Is there something that you need to bring back to your training routine? What was old must now become new.
Is there an exercise - or series of exercises - that you used to perform routinely as part of your training regimen that has now faded away? For 6 months? A year? Two years?
I recently brought an exercise back into my routine that I hadn't done in about 3.5 years.
What is the secret, magical exercise you brought back? And what powers does it hold?
It is - wait for it - the SAND. BAG. GET-UP. That's right, the Sandbag Get-up - or SBGU for those indoctrinated in the ways of the SBGU.
The SBGU is awesome. The SBGU is hard. The SBGU is simple. These are three great principles for a great exercise - or series of exercises. Effective, hard, simple. BOOM - incredible recipe.
What is a SBGU you ask? Well, my friend, it's quite simple. You pick up a 40#, 60# or 80# sandbag, put it over your shoulder, lay down, and get back up. Simple right? Sure - in theory, but in practice it's a damn hard exercise that primarily focuses on your core, your lungs, your mind and your legs. And all in about 10 minutes! Put 80# on your shoulder, lay down and get back up for 10 minutes. It's effective.
Look, if this thing were an infomercial for the SBGU - you'd already have bought 3 of them - even if I told you that you have to fill them yourself. Wait, I have to buy it AND fill it up!? How do I get more of these super simple sang-bag thingys that cause me to work extremely hard?
I first learned of the SBGU through the Mountain Tactical Institute's founder and head coach, Rob Shaul (back then it was just called Military/Mountain Athlete). Rob incorporated this incredible exercise into multiple work capacity and stamina sessions and included it as part of his Operator Ugly fitness assessment, which is a series of strength and work capacity based events.
I did SBGUs often for a period of 5-5.5 years, always seeing improvement in my overall core and leg strength while doing them - and certainly improvement in my work capacity.
Well, some of it was my job. I was extremely busy for 2+ years and it takes a bit of work/coordination to lug around the sand-bag and find a good spot to use it...most regular gyms don't have a place where you can just get insanely sweaty/dusty and then leave.
Some of it was - you guessed it - they were just hard. SBGUs are very challenging...it was easy to leave them out of my programs.
The reasons I started doing them again, however, far outweigh why I stopped doing them a few years ago.
What exercise/training run/ride/swim have you stopped doing that you used to do? Is it a hill run? A hill ride? The extra 10 minutes of paddle board work in the pool?
I'm guessing you've got the time to layer those key exercises/training sessions back into your training program, and that in most cases - you SHOULD layer them back in.
If you've deliberately left something out because it's hard and slightly inconveinent...consider adding it back in as you head into the summer months of training - it just might make the difference you've been looking for.
Train hard. Train smart.
Talk to you soon.
Branched-Chain Amino Acids (or BCAAs for short) are a chain of three of the EAAs: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine.
BCAA supplements have been said to help build muscle mass, increase strength, boost your stamina, and help your muscles recover after a workout. Sounds ideal, right?
Unfortunately, not really. BCAA supplements come with a downside: because they only have three of the eight EAAs, and high doses of these supplements can lead to an imbalance in your amino acids – with pretty severe adverse effects.
It takes the right combination of all eight essential amino acids to make a protein – the three BCAAs can’t do the job on their own.
The importance of having a well-functioning and healthy immune system has become increasingly obvious in recent times.
Sadly, everyone seems to have a different answer as to how you should go about strengthening your immune system. When you go to your local health and wellness shop, you might see twenty or thirty products that tout their “immune boosting” powers. An Amazon search reveals thousands of results.
Well, we’re here to tell you about an effective and ancient remedy that has been in use for over two thousand years: the red reishi mushroom.
We’ve all heard about all the negative effects of stress and the modern lifestyle.
We’re all rushing around, overworked, in a constant state of fight-or-flight and it has disastrous effects on our health.
But what if “stress” wasn’t the real problem?
What if our bodies knew exactly how to cope with the intensity of modern life… if we just gave the body what it needed to thrive?
And the key may be one little mineral.