Quote For The Week

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“There are three types of baseball players: Those who  make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.”  – Tommy Lasorda 

Play Ball

Baseball is a national pastime. If there is anyone out there who hasn’t spent a balmy summer evening up in the stands, with a hot dog covered in ketchup, pickle relish, and onions (that’s how I roll) and a cold beer rooting for their hometown team – well, you are missing out and I highly recommend trying it. But seriously, whose rock have you been under?

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Fitness Inspiration

So why is the quote above one of my favorites of all time? Here we are 10 weeks into the new year and already for some, those new year fitness resolutions have taken to the bench. (Pun intended)

For one reason or another they’ve already gotten pushed to the back burner and forgotton. How soon we forget.

Why?

To take Mr. Lasorda’s perspective, “those who make it happen.” In this case, working out even when you don’t feel like it. Telling the gang at happy hour your sitting this one out so you can meet with that kick-ass trainer you met. Or simply forcing yourself up off the sofa to go for that walk. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator. You get the picture?

And then there’s those who watch.

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Bottom of the 9th

I’ve always admired baseball players. They’ve always seemed fast, flexible, calm & calculating – then the mad dash sliding into home plate. Booyah. Baseball is one of those sports that requires sports specific capabilities. Capabilities such as sprinting and hand-eye coordination. As well, baseball players need to posses excellent physical stamina and agility.

This summer I hope you get the chance to watch a few games. Live and in person. In the meantime, don’t sit around with the shoulda, coulda, woulda club. Get up, get active, get moving.

You don’t need to train for the first-year player draft. Just a stronger, healthier version of yourself.

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2018 Habits

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”  – Aristotle 

His resume reads most impressive. A student of Platos Academy, Aristotle went on to open his own school, the Lyceum, and eventually wrote 200+ works on a range of topics, including ethics, reasoning, and science – just to name a few.

Excellence

A habit is described as: …a regular practice, especially one that is hard to give up.”  Here we are at the very beginning of the new year. There are no more parties to attend, or gatherings to cook for. No more trips with overcrowded airports, or shopping and stores full of people. In other words – no more excuses.

To be totally honest, making regular exercise a part of day to day living is no more difficult than any other habit we repeatedly do. But as you’ll see this isn’t a “5 Ways to Make Exercise a Habit” type of read.

Habit

Professionally, we strive to develop and keep good habits. Employers and bosses aim to recognize and promote (hopefully) those employees who show good work habits. Habits like, being ontime, taking initiative, and having good productivity. At one point, our wise philosopher Aristotle coached and taught Alexander the Great.

Hashtag conquer.

The well known athletic company Nike uses an advertising slogan that is pure genius. It is action phrase, and makes you want to take action. Like buy a pair of shoes kind of action. After all, Nike was the winged greek godess of victory and speed.

Habit

As personal trainers, we try to encourage people to take action and exercise more every day. A habit. Imagine, if every time we heard an excuse, or a reason, as to why a person can’t meet for a session or do an exercise, we used Nike’s catch phrase.

Get Moving

It’s time to start forming the habit.

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Monday Motivation

Patience

“Patience is bitter; but its fruit is sweet”  – The Greek philosopher Aristotle

As a writer, philosopher, and educator, Aristotle was a man of many hats. His “gym” The Lyceum, functioned not only as a military training ground, but an institution of higher learning. After all, the ancient greek society believed strongly that a fit body represented a fit mind.

No matter what your goals are, results take time. In an age of instant everything, reminding ourselves of this can become a bit of a challenge. Yes, conveinence and ease are great. When we want directions we just pick up our mobile device. Heck – we don’t even need to type the address in – we just speak into the mic.

A Harvard Magazine article entitled “The Power of Patience,” disusses the “essentials of teaching and learning,” a professor states, “Every external pressure, social and technological, is pushing students in the other direction, toward immediacy, rapidity, and spontaneity. Lately I’ve noticed articles listing “3 minute read” at the beginning. We all scan, skim, and scroll with a quickness looking for that immediate “takeaway.”

Yep, technology is great no doubt about that. I grew up in an era before cellphones became commonplace. We had a house phone with a cord that stretched for days, and because my big sister got good the grades, she was allowed her own line. We shared phone time and had to wait our turn. Looking back on life then, the sense of the immediate and rapid was different.

Hold up

In just a few weeks, new resolutions will be made and gym memberships will spike. Statistics show that within just a few weeks attendance begins to drop. Why? The short answer; People want what they want when they want it, and if they don’t see immediate results they toss in the towel and call it a day.

Patience

“Never throw in the towel, use it to wipe the sweat off your face”

To be sure, the frustration is real. Then again, it doesn’t help to have 30 minute workouts promising to get you ripped in 6 weeks, either. Fitness and exercise is ongoing and continuous – a lifestyle. A great deal of energy is spent on the motivational aspect – as should be. Motivation plays a huge part, right up there with commitment and perserverance.

I remember working the opening shift at a health club. If the front doors were not open precisely at 5am we heard it, believe me. This was a different kind of impatience though, and I could understand, relate. Whatever their motivations, they just wanted to workout something fierce – get ‘er done. Most of these early-bird members would bring there work clothes in garment bags. I too prefer an early morning workout. My day starts out full of energy, my head is clear, and there is no chance that after a hard day, I skip a workout because I’m  too tired.

Goal oriented

Patience is a virtue and we could all work on having more of it. As our wise teacher above said, “the fruit is sweet.”

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Monday Mojo

MondayMonday isn’t typically a day we look forward to with elation, as say, a saturday. We do not normally sleep in on monday nor take day trips, or have brunch with friends. We do however, look at a monday as the beginning of a weeks worth of goals and appointments that need to be met with places to go and people to see.

Back in the day

Way back when I rented my very first apartment – an incredibly small studio with no air conditioning – I had a neighbor who played a lot of bingo. She always brought along her lucky charms, one of which was a frog. I’ll jump right to my point. You see she won. She always won. I quickly realized, who was I to judge her frog?

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” – Seneca

Fit Spell

During a workout an idea came to me to start a site. What would I call it and what would I write about? I didn’t exactly know but I did start it, and three and a half years later I’m still plugging away looking for new ways to show why regular exercise is a good thing and helps us function better. I think of the barbell as my lucky charm.

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We all need something.

Action comes before motivation

Instead of looking at exercise as a stress reliever, think of it as preventative maintenance. Monday is the perfect day to workout. To get you’re pump on and start the marathon week off with energy. Successful people tend to believe that action comes before motivation. Why? In this case, there is laying around looking for the motivation to lose the weight or build the muscle, and actually getting up and making the effort. Is it always easy? No. Even those of us who really enjoy working out have our off days. However, 9 times out of 10 once we get going we’re glad we did. A renewed sense of optimism and strength takes over.

The beginning to our week should start with preparation and a clear head. So, what’s stopping you?

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