This week’s episode features an interview segment with Scott(no relation) about his work counseling men who struggle with addiction, emotional expression, the power of listening. We talk about success in many forms and how we can all work towards it. We also hear about his unique hobby uncovering historical artifacts. The episode of course also includes upcoming events, the question of the week, workout tip of the week (with sample workout), an (audio) Book of the week, and of course some extra surprises.
Be sure to sign up for the November 16th and 17th Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification and Strength Calisthenics Certification happening in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Master and good friend of many years Michael Krivka will be teaching the , and I’ll be teaching the the next day. Level up your skills as a fitness professional or exercise enthusiast on one special weekend.
Visit NCSystema.com for local classes in Strength and conditioning with me, or Systema, self defense, and other specialized topics with Systema HQ certified instructors here in Durham, NC. They’re always adding awesome and events to their calendar so check it out now.
Question of the Week! Question of the week is another one from another friend’s direct message on. I post a lot of photos of food on there, so this one is not a big surprise.
Question: Any advice on letting go of sugar?
Answer: These days I barely eat much sugar at all, but it took time to get into this habit. Sometimes it’s helpful to find the hidden sugars in your daily habits and cut those out – it’s kind of low hanging fruit, but can help cut sugar and unnecessary calories without too much difficulty. So if you can stand to do it, track your food incredibly closely with an app like MyFitnessPal, FatSecret, or even just a notebook. After the week look the summaries of what you’ve eaten, and it should quickly become apparent where you can start making the first changes. Some people find it helpful to track their food for longer periods of time, and that can be an incredibly powerful practice, but others may find it more cumbersome than planning meals and snacks ahead for the week instead.
For example, I recently met up with a friend who is starting to work on losing weight, and he had no idea that the bottle of iced tea he’d chosen contained 150 calories – all of which were sugar. He decided to start checking the labels of beverages after that – and swapping in things like unsweetened tea, seltzer water, etc.
But basically, the first step is to get very honest with what you’re eating and drinking, quantify it a little bit and start making liveble and sustainable adjustments. My tastes are changed so much that a lot of things are too sweet and offputting to me now, which makes it so easy to stay on track. Even with chocolate, anything other than some of the darkest stuff imaginable is too sweet tasting for me! It takes time to build habits, but you will notice that you will begin to feel better somewhat quickly and usually some weight falls right off too. Definitely motivating!
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and Grip Training Tip of the Week:
This one might sound obvious once you hear it, but maybe not… anyone I’ve written workouts or programs for will recognize this pattern, as will those who train with me locally either individually or in our group strength and conditioning classes at NC Systema. I love to pair grip intensive moves like heavy farmer carries, pullups, and even short sets of very heavy swings with “flat hand” exercises like push-ups, sit-outs, 8-count bodybuilders, mountain climbers, crawls, crab walks, etc. It’s important to match the intensity of the two exercises though – while I think of the “flat hand” exercises as kind of a break if you’re doing something that gets the heart rate going very high like those very heavy swings, choose an active move like the ones listed above instead of something like a crow stand. Crow stands and other inversions can be useful, but be careful getting the head below the heart when you’re really working at an intense pace. I like to add crow and handstand regressions towards the end of a cool down or sometimes even AFTER a workout since if I’m a bit fatigued it forces me to do things the right way instead of relying on muscling into position.
For example here’s a simple circuit from a local workout (we went for 5 rounds):
- 20 swings
- 10 8-Count Bodybuilders
- 10 squats (reasonably heavy)
- 10 Push-Ups
- 3-5 Pull-ups (MUST be full range, dead hang, good form – less reps = ok)
Interview/Conversation Segment: Fellow Stetson alumni Scottand I discuss the difference between low hanging fruit and the path of least resistance in a variety of contexts. Scott shares some universal insight about emotional communications and the power of listening. Be sure to find out about Scott’s unique hobby at the end of this short segment.
Book of the Week!
A small heads up – on the new version of the GiryaGirl.com website the “What I’m reading” section has been expanded, upgraded, and will now feature an archive of past entries from this point forward.
Book of the Week (and I must confess I got this one in audio form since I’m doing a fair amount of traveling right now) is Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life by Patrick Van Horne and Jason A. Riley. This fascinating book has a practical application for just about anyone. As an often solo traveler and student of self defense (my superpower is to avoid conflict and problems from the get-go) this book was of immediate interest. While I’m not one to be afraid much, I do know when I’m somewhere I don’t need to be and when to leave ASAP. This book provides even more tools and ideas to interact with our changing world and a variety of environments safely and effectively. I also love anything about body language and visible psychology—it’s also nice to have some more professional sounding words for some of my more specific hunches… and more tools for detecting anomalies which might be problems about to happen.
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