What I've Been Thinking About...
A few days ago I had a family working out together and the parent became frustrated with their child's effort during the pushup. I watched them perform the exercise and decided it was not the best looking pushup that I have ever seen. The parent wanted the technique corrected. I answered that statement with, "I do not think they have the strength at this moment to perform a perfect pushup". Practice is what this kid needed and practice is what he will be doing at home!
This led me down the path of identifying the best way to serve the youth in our community. There are tons of sports camps and speed camps but none of these things really address the need of building the foundation. Often times I hear things about a kids running form and they want to talk about arm action but when you see the kid move, you realize pretty quick that they may be lacking stability in the core department. This is the foundation that needs to be laid prior to advancing to more complex movement patterns.
This summer I will be launching a few 6 week camps for kids in a variety of age groups that will build a strong foundation. The training that will take place during these camps will include basic strength training, speed, agility, conditioning and more. It is my intent to give these kids an opportunity to build a foundation that will be able to withstand any stress placed upon them!
Fitness Tip of the Week
The Power of Play
As mentioned last week, I listened to an interview with Mixed Martial Arts legend Georges St. Pierre and he discusses how he used free play in his training to mess around with different techniques and explore new boundaries in a safe manner. This got me thinking about play and the role it plays in our lives. In the world of coaching, if you want your athletes to succeed, you must be willing to step aside and give the athletes some unstructured free play that allows their creativity to shine. As a parent, if you deprive your child from play, you are limiting their ability to thrive socially and setting them up to struggle with self regulation. As an adult, adding play or leisure activities to your daily schedule can really boost your mood, stress response, immune system and overall well being. The power of play is quite remarkable! If you'd like to hear more on the topic, click here: The Power of Play
What I've Been Reading...
The Best Remedy for Our Diseases? Aging Less
Every year you're alive, your risk of dying increases. In your thirties, the risk is close to 1 in 1000. When you are 90, the risk of you dying prior to your 91st birthday is 1 in 6. The focus of this article is placed on understanding the importance of your health span (the number of years we spend free from disease, disability and impairment) rather than lifespan (the number of years on earth).
I feel that this idea has been around for as long as man has been alive. I remember learning of Marco Polo and the fountain of youth but rather than finding a spring to keep us youthful, we now have drugs, stem cell therapies, diets, etc.
That being said, I may jump in on the quest for eternal youth and take a product called Premere. The focus of this supplement is to combat aging by focusing on the health of your telomeres. In short (pun not intended), your telomeres shorten with age. Shorter telomeres have been associated with increased incidence of diseases and poor survival. This product will stimulate growth and support overall telomere health!
What I've Been Listening To...
A Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Every so often I take a break from reading non-fiction books and dive into the land of fiction. This book was laying around our house a few years ago and after hearing such great reviews, I decided to give it a read. It was freaking good! It was so good that I recently decided to add it to my audiobook collection and started listening to it this week. Listening to books at night really helps me fall asleep. Having someone read to you is a wonderful thing and to be frank, it knocks me out!
Side note, I listen to books that I have already read. These are books I don't want to take notes on and stories I am familiar with. I do this so that if I miss a detail, it is not a huge deal!
Quote of the Week
"Common sense is not so common" -- Voltaire
I hope you all have an awesome week!