Just finished watching a video of the supplement protocol some elite athletes follow in preparation of a workout.
In the video the athletes swallowed capsules to reduce release of cortisol, tablets to increase neural drive, BCAA & Beta Alanine capsules, electrolyte powder for mineral loss, etc. etc. Approximately forty capsules for one workout.
Last week’s episode of sixty minutes we had Tour de France rider Tyler Hamilton discuss his supplement program which included testosterone eye drops, EPO, & blood doping.
Rather than stimulating I find this information depressing.
Is this what it takes to become elite?
Are regular visits to the local pharmaceutical company with the goal of frequent pill popping a pre-requisite to achieving a high quality result.
Sometimes I feel sorry for a client.
A few days ago was one of those instances.
It was the end of week 2 and I asked a client how things were going.
Nonchalantly he said to me “keeping fit is like a full time job.”
He was right.
When clients take part in the TLA Challenge we are often dealing with a list of symptoms including excess lard, high blood pressure, low energy levels, poor self motivation combined with far from optimum eating and sleeping habits, low awareness on recovery, nagging injuries and aches, and an “old school mentality” towards what is effective.
Self motivation & discipline do not come naturally to most people.
In exercise, this is especially true.
We know exercise is good for us. We are fully aware of the plethora of health & esthetic benefits it provides including making us look better, feel better, increasing energy & focus, reducing stress,blah, blah, blah.
Despite these pretty amazing benefits having the motivation to “just do it” more often than not becomes a colossal endeavor.
Not enough time. Too busy. Boring. Too hard. Too much trouble. Not enough knowledge. The excuses are endless.
Perhaps this is why we feel disdain for the individual who seems to exercise with ease.
Individuals who always eat right & are motivated to forever go.
One thing is for sure. I am not that guy.
Individual sees a physio for an injury.
After the assessment client asks the physio how long it will be before the injury is healed.
The physio says “it depends on whose the boss!”
The physio continues ” If I’m the boss it will take six weeks. If I’m the boss for some of the time and you are the boss for some of the time it will take twelve weeks. If you decide to be the boss for the whole time it may never heal.”
The TLA Challenge is very much like the physio story.
Training Camp is about to begin.
An integration of power with movement with lean weight training athletically sequenced to the beat of a pounding heart rate.
I love Training Camp for a variety of reasons.
*Training Camp means the weather has changed.
*Training Camp means the sessions take place both out & inside.
*Training Camp is a brilliant off season opportunity to fix compensations & increase range of motion.
*With the design of the programming training camp provides clients the opportunity to feel like athletes, not military personnel.
*The weekly sessions include dynamic movement– power & core outside, followed by a comprehensive progressive lean weight training program inside.
*Meanwhile, training camp allows clients to try new Spring- Summer Saturday programming including Black Swan ballet, beach running, & boxing.
Oh yes, this is how we love to train.