Ben came to Ethos in 2016. Since then he has made immense strides in his strength (see above 505lb deadlift), training, and weight loss. Through food and weight tracking, and consistent training Ben has seen his work pay off. Ben took some time to answer our questions and give you some insight into how he has had such success.
Meet Ethos member, Tom. Tom joined us in April, 2018 and has been an incredible addition to our fitfam. Tom has been on a 10-year journey to improve his heath and overall well-being. During this journey, he has lost over 150 pounds. We asked Tom to share his story and some tips. So take a read, learn more about Tom and his journey, and get inspired!
Understand that success is born from struggle. Sometimes multiple bouts of it. Even when you think you have your shit together 110%, something might turn up and start a civil war or head-butt you in the chest. Get up. Regroup. Keep fighting for your success. England will. And we will be back for that World Cup crown soon enough.
Don't worry then about your neighbors genetic predisposition or ability to have a faster metabolism than you. You have the same ability. It is who you are. Noting that your neighbor has a better/faster metabolism than you is like claiming they have better fingers than you. It’s a moot point and something that has no bearing on how you do your things.
This knock-on effect of the everything in moderation approach for the vast majority of people I've ever worked with just doesn't work. Because at some point they read an article or saw a motivational post/BS TV ad that said: "you can eat what you want and still lose body fat". When in actual fact. You can't.
This week the Ethos Fitness + Performance coaches are sharing some of their favorite snacks. Snacks with only a few natural ingredients that are easy to take on the go. Snacking can be instrumental in keeping your diet on track, if you know what you’re doing. It should also be simple. Snacks should be easy to make and easy to carry. Choose snacks that supplement your diet and take into account what foods are “good” for you. John Berardi, cofounder of Precision Nutrition, has some very enlightening ideas about choosing the right foods for you, and how to snack responsibly. Click Here to read his article on “Good” and “Bad” foods as well as his shocking evening snack.
When muscle fibers are placed under greater than normal amounts of stress they will experience microscopic tearing/tissue damage. We call this muscle damage. Muscle damage occurs after resistance training and can range from very minimal to severe based on the stimulus of the training session. The greater the damage, the longer it takes to achieve strength recovery. Strength recovery refers to the time it takes for a muscle to reach the level of pre-workout strength. This will help you understand how different workouts affect muscle damage and how to deal with it.
Overtraining Syndrome occurs when the amount of stress placed on the body is greater than the body’s ability to recover. In short, too much work and not enough rest. Being able to monitor your training intensity, frequency, volume, and recovery will allow you to train consistently and avoid overtraining. However monitoring these factors is easier said than done.
This week the Ethos Team is focusing on ways to move at work and stay active despite being stuck at the office all day. We all know that sitting for long periods of time can have a severe negative effect on posture and joint health. Unfortunately, we can't tell you not to go to work, not to sit or type at a computer, or to stand with perfect posture fo 8+ hours each day. What we can do is ask you to commit a few minutes each day to moving at work. Moving throughout the day will help you stay in good posture and maintain good joint health. This means you will be taller, have less pain, and move better.
What is exercise? Exercise is physical effort with the purpose of creating a specific adaptation. Whether you aim to gain muscle, improve endurance, lose weight, or simply maintain your health, exercise requires movement. While there are thousands of exercises, the human body only moves in a handful ways, and these movement patterns create the foundation for successful exercise. The ability to perform these movements properly must exist in order for exercise to be truly effective.
What is a warm-up? It is a relatively vague term that you probably hear thrown around a lot, but do you know exactly when, why, and how you should warm up? It can be difficult to gauge how effective your warm-up is and what it should consist of. This blog will teach you how to design and use a proper warm-up that will optimize your training, reduce the risk of injury, and save time.
“What gets measured, gets managed”
Strength training, nutrition, and recovery, work in tandem to shape and develop the human body. Each is significantly less impactful without the others and even when all bases are covered you need the ability to adapt to your ever-changing environment in order to be successful.
At rest, an adult will take more than 20,000 breaths in a single day. The overwhelming majority of which are involuntary, meaning we don’t have to think about it. We don’t need to focus on our lungs filling with oxygen or expelling carbon dioxide. We don’t need to worry about how much air we inhale or when to breathe deeply or quickly. It just kind of happens for us. But what if I told you that the way you breathe may be causing your shoulder, back and neck pain?
Ethos Fitness was born from an aspiration to improve people's health. Owners James Weedall and Jessica McCutcheon-Schour united in their mission to foster good health through fitness, nutrition, and mental balance. "Strong together" is their motto, which means that practicing strength training as a member of the Ethos community is the building block of better health and fitness. Achieving a positive mindset and believing in one's abilities to improve are also essential to the Ethos fitness journey.
Exercise is fake work- simply put.
Exercise is work that we (humans) have created to make up for all that we (humans) no longer do.
If you agree with the theory of evolution, it should make sense that for the VAST (like 99%) majority of our human existence has been spent do very physical real work.
I’m referring to it as real work because it includes shit that, if you didn’t do, you would die, quickly.