InnerFight Apparel

We have a new shipment of mens apparel that has just arrived. We are also working on a new collection for women as well as new platform that it will be available on. For the time being please mail directly on winning@innerfight.com to secure your order or for any questions.
Long short (Knee length)
 Singlet
Split short shorts 
 
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Attitude toward pain….

I came across the below quote from Terri Schneider, a sports psychologist and endurance athlete. Its a quote that I would encourage you to read a few times over and then start to think about the way that you deal with pain when it arises in your journey toward your goal, no matter what that goal is.

“Going deeper and deeper into that relationship with your pain allows you to see yourself within that moment and after you finish in a different light. It’s about the possibility of who we are, really.”

Hands up!

We may not all want to have the softest hands in the world but at the same time we probably don’t want the roughest either, so how do we take care of our Calluses?

Getting calluses on our hands is something that almost everyone will face at some stage or another, even if you are a total poser and have the latest gloves. The issue with calluses is that they grow, don’t worry they are not going to take over your entire body…….

but they will make a nice mess of your hands if you let them. Your hands rip or the callus forms, next time you go to the gym you hit the same spot and the callus tears and takes some of the good skin with it, it starts to heal and then you hit the gym again and the process repeats so before you know it you have a callus that’s double the size in less than a week.
Now its all very good being big and macho about it but when your hands are in such a mess that you can hardly pick anything up then your quest for ultimate machoness is going to take quite a hit. What we want is people in action and able to train for a larger amount of time than they are sat out nursing their hands.
I want to share 2 things with you that I have found very helpful to keep my hands in shape and my down time due to torn hands to a minimum.
The first thing I do daily is scrub my hands everyday with something similar to a pumice stone, what this does is file away the dead skin that forms the callus. This way there is limited skin to rip the next time I’m in the gym. You have to get aggressive about it, you are filing down skin so don’t hold back. Another option that people like to use is a razor, this is probably for the braver among us and needs a little more caution.
Secondly before bed every night I generously apply an ointment that I found in Australia which is Paw Paw ointment. Its made from Papaya and feels a bit like vaseline. Especially if you sleep in a cool room (which you ought to) there is a great tendency for the fresh eroded hands to dry out. This ointment stops this and promotes healing on any cuts.
Bottom line here it that at some stage you are going to suffer some hand damage and if you don’t fix it it won’t fix itself so take a few easy steps and your down time will decrease as will your pain.

Make kids eat well….and watch them excel!

I was recently caught in a very heated discussion with a mother of four, not an easy situation to be in when we were discussing the health and nutrition of kids today and I have none of my own. Luckily I was able to offer up a few thoughts and solutions that brought somewhat of a smile to this particular mother.

The gist of the discussion was two fold, primarily based around the issue of what to pack in kids lunch boxes and what to feed them, leading on from this the impact of the food that they are fed on their behavior and acceptance by other children.
My advice was simple
(knowing that this particular mother follows a clean diet) in giving the kids the same food as you eat when you are at home and pack them a lunch box that you would pack yourself for when they go to school. It seems that my second comment was going to prove somewhat harder to execute than I thought. Protests like: “the other kids will laugh at me mummy” or “what you eat is not for kids” as well as just an outright “I don’t like what your packing” are what emerges when that protocol is followed.
There are clearly a number of child psychology issues on behavior surrounding this issue and the impact that it can have on the kids and being a sports psychologist and not a child psychologist I will tread very carefully but a few of things jumped into my mind.
I couldn’t help remembering a quote from Arnies book “drink protein shakes in public”. This wraps up our acceptance issues nicely, you have to get used to being a bit different and others have to get used to you being a bit different. Very soon its all normal for the kids and those around them.
Secondly its education, kids see other kids food, they taste it and of course they love it as its full of synthetics so they want it. They have to understand from an early age about the dangers of it and be taught what’s good. Given the good diet of the mother I was talking to she is immediately a good role model.
Another thing we have to weigh up is what extent are we willing to go through some temporary issues to achieve longer term benefits. Its not all straight forward. You want to live a healthier lifestyle, some things have to go which often hurt, there is a certain amount of physical suffering in many cases to get where we want to be. As Lance Armstrong once rightly said: “the pain is temporary, if I quit it lasts forever”
This is by no means a straight forward subject and its littered with sensitivities and natural concerns of the effects on the kids mental state. We are surrounded by fast food chains that are convincing the younger generations that their food is what they need. The education has to start in the home and I would encourage parents to stand strong on this and continue to educate their children in what’s good for them rather than accept what society is slowly believing…..the nonsense these fast food chains can afford to advertise!
When its all said and done you have a simple choice, sacrifice the health of the kids and feed them trash or condition and educate them on wha’ts good and watch them excel!