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“Warm Marble” The Lethal Physique of Bruce Lee

posted by coach Jay D

In Memory of Bruce Lee’s Birthday Today, I’d like to share a great article by John Little with an Intro by Mike Mentzer, entitled, “Warm Marble”.

Bruce was always concerned with efficiency and effectiveness in the martial arts, strength training and movement, in general. Aside from being well-read into his books regarding philosophy, martial arts and nutrition, Bruce read tons into Kinesiology/Physical Education and Physiology.
The man believed in simplicity. He Simplified. But remember…Simple is not Easy.
He Refined.

Here’s a small slice of Bruce’s training that would be a great template for all Strength Seekers involved in the martial arts, Strength Sports and Bodybuilding and general fitness.

“Warm Marble: The Lethal Physique of Bruce Lee” by John Little; Intro by Mike Mentzer

“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
- Bruce Lee

Movember: Move

posted by coach Jay D

Movember is just around the corner, and if you’ve spotted me at the head of your class, or in a one-on-one setting, just the same, then you’ve caught my face-fur harvesting in progress. This lack of contact with my razor, is all a means of setting the groundwork for Movember, when I’ll be raising funds towards Prostate Cancer Research, as well as doing everything in my power to create an awareness towards men’s health. My moustache, during this time will literally and symbolically, change the face of Men’s Health, while creating awareness and solidarity surrounding the matter.

One of the initiatives in this year’s Movember 2013, is MOVE.

MOVE is pretty much a call to arms for all Mo’Bros and Mo’Sistahs supporting the Movember Movements. It demands that each and every one of us, literally “Move” – in all forms.

In other words, it’s physical activity; it’s MOVEMENT; something that will make all of our lives that much better in quality and hopefully, longer.

I, therefore challenge all of you, men and women Strength Seekers out there to get off your asses at some point for duration of Movember and Move.
Move Daily.
Move Strongly.
Move with Vigor and Passion.

Watch the video below for details + Stay Twuned to all of JD Training’s Social Media for tips and propaganda surrounding this very important Movement next month…

Evolve or Die.

JD List: 5 Ways to Supercharge Your Monday

posted by coach Jay D

1. IT STARTS THE SUNDAY NIGHT
Get some sleep. I’m talking 6-8hrs. Make a Point to scrap your mobile devices and internet connections before sleep.
Power them off and store away or Charge, if needed.
Turn off your TVs and Radios, just the same.
Books are OK, but make sure you give yourself an absolute cut off time when reading; “Harry Potter” can get pretty involved, I know.

2. BE WISE, EARLY RISE
Get up Early. If you’re waiting until the last moment to really push your sleep time, shower time, eat time and travel time, you’re screwed. Give yourself time, it’s the best gift that you could ever praise yourself with. You’ll have an extra moment to yourself. Plan your day here. Prep your meals and food, here. Meditate. Recite Positive Affirmations. Listen to your favourite iTunes Playlist. If not, at the very least, give yourself 10 minutes that belong to YOU doing whatever you can claim as “You Time”. Uninterrupted.

3. WALK OR HIKE
I never classify Hikes or Leisure walks as part of a “training” regimen. I won’t even claim that I do it for personal fitness improvement. Really, this morning ritual is for mental clarity and re-connecting with Nature and our surroundings. Ask yourself how well do you know your neighbourhood? Sure, you drive through it every day; sure you grew up there or have been raising your kids there, but when was the actual last time that you turned a certain corner on foot, or walked through the local park of suburbia?! Listen and watch how the animals on your block Live. Let the Sunrise inspire and motivate you, just the same.

4. MIX UP A COLD, ENERGIZING SMOOTHIE
Mondays should be dedicated to Green Smoothies (some sort of leafy greens, limes/limewater and whatever you think of that’s green, but not from your nose), as they’ll detox and alkanize your blood after all of the binge drinking, sugary, salty, meaty and fatty indulgence that took place from Friday to Sunday night. It’s a tune up for your body. Lots and lots of Ice is key here. Make’em thicker than my eyebrows.

5. WRITE DOWN AND MAP OUT YOUR WAR STRATEGY
It’s a War.
Time can be both our friend (as stated in #2 of this list) or our biggest Enemy.
Don’t expect to get anything done without a written plan. Sounds stupid, but is it really? I’m not talking about detailed mapped precision, here. I’m talking about a hard copy, paper journal or calendar. It can be Nutrition, Training or really Life-related. You do it in Business for meetings, why wouldn’t you do it where it counts most – Your personal life? Randomized Living = Randomized Results. Know this Truth.

Have A Strong Monday.
Evolve or Die.

You Have The Getting Ready (To Get Ready) Syndrome

posted by coach Jay D

Like saving money, fitness, health, exercise and eating healthy are all the same.

The problem with our thinking is that we see too much of the hurdles and effort required to achieve all of the above.

In saving money, we believe that we have to save 100s or 1000s of dollars at a time. We feel we have to pay just the same amount of cash, effort and attention towards our debts and loans.

The same can be said for health and fitness-oriented goals in life.

If we’re overfat, seemingly “unfit” or lacking in core strength and range of motion, we view the climb in all of its entirety.

Before even getting started, we mistakingly forecast and waste our time looking at the pitfalls of weekend junk food binge eating, birthdays and cake, late nights spent during overtime at work and lack of time to prepare food, that are ahead. We think of the cost of “healthy groceries” and where that money might better spent towards. We look at the early hours we’ll have to set our alarm clocks to, just in order to get up and reach the gym to actually exercise and train. We then wonder, “what’s the point?…why even bother?…”

Fact of the matter is, this is what I call “Getting Ready (To Get Ready) Symdrome”.
It falls in line with a Self-Defeatist attitude.

We’re taking too long expecting perfect conditions, circumstances and alignment of the stars to start doing what we ought to be doing immediately.

Friends and Strength-Seekers, whether it’s landing your dream career or vacation or having that perfect healthy, fit and capable body, just get started on the path NOW. I mean physially, actively and aggressively — start ACTION now.

It sounds cliche, but Nike had it right with their marketing campaign, commanding you to “Just Do It.”
They never said, “Just Ponder It” or “Just Analyze It” or “Just Wait For It” or even “Just Cost-Benefit Analysis It”, for good reason…it’d never get you actually started in Movement and Training, or better yet, on the path towards your goals.

A dollar a day counts and goes way further than waiting for that perfect time to suddenly find $10,000 in your bank account.

Cutting back just 1/2 of your grains at lunch and dinner, replacing them with whole, natural foods, like fruits and veggies or even quality protein, will have tons more of an effect than trying to buy the most perfect organic, free-range, hormone-free, sustainable groceries, supplements, cooking utensils, books and classes en route to eating “clean” (whatever that Hell that means, nowadays).

Getting your ass up, actually, better yet – Jumping your ass out of bed, into your car and starting your Joint Mobility Work at the gym before your training session will kick start your day. Get FIRED UP.

Refer to this post, constantly.

Believe me.

The Mind and Body work together; synergistically and symbiotically.
Yes, Mind over Matter;
Yes, strive to be mentally tougher than physically tough, but don’t ever discount the body’s ability to literally and figuratively “move” the brain and mind.

Every horse starts wild, before they’re trained to pull a carriage.
Let the horse pull the carriage and let the mind take the reigns once in motion. Both are required for action.

It’s what I promote during your low and high points of training,
and it’s one Hell of a powerful concept.

Stop getting ready to get ready. Stop being paralyzed while wasting time to analyze.
The timing will never be perfect. Ever.

Start Action Now.

Small pieces of the puzzle everyday add up and create the bigger picture, friends.

Evolve or Die.

Erwan LeCorre x Gray Cook: Conditional Conditioning in Movement, Life and Training

posted by coach Jay D

The latest craze in fitness tends to be pushing high volumes, training to barf and training to seek and find soreness.

Although the tools to obtain these goals are indeed often, “functional” per se, how is being out of commission and promoting dysfunction in movement, body and mind really functional?
What function are your functioning towards?

Recently, I caught a small preview clip of two of my most well-respected instructors/rehab specialists/Movement Purveyors – MovNat’s Erwan LeCorre and Physical Therapist, Gray Cook, sharing dialogue together in a preview clip of a DVD previously released.

From that small snippet, I realized that even the giants whose shoulders I stand on, share the same perspective with me – More is not Better, Better is Better.
That is, all of the reps and AMRAPs in the world don’t mean a damn thing; all of the improper kettlebell swings, miles logged, rocks climbed and distances of Farm Handles Carried or Prowlers Pushed don’t mean a gatdamn thing if we’re not seeking to move more intelligently, efficiently, safely and ultimately, PROPERLY.

Treat Strength as your Journey, not your quick-fixed instant gratification.
Take a step back, think about movement, move, then ultimately try to move ‘functionally’, properly, (pain)-freely and move without thinking about moving.

This is what training should be; progressive, skill-based and smart.

After all, any fool can use brute force to move a weight, but not everyone can do it intelligently, effectively or efficiently.

Here are the two conversations that struck chords with me:

Instead of giving you answers or my interpretations on the matter, I’m leaving them open-ended for you to lessons away from.
Evolve or Die.

A Moment in Strength: Pistol Presses + Coach JD gets his Instagram-On!

posted by coach Jay D

Here are some shots of what went down recently…

follow me on Instagram @jdtrainingig
I’ll be curating Lifting and Living there, daily.

Harvesting a Moustache: Movember

posted by coach Jay D

It’s Movember. What’s Movember, you ask?
It’s when you grow a Mo(ustache), but there’s a bit more to it than that…

“Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November,” according to the campaign’s web site. “Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.” (Continue Reading…)

How does a moustache change the face of Men’s Health???
This Video Explains:

That said, Please Support my Facefur harvesting efforts through:
- making an effort all month and beyond, as a man, to have (what should be) your annual medical physical and check up

- your dialogue with Men and their health

- growing your very own Mo’ and creating awareness

- your donations/Pledge of support to my Movember Team, The Fu Man Chus

***Stay Tuned to JD Training, Facebook and Twitter for more events, training seminars and more in the name of Men’s Health and Movember…

On behalf of all men for your support, old or young, Thank You.

LINKS:
Prostate Cancer Canada and Their Movember Initative
Movember.com

Heroes: Ron Telpner + My Movember Journey

posted by coach Jay D

This Movember thing isn’t a gimmick to me; it’s not a reason to simply harvest face fur; It’s something that I believe in.
It is men like Canadian, Ron Telpner that inspire me to become the best man and human that I possibly can, each and every day.
Movember is a dedication to all men and their health.

Please Pledge + Donate to my Movember Team in person when you see me or here:
http://mobro.co/TheFuManChus

Any and All donation amounts are greatly appreciated.
Fundraising events and workshops will be announced and held throughout the month of Movember. Stay Tuned…

Thank You.

Tough or Reasonable by Dan John

posted by coach Jay D

Dan John, my favourite Strength Coach in our Solar System recently penned, or rather typed (but I really envision Dan as the type to pen, to be honest) a powerful article on Training and Nutrition as it relates to Intensity, Ego, Badassness, Progress, Longevity, Focus and Movement.

It’s on T-Nation and is entitled, “Tough or Reasonable?
Wondering how to have some kind of landmark or make some sort of sense when thinking about what eating “clean” for your particular type of training and lifestyle is? Dan kicks some knowledge.
Through, “Tough or Reasonable”, he pretty much addresses all of our training and nutrition needs in 4 quadrants:

Reasonable Workouts, Tough Diet
Reasonable Workouts, Reasonable Diet
Tough Workouts, Reasonable Diet
Tough Workouts, Tough Diet

Today’s world is a time where Hardcore, Fast-paced WODs (workout of the days) and extreme far-distanced runs and ultra-marathons for any and all fund-raising causes under the sun are at opposing ends of the fitness spectrum of “What’s In”.

Likewise, Caveman, Vegetarian and High Carb diets/Meal Plans/Lifestyles (whatever the hell you want to call them) are pretty much the way you and I ought to eat if we want to be a so-called Fit, Well-Fueled Movement Machines.

But are we getting a bit over heads with all of this Dogma?
Are we really helping our bodies last? Pardon the movement pun, but is it sustainable in the long run?

Pushing heavy weights slow or fast is great. If you get a kick out of running for hours because it gives you a high, that’s great, too. But don’t, for one second, think that either will enable your body to last a life time if you don’t take a few weeks out of your training year to back off and recover; to back off and attend a different school of Movement, to back off and enjoy a variety of foods every now and then – whole or processed, phosphorylating or not.

We need focus.
We need Balance.
Most of the time, we really need “Reasonable”.

Have A Strong Day.

Learn from Martial Arts + Yoga: Get Up + Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

posted by coach Jay D

We have to get up for the sake of getting up.
We must move for the love and passion of movement, itself.

When it comes to “lifting weights”, ever wonder why do we treat exercise as a means to an end, rather than as the end and goal itself?

The majority of fitness enthusiasts in today’s gym uses their training as a stepping stone to achieve a certain rippled muscle effect; to fit into a certain article of clothing or to look fit for a special vacation or afternoon. These are all fine and I’m guilty of doing this during certain times of the year myself. Some of us even train for a competition or race. These goals are great too, but what happens to our training schedule, programming and goals once they’ve been achieved and once the date has passed us by?
Do we not care or simply approach training with mediocrity and half-assedness until the next big event comes along?

We’re supposed to be treating exercise as a life-long pursuit in order to live long and healthy lives, yet our goals are so short term.

2 of my favourite schools of movement within the Physical Culture are Martial Arts and Yoga.
Now if we think about training in their context, the majority of those practicing such disciplines are doing it for performance benefits in order to improve their skills and ultimately win a competition, fitness benefits in order to improve their efficiency and ability or a combination of both performance and fitness (both often are sough after hand-in-hand).

Weight Training, the act of lifting weights – whether dumbbell, barbell, kettlebell, bodyweight or whatever, leaves little to no room for making exercise something we can get passionate about – something we can actually improve on. Think about it, when was the last time you wanted to improve Military Pressing a barbell directly overhead, strictly or squatting ass to grass – full range and full of Mobility?

Think about your fitness program. You’ve probably been doing the same set of exercises for the last 5-15 years, pending on your training age.
Now place that same program beside your training achievements over the years – bigger biceps? possibly.
The sought after 6 pack? probably not.
Bigger Pecs? No doubt, but not without some sort of shoulder overuse.
The list can go on and on…

My point is, we need to start taking a page or two out of the Yoga and Martial Arts books…
We need to start treating our training as our personal art; An Art of Movement; of Strength.
Get passionate about moving and Movement, itself.

Once we approach fitness and (weight/resistance/strength) training this way, then it becomes our art – something we can express ourself through, build on in skill and pursue for the next 100 years and beyond.

Exercise is passive; Movement is assertive and sometimes, aggressive.
Movement is a thing we should pursue, regardless of age or experience.

—–
Getting Up

Here’s a little video of the warriors from Kombat Arts, taken during our Modern Savage Class and a workshop or two on the Turkish Get Up.
For many featured here, it was their first time practicing this ancient lift; their first time attempting to coordinate and mobilize their entire body as one piece while lifting a big ol’ hunk of metal overhead in bar form.

Was it foreign to them?
Was it difficult?
Was it achievable?
Was it empowering?
Were they focused on nothing but the lift?
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. and Yes.

Find something you suck at. Find something you’ve never attempted before.
Do it – successful or failingly.
Exploit your weaknesses, work on your weaknesses and strive to have no weaknesses.

Lift a way you’ve never lifted before, visit a foreign land, learn a new language, talk to strangers (unless you’re not an adult, it’s ok).
It’s the only way you can grow.

In life as in training, we do too much of what we’re good at, as it feeds our egos. Once in a while, I challenge all of you to try something you literally feel you suck at or are scared of, because if there’s no danger, there’s no fun.
You’ll be surprised with the outcome. You’ll also spark something inside of you that you probably haven’t felt in a long while, if ever…It’s called learning and growing.

Have A Strong Day, All.
Evolve or Die.