Saturday, May 07, 2011

RBG Fit Club

Stic.Man from Dead Prez has been promoting the healthy lifestyle for a couple years now. The process included improving his diet (Vegan), eliminating toxins (no Alcholol, Weed, or other substances), dedicating himself to workouts (Karate, Yoga, Running, Lifting, etc), and continuing to make that positive music he has become known for. You can join the RBG Fit Club by putting your mind to it, simple as that ("membership is free. promote by example").

Anyway, I stumbled on Stic's latest CD, aptly titled, The Workout, via the wonders of Twitter. I know what you are thinking - "A 14-track album about songs inspired by living a healthy lifestyle and working out? Sounds corny." All I can do on this one is say trust me, it's not, and recommend that you check some of the music out. Maybe it just hit me because I woke up and was too hungover to go swimming like I planned - but after watching the video (and listening to the lyrics) for "Back on my Regimen" - I felt the need to instantly purchase the cd.

Check out the video for "Back on my Regimen" (Talk about inspiring!) and "Runners High", in addition to the 5 Principles of the RBG Fit Club after the jump.

1. Knowledge. Seek knowledge through research, personal experience and professional instruction. Avoid scams, fads, hypes, hustles, and injuries, by doing your homework. RBG FitClub is a Lifestyle, not a dogma. There are many roads on the Path, but if you dont know where you want to go, then how will you hope to ever arrive? Strength, Endurance and Flexibility are the Holy Trinity of most comprehensive programs. As long as you are developing safely in these areas , you are on a good path.
2. Nutrition. Practice discipline and feed your self a balance of what your body needs to thrive. Drink plenty of fresh water and avoid sugary artificial drinks. Eat mostly live, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts(if you are not allergic). Eat other foods sparingly. Conquer all food and substance addictions. Learn to cook and make your favorite dishes with only healthy ingredients.
3. Goal centered Exercise. A good and obvious way to stay motivated is to have SPECIFIC goals. Keep track of your progress by having a daily-weekly journal. This will keep the facts of your progress clear and help you identify strengths and areas to focus on to reach even more goals. You dont have to have huge muscles to be fit or olive oil thin. You can take boxing if you want an aggressive work out or tai chi if you want a more relaxing program. yoga is great for flexibility and relaxation. So many ways. the key is be specific about what u want to get out of your health and fitness lifestyle. as the saying goes, if we fail to plan, we plan to fail.
4. Rest. The average person needs about 7 hrs of sleep per night to function at optimal levels. some a little more, some a little less depending onn the activities in your life.. Rest is necessary for your internal systems to replenish and rejuvenate. Working out stresses the muscles but they only grow when we rest, not when we work out. Yin and Yang is the Law of duality present in all things. We must rest in order to rise. Be smart. Get your zzzz, take breaks, relax, so that you keep the cycle of energy flowing and dont burn out from over training.
5. Consistency. Staying on your training is the most important key to your success because if you quit, you cant be successful. Understanding why we so often fail at staying on our discipline is why these 5 principles exist. When you have the right and correct information (knowledge), the right diet to supply energy and support your growth and development(nutrition), the right plan to reach your specific goals (Goal centered Exercise) and the right amount of chill time (Rest) you have the atmosphere for you to stay consist. Breaks are a part of the cycle so don’t give up if u need to, take a break. But put a time frame on it. If you are enjoying your program, you’ll miss it. if not, pick a new one. rotate your routine, try a new program to break the monotony. Work break times into your overall plan. We have no problem continuing what we enjoy, so above all, have fun.
Remember: Winners never quit & Quitters never win. (unless we talking about Smoking…lol)