I have had a bit of a crazy stressful week, the urge to write a blog post fell by the way side until I pushed myself out of the funk today and recorded a little video for you! Have an awesome weekend!
Last week Friday I wrote about the balance in our lives; I shared a video with you about how to wind down after a long day. I also said at the end of the post that I would go for a whole week without my phone. So, I decided that next week is the week to do it and I have put together some ground rules for week itself...
(If you want to skip to the video at the end of the post I talk you through a little bit of what I am writing about here).
This might be a highly ambitious week, the main thing I want to understand is the impact that my device has had on my life. I can quite honestly say that if I wake up in the middle of the night I’ll reach for my phone to see the time, then if I have a notification….. Well, it goes down hill from there, next thing I have been browsing Facebook for 20 minutes in the middle of the night.
Granted back in 2012/13 I would have woken up and spent 20 minutes having a cigarette and a can of coke. So I feel I have made progress, but still, there has to be a better way! I will do a short video log of each day’s results and how I feel, so stay tuned. Normal blog posts will go up on Monday and Friday. Monday being the 15 week big reveal! Obviously I won’t be out of contact for the whole week as I will have an hour of computer time every day.
I truly believe that it is a great thing to have so much technology around us, helping us, entertaining us. I’d just like us all to be mindful of the affects that these advances have on our lifestyles. In order to be mindful it is imperative that I understand how exactly it is affecting me.
Wish me luck and if you'd like to share your thoughts, or if you have any questions then please pop a comment below.
Have a great weekend! Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
Over the last few weeks I have been running several fitness classes, in every class I have tried to get each person to focus on two simple things.
There are a multitude of reasons for this which I’ll get into in a little bit. For now i’ll tell you a little story about the picture below.
I have always had a postural issues with my back, the technical term is hyper-kyphosis, it is something that I am extremely conscious about and I have not really covered in the blog so far. I believe that this posture stems from a lot of things, but probably compounded through golf and incorrect training methods over the years. I feel like I make an interesting case study for myself as I get to try techniques an learn a lot along the path of fixing myself.
For a long time, actually up until last year really I was paranoid about wearing any kind of T-Shirt or vest, I hated the way they felt and the fact that my back was noticeably round when wearing them. I always preferred wearing a polo shirt or golfing top because the collar just felt safer. This again was compounded by the psychological battering I took having the nickname Quasimodo growing up. There were plenty of other nicknames too but we’ll save those for another time.
I decided that the only way forward was to face my demons full on, tackle the postural issue once and for all. I got referred through my doctor to a physiotherapist about 2 years ago. She was not very helpful because I wasn’t actually in any pain and so I was told to pursue any issues privately. I decided to go and see a chiropractor who told me I was all bent out of shape.
Lots of money later I had a better understanding of how deep my pockets were and also the techniques I could use to strengthen my back. Slowly but surely with the right techniques I was able to get the result that you have seen in the picture above. A better looking posture over the golf ball for one, but a better posture in general.
So this leads me back to the start of the blog post:
You can tell a lot about a person through their posture, not just about their fitness level or their structural make up, but about the way their mind works too.
With that said there is a whole lot more to the holistic benefit of good posture that goes beyond fitness and into every day life. If you’d like to know more about this then put some feedback into the form below and I will contact you to set up a chat. In the mean time I hope that this information has been helpful.
Have a great weekend ahead!
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
At the beginning of 2012 I was a rather large and very angry person.
I remember one day very vividly... I woke up, got changed, had a morning cigarette and a coffee, then I waddled my way down the street to the doctor's surgery. I was very nervous about what the doctor was going to say and I really didn't want to walk, it was only about 2 minutes from where I was living at the time; but any form of exercise filled me with dread.
Despite my extreme lack of energy and the fact that I snuck in another cigarette just before walking through the doors (you know to catch my breath after a long walk) I felt at ease when I saw a chair free in the waiting room where I could prop myself up against the wall and zone out.
With sweat starting to glisten on my forehead and the reality that one chair was actually not enough space for me I began my wait for the doctor. I had been off work for a week and was feeling rather rubbish, in fact it was hard to remember a time back then when I had felt amazing and full of energy. Every day seemed like a fight for the next seat, to take the weight off my feet.
I ended up waiting about 30-40 minutes past my appointment time and there was still no word on when I was next or any kind of apology.
I was fuming! Angry that I couldn't leave and go for a cigarette in case my name was called, angry that I couldn't eat and angry for being kept waiting. I got so angry I decided to tell Facebook all about my situation. Check out this picture below...
WOW! Reading that through again made my eyes water with embarrassment, in 2012 I really did wish some terrible things on people that were merely trying to do their jobs.
When I did eventually get to the see the doctor I was greeted with the words, 'You look terrible.'
Not the most comforting sentence in the world, but by the end of the appointment I was signed off work for extremely high blood pressure. I was also sent off for blood tests, where I had to wait in another room for over an hour. It was okay though because that was a slightly longer walk. plenty of time to smoke and on the way back I got to stop and have some Pringles. That is funny because it is true. It was the little things like that which made my day seem less painful. Living from snack to snack or cigarette to cigarette.
What's the point of this story?
Well, it is safe to say the ranting is not one of my finer moments in life, especially since I was in that situation because of my lifestyle and lack of fitness. The only person I should have been angry with that day was myself. The other thing I learned was that I was putting a lot of hate and anger (negative energy) out into the world at the time.
I sometimes look back through my old posts on social media and I can't believe how miserable and angry I was. Sure, I was not in a very healthy phase of my life, but I must have been a really horrible person to be around. And at the time it got me NOWHERE.... All the ranting in the world couldn't get me out of the hole that I had dug myself.
My posts and general attitude in life has completely flipped around since that time, I put a lot of thought into things that I publish online and I try to be happy and positive when I'm around other people because I know first hand that negativity can be contagious.
My life is not all rainbows and butterflies though and I'm not trying to say that you should be fake, I'm simply suggesting that we should highlight the goodness in our lives and in the world because we ALL need it at this time.
I hope that in sharing that story you can have a chuckle and remember that we are all guilty of those negative thoughts at times. We are all guilty of blaming others for our own issues, but more importantly we all have to power to change the situation that we are in and adopt a more positive approach to life.
This weekend let's think about the way in which we present ourselves to the world, Let's go into the next week feeling good! Let's start a hashtag trend - #ENDTHERANTING
Have a great day.
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
In March 2015 I made a video and put it up on YouTube - I called it Confidence and Calisthenics… Not a bad video if you ask me, I had no script, I stood in front of a camera and mumbled and jumbled my way through my points. I’d like to think that I have matured a bit since then, kind of like a fine wine… I remember making that video thinking, “Man, I’m a badass! I did clapping press ups and EVERYTHAAAAANG!”
Truth be told, if you compare that video to other fitness professionals out there you might chuckle to yourself. I was however the fittest I have ever been at that stage and the video is just a milestone in my journey. I started looking back over my old videos, mostly to cringe at my meekness, but to try and see how freely I was moving my body. The point I came to in the original video (you can view it here) is that you should never stop striving to be the best you that you can be. You should embrace the journey and believe in yourself.
It is great to set goals and get going in a direction for change, but understand that goals change, life moves and flows and I found that I had to be open to that. When I finished my first 90 day program I realised that my goals had shifted, fitness had become a journey not a destination.
Too many people join a gym or start a home workout DVD with the idea of getting to a finishing point. What I came to realise, and what I hope I can share with you, is that you don’t need to draw a line in the sand to stop at when you’ve got the whole beach to enjoy!
Everything starts with that little bit of confidence though, that little bit of self belief that says, ‘today I am going to do something positive.’ My confidence took a huge leap forward when I decided that I was going to keep striving for FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT for my body. It is the foundation of all my sessions with all my clients.
With that said, I have spliced together a video below of my progression over a year. Sure some of the moves are different, but it is quite crazy to see the freedom I have with my body now. I haven’t made this video to be boastful, I made it with the intention of sharing my journey to show what is possible if you just have a little faith in yourself and you keep working on your journey to the strongest you.
No matter what you are going through right now, just put one foot in front of the other and keep believing in yourself because your journey will turn out to be magical!
STAY STRONG and KEEP MOVING!
For the longest time I truly believed that people were inherently annoying, idiotic and downright useless. I'm sure that everyone has fallen victim to thinking things like that, especially with some things that happen in the world these days.
It took a long time for me to realise that despite the bad in the world there is a tremendous amount of good that happens every single day! It took me even longer to realise that instead of complaining and being unhappy with things, I could change and be a positive influence rather than a negative one. You'll be able to read more about this in next week's Monday post... It will be a good one, trust me.
If you can make someone smile, just once in a day, you could potentially save their lives. You could make their day go from being rubbish to being out of this world! You have the power inside of you to make someone laugh you just have to be open to making it happen.
A few weeks ago I posted my shovel dance on Facebook, the video got so many comments and laughs from people that I decided to film another one with Ben (who I have written about before). We got even more laughs and questioned by so many people to do another one..... So we did...... Now I'm no Stephen Spielberg, but I think we did a good job at this one. The message is simple, THE SHOVEL DANCE WILL MAKE YOU SMILE! Simple. If you don't believe me, just try it... Here is a video to help you along! If you really want to make people smile then film it and share it online!
Now that you have had a laugh you can start your weekend off on the right foot! Remember to go out there, STAY STRONG, KEEP MOVING and of course.... KEEP SHOVELING!
Today I thought I would share something that I don’t talk about with a lot of people. It is one of the major reasons that I write this blog, one of the major reasons that I have a quirky sense of humour and why I try to make people smile and be positive each day.
When I was in high school I was bullied for a couple of years; it got to the point where I had to leave the school I was at. At the time it felt like the whole world was against me and I actually feared going out in public for a while simply because I was scared that I would see someone from school.
It was a pretty rough time and I’m sure that if I were to go back in time and be a fly on the wall it probably wouldn’t be as bad as I thought it was. I truly believe that going through that stage in my life made me stronger; it made me acutely aware of the kinds of people and personalities that exist in the world. It took a while but it made me understand that there is no good reason to hide who you are. We are all unique characters and I believe that we have the ability to be a positive force in each other’s lives. The reason I bring this up is because I made this video below the other day and posted it on my social media for all my friends. There have been a few funny videos of late where I have been dancing; they have all made people comment and laugh, I figured that this one would be no different. It is a one minute video so give it a watch, if you haven’t seen it already.
The first feedback I got about the video after posting it was really negative, quite hurtful comments, not your average troll or hater; these words cut deep. The comments almost made me take the video down. For a moment I regressed to my teenage self. After some deliberation I decided to keep the video up because I didn’t want compromise my values. My values for life and Raw Motion Fitness are to make the world a happier, healthier place, a place where people feel better and enjoy life. Does the video check those boxes? Yes. Is the video a little stupid and silly? Yes.
I feel if I can make people laugh and relax, even if they are laughing at me not with me then my job is done. You see, ever since my experience at high school I have always strived to be myself. I have always strived to get a long with most people. I was being silly in the video, but that is part of who I am; and my Ukulele skills…. Well they are far from musical but I try not to take myself too seriously all of the time. If we take life to seriously all the time then we are in danger of losing touch with ourselves.
For a split second I let someone else dictate my thought processes and I doubted myself, there is a lesson in that. You have to believe in yourself in order to be yourself, you don’t need much self belief to start building momentum. Sure, you’ll have set backs in confidence throughout life but ultimately if you can create a positive energy in your life then that will always trump the negative energy.
My mission to you this fine day is to go out there and be yourself, if you don’t know how then just start with having some fun. As long as your intentions are good and you have a smile on your face then you can’t go wrong!
I’ll catch up with you in the next blog post where I have a special story to share with you.
Tune in again soon, STAY STRONG and KEEP MOVING!
Over the year I have had to learn a lot of really in depth stuff, training modalities, psychology and human behaviours, how to manage a website and how to tie shoe laces so they don't come undone in a HIIT training session. :-)
I thought to myself, 'What would be the things that have stood out for me since I started Raw Motion Fitness?' Then I thought I'd jot them down for you, after all, sharing is caring and I want to keep this blog as a nice blurb of my thoughts as I go through my journey. So here we go:
So there you have it; my top three things to really embrace some positive change in your life. Now don't just think that by reading this and trying things once you'll miraculously have a better situation, it takes persistence and dedication to create the life and body that you would like. I address these types of things in my programming with clients because I believe fitness is more mental issue than physical for a lot of people. I hope that these points have helped and if you'd like to explore them more with me on the phone then pop off an enquiry form below.
Have a great day and please share this with friends and family, or drop a comment below if you have any thoughts on the 3 things I have mentioned.
Most importantly Stay Strong and Keep Moving.
One of my all-time favourite movies is Joe Dirt, and for anyone that knows me might think I say that because of my sense of humour. However I like the movie for a few other reasons, yes toilet humour is always going to make me smile but more importantly Joe Dirt (David Spade's) attitude is the thing I admire most.
Joe gets treated poorly from a very young age when his family abandon him at the Grand Canyon; he was also set back in life as his mother had him wear a mullet hairstyle which he never changed. (You'll understand why if you watch the movie.) And it is safe to say mullets never looked good on anyone... This leaves him open to abuse throughout his life in the movie and everyone tells him that he is a white trash loser.
Despite all of the negativity Joe faces each day and the ridicule for some of his more stupid moments in the movie he has some classic sayings.... "Life's a garden. Dig it!" And "You just gotta keep on keeping on." He stays positive, focused on his goal of finding his parents and meets amazing people along the way; the most valuable thing is that he finds out what is important to him and that good things do happen to good people.
You can't really beat that for a feel good movie if you ask me. You also can't beat that for sound life coaching tips straight out of Hollywood - life truly is a garden and you have to put in the hard work to make it blossom. If you keep on going and never give up on yourself you'll see the results.
If you haven't been able to watch Prince Ea's latest motivational video then I suggest you click and watch it below. One of my favourite lines from the video is, "there is no such thing as a smooth mountain, if you wanna make it to the top then there are sharp ridges that must be stepped over." We just have to keep going!
So the big question is, what are you going to do today that ensures you never give up on your dreams?
Have a great weekend!
Stay Strong and Keep Moving
I have a question for you this fine Friday! Have you ever met a person who is a walking enthusiast that is really overweight? I have known a few really avid walkers in my time and they always seem to be pretty fit and in good health.
The reason I ask that question is because I believe that walking is one of the most overlooked forms of exercise when it comes to making a lifestyle change. Sure, running tends to be one of the most popular 'goto' exercises for those who want to lose weight; and studies by the institute of people who study stuff have said that running is more efficient at reducing BMI, as we expend more energy. (Who would've thought? :-) )
I think that we always have to take into consideration that not everyone can run, or jog, I certainly couldn't run when I was starting out, in fact even when I did start running to lose weight I got injured because I was probably too heavy to do it. I truly believe that it is the most under-utilised forms of exercise. Take for instance yesterday, I walked 6.15 kilometres around the gym as well as on a nice scenic walk down a footpath. If you combine the walking my workout of 400 calories then yesterday's calorie burn was 700 calories. Using my very complicated mathematical equation that is a good 300 calories burned through walking.
Granted not everyone thinks that they have the time to walk 6.15 kilometres a day, but think about the nature that you could be missing out on.We all have a tendency - especially in the UK - to look outside and think about how green and beautiful the grass is somewhere else in the world; meanwhile there is natural beauty all around us, we just have look for it.
When I hear someone say that they want to lose weight but don't know where to start my first reaction is to talk about healthy fresh nutrient dense food. My second reaction is to recommend developing a habit of walking every day; and if the goal is not to lose weight but feel better my ingredients remain the same.
If you don't believe that you'll see results in how you feel then try it for a week, put one foot in front of the other and let them lead you away from the craziness of the world for 30 minutes to an hour a day. Not only will you discover some really awesome places, but you might just discover something about yourself along the way!
Have a great weekend ahead!
Stay Strong and Keep Walking!
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Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.