Training #12: 10 Things Needed To Win In Life

 

I do trainings for my tribe and they’re free.  They are conducted via Facebook live in a Facebook group – you can join the group here.  Because of the awesomeness of technology you don’t need to attend live to watch and of the trainings, you can catch them anytime you have some time.   Also, sometimes I cuss – sorry in advance.

Here are the first 10 trainings (you can get access to them by joining the group here.)

  • Training #1:  Attributes of Leadership
  • Training #2:  Demystifying Money
  • Training #3:  Z’s Greatest Fear
  • Training #4:  2 Questions To Resolve All Conflict
  • Training #5:  Unlocking Athletic Performance
  • Training #6:  Overcoming Your Mind Virus
  • Training #7:  Z is Quitting
  • Training #8:  Becoming An HVP
  • Training #9: Be True To You
  • Training #10:  Your Body, Brain and Mind
  • Training #11:  Elite Family 101

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Training #11: Elite Family 101

I do trainings for my tribe and they’re free.  They are conducted via Facebook live in a Facebook group – you can join the group here.  Because of the awesomeness of technology you don’t need to attend live to watch and of the trainings, you can catch them anytime you have some time.   Also, sometimes I cuss – sorry in advance.

Here are the first 10 trainings (you can get access to them by joining the group here.)

  • Training #1:  Attributes of Leadership
  • Training #2:  Demystifying Money
  • Training #3:  Z’s Greatest Fear
  • Training #4:  2 Questions To Resolve All Conflict
  • Training #5:  Unlocking Athletic Performance
  • Training #6:  Overcoming Your Mind Virus
  • Training #7:  Z is Quitting
  • Training #8:  Becoming An HVP
  • Training #9: Be True To You
  • Training #10:  Your Body, Brain and Mind

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Training #10: Your Body, Brain and Mind

I do trainings for my tribe and they’re free.  They are conducted via Facebook live in a Facebook group – you can join the group here.  Because of the awesomeness of technology you don’t need to attend live to watch and of the trainings, you can catch them anytime you have some time.   Also, sometimes I cuss – sorry in advance.

Here are the first 9 trainings (you can get access to them by joining the group here.)

  • Training #1:  Attributes of Leadership
  • Training #2:  Demystifying Money
  • Training #3:  Z’s Greatest Fear
  • Training #4:  2 Questions To Resolve All Conflict
  • Training #5:  Unlocking Athletic Performance
  • Training #6:  Overcoming Your Mind Virus
  • Training #7:  Z is Quitting
  • Training #8:  Becoming An HVP
  • Training #9: Be True To You

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Training #9: Be True To You

I do trainings for my tribe and they’re free.  They are conducted via Facebook live in a Facebook group – you can join the group here.  Because of the awesomeness of technology you don’t need to attend live to watch and of the trainings, you can catch them anytime you have some time.   Also, sometimes I cuss – sorry in advance.

Here are the first 8trainings (you can get access to them by joining the group here.)

  • Training #1:  Attributes of Leadership
  • Training #2:  Demystifying Money
  • Training #3:  Z’s Greatest Fear
  • Training #4:  2 Questions To Resolve All Conflict
  • Training #5:  Unlocking Athletic Performance
  • Training #6:  Overcoming Your Mind Virus
  • Training #7:  Z is Quitting
  • Training #8:  Becoming An HVP

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Training #8: Becoming an HVP

I do trainings for my tribe (people who hold the same values I do) and they’re free.  They are conducted via Facebook live in a Facebook group – you can join the group here.  Because of the awesomeness of technology you don’t need to attend live to watch and of the trainings, you can catch them anytime you have some time.   Also, sometimes I cuss – sorry in advance.

Here are the first 7 trainings (you can get access to them by joining the group here.

  • Training #1:  Attributes of Leadership
  • Training #2:  Demystifying Money
  • Training #3:  Z’s Greatest Fear
  • Training #4:  2 Questions To Resolve All Conflict
  • Training #5:  Unlocking Athletic Performance
  • Training #6:  Overcoming Your Mind Virus
  • Training #7:  Z is Quitting

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Seek Understanding Of Your Body

Today I want you to consider a thought for the next time you work out.  Regardless of your skills being at the professional, elite, average or weekend warrior level.

The thought is:  how do I feel right now?

Have that thought as you start the session – preferably during the warm up.  Ask the question and then listen to the answer your body gives you.  It won’t be an audible answer but over time you will learn to hear what your body is saying to you.  The warm up is a time to harmonize with your body and hear what it’s capable of on that particular day.

In the world of Orange Theory Fitness 1 Splat Point is 1 minute spent in the state of EPOC (in the world of cycling we called if Afterburn – you go hard enough that when you stop training you still keep burning calories).  OTF defines  2 heart rate zones that generate splat points – orange zone and red zone.  Orange zone HR is 84% to 91% of max and Red zone is 92%+ of max HR. OTF has also determined that 12 to 20 Splat points puts a person into EPOC for 24 to 36 hours.

On July 21 (image below) I earned 1 Splat point.   So by OTF standards my workout was crap on that day.  In real life I don’t remember specifically what happened that day but here’s what I do remember:

  • 7/21 was day 6 in a row of a 9 day stretch where I did OTF daily.
  • That week they had something called Peak Week.  They have workouts where your time to complete them determines your fitness level.  For example:  500 meter row, 2,000 meter row, maximum distance run in 24 minutes, etc.

About 2 weeks later (image below) I earned 120 Splat Points in 4 days.

Our bodies are machines.  We input macro nutrients (food), hydrate, give it rest (sleep) and the elite amongst us ingest compounds that fill in the gaps our macro nutrients leave (supplements).  Think of these inputs as fuel for the machine.  Well, when it’s time to take the machine for a drive you’ve got options – you can 20 mph or you can 120 mph, you can for 5 miles or you can go 500 miles – you get the point.  The point of having the machine is to take it out let it go wide open once in a while.  But you see all of the inputs I just mentioned are external inputs.  Our machine needs internal inputs also – inputs generated from within us.  The biggest input is harmony.  Harmony in our soul – a connection between a state of joy and output that science doesn’t have a complete answer for.  The one ingredient that takes the fuel and changes it to rocket fuel is harmony.

And you get harmony but asking yourself “…how do I feel right now?…”

See how that all fits together?

On both of the time frames above I started the day with “how do I feel right now?”  I listened to my body and heard it’s response but the outcomes were dramatically different.  On 7/21 my body probably said “…sorry dude I’m not feeling it right now…”  2 weeks later when I asked the same question my body probably said “…molon labe…”

Why is asking “how do I feel right now” so important?  Because if you can run the machine in harmony with how it feels, you’ll have a healthier outlook on the frequency and quality of your workouts.  That will lead to improvement, personal records and breakouts.  If you don’t ask the question and blindly drive your body session after session, you won’t progress long term and eventually you’ll quit.   And the world doesn’t need anymore quitters.

What other ways have to found to seek understanding of your body?  I would love to know.

Z
#zsthoughts

ps.  By the way I think I know what happened:  In the 2 weeks after Peak Week my body changed.  Meaning I broke down, then healed, then came back super strong.

Training #7: Z Is Quitting

 

I do trainings for my tribe (people who hold the same values I do) and they’re free.  They are conducted via Facebook live in a Facebook group – you can join the group here.  Because of the awesomeness of technology you don’t need to attend live to watch and of the trainings, you can catch them anytime you have some time.   Also, sometimes I cuss – sorry in advance.

Here are the first 6 trainings (you can get access to them by joining the group here.

  • Training #1:  Attributes of Leadership
  • Training #2:  Demystifying Money
  • Training #3:  Z’s Greatest Fear
  • Training #4:  2 Questions To Resolve All Conflict
  • Training #5:  Unlocking Athletic Performance
  • Training #6:  Overcoming Your Mind Virus

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Redefine Yourself

In 2007 when I turned 40 I decided to be a fund raiser for the Leukemia Society’s Team In Training program.  Because I used be their cycling head coach in Orlando I knew all about the program and one of my cyclists had become the coach.  So I was coached by Bob Cline to ride 100 miles all the while raising $5,000 for TNT.  During that journey I met a guy named Tim Caullo.  Tim owned a business that he hated (due to environmental policy changes) and we spent a bunch of time together cycling, paddling, etc.  He told me this true story.  Tim was struggling with his business and got a divorce and had to just out of his own head for a while.  So he went to Chile to go skiing.  One day on a mountain top a storm blew threw and in 10 seconds everything went from blue sky to blizzard.  During the blue sky time he met an older gentleman by the name of Herby.  Herby was from New York and had been in business for a long time and so Tim naturally opened up to him as we all do to strangers.  Herby listened very closely and finally said, “…I know what you need Tim.”  And then the blizzard blew in.  Tim tells me that as the wind picked up and Herby instantly disappears in a white cloud he can barely make Herby out but Tim is waiting for this secret Herby was going to tell him!  In the middle of the storm Tim heard Herbys voice say “you have to redefine yourself Tim”.  And that was it.  Tim came home and completely redefined his business and life.  BTW Herby was one of the founders of Ralph Lauren.

You may be thinking, what the hell are you talking about Z????

Here’s the deal I have always referred to myself as “a swimmer” or “a cyclist” or whatever I happen to be doing.  But in the 10 years since I’ve heard that story I’ve redefined myself a million times for business, family, etc.  But not as an athlete.  Today marked a significant accomplishment for me:  I completed my 9th consecutive Orange Theory Fitness workout in 9 consecutive days.  During the 9 days we had what they call Peak Week – basically a week of different tests to gauge your fitness.  In those workouts I hit the standard in 1 event as did Kim.  In the beginning of the year I was amazed if someone did an OTF workout back to back – now 6 months later doing a 9 day stretch is not just possible, I was able to hit those days hard.

Why is this important you may ask?  because we are all aging and if we choose not to redefine ourselves we will be redefined by our circumstances.  Circumstances like lack of mobility, power generation, muscular weakness, fatigue, obesity and on and on and on.  When I was younger I was defined by others by my ability to race and finish.  Now that I am 50 my nature hasn’t changed – I still need to compete – but I’ve completely redefined how I put effort out.

Redefine yourself.  And if you’re redefining yourself let me hear all about it 🙂

Peace, love and happiness.
z

#OTFstrong
#zsthoughts

 

 

 

Thoughts for a New Year

I am worn out. I see so much “stuff” on Facebook about getting healthy or wealthy or successful and most of it is from people who at best are mediocre in their own life. I hope this post doesn’t offend anyone but I really don’t care if it does – this is directed to EVERY SINGLE person wanting more. More money, more health, more fulfillment, more of whatever.  By the way, it’s possible that no one has ever told you what I’m about to tell you or maybe you forgot.

  • If you want better health… workout more.  Quit posting random inspirational crap on your FB. Quit posting pics of your sweaty hot body at the gym. Just do work.  (I do 100 push ups per day and practice a martial art called Aikido.)
  • If you want better health… eat better.  Again, little recipe pics are fine and dandy but recognize the simple fact that there are 35 meals to consume in a week (if you plan on eating 5 times a day). Plan ahead.  Shop ahead.  Fix your meals ahead of time.  Take supplements.  There’s no way to get what your body needs from pesticide infused plants and hormonally manipulated sources of protein.  (I eat 30 great meals a week, take Advocare supplements and eat only organice non-gmo fruits, veggies and protein.)
  • If you want more money… get a clue.  Here are your options:  Exchange more hours at whatever job you do – you’ll make more money.  Exchange more hours at whatever job you do during holidays – you’ll make more money.  Start a business or expand your existing business – you’ll make money but it’ll be hard at first.  Buy a business – you’ll make money but you need the money to buy the business.  Become a distributor of something you love – you’ll make money but it’ll be hard for at least 3 years.  BUT FOR GOD’S SAKE – WHATEVER YOU DO… DON’T JUST TALK ABOUT IT – DO IT!!!!!!!!  Find the customer, give them the value they desire, thank them for their business and do it over and over and over and over again.  You may be better at one option than the others.  (I own a services company and am a distributor for a direct selling company.  I’m good at both.)
  • If you want a better reality… get some freaking discipline.  Setting goals is fine but success isn’t measured by a place or destination.  Success is about the journey of living a life of discipline.  Do the work you know you need to on the goal that you set on a daily basis – THAT’s how your reality becomes fulfilling.  You stop doing the crap that frustrates you and you start doing the stuff that fulfills you.  If you’re entrepreneurial maybe you can turn it into a way to make money but if not do it as a hobby.  (Everyday I do the things from my Slight Edge list.)

Own 2017.

z

Desire to get better

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“Her strength is not in any physical attribute. It’s not even in any particular technique. It’s in her overwhelming desire to do what she needs to do to get better.” ~ Bruce Gemmell. Coach of the legendary Katie Ledecky

Read the article this quote came from here.