"Why do we do hard things?"

We were doing our Pumpkin Ruck at The Farmstead last Friday night, and while we were rucking with our pumpkins through the corn maze, our member Scott asked his daughter, “why do we do hard things?”

She immediately responded with enthusiasm, “…to improve our lives!”

What we encourage everyone who takes part in training here to do is to choose to do the hard things.

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Every Rep is a Choice/Are you Training or "Working Out?"

When we’re training here at IMA, we have our Purpose, or “Why?” for what we are doing here. We also have our specific Intent, or specific training objective, for the training plan that is written on the whiteboard.

All the sets and reps of movements and exercises we do have a specific Intent and general Purpose to why we do them.

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Manifest your positive Destiny!

You can actually quantify how positive you are. Based on Gandhi’s words…

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,

Your thoughts become your words,

Your words become your actions,

Your actions become your habits,

Your habits become your values,

Your values become your destiny.”

…you can change your destiny to a more positive one by having more positive Beliefs, Thoughts, and especially Words.

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What Stress are you Choosing to Experience?

Check this Health “Balance” Equation out (source):
Health “Balance” = Recovery - (Physical Stress + Psychological Stress)
                             = R - (E + S)

We all have the ability to control each of the variables in the Health “Balance” equation.

We all can choose to view and experience Stress in a more productive and even useful way in order to maintain Health “Balance.”

For Recovery (R), we can control how much and how well we sleep and eat (meats, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar) as well as engaging in other Specific Recovery Practices like massage therapy, acupuncture, physical therapy, self-myofascial release, etc.

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Use your Fitness (outside)! Even when SHTF!

A perfect example of why improving our Fitness and Health is so important:

It was about 10 minutes before Spartan SGX class this past Tuesday and I was on the lawn putting away the hoses I use for irrigation.

I was in a t-shirt, shorts, socks, and a half-laced up pair of Belleville ABU Flight Boots.

While I was moving the hoses and pipes around, an exquisite-looking BMW with tinted windows and sweet rims drove by on the street and came to a rolling stop. 

When the BMW came to the rolling stop, I heard an audible "clink!"

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Hit it! Row, row, and row!

Yesterday I took the time to head up to Smiths Ferry, Idaho to visit with an awesome friend to raft the Payette River for the first time. He was our guide at the aft of his raft for the 4 of us forward of his position in the raft as we made our way down the 9.75 mile route on the river.

Since this was my first time, there was an element of the unknown that I had to deal with and conquer. But I knew that I could fully place my trust in my friend to lead us through, based on his years of experience doing this. 

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Consistency: Keep Showing Up, Keep Digging

We all have our goals, e.g. to be at X Body Fat % by Y Date, or to finish the next Spartan Sprint in Z time, or to do 5 pull-ups in a row...

We'll work on the specific tasks we need to accomplish in order to reach our goals, but what the most important aspect of this is to be consistent.

A little everyday will go a long way.

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How much is your time worth?

Meal preparation ahead of time certainly saves time and especially your money.

The bottom line: if you're able to devote time that you would be using to prepare your meals every day during the week, to other value-added activities and even business/income generation, then bulk meal preparation is for you.

Bulk meal preparation, or meal prep, saves you time, money, and effort, and you're better able to eat nutritious meals as well.

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Super Breakfast Idea

Try this one out to vary up your breakfast choices!

Acquire your Materials for Production :) on the weekend, and prepare your breakfast meals ahead of time, preferably RIGHT AFTER buying them...

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Metabolic Conditioning

Once we've got our nutrition or fueling down pat, it's now time to transport and use that fuel properly through training - metabolic conditioning.

We should be conditioning our body's ability to metabolize, or break down (and use), the carbohydrates, fat, and protein we're ingesting as fuel in different situations, through training.

In the grand scheme of things we need to be able to perform work, or generate power output in all time durations and kinds of activities well, in order to be determined as fit

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It starts with nutrition

The foundation is food. With the right fuel, we can power our bodies properly to do what we want, whenever we want, however we want. 

When we are not powering bodies properly with the right fuel, then we are not living and operating at our true potential.

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The Open

Come join at 6PM on Fridays starting 2/23 for 5 weeks, ending on 3/23, in participating in the annual CrossFit Games Open competition!

For most of us who have been training at Idahome Movement Academy for several months now, this will be a fun chance to see where our fitness level is compared to that of hundreds of thousands all around the world!

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