliano and Claudiu Stroe, ages 7 and 5 in the video, are from Galati, Romania. Chances are, they are stronger than you. They have been weight lifting since age 2! I can’t do many regular push-ups and Giuliano has been in the Guinness Book of World Records for his “air push-ups”. And I’m always impressed when someone can do the human flag.  I’m sure a lot of people disagree with the parenting here but they look like happy kids. I wish my parents made me exercise when I was a kid! My school years would have been a lot less embarrassing. Watch the video below and have your mind blown.    ~Dutch

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The Power of Thought

Recently, I stumbled upon a video about the power of thought and how it can actually work in connection with physical actions. If you made it past that first sentence, then keep reading. One of the points of the video explained that just thinking about say, the act of exercising a certain muscle actually engages the neurons in your brain. Granted you aren’t going to get a six pack with this method, but studies did show that the muscles thought to be exercised actually had been. Still with me? Want to learn how to play the piano but don’t own one? Some participants in the study were allowed to study piano but weren’t allowed to play it, when compared with similar students who actually were allowed to play, the results were similar to the ones who hadn’t played. Granted there is a point to where one’s physical activities will over shadow thoughts alone. You aren’t going to become a famous artist just based on pictures you drew in your head. Okay, so you’ve made it this far in my rant about how your brain works to help you jump start the creative juices, so get to it! Think about a project or goal prior to starting it, imagine the actions involved and get a head start for when you actually decide to write that masterpiece, just don’t forget that genius takes hard work. Check the original video below from AsapSCIENCE. ~cwall

Strong is the New Skinny

Having a personal trainer is great motivation. But who can afford one? At my gym, it’s $100 a session and I’ve seen those trainers on their phone the entire time you’re paying them. Needing to switch up my workout routine, I went online to see what I could find. I was skeptical about an online trainer for lots of reasons: they can’t see you, don’t know you, and they could be a 13 year old girl just getting a laugh. Inertrain.com has certified trainers that give you personalized routines starting out at 2 weeks/6 sessions for $60 – not bad! That’s still a little steep for me to start out with so I looked for an even better deal and found this guy at fiverr.com (if you haven’t heard of this site, it’s pretty awesome but we’ll talk about that some other time). After a couple of days going back and forth explaining my schedule, eating habits, and my current gym routine, I got a tailored-to-me diet and workout schedule. It’s fiverr.com so I only paid $5 and this guy nailed it! It’s easy to stick with and pushes me just enough without wearing me out. He’s available to answer any questions and we can change up my plan any time. Now if you do go with an online trainer, make sure to check their ratings and feedback. I suppose mine could still be a 13 year old girl, but if so, she sure knows her stuff!     ~Dutch

Some Links to Motivate You!

My partner in crime already posted some great stuff on keeping you moving so I figured I’d follow up with some awesome links devoted to helping you do just that. Check em out!

Exercise music app listens to your heart to rev it up

How To Get More Done – The Works

The Woodsman Workout (The only thing that would make this better is if Nick Offerman was demonstrating this workout.)

Case of the Mondays (From our friends at theCHIVERY)

Motivate Me Monday

“Does somebody have a case of the Mondays?” The last thing you want to think about after letting loose all weekend is getting back to your workout routine. If you’re like me, you count down the minutes till you get off work and can get back into bed. But maybe that’s not the best idea after all that pizza and beer you had watching Sunday football. So here are some better options. Convince yourself to do 20 minutes of cardio. Having a small goal is easier to attain than considering a full workout when you aren’t in the mood. I prefer to do this at the gym because every time I go to “only do 20 minutes”, I end up staying an hour and feeling great. If you only have 10 minutes to spare in your entire day (eye roll) I love 10 Minute Solutions. Maybe the videos aren’t very 2012 but the workouts are awesome. You can customize each routine and as soon as you start getting tired, that 10 minutes is up! My favorite is the Pilates video. Don’t have 10 minutes? Everyone has 4 free minutes. Tabata is a form of High Intensity Interval Training where you do 20 seconds max effort with 10 seconds of rest and repeat for 4 minutes (ie: run at top speed 20 seconds followed by 10 seconds walk, repeat). Learn more about it here. So just because you aren’t in the mood for an hour workout, remember these options. You’ll be glad you didn’t give into excuses and walk away with more energy.    ~Dutch