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The Better Abdominal Approach – Part 1

Abdominal training has created a beast within the fitness industry. What I mean is there are countless movements that we do to give us that six pack look and feel. Well, the question we should be asking is all the core work working? 

For the general population, core work is done to give you a more defined look where your abdominal are. Similar to any other body part, you don’t just isolate it and hope that fat falls off. Thats’ called spot training for fat loss, and it’s a dirty myth. An example would be hoping to get you triceps leaner and only doing pressdowns and dips. Those and two great movements but neither one strictly makes the fat around your triceps fall off. Watching you food intake, stress and essentially controlling what you do on a daily basis will help.  Whether it’s the beauty products you use or the city you live it, it all affects triceps fatness. But we’re getting off track. 

The abdominal muscles are in the center of the human body. When you do large movement like pull-ups, squats, deadlifts etc. they’re helping you get up and down. Treating them like any other muscle is a great way of thinking when trying to get a stronger midsection. When you extend a muscle with a load added to it, it gets stronger. It’s the same with your abdominal muscles. You don’t do biceps curls with know weight. It’s the same with your core. If you’re doing a movement, adding weigh can make a big difference. 

Lets look at some isolated core movements and compound movements that you can switch up do get a more effective workout:

– Instead of a crunch on the ground. Add a dumbbell in your hands and lower yourself from the top crunched position with the weight over your head. Crunch down at an 8 second pace. Two main things are happening, you’ve added an extra load and you’ve slowed down the movement to force you stomach to do the work instead of your momentum. 

– Russian twist with a bar or med ball. Your stomach crunches and rotates. Add weight while doing those two movements and your stomach will get strong. 

– The greatest way to build abdominal strength is by doing compound movements. To do these movements your core is activated. When you add the proper range of motion it’s activated even more. Similar to any other body part. 

-Squats, Deadlifting, Olympic movements, Pressing, Pull-ups, Sprinting, Strongman training and countless other compound movements. These are all forms of great core movements. You usually don’t think so because you arent in a crunching position. So you don’t always feel your abdominals working. Trust me, they are. Remember, treat you core like any other muscle, add weight to it and it will get stronger. 

Now, as for that fat around your midsection that you can’t get rid of….that’s in post #2 of The Better Abdominal approach part 2 coming next Tuesday. 

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The Better Abdominal approach – Part 1

Abdominal training has created a beast within the fitness industry. What I mean is there are countless movements that we do to give us that six pack look and feel. Well, the question we should be asking is all the core work working? 

For the general population, core work is done to give you a more defined look where your abdominal are. Similar to any other body part, you don’t just isolate it and hope that fat falls off. Thats’ called spot training for fat loss, and it’s a dirty myth. An example would be hoping to get you triceps leaner and only doing pressdowns and dips. Those and two great movements but neither one strictly makes the fat around your triceps fall off. Watching you food intake, stress and essentially controlling what you do on a daily basis will help.  Whether it’s the beauty products you use or the city you live it, it all affects triceps fatness. But we’re getting off track. 

The abdominal muscles are in the center of the human body. When you do large movement like pull-ups, squats, deadlifts etc. they’re helping you get up and down. Treating them like any other muscle is a great way of thinking when trying to get a stronger midsection. When you extend a muscle with a load added to it, it gets stronger. It’s the same with your abdominal muscles. You don’t do biceps curls with know weight. It’s the same with your core. If you’re doing a movement, adding weigh can make a big difference. 

Lets look at some isolated core movements and compound movements that you can switch up do get a more effective workout:

– Instead of a crunch on the ground. Add a dumbbell in your hands and lower yourself from the top crunched position with the weight over your head. Crunch down at an 8 second pace. Two main things are happening, you’ve added an extra load and you’ve slowed down the movement to force you stomach to do the work instead of your momentum. 

– Russian twist with a bar or med ball. Your stomach crunches and rotates. Add weight while doing those two movements and your stomach will get strong. 

– The greatest way to build abdominal strength is by doing compound movements. To do these movements your core is activated. When you add the proper range of motion it’s activated even more. Similar to any other body part. 

-Squats, Deadlifting, Olympic movements, Pressing, Pull-ups, Sprinting, Strongman training and countless other compound movements. These are all forms of great core movements. You usually don’t think so because you arent in a crunching position. So you don’t always feel your abdominals working. Trust me, they are. Remember, treat you core like any other muscle, add weight to it and it will get stronger. 

Now, as for that fat around your midsection that you can’t get rid of….that’s in post #2 of The Better Abdominal approach part 2 coming next Tuesday. 

 

Today Matters

 

 

 

If you don’t get enough sleep every night it matters.

If you tell  yourself everyday that tomorrow is the day you start eating better it matters.

Cutting your workout routine short matters when you can’t get the results you want.

Everyday, everything you do matters. This may be an extreme way of thinking but it can also be a very real way of thinking. When you constantly complain about not being where you want to be in your company but do nothing about it, it mattters.

When you always tell yourself that you deserve that treat but want to lose 10 pounds it matters. 

Set higher expectations for yourself. Push yourself.  Invest in yourself now. Tomorrow doesnt exist today.

 

 

Getting away

More, more, more. That’s what most things are about these days. Stores, food, technology. Bigger and better. As a country we’re always trying to take then next step forward. The newest this, newest that. No matter what the occasion, we look towards the future. The newest fitness craze (don’t even get me started on this one).

What about taking a step back?

Most of the time things can be done with less time and clutter then we’re used too. For example. This past weekend was my first time camping. (Great experience)! Tent, food/drinks in cooler, sleeping bags, clothes. Done. And what do you know….I’m alive! I made it. We were hiking, going to the beach, taking photos, eating, drinking, playing games, talking. All things that were extremely enjoyable without the clutter. It was hard for my wife and I to drive the 3 hours to our home up north. Not because we don’t like what we’re doing, we love it! Not because we had to do a bunch of chores when we got home, grocery shopping is fun to me. But because we were carefree for four days. We experienced a whole new life. A life worth living without dealing with the BS that goes on.

So get out, enjoy, take risks, spend money. You can always get it back. You can never get back time.

Finally

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First of all, I feel like I’m becoming one of these people spilling their feelings out on a computer screen then saying look at me! I’m cool. More importantly, I like to bring up things that we can all share and hopefully learn from. If I ever start talking about how black is the new white just send me hate mail.

I’ve tried to start this blog multiple times. I’ve always had things “get in the way” which by the way is a fake saying. You choose what you do so that means I was just making excuses. Anyway, I love learning and reading about influential people. I’ve had multiple life changing experiences by seeing what others can do and the voice they have when they put themselves on the line. One of the main reasons I’ve had a hard time staying consistent with this is my feelings are spit across a screen for everyone to read. These days you can share everything with the world. So I was concerned with what other people though……There, that feels better. So let’s get to the point of this article.

What’s the worst that can happen? This should be our new motto. The last 10 years there’s been a lot written about failing in a positive way. What they’re saying is try new things, don’t be afraid, stick your neck out there. This is all very true. We’ve  become very comfortable with comfort. Does that make sense?…… Just getting by seems to be good for us recently. What if we always thought, what’s the worst that could happen? What if we thought that way with everything we did? Trying to find a  partner, getting a promotion, giving your two cents in a conversation, pushing yourself in the weight room.

Personally, I’m tired of putting everything off. I work with too many people who have told me “I wish I was younger, I would do things differently”. So, I’m going to keep writing this. I hope that anyone who glances at this leaves feeling like they can take a tiny step toward their next goal.

Here are a few of the things I want to achieve and finish that I’ve been putting off:

– I’ve written a small 90 page book. It’s in my computer but I do nothing with it. My goal is to finish it and make a free ebook out of it by November 1st.

– My wife and I have started a small Photography company, Ciccarelli Photography. We got rid of our old site and still havent decided what to use for our next host site. I have no idea why I havent gotten that up and running.  Website up and ready by September 12th.

– My goal has always been to get below 10% bodyfat. I always hover around 12 and 13. Only using BioSignature to measure my results. Not a hand-held tool that tells me some obscene number. My goal is to be 10% by December 1st.

– I would like to double my income. This one is the hardest to type. I don’t know why. I’m a nice person, not greedy. Money doesn’t rule my life at all. But the things I want to do and see require me to have more of it. Therefore its one of my goals. I want to double it by my birthday next year, June 28th.

I would love for Lifesavi to be a place where ideas are shared. Please let me know what you think. Send me a message if you have any ideas, anything at all. Things that are on your mind, what you want.

 

Thanks for reading.

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Can success be unsuccessful?

Recently I was speaking with a fellow colleague of mine about his 23 year old son. His son is an engineer for a top company in the world. I guess you could say the son has had a pretty “great” life.  He grew up in a loving home, went to a fantastic college in California, got the job he wanted. He makes a lot of money and does what he majored in. This all seems like a parents dream come true for their recent college grad. Everyone is happy and smiling…

But outside of work he is glued to his computer, playing games, playing games and playing games. He comes home from being on the computer all day to being on the computer all night. He stays up until 2am playing a variety of video and computer games. He takes part in zero physical activity. He is never outside and never hangs out with friends.

So lets take a few step back. What’s the point of college? Are you there to learn about the best career choice you can make? Are you there to learn how to make it in the real world? Are you there to give yourself the best choices in life?  This is a very touchy subject. Is it okay for my colleagues son to only have a “good” job and that’s it? Has the son done what he’s been asked of him during school? Is this what life is about. Finding the best job and assuming other things will happen in your life?

Sorry, there are a lot of questions here but most are hard to answer. Some may not even be able to be answered.  My colleagues father is very frustrated with his sons situation (the son is lost in his own world). Could this be the parents fault? Is the father mad at the son at the expense of the father being the one to blame? Once again, a lot of questions but ones that we have a hard time answering.

In school and growing up the word success is drilled into our heads. Do we put too much emphasis on getting a good job? A job is a job. What about what you do outside of work? Does that matter?

Success is hard to define. Try it for a second. Is it one of those words that needs to have a concrete definition or is it your own definition?