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.


Dan has been coaching high-performance people for a decade. He has created a physical program for busy professionals that is safe, fast, and focused on the strength necessary to move very well. You cannot move unless you are strong, and until you are strong cannot move. If you have the determination to train, train for a reason.