Upping Your Game
You’ve been coming to Corps Fitness for a few months now….maybe even longer. Your first goal might simply have been to learn the CF ways; class formats, proper form on exercises, and just plain ole surviving a whole class. Options are almost always given to scale the workout. Scale the number of reps, scale of the number of rounds, scale the distance, scale the weight load.
So when is the time to “up your game”? When do you go the higher number of reps, or when do you choose the longer distance on the run?
The trainers at CF will gladly call you out if they think you can go heavier, or farther, or higher in reps. But, you have to be willing to step out of your comfort zone and go for it too. Don’t settle for comfort or ease. Don’t get in the mindset that that is “all” you can do. Complacency is not an option. If it’s a matter of worrying that you will slow your team down by choosing a 400 vs a 200m run, make a small goal for yourself: Let’s say the workout consists of 2 runs, each being a 400m with a scaled option of a 200m. Maybe choose the 400m the first time, and make it a goal to keep within distance of the other 400m runners. You will never know unless you try it. And, if you surprise yourself by keeping up, well then you can do the 400m again for your second run. And BAM! There ya’ go….you’ve broken out of your comfort zone.
Don’t be afraid to break out. Don’t be afraid to go that extra distance, or pick up a heavier weight than the last time. And when you do, know that you have a whole class full of teammates that will support your efforts!
Ancient Chinese Secret….or not.
Did you know that there could be benefits to yelling during a workout?
First, in a Men’s Health issue, they report findings done by an Iowa State University research team that state you can possibly increase your strength by 10% by performing a quick grunt or yell before an exercise. This technique is called a kiap. The thought is that the expulsion of air might stabilize the core and allow force to travel more rapidly through the limbs for a lift.
Then there is ancient Chinese wisdom that believes yelling out loud is good for your health. Dr. Peter Calafiura, an American psychologist, agrees that yelling can have a positive mental influence. “[yelling] might trigger endorphins, a natural high.”
And then there’s Chris Kaag’s version of yelling. It’s classic. It is motivating as heck. It is unifying. Take a peek at this oldie but goodie for some classic good ole CF yellin’! And if you are missing Chris while he’s gone, this might give you a good dose until he returns next week! I don’t know about you, but watching this makes me want to go out and conquer the world (or at least the next CF class that I take!).