August 7, 2012

“It’s not trespassing to go beyond your boundaries” Dr. Mark Hillman

Rant and Tip for August 7, 2012

Quote: “It’s not trespassing to go beyond your boundaries” Dr. Mark Hillman

I am lucky enough to get to enjoy a cup of coffee and some quick wit banter with Dr. Hillman on a regular basis. He has a coffee mug with this quote on it. As I read this quote it struck me that we set our own boundaries and many times these boundaries are not broad enough. People who do not set boundaries at all may truly be the real heroes in our society. I will have to think about that statement some more. Let’s talk instead about those of us who set our boundaries. For example, you all know I competed in a power-lifting competitions. I originally started only doing the bench press portion of these meets. I did not consider myself strong enough or good enough at the other 2 lifts. There was a meet last year however that changed all that. It is funny your lifting friends at these meets can make you do some wonderful things. It was the American challenge last year and Marcus Morris and Brian Espino convinced me to deadlift as well. I did not even think I could pull 400 pounds off the floor. Well I went and did the lift and much to my amazement I pulled 407 pounds off the floor. Now with proper form and training I am close to hitting a 450 deadlift. It seems as I sit here I had set a boundary for myself and that boundary was not broad enough. Maybe we all sell ourselves short a little bit. Maybe we all need to look beyond the boundaries we set. When we set big goals are they big enough or do we pigeonhole ourselves in a fashion that doesn’t let us live or lives to fullest. Dr. Hillman was my High School guidance counselor; he is now a renowned therapist. If he had boundaries in the past he has gone past those boundaries. He often gives his opinion on National Television regarding a broad range of issues. Feel free to check out his website So this week I will ignore any boundaries I have set for myself and go beyond them. I will push harder and not let my fear of the unknown hinder me. I have put off getting my personal training certification long enough. It is time for me to get that certification in something I love to do. Your goal this week is to look at the boundaries you have set for yourself, determine what boundaries have kept you from reaching your health and fitness goals. Let’s do this together!

Training tonight will be deadlifts and another 30 minutes of cardio. I got 30 minutes in this morning and since I want to be down to 165 before I fly out to Palm Springs this will get me there.

Have a great workout!

Tip: When performing the deadlift remember to keep your back straight and drive your hips forward not up. The first motion should be your legs driving and lifting the weight up while the hips drive forward.

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