Sleep Better. Be Stronger. Live Longer.

What We Do

  1. Start a wind-down time if possible where your evening or time before bed gives you a chance to relax to sleep.
  2. Your bed is for sleeping so treat that space as such so your body will habitually recognize that area.
  3. Stop tech or use blue blockers so you aren’t signaling your brain to stay awake.
  4. Don’t play on your phone in bed. Remember the bedroom is for sleeping and umm other stuff.
  5. Consider an evening bath with some passive stretching to unwind and relax the body.
  6. Avoid naps as much as possible.
  7. Wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day.

What We Eat

  1. Watch your stimulants. Even 300 mg a day can be disruptive to your day AND night. It also can disrupt proper hormone regulation.
  2. Nicotine is a stimulant that won’t actually relax you contrary to prior thought.
  3. Try a calming tea in the evening.
  4. Don’t eat too late so you have enough time to digest your food.

What We Experience

  1. Make your room dark. Blackout curtains are inexpensive and work to muffle sound as well.
  2. Use ambient noise like a fan if you like.
  3. Keep the temperature cool. 66-69 degrees seems to be ideal for the body.
  4. TURN OFF THE PHONE. Set your phone to silent and on a schedule where it can turn on when you are waking.
  5. If you are unable to sleep get up and sit in your living room and read a book. You want to relax the mind while keeping the sacred space of the bedroom for sleeping.
  6. Heavy blankets can help some relax and sleep better
  7. You might need a pillow under your knees or between them for low back comfort

Additional information
https://shawnbellon.com/2018/08/06/circadian-rhythms/
https://shawnbellon.com/2018/09/09/the-lack-of-sleep-is-killing-us/
https://shawnbellon.com/2018/10/12/binaural-beats-for-improving-physical-mental-health/

BIG BENCH PRESS NOW!

The bench press is often the litmus test for being strong in the gym. Accurate or not, I coach competitors that need to be at their best in all three phases of a powerlifting meet.

Here are some tips you may not have considered to bring up your or a client’s press. I have added to exercises I love to help the bench press: Spartan presses, dead presses and JM presses.

Spartan presses combine the Spoto and Larsen press. This is all about bracing and the shove!
Focus on the sticking point with dead presses. I recommend starting at the top position to unrack the bar and settle into the shoulders.
This is not a skullcrusher! Elbows up and out!

Additional tools:

Bench Blokz & Fat Gripz available at https://benchblokz.godaddysites.com/

Bands & wrist wraps at https://www.andersonpowerlifting.com/

Incline barbell press with the earthquake effect

The glenohumeral joint (the fancy name for your shoulder) is the most mobile joint in the human body, but it comes at a cost.

When a joint gains mobility it tends to sacrifice stability, and instability in the shoulders leads to impingements & rotator cuff tears.

This movement works your stabilizers like no other by delivering oscillating kinetic energy into the joint. It’s phenomenal for rehabbing rotator cuff injuries and other strains, such as the triceps.

Traditionally a bamboo bar is sold for using however they can cost anywhere from $300-400 so here is a DIY video to help:

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