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LEARN TO PLAY WITHOUT KEEPING SCORE.

Learn To Play Without Keeping Score.

As a society we love numbers,
How old are you?
How much do you make?
What do you weigh?
The older we get the more people need us to give an account of ourselves through numbers.
Even as a kid, a time when we should be able to escape to number free mind space, we end up being drawn in to the grown up world of keeping score.

If we don't keep score, how will we know who won? And if we're not going to play to win, why are we even playing to begin with?

Competition has it's place, we'll all feel differently about this, but for me maybe most of us should limit who we compete with, to just ourselves.
Putting numbers to actions and events has it's place, tax returns maybe and yeah a lot of fitness, health and gym based activity does benefit from tracking numbers I'm not gonna lie.

I just wanted to suggest that there is another way and that it doesn't need to replace the old way but maybe you could just give it a try from time to time.

Stay off the scales for a week, Just eat healthy, weigh yourself next week.

Go for a run with no heart rate monitor or gps counting the miles.

Have a little one on one and intentionally forget the score.

Put your favourite album on and dance around until it finishes, that's todays cardio done, you have no idea how long you danced for or how many calories you burnt, all you know is that you enjoyed that time you just spent.

Take this concept with you into the rest of the week,
To begin with just observe,
Become aware of how much of our time is spent putting numbers in boxes,
Most of the time it's not for our benefit,
It's so we can justify and explain ourselves to others,
So they can see that we're thin, that we're rich, that we're fast, that we're young, that we're successful.
The game is never going to change, it's the way it's always been and probably always will be.
But we don't need to change the game, all we need to do is change the way we play it.
Give it a try,
Every now and then, Play Life Without Keeping Score.

Everything is Temporary.

Everything is Temporary.

Know that everything is temporary,
The good times, the bad times,
They come and they go,...
One day we're riding high on a wave of ecstasy,
The next we're kicking a can down depression avenue,

The ups never seem to last long enough,
And the downs seem to be never ending,

the sooner we realise that all these periods in life are temporary the better,

Temporary is how this world is put together,
Nothing is forever and nothing is guaranteed,
We cannot afford to take anything for granted,

Appreciate the times when you're down,
For without these we wouldn't enjoy the ups half as much when they arrive,

The money you have today, could all be gone by next week,
The health you feel now, may not always be around,
That job that nourishes your soul, may not hit the same spot next year,

Life has a funny way of balancing things out,
Take a look at your situation right now,
Good or bad, embrace it, it is teaching you a lesson as we speak,
But change is coming, maybe not today or tomorrow,
But it's coming,

So if you're lucky enough to be up right now enjoy every second while you can,
And if you're down my friend, dig in your heels, tighten that grip on the thin thread of sanity that you cling to, deep down you and I both know calmer waters are on the horizon, you will be on top again soon.
Prepare to appreciate them when they arrive,
For the cycle of temporary never ends,

Why I Hate Yoga

If you love Yoga, do yourself a favour and stop reading now.

If you’re content with Ohm Shanti Shanti’ing your way into a heaven and learning to breathe through your ears and anus more power to you! You’ve been warned if you proceed you’re only going to get worked up and your chakra is going to be fucked up for the whole day. Proceed at your own risk.

I’ve been ‘doing’ yoga or my version of a yoga type practise for probably around 2.5 years. In a few months I’ll be finished on my 200hrs Teacher Training course, so the title of this blog post may seem confusing.

I stretch and move around in a wide variety of ways each day, I feel so much healthier and better about my body’s functionality for it. I need my clients and others to really consider including some variety in their movement practises, outside the realms of moving solely for metabolic exhaustion or getting your curls done. Consider working on your flexibilty/mobility, take your joints through some full range of movement, stretch all those ’21st century living’ tightened muscles that will bite you in the ass soon enough with an injury at some point, with your hamstrings so tight you have to sit down to put your socks on and pecs so tight you nearly rupture a disc trying to wipe your arse.

I’d say Yoga but I don’t mean Yoga, I think I just mean stretching…

Yoga ; noun ; a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which including breath control, simple meditation…

YEAH I DEFINITELY DONT MEAN YOGA!

I started like most to try and help out a few chronic injuries I was dealing with. I was stiff and rigid and came to the conclusion I need me some Yoga! You see Yoga pretty much has the monopoly on the ‘stretching industry’, But the Yoga community would be the first to say, ‘It’s soooooo much more than stretching!!’
Which is why I don’t ‘DO’ Yoga, I ‘DO’ stretching.
Stretching is simple, you just need you, some space and the will to get a little bendier! That’s it!

But when I talk about stretching, everybody switches off. Stretching isn’t sexy or exotic!
“I’ve just been Stretching,” doesn’t sound as good over a skinny-venti-soya-mocha-chino.
Nobody sold £100 stretching pants! Or Instagrammed themselves on a Mauritius beach doing a calf stretch!

This is starting to touch on why I love stretching but I HATE YOGA!

Firstly I hate the Yoga snobs! Believe me more of you are guilty of it than you think!
“What kind of Yoga do you do? I’m so like into the spiritual side of Yoga I feel I truly know my purpose and lifes calling after each time I practise” …..Fuuuuuck Offfff!! You forget it all the second you walk out the studio and pick up the latest Glamour magazine and plonk your arse down in front of X-Factor. Very Fucking SPIRITUAL!! Go run your SELFRIDGES card up!!

I hated that first feeling of walking into a class feeling out of place sitting in silence worried if I coughed too loudly I’d interrupt somebodies path to enlightenment and they’d have to start again. It felt a little bit too much like walking into a church for me. I’m not religious in the slightest and to start with there are just too many links and passed down rituals and that kind of thing for me to be fully down with most Yoga and Yoga studios. Om is a sacred sound and spiritual icon in Dharmic religions, so why would I be humming it because somebody told me to? If I believed it then fine, but because it creates a more authentic feel in a ‘fitness class’ no thanks!

That’s another thing I hate the false Authenticity! Because you have chanting and the 1920′s Indian Top 40 playlist does that mean my stretching will be that much more effective!?
I hate the Sanskrit, It’s a dead language! You speak English! I speak English! I tell you what… Why don’t you teach me in Fucking English! I struggle enough with English! Don’t confuse the matter!! Tell me where you want my hands and feet to be!! As I don’t know what PASCHIMOTTANASANA is!! And it doesn’t impress me that you do!! It’s a forward bend you prick!

I hate that Yoga is seen as feminine and that a bloke going to class must obviously be an attempt to get a date, because blokes just don’t ‘Do’ Yoga! I hate that it’s seen as an old persons exercise, it’s what mum does when Body Attack classes get too much for her!

I hate that it’s full of spiritual-realigning-self-discovery mumbo jumbo! Every pretentious Yoga Class attendee is just as unhinged as the rest of us and no amount of Ohmmmmmming is gonna change that my dear! What you are feeling is a high from exercising and giving your body some nutrition through movement! Not your spirit being cleansed!!

I hate the classist element of Yoga! The studio’s are always in the posh areas! And don’t get me started on the price of some sessions! Because of this it’s much more likely to find your middle-class-Cheshire-ladies-that-lunch type dressed in their Lululemon matching outfit than it is to find a balding-tattooed-Stockport-lad dressed from head to toe in Primark.

I can’t argue with the health benefits that some Yoga poses have done for my own body. When people ask for advice I say I do Yoga. A little bit of me dies inside when I say this, but I say it because it gives them a reference point of roughly what I’m talking about! I don’t chant! or bow! or follow any scripts or sequences! I don’t have a guru! I don’t ‘do’ Yoga! but for simplicities sake it’s just easier to say, ‘yeah I do Yoga!’

Humans have packaged it up like they do everything else into a commodity that they can sell back to you! Here you have human movement being branded up and pedaled to us! Cats don’t do Yoga, they stretch and move through their day in a variety of ways making use of what abilities they have. Humans have fucked ourselves up so much and lost touch with our own humanity and what it means to be a human we know need people to show us how to use our own bodies! We need to learn to reclaim the use of what we have before we lose the abilities for ever!

There does seem to be a shift occuring in small pockets of the industry. Clearing out of the crap and the unnecessary. Updating things for a more modern day individual that just wants to move some more!

This post was just to say don’t let all the wanky aspects of Yoga and similar activities put you off trying something that really will improve your quality of life. Stick with it! Try and find a class, an instructor an information source that sits well with you and get practising your stretches!!
You don’t have to call it Yoga! You don’t have to call it anything! That problem is for people like me and other fitness professionals that need to keep battling with terms to describe to others exactly what services they provide.

Mr Ashtanga-Vinyasa or Mrs Acro-Flow-Jiva-Yinfabulous this isn’t to discredit or bash your interests. You crack on! If you’re Happy then I’m Happy!
This post is for Dave or Sarah sat at their desks at work who just want to move a bit more in some new ways but feel a bit like a dick at the back of one of these traditional classes full of waif women pretzelling the shit out of themselves. Take it from me it doesn’t have to be this way, and you’ll be glad you persevered and found something to help you!
There are books and YouTube clips and Websites with loads of great info aimed at and written by people not seeking contortionist level flexibility, not trying to recruit you into their cult or flog you into their lifestyle brand that just want you to move better, feel healthier and be a little less sucky at being human.
If you want any advice from me, for what that may be worth, a soon to be qualified Yoga teacher, who hates Yoga drop me a message and I’ll help where I can. Or if you are more local to the gym come and try one of our Non-Yoga-Yoga classes, GUERRILLA MOVEMENT (I had to call them something, couldn’t just have an empty space on the timetable) when they return to the timetable in a month or so with all the best material and resources from my past 18 months of study, practice, courses and workshops. They will be great! Be sure to catch one and see for yourself!

Sweat Shed training, including stretching and mobility work, is now available in ONLINE PERSONAL TRAINING format.

Sweat Shed becomes Guerrilla Movement.

For those new to me and my career as a PT, I set up in business as Sweat Shed, you can take a look around our website here. This post touches on a few reasons behind why I felt the need to re-brand into what you see here... Guerrilla Movement.

Some of you may be wondering why the change of name and re-branding of the training business? Some of you maybe couldn't care less? Either way I feel the need to provide a little bit of reasoning for the decision.

I love Sweat Shed, it's been my baby for nearly 5 years, I love the Pig and his logo. I also love the name but as a reflection of my attitudes and methods towards the multifaceted fitness industry today, I felt it had started to become somewhat one dimensional, only addressing one factor in a huge spectrum of activity and movement.

A lot can change in 5 years. That's a shed load (haha see what I did there!) of training sessions! Circuit classes, PT classes and my own individual training and associated progress. I started as a very traditional PT, your typical strength and conditioning type workouts. Since then I've worked online with the Ido Portal Method, I've completed my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training course attended a Yin Yoga immersion and become much more interested in flexibility/mobility, I've spent a whole year studying handstands on a daily basis (#365daysofhandstands), introduced many basic gymnastic skills into much of what I train and teach, I've completed Level 1 Animal Flow and Movnat Certifications. After this past 12 months in particular I feel like a completely different coach and student to the one that started the year. So you can start to see how I began to feel like Sweat Shed just didn't give justice to the content and the variety of the training that I deliver. I've made changes throughout my time at Sweat Shed, days and times of sessions. Played with the content of sessions continuously. I want to be surrounded by things that always feel fresh and new!

Change is the only constant we can guarantee in our lives! We should embrace it and roll with it!

GUERRILLA MOVEMENT feels like where I'm at these days as a coach and where I see my instruction of others heading in the future. Even just today after changing my social media logos I already feel a new permission to explore and play with new topics that Sweat Shed just wasn't allowing me, I felt that I had an old identity to fulfill. Where as now the canvas is blank and Guerrilla Movement can evolve into whatever it wants to. Sweat Shed was how I saw the world of training and fitness 6 years ago! GUERRILLA MOVEMENT is how I see that world today.

For existing clients this won't change anything for you really, maybe you'll just see a few more gorillas than pigs? The training will remain largely the same content with lots of new additions thrown into the mix, but will always be of the high quality you've come to expect. 
What the re-brand will hopefully achieve is to provide a better account of what we provide in terms of coaching to new clients stumbling across us for the first time. So they can feel more informed about what it is we do before actual participation.

For me this Identity crisis has been going on for probably a few years. To the point where I've considered other career options. Recently I started to feel detached more than ever from the business I created 4.5 years ago. I've evolved and the training and coaching I provide to my clients in the gym and online had evolved. After Realising this is the only thing on the planet that will ever have 100% of my attention and passion meant that I needed to find a way to fall back in love with the process. So with a new name, a new brand, comes a new challenge! 
I hope that all the Shed faithfuls are as excited as I am about what possibilities this means for the future of their training. The Sweat Shed as an entity is going nowhere, however Sweat Shed now will simply be the name of the room we operate out of, it's the venue. Myself and 3 other PT's (from November) will conduct our sessions from Sweat Shed the location. But we will each be training clients under our own individual brands, for which I have chosen GUERRILLA MOVEMENT, that will be my ethos and my methodology. Think of it as Virgin Active is the venue.... Body Pump is the method... If you will. Hope that makes sense to you all.

As I write this post we're down 12 likes on the Facebook page already in a matter of hours. I don't quite understand why this would be the case when currently all that's changed is a logo and a name but it's OK I expect there will be some that just can't get behind the new name and brand. I truly hope that as many of you guys as possible will stick around and continue to participate in or at least follow from a far this health and fitness journey that we've been on together for so long already. I'd love to hear your opinions good and bad about the whole situation, any questions or concerns I'll be more than happy to address just drop me a message.

 And for all those already dropping nice comments and words of support for the change I want to personally thank you from the bottom of my heart. This has not been an easy decision to make nor has it been one I've made lightly. It could be career suicide to play with a brand that I've been building for the best part of 5 years but I guess time will tell. You have to do what you have to do. Thanks for your support along the way regardless of the outcome.