My trip to Tuscany

Now onto why I was really sunning it out in Tuscany.  I am priveleged to be part of something called RMAX International, a ‘Global Peak Performance community of teachers and students’.  Naturally, I am more student than teacher but our founder Scott Sonnon developed a system of training known as Circular Strength Training (CST) which reflects elements of a whole range of other more traditional fitness systems like Yoga, Thai Chi, Russian Sambo, Indian Club Swinging and many others.  As a fitness professional I was getting involved in Clubell training and my search led me to the great man, finding out that a whole set of bodyweight exercises also formed a large part of his training.  I came to realise that there were some UK-based RMAX coaches around so in the summer of 2011 I attended my first CST seminar in Marylebone at Diego Core’s Field and Training Clinic.

In this course I learned what was required of me to become CST certified.  Only 100 repetitions of three exercises known as the ‘TRIAL BY FIRE’

with 15lb clubs.  Check this demo out

After months of practise I attended the first UK certification in Slough UK, attended by people from all over Europe and beyond at Vik Hothi’s centre IMAS UK.  Thankfully I passed this gruelling fitness test and felt a great sense of honour and achievement.

It was also a great honour to meet Scott Sonnon as well as European head coach Alberto Galazzi

One year on and I have benefitted greatly from being a CST instructor.  I understand human movement so well now and have a good idea on understanding proper human biomechanics. This is particularly important when deciding what kinds of exercises to give to people.  The actual exercise programme resulting from CST is TACFIT where the aim is to condition ourselves physically and mentally for the challenges we face in life.  An integretive programme where there is a lot of emphasis on breathing, recovery and mobility and where the exercises do not comprmise any of the aforementioned, unlike with other systems where the actual exercises can involve a higher than normal level of good mobility which does not suit most 21st century desk-jockeys.

So my journey took me to Florence where there was a convention for all European based instructors.  I was thoroughly impresses by the Italian boys and girls who look very committed and enthusiastic about what we are involved in.  My aim is to now prepare for my Tacfit certification and my CST retesting, hopefully ending with attending the TACFIT bootcamp in Capri this time next year.  I am excited about this journey and know that in following it I can find the fittest version of myself so I invite all readers to do the same.

Tacfit classes are held every week at Diego Core’s Centre the link for which is above (like on his name).  So come along and try something different and do things you never thought you could do.


Purposeful Training: Part 1, Abandoning the ‘Arnie culture’

So just got my new hoodie and no doubt people will be asking me what I mean by Purposeful Training. Those cynics amongst you will be saying, ‘So you think everyone else’s training is unpurposeful, or even useless’. So I guess I better be prepared to explain what I mean by purposeful training:

1. Station Hopping

So I see a lot of people carry out a ritual of station hopping every time they are in the gym. Invariably a guy just puts a weight on, bang out a few sets, rest a bit, do a few more and so on. That’s how your supposed to do it right. As for girls, a lightweight and repeat about fifty because obviously ‘loads of light reps makes you tone up right?’ Don’t you just find that boring? No wonder so many people just drop out the gym. This article is just from this morning stating that the rate is as high as 70%!!!!

So what’s the alternative. Well I’ll give you an alternative, Circuit cardio. Find a place in the gym, get a mat and a couple of dumbells, and just do a set of four exercises back to back, 10 repetitions on each. You can even make it all bodyweight. Here’s a good one:

1. Lunges

2. Press-ups

3. Crunches

4. Squat thrusts

My client Zainab demonstrates this workout in the following video

This kind of workout is more purposeful, you get fitter, stonger, leaner, it is less time-consuming, more fun, you can even challenge your friends.

On the other hand if you want something more hardcore look no further than TACFIT. Quick twenty minute workouts equivalent to 4 hours of cardio.

TACFIT classes are to be held regulalry at The Field and Training Clinic Marylebone

So part one of making our training more purposeful is to make it less Arnie and more fun.

Look out for part 2 of purposeful training: Good planning

Until then stay active