“The last easy day was yesterday.”, “It’s mind over matter.”, “No pain, no gain!”
I’m sure we’ve all heard these catch phrases before, and for how long (if at all!) did they work? All of these sayings are uttered or sometimes yelled to motivate you to push yourself harder to succeed. But let me forewarn you: Sweat Factory CrossFit is not here solely to motivate you, if we were then you would use and need us like a mental crutch! And we want you to stand on your own!
Millions of people around the globe woke up this morning just like you.
Some woke up defeated, regardless of their circumstances. In fact, it’s not necessarily that their situation is any more difficult than your own or the person next to you, but the issue lies within the mindset. Even though their obstacles and trials are not insurmountable, they lost before the fight began!
Others began their day with the universe against them, facing unthinkable and unimaginable hardships, like the kind where you wonder how a person could make it through another day. But they made a choice! A choice to not crumble in the face of adversity but to feed off of it and grow stronger. A choice to beat the odds and become a better person through the pain and hard times.
Our goal is to teach you how to motivate YOURSELF.
You can’t always rely on someone else to say the right words every time you need a little extra push; that little extra push needs to come from within you. Once you can release your fears, remove your mental obstacles, and embrace what needs to get done no matter how uncomfortable it may be, then “Every day is an easy day!”
Along those same lines, Epicurus once said, “Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.” Perspective is everything.
What do you hope to gain from your training?
That question can be answered today, tomorrow, or even later in your journey and it can also change as many times as it needs to. The only way you’re going to get to where you are going is to begin to embrace the process and the journey instead of focusing solely on just the final outcome. In the Marine Corps, guys joke about “embracing the suck.” We’re not saying that your training is going to suck or that every day in the Corps was sucky. What we will guarantee is that if you are working hard enough for your training to be successful, you will feel some discomfort. It’s an inevitable part of the process of becoming stronger, faster, better. We need to welcome and enjoy that discomfort, even more than we will enjoy fitting into that old dress, or seeing that new six-pack come in, or feeling that confidence when we head out on the beach. Once we sharpen our minds into that place, it elevates and unlocks our potential. You will work harder, become more efficient, eat cleaner, sleep better and feel unstoppable! You’ll feel like every day is an easy day!
So here is the trick: there are no free lunches and there are no corners to be cut for anything worthwhile.
And if something can be attained so easily, odds are that you can let it go just as easily, without feeling that sense of pride and feeling of accomplishment. The positive outlook and mental focus that we need to not only become a warrior but also enjoy being a warrior takes work, practice, and more work. Just like any muscle, the mind needs to be trained. We can’t neglect our mindset and focus; it can be as perishable as any skill.
Humans have a bad habit of following the path of least resistance; there is a time and a place do so… and this program is not that time or that place. We will train and grow. We are going to have a blast doing it. Our minds will be sharp, our goals will be clear, our backs will be strong and every day will be an easy day at Sweat Factory CrossFit!
We’ve all heard the phrase, “pick things up and put them down,” but what if we said….” walk with them first?”
We are talking weighted carries.
Why should we perform weighted carries?
To put it simply, they help you build and maintain that bulletproof body.
They give us the opportunity to meet a variety of situations that transcend into everyday life and they also work nearly every muscle in our bodies!
Carrying weighted objects helps to strengthen your core, upper back, and grip, develop shoulder and hip stability, and aids in fat loss too.
Why should this matter to you?
You carry things every day.
You will carry things all throughout your life.
A baby, groceries, a laundry basket, or your air conditioner into the window as a hot summer is approaching.
Adding weighted carries into your training makes life tasks easier, allows you to do more and keeps you functioning properly.
How do we perform these?
They can be held in an overhead position (this also gives you the benefit of shoulder stability!)
Front rack position (this also gives you the benefit of strengthening your upper back!)
Or by your sides in a farmer carry.
How far do I go?
We suggest a heavier weight for a shorter distances
and more of moderate weight for a longer distance.
Yeah but I won’t get a stronger core from that, right?
Our core often referred to as the ‘midline,’ is the bridge that connects our upper body to our lower body. The BRIDGE.
As you carry anything, the core has to work to stabilize the midsection and not compromise, thus keeping you safe.
Carries build the strongest cores.
Want a better deadlift?
Want to get a heavier back squat?
Want to look better naked?
We’ve been adding weighted carries into our programming more and more.
To strengthen your core, build that bulletproof body, and decrease your risk of injury and any setbacks in the gym or in life!
And ultimately, giving you a stronger, healthier body!
Everyone knows that weightlifting makes you look good, but what’s more important is how it makes you feel. Weightlifting is crucial to the health and wellness of the human body, especially when used in combination with proper nutrition. How exactly does lifting weights make such an immense impact?
Muscle Fights Fat
Muscles built through weight training improve whole-body metabolism. So, not only are you increasing your muscle mass, but you are also actively decreasing your body fat percentage as well.
Prevent Back Pain
The majority of people spend their days in jobs where they sit for prolonged periods of time, which then leads to back stiffness and eventually pain. Weightlifting will help to strengthen both your core and back muscles, in turn minimizing and eliminating any preexisting back issues.
Control Blood Sugar Levels
Whether you have diabetes, are at risk, or simply want to keep your blood sugar levels in check, weightlifting can help to regulate your blood glucose. Weight training encourages the growth of white muscle which uses glucose for energy, thus lowering blood glucose levels.
With aging comes the natural loss of muscle and bone mass. However, if no preventative steps are taken to slow this process, bones can become extremely weak and lead to Osteoporosis. By consistently lifting weights, you are helping your bones to adapt and remain strong.
Move With Ease
When weight training, it is extremely important to have or develop body awareness to move effectively, efficiently, and safely. Learning how to recruit muscle groups properly while exercising helps to make everyday life tasks easier too.
20 PROTEIN SOURCES FOR MUSCLE GROWTH
Do you want to see the results of your hard work inside of the gym?
Match your diet to your exercise efforts.
Eat clean. Eat enough, but not too much. Eat the right amount of the right foods.
Do you want to see muscle growth and experience increased strength?
Make sure you’re consuming enough protein every day.
There’s an endless list of foods that provide large quantities of protein and can easily be incorporated into any diet-type. Some may even surprise you!
20 of the healthiest protein sources
8g of protein per 100g
30g of protein per 100g
29g of protein per 100g
21g of protein per 100g
*50g of fat per 100g
24g of protein per 100g
19g of protein per 100g
6g of protein per egg
11g of protein per 100g
2.8g of protein per 100g
3.4g of protein per 100g
27g of protein per 100g
11g of protein per 100g
10g of protein per 100g
25g of protein per 100g
8g of protein per 1 cup
14.1g of protein per 100g
8.5g of protein per 1 cup
25g of protein per 100g
20g of protein per 100g