Every man needs a routine and there’s no other dude that guys can model than surfer Laird Hamilton. And don't worry, they don't involve carrying massive amounts of weight across the bottom of the local swimming pool or lake!
According to Men’s Journal, here’s his 7 tips that keep him ready to tackle the big waves that he’s known for:
If you haven't tried "meal prep" before, I'd urge you to give it a try (maybe this Sunday). It's good to do on a rest day because it is a lot of work (and dishes!) but it saves so much time in the middle of the week. Here's the prep I did tonight. I was able to get my salad lunches prepped, dinner for tonight and Thursday night made, breakfast for tomorrow and Thursday (although it made more egg cups than called for), and a bunch of quinoa for the week. I'll have some more later to do in the week but much is done!
Here's the prep guide I followed (taken from the Team Beachbody Blog):
Feeling Guilty About Cheating on Your Diet?
I had a client of mine message me the other day.
"I messed up," he told me.
"I cheated on my diet."
In the 7 years I have been doing this, I never had a client message me when they screwed up. Usually they just went on about their business and slowly dropped out of the group, would stop responding to me, etc. Hint: That's NOT a good way to have success... just a tip ;)
First, I was pretty proud of him for stepping forward. So I asked him, "Okay, how bad was it?"
"I was at a buddy's house and hadn't had anything all evening. So we chowed down on candy and chips."
"I'm not going to any results at all am I?" He asked me.
Isn't it funny how guilt overwhelms us and make us feel like a failure? This guy had been totally on point for 3 straight weeks, working out 30-40 minutes a day 6 days a week, hadn't missed a workout, and he has one relatively bad night and feels like everything has come undone.
Not true, I told him. In fact, it might boost his metabolism a bit so not to fret over it, just try to get back on track tomorrow.
We have the holidays coming up as well, and you KNOW that you're going to be digging in at least a little bit over Christmas and New Year's Eve.
So take it easy on yourself these next few weeks. Enjoy your family. enjoy your food, your baking, etc. Stick with your workouts as best as you can but food is NOT just fuel. It's about traditions, it's about making memories in the kitchen, it's about recipes passed on from generation to generation.
And anyone that tells you otherwise is fooling themselves.
In the meantime, I have a new challenge group starting up in January as part of the Beachbody Health Bet, similar to what we ran back in September. More details on that coming tomorrow!
Also, I'll have some breaking news straight from Carl Daikler about the Challenge Pack offerings and how it is now paired with Beachbody OnDemand. Stay tuned!
What is the Slow Carb Diet & Is It Right For Me? A Look into the Four Hour Body Diet from Author and Bio-Hacker, Tim Ferriss
I've been a fan of Tim Ferriss's for a little over a year now after discovering his podcast. His lengthy and in-depth interviews on anything and everything from Ketosis talks with Dominic D' Agostino to speaking with Cal Fussman about his time spent with Mohammad Ali has gotten me through many a lawn mowing session and road trips.
Just recently I came across his book from back in 2007 called the Four Hour Body. The only reason I started even searching for it was become on one of the his Drunk Dialing Episode Podcasts, one of his callers was asking him about the best diet to get back on track (or something like that...) and this is the type of meal plan that Tim recommends for a few reasons, the biggest reason is that it has a low barrier of resistance.
There are so many different things in other meal plans that cause people to fail relatively quickly. For example, in a ketosis diet, people often fail after just a week or two because they end up not being able to really get into a state of ketosis. In something like the 21 Day Fix Porton Control, I have many clients who either just can't restrain themselves to eating that amount of food or find the idea of using the little containers ridiculous or time consuming to plan all of that out (often it's guys). And I totally get it. We're busy, we don't have time to count out containers (or to wash all of those dang containers!) So there's a lot of what we call resistance.
So it really resistance or do we have to just "suck it up"?
So how does it work?
It's finally December, the election is over, things are finally settling down on Facebook (sort of...) and people are getting back to their daily lives besides attacking each other over who voted for who. For those of us who are Beachbody Coaches or involved in fitness, these past few months have been very interesting as far as seeing people's behaviors online, how social media, tweets, facebook videos, etc. can sway people's moods, reactions, and even friendships.
One little tweet or post can sway a whole nation! Just check out the latest news on Donald Trump! lol...
The amount of RTs our future POTUS can get, response he receives is amazing!
And here we have a team of Beachbody Coaches, sharing postive tips, feedback, and motivation, and it won't even get viewed! LOL!
So yes, it's been an insane past few months and I'm ready to get back my day to day operations, sharing my story and that of my clients, and doing what we do as Beachbody Coaches (and hopefully having people ready to change their lives---because heads up, regardless of who resides in that oval office, YOUR health, fitness, and future relies in YOUR hands... Not Hillary's... not Donald's...)
Interesting side note, did you know President Elect has a "meal plan"? No joke...
See Donald Trump's meal plan here...
So now that we are all back to our daily lives, I don't know about you but it feels like I'm pulling myself out of a rut. I'm hesitant on what program to pick. I flip flop on meal plans (WHY the hell are there sooo many different meal plans!!! That's for another post...)
Everyone is wanting a strong core and most of the exercises you find online today just aren't cutting it---they waste your time, your energy, and frankly, both are hot commodities, right?!
So let's that core working right now, with these 5 exercises:
1. Landmine Twists (via MensFitness)
The core is the body's great stabilizer, and landmine twists engage the entirety of the muscle and tone the obliques, which are crucial to protecting your lower back and spine. Located near Santa Barbara, Peter Park trains Giancarlo Stanton, the Miami Marlins rightfielder and 2016 Home Run Derby king. Thanks to Park's tutelage, Stanton has built up enough core strength during his seven-year career to launch 200-plus dingers, and Park explains how to implement landmine twists into a workout session.
HOW IT WORKS
Start off slowly. While Stanton typically handles 45-pound plates, a beginner—or anyone who isn't capable of generating a bat speed of 90-plus mph (as Stanton is)—should first use a 10-pound plate and increase the weight as you go.
1. Load a bar in your gym's landmine unit (or, if one doesn't exist, wedge the bar into a corner with a towel around the end to prevent any slippage). Grasp the opposite end of the bar with both hands, with a stance that is perpendicular to the bar, your feet shoulder-width apart, and arms extended.
2. As you pivot with your right foot, twist your torso to the left, then explode back to a neutral position.
3. Repeat, twisting to the other side. You should perform between four sets of 5 to 7 reps.
As many of you are aware, I've partnered with Team Beachbody for most of the programs and nutrition plans I recommend. It's where I got started back 7 or 8 years ago, what helped me lose my first 30 lbs, and I've enjoyed most of the programs released since I got hooked on Insanity way back when!
Although there have been a lot of programs released since Insanity back in 2009, some of their "Alumni" programs will always have a soft spot in my heart, so if some of the new stuff that has come out hasn't really resonated with you, check out these two classics that I highly recommend!
For those that get started with these programs, I'll also do a FREE 30 minute Coaching Call with you to talk and discuss your goals, help you personalize a meal plan, and give you some other successful tips to get you going, all yours because you took action today and didn't hesitate. Once these specials are gone, though, they are done---and they often sell out the very first day of the sale, so don't wait!
This was one of my favorite programs of all time and those are my post-P90X2 pics above! It's an athletic training program and wasn't well received at first---this program was about 2 years ahead of it's time, in my opinion. It talks about balance, strength, core stability, and utilizes the stability ball, power stands, and even the Rumble Roller! Back when Tony Horton first launched this, all of the Beachbody Coaches who first tried this had an awful reaction---however, look at ANY athletic training today, from high school athletics to collegiate trainers, and THESE are are strategies they are using, no joke!
It's just sad that it took a few years for everything else to catch up.
So don't miss out on this program again---take advantage of these cutting edge athletic training strategies and train like the pros with the P90X2 Training Bundle. I spent way more on all of this equipment when I first did this---this is a great deal!