Calling in the Reserves

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Nov 012013
 

Its been a while since I posted anything. So, what’s so special with “Calling in the Reserves”? Well I am not talking about trained infantrymen to do battle, I am referring to your internal reserves that you call on for extended periods of time when you need to stay sharp and focused. We build up these so called reserves by a number of means –

1) Sleep – How do we physically recover from stress? By going to bed.

2) Nutrition – Healthy choices that regulate the blood sugar, reduce the stress hormone cortisol, and provide long lasting energy

3) Training/practice – Undertaking supervised drills under duress for long periods will develop physical resiliency  similar to  Navy SEALS Hell Week or service in the IDF’s Golani Brigade

4) Mental Conditioning – By having the experience of pushing yourself to the limits in practice or training and conquering the moment, you will also develop the self confidence to do so again in a real world situation.

 

One of the best nutritional tools I have used to reduce stress and enhance my internal reserves is a product by Isagenix called Ionix Supreme. Stimulant free, Ionix Supreme is comprised of natural adaptogens that aid in combating stress and enhancing physical and mental performance.

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Physical Fitness vs Combat Fitness

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Aug 072012
 

We often judge physical fitness by how much weight someone can lift, how fast or long someone can run, or by their physique. Achieving supreme physical fitness should be a goal for every human to improve their quality of life. For a unique and small population, supreme combat fitness is the goal. Being in good shape does help in achieving a high level of combat fitness, but with combat fitness there are so many physical and mental elements one has to concentrate on that go “beyond the gym”.

Similar to football players that have to be in “hitting shape” before their season gets underway, tactical engagements require one to be able to withstand unbelievable rigors in the course of their jobs.

Here a some facets of combat fitness that need to be mastered to improve performance in the field:

1. Speed, Agility, and Quickness (SAQ) are the cornerstones of athletics; in a military/emergency environment, the combatant or first responder has to possess SAQ skills while being loaded down with battle gear or a duty belt.

2. Weather and Environmental factors – For those that work in a police/fire/EMS function chances are that you are familiar with your regional weather patterns. The challenges to overcome in the performance of your jobs will have to do with daytime vs nighttime operations, rain, snow, etc. Being able to overcome environmental challenges is key for performance on the job. For military and elite security or investigative agents, you maybe dispatched globally at a moment’s notice; so the ability to adapt to severe changes in climate and altitude are essential. Multiple repetitions of heavy bench presses won’t help you overcome an adjustment in altitude but improved cardiovascular fitness will help you adapt easier to the challenges put on your nervous system.

3. Long shifts/little relief/lack of sleep – the trifecta of poor performance. Overcoming the aforementioned obstacles is essential to performing at one’s best. The allies in overcoming the realities of tactical professions are rest and nutrition. Sometimes caffeine is not the answer but foods and supplements that provide long lasting energy and have stress busting nutrients. One such supplement that I have found to be a great weapon in reducing stress is Ionix Supreme, manufactured by Isagenix, is a formula comprised of anti-oxidants, adaptagens, and minerals that improve stress levels and energizes the body.

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5 Nutritional Necessities Needed For Combat Athletes

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Nov 082011
 

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has taken the sporting and fitness world by storm over the last 15 years. Professional athletes from other sports are training in MMA to improve flexibility, power, and mental strength. To complement the hard training needed to compete in MMA or other combat sports like Boxing, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, it is of paramount importance to consume the best nutrition to ensure proper energy and performance levels. So what are the elements needed to empower yourself and supercharge your diet?

1. Cleanse – clear out the toxins from your body. From the air we breathe to the unnecessary additives and preservatives in our food, we are unconsciously limiting our athletic potential by carrying a lot of toxic baggage in our bodies. Eating healthy is great, but what good is it if too much junk in your system is limiting how well you absorb the food?

2. Protein – though there are dozens of protein sources – not all have the same biological value. Protein is essentially for maintaining and growing muscles.

3. Vitamins, Minerals, and Anti-Oxidants –  the proper blend of vitamins and minerals aid in processing food, rejuvenating the body, and help to fight off cancer causing free radicals. Like with protein, you want to make sure that you are giving your body only the best.

4. Joint and Relief Support – in combat sports the joints take a lot of abuse. One can be the best conditioned athlete in his or her sport, but if the body’s joints aren’t well lubricated, the fighter maybe be at a mechanical disadvantage. Minimizing inflammation and scar tissue is key for any future in MMA.

5.  Recovery – Hard training, stress from work, school, or family obligations can put one’s central nervous system at a deficit. A concentrated blend of herbs, botanicals, and anti-oxidant properties will help assist in overcoming the energy draining effects of stress.

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