“Hey everybody! I wanted to make a quick video about the 5 myths that I commonly hear about strength, training, or resistance training. These 5 myths I’m just going to run through them really quickly. I usually get them in assessments when I’m talking to new people that are coming in, looking for training, or even sometimes, current clients, if I haven’t clarified these myths in a long time, they’ll get brought up. A lot of these myths are derived from social media, the news, and just have been presented to us over decades.
(1) So the first myth, myth #1, you needed at least an hour of strength training to make it effective. This is completely false. 20 – 30 minutes is more than enough time. If you’re doing that consistently, you’re going to get better results over long-term. Anyhow, people that tend to work out an hour plus are usually not as consistent. You want to make it manageable to your schedule. If you can do an hour plus that’s perfectly fine, but you do not necessarily need an hour to effectively strength train.
(2) Second one. You’re going to get bulky from lifting heavy weights or bulky from strength training. This is completely false. People that are bulky from resistance training have spent a lot of time and effort and energy kind of transforming their body that way. And it also has a lot to do with the nutrition. So getting into strength training alone is not going to make you bulky. In fact, it’s very, very rare.
(3) Same thing kind of for the third myth is you have to lift lightweights, a bunch of high reps to get toned. That is also not true. That’s been presented through the media… That is not true. You do not need to lift lightweights and high reps to tone the muscle.
The fourth and fifth myth kind of run together. They are, you have to have muscle confusion and you need a lot of variety in your, in your strength training routine. (4) So we’ll touch on muscle confusion first. That is also just a marketing gimmick, completely false. You don’t need to do all these crazy things. (5) And then with variety, it’s kind of along the similar lines, really there’s 7-8 core exercises that if you just have it in your routine consistently, you’re going to progress consistently over a long period of time, you’re going to get great results. You’re going to get a nice aesthetic looking body if you pair that with the proper nutrition.
So again, to run through those 5 myths really quick, you do not need at least an hour a day to strength train. You’re not going to get bulky, very low likelihood of that. You don’t need to lift light to tone. You could tone through a variety of sets, reps. Muscle confusion, not a real thing. And you don’t necessarily need a lot of variety in your strength training routine if you’re just sticking to 7-8 core exercise movements. If you want to know more about that, you want to know what those movements are, you can reach out to me. I would be more than happy to answer them directly to you. I hope everybody has a fantastic rest of their day and as always stay strong.”
“Hey everybody, I’m going to deliver a quick, concise message today. And I just want to let everybody know your workouts… They don’t matter. I know some of you are like “What?!”, “Sam, you’re always talking about resistance training being the best… you say, I need to strength train 3 days a week to see the best results.” That is true. But what I’m trying to say here today in this video is most of you are putting way too much emphasis on your workouts and not on the little things that are actually going to get you results. Specifically, if we’re talking about fat loss. So the reason I’m bringing this up is I have a lot of conversations with clients and they usually go something like this. It’s “Hey, Sam, I’m really thinking about increasing my workout intensity. I want to see better results. So I’m going to start retraining for a marathon, but then I’m also going to do a powerlifting meet. So I’m going to be training 3x a day. How’s that sound?”
Okay…That’s a bit extreme, but usually that’s what it sounds like to me. People are wanting to add more intensity, do more and more and more and more and more. And in fact, most of the time I respond with why don’t we stop drinking so much alcohol and get to bed before 1:00 AM. That’s probably going to get you better results. So there’s really 4 things that you need to master before you even worry about increasing your workout intensity. And these will yield great results, long-term even if you just did these four things, you’re going to get great results.
(1) You want to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water. So you want to be consuming a lot of water there. So if you’re 128 pounds, you can be drinking half a gallon of water. You can scale it obviously to your weight, but most people are grossly under consuming water. So for example, a 200 pound male, that’s a hundred ounces of water. That’s nearly a gallon a day. So that’s where you need to be at, at a minimum.
(2) We need to be sleeping seven hours a night at a minimum. Try to average that out through the week. Maybe some days you can’t, it’s not in your schedule. So you can only sleep six at night. We’ll try to get that average out to be at least seven at the minimum; sleep is so crucial.
(3) Steps. We want to get at least 10,000 steps in a day. You gotta move that body, that alone is going to make a high caloric burn.
(4) And then the last one for fat loss, you have to eat in a calorie deficit. You can’t, it doesn’t matter how much you work on. Yes, you’ll put on more muscle, but you’re not actually going to lose the weight. A lot of you want to see if you’re just stuffing your face and still working out. So you have to eat in a calorie deficit deficit. You have to know what that means to your body.
So again, less on the intensity, less on the workouts, master those four fundamentals and you will be all set, that’s all for today. I hope everybody has a fantastic day and stay strong.”
Beaufort Fitness: How To Recover From A Bad Weekend
“Today’s Q and A, I’m going to go over one of the most commonly asked questions I get. It comes up almost every single Monday. It’s “Sam, What do I do now that I had a bad weekend?” All right. We’re going to get right into that. Usually this question comes to me in the form of one way or another. It’s “Sam. I went out with my girlfriends, I had a bunch of drinks. I forgot to exercise.”, “Sam, I sat on the couch and baked a bunch of cookies.”, “Sam, I watched football and ate pizza. Now I weigh 10 more pounds, what do I do?”
Well, I’m going to tell you there’s a three-step approach. We need to take your first step (1) We need to forgive ourselves. Okay. Whatever you ate, it happened. It’s over with, okay. Before you were probably feeling really good if you’re staying on to your exercise and nutrition, now you might be feeling a little physically and mentally beat up because you’re not at optimal health. So you’re walking around really thinking about how can I get back in this? And you feel bad. First thing we have to do is break that negative feedback loop. Okay. What we want to do is forgive ourselves. Say it happened. Okay. Remember, you’re only one meal away. One day away from being back to being at your optimal health. Okay. One meal away, one day away from being back on the path to success. Okay. So always take that with you.
Step number (2) We got to hydrate. We want to rehydrate a lot of times when we have things like alcoholic beverages or less than optimal food, it’s going to dehydrate you. So you want to rehydrate, get ready for the week that’s to come.
Step number (3) Stick to whatever plan you’re on, whatever plan your coach recommends to you. Okay? You want to stick with the exercise routine. You don’t need to go out and do anything drastic and cause further stress to your body. So you don’t need to go and run 12 miles just because you had a brownie… stick to it. Okay.
And then if there’s a bonus step, it would be to learn from your mistakes. I’ll make another video on how to prepare for things, big events as the holidays come up, but you can kind of recognize what patterns what’s triggering me to eat a certain way. Do this so you can learn from your mistakes and just better yourself. But again, to recap, you need to forgive yourself. We got to hydrate. We have to stay with our normal exercise routine and then try to learn from our mistakes. Everybody makes them it happens. That’s all right, we’re all human. Just remember you’re one day away from being back on track to being your healthiest self. All right, everybody have a great Monday and everybody, stay strong.”
“Hey Everybody! Thank you for tuning into today’s Q & A. Today, I’m going to go over one of the most frequently asked questions. It’s “Sam, how often should I be working out? How many minutes a day do I need to spend working out? How many hours a week do I need to spend working out? How many days a week should I be working out?” I’m going to cover that in today’s video. We’re going to get right into it… nice quick one for you guys today. So to answer the question, how often should I be working out at point blank? Give me a drum roll, please. The answer is it depends. It really depends where you’re starting from. And now I know that’s not the answer most of you want to hear, but you’ve got to think if you’re starting out from the couch, it’s going to be a lot different than if you’re starting out from somebody that’s already intensely exercising three to four days a week.
Okay? the best recommendation I can give to you to make this specific to you is hire a coach. Tell them your goals, work with that coach. They’re going to prescribe you the best possible program for you. Okay? I’m not going to leave you guys with it depends. Get a coach answer. Okay? I’m going to give you a general prescription for fat loss for beginners and then people that are already training three to four days a week.
So for beginners, the first thing you want to do is you’re going to want to increase your frequency. Okay? You’re going to bring your frequency up with exercise. So you’re, want to get off that couch. You’re going to move as much as possible. So every single day you could be moving for about 30 minutes. When I say move, that does not mean go to the gym and start using every piece of the equipment, you could find beating yourself up for 30 minutes. That means just simply getting out, making a habit out of moving could be walking.
It could be doing some light mobility or stretching things.
So once you get that down and you’re ready for more, you’re ready for better results, faster results. It’s time to increase your intensity by weight training. So you’re going to start to weight train one to two days, maybe three days a week for most optimal results. You’re going to want to go with between three and four. Once you get that habit down, you’re in the three to four range where most of my current clients are; they’re intensely weight training three to four days a week. Then we’re going to add in things like mobility, aerobic conditioning in your off time. A lot of my clients say, Sam what should I do in my off time? How much time do I need spending outside of seeing you in my off time. And simply what I tell them is you need to be doing things, mobility. That’s going to increase your performance in the gym.
You want to work on those types of things, because if we can increase your performance in the gym, when you’re already training those three to four days a week intensely, you can make that better. You can push it more intensely. That’s going to give you better results. It’s going to push you closer towards your goal. So to wrap it up a few things to consider when your frequency goes up, your intensity is going to come down a little bit, meaning you’re not going to go from three to four days a week lifting super heavy than going to seven days a week lifting super heavy, no. Your intensity on those other days needs to come down and vice versa. If you’re, you know, lifting super heavy three days a week, but you want to add more frequency.
And again, that frequency, that frequency is going to come from things like mobility, aerobic conditioning to improve our performance in the gym. So I hope that answers that question for you. If you need any further clarification, feel free to reach out to me. If you have any other questions, message me, leave me comments. I’m here to help you. If you need a coach, you don’t have a coach. You’re not sure. Hey, how often should I be working out? I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what you just said… Reach out to me. You can reach out to Beaufort personal training. We would love to see you at EarthFIT or online wherever you are. We’re bringing it to you. Everybody, stay strong.”
“Hey! What’s going on? So today I’m going to go over a simple workout routine that you can do in about 10 or 15 minutes that will give you an awesome workout and it will help with cardiovascular and aerobic capacity as well as upper body strength so the way that it goes, it’s going to be 5 repetitions of 3 sets and it’s going to be what’s called speed, endurance with running so you’re gonna find 50 yard space and you’re going to start off at one end and sprint 50 yards building up the speed so you’re going to start off fairly slow and towards the end you’re going to explode as fast as you can for the last 10 yards and then you jog back and then you repeat 5 reps. And then in between, you’re gonna be doing 10-15 reps of pushups, feel free to push yourself up to 20 reps. This really depends on where you are at your fitness level and you’re going to be doing that 3 sets. So I’m going to demo how you’re going to do one of the sprints and then the push ups.
Alright, so I’m going to show you 1 rep of the sprints. You’re gonna do 5 reps of that and then going to the pushups. Alright, so here is my starting spot going to get in position, slowly start off and then speed up and then jog back to the starting spot and then repeat that for 5 reps and then in between we’re going to be doing pushups where you do a toe touch each time so faster movements okay depending where you are at your fitness level 10, 15, 20 reps as many as you can do of those push ups with good form. Do 1 set, rest about a minute and then repeat for 3 total sets.
Alright so there you go, there’s your workout for thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy… have a great one and I’ll see you on the other side!”
-5 Reps or 50 Yard Sprints
-10-20 Reps of Toe Touching Push Ups
-Minute rest in between sets
“Hey! Good Morning! So, I’m back in the spot where I came when I first landed in Thailand and I’m doing a little workout on a beach but the truth is yesterday I was in a tiny tiny hotel room…and I didn’t workout and I’m gonna incorporate what I did yesterday or two days ago with today.
And so, training is supposed to be a slight progression of the things you did before without killing yourself right? It’s not generally good to be sore all the time. I’m training two times a week for only half an hour then maybe that might be the case because that’s the only stimulants you’re getting but for example today I’m doing 10 sprints. Each sprint getting faster and faster until around 8, 9 and 10 or my max sprints and jogging back in between so there’s no rests. About 8-9 rep my heart rate should be very high so I haven’t stopped my cardio and then after that, I’m gonna do what I did back in the hotel room it doesn’t take any space at all: 3 sets of 30 pushups and 30 squat jumps alright no resting on the pushups, no resting on the squat jumps but in between taking about a minute. And so, that workout with the warm up included takes about 15-20 minutes. It gets my metabolic heart rate going or stimulates my metabolic systems because my heart rate up and it gets me ready to start the day. When I start the day off like this I’m energized, more focused, mentally ready, and hopefully I’ll sleep better on my foot. Alright, so again all you need is space and a little motivation to get going and pretty much you can do workout anywhere. Alright, and sometimes it’s the accountability and the motivation and inspiration that really gets you going so hopefully this can inspire somebody who’s either on vacation, or doesn’t have the means to get to a gym.
Alright, so I hope you enjoyed it and this is Ian Hart checking out from Nai Yang Beach.”
Hey! What’s up? It’s Ian Hart here and today I’m going to show you an exercise routine you can do at home on Thanksgiving. You don’t need any equipments besides one dumbbell/ kettlebell you can use a gallon of milk or a gallon of water if you need to and stairs or step ups. That is all you need it’s going to be 5 exercises done in a circuit. You’re going to do 3 sets progress or regress the exercises as needed.
All right, here we go. The first one is going to be:
(1) Bear Crawl Touch Push Up (Please see the video), you’re going to do 20 reps of the Bear Crawl- Touch and Push up.
Next, get your (2) Stairs or Steppers and we’re going to do 30 seconds if you are on step ups you do 15 seconds on 1 leg. Okay just like this running and then switch your leg; 15 seconds on each.
Next one is going to be a (3) Lateral Swing. Okay so dumbbell or kettlebell you are going to do a little bit of a squat on a downward portion and swing out laterally make sure you don’t hit your knees. We’re going to do 10 reps on each side, just like that. Then you’re going to switch arms same thing get the arms swinging, make sure your abs are tight when you’re doing this you’re using your core. Okay that’s exercise number 3.
Exercise number (4) is going to be Lateral Hops on 1 leg so you’re going to jump, jump land nice and soft. 20 reps total, 10 on each leg back and forth land nice and soft.
And the last one is going to be (5) Walking Lunges with the knee up into your hands okay backwards. 20 reps of the walking lunges.
So there you have it, a quick exercise routine you can do at home 5 exercises:
1. The Crawl with a Push Up and a touch.
2. Stairs 30 seconds.
3. Lateral Swing 10 reps on each side.
4. Lateral Jumps 10 reps on each side, a total of 20.
5. And Walking Lunges, a total of 20 reps.
For 3 sets. If that’s too easy for you, do 5 sets and you can increase weights so if you have dumbbells you can use weights along with these exercises with the stairs or the step ups, the lunges. Alright, this is Ian Hart with the EarthFIT blog. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the workout.
“Hey! What’s going on? It’s Ian Hart here! And here is Holiday Workout #1. It’s going to be four exercises thus, many circuit is going to take about 3 minutes roughly. So I want you to do 3 – 5 sets of this. This workout should take less than 20 minutes total if you do all these exercises. You can do variations of these exercise so I am going to explain as we go through them. If you don’t have weights you can do all these exercises without weights, or you can grab something around the house that adds a little bit more of weight to this.
The first exercise that we will be doing is going to be squattobackwardslunge. I am using a kettlebell for this. We are going to start of lifting up, do a backwards lunge, lift it up again alternating legs, squat, backwards lunge, squat, you are going to do 10 reps on each side. So squatting, backwards lunge – 20 reps.
The next exercise is going to be what some people call a DiveBomberPushUp. You’re going to get through a V position, feet wide, hips up in the air, you are going to come down and up and then repeat – reversing the movement. So coming down then pushing your body back up and repeat. Back down, and up. You are going to do 15 to 20 reps of the Dive Bomber push-ups.
Then you are going to do 20 jumpsquats, if your body is not ready for jumping you are just going to do 20 fast body weights squats. Jump squats are just going to be like this – you want to land nice and soft, just get up in the air. If you are familiar with plyometrics then you can go higher and jump higher in the air, make sure you are landing nice and soft, 20 reps of jump squats.
And then bicycleabs. You are going to do 20 nice and fast and then 20 nice and slow, One counts your elbow to knee so one, two, three… this would be fast and then 20 slow. Make sure you’re squeezing the abs and then repeat…
So that’s Holiday Workout #1. Get to that and you’re going to have two more exercises or two more exercise regimens following up on this in the next couple of days.
Alright, I hope you have a great holiday and enjoy the workout.”
EarthFIT Holiday Workout 2
“Hey! What’s going on? It’s Ian Hart here at EarthFIT and here’s Holiday Workout #2. Again it’s 4 exercises. Each exercise should take about 45 seconds to a minute. So it’s a total of 16 to 20 minutes and it’s going to be 4 exercises that you do without weight, but I’m going to show you with weight.
The first one is going to be forwardandbackwardslunge so it’s going to incorporate legs and also stability; you’re going to have to balance. So I have one weight here, stepping forward and then backwards, and repeat. For a beginner, you can do stopping here (at start) and then back. So you are going to do 20 on each side going back and forth, switch sides and repeat. So back and forth… make sure you are pushing through the front heel when you go back and then go down bring the knee about an inch above the ground. That’s the first exercise.
The next one is going to be a Pushupwithaspin. You’re going to get into a push up position, push up and then spin around, and then back the other way. Push up – spin. So it’s coordination. Go slow and controlled if you need to. So you can go slow, once you are get it down you can go faster. And if you really feel frisky, you can do a full spin and then push up.
All right. The third exercise is going to be a SpinJump. This is a little bit complicated and more advanced, so I am going to show another one that you can do if you can’t do this. Starting sideways get down into squat, then you are going to turn and jump. So that is the simple one. You can do more advanced: turn, jump, touch the ground, turn, jump, touch the ground. For those who can’t do that (the jumping with a spin), you are just going to do a lateral lunge. So you are doing 20 of this on each side; 20 of the jumps total.
And then the last one are going to be one of my favorite exercises that incorporate the full body is the BearCrawl. Bear crawl is on all fours, getting low to the ground and crawling. You can use your speed, you can do it down a hallway, you can do it outside – you can do this whole work outside. You’re going to do the bear crawl for 30 seconds.
So again let’s recap. We have:
– Forward-backwards lunges (20 reps on each side)
– Spinning push ups (15 to 20 reps)
– The Jump squats with a spin (20 reps), and
– The bear crawl for (30 seconds)
So there you go Holiday Workout #2, make sure you do this and take action right now. Don’t watch it and say you are going to do it later, cause the day will get started and you missed out. So go ahead and start that, it takes about 16 to 20 minutes and enjoy the Holidays.”
EarthFIT Holiday Workout 3
“Hey! It’s Ian Hart here with Holiday Workout #3. Again it’s 4 exercises, but today we are going to be focusing on more stability than anything else. So I am going to show you 4 exercises, they’re going to be on one leg if you have any issue with dealing stability exercises then just do both legs – you can do the same exercises with both legs.
All right! So the first one incorporates if you have a dumbbell, you can also use a gallon of water or a gallon of milk, because the weight doesn’t really need to be that heavy because it is a stability exercise. You are going to have stand on one leg, lean over, back nice and straight, make sure your back is straight and then you are going to do OneArmRow, stabilizing on the leg, you can do 12 reps, 12 to 20 depending on how light the weight is. If it’s easy, do higher reps and then switch, and then repeat. Balance, stabilize, try to stay on there without falling over. If you need to you can use your foot in the back to tap down just to stabilize again.
The next exercise is going to be PushUp and this time you you are going to be shifting your body weight to one arm, you’re assisting with the other arm. So you are going to shift your weight over to this arm and then push up and then shift to the other side then back. If you’re not strong enough to do a full push up, you can just do a regular push up, or you can go to your knees and do the same thing, so pushing up and back. So 10 on each side, for a total of 20 reps.
Next exercise is going to be on one foot – OneFootToeTouch. Keep you back nice and straight, alternating your arms, if you are not able to get to your toe, get down to this point – you can get a reference point like a cone (the top of the cone) and then you are going to touch the top of the cone. You want to do 12 reps on each leg, switching until it touches back nice and straight again, as I’ve mentioned.
And then last one everybody’s favorite, HighKnees. So high knees, are meant to get your knees up; 30s you can go fast, speed, move your arm for both cardio, and then 30 seconds and repeat.
So again we have:
– One leg bent over rows (12 to 20 reps)
– Push ups shifting to one side (20 reps)
– Toe touches (12 reps, 12 to 15 on each leg depending), try to get the whole repetition without falling over if you need to, you can use that back foot
– High Knees (30 seconds)
Again, this is going to take roughly about 4 minutes per circuit, do 3 to 5 sets depending on how you feel and then let me know how you do. Go ahead and leave a comment below, and tell me what your time was, how many reps you banged out and how much weight you used. Again this is Holiday Workout #3 from EarthFIT. I hope you enjoyed it and take advantage of it. Do it now.”
“Hey! What’s going on? It’s Ian Hart here from EarthFITtraining.com and today I am going to go through mobility exercises that will increase proprioception. So essentially what’s that gonna do is make you feel safer in your environment. And also, it will reduce pain. If you do something like this – even 5-10 minutes a day, it would literally change your entire life. You’ll have more awareness in space, you’ll increase your visual perception and you’ll also increase your breathing, which will reduce stress and threat to the body and allow your life to become better. So I’m gonna take you to every joint and we are going to do movements to every joint and it’s going to loosen the whole body. One thing I want you to do while you’re doing this is belly breathing. So breathing in and out through your belly. Here we go, we’re gonna get started and follow me through we are going to get about 3 to 5 repetitions of each exercise.
Alright, here we go!
1. The neck
-Forward and backwards (3-5 reps)
-Turn side to side (3-5 reps)
-Lateral (3-5 reps)
-Turn, look down and across, each time try to move into a good stretch
-Look across, up and over, when you look up and across try to push your head up to the top and feel a good stretch all down your neck.
2. Shoulder Rotations
-Rolling your shoulders forward and backwards
-Shoulders up, full rotation
-1 arm, look at your fingertips, 3 rotations backwards and forward
-Circle up in the air and then go bigger and bigger
-Figure 8s: forward figure 8, look all the way back behind you and across the body. Change directions, think about the joint
-Switch arms, same Shoulder Rotation exercises
-Both arms: Forward big circles all the way around (3-4), then the backward direction. Cross the body raising your arms up each time and a little bit more
-Arms crossing the body, open up with palms facing forward and then crossing the body and, bring up a little bit higher
-Suck the chest in and out, push in and out
-Circle around, chest in and out
-Circle the elbows
-Wrist, bring the hands in and then out the other way loosen up the wrist,
-Reach to the ceiling as high as you can (3 reps)
-Tilt pelvis back and forth
-Side to side
-Combine two movements, tilt the body back and forth then switch back the other side (like a gyration).
-Rock the body down to the side (looks like your entire torso is forming a circle). And rotate. If you’re dealing with back pain you may need to avoid this one.
-Do small circle and each time getting bigger and bigger, forward circles and then move backwards (3 circles at least). The knee is slightly bent
-Figure 8, changing directions
-Switch legs, same exercise
-Lateral movement, same with other side
-Knee wag back and forth and then do circles on the knee, same thing on other leg
-Step on 1 foot, press down (toes pointed down), turn the foot inward and turn the foot outward
-Switch legs, same exercise
-Circles with the toe (3 circles), then back with the other direction
-Figure 8 with the toes
-Switch, same exercise
So there you have it! That’s total mobility from head to toe. You just loosened up your whole body. So that’s perfect, the next thing you can do is a dynamic warm up before your workout, but if you just do this on a daily basis you will have better connection (mind body connection) with your body, you’ll reduce injury, you’ll increase performance and increase total body awareness, if you can tell, I’m slightly breathing a little bit heavier. You should focus on your breathing in the training. I was speaking so it’s hard for me to focus but while you are doing those movements, you should be going <INHALE> <EXHALE>… you’re gonna get more oxygen to the body and therefore increase performance, get more oxygen into the lungs – and going to feel better.
Alright, so this is Ian Hart with EarthFIT training. There you go, that’s mobility exercises from head to toe. Go ahead and do that 5-10 minutes a day and you’re gonna see how it changes your life and your performance.”
Committed to your success,
P.S. We are going to start including some of these routines in the warm ups before training sessions at EarthFIT. I think you are really going to love the restults.
P.P.S. THe feedback from the Parasympathetic workout and seminar has been incredible. If you missed that and would be interested in us doing it again, please let us know. If we have enough people interested, we may do it again.