I’ve had a bit of an epiphany

This won’t be a fancy post with lots of pictures or pithy commentary, rather a summary of a new certification that I’ve been trying to get for the past year.

The certification is for Biosignature Modulation by the Poliquin group

Essentially our bodies like to talk, they do it through all kinds of mediums, heart rate, exhaustion, storing fat, etc. this cert was all about reading where the body stores fat to tell exactly what is going on at the cellular level.

The process entails measuring ski folds at 12 different sites and implementing strategies to address each of the findings

Example is Cortisol signaling. Storing fat below the navel is a sure sign that you are stressed out an not getting enough rest. Getting your cortisol mixed up makes it behave in a manner that makes many more of your bodies hormones do the wrong thing at the wrong time (I know that soused sciency). If you want to learn more about cortisol , follow this link right now!

I know a guy that is a manager at a high tech company, has two kids, a wife, and in his spare time builds swimming pools and coaches 6 or 7 classes a week. Anyway, after having ten people measure the sites on me, I’m going to be making some changes in how I manage my life

1. 3 cups of coffee max per day. For the past year I’ve been drinking a pot and a half per morning, then 2 or 3 cups during the day

2. Getting to bed on time. This will be particularly difficult on Tues/Thurs night. I had several of the folks I’ve never met measure my calf and immediately tell me I need more sleep

3. Eating right. I’ve been gluten free, but that is probably the only high point. I’ll be going back to the Paleo diet with lots and lots of veggies

I may be looking for some folks to practice on I’m the coming weeks


What lessons has the Iron taught you . . .

OK Kids, I’ve been thinking about this one for a while, and within our little community I’ve got some people in the gym that are struggling in different ways.

With all of these, there is nothing like the gym family to help you through these things.  There is really nothing on earth more bonding than suffering through some physical elements of life to re-center and gain some inner strength to help you the next time that you need it.

Whether you are a member of my gym or not, I think that everyone should read the essay by Henry Rollins about Iron and the Soul.  This is a really good read, and I think it applies especially when you have life struggles and challenges.

“The Iron never lies to you. . . The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.”

The folks in my gym know that I always take the long view, and the lessons that the iron teaches are not always immediate.  When you go to  your gym, or if you come to mine, I’ll ask you to come with an open heart, an open mind, and a positive attitude.  Keep these things in perspective so that you can listen and see what the iron is trying to teach you.

For those around you, continue to offer encouragement to dig deep, help them listen to the Iron, the lessons of the Iron may help them in their life struggles more than you can possibly know.  If you are having problems digging deep, heres a little motivation for you: