My name is Chris and I have a confession: My planning sucks!
Here is how things typically go...
Someone offers me something, I say yes. Another person offers me something that may conflict, I say yes. I keep saying yes until I get myself into a bind. This is exactly what happened to me last week. It got to the point where I had to be in three places at once and even though human beings could do remarkable things, this is one thing that I was not able to pull off. I had to scramble to make things work at a somewhat acceptable level. They say the first step in making a change is acknowledging it. This is exactly what I am doing!
Starting this week, I will be running gym sessions at 7 am, 11 am and 4 pm. My side kick Steven will be running the 8 am session and he will be playing a huge role coaching our camps which are set to kick off this week between 9-11 am. The first week of camp sold out but if you are interested in signing your child up, you can do so here: Youth Fitness Camps
Fitness Tip of the Week
This week I had a talk with a strength coach and he mentioned that a local hospital is buying some new technology for his weight room. This technology will record what you are doing and it will be able to give you tons of data based off of how fast you move the barbell. For example, if you move 200 pounds with X amount of force, it will tell you that if you apply that same amount of force to 215 pounds, you should be able to complete that lift. This is just one example and I think the technology is awesome but I think there is a place for this and it is not in a high school weight room where kids are first learning how to train.
In my humble opinion, kids need experience with the barbell in their hands. They need less input from external sources and more focus on performing the exercise appropriately. Our mind should be 100% focused on the task at hand. The feedback their bodies receive while performing the exercise is all they need. This is where learning occurs. There is a time and place for everything and when it comes to learning how to train, which could take years, more technology may not be the most appropriate answer!
What I've Been Thinking About
While out for a run this week a thought crossed my mind regarding parenting. At some point in your life your child is going to express some fear and/or anxiety about a situation. The answer to this dilemma would be to slowly expose your child to the thing that causes them fear in the hopes that they will eventually overcome it in time. This is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
The tricky part about parenting is being able to differentiate between the child having some mild anxiety over a situation or if they are just testing you to see how you will respond to their behavior. We ran into this situation a few weeks ago regarding school. Emi didn't want to go and acted as if the world was about to end. The teacher said I know what to do. We said, what's that? She said, I grab Emi and you walk away. This goes against CBT and this solution would not work if Emi was expressing serious fear or anxiety. But she wasn't. That little stinker was just testing us!
I imagine scenarios like this will play out hundreds of times as a parent but here is hoping each time gets a little bit easier!
What I've Been Reading...
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Busy times equal short, quick reads and this one absolutely fits the bill. Animal Farm was written in 1945 by the incomparable George Orwell. It tells the story of a Revolution... an animal revolution. Fed up with how they've been treated by the Man, the animals at Manor Farm decide it is time to take matters into their own hands. What starts out as equality for all animals slowly morphs into something else.
This book is a satire of the Russian Revolutions of yesteryear and how on paper, socialist style government looks wonderful, but in the end, human nature (or animal nature in the case of this book) takes over and abuses of power begin.
Quote of the Week
"I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail" -- Abraham Maslow
I hope you all have an awesome week!