What Is Tai Chi

Taijiquan (or tai chi) can be many things to many people. For some it is an exercise, for some it is a meditation and others it is a form of self defense. However when you continue to practice and reach a higher level of training, the above reasons lose their importance. At this time, you need to find the real meaning of your practice or you may become satisfied with your training and lose your enthusiasm for the art. You must start to wonder what is the meaning of this meditative martial art? Daoist practitioners use tai chi in their strive to become immortal where many non-religious practitioners used tai chi to gain a peaceful mind and reinvigorate their lives.

What you need to understand is that Taijiquan emphasizes meditation both in your stillness and your movement. Practitioners like a Buddhist priest trains himself in this meditation to be calm and concentrated. In your training, it is possible for you to achieve a sense of peace and centeredness that will allow you to judge things and events in a neutral way without any emotional disturbance. When you can truly calm and clear your mind, the spiritual side will start to open up. You’ll start to see things more deeply. As a practitioner’s skill increases, they may be able to sense a person’s intentions before they are expressed and you become more capable at looking deeply into people and events in a non-martial way, as well. In the past, many martial art masters were considered wise man and were consulted for their insight into the meaning of human life this world and the universe. Because of their training they learn to live in the world without confusion or doubt and find peace and happiness and all of this comes through meditation and continuous pondering.

In your practice and meditation, you need to concentrate your whole attention in order to develop the higher levels of the art. This concentration and dedication will carry over to the rest of your life and the strive for perfection becomes the real meaning of Taijiquan.

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Ready to take your own calisthenic quest?

Quest For Fitness Episode 2

In this episode of Quest For Fitness, we talk personal training. I get asked all the time, “why should I hire a trainer?” This will answer that. The video also covers what to look for when hiring a trainer.

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Questing For Fitness Special Edition

Per a special request, this episode of Questing For Fitness covers holiday eating and keeping on your goals. As always, feel free to send your questions through our contact tab.

Episode 1 of Quest For Fitness

In this first episode of Quest For Fitness, we cover information that is in the book, best ways to lose fat, and how often a person should work out. If you have questions that you would like covered feel free to contact us through the contact tab.

Black Friday Yoga Class!

After all the Black Friday shopping, come and relax and do some yoga with Dani! The class will start at noon and is only $5!

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Memory Workout

Did you know that proper sleep, exercise, and diet can help your memory?

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Let’s start with sleep. If you want your brain to function properly, then you need to get a good night’s sleep. This particularly helps in the forming of memories. If you want to be able to remember something better, then rehearsing both during sleep as well as while you’re awake helps you to consolidate those memories more efficiently. There used to be an old myth that you could learn while you’re asleep by listening to lectures or learning CDs while sleeping, but sadly this has been found to be false. Sleep deprivation can severely interfere with the functions of the memory section of your brain the hippocampus. So, typically, those sleep deprived lifestyles tend to have issues with retaining memories.

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Exercise can be beneficial to a good memory because of the norepinephrine released during exercise. This neurotransmitter plays a huge role in the formation of memories. This doesn’t mean that you have to spend hours at the gym exercising. Even short exercise programs have been shown to help improve memory.

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Now, on to your diet. Diets high in DHA particularly fish such as salmon tuna and swordfish which happened to be high in omega-3 fatty acids are actually good brain food. So not only are those omega-3‘s good for your cholesterol but they also help memory cells communicate better resulting in better memory function. Other good foods that can help with memory or things like flaxseed, walnuts, soybeans, and naturally raised beef products.
So if you want to maintain that healthy memory into those later years, then it may be time to sleep right, get your exercise, and eat right.

 

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Obtaining the Perfect Body

Since the early Egyptian and Greek times, men and women have wanted the perfect body. In those times, the more fit a man’s body was, the closer he was to a god, and for women the better their fit curves and booty, they closer they were to a goddess.

As a matter of fact, they would hold competitions to show who had the best figure. But here is the funny thing: the perfect figure was created by an artist in Greek times, and even with the hours men and women spent in gyms it was an impossible standard. Now let’s fast forward a few thousand years and we still work to set insane standards with fashion magazine using Photoshop and airbrush techniques. What I’m here to tell you is that there is no perfect human form. It was a made up standard. But that doesn’t mean we should give up on striving to be the best we can be. No one’s genetic makeup will be exactly the same as another’s. Some people struggle to lose weight, some struggle to gain weight, some can tone up easily. This is your journey, your fitness quest and you need to do what is best for you. Don’t let society dictate how you have to look.

The Calisthenics Quest is coming soon.

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Online Training

Quest Fitness is now offering online training. How does this work? For starters, contact us on the “Contact” page. Once emailed, we will discuss goals and cover your current fitness level. Remember, everyone is different, and, yes, there will be a little bit of paperwork. Then, we will go over a few options based on what equipment is available to you, and don’t worry if you don’t have equipment. We have tons of options for you. The next step is developing the workout and basic nutrition plan. Through the entire process, we will be available for text, email or Facebook IM to help you with questions. There will be multiple payment options as well as different package options. Even though we may never meet in person, we will work with you every step of the way.

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Body Building and Performance Training

Some may not see it, but there is a big difference between body building and performance training. One difference is that body building is primarily done for aesthetic purposes, whereas performance training is done to improve certain physical skills. Another difference is that the muscles that are focused on. The body builder, in most cases, wants to build that muscle mass focusing heavily on the slow twitch muscles that help with raw strength and appearance. In the realm of performance training, you want to focus on the fast twitch muscles and the tendons. Performance training sometimes requires quick direction changes and explosive movements. For the aesthetic purpose, the body builder will also focus on keeping the body fat low to look more defined, whereas body fat only becomes an issue in performance training if weight class or poor performance become an issue. Now, I’m not saying that you won’t be aesthetically attractive doing performance training, but it is more of a side effect or after thought not a focus. Also, you do work strength into performance training, but it is more for the purpose of performing a certain physical activity. In the end they both have benefits, and it really comes down to what do you want in the end.

Hunting For a Trainer?

Ok, so now you are considering a trainer but don’t know what to look for. Sure, the huge meat head or cheerleader looks like they know their stuff, but do they?

First, is your trainer willing to answer questions? To believe everything without question is indoctrination. Your trainer should be able to answer your questions about health and fitness. No trainer knows everything, but they should be willing to research the answers to your questions.

Does your trainer make huge promises? No person is the same, so to be told you will lose a bunch of weight just like a person you saw in TV is likely a false promise. Also, if they tell you that you will be ripped like Arnold, I ask you this. Are you Arnold? No one will build the same.

Does your trainer have insecurities? If your trainer tries to dissuade you from trying new things this could be due to personal insecurities. If you want to try out that Spin, Yoga, or Zumba class, then do it. It is your fitness journey and you should do things you enjoy.

Does your trainer listen to your goals? If your goal is to lean out and lose weight did they build the right program for you? There are certain rep ranges and weight percentages to take into account for each goal. Also, if your goal is to not lift weights at all, then your trainer should be listening to this.

Finally, is your trainer certified or just a gym rat? Sure that guy that can lift 200lbs is ripped, but can he teach you to do that safely? I highly suggest researching your potential trainer. Most certifications can be looked up online for free. After all, you are putting your fitness health and goals in their hands.

Don’t be afraid to get a trainer, just make sure they are right for you.

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