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Sacrifice

Jason Blankfield

Sacrifice is the act of giving something up for the sake of something else that is more important or worthy to you.

Over the past few years I have met with many highly successful and influential people and it is clear that there are noticeable patterns in their character traits and behaviour.

The main trait all these people have in common is that they have made extraordinary sacrifices to get to where they are today. Whether it be sacrificing entertainment, time, money, opportunities, friends, potential relationships, jobs or education - the sacrifices were still made.

If people did not make sacrifices then it could be argued that it would be a sacrifice of their true talents and abilities. "If you do not sacrifice for what you want then what you want will become the sacrifice”.

Those of you involved in Peak State Performance know that to get to an elite status in sport, work and in general day-day living sacrifices have to be made. It seems to be a natural progression that the higher level you want to reach the more you will have to sacrifice.

To truly realise your potential you will have to give up certain comforts and certainties you have become accustomed to. Hard work, long term goals and dedication are key to success.

So here at PSP we ask you - What have you sacrificed recently to make a positive change to your career or life? What sacrifices could be made to help you get to where you want to be.



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“Since when did originality become more important than results?!”

Jason Blankfield

Peak State Performance (PSP) was established in order to utilize the strong connection between the mind and body, and to bring scientifically proven training methods back into the personal training field. Today it’s easier than ever to get drawn into the various training gimmicks and marketing strategies coming out of the fitness industry. PSP adopts the basics of physiologically based training principles for improved performance, weight loss/health gain and overall strength and conditioning.

Let’s begin with weight loss or as Peak State Performance (PSP) likes to refer to it as - health gains. Have you ever wondered why you don’t see the results you are looking for after doing the same aerobic walking or elliptical machine for an hour, 4 times a week? Or why you have been doing the same gym workout for a year and you look and feel the same? PSP uses a different approach to training by focusing on the change in your body composition. Low intensity, long distance running/cardio can lead to the body releasing the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol → breaks down energy → body uses amino acids (muscle tissue) as fuel → less lean mass → slower metabolic rate, resulting in more fat storage. As you can see, this cycle results in MORE fat storage, which is the exact opposite of the result you are looking for.

With such a huge amount of research accessible at our fingertips, it is now getting increasingly difficult to sort through what is and isn’t relevant. PSP has formulated a method of training, which focuses on the body as a unit (complex > isolated movements), which challenges your CNS (Central Nervous System) and focuses on a steady progression as you work. Strength training is one of the most effective ways to increase metabolic rate as it stimulates an anabolic response, this in turn increases lean muscle mass resulting in accelerated rate of fat loss and strength gains.

At Peak State Performance we concentrate on progression in all aspects of training and we pride ourselves on being a results based organization. Follow this page closely as there will be many more blogs on varied topics. Feel free to comment below and ask Head Performance Coach, Jason Blankfield to write a blog on a specific topic.



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Where Focus Goes – Energy Flows…..

Jason Blankfield

If we want to achieve exceptional results in our lives it is essential to be mindful of what we focus on. We will need a new way of thinking and we have to concentrate on the results we are looking to achieve and not the challenges or the process. For example: Emma and Terry both set their alarms for 5am so they could go to train before work. The alarms went off and Emma was complaining that it was too cold outside, she was tired and hungry and therefore didn't go train. Terry on the other hand, when her alarm went off, she jumped out of bed and went straight to the gym for a workout. The difference between them is that Emma was concentrating on the process and Terry was focusing on the results. The process of any task is generally a challenge but if you can focus on the results and the feeling you will have after the completion of each task it becomes far easier.

Whatever we focus on we move towards and attract into our lives. If we focus on the fact that we are overweight, science shows that we then create a biochemical reaction in our body which makes it harder to lose weight. Whatever you focus on you will feel and experience at a stronger level. If you focus on why you can't lose weight, why you have issues or why you can't get fit, you will constantly come up with a long list of reasons to support these questions and they will all be negative and work against you. If you focus on the results or the outcomes of how to lose this weight, you will automatically find solutions to all the challenges you are facing. Our brains are like computers, if you ask it a question it will give you an answer. So be sure to ask yourself the right questions.

Finally, focus on the results you are committed to and you will find yourself moving towards the results you are after and usually in a much shorter period of time than you planned.

 



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Rehabilitation

Jason Blankfield

After recently suffering from a serious ankle injury I learnt many lessons about why it is so critical to look after yourself. As an athlete and active person, picking up an injury is unfortunate and in my case, an unlucky part of the “job”. Here are a few tips about how I overcame not only the physical but also mental obstacles I faced over the past few weeks:

1) Check-ups – No matter how long or how frustrating it may be, extensive checks are crucial to better understand the type and extent of the injury, bettering your approach to healing.

2) Rest – It is vital to listen to your body. As much as we want to start moving and return to our sport, job, or recreation, rest is a crucial element in making a comeback from an injury. Being disciplined on proper nutrition and sleeping habits are key elements for recovery.

3) Mental conditioning – The minute I finally ACCEPTED that I was injured; that I had to rest and that I would have to start the rehabilitation process was when I felt my recovery process begin. Understanding how to control your state, thoughts, emotions,and mindset is the true start of your recovery.

4) Rehabilitation – The stage of getting professional help from a physiotherapist, chiropractor or your prefered choice of practitioner. Again, discipline and on-going treatments are key and must remain a priority even once you start feeling better in order to prevent any types of setbacks.

5) Return – To begin the process of returning to 100% functionality and then to get stronger, faster, fitter and mentally tougher than you were previous to the injury (Peak State Performance specializes in this).

When you are injured or going through the rehabilitation process,you need to stay positive. It is an exciting opportunity to start fresh and shape the body to be stronger than it was previously. Peak State Performance specializes in the return from injury. With years of experience and scientifically based research, PSP has devised rehabilitation plans for all different types of injuries (especially ACL, shoulder and hamstring). Simply completing your physiotherapy plan and going back to your previous rituals is not enough. You need a structured training program that will get you not only back to where you were, but stronger and better than ever…



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I Tried:

Jason Blankfield

"I tried"

One of the most over used sentences in the human language. If you are a culprit for using this sentence the time has come to take responsibility and hold yourself accountable. There is no such thing as "trying". You either do or you do not. Telling yourself that you 'tried' is a way of telling yourself that you gave it a go and it didn't quite work out as planned but at least you attempted it.

If you are wanting to get a certain result, telling yourself you tried essentially means that you are not committing. Take responsibility and massive action.

It is time to quit trying and just do it! Here are a few pointers to help you get the results you want;

1 - Eliminate the word TRY from your vocabulary. It does not do you any justice and it a vague way of making you feel better when you fail. Remember, the words we use affect the way we feel and in turn affects the state we are in.

2 - Either do it or do not do it! There is no middle ground. Taking the "trying" method will not help you achieve the exceptional results you deserve. If you attempt anything in life give it your all and if you do not succeed learn the lessons and move forward.

3 - Take massive action - people know this but do not practice it. If you want results in any part of your life you have to take massive action. Be resourceful and use all your resources to your advantage. If you want radical changes to your body, mind or life it is prudent you take MASSIVE ACTION.

Always remember, you have greatness within you.

 



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Front Squat:

Jason Blankfield

Here at Peak State Performance we focus on proper technique before we load the trainee / athlete with weight. PSP uses complex movements, which engages large muscle groups and challenges the CNS to increase maximal performance.

Below are a few general tips for the front squat. These tips are critical in making sure that the movement is done correctly and that it produces the greatest benefit for the trainee.

1) Barbell is grasped with an overhand grip and rests comfortably on the upper chest and front shoulder muscles.

2) Elbows should be facing straight to the sky to allow for a "big" chest and a straight back.

3) Stand shoulder width apart with knees slightly bent and muscles of the stomach completely engaged.

4) Take a deep breath in and with a controlled movement begin the squat descent to parallel.

5) Make sure the core is completely engaged, the chest is up, and the back is flat. Make sure you maintain an upright position and DO NOT tuck your butt under once hitting parallel depth.

6) Once reaching parallel, explode up in a controlled manner and return to the normal position to prepare for the next rep.

7) At the top, exhale.

 



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What IF?

Jason Blankfield

What If?

One of the most prevalent things I hear or have expressed to me during the day, starts with the words... What if..?? What if... I won’t perform at my best during the competition? What if… I won’t be fast enough, strong enough, powerful enough? What if… I can’t lose the weight or gain the weight I am working towards. One of the most amazing things is that most of the time, if you have a question that is negatively geared you will tend to find the answer will also be negatively geared!

This is where Peak State Performance specializes in teaching people to ask the right questions. If we change that ... what if?.... from a negative question to a positive one, it is pretty incredible to see the changes in performance, results and stress levels. At the end of the day the brain dictates what the body can achieve, so if we have control over our thoughts, the body should follow suit. 

What if you can perform? Have you done it in the past? How did you feel whilst you were in that “moment”? Can you replicate those feelings (mentally and physiologically)? What can you improve to get back to that state? What are your strengths? 

When you start to as yourself the "right" questions you will begin to see the individual not only change mentally but you’ll see it in their physiology too.

When you ask yourself positively geared question it seems natural that you will get positively geared answers and it in turn HAS to show in your performance.



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Peak State Performance Full Body Training

Jason Blankfield

PSP is going old school! By going back to more traditional compound movements, PSP is specifically training the larger muscle groups with high complexity (stimulating the central nervous system CNS). PSP has already been affectively able to increase strength, power, speed, agility and most importantly, prevent injuries. We are able to categorize these movements in 8 parts:

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1) Explosive
2) Lower body push – (Squat)  
3) Lower body pull – (Dead-lift) 
4) Horizontal push – (Bench Press)
5) Horizontal pull – (Row) 
6) Vertical push – (Shoulder Press)
7) Vertical pull – (Weighted Pull-ups) 
8) Core - 

When all of these categories are implemented into a correct training program, which includes – correct work:rest ratios, progression, intent, maximal effort, mental preparation and correct physical preparations you will see the results you are looking for. These primal movements are essential to improving performance. Here at Peak State Performance we believe in training hard, training for an outcome, progression and using scientifically based research.



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