Walk into any hardcore gym in the world, and usually you will see some kind of motivational quote written on the wall. Sometime a chalkboard, sometimes paint, sometimes just a board with post it notes.
I suppose anyone who knows me personally knows I don’t normally share photos or post many things… I don’t do gym selfies or “motivational” posts. I don’t have a personal Instagram and I use Facebook mostly just for business.
Someone mentioned to me today that the progress I made over the last year was very motivating to them when they wanted to quit… they said it was a ray of hope for them, and it could be motivation for others to not give up or even just proof that there IS light at the end of the tunnel. So if this short article affects one person, changes their life, gives them hope… then it’s worth it. So if any of this interests you, please read on.
If you are a healthy male or female athlete, salt is essential. In the old days of bodybuilding, athletes were told to limit their salt intake to 750mg-1000mg and increase potassium to prevent cramping… this is the OPPOSITE of what you should do. Just for reference on how dangerous this can be, Potassium Chloride is what they use to stop a persons heart during a lethal injection.
– Don’t be afraid to eat salt!
– Depending on activity level, a normal athlete should consume between 6-10 GRAMS of
sodium per day along with at least 0.6oz of water per lb of body-weight
– Stick with regular iodized table salt as your main form of sodium in your diet
AlaskaFit ProductionsSalt, An athletes best friend???
About 10 years ago I had a friend of mine come up to me at the gym, guy in his 40s. Very active mountain climber and hiker. He calls me over to the other side of the gym where nobody is and sits down to talk to me.
Him – “Hey man so, you’re my friend and you’re the only one I trust with this stuff… I’m planning on climbing Kilimanjaro before I turn 50. Here’s the thing, I’m getting older and older and it feels like I’m loosing strength and energy every day. I have to hit this goal before I die… so I’m wondering if you have any connections for getting some Anabolic steroids and growth hormone”
AlaskaFit ProductionsTo Carb or not to Carb… Part 1
In this industry, there are a ton of shysters and snake oil salespeople… all of which are praying on the hopes and dreams of women trying to look just like their idols in the magazines. Nothing makes me personally more angry than a “coach” or “trainer” having an already caloric deficient girl in their early 20’s do several HOURS of cardio per day to get ready for a bikini or physique championship. Seriously ladies, if someone tells you that you need 3-4 hours of cardio per day because you “have a long ways to go”… you should punch them in the nose and walk away. The cost of bail will be much less than what they charge for their BS training program… and you will be in much better health and spirits.
AlaskaFit ProductionsFor all athletic women in their 20s, this is for you:
Being a certified trainer for the last 18 years… I’d like to make an observation about something that is all too common, yet most “coaches” or trainers won’t bring this up. This is a personal pet peeve of mine, and yes I have been guilty of it many times in the past. Now that I’m an older competitor-trainer I do my best to not interfere with other people’s training programs… but on to my point –
AlaskaFit ProductionsIf you have ever used a “diet coach” or “training guru” please read this…