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Ride Strong with Darin Shapiro

This post was taken from an article that was written on wakeboardingmag.com.  Darin Shapiro is one of the most dedicated, decorated, and most experienced wakeboarders around.  His fitness training is what has allowed him to wakeboard at such a high level for so many years.  When Darin Shapiro talks about wakeboarding and working out, we should all listen.

If you follow the 5 principles that Darin Shapiro lays out in this article, you will improve you wakeboarding, fitness level, and help to prevent injuries.  Check out the video at the end of the article to see Darin “Ride Strong.”

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Words Darin Shapiro Photo Bryan Soderlind

Riding with power, intense edging, going big off the wake — they all require strength and a higher level of fitness than regular riding. Taking your riding to the next level, beyond the second wake, puts far more stress on your body than wake-to-wake riding. To ride at that next level, you need to take your body to the next level too. Charging the wake requires complete commitment and confidence, and the more prepared you are, the better. If you aspire to this style of riding, you need to pay close attention to your strength and fitness levels. Here are some things that have helped me stay fit while pushing a powerful style of riding.

My Philosophy From day one of my riding career, I always followed the philosophy of learn it small, take it big. This process involves learning the trick properly and being able to do it with control. From there, I work on taking it big by starting wide and charging it. Bigger riding requires more strength, because the dynamics get more and more intense. Greater rope tension, landing from higher up, bigger kicks off the wake — it all requires that extra bit of strength. There are many different types of training to help increase your physical performance. If you’re like me, the least exciting one is going to the gym.

Five Days a Week I keep my workout schedule fairly loose, but I’m active a minimum of five days a week, regardless of how much I ride. For wake-to-wake riders, 10 sets a week isn’t a ton of riding. If you’re charging big tricks every set, then five or six sessions a week is enough to take it out of you. So in addition to riding, I do a whole bunch of activities on a weekly basis. It’s important to work on strength, cardio and flexibility when preparing for big riding. A healthy diet is very important too.

Strive for Strength Powerful riding requires strength, but you don’t have to look like a muscle man. My favorite exercises include pull-ups, push-ups and core training. Pull-ups are an essential part of wakeboarding strength training, and they go hand in hand with the core and push-up exercises. I think its really important for people to understand that when doing these exercises, you really have to push yourself through them to see any benefit from your hard work. Keep changing your goals and targets to push yourself harder every time you exercise. Riding with power is all about commitment, so make sure you apply that same thought process to your preparation.

Go Beyond the Treadmill For my cardio, I mountain bike more than anything else. Often, I bike as much as five times a week. In addition, whenever the waves breaking I’ll head to the beach for the day to surf. It’s always fun to also throw in some wakesurfing for good measure when I can. As with the strength exercises, you have to push yourself to get the benefit from these activities. A consistent effort to do this will see your fitness levels increase at a faster rate, and you’ll receive much more benefit from the exercise.

Eat Right You might not want to hear it, but a healthy diet is a big part of making physical gains. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that drinking all night and charging it the next morning is not a good idea. I always try to keep my diet as natural and as fresh as I can. I avoid all junk food and sugary drinks. In addition to my healthy eating habits, I take nutritional supplements. I have always used Shaklee nutritional products. It’s simple: If you eat well and keep things healthy, you’ll feel much better and be able to train and ride at a higher level.

I’m 35! I’ve been charging it hard on my wakeboard since 1991, and I rode on the Pro [Wakeboard] Tour longer than anyone in history. Sure, I’ve been injured, but through these principles, I have bounced back every time. Eight doctors have told I would never ride again, and yet I’m still here charging it. I have always pushed myself to be a better athlete, and fitness and diet have played a major role in my success. So try to follow some of these principles. Hopefully, you will still be riding with power at 35 and beyond.

Roger Ernst II, CSCS

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Are we really working hard?

Guest blog by Alwyn Cosgrove

I think there are definite parallels between work and fitness training. Over the past few years I think as a whole, in both areas, we’ve confused working “hard” with working long.

Think about someone you know who you’d describe as working hard for a living. Now – do they really work hard – i.e. back breaking, intense physical labor — or do you mean that they work long hours – nights and maybe weekends?

Working “hard” and working “long” are not the same. And neither one means working effectively.

You could make the case that someone who is working long hours and weekends to achieve their objectives may not necessarily be working hard at all – they may be doing completely ineffective activities.

In addition, their rate of actual quality work output may be very low on a minute-by-minute basis. Or quality output may not be frequent enough — so they are trying to compensate by increasing their total volume.

But just increasing the volume of an ineffective, low-quality (i.e. intensity), infrequent activity isn’t helping whatsoever. Effective, results-producing work is not dependent upon the total volume of work primarily.

It’s the same as effective, results-producing exercise:

Effectiveness first.
Intensity second.
Frequency Third.
Volume last.

Is your training effective?
Are you focused and striving to do more work/lift more weight/do more reps in the session?
Are you training regularly? (in all studies – frequency of exposure to a stimulus is a primary key to success).

Once you have effective and technically sound exercise, performed with appropriate intensity on a regular basis – then you can think about adding volume. Doing more work can’t replace effectiveness, intensity or consistency.

AC

Roger Ernst II, CSCS

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Stop Being Lazy

Here is the current newsletter that was just sent to my bootcamp and personal training clients.

Are you lazy?

I know a lot of lazy people.

People who would rather spend the day planted on their couch than anywhere else.

People who choose take-out over home cooked, every night of the week.

People who would rather have a root canal than go do a workout.

Sure, I know that we all have our occasional lazy day on the couch, but lately it seems that more and more people are turning laziness into a career.

What about you? Check if the following describe you:

  • You are habitually inactive.
  • You’d rather be a passive observer than an active participant.
  • You’re a master excuse-maker.
  • You find shortcuts in order to avoid the long haul.

If that’s you, don’t get down on yourself. There are many legitimate causes of laziness. Here are just a few…

  1. Sleep Deprivation: When you’re short on sleep it’s easy to become unmotivated, which quickly turns into laziness. Get a minimum of eight hours of sleep each night in order to maintain enough energy to get you through the day. Some experts even say that ten hours of sleep each night is what you need to function at your best.
  2. Caffeine Abuse: Starting your day with a jolt of java may help with your initial alertness, but the dip in energy that takes place a few hours later could be the reason that you become lazy later in the day. Avoid the rush and crash of caffeine and instead rely on your steady supply of natural energy.
  3. Bad Habit: At some point being lazy simply becomes a habit. If every night after work you head straight to the couch, it soon becomes automatic and not a conscious decision. Breaking the habit of laziness is actually quite easy. Simply take yourself off of autopilot and make the conscious decision to do something productive instead – like heading to the gym rather than the couch.
  4. Inactivity: If your job keeps you in a chair for hours at a time, and you don’t exercise when off the clock, then your body is just accustomed to inactivity. It’s time to wake up your under-used muscles and to reacquaint yourself with the joy of motion. A simple way to get back into the swing of things is to go on a 30 to 60 minute walk either before work or after you return home. Once you’ve broken yourself in with consistent walks, contact me to get started on a fitness program that will quickly get your body back into great shape.

Laziness begins when you ignore that little nagging voice in your head. You know, the one that reminds you when you should take action on something rather than sit by and let the opportunity slip away. 

Is today the day that you will kick laziness to the curb?

Is today the day that you will take action toward achieving your goals?

Is today the day that you will listen to that little voice of reason?

Call or email today to schedule your first workout. You’ll find my contact info in this newsletter.

 

Your Ideal You 

 

Take a moment and imagine your ‘ideal you’.

What does the ‘ideal you’ look like? How does the ‘ideal you’ spend their time? Who would the ‘ideal you’ spend time with? What would the ‘ideal you’ accomplish? The distance between you and your ‘ideal you’ is created by laziness.

When faced with decisions, big or small, do what your ‘ideal you’ would do, rather than taking the easy way out.

(I’m pretty sure that your ‘ideal you’ is a client of mine…:)

 

Guiltless Zucchini Pasta with Turkey

Here is a guiltless way to prepare spaghetti that the whole family will love. To create angel hair noodles out of zucchini you simply need a small kitchen gadget called a spiral slicer. This ingenious tool is well worth the small investment – with it you’ll quickly and easily make delicious, fiber-filled noodles.

Yield: 4 servings

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 4 zucchini, ends trimmed and run through a spiral slicer
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (20oz) package lean ground turkey
  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place the spiral-sliced zucchini in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a medium sized skillet heat the oil. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until soft.
  3. Add the turkey to the skillet and cook until fully browned. Add the spaghetti sauce and mix until fully incorporated. Remove from heat.
  4. Mix the sauce with the zucchini noodles in the large bowl and serve.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 292 calories, 8g fat, 26g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, and 27g protein.

Roger Ernst II, CSCS

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Cardio Strength Training

Do you think you don’t have enough time to workout?

Here is a great workout that you can do in only 20 min. that combines strength training as well cardio all in one.  The concept for this workout was taken from the book, Cardio Strength Training by Robert dos Remedios.  If you have not read this book, I HIGHLY recommend you go out and buy it as soon as possible.

 

I just finished up doing this workout…it is a killer.  Try it out and let me know what you think.

Roger Ernst II, CSCS

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Accomplish the, As Yet, Unaccomplished

Guest blog by Suzie Tuffey Riewald.

Accomplish the, As Yet, Unaccomplished

 

“I’m going for a Personal Record in the bench today. I just don’t know if I can do it – it seems like so much weight.”

 

“6’2”! Are you kidding me? I’ve never cleared that height in a competition.”

 

“Curses. I drew Frank in the first round. I’ve yet to beat him in the 5 times we’ve faced each other. He must have my number. I’m not 0-5 against anyone else.”

 

Facing a potential Personal Record (PR), or going against an opponent you have yet to defeat. Have you experienced a similar situation? How did you respond? Such scenarios (or similar ones) present tough physical and mental challenges. You are asking yourself to accomplish something you have never done before and, on top of it, you are trying to find the confidence in your ability to do so.

 

When faced with surpassing a PR, some athletes are able to perform up to their abilities whereas others are not able to do so and are, thus, unable to accomplish the unaccomplished. There is a huge mental component to breaking through performance barriers. Think about the 4-minute mile. It was once seen as one of those mythical barriers.  For years, athletes had been approaching 4:00 but could not break through that wall. Yet, within one year of Roger Bannister running sub-4:00, multiple other runners broke through that time barrier as well. It was not that the athletes were physically unable to run a mile under four minutes, it was that a mental barrier had been created, setting this up as a near impossible task. Once the mental barrier was removed from the mind, the body was “freed” to accomplish the physical task.

 

You want to be one of those athletes that reached the “impossible goal,” right? Of course you do. Let us review some strategies that you can implement to help you surpass these barriers (physical and mental) and have a successful performance. [Note: you don’t need to implement all of the strategies. Rather, practice and implement the one or two strategies that make most sense to you.]

 

Focus on the process. In such challenging situations as described previously, what tends to be your predominant thought? What is your focus? For many, the focus is on the challenge or the outcome of performance, i.e., the victory, PR, pinning an opponent. It is important to get your thoughts away from the outcome and, instead, place your mental energy on what you need to do to accomplish the task. Focus on what you control—your performance—not the end result. For example, when approaching the bar, focus on the various elements of your pre-lift routine, critical aspects of your technique or your breathing (as opposed to the weight on the bar).

 

Do it then do it. No, it is not a typo. You read it right — do it, then do it. That is, first mentally perform—see, feel, mentally experience successfully executing the lift, clearing the height or beating an opponent. Then, physically perform the skill just as you did in your imagery. In using imagery, you are mentally accomplishing the challenge which can help you prepare for the task and enhance your confidence in your ability to physically accomplish the task.

 

Give yourself reasons to believe. When you stop to think about it, it makes sense that you might have doubts as you are asking yourself to accomplish a task you have yet to accomplish. Don’t accept the doubts, instead, battle them.  That is, convince yourself with “the facts” as to why you should be and why you will be successful. Identify the reasons you will be successful and use these to battle the lingering doubts. These reasons can come from things you have done in training, past competitions, comments from coaches or teammates, or your work ethic.

 

Downplay it. There is a tendency to make a task or obstacle a monumental challenge because it has yet to be accomplished and there may have been many failed attempts along the way. This can make the obstacle grow to mythical proportions. Knock it down, mentally, to what it really is. Instead of thinking about the weight on the bench as something you have failed at twice, remind yourself that it is only two kilograms more that you lifted last week.  Similarly, the opponent you are facing should not be viewed as someone “I just can’t beat.” Rather, the opponent is someone you match up well against and to perform well you need to attack their backhand, for example.

 

Try, try again. You could not complete the rep without a little help, you missed the height, you lost the match. How you react to this failure is going to, in part, influence future attempts at similar challenges. Are you telling yourself, “I’ll never be able to do this?” Or, are you already analyzing what you need to do differently and what you need to work on to improve your performance?  Learn the lessons from your failures and apply them to future endeavors when you try, try again.

 

Suzie Tuffey Riewald, PhD, NSCA-CPT

 

Visualizing can be a key element in landing that next trick that you always seem so close to landing.  Instead of thinking about how you can’t quite grab the handle on that last 180 deg. rotation, picture yourself grabbing the handle and sticking the landing.  Instead of worrying about under/over-rotating on your front roll, imagine yourself rotating perfectly, landing smoothly and riding out in the flats.

I’m going to work on visualizing landing a backroll.  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what trick you are going to visualize landing perfectly.

Roger Ernst II, CSCS

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Turning Weakness into Strengths in the Off-Season

Guest blog by Kyle Brown, CSCS

Turning Weakness into Strengths in the Off-Season

Some athletes feel that the off-season is a time to let their bodies rest, fall completely off their diets, and spend this time partying the night away with little sleep or regard for their health and fitness. Typically, they use the pre-season as a time to rebound and acclimate to the demands of their sport. Yet, even as a weekend warrior, intramural or club athlete, having a year-round game plan will keep you a cut above the competition and ready to hit the ground running in the pre-season. Moreover, focusing on your weaknesses in the off-season will bring a new and improved you to the field next season.

Off-season training is not only the best time to recover from your sport physically and mentally, but it is also the perfect time to train to counteract all of the muscle imbalances inherent in playing nearly any sport. The off-season varies depending on the particular sport, but in general terms, off-season refers to the weeks after the in-season and before the pre-season (1).

There is a fine line between resting too much and too little in the off-season. Ideally, an athlete should take the time off their sport to mentally rest as well as not put their primary focus on training the main muscles utilized for their sport. Instead, after a short period of rest (referred to as an unloading week), an athlete should focus on cross training or working on their muscular weaknesses and imbalances to get refreshed without lowering their current fitness level. For example, some sports require one arm or leg to be utilized more or their opposing muscle groups are neglected (i.e., the quadriceps are working but the hamstrings are not utilized).

Some of the benefits of working on muscular imbalances during the off-season include: preventing chronic injuries, creating symmetry in strength and coordination, recovery of primary movers, strengthening of stabilizer muscles, and prevention of detraining or overtraining. During the off-season phase, a combination of resistance training and flexibility work will create stronger, less inhibited muscles.

References

1. Bompa TO, Periodization training for sports. 1999. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics

Kyle Brown, CSCS

Be sure to post any questions that you might have about off-season workouts as well as what you do in the off-season to stay in wakeboarding shape.

Roger Ernst II, CSCS

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Do You Eat This Super-Food?

Here is the current newsletter that was just sent out to my personal training and bootcamp clients.

The Missing Link to Optimal Health

Do you rarely get sick, have no need for prescription meds, and can’t remember the last time that you had to visit the doctor?

If you answered no to the above questions then you are likely suffering from nutritional deficiencies.

It’s hard to know exactly what to eat for optimal health, especially since everyone has a different opinion.

Even when you make every effort to eat healthy, your diet almost always lacks important nutrients.

In her book, Green For Life, Victoria Boutenko set out in search of the perfect human diet. She immersed herself in nutrition research and discovered a very interesting observation.

The Chimpanzee Connection: Chimpanzees and humans are more closely related than any other animal species. In fact, research shows that we share 99.4% of our DNA sequence with our chimpanzee friends.

Why is this significant? Chimpanzees are in far better physical shape than humans, and possess strong natural immunity to cancer and other fatal — and quite common — human illnesses.

Victoria’s research all pointed to the chimpanzee diet as the reason for their superior health. Chimps and humans have vastly different eating habits.

It’s All About The Greens: While humans enjoy pizza and hamburgers, chimps eat a diet extremely high in dark leafy greens — an item that hardly exists in the human world.

Victoria then turned her focus on dark leafy greens. What she discovered was a super-food packed with extremely high levels of nutrients. Here are 5 amazing facts about greens:

1. Greens are packed with amino acids…AKA protein.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that dark leafy greens are a legitimate source of protein. It’s true!

Protein molecules are made of a chain of amino acids. When you consume protein from chicken, you’re getting chains of amino acids that have already been assembled into a complex protein.

When you eat dark leafy greens you are getting a plethora of individual amino acids. Your body then takes these amino acids and assembles it into complex protein chains.

2. Greens give you lots of insoluble fiber…like a sponge.

You know fiber is important, but did you realize that fiber is needed to rid your body of toxins? Insoluble fiber is extra special, since it is built like tiny sponges that each absorbs several times more toxins than its own volume. Check out just a few of the many benefits of fiber:

  • Fiber reduces cholesterol
  • Fiber prevents and reduces the risk of cancer
  • Fiber lessens risk of diabetes and improves existing diabetes
  • Fiber helps shed unwanted pounds and prevents overeating

 

3. Greens promote bodily homeostasis…necessary for optimal health.

Homeostasis is the physiological process that regulates all substances in your body at ideal levels for optimal health. It is a very complex process, one that your body is constantly working towards.

In order for your body to achieve homeostasis it needs an abundance of vitamins, amino acids, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids and minerals. Greens are a super provider of all of the above.

4. Greens are alkaline…which promotes healthy cells.

In 1931 Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize for discovering the cause of cancer: weakened cell respiration due to lack of oxygen on the cellular level — this causes fermentation, which results in acidity, or low pH.

There is a close connection between the foods you eat and your pH balance. For example, Parmesan cheese is highly acid forming, -34; while spinach is an amazingly alkalizing food, +14.

When you get plenty of greens on a daily basis, you’re able to better maintain a good alkaline pH balance.

5. Greens are made of chlorophyll…liquid sun energy.

As amazing as it may seem, the molecule of chlorophyll is strikingly similar to the molecule of human blood. Chlorophyll heals and cleanses your organs while destroying harmful substances.

Here are just a few of the powers of chlorophyll:

  • Chlorophyll builds a high blood count
  • Chlorophyll helps prevent cancer
  • Chlorophyll counteracts toxins
  • Chlorophyll promotes an alkaline body
  • Chlorophyll helps sores heal faster
  • Chlorophyll improves varicose veins
  • Chlorophyll improves vision

 

Introducing The Green Smoothie: While the evidence for eating lots of greens continues to mount, who really wants to chomp through a pile of spinach everyday? The solution is as convenient as it is efficient: the green smoothie.

Victoria discovered that when she blended greens with fruit and water, the result was an easily absorbed, delicious smoothie. The key to reaping all the benefits from your green smoothies is to use a wide variety of greens and to drink it every day. Most enjoy it as a quick, nutrient-packed breakfast.
*See the recipe below*

Victoria did a study where people drank green smoothies everyday for a month. Most participants reported a noticeable increase in their energy levels after just the first week. This boost of energy may be just what you need to get into gear with your workouts.

Remember, regular challenging exercise is the key to achieving your ideal body.

Call or email today to get started on a fitness program that will get you to your best body quickly.

Green Weight Loss

Need more convincing that greens should be a regular part of your diet?

People who consume green smoothies report fewer cravings for unhealthy food and tend to snack far less than when they aren’t getting their greens.

So sip your green smoothie with a big smile, knowing that you’re turbo charging your health and expediting your weight loss.

Green Smoothie

  

Green smoothies consist of 3 basic ingredients: greens, fruit and water. Have fun experimenting with a wide range of varieties of both the greens and the fruit in order to reap the most benefit. You may be surprised to find that the simple combination of greens and fruit is quite delicious.

Servings: 1

Here’s what you need…

  • 1 bunch (2 cups) red dandelion greens (feel free to use spinach or any other dark greens)
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 cups filtered water

 

  1. In a high speed blender mix the ingredients until smooth.

 

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 199 calories, 1g fat, 47g carbohydrate, 10g fiber, and 6g protein.

Proper nutrition will not only help to improve your wakeboarding, it will also help make you look better on the boat. 

Roger Ernst II, CSCS 

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Wakeboarding General Training Principles – Progression

This is the third installment in a 3 part series.  This series will cover the 3 general training principles that apply to any type of training program – specificity, overload, progression.

Progression – Strategy of advancing exercise loads so that improvements will continue over time.

When progression is applied properly it will promote long-term training benefits.  While it is customary to focus only on the load that is lifted, training intensity can be progressively increased by raising the number of weekly training sessions, adding more drills or exercises to each session, change the type or difficulty of the drills or exercises, or increasing the training stimulus.

Progression should be based on the athlete’s training status and is introduced systematically and gradually.

In order to improve your wakeboarding, you should gradually progress from basic exercises to more complex and challenging exercises.

An example of this would be performing an exercise on a stable surface and then as your strength increases and you get a good strength base, progress to performing the exercise on an unstable surface.

A couple of sample exercise progressions would be:

-Dumbbell bench press -> Dumbbell stability ball bench press

-Dumbbell row (on a bench) -> Dumbbell row (1 hand on a stability ball)

After building up a solid strength base, be sure to progress to new and more challenging exercises in order to improve your wakeboarding.

Roger Ernst II, CSCS