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Grip Strength : Helps with Deadlifts,Pull-ups and Games August 17, 2018

Performance improvement with moves like pull ups and deadlifts ( even rows) can be assisted with a careful focus on improving and maintaining grip strength.

It can be difficult to add reps on the,pull up bar when your hands give out after “holding your butt” in the air for 20-30 seconds. A powerful grip also allows you and your body to focus on performance of the move without concentration directed at holding on…..for dear life.

Eliminate the worry about grip and focus on …ONE MORE REP…..OR 19 more.

The following are some of my favorites:

Plate Squeeze (smooth side out) – grab 2 weight plates smooth side out and hold them a set length of time [ do so over padded floor in case you let go] – a) stand in place b) plates in both hands and walk c) lift as if doing dumbbell curl

Farmers walk ( dumbbell, plates, barbell) – grab a moderately heavy weight, in both hands and walk 10 strides and turn around

Hex Hold ( dumbbell by the end) – Grab dumbbell by the weight( fat end,sometimes hex shaped) and hold.

Dead Hang ( pull-up bar, pull-up bar with towel or squat pad ) – grab overhead bar and …HANG … As long as you can or a few sets of timed hangs. Increase the difficulty with a towel or pad to make the bar THICKER, to,further challenge the grip

Wrist roller- if gym has one, do rolls forward and reverse grip to increase impact

Great basic grip exercises , discussed above:

13 grip strength exercises( good stuff but may be overkill)

Add a few grip exercises or get serious and a full plan of moves and sets/reps. It will pay off. In my own fitness efforts the grip training also keeps my hands nimble and flexible as I injured many fingers during a youthful athletic career and want them to work until I now longer need them…

@martyroddy

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A Workout that is Good for your Butt and the World Around You -PLOGGING June 13, 2018

Years ago I read about a group that went walking/jogging and long the way they picked up trash and deposited it in garbage or recycling bins. I led a small group that walked as a workout 2-4 times a week and we carried bags with us once or twice a month and collected a varied amount of refuse from the road and sidewalks.

I forgot about this until recently when I tripped over the attached article about PLOGGING in Sweden. Plogging is a combo-word of Plogga (picking up) and Jogga (jogging) . Seemed like a good idea in the past and is equally valuable today.

https://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/plogging-eco-friendly-fitness-zbcz1805?newsletter=1&spot=headline&utm_source=wcemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MEN%20HE%20eNews%2006.11.18&utm_term=MEN_HE_eNewsAll%20Subscribers&_wcsid=FF8327F04D27A18885B8D0E03226DC4ABD72E3C22523C8AA

Now to renew the activity here, grow it  and maybe promoting it in the broader market/world.  Time to post a few ads for walkers, joggers….PLOGGERS and start with an outing.  Take some pics and get everyone to post to social media.

Next outing have more people …..and add people and then let it grow …..

 

@martyroddy

 

Reading for Success- what to Read? April 13, 2018

Filed under: goals,growth,motivation,reading,success,Think — bigfootmarty @ 12:28 am
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I recently re-read SEE YOU AT THE TOP by ZIG ZIGLAR. It was/is his classic from the mid-70’s. It is refreshing in the lack of references to the net, computers and social media. There is much talk of relationships but the focus is on real and face to face connections and contact.

There are several key parts of the book and I will a brief summary of them but the central focus of the book an of Zig’s life as a teacher and trainer, as a DIFFERENCE MAKER in the lives of people, is his famous quote- “YOU CAN HAVE EVERYTHING YOU WANT IN LIFE IF YOU HELP ENOUGH OTHER PEOPLE GET WHAT THEY WANT”

That is an amazingly simple, common sense goal but so difficult for many people to commit to.

That is the central for Zig but in the book he broke it down in the following ways and under the listed ideas:

A. Value of a Healthy Self Image and how to do that

B. Improving relationships with others

C. Goals – Creating ,Writing, and Completing them

D. Attitude- what is a right attitude..and where is it?

E. Work- Value of work

F. Desire

Now this is a basic and simplistic summary, the book is a fast read and loaded with information on all of these topics. The most valuable addition to this book is a list of great books for each of the 6 subjects above.

@martyroddy

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