This past weekend, MaryBeth and I took the kids to the San Diego Safari Park. Logan and Chloe have been obsessed with animals and this was a fun way for them to get up close and personal with their favorite furry creatures.
We stayed active and walked around the entire park. We saw gorillas, elephants and flamingos. But there’s one area of the park that you can’t walk – the African Safari. It’s a gigantic space with rhinos, lions, cheetahs, giraffes and many other animals from that part of the world.
Being a Coach, I always have my radar tuned in for a lesson to be learned about health or fitness.
So, when our safari guide mentioned that he was going to share how Cheetah’s and Lion’s stay lean and muscular, my ears perked up. After all, who doesn’t want to look lean and toned like a lion?! 🦁
The guide explained that these predators are either using energy (to hunt prey) or preserving energy (sleeping). Hunting requires so much energy it’s best for them to preserve their energy when they don’t need to eat. in fact, they sleep the majority of the day – 20+ hours.
They are either using explosive power and expending high amounts of energy (or body fat) or resting and preserving their muscle. The same goes for us as humans! Well, we aren’t crawling in the grass and chasing wild animals but we “mock” the hormones that are released when we train. The adrenaline, the quick movements, lifting, moving our bodyweight, etc.
These predators stay lean because they use their muscles to run and hunt and prey in short, high intense burst. We use that same methodology when we use High-Intensity Interval Training to train our muscles to lift weights, move our bodies and push against resistance.
The exercise portion is often the easiest part for us to do. But the part that many struggles with is the recovery. It doesn’t make sense in our mind that recovery is important because there’s so little effort to it. Which is why it can easily fall to the bottom of the priority list.
Sleeping – you just lay there
Eating – you just cook it
Foam Roll – you just massage your body
You might be wondering – “Dustin, what’s the big deal? That stuff is simple!”
You’re absolutely right. They are simple but just because they are simple doesn’t mean they are getting done. In fact, most people don’t master the basics before the move on to the “advanced tactics”. And that’s one the greatest lessons I learned on this trip to the San Diego Safari Park.
Predators work hard and rest hard because it’s built into the DNA.
But as conscious beings, we tend to overthink things. I’ve always found that simple works best.
Keep things simple and work on mastering the basics. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you will see 96% of the results you desire.
So, what are the basics? The exact same things these animals do daily…
– Train hard and get your entire body strong – like a lion 🦁
– Recover with adequate sleep (8 hours) – like a cheetah 🐆
– Stay agile and work on your tight areas – like a monkey 🐵
– Eat lean and with lots of variety – 🐾 🌿
– Follow these principles and you will move like a 🦋, sting like a 🐝
My clients are like predators because they know the power behind the basics. They continue to tighten up their nutrition, make it a point to get plenty of sleep and protect their “me time” at FBBC to make sure they train their bodies.
As a result, they are happier, healthier, more productive and confident.
I would love to help you reach your goals. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you!
– Dustin Bogle