Breathe

Swimming in minus waters and snow sports aren’t that unusual for Finnish people but after spending 11 years in Australia this intrigues me. So I set out to see if I could withstand an hour in minus 6 degrees, and to see how I could somehow control the heat in my body. (for those who are unsure what minus 6 is like: my water was frozen at the end and my clothes were rock hard from frozen sweat. It’s not minus 30 but still pretty cold.)

This is an area that has plenty of research and that I still have lots more to learn. Using some teachings/techniques from yoga such as: researching Bandha’s, breathing through the nose, in on one movement and out on the next etc. I was able to keep hot. Even lying in the snow felt good.

I did Sun Salutations for an hour with only a couple of 5-10 seconds break to take off items of clothing and talk to a Finnish lady I saw swimming in the sea. For the first 10 minutes my mind was all over the place, about 20 minutes in I started heating up and getting into a really nice flow. The last 15 minutes my whole body felt super relaxed, warm.. hot even. It was definitely a good shoulder/ab workout, all the little “niggles” and restrictions that have developed from heavy weights seemed to just melt away.

About two minutes into the video (about 20-25 minutes in) things start to get interesting.

The point was to show how important breathing is in your training. Somethings that I’m researching now is a guy called Wim Hof and his training, & breathing techniques in Yoga and Bandas.

*I would not recommend this for everyone because you can get easily sick. But if you are thinking of doing something similar you have to warm up properly, know what you’re doing, have somewhere warm to go straight away, wear very warm clothing, if you feel uncomfortable in any way then stop, and don’t stay out too long. Be safe basically.

Other than that, thanks for checking in. I hope you enjoyed the video and much more to come!

Happy training.

Harry

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Simple Diet Preparation Tip

This simple tip can save you money, hours of cooking, shopping time, and help you to really get control of your week.

Diet is about 80% of training and having a busy lifestyle sometimes means forfeiting a decent meal or splerging a bunch of cash on a meal out.  I have been using the simple technique of cooking all my lunches for the week within an hour for about 20 euro’s.

Without exaggerating it’s helped me MASSIVELY with mys fitness goals, saved time and had a huge positive impact on my health.

My work has long hours and lots of travelling and it’s frustrating to say the least to train like a madman then have it all count for nothing because I’m unable to get the proper nutrition.

This is a simple technique that I highly recommend for anyone in a similar circumstance. Here’s a video of a tasty dish I cook up regularly:

 

Recipe:

1.6 kg chicken, pan sear in coconut oil and a spice of your choice.

Cook in oven with capsicum, brocoli, red onion garlic. Add nut’s honey, dash of vinegar, chili, and cheese. About 20 minutes at 175 degrees c.

Cook brown rice with fennel seeds for taste while the chicken is cooking. And chill for 20 mins.

Serve into 7 containers, one for each day and let one meal defrost in the fridge the night before using.

 

 

If anyone has any other recipe’s you want to share please send them over and I’ll feature the best ones on here. Share the love.

Teqnique no.1 The Ring Muscle Up

 

Muscle up’s have become almost an obsession when starting calisthenics. And why not? The MU is pretty cool.

A bar muscle up is actually not a gymnastic move, gymnasts use a Kip up as a way of getting on top of the bar. Only in Calisthenics and Crossfit have we realised the potential of the movement. The ring muscle up IS used in gymnastics and also other sports, I love both of these movements but today we’ll discuss the Ring MU. Here’s my tutorial which may work for you, if not there are some other really good tutorials on youtube.

Check it out and read on..

There is a lot of negativity surrounding this movement, mainly because it’s easily done wrong and trains little muscles that aren’t usually used… which tend to become tender when starting out. Especially muscles/tendons around the elbow/forearm, as well as conditioning your hands for the false grip. My advice is to simply train safe, listen to your body, be patient and consistent because you will get it. And when you do get it you realise that it’s a lot about technique.

I try to slow down my ring MU as much as possible to really get the strength benefits and know my weaknesses.

Let me know how you go and leave a comment for any feedback/questions. 🙂

Cheers

Harry