Action, Because Dreams Don't Become Reality Without It

Written By: Aaron Guyett, M.A., B.S., CSCS, FRAs, FRCms

Living.Fit Education Director and Master Coach

 

Action.

There is no substitute. One cannot wish or hope their way to doing.

In consulting and coaching, I hear a lot of people express the action they are going to take in poor ways.

It will have a lot of “try,” “should,” and “hope.”

I also read and hear a lot of ambiguous and general language.

It is almost as if the person is giving themselves an escape.

Unfortunately, this ambiguity does not inspire, ensure, or create any actions.

In order for action to be taken, there must be concrete terms and clarity.

“I will run every morning for ten minutes for the next week, in order to develop strength, endurance, and improve my health.”

That is concrete, clear, and calls out the action step.

How can you adjust your language to bring forth action?

I recently had a talk with one of my Battle Ropes Level 4 members.
 
They expressed the need...
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Circuit Training For Strength and Endurance

aaron guyett battle ropes Dec 04, 2019
 

By: Aaron Guyett, M.A., B.S., CSCS, FRCms, FRAs

Education Director and Master Coach

What is Circuit Training?

Circuit training is the high intensity interval training of yesteryear.

Whereas the average group training and exercise class is filled with high intensity interval training, we used to call this circuit training.

Most people think of machines or tiny dumbbells when they conjure pictures of circuit training, but that does have to be the case.

Is circuit training high intensity?

It can be, depending upon the results you are working for, or the way in which you design the program.

Is circuit training, interval training?

It is, dependent upon the goals, and the way you design the program.

Is circuit training effective in building strength and endurance?

As stated in research by Alcaraz, Sánchez-Lorente, and Blazevich, "Heavy Resistance Circuits may be an effective training strategy for the promotion of both strength and cardiovascular adaptations."1  It has...

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Flow State and Flow Workouts

 

By: Aaron Guyett, M.A., B.S., CSCS, FRCms, FRAs

Education Director and Master Coach 

So many people are talking about flow, and there is an equal amount of people that have zero clue what these flow-people are doing.

Turns out, many of the flow-people are just using yet another term that has been watered down and turned into whatever feels good at the time.

Person 1 - "Check out this flow that I am doing with the kettlebell." (performs cool sequence of fluid and dynamic movements with a kettlebell)

Person 2 - "I am so flowing right now." (Really into a video game)

Person 3 - "I am flowing." (Gives dog a treat...)

Let's break down what flow state is, and then we can begin to see how flow workouts began to exist in the fitness industry and the Gram (as in Instagram).

Flow State is a heightened state of arousal and focus, also know as being in the "zone."

If you have played sports or even been really into a creative craft or competition...you may have experienced flow state.

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Abs Versus Core Workout Set-up and Programming

 

Abs versus core gets broken down by our Education Director and Master Coach Aaron Guyett. He then gives you a workout with ab and core exercises, and goes on to explain how to set-up this effective workout within a program.

In the first part of the video, Aaron Guyett demonstrates a few exercises to include in your next AB & CORE WORKOUT with some super sweet music.

The next portion,  break down the difference between "ab" workouts and "core" workouts.

I also break down a very thorough and effective way to train both abs and core at the same time with battle ropes.

After breaking down the workout, I then talk through how I would put this workout into a program, and how I would set it up for progress (or improved adaptation).

If you are looking for some incredible follow-along workouts click here: Battle Ropes Level 2

If you want to learn more about programming and workout development click here: Battle Ropes Advanced Course

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When Were Battle Ropes Invented?

aaron guyett battle ropes Sep 09, 2019
 

Battle Ropes are ropes used to improve fitness capacity in a myriad of different movement patterns and power outputs and methods of use.

Where did Ropes Come From?

And When Were Ropes Invented?

It is estimated that ropes have been used in human history for longer than clay, iron, bronze, and steel. Most likely humans have been braiding or twisting animal hair or plant fibers together to transfer human force to objects, animals, and constructed items since the dawn of man and woman.

There is evidence of rope twisting tools that date back 28,000 years ago, according to Meredith F. Small (April 2002), "String theory: the tradition of spinning raw fibers dates back 28,000 years. (At The Museum).", Natural History, 111.3: 14(2).

There is recorded history of Egyptians using ropes to pull heavy objects (build pyramids), bind heavy and loose objects/people, tie off animals, and help sail boats from approximately 4000 to 3500 BC. http://www.madehow.com/Volume-2/Rope.html...

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How Do Battle Ropes Work?

aaron guyett battle ropes Aug 26, 2019
 
In my observation there are three types of people when it comes to battle ropes. These three types of people will provide context for how battle ropes work.
 
The first type of person loves the intensity and challenge that the battle rope provides. Even if they don't know how they work, this person knows that they work. Why else would this person's arms, abs, and upper back get so pumped and fatigued?
 
The second type of person looks at the battle rope, and immediately sees it as a joke, because it isn't what they do.
 
The third type of person treats the rope like all other resistance tool in the gym. As long as they can feel resistance with the battle rope, they know it works, at least to some degree.
 
Each person has decided to use (or not use) the ropes based off of their past experiences. Their past is limiting their abilities to use the ropes well.
 
Choosing to see a tool like the battle rope based off of their past...
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Are Battle Ropes Good?

aaron guyett battle ropes Aug 12, 2019
 

The question, "are battle ropes good?" is sort of asking if money is good?

It depends on if you have the knowledge to use it well, you are using it well, and it is helping you get to an ethical end-result.

If you do not have very much knowledge of what money is, how it works, and why people use it, I am guessing you would either be intimidated by it, dislike it, or even fear it.

Humans will always fear the unknown.

I think it was said best by H.P. Lovecraft, when he said, "“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” in his book Supernatural Horror in Literature.

For those of you that are well-acquainted with money, probably like it, maybe even love it, but we have to be careful, because if we start to worship it, we may lose all other important things in our life because of greed.

Like any tool, money and battle ropes should be learned, understood, and used well.

I cannot tell you how many...

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Battle Ropes Advanced Course Success Story from Jessi Astlund - 2 Day Living.Fit Certification

aaron guyett battle ropes Jul 30, 2019
 

Living.Fit couldn't be more pumped from this incredible feedback from Jessi Astlund, who just earned her Battle Ropes Advanced Certification in Coeur d'Alene, ID for her clients at Metamorphosis Personal Training  in Post Falls, ID!


We had a blast bringing our passion back to the beautiful place where Aaron Guyett was born and raised!

Looking forward to the next battle rope certification!

Or click here to get started on the virtual certification!

Listen to what she had to say about the in-person Battle Ropes Advanced Course in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

"Spent the weekend with some amazing individuals!

Aaron Guyett is an amazing instructor and conducted the best certification class we have ever been to so far.

Not only did we become certified in battle ropes, but we also learned how to become better trainers and individuals.

We can't thank him, Living.Fit and Kettlebell Kings enough for this opportunity!

Jake Casey is an awesome human and always fun...

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The Three Biggest Mistakes When Using Battle Ropes

aaron guyett battle ropes Jul 06, 2019
 

I am sure you have seen this all the time on Instagram or YouTube.

You may even be doing one or all of these mistakes with your battle rope.

I know I did, when I first starting creating waves with the ropes.

It is easy to do, when you don't understand how the waves create force for improved power, strength, or endurance.

These are the three biggest mistakes when using the battle ropes:

  1. Too Much Tension In Your Battle Rope
  2. Gripping Too Hard
  3. Bending Down Too Far "Taco'ing"

We mainly use resistance to train, like weights, dumbbells, etc., so it feels weird when we don't have to immediately fight the tool's tension. This is usually why there is too much tension in your battle ropes, either that, or you want your waves to move down the rope easier (but easier doesn't mean you are getting stronger).

When we have too much tension, or we are not familiar with a tool, our body tends to overcompensate with too much muscular engagement. This is the same with the rope. The tension from...

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Will Battle Ropes Get You Ripped?

aaron guyett battle ropes Jun 15, 2019
 

If you are looking for a tool that will give you the power, strength, and endurance necessary to get you ripped, the battle ropes will provide all of it and more.

When training to get ripped, there is a hefty amount of adaptation that must be done in the kitchen.

That is not to say, muscles will start to pop and shred, as soon as the diet cleans up....there will be ample work in the gym to get your musculature primed and pumped.

Cue The Battle Ropes

With a program that creates muscular engagement and maximum power, and then ample amounts of strength and strength endurance, followed by great aerobic conditioning and calorie burning, you will be on the right path to that ripped look.

Now all you need is some consistency and time with your diet and exercise, and even the overweight, skinny fat, or hard-gainers will enjoy the adaptation process as your body starts to change toward a lean and ripped look.

How You Will Know You Are Getting Ripped

Whether you have a little extra to love,...

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