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DON’T LET EM QUIT!

Posted: June 18, 2019

“But I don’t want to go.” If you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard this a time or two. Given loud enough, and with enough frequency, even the toughest parent can begin to waiver. Truth be told, we’ve said those words ourselves a time or two.

It’s easy to quit. Especially these days. Kids are so busy, with so many activities, that sometimes they just get tired. Likewise, parents are often glad for the break when seasons end, or even when a child stops an activity. But the real secret to success in youth sports is that the season never really ends.

Parents with kids on traveling teams understand this. They’ve made a commitment to it. For these kids, their skills continue to grow. They get to test themselves against other kids just as interested. It’s no surprise that these will be the go-to kids when they hit the varsity level.


QUICK WORKOUTS CAN BE VERY EFFECTIVE

Posted: June 03, 2019

We’ve passed the halfway point in Biggest Loser “20” and I have to say, it’s been pretty interesting. Our leader, Christy Henry, has lost an amazing 32.8 lbs, and she’s done it in just seven weeks. Another has lost about 25 lbs, and we have several who have lost around 15 lbs.

I’ve really tried to mix things up with this group. They’ve done a couple of tough new kickboxing workouts, with weights, ropes and other exercises mixed in. They’ve done a workout in the park where they also ran there and back. Last week, they even took on a hill run, up and down the overhead bridge (by the football field), complete with battle ropes at the bottom!

But during each Biggest Loser, I like to introduce a concept called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Always a tough workout, HIIT keeps making a comeback in fitness circles because it allows you to burn a lot of calories in a fairly short amount of time.


CHANGE YOUR THINKING

Posted: April 05, 2019

I heard something the other day that was simple but profound at the same time. It went something like this: You won’t make different choices until you change your thinking.

The idea is that even if you want to change, you won’t really do it unless something else changes, at a deeper level. You have to change your thinking too.

This got me thinking about many of the people I meet. Most are wanting to improve their lives in some way. Here’s a short list of some of the changes people are trying to make, that quickly ran through my mind.


Just Go For It

Posted: January 12, 2018

Change isn’t always comfortable. It involves risks. To reach new levels, it takes work and preparation, but sometimes, you just have to go for it. 

For years, I’ve been going to Las Vegas every Spring for a National Taekwondo tournament. One time we took the kids with us and were walking near our hotel, when we found an “M & M” outlet store with a 3-Story Climbing wall inside!

To climb the Matterhorn shaped wall, you harnessed up on the bottom floor and took one of several paths up the mountain, using the hand holds. An “M & M” employee would stand below and hold the rope that controlled your harness from a pulley up on top. 


Just Go For It

Posted: January 12, 2018

Change isn’t always comfortable. It involves risks. To reach new levels, it takes work and preparation, but sometimes, you just have to go for it. 

For years, I’ve been going to Las Vegas every Spring for a National Taekwondo tournament. One time we took the kids with us and were walking near our hotel, when we found an “M & M” outlet store with a 3-Story Climbing wall inside!

To climb the Matterhorn shaped wall, you harnessed up on the bottom floor and took one of several paths up the mountain, using the hand holds. An “M & M” employee would stand below and hold the rope that controlled your harness from a pulley up on top. 


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