Posts

Showing posts from November, 2011

Question of the Day and Bar-barian workout...SICK ONE TODAY!!:)

Erin changed up yesterdays stamina workout to a wicked card deck....it's hitting em right here!!!:) haha
QUESTION OF THE DAY: What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you beat yourself up for not being a perfect model? Are you never satisfied? OR are you the one in a million who gives yourself props...looking good!! OR do you simply not judge and look to see if you look clean or not without any negativity? I ask this because in hearing people beat themselves up for so many years and doing a bit myself:) I just wanted to ask and hear what most people say. Guessing most beat themselves up a bit and are never satisfied. IF this is the case, here's a little thing i do that i learned a great lesson from an overweight client along time ago:) She was a very sweet lady, about 200lbs and maybe 5' tall:) The lesson was simple, she saw me working out and looking at myself in the mirror (now i said this was a looooong time ago:) haha....anyways she said have you ever tried to no…

Power Plant Video! Badgers beat Penn State and todays results!

Here is a video of an awesome Power Plant Meal Jessie made.....it was Off the Hook!!!:)
Today was a very busy day, testing out some new products (cant tell you yet:), Did a photo
shoot for the Wisconsin State Journal at MBG Madison....it's been 10 years since the WSJ
did it's original article on my MBG and alots changed since then:) It was very cool and we
had alot of fun during the shoot, the photag Craig was cool and he had a blast shooting
the noon class. Then after a quick smoothie stopped by the brand new Lifeline USA building
which is huge! and we worked on two of my new products, then we drove back here to chicago!
Whew long day:)
FUN QUESTION OF THE DAY: If you had to do an MMA fight against a hollywood star who would it be and why? haha It could be someone you dont like:) someone who's funny:) whatever!!:) 
MBG 1 restoration & sleep - did some warrior poses, indian clubs and my shoulder routine with the chest expander. For sleep went to bed later than i wanted …

15/15 results, traveling and fixing back pain, INTENSITY and Love story!!:)

Image
Traveling and fixing back pain - sitting in a car, plane or train you can jack your back up....WHY the seats are shaped the opposite way of our backs i'll never understand...instead of having lumbar support the seats cave your back in??? What's that all about? What person thought that up and WHY is it still in place??? Ahh oh well, it is what it is:) So how do you deal with the negative affects of these seats? First off, stay on your path of doing your Eischens Yoga beginner sequence every single day...even if it's ONE BREATH each pose, it does wonders. Put a big focus on your breath, get into the pose, breath in, breath out, move to next pose...it's simple but it works...quickly you'll find yourself holding each pose for 2-3 breaths or longer:) After the base sequence is done make sure then to do rest pose, get in a completely comfortable position while laying down, breath in (nose), breath out (mouth), focus purely on each breath...work your way from 4:2 counts a…

Power Jumper Muscle Ups!! Sleep, Eischens and todays results!!

Check out how awesome the Power Jumper is for assisting Muscle ups (my good friend Paul Fogg made me re-think this one we tried out over a year ago in madison and the bar system didnt allow for it but when i saw him doing it on a weight rack on a video and i knew i had bars that could make it work i had to try it:) and....of all the MU"s i've ever done from JGXT to jump to walk ups this is easily the best way to assist them....I began using 2 bands to assist (maybe 60lbs of assistance)....and it helped a good amount and enough so that i can work on breaking my bad habits of kipping so much (kip then pull is the bad habit)....with the Power Jumper assisting me i can work on my technique and working to stay close to the bar and IF i use my legs...to use them at the same time that i'm pulling, not after. This works perfect my friends and because of the way the power jumper lays it doesnt give to much and then drop off to nothing which is great!
QUESTION FOR YOU ALL: and pleas…

My Sleep Quest, Todays Results and BJJ Master Luiz Claudio is a bad bad Bunny?:)

Image
Well my friends i've been writing my blog for a little over a year now and it's time i work aloud on one of my biggest challenges i've had in my training life......SLEEP! Yep:) this is a challenge i've had since i was  a little boy staying up late to make sure everyone was home and asleep first, then i could go to sleep:) Well for some reason i still have a big challenge getting 8 hours sleep a night....most of my life i get about 5 hours a night and i must admit this makes training hard very difficult. SO, because of this i havent felt as strong as possible alot of the time. SO i decided to infront of all of you....to do something about it, to put myself on a sleep workout plan....to focus on my sleep, to learn about it, to apply what i learn like i apply to my own workouts. So although i know alot of my issues from my younger days mentally jack up my sleep....it time to face it head on and get myself sleeping like a champ. SO from now on i'll be posting my sleep,…

15/15 x 30 minutes???? YES!!! And 1 awesome Kale recipe!

Image
Got to say this is the best MBG Training cycle we've ever done! Todays workout was insane! Made even more insane by the fact Jess and i wanted to add in more bodyweight to the mix today and totally crushed ourselves:) haha Ah well now we get to rest and recover til monday!
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF YOUR TRAINING? To look a certain way? To be connected to your body and mind? To feel amazing, happy and healthier than ever? Or to feel a part of something amazing? OR TO HAVE IT ALL?
Well my friends....i think alot about training, why i love it so, why i opened my Monkey Bar Gym and why it is such an amazing place....because it is true and honest, it's simple, strong, a place all can come to and feel a part of something special and positive for people and planet. It is crazy....The VIBE goin on right now at the MBG's is what i dreamed about over 11 years ago when i first opened....seeing the love people have for teaching and training at MBG's is priceless. Just loving it my friend…

Day 2 & 3 workout results, 1 amazing Plant Strong Recipe!!

Image
The word is out my friends and it is GOOD!! This 8 week MBG Cycle is amazing!!:) During the last 8 week cycle alot of you gave us some great feedback and we listened and applied it to this cycle and already all the members here and online have said they love it! I got to admit i'm feeling pretty dang good myself too from the first 3 workouts this week....sore but good!!
SOME QUESTIONS ASKED:  (what are some more you'd like to know?)
Can we add some legs into the Monday and Wednesday workouts for those of us that only train M, W, F....so we added the LEGS BUYOUT and man they are wicked hard! Another question on todays workout was How do i do the Bar-barian test part if i am not at the level of passing it yet? Simple my friends...you have 6 minutes, 1:12 at each of the 5 stations or exercises. Do your best to hit the requirement...if you hit it, cool, move on to the next one, if you drop early, you're done, write down what you did. No stopping and resting and then starting bac…

Day 1 New Cycle: My 3 Training Rules! Great 20 min workout! Powerful Plant Meals!!

Cool video of China Town Playground in NYC:) Feels great to be starting with this new 8 week cycle, Todays workout is Either
a prison 10-1 of press ups and pull ups (L seats) OR 20 minutes amap of each exercise:
Since getting back Jessie and i have been playing catch up and feel like starting the new
8 week cycle is right on time for us as we've just gotten caught up and we're ready to get started!
Part of that was resting the last few days, doing alot of restorative work and Eischens Yoga poses
and also shopping like crazy the last two days so we eat 100% of our meals at home! That is such
a positive way to eat it's incredible. Saves money, gets you eating cleaner, you control everything you eat...that is a huge point....more focused, more results. Knowing what you're eating ahead of time relaxes your mind and gives more confidence for your day and plan!
Follow your plan for: eating (clean), 8 week cycle (simple strong and progressive training) and restoration (eischen…

Brooklyn visit + Travel JGXT Workout Video + My Healthy Travel guidelines!

Here is a great strength and stamina JGXT Travel Workout i did in my BK hotel room!
This is how it goes; 10-1 style but you stay with that same exercise until done with it, resting only the same amount of breaths as reps that you just did...so do 10 reps, then 10 breaths, then 9 and 9, 8 and 8 etc til done. It amounts to a great strength workout with the added bonus of stamina work too!!
HOW DO YOU TRAVEL AND STAY HEALTHY or MBG 3?
Well that is simple and here are some of my guidelines: No doubt you do not have control of these so you do the best you can on all points.
Travel to places i like to go and visit, places that have great energy!See people i want to hang out with... people that have great energy!Stick to your schedule as best as you can. This is huge to making sure you get stuff done everyday for yourself and if your like me training and eating are big parts of that:)Make sure wherever you go it has many healthy options / places to eat...ask before leaving if needed.So the bi…

Great SPINACH SMOOTHIE VIDEO!! Great BK bike ride:)

Image
Here's a GREAT SMOOTHIE video i pulled out as i cannot load ANY pictures or videos tonight???? ODD oh well this is a very tasty smoothie and thought it might help some of you to see me make it...i know watching first hand helped me alot:) Fun Sunday here in Brooklyn, after a long day of about 8 hours on saturday, today was all on the bikes and just a quick workout in my hotel room with the JGXT:) rode about 25 miles again today, mostly following the marathon path in BK, then did 5 laps of prospect park in brooklyn....beautiful park!! ever get a chance check it out....i'm really digging brooklyn, really cool neighborhoods and people:) It's really interesting how many cool people the Bar-barians hang out with:) haha Like attracts like....this is something we talked about on the ride too.
Last night i was talking to some people and this lady was saying that everyone in her family is likely to have cancer....and she said nothing she can do...it's her genes....i said it'…

New Puppy!!! 15/15 meet Bar-barian requirements:)

Image
Jessie and i just got our new puppy two nights ago at a dog rescue in oak park...we named him Stoney:) he's awesome:) Nuka is already playing with him like he's her baby:) very cute:)
He's a good puppy and we're very happy and so is Nuka and that is a big reason we got him...for her:)
MBG 1 restoration - in doing my Eischens Yoga this morning i focused purely on maintaining extension completely on all poses...feeling it fully on each pose, no parts of my body NOT feeling extension...that was and is my focus...can i make each part lets say while in standing mountain to feel engaged in extension? That is the challenge and the key to really feeling amazing while doing EY, at least for me it is and it works....IF you focus on it:)
MBG 2 training - Jessie and i trained together today and as we are both training for the Bar-barians requirements we want to put great focus on improving on the muscle ups, dips, pullups, push ups and more muscle ups....SO we thought lets get the …