Don’t be afraid of what you might become!

It is more and more common these days…

Various people with various different freakish talents and all we hear about them is:

“He didn’t quite make it” or “She could have done a bit better”
Why? 

Well there are a range of reasons out of our control but why focus on these when you can not change them? Why not focus on what you CAN change? Just think about that! 

I love this video as it has so many powerful messages,  but for me it also screams out one of the main reasons why we see people failing these days, 

“They are afraid of what they might become” 

They are petrified of how good they may be if they go that extra yard, do that little bit more or breakthrough a mental barrier. I have seen it in a number of people, they get so excited about how good life can be and they get afraid and decide to settle for what they have. Don’t be that person, instead be the person that takes every opportunity with arms wide open, makes the best of it and becomes someone who gets the most of out their life!

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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London 2012

So you have been watching the Olympics and have hardly been able to get away from the rowing that seems to have been taking up more than its fair share of air time. (You may have noticed the high success rate of Team GB but that’s another story)
 Sir Steve Redgrave: 5 Gold Medals in Rowing in 5 Olympic Games
Inspirational and motivational are two words that keep popping up in the commentary, in the reviews and are no doubt words that have enticed a few of the public into thinking that maybe rowing is not such a bad sport and one they may want to get involved in.
I wrote a post back in June about the Concept 2 rowing machine which has long been a favorite piece of equipment for me (Please understand that the boats in which these athletes are rowing in the Olympics provide a whole new array of challenges to that of the indoor Concept 2 machines) and in keeping with the Olympic spirit I have named a new workout inspired by the rowing that I have seen in London 2012. During the last Olympics in 2008 I created the workout Beijing , London 2012 is far more straight forward in that it is a carbon copy of the event that we have seen the athletes competing in, a 2 kilometer row as fast as you can.
Give it a shot today and post your times to the comments section. I will  offer an InnerFight goodie bag to the fastest time submitted by 31st August 2012. For times to qualify for the prize they must be backed up with video footage. Any questions mail 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

This weeks InnerFight training 05-08-12

“Living for the weekends is nothing less than pathetic”
Mike Mahler
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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Meeting America’s strongest man

When I met Mark Philippi recently in Las Vegas the words “Gentle Giant” sprung to mind. This guy is more than a beast, he competed in 7 world strongest man competitions and in 1997 was America’s strongest man but he is one of the most calm natured and friendly people I have met.
Aside from still being insanely strong and having a 700lbs + deadlift at the age of 49 Marks focus is now on Philippi Sports Institute which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. When you walk into the institute the atmosphere is different from any normal facility or gym, you can feel a certain aura about the place that screams out performance. To the eye the facility is very simple and that’s just the way Philippi likes it: “We have everything we need here, a decent turf area, a 40m track, some fun bits of equipment and of course what every gym should have, a load of Olympic bars and squat racks. “I keep my strong man gear around the back, it was scaring off the parents too much.” The message from Phiippi about the equipment in his facility is clear in that to get results you need good coaches doing the right thing with people. The equipment is important but there is no need for it to be all fancy. (He did show us his strongman gear and yes it probably was better stored out of the public eye)
At PSI Philippi has a group of coaches working with an array of athletes. His portfolio of NFL, NBA and Baseball athletes is extensive and is on the rise as these athletes realise that the training Philippi is best versed in is making a huge difference in their sports. His ethos is very simple and is all about performance and getting his athletes used to performing at a high level so that it becomes their norm!
“If we don’t get hold of the kids before they are 12 or 13. their chances of playing college sport and making it to the big time are virtually nil……there are some genetic freaks out there that start later on and make it but they are few and far between these days.” he told us. This is more evidence of two things. Firstly the fact that kids need to be involved in reputable conditioning and physical fitness programs in high performance facilities such as this from an early age, to increase their chances of their dreams of becoming professional athletes coming true. And the second is about how we as humans work, how through constant meaningful practice we start to develop the correct neuro patterns to perform at high levels. Matthew Syed speaks about 10,000 hours of practice to master skills in his book Bounce and it is a similar thought process that Philippi bases his training and institute on.

Awesome catch up with Mark Philippi @ PSI #strongman
Talking to Philippi about his personal training and condition, at 49 years of age it was no surprise when he confirmed that he still has immense strength as his body is so used to picking up heavy weights that it becomes normal for him. “Ok I am not in the shape I was and not quite as strong but I am also not the age that I was, you get old and you lose a bit but generally your body is immune to the weights so if you keep lifting them on a regular basis you maintain.”
A big thanks for Mike Mahler for setting up our meeting with Mark. Mike trains out of PSI in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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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Utilizing Exercise for Cancer Patients

     Many cancer patients find a desire to live a better lifestyle, not only to survive the disease but also to live longer after recovering. From the time of diagnosis, exercise can help cancer sufferers to deal with the stress, anxiety and depression that come with cancer. Exercise that also works on the relaxation of the mind, such as yoga or Tai Chi, is especially beneficial. Furthermore, physical fitness can help to regain appetite that is often lost during treatment of cancer.

The type of exercise undertaken is highly dependent on how cancer has affected the patient. Some days, the cancer sufferer may not feel well enough to do any physical activity especially while undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation that cause high levels of fatigue; however, the patient should try to exercise as regularly as possible as even a few minutes of exercise is better than none. Reports show that studies of numerous types of cancer have shown that obesity reduces survival time after cancer treatment and increased chances of recurrence.

Exercise can be broken down into four categories: aerobic, strength training, balance and stretching. A cancer patient, whether in the treatment stage, remission or even just diagnosed, should cover each of these areas. Although at times the cancer sufferer may not feel up to doing much, just 10-minute blocks of exercise throughout the day can be highly beneficial.

Aerobic exercise is particularly useful to feel better during treatment. This can be something as simple as walking, an exercise which can be practiced immediately after undergoing treatment. When combined with strength training, the body decreases body fat and builds lean muscle most efficiently.

Strength training is highly important for cancer suffers who are undergoing chemotherapy, commonly used for the treatment of mesothelioma, because it causes a loss of bone density and muscle. Through weight training, cancer sufferers are able to increase muscle in order to maintain bone density. They should consult their doctor before beginning a regimen.

A sense of balance may be slightly impaired by medications, making falls more likely. Chemotherapy patients especially run the risk of breaking their more fragile bones. There are very simple exercises that can improve balance and can be completed even on days when the cancer patient has little energy. Such exercises include balancing on one leg or a grapevine moving by crossing one leg in front of the other.

Too much bed rest can lead to stiff joints among other problems. Stretching relieves this discomfort while providing the body with gentle exercise. It can also help to stretch areas that have developed a weakness due to the treatment such as the rotator cuff in breast cancer patients who have undergone mastectomies.


Written by guest writer David Haas  (the words and views shared above are those of the author and not of http://www.innerfight.com)




David is a cancer support group and awareness program advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. He has been successful in creating fitness ideas for those dealing with cancer, while creating relationships with similar organizations. You can read his BLOG or connect with him on TWITTER

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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.”
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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