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The Year is Half Over

Today is July 1st, a very special day. Most importantly, it’s Canada Day, a national holiday.  That’s always nice.  Of secondary importance, it’s the beginning of the NHL free agency period, one of the busiest days in terms of player movement.  There may be no better day for a Canadian hockey fan than July 1.

More than that, though, today is the beginning of July, the seventh month.  The year is officially half over.  Six months have gone, six months remain.  It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming in 2016, and now it’s half over and soon it will be done.  That’s … quite sobering, really.

Most people have long since abandoned their new year’s resolutions, but not me.  I’m constantly thinking about how I can improve, where I need to improve and what I need to do to get there.  I set some pretty lofty goals back at the beginning of the year, and now is the perfect time to make sure I’m still trending in the right direction or if I need to change something. Continue reading

The Joy of Bodyweight Training

When it comes to fitness and getting in shape, there are basically two common approaches: hitting the gym or going running. If you tell someone you are getting in shape, there’s a 95% chance they will assume you are doing one of these things, and possibly both. It’s also likely gender-specific: people assume guys will lift weights whereas women likely won’t. I don’t know why this stereotype exists, but it does.

When people find out I’m a fitness professional, there is often a moment of confusion or uncertainity in their eyes. I’m lean, very lean, almost too lean. I look 160lbs soaking wet, which is very thin for someone over six feet tall. Shouldn’t a fitness professional by, well, jacked or ripped or shredded or whatever the current buzz words is?

Physique Sept 1 2015

I have no body fat but also no muscle.

Perhaps I am an endurance athlete, someone who runs marathons or triathalons, but that’s not it either. I’m a poor cyclists and an even worse swimmer. I do enjoy running, but I don’t actively train it. I don’t follow a schedule; I simply run whenever I feel like it, almost like a leisure activity. I’m thus a thin, non-endurance, non-strength fitness pro? That doesn’t seem to make sense.

The answer, of course, is that I’m a martial artist, and I specialize in bodyweight training. Continue reading

A Closer Look at My 2016 Physical Fitness Goals

On New Year’s Day I outlined all my goals for the New Year. Due to space constraints, I had to be rather brief, as I had a lot of goals to discuss. Instead of writing a 5,000 word epic post, I decided to create a mini-series detailing all my plans.

This is actually doubly excellent, as it forces me to actually write this stuff down and see if it makes sense. A lot of times something can seem completely plausible or normal until you get a good look at it, and then all the faults appear. I’ll be covering all four of my major area, and today we start with my physical fitness goals. Continue reading

My Goals for 2016

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to a great 2016!

Last year, I set three goals for 2015, and in general, I smashed them. I definitely can’t complain about the results. I realized in the last few weeks, though, that I never explicitly wrote a blog post about them. I mean, I originally intended this blog to track and motivate my goals, but I never stated what those goals were, at least not directly.

This year, I figured I’d change that. Since I easily handled three goals last year, I’ll set more this year. Indeed, I’ll go into greater detail, completely outlining my expectations and my plan of attack. At this time next year, there will be no mystery about whether I achieved or failed these goals. I also think writing them down in detail is both more motivating and lets me plan it out better, as opposed to just “let’s hope and pray it works.”

So without further ado, let’s get started. Continue reading