How to Choose the Right Gym
by Ryan Humphries, CSCS, Co-Owner, Axistence Athletics
Let's say you've recently switched from telling yourself you're going to join a gym to actually joining a gym. Excellent. The #1 way to start a successful workout program is to find a gym that's a good fit. If you don't like the vibe, you probably won't go, and half the battle is getting through the door on a regular basis.
by Ryan Humphries, Co-Owner & Coach
In the last post on sleep, we talked about how hormones released during sleep are critical to keeping you healthy and happy. Now for the practical application: Here’s are some tips for a good night’s sleep.
by Ryan Humphries, Co-Owner & Lead Coach
Sleep is like free, legal steroids.
Don’t use steroids. That’s not what we mean. We’re only using that comparison to make a strong point: getting enough sleep can enhance your health and athletic performance to an astonishing degree – in a safe, natural way.
People who get enough sleep can recover faster, gain more muscle, lose more fat and perform better. You could be going to the gym and eating like a champ, but if you aren’t sleeping well, you’re not optimizing results.
By Jake Lott
The weight, and reps you choose for your training can change depending on whether you are looking to improve hypertrophy, muscular endurance, one rep max, or multiple rep max. Head coach Ryan Humphries demonstrates the best choice for you based on the guidelines established by the NSCA. Functional exercises like deadlifts, squats, clean, and jerk translate to effective improvements in training for life.
Time Under Tension Getup: Video
Ryan Humphries, Co-Founder & Lead Coach
The TUTGU (Time Under Tension Get Up) was originally developed as a modification for shoulder and/or back issues, or for individuals who can't get all the way to the ground without using their hands. However, we found that it not only keeps the shoulders and back in a good position if done correctly, but it also allows the athlete to stay under tension with more load - getting better results for everyone who does it.
2018 Wild Card Challenge Adventure
A couple weekends ago, we brought back the challenge - the Wild Card Challenge. Teams of athletes completed 5 feats of physical, mental and skilled challenges throughout SE Denver for prizes, free beer, and fun with friends.
Contestants ran and biked to our some of our partner businesses, like Sojourner's Coffee and Comrade Brewing, where they were tasked with spearing "boars" (straw bails), rowing blindfolded, tying a sailor's knot in the deep dark of a "cave" (a sleeping bag), and stuffing their faces with cupcakes.
It was a day full of adventure, challenges and of course fun for everyone. Congrats to everyone who crossed the finish line!
Kettlebell Clean Progression
The bummer about the kettlebell clean is bruising your forearm. But this movement is a huge strength builder, and there IS a way to do it without whacking your arm. If you do them swiftly and correctly, the KB should land and rest softly on your forearm, with your wrist straight and tight and your arm folded into your chest.
Check out this quick video where Ryan demos the steps to practice to get it right: Single arm dead lift > pistol pull > dead stop clean.
Two or One, But Never None
Ryan Humphries, Co-Owner & Coach
This is one of the mottos used by climbers referring to having two or one carabiners clipped in at all times for safety. With none clipped in, your fate is literally in every step you take. With one clipped in, there is at least a little room for error (or at least a slight feeling of safety). With two clipped in, there may come a feeling of confidence (or at least more safety).
It's about backup. A safety net. Just in case.
"While climbing the Via Ferrata, as my butt was puckering about 600’ above the forest below, I thought about how having a backup plan instills confidence."
A few weekends ago, a bunch of people from Axistence went to Ouray and Tellurdie to rappel down waterfalls, hike and climb mountains, with the help of local guides. This is what we aim to do here at Axistence: Take the strength and skills we get in the gym out into the great wide open.
While climbing the Via Ferrata, as my butt was puckering about 600’ above the forest below, I thought about how having a plan can make us feel safe; and having a backup plan instills confidence. Having no plan often results in disaster.
How often do we go through life without a plan? How about without a backup plan for when the first plan fails? I didn’t know what was around the corner but I knew that if I had two carabiners clipped in, then I was doing everything I could to ensure success.
This isn’t to say that we must plan out every minute of every day, but how much more successful would we be if we had a plan? How about a backup plan for when plan A doesn’t deliver the results we were looking for?
Even with a plan, the only chance we have for success comes with implementation. We may have the most amazing plan with 16 backup plans but the only chance of that plan being successful is when we take action.
The planning stage is also where most ideas die. Either from over thinking or a lack of action.
We don’t have to have it all figured out, but with at least one plan and some action, our chances of success are high.
Having a literal carabiner or two in place allow you to take a low-risk leap to get ahold of the next crag. Metaphorically, being "clipped in" gives you permission to go for it, whatever that is - an adventure, a relationship, a career move. When you've got backup, you can afford to shoot for something a bit out of reach. And as in climbing, when you really go for it, you get farther, and the view from up there is pretty sweet.
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