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Episode 5 – Circus arts, mirror neurons, and using social media to become a better athlete

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Episode 5

In this episode, I sit down with one of the trainers at North Star Fitness Micheal Arrinze. Mike is not only an accomplished and extremely versatile athlete, he is a great teacher. He offers hand balancing and areal classes at North Star Fitness, along with personal training for anyone wanting to get stronger, more flexible or simply learn some amazing tricks.

Mike is a philosopher and a generalist at heart, and fits in perfectly at CrossFit Winnipeg.

In this episode, we get to know Mike, and discuss everything from his training philosophy to hand balancing, and mobility training, body awareness, mirror neutrons, and how you can use social media to become a better athlete.
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More About Michael

Michael brings unrivalled strength, compassion and personal experience to the fitness world. Over the past decade he has transformed his own body, going from a muscle-less 265lbs to a lean, mean weightlifting machine. Michael is an accomplished circus performer, and utilizes a diverse range of training disciplines including bodybuilding, powerlifting, weightlifting, calisthenics, gymnastics, Pilates, MELT, circus arts and meditative practices.

Michael has an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Recreation Management from the University of Manitoba. While attending university he led strength and conditioning sessions for the U of M Bisons and also trained circus performers. Michael has worked closely with an industry-renowned ACL specialist where he learned to take a methodical approach to preventing and rehabbing injuries.

Michael believes in the power of knowledge and the worth of a willing heart. If you’re ready to make a change in your life, a quick conversation with this gentle giant will set you on the path to success.

You can email Mike at micheal@northstar.fit or follow him on instagram @wukongstrength (formerly @humondeva). You can also check out Micheal’s personal training and small group classes HERE.

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What We Talk About in this Episode

  • What Mike does for his training: strength training, circus including hand balancing and straps.
  • How Mike got started with Circus training after his ACL injury.
  • Training philosophy, why it’s important to enjoy the journey and play.
  • Why it’s important to identify progressions and building blocks so that you can make the most of your training. Why proper progressions bring you limitless power.
  • How certain aspects of training are so essential that they transfer to other discipline.
  • Why Mike thinks everyone should get upside down!
  • How your physical practice can be a creative outlet; the importance of grace, art, and connection in physical culture.
  • How important it is to just start. At 252lbs Mike is an amazing hand balancer and has amazing flexibility.
  • The MELT method for flexibility.
  • Intentional use of social media. How you can use social media to become a better athlete or speed up recovery from an injury. Hack the Instagram algorithm to become a better athlete. Follow a hashtag, then once you see a few accounts that are reputable and you like, you can follow those accounts and unfollow the hashtags.Best quotes from Mike in this episode:
    • “Anything you do, do with all your might.”
    • “Do everything with intention.”
    • “If you know the rules of progression, the sky is the limit”
  • What game theory can teach us about fitness, how fitness is like a video game. How Level Method does that for CrossFit.
  • Fitness and mental health. The wanting vs. the joy. 
  • Challenge for our listers: follow the hashtag,
  • Mike’s Daily Habits/Routine.

This Week’s Listener Challenge

This week, we challenge our listeners to practice their hip hinge every day for 7 days.  This video is a great place to start. Every day for the next 7 days, aim to get a minimum of 10 reps in every day. Record your progress and tag @wokongstrength and @life_of_tania!

People & Things We Mention in this Episode

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Let’s Keep The Conversation Going…

How long have you been working out?  How has your view of fitness changed over the years?  I would love to hear all about it and I’m sure others would too. Comment below and share your story or visit me on Instagram which is currently my favourite way to connect.  You can also join our free online community to connect with Winnipeg fitness and wellness buffs just like you to ask questions, share wins and struggles and get lots of support from me and my team! I hope to see you there.

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