Fitness to Compliment Your Life

Coach Victor and I (Coach Caroline) at Concentric Fit are not bodybuilders or professional fitness competitors.

We consider ourselves athletes but we see fitness as a tool to enhance and increase our longevity and durability for our other athletic pursuits. Coach Victor used his athleticism and recovery to compliment his years of martial arts training when he won gold at the California Open Jiu Jitsu World League competition in May. (You can watch Coach Victor’s wins on his YouTube channel! Subscribe to Macho’s Man Cave or follow our blog for more more fitness and healthy living inspiration. )

Victor’s gold medal

Our students feel the same as us! Beth has enhanced her weekly pickle ball game performance at 60 years young. Robert (40yrs) continues his passion for competitive soccer and scoring goals. Rod (42yrs) increased his wave-catching-volume per surf session with less fatigue. Nancy (62 yrs) enjoys her long nature hikes with her increased endurance and strength. Or our many parents that have simply improved play time with their little ones and made it more enjoyable for everyone. Or our office workers that use fitness training to decrease their stiffness and risk of injury from a sedentary lifestyle.

Imagine the benefits from enhanced fitness that would compliment your own life.

What would YOU like to enjoy more of in your life with increased fitness?

Let us know in the comments!

Sacrifice your favorite foods for fitness, right?

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Wrong!

Another fitness misconception we can debunk right now.

This is too often an excuse people give to avoid addressing their long-term health.

At Concentric Fit, we often tell our students to enjoy food as it is one of the many pleasures of life. This isn’t about binging, it is about satisfying and nourishing ourselves in all the ways. Remember, long-term health and wellness is really a balancing act. Too much restriction will make us feel deprived so when we finally unleash our cravings, it will likely be extreme and unhealthy. This make us feels bad and is an unsustainable cycle.

Instead, can we find an alternative that satisfies us but doesn’t harm our health?

Scrumpdillyicious: Rich and Creamy Guacamole Auténtico

For example, chips are a favorite snack of ours. So instead of Doritos or another similar highly processed brand, we go for yummy sweet potato chips with 3 simple ingredients and guacamole with few natural ingredients. It’s delicious and satisfying. There’s so many ways to do it.

Instead of Cold Stone, try dark chocolate covered frozen bananas. Or frozen berries blended with honey. Instead of sugary chemical rich Starbucks, try a sugar-free plant based morning creamer for morning coffee. You may come to find that your new snack is way more satisfying than whatever you were eating/drinking before. I know this has been true for us.

We sometimes find with cravings that there is a lack of nutrient variety in the diet and so a person may be craving more food because of the lack of nutrients (so they may be calorie-full but nutrient-starved) and/or there is an emotional/psychological need (like the need for more sweetness in life so they crave sweets or using carby foods to calm and sooth themselves). So taking a note if either of these can be the cause of our cravings is important too.

Once these factors are addressed, most cravings are harmless if we keep them in alignment with our overall health and wellness. There are a million ways to create health-enriching substitutes for our various cravings so we can enjoy our favorite foods even more because they help, heal, and nourish us instead of hurting us.

If you have a favorite health or nutrient focused snack, please share with us in the comments below. We love new ideas and you help out your fellow fitness enthusiasts.

No Workout Progress?

Where is your mind?

Did you know you can actually improve strength without ever lifting a weight?

The studies listed at the bottom demonstrate exactly that through visualization techniques.

So if our mind alone can increase strength, what does it mean if we are lifting without having our “mind inside the muscle” as Arnold says?

When we are just going through the motions, we are not adequately creating the mind-muscle connections needed to create growth and improvement. This also can lead to poor movement patterns, and we know what that can lead to. Now if we add in emotional resistance to training and improving ourselves or judgements of our bodies and abilities on top of this, then our mind is actually focused on our demise and not our success. By putting our “mind in the muscle,” we not only catalyze our progress, we also turn our workout into a moving meditation.

Simply focusing on the muscle we are activating and being present makes our workouts more enjoyable and more effective. Try putting your mind in the muscle in your next workout or learn how do this with us at Concentric Fit!

Check out the studies listed below!

https://experiencelife.lifetime.life/article/how-visualization-can-make-you-stronger/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14998709/

Mo’ Mobility > Mo’ Weights

At Concentric Fit, we emphasize quality movement.

The average person has lost a lot of their natural mobility due to lifestyle and habits . A great example is sitting comfortably at the bottom of a deep squat (or sitting in a deep squat at all). Long periods in chairs can tighten up the hip flexors and inner abdominal muscles as well as inactivate the glute and hamstrings. This can make a deep squat almost impossible but also makes most movements difficult and uncomfortable.

Of course, it is exciting to increase the weight we are lifting. But the danger of sacrificing proper form for more weight is when we find ourselves in trouble, usually leading to injuries that require time to heal. If we can take a step back and correct the movement pattern and gradually increase the load while maintaining correct positioning, we will eventually be able to lift even more weight sustainably because we can utilize proper technique. All injury-free. Cultivating a good range of mobility leads to a better quality of life for longer.

This creates a fitness that translates to all sports, hobbies, and activities. Whether you are playing soccer or playing with your kids, more mobility can decrease injuries and increases total strength.

Be Strong to be Helpful

Concentric Fit is a small family owned business. We personally know each of our students and we care about them. We think not just about their fitness or weight loss goals but how their increased health can improve (and potentially save) the lives of the people around them.

Our personal philosophy is that being strong makes us more helpful to society. Because we know we have the physical capability, we are more willing to be helpful to others. In normal life, we have found ourselves in situations where we had to carry injured people and bring them to safety and we have deescalated aggressive situations – all possible due to our years of physical and martial art training.

In this first photo, Coach Victor is pushing a broken down car perilously stuck in the middle of an off ramp of a busy intersection coming off the freeway. The older gentlemen driving was obviously scared and overwhelmed as Coach Victor asked him if he needed assistance before pulling over our own car and running to his aid.

Despite being surrounded by people, no one else offered to help and Coach Victor singlehandedly pushed the car to safety. Eventually law enforcement came to assist the driver.

In this second photo, you see our 61 year old student training the same movement on the sled. While she may not be expected to push a broken down car, having the physical capability to help oneself and others in unexpected situations gives purpose to fitness and cultivates confidence and a feeling of personal peace and safety at any age.

Be Strong to be Helpful.