Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans-
Often at times we focus primarily on our bodies, the results or the lack there of is: We often neglect our mind.
We have often spoke about one way to relax your body and mind: Consistent meditation practice. A quiet mind is a powerful mind, especially so during the last few miles of a local race or a few extra push ups before you leave the gym. Extraneous thoughts that amass during the day will reduce our focus. When we can calm our minds through meditation? The body becomes free, energized and your true ability lies at your fingertips.
Feel free to insert your chosen mediation practice within the quotes: “…“
Learning how to sit quietly, without actually “doing” anything other than focusing on your breath is vitally important. Learn to appreciate the “present moment,” because it will after all … vanish in a few seconds.
An expanding awareness of our strengths (quiet, focused mind) and vulnerabilities (neglecting our bodies and ignoring pain) helps each of us to endure difficult times with more equanimity. It becomes a pleasure to stand your ground during tricky situations with a calm mind, not out of stubborn pride. Pride breaks each of us over time.
Happy Earth Day and please be well today!
… The yoga of life needs a certain grasp of intricacies. It needs carefulness; needs levelheadedness. The yogi does not connect with anything, nor reject it. He lives essentially alone. –Mankuthimma
Today’s sign of the Apocalypse: Subway Death Photos
** Read the story closely enough and you will find out that ALL OF US … Are part of the problem. It’s a sad world we live in … **
Our lives are Precious, our lives are Short. When you set forth on your journey today, don’t do “things” simply for the sake of doing them. Be present and take a keen look around at what you are doing in the moment. Only then move forward if you feel there is something meaningful to your action(s). If you fail to find any usefulness in what you are currently doing? Drop it and move onto the next “thing”. If you do so early enough in the day (shower or coffee in the AM)? You have the potential to avoid an enormous amount of unnecessary pain and suffering. Dwell in Positivity by thoroughly enjoying the “things” you love! Life is too short to spend it doing anything else.
If you don’t enjoy what you are doing, then don’t do it. It’s as simple as developing the Courage, the Will Power to stop.
Why is so hard for us to spend our time and energy on the very “things” that bring fulfillment and happiness in our lives?
Work yourself into a thick broozle followed by:
10 Heavy Single Arm KB Swings (snappy)
10 KB Halo’s (each direction)
10 KB Hang Clean + Press (single arm)
10 Goblet Squat Bob + Weave (5 each side – eyes forward)
Form, Flow and Grace … 20-40 minutes.
Have we reached a stage in our society where running a 5k is easier than resisting the urge to Update your Facebook status? Sadly, we think it is. We could even make the argument that running a marathon is easier than sitting down to write an actual letter, you know … Pen and Paper!?!
We never like to start off the weekend on a somber note, today is different. Pearl harbor remembrance day is today … A time to reflect. Be well this weekend and ENJOY!!!
Does the sky have a map for the migrating bird? Do rules exist for a fish that swims about in water? Something tugs at life, and pushes it forward: You are but a flying kite-
The rumblings in your head have been going on for sometime now. Let’s not forget about your stomach and possibly your lungs. Yup the sun is out and it’s time to get into shape for summer. We know you could try eating a mindful diet and moving more throughout your day. You could even scavenge all your health tips from some random blog-o-person. But no, you are always right about everything! Just keep on doing what you always have…That will probably take care of everything.
Say hello to our new hero here at CultFit HQ: Mr. Eric Kelly a no non sense man who is truly inspiring!!!
**If you have virgin ears or are easily offended? Oh well, Mr. Kelly is real and the last time we checked so was life.**
Of the vast majority of emails we receive weekly one question in particular seemingly always sticks out: “What do you guys mean by perfection?” “Perfect Push Up, Pull Up, Swings…?”. Well finish up doing your hair and reading the paper this morning because you are finally going to get the complete answer!
The Golden Rule here at CultFit HQ: One “Perfect” movement trumps 10 “Disgraceful” movements. Perfection is not our enemy, fear of achieving it is! This is why Uncle Mo gets in trouble all the time with the X-Fit apes!
Harmony and Balance, long time readers intimately know the meaning of these words (As we use them too damn much!). Perfect harmony finally grasps you when your mind releases itself to your heart; Meaning, when perfection replaces fear. The more you open yourself to perfection, the less you will be afraid of fear.
Our fear of perfection comes from many different aspects of our lives. Who we choose to associate with, friends, family and co-workers. Just remember and re-read this next statement a million time if you have to: Here at CultFit…Fear not the Workout or all the hard work that preempts the Workout itself. The true importance of the Workout is in experiencing its many joys and making it thorough to its end.
Not for time…(This is exactly what we did today at 6am while the sun was brilliantly waking up.)
**Two notes: Google Machine Axilla and put on some extra pit perfume this morning**
Perform a free-flowing and graceful Sun Salutation series until you passionately feel you are lubed up and ready. Followed by:
Neutral Grip Perfect Pull Up Hang…(We used monkey bars…Thumb wrapped over the top of bar, palms facing forward, lengthen yourself- Toes to the earth, Open your Axilla(s)/Stinky Pits and gently hang).
Neutral Grip Perfect Pull Up Hang…(Same as before. This time GENTLY bring your left ear to your left bicep, fold your head to the side! Return to eyes forward and repeat this time with your right ear).
Neutral Grip Perfect Pull Up Hang…(Same as before. This time GENTLY fold your head to the side and look through your left hand- It will feel like a roll. Do the same with your right side).
Neutral Grip Perfect Pull Up Hang…(Lengthen your body…Focus on your pits! This is where you will initiate your pull with a Perfect Pull Up).
Go for a Walk for a short while and return to the same bar…
1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1 Neutral Grip Perfect Pull Ups…(No kicking, No crossing legs, No bucking around like a wild child, No craning your neck!!! PERFECTION!!! Nice even chest to bar pulls initiated through your really stinky pits right about now.)
Before the Walk listen to your body as to when to let go and release from the bar. After the Walk…If you can’t quite get the pull yet? 45-60 Seconds Gently hanging around!
Next week we are going to pull back the shades here a bit although there is one problem? We need you to ask some questions!?! What have you always wanted to know about CultFit and all the misfits that linger around here? We sincerely hope you give this program a try today or maybe even over the weekend? Most importantly…ENJOY!!!
Nine-tenths of education is encouragement-
BREAKING NEWS: We have recently unearthed the freshest source of water available on Earth and will be selling it here at CultFit HQ on 12-21-2012!
LOST WORLD WATER (<—Don’t be shy! I’m just a little link-oid lonely over here…)
That’s right peeps, we were first!!! How’s your Smart Water, Fiji Water and VitaCoCo now?!?
You know the type? “Hey you just have to read the new Twilight book because I connect with it on so many levels!” Come on little buddy we won’t tell anyone…Just whisper in our ear the name of “that” person who tried exhaustively in vain trying to convince you to read it? That’s what we thought! The same person recommending Random Workouts and over opinionated running shoe reviews via the inter-webz. We are going to share a link with you in the hopes that at at least one reader will enjoy themselves: HERE
Mind yourself over there peeps. The Atlantic carries a certain amount of respect in these parts…
A word(s) of caution is in order due to the fact more albóndigas are performing our programs on a daily basis:
Patience, flow, grace, strive for perfection
Address the program today with a certain amount of respect and aplomb. We say this honestly after recently hearing back from our Underachievement Department at CultFit HQ…92.3% of you will seriously mess-yo-self up today if you don’t!
Not for time (wink-wink): Limber up (not to be confused with stretching) then ease into:
Hand Stand Salsa (JaJaJa)- Flow into a solid handstand, right hand forward, right hand back…you get the point! 5 Minutes of this should be good.
15 Minutes of One Arm Perfect Presses- This is not as many reps! Find perfection, develop the sense of a perfect press. This is how Brother Chaz set his up:
Feet together grabbing the floor (develop a solid base that transfers throughout your entire body)
Hammer Curl to Rack Hold (palm facing body and elbow not touching said body)
Your eyes at this point should be focused on your middle finger. Your wrist should not be bent but rather in-line with the forearm. The eyes stay with your finger and look throughout the press- Look through the press!!!
Alternate, rinse and repeat for both arms obviously.
That’s a good one above and yes, we are quite happy pointing it out to you. Most importantly be safe, find balance (literally) and ENJOY!!!
Alas! how difficult it is not to betray one’s guilt by one’s looks-
This guest post is being brought to you by our very own Uncle Colin. He works back in the CultFit HQ Strategic Planning/Complaint Department and quite often his opinion gets squashed before they get out and cause irreprehensible damage (hmm does that make sense? Wake up peeps!!!)
How many of you when you finish doing your thing feel like the image below? Come on, it’s Uncle Colin you are talking to today. The least you could do is be honest with yourself.
How do we go about untangling this mess you have made yourself into? If you have been following along since February you know how easy it can be…
5k Walk/Jog/Run/Run…Preferably outside in the elements with something other than cement or black top under your feet.
125 of the following:
Swings, Goblet Squat, Perfect Push Ups, Lunge (Each Leg)
Notes: Slice em’ and dice em’ however you like. Oh and the lunges are Rack Hold so on that note, once you pick up the weight it stays up! Hmm got you thinking now, ENJOY!!!