Archive for January, 2011
Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
“Talent is useless without training, thank God.” – Mark Twain
One of the greatest curses of humankind is being someone who possesses a ton of natural talent. You’d think the opposite is true, that having great talent is the key to success. But it’s not.
Yes, talent plays a role in becoming successful. It often plays a significant role. But more often than not, the most talented only rise to the top if they’re willing to train more often as well as more passionately than anyone else.
Far too often, those with the most talent are NOT willing to do the training that will develop their talent to the full. Usually those who really make it are those who are hungry; those who are willing to compensate for lack of talent with something called relentless repetition.
Rising to the top through relentless repetition and dedicated enthusiastic practice is only part of the journey, though. Remaining at the top of your game also requires practice because the easiest thing to forget is what got you where you are.
For an athlete, practicing a specific technique a hundred times a day, or even a thousand times a day, may lead him to the top. But it would be a major mistake to think that once he’s there he doesn’t need to practice his skills any more.
Let me put it to you this way, resting on your laurels leads to rust on your skills.
Yes, I’ve had to eat these words more than once. The easiest thing in the world is to get complacent or become casual about what it takes to get good and stay good.
Your health and fitness level is the same.
Most people are born with a healthy body. Then, through neglect, or ignorance of how to keep it healthy, the body begins to rust and wear out; to get overweight.
As a youngster, you probably didn’t have to think about being active, fit, lean and healthy. You just were. Then as you got older you became less active and things started to change.
In your attempts to undo the damage you see in the mirror and feel in your clothes, you may end up thinking all is lost or that the process is impossible. Or that there’s got to be a better way than what you’re doing.
Last weekend at Ted Nicholas’ seminar he said that one of the keys to being a successful entrepreneur is your willingness to go against the grain, to ignore all the so-called experts who’ve never been there and done it, but offer a lot of advice on how you ‘should’ do it.
The same is true when it comes to fitness. Most conventional fitness advice is totally wrong. Hence, you see people working out everyday who don’t look any better than they did when they started.
Now, you might think that not looking any better than when you started is somewhat positive. After all, you could look worse. But let’s get serious. If you want to lose body fat and you’re following an exercise program that’s only maintaining your current level, you’re doing something wrong. Sure, moving your body on a daily basis is part of the answer. But it’s a very small part.
Wouldn’t it be great if you had a complete answer?
Yesterday, after dropping the kids off at school I went to the baseball field to do my famous fat burning workout. My entire routine took less than 15 minutes. And the rest of the day I could feel my metabolism cruising at supersonic speed.
I did not accomplish this metabolic shift with a slow jog or walk. I accomplished it with the secret I reveal in my new program The Fastest Way Humanly Possible to Burn Fat.
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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
I was stunned when I got the news yesterday. Then again, not completely.
In early December of last year, while flying back to Tampa, I read an article in an airline magazine about one of my lifelong role models, Jack LaLanne.
I was stunned to read he’d had surgery to replace a valve in his heart and doctors forbid him to do strenuous exercise, like handstands, pushups and other movements he’d performed for decades.
Even so, even with the heart problem, at 96 years of age, it would be a tough case to argue that diet and exercise did LaLanne no good. Amazingly enough, yesterday afternoon I listened to a radio talk show host slam LaLanne as well as the “so-called” benefits of diet and exercise. Imagine hearing this guy say the equivalent of, “Face it. You’re going to die. Eat whatever you want and forget about exercise. In the end it won’t make any difference. You’ll still be dead.”
I guess the radio announcer doesn’t know LaLanne’s story of being a weak, sickly, pimply, puny, go-no-where kid at age 13 – who then attended a life-saving seminar with fitness pioneer Paul Bragg (who also lived a healthy, robust life to age 95). If it weren’t for Bragg, LaLanne would have had a miserable unhealthy existence – and most likely would have never seen his ninth decade, much less his seventh or eighth.
In1991, I attended a Jack LaLanne seminar in San Francisco, when he was only 76 years of age. Most people in today’s world aren’t as healthy as LaLanne was at 76, when they are 6, 16, 26, 36, or 46 years of age.
I still have an autographed copy of the book that Jack LaLanne signed for me at that event. And years before that, while in college, I wrote a report called “Fitness in the 80’s” – most of which was about Mr. Jack LaLanne.
In addition to the above, I’ve given LaLanne credit for my beginning as a fitness trainer and fitness author. When I read about how he got started, I decided I would do likewise.
And so, unlike the radio talk show host, I don’t think diet and exercise killed Jack LaLanne – or was bad for him – or was inconsequential. If all of us could live to 96 in the kind of condition LaLanne was in – WOW – what a people we would be.
Let’s face it: Getting your chest sawed wide open is a pretty traumatic event for a person of any age, or any fitness level, even a 96-year old fitness legend like Jack LaLanne.
Perhaps LaLanne lived an additional six months because of the surgery. Then again, maybe he would have lived another six years without it. Who knows.
What I do know is I’m sad to see him go. He did leave the world a far, far better place. And that’s the highest compliment you can give somebody when they pass on.
Thank you, Jack, for all you taught me through your books, videos, talks and tee-vee programs. You’ve benefited millions world-wide – and like your mentor, Paul Bragg, you won’t be forgotten.
Thursday, January 20th, 2011
Headline news in USA Today: “The Zen of Football”
Front page of the Sports Section- Rodgers: “Foreseeing is Believing”.
In this article, Green Bay Packers Quarterback, Aaron Rodgers talks about the power of visualization. He credits his daily mental practice in helping the Packers reach the post season – and for pounding the Atlanta Falcons, the #1 seed, 48-21 last weekend.
Rodgers says he learned how to visualize from a coach, which he was in 6th grade. He also says most of the big plays he made in the upset victory over Atlanta, he pictured in his imagination first.
It’s amazing to me that this story is headline news in today’s world. You would think with all the information available on the power of your creative imagination that this would not be in the news. After all, how many great athletes don’t visualize in one form or another. Some use self-hypnosis. Some visualize while lying down. Some while sitting. I even teach people to do it while standing still or moving.
No matter how you visualize though, it won’t work unless your practice creates what Dr. Maxwell Maltz called “The Winning Feeling.”
Many people visualize but don’t feel anything. This is a red flag that something they are doing is wrong. Visualization without a change of emotion isn’t the proper use of your creative imagination.
I believe the more powerful approach to mind training is to change the feelings before you visualize. This can be accomplished thru deep breathing alone – or through stillness or through movements that integrate the breath.
E-motion stands for energy movement. It’s great to sit or lie still and picture what you want. But it’s much more effective to train your mind like a fighter who shadow boxes an imaginary foe.
Shadow boxing is just a term to describe a practice used by top salespeople, speakers, golfers as well as surgeons. Don’t just picture yourself doing the thing. Go through the motions as you picture it – and FEEL it.
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Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
I want to go on record as saying that in my forty years of involvement in sports and martial arts, I’ve had good coaches, incredible coaches and bad coaches.
I’ve been trained by Olympic and world champions, national champions, masters and grand masters.
But the very best coaches never emphasized winning as the only thing. But they sure as hell were disappointed when I didn’t win.
Some coaches handled failure poorly. And I did at times, as well.
The great coaches I’ve had though, taught me how to handle victory, which meant no resting on one’s laurels.
Yes, there have been moments when a coach said the wrong thing to me. Occasionally, they called me a name I didn’t like. But of all the things said to me that I didn’t like, two things stand out.
The first was when a coach called me “champ” before a tournament began. In almost every case when I was called “champ” before the competition had begun, I lost.
The second demotivator happened a second before I ran out on the mat to compete. The coach shook my hand, looked me in the eye and said, “Go out there and have fun.”
I did anything but have fun in the match I was told to have fun in. And this second situation leads me to an important point I would like to make today.
In youth sports today, many coaches are telling the athletes that they want them to have fun. And I agree with them. The saddest sight in sports is watching young kids pouting and crying over a game that won’t mean much a week from now.
At the same time, however, I think it’s important to explain to an athlete what fun is. In my early twenties when a coach told me to go out there and have fun, my mind drew a blank. I didn’t have the foggiest idea what he was talking about. To me, fun is going out and giving it everything you’ve got to whoop your opponent.
Fun is executing the techniques you’ve practiced flawlessly. Fun is breaking records. Fun is giving more than you think you’ve got. Fun is competing with enthusiasm, hustling and being courageous in the midst of fear, worry or self-doubt.
If the same coach who told me to go out and have fun had said, “ Stay loose and relax, give it everything you’ve got and mop the floor with this guy” I would have been motivated, rather than demotivated.
So I’m concerned when I hear coaches telling athletes to “have fun” with no explanation of what that looks like. To a kid, having fun could very well mean playing with his X-Box, watching tee-vee or running around in ADD mode. Right? So fun needs to be explained.
Yesterday, when working with my son’s little league baseball team I explained to the kids what fun is. Fun is practicing what you love. Fun is playing the game you love with a good attitude about making mistakes and how to correct them. Fun is doing things fast. Fun is hustling. And fun is playing with enthusiasm.
The late John Wooden, never talked to his athletes at UCLA about winning. And he coached his team to 10 NCAA titles in 12 years.
On the other hand, Wooden never talked to his athletes about having fun. In fact, he created a Pyramid of Success, with the building blocks of what it takes to succeed. And the two cornerstones on that Pyramid were hard work and enthusiasm. Wooden said he never saw anyone succeed in anything who didn’t understand and employ those two cornerstones.
Unlike Wooden, I like to use the word “practice” instead of work. But ultimately, it doesn’t really matter because we’re both saying the same thing. If you want to succeed you need to “work hard” or “practice more than anyone else.”
If you think what I’ve written here makes sense, then I absolutely know you’re going to love reading The Unbeatable Man. In this book, there’s no talk about having fun, but there’s a lot of talk about what it really takes to succeed in anything. As you read this book you’ll probably chuckle when you discover how “fun” is not the measuring stick of success.
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Friday, January 14th, 2011
Heart attack, stroke, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, erectile dysfunction. And so on.
These are the diseases plaguing society today.
But there’s another disease affecting 70% of all Americans – and most have no idea they have it. What’s more, if you’re one of the 70% who have this “hidden” disease, I know someone who can predict what type of diseases are on the way.
His name is Dr. Craig Sommer, aka the Psychic Dentist. And he can examine your teeth and gums and accurately predict the state of your
health – or dis-ease.
What’s more, if you’re one of the 70% – Dr. Sommer has a way to treat and heal the “hidden” disease, and along with it, whatever else has been bothering you – or will be in the future.
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Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
I recently watched a segment from the movie Miracle – a story about the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team, who did the unthinkable, defeating the juggernaut Soviet team on the way to Olympic Gold.
The segment I watched was when head coach Herb Brooks had the team skating through wind sprints immediately after a unenthusiastic game in Sweden. During the game the athletes were staring off into the stands, pointing out the “hot” women seated in various rows. Coach Brooks silently took note of the team’s lack of focus, and corrected it by nearly running them to death.
As I watched I yearned for more, so I purchased the DVD and had it sent by overnight mail. The next day I sat and watched the entire movie (it’s 2.5 hours long) with my son. We watched it again the next day. And I’m certain we’ll be watching it over and over again. It’s that powerful.
One of the most important lines in the movie is when the men are doing sprints at the end of a practice. As they burst across the ice on their skates, Coach Brooks tells everyone they better get used to this drill. Later on he hollers, “The legs feed the wolf.” When I heard this I hit the rewind button and played this line again and again. Then I took out a pen and wrote it in my journal.
A couple days later, I was still thinking about the phrase and it’s meaning. Like coaches I have had throughout my career, including Dan Gable and Karl Gotch, Herb Brooks was obsessed with conditioning. To him, “the legs feed the wolf” meant that great hockey players, like wolves on the hunt, need speed and endurance.
Karl Gotch referred to conditioning as “your best hold.” Gable was fanatical about conditioning as well. But neither had a line as good as Brooks’ “the legs feed the wolf.”
I have a couple other ways of explaining the benefits of “the legs feed the wolf.” One is that sprints or speed-endurance work trigger your body to release more yang energy. When you sprint, you not only get faster and generate more endurance – you also turn back the clock and cause your body to get younger. Sprinting causes your body to naturally secrete more HGH and testosterone, whereas long-distance cardio causes the opposite reaction.
Another way I look at “the legs feed the wolf” involves a slight word variation. By changing the word ‘wolf’ to ‘will’ we have even more meaning.
“The legs feed the will.” What does this mean? Well, when you sprint you cause the lungs, the kidneys and the heart to get stronger. They either adapt – or else. And when the organs of the body are strengthened, so are the muscles.
If someone is weak-willed, his kidneys are weak. If he is strong-willed, his kidneys serve him well. In China they have a saying, “Ren lao, xian lao tui.” This means, when a person gets old, his legs go first.
Strong legs not only feed the wolf, they also feed the will. It takes a strong will to run sprint after sprint when your lungs are gasping for air.
Putting Olympic athletes on a sprinting program is fairly easy. Most are relatively young and their bodies are durable. But most people must start out slowly with sprints – and build up over several months. It would be utter foolishness and ignorance to attempt sprint after sprint if your body isn’t used to it.
At the same time, when you start out sprinting “slowly” – your body begins to adapt – and quickly. Your metabolism gets the message. Burn fat – FAST. And get younger.
I’ve started many people out with a handful of bursts done at 30 or 40% of their perceived maximum. And they were absolutely stunned at how sprints at less than 100% could still yield superior results to anything they’ve ever tried before.
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Monday, January 10th, 2011
One of the most disturbing elements of professional football isn’t the players celebrating after a victory. I enjoy watching a good celebration as much as almost anybody. But whenever I see an NFL star celebrating before there’s anything to celebrate about, I shake my head from side to side.
Let me give a couple of examples:
A year ago I watched former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb make pistol gestures with his hands after getting a first down in a playoff game. In the first quarter. In another playoff game, I saw him run for a first down in the fourth quarter, go out of bounds and pick up the phone on the opponent’s sideline.
Bad moves in my book.
But the thing I disliked about McNabb the most was when the cameras showed him coming out of the tunnel prior to a championship game, playing an air guitar and celebrating before the game had even started.
Maybe it’s my Midwestern upbringing, but whenever I see these types of antics, I cringe.
Those of you who have been long-term Nebraska football fans may appreciate this one. I went to a Nebraska versus Iowa game in 1980 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Cornhuskers won 57 – 0, if I remember correctly. On the third play from scrimmage, Jarvis Redwine took a handoff and ran 70 yards for a touchdown.
While running back to the sidelines he looked at the crowd and waived his hands over his head celebrating along with their cheers.
Two days later while listening to the radio I distinctly recalled the announcers saying that head coach Tom Osborne had given Mr. Redwine extra sprints at the end of every practice for the entire week. Why? Because Tom Osborne believed that sort of celebration before victory has no place on his team.
So last night I was excited to watch the Eagles play the Packers. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the resurgence of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. I believe he’s a top candidate for MVP of the league. And I wanted to see him have a big game last night. He didn’t. And perhaps it had a little something to do with his pre-game celebration while coming out of the tunnel.
So last night, “Damn, I thought. He’s doing another McNabb.”
Contrast all of the above with a pitcher in Major League Baseball. A big league pitcher does not celebrate when he runs onto the field prior to throwing the first pitch. And if he strikes out the side in the first inning he doesn’t celebrate on the way to the dugout. If he’s throwing a no-hitter through five innings you wouldn’t know it by the expression on his face. He walks back to the dugout with the stoicism of a Zen monk.
Not only that, but if the pitcher is doing really well, throwing a no-hitter or even tossing a perfect game, no one on the team even talks to him. Everyone stays away. No one even sits near him.
If the pitcher is fortunate enough to throw a no-hitter or have a perfect game, no one on the team celebrates until the last out is counted.
I think football can learn a lot from baseball. I’d much rather watch a game in which my favorite players, one of them being Michael Vick, hold off on the celebrating until it really counts.
At the same time I love watching athletes who, regardless of the score never stop giving it everything they have until the final buzzer sounds. Even if they’re behind and there appears to be no chance to win, it’s a great thing when the athlete continues to give it everything he has.
No pouting. No whining. No defeated facial expressions.
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Monday, January 3rd, 2011
Over the Holiday season I visited a number of places. First, I went to Texas for a few days of baseball. Then we drove to Florida through Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee – then back through South Carolina on the way home. As you can imagine, when you’re traveling it’s much harder to follow an el stricto dietary regimen. And I assure you, being it was also the Holidays, that makes it even harder to eat like a rabbit.
Mmmm Hmmm, I ate some things I don’t normally eat. But the good news is I woke up every morning feeling lean, flexible and powerful.
Why? Because I cracked the code. Although I don’t encourage eating like a pig, I realize that if I do, I’ll be okay, provided I follow the routine I teach in my new program The Fastest Way Humanly Possible to Burn Fat.
Chances are excellent that in 2010 you put on a few pounds you’d like to make disappear. Perhaps you put on several in the last month. Well, there’s a way to correct this situation – and fast.
One 50 year plus woman from California who acquired this program right after Thanksgiving, recently wrote to tell me she lost 2% bodyfat already. And that was during the Holiday feasting.
So, if this program works that fast during the parties and fiestas, just think how quickly it works right now, with all the Holiday cheer out of the way.
Let’s start 2011 off with a bang. Let’s drop the excess poundage.
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