Monthly traditions can be a great tool to stay motivated. They can keep you excited and best of all mentally, socially, spiritually, and physically healthy.
My wife Cassie and I have made a couple monthly traditions lately that keep us looking forward to our exciting time together. One of our monthly traditions is going to the beach on the first Saturday or Sunday of each month.
Below I list a few things that can get your imagination going on what you can do for YOUR monthly tradition. These recommendations will be in different categories positively affecting your overall health.
Participate in a monthly 5k/10k. These can be a lot of fun while improving your health and fitness. You can also do these with friends to work on your social health!
Go on a bike ride with friends and family
Take your significant other on a dinner date. Make it healthy; lots of veggies, low carb, no desserts or alcohol.
Work on your spiritual health and go to church or meditate on the beach. Many of you already do this more than just one hour a month, but if you aren’t it will give you some peace, clarity, and direction.
Donate your time and energy to a non-profit organization helping those in need.
Make sure to always consider the health implications of your choice. Don’t choose monthly “ladies night”, drink too much, and sabotage your health. An alternative would be a “girls day out” and have a healthy lunch followed by a mani’s and pedis. Fellas, likewise; don’t have a golf outing where you throw back a 6-pack on the front 9 as you drunk drive off the cart path. Instead, choose to walk the course drinking water.
There are endless monthly traditions you can establish. Pick one that you can maintain, brings you and others joy, and ultimately makes you a healthier person.
People who are really listening to this, we need to reframe what self-defense is. Most people think of self-defense as UFC, taekwondo, Thai boxing, MMA. Those are combat sports and martial arts. What happened to your wife was real world sh*t. I’m not here like going Chicken Little, you better come to the course– but the world is more violent than it’s ever been. Typically, what happens is a predator will look for somebody who has less situational awareness and is exhibiting less skills. Rarely do you see police officers getting mugged or raped. Why? Because they have a gun, they’ve got better situational awareness. We do see some blatant psychos attacking police officers, but if you contrast that against attacks against people like you and I. People are just at the ATM, just sitting in our car, just coming home with the groceries. Really, this isn’t a course about fighting, this is a course about not fighting. [Watch Clip]
The three D’s: detect, defuse, defend. Your wife detected. She used the 80,000-year-old DNA, her intuition, and instincts and said there is something wrong, and she then verbally contacted you. So Phase 2 of every confrontation, if you have no awareness that something is happening, is Phase 2. Boom! It just happens. The biggest thing we do is we teach people how to respect and trust their instincts and intuition. Then we teach them an intelligent choice; how to choose safety, what are your strategies for choosing safety. In your case here with your wife, she called you. It’s like whoa! And then you, said hey talk to somebody at the store right away. You guys started to triangulate and initiate a strategy. It turned out that she got away. I mean that’s the biggest thing that I want for people who come to this seminar. [Watch Clip]
Carl steps out of the store. He sees the guy come off the wall and kind of like look at him and then look away. Carl said he had this feeling. He had been mugged when he grew up in Spain. He said he got the same feeling that he use to get just before he was going to get mugged. What I tell people is if you have a bad feeling, do the safest thing you can do, because what happens if nothing happens? You’re still safe. What happens if you ignore it because your embarrassed or cognitive dissonance shuts it down? That wouldn’t happen in San Francisco outside of a Starbucks on a busy street. You get mugged. The downside of ignoring it, is the violence happens. And so, what happens is — and this is the whole point of the story, is Carl calls me right after. He does this thing where he grabs his phone and the guy is looking, he pulls the phone out and he pretends to make a call. He’s like 20 feet away with his coffee*and he goes, “You tell that mother******…”, and he starts screaming. [Watch Clip]
Martial artist go you can’t learn in a week and it’s bullsh*t. Two reasons: One is because they can’t do it — they think other people can’t do it. It’s like saying — if I asked you this: can you learn to snatch in a weekend? The answer is yes. Have you learned everything about the snatch and will that be your best snatch ever that weekend? No, you never stop finessing and working the snatch. The snatch is an Olympic lift and it’s a very complex motor skill that integrates a lot of proprioception and neurological sh*t, and of course intensifying the weight. There is a whole bunch of factors. People confuse — like a joke I always make for the CrossFitters who are sitting on the fence, I go a real violent self-defense moment is like doing a thruster and martial arts is like learning Olympic lifting. A thruster always sucks whether you look like me or you look like Rich Froning. [Watch Clip]
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The CrossFit SPEAR team is going to be in Florida on May 20–21st and we wanted to make sure you, your coaches, and athletes knew about the course.
I want you to spend 5 minutes and dig deeper than the obvious answers listed above. Discard cavalier comments like, “Sh%t happens”, “It’s a dangerous world out there”, “I have insurance”, “What’s in your purse that’s worth your life?” “ I’ll just shoot him” and so on.
Seriously think about what it would cost you?
I’m referring to the emotional/psychological taxes. Most people never consider violence’s deeper impact. The noxious effects that create PTSD, the memories that stain our mind-eye and silently agitate our nervous system.
When bad sh%t happens close-up, everything can change.
So what would you pay to avoid some of this? What would you pay to feel safer?
What if I told all you had to pay was ‘attention’?
The cool thing about personal defense (regardless of your experience, gender, profession) is that most of what you need to know (and do) is already hard-wired into you. You don’t need to buy anything. You don’t need to sign up for anything. You just need to ‘pay attention’ and then act accordingly.
This past weekend I attended the Crossfit Level 1 Trainer Seminar in Miami, Florida. Speaking to plenty of coaches that have already completed the L1, I had somewhat of an idea of what to expect but I kept an open mind and was hyped to learn from some of the best in CrossFit.
Here are three major takeaways that stuck with me after completing the seminar:
The Diversity in CrossFit
Crossfit is spreading like wildfire. I already knew that to a certain extent but this weekend opened my eyes to truly how far across the world the Sport of CrossFit is spreading. The first person I met was from Jamaica, he and his best friend opened up the original Crossfit box in Jamaica. Other attendees were from South Africa, Netherlands, and even Egypt. The attendance this weekend set the record for a number of people ever at an L1 Seminar and although all 50 plus of us differed from different backgrounds and personalities, we were all there for one reason and that was Crossfit.
This goes along with my first point, the unity involved with the program is unmatched. From group classes to group seminars, to group competitions the desire to become “fitter” is in all of us and the message Crossfit delivers is loud and clear. You don’t see this in mainstream commercial gyms or training programs. Not the case here, we all perform the same movements, understand and believe in the CrossFit program, and work to get better together.
Intensity delivers Results
Constantly varied, functional movements, at high INTENSITY. That is the definition of Crossfit. It is the formula that has proven to work and is the formula that all other training programs lack. Specifically referring to the intensity characteristic, it’s what separates the strong from the weak. This weekend taught me intensity is more than just the thought of working hard and fast, but ways to actually measure intensity. The lead training staff set a goal to deliver the message about intensity. They played a joke on us on the first day, they set up barbells next to the pull-up bars and told us we will be performing ” Fran ” which is arguably one of the hardest and most extreme benchmark work out Crossfit has to offer.
Everyone’s facial expressions changed, some people’s smiles turn to stone-cold faces, some people that were tired were woken right up, it was safe to say everyone was left uneasy. The lead trainer started the countdown 3..2..1 and then proceeded to tell us it was just a prank. The reactions were due to people understanding the seriousness nature and intensity it takes to perform Fran.Crossfit programming is set up with the goal in mind to produce the most power. With power comes intensity, and with intensity comes results. Through intensity, we will continue to get stronger both physically and mentally.
Overall I feel like I came back a better coach, athlete, and communicator.
Since the days of training clients out of my sisters garage over 6 years ago my vision has always been to use CrossFit and it’s methods to get others in shape; look better and feel better. Today our vision remains the same.
As the years went on what I came to realize was that as CrossFit got bigger there were many stereotypes that I would hear about that just weren’t true. In alot of the Introductions that I completed many would admit to the fear of getting hurt or CrossFit being “too intense” for them. As time went on we knew that if we didn’t offer multiple services to suit clients needs we would lose them all together. This is the reason the Masters Program and our Boot Camp programs were created. Since then we have extended our program even more to Kids, Personal Training, and Weight Loss Consulting.
We went even further to adopt a reservation system. There were some growing pains in the beginning but after working out the kinks it has been the single most important decision we have made to the quality of coaching and culture of our gym.
As our company continued to mature and grow we felt like we were providing more than just a fun-intense group class that people loved coming to a few days a week. What we came to realize was that we are a community of like minded individuals who offer multiple services to suite anyone who is willing to get fit and improve the quality of their life.
What this re-branding will allow us to do is open the conversation to prospective clients who initially were intimated by the word CrossFit. This will give us the opportunity to cast a wider net to those who want to get in shape but just might too “afriad” to try CrossFit initially.
At the end of the day, getting in shape is one-half of the goal. The true essence of wanting to get in better shape is because you believe by losing weight and improving fitness you would become a happier person. Naples Strength and Conditioning opens the door for people to make that decision no matter what program they chose at our facility.
We are excited to officially launch our Look Fit Challenge website. Our moto is that “it’s time to look the way you train”. We are using a proven weight loss system called the Renaissance Diet while helping mentor individuals on their weight loss journey. Come see what it’s all about!