Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rest or Recovery

The Whole 9 just published a blog post on the difference between “Resting” and “Recovery”. This post is a must read for anyone training, and especially people putting in training sessions outside the gym. Running, biking, hiking, late night dance parties, etc… it’s all work. Let’s make sure we’re RECOVERING between workouts.


Monday, May 28, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

Outdoor Programs

It is time to make your move!  Training outdoors with Versus Strength and Conditioning will show you huge improvements in just 6 weeks.  Take on an Athletic Training Class or Boot Camp Challenge today and spend your summer with more energy & confidence and most importantly having FUN!
Make your move
Versus S&C offers two core programs for athletes: on-going Athletic Training Classes and 6-Week Boot Camp Challenges. Which is right for you? Here's a quick explanation of the two programs to help you decide:
Athletic Training Classes
Over 5 classes at various days/times around Hattiesburg.  Classes meet 2 or 3 times per week, with up to 15 athletes per class. Programs are constantly varied, scalable to all fitness levels, and are suitable for both new and more elite athletes. With the help of your Coach, you decide how much weight to use and how hard to push yourself, making the workouts custom to your goals. Centrally programmed workouts provide a competitive environment across all classes. Equipment used includes Dumbbells and Kettlebells. New athletes are required to take a one-day elements session called "Combine" as a prerequisite to joining an Athletic Training class. Enrollment is open and you can join programs at any time.
6-Week Boot Camp Challenges
Offered 5 times throughout the year, the 6-Week Boot Camp Challenges are perfect for the athlete looking for a jump-start to meeting their fitness goals. Boot Camps meet 2- 3x/week and are offered at 3 locations around Hattiesburg, with up to 30 athletes per boot camp. The focus of these classes is on teaching proper technique for kettlebell movements and providing progressively more intense workouts, tailored to new athletes i our programs. Nutrition guidance and accountability is provided and participation in food journaling is expected. At the end of the Boot Camp Challenge, athletes are ready to join our on-going Athletic Training classes. Registration is open for the next Boot Camp Challenge, which starts on June 4th.

Email: Michael@versusstrengthandconditioning.com or call 601.916.2216
Check out our Boot Camp Schedule HERE

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

We are Fat

Recently I read an article covering to topic of obesity.  In the article I was hit with some staaaaagggeerring info.  According to the CDC (side note: you can watch the CDC and something cool about it on The Walking Dead Season 1) 42% of all Americans will be obese.

The article also states we are not yet at the "Root of the Problem" when concerning obesity.  Blaming, McDonalds, complicated measurement standards (BMI, high blood pressure, Weight) and many many other things that cloud the real issue: health.

So by 2012 42 percent huh?  No clue whats causing this "epidemic"??

Come one folks!  In 1960, 50 years ago, only 13 percent of the population was considered obese.  What were they doing back then that we aren't doing now?  Were they more active, better food quality, less stress, better food education (whatever that is)...

I simply believe in the K.I.S.S method.  Keep it simple stupid.

I don't want to open a can of worms but self control does have a ton to do with it (we are a "i want it now society") but here are Steve McAlister's keys to solving the obesity epidemic:

1.  Self Control
2.  Food Quality
3.  Food Amount
4.  Food Timing

I know I am scratching the surface but I really don't want to write a novel.  If you wanna know how I really feel ask me sometime!

Lastly,  a friend of mine told me that at his work, someone called a local pizza place to cater lunch.  The pizza place called an apologized for being out of pizza and said they could replace the order with a catered salad bar.  The catered Salad bar was not touched by the co-workers, instead the co-workers opted to FAST for lunch.  We wonder why we are fat?  Come on.

Tank Tops are in!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sweet Emotion

So Kellar and I just got back from our honey moon.  Go to Cabo...  it was amazing.  We laid out at the pool, had some adult beverages, hiked in the mountains, went out in the pacific ocean etc etc etc.  We had a great time.

However, every other day we would call my brother Sam (he was house sitting for us) and ask him how Brody was doing.

This is Brody aka Brodyman!
Brody has a huuuuge problem when kellar goes out of town.  He goes on what we call a hunger strike.  He will not touch his dog food at all.  The only thing he will even look at is bacon.  I can hear some of you in the blogger audience now, "Aww that is so sweet!  He misses his mama!"

And its true!  The little guy gets all emotional, so emotional that he will not touch his food.  He doesn't want to play, he mopes around a lot and always gets excited when he hears the door open (because he thinks its kellar returning home).  Sweeeeeeet Emoooootion!

Do emotions really have that much control over us?  You betcha they do.  I can remember hearing on the biggest loser on almost every episode, "Don't get stressed, it will mess you up at the weigh in."

Stress is a powerful emotion.  I once asked a Dr about his opinion on stress and what it does to your body.  His short answer was this:  Your hypothalamus is in charge of sending hormones where they need to go (cortisol, estrogen and testosterone).  If you have waaaay too much stress in your life your body pumps out an extra amount of cortisol and smaller amount of E and T.  Cortisol is like the Fight or Flight hormone.  Your body is thinking, "Hey buddy- I'm fighting to stay alive right now because I am stressed ouuut!!  There is no time for fun hormones like E and T its time to stay alive and function."  So again, it makes cortisol.  Cortisol will not help you lose weight according to the Dr I talked to.  Google Cortisol and do some research on your own.

When life gets to be too much and you lose sleep, don't eat, stress out, reach the end of your rope and feel like you are in a rut, sit back and breathe.  Think about little old Brodyman and how much he misses his mama!  He misses her so much he throws his entire puppy life out of order.  Do Not Let that happen to you.  Stay the course, don't stress, have a cheat day, do something fun for yourself, and believe that "the kellar you are waiting on to come home" will be there before you know it and that everything is ooooook!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Quote City

“I was laying in bed one night and I thought ‘I’ll just quit — to hell with it.’ And another little voice inside me said ‘Don’t quit — save that tiny little ember of spark.’ And never give them that spark because as long as you have that spark, you can start the greatest fire again.”
C. Bukowski

Remainder of 2012 Mantra:

“When There Is Nothing Left To Burn, You Have To Set Yourself On FIRE”