Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself-
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Allow us on this lovely and chilly Thursday morning to summarize what many of you are going to do over the next week:
YOU are going to put the very “things” you passionately adore and care about on hold. With the intent being to fulfill your wishes next year … Hmm the Dreaded New Years Resolution madness is beginning to run a muck here in the blog-o-sphere!
Do feel like you can handle the truth this morning?
The problem with this logic is that more often than not (like every damn year you do this), tomorrow never comes, the “resolution” you set never comes to fruition and the flickering flame of hope extinguishes. Most people set off soundly on the right foot thinking that they will eventually get to all the “things” they dreamed of doing. However, once the New Year rings in and you shake off your cheap champagne hangover … It’s March and the Lambs are roaring in. Many others, if they actually do hold true to their New Year plan, either find themselves either physically hurt, worn down or dead by June. Unable to do the very “things“ they wished upon all winter and dreamed of doing the rest of the year. Sadly, many fall into a deep, depressive “mood” in which they feel as if they had wasted all the wonderful opportunities they had planned on, like going out for an early run this morning. When you are full of Vitality, Passion, and Excitement.
*End of Part One*
Dim the lights (or go outside at dawn), light a candle and find Grace in your Salute to the Sun.
Hint: Grace will not normally be found at the “Box” … Just saying peeps.
This is YOUR life, not the fake one you live online, not your 9:30 am Power Yoga instructor’s life … YOUR life. Take control of Your destiny and ENJOY!!!
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost, that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them-
Buckle up Poets, Scribes, Word Smiths, Yoga Moms/Dads and Curious Minded Fitness peeps …
How do you think about engaging in a healthy lifestyle, while at yoga- running etc.
When the poet or writer sits down, lost in the creative consideration of their ideas, “things” and processes not immediately present. Our experiences are composed of touch, visual and maybe even perhaps olfactory sensations (the reward of smelling stinky after a nice run). Our imagination of visual images, the feelings of our body, gentle rhythms being played out around us and the blissful patterns we are creating …
Please consider this profound thought this fine Wednesday morning:
Just as the verbal skills we associate with writing are not primary to the creative process. The same thought applies to how you create your workout program (anything goes- X-Fit, Boot Camp, Yoga, Pilates … ). The movements should be secondary … Allow your imagination to run wild and find passion in the way you express yourself. The words, the movement you put forth.
Ladies of CultFit?!? This is what “Guys” like.
If you need this space here for your motivation to workout today? It’s not here as a prompt to awaken your heart … Look inside yourself and only in there will you find what you truly want to do today.
If it matters? We went for a nice Walk and did some Balance Beam work and a few dozen Perfect Pull Ups, Heaven.
All too often we struggle to find the meaning to why we workout, write daily or check in Four Square?!? Are you merely going through the motions of life or do you embody who and what you are … ENJOY!!!
We have enough youth, how about a fountain of Smarts-
There really is no need to set up this video for you this morning … Its brilliant:
Where were we?!? Diversions!
More times than not it seems that we have forgotten all about the simple diversions in our lives that help us to decompress from our daily concerns. For many of our Dear Readers this moment of forgetfulness can be found in at the local gym, a yoga mom class or a trail run in a nearby park. This sacred refuge can also be found in our gardens where tilling soil can clear away the stress of a rough day. For many others chopping up some veggies in the kitchen sweeps away the frustrations of our nagging boss at work. We may also find relief chatting amongst friends one night down at the pub or out in the bright sunshine during a weekend morning walk with a close friend. This place may also reside on the inter-webz. Where we can roar with laughter at a silly pooch jumping on a trampoline.
Wherever this place is for you, peeps it is vitally important for us to go there regularly. The more you punish yourself Running, Training, Lifting, Dieting? The very people around you don’t get the best of you! It very well may be in these quiet diversions that we find peace … “Sh!t Son!!! Did you see that dog try to do a nose-stand!?!“
We were just finishing making a sandwich when you stopped over for a visit, how nice of you!
Happy Hips Warm Up followed by a nice 30 Minute Trail Run, and finishing with a Happy Hips Cool Down.
If you want to add some zing to your sammy? Just add, oh let’s say … 100 Hard Style KB Swings after the Trail Run.
Let these numbers marinate in the old noggin for a spell: 10k and 30 minutes. Go ahead and say these numbers out loud at your desk … 10k, 30 minutes!
To be a kid again?!? We spend our whole entire adult lives trying to be young in body. How about young in heart and mind? Be well today and ENJOY!!!
Have compassion towards all living beings. Hatred leads destruction-
We often talk about grace during a program. More times than not it acts as a bookend for form and flow. There is a reason we always state: Form, Flow and Grace. The primary purpose is to eradicate clutter within our program/workouts. You can also apply our handy-dandy idea to life away from a hard run. Maybe one evening at home when the little precious ones magically turn into little turds? Once you embrace this concept your focus will sharpen and grace will certainly follow.
A wise man once said: “There is a lesson in everything you do.” Don’t worry he didn’t write this post today. So on that note, What has the measure of your life taught you? Strength? Resilience? Grace? Generosity? Sure, that’s the easy stuff. What about the stuff that inspires not only you to achieve your goals but others as well?
Life peeps is about presence. Being attentive to your warm breath. Attending to your battered body.
“Why in the hell would you want to do this?!?”
Why? We do this to create balance, inside of our bodies as well as outside (this is where a true Smile shines through! Ask a seven-year old to laugh and smile to get our point…).
“What does all of this attention get us anyways?
It gets all of us fully engaged in the task at hand yet it does all of this in spite of our limitations. Live every moment of your life fully, no matter what!
We gotcha!!! We all face our roadblocks, challenges (you name it) both big and small although we shouldn’t need to confront a challenge in order to show up or be present for ourselves. Pay keen attention and be engaged in your life! Classic example of ignoring this message:
“Like look Brah I can’t workout today because my back is killing me. Maybe it was the 10 max OHS for time or the Francis I did in ten minutes…I don’t know dude. I’ll go with you and do some active recovery burpees. That should help?”
Finally when these obstacles and challenges do arise or if they are present for us right in this moment? They aren’t a major disruption to our lives, but rather become part of our experience as a whole (this “Thing” called life).
Whether you are struggling after a recent micro-fracture/ partial knee replacement surgery or simply trying to touch your tippy-toes is of little consequence to US (this includes you dear reader) here.
What truly matters is showing up, and leaving your limitations at the door. Showing up does not imply that it is OK to knock on the door at 4am asking for a place to hide out until “Things” cool down.
Our Warm Up today will consist of the following:
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 *KB Step Ups- (Our ideal step height would be thigh parallel with the floor while stepping on something- we used a tree truck)
*KB- If you don’t have any? No excuses! Pick up something lying around…Here some kids– perfect height and weight for a Rack Hold step up!?!
Followed by and certainly Not For Time:
100 Perfect Push Ups
100 Goblet Squats
100 KB- One Arm Push Press (If the fire has been lit? 100 each arm…)
100 KB- One Arm Snatch (JaJa you wish…)
100m Rack Hold Farmers Walk x5 (Palms facing your tired chest, weight not touching or resting on your weary body…Actively hold the weight.)
What really drives us here is You! The relationship we have built and nurtured is second to none we like to think? CultFit HQ is playing hooky today and going to the water-park nearby…Hmm active recovery?!? Please feel free to comment away and discuss our message today with your friends here or take a moment to say hello to your fellow peeps. We wish all of you the best this weekend and most importantly…ENJOY!!!
When intelligence and wit arose, There appeared great hypocrites-
Alright now peeps, quick show of hands this morning: How many of you had an emotional breakdown when you were gently slapped by the alarm at 6am? “Back to work, back to running, back to working out again! Could this get any worse?!?”
Today will be a struggle, no doubt about this in our mind. Although those of you who continually battle “Rest Days“, “Down Days“, “Holidays” and pretty much any other day where you don’t get a run in? Don’t blame or place your unhappiness on circumstance. Why spend so much time and energy dwelling on the worst possible outcome?
**Any guess as to who this is?!? Mr. O’Driscoll…This is how you bring joy into someones life! Good on you mate!**
Simple one today really…Just head off in some Random direction for about 20-30 minutes or so…Turn around and head back home.
Trail Run/Hike/Walk/Bike…You get the point!
Now when you arrive back home in one piece and energized to do some work. Pick three of your favorite movement and perform the following scheme for each:
The trick or catch today is this: On the ride home during The Workout…Do you dread moving the weight? Or are you looking forward to it after a long holiday weekend? This could be considered the CultFit litmus test peeps?!? Yesterday we had the chance to pen a guest post over at His Dark Side. If you peeps have a few precious seconds you can take away from updating your Facebook timeline…Head on over to check His Dark Side out! Have fun today and ENJOY!!!