listen to your body, not to your heart rate watch. Move as the whim takes you, not according to a training plan.
A plea for a bold change of perspectiveNo doubt, our body is capable of many things. We can see that in the performances of Tour de France cyclists, Ironman finishers or mountain climbers. Looking at professional athletes or ambitious hobby athletes like these can motivate us in our own training workload. However, it can also make us go beyond the current limit of our body’s performance and motivation. You can often see that in the posture and faces of hobby athletes. Whether it’s a jogger or a road racer in the hot summer sun, or gym rats in the hottest days of summer in the sweaty course room or on the cross trainer. What motivates ambitious sportsmen to accomplish enormous bodily workloads? What makes hobby athletes go beyond what their own motivation? Why can you trust yourself more than heart rate watches, tracking apps, and step counters? How can sport become more fulfilling and fun instead of only being strenuous? And how can you bring more sense and feeling in your movement program with outdoor training like Functional Training? You’ll get the answers here.
I’m not a machine…I’m a human being made from flesh and blood. In his song released in 2016, Tim Bendzko sings about the monotony of functioning. This monotony reigns over many an athlete: rigid training plans that demand to be followed; a dietary change to the next big super food for more power and less body fat; steadily increasing weights and resistances regardless of muscle pain or fatigue; a mindless process of training with one eye on the step counter and MP3 player while your thoughts are concentrated on your dinner. If you also feel like this, then you’re not alone. This is the frustrating reality in almost all gyms worldwide, every day. And more: this is a mindless, qualitative inferior, and ineffective way to train. But don’t feel too bad. I’ve been the same for years. We can observe this development in many social areas, sport is just one of them. The performance society finds its way to the playgroup: which child can do x first? Early intervention in kindergarten, followed by a rigid school program and university or apprenticeship. Burnout, more serious illnesses in younger and younger years or a lack of perspective round out this picture. Functioning as little gears without questioning anything? Or breaking free like Tim Bendzko in the video to the aforementioned song?
Go push yourselfUdo Bölts pushed his then-team captain Jan Ullrich to the Tour de France victory in 1997 with the legendary exclamation ‘torture yourself, you sod’. Functioning is the first priority in professional sports as well. But why? In order to understand this, we need to extend the notion of the human being as a purely physical body with ongoing biochemical processes with his/her thoughts and feelings as well as with his/her intellectuality. These aspects might already be touched by sport psychology and mental training for athletes. Simplonik as a science of simplicity deduces it from natural laws. Everything starts when we are conceived and born as a child. At some point, whether it’s in our mother’s womb or as a baby or in kindergarten, we experience not being accepted as who we are. Maybe it was just because we were crying when the grown-ups had to be focused on something else because they were stressed. Nevertheless, this experience seems threatening. After all, we need a community in order to survive – especially as a child. Now, we start looking for ways to assure recognition. We think the community likes us when we function like they expect us to. With this procedures like these we learn many truths and belief systems in our lifetime. Example: ‘Only when you are fast and strong you’re worth something’. ‘You can only make something of yourself if you assert yourself’. ‘I am only proud of you when jump from the 5 m diving board’. Our individual belief systems are our world view and shape our ambition. Ambition for performance and adaptation which – so we hope – brings attention. The described process can be found in every human. If we don’t understand it, it can become a tragic incentive for never-satisfying strain. Personal records can be achieved in this way but always with the lingering doubt whether they are already good enough or not. Or could it also have been even better? Thus, you torture yourself with lifting ever-increasing weights, climbing higher and higher mountains, always running faster and further. At some point, you don’t even fit through the door with your mountains of muscle. But: a real sense of accomplishment can never be achieved. Instead, the euphoria over a newly accomplished goal is quickly followed by inner emptiness. And the automatic circle of searching for a new goal leads to the compulsion to accomplish new, often even higher, workloads.
I am a human being made of flesh and bloodThe recent developments show that you listen more to the heart rate watches, step counters, and rules of thumb of trendy guidelines than your inner voice. You don’t feel like jogging any further but you have only burned 400 calories yet? Then keep going. You have been doing bench pressing with 110 kg for the last three weeks, so not it’s time for 10 kg more. Even though shoulder is acting up for weeks now. Do you think this has nothing to do with your needs, your inner voice and your feelings towards training? The secret is balance: active and restorative phases should be in balance throughout the day. In the wild, activity has almost always to do with fight or flight and is a mechanism to secure survival. It goes hand in hand with stress. Muscles are contracted for powerful movements. Once survival is guaranteed the organism changes back to relaxation and restoration. Responsible for controlling this balance are the complementary forces, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Life, and with it your movement program and sport, becomes involuntarily difficult as soon as activity predominates. No question: strenuous movements like in training or sport can be accounted to activity. And still, there is an intuitive performance and passion limit. This limit communicates via feelings at first. No motivation, a desire for something different, boredom, or the need for fresh air are only a few examples how our body communicates with us. If we choose to ignore these feelings – and rather listen to our fitness gadgets – our body will change to other signals like muscles acting up, pain or lack of energy. Psyche and body go hand in hand.
Learn the art of movementWith the derivation of motivation for sport in mind, we can understand the true sense of movement: no matter which movement or sport you choose, the true sense only unfolds as soon as you concentrate your focus and feeling on the doing. You are suddenly free from thoughts about what could happen. You only feel true focus on the moment. Your search for recognition moves into the background. Your body is in action and yet relaxed and sensible. Your feelings are open and free. Let’s take an example to clarify this: if e.g. you go up a steep mountain you can either take a sniveling look up at the mountain top and then at your heart rate watch. Or you are so caught up in the action and the moment that you are fully concentrated on every single step. The next step is always the most important one. How can we accomplish this in our movement or sport program? Human beings have five senses. By using them we experience the world. This sounds simple enough and is clear to most people. However, there are impressive example from the gym where we don’t understand this: we spend most of our day inside and for our workouts we go inside as well. Temperatures are almost always nice, we have mastered the art of steady lighting conditions 24 hours a day, and sounds – sometimes even noises – are always present. If the music ng from the gym’s sound system isn’t enough we add music from our MP3 players. Thus, we can divert ourselves from the monotony of our training program by selecting another song every three minutes. This sensory overload is strenuous, our nervous system reacts stressed. The sympathetic nervous system is activated. If we go out into nature and achieve tranquility to appreciate it, however, we experience a bandwidth of seemingly endless sensory perception. And we experience it on a level that is natural and processible for us human beings. The wind in our hair, in our face, and on our skin, the countless color nuances of leaves or the stillness in which we recognize a multitude of bird voices, crickets, and the rain hitting puddles and leaves. Your own life starts to have enormous depth. We live and feel reconnected to nature. We can implement our sport program into this state of being one with nature and the environment. The flexibility of Functional Training with its light and simple equipment or endurance sports make us independent from exterior conditions like opening hours and allow us to train as we feel like in the moment. And when your body demands for a break in the middle of it: grant it one. By accepting your individual performance limit and feeling your desire for movement at maybe completely different hours than normally, you can reach a new fulfilling movement program after some time of reorientation. Sport then becomes a game more and more. Though strenuous in the moment but fulfilling since you don’t think about anything else. Have fun rediscovering your naturalness.
Welcome to aerobis!
Our company is located in the beautiful sports city Cologne right next to the German Sporty University. From here, we develop and market training products for Functional Training: meaning equipment for state-of-the-art training of strength, endurance, and coordination.
It all started in 2009 with the development of the aeroSling sling trainer by founder Elmar Schumacher, who originally designed the sling trainer for his own training.
Customers and products
Our customers are gyms, clubs, personal trainers, and athletes that use our products at home, outdoors, or wherever they are located. We call them Anywhere-Athletes. For them and – not totally unselfisch – for ourselves, we design the products of our brands aeroSling, alphaband, blackPack, blackthorn, revvll, and verso360. The production is done in Germany and European neighbour-countries. We set a high value on a short product- and supply chain, and a continuous product optimization based on our customer feedback. We build versatile and mobile training devices that are premium-quality and well-thought-out while providing an innovative design.
Professional integrated solutions for gyms
You are looking for a complete solution for your Crosstraining studio, a new functional training area, your first own micro-club, or your home gym?
We’ll support you all the way from planning your area to the installation and education. Whether you want to implement group training, athletic training, or constantly new WOD’s: with our know-how and our training equipment we’ll help you to win over your customers.
In addition to our own products, we work with a wide partner network for all kind of equipment needs, starting from flooring to kettlebells. We provide you with the fitting solution customized to budget, size, and number of members. Contact us here.
The continous advancement of our products and the quest for the most effective training tools and methods result in a wide array of exercises and know-how which we don’t want to detain from you.
In our Intro-Workshops, we give you a substantiated insight into Functional Training and show you how to use our devices so that they’ll fit to you and your progressions. If you are a coach and you want to teach others our Certified Workshops are the right choice for you.
Our Inhouse Workshops for your staff are being designed individually as Half- or Full-day Workshops. We’ll provide you with the necessary tools to successfully implement Functional Training in your training facility or group training concept.
Do you also feel like the dark time of the year is taking its toll? Getting out of bed in the morning is even harder in autumn or winter. Although, normally you should wake up naturally and have energy right away. Well, at least that’s the theory.
Many people, however, don’t work that way. Their cycle, and apparently their metabolism as well, needs some time to get going and reach a normal state. ‘Only after I have had my first coffee’ is something that many people really believe is the actual start of the day for them. But why is that so?
Well, there are several explanations because there are many factors that play into this.
- For once, there is the sleep itself which plays a major role. Can you claim that you sleep through the night? Do you fall asleep quickly when you go to bed?
Should this not be the case then there are simple changes that you can make, like ingesting a sufficient amount of magnesium or avoiding cold bright lights before going to bed. See also Tutorial Thursday 48 for more information.
- Another factor is your hormonal balance. This has also to do with sleep but do you have sufficient amounts of serotonin and, thus, melatonin? This is an important neurotransmitter that lets us relax and regenerate. Without melatonin, we won’t reach the slow-wave sleep phase. So what could be a reason for an melatonin deficiency? Maybe you don’t consume enough inositol? This substance is part of the B vitamin family and forms the ressources for (among others) the previously mentioned serotonin. Try to ingest enough inositol with your B vitamins. Foods containing inositol are:
- wholemeal wheat bread
- white beans
- Cantaloupe melons
- How about your dopamine levels? Dopamine is also a very important neurotransmitter which has mostly activating effects and affects our motivation and drive. It plays a role in the production of adrenalin and is more or less the counterpart to serotonin. We need dopamine for our brain to work and for muscular work. So how can I make sure that my body produces sufficient amounts of dopamine, you ask? Pretty simple: make sure you ingest enough protein! Dopamine needs the amino acid tyrosine as a basis.
Tyrosine-bearing foods are:
- pumpkin seeds
- The next parameter to take a closer look at is your activity. When you train your muscles you also train your metabolism. The energy supply in the cells is improved and the quickly available energy depots are increased. In combination with a balanced diet, this will keep your blood sugar constant. This will make sure that you have enough energy to wake up. You should be capable of doing light physical work before having a breakfast without falling into an energy slump. After all that’s what it was like for our ancestors: business before pleasure.
- Avoid stress!
Stress is not bad in general. But if it becomes chronical it will lead to your adrenal cortex becoming overworked. Your adrenal cortex, however, is vitally important for the homronal production of cortisol, adrenalin, and noradrenalin. These hormones increase your energy level and have mostly an activating effect. If your adrenal cortex starts to produce too much of these hormones, however, it can become tired. The result would be avolition and a lack of energy. Himalayan salt can provide a remedy. It nourishes the adrenal cortex and supplies you with important nutrients.
- Finally, you should take a look at your acid-base balance. At night, the pH-value in your body sinks (= your body turns acidic). This is totally natural and supposed to happen. In the morning, however, it should move to a basic state. If it doesn’t, the energy metabolism in the cells is probably affected. This can also explain the aforementioned total lack of drive. Thus, the first thing you should consume in the morning are basic foods. Citrus fruits are very good candidates. Further basic foods are:
- fruits and vegetables!
As you can see, there are various small changes in your diet and lifestyle that you can make that will assure that your body is optimally supplied. You will see that you are fully supplied with all necessary elements to a healthy living when you can wake up on your own at your regular time and are immediately ready to start your day.
Of course, I have to mention that there are many more factors that you have to take into account and which influence the amount of energy you have when you get out of bed in the morning. What I don’t have to mention is the fact that all the points I have given you in this blog post are worth trying out for a certain amount of time because a day is much more enjoyable when you already start it in a great way.
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I have just trained with the revvll PRO for two weeks. The product is so versatile and I can train almost all major muscles of the body using different variations. The rope pulling training mechanism brings a lot of fun and new elements to my daily training program. Thanks a lot. Hope there will be more new training equipment to be invented by aerobis in the near future.
I received the new massage gun Mini today - it's really awesome! I have for a few years very good experience with the Hypervolt and was actually looking for a "little sister" to the big brother. A pistol that fits even better in the hand and is especially good in the neck and forearm area and that you can also quickly take with you. Then the smaller Hypervolt GO recently came on the market - and I was totally disappointed. For one thing, it's significantly louder than the Hypervolt PLUS and has an almost ridiculously low contact pressure. The motor stops almost immediately when you push a little harder. A real disappointment. At all, when you consider that costs over 200, - euros.
The more I was pleased that you have also brought out such a handy little gun. And what can I say: It exceeds my expectations! Significantly even. It has a decent contact pressure and the motor also does not fail if you press properly, i.e. you can go deep into the tissue. There are four useful attachments included, which I'm also used to from the Hypervolt. And also extremely important, it's whisper quiet - just like I'm used to with the Hypervolt PLUS. And it is extremely handy. A case would have been cool, but it's not that important. In any case, a good price-performance ratio overall. And it is also extremely classy in appearance.
This is a really ingenious little part! Great expansion of your product range.
Ingo B.aerobis Mini Massage Gun
just wanted to let you know the I have set up both the endless rope trainer and the kinetic trainer on the rig. I have got to say that both pieces of equipment are outstanding mate - I should of purchased all 3 items earlier. I thought I would share some positive feedback - as both myself and my wife are really impressed with these items.
Joe F.revvll PRO & Kinetic Trainer
we are very satisfied with our order. For intense club use, the equipment is always in perfect condition.
Congratulations for the quality of your products.
Coach Riad Bel - Muay Thai School 92 CologneBattle Rope & revvll PRO
here a little feedback from Ratingen Lintorf. We are still satisfied with your products and our members enjoyed using our Functional Training Area and your equipment at every opportunity.
Thanks a lot, you are doing a good job!
Turn- und Sportverein 08 Lintorfverso360, revvll PRO & aeroSling
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