Over the many years of training and Ironman racing, I realized that I have taken a different approach to Ironman training but I also believe that experience does wonders for the mind, the body and the soul. 

Over many years of Ironman Triathlon Racing and Training, I have a different approach. I am very “Zen” with my ideas: coaching, and training. I am on an Ironman Zen Journey. I call it “IronZen.” (Thank you Rick!)

According to Webster Dictionary, Zen is a Japanese form of Buddhism that emphasizes meditation. Another definition from Urban Dictionary (if you call that a definition) states  “A total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind.”

Today let me give you my “Rulon Rules” to a Pull-Up. Pull-ups, especially strict pull-ups, are for a lot of people extremely difficult. Pull-ups are a FANTASTIC upper body workout, and we need that heading into the triathlon season for our swims!

What muscles do pull-ups work? We got a lot here:

  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Trapezius (lower and middle)
  • Rhomboids
  • Posterior Deltoid
  • Teres Major
  • Pectorals Major/Minor
  • Biceps brachii
  • Brachialis
  • Brachioradialis
  • Wrist and Hand Muscles

In today’s vlog, I don’t talk about swimming, cycling, running or lifting. I chat with you all about learning how to “Creating YOUR Mindset.” I had a dear entrepreneur/friend talk about “Mindset” and I wanted to share it with you! Thanks, Rick Martinez for always providing knowledge!

You need to really listen to this one. Trust me on this. Learn to get in touch with YOUR MIND before each and every workout, it will make your race, so much easier!

Today, let me give you my “Rulon Rules” to a Deadlift. Deadlifts are a fantastic overall workout, IF done correctly. I am a big fan of Romanian Deadlifts (RDL), but some athletes have a hard time doing the RDL’s due to tight hamstrings.

What muscles do deadlifts work? Boy, what muscles do they NOT work? Here you go:

  • Trapezius Muscle
  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Gluteus Maximus
  • Hamstrings
  • Quadriceps (All 4 muscles)
  • Erector spinae – Stabilizers of the lower back
  • Rectus Abdominis
  • Obliques