Hyper-Balance does not necessarily mean fit, unless the need is to be fit for Cirque Du Soleil. There is plenty of stabilization to be gained from traditional strength training with free weights and true functional training, which by definition means: exercise that involves training the body for the activities performed in daily life. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had to balance from one leg on a kettle bell in my daily life, and I spend most of my time in the gym for a living. Stability is a very important component of fitness, but should be practiced in alignment with your goals. Movements such as lunges and pistol squats, bosu training and yoga inspired balances are all great ways to challenge and improve stabilization, but let us leave the crazy stuff for the clowns. (at too many gyms)
Healthy Dinner: Top- Bok Choy and Cherry Tomatoes cooked in olive oil, garlic, sea salt, crushed black pepper and crushed red pepper. Bottom: Chicken Thighs cooked in coconut oil with garlic, sea salt, crushed black pepper, crushed red pepper, curry powder and fresh lemon juice. Both cooked on stove top over low/medium heat. (drops mic, exits kitchen) (at East Harlem Kitchen)
“Running is Freedom. You could go in any direction, as fast or as slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it. Just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.”
Find a nearby field or a track and try some sprints. Jog for about a mile to warm-up. Perform some light static stretches or dynamic stretches before hand. Keep it simple with 10 sprints for approximately 50-100 meters @ 75% max speed to start, gradually working your way up to about 95% and focusing on good form (lean into the sprint, drive your knees and stay on the balls of your feet). Walk back to your starting position between sprints as recovery.
(at Randall’s Island Field 1)
Sprint: the fast way to fitness. High Intensity Interval Training like sprints is one of the best and fastest ways to change your body composition, build lean muscle and burn body fat. Check out my post ADD INTERVAL TRAINING @ www.erikhansenfitness.com for more info and the benefits of interval training.
The Only Magic Trick for Weight Loss is a Change in Your Way of Thinking.
The “business” of health and fitness has successfully preyed upon the uninformed public for long enough. We have fat blockers, magic powder to sprinkle on our food that allows us to eat whatever we want and still loose weight, and as of 2010 sales for the shake weight reached $40 million! Come on! We’re smarter than that! There is no quick fix, no substitute for choosing a healthy lifestyle and hard work, no magic pill or magic machine.
But here’s the good news. Changing the way you think is a magical transformation. You can achieve physical change through, awareness, education, inspiration and determination. It’s an active pursuit and an amazing exercise in self exploration, which can start instantly if you choose it.
So pull that outta your hat!