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Hyde Park Gym Austin Texas

Sci-Unison Fitness visits Austin Texas and highly recommends Hyde Park Gym.

I recently went on another vacation in the great state of Texas. My first few times I avoided working out and focused more on other activities. This time I made it a point to get a few workouts in while in Texas.


Before vacation I went searching online for gyms in Austin,TX and I found alot of the familiar names…Golds Gym, LA Fitness, etc. I Also found a bunch of unique and private gyms as well. Hyde Park Gym was one of them.

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Recovery in Austin Texas

Time to take some recovery time off from my Sci-Unison Fitness training program and I decided to do it than in Austin Texas. Right now I am in the middle of a 12-14 day recovery phase. Testing and fine tuning both the Frequency Focus Physique (2FP) and the Shoulder/Arm Focus plans really took alot out of me. I typically take a nice time of leave from the gym every 3-4 months. Since I had to work out some issues with the programs, this time around I reached almost the 5 month mark. There were added recovery days sporadically thrown in but a day here and there never equals continuous rest.

One of the main issues was with the 2FP program. The first month or so was easy stuff for me in terms of routine and practicality. The issues I faced was how to make each month progressively harder without pushing too much. Therefore, extra time was spent trying to find a careful balance between the appropriate amount of volume, frequency, and intensity. This added time is what really began to wear me out.

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Deep Tissue Massage Benefits

massageSo I have been lifting weights since high school. Its been a long journey, and along the way I have had my fair share of nagging injuries and serious injuries. On top of the injuries, the punishment I dish out to my body and muscles when I train is pretty extreme.

I have been saying for year now how I wanted to get a deep tissue massage, but I never got around to it.

This time I finally did. I went a massage therapist that was highly recommended by a few people I know. Her name is Sue Saffari.She is tiny compared to me, and I thought immediately “there is no way this tiny woman will put a dent in me”. Holy shit was I wrong.  The massage was very deep and felt good in a painful way. Deep tissue massages aren’t meant to be relaxing and joyful. They are meant to get the job done.

I had her focus on some of my problem areas, such as my Lats, shoulders and lower back. She took care of everything else but paid special attention to these areas.

As she was working on me I could feel her digging deep within my muscle tissue. The more she worked, the more I felt my muscles begin to loosen up. The combination of high stress and torturous workouts had definitely left its mark.

Lets look at some of the benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage…..

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Avoid Over Training and Take a Break

It is very important for natural athletes and lifters to avoid over-training. When your body enters the over-trained state you will cease to make further gains and you could even start to negate some of your progress. If you push hard when you are at the gym then you need to give your body some time to recover. This is not meant for the people who merely “exercise” and go through the motions. This message is intended for those who TRAIN, not exercise. I am currently taking 8 days off without any weight lifting. I typically do this every 3-4 months depending on which training routine and split I am following.

Taking this time off is a mental struggle butit is needed for the long run. Just be sure to adjust your calorie intake during your off time. Don’t continue to eat as if you were still training. You will be missing a major source of calorie expenditure so you don’t want the pounds to creep up on you.

When you return to the gym there may be quick initial phase of ring rust, but you should feel fresh, revived and ready to go at it for another 3-4 months. That is, only if you TRAIN !

Over-Training Symptoms

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Don’t OVER-Train so you can UNDER-Diet

redlineGiven the nature of my business and my profession people are always eager to explain their training and cardio routines to me. All too often I get those who elaborate on the endless hours they put in at the gym weight training and doing cardio. They then go on to explain how they religiously go to the gym 6 – 7 days per week. I usually say nothing or make no expressions as people say all this because I dont want them to change what they were going to say based off my reactions. Once all is said and done, the person usually looks to me for approval in regards to their routine and attack plan.

The fact of the matter is I DON’T approve of their approach. Spending hours upon hours in the gym almost every day will lead to and over trained state (for a natural athlete). Once your body enters this state your results will be hindered severely and may even be negated. Which brings me to my point. DON’T OVER-TRAIN just so you can UNDER-DIET. I dont spend countless hours in the gym 6 – 7 days a week and I can always get down to low single digit body fat levels. How ? Because I focus on my diet and make sure my nutrition plan is sound. My training is always very intense and hard, but I never over train just so I can be lax on my diet.

Once again…. DON’T OVER-TRAIN just so you can UNDER-DIET

Treat the body like a race car. You want to push the redline, but over-rev the engine and it will blow.