I got to thinking about the several hundreds of client transformations that I helped over the years.

For almost two decades, I have worked with so many men and women who possess different personalities, body types, emotions, habits, challenges, health issues, physical complications, work schedules and family dynamics that it would seem it would take a different strategy and approach to help each individual for their own personal success… and to some degree that is very true.

I have definitely learned a lot over the years that the text books just don’t teach you about addressing difficult challenges and meeting the personal needs of each individual client.

And with each person that I have worked with I can tell you a unique story about how they accomplished their strength and fitness goals.

But even with my proven track record, there are still some who haven’t yet even begun their strength and fitness journey.

I got to thinking about this and then I had my AH-HA moment.

I recently discovered that there is ONE THING that separates those who get amazing results from those who don’t even attempt to start.

Even in pursuit of my own personal goals, whether it be passing or improving my score in the APFT (Military fitness test), fat loss, rehabbing my lower back or improving strength & athleticism (which are my goals today), I had one thing that kept me driven and determined to reach my goals that were and are important to me…

And that one thing, that one common bond that I share with my cliental that has had tremendous success and the one thing that should drive you is Frustration!

You actually need to GET ANGRY to Make Results Happen!

I know, this isn’t the same speech you’re use to hearing from me with Positive Mindset and such but hear me out on this.

It’s only when you are Truly Frustrated with where you are currently at…

It’s only when you are Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired…

It’s only when you are at your weakest point…

It’s only when you are finally feed up with being overweight, out of shape, zero energy, feeling sick, weak, feeling unattractive, , insert your feelings here_______________.

Whatever that feeling is that has you down and out and miserable, its only when you finally get angry and say enough is 🙊ing enough is when you will actually do something about it and be serious enough to make the changes necessary to reclaim your strength, fitness and health.

When you allow yourself to get angry and attack your goals with a vengeance you will find yourself UNSTOPPABLE!

Nothing will step in your path of rage as you stare down the limitations you placed on yourself and discover they no longer have a hold on you, that you are in control of your strength, fitness and health and that you do have the will-power and drive to get work done and accomplish your goals.

Just like when Bruce Banner has had enough and he transforms into the HULK – He has to GET ANGRY and then he SMASHES everything in his path.


Imagine you have that same energy, that same drive, that same passion, that same level of intensity as the Hulk when you GET ANGRY!

That anger will be your fuel to use after years and years of frustration and you will break barriers and become the absolute BEST version of yourself.

You see, it has been in my personal experience that those who finally say enough are the ones who truly find that inner warrior to Get Work Done and change what they don’t like about themselves.

It’s this trigger that sets them off and they break out of the mold that once held them back.  In fact, once they start making the transition into the new confident, vibrant, healthy and stronger person they want to be, they never want to experience that old self again.

I’ve seen it time and time again and heard the same story over and over again from those who went from:

  • Overweight and feeling unattractive to fit and feeling sex
  • Weak and feeling insecure to strong and feeling confident
  • Health issues and life threatening illness to healthy and medication free

They all have said the same thing to me…

“I hated where I was and it was TIME for me to change.”

Yes, these words come out from their mouths – HATE, UNATTRACTIVE, DISGUSTED, MAD, DEPRESSED, WEAK, INSECURE, FAT, UGLY – these are not words that express any type of good feeling about one self that’s for sure…

So if you look in the mirror and have any of these adjectives depicting how you feel or how you look at yourself my advice to you today, as in – RIGHT NOW is to get angry and do something about it!

No sugar coating, coddling, pat on the back, its gonna be ok softness here – GET ANGRY and GET TO WORK!

If you desire to be more, to do more then you need to know that the time is now.

HULK OUT – GET MAD and DO SOMETHING RIGHT NOW!

  • Throw out the junk food that clutters up the kitchen
  • Get Outside and go for a 30 minute walk
  • Write down what you don’t like and how you’re going to fix it – this is called setting goals

And if you who are looking for the perfect timing – let me be very clear…

THERE WILL NEVER BE A PERFECT TIMING!

You think you’re busy now?  I guarantee your life will continue to be busy and become busier as time marches on.  You must make the commitment and the time to yourself.

I get it – You have a full time job, maybe two or three jobs…

A demanding family at home…

Kids homework…

Appointments…

Volunteer Work…

Etc… Etc…

We all have the SAME 24 hours in the day and life is not going to slow down – I guarantee it.  If you’re angry enough you’re going to do something about it today.

If you’re ok and not frustrated with the way you are, you will make excuses and remain the same.

If you need help with any of this, hit me up… Simply send me a text 804-274-8315 with “I’m ready to HULK OUT!” and we’ll explore different options finding one that will work for you.

Murph

Nothing happens without the right mindset

This is either going to be a hard lesson for you, or an empowering lesson, but it is the truth you need to hear.

If you are not ready to change your way of thinking… meaning you stop telling yourself you can’t or that you’re not ready, then you are not going to get the results you want.

We need to get this very straight. Your way of thinking gets you to where you will end up going.

If you come into a new fitness program thinking, “O.K. I’ll TRY once again to lose weight and get in shape,” then you have already failed.

“Do or do not; there is no try!” (Remember Yoda teaching that?)

If you won’t commit to putting in 100% effort and come into this with all your heart and desire to succeed, you will not even make it through the first week.

Please, don’t take me the wrong way. I am not being mean. I am being honest.

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford

Yeah, I’m laying in on pretty thick with the quotes, but the point is, you have to believe in yourself!

The reason people try and fail over and over again is because they believe in a product, a diet pill, a workout program, even a personal trainer but they never put the trust or belief into themselves to do what it takes to get the job done!

LOOK…

You can try every single program out there, every single personal trainer or strength coach in the world including myself but if you come into it with a negative attitude; if you tell yourself you are not able to lose weight, if you tell yourself it’s just not possible, that its hopeless; then nothing, no program, no trainer is going to work for you!

In order to become confident and strong you MUST BELIEVE IN YOURSELF FIRST!

I cannot possibly stress this enough. I know you have been let down in the past, I know you are tired of being tired, stressed, over weight and frustrated but you need to reprogram your thinking, right now, start telling yourself you CAN do this!

You CAN…

  • Lose the Fat!
  • Get Into Better Shape!
  • Become Stronger!
  • Find time to Exercise!
  • Eat Healthy!

You CAN and you WILL! With everything I have to give I will PROVE this to you; I am just asking that you start by believing in yourself FIRST!

Take Out the Head Trash and Get RID of all the negative influences that will destruct your efforts!

FORGET…

  • The Past Failures!
  • The Broken Promises you made to yourself
  • The EXCUSES!!!

SO WHAT? If you have medical conditions, past surgeries, depression, bad knees, arthritis, a case of the Mondays, the Tuesdays, the Wednesdays! excuses, Excuses, EXCUSES, I don’t buy into them! EVER!!!

You CAN and you WILL get the results that you want, that you desire and that you NEED IN ORDER TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE! Are you with me? Or have I totally upset you in ways that are unforgivable???

Yes! I am in your face about this but I’m willing to bet its exactly what you have needed!

I’ll let your so called friends tell you that you are fine, that you look great, that you shouldn’t worry about exercising because you have too many health problems, that you’re big boned, its genetics, that you need to relax and take it easy or that you work hard so you don’t have time to exercise.

The way I see it you have one of two options:

• Listen to them and stay exactly where you are at now or

• Listen to me and understand that I am a YOUR Coach who will tell you like it is and help you get where you really want to be.

If you’re still reading this and have made up your mind that you CAN do this, Congratulations!

You have just been handed Key #1 – Make Up Your Mind, to ensure your success.

I look forward to hearing about your awesome and life changing results.

Now get out there and do it!

Of course, if you need any help, reply to this email and lets chat to see if one of my programs is right for you.

Murph

The Kettle-Bell swing is one of my favorite exercises to help develop and teach clients explosive power. During the KB swing, you’ll be using your hips as the primary muscle to “throw” the weight up towards the ceiling.

The KB swing has tremendous carry over to strengthen your Jumps, Deadlifts, Squats and Sprints but can also be used as a conditioning drill.

It is a also a great non-impact exercise to use in place of jumping.

Here is how to perform the KB Swing

 

There are key points to remember in the kettle-bell swing:

  • Hinge, don’t squat: The swing is a simple exercise but tends to be done wrong frequently.  It is not a squat, it is a powerful hip-hinge movement. That means that the hips go back (hinge), and the knees only bend slightly (they bend fully in a squat). Think about this position as a jump. If you try to jump forward as far as possible, the bottom position is the same position that you use at the bottom of the kettle-bell swing.
  • Be explosive with the hips, not the arms: The swing is a ballistic movement. If you think of a bullet fired out of a gun, it receives all of its power initially and then relies on momentum to hit its target. The same goes for the swing. The hips provide the explosive power throwing the kettle-bell up in the air and the arms are there just for the ride. Do not worry about how high the kettle-bell goes. Your goal is to let it float up once the hips have used up their power.
  • Protect the back: Do not let the kettle-bell pull the lower back into a bad position at the bottom of the swing. Keep everything tight from your shoulders, to your lats, chest and abdominals all the way to your quads and glutes.  Do not lose this tightness in any part of the movement.
  • Location on the downswing is important: Ensure the kettle-bell passes between your legs on your upper thighs.  If you’re a little intimate with the KB, you’re probably doing it right.  Wait until the last second to hinge back and let the kettle-bell go between your upper thighs. If you find your forearms hitting your lower thighs, you are putting too much strain on the lower back.

In this post I am going to explain exactly why you need to take your intensity up in your training and provide exactly how to do so.

The tips I’m about to uncover WILL invoke the body to re-shape with eye popping, muscle definition, causing the opposite sex to sustain neck injuries from whiplash and weakness in the knees…

Ok, little dramatic there but you get the idea.

Through the concepts I’m going to describe to you, you’re going to learn exactly what you need to do to rev your metabolic rate so high that you’ll burn up body fat even while you’re at home kicked back watching t.v.

Sound too good to be true?

If you’re like most people, this is exactly how you would LOVE to be able to lose fat. You’re doing very little work but melting fat off your body.

Possible? Absolutely. But, only after you put in the hard work with your trainingfirst.

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It’s pointless to walk into the gym without a clue of what to do.

Unfortunately, this is the plan for most people.

They may get inspired from watching videos online and think they are going to dominate their next workout.  Only when they walk in the door its like amnesia sets in and so they resort to the ol faithful cardio deck – ugh the treadmill again 😖 does anyone really enjoy that thing?

I don’t want you dreading another workout or walking around lost so… (more…)

If you’ve been in the fitness game for any amount of time you have undoubtedly come across some sort of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

P90X, CrossFit, Tabata, BodyPump amongst many other popular fitness trends are all variations of HIIT and they do work, until they don’t.

There are several issues I have with HIIT and reasons why this style of training stops working and I’m going to cover all of it in this email.

I’m also going to cover what you should be doing instead to ensure the results keep coming so let’s get into it.

First, what is high intensity interval training.  

If you are unfamiliar with HIIT I highly encourage you to Google more info but simply put, HIIT is a time period of going extremely hard on an exercise followed by a short rest or low intensity exercise.

These protocols can be prescribed in many different ways such as Tabata’s famous 20/10/4 – Go hard for 20 seconds, rest for 10 and repeat for 4 rounds.

You also have CrossFit’s complete the workout as fast as possible such as the Fran WOD.  Complete 21 thrusters and 21 pull-ups, then 15 thrusters and 15 pull-ups, then 9 thrusters and 9 pull-ups, as fast as possible.  Quickest time wins.

Or you could come up with your own HIIT using something as simple as the treadmill.  Sprint as fast as you can for 20 seconds, slow down and walk for 60 seconds and repeat for x amount of rounds.

I’m not even going to pretend that these methods don’t work.  They in fact do and I have personally incorporated these tactics into my own programming at Mayhem Fitness.

These methods have long been the “secret sauce,” of producing fast results in body transformations. (more…)

If you’re going to train or compete in Strongman, it is inevitable that you’re going to come across the Atlas Stone.

So, to help you out with the form and proper technique of lifting one of the most recognized events in all of Strongman sports… Check out the videos below.

How to Perform the Atlas Stone

Stone of Steel

People often over complicate their strength and fitness program with tons of needless accessory work, machines, and endless cardio 😖
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Those things are important and belong in a well rounded program however 80% of your workouts should be focused on these 8 Basic movements if you want to get Jacked and Strong 💪
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They are:

💥 Deadlifts
💥 Squats
💥 Pushups / Dips and possibly Bench Press
💥 Chin Ups and Pull Ups
💥 Heavy AF Carries
💥 Rows
💥 Sprints
💥 Jumps of all types
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Clean and Presses could honestly be in this list however, jumping movements as well as throwing implements can be used in place of the classic Olympic lift, especially for the beginner to intermediate lifter who doesn’t have the mobility or coordination yet to perform the clean and press.
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With the said, get work done with these Basic 8 Movements and all their variations and stop wasting your value time and effort on the needless 💩

If you’re not including mobilization drills such as yoga into every workout, you’re setting yourself up for some pain down the road. 😣

Each workout for me includes a 5-10 minute warmup that implements these yoga poses.

🙏Cobra (Updog)
🙏Downdog
🙏Cat / Cow
🙏Bird Dogs
🙏Low Lunge w/ Reach
🙏Spinal Twist
🙏Bottom Squat Ankle Rock

You should see the looks I get when I perform this routine at the Strongman Competitions I compete in. *shrugs*

I’d much rather spend a little extra time each day working my flow than being out of the gym for weeks or months at a time because of some stupid injury that could of been easily prevented.

OH!  Yoga is a great way to reclaim your strength and fitness if you’ve been out of the game for a while.  The best part is, it can be done anywhere at anytime so no excuses!

Here are a few demonstration videos from exercises listed above

Cobra / Downdog

Cat / Cow

Low Lunge w/ Reach

Spinal Twist

Supported Squat

Incorporate these into your workouts today and start moving and feeling much better.

Keep Pounding 👊

Murph

The Maniacs and several new visitors gathered at Mayhem Fitness and Cross Training this past Saturday for an epic Strongman workshop.

We went over form, technique and application of several Strongman implements including:

  • Atlas Stones
  • Log Clean & Press
  • Axel Bar Deadlifts
  • Yoke Carry
  • Tire Flips
  • and everyone’s favorite – Truck Pulls

During our time together there was lots of grunting, laughing and clapping through several new personal records.

Take a look at all the action and join us for the next one.  Make sure you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook for updates on upcoming events.

Strongman Saturday Trailer

Ashley gets a new PR on the Log Clean and Press

Tips for a better Overhead Press

See more action on Instagram by clicking here. (be sure to view the Strongman Highlight Tab)

Keep Pounding Yall 👊

Murphy