Categorized as: MOTIVATION

Keep Your Chin Up & Stay Focused

Written by Kirk & Mario

Often times, the biggest moments in our life can get us feeling blue. Sometimes even the small things can make us feel hopeless. 

If you have a workout that has pull ups and your pull ups aren’t where you want them to be, that’s okay! You have to keep your head up. Your frustration will pass. Sometimes it’s a matter of minutes, sometimes hours, or a day, but the dark cloud of disappointment will pass. The sun will rise the next day and wash your frustrations away.
With each new day, you have a chance to make it better than the last. If you had a tough workout, and are bummed about it, I can bet that you’ll feel much better about the next workout! Remind yourself that feeling that way shows you care. The trick is to keep yourself from feeling bad about yourself for too long.
Here’s what you can do to when you feel that way:
1. Reflect. Remind yourself that failure of a task doesn’t mean failure at life. 
2. Have Gratitude. Think about the positive aspects that occurred during training that day.
3. Troubleshoot the Problem. If you don’t have pullups, what action can you take to get them one day?
4. Talk to your coaches. They have a lot of experience and are more than willing to walk you through a plateau.
5. Have fun! Having pullups is cool. Being happier is ever better!
Now apply that same mentality to all the aspects of your life. The loss of a job, pet, and even the greatest wound – the loss of our loved ones: life’s too big to be overcome by losses. 
Stay focused. Tomorrow is a new day, and another opportunity to make it your best day ever.

Are you having fun yet?!

Are you having fun working out? At times,  I see our athletes have a negative disposition toward a certain movement or workout. This is human nature.

We don’t like the things we are uncomfortable with.
That’s life though, and, if you’re comfortable in life, nothing will ever change in your life. 
Have fun when you workout. Have fun regardless of the movement.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react. It doesn’t matter what kind of day you’ve had. That hour in the gym is your escape to challenge yourself, to learn what you’re capable of. It’s your play time. 
Here are just a few ways to make training more fun:
Celebrate small victories. Progress is hard. Getting that extra rep when you felt it was impossible is satisfying. Celebrate that in the moment.
Applaud yourself in the middle of training. Nothing feels better than a great applaud from an audience after doing something great. Create that atmosphere between sets in a workout by the physical act of applauding. 
Embrace positive self talk. This dialog is your internal coach. Self-correct your technique. Cheer yourself on with motivating words. Hype yourself up before your next lift. 
Get Pavlovian. Classical conditioning, which Dr. Pavolov created,  is a term given to the psychological effect of stimulus association. Perhaps you’ve heard of Pavlov’s dogs – who came to associate food with the sound of a bell, and eventually salivated merely at the bell. In order to achieve effective motivation through classical conditioning, you need to find a stimulus – which already causes a reaction from you – and begin associating it with the act of exercise.
Most importantly, smile often, give it your all, and lighten up – it’s about enjoying the journey.

Pursue Your American Dream!

By Kirk K.

This week we celebrate our Independence with the 4th of July. It is one of our biggest holidays as Americans. We love to celebrate with food, Pabst Blue Ribbon, stars and stripes, beache and pools, and the freedom to put our lives at risk with highly explosive fireworks. 

It’s also an important time to realize the freedoms this great country affords us: religious freedom, democracy,  right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This freedom also allows us to pursue our dream, “The American Dream”.
Everyone’s dream is different, and you might not have any idea of what your dream is yet – that’s okay but it’s important that you have something big to strive for eventually. For those that do have dreams remember never to give up. If you’re passionate about something, it’s worth pursuing with all your heart.
There is no better place in the entire world to achieve your dream than the USA.
If your dream is getting your first pull-up, make it happen. It takes hard work and consistent training to get your first pull-up, but this is America darn it! Pursue your dream! If your dream is to own a house, don’t lose sight of it! It will happen if you keep working towards it. If you want to own your business, this is America, there’s no better place on earth to get your small business started!
Whatever your American dream is, don’t lose hope. As long as you’re still breathing, you can make your dreams a reality. Do it the American way, start with little, work your a$$ off, and with the hands of time and providence, your dreams will come true.

Happy Fourth! Have a safe, and independent weekend!
God Bless America!