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Saturday, December 31, 2011

100 Ways to be Epic….something like that

101 Ways to Be F*ckin EPIC

1. If you want to build muscle, lift heavy

2. If you want to lose fat, tighten up on your nutrition. Stop thinking that circuits and conditioning will take care of it

3. Hit more mobility work, yeah, I’m talking about everyday

4. Stop worrying about what people think of you.

5. Don’t forget to use a training log to keep track of where you’ve been and where you’re going. Write you goals down in the log. Don’t forget to track sleep patterns, water intake, conditioning sessions, warm-up exercises…

6. Don’t forget to laugh and stop taking everything so seriously

7. The bench press is a great exercise, but it isn’t the only thing that builds a big chest and pressing power. How much you bench? How about how much you squat? How about how much you push on the prowler?

8. Eat complex carbs for breakfast and in your post-training meal.

9. Watch Godfather I and II – 10x

10. Stretch your shoulders and upper back every 20-30 minutes if you sit at the computer all day

11. Stop, and really LISTEN to your kids. They deserve your complete attention. 12. Do more single leg, unilateral movements

13. Don’t save anything for the swim back

14. Remember that good box jumps usually reveal good hip mobility, not vertical explosive power 15. Give hope to others when no one ever has

16. Knee pain? Work on the stuff above and below

17. Remember there is no perfect program, it should change frequently as you change

18. Drink more water

19. Shelter your kids as long as you can from the bad stuff in the world, but prepare them when they are ready to be strong, confident and self-assured when it is time for them to face it alone

20. 20 rep squats and heavy prowler will make you mentally tough

21. If your trainer has a skin tight under armour shirt and matching shorts, you’re probably not training

22. If you have trap bar deadlifts in your program, don’t neglect the hamstrings

23. You don’t need the fancy equipment to get strong

24. Realize the iPhone is better than the Droid

25. Show your kids the way through your actions

26. Youtube comments used to ruin my day and I deleted them, now I post them up for everyone to see, see Epic comment 4

27. Get good training partners, training partners that are stronger than you and never lose that desire to get bigger, faster and stronger

28. Never stop pushing yourself

29. Be smart and deload every 3-4 weeks (subject to training age of lifter)

30. Beanies don’t make you tough

31. Do more push-ups

32. Do more pull-ups

33. Do more face pulls

34. Tell your kids everyday how much they mean to you

35. Kettlebells are great tools

36. Tired of planks? Overload them

37. Don’t skip breakfast

38. Agility ladders don’t build leg drive which is required for speed

39. Build your grip strength

40. Balance your pushing movements with your pulling movements

41. Stop being negative, instead of “Why don’t I have something?”, say to yourself “Why am I so good at working hard for what I want and achieving my goals?”

42. Don’t worry about other people’s PR’s, set your own

43. Remember, “You are the bouncers, I am the Cooler”

44. Be the best part of someone’s day

45. Squats – hips back, not drop straight down

46. Don’t have a prowler, push a 100lb plate across the floor, see Epic line 23

47. Slow down

48. Go to the park and hit some pull-ups and hill sprints

49. Go out and throw some med ball arounds

50. Go to seminars, conferences and clinics

51. Read more fitness articles

52. Train consistently

53. Roll on a lacrosse ball and pvc pipe, stop using the white foam roller biotch 54. Watch Pineapple Express 3x 55. More tension equals more strength, take the slack out of the bar before you pull 56. Give when no one is looking 57. Watch Spongebob

58. 1-6 (power), 6-8 (strength), 8-12 (muscle), 12+ (conditioning, endurance) – generally

59. Stop thinking people owe you something

60. Be humble

61. No, more humble than that

62. Push yourself harder than you ever have in your next workout. Don’t stop during your conditioning session until your lungs are burning out of your chest –Why? Because you haven’t in a long time.

63. Shoulder hurt? Move to a neutral grip, work on upper back mobility, stretch and roll the pec, lats and upper back, work on trap, serratus and rhomboid activation

64. Do more than the next guy

65. Sit back on the kettlebell swing, don’t sit down, you have to load the hamstrings, glutes and hips

66. Hit a full range of motion for strength training movements

67. Getting more mobile? Don’t forget to strengthen in this new range of motion

68. Send flowers unexpectedly

69. Don’t text and drive

70. XBOX > PS3

71. Don’t program an exercise or workout unless you know the effects of the exercise or workout. You must know the requirements to perform the exercise correctly. Have you tried the exercise? Can you teach it? Have you done the workout? 72. CAT – 50-75% of 1RM, move it fast

73. Bands and chains are NOT restricted to exercises performed with a barbell

74. Watch Road House, 23 x

75. Have you ever seen Deer Hunter, Jeremiah Johnson, Apocalypse Now, Scarface, Cool Hand Luke?

76. Best indicators in the gym? The ones that directly impact performance on the field? Which ones are they? Depends.

77. Read your email less frequently.

78. Don’t stop learning. The best coaches always try to get better.

79. Get respect, not money.

80. Spend time on the warm-up, it isn’t a quick arm cross back and forth before benching

81. Strongman training for athletes is great but introduce it slowly and choose the right events

82. Strength training can happen with every tool on the market or with none

83. Color with your kids, ask them about their day, talk to them about their friends

84. Try to get 100 jumps with a jump rope without missing, try 200, 300…

85. Precede every row with a shoulder retraction, makes the exercise 10 x harder

86. Front squats and zercher squats to a box are great

87. Knee sleeves and elbows sleeves are more important as you get older

88. Remember, no one cares about your opinion, they only care about their own

89. Internet comments?

90. Do you have a dream? What did you do today to move closer to that dream?

91. Stop taking notes and take action.

92. Do pull-ups with chains

93. Fat Gripz are a great tool

94. Interact with other strength coaches in the field, hit them up on their site, email, skype, message in a bottle, Mike Tyson carrier pigeon

95. Don’t forget to say “thank you”, “yes sir”, “yes ma’am”

96. Power cleans are great with a barbell if they don’t irritate the shoulders and you have good form. If you can’t do them, use dumbbells, sandbags, kettlebells and work on your shoulder and upper back mobility

97. Watch a lot of tv? Hit push-ups, mobility, foam rolling during the commercials

98. Watch Bear Grylls and do 20 push-ups every time he eats some weird shit

99. Chaos training is important

100. The torso should be developed to promote stability and resist movement 101. Think about what they’ll say about you when you’re gone? What is your legacy?

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