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 though.

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Fitness Inspiration

So why is the above one of my favorite quotes 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 (commitments, pure laziness) they’ve already gotten pushed to the back burner and forgotton. 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 a kick-ass trainer. Getting up off the sofa and going for that walk. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator. You get the picture.

And then those “who wonder.” “If I had only….” 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 and flexible. Calm, calculating – then the mad dash sliding into home plate. Booyah. Baseball is one of those sports that requires sports specific capabilities, like sprinting and hand-eye coordination. As well, baseball players need 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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Tuesday Tip

Mind & Body


“Every flower must grow through dirt”

Mind


One of my all time favorites, this quote is a profound statement about growth and flourishing into something great, despite obstacles. Often times the “dirt” in life can mire us down, seemingly forever clogging our minds and blocking our path.

Free your mind

Mind

When it comes to feeling good, few things can beat the feeling after a really good workout session. Once those endorphins kick in – not even retail therapy stands a chance

Not long ago, I had a manager at a job I did not particularly like, look at my gym bag one day and say, “people who workout are smarter.” While I definetly do not consider myself remotely in the league of Einstein, I do not disagree with my former managers statement either. For one thing, people who regularly exercise are happier.

“Make fitness fun” 

As with anything in life, it is all what you make it. Easier said than done I realize, believe you me – I know. We cannot change that frustrating co-worker or “boss from hell”, but we can change our outlooks and how we deal and what we make of the situation. After all, nothing is permenant.

From seasoned fitness gurus to weekend warriors the goal is growth any which way we can, right? We have our eye on the prize and nothing is going to stop us.

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“I’m not mad at you, I’m mad at the dirt” 

A classic line from a campy movie, the point here I think, is well made. And while the main character of the film most definetly had her issues, she did try channeling them at one point into cleaning house. Exercise is a bonafide, almost garaunteed  way to channel through all that…muck. Dirt. Whatever it may be.

Mind

I don’t do windows. I do pushups.


 

 

3 Expert Ways to Make Exercise a Priority

Mind & Body

Ask any personal trainer, or dedicated gym buddy their opinion after a no call- no show, then hearing later, “I’ve just been so busy.”

Insert ironic selfie.

B.C. 

Back in the day, Before Cellphones, we might have bought that line. However, with the advent of modern technology, and this little thing called social media that helps us stay “connected,” we now see right through that little half-truth. You were busy alright. We saw you post that pic of the empty shot glass #Happyhour and then check-in at Dennys the next day. You also checked-in at the Apple Store with the caption, “Baller Status” – evidently your not as broke as you say you are. But I digress.

Priority

Why the sarcastic tone you may ask? Let’s start with the clinical approach:

pri•or•i•ty

noun

  • a thing that is regarded as more important than another.

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Indeed we make time for those things we find important everyday. We need fellowship, fun time, and most definetly we like our gadgets. That was my conciliatory, more understanding side.

3 Expert Ways to Make Exercise a Priority

Priority

1. Stop thinking of exercise as a task

I enjoy working out. So much so, I’ve decided to pursue a career devoted solely to helping show others how to enjoy it as well.

Exercise builds stamina, strength, and confidence. Workout classes and gyms are communities.There is strength in numbers. And unlike a hostile work environment, people in health clubs & gyms actually try and motivate each other.

2. Decide on a schedule (and stick to it)

If you’ve mastered number one, then this shouldn’t be that hard. There are 168 hours in a week. You can make 3 of those exercise time.

3. Think of exercise as an investment in yourself

We make an investment expecting a big return. Or at the very least, a nice, steady return.

Priority

Be that blue chip-stock. Learn to enjoy the rewards. No, “reward system” did not make the top 3. You don’t get “I kept my commitment so now I get to eat the cupcake.” That’s known as a cheat meal, and there’s a whole other article coming about just that, soon. Rewards systems, like cupcakes, do not foster genuine satisfaction. Lean, solid muscle does.

The reward should be the satisfaction you will get from investing time and energy into your health and longevity. The pump you get after pushing yourself really hard.

Prioritize.

 

5 Way’s to Make Workouts More Effective

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Put the phone away

We’ve all done it. Checked in, checked updates, checked emails. How can you truly have an effective workout if your on your phone hashtaging beastmode?

Focus, Jedi. It can be difficult tuning the world out for an hour to an hour and a half. But once you do, it’s great.

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EffectiveStay the course

Would we set out on a road trip with no map, no GPS, and no destination in mind? Perhaps, if you have the time and truly like to live on the edge. Having a clear idea of what your goals are and envisioning the end results will help give your sessions that extra intensity.

synonym: strength, power, potency, force

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Check Your Ego At the Door

A little competition can go a long way. Watching someone walk in and warm up with the dumbbells you just finished your last set with can motivating. It is for me. #BuildYourself. But strutting around like a boss and stack slamming doesn’t earn you cool points. It only annoys others and will get you some very stern looks from the management concerned about the equipment. Wanna be like a real superhero? Learn how to laser focus .

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Get Creative

I once knew this guy who had what he called, “One set of crazy.” Having a plan is crucial. “Leg Day” “Arm Day – All Day,” etc. etc., but think outside the box. I constantly encourage people to color outside the lines. Every once in awhile you just have to do what you need to do. If someone asks you if you normally do squats on back day, just smile and tell them no.

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Birds of a Feather

Fly by night workout partners and weekend warrior types won’t cut it. Determination does. In addition to that inner fire, that motivation, it never hurts to enlist the help of those that know what it takes to be pushed.

The Takeaway

Perhaps it’s an upcoming and much needed vaca, a bridesmaids dress, or maybe you just want to look and feel great. Working out is not a chore, but something to look forward to.

Make it count.

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