Why YOU Should Be Doing Deadlifts

It’s the ultimate “Picking things up and putting them down” exercise.

Deadlifts are such a huge test of strength. It really comes down to, can you pick that heavy thing off the ground?

Some quick nerdy info on Deadlifts:

1. It’s called deadlift because you are picking up an object that’s dead on the ground with no momentum.

2. Deadlifts (when done properly!) work to strengthen your lower and upper back, glutes, hamstrings, core, forearms, shoulders.

3. Deadlifts (when done properly!) improve your posture. By having good deadlift form, it often translates to everyday living. And having a strong back and core definitely helps with posture.

Ok. So…. How should you properly do a Standard Barbell Deadlift??

1. Stand with your feet midway under the barbell

2. Bend over and grab the bar. Arms about shoulder-width apart.

3. Bend your knees until your shins touch the bar.

4. Lift your chest up and straighten your lower back

5. Stand up with the weight. Focusing on keeping you back straight (no crouching or bending) and arms straight (no curling or shrugging)

6. Hold for a second, then reverse the steps.

7. Congratulations!

We are not going to go down the rabbit hole of all the variations of Deadlifts. Instead, let’s focus on the WHY…

If we are focused on being fit for LIFE (That is the lifelong goal!), then how does deadlifting help with that??

Deadlifting means getting stronger. Getting stronger can mean carrying the groceries into the house, no problem (1 trip even).

Or, helping a friend move. Picking up a couch or dresser is definitely a Deadlift movement.

If you have kids, picking them up is technically a deadlift.

All the way to picking a pen or pencil off the ground.

ALL motions that simulate the process of doing a deadlift.

Or, picking up your friend lol

So, go out there and start adding Deadlifts to your workout (and everyday) routines. And if you need some help putting a workout routine together, you should check out the custom training plan on the 1LIFE1YOUFITNESS Training App.

I make sure everyone is doing some variation of deadlifts. It’ll be wrong not too!

Football Workout Challenge

Football season is officially underway! College and the pros have started up, and I know a lot of you will be sitting at least 3 hours (some, probably ALL DAY & NIGHT) watching football between now and January/February.

I wanted to make up a workout challenge to at least get you up and off your couch during the 3-8 hours you’ll be watching the game(s).

It’s simple. When you see a particular play happen, you do the challenge exercise that goes with it.

For example:

If a quarterback gets sacked, drop and do 10 pushups.

Got it? Good!

Go enjoy the games. Hope YOUR team doesn’t lose 😉

The Spell Your Name Alphabet Bodyweight Workout

I’m a big fan of creative workouts. I know you get results from consistency and following a plan and progressions. But, every now and then, you should break the norm and do something different.

And this is definitely something different!

I came across a version of the SPELL YOUR NAME WORKOUT years ago, and we’ve been doing different versions of it ever since.

This is the fully Bodyweight version. No equipment needed (just something sturdy to do tricep dips on).

How does it work?

1) Take your name (Nick Sherman), and match each letter to the exercise and reps attached.

My name’s workout will go like this:

N- 5 Burpees. I- 10 Toe Touch Jumps. C- 25 High Knees K- 30s Squat Pulses. Then I’ll do my last name, and sheesh!

2) Do the workout.

Alternative ways to do it is, to do multiple rounds of your name.

Or, add in someone else’s name.

When we do it in the studio, I have an Iron Man helmet with a lot of little pieces of paper with different names on them to randomly pick a name.

“Fun” Times lol

Try it out and let me know what you think!

Count Calories To Lose Weight

In the simplest way possible, to lose weight you need to eat fewer calories than you burn.

Without getting to science-y, for example: Person A (we’ll call him Albus) burns 2000 calories a day. If Albus eats 1800 calories a day, he will see weight loss.

But, if Albus eats 2500 calories a day, he will gain weight.

What are calories?

Calories are a measure of energy, normally used to measure the energy in foods and drinks.
You use the calories that you eat and drink for essential functions such as breathing and thinking, and day to day stuff like walking, talking and eating.

(It’s why you see on social media: TOP FOODS FOR BRAIN FUCTION!)

Now, any extra calories your body feels is not essential to you will be stored as fat. And continually eating more than you burn will cause weight gain.

Calories matter. Every diet that promotes weight loss is just a gimmick to try and get you to eat less than you burn.

How many calories should you eat?

That answer is completely up to you. It’s incredibly individualized. A 200lb 25 year old man who works out 4 times a week will need more calories than the 70 year old woman that doesn’t work out at all.

If you want to lose weight, you must eat at a calorie deficit. The wonderful thing about the internet is that it’s way easier now to find your proper calorie intake number for weight loss.

Tools To Help

Calorie calculators HERE, HERE

Or you can use apps like MYFITNESSPAL or LOSEIT

And it’s as simple as putting in your info, and them giving you a number based on your weight loss goal.

My personal go to choice if MYFITNESSPAL. I’ve been using it for YEARS. It’s helped me lose weight. Helped me gain weight. And everything in between.

Once you have a calorie number, now it’s on you to weigh, measure, and track your food to make sure you are eating the right amounts.

And we will be taking about weighing and measuring food soon!

Ps. You do not need to count calories to be HEALTHY. I am strictly talking about the method I think is the best to lose weight.

Healthy does not have a scale number!

What is HIIT?!

If you’re into fitness at all (I hope so if you’re reading this blog), then you’ve more than likely came across the acronym H.I.I.T., and like me, thought, “Is it HIT or HI-IT?” and “what is H.I.I.T.?”

The first questions answer is “HIT”

The second questions answer is HIIT stands for HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING

HIIT is simply, an interval workout with short periods of intense exercises paired with shorter periods of rest/recovery.

For example:

4 Rounds of

20s Exercise

10s Rest

20s Exercise

10s Rest

HIIT is praised for improving athletic performance (Think of how a football game is played. Short burst of work, rest, repeat), and conditioning. And there are also studies showing HIIT workouts reducing fat mass in your body.

Now, these benefits really only work properly if you are including the HIGH INTENSITY into your training. You need to really push yourself in those intervals to see max benefits.

There’s no standard way of setting up a HIIT workout, but, most use the 2:1 ratio of work:rest. 20s/10s, 30s/15s, etc…

And HIIT workouts can range anywhere from 4 minutes to 30 minutes.

If you think 4 minutes is too short, try a Burpee HIIT workout.

8 rounds- 20s work / 10s rest of just Burpees. Sweat will be pouring!

You can use any exercise you want for a HIIT workout. Put together 3-4-5 exercises for a couple rounds. As long as the INTENSITY is high, you’ll get the benefits of doing HIIT.

In addition to improving performance, better conditioning, and burning more body fat, some other benefits include:

Increase metabolism
Can be done anywhere
No equipment needed
Prevent workout boredom
Betters endurance
Keeps you on a timed schedule
Helps retain the muscle you already have

Health Benefits Of Sleep

Adults should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep.

EVERY. NIGHT.

Non Negotiable.

When it comes to fitness and changing lifestyles, this usually is the last thing targeted (behind working out & nutrition). But, it should really come first. Just look at it from a 24 hour view. What do you spend the most time doing, Working out, Eating, or Sleeping?

I know. I know. You may be one of those, “I thrive with 4 hours sleep!” people, and guess what? You’re wrong. You are wrecking your body and mind, but just not seeing it right away. How is your heart rate? Blood pressure? Eating habits? Mood?

Some studies say that more than 1/3 of people are sleep deprived. 1 in 3!

Getting a consistent good nights sleep can have a ton of benefits on your health. And can also help you avoid a bunch of other health problems. Here’s a quick list of some benefits of getting the proper amount of sleep…

BENEFITS

Improve your workouts

Sharpen attention

Improve memory

Reduce stress levels

Helps body recover from workouts

Reduces depression risk

Strengthen immune system

Live longer

Keeps heart healthy

Helps build muscle

Helps with weight loss

Helps with fat loss

More natural energy