What I've Been Thinking About
Adversity. Over the course of the last 10 years coaching I have probably worked with hundreds of kids and dozens of different coaches. In every year the word adversity has been brought up. In sports, as well as life, difficult situations will arise. The great coaches try to simulate this by creating adverse situations in practice so that when they appear in games, the kids are more aptly able to handle what is thrown their way.
Based off of my experience, I have concerns that kids don't experience enough adversity in life. They do not experience hardship so when it happens, they do not know how to handle themselves accordingly. I have seen way too many kids cry uncontrollably over losing a race, freaking out over a dropped pass, and storming off the field when things don't go their way. It makes me think, if they don't learn how to handle themselves in difficult situations, how will they respond when life throws something bigger or more harsh their way?
News & Notes
On Thursday we wrapped up our very first week of our Youth Fitness Camps and it was awesome! We had a bunch of kids come out to the farm to learn a few skills, work on speed & agility, try out some of the gym props (sleds, rope climb, medicine balls, etc.), and have a little fun in the process! The kids attitudes were great and it made me smile to hear the amount of fun that was occurring during these sessions. Hard work + fun is winning formula for long term success in the world of fitness and we hope to continue following that formula in the weeks to come.
Tomorrow we have a new 4 day camp starting up titled Functional Strength & Conditioning. Over the course of these four days the kids will learn basic strength train movements as well learning how to condition the body for athletics. Once this camp completes, we will then take a week off before firing up three straight weeks of more sessions. To view to the schedule and to register, visit chrisfluck.net and click Summer Camps!
Lesson Learned...for the 100th time
A few weeks ago I decided to start running once again. I enjoy running and in the past, would get to the point where I would be able to train myself to put in some serious miles. This summer, I thought this might be something to try out once again. But then, out of nowhere, some pain came back near my pelvis. Every so often I get this crippling pain that I believe occurs near or at the psoas muscle. This issue gets to the point that when I walk I get this sharp pain that almost drops me to my knees. I never know when it is coming which makes it pretty frustrating. That being said, I put the long distance running on hold and will change up my conditioning plan.
There is a man David Sinclair who works on longevity in human beings. He wants to increase the quality of years that we all have and he recommended conditioning for as little as 15 minutes a few times per week. That sounded good to me so I decided to implement it while running the hilly portion of our trail. Hill running adds a ton of bang for your buck. Not only are they challenging to the muscles and lungs but they also force you to run properly and prevent heel striking. This should encourage good posture and allow you to have some natural intervals as you exchange between hard periods and recovery periods. Here is how I format this workout:
There is a saying that goes if you can't argue both sides of the problem then you do not understand it well enough. When I choose to read or listen to things, I hope to try to understand both sides and try to keep an open mind. Key word there is TRY. This week I listened to a podcast interview that led me to scratch my head and wonder. Maybe it was because I was reading George Orwell but Animal Farm and this interview had some eery similarities.
To sum it up, there is a group of doctors in this country and worldwide who have been using a few existing medications, primarily Ivermectin, to treat COVID-19. They say it is a wonder drug that is incredibly cheap and has tremendous success with patients. They say it isn't being used more widespread because there is no money to be made off of this treatment. Their voices are also being suppressed by companies like Youtube as their content is being pulled and viewed to be dangerous. The naysayers call nonsense and they want more trials. If you look up Ivermectin on wikipedia it states, "During the COVID-19 pandemic, misinformation was widely spread claiming that ivermectin was beneficial for treating and preventing COVID-19. Such claims are not backed by sound evidence."
There is SO much more going on in this interview and I don't know what to make of it all. I would recommend listening to it yourself and you can do so here: Joe Rogan EP1671: Bret Weinstein & Dr. Pierre Kory
Poem of the Week
"First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out-
Because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out-
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me- and there was no one left to speak for me"
--Poem Written by Martin Niemoller, a German theologian who opposed the Nazi regime
I hope you all have an awesome week!