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SeahawksparadeIt has been a crazy week with the big win for the Seattle Seahawks. As I was watching the Seahawk’s victorious win, I felt like I was part of the win simply because I consider my home Seattle.  Having a home team win one of the biggest games in our culture, it created this pride within me. I started to be proud to be from Seattle, proud to be part of the 12th man, proud to be part of something big.

With the team’s return, the majority of the city shut down to celebrate with a parade welcoming our team home.  Having this new pride for our team and my new home, I wanted to be part of this big celebration. My co-worker and I were  able to escape the gym and adventure to downtown Seattle.  Like the millions of salmon swimming back their nesting home, every 12th man was making their way to the heart of the city.  Joining the millions my co-worker and I felt like we were swimming ups stream just to find a way to get close to the parade.  With our determination and creativity, we were able to make it and joined thousands creating the 12th man.

Being down there was an incredible experience. It was amazing to be part of the crowd, and how we all had one soul purpose, to celebrate the Seahawks and their amazing season.  Everyone waited patiently upon the team’s arrival and as I waited it hit me.  The 12th man creates a community of people coming together service a purpose, supporting our hawks.  The 12th man is more than just a cheering squad it being part of something that is big, with a big purpose.

We all want to be part of something bigger and better.  The exciting part there is something bigger and better than the 12th man just listen to what our Seahawks say what is it.

Competitions

Being a competitor, I love the challenge of any type of competition. The mental focus of syncing the mind and body to work together in the “zone” can be challenging at times. It is only time the mind and body are able preform at its best. This is what every athlete strives for, being in the zone at the present moment.

Planning water ski competitions schedule for 2014, I start to wonder how do I practice the zone during the off season? I find it extremely hard to practice this when I am not even out on the water yet. Though at the same time I see the mental challenge it creates and I am up for the task. As a water skier, I am always looking ways for improvement.  I am consistently competing against myself and  determined to progress to next level. Every time I am out on the water I treat as if I was at a competition, striving for my best.

Just like making my practice part of my competition, each day we all have the opportunity to make it a “game day.” What every you may be training for, approach each day with the mental tactic of  a competition. On any competition day we all have this mental approach of winning, transition this to everyday by attacking each workout routine or practice set with a winning mentality.  Even though it is not a true competition, your are competing against your old yourself striving for a new part of you. We can’t win every competition and not every day is going to be a fantastic thrilling day, but each day we will be seeking ways to improve ourselves. Make every day a “game day” and enjoy the present moment.

Game Day

It has been two full weeks of 2014 and I am still puzzled of what to post for the new year.  Reading other articles about tips for a successful new year , I was hoping for some type of inspiration. Yet as I start to think about all the goals I have for the new year I begin to feel this huge black cloud of anxiety start to follow me.  As I look back on the entire year of 2013 and everything accomplished this black cloud becomes darker and the pressure builds as I wonder of the unknown of 2014.

Last year was an amazing year and I have to admit I was not ready to let it go.  It was full of learning through incredible certifications, full of victory and defeat with water skiing, and full of meeting passionate people.  I was blessed to have so many opportunities throughout my career and water skiing.  The unknown can be scary or exciting and I am reminded you have the freedom to choose between the two.

Wanting 2014 to just as good or even better than 2013, I realize I only have the present moment.  It is the minutes, the days, the weeks, the months  and everything done in between that makes up a year. Hoping to accomplish many goals for 2014,  I am focused on my goals by dedicating each day as a stepping stone towards them.  With the simplistic approach of one day at a time, the dark cloud of anxiety vanishes,  I am able to have clarity and focus at the end goals.

Commit to 2014, commit to each day, commit to your goals.

How are you living 2014?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

Leon Brown

Due to the busy season of Christmas, I decided I am taking the month of December off from blogging.  I will be back in the New Year with fun exercise tips and nutritional guidelines.  Till then enjoy this crazy video of me water skiing during the winter.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Live with passion

There are certain events in life that create a powerful impression leaving a signature mark. This past weekend left its imprint on my life as I traveled to Vancouver BC to participant in Canada’s first Strong First Girya Certification. This was an unforgettable weekend and I will  keep the memories alive  by  implementing them into my career and my personal life.

The SFG certification puts mental strength,  physical strength, and spiritual strength to the test with three days of detailed intense training.  Part of the certification is to be able complete 100 snatches with a 16 kg kettlebell within 5 min.  There are many other things we were tested on over the duration of the weekend and not to mention the countless  amount of swings.  During this time I learned a tremendous amount of information to improve my clients training protocol while creating lifelong friends.

Snap Sista

However, the main impression taught is how strength is a skill with a deeper purpose.

Many times we would partner up for exercises and I would always find myself with someone who was strong in the areas I was weak or where I was strong in areas they were weak.  Working with each other we used our strength to transform our what could have been our Achille’s heel into a powerful force.  Together we became a mighty warrior by working through our limitations.

This is when it occurred to me that strength is not necessary where we are strong, but rather the areas where we are weak. Perfecting strength as a skill improves our limitations.  As I came to this conclusion, I started to realize the deeper purpose.

First I have to admit where my limitations lie to be flexible for growth.  Strength is having the humility to acknowledge weakness and the diligence to improve it.  When we recognize we each have different strengths to offer one another, it balancing out our own weakness, creating a stronger community.

Thank you Vancouver BC SFG for a strong community and an amazing experience.

Vancouver BC StrongFirst

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the week. Isaiah 40:29

A Legacy

A legacy is someone from the past who has created a new direction into other’s heart leading them to live their dreams.  Herb O’ Brien has left a influential legacy in the water ski world.  He had a vision for the sport and invited others to join his journey as he carved new ideas that led the water ski industry.  He was a very generous man and never hesitated to help a friend. Blessed to have meet Herb and ski at Radar Lake, I only hope I can create a legacy like his inspiring others to live their passion.  As skiers, we all carry  part of his legacy whether it be creating new skis or swerving right and left.  Keep his legacy alive by living your passion in celebration of life.

It has been a full year since his funeral and a full year wearing the bracelets that was given to all guests in memory of his generosity.  The bracelet resembles more than Herb’s legacy, the three beads reminds us all to live with hope, to have dream and to continue learning.

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This beautiful gift called life gives us the opportunity to live a life of  legacy. Herb O’ Brien followed his dreams and  wanted others to be part of it

What kind of legacy are you leading?

RADAR LAKE

The Scary Truth

Yerba Tea vs Coffee

Yerba Tea vs Coffee

This week I have  been doing a little experiment by taking coffee out of my daily routine.  Scary I know!  Instead I replaced it with Yerba Mate Tea a South American tea that has about the same amount of caffeine as coffee but with healthier benefits. Only hearing this statement of yerba tea is a “healthier” choice in the fitness industry, I did my homework and researched a little about Yerba verses Coffee.

As I was sipping my new habit while surfing on web, I was shocked by the startling  truth of Yerba Mate Tea.  Researching on mayoclinic.com, I found reports of studies showing  people who drink large amounts of Yerba Mate over prolonged periods may be at increased risk of some types of cancer. Cancer! SCARY!!!  Ready to spit out the tea, I started looking up coffee to see if it had any heath benefits (since we all know I can’t live without some type of caffeine).  To my surprise the newer studies have shown that coffee may have benefits, such as protecting against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver cancer and it has a high content of antioxidants. WOW  great news! Now understand these studies studied coffee, no sugar or cream added. So what I thought was a “healthier” choice was wrong, but now I am happily enjoying the health benefits with my one cup of coffee. Everything in moderation.

In the fitness world there are many products that are coined to be healthy. Just like I was deceived with what I thought to be a healthier choice with yerba tea, the truth can be scary.  But once you know the true facts about something you are able to make the right decision.  There are many lies in this world blinding us from the truth, seek out the truth and you will find it.   John 8:32

Understanding the truth and having a well balanced life is the key to a healthy living.

Coffee  benefits new studies - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/coffee-and-health/AN01354

Yerba Mate Tea studies – http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/yerba-mate/AN01774

A goal can be defined as the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.

Goals are used in many areas of life and are very helpful to improve the quality of life.  There are many key concepts to setting and achieving goals (read New years 2013 post for Smart Goals).  However the main key I have found to be successful with conquering goals is the power of will and daily belief.  No matter how long it may take you to accomplish your goals the fight to continue the path towards them may be less traveled, may be hard, and may seem impossible at times, but the power of will and belief will always lead you a step closer.  No matter how long it may take to accomplish your goals, never give up.  Daily you have a choice to take a step closer to your goals.

Willard 24kg TGU

Last year I had a goal to be able to do a Turkish Get Up, not only do Turkish Get Up but do it with a 24 kg Kettlebell.  At that time it seemed impossible since I could barely accomplish one with a shoe on my hand.  Yet I did not give up on my goal.  It took a full year of training daily and consistently practicing the get up.  It was an honor to  able to accomplish this goal with my good friend and Co-worker CJ Erkisonon on his last day at PRO Sport Club.  Thank you CJ for you help and support I could not have done this without your expertise. Clink on the link for the video.

This past weekend I was able to compete in my fist tactical strength competition.  It consisted of max dead lift, max pull ups and the 5 min snatch test.  Those who are not familiar with the snatch text, it is completing as many kettle snatches you can within the 5 mins.  I accomplished a 205 lb dead lift, 14 pull ups and 105 snatches.  However, I could not have completed any of this without the amazing encouragement that was surrounding me from all the other competitors.

The best part of the day was seeing how strength brought strangers to friends, friends to encouragers and  encouragers to competitors within minutes.  The atmosphere was filled with motivation and inspiration, like a forest set on fire the motivation and inspiration started burning inside each of us in hopes to do our best.  As a result, many people had personal record  PR (in water skiing we call this personal best PB).  It was amazing to see and be a part of the determination, the strength and the encouragement from everyone wanting to improve their physical abilities.

As any competitor, we want a t-shirt to wear for bragging rights.  This was the shirt rewarded to all the competitors.

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I love the quote on the back of the shirt.  As a personal trainer, I believe strength does have a greater meaning.  For some, strength is losing weight, others may be a fight against cancer,  or it might be like my case a back injury and being able to walk pain free is strength. For me,  strength is a tool, a hope to use as inspiration for others.  Many of you know my story (and if you don’t you can read previous post about my back injury) and from this story of healing I hope I am able to inspire others to never give up on their dreams.  It is people and their stories that motivate me to continue to strive for my best, yet there is still a greater meaning to strength for me.

Snatch Test 105

As a competitor I am constantly reminded where my strength comes from:

  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go ~Joshua 1:9

He is my strength and power.

Strong First

God First

Live is an adventure and there are many lesson to learn along the journey. At Coble  ski school  this was the theme for the Women’s Week.  What brought this theme was one of the ladies everyday would had out Dove Chocolates and say “here is your life lesson for today.”  With this premise, I became more aware of the life lessons that  presented themselves everyday.

Most of the time I was in the boat coaching throughout the entire day.  Even though I was not being coached myself there were many things I was able to learn through this experience.

As a personal trainer and a coach, I am always looking for areas for improvement to progress the person to the next level, saying or cuing the right thing becomes an art.  There were many times I would catch myself saying something and think did that really come out of my mouth, (in a good way).  I felt like someone else was whispering into my ears this entire trip giving me the correct words to say to each women there.  This surprised me because as this would happen immediately I  was able relate it to my skiing, and my personal life .  I started to be aware of these life lesson through water skiing,and understanding the bigger picture of life and how these lessons related to me as a Christian.

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Coaching Women’s Week 2013

The main lesson I was able to learn while coaching: Don’t pull the power away from the boat, instead let the power of the boat work through you.

Thank you again Ladies for an amazing Life Changing week.  You will always be remembered when I am out on the water.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. – Ephesians 6:10

Dove Chocolates

Life Lessons

 

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