Mountain Fitness School 1 Year Anniversary Sale!

To celebrate the 1 year anniversary of Mountain Fitness School, we are offering a significant discount.

Act now to take advantage of this program for the reduced price of $97 (down from $279!)

This program has helped people summit Denali, Rainer, remote volcanoes and you local ski hill. It is simple to do, takes little time and yields massive results. Join the other Mountain Fitness School members and attain your peak!

Guest Blog Post - Cheryl Conklin of Wellness Central - 9 Fun Hobbies You Can Learn at Any Age

9 Fun Hobbies You Can Learn At Any Age

No matter what age you are, there are many opportunities to try new hobbies and learn new skills. Learning new skills can keep your mind sharp. Hobbies are especially useful in addiction recovery and help you get your mind refocused on healthier, better habits. Here are nine fun hobbies to try.


photo credit Pexels

photo credit Pexels

1. Painting


Some people feel that they might not have a creative knack for an activity like painting, but that’s simply not true. Much of modern art is about demonstrating your individual flare or unique perspective instead of trying to paint in the most “realistic” way. Have fun with art and see where it takes you.


2. Learning an instrument


Learning to play an instrument has been shown to be an effective way of preventing problems that are associated with age-related decline, such as hearing issues. Music helps your brain grow. It reduces stress and symptoms of depression and improves memory. Choose an instrument that interests you and sign up for a few lessons, whether it’s through an online course or in person.


3. Learning a new language


Research has shown that it’s still possible to learn a language as an adult. It’s just a matter of changing perspective and learning new approaches. As we get older, we focus on specialized learning instead of the general learning we engaged in as children. Be forgiving of yourself so you can learn more effectively. 


4. Gardening


Don’t worry about space. According to the Huffington Post, you can set up a garden box or choose a very small part of your yard. A small spot can make it easier to control soil factors that influence plant growth and save you time weeding the area. If you live in an apartment, keep it simple by just starting with a few pots or garden boxes. If you have more space, you can even take on projects like planting trees and flower beds. 


5. Going outside


Research has shown that children who spend more time outdoors might experience improved cognitive functioning. For adults, it’s a simple but powerful way to manage stress. You can get into such hobbies as birdwatching or identifying plants.


6. Volunteering


Volunteering can help you establish new relationships and friendships. Look for local opportunities. If you’re unsure about what you can do, look at local city government sites or online databases that list volunteering opportunities.


7. Woodworking


According to Lifehacker, you should look around the house and find a couple of small projects that you could focus on. You can learn a skill and get some home maintenance done at the same time. You’ll need to find the proper spot in your home for woodworking; usually an area in your basement or garage works well. If you don’t have the space, consider erecting a small steel structure to accommodate your new hobby. These buildings are durable, easy to assemble, and cost considerably less than traditional structures. 


8. Joining a club


You can use modern technology to find clubs that fit all sorts of interests. There are sites including Meetup, or you can use Facebook groups to find people who share common interests with you. You can get into card games or join a book club to discover new books to read.


9. Learning a new sport


Starting a new sport can be intimidating, so find some friends who can help you. Regardless of the sport that you want to try, there is likely a local group on Facebook or Meetup that can help you learn. Additionally, many gyms or city recreation sources offer classes to learn a new activity and keep you safe.


Take some time to experiment with whatever hobbies appeal to you the most. It’s a big, wide world out there, and hobbies can make the world your oyster. You’ll continue to grow in many ways and find joy along the way.

Cheryl Conklin of Wellness Central

Cheryl Conklin is a freelance writer and tutor by trade and a blogger, adventurer, traveler, and creator of Wellness Central in her free time.


Podcast with 127 Fit - Discussing Fitness, Life and Overcoming Obstacles

Podcast with 127 Fit - Discussing Fitness, Life and Overcoming Obstacles

Check out our first podcast! Had the pleasure of meeting Quinton Varce, who runs 127 Fit, teaches PE and has a great mission to help kids and adults stay active. We get into what fitness is to us, why we chose to go into fitness, how we overcome major life events and what our routines look like.

Available on several platforms. Download it and give it a listen!

iTunes - Podcast with 127 Fit - Discussing Fitness, Life and Overcoming Obstacles

Mountain Fitness School is such a hit, that we created 3 more courses!

Mountain Fitness School is such a hit, that we created 3 more courses!

There is the original Mountain Fitness Training Program - featuring “how to” videos on kettlebells, TRX and Bodyweight. $279

Then there is the Kettlebell Only version. Still has all the “how to” videos (just no TRX and Bodyweight) $199

Then there is the Kettlebell Only version. Still has all the “how to” videos (just no TRX and Bodyweight) $199

Then there is the Mountain Fitness Training “workout” only. No instructional videos, just the training plan. $69

Then there is the Mountain Fitness Training “workout” only. No instructional videos, just the training plan. $69

Then there is the Mountain Fitness Training “workout” only using just kettlebells. No instructional videos, just the training plan $59

Then there is the Mountain Fitness Training “workout” only using just kettlebells. No instructional videos, just the training plan $59

NEXUS app from Push Band 2.0

Track how effectively you are really training

As a fitness coach and athlete, being able to dial in a training program to best suit the goals is always a priority.  I am always trying to see what variables affect the training and how to tweak them. Whether it is keeping track of the workouts, resting heart rate, heart rate variability, food intake, rest or any other metric possible.  These all contribute to the training program.

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But there were some gaps in the metrics.  I was not able to see how “hard” I was really working.  Or if the student I am working with is really “pushing it”.  Or, conversely, if they were going too hard, too often and derailing their progress.  Which is often the case.  Enter NEXUS and Push Band 2.0

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Push Band 2.0 – the next level in fitness tracking device

The Push Band 2.0 is a streamlined fitness tracking device that attaches to your forearm and sends a signal, via Bluetooth 5.0, to your phone or tablet.  There, the information is processed and displayed in various ways.  The Push Band is hassle-free and easy to use.  It is rechargeable via micro USB and has only one button to turn it on and off.  Simple is always better.

NEXUS – Streamlined fitness tracking app

NEXUS is an app designed to work with the information that the Push Band is sending over.  Once you sync the Band to the NEXUS app, you are set to track.  Within the app is a plentiful library of exercises. Using the library of exercises,  I created the workout for that day.  You can save that workout for next time as well.  Enter the reps, sets, and weight.  Then push start.  That is it!  No need to start and stop after each exercise.

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How does it know what exercise to track?

Or how does it know what is an exercise and what is not? As in, going from swing to squat to drink of water then onto a pushup.  I was very confused on how it could differentiate the movements.  How it could distinguish work from noise. So I hopped on a web conference with the NEXUS CEO – Mike Dawson (a very smart guy!).  He explained that they use AI, yes – Artificial intelligence.  Specifically, Machine Learning.  They spent a lot of time developing a system that would distinguish exercise from “noise”.

 

Does it really work?

Yes, it totally works.  I was skeptical at first.  So I plugged in a basic workout of swings, squats, pushups, and pull-ups.  As I went from one exercise to the next, the app kept up.  I started the 2nd set and the app was right on it. I was impressed!  As long as you program the workout with the correct exercise, weight, and reps, it will work perfectly. If you just go random exercise flow, it will not.

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What does it track?

Work:  Force x displacement. Measured in kilojoules. Good to know how much work you are doing so you don’t overdo it (or under train too!)

Power: Work/time.  This can be viewed as intensity or how “hard” you are training.  I enjoyed seeing my power peak on exercises like the swing.

Cadence: Pace, or speed of performing a movement.  I found this very helpful for pacing myself during kettlebell sports training.  This can be a key to finishing a training plan and not overdoing it at the beginning.

Work to Rest: This one is obvious but it is also very important.  In my Mountain Fitness training programs, I often have more rest than work.  Making sure to track this helps me and the student perform better.

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Who is this for?

I think the NEXUS app and Push Band 2.0 are invaluable tools for CrossFit athletes, professional athletes, weekend warriors, kettlebell sport and hardstyle athletes.  Tracking progress is important for anyone who wants to get better and move towards a goal.  The information NEXUS provides could be used to recalibrate a training plan and keep on track.

Shared workouts – Global Live Leaderboard

This is a great tool that allows you to share your “Work” output to every other NEXUS athlete in the world and compete.  The crew is also working on ways for you to share your workout results with your friends, coach, or others in the community.  This can be a good tool to inspire yourself or others and keep motivated and accountable.

Check out their Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages – @trainwithpush.  For more details on the launch check out www.trainwithnexus.com

MSRP for pre-order is $299.  I highly recommend this app and device for anyone serious about training.

Mountain Fitness School is open for new students!

 

Mountain Fitness Training

Get in Peak Backcountry Condition Using Kettlebells and TRX

Learn how to train for mountain adventures - such as hiking, skiing, snowboarding, splitboarding - using bodyweight, kettlebells, and TRX to get into backcountry condition.

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