Below is your weekly dose of 4 Thought Friday, a short list of idea’s, thoughts, and experiments from a few members of the Mako Team. Enjoy!
One common question I get asked a lot is, What supplements do I take? I understand with today’s technology we can get information overload (another topic we can expand on at a later date) and hearing people say you need this, you need to try that. It’s tough! But just like my nutrition, I keep it SIMPLE and take two supplements consistently: High-Quality Fish Oil & Creatine Monohydrate. Creatine Monohydrate by Driven is the most test supplement out there and one of the most effective supplements for performance. Fish Oil, don’t go CHEAP! If you think all fish oil supplements are the same, you couldn’t be further away from the truth and could potentially be doing more harm than good. Arctic Oils and Nordic Natural are excellent brands to look for when shopping for fish oil. I shop for my fish oil and other supplement needs at Everwell Speciality Pharmacy. In an upcoming blog, I will dive in deeper on these two supplements and why they are important. Be on the lookout!
Cuz is Entertaining:
I have coached at a few different gyms at my old age, but what really sets Mako apart is that the staff is really driven in developing coaches. Many of you might not know, but we hold weekly coaches’ meetings and we do everything from: teaching each other movements, seeing and correcting movement faults, to just talking about how buff Kyle is. At this week’s meeting, Coach B said something that really hit home for me. He said that as coaches, we should strive to do 3 things in every class: Educate, Entertain, and Inspire. So I went home and thought about the classes that I have coached this week, and how they could have been better. I really thought hard about these 3 measurables and tried to grade myself on how I felt that I performed at each. Long story short, I pretty much crushed them all……. JK. What I really took from this is that by breaking down every day/class/task into a few small measurables, it’s easier to see the areas that you need to improve on. Your measurables might be different from mine… but think about what you really want to accomplish every day and attack it! Until it becomes a habit!
Seth’s Working On:
I eat well/clean for the most part it helps that Dianne feeds me Primal Pre-Made every day, although I do have a serious sweet tooth which can result in the occasional cookie or whole tub of Ice cream. Over the past few months, I have been intermittent fasting, eating my last meal around 6 at night and then not eat again until around 11-12. This proved to work well for me, but I was still allowing myself to throw in some sugars and junk food justifying it is ok since I was Intermittent fasting. Dianne being the amazing wife she is, has been in her own subtle way giving me a hard time, and I decided she was right and I need to commit. So this week I continued with the Intermittent fasting but went to a low carb Keto style diet. I also added in a 24 hour fast on Thursday as that is my active recovery day during the week. I feel good and I noticed I had more energy midday which was a nice bonus. I am going to push to work this lifestyle for the next month and then see how the body is feeling. I am a huge proponent of listening to the body and right now mine is happy so I will continue on.
Brandon’s Beating the Heat:
One of my favorite things about training in the summer at Mako is the heat! I know it sounds crazy, but there are many benefits to being in the heat. In my experience, I feel much acclimated to doing anything outside the gym during the summer because I train, work, and spend most of my days in the 90º plus gym. I also feel my body tells me when I need water better in the summer. During the winter I am continually getting dehydrated, forgetting to drink water for many hours, but not in the summer. As soon as I start to sweat, I get thirsty and have to drink water before I continue. There are a multitude of benefits to brief periods of heat exposure, and if the gym is the only time you get it you should appreciate it. To learn more, look for the upcoming blog, “Turn Up the Heat.”
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