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Random Friday Thoughts, 8 of them!!

1: It’s hay fever season.

Personally I’ve suffered from hayfever since my mid teens. Every summer spent popping antihistamines, until I decided to stop. I started focussing on breathing through my nose, especially during light cardio (ie my daily cycle commute to and from WG-FIT) Then I learned the Buteyko method. I now control my hay fever easily and have about the same level of issue that I would have while popping the anti histamine tablets. Key point, clear your nose (blow it, rinse it) then keep the mouth shut, small in breath, bigger out breath. Yes, it’s uncomfortable at first, but then so is hay fever!

2: Feet are phenomenally fascinating.

These two small, complex plates of meat at the end of our legs are our contact point with the ground No other animal had a the arch structure like we humans

Yet how much time did we spend actually paying them any attention? 26 bones 33 joints Several thousands of nerve endings Yet they are the foundation. Watching a body change during an Anatomy in Motion assessment when we reintroduce proper foot mechanics is nothing short of breathtaking.

3: Being the best in the gym This really is the wooden spoon when compared to being great outside of the gym.

When clients tell me about how their gym training helped them face down a tough interview panel to get a dream job, or they can enjoy a mountain walk without fighting for breath, or they can get on and off the floor to play with their kids. These are the real benefits of fitness.

Same for our athletes.

Their gym training supports their sports performance, they don’t win medals for push ups or lunges, but the push ups and lunges should improve their chances of winning medals at their pursuit of choice.

Not a wooden spoon in sight….

This reminds me, this Sat (June 23rd) we have Kettleheads competing in Wexford, including Ellen in her first ever GS event. And we have Aneta fighting in the Irish Kyokushin Karate Nationals, just across the road from WG-Fit, so afternoon classes are cancelled so we can go over and cheer her on.

4: People who credit their sources are good people Those who don’t are dicks.

5: “Methods are many, principles are few” This is a phrase I like a lot. It separates the wheat from the chaff, provides a bullshit filter. No matter the physical training method or even physical rehabilitation method, they revolve around 1 simple thing. The human animal. Understand the animal, the energy systems, the joint actions and training becomes a very simple choice.

6: Indian Clubs ie the Pahlavandle, should be a part of everyone’s kit. Low tech but extremely high yield, especially when compared against the relatively low time and energy requirements. I’ve a video tutorial that will be available in the shop page soon, until then, come to (or host) one of my Indian Clubs workshops. Here’s the next one:

7: We should all squat in our training The method of squatting depends on both your physical set up and the outcome you desire. I do back squats because I suck at them, but high rep belt squats give me the actual results that I desire. This might not be the case for you.

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8: Short on Time? If lack of time really is your limiting factor standing in the way of your fitness training, you really need to join the WG-FIT training group. I post the workouts that our lunchtime crew do on their lunch breaks. They get from the office to the gym, perform a Kettlebell/ bodyweight full body workout and get back to their desks within an hour. I’m sure they eat as well. Fitness Training doesn’t have to be time consuming. But it does have to be done. Join the group:

And that’s all for today

If you’ve questions on any of the points raised, I’d love to hear them, get in touch by email or facebook.

Chat soon

Dave Hedges

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