I train because I’m an athlete. I ran as soon as I could walk, and I threw a ball as soon as I could lift a finger. Being physically active is in my blood, and I’m not satisfied unless I’m pushing myself.
Football was my passion growing up and I was blessed to get to compete at the professional level. But when I wasn’t competing against other players on the field, I was training. When I decided to hang my helmet, I knew I had to find a new physical outlet that would allow me to continue to challenge myself.
That’s how I got into personal training with Boss. We both came from an athletic background and shared the same philosophies about training, diet and the drive to succeed.
As an athlete and personal trainer, I rely on my experiences when I create a program for my clients. These are some of the key components to athletic training that will help you achieve your own goals:
Go at Your Own Pace, But Give it Your All
One of the biggest lessons I learned as an athlete is that every person works at a different pace. Rather than trying to get someone to conform to one version of “the best way to train,” I ask them to follow a single principle: do as much as you can. If your 100% is someone else’s 80%, that’s ok. Do more if you can do more and only stop when you’ve given it your all.
Excuses don’t matter
When you reach a certain level in sports you’re no longer competing against anyone else but yourself. Your excuses don’t matter to other people–they only hurt you. If you’re committed to improving, you get better. It’s really that simple of a concept in sports, and it’s one I believe is true for anyone who wants to transform their body and their life.
Stop comparing yourself to other people
Fitness isn’t about how many lbs you lost or how you look compared to someone else. Compare yourself to you. Athletes, at least those who’ve made it to a high level, don’t get caught up in the achievements of other players. They worry about how to improve their own game. What matters is that you stay focused with the same energy and drive you had when you first set out to achieve a goal.
Achieve greatness through small acts
Boss and I have the same philosophy when it comes to training and getting what you want out of life. It is to do what’s necessary, consistently.
Boss talks a lot about greatness and how you can achieve it. I think greatness is in the subtle and small acts that you do every day to get better. It’s not a big, grand thing that most people make it out to be.
Whether you’re scoring a touchdown or doing a 500lb deadlift, you didn’t just wake up and do it by chance. You did something consistently, every day before to make that success happen. That is greatness.
by: Ben Emanuel II
Every time I push myself both physically and mentally, I discover something new.
A few months ago, a fellow Special Forces Soldier and very good friend of mine reached out to see if I’d be interested in doing a GORUCK event. For those who don’t know about GORUCK, it’s a grueling physical event with obstacles that mirror the Special Forces Qualification Course. He and about 70 of his friends, some Green Berets and some civilians, wanted me to join them in a GORUCK challenge that would benefit my Conquering Kilimanjaro initiative.
Of course, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. As a Green Beret, the challenge of this type of training is something I know well. And if I could raise money and awareness for my Kilimanjaro initiative through a physically and mentally demanding event, then I was in.
As far as preparation goes, to be honest, I approached it like I would with any other form of training–improve endurance and strength. Although I knew it was similar to the training we endure in the Special Forces, specifics are kept very hush-hush until the day of the event. All I could do was train hard and get myself mentally prepared.
Physical prep isn’t always enough
When event day rolled around, I felt confident physically. But as one obstacle unfolded after another, it became tougher and tougher to meet the demands. I would say for me the most challenging obstacle personally was the uphill buddy carry. I had to throw one of my comrades over my shoulder and do a fireman’s carry uphill. It was one of the last events of the day so I was pretty tired and sore at that point.
The experience was both grueling and exhilarating at the same time. You realize how important it is for your mind to be in the right place. And you also realize the value of working as a team.
That day I learned the valuable lesson of sharing the load.
From a team perspective, obstacles in life whether physical or mental are always easier when you’re pushing through them with good people beside you.
Being able to release a heavy burden from a friend takes away the concern you have for yourself and your own personal struggle–I find this to be an effective way to get through anything difficult, whether it’s a fitness goal or a life challenge.
All too often, I try to take too much on myself, because I’m either too proud or not trusting of those around me. But this can be harmful and counterproductive. Sometimes you just have to trust that even though you may not know the person next to you very well, if they’re beside you fighting the same fight you are, then perhaps they automatically garner some amount of respect.
There were times throughout the day when I wanted to just push through and carry the load on my own, but a stranger told me to take a break–that they’d shoulder it for a while. Because of that mentality, we were all able to go longer and stronger together.
This event no doubt made a positive impact on my life and the lives of my teammates. It’s one thing for veterans to withstand this kind of training, but I had never seen non-veterans willing to put themselves to the test like that before, especially for a cause that they knew little about. It was a very humbling experience and I was honored to stand shoulder to shoulder fighting to finish with my veteran and civilian buddies alike. We were all grinding it out, working for something bigger than ourselves.
At the end of the day, through an event that tested physical and mental limitations, these 70 souls from the Pacific Northwest were able to contribute a significant amount to those in East Africa without clean water.
Even though we raised money before we even set foot on the course, I think we felt compelled to complete it no matter how daunting the tasks before us.
Fitness is often thought of as a solo mission.
You get to the gym, workout, and head home. But with events like GORUCK, you’re not just challenging yourself, you’re making the people around you better, and maybe even changing the lives of people you don’t know. The fact that we were all able to push ourselves to our breaking points in honor of an initiative, signifies that.
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It’s an interesting time for the fitness industry. Those who are involved in or follow the latest buzz/news in bodybuilding and fitness know exactly what I’m talking about. But this article is about the positive impact the fitness industry can have on people that haven’t completed dramatic transformations or don’t train religiously like many successful athletes do.
Whether your role in this industry is a professional athlete, model, trainer, writer, photographer, professor, etc., you have an interest in fitness for a reason. In an atmosphere where Instagram likes are valued more than a person’s backstory and message, it can be easy to forget why you decided to keep going to the gym or hitting the track as a teenager.
Depending on who you talk to if you ask a fitness model, competitive athlete or just a straight up gym rat what training means to them they might tell you, “Fitness is a lifestyle. I eat, breathe, and sleep training.” Those same people have been in the magazines, at the fitness expositions, and on stage at the bodybuilding competitions. They’re definitely part of the fitness industry and for them, the popular phrase “fitness is a lifestyle” is taken quite literally.
High school and collegiate sports are often the gateways into the fitness industry. The more ripped models tend to be people that have played competitive sports through college or have exercised the majority of their lives with strict discipline. Stuck somewhere in between are people who weren’t the best at sports, or maybe didn’t play at all, and didn’t discover their passion for fitness until their 20s.
Does everyone who follows a regular exercise regimen count as a member of the fitness industry? Do you need a certain appearance to be in the fitness industry? What about the fitness enthusiast who simply enjoys trying new workouts, doesn’t have a six-pack and never was or never will be an athlete?
Can fitness simply be “part of a lifestyle?”
The fitness industry is what you make of it. With that said, there are two questions that too many companies, fitness enthusiasts, and athletes don’t ask others: What’s your honest message to the world about health and fitness? How do you inspire anyone to start setting goals and reaching them? The ability to motivate others, especially those who are NOT already exercising regularly, is what the fitness industry really needs.
At this stage in my fitness journey, I get satisfaction from the fact that I can relate to the average Joe. Just a few years ago, I would be going shot for shot, funnel for funnel, and smoke for smoke with you at a fraternity party until I passed out. Then, I’d wake up, eat, lift, eat, and repeat. After quitting the football team in college, “fitness is a lifestyle” meant “training will counteract the damage I’m doing to my body essentially every night.” Post-college, I’ve learned that training less frequently accompanied by partying less often is better than training and partying a lot. That’s because health is my main priority. It’s possible for someone to be healthy and not exercise for a few weeks if they eat whole foods and abstain from drinking excess alcohol or smoking.
WINDS OF CHANGE
With the fitness is a lifestyle topic, awesome bodies usually win over average-looking bodies. But I’d argue there’s a shift occurring where people are starting to value longevity, overall athleticism and the ability to motivate the everyday man/woman. Fitness doesn’t have to be your lifestyle for you to be in the fitness industry. If “fitness is a lifestyle” means going from watching Netflix every night to working out twice a week for 30 minutes, then good for you. Your next goal should be working out three days a week for 45 minutes. If “fitness is a lifestyle” means making the jump from the amateur division of bodybuilding to the pros, good for you. Your next goal should be to win a pro show. One thing fitness lovers from physique pros to recovering addicts can agree on, the gym keeps us out of trouble.
by: Mark Barroso
Who is Cade Cowdin? He’s more than just a guy with an insane box jump. Cowdin’s training style is different from the average person’s. As a former college football player and NFL prospect and trainer for college athletes and pros alike, his philosophy is to always be game-ready. At any given second, an athlete can get their name called, and its Cowdin’s job to make sure they’re prepared. His training style is based on functional movement that translates to the sport the athlete is playing. Cowdin preaches that he wants his athletes to get from point A to point B as fast as possible while being in control of their bodies.
In this video clip, Cade Cowdin is showing his power, strength, explosion and athletic ability. Notice how he incorporates single leg position while performing box jumps. Incorporating single leg movements will benefit you in every aspect, especially if you’re an athlete. They recruit stability, strength, and athleticism while also engaging your core. Cowdin also uses a reverse banded squat method (overload training) at the end of the video clip. By using the bands in this manner, it allows you to add more weight while keeping good form.
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by: Cade Cowdin
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