There’s probably not a soul reading this who doesn’t like, or even love, to exercise…
A thrusting young buck at work recently approached me to ask for some tips on…
As much as I advocate and embrace the two pillars self-sufficiency and time-efficiency when it comes to training – especially for Super Fit Dads who have limited resources (time, money and space) – there are times when you need to lean on the experts for a little extra motivation, wisdom and inspiration as you traverse the rocky path of progress.
But picking or finding the right coach can be a tricky and potentially expensive exercise. There are some great coaches out there – the ones who simultaneously cajole and nurture you to ever-increasing heights of achievement. There are some terrible coaches who seem to be surviving on past glories, or no glories at all.
Then there are the myriad of average coaches, those who are neither particularly good nor bad. This example of the species is, perhaps, the most dangerous because their average-ness makes it harder to escape their clutches and start afresh elsewhere.
To save you time in the selection process I’m going to outline 6 types of coaches to look out for. Each offers extraordinary scope for learning and progression – if you can track one of these guys down, you’re likely to be in very safe hands.
I’ve been lucky enough to train with at least one of each type over the past few years; I’ll mention who they are as we work through the list.
It’s been just over a year since I started Crossfit training. To say I was in a bad place mentally when something prompted me to finally get along to my local box is something of an understatement. A dead man walking is putting it a bit strongly, but isn’t that far from the mark.
So given my relative experience, or more the fact that I’m no longer a complete Crossfit beginner, it feels like an opportune time to reflect on my experience to date, assess my progress but mostly to see if any of the myths surrounding “the sport” have been dispelled.
With a bewildering array of fitness options out there, it’s easy to get confused. Especially if most of them cater to young, unencumbered 20 and 30-somethings. Increasingly training programs and modalities are focusing on functional movements and HIIT training which is really positive development.
But, even so, sometimes Super Fit Dads (and Mums, for that matter) simply don’t have the time to duck out to a 1 hour class that’s a 15 minute drive away from home. If that’s the case we need fallback workouts that can be done quickly, either in the gym or at home. After all, Super Fitness is all about efficiency.
The four sessions outlined below are all that you need to achieve Super Fitness in around 3 hours a week.
If you can do more, lucky you – do more! But these are our minimum requirements to keep moving the dial forward.