Strength Training

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The Baby Saga Continues...

"In case you didn't notice, some things have been changing around the CFP gym! We've made it through the holidays, we are getting started on a new awesome ONLINE nutrition coaching program via Precision Nutrition and we are having a baby GIRL! We celebrated our healthy 20 week ultrasound with breakfast with my parents and an evening at Pacific City!"

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4 Reasons Why Consistency in Training is the Most Important Driver of Long Term Results (and how to make sure you stay consistent!)

But there was a time around 2005 when I swore off the weight room. It wasn't because I didn't enjoy the feeling of working hard, but it was because I never felt like my efforts got me anywhere! My problem was not a lack of effort, direction, or clear cut goal, it was down to a lack of consistency. Some weeks I strength trained 4 times, others 2, some not at all. This was my downfall, and ultimately why the gym had failed in providing the results I wanted...until now!
 

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Member Success Story: Alex K.

"People have asked me about my secret to success.  I like to answer that question with a simple word: grit.  It’s not a word that gets used much, but I feel like it fits perfectly.  I had to change the way that I was eating and also increase the amount of exercise that I do.  It wasn’t something that happened overnight; it took grit.  At times, it was a grind.  Other times, it was a blast.  After a while, it starts becoming second nature – a way of life.  Was it easy getting to this point? No.  Was it worth it? Absolutely." -Alex K.

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It takes a VILLAGE!

When we say "it takes a village" and when we tell you "we're in this together" we hope you know we mean every word. If we've learned anything since opening this small business, it all comes down to the people, the relationships and ensuring that each member feels heard, seen and understood. Every. Single. Time. 

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CFP Takes on NYC!

I was given the grace to start where I was at, not where a coach or trainer said I should and certainly not where my ego THOUGHT I should be able to start...but instead where my body was ready to start. My legs were stronger, my arms and my core were “less strong.” This gave me a chance to excel in areas I could and grow stronger in places that needed more time. The GRACE and the FREEDOM that this training gave me changed my life! (tears again!!)

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New Beginnings & Going in Head First!

Since Bret started Constant Forward Progress we've been figuring out this little thing called "owning a small business." Little did we know that our small business would continue to fill our hearts & minds constantly. It is what pushes us, drives us and moves us to be better people, more knowledgeable coaches and more savvy business owners. We are thrilled, excited, scared & so ready for this next step for Constant Forward Progress! We can't wait to see what else life has to offer us during this next season of life & so-called "work." 

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Dealing with Disappointment

Sucking at something is the first step to being kinda good at something! If you know all the answers, you need to ask bigger questions...

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Take Time to Heal

So there you have it, nice and sweet and to the point. If you’re hurting, stop and take time to heal yourself. Let go of the pressures and the need to WIN. You’ll get there, but hopefully it won’t include putting yourself or your gifted body in a place of hurt or pain just to achieve those goals. 

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” --Jim Rohn

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Goals & Struggles

As I’ve reflected on my personal goals from the past, I am reminded of the reasoning behind them. Goals are often set in order to promote and encourage yourself to get better, to keep going, to work hard and achieve them. Right? Well, what if you don’t achieve them? What if you fail to reach it? What if you struggle to keep your goals? THEN WHAT!?

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5 Reasons Strength Training is Critical for Older Populations

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

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5 Pounds a Month: The Key to Easy Strength Gains

I can tell you truthfully, for a person who strength has not come easily to, it is possible to become crazy strong at a rate of five pounds per month.  Look at training as a marathon versus a 100 meter race to the finish, results will come surprisingly easily.

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Crushing 20 Minute Kettlebell Workout

On Sunday afternoon we got back home from camping, unpacked, I mowed the lawn while my wife got the groceries. We got to relax for a few hours, then around 6:30 we started getting hungry. We prepared some salads and our dinner needed to bake for 22 minutes in the oven. We were both feeling stiff at this point, so I posed the question, "Wanna do a quick kettlebell workout?" And do a kettlebell workout we did! My, what a workout...

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April, 2014 Tactical Strength Challenge Review

Well, this is embarrassing. I went to the TSC this weekend, but ended up scratching from the deadlift and pull ups. Not because I had some manly injury, but because I've developed some tendonitis. In my thumb. And I couldn't grip a water bottle without pain, let alone a heavy bar! Pathetic...

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Getting ready for the April Tactical Strength Challenge

There is one thing that has been looming on the horizon for some time now, and that is the Portland Tactical Strength Challenge, being hosted at a nearby gym called Industrial Strength. The owners of the gym are Strong First certified kettlebell instructors. Tony and Mira are both super studs when it comes to strength, and I'm excited that they are hosting another one this Sunday, April 13, 2014. Here is how I've been prepping...

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Tests vs. Training

I recently did the 12 Days of Fitness workout with a friend. The 12 Days workout was fun, has the potential to be competitive if every participant is physically healthy and skilled enough to do each of the movements prescribed for each "day". It was a fun test of verve and mental fortitude, but it is by no means something I'd want to do on a regular basis as a training program...

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Be Humble in your Strength

High school and college track and field provided me with a vast array of friendships and competitors, some of whom I enjoyed competing with, and some of whom I loathed. Why? Because many of these sprinters thought they were God's gift to the sport! In college, especially, I remembered thinking to myself, "If you're God's gift to the sport, why aren't you sponsored? Why aren't you at a division 1 school, like Oregon, for example? Why, for Pete's sake, are you thumping your chest and moaning like a gorilla in heat as you get in the blocks?" Thoughts like those permeated my brain on an almost weekly basis, as my confusion at these athlete's humility (or lack thereof) increased with every meet.

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Train To Improve At Life

Friends, the gym is by no means the end. Your training is only the beginning. Take your time, be patient, find joy in the process of improving yourself in a safe environment... And then go enjoy your life, as there is only a finite amount of time to do so! Train to improve at life, not just to improve your strength.

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The Mutual Fund Analogy

Create a mutual fund out of your training. Life will inevitably get in the way at times, just like the market fluctuates. But if you get one flat tire, you won't go and stab the other three just because, right? NO! Keep purchasing your shares (doing your workouts), even when the going gets tough, because the consistent investment in yourself will pay off in the long run.

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Enter the Training Journal

Dan John, one of the coaches I respect the most in this industry, loves to say "If you don't know where you are going, then any road will get you there". Let that quote simmer for a while, as it not only applies to strength training, but to life in general. If you don't have a specific goal in mind, how on earth will you ever know if you've reached it? Enter the training journal.

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When it ain't broke, don't fix it

Author Ralph Waldo Emerson once stated, "As to the methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble." Take from that what you will, but the best principle I have learned these last six months is "when it ain't broke, don't attempt to fix it".