Archives for January 2011

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Video Blog 1-The Strength of Strength

The first person to email or Facebook me with the correct names of the band and the songs on the video wins two free sessions! I hope you enjoy it!

Mitch Rothbardt, CPT
Discover Your Strength!

Resolve To Improve Your Resolve

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you’re doing well. I hope you’re having a great season, but we all know what happens at the start of each year: the New Years Resolution to lose weight. It’s an annual rite of passage. The gym fills up with new members most of whom will be gone by March. That makes me sad. I love seeing new people in the gym, but I think that many times they have their goals a little skewed. What I’d like to talk about today are some New Years Resolutions that should help you in the gym a little more then the general and somewhat meaningless “I want to lose some weight.”

1. I will lose ____ pounds in the next six months. See what I did there? Instead of a general thought, I got specific. Let’s say my number is 15 pounds in six months. What I’ll do is break it down. 15 pounds in six months is 2.5 pounds a month. That’s 1.25 pounds every two weeks, etc. Now you have smaller goals that will propel you towards your ultimate goal, and you’ve clarified what you want to achieve.

2. I will eat fruits or vegetables with every meal. There isn’t a goal, fitness oriented or otherwise, that this wouldn’t help. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away for good reason.

3. I will center my workouts around the free weight area of my gym. If your goal is to develop an extremely slow metabolism, then you can do your 45 minutes on the elliptical each day. If it’s to develop poor movement patterns and repeated use injuries, then you can stay on the machines. If it’s doing anything actually worthwhile, I suggest you start lifting free weights.

4. I will look into what will get me results. Resolution number three is a little glib. There are some goals that would involve longer treadmill sessions or more machine work, they just don’t apply to 95% of exercisers. Do some research into what you want to achieve and you will have a better chance of achieving it.

5. I will enjoy the process. You must realize that whatever your goal may be, it’s going to take time to get there and when that initial burst of enthusiasm dwindles, and it will, you stand a much better chance of seeing your goal through if you learn to enjoy what you’re doing. Do what you must to make it fun and you’ll wind up hitting goals you never even imagined!

For most of you, there’s no reason that you can’t finish 2011 in better shape than you started it. It’s just a matter of figuring out what you want and going for it! Have a great day and I’ll talk to you in a couple of weeks.

Mitch Rothbardt
Discover Your Strength!

Exciting Updates!

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a great holiday season. We had a nice relaxing time and I’m really looking forward to the new year. I wanted to give everyone a quick update as what I’ve been doing and what I will be doing in the near future.
First things first, this Sunday I am doing my first powerlifting meet since last May. I’m very excited and I have big numbers in mind. I’m looking at something like a 425 Squat, a 265 Bench and a 525 Deadlift. My goal for 2011 is to do a meet at the end of the year and total 100 pounds more than I do at this one. This should set me up for a run at an elite total in 2012. I’ll put a recap up early next week with some videos. If you’d like to come by and watch for a while, it’s at Crossfit Pleasanton at 7075 Commerce Circle, Suite B in Pleasanton. It’s around where the Club Sport and the Hilton is to give you an idea. Lifting starts at 10 and should go on for most of the day.
Next thing, I’m going to start doing some more video content. I’ll put up some exercise advice and I’ll be able to expand more on the “Exercises Everyone Should Do” series. I’ll also be posting some things I just want to talk about concerning exercise and fitness. I’m going to try and connect this with my Forum articles to make things a little more in depth.
Lastly I am going to start my groups very soon. This is going to be a great way to get one-on-one level training for a lot less money and adding a great sense of fun and community. Stay tuned for when and where that’s going to launch. Details to follow.
Well, that’s about it for now. If you have any suggestions for content you’d like to see or read about, please send me an email or give me a call. I’ll talk to you soon!

Mitch Rothbardt
Discover Your Strength!