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Handling the Holiday Slump

Handling the Holiday Slump

We’ve already begun to feel it…the stress of the upcoming holidays and my mind starting to wander while we’re training. If you feel the same way, welcome to the holiday slump. This time of the year can be challenging to feel motivated and focused on training. Here are a couple of tips to help you push through it:

Movement of Any Type is Good. Sometimes, just getting outside for a short walk can keep our bodies from getting stiff, clear our heads, and allow some type of physical movement.

Setting Mini-Goals. We talked about this a bit last week, but let’s look at it again. Try setting small goals that require you to get in the gym (or garage) and move, like increasing your Flat Bench Press by 5lbs or getting one extra rep on your Box Squats.

Pick an Enjoyable Activity. Yes, most of us follow a training plan, but they aren’t always set in stone (depending on your training cycle). If you have a coach, talk to them about ways you can incorporate fun activities into your training when you know you’re struggling. For instance, I love doing banded kettlebell swings. Sometimes, I’ll change it up and add this in to make a fun challenge.

Basically, the holiday slump doesn’t mean you have to lose all the work you’ve put in. Let us know what you’ve tried and how it worked for you!

Upcoming Events

December 12, 2021 – Rhino’s Gym Jeep Ride w/Alpha Off-Road: Where are our other Jeepers?! Let us know if you’d like to join us as we take the Jeeps to Lazy Springs Recreation Area in Lehigh Acres. Check out their FaceBook page for more info:

April 2, 2022 - Florida Man Mayhem I: Ladies and Gents, mark your calendars for a day of watching strong people lift heavy shit up! We promise it will be a great time and it’s just down the road at Laishley Park. As the time comes closer, we will also be looking for volunteers to help us out. Don’t worry, you’ll be rewarded :D

Past Events

December 4, 2021 - APF Rick Lawrence Memorial Powerlifting Meet: Last weekend, we made the drive to Fort Lauderdale for Ryan and Eric to compete. This was Eric’s first powerlifting meet and he had been following the FREE programming we put out each week. Ryan got 1st place in Single-Ply 242lbs Open and Single-Ply 242lbs Masters. Eric got 2nd place in Classic Raw 242lbs Open! Great job guys!

Also, remember we have a FREE Strength Training team, Team Chubby Unicorns. We welcome all strength athletes to join (powerlifting, strongman, weightlifting, bodybuilding, etc). Check out our website for more info!

New & Noteworthy

Coaches' Corner: Episode 9 - Powerlifting Comp Prep 2

This week we go into part 2 of our Powerlifting Competition Prep. We discussed making a checklist for what to bring and general guidelines for nutrition and sleep the night before.



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