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Post 45: Day 2: Meditation Challenge 10 Minutes

So the first day went so well, I decided to up my time to ten minutes. Now if there are any guru-types out there, please feel free to point out any mistakes I am making with this. Ten minutes is a lot harder than five. One difference is that I meditated about 8 pm about a workout and a shower. The thinking behind being that I should be relaxed at this point. I am not sure how the time of day plays into all this but just as I analyze workouts, we will test this out and see what effect it has.

Counting down from 100. Obviously I had more time to play with. The first attempt I ended up in the forties then the wheels came off. For those of you who didn’t read the first chapter of this, I am trying to train my mind to count down from 100 to 0. A number for each breath, no hesitation or screw-ups or you have to start over. This is the idea.

After the first attempt, everything fell apart. I couldn’t get past 90 the next couple of times. Then near the end I forgot to start counting again. i am telling you, it is harder than it appears!

One interesting thing of note: When I started, images would pop into my mind but they would be outside the numbers, kind of on the fringes. This time the images were designs and characters but they would appear wrapped around and poking out from the numbers. This is the other thing that happened. I started seeing the numbers clearer. Nice white, stylized numbers.

Again, I have no idea what this means, i am just reporting it. The plan is to stay with ten minutes for a while until it gets a little easier to control my wandering mind.

Afterwards I did feel a little calmer and refreshed even though the session ended in total chaos.

You guys should try this. Do it and let me know what you are experiencing.

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 44: Day 1: Meditation Challenge

Day 1 went smooth enough. 5 minutes of meditation. My plan here is to ease into this. Five minutes did not seem long enough to really settle in so I am going for ten minutes today. I did seem to emerge from this a little better focused and maybe a little energized. We will see what happens today.

My method is pretty simple. I read this on the web years ago and it has always stuck with me. You sit in a comfortable position and try to count from 100 to zero. This is much harder than it sounds. In fact, you should try it. The idea is to anchor and focus your attention on one thing. The analogy that meditators use has to do  with elephants. When Indians use elephants in a parade, they always have them hold something in their trunk. This prevents them from stealing food as they walk down the parade route.

So the countdown is my way of focusing. When I did this consistently, I actually did get to zero a few times. The basic rule is simply this: if you mess up and forget where you are in the countdown you have to start over.
if you do get to zero, you just hang out there for a while.

 Remember, I am just a knucklehead trainer not a guru. I am open to comments and recommendations

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 43: New Videos On My Website

Do you know what the hardest part of personal training is? Nope, not getting up at 4:30. Nope, not working until 7 pm. Finding time to workout? Nope. Give up?

Making videos. Man this stinks. I have been reading that it would be wise to have videos up on my website, M Factor Fitness. It does make sense. Having video helps the potential client get a feel for my personality and how I train. An easy way for someone to get to know me.

Theoretically until you have to actually shoot the video. Then it gets ugly because I am not a natural actor. In fact, there really are two things I don’t like doing.
1. Being in front of a camera for pictures.
2. Being in front of a camera for videos.

So I could mess with the videos for the rest of my time here on earth and I would never be happy with them. I decided that I might as well throw something up there just to have it. Is it good? I hope so. The idea is pretty simple. I just want to spend a few minutes on each page of the website to introduce the page and give you some information about my training.

If possible, I would like some feedback on what you think. Because, let’s be honest, I am going to probably
need to redo it. I am hoping that the more I do this, the more comfortable I become. Kind of like when you see actors in their first movie and now.

If anyone else has some funny stories, let me know because I am filled with trepidation with these videos. Now be nice. No need to make fun of me, let’s keep this constructive.

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 40: Fast Friday Workout

I am right in the middle of two appointments so forgive me if this is quick and to the point. This is a great workout if you have about 20 minutes and need to hit the entire body. Do this as a circuit and only rest after one round is complete.

 As always, do as many reps as you can. Push hard and keep your heart rate up. If you don’t have some of the equipment listed, get creative and substitute. If you can do it for a pizza, you can certainly do it for a workout. ( it is Friday after all ).

Equipment :
 Bench
 Light Dumbbells for flyes
 Pull Down machine or chinning bar.
 Heavy dumbbells for rows.

Exercises: Do in order and don’t take too much time going from exercise to exercise.

1. 25 Alternating lunges
2. 25 fast squats.
3. 25 Ab circles
4. 25 Leg Raises
5. Flyes on a bench- as many as you can.
6. Close grip bench press using the same dumbbells. As many as you can.
7. Push-ups – as many as you can.
8. Pull-downs or chin-ups- as many as you can.
9. One arm rows- at least 25 each side.

Take a short rest and repeat. for 3-5 rounds or for as much time as you have.

if you are feeling good, time each round and try and beat the previous time.

There you have it. Try it and let me know what you think.

Have a great weekend!

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 37: 10 Things about M Factor Personal Training

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved.               `

Post 22: 7 Steps to Start a New Nutrition Plan

7 steps to start a new nutrition plan.

Nothing out of the ordinary here except this is from an article published in the Indian Times. It seems like as Americans we are credited with making the world fat. Our habits are spreading around the world.

I really don’t agree with that viewpoint. Our obesity stems from the fact that we have a very developed society. Not bragging, just saying that we don’t have to hustle for food. Our sitting lifestyle and desire for fast food all the time has created some issues but those issues stem from overabundance.
That is why this article interested me. India is not known as an overly consumptive society. yet judging from the article, they have the same new year’s resolutions we do. Go figure. Anyway, here is the link and the article http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/7-steps-to-start-a-new-nutrition-plan/articleshow/11325223.cms 

The author, Mansi Kohli, adds a couple unique details that are interesting.

  1. He mentions keeping a food diary. Now where have you heard that before?
  2. 1/3 of your food should be unprocessed. I like that ratio.
  3. Keep vegetables fresh.
  4. Limit salt and sugar.
  5. Limit artificial sweeteners. I know America is behind the curve on this. We think they are the greatest thing but I am telling you here and now that there are a bunch of yet undisclosed side effects that come from artificial sweeteners. You will see reports here and there buried in the papers. Give this about 10 years and the truth will come out about diet drinks. (Sorry for the rant)
  6. Don’t skip meals
  7. Don’t eat on emotion

All in all pretty sound advice. Nice job Mansi.

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Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 12: M Factor Fitness- what is it all about

Here is a question I get all the time. ” What exactly is M Factor Fitness and do you train people better than you write?” The answer is yes. I am a much better trainer than writer and thank you for asking.

If I had to define it, I would say that M Factor Fitness is my extended family. My average client stays with me well over two years and in this business that says something. I really like the fact that I have the opportunity to work with clients and make a difference in their lives. My job is not to hope that 1 out of 10 clients make progress. 

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 10: Value of B Vitamins in Cutting Heart Disease Risk Challenged

Here is the link, http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63M4UR20100423.

In my humble opinion, the leading predictor of heart disease is genetics. Anything else may have a slight effect but as the article points out it is very hard to isolate any causes. There are too many variables.
Exercise is the most important factor in surviving heart disease although it may not prevent it. If anything, eating a diet rich in B vitamins will help you with your energy levels and keeping body fat levels lower, so I still recommend it.
 

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |