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Posts from November 2013

Who is High Performance Gym?
I'm 3 weeks in to my High Performance journey, and I have to tell you.  I feel great.  You've heard me talk on the air about how great this place is, you've seen photos and videos of the workouts, but in order to know what HPG is all about, you have to know who they are.
High Performance Gym moved to Greenville, SC and opened in the fall of 2012. We offer small group training and personal training. Although we mostly rely on barbells, Kettlebells, and dumbbells you will train utilizing all modalities including jump ropes, a climbing rope, TRX, Gravitational Training System (GTS), medicine balls, Battling Ropes, Landmines and sandbags. Expect to be challenged, expect to be pushed and expect to see a change in your physique. Our gym begets success in all aspects of your life. PMA! Positive Mental Attitude, more than a saying it's a way of life. You can expect a lot from us and we expect YOU to bring your game face everyday! Training will be hard, training will be tough but we operate in an environment of camaraderie and constantly encourage each other to push beyond our boundaries.
We would love to add you to our team. The first step is always the hardest, and we thank you in advance for putting your trust in us. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

High Performance was originally founded in New York City in February of 2007. Owned by Clay and Elizabeth Burwell, they bring decades of experience in the fitness industry. Clay, a Veteran of the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division has a background not only in fitness but also Boxing (he fought in the New York Golden Gloves) and Brazilian Jiujitsu. Elizabeth has a dance background spanning back to when she was five years old. She is also an expert in Pilates, posture correction, flexibility and post rehabilitative therapy. Their clientele list includes some of the biggest names in Hollywood and Rock n Roll: Matt Damon, Anna Paquin, Christina Ricci, Stevie Van Zandt and Drea Dematteo to name a few.

Obviously, if you're going to spend your hard earned money on a personal trainer, you want to know you've got the best.  I'm here to tell you, Clay and Elizabeth are THE BEST.

Find more at, or for a real time look at High Performance Gym, find them on facebook, just search "High Performance Gym".
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The Other 23

So I'm now about 2 weeks into my own personal work out challenge with High Performance Gym, and I'm getting into the groove of the workouts.  Honestly I knew learning to eat right would be the tough part of this challenge, because I love eating the typical American diet:  pizza, burgers, fried chicken, etc.  I've been doing it for 29 years. 

Eating "paleo" is really where it's at.

As explained to me by Clay, "early man didn't always have access to big meals and an animal protein source.  Caveman didn't exactly bag a deer every day.  They forraged, eating small quantities of nutrient rich food constantly.  Walking down the trail, see some berries or nuts, eating them always to stave off hunger".  The science behind that is eating large meals spikes your blood sugar and your body says "something's wrong, I'm not constantly getting food, gotta store up some fat for later".  So we're essentially eating to get fat.  Eating smaller meals every 2-3 hours keeps our blood sugar and metabolism running at more of a straight line than a McDonald's arch.

That's where my focus has been lately.  I have to overcome my food addictions and train myself to eat more like a cave man.  I got this!  Besdies, once you get used to cooking quality meals for yourself, the food you get out doesn't taste nearly as good.  Getting in a hard workout is great, but it's what you do to and put in your body the other 23 hours a day that really make the difference!

Hit them up, @HighPerformanceGym on Facebook or
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Pushing Through Limits
Yesterday if you'd told me to climb a 20 ft rope I would've said "you're crazy, I'm 218 lbs I can't do that".  Add the fact that I HATE heights and I'd be looking for reasons not to climb.  The idea of being 20 ft in the air holding on to a rope scared the sh*t out of me.  Today, I did it.

You know that old saying "whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right?"  That's absolutely true.  Today's workout started with a pilates warm up (still a butt kicker), then a push press/rope climb combo.  5 push presses at 145 lbs, climb the rope, 4 reps, climb the rope, 3 reps, etc until you get to the last one.  That was tough, my shoulders were burning but I got up that rope.

Feeling accomplished!

Click over to my "Diesel On The Radio" facebook page to see the video, and give High Performance Gym a call (864) 735-8808.  You can even take one free class.  I promise, you'll be hooked after just one and want to GET DIESEL too.

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And So It Begins

Two workouts do I feel?  AWESOME!

I feel like a lot of people stop working out, not because they lose motivation but because they never had it all.  They never decided in their minds "I'm going to do this, no matter how much work it takes, no matter how much blood and sweat it takes, no matter how much COMMITTMENT it takes".  Perhaps that's what's wrong with America.  Everyone wants the results, no one wants to put in the work.

I decided to challenge myself.  I wanted to know if I could get in the same shape as the athletes I see on TV.  I'm two workouts in, obviously this is only the beginning, and yeah the workouts make your muscles tired and sore, but that's what's supposed to happen.

Here's what I've done so far:
11/1 -- FMS (Flexibility Movement Screen).  This determines your range of motion.  I scored a 15, which is passing (two higher than Matt "Jason Bourne" Damon (take that Good Will Hunting).  After that a pushup max, situp max, bench press max, pullups, 500m sprint on the rowing machine, and 10 minutes on the airdyne.  The areas where I need to improve the most of those are situps and pullups...those were definitely weak.

11/4 -- Pilates/core training.  I'd never done anything like pilates before, always thought it was for women...well I'll tell you right now, pilates is no joke...I was sweating like a beast.  After that, deadlifts, rack pulls, and farmers carry.  My forearms have been on fire all day from those rack pulls.  With 275 lbs on a barbell, I had to hold on as long as I could, rest, and do it again.  Three different grips.  It hurt to pull these heavy station doors open today.

Back in the gym at 9:30 Wednesday morning.  Can't wait!

Find High Performance Gym on Facebook, find my "Diesel On the Radio" page, and follow me on Twitter @diesel933 to watch video clips and see pics from each day's workouts.

Challenge yourself.  Call HPG (864) 735-8808 and ask how you can get started.

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