Too much thinking led to this

It’s late right now, but I am inspired to write. Sometimes the moment hits me, and I need to clear my head. I’ve realized, more so, analyzing the complexities within my nature that appear to be  of opposing forces. Dualities that create the internal conflict and struggle. I wonder if remedy would come about by encompassing all that we are. Perhaps if we choose to explore each, will we find an answer?

There are things that I go back and forth on, things that will fulfill one side of me but also maybe a self deprecating endeavor. Why are all the choices we make so damn substantial?

The yin, the yang, the dark, the light, the body the soul. It’s up to us isn’t it? My friend mentioned to me today, “You can’t serve two masters.” Though in the balancing act of satisfying these complementary and opposing forces-seems to be just that. I admire the people who have stayed true to their altruistic nature, because in this world, it is mighty challenging.

Life is a balancing act, of figuring out what works and doesn’t at a soul level.

The essence of our being from the creation of our kind has gifted this living paradox. It is within all of us. Is it a test to live our highest spiritual purpose and/or to live our earthly happiness?

The interesting thing is that our satisfactions come from various things, thus the complexities of our culture and sub cultures.

And truthfully, I think in the overall picture, things will remain the same in it’s pattern and cycle, as one side is the catalyst to the other. Until the ever growing consciousness inspires us to follow the divine path that is, and we are able to prioritize altruism, and dissolve greed, power, and fear.

An idealistic thought of contemplation is at least a step though it may not change the world.

Essentially the duality of our nature complements the system, it’s a f*cking strong hold.

So, I try to enjoy life, laugh, a lot, help people how I can, and continue to explore and learn the frameworks of life’s constructs.

~Sabrina R. Lau

Train your Body, Train your Mind

Collaboration with Mycol Chauncey

“The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind.” – Stella Adler

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“Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.” – Rodney Dangerfield

Tips for Personal Trainers

Get outside of yourself and focus on how you can address your client’s needs while clearly communicating the movement.

WHY FITNESS?

Nowadays, with proliferating images of super fit, toned, ripped bodies on magazines, ads, commercials, gym products, etc, the appealing aesthetic is enough to get anyone motivated to start moving. However, it is essential to address beyond the visual and pay attention to the health benefits of fitness itself.

Lowered blood pressure, better heart health, increased levels of endorphins, mind body awareness, etc.

FOUNDATION IS KEY

We need to start from the ground up, laying a fundamental foundation, a preliminary outline that will provide a steady structural framework to build upon. With that being said, it is really important to really observe your client’s abilities and deficiencies such as range of movement, muscular imbalances, flexibility, coordination, balance, and ability to engage the deeper smaller muscles.

OBSERVE & PROBLEM SOLVE

Does your client have tightness in certain areas like their lower back, shoulders, and neck? Are their shoulders anteriorly rotated? These are common areas of concern for many people as we sit excessively. This can cause a shortening of the psoas, tight levator scapulae, trapezius, and weak rhomboids, abs, and glutes. If so, focus on working agonist/antagonist muscles to help counteract imbalances. Be mindful of which muscles you choose to train.

ENHANCE FUNCTIONAL MOBILITY

I’m all for body sculpting, but I have noticed that certain favored aesthetics may be counter productive to functionality. Overworked and over developed muscles can also lead to imbalance, and may cause simple postural alignment such as putting palms by one’s sides difficult or raising arms above the head in isolation challenging. Moreover, massive bulging muscles which require constant concentric movement can  lead to stagnation, limiting fluid free range movement. What’s the point in training the body if it will inhibit the body’s ability to reach it’s utmost potential? The idea is to get the qi moving through your core all the way to the limbs, not creating restrictive  muscular tissue that prevents the flow.

Weights often give that pump feeling and actually stimulate the “pumped” look. There is nothing wrong with it, but I believe it would be wise to incorporate functional body weight training. If one can move their 100-200 pounds efficiently through life, lifting a 10 pound box will be easy.

BE SMART WITH WEIGHTS

Muscular tightness, one’s skeletal structure, and underdeveloped muscles can all contribute to imbalance. I would not suggest building upon or using weight to develop certain muscles if the muscles aren’t activating properly. So before putting on weight to one’s squat game for example, see if they can actually squat with their knees not passing their ankles, or at least close to it. Truthfully, the squat in itself is challenging. If the knees are going over the ankles, then their glutes are not getting activated to its fullest potential, and other leg muscles are overcompensating as a result. If the squat is too difficult, then resort to an even simpler exercise that will teach one how to activate their glutes. The “butt lockout” is really common so in order to get the most from weighted glute exercises, one absolutely must learn how to engage first.

PROTOCOL TO HELP YOU BE MORE EFFECTIVE AS A PERSONAL TRAINER

A few things to consider when planning a program: Look at your client’s posture, test their balance, identify underdeveloped muscles and asymmetry, focus on corrective exercise and range of motion, then coordination. Incorporate functional body weight movement. Emphasize proper execution and breathing. I truly believe if one harnesses these abilities, utilizing weights to sculpt and develop muscles will be much more successful in its integration.

NEW DIRECTION

Training the body should be used to help one move more efficiently through life with ease, peace, and relaxation. Constant pain and soreness is unnecessary. We want our clients to feel strong, engaged, empowered, sharp with an adrenaline endorphin kick. There is such a thing as doing too much and unfortunately the fitness industry sells this idea that we need to do x,y, z for this perfect sculpted rippled body and optimum health. Let’s look past the superficial, the superficial muscles, and get down to the core because that is where the power is really at.

Of course, everyone will have different goals when it comes to their fitness, though I think it is imperative to train others that will promote longevity and sustainability. As fitness educators, we have the ability to plant that seed that will spur a catalyst of change. There really are no quick fixes to improving one’s health and fitness. It take discipline, dedication, and determination. And as personal trainers, we need be walking the talk.

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Beyond the surface laid Discipline, Dedication, and Determination.