3/30/12 - 110% Right, Coach?

There’s a weird phenomenon that happens in communities like ours. In the beginning, folks often come in with the hope of simply surviving the workout. Once they make this a habit, however, people often realize that everyone is quite capable of not only surviving, but doing well in these training sessions. Then, something changes…

An expectation sets in that every day should be a soul searching malay of fitness. So the logic goes: “If I can survive the most grueling workouts, then isn’t anything less grueling a potential waste of time?”

Another day in paradise with IPG.

The answer, simply, is a resounding, “No.”

Well, the answer is “No” if you’re in this for the long haul. Unlike many training programs and bootcamps that tout intensity, we aren’t necessarily interested in how much muscle fatigue one can endure each week. We are interesting in growing fitness. Isn’t that what you’re looking for in the first place anyway?

Intensity without a positive adaptation seems like a lot of the negatives (effort, fatigue, etc), and not much of the positives(strength gains, improved health, etc). We train for positive changes in you and your body. Don’t forget that.

It is worth noting that there is a difference. Thus, there is a place for strength days that don’t leave you winded. There is a place for low volume and/or low intensity skill work sessions. You’ll have your fair share of bone crushing workouts, I promise. Keep in mind, however, fitness is much bigger than that.

An aggregate approach is necessary to understand the scope of real fitness. Let yourself off the hook if you don’t see Jesus after every training session, because it’s better that way.

Logan Gelbrich

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Saturday’s Workout:

6 Rounds for time of:
15 Hang Power Snatch (65/45)
50 Flutter Kicks (2ct)

Failure and Success 2.0

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Thought experiment time! Let's say you want something. Pick anything. Maybe you want to be a rock star, you want to lose 20 pounds, or you want a new jeep. Hell, maybe you just want an ice cream cone..The experiment beings with a question. How many times are you willing to hear "No" to your request? How many times a ...
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Strength and Beauty

Strength and Beauty

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Mar

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Teams and High Performance Groups

Teams and High Performance Groups

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Mar

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High performance groups. Sports do it best, don't they? A group of people get together and their individual successes and aims contribute to a singular goal for the group. It has set the stage for countless unforgettable moments, and the same ingredients will produce much of the same in the future.FFOTB is a group of people ...
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FFOTB Bring a Friend Week Ruled Meaningless

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Mar

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The Accommodating Kind

The Accommodating Kind

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Mar

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“Soon”

“Soon”

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Mar

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Coffee: Black or Fat

Coffee: Black or Fat

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Mar

2012

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Broken Windows

Broken Windows

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Taking Out the Trash

Taking Out the Trash

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Mar

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If you've ever read or seen Peaceful Warrior (which I've made reference to before), you know what I mean. In Peaceful Warrior, a collegiate gymnast (Dan) gets life changing coaching from a place he'd least expect it. His unexpected coach happens to be a mechanic, but has incredible insight into the power of the mind. His So ...
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