Sweater – Weather –

To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself-

Throughout our lives, our daily experiences feed into the deep, old sense of shame that grips us. We assign this ongoing feeling of shame to parts of our bodies that we see in a negative light. Ranging from feeling awkward in front co-workers and friends, feeling our of place running on the treadmill, to race day failures or even minor training oversight(s) can be attributed to simply not looking “right” … Only serving to feed from our inner trough of self-hatred.

Have you ever blamed a poor performance, or failed to show up to an event because you were ashamed to be seen? Soul sapping thoughts that you are too “out of shape“, I don’t belong or deserve to be here with all these “fit” folks? When we lose confidence in ourselves, we instantly surrender to failure, instead of pursuing what our hearts passionately want to do. Why is this so?

My battered and beaten body is hands down, the biggest target of my ever so critical inner voice. No matter where I stand in life, it continually provides feedback of my many imperfections and keeps me from fully relaxing in my own skin

Daily Meditation:

Each morning when we wake, we are afforded the beautiful opportunity to hide or reveal our true selves. When the harsh “voice” is telling us to keep our sweaters on or to stay home on race day … Be brave, be bold my friends – for you truly belong in the here and now.

Have a blessed weekend and please take care!

CultFit Belong


You Often Say

I would give , but only to the deserving, The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture.
Surely he who is worthy to receive his days and nights is worthy of all else from you.
And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           See first that you yourself deserve to be a giver, and an instrument of giving.
For in truth it is life that gives unto life-while you, who deem yourself a giver, is but a witness.

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Notes:

Be well today and take care.

CultFit New Dawn


Thursday 26 April 2012

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts-

Hmm Hmm…Don’t mind us as we puff out our masculine chest and spew machismo all about.  Oh, sorry didn’t mean to get sweat all over your precious new Athleta Yoga top.  Feel free to slide off your comfy Sanuks before you settle in this morning on the couch.  We just poured a nice cup of Mr. Grey and chances are the kettle is still warm as evidence of the stream still gently rising into the air.  If for some chance you thought things could not get any worse around here after yesterday’s Nickelback, Facts vs. Ignorance and dog balls post?  Think again dear peep, its Thursday!!!  Speaking of which we have never invited you into our pristine kitchen arena here at CultFit HQ?  How rude…

We love food and heating things up in the microwave and basically we would like to share some of our offerings with you.  So without further delay…Feast your eyes on our picturesque dinning options and like we always do on Thursday  “Best Caption Wins Something”:

The Plan-

The Workout-

Rest Day

Without spouting off and going on a twisting rant we understand that Rest Days are the hardest part of your workout program.  “Like duh…How do I get better by meditating in the car on the way to work?”  or “Shit Son…I have a race this weekend and I am 15 miles low for my mileage this week!”

The simple truth:  Your hyper stimulated brain never needs to rest: Go, Go, Go all the time!  Problem is:  You have this thing called “Your Body” and your body secretly hates your brain and every thing your brain does to it.  Is it too much to ask to listen to your body for one day?  Luckily for you dear peeps we have a “Body” and a “Brain” on retainer here at CultFit HQ…Here is a recent conversation we overheard in the bathroom three stalls over:

BODY– “I’m sore, that’s all.”

BRAIN– “I wonder who else is in here?  Work sucks, kids are turds, what is the rep scheme today?  God Vancouver sucks and the Penguins blew it!  Damn Russians and who ever liked the Sedin twins to begin with?  Jesus, look at this!  Who put the toilet paper in the dispenser backwards?  Now I’m screwed with bad luck for the rest of the day!  Shit I forgot my lunch…Well Whole Foods is right next door to work, I’ll just do that instead of going home  in lunch traffic.  Hmm if I do go home I could stop by the co-op and do some yoga at YogaMed?  Yeah, sounds like a plan.  Almost forgot about the NFL draft, talk about a bunch of losers that watch that crap for four days straight!  Tom Brady is still hot as hell!!!  Time to wipe and go someone is coming in…Ahhh man not right next to me…”

BODY– “I’m sore, that’s all.”

Notes:

Have an awesome day, Rest Up and ENJOY!!!


Wednesday 25 April 2012

Let there be a soft smile on your face, Let your speech be truthful and pleasant, Let there be restraint in emotions, in indulgence; Let there not be excesses anywhere-

**Not very often do we feel compelled to preface a post, well today is a bit different.  Our opinion today is wide-ranging and all over the place (for a reason) it’s up to you dear peep reading in your jammies on this fine morning to decide where you want to take this discussion today.  So without further ado we present you this monstrosity!**

Today’s sign of the Apocalypse:  A Night With the World’s Most Hated Bands

Does it seem that our society has made a gentleman’s agreement in regards to “stuff” that we should know?  And the means in which this information is delivered is based on facts not knowledge:  “You should eat a LvL 5 Vegan diet to run faster.”  Why?  “Well, it helped me so why would it not help you?”  I don’t know?  “Well Nickleback is the best band ever!”  OK,please explain why that is so?

The reason we have a salacious love affair with facts is due to how easy they are to get (iThingy) and also how easy they are to test.  “Great Little Bobby you scored 8 out of 10 on your Fitness Trainer Cert.” …Feel empowered to spread your wealth of facts and not true knowledge.”.  This is not something that is new and if you happened to grow up in good ole ‘Merica? Our education system is entirely built on facts and committing to memory important dates in history (for the most part).  Don’t believe us?  Ask a ‘Merican if a Kit Kat is a cookie or a biscuit?  The answer you will get is that it is a candy bar, fact! Period, argument over.  Look here it even says so on wiki-i-know-nothing!!!  Now ask this same question to someone who lives of the glimmering side of the pond?  Pour a nice cup of PG Tips and prepare to debate Kit Kat’s!!!

End of Act One

We’ll leave this here to cheer you up a bit…

Act Two

From where we sit (in a plush purple love sac) being educated means being able to understand the question presented and thoroughly knowing enough relevant information to make a reasoned argument.  It’s in making a reasoned argument, not facts, this is our key message today.   What ever happened to learning to think and express ones thoughts in a persuasive way?

What is the currency of learning?  What are some of the tangible’s?  Is it preparing oneself to be wrong?

Truth be told it isn’t what you know but how you come to know it that matters to us most.  Our society has forced us from an early age to memorize facts and useless information that clutter up our minds (pick up any issue of Runners World as an example).  Your ability to articulate facts may be useful for passing tests in your life, impressing your friends during your conversation about Glee last night…When all is said and done?  What do you do after you have exhausted your vast knowledge of facts?

The Plan-

The brighter, more serious students were the least desirous of grades, possibly because they were more interested in the subject matter of the course, whereas the dull or lazy students were the most desirous of grades, possibly because grades told them if they were getting by.

Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

The Workout-

Brought to you today by the: “Whoa, have not done this is in like 30+ years” department here at CultFit HQ.

Gather up the kids, neighbors, spouse, pets and anyone else who wants to have fun and…

Play around with Cart-Wheels and One Legged Squats while the little ones play.  Followed by:

Freeze Tag until the sun goes down, or up…or if if its up all the time?  30 minutes or so?

Young at heart get tagged: 25 Perfect Push Ups

Kids get tagged:  25 jumping Jacks

BREAKING NEWS!!!  Working out does not need to be tedious and dreadful!  Leave that to reality TV!!!

Notes:

Jump in peeps and fire away with the comments!  YOUR comments and sense of community here facilitate a sharing of ideas…Hmm, not facts.  Have a blast and ENJOY!!!


Monday 23 April 2012

More wisdom is latent in things as they are than in all the words men use-

We all have a story to tell.  Like all stories we hear during the day some are rather glamorous and full of picturesque examples of our daily lives.  While others may be dark and rather bleak shared quite often enough by the pugnacious people we choose to surround ourselves with.  Maybe one of them is the trainer at your gym who swears by the FMS system yet overlooks and misunderstands basic human movements.  Or what about the chica who just finished a tough round of tabata’s yet has no idea what a VO2 max is?  Is it a new energy drink or something?!?

Over the weekend a group of friends gathered for a light program here at CultFit HQ, nothing special or out of the ordinary.  The flowing current of the conversation hinged on nothing more than honest open dialog aided by a warm cup of tea.  That is of course until Uncle Mo decides to spout off: “Why is it that people today get offended when you care about them?’  Interesting question?  “…Its my goddamn life jerk!  If I want to injure myself running?  Why should you care!”

We are adopting a scorched earth policy this morning and will be throwing every one of you under the proverbial bus.  Ready?!?  The “people” Uncle Mo referred to usually try to wedge into a conversation…”I’m a vegan who ran a marathon and got my dogs from a shelter.  Also I only feed my shelter dogs Whole Foods vegan dog food because it gives them the energy to run with me when I train for marathons.  Oh, and why does everyone here at Oxford feel the need to stop and ask me about my MacBook?” <—This dear reader, is the template of every blog you will read today!

If you feel the need to opine?  Your argument better be as strong as this:

Tommy Godwin’s ‘unbreakable’ cycling record

True Humility is a virtue here at CultFit.

The Plan-

Humilis…We’ll be poking you in the ribs about humility all week or you could just imagine that our thoughts are leaves floating by in a stream.  Do not respond to them; just let them pass by.

The Workout-

Today’s program is brought to you by our dear old Uncle Pliny.

Not for time…

Pranayama, Sodarshan Chakra Kriya and Breath of Fire Kundalini Pranayama followed by:

Nerve Glides and Leg Drains (It was a stressful weekend here!)

From what we hear the Google Machine is a wonderful invention?!?

Notes:

For the next fortnight we would like YOU to write in and share YOUR favorite program with all of us here!  The only thing we ask is that you provide us with a brief description why this program is important to YOU (In ten words or less…hmm?).  Please accept our gift of a flower as forgiveness for being cantankerous on a lovely Monday morning?  Be well today and ENJOY!!!


Thursday 19 April 2012

You know, when you were a baby in your crib, your father looked down at you, he had but one hope – some day my son will grow to be a man. Well look at you now. You just got your asses whipped by a bunch of goddamn nerds-

The night air is remarkably cool and brilliantly lit by the night sky.  The perfect recipe for a Rest Day…Before we take this post sideways and off into the abysses like we normally do.  We feel the need to speak with you for one minute, a heart to heart.  Thank You!!!  We don’t tell you that enough nor could we ever say it enough to you dear reader.  You are special and appreciated around these parts!  At last count there were over 500 peeps who…err 490+ peeps (If you want to tick people off make fun of Cardio Barre Burn…we’ll leave it at that!) who decided to follow the ramblings of CultFit HQ.  We are humbled, truly!  Thank You once again for giving up five precious seconds from your glorious eventful day to stop by and hang out for a bit!

Enough of this feel good contextual (Hmm- Contextual Fitness?!?) snuggle party stuff!  It’s “Best Caption” wins something Thursday…

** And because YOU are really special…One more from a recent gathering.**

The Plan-

The Workout-

Rest Day

Basically all we did here today consisted of the following:

Self Reiki and Leg Drains followed by a touch of meditation in the morning sun.  Afternoon…Scouted out some new parks riding the old bike with the kiddos.

Notes:

Thanks once again!!!  There is a tough program on tap for tomorrow…Be well and ENJOY!!!


Tuesday 10 April 2012

This above all: To thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man-

Good morning dear reader!  If you stopped by today to hang out and read about the wonderful breakfast we have planned and the totally awesome workout we will be doing later?  Now is a good time to scurry along and live vicariously through another blog-o-thingy.  Authenticity…We love your “cute” little pictures of the charming breakfast you put together just as much as the next peep.  Is it really you?  We’re saying it’s not and the sooner we all agree to this the sooner we can press on…

Our struggle with authenticity transcends fitness and it hit us yesterday reading through some interesting blogs.  We read maybe fifty blogs yesterday (a small sample size) of peeps proclaiming their excellence during a normal Monday; one after  another making life seem so great with big broad smiles, fantastic dinner ideas and bloviated opinions. As the “likes” started pouring in…We applauded their terrific Pottery Barn perfect lives.  Five fleeting minutes later we were left doubting what we had just digested: Were these peeps real?  How many of these people are there lurking on the inter-webz?

With the evolution of our hyper obsessed, media driven society.  It truly is hard to believe anyone’s appearance is real anymore, on-line or in real life (is there even a difference now?).  Call us crazy or old-fashioned but we like to believe that there are areas of our lives that will remain free from this growing trend in our society.  In the end, “WE” understand it’s not really possible to enrich/enhance who we are as individuals without working on ourselves from the inside out, or without authentic hard work.

The Plan-

The Workout-

Hopefully we took a few notes from yesterday to apply to today’s program?  Any problems tumbling around?  Did you do it gracefully or like a desk/office jockey?

Trail Run/Walk/Bike/Swim…Until you feel you are warmed up enough, followed by:

Yesterday’s Warm Up is Today’s Workout:

Forward Rolls X 10
Backward Rolls X 10
Dive Rolls X 10
Quick Rolls (3 successive rolls as fast as possible) X 5
Forward Roll To Bear Crawl
Backward Roll To Crab Crawl
High Knees (running, 40m)
Butt Kicks (running, 40m)
High Knees (running drill, 40m)
Butt Kicks (running drill, 40m)
One Legged Hops (get up high, extend, 40m)
Two Legged Hops (get up high, extend, 40m)
Backpedal (backwards run, reaching back, 40m)…

Turn up the intensity knob a tad and get into the running drills actively!  Followed by:

10 Minutes of Hanging Around

Notes:

Life is not all about perfectly sliced and presented warm apple pie…ENJOY!!!