The InnerFight Pannel

        Being the best you can be and striving to reach the ultimate performance state is what I am striving to help people around the world to do. With this in mind I have teamed up with 3 awesome people as guest writers on the InnerFight blog.
Through having these guys work with me, we will cover a wider range of topics as well as delivering different angles and thoughts on performance.

Neil Flanagan:
“Neil Flanagan is a naturally gifted sportsman and has excelled in all sports. He turned his hand to from semi-professional football to competitive swimming. His ability, composure, and mental strength has brought him success across a number of sports and more recently lead him to the world of triathlon.
In 2011 Neil completed Ironman Hawaii (his debut Ironman) in a highly impressive time of 10 hours 51 minutes having never run a marathon before. In May 2012 he went on to qualify for Team Great Britain in the world triathlon championships in New Zealand in October 2012 where he will race the sprint distance triathlon.

What Neil will bring to http://www.innerfight.com as a guest writer is a point of view from a non traditional triathlete who has caused great waves in this sport in a very short time. He has become obsessed with getting the most out of his body by being open to a holistic approach to performance, there is literally no stone that remains unturned in Neil’s quest for ultimate performance.” 
Connect with Neil: TWITTER, BLOG

Mirella Clark:
“Mirella believes that health and fitness is a lifestyle choice. She is a highly qualified strength and conditioning coach and a specialized Bio Signature practitioner based in the UAE with clients around the globe
Female strength and fat loss is a passion for Mirella, she not only enjoys pushing clients beyond their limits, but the ultimate goal is to educate her clients, so that achieving better body composition becomes a lifestyle choice for the future, not just a ‘fad diet’ or an unsustainable mission to get a “bikini body.”
As an athlete, Mirella knows how to train her body and mind and amongst a vast array of sporting achievements. She placed 7th female in the 2010 extreme fitness event “Tough Guy.”
Mirella works predominantly with women, coaching them to get the best out of their lives, through education and coaching on the best training, diet and lifestyle approaches to adopt. It is this experience and insight that she will share in her posts on http://www.innerfight.com.”

Connect with Mirella: TWITTER

Marti Susanne:

 
“As a fat loss specialist, strength and conditioning coach, Marti Susanne is passionate about female health.  With a keen interest in functional medicine and psychology she takes a holistic approach with her clients, combining training, nutrition and hormone profiling to get results.  She specializes in establishing lifestyle programs for females that promote long term sustainable transformations to optimally healthy living.
Marti’s attitude is simple: “Believe it; you will achieve it.” Coming from a medical corporate background, Marti understands the high demands placed on our “go-getter” society and the affects it has on health and weight. Due to her passion for being in great shape and living a healthful life, Marti changed career so she could help support others live life to the full in great shape! 

In writing on http://www.innerfight.com Marti will deliver her experience and advice on female health and performance. As someone that has turned their life around in the pursuit of being as healthy and successful as possible I hope that Marti will inspire our female followers.”
Connect with Marti: TWITTER, BLOG

David Hass:
“David is a cancer support group and awareness program advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. In addition to researching the many valuable programs available to patients and those effected or interested in learning more about cancer, David also blogs about programs and campaigns underway at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. David has been successful in creating fitness ideas for those dealing with cancer, while creating relationships with similar organizations.
For a disease that has and is touching so many of our lives we are grateful to have someone of Davids stature as a contributing writer on http://www.innerfight.com.” 
Connect with David: FACEBOOK, TWITTER, E-MAIL

Dr Adam Sayers:
“Dr Adam Sayers qualified with a Masters Degree in Chiropractic from the University of Johannesburg in 2007 and has opened and practices at 2 family wellness practices in Johannesburg South Africa. He is also a lecturer at the University of Johannesburg where has supervised a number of research projects.
Dr Sayers passion for improved general health and the empowerment of people to make the right health and lifestyle choices reflects in his personality, work and lifestyle. He is an incredibly active individual and combines InnerFight training, Kettlebells and CrossFit to maintain his physique.
We are honored to have some one of Dr Sayers caliber as a guest writer on http://www.innerfight.com and look forward to the angle and experience that he will bring to the users.”
Contact Dr Sayers: TWITTER, E-MAIL

What about a 250km run in 7 days!

It’s always interesting when I get a call or a mail from someone who has signed up to test their body in the most grueling conditions and wants to come over for a “chat”. My immediate reaction is always the same; “Yes, come” as my excitement rises with the prospect of meeting another like minded human being who just wants to continue to test what the human body can do and get the most out of their life.*(see note at bottom of post)
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On May 8th I got a mail from Doris Matlok asking me if there were any places left on the Become Superhuman Seminar with Ben Greenfield. There was, and Doris attended. A quiet and pleasant lady who seemed to soak up the great information that was delivered over the 2 days.
It was a month later when a mail dropped into my inbox from “Doris Matlok”, the name sounded familiar! The content of the mail was short but I understood it clearly:
“I’m doing a 250km run across the Sahara in 5 months’ time…..I need to get stronger and leaner……… I will be self supported so I have to carry my food and sleeping bag, emergency kit etc etc.”
When I get mails like this my emotions are mixed, unreal excitement, but of course my attention to detail of the vast array of factors that need to be considered for such a race echo around my mind. If you do not address every component of performance then you are leaving too much to chance.
We are now 3 months away from the start of this epic race and preparation is in full flow of. Strength is a key factor that we address. Humans were made to run, we are surprisingly good at it, but my challenge is how we make athletes perform at optimal efficiency for sustained periods of time. Nutrition and supplementation are essential not only for the race itself but even more so for the training leading up to the race. Lifestyle and stress levels play an underrated part in preparation for any physical event nevermind one of this stature. And of course rest and recovery which from my work with endurance athletes especially is so often over looked but is a component that is as important as the physical training itself.
Doris is no novice in endurance sports with not 1 but 2 Ironman triathlons to her name. This makes my job slightly easier as she knows how the mind works, how she can use it to her advantage and what a huge roll it will play during her 7 day run, but that is just one part of performance! The journey that we are on to cover all other areas of performance and get Doris to the start line and through the race in the best possible all round shape is what matters the most!
You can keep up to date with Doris’s preparations for this great run by following her on twitter, following her blog or joining her Facebook group. Doris will also be raising funds for the Black Dog Institute, for donations please CLICK HERE
*I am currently working with a number of athletes around the globe with varied physical goals ranging from Doris to a Team GB Triathlete as well as a novice cyclist embarking on a 750km traverse of the Pyrenees in 4 days, various triathletes, a guy that came to me at 150kg weight standing at 180cms tall, CrossFit athletes and golf professionals. Each person has difference needs when it comes to performance, the key is to cover all aspects of performance so that these people achieve their current goals and live their life to the fullest.
InnerFight founder Marcus Smith is a high performance coach with a wide array of clients on all matters related to performance. For more information how he can help you increase your performance contact him direct at ms@innerfight.com


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From the fittest to the fattest

What an awesome experience I had in the USA.
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I  witnessed the crowing of the fittest male and female on earth and also saw what I believe is possibly the fattest group of people on earth.
Seeing Rich Froning and Annie Thorisdottir win the title of fittest on earth was amazing. Not only to be able to watch these two live but to be able to see those that made the finals of the CrossFit games 2012 all in the same arena live giving all that they have in their quest to be the best. It was a true demonstration of what the human body can do once the mind is controlled. 
The man is not human!
At the other end of the spectrum, the sugar fueled obesity crisis (35.7% of the population and 17% of children) seems to be at an all time high in America. The source of the problem is so clear and having watched the documentary “The men that made us fat” prior to my visit, my senses were perhaps heightened.
No escaping cupcakes round here @lovesweetstuff
Every mall has one

There were 2 things that struck me and are clearly major contributors to the issue. The first was the amount of “junk food” outlets. Its actually not easy to find healthy food. What this leads to is that people think this type of food is perfectly normal! A frightening norm to relate to. 


The second is the word famous “soda”. The American serving sizes make a standard 330ml can seem like dwarfs play. A litre serving of soda is dispensed readily everywhere you go and is the “norm”! Everyone is walking around with litre cups of sodas and many choose the bigger servings to fuel their sugar addiction for only a few extra cents.


It’s just amazing to see both extreme ends of the spectrum in one place. 
What’s your take on the standard American diet and their increasingly growing portion sizes?
 

InnerFight founder Marcus Smith is a high performance coach with a wide array of clients on all matters related to performance. For more information how he can help you increase your performance contact him direct at ms@innerfight.com


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This weeks InnerFight training 29-07-12

“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
Winston Churchill

InnerFight founder Marcus Smith is a high performance coach with a wide array of clients on all matters related to performance. For more information how he can help you increase your performance contact him direct at ms@innerfight.com


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Everyday you have a choice!

“Every morning when I wake up I have a choice, I could hit the snooze button and rest 5 minutes, or I could get up and get to work. I work because i don’t want to reach the point where I’m tired and give the other guy an edge. But when I do get tired, and it will happen, I want to remember that I’ve been there before, and that I got through it then too. Because when that bell rings, that whistle blows or that buzzer sounds, i don’t wanna think ‘what if’ I’d just rather think ‘I’m glad I did’.

Trying is the key!

Wise words from a true legend!

I can remember so clearly listening to Lance Armstrong as he said: 


“On a given day only one person can win a race and no one wins all the time, we all experience what it feels like to lose, it’s how we react that matters” 


Michael Jordan has a similar take on it this quote. I managed to snap in a Nike town store:


“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
As we go through life, be it in our sporting life, work life, home life or any aspect of life we are going to encounter failure, we are going to come second, we are going to fall short. That’s the way life is. The way that we react is what we can control. Getting back up and giving your best shot the next time is what counts and that’s a decision that you have to make. 



InnerFight founder Marcus Smith is a high performance coach with a wide array of clients on all matters related to performance. For more information how he can help you increase your performance contact him direct at ms@innerfight.com

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White Noise and Eye shades

In this post I want to share 2 things with you that I use often whilst traveling as well as at home to help me sleep better.
White noise
The first thing is White Noise. I use this though an iPhone app mainly through my headphones although the speaker on the iPhone is almost good enough not to need the headphones. The headphones just ensure less interference. What the white noise does is masks other noises that may disturb our sleep such as airplane noise, banging doors in hotels or street traffic by basically numbing our auditory system. The iPhone app has a number of variations of white noise that you can use. It’s not the actual noise itself that aids your sleep but the fact that it drowns out any other random sounds that distract you and keep you awake.
eye shades
Secondly I always have a set of eye shades / sleeping mask near me. Despite our best efforts with black out curtains and the likes there are often different light sources in rooms or places that we may be trying to sleep in that distract our eyes. What a good set of eye shades will do for you is create a tight seal around your eyes to ensure total darkness throughout your sleep. The result is that you will be able to fall asleep faster and have no light induced distractions whilst sleeping resulting in far better sleep quality.
InnerFight founder Marcus Smith is a high performance coach with a wide array of clients on all matters related to performance. For more information how he can help you increase your performance contact him direct at ms@innerfight.com
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