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Remember why you started

Life Tip #4

Remember why you started: In my line of work, I see many people with the greatest intentions give up on their goals as soon as they start seeing results.  Does this sound familiar?

Week 1. “I really need to get back in shape!  This is the year!”

Week 2. “This hurts so good!”

Week 3. “I feel great, I wish I started this sooner!”

Week 4. “Wow! I haven’t fit in these jeans in years!”

Week 5.  “Sorry, I couldn’t make it much this week because I had too much work (or the kids, or I was feeling sick etc)

Week 5.  “What’s on TV? Please pass the chips!”

We’ve all done it - Started off our new workout and diet with a vengeance only to find that our motivation is lost just a few short weeks later.  I love the quote “Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you would do long after the mood you said it in has left you” So, how can we avoid becoming just another sad statistic?  Here are some tips to help you stay committed to your goals:

Take a before picture so you can clearly see your progress. This can also remind why you started in the first place.
Make your goals reasonable. If you haven’t worked out in years, don’t plan on 2 hour workouts 7 days per week.  That is a surefire plan to fail!  Start with something smaller like, a minimum 10 minutes EVERY DAY, NO MATTER WHAT!  Smaller goals are easier to achieve and almost always lead to greater things.  Remember, in my last writing, I said that the first 5 minutes are the hardest?  Once, you get your body moving, you are likely to go for longer than 10 minutes.  If not, you reached your goal and still got in a 10 minute workout.  It is much better than 10 minutes on the couch.
Don’t pay too much attention to what the scale says. I warn people that they may see a slight weight INCREASE at the beginning of our FightFIT Program.  This is because muscle weighs about 4x more than fat by volume.  This muscle increase becomes a great way to restart that fat burning furnace called your metabolism
Don’t look for perfection, look for improvement. Perceived failures can be a huge destroyer of motivation.  Would you ever discourage a child if they didn’t get something perfect?  Of course not!  Learn to treat yourself with the same dignity!

Challenge #4:  Try this 10 Min workout.  Do each exercise for 30 seconds each then rest for 10 seconds 4 times through.  Rest if needed but get back in as soon as you can.

Jumping jacks
Squats
Pushups
Superman Banana (Google it ;-)
Burpee


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MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai, Kids Karate, & Self Defense, Martial Arts & Fitness - Defensive Edge - Wakefield, Massachusetts

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You don't have to like it, you just have to do it

Things I've learned #3

You don’t have to LIKE it; you just have to DO it: The great Muhammad Ali once said “I hated every minute of training, but I said, DON’T QUIT, SUFFER NOW and live the rest of your life as a CHAMPION!”

As I enter my 35th year of Martial Arts and fitness training, getting myself pumped up to work out hasn’t become easier. Let’s face it, sitting on the couch and watching TV is easier…well…maybe in the short term. But, once you factor in all the potential hidden factors like obesity, depression, heart disease, and diabetes to name just a few, you could say that it really is easier to work out.

We are all motivated by 2 main principles: We all want to avoid pain, and seek pleasure. So then, how do we get ourselves to commit to something we don’t particularly like to do? Here are some strategies that have worked for me:

1. Make it a priority – I treated my training like it was a job long before it was my job. I’m sure many of you aren’t always excited to get up and go to work every day but yet we do it. Why? Because many other parts of our life would suffer without a paying job. Are there parts of your life that would suffer without your health? If so, then it’s time to make it your JOB to workout.
2. Make it intense - Because I don’t really like to work out, I want to get the best workout in the shortest amount of time possible. More intense equals better results which is more motivating! So I hit it hard for an hour a few times per week and I feel absolutely great afterwards! You will too! Trust me!
3. Get someone to hold you accountable – I would be lying if I said that I never had a friend come to pick me up to work out when I was starting to feel lazy. Likewise, I have grabbed my friends kicking and screaming (sometimes literally lol) and brought them into the gym. And we’ve thanked each other every time!
4. Force yourself to do the first 5 minutes - I learned a long time ago that the first 5 minutes of class is the hardest part! But after a good warmup routine, I’m good to go! I ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS feel better after a good workout! Conversely, I have NEVER regretted a workout nor had a student or a FightFIT member regret a workout either. I have heard countless people say “I’m so glad I came in today! I almost stayed home because I really didn’t feel like coming”.
5. Be an example: Children tend to mimic what they see their parent’s do. If you want your children to live a healthy lifestyle, show them the way! For me, as the head instructor at my school, I felt obligated to lead by example. It’s not easy, but the rewards are priceless!
6. Reward yourself – Buy yourself some nice new gear like boxing gloves, new gym clothes or sneakers. Something that you will look forward to using to show off your new physique!

Challenge #3: Create forethought with your current lifestyle. Take a moment, close your eyes and contemplate what your life would be like in 5 years if you continue on the same lifestyle path you are currently on. How would you look? How would you feel? Would your personal relationships benefit or suffer? How would your professional life be? If your answers are anything other than “MUCH BETTER”! You need to make some important life changes! Start today!

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MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai, Kids Karate, & Self Defense, Martial Arts & Fitness - Defensive Edge - Wakefield, Massachusetts

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Too Tired to work out? You need to Workout!

Life Tip #2.

If you’re too tired to work out, then you need to work out: Working out gives you energy! I really didn’t realize that till I was in my 40’s. When I was younger, I had so much energy that I “needed” to work out. However, in my thirties, I was falling into the same trap that has surrounded most of us – Kids, Work, and lack of energy. I believed my better days as a martial artist were behind me. I was destined to become a “do as I say – not as I do” kind of coach. As my belly grew and my stamina diminished, I literally thought I didn’t have the energy to exercise.


Then, one of life’s challenges hit me. One of my instructors got the tragic diagnosis of a brain tumor and was given a grim prognosis of a year to live. Because he had asked me for a few years why I didn’t test for a blackbelt under him, I felt compelled to test for a blackbelt as a way for me to honor his life’s work. Among his test requirements is a 3 – 3 minute rounds of full contact kickboxing fight. If you were unable to continue, you don’t pass.

In preparation, I decided to join 2 of our Professional MMA fighters in our Strength and Conditioning class. I asked one of them to spar me for 3 – 3 minute rounds just to see where my baseline was. After the first 3 minutes, I literally could not move. He just kept punching me to try to help me draw up my fighter’s spirit but I was just physically unable to go further. I was disappointed in myself to say the least. I begrudgingly joined in the class to prep for my pending fight. Something happened that I didn’t expect! After the first 2 weeks of virtual torture, I began to feel energized! My stamina was improving leaps and bounds and my strength was returning to a point that I hadn’t seen in years! After 7 weeks of high intensity training, I was able to fight for 7 – 7 minute rounds! I went from almost dying after 3 minutes to being able to compete for 49 minutes! This was the catalyst for our biggest program FightFIT. I have not stopped since and I literally feel better than I did 15 years ago!

This is another example of one of life’s difficult challenges leading to a better you (Tip #1)

Challenge #2: Find the time to Workout as intensely as you can - even if it's for 5 minutes. We have to start somewhere. 3 times per week of intense exercise may not sound enticing but I promise you, your life will be so much better.



http://defensive-edge.com/tired-work-need-workout/

MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai, Kids Karate, & Self Defense, Martial Arts & Fitness - Defensive Edge - Wakefield, Massachusetts

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We get our Strength from the difficult times

Over the next several days I will offer some simple tips that have help keep me actively training for 35 years.

Life Tip #1:
NEVER give up on what you love or compromise on YOUR beliefs because things (or people) get difficult: My strength and resolve was forged not from the easiest times in my life, but from life's most difficult times. It can be hard to appreciate life’s biggest challenges, but when I look back, I realize how they have made me the man I am today.

Challenge #1: Think back to the most difficult challenge you've ever faced and comment (or just keep it personal) what the best thing that came out of it was. Please keep this 100% positive. Maybe you can help someone overcome adversity.

http://defensive-edge.com/get-strength-difficult-times/

MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai, Kids Karate, & Self Defense, Martial Arts & Fitness - Defensive Edge - Wakefield, Massachusetts

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Graduation Ceremony Next Wednesday!

Defensive Edge Martial Arts Academy will have our next Youth Belt Promotion/Graduation Ceremony Next Wednesday, November 16!  We are excited to have friends and family members of our hard working students come and celebrate with us.

Lil Dragons & Golden Eagles 4:00 - 5:00

Super Samurai & Shogun Warriors 5:00-6:00
There are no regular Youth Classes That Day.


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MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai, Kids Karate, & Self Defense, Martial Arts & Fitness - Defensive Edge - Wakefield, Massachusetts

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Youth Belt Ceremony!

Hi Everyone,

Our next Youth Belt Ceremony is coming up on Wednesday November 16th.

Lil' Dragons and Golden Eagles will have their graduation from 4-5pm

Super Samurai and Shoguns will have their graduation from 5-6pm.

All youth classes will be cancelled that day!

Adult classes will be held on their normal schedule.

Senseis will be handing out Notice to Promote forms for eligible students during class.  If you are not sure if your child is eligible to be promoted, please check in with us at the front desk.

Best,

Erica

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MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai, Kids Karate, & Self Defense, Martial Arts & Fitness - Defensive Edge - Wakefield, Massachusetts

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Halloween Party

Hi Everyone,
Next week we will have our annual Halloween Party on Wednesday October 26th!
There will be no regular youth classes that day.  Adult classes will be held as normal.
Lil' Dragons and Golden Eagles will have their party from 4-5pm.
Super Samurai and Shoguns will have their party from 5-6pm.
Students should wear their costumes and feel free to bring a buddy!
We look forward to seeing you all!
Best,
Erica

http://defensive-edge.com/halloween-party/

MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai, Kids Karate, & Self Defense, Martial Arts & Fitness - Defensive Edge - Wakefield, Massachusetts

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Thank you!

Hello Everyone,

We just wanted to take a second to thank everyone for coming out to our Open House yesterday!  We had so much fun and hope you did too!

 

We want to give a big thank you to our sponsors and to the people who donated their time and services to make this event amazing:

Joe Ford and Tony Lena's in Lynn for the awesome pizza!

Sensei Larry and Stop&Shop for the gift cards!

Danielle Hadley for some excellent face painting!

Officer Whalen and the Wakefield Police Department for coming by for our Touch a Truck event for the kids.  They loved it!

And to the local business who donated for our silent auction items:

Nicole Fiore with Rodan and Fields

Cheryl Conte for the J.P Licks gift cards

Nancy and the whole crew at Blue Moon Grill

Kenzo Salon in Stoneham

Barre and Soul in Melrose

Adrienne Jeanne Photography

Jessica Pesaturo and AC Hotel Boston North

and all of our Senseis for donating an hour private lesson

 

We hope to see you all at our next event!

 

 

 

 

 

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MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai, Kids Karate, & Self Defense, Martial Arts & Fitness - Defensive Edge - Wakefield, Massachusetts

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Hello everyone!

Just a reminder that we are closing for the holiday:

Friday after 1pm

Saturday-Monday

We will reopen on Tuesday with our fall hours!

 

Also, we are just a little less than 1 month away from our Open House/BBQ on Monday September 26th!  Be sure to bring your friends to this awesome event for our youth and adult students!

 

 

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MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai, Kids Karate, & Self Defense, Martial Arts & Fitness - Defensive Edge - Wakefield, Massachusetts

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Closed Labor Day Weekend

Hello everyone,

Just a reminder that we have closing this coming Labor Day weekend.

Friday, September 2nd - No Evening Classes(We still have our regular Day classes and noon FightFIT),
Saturday, September 3rd - Closed all Day
Monday, September 5th - Closed all Day for Labor Day

Open Tuesday with our new Fall Schedule!  We look forward to seeing you all back on the Mat!

 



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MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai, Kids Karate, & Self Defense, Martial Arts & Fitness - Defensive Edge - Wakefield, Massachusetts
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