I have the great honor of calling Jimmy Walker a friend.
I was able to interview him, and talk about all the value he is bringing to the world around him. subscribe below and check out the Living.Fit Podcast with him.
He is a husband, father, community advocate, gym owner, combat athlete trainer, athletic coach, and a Level 4 members.
For those of you that don't know, Living.Fit offers two certification courses for battle ropes and two certification courses for kettlebells, Fundamentals and Advanced.
We also undergird those courses, by offering 4 levels of continuing education.
Jimmy Walker has gone through all of our courses and levels, and is a contributing member of our Level 4, so we decided to share some of the reason why he rises to the top.
Jimmy is deeply involved with the members of his community in the greater Chicago area, from helping the elderly to giving his time to local elementary schools and high schools.
His insatiable appetite for service comes...
Whether you love to run or you don't like running, you can improve your running with these drills.
Running is repetitive oscillating locomotion to take you from point A to point B.
We humans used to be pretty good at this thing, or if we weren't good at it, we had to use it. A lot. Both running and walking was our only mode of transportation for 100's of thousands of years...some humans were lucky enough to domesticate an animal here and there for some of that transportation.
What is the difference between the humans of yesteryear and us?
According to the SAID principle, we will specifically adapt to imposed demands. Our biology and physiology is actually pretty dang good at this adaptation...we can screw it up by overtraining, but we are still pretty good at it.
If you have been running, and you even consider yourself a runner. I would suggest adding this drills...
"Get on the bar, and come to a dead hang!" the drill instructor screamed at me when I was in boot camp. And then this became the annual call of every unit I have ever served with when we performed our yearly physical fitness tests for the USMC.
The anxiety and anticipation still gives me butterflies to this day.
In the Marine Corps, I have produced thousands of pull-ups over the last two decades. Since 1999, I have been performing pull-ups, teaching pull-ups, counting pull-ups, and helping people be able to perform their first pull-ups or adding to their maximum number of pull-ups.
When I first started helping people do pull-ups, I just assisted them by giving a lifted assist or giving them a resistance band to help propel them upward until they no longer needed my assistance, and could do it on their own.
I quickly realized that this can lead to injuries if they don't build the proper mind, muscle, and movement awareness.
Most people that can't do pull-ups or do very few,...
We are constantly fighting the four C's of bad posture: couch, computer, car, and cell phone. To help you in your fight, these are my top five battle rope exercises to improve posture:
In order to improve our posture, we need to condition the muscles and nervous system to be able to hold a better posture, even when we sit in the car, couch, or at the computer desk.
If these muscles have no connection to our brains, the adaptation will not occur.
Moving the shoulders, scapula, and torso (core) muscles and bones together in proper ways throughout a functional range of motion, is the first step to creating better posture.
I also like using kinesthetic cues, like raising my computer screen high enough for my crown to raise up and pull-back away from the screen. Or use the head rest on your car seat, instead of craning your neck forward, like it is going to get you to your destination any faster....
If you haven't combined the power of these two "unconventional" tools, you are missing out.
The kettlebell is a world-renowned strength and stability creator, and the battle rope is a world-renowned finisher...but the concepts that these two tools are known for, is only telling a fraction of the story.
With the right coaching and programming these two tools can fill entire libraries of effective and efficient programs that build strength, coordination, efficiency, mobility, endurance, power, and cognitive focus.
Check out our growing libraries of workouts and programming here: Trainer Resources
Don't get caught in the trap that kettlebells are only for strength, and battle ropes are only for cardio.
This will lead you into a corner, that will hurt your training effectiveness.
The key is to learn the principles and concepts behind each of the tools, so that you can build more effective...
Written By: Aaron Guyett, M.A., B.S., CSCS, FRAs, FRCms
Living.Fit Education Director and Master Coach
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?
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...
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.
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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