Archive for the ‘mental toughness’ Category

Great question, huh?

Ever since I began my martials arts  training, back in the late 1960’s, and all through my strength & conditioning training years, I have always iced strains, tears, sprains, etc.

Yes, it seemed to help; however, due to my more recent studies I believe it is better to not use ice.

http://www.garyreinl.com/iced.html

http://chadwaterbury.com/should-you-ice-it/

Little did I know I would get to test this out on myself this past week!

I was finishing my 10 minute strength/work capacity test for back squats and on rep  31

I had a shooting pain in my right quadricep and had to quickly dump the bar.  It felt like I had torn my quad. However, I could still stand up so I knew it had not detached or ripped in the middle somewhere.

I prayed fast (as I always do when things go wrong) and decided not to apply ice to the injury.

Also, I resisted the urge to sit down and stayed standing up and moving for the next couple of hours, while I finished my coaching for that day.

The pain got worse as the day progressed, but it was manageable.

I consumed extra protein throughout that day and evening.

By the next day, the pain was greatly diminished and range of  motion had improved.

Now it is the 3rd day since the injury and there is almost no pain and my range of motion is almost 100%.

I have never had this fast a recovery in all my years of training!

Thousands of years ago, the Psalmist said of the human body, “….I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

I have to agree, sometimes we just need to get out of the way and let the body do what it is designed so well to do.

 

 

We will be testing 5 barbell lifts and 2 bodyweight exercises

  • each test is 10 minutes in length
  • barbell lifts use 70% of the 1RM for that lift
  • maximum number of quality reps will be done
  • technique must be correct
  • 1 test per day unless prior arrangement is made

The truly dedicated will train alone often. It’s just how it is. They don’t need someone else to inspire them to improve their own health and fitness. Challenge yourself to continue to train when other don’t show up or when they just quit.img_1428

Tire pummelling & chain push ups http://cavestrong.net from Frank DiMeo on Vimeo.

20161202_102944A lot of people who have trouble with the overhead squat might just be fearful.

Using a resistance band is one way to help eliminate the fear while improving a person’s technique

img_1168

More people are probably familiar with the phrase, “Constantly varied functional movements done at high intensity” than with the one at the top of the page; but both are part of how CF was originally set up to run.

Nothing wrong with lots of burpees, box jumps,etc. , but don’t forget to move the heavy stuff too!