“Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods.”
People who know me may think the title of this post is a little funny, seeing as I’m not married. However, I would say the rest of my relationships are all pretty solid. And, as I have grown, I have learned a lot about how to strengthen relationships. I have talked about this with a few close friends and have really dialed in a few points I think are helpful to consider. Continue Reading
Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and World Champion, James Puopolo is doing work with a racked carry on the balance beam! High level stuff.
“The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man. “
One of the ways I have been helping people move better is by using the balance beam. Now, let me start by saying that the balance beam is not the be all end all. It is just a useful tool. And, it is an easy way to help people start improving their motor control (upgrading their software). And, people seem to really like it, because it is different than what they are used to doing in a fitness setting. Most adults haven’t been on a balance beam in decades, so it is a fun challenge and something they can quickly improve on. And, added stability leads to improved performance. All people can benefit from moving better.
Me getting some balance beam work in
When I attended the Functional Movement Systems training, I was blown away by one of the stats I heard. Half of the people (that’s right 50%) 75 years or older die within 6 months of falling. Now, there are various theories on why that is. But to me, the startling part of the statistic is that falling is essentially a death sentence for elderly people. Continue Reading
“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. “
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have been lucky to be surrounded by a ton of knowledgeable people, and I am learning so fast I struggle to keep up. When I first started narrowing my focus on improving performance and training methods, I was turned on to something called the joint-by-joint approach that was created, as far as I can tell, by Mike Boyle and Gray Cook, two guys I have also mentioned earlier. This idea has made a ton of difference in how I understand training and improved athletic performance. Let me do my best to explain the importance. Continue Reading
“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.”
Even though I allowed myself to get really overweight, I have always been interested in the idea of improving human performance. As a high school basketball coach for nearly a decade, I was almost obsessed with finding the best, most efficient ways to help others improve. Every time we would have tangible success, I would note the methods used to improve, and then would try to improve on other areas, or find new strategies, better than the current procedures.
Over the past year, I have been focusing my attention and time on one question, “How do we improve the athletic performance of individuals?” Now, initially, the question was more centered on weight loss, and overall fitness, but as my research expanded, I started to consider how we become better athletes. Maybe people will say, “I’m not in high school or college anymore, why does it matter if I can become more athletic?” At first this seems like a valid point. However, when you consider that 50% of people 75+ years old die within 6 months of falling, you begin to realize, we ALL must focus on moving better. Continue Reading
As a teacher, one of the tough parts of improving your fitness is eating the right things at work. Unlike many other jobs, teaching causes you to be stuck in one spot for the majority of your day. Your schedule is not your own, and you are constrained to the bell schedule. This can make it difficult to eat right. And, since we know that what you eat is at least 80% of your body composition, this poses a big problem. Most of the time, what I, and my teaching friends, have done is stock our desks with convenient snacks that are already pre-packaged and easy. We make a Costco run and pick up some crackers, trail mix, etc. The problem with these snacks is they are loaded with empty calories, and because they are usually high in processed carbs, they will make us hungrier in a few hours. However, the fix is not that difficult. Here are three ways you can easily make your snacks more healthy. Continue Reading