When working on particular movements, you might find yourself asking, “Where does this fit in with my goals?”
Sometimes, even asking that question might indicate it’s time to “move on” from that movement, so to speak. Other times, though, it’s just a matter of looking at the bigger picture and seeing, more broadly, what that movement is teaching you.
If you can create an environment where, no matter what your training, no matter what level you’re at, you’re experiencing the core concepts of the movement – that’s how you put it all together.
In this episode – our very first video episode!! – Ryan and Andy explore how to look at individual movements within a context, and how to determine what’s going to work and what’s not.
They also talk about what to do if you’re sick, and how that might impact your training.
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- (01:11) Ryan’s letting “The Nuge” down.
- (03:25) We have a new GMB Trainer! Congrats to Deston Le Roux!
- (04:57) We’re super stoked for our friend, Steve Kamb from Nerd Fitness, who just opened up the Nerd Fitness Academy.
Pro tip: “Being upside down with a belly full of liquid is not a good idea.
- (09:38) If you’re interested in private coaching from Ryan, joining Alpha Posse is your best bet.
- (10:08) What are the characteristics you can try to develop in yourself that make you more likely to succeed with your goals?
- (11:22) How to really piss off your coach (Hint: don’t do this).
- (13:48) We’ve got some seminars coming up – in Santa Fe and Miami, with more to come later this year.
- (15:00) “Focus, not on the sets and the reps, but on the quality of movement.”
- (19:54) “If you can focus on the basics… it’s gonna help you transition all the way to everything else you want to work on.”
- (20:44) What is the squat, or the single leg pistol, or the muscle-up, or any move really about?
If you can apply quality movement in a simple exercise, then you can apply it in a complex exercise.
- (25:21) You don’t have to sound fancy-ass – just call it “stretching” for pete’s sake!
- (26:01) Try to think about what else could come from the movement you’re practicing. What kind of expression can you create from this simple movement?
- (27:28) How you should change your training when you get sick.
- (29:15) Alas: Ryan’s official “fitness professional” card must now be revoked.
- (30:40) “If you’re sick, don’t go to the gym, don’t go to work, and don’t infect everyone around you!”
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Andy: All right, all right, all right. Breaker, breaker, one-niner. Keep your ears on to the GMB Fitness Skills Podcast also now show.
Andy: Exciting, showing ourselves. Not exposing ourselves thank God. But anyway, for the next 30 minutes plus or minus, we’re going to be edifying you with all kinds of good information about training, how it fits in your life and how to really enjoy working out in a way that actually makes you good at stuff you care about. So my name is Andy. With me, Ryan Hurst.
Ryan: How are you doing?
Andy: Program Director of GMB, head coach, all around badass and smooth criminal. You ready to roll?
Ryan: I’m ready man. I’ve got my hot water today, no coffee.
Andy: Your hot water. You’re living dangerously.
Ryan: I am. I am. I am.
Andy: Sometimes I ask myself when I’m doing something. Like, is this newsworthy? Like if I were to play a Ted Nugent song right now, would I feel like I was letting him down? You’re drinking your hot water [0:01:19] [Indiscernible] and get you down.
Ryan: It would, it would. We talked about this earlier. I’ve been sick for the past like two weeks. Ridiculous, ridiculous. So my wife, acupuncturist, right? So she was like I want you to kind of back off the caffeine just a little bit because I’m on some medications. So instead I’m drinking hot water today which is absolutely hilarious. Hilarious!
Andy: That is hilarious. It’s hilarious.
Ryan: Hilarious. But we are going to – because why not? It’s a good opportunity. We’re going to talk about being sick a little bit. We’re also going to talk about sort of how some of the different elements of training fit together because I know we get a lot of questions about this. People, they want to practice parallettes but they want to practice rings or they want to practice locomotion skills.
They want to get better at their tumbling or whatever and they don’t know how to fit things together and it seems like a lot of the different elements of training that we do are very, very cut and dry and very different.
That’s because of course we teach them separately but actually they all do fit together. It’s just hard to fit everything together in a single program but it does all fit together and so we’re going to talk a little bit about that. But first!
Andy: But first, we got a couple of announcements.
Ryan: Some of the announcements, I have no idea. That’s just how spaced out I am without my coffee today. You’re going to have to edit that out.
Andy: Are you sure it’s just hot water in that cup?
Ryan: I have no idea what announcements we’re going to talk about and even though we just talked about them.
Andy: All right. I will help you out Alzheimer’s Man. First, we have a new GMB trainer, newly certified, fresh from the mint in South Africa.
Ryan: I’m so spaced out.
Andy: Do you remember this now?
Ryan: Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah.
Andy: Do you need me to remind you of what his name is?
Ryan: Yes, Dustin. Terribly sorry for forgetting this very important announcement. Congratulations to Dustin. He’s from South Africa. He has been training his butt off for almost – I guess it has been about six months.
Andy: Yeah, it has been a while.
Ryan: It has been a while, yeah. He has been working very hard. Passed his test for a GMB trainer, very happy to have him onboard. He’s going to be helping out with the stuff that we’re doing and hopefully we can get something set up in South Africa. So we can all make that very short flight and see – Dustin actually, he – we were going to hook up in the United States. He had some flight issues. Unfortunately we weren’t able to meet there. But hopefully, this year we can get Dustin and the rest – everybody in the same room hopefully do something together. So you happen to see him post anything online, be sure to congratulate him.
Andy: Yeah. Dustin is a really good guy and you said working his butt off for six months. I mean he has been working his butt off for a lot longer than that.
Andy: But specifically training with you for six months.
Ryan: For six months for that GMB trainer.
Ryan: So that’s good, that’s good.
Andy: Awesome, awesome. So congrats Dustin. I’m not even drinking hot water.
Ryan: I know. I was like, “Dude!” No.
Ryan: It’s all good. What else is going on man?
Andy: Yeah, the other thing that we want to announce quickly though is that Steve Kamb our friend at Nerd Fitness is opening up his Nerd Fitness Academy.
Andy: It might already be open or maybe very shortly after this. I don’t know specifically but it’s a very cool deal and it’s basically just kind of like a community boot camp turn your life around, get fit, get your mind straight, get your diet and your health and everything. It’s the whole package kind of and he has interviewed a bunch of experts and somehow Ryan also got on …
Ryan: I don’t know how I got on there. Yeah.
Ryan: Just yesterday, yeah. We talked. It was a really fun talk with Steve. Steve is a great kid. He’s doing a lot of neat stuff and really happy to hear about his academy. So good luck on that.
Andy: Hey, what did you guys talk about?
Ryan: We talked about a lot of stuff.
Andy: You didn’t sign an NDA did you?
Ryan: No. Fortunately, I can talk about it here. We talked about bodyweight training and really kind of went over where to start, how to start because there’s a lot of – not issues but a lot of people listening to something that they want to do and they think they should just jump right into it or they have no idea where to start. That’s where we come in. So that’s kind of the big thing that we talked about.
Man, it was a long interview really. I mean we’re only going to talk about 20 minutes and I was like OK, yeah, we jus keep going and Steve kept going and it was good and I think we ended up talking like over 30 minutes. Even after the interview we talked about handstands. Steve just nailed a 30-second freestanding handstand.
Ryan: Very cool, yeah. That’s big. That was really big and so I was really happy about that. So he wanted to talk a little bit about that and so talked a little bit about the zen of handstands which was fun.
Andy: Zen of handstands.
Ryan: It’s deep, deep, very deep.
Andy: Cool. So we’re going to get to – yeah, hopefully we will cover a little bit more zen today too but let’s answer a couple of questions people have asked real quick.
Andy: What do you like to drink when you train? Obviously when you’re sick, apparently you drink hot water. But when you’re training, what do you drink? Powerade? Gatorade? What?
Ryan: Well …
Ryan: Because I have a contract with sports drink over here called Pocari Sweat – I’m just kidding of course. I just had to say that because that’s like the nastiest-sounding drink. Actually …
Andy: I wish you had a contract with Pocari.
Ryan: Damn, that would be sweet, like the largest drink – one of the largest drinks over here in Japan. Depending on what I’m doing, I don’t drink anything. If I’m doing my handstands, I won’t drink anything. This is just a habit I picked up early on when I was working on my one-arms. If I’m drinking or sipping on anything, I get heavy. It’s not that like really, really heavy but the feeling of being heavy upside down.
Andy: Yeah, being upside down with a belly full of liquid is …
Ryan: You don’t want to do that. You don’t want to do that. So I don’t do that but actually during my conditioning, I would drink a little bit of – little BCAs and then a little bit of creatine before I actually start my workout and then during the workout, I will keep sipping on it just a little bit but really I’m not downing anything. I’m just trying to get the work done in my conditioning. So I’m hitting it hard, focusing on that, and then after that I will have my protein drinks so that’s it. That’s me. Find what works for you.
Andy: Meaning you don’t down a quart of water during your workout?
Ryan: I don’t. No, I don’t want to throw up, so yeah. Also the time of the year. It depends on the time of the year. During the summer, interestingly enough – this is something that we – that was brought up on the community, the Alpha Posse community, about salt with your water. During the summer, it’s so humid over here in Japan not during my workouts. But after my workouts I make sure to include some salt in my drink to make sure that I can recover. The humidity just tears you up over here.
Andy: Yeah, it sounds strange but when you sweat out all that sodium, it actually really does impair your body’s chemical reactions and ability to like function.
Ryan: Function, yeah.
Andy: Really just function at a base level, so it’s really important. Cool. So you mentioned also that you worked with Dustin for like six months and we’ve had a few people ask us about coaching, about personal coaching lately and the answer generally is that we are not taking coaching clients right now.
If you want coaching, the best bet is to join Alpha Posse because you get – you basically get all the same benefits but if you are working with a client one on one – we’ve had people ask us. What are some of the things you look for in a client? What’s some of the characteristics of a great client? This is useful even if you’re not considering coaching. What are the kinds of characteristics that you can try to develop in yourself that make you more likely to succeed with your goals?
Ryan: Yeah. First off is actually having a goal and knowing what you want. So let’s say you come to me and you say, “Yeah, I want to hire you as my coach.” I will say, “OK, great. What do you want to be able to do?” So if he said, “I want to do this, this, this,” I will be like, “Oh, hold on. Take a step back. Let’s focus on the one major thing that you want to work on.”
That could just be something very simple as in getting into a full squat, being able to squat all the way down to the floor. It’s actually a pretty good goal. Then from there, things build. So the first thing is to figure out kind of what you want to do and if you don’t know exactly what you want to do, that’s fine. We can talk about it.
But having a basic goal in your mind would be good, no matter what coach you work with. The next thing is making sure that you actually have the time to do the work and I’m not talking about setting aside eight hours of your day to do it. But if you hire a coach, and then a couple of weeks later say, “Well, you know what? I’m going to be on vacation. I have to take two weeks off,” and to be honest, it’s just going to piss your coach off and it’s going to mess up your time with that coach.
So if you are planning on hiring somebody, make sure that you have at least three months set aside that you can work with that person. I would say at least an hour a day. That sounds like a lot of work, a lot of time to set aside for some people. But that’s just a general rule that I like to think about, being able to have that hour. It doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily going to be working out that entire hour. But to be able to have that time and the reason for this is because if you need to send video clips, if you need to write things down for your coach …
Andy: Yeah, that all takes time.
Ryan: Yeah, that takes time and you can include that into that full hour. So little things like that, just really those two things I think are good, having that goal that you know that you want to do and having at least an hour for – I would say a period of three months to set aside to be able to do that.
Andy: That’s actually really good. We’re not saying that if you’re turning by yourself, you have to work out an hour a day or anything. But if you’re going to specifically hire somebody to help you, then you owe it to that person and to yourself to make sure that you get the most out of that investment and that would mean knowing what you’re after and really setting aside the time and prioritizing your schedule to really work on that.
Ryan: Right. The thing is with the private coaching is you got to think about it also from the coach’s point of view. When I’m working with a student, I’m there for that student, right? So I’m also setting aside time, making sure that every single day if you send me an email, I’m going to answer it. I might need to make a video for you. It might take me longer to write something out. So also think about it that way and so that’s why I say to have at least an hour a day to set aside to work with that coach.
Andy: That’s really great. Cool.
Andy: All right. So let’s get into this. We said that we’re going to talk about how things fit together and I think the best example of this is maybe some of the things you’ve been doing at seminars lately and we’ve got a few more seminars coming up in February and planning some by – well, I shouldn’t say too much more but maybe April, August and who knows what the rest of the year holds. But there’s going to be a lot more chances for people to join a seminar.
We highly recommend that because you get a lot of opportunity to see how things do fit together but maybe describe how you’re kind of combining different elements in a seminar without it seeming like we’re prescribing a course of study because seminars obviously are like four to eight hours of work in a day. It’s not something that someone can do consistently but this is an example.
Ryan: That’s good, yeah. The main point of a seminar and what we’re doing of course, right? So when we are doing it, we want to make sure that the people that attend kind of get – I don’t want to say smorgasbord at all but kind of the main topics of what we’re about in GMB. So the method of course and then also some of the key points that we think are important, that the person can take home and then start working on them in order to go deeper in whatever they want to do.
Andy: So what are some of those points?
Ryan: Yeah. So a good point would be one of the major things is focusing on not the sets and the reps but the quality of the movement and being able to actually understand what your body is doing. So how do you do that?
The first thing that we do in any seminar is we’re going to do a warm-up but the warm-up isn’t just a general warm-up. It’s for the things that we’re going to be working on in that seminar. So this also is in your own workouts that you’re doing. What are you working on that day? You might be doing squats. So do something that’s going to help you to warm up for the squat.
Going back to the method that we’re talking about, it doesn’t have to be an entire hour of warming up every single day before you go and do a basic bodyweight workout. Just focus on what you’re doing that day. Hit it and then get into your workout. So we will do a workout. I will introduce some concepts within that warm-up that will help for later, the movements that we’re doing. But the warm-up is generally thinking about some joint mobility, getting people familiar with a particular movement.
Let’s say that we’re going to do walking knee touches. So you’re walking and you bring your knee up and touch your hands. This is actually going to help you for the tuck that we focus on later in the seminar when we’re working on the rings. So after that, we’re going to get into some locomotion.
I like using the locomotion because for one, we can start at the very beginning. It’s a movement that’s not going to be too tough for a lot of people but it’s a movement that we can build on and lead to other things.
So a good example is the bear walk. The bear walk, there is no 100 percent you have to do it this way or you’re wrong kind of thing. That’s another thing of course in GMB that we want people to understand. You work at your own level. You work where you are but you work towards a specific goal.
So the bear walk, it’s also another good warm-up that we can use but as you’re walking, it’s going to help to get you strong. It’s going to work on your arms, teach you about pushing through – down and through into the floor that push away from the floor with your legs, trying to get your butt up into the air. It’s also going to help on flexibility, dynamic flexibility which is really cool. But what we’re really working on when we’re working on the bear walk is start to transition into single arm holds.
So we’re prepping ourselves. We’re prepping our arms to be able to support ourselves or we’re prepping our body to be able to hold ourselves on this one arm.
So a lot of people might just see a bear walk but when I see a bear walk, I see a lot of different things that we can build on. Like I’ve said before, a single arm hold whether that be a single arm plank hold. When we do a bear walk, we bend our elbows in a bear walk, I see a bent arm stand. I also see a single arm lever that we can work on.
So what we’re trying to do in the seminar is how people explore movements but also understand that we’re building. So that’s the big thing, right? So locomotion. That’s one of the very first things that we do and there’s really three main movements that we’re going to be focusing on when we’re doing that. You have to come to the seminar for you to learn that because it’s a secret. A trade secret, right?
Andy: It’s a secret.
Ryan: Of course that’s a secret but bear walk is one of them. Then from there, we’re going to focus on the handstand and other hand balancing movements. In the seminar, always want to make sure that every single person gets upside down.
Now you might not nail the handstand in the seminar but at least you’re going to have the concepts and understand how we train the handstand and you can take that with you when you go back home and start working on it.
After lunch, we look at stretching. Let’s just call it for what it is, stretching. We look at stretching and so that can be for example looking at the shoulder, how we can stretch and open up the shoulder to help us with our handstands. We also look at some exercises that we can use to help strengthen the shoulder. Sometimes we use the Thera-Band. There’s also a weighted exercise that I like to use that will help people.
But again, it’s not about the sets and the reps. It’s about getting a feel for what you need to do and where your body is currently, so auto regulation.
After that, we will typically move to the rings and I only showed two movements on the rings. Now a lot of people want to get the muscle-up. A lot of people might want to get for example the tuck to tuck shoulder stand. If they’ve been working on rings one and they’re having trouble getting that, they’re like, “Yeah, I want to nail that.”
But really the two movements that I show in the seminar are the basics. So if you can focus on those basics, the two things that I show you, it’s going to help you to be able to transition all the way up to the muscle-up, help you with the tuck to the tuck shoulder stand and everything else that you want to work on.
So it’s all about looking at the basics but not just showing a video and saying, “OK, look, do the top position on rings. Make sure you turn your rings up.” No. It’s in a seminar focusing on why we’re doing this. The why is very important.
After that, we could go back and let’s say for example work on the pirouette and maybe the butterfly kick, show the push and lift concept and show how that relates to other leg work that we do in GMB. It’s not just about a squat. It’s not just about a single leg pistol. It’s how you can perform particular skills safely but also use the conditioning to help you get stronger for those skills.
So I will finish up again with maybe some stretching or going to cover some topics that we haven’t covered. But again, I’m not throwing a bunch of information out and just saying, “OK, here’s a little bit of this, here’s a little bit of this, here’s a little bit of this.” It’s very structured. It’s structured but it’s more exploratory. So just like I teach the classes over here, there’s a particular theme that we’re going to cover. But inside of that, each person will move a little bit differently. They will have different questions and so we will address those.
So yeah, a lot of stuff that I just said but really it comes down to showing the basics and how the basics actually equal these big moves that everyone wants to get and helping people with the concepts, getting those in the head and being able to take those and apply those when they go back home.
Andy: You know, a lot of times people like to look at things and they compare – for example, you say you work on the bear walk and we think that that’s a really useful exercise because like you say, it teaches how to apply strength through the arms, how to lift from the middle of the body, how to push with the legs, all of these things. But a lot of people will look at that and say, “Oh, well, that’s not a very sophisticated locomotion exercise.” Well, obviously you don’t move very well. Well no, obviously you don’t know what you’re looking for because if you can apply quality movement in a simple exercise, then you can apply it in a complex exercise.
Andy: It’s really more about – yeah, it’s more about being able to experience those things and if you can create an environment where no matter what you’re training, no matter what level you’re at, you are experiencing those core concepts of the movements. Well, then that is then how you put it altogether. So if you’re thinking, “How do I put all these things together?” it’s not a matter of parallettes plus rings plus floor or whatever. That’s not it. It’s not bodyweight plus weight. That’s not it either.
If you’re wondering how to put it all together, it’s think about what are the core concepts of the movement. What are the skills you’re really trying to develop?
By skill, that doesn’t mean muscle-up. By skill, that means how to transition your strength and pull through the rings down through your whole body or push through the ground out through your toes. That’s the concept you want to work and then working that concept through different exercises and different angles, that’s really how you put it all together.
Ryan: Yeah, yeah. You made a good point. So it’s transitions and how things work and how they go together. So – and I’m not just talking about flow or how movements go, flow together. It really comes down to do you have an understanding of what needs to happen so that you can even start working on the movements. So that’s the big part of it. It really is.
So we could do seminars where we just focus on a single movement, let’s say the muscle-up. I could spend an entire day teaching just that one thing.
But that would be – I don’t want to say waste but I don’t feel it’s very necessary because if we make sure to go back and focus on those basics and the core concepts, that we discussed earlier, it’s going to happen as long as you get that into your mind.
Andy: And really when you think of spending like six hours learning the muscle-up, you can’t apply six hours worth of muscle-up study in one day. It’s going to take you months, right? So why not learn one hour about the muscle-up, spend the next couple of months practicing that and applying it and then you can go and figure out what the next thing you need to learn about the muscle-up is.
Ryan: Yeah, exactly, exactly.
Andy: Yeah, and kind of conversely we could try to dazzle people with like 43 animal movements! Special 16-part Wushu-inspired active isolated passivity stretching routine! I don’t even know how people come up with these stupid fucking names for the shit that they advertise that they’re teaching. But like you said, stretching. It’s stretching.
Ryan: It’s stretching.
Andy: Yes, and we know stretching is not an anatomically correct term but stretching is what 90 percent of the world calls it when you do something to increase your flexibility. Call it what people call it. You don’t have to sound like a fancy ass. All right? It’s stretching, OK? Seriously. So yeah, I think that’s really good. Like you said, it’s that concept and knowing what you’re trying to learn from a movement. If you just do a movement and do it more and do it more, you might get a little stronger but you won’t know how to apply it to other things.
Andy: You need to know what you’re really getting out of a movement. What’s the why behind it? I think that was a really good point you made there.
Ryan: And another thing too that you brought up is stop looking at a particular thing through blinders. OK? Try and think about what else could come of this movement. So maybe – a good example, I saw a video on the tube the other day of this little girl, six-year-old girl and oh man, she’s dancing and it’s funky. It’s B-boying stuff and it’s just amazing because she’s obviously – she’s only six. She took those blinders off and she just explored. It was that expression.
So what kind of expression can you create from the simple movement, the bear walk? That’s what it’s about and that’s what I want everyone to get out of this. It’s not just OK, you have to do it this way or it’s wrong. No.
Ryan: No, get that –
Andy: We’re not even going to bother with bear walks because they’re boring. Here’s the uber walk that is the ultimate complex skill. But how can you do that though?
Ryan: The beauty of simplicity and being able to make different things from that. It will get sophisticated the more that you step outside of the box and look at what’s possible.
Andy: The more you own it and play with it and explore it, you will naturally arrive at those more complex sophisticated kinds of movements. But if you try to jump to those things without really getting the core of it, you’re really honestly just fooling yourself. You’re just fooling yourself.
Andy: Let’s talk a little bit about being sick and what to do when you get sick because we both had a cold this week. You a lot worse than me and it’s just the time of year. People are going to get sick. We’ve talked about it before but let’s just – you know, really quick rundown of how you should change your training if you’re sick.
Andy: I think maybe the first thing to say is that there are different degrees of sick.
Ryan: Yeah, I was just going to say that. Right, exactly. So for example, the first cold I had was from my kids. It’s from my kids and really it wasn’t bad at all. It was one of those things where it was inconvenient. It was just inconvenient. However, I did back off of my workouts. I was still able to do handstands. So basically, I wasn’t congested in the head or anything like that. It was just – just kind of cough going on. But I took care of it right away and so I made sure that I got more sleep. I watched what I was eating and again I backed off on my training slightly.
Now I got better. I got better very quickly. The thing is from there though, I caught something else that turned into a sinus infection and blah, blah, blah and it just got ridiculous. So there are times where depending on what kind of cold you have, you just need to stop what you’re doing.
Ryan: Stop what you’re doing. Then go see a doctor. Typically I don’t take medicine. My wife is an acupuncturist. She needles me. These things usually are OK. Last week they weren’t. Unfortunately here in Japan it was New Year’s. Everybody takes a vacation during New Year’s. The doctor was closed. I couldn’t get medication so it just got worse but I didn’t work out for an entire week. Yes that’s correct, for an entire week.
Andy: Dude, you totally lost your fitness expert cred.
Ryan: I did, I tell you what, and I can’t do anything now. I lost all my gains and I’m just screwed.
Andy: You look like you’re about 130 pounds.
Ryan: Well, you know what …
Andy: If you want to be honest.
Ryan: … I just went whoosh and shrunk.
Andy: You just withered.
Ryan: It’s horrible. It’s horrible. It’s horrible. That’s why I’m downing the protein right now. I’m going for 100 grams per meal now instead of – god, I just don’t want to think of it. That’s just nasty.
Andy: That’s pretty hard core.
Ryan: That’s pretty hard core but yeah, back off your training. Back off your training right now. We’re in the middle. We’re actually in week five I believe. The first handstand course and a lot of people are getting sick. Now there are some people who are trying to work through it. No! No, don’t work through it.
Andy: Especially if you’re congested.
Ryan: If you’re congested and you’re thinking of getting upside down …
Andy: That messes up your equilibrium. Don’t go upside down and try to breathe in.
Ryan: It’s crazy. Yeah, equilibrium – I figured that out yesterday. It was the first time I tried to get back on my hands and it wasn’t working. So I didn’t push it. So I want to be upside down. I really do. But even today, as you can tell, I’m still congested. So I’m going to try but if it’s not going to work, I’m not going to push it. So do what you need to do in order to get better and one other thing that I have to say, if you’re sick, if you have a fever, sniffles or something like that, don’t go to work. Don’t go to the gym. Don’t infect everyone around you.
Ryan: In Japan, there is this thing where you suck it up and you work through it and you go to work. You’re cool though because you’re wearing a mask and it’s all good, right? Oh man.
Andy: Suddenly the next day everyone is wearing masks.
Ryan: Yeah. So everyone gets sick and it’s not cool. So don’t just suck it up and think that you can do it. Take care of it. Get better and then when you’re better, ease back into your training. Ease back into your training.
Andy: Yeah, just – everyone has different things. You have to recognize how sick you are and do your own – whatever your routine is for fixing it. If it’s drink a fifth of NyQuiland go to bed, whatever. If it’s some chicken soup, if that’s better for you, whatever works for you. In Ryan’s case, it’s the acupuncture.
But you’ve got to do whatever works for you and try to take care of it but then don’t go out and try to force yourself to work and work out and interact with people because you’re not going to get a good workout. If you go to work, you’re not going to be productive. You’re just risking getting other people sick. I mean this is if it’s something contagious. If it’s just a little sniffle, then it’s probably OK.
But just know – be realistic. Like we say with all the other things, with skills, with strength, with your workouts, be realistic about where you’re at right now. You can’t try to get better if you don’t know where you’re at. So if you feel yourself getting sick, stop for a minute and think about how sick you really are and what you got to do.
Ryan: Yeah. My dad is a pharmacist and when I was young, he would never give us any medicines. It’s pretty funny. He’s a pharmacist but he just didn’t believe in dishing out the medication to the family.
His big thing was, “OK, are you really sick?” Yes. You should be better in three days, so rest for three days. OK? If you try and push through it, you’re going to prolong the sickness and it’s going to take forever to get over. So that was the big thing when I was young and I always remember that. So again it depends on what kind of sickness you have. But three days, if your immune system is good, before the cold – obviously it’s not because you’re getting cold but you should be better within three days and if it’s turning into a week or something like it was with me last week, then obviously something is wrong and you need to get that taken care of. So that’s all I got to say about that.
Andy: Cool. All right. Well, I think that’s good for today. I hope this is useful to you guys. I hope you didn’t mind looking at us
Ryan: Or at least didn’t mind looking at me. Geez, I tell you. Yeah, this is interesting. It’s a completely different field because we’ve always done this without the video. So it’s kind of weird seeing your face there on the screen while we’re doing the show. I got to call it a show now instead of the podcast.
Andy: Yeah. Yeah, if you have any recommendations for what we should call our show, let us know.
Andy: Because otherwise, this is going to be GMB Show.
Ryan: The GMB Show.
Andy: GMB Show.
Ryan: GMB Show. All right.
Andy: Well, thanks for watching the GMB Show folks. Should I end it on a downer like that?
Ryan: Yeah, that’s such a – thanks for watching everybody. Looking forward to seeing you next time!
Andy: All right!
Ryan: All right. See you later.
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