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Consistency Above All

Consistency Above All

Let’s all admit, we really like new things…we love novelty, what’s the newest greatest program, gadget, gear, shoe, piece of equipment, training technique…

As individuals, we display averages…we are the culmination of our habits…we are the average of the 5 people that we spend the most time with…it’s not what we know, it’s what we do consistently…

So what happens if we continue to chase the newest, coolest, shiniest thing we can put our hands on time after time…?

Well…we get…nowhere…

Really?

Think of it this way…you start with a destination.  “I want to drive from Fargo to Grand Forks.” You have a map that you trust will get you to your destination…then…you start deviating from the map…because…your internal voice starts getting loud, chirping about…anything really.  So you start taking exits, and you start making stops, and you can see the road you were on…but this road is brand new and maybe it’s faster but too new for your map to have included it…maybe?

Eventually you get…somewhere….for sure.  Is it where you originally wanted to go, is it where you want to be now?  That’s for you to decide. 

Let me break down this analogy…

You came to Icehouse to look good naked, have energy throughout your day, look good in your clothes, do things that fit people can do…then you talked to a coach and the coach told you to come to Icehouse 3-4 times a week, really get after the workout of that day; drink half of your body weight in ounces of water; eat relatively clean most of the time; sleep 8 hours a night…right?

And you did…for a bit, maybe even for a long while…then what?  

Choose your adventure…

Path #1

You were scrolling Instagram or Facebook and you see all of these people, who you don’t know, pitching these deviations to your plan…new gear, new diet, new training program and your brain somehow convinced you that this map that you had wasn’t the best map to get you to where you want to go, so you start improvising, adding a program here, a program there….

Suddenly you’re training 5-11 sessions a week, and you’ve only got 75% (maybe) of your energy to give to each of your training sessions, you’re tired, you’re under fueled, you’re training at Icehouse like it’s your job (literally) and suddenly the magic has worn a bit…it’s a box to check…sure you see your friends, but you’re super tired and you’re getting your work done to say that you got your work done…

What’s worse is that your stress from training has negatively impacted your performance, and your body composition (remember wanting to look good naked)…you’re not happy, you’re not as strong as you think you should be, and you think you’re not training hard enough so you scroll through more Instagram and pile on more training to combat your overtraining…

What’s the fix?

Talk to a coach, let us help you take a good, honest look at what your goals are, how you’re training, how you’re eating, how you’re recovering, and make sure they’re all supporting your goals

…Too busy for a meeting with a coach?

  • Come to CrossFit or Flux 3-4 times a week, and bring your 100% for that day
  • Get 8 hours of sleep every night
  • Drink half of your body weight in water every day
  • Eat real food, most of the time

Path #2

You were scrolling Instagram or Facebook and you see all of these people, who you don’t know, pitching these deviations to your plan…new gear, new diet, new training program and your brain somehow convinced you that this map that you had wasn’t the best map to get you to where you want to go, so you start improvising…doing more “home workouts”, maybe doing more open gym workouts…?

Suddenly you’re avoiding CrossFit classes because the classes are interfering with the science behind what you’re new program is designed to do…

Then…you’re training by yourself a lot…or not training at all, not on purpose…it just happened…you lost that accountability…and that community…you feel like you made your choice and you can’t come back

What’s the Fix?

Talk to a coach, let us help you take a good, honest look at what your goals are, how you’re training, how you’re eating, how you’re recovering, and make sure they’re all supporting your goals

…Too busy for a meeting with a coach?

  • Come to CrossFit or Flux 3-4 times a week, and bring your 100% for that day
  • Get 8 hours of sleep every night
  • Drink half of your body weight in water every day
  • Eat real food, most of the time

Hey!?! That fix looks awfully familiar…

Yep, remember…the title of this blog is “Consistency Above All”…the truth is you can do just about any program out there.  As long as you are sleeping, you are recovering, you are eating clean, and you are training consistently fitness is attainable.  

After 6-12 months of consistency you will hit a wall, then you come and see a coach and we’ll develop a plan together to get over that wall…but you first have to get that 6-12 months of consistency…

…Now is as good a time to get your consistency dialed in with our Icehouse Check-In Challenge going on now until the end of 2019

…Now I understand it’s easy to hear about consistency from a coach, right?  Well if you have any questions about “real world” Icehousers here’s a list of our…

Consistency Champions (10/12 months on our #committed Board)

Angelina Akers; Betsy Bohnenblust; Allie Bondy; Cierra Brinkman; Soni Cariveau; John Dalziel; Elli Feist; Mike Gallagher; Jeremy Grinsteinner; Holly Hagen; Becky Hanson; John Heller; Jordan Larson; KJ Loughead; Tracy Nelson; Racheal Paveglio; Leslie Rumble; Nancy “Shots” Stenger; Alex Vruno; Nick Williams

Honorable Mentions (8/12 Months on our #committed Board)

Sarah Borders; Emma Dunham; Jordan Johnson; Adam Kolling; Emily Monson; Preston Nesemeier; Chad Quamme; Skylar Wehri; Tyler Williams

Consistency Above All…It doesn’t matter what you KNOW…what do you DO consistently?

Coach Skeds’ “Fit for Fall” Recap

Coach Skeds’ “Fit for Fall” Recap

#fitforfall has been a common hashtag for most social media posts from the Icehouse coaches these last couple months…but what’s the meaning behind it and what’s the story…?

Coming from North Dakota I’m used to the “standard” cycle of nutrition and fitness…hibernate in the wintertime (read: skip morning workouts) with all the carbs, holiday goodies, and drinks.  Then try to undo 8 months of winter in 3 weeks getting ready for “lake season”…

It never ends well…you’re crabby, you family is walking on eggshells…all for that perfect “beach body” that really only normally lasts until that first picture kicking off lakes season…after that, it’s a deep dive into white claws, mayo based salads and “the perfect summertime desserts”, right?

 

So Fit for Fall…it was a weight loss challenge right?

…Not really…

What?!?

Fit for fall, for me, did catalyze with another InBody scan that I wasn’t super happy with, but I set my mind to changing habits and letting the numbers land where they land.

 

What do you mean…”Not a weight loss challenge…” What’s the point then?

That’s the thing about this Fit for Fall challenge…Coach Anna was determined to educate us and focus on habits and feeling rather than hitting prescribed numbers.  

I set my intentions:

  • Attend at least 2 CrossFit classes per week and all 3 Fall Strength Cycle sessions per week
  • 8 Hours of Sleep
  • Meal prep all breakfasts and lunches

I prepped my notebook and calendar, and even got ahead on my pen and ink nutrition journaling.  I was ready!

 

So…now that I’m in the last week of the Challenge…how did it go?

In retrospect…pretty well.  This was the right challenge for the right time for me…it wasn’t just about getting lean, it wasn’t just about improved physical performance, it wasn’t just about setting recovery habits it was about getting 1% better everyday at the things I was doing everyday…

I’ll give you my “Top 5 Takeaways” from my #fitforfall challenge.  Some of them validated what I was already doing and what I already know work, and some of them were new and provided solid evidence that I could exercise a bit more moderation into my normally rigid routine.  Enjoy!

 

Top 5 Takeaways from #fitforfall Challenge

  • Meal prep breakfast for and lunch for the work week…minimum.
  • Tell the people in your life what your intentions are and allow them to support you.
  • Get to bed on time.
  • Check in with the people in your life during your challenge and let them know what’s working and what you need more support with.
  • Just taking the risk and setting a goal drive personal improvement, pick something and go for it.

 

If you’re interested in our Individualized Nutrition Coaching click here to schedule an intro session that works for your schedule.

Coach Skeds’ Podcast Episode Recommendations

Coach Skeds’ Podcast Episode Recommendations

After overwhelming response from my Coach Skeds’ Summer Reads blog.  I’ve decided to put together of my Top 10 Podcast Episodes.  

What is a podcast exactly?  Glad you asked…According to the Internet, a podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. 

It can be a live recording of a broadcast radio show, stage show, panel interview, one on one interview, it can be scripted or unscripted, it can be 5 minutes or 3 and a half hours, covering every topic under the sun.  It’s no surprise that my favorites are based around personal development, business and strength and conditioning.  

I invite you to click on a link that looks and sounds appealing and give it a go!

Here they are, in no particular order.  

Oprah Super Soul Conversations Podcast

Just kidding this is #1

Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday Conversations: Iyanla Vanzant: You Matter – This is in no particular order… but THIS EPISODE IS #1.  Listen to it every morning, and send it to everyone in your life.

Internal Work

Brute Strength: How Overcoming Your Fears will Fine Tune Your Training and Perfect Your Game – In this episode, Mike Cazayoux interivewed Tony Blauer (SPEAR System).  The biggest take-away is the Fear Loop, and how to override your body’s natural “flight, fight, freeze, appease” response.

Working Against Gravity Podcast: Creating a System of Vulnerability in Relationships – In this episode, Adee and Mike Cazayoux talk about tactical steps that people can take make vulnerability more accessible…I’m talking about Adee and Mike actually giving you the sentences to use to start a difficult or uncomfortable conversation with the intent to create a deeper, more meaningful bond.

Active Life RX Podcast: Mark England: Improve Your Language, Improve Your Outcomes – In this episode, Dr. Sean talks with Mark England about how your language influences how you speak to the most important person in your life, you.

Lifestyle

Barbell Shrugged: Position, Movement and Purpose with Carl Paoli – In this episode, the Barbell Shrugged gang sits with Carl Paoli and chat about all things movement.  If you train with us for a specific reason, or just because we’re super fun, Carl’s take on movement is a must listen to.

Bulletproof Radio: Minimalism Living a Richer Life With Less – In this episode, Dave Asprey interviews the Minimalists, they chat about the freedom of living a minimal lifestyle, and it’s definitely something that I aspire to.

“Failure is an Option”

Tim Ferriss Show: When to Quit – Quick stories of when to quit versus when to persist.  I’ll be honest. This episode is near and dear to my heart because it aired the week I resigned from my full-time position in the ND Army National Guard.  

TED Radio Hour: Failure is an Option – This episode is a collection of a number of TED speakers talking about the power failure.

Feed Me Fuel Me Podcast

Deep Diving 

The Bledsoe Show: The Psychology Behind Fear with Guy Ferdman – In this episode, Mike Bledsoe chats with Guy Ferdman about a lot of things…the biggest takeaway for me was the power of the events from a person’s early childhood and how that carries into their adulthood through patterning, and how to work to break that patterning in order to live a life of deep, meaningful connection and unconditional love.

Feed Me Fuel Me: Unlearning Our Parents and Owning What We Actually Believe with Anat Peri –  In this episode, the Feed me Fuel me guys interview Anat Peri, she is a Transformational Coach with a ton of work under her belt.  She runs a program, Training Camp for the Soul (TCS) that is based on teaching students to unlearn patterns they learned as kids. This is one of 3 interviews with Anat Peri that I listened to before signing up for Training Camp for the Soul (I’m currently in week 4 of 10 and the work is deep, and difficult, but it is helping me to evolve into a more authentic version of myself, there’s no doubt).

Tim Ferriss Show; Podcast

Bonus!

Tim Ferriss: Tony Robbins on How to Resolve Internal Conflict – Just like Oprah was #1 this is #1A.  If you only pick 2 episodes to listen to, this should be one of them.  Tony takes you through a 10 minute guided mediation to get your heart and your brain firing on same frequency through memory and gratitude.  It’s super powerful, try it out and ENJOY!

 

 

Coach Skeds’ Summer Reads

Coach Skeds’ Summer Reads

It’s no secret that I am a pretty active reader. I’ve been studying professional development and leadership since I was in high school.  

There’s something about summer that gets me super excited to reread some of my favorites.  I grab a chair outside with some coffee and the pups and somehow find new wisdom in pages that I’ve looked at many times.

I put together a list of the 4 books that I plan on tackling between now and Labor Day.  I encourage you to read my summaries and pick one that speaks to you.

Here they are… in no particular order…

Tribe by Sebastian Junger

The Joe Rogan Experience with Sebastian Junger

The main argument of Tribe is that humans are tribal animals and societies flurish under shared hardship.  There’s a lot of psychology that’s described via storytelling and strongly resonated with me. I didn’t realize how far out of alignment I was living until I read this book.  I was surrounded by people, had a success in my career, but some big piece (close human connection) was missing. Luckily, I found it and have been pursuing it, through both deep internal work and being more brave outwardly, ever since.

“Human beings need three basic things in order to be content: they need to feel competent at what they do; they need to feel authentic in their lives; and they need to feel connected to others. These values are considered “intrinsic” to human happiness and far outweigh “extrinsic” values such as beauty, money and status.”

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Super Soul Sunday with Paulo Coelho

This is a textbook allegory, and it’s so well written that I didn’t realize it until I finished reading it the first time.  This book is a laundry list of deep universal truths dressed up as a wonderfully detailed story of a shepherd who embarks on his personal destiny.  I could constantly reread this book and it would speak to me in different ways every time.

“What you still need to know is this: before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way.  It does not because it is evil, but so we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up.  It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.’”

12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson

Jocko Podcast with Jordan B. Peterson

This book is a collection of essays written by Jordan B. Peterson.  He put them together in this book to give a framework of how to balance life’s chaos and order.  Jordan has vast and broad knowledge. He weaves all kinds of stories from all kinds of sources into psychology and sociology fundamentals, and is designed to build better humans to build better communities and ultimately a better world.  I considered each chapter a separate book and that was a pretty great way to allow me to take my time. There’s a lot of information, and the stories are super compeling. It’s a great read, just be sure to take your time with it.

“Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping”

Team of Teams by Chris Fussell, David Silverman, Stanley A. McChrystal, and Tantum Collins

Stanley McChrystal Interview with Tim Ferriss

This book speaks to the deep organizational improvement nerd in me.  It’s filled with stories from both a military and civilian application of the same tools.  I found it at just the right time; I’d just spent time supporting the task force that GEN McChrystal had transformed and seeing how the changes were made was pretty amazing.  The lessons in this book are universal in their application, and completely changed my perspective of what is possible.

“Without trust, SEAL teams would just be a collection of fit soldiers.”

 

The Power of Breath

The Power of Breath

Our physiology (body) drives a lot of our behavior and the way that we approach a situation.  

Breathing is one of the few, generally, automatic processes that we, as humans, can exercise some control over.  And it has a great deal of control over which mental state we experience, that is, which part of our central nervous system we are experiencing the world through.

  • Sympathetic Nervous System – Fight, Flight, Freeze
  • Parasympathetic Nervous System – Rest and Digest

Check out the video below for a quick tutorial on the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems:

So what does that have to do with what we do at Icehouse?

In a word…”Everything”.  Understanding which state you’re in and how to bounce seamlessly between the two can be the difference between a BIG personal record lift, or a meltdown mid-workout.  And it can help you determine which of our 3 tracks is best for you for that training session.

Don’t I just want to go hard every training session?  

The short answer is…”No”.  As humans we have a limited supply of fuel for “fight or flight”.  If we stay in that state constantly, it becomes less and less potent, it loses its punch, and we just become highly alert (burned out) and exhausted.

So if going hard isn’t always the “go to”, what are my options?

To make it simple, we’ll keep it at aerobic (oxygen for fuel) and anaerobic (everything else as fuel)

Aerobic – you’re able to breathe through your nose; if you’re unable to do that you have to slow down until you can.  These workouts are designed to move your body and build that base of cardiovascular endurance (allow you to go low and slow for a long time) and are the cornerstone of training for the long haul.

Anaerobic – you’ve got to use your mouth to some extent to bring air in or get air out.  These workouts are designed to create a hormonal response that make you better at everything (quick punch of relatively hard and fast).  We don’t do these often, and to make changes, we don’t need to.

How do I know which state I am in?

One quick check is to pay attention to how your mouth is organized.  This is a quick check for efficient nasal breathing, aerobic and parasympathetic (rest and digest).  

  • Tip of your tongue is at the roof of your mouth
  • Teeth are slightly apart
  • Breathing into your belly through your nose

For more information on the fundamentals of breathwork checkout the Power Speed Endurance blog here