What I've Been Working On...
Strength School. I am slowly but surely creating a curriculum that will enable kids and adults to assess, teach and progress to certain levels of strength, fitness and overall well-being. The premise is quite simple, the implementation is where the challenge lies!
I have been running some people through the initial assessment and have to admit, so far so good! Our very first Strength School session will begin on September 13th for kids. As we hopefully all know, the business name I chose is Cornerstone Fitness. This concept of laying the cornerstone is an important one as it is the first stone laid for any structure that is built. The cornerstone is the rock in which the weight of the entire structure rests. From there, all other stones are laid in reference to where this cornerstone is. This stone is vital for building a strong, symmetrical foundation. If laid improperly, or not laid at all, the foundation from which we stand upon may crumble. So, part one of our curriculum is setting the cornerstone, part two is going to be building the foundation!
Fitness Tip of the Week
Find your gaps and improve them. I just finished working with a high school student as he prepared for the Candidate Fitness Assessment test that is required upon entering some of the service academies. The plan for him was a concept that we can all follow as we embark on improving certain aspects of fitness.
Point B is our goal. This reference point is well defined. It is where we want to be at. Point A, on the other hand is our current fitness level. This had to be identified and we did this through assessment. After looking at the numbers, we found where his strengths are and where his weaknesses lie. We then created a plan that lifted his weaknesses to an acceptable level by making them our primary focus. Most of our attention went towards this one thing before we moved on to improving another area. If you want to improve something, it needs concentrated focus and effort.
For us, we can use this concept to improve our well-being. If you can deadlift 700 pounds but get tired walking up a flight of stairs, maybe you should shift your focus to improving your cardiovascular system rather than trying to go from 700 to 705. Or, if you can run a half marathon but can't do a chinup, it might be a good time to build a little strength. The goal is to find an area of weakness, prioritize that area of weakness, fix it, and then move on to the next area of weakness and repeat the process for the rest of your life!
The Power of No, Thank You (link)
A few months ago we were visiting family and a relative was trying to give our daughter a hard time. It was past Emi's bedtime and she wasn't feeling his shenanigans in the moment. Marisa told Em, "If you want him to stop, tell him no thank you". She did and he stopped. We stumbled upon that lesson and it made us realize that we need to encourage her to say "no, thank you" in situations where she is not comfortable, even if it is to an adult.
Fast forward a few months and I was a part of a situation where, to be quite honest, I didn't know what to do. We were at a friends house for a party and there were a bunch of families in attendance. I didn't know who knew who and made some assumptions that may have been incorrect. To make a long story short, there was a five year old who clearly did not want to continue playing in the pool with a 20-something year old male who had been drinking all day. I heard her whispering to herself, "I don't want to play anymore" as if she was practicing what to say. I went over and sat next to her and asked if she was okay. Then the guy came over and was trying to make peace and to be honest, it was weird and awkward. I didn't know if they knew each other, if they usually play together, or if it was their first time meeting. All I knew was that she was not feeling it on this day. I hung around a bit as Emi was still in the pool and shortly after the awkward moment the playing stopped and all was good. As we drove home Marisa brought up some stuff that was going on that she found to be inappropriate. It was a learning moment for all of us.
Lessons From the Sideline
You never know when your time is up. Last Saturday we had our first scrimmage and a player on the opposing team experienced a devastating lower leg injury. This kid was a senior and was having a nice game and then it was all over for him. A bad break in his leg, an ambulance ride, and most likely surgery. When he woke up that morning, he did not know that today may be the last day he ever gets to play football with his friends. It was a good reminder to all of us involved in an activity that nothing is guaranteed. Nothing is promised. Take each play, game, day, week, month, year and life one moment at a time because it can be taken from you at a blink of an eye!
Quote of the Week
"As a well spent day brings a happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death" -- Leonardo da Vinci
I hope you all have an awesome week!