It is crazy how things work out...
After thinking about emailing our daughters school for literally a year, I finally sent them a message letting them know what I do for a living and if there is ever a need for help with anything fitness related, to keep me in mind as I would love to lend a hand. This email, as it turns out, was received at a time where they were looking to create some sort of health and wellness room at the school. This discussion began before Christmas and we decided to meet in the New Year to discuss this idea.
One week prior to our meeting, Emi came home and told us that their gym teacher left and one of their administrators was running physical education. I thought this was interesting and checked their website to see if they were hiring. No job was posted but Marisa wanted me to reach out and offer some help and/or ask if they were hiring but I decided to wait until the meeting. Well, as it turns out, they had the same thing in mind and offered me the job before I had an opportunity to even bring it up! So, with that being said, starting on Wednesday I will be working as the physical education teacher at my daughters school.
Fitness Tip of the Week
Here is a fun challenge that does not require too much equipment. First, you need to choose two exercises that you can perform for up to 20 reps. This week, I chose a Goblet Squat and a Pushup. I chose these two as they are two movements that I can do in my living room whenever time presented itself and it involves very little setup.
Here is how the challenge works:
Set One: 1 squat and 20 pushups. Set Two: 2 squats and 19 pushups. Set Three: 3 squats and 18 pushups. As you can see, for the squat you start at 1 and with each set, you add a rep until you get to 20. For the pushup, you start at 20 and countdown to 1. At the end of all this you perform 210 reps of each which is quite remarkable... and a lot. If you can do this in a day, you're a machine!
For the record, I am no machine. I started this one day and worked on it for about 10-12 minutes. It is a ton of reps so I decided to spread it out over the course of 2-3 sessions. Another option would be to only do it from 1-10 and 10-1. If you do this, you end up doing 55 reps and this would be a great starting place for those concerned about the total rep number.
What I've Been Thinking About...
The world of youth sports is reliant upon volunteer coaches. The great football coach Chuck Noll once said, “The mercenaries will beat the draftees but the volunteers will crush them both”. Coaching sports and going to war are two different things but the idea behind volunteerism remains the same: The volunteers choose to do it! They aren't paid to show up (mercenaries) and they are not forced to do it (draftees). Anyone who volunteers is an asset and in the world of youth sports, more of this is needed.
A few other observations that may apply on and off the field...
If you run an organization, SUPPORT YOUR COACHES! Don't have cliques, try to educate everyone on the ins and outs of sport, work on effective ways to communicate, and lastly, try to ensure a positive experience for all involved. If you are someone contemplating getting involved in coaching, here are a few qualities that kids say they want in their coach: Be respectful, not act a fool, communicate appropriately, have a little knowledge in the sport and listen when they speak, then you have the tools to work with others!
If you want more on this, click here: Volunteers are the Backbone of Youth Sports
What I've Been Reading...
Every Moment Matters: How the World's Best Coaches Inspire Their Athletes and Build Championship Teams by John O' Sullivan
When I first started coaching junior high football, I thought I knew a lot about the game. I played my entire life and watched countless games each week and attended conferences. Then, when the season began, I realized I didn't know as much as I thought I did. This same realization occurred many times in my coaching career and now, after being involved in athletics for over 12 years, I pick up a book like this and realize there is still so much left to learn!
In this book, John O'Sullivan has collected hundreds of interviews with top coaches, sport scientists, psychologists, and athletes and distilled them into a blueprint for becoming a more effective and inspiring leader. Great coaches realize something that others do not: every moment matters!
Quote of the Week
"Great effects often result from small beginnings. Your resolution will influence that of your friend and neighbors- each of them will, in like manner, influence their friends and neighbors- the example will spread from house to house, -from city to city,- till, among those who have any claim to humanity, there will be but one heart, and one mind,- one resolution,- one uniform practice" -- Elizabeth Heyrick, 1824 on the abolition of Slavery
I hope you all have an awesome week!