Training Adventure



Everybody wants to add some sort of excitement to their daily life. Oftentimes, it is too easy for us to get caught up in the rigor of day to day things. The worst part about this is that we can get bored. There are some consequences of getting bored. First of all, we end up not challenging ourselves. We also get dull and unskilled. Finally, we begin to become unmotivated and forget why we wanted to do something in the first place.

When it comes to training, I definitely get bored from time to time. It seems as if I’m always doing the same kinds of exercises with the same number of reps. This can be particularly frustrating and discouraging if you have nothing to keep pushing you forward. It’s also hard to stay motivated when you can’t see results. These results can be difficult to see if you are monitoring them everyday. Sometimes, you may make small gains, but after a while, these gains may seem a little bit trivial to you. However, take heart, because these seemingly trivial gains can add up, resulting in major progress.

Staying Motivated

In order to stay motivated in a long term training regimen, it is of monumental importance to mix things up. It’s almost impossible for anybody to try to make things happen by doing the same thing over and over (kudos to you if you have that kind of mettle, though). Anyway, I decided a while ago that I would make sure that I stayed engaged and motivated during my training. It was difficult to do, but I figured out several ways to do so.

My adventure

One of the things that I did was go on a little training adventure. I took the day off of work and drove to my nearest state park to go hiking. While I was hiking, I would stop by the side of the trail and do pushups or sit ups. I even did some pull ups on a branch that I found (don’t worry, it could support my weight).

A little farther up on the trail, I saw some brush and some fallen trees in the trail. This was possibly due to a recent storm that had happened in our region. However, the state park committee was on top of their stuff. They hired a tree trimming Grand Rapids service to come out and take care of the problem.

Staying motivated is important when training. I went on an adventure. Find out what motivates you!

Using natural elements for your training

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Sometimes when you are training, you can lose concentration and determination because you can be weighed down by the monotony of the activity. We don’t blame you! Sometimes these things can get monotonous. If you are looking for a way to spice up your work out, there are plenty of things that you can do. Today, we would like to focus on one method that might just do the trick for you. It involves working with nature! Read on in this post to get our tips and tricks to having an exciting natural workout.

Natural Workout

Trail Running

One of the easiest ways to be outside and get a good workout is to find a good trail for running. This can be easily achieved by finding a park with some woods around your house. There are many difficulties of trails to choose from if you go to a park. Some are very windy and can be tough on the ankles if there are a lot of roots. You might want to stay away from these if you have some ankle or knee problems.

If you have some woods on your property, you can actually make a trail yourself. The first thing that you will need to do is remove all of the brush that you can from your path that you choose. That will make things much easier when you hire certified arborists. Speaking of hiring tree removal companies, try to shape your trail around trees that may be less healthy. That way you can avoid harming healthy trees through the removal of dying trees. If you are confused as to what a healthy tree looks or behaves like, then you may need to look up what is a tree doctor.

Natural weights

A second great exercise that you can do in nature is to find things to lift naturally in the outdoors. This is much easier than you might think. For example, if you are in the woods, you can find some heavy logs. Be careful before you lift them. You might find some unwanted wildlife (i.e. bugs and spiders) if you are not vigilant!


You can also find a quarry or something to find rocks to pick up. You can treat them like regular weights. Use some heavy stones to make sure you are building your muscles. You can also walk around with them to increase your endurance.




In a previous post, we talked about ways that you can replenish your body. We discussed how sleep is a very important part of recovery after a hard day of training. Obviously we still stand by this and consider this to be very essential. However, there are also some other pertinent aspects of body recovery. Today, we have decided to talk about some of the foods that you should be eating when you are doing intense training. Foods provide some necessary nutrients that your body needs in order to rebuild and get stronger. Read on to find out more about foods and nutrients in training!



As you may have already heard, protein is a must if you are involved in heavy exercise. Protein comes in handy especially when you are lifting weights with the intention of building muscle. When you lift heavy weights, your muscles break down. When you get sore the next day, that is because your muscles are rebuilding themselves. In doing this, your body needs proteins to use as building blocks. Consequently, you will need to ensure you have a sufficient amount of protein in your diet. Some great foods that you can eat to replenish your proteins are meat, fish, and eggs. These are great rich sources of protein.

If you are going the vegetarian rout, you can consider things like beans, nuts, and spinach. These are some natural, meat free sources of protein that will help your body to replenish itself.

Stay tuned for more nutrient posts!

Replenishing Your Body



If you are involved in any kind of intense training, then you  know the kind of stress that it can put on your body. After a day of hard training, you might wake up the next morning feeling sore and exhausted. This is good, because it is a sign that you have worked hard. However, this can be tough if you are attempting to sustain some kind of daily regimen.

What you need to do is make sure that you are replenishing your body well. This can entail a lot of discipline, but if you stick to it like you do your training, you will be on your way to a more efficient and fruitful routine. Read on to find out more!

Take care of yourself


One of the most underrated factors of making sure that your body can recover from a workout is getting sleep. Sleeping is your body’s natural way of resetting. If you do not get enough sleep, then you might be cheating your body out of a full recovery session. This could end up being an inhibition in your workouts and your daily energy.

Studies show that you should be getting anywhere between six and eight hours of sleep every day. If you do any less than this, you run the risk of offsetting your circadian rhythms. This will result in both your body and your brain feeling more tired and spent.

If you have problems with feeling awake and energized after a long workout, then try getting better sleep. It’ll help!

Designing Your Gym



We’ve talked about cardio. We’ve talked about improving your concentration. We’ve talked about breathing. Now, you are ready for training. Some of you have been training now for a while, and we commend you for that.

If you have decided that you are committed to hardcore training, then you definitely need to have your own gym. There is no other way of getting around it. This post is intended to help you with the ins and outs of setting up your own gym. Read on to find out more about having your own training space.

Your Space


Every gym needs a spot to have weights. Weight training is essential for building maximum strength. Obviously, it would be great to have all kinds of weights available at your fingertips, but we realize that this is not possible for everyone. After all, buying weights can get really expensive! So, we’ve weighed out your options (pardon the pun) and have concluded that to do a lot, you do not need that much.

It is essential that you get a bench with a bar and pairs of weights that go up to forty five pounds. If you have more resources available to you, then we also advise for you to get some barbels as well. This way, you can work your chest, your back, and your arms. If you can get some sort of rack, then you can also work your legs with squats and such.

Other fixtures

There are a host of other objects that you will need in your gym to complete your work out regimen. One thing that you should have in your gym space is a large mirror. This will help you ensure that you are maintaining proper form when you are lifting weights. It is also encouraging so that you can see your progress. Having a pull up bar is also a great addition to any gym. This will help you with your lats and other muscles when you do pull ups. The last basic thing to have in your gym is a mat. This will help you do stretching and also any planks or core exercises you might have.

Your own building

If you have decided that your training will be a life long pursuit, you might need your own building to create the ultimate training space. If you have property and are building from the ground up, you might find a good land clearing company to hire. They’ll need to know how to take out dying trees as well as clear the perimeter of your building. This could include removing big branches leaning over the house.

There are a lot of things to consider when making a gym. Hopefully this gets you off to a good start!

Muscle Fibers

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As you’ve probably guessed by now, our website is dedicated to getting stronger and bettering your body through training. We have given you plenty of methods to train yourself, but we have left a lot of the science of training out of our posts. As a result of this realization, we have decided to share some information that may aid you in what kind of training to choose. In this post, we will be discussing the concept of different kinds of muscle fibers. Did you know that there are different kinds of fibers that exist and can develop within the same muscle for different uses? Read on to find out more!



The first kind of muscle fibers that we would like to discuss is fast muscle fibers. These have a quick reaction time and are the fibers that are used in sprinting and heavy lifting. The way that these fibers work is that they often use anaerobic metabolism, which means that they do not use oxygen to function. This is very convenient in a pinch, but is not sustainable because it is very inefficient (think about it! You can’t sprint forever).


The other kind of muscle fibers is slow twitch. These kinds of fibers use oxygen to generate energy. While this is much more efficient and sustainable, it is not as powerful as the metabolism of the fast twitch fibers. As a result, slow twitch fibers are more commonly used for lower energy activities such as jogging or light lifting.

Types of Running Exercises

runner dude


In an earlier post, we talked about the benefits of cardio for training. We’d like to reiterate that cardio is an essential part of disciplining your body. `While some of you may be sold on the idea of adding cardio to your everyday training regimen, we realized that you may not be aware of good cardio exercises to do in order to increase strength and endurance. This article will focus on some of the things that you can do in your cardio exercise to make yourself stronger. For the sake of making it easy to understand, we will focus on the most universal cardio exercise: running. Read on to find out more information!



Interval training is a great way to increase speed in your running. What you do during interval training is run hard (try to sprint) for an allotted amount of time or for a certain distance and then rest for a certain distance or amount of time. For example, if you are running on a track, you can run hard for 400 meters and then take a 400 meter break where you jog or run slowly. Keep repeating this process over and over for an overall distance or time.


This funny sounding exercise technique is actually very similar to intervals. During your run, pick a certain landmark or point that is far in the distance. Then, sprint (or run hard) to that landmark and slow down to a jogging pace when you reach it. This can also increase your speed greatly!

On Breathing



When you are in the fight, it is very easy to forget about everything else around you. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Focusing is paramount to making sure your head is still in the game, even after a long bout in the ring or on the mat. However, some of you may notice that you get tired very easily. In addition, you may find that your concentration might be dwindling even after only a few rounds.

Of course, increasing stamina is a great way to make sure that you last longer in a fight. You might wonder, however, if there are other ways that you can improve or increase your longevity during a spar or match.

The answer is simpler than you might think–breathing! Read on to find out more information.

Benefits of breathing

Take a deep breath…

Actually, that’s just half of it. Profound breathing requires both deep inhalation as well as deep exhalation. This ensures the maximum exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in your body, refreshing both your brain and muscles.

In order to perfect your breathing, you need to make sure that you are practicing everyday. For fifteen minutes, set aside a time where you are in a dark room. Alternate inhaling and exhaling profoundly. One thing that you need to make sure to do is to keep your breathing even and balanced. If your breathing is irregular, then you will not be acclimating your cells to getting an even intake of oxygen.



brain power


If you are doing martial arts or any kind of training, then you definitely know that in addition to disciplining your body, you also need to discipline your mind. Having control over your own mind can be a difficult thing, but it can be the difference between success and failure when it comes to training yourself. There are plenty of ways to try to train your mind, and all of them have a certain degree of success. However, this article has been written to give you some very helpful tips and tricks to building your concentration and helping yourself focus.

Power your mind


One technique that is pertinent to helping yourself focus and be mindful is the practice of meditation. I know, I know, it might sound a little bit new agey, but it actually works! I promise.

What you should do is take ten to fifteen minutes out of your day and sit in a dark room by yourself. Don’t turn on any music or have any sort of outside stimulation. Allow yourself to collect your thoughts and reflect on just one aspect of your life (preferably a positive one). Think of all of the things that are connected to that topic, and don’t let your mind stray from it. This may be difficult at first, but I know that after a while, you will get very good at it. The best thing is that you will also be making your mind stronger in the process! You’ll find your ability to concentrate and focus has greatly increased.

Cardio for Training



When you are training for martial arts, one of the best things that you can do is increase both your endurance and your concentration. Increasing your endurance will allow you to last longer while still being strong when you are sparring or doing exercises. Having a better concentration will help you achieve better form in your fighting and also help you maintain your quickness and agility during a fight. There are obviously plenty of ways to help increase your endurance and concentration, but one great way to do it while improving your overall fitness is cardio. This can be achieved through a number of methods. Read on to find out!



This is probably the most popular and most obvious form of getting cardio. You can do this pretty much anywhere–on the road, in a park, or even on a treadmill in the comfort of your own home. Try to run without stopping. If you feel like you are going too fast to keep up the pace, just slow down to make sure that you keep going without stopping.


Biking is another great way to get your cardio going. Although you will need to purchase a bike, it is a great way to get outside and see a lot of scenery while doing your cardio. This is best done on trails or open country roads.

Jump rope

if you are a frequent traveller, one of the best ways to get your cardio in is to do jump roping. It’s surprisingly difficult! Try to do it for 15 minutes without stopping.