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Thanks Bootie Cochran for an awesome video of CrossFit Lilburn 678 (FlexFit Gym’s) First Ninja Warrior Competition!
My Experience as an American Ninja Warrior 2013
I had the incredible opportunity to be chosen and compete on the NBC and G4 television obstacle course show American Ninja Warrior. The show will air July 1st with a two hour special and the first qualifying city. The show is so much more than the petty drama you see on other reality television. Other shows dramatize the drama between the contestants. The typical American audience appears to prefer that type of show based upon the success of the emotional drama and shock value. I want to tell you about a different kind of story… here is my experience as an American Ninja Warrior.
The Inside Scoop
American Ninja Warrior competitors are a completely different breed. We stood outside the course for between 4-6 hours a couple days before the run strategizing about how to beat the tried and true obstacles present at every qualifier. We then would study the new ones discussing past seasons and Sasuke the original show in Japan and how the competitors ran and effectively conquered the new challenges.
So I found myself backstage as it were our “warm up” area and assumed everyone would have their game face on. Everyone did and was intensely serious about their shot. Every competitor had their own personal story that created this burning desire to be the best on this course, the best against everyone else and the best against everyone else who had come before them in this season and in seasons past. The complete paradox of this athlete’s mentality is someone would run, struggle with an obstacle return to the warm up area after their 1-5 minute time in the spotlight and passionately tell the next competitor watch out for this. This obstacle you need to move your body this way, keep your legs up, throw your chest forward, leap from here, bend your knees and in and so on. Are you kidding me? What is happening here? Are you trying sabotage me? The answer to all of the above is no! First-timers like me and veterans alike after the months and for some years of training to beat the course and other competitors just willingly give up all their secrets to help someone perform better. It is true. Until I sequestered myself in this environment I could have never understood this mentality.
A new breed of athlete.
Sure I have always jumped to help someone in competition who needed me but it ultimately it never affected my outcome. Now that I have had the honor of sharing the “stage” course with my Ninja brothers and sisters I get it. The best of the best don’t want that honor unless they know you are at your best. If that means teaching you what they know then so be it. I then found myself doing the exact same thing with athletes who followed me. Strangely the same phenomenon occurred in the stands according to my wife Stephanie. I have found a lifestyle and camaraderie of individuals that I look forward to competing against and with for many years to come. Denver competitors Best of luck. We will all be rooting for you!
America’s Fittest Doctor
Everyday I hear the question in my office what am I supposed to eat to be healthy? If you talk to 100 different diet gurus you will get 100 different answers. I have two different videos on You Tube describing this in detail the First one is Lose Weight Part 1 that talks about proteins. The second one is Lose Weight Part 2 and discusses carbohydrates. The third one on fats will be coming soon. Let’s dive right in. If you were to start today what advice would I have for you without performing an exam or knowing your history and still be safe. First cut out anything processed in a can or box. These items are loaded with sodium, preservatives and neurotoxins that will halt the fat burning process. Introduce protein first thing in the morning. Not hungry? That is because your metabolism is in the crapper. Every three hours have a small protein source. Worried about your kidneys? Move your body! The mild increase from your normal intake particularly after cutting the junk will enhance your muscle density and metabolize more fat. In other words you will be utilizing the additional protein. Eating the natural fats that are in your lean protein sources should be adequate for fat intake. As your activity level increases the amount of EFA and DHA’s(good fats) can increase. Remember these are minimal basic guidelines. There are many variables. Age, how much extra body fat you are carrying, what your activity level is, are there any metabolic or hormonal conditions, how much you can increase your activity based upon your current level of condition, age, degenerative changes. Yes, even whether you are male or female. Sorry ladies men burn more fat faster. We can also grow beards. I’m sure that is not a desirable characteristic for the ladies.
Recently I posted an article about Eric Whitehorn and his journey back to health after brain surgery and should surgery. Several FlexBuilding stretching movements are used in Eric’s rehabilitation. Some of these are subscapularis, bench press, high pec and anterior to posterior deltoid.
Here are movements for the neck and shoulders and traps demonstrated by me. The FlexBuilding book includes these movements and many, many more. Try these movements and see for yourself how well they can work for everyone.
The following video testimonial from Eric Whitehorn is only one example of how much relief and restoration of muscle function can be achieved with the use of chiropractic adjustments and the use of FlexBuilding, a unique system of stretching muscle fiber. Eric was a personal trainer when he had a seizure one day and subsequently learned he had a brain turmor which required immediate surgery.
After brain surgery, additional surgery was required to Eric’s shoulders. Eric suffered complete dislocation of both shoulders with full thickness tears of the rotator cuff muscles. I began treating Eric with FlexBuilding movements to restore function to the muscles and tendons. Regular FlexBuilding stretching is done each week and he continues his recovery.
Eric is now back in the gym working and seeing clients on a regular basis.
Some of the FlexBuilding moves used with Eric will be featured in upcoming blogs.
Hello and Happy New Year to Everyone,
Because I am not one to put out much fluff and I get right to the issues, let’s talk about timing.
Have you said it is not the right time to eat healthy, or it is not the right time to start working out (maybe after the holiday), or it is not the right time to have a baby, or to go back to college, or to propose to your sweetheart, or whatever your personal desires may be that you have been putting off? Timing seems to be a common way to pacify our minds and hearts whenever we are confronted by some “opportunity” that makes us feel we are stepping outside our comfort zone. Immediately our radar goes up, wariness sets in and excuses begin.
Do you remember a time in your life when everything seemed to just click? What did you do to get there? If that worked then, what are you doing to remain there? Oprah had a show where all of the women had lost over 100 pounds but gained it all back. They went through their stories of woe and the “victim” mentality, but no one mentioned why they stopped doing what initially worked to take the weight off. Why do we continually talk about the glory days of what we used to be, but are unwilling to continue to do what got us there in the first place?
Go back to the gym. Change your eating habits. Do those daily “sweet” things for your spouse. Set realistic goals and write them down. And I have to be self serving for a moment–get your adjustments. Immerse yourself in a wellness environment and hang out with like minded people. If you hang out with drunks you become a drunk.
Timing seems to be a wonderful excuse many of us use to pacify our minds and hearts whenever we are confronted by some “opportunity” that makes us feel like we are stepping out of our comfort zone, something makes us feel challenged and our radar goes up, and the excuses begin. We say, “I am going to better my life after the holidays once I get these bills paid from holiday spending,” or, “When the weather gets a little nicer this spring, maybe after Memorial Day.” Then, Memorial Day become the Fourth of July, and its “I’m very busy this summer so this fall I will work on my goals right after Halloween.” That turns into, “The house needs a lot of work to get ready for Thanksgiving,” and as my daughter, Makenna, would say, “Wow-Wow” it’s the holidays.
I do not want to be the bummer coach, but for most folks it means we are stuck in a rut and next year will not bring about some wonderful turnaround. You see…timing is an excuse for most people. It is an excuse difficult for someone else to counter because they are not in your shoes, but they do understand it from their own perspective. Opportunities are like butterflies. They often are right there and are beautiful in front of your nose but instead of seizing the moment, you shoo it away like some bothersome fly, and say, “The timing is just not right.”
As a wellness coach it is my responsibility to help you realize your dreams and keep moving forward. Quit being paralyzed by your rational mind and commit to something. Find someone to hold you accountable. Now is the right time!!!
Okay, I did not get the opportunity to blog before Thanksgiving to give you the inspirational talk saying don’t over indulge in eating, drinking, etc. However, now that the Thanksgiving holiday excess is over, what about the next five weeks? Before you beat yourself up that you did, in fact, say “just one more sweet potato, piece of turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin, pie, spoonful of stuffing…” well, you get the picture, (you are laughing to yourself because it is true) there is a way out of this.
If you are trying to lose weight or trying to stick to an exercise program during the holiday, instead of making unrealistic goals just know that you are going to cut back on training, spend more time with family and hit it harder in a few weeks. For now just coast. What I have observed as a wellness consultant over twenty years is the “all or nothing” stance like, “I blew my diet so *&%# it, I am not exercising and I am going to eat whatever I want because it doesn’t matter anyway.” Remember, “coasting” does not mean doing nothing. You can always do FlexBuilding at home.
I hear the laughter again. Laughing is good, at least that is a healthy release of emotion. What is the goal behind your diet and exercise? Isn’t it a better quality of life. The old saying “Everything in Moderation” is timeless. Straying from your diet and exercise to enjoy other aspects of life is well….LIFE.
Also, the new book is out and the FlexBuilding video ($29.94) to work along with the book is $24.95. Just for the Holiday Season from December 1 to December 22 at 5:oo pm the book and video combination is only $34.95. To order call 770-979-FLEX (3539).
Many Blessings to all of you this holiday and always,
Dr. Robert Pruni
The FlexBuilding Total Wellness blog is dedicated to all things natural. It is my goal to educate as many people as possible about natural health, peak performance, optimal wellness, and how to establish a better mind-body connection. Some of the concepts will originate from my own materials. On some other concepts I will offer my opinions as to the benefit and value of other natural health approaches. Topics will include everything from my full range of motion stretching with full range of motion resistance workout rehabilitation called FlexBuilding, to other options such as weight lifting, weight loss, neurofeedback training, and how the brain can be reprogrammed in cases of neurological disregulation syndromes.
It is also the intent of this blog to offer safe alternatives for highly ineffective, overutilized medical procedures and medication. It is my genuine interest to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of all types of health care, medical or otherwise, and offer opinions so readers can make well thought-out , educated decisions in their own health care.
Many of you have heard the saying, “Nothing or no one is all good or all bad.” The same holds true with professions and businesses. It is our job as health care consumers to take in as much information as possible and formulate our own best strategy. After all, this is the information age.
I look forward to sharing with you.