Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Daily Thought 2018

Mindset and the Flow Cycle
The concept of mindset refers to our feelings toward basic qualities like intelligence and athletic talent. There are two basic mindsets:
fixed mindset – a belief that abilities and talent are innate and unchangeable.
growth mindset – a belief that abilities are gained through dedication and work ethic, that natural talents are the starting point for a much longer learning curve.

Growth Mindset is one of the secrets to maximizing the total amount of flow you experience in your life. When you believe you can develop yourself, then you’re open to accurate information about your current abilities, even if it’s not flattering. What’s more is that you are oriented toward learning and crave the information that tells you where you are in pursuit of your clear goals.

Fixed mindset has you manipulating the information to conform to your expectations. The absence of self-knowledge makes it much harder to tune the challenge/skill ratio to the right level for continued improvement.

The Flow Cycle:
1. Struggle – Loading Phase, overloading the brain with new information (challenges) forced focus (cortisol, adrenaline, and norepinephrine are pumped into your system).
2. Release – Move out of struggle in to flow, take your mind off the problem and tune out the emotional and deeply focus on the task only at hand.
3. Flow State – Very focused, high energy state where you feel your best and perform at your best.
4. Recovery – returning to the new normal, allowing your body and brain to process the challenge and figure out how to do it better.

“We go from flow cycle to flow cycle, but we need the time between flow states to take full advantage of recovery to regroup and recharge. Sometimes you have to go slow to go fast.” Ken Kotler

Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: Resting HR and Recovery HR
Your resting HR and your recovery rate (how fast your heart rate comes down after interval training) can be an important view into your fitness progress. These two factors help you evaluate your progress before you start exercising and during exercise to know when to complete your next interval. The best way to determine your resting HR is to use your HR Monitor first thing in the morning when you wake up but before you get out of bed. The lower your resting HR the better, average resting HR is 72 BPM, trained athletes can have resting HRs in the 50s or lower for endurance athletes. Heart rate can be a very significant view into your training and current fitness state, and the ability to see improvement, or not in your exercise program.

Read more…HR Recovery

Spartan SGX Training Tip: Workout of the Day (WOD)
Week 6 Day 2 Super WOD: HIIT

KH OCR WOD for tonights Class

Beachbody Nutrition Tip: The Myth of Perfect Foods
Here is an important point: Different good foods have different good nutrients, and you need them all. That’s what nature’s bounty is all about. All these foods are great, which is why most of them made it to our good food list. We want you to eat them. It’s well worth going out of your way to eat a lot of them. Yet taken individually they don’t have everything you need, which is why it’s so important to eat a rainbow of produce and add in protein and whole grains.

Read More…The Myth of the Perfect Food

“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.”? Hugh Down