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‘Tis the Season, Happy Freak’n Holidays


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Sometimes when the deck is stacked against us, life is rapid-firing lemons and we don’t even have a glass to hold any water much less determine whether its half full or half empty, it helps to just laugh a little in the face of impending doom.

‘Office Christmas Party’ (Trailer 2)

Like a circuit breaker, humor can clear the mind, reset the emotional hour glass and after a momentary rinse we can refocus our attention to what is most important. Referred to as the Stroop Effect, the brain gets challenged through conflicting information, getting interference with completion of a task caused by one area of the brain dominating and inhibiting the response of other areas. In order to have the ability to focus & refocus when it counts most, we must practice it time and time again under the progressive and systematic duress that training provides. Box breathing (4-count inhale, hold for a 4-count, 4-count exhale & hold for a 4-count) is a simple yet highly effective tool to utilize to control the HR thus reducing the heightened psychomotor state. This should first be practiced completely relaxed, namely before and after training. As athletes develop a good practice of this over weeks and months time, it should then be integrated into simple exercises such as Dead Bugs, Pull Ups and Staggered Squats. In particular, exercises that have a high RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) because they expose us to inflexibilities, instabilities and ineffective movement quality which are at a greater risk to being performed poorly.

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Slowing down, steadying these exercises will drive a greater level of focus and specificity into a mind-movement connection that will further push a greater carry-over effect into specific skill acquisition…just as ‘mathletes’ don’t sloppily throw around calculus, geometric & algebraic numbers but rather painstakingly fine-tune for accurate solutions…just as musicians are in a perpetual state of chasing perfect pitch and tone. As the athletes gain mastery over this, further integrate into the rest protocols between bouts of high-speed efforts such as agility drills, suicides, tag games and such.

High level responses to this should progress to commercial resisted breathers, snorkels and straws. Over time as this becomes automatically-habitual, check to see the athletes’ responses within training, practice and games. Often times you will observe athletes who can maintain a higher level of ‘coachability’ as measured by positive reactions to higher levels of discomfort, abrasive coaching & teammates, bad plays, bad officiating calls and the weight of insurmountable pressures. As coaches, we should make conscious efforts to note and encourage humorous moments, things that culturally make the team laugh & giggle. During the scheduled moments in training that we foresee the inevitable “This SUCKS!” face, then strategically suggest that they employ their box breathing, encourage them to encourage each other and enhance your athletes’ ability to “Embrace-the-Suck” by getting them to pseudo-sadistically laugh within their our own misery.

‘Office Christmas Party’ (Trailer 1)

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Is Your Team Suffering From Performance Scurvy?


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Lack of “Vitamin C” is the leading cause of poor performances and disappointment

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Scurvy is a disease resulting from a lack of Vitamin C.  Early onset symptoms include weakness, feeling tired and sore arms & legs.  Without treatment  it lends to low red blood cell count (reducing the oxygen carrying capacity to the muscles), gum disease and bleeding from the skin.  As scurvy worsens, it leads to poor wound healing, personality changes and finally death from infection or bleeding [Scurvy – Wikipedia].

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In this day and age of high-speed information sharing, we are not lacking in training smarter.  Also, any athlete with a half amount of common personal decency and its accompanied pride can turn their cap backwards, roll up their sleeves and work harder on occasion.  But what most are lacking is Vitamin C and not the dietary L-Ascorbic Acid most often found in dark-leafy greens, citrus fruits and yellow bell peppers.  But rather, i’m referring to “C” for consistency.  Every immature athlete thinks that there is a magic pill, a super supplement or piece of high technology that will hand them their goals and aspirations on a silver platter.  Then…it never fails that there’s a deflating of the balloon like 6 year olds’ letdowns when they open their birthday presents and see socks.  This same emotional decompression occurs when people realize exactly what it’ll take to be successful.  A consistent, systematic approach is the solid foundation for all sustainable and reliable achievement.  Consistency builds discipline, discipline forges grit and grit is at the core of gameness.  Nowadays this term is most often a descriptive trait of fighting dogs and roosters that are selectively bred and conditioned from to nurture its eagerness despite the threat of substantive injury.  Fighting animals displaying this trait can also be described as persevering, ready & willing, spirited, tenacious and high-motor.

In the hierarchy of performance training the 1st steps are “Education & Reeducation” of a comprehensive movement vocabulary, building blocks.  These then need to be pushed into “Integration” like the primary colors on a pallet that are mixed and swirled together to create new blended movements.

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The final piece involves taking the basics what we’ve taught into automatic habits which are further challenged to ingrain “Replication”.  Being able to accurately reproduce what we’ve demonstrated once are the roots for reliability, which is the most sought-after ability for a teammate to develop.  Most people herald acts of bravado and heroism as something bigger and badder than they themselves could ever be.  But the irony exists in that heroism lives within the smallest of simple acts that can be done day to day.  For every glory that came with a game winning shot or throw or catch or kick or goal…there were unheralded teammates that, without fanfare, heroically did their jobs with reliability that was built with discipline of consistently accomplishing the smallest of acts.  So be sure to get your daily recommended dose of Vitamin C you:

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Leadership & Accountability


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Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Mentality

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Strong, effective leadership and its requisite responsibility to develop team accountability is never an easy road. Most do not posses the long term understanding of the cause & effect of even the simplest of day-to-day actions. Many do not have the level of EQ (Emotional Quotient) needed to feel the ebb & flow of momentum shifts which are fundamentally crucial to consistently winning at high levels. Few have the presence and command to demand change from the ones who they will ultimately, in turn, rely upon. Then and only then does all of that have to be gift wrapped into a bullet-proof package by someone who is willing to put themselves on the line by leading from the front, by leading by example.

The Insanity of Average vs Elite


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“Overview of How Variables Can Be Developed to Increase Resistance to Losing”

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“Average Andy vs Michael Phelps 50M Fly”

And check out more average athletes competing against another super-freak:

“100m Race: Usain Bolt vs James Corden & Owen Wilson”]

The depth and breadth of highly crafted skills which the best-in-class athletes achieve is beyond comprehension for the majority of us within the bulk of the bell-shaped curve.

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 The Captain Obvious moment is the superficial comparisons of what nature has provided each and every one of us.  When we initially evaluate potential, 1st and foremost we look at the “PRE” (Presence) category in our Pipeline Performance Standards.  More specifically i am referring to the Roman numeral I “Talent” category.

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It is not unheard of, but accomplishing hyper-high levels of athletic successes without the anthropometric measurements, the specific neuromuscular wiring, the range of muscle composition and dimensions becomes a giant barrier to overcome.  All 0f that must also be wrapped up and bow-tied with a helping sprinkle of genetic anomaly that lends to success in certain athletic endeavors that drive the athlete to the extremely far right such as the hyper-mobile joints like the ankles and knees in swimmers: hyper-mobile-ankles-feel-for-the-water

“Ankle Flexibility With Olympic Medalist Cassie Patten” (Feel for the Water)

…or disproportionate wingspans of Offensive Lineman:

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“Top 10 Best Offensive Lineman in NFL History”

…or the tree frog hand-spread in basketball:

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Again, the performance world has some exceptions to the rule, but the cards are stacked against those who do not have those attributes that distinctly contribute to successes.  BUT through comprehensive development, those proverbial shortcomings can either be buried underneath a myriad of other positive factors or shored up defensively so that they are no longer a weakness.  We’ve been in a world where most develop maybe one or two variables like strength or their motor.  It is only until recently that many are taking a look past the trees to see the forest to figure out the immense areas that could positively contribute to winning.  This approach increases the probabilities that the underdog will be in a better striking distance if and when the favorite slips and falters.  A small mistake here and a door is left open where opportunities can only be seized if you are in position to take a step through before it closes.  On the other end of the spectrum are the favorites whose variables are overly stacked for them.  They should be driven to develop as many weak links as possible so as to reduce the probability that they don’t allow lesser opponents a chance, a very small chance to steal a victory.  Those who know and those who are learning will utilize these tools to create championship cultures.  The rest will continue doing the exact same things without desired successes yet still expect different outcomes.  There’s a word that many use for that habit…

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“Coaching: The Art Peace & War”


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Developing Command of the Psychology of Discomfort

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As coaches, “If our plan is for one year, teach them WHAT to do. If our plan is for ten years, teach them HOW to do it. If our plan is for one hundred years, teach them WHY they’re doing it.” – Thanks William Bonney for sharing this little reminder for me that its ok to lose a battle here and there with our young athletes if our plan is to win the war. As Sun Tzu states in his eloquent treatise “Art of War”, this is only accomplished by winning the hearts and minds of those that you are engaged in battle with. (If this can’t be accomplished, the enemy must be “destrominated”, so demoralized that the enemy has zero thoughts of retribution. If this option does not exist, then warfare should be avoided). As coaches we often forget that the moment we introduce discomfort, we should be prepared for the battle that the athletes will have within themselves as they fight for self preservation and/or the displaced anger that they will unwillingly focus. The target of that hatred will undoubtedly be on the perceived source of the discomfort, which is us as the implementer of the protocol. We are “forcing” them to do what makes them uncomfortable. The best coaches develop and sharpen the coping mechanisms that the athlete will use under duress for high, positive effects. They inform the athletes WHAT to expect and more importantly HOW to utilize these tools to be successful in conditions that are designed to promote failure. The brilliance is in the most important, the WHYs. Because they know that it is the usage of the psychomotor weapons that they are forging that affords them the composure, grit and laser-focused mindset to be successful within the arenas and theaters. It is this high-level SDL (State Dependent Learning) that drives epigenetic changes towards elevating potential. The beauty of it all is the amount of inspiration that overflows to teammates and down on into the future generations that are watching and learning how they are supposed to do things, how they are supposed to act within the culture of the team.

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riph-raph & Misfits


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“Misconceptions of Performance Training, Strength & Conditioning”

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Shiver me timbers, to all you fellow riph-raph & misfits out there its Sept. 19th, so Happy “Talk-Like-A-Pirate-Day”! Dead men tell no tales, so there are so many misconceptions that exist in everything that we are not fluent in. Take this into all walks of our lives and recognize that we are all idiots in some form, shape and fashion…You may be a good athlete, but fine arts is an alien language…You maybe great in mathematics, but history eludes you…You may love sports, but you lack simple comprehension of politics because its either too confusing or you haven’t found a reason to care yet. Even within my chosen craft of Human Movement Sciences, it never ceases to amaze me when we fail to give a HS coach well deserved credit for proverbially making chicken salad out of chicken shit. But we rain down oodles of praise and worship for a S&C coach from a professional team or even prestigious university. Much more praise should be given to the professional at any level who can do more with less than the ones who did just enough working with high-performance super stars training in high-tech facilities. The spotlight will never shine on the performance coach that develops a 5.1 40yd dash guy into a respectable 4.7. Yet up high on the pedestal goes the s&c coach who walked an athlete into the door as a 4.4 guy, but also ushered them out as a 4.4 guy. When you’re working with such a small margin of error as the less-than-gifted are, details matter more. You can’t out strong everyone, you have to be smarter in your preparation. Your athletes may not be a race horses, but developing a higher level of reliability means that that 4.7 athletes will deliver that in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and overtime. Developing a higher level of sustainability means that instead of suffering from a traumatic, season ending injury, the athlete recovers well from a hamstring strain and is back on the court.  The original namesake of this profession as a strength & conditioning coach pushes the notion that effectiveness shall be measured by how much strength can we develop in our athletes and to what level of conditioning can we achieve.  We are thrust into the metrics game of evaluating and reevaluating numbers for prudence, an arms race escalates each and every day when we walk into the facility.  As goal-oriented and naturally bullheaded people, we push our goals and  aspirations onto the athletes.  Yet rarely do we remind ourselves that what we want may be either at best cost (time & energy) prohibitive to the athletes and God forbid at worst detrimental to what is most important to the athlete.  If their “efficient & effective specific skill(s) acquisition” was not the very first thing that came to mind, then their performances within their chosen arenas better be.  Weight room, record-board topping studs hold significantly less water if those numbers cannot translate to acquiring specific sport skills. When the training system develops a broader, more comprehensive movement vocabulary, then the athletes are bound less and less limited to do what the coaches are asking of them. This means that the athletes are gaining technical proficiency at a faster rate. Lastly, the systematic development of their psychomotor drive must be melted into, pressed in between and all throughout so that more composed and coachable athletes abound. In the highest circles of coaching, most will agree that most games are lost and not won. Lack of technique execution over here, a poor performance over there sprinkled with an under-duress, bone-headed decision here and there spread out over the entire roster of starters and the benefits of the philosophy of “reducing unforced errors” becomes blatantly clear. So with an ocean’s full of salt be wary of pirates’ tales of buried treasure. The unheralded knows that the best ship isn’t the prettiest one with the biggest sails, but rather the one with sturdiest hull. This is not to be confused with the flash-in-the-pan, once-in-a-while, occasionally good. We’re referencing the best-in-class, hall of famers and legends that have proven to be the most sea worthy as they were tried and proven true through every voyage through tumultuous seas. Now batten down the hatches you scurvy sea dogs!

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20 years ago, i began refining S3 “Sword & Soul Solutions” by intuitively putting together scientific and anecdotal evidence to support what i felt was the most efficient and effective means for accelerating (movement) skill acquisition.  Because this methodology was so far out of the scope of what was commonly practiced, i was once left with a fairly empty auditorium as the attendees laughed, scoffed and walked out within the first 10:min.  For the bulk of my career i was relegated to those who had to involuntarily train with me under the demands of their coaches and the few who sought to reap the benefits of this unorthodox S3 system.  The composition of the later can best be described with three more sub categories.  First, there are those who are at desperate means.  They are often at crossroads in their careers, taking steps up to the next level or in the midst of a free agent year and had to perform exceptionally well in order to put themselves at a better bargaining position for contract negotiations.  The second categorical group were the injured.  They are forced to do all that they can to regain the function of high speed in order to get back into the game.  The third categorical group is the under-achiever who has tried other methodologies, programs and systems to lesser avail and are driven to rise from past lack-lusters.

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Killer Cross-Overs & Craftsmanship


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Preparation drives Potential, Performance & Persistence.

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Wikipedia provides the definition as “A crossover dribble is a basketball maneuver in which a player dribbling the ball switches the ball rapidly from one hand to the other, to make a change in direction...The crossover can allow the player an open short jumper or a clear path to the basket.” [‘Crossover Dribble’ Wikipedia]

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Regardless of the choice of arena, the killer cross-over is a fighter’s mentality that is born in the craftsmanship of training that gets displayed in the heat of the moments.  Creating space between you and your competitors is a indomitable mindset that drives training, practice and finally in game-time.  Encouraging our athletes to understand the superficial and deeper meanings is paramount to elevating potential and over-achieving.  To greatly sustain successes, we must inherit the killer cross-over’s mindset of the perpetual interplay between

  1. Potential: significantly increasing the probability that we will be in position to take advantage of opportunities when they arise.
  2. Performance: effectively utilizing what we’ve built to create our own opportunities.
  3. Persistence: Developing a relentless, psychomotor drive combined with increased injury resistance.

Every variable that we improve in training, we create a better chance of taking advantage of the opportunities that present themselves under the hot lights.  Every variable that we improve in training, we perform better and we will then create our own opportunities.  Every variable that we improve in training, we strengthen the connection & control of our emotions and how they can hyper-drive our actions when intensity is turned up high as the opposite is the standard and norm.  Every variable that we improve in training we create a more efficient system that not only withstands the rigors of high level, but thrives in harsh environments.

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Congratulations to Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal, Yao Ming and others on your Class of 2016 NBA Hall of Fame induction.

[Allen Iverson Ultimate Crossover Compilation](brought to you by House of Hoops)

“Allen Iverson: Had to overcome ‘naysayers’ to make Hall of Fame”

(by Chris Forsberg, ESPN Staff Writer)

Improve Your Ability to Improve


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Raise your expectations

Gemba Kaizen is a practice of continually improving measured against a constantly rising standard by increasing positive strengths and removing inefficient weaknesses.

Gemba Kaizen (Vertical)

Therefore improving our abilities must be further viewed as an ability in of itself.  Doing the conventional things that got us to this point should be held with a bit of healthy rebellion.  i was once taught that if someone has the ability to be brilliant, lazy and driven then encourage it.  Those are the ones that develop efficiencies that others will not and can not see.  Conventional and the traditions that adhere to it eventually must be evolved to unconventional because the threshold for adaptation and change cannot be met through baseline stimulus alone.

“Unconventional training is executing a well-researched, scientifically backed program that will physically prepare you to perform in any environment, even ones unimaginable. ‘Basic’ training does just what it says, it provides a base, but to truly perform at an elite level, whether this be for competition or survival, one must go beyond ‘basic’ and strive for excellence.” – R.B. (US Army Ranger)

As heroic athletes rise through the tiers of their chosen calling, every t must be crossed and every i dotted to ensure success in more and more competitive theaters.  HERO prep from all branches of military, LEO, fire & rescue have know this and have installed many epigenetic evolutions because of the life & death manner that have to be prepared for.

“So you made it this far…Good!  You thought it was tough to get here. You did what everyone told you to do, you put in the time, maybe even some diet and food thoughts.  So now what?  Continue like you have done so far and hope that it will keep you on top?  GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!  Now you are the prey.  Everybody is coming for you and you better step it up.  What else can you do?  What are those weaknesses that you know you have but haven’t mentioned to anyone?  Yeah I know you have them, bring them out.  If you don’t honestly face all your weaknesses they will trip you up sooner or later.  Maybe talent took you this far, maybe physiological adaptations have given you an advantage but that’s over.  Search your soul, search for methods and techniques that will benefit you.  Look at the holistic picture, anything that will push you in the right direction.  Then it is time to work.  With a plan, with a coach and with a purpose.  We’ve have all heard it, after completing a Selection process…NOW the tough work begins.  It’s true…You better start the tough work ’cause they are coming for you.” – S.H. (MARSOC Raider)

Phelps vs Lochte“Somewhere someone is training to kill you. He is training with minimum food or water, in austere conditions, day and night. The only thing clean on him is his weapon. He doesn’t worry about what workout to do.  His rucksack weighs what it weighs and he runs until the enemy stops chasing him.  Your enemy doesn’t care ‘how hard it is.  He knows he either wins or he dies.  He doesn’t go home at 1700,  he is home.  He knows only his cause.” – J.M. (USN SEAL)

A recent interesting psychological study revealed that for the recent majority of recipients, an Olympic bronze medal brought more emotional satisfaction than a silver medal.  This is believed to stem from a silver medal being felt as a comparative loss to the one individual gold medal winner who bettered them versus the bronze medal winner was viewed their award as a win against everyone else in the world whom they beat to get to that point.  So if your are in HERO prep, your motivation should go without saying.  But for the rest of the world, you’ll be up on the high stages and everyone will be there to witness your performances.  What most will never comprehend is the extent that you were willing to push yourself.  Your imagination in training must be so grand that your efforts can’t help but to drive unimaginable feats.

“When your at the top everyone is physically equal. What will separate the .001 percent from the 1 percent, is your ability to mentally cope with the idea that what you are capable of is limitless.” – M.P. (US Army CAG “Delta”)

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For a few chosen, your greater purpose is to bear the flag which carries the hopes & dreams of a nation with it.  Within HERO circles, carry-the-load means constantly improving, bettering yourself so that you are not a liability to the team but rather a force multiplier; carry-the-load means being being so strong that you able to help your teammates in need; carry-the-load means that you understand the vast and deep consequences of your actions in that everything that you chose to express in your heart of hearts, animated into movement, will represent people that you will never meet.  You can bear the emotions of millions of your countrymen and bring smiles to our faces in the deepest of darkest hours.

Constantly improve so that when it comes time for you to Carry-the-Load, you will…!

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Train ’em Up or dumb it down?


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i’m always reluctant to use the expression “dumb it down” as i’ve found hypocritical results in this process as frustration is inevitable when we produce athletes that can’t think and consequentially perform in the arenas on their own.  At S3 by Raph Ruiz we believe in “Training ’em Up” rather than dumbing it down.  If i was an effective scholastic educator, i would strongly refrain from using the dumb it down verbiage and instead opt for the semantic phrase “help ’em understand”.  If athletes will make the epigenetic evolutionary leap from maximizing potential to elevating it, an integral component to their PIPE performance envelope is increasing their IQ at two levels.  The superficial one entails more effective prescription: activation into integration for greater cross-over education.  The deeper level entails the cultural shift of increasing the athletes’ awareness, mind-muscle connections and understanding of how every detail of training contributes to the build-up of their performance envelope.  In the end, a highly effective template helps drive athletes to develop greater creativity to express within the arenas.  Their connection strength, their fluid & dynamic display of power up on stage is a direct correlation to their level of engagement at all levels.

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Core Connection Complex 1

Cross-Body V-Ups, Snow Angel Sit Ups to Manually Resisted (Accentuated Negative) Lunge Position Centerline Holds.  The next step is to take all of this activation and push that into a big, strength developing primal(s) that is a directed contributor to specific athletic skill that the athlete is sharpening.  Finally, systematically & progressively perform the skill over & over in as many different and variable modes as possible while protecting the integrity of posture, positioning & perfection of that aforementioned skill!  For instance the Core Connection Complex 1 into heavy Bb Walking Lunges, give ’em sufficient rest then various Bounds-to-Go Fast Sprints!  The fight will be in building and re-building a culture that has allowed “not knowing” to not only be acceptable, but cool.  If we continue to dumb it down, that’s exactly what we are going to continually get.  The beauty in over-achievers and hyper-high performers not knowing how they do the things that they do is not in stupidity or even aloofness.  It is in the awe of the whole being so much more than the sum of the parts.  1.0 + 1.0 + 1.0 for a simple athlete does equal 3.  But for the highly engaged and driven athlete who is constantly elevating potential, 1.9 + 1.9 + 1.9 equals 5.7.

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Shades of Awesome


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Elevate the expectations that we have for ourselves

Extreme Dynamic Display!

Dynamic Display of AWESOMENESS

The experiences that i’ve been blessed w/ during a long career can be summed up w/ what i’ve grown to refer to as “Shades of Awesome”.  Do an on-the-line search, Google any exercises or movement.  In this case i researched ‘extreme oblique strength’.  A broad spectrum of offerings ranged from your basic side-lying floor crunch to this epic level of “1-upmanship”:

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Karen et Dominic – Les drapeaux humains – The Human Flags – France Incroyable Talent 2014 saison 9

Whatever we do and no matter how good that we get, there is someone out there doing something so awesomely-unfathomable that it pushes our own imagination of what is possible and what can be done. This requires an insane laser-like focus and an obsessive level of engagement in training to get to this point.

Constantly elevate the expectation that you have for ourselves. If we’re average, get good. If we’re good, get good-er and great. If we can consider ourselves among the great, then we’re ready to dive deep into unconventional and prepare ourselves to do something magical!

Over the length of my career i’m also bombarded with “i can’t do that because of my…” which turns the gears into two paths of thought.  One is to offer a solution for adaptation or alternate modes.  The other is to offer subtle motivation in the form of the Butterfly Effect.  Whether we chose to accept it or not, this rippling effect is clear and present.  Somewhere down the line, the thoughts and feelings that exist in our head and hearts will drive our actions.  Not in empty words and promises, but in these actions will others see and learn from.  If you happen to be performing on big stages, then the obvious holds true.  Somebody that we will never meet will be inspired by what we do.  But we also often forget those nearest to us.  Our athletes, our peers, our spouses, our children and grandchildren.  What we do in their eyes is often the greatest of inheritance that we can pass along.

We will go into further detail in our next two series, Kaizen and Epigenetic Changes.

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