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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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.

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I don’t do windows. I do pushups.


 

 

5 Way’s to Make Workouts More Effective

Fitness & Exercise

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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.

2. 

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.

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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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