Monday, August 31, 2009

Sad-entary Lifestyle

My job is that I work with athletes, however, this does not mean that my work is not affected by society's chosen lifestyle: Physical inactivity poses greatest health risk to Americans, research shows.

Here are my connections to the athletic population (but important to ask all of ourselves), through a couple of the questions I have:

1. So, of the 50 million some sedentary Americans, some must be parents, grandparents, friends or other family members to the athletes I directly work with... correct?

2. Are we not influenced by are environment? (Everything evolves from environmental pressure, dammit!) And if so, does not the influence of these some 50 million Americans lower the perceived 'standard' as to what we, as humans, are capable on a physical level?

It's like the saying, 'if the gym you train at has dumbbells that only go up to 50 pounds, and you're lifting the 50's, you're pretty darn strong... in that gym. If you go to a 'real' gym and the gym has dumbbells that go up to 150 pounds and you can only lift the 50's... then you're not s**t.'

So if the average American's idea of a 'workout' is climbing a couple flights of stairs, what has this done to our collective perception of what it means to be fit?

We need to educate on what IS healthy, fit, and strong, because we may just be a "Nation of Wimps" in every sense possible...


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

"Win Forever"

There is a reason Pete Carroll's crew at USC is at the top of college football year in, year out... He 'gets it' from all angles.

This guest appearance by Bill Withers is a follow-up put together by Coach Carroll in response to an earlier team meeting.

Pete Carroll is pure genius...


Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Is it just me or our we (as a strength and conditioning/fitness industry) getting WAY too far ahead of ourselves with some of the stuff that is out there?

I work at a Division I university and most of the athletes I work with are not anywhere near "elite". We benefit very highly from the most basic of training... DONE WELL.

I am just worried that the 'smarter' (or better yet, cuter) we all get with "new" training ideas, the more confused many of us are really becoming.

“Before I learned martial arts, a punch was just a punch and a kick was just a kick. When I studied martial arts, a punch was no longer just a punch and a kick was no longer just a kick. Now I understand martial arts, and a punch is just a punch and a kick is just a kick.”
-Bruce Lee

Thoughts? Anyone.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Nation of Wimps

My good friend Greg Lanners recently brought to my attention a book and it's website; which I believe carries an important message regarding our country's youth, and more specifically how it's our issue as parents raising this 'nation of wimps'.

And rolling with the theme of my recent posts... it goes beyond what we regard as the 'physical'... however, as I see it, it's all the same...

Check it out: