I delve into the esoteric in this blog post, but the comparison must be made for those that know and follow or participate in these equally epic sports. When I was much younger, I was a motocross racer, and in days more recent I train a few equestrians. Despite the two very different cultures, the physical activity involved in these two sports are surprisingly similar. The test of core and adductor muscles, as well as all other muscles imaginable caused me to take pause and compare the two.
In motocross you are part of the suspension – you must flex and move with all of the terrain availed, as well as with the monster machine underneath you! My clients describe equestrian riding in much the same way. Your overall fitness must be at peak levels in both pursuits due to the full body involvement required. So what is the ultimate comparison?!
I found these two articles:
I suspect if you can do one, I bet you could do the other (with practice of course). If you ride motocross bikes and can handle whoop-de-doos, then I bet you could learn to gallop and jump with a horse and vice versa. See comparison below.
Happy riding and I hope you get to experience both in your life time. I still need to tackle the equestrian angle!
I have been promising myself that I would go back to my martial arts school for sometime now and finally this past Saturday I made my triumphant return!! I have been going to Tai Yim Kung Fu (www.taiyimkungfu.com) off and on for the past twenty years. There are times when I have taken up to five years off, but it always seems to call me back.
The reasons I always return are that I love the training, the curriculum, the friends I have made and Sifu. Sifu means teacher/Father and he is just that. Sifu Tai Yim started the school in 1975, and just recently celebrated his 40th year anniversary. I have great respect for this man and consider him one of my mentors.
I started going in the late eighties, when I thought I could become the next Bruce Lee. At the time I was still in my teens and it was very hard for me to understand the amount of time and practice it required. I remember expressing this concern to one of my instructors and saying to her “I would give anything to become more flexible” (I could barely touch my toes at the time). She simply answered…”Just give your time”. It was so simple, yet so profound, I should also point out that this instructor was younger than I was, but obviously much wiser.
The Tai Yim Kung style is call Hung Fut. This Southern Kung Fu style it is a blend to two systems – Hung Gar (the basis of modern Karate and very hard) and Fut Gar (a soft style that emphasizes palm strikes). This unique incorporation of linear, circular, and angular techniques is powerful and explosive, yet precise, flowing, and without rigidity. Essentially it’s very martial while at the same time very esthetically pleasing.
So what brought me back this time, as if all the reasons above weren’t enough? My twin boys will be five next November and that is when they will join the school. Just as I practice what I preach when it comes to my clients, I need to do the same in this situation.
My return was fun, as it always is and I remembered more of my forms that I thought I would. I was of course very tired but very much at piece. For anyone that practices martial arts, you will understand this feeling. It is like moving mediation, and brings you to a peaceful centered state of being.
Happy to be back!!!
Only 8% of people keep their New Year’s resolutions. How can we change this?! This advice of course will be dealing with health and wellness.
First and foremost come up with your plan, what do you want to achieve and how will achieve it. Don’t make your fitness goals unrealistic, don’t keep you real self and your ideal self to far from each other.
If you want to exercise more:
- Join a gym
- Get a personal trainer
- Invest in some exercise DVDs
- Join a running club
- Join a martial arts studio
- Start taking spinning classes
- Try Zoomba
If you want to lose weight:
- Pick a diet that works for you – Paleo, South Beach, Bullet Proof diet etc. All diets work if you stick to them
- Get an app on your phone to help track your meals and calories
- Make an appointment with a nutritionist
- Stop drinking alcohol or greatly reduce your drinks per week
- Cut out the sugar…you’re sweet enough
I would also use your phone or calendar to schedule all of your exercise and nutrition goals, make it a part of your life. The built in reminders on your calendar will help greatly in keeping you honest.
If this isn’t enough check our website www.jettllc.com or contact me directly firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try and help.
Make your New Year’s resolutions a reality with proper planning and execution.
Happy New Year!!
This is the time of year that life can get very busy, with our own health and wellness potentially falling to the wayside. Make sure to take time for yourself and stay focused.
Hopefully you have had a year of physical success to look back on, and now it’s time to evaluate, reflect and start putting together your plan for next year. If this year was good, next year can be even better.
If this year has been one that has fallen short, fear not and start putting together a plan that works for you. Don’t put your real self and ideal self to far from each other. Choose a fitness plan that works for you.
True health and wellness is lifetime journey and it is never to late to start, and always a good idea to continue.
I will leave you with two thoughts for the new year:
Don’t exercise just to look good, do it for your health and wellness. We may not all be fitness models, but we can all be healthy and live longer.
The only bad work out is the one you didn’t do!!
Train Hard!! Train Safe!!
If you are in the Washington Metropolitan Area, you know that we are having amazingly warm weather for November. However this will not last forever!!
Do you have your winter fitness plan ready to go?!?! I’ll tell you mine and you tell me yours!! For starters I am heading back to my martial arts school www.taiyimkungfu.com , and have increased my lifting – nothing like doing some bodybuilding split routines in the winter when you can’t show it off 🙂
I have also stared taking my cardio indoors, not today of course it’s currently 73 degrees. I don’t run quite as much these days due to some arthritis in my right big toe (old martial arts war wounds), so I have been fairly religions with the AMT elliptical.
This should carry me through the winter months, now the question remains – what will you do?
Here are some suggestions:
- Do what I am doing 🙂
- Indoor tennis
- Your pick of cardio machines
- Join a gym and start lifting weights
- Get a trainer – yes we are available – www.jettllc.biz
- Start a diet
What ever you do, just do something. If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything!!
Be Happy Be Healthy!!
Day lights savings time and increasingly cold weather is right around the corner, are you ready?! Many of us like to do our cardio outdoors and it can be a tough transition bringing it inside.
Start planning now, here are some suggestions.
1. Join a gym if possible, its the cheapest way to have access to many cardio options.
2. Try Spinning, many gyms will have spin classes or you can find boutique spin studios.
3. Try Zoomba, Step, bootcamp or the many other fitness classes offered at your local gym.
4. You could also try a martial arts school, it’s usually always indoors.
5. If you are really lucky, you may find an indoor track in your area.
6. Indoor tennis is an option.
7. Yoga and Pilates are excellent
Try any of these suggestions and it should be a start to keep you fit while dealing with the cold and waning daylight.
If you do decide to tough it out and continue your outdoor cardio/running make sure to get the right winter gear as well as the necessary reflective gear and or lights.
Train Hard, Train Safe!!
This the best time of year to get out and run!! The cooler weather and lower humidity allow you to push hard, and run further.
This is the season, there are more races than you can shake a stick at stick at. I would suggest that you sing up for a race and go for it. Check out this website for a list of races http://www.active.com/running
Check out Hal Gideon’s training programs they are great http://www.halhigdon.com or you could if you are local join Montgomery County Road Runners https://www.mcrrc.org
Both options provide great training plans.
I plan to sign up for a 10K before the season out…I’ll keep you posted.
Now go out and get it done!!