Random Thoughts From a Coach (part 1)

Over the years I have compiled various pages of wisdom to help motivate my self and the individuals I coach.  The paragraphs below  are not directly related to one another, but they all have a similar theme.  No matter what your goals, desires, or ambitions are, I am sure you will find something useful from this page and the subsequent parts to come.  Enjoy.

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Figure out “YOU” before figuring out your workout

 

I have witnessed many people (myself included during my uneducated rambunctious teenage years) train with the philosophy of going 100% all the time.  If you are not working out every chance you get and at a high intensity all the time, then you are missing an opportunity to get stronger.  WRONG.  You are gaining an opportunity to decrease achievements over time or worse, get hurt and hence lose out on a lot more. Continue reading

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Stay Positive

Following a training plan or trying to reach goals can be a very motivating experience.  However at the same time it can  hinder our ability to live in the moment and to listen to our body or intuition.  Things don’t always go as planned (injuries or other opportunities) and it is easy to put on the blinders and ignore an opportunity or cause harm if we focus on  specific goals all the time.  It is especially hard to convey this message to  young aspiring athletes which are passionate about training for their sport, but cannot due to injury.  The best I can do to help anyone like this is to pass along my words of wisdom.  For that I went back to the archives (my notebook prior to having this site) and found a entry I wrote to keep my self motivated through a similar situation. Continue reading

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“Un-Plug”

The reason for the long gap between posts is in fact the topic of this post, I was on vacation and I unplugged my self from the “Grid”.  If you are not familiar with this term, well what I mean is that I shut off access and communication with anyone that I was not with in person.  No cell phone, no internet, no worries, no distractions.  By doing this I was really able to sit back, relax, appreciate and observe my new surroundings with all my senses. Continue reading

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How to deal w/ setbacks & Failures

It is completely ok if you want to live a standard life; work a secure 9-5 to get a pay check, weekends off to relax, a house in the suburbs, etc.  I am not bashing that lifestyle, it is just not for myself nor the people I surround myself with.  I want to continue to life a life full of adventure and achievement.  I want to continue to explore my limits not knowing where they can take me.  I want to be a entrepreneur. I want to continually push my ability rock climbing and snowboarding.  The reason this way of life can quickly become discouraging to many is because of the constant failures.  It is much easier to follow a path through life that promises security and immediate gratification.  However the individuals that are the most successful are the ones that fail the most.  The risk takers. They are people that know how to deal with setbacks and failures.

With that in mind I have some tips to help yourself deal with Failures.  However, whether you are a adventure seeker or not these tips apply to anyone because setbacks will occur in everyone’s life. Continue reading

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Getting back to Full Force

Three weeks ago, November 13th, I had surgery on my neck to remove a tumor.  Long story short, everything went well and I am recovering just fine.  A couple days ago I got back on the climbing wall for the first time in well over a month.  It was nice to just be able to move and pull on holds.  At times the temptation came across me make some big fun dyna10989098_728169067298413_6912101882090890887_n[1]mic moves or to try really hard boulder problems.  However my wisdom got the best of me and I refrained.  I held off because I have learned the importance of delaying gratification in order to achieve sustainability.  The one thing I did not refrain from though was letting myself contemplate my future success with training for climbing. Continue reading

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Recovery Days

Every goal that you work towards, you must include recovery or rest days into the equation.  Mental and physical exhaustion is a reality.  If proper rest is notIMG_0021 taken then”Burning out” is not a question of if rather a question of when.  In order to occupy yourself and take time off to chill out, you must stay motivated towards the main goal.  Keep long term sustainability in mind and learn to enjoy resting.  Continue reading

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Be Selfish (sometimes)

622790_788828797800833_861464101_o Why do we do the things we do?  There comes a point in a persons life when he makes the decision to stop goofing around and to become a mature adult.  It may or may not be a conscience decision, but it happens.

I undeniably love snowboarding.  I love going out and riding whatever possible (city handrails, big jumps, trees, you name it).  Up until this last season it would take some extraordinary bribe with a serving of bacon, dark chocolate and espresso to get me off the hill.  However something emotionally changed with me last winter.  Continue reading

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