This weeks InnerFight training 30-09-2012

Day 1: Line Up

Day 2: Octoberfest

Day 3: Front and back

Day 4: Gold Rush

Day 5: 20/20

“There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift”-Jon Pall Sigmarsson

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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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“Smash Life” kicks off today

Today will see the kick off of the first “Smash Life” seminar in Muscat.

This is a seminar I had a vision for over a year ago and have spent until now working on it to ensure that the attendees get maximum benefit. They will leave with a changed perspective on life and appetite for it, they will be armed with simple, practical solutions that they can easily implement into their lives and they will have fun during the seminar.

The seminar covers 6 very important topics which through my experiences I see as essential components of performance and getting the most out of life but are all to hard to get simple and practical information on that we can implement into our lives. During the seminar we will be addressing:

  • Definitions of fitness: For everyone this is so different, we are all different people and all have different goals and measures so its important that we fully understand what fitness means to ourselves, how we measure that and how we achieve it.
  • The importance of strength: Physical strength is a key part of our life, I see so many people that can barely manage their own body weight. We are going to look at what strength is, why its important to us as humans and how we can achieve it.
  • Goal setting: Many people have great dreams of what they want in life but few take the time to sit down and set goals to achieve these dreams. There are simple processes to go through to make dreams come to life and I will share these.
  • Improving mental toughness: The number of mental battles we face in life is well known to all but how do we react to these? I am going to discuss various techniques that are easy to use and deliver great results.
  • Dealing with failure: Failure is one of the biggest learnings in life but all too often people act as though its not important and didn’t happen. When you take a positive approach to failure things in your life start to change.

The Smash Life seminar is delivered over 8 hours, however in Muscat we are spreading this over the weekend and incorporating some physical activity into it. I am confident that this will be an epic weekend for those that are attending. It is a seminar that I have worked hard on over the last year to bring to people in the right way and I thank everyone who is coming on the seminar for their support.

I will also be delivering this seminar in Dubai on November 16th 2012. For more information or to book a place you can mail me at winning@innerfight.com

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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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Run across the Sahara…….

Back in July I shared with you the post about Doris Matlok running 250km across the Sahara desert in 7 days.

Well as the date of the run draws closer Doris was gave an update on her progress to The National newspaper. Have a read CLICK HERE

You can keep up to date with Doris’s training and all her progress on her Facebook page and to make a donation to the charity that Doris is raising money for (Black Dog Institue) CLICK HERE

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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 23-09-12

Day 2: The Barrel
Day 5: Legless
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength”-Arnold Schwarzenegger

The “Smash Life” Seminar

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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InnerFight Podcast #24

Back on Nightline with the legend that is James Piecowye

InnerFight Podcast #24 by Innerfight on Mixcloud

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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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Metabolic Mayhem

By guest writer Marti Susanne

Is your body in Metabolic Mayhem ?

Do you struggle to lose weight despite your best effort? Do you crave high sugar or high fat foods? Are you tired? Wired? Struggle falling or staying asleep? Feel lethargic? Gain fat despite eating healthy food? You could be going through a period of Metabolic Mayhem.

Your body is a clever machine – you cannot outwit it when it comes to survival. When you under eat and/or over train you change your body’s chemistry. You could do this unintentionally without even realizing, its easily done. If this is the case then you will have low blood sugar levels, and your body will release hormones including adrenaline, cortisol & glucagon in an attempt to rectify this & raise blood sugar levels. Plus your body will break down muscle in an attempt to provide the amino’s it needs for regeneration. In the end you end up with less muscle and less tone, a slower metabolism as a result of this and become a fat storing machine. Thus your fat loss efforts stall & you don’t reach your body goal even with all your hard work & good intentions. This means that toned sexy body you were hoping for is not going to happen.


There are Metabolic Mayhem symptoms you can look out for such as cravings for high sugar/fatty foods, insatiable hunger, irritability, low mood, tired but wired feeling, light headedness. I don’t care if you have will power of steal you can’t fight hormones they are incredibly powerful! Its survival. Believe me – at best you’ll end up eating a “little bit of” crap at worst you’ll “binge” in a frenzy!! Then you’ll feel guilty, irritated, fed up, & annoyed at yourself plus a whole host of other avoidable negative emotions …

This year I have made it my business to find out more about this topic & have heard stories of people, particularly women having gone through similar experiences. In my own scenario I gained 20lb gradually over 10 weeks, nothing really in comparison to one story I was told by a male natural bodybuilder I know who gained 20lb in only 1 week – that’s Crazy!
The savage consequences physically & mentally can leave you feeling depressed, fed up and often isolated if you don’t have people that understand this to talk to.

Many people have entered Metabolic Mayhem without realizing – obese or overweight people are often those that have tried every diet going, this usually includes some form of permanent calorie restricted diet. It is this group of people I reach out to particularly because they get more perturbed & more frustrated each time they try & fail to change how they look with the next “best diet program”
However even outwardly “thin” looking people can also be going through Metabolic Mayhem too.

If you have dieted hard for more a while / or smashed the cardio  / hard weights consistently for weeks and weeks on end, with no rest periods or recovery strategies planned in and have any of the symptoms I have mentioned above, and find that despite your best efforts your body is not changing there is some form of Metabolic Mayhem going on.

The best piece of advice I can offer is “DO NOT WORRY” – This will only add to the stress of it!! Once in the eye of such a storm, the only option you have is to ride it out, go with the flow, get yourself a plan of action, keep to it consistently until your body re-balances and starts to change. Once you start to notice changes you are in a better position to then tweak things to suit you and keep that momentum building.

In Brief Marti’s Metabolic TLC Program
1). KISS – “Keep It Simple Silly”. Go back to absolute basics. Eat whole foods every 3 hrs, include protein, fibrous veg & healthy fat in every meal. Drink plenty of filtered water & include herbal teas such as green tea.

2). Routine – Morning & bedtime routines is key

3). Exercise – Plan in your diary time to do this

4). Sleep & Rest – Make time to be calm, allow your body time to Rest, Repair, Build and Recover. All are so vital to overall wellbeing, fat loss & getting through Metabolic Mayhem.

5). Support – Tell someone where you are at emotionally, what you need from them & how they can best support you. We are all unique your needs must be met here for support to work.

6) GOAL – Set a realistic goal. Once you start to see your body changing, you can add a time frame to this.

7). Be persistent – If you slip up, fall off the wagon, eat crap, miss a training session or feel you can’t be bothered, you haven’t ruined your life – so don’t waste emotions beating yourself up! Once you acknowledge the situation just take accountability & take the next positive step towards your goal. This could be planning your next day to be even better, heading out for a walk, making your next meal perfect.

8). Be Patient – You haven’t got here overnight! So don’t expect an overnight result. Your body just doesn’t change that quickly give it chance. It’s the daily habits that get results & will get you to that body goal you dream of so keep practicing them.

9). Be Grateful – People are always so quick to complain these days, don’t be a winger. Life is flipping amazing – if its not its your fault, its your life, you write the story, change something! Appreciate all the good things in your life each day and be thankful for them.

10). Don’t Quit – If you quit, or make excuses why you “can’t” you’ll never get there. Remember – this is “Smart fat loss 4 Life”. It is simple, although not easy, this is habit and habits take time to formulate. Each day perform steps 1-10 repeat until reach your goal!!

Marti specializes in establishing lifestyle programs for females that promote long term sustainable transformations to optimize healthy living. Her attitude is simple: “Believe it; you will achieve it.” If you would like further information on Fat Loss 4 Life or my Metabolic TLC program please connect with Marti: TWITTER, BLOG, contactme@martisusanne.com 

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An inspirational kid

Over the summer months I have had the great opportunity of having an 11 year old girl in my daily InnerFight class. The daughter of one of my regular clients. As the school holidays came to an end that also brought around her final session during which she kindly baked me some treats and made this card.

Inspirational from an 11 year old girl that's been with us over summer.

WOW was what I was left thinking. WOW. This was a kid whose Dad had brought her into a gym environment at 11 years old, that was littered with people twice her size throwing around weights, making noise, sweating buckets, passing out on the floor all in the search of increased performance and getting the best out of their lives. Of course at first she was a little shy, not knowing her way around and yet to learn the right moves and the way to handle this alien environment. It took her no more than two sessions to fit in and she was soon emulating what the bigger kids (adults) were doing in the gym, topping it off with a little spew one day that she duly wiped off and carried on with the daily workout.

What a champ. Little spew today, wiped it off & kept going #bigfuture

This story becomes even more remarkable when Daddy went back to attending my 5:30am class and she still wanted to get up and come. Bear in mind that this was in the middle of school holidays and on a few occasions she had been sleeping over at a friends house or having friends over at her own for the night. She literally never missed a single session.  Her main dilemma that she discussed with Dad on the way home from her final session was how she was going to juggle school and training when term started again. Who said physical exercise and feeling awesome from it is not addictive?

I have spoken on previous posts about how I believe kids need to be subjected to sport and the family needs to create the environment for success on this level. Here I want to share with you 3 simple points from this example and from this young girl.

  1. When you give a kid a chance to succeed, make them feel comfortable and give them the confidence they need then you dramatically increase the chances of a great result.
  2. This particular kid is at a tipping point (as most kids are most of the time) of which way to go in life, by having her in this environment for the last few months I am pretty sure that she will choose the path that will bring the best to her.
  3. The infection grows. In this girl we have managed to create a role model for her friends. I can bet my bottom dollar she will be more proud and energetic about her exercise over summer than many of the other kids will be about what they have been up to.
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