Saturday, May 9, 2015

You ARE an Athlete !

We are ALL athletes ! Yes YOU !!! So what is an Athlete ??
Miriam Webster Dictionary by definition says an athlete is “a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina”. The same source refers to skill as “a : the ability to use one’s knowledge effectively and readily in execution or performance” or b : “dexterity or coordination especially in the execution of learned physical tasks”.
So it seems to me that an athlete would be one who uses what has been physically and intellectually learned to do the best they could do at any given time in performance or in execution of a skill.
Ok looking at that you might be rethinking the thought that you're an athlete and by definition I might think otherwise about myself ! I want to bring this to attention because bring this to attention because we all have different definitions of what an athlete is. I have found the definition depends on one’s frame of reference. Almost like the idea of what is an ideal body type? What is the difference in looking fit and being fit? It's a matter of opinions!
Being an athlete all comes down to you and your training! When we look at our past and where we are going, I think a truer definition stems from not only what we are currently doing, but the place we have come from. The mental challenge for some of us to get out and get our shoes on qualifies us as an athlete. We overcome obstacles with child care, work schedules, PMS, mental roadblocks, injuries, yet we come back again and again. This kind of stamina is true athletics. Never giving up. Getting back up again and again and giving it another shot. It is giving it your best in any given moment. Some athletes are born with tendencies which make effortless what most would consider grueling. Other athletes are made — with hours of sweat, grit, determination and dedication to themselves and their sport.
If you are a beginning athlete there are some common mistakes that can set you back especially in the beginning when you are motivated and ready to kick butt!
1. Neglecting To Set A Goal and Define A Purpose
Make sure you know what you really want and, more importantly, why you really want it. If you are just training to lose weight or just to tone up without defining a TRUE reason for training, you might find yourself feeling frustrated, lost, and unmotivated. Take some time to clearly define your outcome before you start training aimlessly. Having a PLAN is just as important. Saying you want to “get fit” or “get better” is too broad of a goal. Narrow your goals down to specific, measurable actions. Make "SMART Goals” which are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely!
2. Perceiving Failure As the END ALL
“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” – John Wooden
Failure is feedback. Failing, losing, and not immediately achieving your goal are never a problem as long as you choose to learn from those experiences. Thomas Edison had an estimated ten thousand “failed” attempts at creating the light bulb. Don’t get frustrated the next time you don't see results as fast as you like or when it seems like you are not progressing. Just ask yourself what you can learn from this experience? I learn to love failure in fitness. It means you are striving FOR something !!
3. Majoring In Minor Things
“Learn how to separate the majors and the minors. A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things.” – Jim Rohn
Don’t waste your time, money, effort, on things that ultimately don’t matter to your goals. This brings us back to goal setting at as the number one thing to define BEFORE you start ! No one cares if your shoes match your outfit or what you are drinking. Identify the high-priority items that will yield the highest returns for you. If you’re not sure where to start, consider investing in good coaching, proper nutrition, and go from there. I can help you reach ANY goal you might have! As an online personal trainer along with my Nutrition specialization reaching goals is something we can work on together !!
4. Jumping Ahead Too Soon
Don’t be tempted to jump ahead before you have developed a solid foundation. FORM before INTENSITY !!!
For some, this might mean developing a foundation of strength before moving on to more technical movements. For others, it might mean taking the time to learn proper technique instead of muscling their way through everything. As a personal trainer I have spent a lot of time designing intelligent progressions to maximize your results and minimize risk of injury. Make sure you develop “conscious competence” before pushing yourself to set a new personal record and work on mastering the fundamentals before anything else.
5. Becoming a Dabbler
* MY#1 PROBLEM !!! *
Once you pick a program, stick to it for at least three months before you decide to change it up. Too often I see new athletes including myself, give up before they have put in enough time and effort to see real results. Don’t be a bandwagon jumper and change things up just because you heard about some new fad diet or rehashed squat program on Facebook.
If you want to follow a program, follow it to a tee. Don’t be tempted to “invent” some hybrid program. Your weekly training should not be some hodgepodge of popular training programs. As a personal trainer I know how to program effective plans to MEET AND EXCEED your goals to obtain results over the course of time. Trust ME, enjoy the process, and stay the course.
Hopefully you consider yourself an ALL-Star Athlete and if you don't please let me help you reach ALL of your goals. They can be big or small !!! I am here to help. Just message me for details !!!

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