Dan Raabe Performance - Train For A Reason - Gymnastics, Conditioning, Mental Strength, Tactics, Skilled Movement

Brazilian Butt Lift, Zumba, and all other canned exercise didn’t exist in the age before marketing gimmicks. If our ancestors weren’t strong and athletic, they got run over by the beast they were hoping to kill. Your uncle Fred died as prey, unable to fight back. Was his training functional and complete?

The fight-or-flee response is innate. You develop it from birth. Today our reactive instincts are asleep. How many of us are military, first-responders, or athletes? These folks have the best chance of reviving the beast inside. For the rest of us, anesthetized by today’s sedentary, desk-bound, activity -killing lifestyle, we can only hope to roll back our athletic age with legacy exercise programs. Or, more typically, no program at all. Gyms aren’t gyms today. They’re recreation centers. And recreation comes after training.

Develop your willpower muscle. Dial up your self-control. Kill the procrastination. It’s time you kick yourself out of the cubicle and push the ON button to your anatomical machinery. Dynamic change launches with “WHY.” Apply polished skills to your rotting life routines. Add an outspoken coach’s view of strength and conditioning to your stagnant relationship with exercise. Trade in your “I should do that…” mentality for a “punch-me-in-the-gut-if-I-give-up” battle cry. Go general in form and function. Go big on goals. Just go!

Get creative. The “training culture” is simplicity, skill, and consistency. The world’s your stage. It’s our stage. We learn and work together. We don’t settle for routines. We learn the skills of movement. Successful professionals brew up an awareness that they function in a sphere of correct architectural angles. Let’s develop physical adaptations to stimulus. The power players strive to understand muscle mechanics, and when they succeed, they perform better. You can be a non-scientist and still learn about complex metabolic processes.

You are an athlete by design. Your endocrine system begs to be understood. Your brain craves the heightened experience of competitive athletic activity. If you train and adapt, you will survive. Science is on your side. If you slack, you will bend to grim statistics.

Become a realist. If you can, two can. Engage a buddy. The fervor we create indicates real competition. You are your team. You take flight when you invest in becoming your own best friend.

Test your mental waters. Give a speech. Talk to a stranger. Go skiing on the live-or-die hill. Stimulate the animal switchboard in your communications uplink. Your croc brain actively responds with feedback to drown out fear even before your mammalian brain has a chance to find the correct words. Taking even the smallest of chances tests your performance. Physical and mental training tame the internal and external forces that impact your behavior before your cerebral cortex can download a response.

Keep training simple. It’s faster and more efficient when exercise shows progress. Less is more. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes will tell you that skills trump strength. That means we must train both mind and body. Train for the game.

Are you motivated to pursue your life’s goals? Are you tactical about the path? Do you train for the outcome you envision? The point is the “training culture” is preparation for mind and body. It’s a living hell to separate the two. You are a complete physiological machine. Train for the possibilities. Train fast. Train directly, Train for a reason.

There was a time when we believed that if we merely got outdoors and played we would get in shape. That was true. Then life happened. College, graduate school, relationships, work, kids, and other demands intervened, and our vision of a healthy life changed radically. Add late nights in front of a computer, moving to new locations, and the daily rigors of getting to work with 12 million other players, and we can see how things might begin to go awry. We are busy, stressed, and becoming older in a young work world. There is a horrible vision in our heads of quickly becoming a version of Homer Simpson on a couch with a remote control. What kind of a path is that for a stable career person with kids and a mortgage? It just doesn’t work.

Physical abilities are the gift of any living creature. We exist to develop a functional level of conditioning for any person who is willing to put their skills to highest and best use.

Here are 3 activities you can use to activate your brain and get moving better:
1) Why do you train? Play the “5-Whys.” Have someone ask you. Keep the answers honest and straightforward. Simplicity is important. Get to a meaningful bottom line.
2) Do a morning 5-minute warm-up first thing – not a full exercise. Warm up your joints, move in every way you can imagine. At the end do push-ups or squats. If hip-mobility is difficult for you, then concentrate on the squats or a few plyometric jumps. Just move.
3) Hydrate – It’s a good habit to have. Start your morning off with eight ounces of water. Then get on with your day. Don’t forget to continue throughout the day.

The key to success is activation. Functional activities are the foundation for healthy habits. Pursue new and better behaviors.

If you liked this article and want more information please contact me at coach@danraabetraininig.com or call/text to (303) 880-4641. We focus on the 40’s + professional because it’s important to stay in motion, build a solid foundation for health, and hone the skills of self-control. Don’t look for a reason to train, Train for a Reason.

Performance Training: Business Innovators Podcast with Mike Saunders

I had an epiphany returning from living in Japan and working on my second Master’s degree from DU. My best shot at work is in helping people to better their immediate, and future lives.

It’s the focus that matters. Don’t find a reason to train, train for a reason.

My father had a heart attack at 59. He missed my graduation at The Art Center in Pasadena. It wasn’t a triumph for him. He didn’t take care of his health. He wasn’t looking forward. He had all the signs. Long before returning home, I realized that I might be going down the same path. Going to DU to compete for a sit-down, shut up, do as you are told job wasn’t bliss for me. A creative approach is my sweet spot. Having kids obviated a better path. I will be the best dad I can be – get strong, stay alive, protect the future of my family.

I quit DU and embarked on a ten-year investigation into the dynamics of proactive physical prowess, mental strength, and a tactical approach to life and business.

Mike Saunders agrees: Success leaves clues. It presents an opportunity to apply a proven system to test results.

Dan continues: I changed my path four years ago. I couldn’t train everybody. I closed my gym catering to fitness and martial arts. What came to pass is possible if you have a huge crew of people – I wanted to help a specific group. After interviewing my peer group, I understood that “Train for a Reason” means people will train if the atmosphere is efficient, safe, and fun. And they can make friends. The key point there is time. People would exercise if someone understood their needs and could get them in and out of the gym quickly.

I’ve witnessed the frustration with inefficiency in the gym. As a businessman, I relate to the importance of creating a program that is efficient and equates to a very high level of athletic ability while being portable and direct. It’s also cool that I can train anywhere.

Mike Saunders relates to the power of routine in a society that has acclimated to bigger, better, faster, and easier.

Dan shares that even three times a week, exercise done correctly and on an order (that matters), creates measurable results.

Dan shares that with online tools he dedicates himself to being accessible, for off-floor video coaching or in-person at his gym, he prides himself on caring about his clients through support, because that’s what influences long-term commitment. For those who want to do more, he offers programs that cater to challenge the athletically committed.

Mike Saunders also distinguishes between those who go to the gym without results and those who receive physical and mental improvement.

New clients arrive for an initial introduction understandably nervous about how they are about to be measured. They leave proud of themselves for how they feel and what they accomplished from a program which is different from the status quo.

I have a colorful way to understand the motivation to train beyond the superficial. You appreciate the real reason why you train, the bottom line, and the reason why you’ll sustain a challenge to your limits to feel better and empowered.

Modern training walks away from the myths. Simple training done very well works the best. The better you do the movement, the more you get out of it. Training is a process, which means you build your skill. Consistency is the key to success -it works well in performance, just as it impacts your business.

To hear more about the support that Dan makes available through coaching and training busy professionals, and the key to scheduling and committing to a better you, listen to the short 18-minute podcast at:



Tactics in strength training implies your approach has science. You strengthen all areas of your physiology with a plan. When you execute on that plan you experience a valuable win. Your brain, muscles, nervous system, and inner biology enjoy the efforts you invest. You are clear on your “why” to train. And your investment in the gym is paying off.

Is this you, or the you that will come when you find the right time and place to train? Here are the three tactical concepts in a productive training program.

  • Learn the skills.
  • Be dynamic with your priorities
  • Put consistent action behind your goals

The skills come from the world of action. In our experience a broad training with a good range of modalities works very well. It is important to remember that strength training is more than getting fit. You are developing functional strength. You are learning to move well. You are becoming an athlete in the broadest physical sense. The skills of physical training are tools that can assist you in a wide range of life tasks.

Avoid a major pitfall of the busy person. Schedule your training. Pick your top tasks for any given day and include training three times a week. If you are an insatiable gym goer it’s time to rethink your goals. If you are forty and above working with greater efficacy is better than working more. Invest time in your life. Invest time in recovery. Learn to work simple. Work fast. And work hard.

Going to the gym once a week is fruitless. It’s tantamount to failure and you will quit sooner than later. Begin with your “why.” Why do you train? Clarity will go further than hope. Then set a goal. Make it aggressive but achievable. And go to work. Be consistent. Pick a time that works. Collate your equipment. Be a little Spartan about it. Get hydrated. Mix your recovery drink. And go. Once you begin your warm up, any residual head trash you carry around with you will disappear.

We all need guidance and a push to get training programmed into our lives. I did at first. It took a few months of committed behavior to get the tactics in strength training to feel normal. But I had a goal. I’m a coach. I have a gym. I must be a product of the product. There is no way to duck out of the process. I hired myself. You must do the same. Hire yourself to fulfill your goal.

Tactical strength training is an incremental process. There must be process or the training won’t work. And if it works, who gets the bragging rights? And who cashes in on the bigger rewards of health and brain function?

Your coach is your guide. Our process includes building the person, the tactics in strength, and the physical development. You may not be an athlete. You do want to roll back your athletic years. That includes good motor function in your muscles. It means flexibility in your joints. And a healthy dose of youthful brain function.

That’s tactics in strength training.