News & Notes
This week, things got a little crazy around here on the farm! We rented a skid steer and went to work on a few different areas of the property. Marisa dominated most of this work (oftentimes with Emilia on her lap) and we got some great help from my aide de camp Steven and new addition Ryan. The first thing done was to mow everything and clear brush, then dig holes for new fence points, add dozens of fence posts, and lastly move 150+ tons of stone. The end result is a few new enclosed areas for the horses and new hiking trails on the property! In addition to all that, we also cleaned up a few areas to allow for more space for speed & agility training and/or camps.
This plan is to expand these paths each year over the entirety of the property. This is something we have always wanted to do and are happy that the horses can walk on the trail, the gym members can use it, and our daughter can take the dogs for walks on the property safely.
What I've Been Reading...
Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams
A parent of a middle school athlete I work with brought this book in and said, I think you will like this one. So far he was right! Early in the book the author shares a Bruce Lee story that goes something like this...
A karate master gets a cup and begins to fill it. He continues to fill it until it overflows. He then says the cup is full and that no more water will go in. The master tells him that like this cup, you are full of your own opinions and speculations. You must first empty your mind of past knowledge and old habits so that you will be open to new learning.
I think this is a valuable thought experiment that we should all keep in mind when approaching a new challenge or task. Remove all past experiences, presuppositions, and habits and try to approach this new endeavor with an open mind!
With school about to let out, I am sending out a reminder of all the things going down this summer on the farm. We have tons of training opportunities for kids of all ages including personal training, group training, and camps/clinics.
During the two weeks prior to the fourth of July and the three weeks after, we will be offering weekly camps for kids between the ages of 8-12. Space is filling up fast for these camps so if you want to get in on the action, click here to purchase a ticket: Youth Training Camps. If you cannot make it to any of these camps, we will still have training opportunities for the youngsters and follow a similar schedule to what we have been doing all year.
For those 12 and up, we will be offering special programs designed for Female Athletes, Beginner Strength Training Programs, High School/College Programs, and more! For more information, contact Chris at 610-533-1187.
Lastly, we have been experimenting with the idea of offering one day Lacrosse training clinics here on the farm. I work with a few female Division I athletes, as well as some high level high school players, who would be our instructors. Dates for these offerings are being organized as we speak!
Fitness Tip of the Week
Eat a salad. Everyday.
I was just going to leave it at that but thought I would elaborate a bit. The past few weeks we have had tons of lettuce coming up in our garden area. It is kind of a ridiculous amount of lettuce for our family so I decided something must be done. The solution to our lettuce problem is going to be to eat one huge salad every day with as many different vegetables as possible. I like the simplicity behind this and eliminates spending too much time on the age old question of "what will I eat next?" In addition to that, it is a great way to eat vegetables which I think is important. Last week I hit 7 different vegetables in one salad and challenge all of you, my faithful readers, to try and break my record of 7. Just an FYI, I plan on hitting double digits this week!
I am enjoying going out and cutting lettuce from the garden and putting it in a bowl each morning. Don't ask me to explain it but gardening just makes you feel good!
Quote of the Week
"Nothing is impossible to a willing mind" - Books of the Han Dynasty
I hope you all have an awesome week!