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Challenge Yourself

19 Mar

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” – Unknown

What will you do differently today?  What’s your plan of action?  Will you purposefully try to improve upon yesterday, or just go through the motions?  What will you do to make you better?

Do something differently today or, chances are, it will be the same as yesterday.

Wake up 5 minutes earlier than usual.  Extend your day.

Add a few pounds to your usual weight, for each exercise you perform.

Do an additional repetition, for each set.

Reduce your rest interval, between sets, by a few seconds.

Try a new exercise or drill.

Run one more sprint at the end of your workout.

Do one more repetition of your agility drill.

Do another minute on the treadmill or elliptical.

Shoot one more layup. Or free-throw. Or jump shot.

Do one more set of ball-handling drills with your “off” hand.

Read something that will help you take a step toward your goal(s).

Consult with someone who has experience and expertise in an area in which you want to improve.

Go online and find an informational article, blog, or webinar.

Learn something new today.

And, when you wake up tomorrow, do it all again.

Carpe Diem!

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Your thoughts?

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Compete Every Day

29 Apr

be-the-best-version-of-you[1]“It isn’t hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day.” – Willie Mays

Don’t worry about being better than “the other guy.”  Compete against you, every day.  Be the best version of you that you can possibly be!

Challenge yourself in the classroom.  Be the best student you can be.

Challenge yourself at work.  Be the best boss, supervisor, co-worker, or customer you can be.

Challenge yourself in the weight room.  Be better today than you were yesterday.

Challenge yourself in the gym or on the field, at practices and games.  Be the best athlete or teammate you can be.

Challenge yourself at home.  Be the best dad, mom, son, or daughter you can be.

Challenge yourself in life.  Be a leader.  Be the best person you can be.

“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” – Steve Young

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

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Make Things More Challenging

2 Nov

As a boy, Stephen Curry played basketball in his grandfather’s gravel driveway, as did his father, Dell.

“If you can dribble and control the ball off that gravel,” Curry says, “you’ll be all right on hardwood.”

Even now when Curry trains, he adds elements that make the game harder, so when he’s in that moment of competition in a real game, it should be easier.

Here are some examples of basketball drills with an added degree of difficulty:

  • Ball handling and shooting with an over-sized basketball
  • Ball handling with a weighted basketball
  • Ball handling with two basketballs
  • Over-speed ball handling
  • Ball handling with “blinders”
  • Shooting on a smaller (diameter) rim
  • Shooting with a quicker-than-normal release
  • Ball handling and defensive footwork drills with banded resistance

This strategy lends itself to other sports, as well.

Hockey and soccer players can practice shooting into smaller nets.  They can also practice puck/ball handling with a variety of obstacles, including banded resistance.

Baseball players can take batting practice from a shorter than regulation distance, while maintaining pitch velocity.  Also, batting practice from close range with golf ball-sized wiffle balls and/or a thunderstick (practice bat with a handle-sized barrel diameter) is a great way to improve hand-eye coordination.  Fielding practice gloves — which are flat like pancakes and don’t “close” — can accelerate the development of proper, sure-handed fielding.

Improve your game by adding a degree of difficulty to your practice drills.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

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One Day at a Time (Today is the Day)

16 Jan

Haleakala-Sunrise[1]What do you want to accomplish?  What are your dreams; your goals; your aspirations?

You can’t do anything with yesterday.  It’s gone.

You can’t do anything with tomorrow.  It’s not here yet. (although today’s choices can impact tomorrow)

Today’s the day.  Today, it is within your power to work toward your objectives.  Today, you can do something to move closer to your goals.  Today, you can take another step forward in pursuit of your dreams.

But you only have today…

Take it one day at a time.  Understand that you can’t “do” one week in a day.  Aim for incremental change.  Over time, the cumulative impact will be considerable.  Make today count.  Make today what it can be, to the best of your ability.

Be patient.  Today won’t be perfect.  You can’t control everything, but you must be committed to do your best to impact what is under your control.  Try not to allow outside influences to upset and distract you.

Be persistent.  Don’t give up.  Setbacks are inevitable — and often temporary, and can be used as valuable learning experiences.  Keep moving forward — over, around, and through.  Slow progress is better than no progress.

Be realistic.  We all have limitations.  Be honest with yourself and recognize the difference between “can’t” and “won’t.”

Challenge yourself.  If you’re doing something you already know you can do, you’re not really challenging yourself.  Push yourself.  Raise your personal “bar.”

Believe in yourself.  Have faith in the power of you.

What will you do with today?

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

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Challenge Yourself

20 Jun

mountain-climbing[1]“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” – Unknown

What will you do differently today?  What’s your plan of action?  Will you purposefully try to improve upon yesterday, or just go through the motions?  What will you do to make you better?

Do something differently today or, chances are, it will be the same as yesterday.

Wake up 5 minutes earlier than usual.  Extend your day.

Add a few pounds to your usual weight, for each exercise you perform.

Do an additional repetition, for each set.

Reduce your rest interval, between sets, by a few seconds.

Try a new exercise or drill.

Run one more sprint at the end of your workout.

Do one more repetition of your agility drill.

Do another minute on the treadmill or elliptical.

Shoot one more layup. Or free-throw. Or jump shot.

Do one more set of ball-handling drills with your “off” hand.

Read something that will help you take a step toward your goal(s).

Consult with someone who has experience and expertise in an area in which you want to improve.

Go online and find an informational article, blog, or webinar.

Learn something new today.

And, when you wake up tomorrow, do it all again.

Carpe Diem!

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Your thoughts?

Summer Fitness Made Easy

26 Jun

0803-summer-fitness_vg[1]Summer is a great time of year (the best, in my opinion), because it’s easy to improve your fitness without making wholesale changes to your routine.  Here are some tips for an active, healthy  — and fit — summer:

  • Get outside.  Walk. Run. Bike. Hike. Enjoy the warm weather. When it gets too hot, take advantage of the early morning and evening hours, when temperatures are more reasonable.
  • Be efficient in the gym. Get in; get your work done; get out.
  • Sleep in on the weekend. It can be difficult to get 7-8 hours every night during the week. Use the weekend to get a full, restorative night of sleep.
  • Eliminate excuses. Can’t get to the gym? Workout at home. Don’t have a lot of time? 10 minutes of concentrated activity is better than none at all.
  • Try a warm weather activity. Find something you enjoy and do more of it while the weather allows.
  • Workout with a friend. You’re more likely to stay on task with a partner.
  • Make more stops at roadside stands for fresh fruits and delicious summer vegetables.
  • Try a new stretch. Use a stretch band (rope or towel) to gently assist in pulling a muscle a little farther than your body would ordinarily allow.
  • Challenge yourself. Gradually and progressively increase the intensity of your workout — weight, reps, sets, reduced rest intervals, etc.
  • Set goals. A combination of short- and long-term goals is important to your success. An end-of-summer (or mid-summer) goal sets your motivation in motion and helps define direction and purpose.
  • Create a summer playlist. A new playlist can boost your motivation when you’re starting a new exercise routine. Keeping your music fresh can help keep your training fun.
  • Beat the heat. Stay hydrated, take frequent water breaks, and avoid midday workouts.
  • Pack a jump rope for your summer vacation.
  • Don’t overdo it. Take some time to recover and regenerate.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Your thoughts?

Compete Every Day

1 Apr

be-the-best-version-of-you[1]“It isn’t hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day.” – Willie Mays

Don’t worry about being better than “the other guy.”  Compete against you, every day.  Be the best version of you that you can possibly be!

Challenge yourself in the classroom.  Be the best student you can be.

Challenge yourself at work.  Be the best boss, supervisor, co-worker, or customer you can be.

Challenge yourself in the weight room.  Be better today than you were yesterday.

Challenge yourself in the gym or on the field, at practices and games.  Be the best athlete or teammate you can be.

Challenge yourself in life.  Be a leader.  Be the best person you can be.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Your thoughts?

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