Autonomy means deciding and moving. Ryan, Andy, and Jarlo aren't here to shill for some stupid supplement company. This show explores fitness as a way to play your own game and do more of what matters, all based on decades of training, coaching, and clinical experience. And truly awful jokes. If you hate every formulaic fitness podcast, you just might be in the right place.
Training Around Minor Injuries
The most requested topic from a recent round of surveys, how to train around minor injuries is a real and pertinent issue for all of us at some point or another. Whether you wake up one morning with a crick in your neck or you twist your ankle while running, learning to train with limitations is a skill that can be learned.
In this episode, we dive into what constitutes a minor injury, why it's important to keep moving, and how to assess your situation and stay productive so you don't feel like you're wasting away while you heal.
How to Define ‘Minor’ – the criteria to distinguish what’s “minor”Why It’s Important to Keep Moving – what the body needs to heal correctlyKnow Thyself – the ability to assess your needs and tendencies is invaluableHow to Continue Training – the smart way to adjust your focus to continue training in a productive wayReading Your Internal Barometer – learning to track and trust your subjective experience for longevity and autonomyThe Future: Help us decide which episodes to record nextResources:
Body Maintenance Guide – Our head to toe solutions for aches and painsYour Guide To Moving Better With Less Pain – Our article and episode about active recoveryEasy Self-Assessments to End the Guesswork – Our article on using a scale for ease and quality to make measurable progressDealing With Injuries – Our episode on the not-so-secret key to recovery that everyone tries to ignoreOvercoming Chronic Pain with Exercise – Our article on the science of pain and how to break the pain cycleHow To Make Progress, Even With Limitations – Our article on strategies for working with pain and injuryIt’s All in Your Head – our episode on owning your subjective experience of exerciseBronnie Lennox Thompson on Fibromyalgia and Living Well With Chronic Pain – a great episode on Todd Hargrove’s The Better Movement PodcastBronnie Lennox Thompson’s website – resource for on chronic pain self managementSupport the show👉 Try a free strength and agility workout
Bored? Good. Here's Why . . .
"It's time to make the Donuts."
In a few recent polls, we found that about half of you say you move on from a training program when it gets boring. Given that repetition is basically requisite to any physical training, we thought we’d tackle this topic and vouch for the grind of donut making.
Boredom is part of the process. Whether you learn to get interested in the details or just accept the repetition and cruise through it, sexy results come from unsexy efforts. As do delicious donuts.
Who Gets Bored? – most of us do at many points, but learning how to continue is essential to real progressHow to Define Boredom – assess first why you think you’re boredGoals & Expectations – figure out if you are making values-based intrinsic goals vs. failing at arbitrary external goals or expectationsStaying Engaged is a Learned Skill – we can develop the capacity to notice nuance and grow our capacity for boredomProgress Is Non-Linear – we often can’t see our progress while we are in it or without an external markerKnow Yourself, Plan for What You Need – set up what you need so you have support for when you do plateauProgress Is Not the Next Step – why progress isn’t the next progression, movement, or fancy add-onThe Future: Help us decide which episodes to record nextResources:
How We Keep the Basics Interesting – Our episode on the two things that’ll help you give the basics the love they deserveFighting Boredom in Your Workouts – Our other episode on working through the grindHow to Build a Training Routine – Our article on how to make an exercise plan you actually look forward toA Not-Boring Article on Walking – Our article on how “boring walking” can lend itself to integrating movement, awareness, and breathingThe GMB Method – A breakdown of why skills-based fitness is more efficient and interestingWant to Stick to Your Training? – Our article on how to tap into your long-term internal motivatorsAvoid Exercise Burnout – Our article on how to autoregulate your training so you can stay on courseSupport the show👉 Try a free strength and agility workout
Q&A-Hole: Not the Answers You Were Looking For
On any given day, we get dozens if not hundreds of questions on our YouTube videos, social posts, and via email. And we enjoy answering them because we never want you to get stuck or give up. Most of our answers have carry-over to whatever situation you find yourself in, so we thought we'd share the love.
In this episode, Ryan and Andy answer a handful of commonly asked questions. Some of these are about advanced skills and others are about how or where to begin. So whether you've been sitting on the sofa for the last decade or are working on your Bruce Lee kip up, we've got you covered.
Questions & Answers
Question #1: Muscle-up Transition — how to build up the strength, range of motion and control so you don’t get stuckQuestion #2: Seal Walk; Wrist Mobility & Strength — how to slow down, assess your pain or weak points, and make adjustmentsQuestion #3: Out of Shape, Where to Start — how to start if you’ve been sedentary for some time but not overdo itQuestion #4: Kip Up — how the hell Ryan does this in jeans and movement tips so that you also can skip the Lycra one dayQuestion #5: Walk to Squat — how and when to get creative, use props, and use progressions that allow you keep to working on whatever is difficult for you now
Dealing With Injuries – Our episode on the not-so-secret key to recovery that everyone tries to ignoreOvercoming Chronic Pain with Exercise – Our article on the science of pain and how to break the pain cycleHow To Make Progress, Even With Limitations – Our article on strategies for working with pain and injuryHow to Get Started with Training – Our article on how to make an exercise plan for beginners (or anyone wanting to get active again)DOMS – they suck!– Our episode on Delayed Onset Muscle SorenessThe GMB Method – A breakdown of the AAA Framework to help you assess what you need to work onYour Guide To Moving Better With Less Pain – Our article and episode about active recovery8 Exercises to Fix Hand & Wrist Pain – Our article on wrist health and wrist routine videoSupport the show👉 Try a free strength and agility workout
You Are NOT An Athlete
Nike says that "if you have a body, you're an athlete." That's BS, and it can lead to poor decisions and wasted energy that don't benefit you.
Of course, you may be an athlete. We've worked with clients competing at all levels in just about any sport or activity you can name. But the vast majority of people we work with are definitely not athletes.
What does that mean? Are we saying they're not good enough? Serious enough?
No. Simply that their lives don't revolve around their training.
This episode talks about the choice to become and athlete - and the choice not to. The latter gives you freedom to make different choices and to enjoy your practice in the best way for you.
Why We’re Not Athletes: Calling yourself an athlete can be destructive and limitingHow to Differentiate: The difference between hobbies, sports and workouts; Andy gets spicy about CrossFit and CupcakesFreedom & Fun: By not being an athlete, you get make the best decisions for you and enjoy your activitiesResources:
Physical Autonomy – Our favorite topic, figure out what to do to meet your own needsThe Fundamentals for Success – learn the foundational attributes necessary to be successful at any sportHow to Develop the Athleticism You Need – be prepared and train for any level of activity or sportWhat We Teach – what, why and how we teach, and how these principles can help inform any training you doHow to Make the Most of Your Time – make choices not compromises in training and everything else in your lifeTap Into Your Long-Term Motivation – make sure your training is driven by motivations that are meaningful to youSupport the show👉 Try a free strength and agility workout
How to Play with Yourself
Play is a topic that is often left out of the conversation in fitness.
This is in spite of the fact that experimentation, exploration and going off script is at the core of many physical training disciplines—dance, martial arts, acrobatics, any sport you play. However, play is not just free form improvisation or what children do on the playground; it requires a foundation in what you are practicing.
In this episode, we get into a subject that is near and dear to our hearts and some of our other parts: how to play with yourself.
What Play Is: It’s not just what kids do, what Play is in the context of training and skill acquisition How to Play Effectively: Play with what you already know; examples of how to explore what you are practicingSafety & the Unknown: Learn specific ways to maintain safety while doing something newOther Tips: Keeping an open mind and noticing opportunities can help you create more options The Future: Help us decide which episodes to record next
The GMB Method – A breakdown of the 5 P’s including PlayBalancing Goal Oriented Training with Movement Exploration – Our article with strategies to work exploration and play into your routineWhy All Adults Should Play – Our article on why Play should be part of an exercise routinePlaying with Movement – Our video on adding movement exploration to your practiceTranscript of this EpisodeTurning Unconventional Play into Lifetime of Fitness – Our episode with Mark Smith of Asylum Fitness about Play as fitnessPlay Your Way to Any Skill – Our episode with Josh Vogel about mastery through PlayLearning to Incorporate Play – Our episode on why anyone can play and how
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Minimize Training While Maximizing Gains
Chances are if you like what we do at GMB, you don’t want to spend hours each day working out. Like us, you want to focus on just the essentials in order to help you better enjoy the things you love to to do like practicing your martial arts and being active with your families.
In this episode, we were happy to be able to chat with Philip Chubb, otherwise known as the Mindful Mover, in which we discuss how to minimize the time you spend training while maximizing the range of gains you make.
This is not just the cliché of "less is more," but practical things everyone can apply to their training to get a life beyond the gym.
Do Fewer Exercises: We are mortal and have limited time, do exercises that have carry over to other onesDo Less Reps Less Often: Learn how to use Accommodating Resistance to maximize every movementStop Over-training: Training injuries aren’t worth it, find the minimum effective doseCardio: Sprint drop sets are miserable but you only have to do them once a weekGet a Life: Training is fun but it shouldn’t be everythingResources:
The Mindful Mover – Philip and Martina’s website@the_mindful_mover – Philip on InstagramMindful Mover – Philip on YouTubeBody by Science – a book by John Little and Doug McGuff on complete fitness in 12 minutes a weekBreathing Exercises – Learn how to make your workouts better and help you recover faster3 Steps to Autoregulation Training – How to not burn outHow Many Reps, Sets, Exercises, and Workouts You Should Be Doing – Our episode on how much is enoughOur Articles on Injury Prevention – Our best posts on recovery, prevention, and building resilienceSupport the show👉 Try a free strength and agility workout
Moderation is exciting!
Very refreshing to hear fitness professionals acknowledge that enough is enough, that life has different demands. This is a sustainable vision of health.
This is a very useful podcast with lots of information on different muscle groups and joints. I would like to see a few more actionable items in the podcast. For example, a few specific exercises that would make it much more useful. The one on single leg exercises was really good with references to shrimp squat dragon squad etc. So something like that.
Full of good info... and it is info, not a sales pitch. I appreciate Rose’s added presence as well.