It’s been a long week. Stress out the ass, but, thankfully I’ve been doing a decent job sticking to my meditation experiment (which I outline here). Because of the meditation, things that would normally throw me through a loop of shittiness and make me miserable didn’t have the same effect lasting effect, and I was able to get past annoyances with ease.
It’s also becoming much easier to keep my mind from racing during the meditation, which was something that stopped me from meditating consistently in the past. Patience is key. I guess I need to start taking my own advice.
Anyways, this one will be short and sweet. I’ll share some of the posts from around the fitness world that I thought were interesting/really awesome/made my brain explode, give you a few updates of my own, a chest bump, and I’ll be out.
Let’s get to it.
Fasting is a topic that I’ve been intrigued by for several years, and I’ve just recently been experimenting with longer fasts (up to 48 hours). People who’ve never done this before are probably freaking out, thinking I’m going to die (or maybe they’re happy?), but the benefits of fasting are very far-reaching and it’s amazing how long you can go without food if you learn to control yourself.
Rog is a guy that I’ve been following for a while. He’s always entertaining, and an excellent writer to boot, so I highly recommend checking out this article and his other material as well.
College Baseball: Is Summer Ball Worth It? by Eric Cressey
As a former college baseball player, this article resonated with me on a very deep level. I always had injury problems, and I can point out the main culprit: playing baseball year-round.
Never giving my arm a chance to recover, never resting my legs, and always thinking that I had to play as much as possible to get to where I wanted to be.
Not true. As a catcher, I threw a lot. So, not giving my arm enough recovery time led to biceps tendonitis, and just jacked shoulder function overall, despite the training protocols I was taking to prevent these very injuries from happening. Now that I’m done playing it has improved, but nonetheless, summer ball is something you must be really careful with.
The last thing you want to do after a long season is to continue to beat yourself up even more leading into the next year. So, Eric drops some knowledge bombs, providing some factors and food for thought that you should consider before joining that summer ball team.
Even if you don’t play baseball, this post has some useful information for those involved in any sport, and ways to keep your athletes away from nagging injuries.
What Einstein Can Teach You About Fitness by Yours Truly
I’m a huge fan of quotes, and just words in general (I mean, who doesn’t like words?).
Words, no matter who speaks them, can have a profound impact if you place them in the right context. So, in this post I applied many of the most popular quotes from the great Albert Einstein to fitness and strength training.
These quotes are very effective in breaking down some of the fatal issues many lifters have with their programming, and they will have a large positive impact if you apply these tips to your training over the long haul.
Read it. Now.
Books I’m Reading
I didn’t do this last week, but I thought it would be interesting for some of you guys to see what I’m shoveling into my brain at the moment.
Right now, I’m not reading a fitness related book, which is uncommon, but I’m reading a lot of self-improvement and personal development books that have been influencing my outlook on life dramatically.
The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
Tim Ferris is a rockstar. I’m currently halfway through his book The 4 Hour Workweek, and it’s already having a huge impact on how I structure my life. His blog is excellent as well.
Even if you don’t have aspirations to become an entrepreneur, I highly recommend Tim’s book because it will teach you methods to remove clutter from your life, to become more effective in your interactions with others, the difference between being busy and actually getting shit done, and so much more.
Like I said, I’m only halfway through and I’m hooked.
It’s a must-read.
In Silence by Erica Spindler
I don’t read a lot of fiction, but I like to read novels before bed because they put me out like a light.
If you’re into murder/mystery novels, I highly recommend In Silence, it’s a page-turner for sure. Sometimes it had the opposite of the desired impact, as it left me reading when I should have been asleep. Oh well.
Even if you don’t like murder stories and mystery novels, this is still a great read and the characters created by Ms. Spindler are outstanding.
For the last section, I wanted to ask for your input on a project that I’ll be working on for the next few months.
It’s going to be an ebook focused on fat loss, both the mental and physical aspects and how to lose a large amount of fat while maintaining muscle mass and maintaining a positive state of mind and well-being.
I wanted to get your input before I dive in. Are there any specific topics you want me to cover in the book?
Anything about fat loss; the training side, the diet side, the mental aspect, it’s all fair game.
Leave a comment below or send me an email via my contact page with your suggestions. It’s very much appreciated and I will be sure to cover all the questions in the ebook.
I hope you have a great end of the week. Stay safe, don’t party too hard.
We’ll talk soon.