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.
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.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the week. Isaiah 40:29
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Many of you have ask me questions about what is like at Coble Ski School. I was able to find this video made by one of the students from last summer. It gives a great taste of ski school and a little insight of the facility and the family dynamic April and Chris are able to create. Enjoy the video as I make my way across the country one more time this summer to go ski at Coble Ski School!!!
At this time next week I will be on the plane for another ski adventure. This is the one trip out of them all I have been looking forward to the most. I am heading back to Coble Ski School, for women’s week. While I am there I will be coaching driving and instructing yoga to an amazing group of women. It is a week full of inspiration on and off the water. Here is a little preview of the week. Ladies countdown begins 1 week
2013 has been an amazing summer full of water skiing and traveling. This past week I was able to compete at the USA Water Ski National competition in West Palm Beach, FL. Unfortunately, during the competition I did not ski as well as I hoped. Yet I cannot complain, I have had a very successful season. During this time last summer I was recovering from a condition called costochondritis. This is a conditions which causes inflammation on the chest and making it painful to take deep breaths at times. So even though I did not place as I hoped to at nationals, I have been able to ski and travel to some of my favorite places without any signs or symptoms from this injury.
While at Nationals , I was able to reunite with many friends and meet new skiers as well. Nationals is like a BIG family reunion. So many people travel from all over the nation to come and compete. It is an amazing atmosphere full of rivalry, team spirit and excitement. Just being there is a thrill to experience. When I was not watching friends ski, I was able to talk to some of the pros like Marcus Brown and April Coble. However the one conversation that was most inspiring was with Krisiti Overton, an amazing skier and strong christian woman. To be able to share my passion for water skiing and for my Lord with a professional skier was the highlight of the trip. I took away many lessons from the trip both spiritually, mentally, and physically. Since the 2013 Nationals have been completed now the 2014 water ski season has officially started! There are still plenty of tournaments this fall and I am excited to see where this year will take me.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
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Westen Regional 2013 Laku Landing
Family and Friends
Thank you for the Support
Mt Rainer – Welcome Home
Water skiing has allowed me to travel to many different states meeting new people and creating life long friends. I have discovered through these relationships, each place I have traveled feels a part of home to me. I am always excited for the next adventure and discovering new places, but I look forward to return to the places I consider home.
Home is not a building; it is the love from people you surround your life with and the inspiration from each other. Colorado is one of my “homes” and I am excited to return again next summer for Western Regionals. Thank you everyone for such amazing experience! Could not have done it with everyone’s love and support. THANK YOU
Thank you PRO Club and Vitalire — live with passion – www.vitalire.com
- Excited to be part of the Vitalire Team – inspiring other to live with passion (northwest clothing company)
- Encouragement from coworkers to apply and their help with the application
- Clients encourage me, seeing them achieve their goals, challenges me to do the same
Thank you Seattle Water Sports (SWS)
- Mark Lord for always making time for me and coaching me here in the Northwest
- Hooking me up with the best ski equipment and good advance during the season
- Introducing me to Northwest Ski community and letting me drive his clinics
Thank you Water ski Community and Family and Friends – Tournaments: Sun Basin and Western Regionals
- Love the support that comes from the ski family atmosphere at Sun Basin.
- Many memories as a child in Colorado with my grandparent, always dreamed of skier there. Blessed to have my first ski experience be western regionals.
- Through my family and friends support it inspires me to do my best on the water.
Thank you Coble Ski School
- Big Thank You for April taking a chance on me hiring me when I did not even know how to ski the course
- Truly I could not accomplish anything in this sport without her support and the coaching from her amazing staff.
- Excited to be part of her team and help others learn the course, just like I did three summers ago.