Friday, April 8, 2016

Last Nights MBG TV show - question and answers

Last night Jess and i did a Q&A on our regular thursday night (5pm cst) webinar on MBG-TV and WOW did we have alot of great questions!
Questions on how do i start eating plant based? Educate urself with some great books;
  • the china study for education, for FACTS...this includes ALL the studies and facts
  • trhive diet by brendan brazier - for ATHLETE NUTRITION & STRESS, and how to do it...this includes meals and plans
  • your healthy journey - by dr. fred bisci: for ALL, its great, it gives plans to start where ur at.....FINDS YOUR PATH FROM WHERE YOU ARE TO WHERE YOU WANT TO GO...excellent, easy read too!!
  • eat for health books 1& 2 - by dr joel furhman; for all, different view on nutrition...not calorie counting but nutrient counting! totally different view.
  • THIS LIST - educates you by giving u the facts, giving you a few plans and simple steps to follow to get in great shape, have better energy, get leaner, stronger and feel....better:)
another solid question was from an older man who worries that joining a local functional training gym in his hood...think it was a crossfit gym... would it be too much? and he wanted my thoughts on it. this is a question ALOT of people today must run into as CF's and other functional training gyms are more common than when i opened the 1st one in america over 16 years ago.. my answer is simple;
  • first off....go on in and check it out
  • Does whatever gym ur interested in answer some basic questions for you?
  • FEEL do you dig it or not? 
  • Do you feel supported in YOUR goals, not there goals for you?
  • Do they start you where your at or at the same as everyone else...same level for all?
  • Do they know how to deal with your aches and pains?
  • Do they have a healthy community of support or is it all about ego, appearance, numbers?
THESE POINTS - are all about you and your path, not anyone elses path...being in a place that knows and appreciates where you are coming from is important...but also YOU knowing what you want...be specific in your goals...think big, crazy, have fun with it and then find a place that will support you in achieving your goals!! Goal set, find where you are today, make a smart and realistic plan of action (Massive Action Plan - MAP) to then take you from where you are to where you want to be....make this plan include small weekly goals on your path...think rungs on a ladder!!

hope this helps my friends, IF you want to be on the next live show you can!! IF you have questions you want to ask...do it!! We want to help people and planet to be healthier, stronger, happier!!

WANT TO LISTEN TO THIS MBG-TV SHOW LIVE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU2nh14A6FQ
Your friend
Jon

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Handstand Walking tutorial - step 2!!

Hey my friends, well it's Step 2 of my Handstand Walking tutorial....it's basic, simple stuff but you know what it works GREAT in getting new folks not only into a handstand, but doing Handstand walking! How well does it work? Well at just one CNT course a few years back we got all 23 students into holding a Handstand within 20 minutes....and that's 23 who had never even tried a handstand before!! Out of that 23, we then got 15 to walk on their hands in the next 5 minutes....no problem. So simple works just liket we teach at our Certified Natural Training (CNT) courses!!

SO, last week i showed you how to do step 1 in my Handstand Walking tutorial....just simply doing proper lateral handstand walking on the floor. Again, No Experience Necessary!

At the Monkey Bar Gym we do everything in 3 levels:
Stability / Strength / Power.
So for this weeks Handstand Walking Tutorial we'll begin at the 2nd step.....IF you can do the 1st step for 30 yards (15 yards each way with out stopping). IF you cannot hit the 30 yards in 1 set then keep working on it, improve the technique, improve the rhythm of the movement.
Stability Level - this is for beginners, folks coming off injury, older or overweight.....in any case...for them it's about getting aligned first and then progressing in challenge. In my handstand walking tutorial i like to get beginners use to the transitioning of weight and maintaining proper alignment while doing so.
Strength Level - this is the person who has some experience, has been doing our training for 6 months to over a year. A person who has good general fitness across the board. IF you have done the 30 yards pre-req. on the floor then you're good to go with step 2!
The exercise: Lateral Wall Handstand walking (LHW)
How to do LWHW?  start in incline plane with hands together and feet apart, then walk your feet up the wall until your hands are about 1 yard from the wall with hands closer together than the feet...so hands closer, feet wide is where you will begin. From here you follow the same hand feet patterning that you learned on the floor...hands together, feet apart TO moving laterally to hands apart, feet together. With this known, begin laterally handstand walking left for 5 steps and then back to your right for 5 steps....work this for 5 sets of 10 yards. When you can do this 50 yards total your next goal is to do the 50 yards in 4 sets, then 3 sets, then 2 sets. When you can do the 50 yards in 2 sets it's time to go for your 30 plus yard set!! When you can hit this then it's time to move up to step 3!!
What's the focus? Keep all points we teach while in incline plane with toes on the wall...arms straight, shoulders wide, body long from head thru heels and body (butt and belly) braced. Plus pay attention to how you can smoothly transition from one hand to the other hand....this is key for you to progress to your next stage which i will teach you next time....teaching how to properly kick up into handstands and then how to use the wall!!
Homework - 3 times over the next week do; 5 sets of 5+ yards each way of your Handstand Walking tutorial step 2....moving smoothly, transitioning both arm and leg at the same time, keeping the body aligned, arms straight, body long
WHAT I ASK OF YOU!!
i want to see you share how you are doing on your Handstand Walking tutorial by posting a video on our MBG facebook page...tag me and ask me to check out your form and i'll give you some feedback!

p.s. if you like what you have learned and want to learn more then our MBG online training membership might be perfect for you as we practice Handstand Walking all the time so you will be sure to improve alot on them:) Click the link to go sign up now!
Jon

Sunday, January 24, 2016

"Handstand walking Tutorial" step 1

Hey my friends, i've had many people ask me to layout a tutorial on various aspects of training
that we teach at our Certified Natural Training (CNT) courses....like how to jump high, run fast, walking on your hands and lots more:
Among my favorite topics to teach and most fun for all in attendance is learning how to walk on your hands.....a "Handstand Walking Tutorial"
Never done them before no worries, practice each step, get ownership of each step and you will get it in no time:
We'll take some time over the next few weeks so you can work on one aspect each week.
At the Monkey Bar Gym we do everything in 3 levels. So for this weeks Handstand Walking Tutorial we'll begin here;
Stability Level - this is for beginners, folks coming off injury, older or overweight.....in any case...for them it's about getting aligned first and then progressing in challenge. In my handstand walking tutorial i like to get beginners use to the transitioning of weight and maintaining proper alignment while doing so.
The exercise: Lateral handstand walking (LHW)
How to do LHW?  start in incline plane with hands together and feet apart, then moving to your left step your left hand and right foot at the same time...now you are hands apart, feet together. Keep moving in this manner for 5 steps left, then 5 steps back to your right.
What's the focus? Keep all points we teach while in incline plane...arms straight, shoulders wide, body long from head thru heels. Plus pay attention to how you can smoothly transition from one hand to the other hand....this is key for you to progress to your next stage which i will teach you next time....using the wall!!
Homework - 3 times over the next week do; 5 sets of 5+ yards each way....moving smoothly, transitioning both arm and leg at the same time, keeping the body aligned, arms straight, body long
tell me how it goes,
tell me what you learned from such a simple drill
AND THEN i'll share with you how to take it to the next level!
p.s. if you like what you have learned and want to learn more then our MBG online training membership might be perfect for you as we practice Handstand Walking all the time so you will be sure to improve alot on them:) Click the link to go sign up now!
Jon


Friday, January 8, 2016

Thoughts on Simple & Strong training and living!

    
Some thoughts:)
Today the world is all about getting everything now....a microwave culture of wanting immediate results. It has become an impatient place to live, short attention spans, short term results and then constant changes to find the quick answer....so what's the truth?
I feel it is the story of the tortoise and the hare. We've all heard it before....they race, the hare takes off and is way ahead, begins to gloat, laugh it up and become distracted...allowing the tortoise to catch him, pass him and win the race.
The moral of the story; is don't rush thru life as you miss out on all the beauty and glory of the slow path, the true path. When i think about taking the slower path v. the faster path, its easy to see why this is especially important today for many reasons....by rushing thru life we miss out on alot...to keep this short i'm going to talk about fitness and health only here:
Slow path                                                  versus                                           Fast path
Being patient in your strength training, training very strong, yet NOT going to failure or fatigue sets
V.
Rushing to improve as much as possible each workout and doing whatever it takes to improve each workout....meaning cheat on form as needed to improve your time, your score, your ego.
RESULT -
The Slow path teaches patience, teaches and develops self control and the knowledge and then the wisdom of staying to the path of becoming stronger
OVER
The Fast paths short term successes, ego fed workouts
that teach impatience, grow the ego, teach by any means necessary and this cheating and ego based training directly leads to imbalances in the body and mind and it only gets worse until one is completely trapped, in pain both mentally and physically.
So WHAT is a Simple & Strong training practice?
It's training towards your goals, challenging yourself daily while listening to how your body and mind are adapting.
Training at a very high level without breaking the bank....your body, mind and nervous system.
Training as an athlete does with intent to improve performance while being conscious of how
your training effects your sport or life. IF you train and gain in performance over each year then you're on the right path....if you train and end in constant bouts of aches, pains of up and down cycles throughout the year, then you're on the wrong path.
So HOW does one practice in a Simple & Strong manner?
refine form with a daily practice of movement, nutrition and balancing the body & mind
challenge all levels to improve without going to failure, fatigued reps or total destruction of the body and mind....okay occassionally yeah it's fun to crush yourself and that's cool but you need to understand when you do this it takes a good 2 weeks to recover so during that time ya gotta be
patient and allow recovery to happen...otherwise your running the same race....as the hare!!:)
hope this helps you in your training my friends!
that's just some thoughts:)
Jon


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Air, Water... and EYES:)

Friends Jared, Chris and me....meeting to train, breath and sit n the water:)
HEY MY FRIENDS!!:) hope ur all doing great! this last week has been cooool...literally:) the water is getting colder everyday now and right now it's down to about 36 - 37 degrees. Our training is coming along great....still making solid improvements each week, our plant strong nutrition is on point and the MBG is doing GREAT!!:) SO we're feeling pretty good! In my blog each week i'll do my best to relay anything new, answer questions anyone poses, share some of my training, nutrition, alignment training as well as other stuff i'm working on....which over the last year has included Vim Hoff breathing and cold water training and then the Bates Method for Eyesight training....SO hope u enjoy it, hope u ask any questions and hope this inspires you to reach higher....cause i believe in you my friends:)

Jess and I sitting for about 10 min in 37 degree water...chilling!
    NOW lets get to this week:) Two things i have really noticed a difference in are my ability to breath better and see better over the last year....thanks to two old tried and true methods of restoring the body, mind and eyes as well.
Thanks to Vim Hoff for bringing a very old method of healing to the forefront of the world today....his breathing and cold water techniques have taken something that people did not really think of, or believe in just a few years ago. He's proved the two work amazingly well at improving health of body and mind! WHAT am i talking about? Breathing deeply and sitting in cold water or a cold shower....individually they have immense power...together they change your life! Before athletes, native americans and many others knew the power of cold water...in the book the mighty atom he talked about deep breathing and cold water exposure....but it was un-clear as to how do i really go about doing them....Vim Hoff did it....not just making it up but he's been doing it for many years now and had studies done, set many cold water and cold exposure records to prove the mind has amazing strength. People now can follow a program to simple health methods that he has taken from the ages and refined to incredible levels of success!  My friends Jared and Chris learned from VH himself in Poland and are now teaching others his methods. IF interested, look to our FB pages soon to sign up for a april VHM course  they'll be teaching at MBG madison...it's gonna be an amazing time my friends!!
SIDENOTE: i've been doing the cold water since last January 1st ....up to todays 9 minutes in 37 degree water...and the VHM of breathing and cold water since about march or april when Jared and Chris came out and taught me the methods....Jessica has just started the cold water sitting in october up to todays with me and she's amazing at it...never shivers!!:) it's crazy...she's totally okay with staying in:) I'm shivering and she's totally chillin':) either way, she loves it and it's changed her life too!
    The second extra i'm working on is my Bates method of eyesight training....it's simple and i've noticed very solid improvements over the last 3 months!  You see the eyes are just like any other muscle in the body....they work hard all day, get tired and they need rest and recovery too....the BM teaches you just the right techniques to reverse poor eyesight and it takes about 15 minutes a day!
   The two together can take about 40 minutes of your time a day...but if u cold shower instead that's a big time saver!
I'll post some training, nutrition and other stuff for you all soon!
peace
jon

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Turning Stress into Strength!!

Hey my friends, owning your own business can be stressful....or doing whatever in LIFE can be stressful as well....overcoming stress AND working to become stronger!! now that is a good challenge! So today i'm going to talk a little bit about how i deal with work stress AND work on getting stronger on a daily basis.
Everything below is going to be a simple point that i will go into more detail down the road:
One - i realize life is what you make it and so i do my best to make mine an enjoyable one.
Two - Everyday i listen to my gut, spirit, and follow it....listening and not forcing is something i think most people eventually begin to do as they grow.
For sure i did not listen when i was younger....the result was a serious crash and burn....overworked, under-rested, over training, under-recovering = crash and burn!
So how do u listen to ur gut or spirit? Tired? Then rest? Anxious? Do what makes u feel relaxed and happy, something natural and something that gives balance back to you....for me it's doing something that connects me to the present....playing with my cats, doing some BASE or EY, riding my bike, going for a walk, just being outside or doing my breathing or cold water work....all bring my balance back.

HOW?  every day i eat in a way to improve how i feel...whole food plant based!
Every day i rest and relax to recover lost energy.
Every day i do my breathing (Vim Hoff Method) to strengthen my lungs, spirit, body and mind!
Every day i do my cold water (VHM again:) to challenge and strengthen my mind, body, spirit!
When i train if i feel at all stressed or tired (which if u have never had your own business then you may not understand....if u do or u have....then you will understand...it can be exhausting sometimes :) haha but it's ALOT different than working for someone is all i'll say now!
When this happens i completely NIX metabolic or speed based workouts in favor of simple and strong workouts. The deadlift is one of my favorites...it's whole body, it's simple and strong as helll!!:)
After training my wife jess and i go to the water....chill for about 10-15 minutes...literally!
Today e.g. it was 13 minutes in 36 degree water:) then we go eat something WFPB, then do some simple work in the afternoon...like writing a blog:) haha
These are my ways i take stress and make it into strength!
WHAT I DID TODAY:
dandy blend tea, 1 sweet potato and some nut butter
later, went to train, did BASE then did my S&S program:
  1. kettlebell deadlifts; work ups to 108s + bar (485lbs) x 1 felt good...best i've done since college! Since it's a PR, my next workout i'm going to do 6 x1's of 104s. https://www.facebook.com/jonnyhinds/
  2. Muscle ups: 5 x 5 working on little to no swing and they're coming along great! NEXT TIME: go to 6s!! after my sets i played with doing variations and i got about 3-4 different ones in a row. I remember my boy Zef easily doing 14 different ones in a row!! Thats BADASS!!
  3. Handstand push ups off 12" boxes: assisted with 1 BXT band 5 x 4,3,3,3,3 felt good next time going to 4,3's
Post workout - did cold water plunge 13 minutes and felt AWESOME after!!:) still feeling great hours later too....truly cool stuff!
Lunch: Had an awesome salad + tons of veggies and a little tuna....felt very good!
Well that's my day so far! hope this helps inspire or help you to live and b stronger mentally, physically and/or spiritually:)
peace and love my friends!
jon

Thursday, December 3, 2015

It's been a long time!!!:) I'm Back!!!:)

hey my friends, just found out it's been over a year since my last blog post! well i stopped cause
we were so busy with the mbg and getting the business streamlined (which it is now 110%!!!). So
blogging fell to the wayside.
Well i'm happy to say i'm back and i got ALOT TO SAY:)
First MBG Elite Training Course!!! Amazing!!!
First off i hope ur all doing great!
I am and looking forward to sharing with u all!
Just wanted to reach out and tell u i'm back but also to put it out there as to
what would u all like to hear from me?
I have always appreciated ur support! and want to continue to help u all as much as i can
moving forward....got alot happening that i know u all will really dig!!
So get ready my friends!! Big things a coming!!
Sincerely
Jon