I’ve been wanting to touch on this for a while but didn’t know how to talk about it because people are weirdly mean about this kind of stuff but I honestly don’t care anymore.
As of today, I am nine weeks out from @opbacomp and am so excited to challenge myself in a completely new way and compete in the very first competition of it’s kind. I’ve given each workout my everything and have stuck to my nutrition plan, regardless of the scale being EXTREMELY stubborn. But as of the last week or so, I have really realized that fitness is not my life.
After accepting an internship, my plateload will now consist of a full time job, full time school, and an internship. On top of normal every day responsibilities. Does that mean I’m going to stop prepping? Absolutely not. But does this mean that after this competition, I’ll be taking a longgg break from any type of competing? Absolutely.
My attention and energy needs to be elsewhere. Towards things that will affect my future. My professional career. My BANK ACCOUNT. My relationships. Training is my passion and I’ll still be in the gym daily, because this is where I am the happiest. But this isn’t where I am the most productive. Unless you have some sort of monetary gain from competing, I truly do not understand any benefit of constantly being in some sort of prep. Health wise and mentality wise.
Regardless of your following, once you link your name to any type of fitness lifestyle, that’s all that is expected from you. Not everyone makes their living off of Instagram, nor does everyone want to. I see fitspos being bashed all of the time because what they are posting doesn’t align with the typical fitspo page criteria. I can’t wait to stray from that. #Lifespo
💥BEAR CRAWLS💥 by @camholmes13⠀
Try this exercise:
🔥anterior pelvic tilt in your squat ⠀
🔥improve your core stability during your squat ⠀
🔥have hunched forward shoulders ⠀
🔥shoulder pain and difficulty reaching behind your back⠀
🔥lose tightness with your scap set at the bottom of your bench⠀
🔥catching in your shoulder with presses or pulls⠀
📍start in a 4 point kneeling position ⠀
📍put weight on the palm of your hands and lift your knees slightly off the ground ⠀
📍pushing through on palm of the hand and moving the opposite arm to opposite foot back in unison ⠀
📍it will take some coordination practice to perform and try it without the band first ⠀
📍adding the band strengthens your shoulder external rotators.⠀
📍Make sure it is kept taut at all times.⠀
📍make sure u are not rotating and the step backs for arms and foot are the same distance otherwise u will fall on your face 🙃 ⠀⠀
Those green shorts for St.Patrick’s day🍀Sometimes you want to lift fast🚀sometimes you want to lift heavy🏋️♂️and other times you want to get your cardio🚴🏼♂️. We I did it all today!
Give it a try!
3 push jerks
3 deficit deadlifts
10 Calories on the #skierg
Rest 1 minute .
It was a good one ! 📽vc: @theewillyg
End of W2, did 1x4 285 instead of 5. Body is getting tired 😢.
On the bright side, this is a 265/120kg pause rep. The goal is to hit 275 pause rep for my meet 😏 #6weeksout
Thanks @lifter.randhawa for the spot 👌🏼
💀Bruhs bring it in...we gotta chat💀
The racer back stringy little muscle tank tops in the gym have got to go. No one wants to see your nipples amigo. We all know what I’m talking about.
Seeing friends of mine wear these makes me as sad as when I found out that I’m technically a millennial. But I have high hops for this year. Let’s make 2018 the year that killed this disaster of male gym attire.
Grab yourself a couple shirts from @jasperkeysapparel they’re a veteran owned company and their shirts are practically cut to fit guys that workout. .
Use code “BeltFed” to get yourself a nice little discount too.
Now go keep being savage ☠️ @jasperkeysapparel
True story: I had an uninspired, low-energy chest workout this afternoon. Nothing was wrong with me physically but I had to slog through it and was irritated with myself and everyone around me. I figured at least I got my sixth and final workout of the week in and hit my calorie burn goal and I was at satisfied with that. I was sitting in the locker room getting changed and a guy I know as a nodding acquaintance walked by heading to the urinals and stalls and we nod like usual. I noticed that he’s totally drenched. Couple minutes later, he walks back by me, turns to me and says, “Nothing like having an intense enough workout to make you throw up.” Even as I’m saying, “Damn, man, that must have been intense,” my mind was saying, Damn, I wish I had had that workout!” Then I started laughing to myself because it reminded me of “When Harry Met Sally”, when Meg Ryan’s character fakes an orgasm in the diner and the character played by Rob Reiner’s mother says to the waiter, “ I’ll have what she’s having.” Damn, wish I had had that intense a workout to make me hurl. Seriously though, I definitely need to up my intensity💪💪 #chestday#chestworkout#lastworkoutoftheweek#gotitdone#fitfam#fitness#fitnessmotivation#igfit#igfitfam#igfitness#obesetobeast#beardedlifter#grind#gains#strengthtraining#weightlifting#addictedtoiron#over50andfit#over50fitness#55andfit#55neverfeltsogood#guyswholift#oldguyswholift#I ’llhavewhathe’shaving
What if we all looked after ourselves the way we would our children? Or hypothetical children. We would all go to bed on time, we would eat our vegetables, we would drink plenty of water, we would get outside for some fresh air, we would limit our screen time and we probably wouldn’t eat breakfast cereal for dinner 3 nights in a row 🙋♀️😏(another hypothetical situation). Yet when it comes to ourselves we tend to overlook and neglect the simple things that make us feel good. You deserve to be taken care of too! #selflovesunday
Tip 5/5: Fuel -
In order to have the energy to attend practices, lift heavy, and perform at high levels in games, your body needs fuel. Proper pre- and post-game nutrition will accelerate recovery, help maintain weight, and fuel you with energy.
For pre-game meals, consuming food should take place 1-3 hours prior to competition. Whether you eat 3 hours before or 1 hour before will depend on the individual. You want to feel properly fueled, but not bloated or sluggish. This meal should be comprised of both carbohydrates and lean protein sources. For the pre-game carbs, fruits are a great source as they are practical, light, and easily digested. For protein, lean sources such as chicken, fish, and eggs are good options. -
For post-game meals, I recommend eating as soon as possible after the game to get the recovery process in motion. This meal should be a bit larger than pre-game. Make sure it is high in carbohydrates as it is important to restore glycogen levels after intense activity and also high in protein as it is the most important macronutrient for recovery.
Lastly, make sure you are hydrating. Even if it’s not hot out early in the season you can still dehydrate. Multiple studies have shown that dehydration can affect strength, power, and cognitive function. -
I hope this 5 part series was helpful and if you have any other training related questions feel free to comment, DM, or email me. -Travis
Sleep in 🛏 , Coffee ☕️, Sunshine ☀️, Puppies 🐶 , A little bit of work ..oh and off to find some hiking shoes for Nepal. My current ones don’t fit and now I have only a month to break in some new ones! 🤞😳
Happy Sunday y’all! 💙
Nearly 100lbs added to my squat in a little under a year staying at the same body weight! (170-175lbs). But isn’t it necessary to be in a caloric surplus when increasing strength? The answer is it definitely makes it easier, but with more than adequate programming and increased frequency of the movement one is trying to improve, strength will come. 💪🏼💯