Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
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Now...on to a more personal philosophy trip...
martial arts practitioners so his grave is visited often.was a huge inspiration to me as a young martial artist, and I think that was true for thousands of
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Bruce Lee passed away in 1973. Some time in the 60's he developed a philosophy that there was no single best martial art. Lee felt that fighters needed to cross train in different systems as they all had their strengths and weaknesses. This was best summed up by his famous quote:
Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless.
Accept no way as the way, accept no limitation as limitation
Bruce Lee was violently criticized because of this. Martial artists fought it. They didn't want to hear it. They wanted to believe that their own style - their own little world - was superior....
In 1993 the
The initial concept was to determine which martial art - under a no holds barred scenario was superior.
It was karate vs judo vs wrestling vs boxing etc.
Fast forward 18 years.....
We no longer talk about martial art styles -- we talk about MIXED martial arts. It's a mainstream term.
We no longer use the term 'style' to describe a fighter -- we say "he has good stand-up" or a "good ground game".
Because martial arts have evolved and have embraced a totality. Bruce Lee was correct - there was no superior style. Everything had strengths and weaknesses. In fact, styles were a reductionist approach.
A strong guy in the American mid-west became a wrestler. A tall kid in Thailand went to kickboxing etc....
But a holistic or total approach to fighting was always superior. A mixed system using the strengths of each to create the best approach possible.
Here we are, 37 years since Lee's death and the martial arts world has embraced that ideology completely.
But in our world - the fitness world - we are still arguing about which method is better - powerlifting vs olympic lifting, aerobics vs intervals.... Which certification? Which course? DumBell's or Kettlebells's? Functional Movement Screen or another evaluation? "If you could only pick one exercise....."
The answer has to be -- there is no one single best approach. A hybrid approach will always be superior.
But this does not mean "dabbling" or just picking stuff you like in training. Lee's approach was to immerse yourself totally in one style to truly understand it.
[Absorbing what is useful] ... is the idea that a martial artist can only learn techniques in their proper context, through a holistic approach. Styles provide more than just techniques: They also offer training methods, theories, and mental attitudes. Learning these factors allows a student to experience a system in what Lee called its "totality". Only through learning a system completely will an artist be able to, "absorb what is useful," and discard the remainder. Real combat training situations allow the student to learn what works, and what doesn't. The critical point of this principle is that the choice of what to keep is based on personal experimentation with various opponents over time. It is not based on how a technique may look or feel, or how precisely the artist can mimic tradition. In the final analysis, if the technique is not beneficial in combat, it is discarded. Lee believed that only the individual could come to understand what worked; based on critical self analysis, and by, "honestly expressing oneself, without lying to oneself."
In Lee's world - the Litmus test of a technique is it's effectiveness in an actual combat situation.
In our world we can only evaluate a training philosophy honestly by first understanding it completely and then looking at the results it produces consistently over time with our clients. At End Results Fitness, if it works, we use it. If it doesn't we disregard it.
We need to evolve from this reductionist approach and follow Bruce Lee's lead. We need to become "mixed" fitness specialists, "integral" life philosophers, understand "world" politics,...
Absorb what is usefulAlwyn Cosgrove
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Friday, March 18, 2011
The night before you lay out your clothes and set the alarm for an early morning workout(I know I workout in my "work" clothes :).
"THIS TIME"...you'll get up and do a workout and get your day started. As you get ready for bed, you are actually excited about your commitment to yourself and having tomorrow be "DAY ONE" of your fitness program.
Morning comes...alarm goes off...at that moment, when you are snuggled in the comfort of your bed (your comfort zone) every excuse creeps into your head and you tell yourself -
"I should probably get more sleep, lack of sleep has been shown to be bad for your health and obviously my body needs it..."
"I'll work out after work when I'll have a better workout anyway because I'll have more energy."
"I'll start tomorrow. One more day, then I'll start."
Hitting snooze is the moment when you decide to stay in your comfort zone rather than get out of your comfort zone and be uncomfortable for a short period of time to get the pay off.
When you think about it, the snooze button is something we hit daily. Maybe you committed that you are going to eat healthy and have no alcohol and then your friends call up and right then you hit the proverbial snooze button and decide I'll go have a drink tonight...
Or on your way home from work you committed to yourself to go to the gym and as you drive by you decide...
"I should go home and eat something first."
"I should probably start tomorrow morning."
Start to notice how often throughout your day you are hitting your "snooze button" and instead start to get comfortable being uncomfortable, a quote I think I first heard Bill Parisi say.
"Get Comfortable being Uncomfortable."
Know that when you are out of your comfort zone you are going to get rewarded. Get hooked on that uncomfortable feeling of getting out of bed before everyone else and heading to the gym to do something good for yourself, or skipping dessert, or not having your nightly glass of wine, or packing your food ahead of time.
This is also in your career or personal development. If you committed to reading everyday for 30 minutes, don't hit the snooze button and start tomorrow. Go pick up a book and stick to your commitment.
Remember the quote- "Successful people do the things unsuccessful people don't want to do."
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Take action and jump!
Jump and the Net Will Appear! Sometimes these undertakings will be scary at first or intimidating. Maybe you have decided to join a gym and walking in you have butterflies and are nervous. That feeling won't last forever in any of these situations whether it is a jump to get fit, a jump to challenge yourself to a physical goal, a jump to take on new opportunities at work....
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The 3 Supplements I Recommend
Nowadays, a good portion of my face-time with clients and athletes is spent discussing nutritional supplements – which ones work, which don’t. Which ones are safe, which ones may be dangerous. Which ones are clean and which may contain banned substances. Indeed, the more information that’s put out there regarding supplements, the more confused they get.
However, my supplement approach is really simple…and I want to share it with you today. There are 3 basic supplements that all my clients and athletes have on hand – especially when traveling.1: a Greens Supplement
2: a Fish Oil Supplement
3: a Protein Supplement
And these 3 supplements help fill nutritional gaps. After all:
The recommended fruit and vegetable intake is at least three to five servings per day; however, only 3 percent of men and 7 percent of women meet even these minimums. And that’s where the greens supplements come in.
In addition, the minimum recommended EPA and DHA intake intake is 900mg per day, but the average North American gets only 300mg per day, 1/3 of what’s necessary for good health. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, EPA and DHA are the healthy fats present only in fish oils. And that’s where fish oil supplements come in.
Finally, exercising individuals are advised to consume 1g of protein per pound of body weight; nevertheless, most women only get 80 to 100g of protein per day, while most men get only 110 to 130g protein per day. And that’s where the protein supplements come in.
Is it possible to get all 3 nutrients from food? Absolutely. But very few athletes and/or recreational exercisers even come close. So while it’s my goal to help get them up to par, nutritionally speaking, when they’re having a bad nutritional day or they’re on the road and good food is hard to come by, these 3 supplements are a huge help in supporting their intake.
Now, there are about 60,000 supplements and quote-unquote natural food products on the market today. And I’ll be honesty, in special situations, my athletes and clients may use a few more supplements than those above.
But these supplements are only introduced on an individual basis, once a needs analysis is done. What’s a needs analysis? Well, it’s simple. We evaluate the client’s individual needs with respect to health, body comp, and/or performance and then introduce additional supplements only if there’s a specific need.
So, in the end, there are really only 3 foundational supplements that athletes should generally consider having on hand – greens, proteins, and fish oils.1: a Greens Supplement
2: a Fish Oil Supplement
3: a Protein Supplement
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