This blog establishes tips that enhance creativity in work outs. Very personal, direct and experiential. There is something interesting that I have found in almost every field of human endeavour. The fact is that there are normally only a few very basic principles, 4 or 5 at the most, that if correctly followed will give you more than an 80% success rate in any respective field. Like the Pareto principle where 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes, this rule is true for finance, for health, and even for optimal human performance. With all the information we are overloaded with daily in this “information age” it is incumbent upon us all to take heed to principles.
What can you see in the picture below? Well literally, blocks, tires and scrap metal joined together to create a personal outdoor gym.
How about this? Kettle bells in the middle of the desert. I would give these guys credit for bringing such weight equipments to ensure they have the right exercise to burn some calories and to gain strength.
With these images, it is just a static notion to any reader as there is no connection right? What can then be the FIRST connection you can make?
First and foremost, respect and build your mind – health and vitality in the body will ultimately follow
Now there are two questions you must ask yourself – and answer – to successfully implement the principles. The first question before embarking on any exercise, nutrition, or overall fitness program is not:
What type of exercise will I do? Or: What type of diet will I use? These are all secondary.
The first question you must ask is: Why do this at all?
If you are not convinced that working out and eating right will improve your life, make you feel better, make you look better, improve your confidence and self-esteem, then no matter what you decided to use for exercise and nutrition…you will eventually fail. You must convince yourself that it is all worth it – to you. “You” is the key word in that last sentence. If you are trying to get in shape to please someone else or to make your old enemies at the high school reunion jealous – or any of the various types of “caring what other people think” – then you will eventually run out of motivation to continue. In the first instance, you will slack off once you are married or have pleased whoever it is you are after, in the second case you will go back to your old ways right after the reunion.
You see, putting the power of your self-image – and your motivation to improve it – in the power of others, will always lead to failure in your life. Your motivation must come from you – and only you. Why take care of your body? Because life requires two things for you to live. First, you must think. Secondly, you must act. You cannot think without a mind, and you cannot act without a body. You cannot act successfully without a mind and a body capable of success. Life is motion. You cannot stand still. You will always be moving – either forward or backward – and your direction is up to you. It is your choice. For your mind, you must continue to learn new facts and integrate them into your knowledge. For your body, you must discover what types of activity are required for it to live. Longevity is obvious, but longevity without successful function – quantity of life without quality – would be literally “hell on earth.” Everyone is happier when they are healthier
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Hello, I’m Lanny Littlejohn – an Emergency Physician and long-time strength athlete.
I started this site because I am passionate about optimizing my own health and performance: in mind, body, and spirit. And I don’t think I should keep secret what I discover as I go through the scientific literature and attend courses in various disciplines in the health and performance genre. I want to give you the information you need to succeed in your health and fitness goals – as well as show you how those fundamental truths you use to mold your body can also mold your mind, your character, your personality, and the rest of your being. Your life is singular and important. Honor it. Make it what it was meant to be.
Richard “Schreck” Schreckengaust
Schreck is an Emergency Physician, prior Diving Medical Officer for EOD and BUD/S, and a recovering bodybuilder turned avid triathlete. He just finished the SuperFrog triathlon, the 200 mile EOD undefeated ride, and the Marine Corps Marathon all in the space of a few short weeks. He shows that you can be strong and fast AND participate in elite endurance events with the right approach to programming and nutrition.
Hey Y’all, my name is William Cotten… and this is my slightly less inspiring (unclassified) Bio. Way to set the bar Lanny! Much like Lanny, I’ve always had a passion for human performance. I’ve always been involved in some kind of sports or fitness training since I was a kid. Regrettably, when my parents donated their 23 chromosomes to the cause, my height and weight came up a little “short”. Needless to say, I did not make it into the arena of professional sports, but my physical limitations did not deviate my interest into the world of human performance and physical fitness. While I do not have as many impressive accolades as Lanny F. Littlejohn, MD, I would still like the opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself and explain the motivation for undertaking this daily blog project; that you will hopefully follow more closely than your Facebook pageWe are a group of military physicians, focused on optimal health and performance, that cut through the hype and BS of the fitness world (and occasionally get in trouble doing it) so that you can reach your potential and optimize your life. Proceeds from this site fund military charities.If you are wondering what these amazing guys do, here is a short summary.
The Medical Corps (MC) of the U.S. Army is a staff corps (non-combat specialty branch) of the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) consisting of commissioned medical officers – physicians with either an M.D. or a D.O. degree, at least one year of post-graduate clinical training, and a state medical license.The branch skill codes (“degree of proficiency” designators) for the US Army MC are:
- Medical proficiency 9A—Determination is on a basis of individual merit by TSG’s Classification Board.
- Medical proficiency 9B — Certification by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in a particular specialty or subspecialty.
- Medical proficiency 9C — Completion of formal subspecialty training to meet the ABMS requirement of an approved residency or fellowship in a recognized teaching center.
- Medical proficiency 9D — Successful completion of the first year (internship) of an approved GME training program.
- Medical proficiency 9E — Intern in an approved first year GME training program which, upon successful completion, will result in the Medical Proficiency of 9D. While an intern, the officer will be awarded the AOC specialty in which he/she is training with the medical proficiency skill identifier of 9E.
The branch skill code is appended to the MC officer’s AOC. For example, “60H9C” designates a board-eligible, but not yet board-certified, Army cardiologist.
If you are thinking how in the world are these guys so fit? Especially since you are running with a lot more gear on you. Check out some exercises they have created to established a fitness routine that is very apt to their line of work.
Their human performance blog covers this 4 very in demand areas of exercise.
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“Virtues and Values In the first installment of Areté, we discussed this concept’s origin in the ancient civilization of Greece, and its meaning: metaphysical excellence. Now that you know what the concept describes, it is time to focus on how areté might be attained. For centuries humans have been divided by philosophers into …”
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Nutrient Partitioning: Not Every Calorie is Equal Ever wonder why you stop losing weight (or body fat more precisely) a couple weeks into a particular dieting cycle. Why do some people tend to gain only fat and lose mostly muscle when they diet? How do some people only gain muscle when they workout and..
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The Brutal Truth about Abs Why do so few people have visible abs, much less a six pack? Isn’t that one of the most coveted things for anyone trying to get “beach body ready” Aren’t we working hard enough for them? Have you ever seen the cast of survivor after just a few weeks into
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Finding the Optimal Protein Requirement for Muscular Size and Strength Quantity, Quality, and Timing Installment FOUR of the FIVE THAT WORK Series Lanny Littlejohn, MD There is a general belief among resistance training athletes and bodybuilders seeking larger and stronger muscles that increased protein intake over that recommended for the general …
One of the very famous self made exercise regime program is non other than the
Dynamorphic Training System
Below is the beta version of the Dynamorphic Training System as well as a spreadsheet containing sample workouts. DTS Fundamentals_beta version DTS Basic. So let’s talk a little first about principles and the DTS, which really is simply “Principle-Centered” diet and exercise.
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