Monthly Archives: May 2010

>Remember what really matters…

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Being that it is Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to take a minute to remind everyone to remember the men and women in the armed forces as well as those who have died in protecting the freedoms of our country. 

Also, as many of us will be travelling at some point to be with friends and family during the weekend, I wanted to share a story that was sent to me by my mom.  I had read the story before and felt that it was a good one to share with all of you to remind us of the important things in life.
2 Beers & A Mayonnaise Jar
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.  

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.  When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.  He then asked the students if the jar was full.  They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.  He shook the jar lightly.  The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.  He then asked the students again if the jar was full.  They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.  Of course, the sand filled up everything else.  He asked once more if the jar was full.  The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.  The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life…The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.”

“The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.  The sand is everything else—the small stuff .  If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.  The same goes for life.  If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.   Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.”

Spend time with your children.

Spend time with your parents.

Visit with grandparents.

Take time to get medical checkups.

Take your spouse out to dinner.

Play another 18.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter.

Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented.

The professor smiled and said, “I’m glad you asked.  The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend!”
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>Game Fit Performance Training Updates…

>I know I know…its a been a while since I have posted anything on my blog.  And for that I apologize.  But here is my attempt to bring everyone up to speed with everything that’s been going on with regards to Game Fit.

As I had been showing through some video clips, Rashad Bell had been training with me while he was back in the United States.  Well, since then he has left to join a basketball team overseas and has been playing well.  Averaging 27 points and 10 boards a game, he called me to say that he has been feeling in great shape against the competition.  Keep up the great work Rashad!

As for what is up next for me, I will be attending the Perform Better Summit in Providence, RI next weekend (June 4 – 6).  Not only is this an opportunity to listen and share ideas with other professionals in the profession but you can also take part in “hands-on” sessions during the day.

Finally, I wanted to remind you of the 4 week strength and conditioning program that I will be running during the month of June.  Beginning June 7th and running through until July 1st, HS athletes are able to choose a 2 or 4 week program that will introduce them to strength training and conditioning through supervised workouts.  The number of athletes for this program will be kept low to ensure a great coach to athlete ratio.  So if you are interested in attending the program, do not hesitate.  For more information go to my website.

>Congratulations Omari!

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I got word that one of my former Terriers, Omari Peterkin, and his team just won the Angola Cup in their league.  Congratulations O!  The physical transformation from when I first met Omari as a young collegiate athlete to now was tremendous.  He transferred in to BU and was not, how can I say this nicely, in the best shape.  But through hard work and attention to detail we transformed his body into a leaner, stronger, and more powerful basketball player.  Congrats Omari and keep up the great work!

>Understanding the NHL combine

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I wanted to take a minute to share with you an article that I just finished reading on HockeyStrengthandConditioning.com.  The article, written by Ducks strength and conditioning coach, Sean Skahan gives a great overview of what happens during the last week in May up in Toronto.  Along with comparing the NHL combine to the popular NFL combine, Sean also discusses the tests that are administered to each of the prospects.  On top of that, he gives you a “behind the scenes” look at how he takes his notes on each prospect.  To read the complete article as well as find more information on strength and conditioning for hockey check out HockeyStrengthandConditioning.com.
Nice job Sean and good luck up in Toronto!

>Fitness for Moms!!

>Last night as I was sitting on the couch, I picked up off the table the latest issue of Parents magazine.  My wife has a subscription to the magazine and I always like to thumb through it from time to time.  It usually has some great recipes for the grill and some good ideas of games and fun things to do, but I digress.  This particular issue had an article titled “Stroll yourself Slim.”  The article gives moms ideas and direction on how to have an effective workout while having their child(ren)with them in their stroller.
The reason that I found this article of particular interest is that my wife does this for a living.  She teaches and instructs moms through workouts while their children are in their strollers.  Beth owns and operates a Stroller Strides franchise in the Greater Boston North area.  If you are a mom looking for an exciting workout I have to suggest trying out the class.  And the great thing about it is that the first class is free!  For more information on Stroller Strides CLICK HERE.

>Strength and Conditioning for Women’s Lacrosse

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TRAINING FOR NEXT SEASON IS JUST WEEKS AWAY!
As you are finishing up your lacrosse season, I’m sure that you are getting excited about the many ways that you can get better for next season.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM TO HELP YOU IMPROVE YOUR GAME?
I am sure that you have been searching for a resource that will give you the information on how to increase your strength and improve your conditioning for lacrosse.

If you want to get QUICKER, STRONGER and FASTER on the field, then you will need to train hard off the field too. I have worked with lacrosse players of all levels including high school, club, college, and national team players and I have been able to help increase their strength and improve their speed and quickness with all of them.
Some of the athletes who have followed this program
Sarah Dalton
US Lacrosse Development Team
3 Time IWLCA All-American
Tewaaraton Award Nominee
2 Time America East Conference Player of the Year
3 Time All-Conference
Career Record Holder in Goals (247) and Points (284)
Former Boston University Terrier
Kelly Munroe
US Lacrosse Development Team
IWLCA All-American
National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) All-American
All-Conference
America East Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Former Boston University Terrier
Lindsay Lewis
Former member of US Lacrosse Development Team
2 Time IWLCA All-American
4 Time All-Conference
Former Boston University Terrier
And many others…
I have written down my workouts into an easy to follow 10 week strength and conditioning manual that is now available to you. This is a great way to improve your game when you are off the field.
Included in this manual are the following:
  • Easy to follow workout templates
  • Comprehensive total body warm-up routines
  • Flexibility Training
  • Self Massage techniques with the Foam Roller
  • Speed and Agility workouts
  • Sport Specific Conditioning workouts
  • Strength training specific to the demands of lacrosse
  • Pre and Post testing to measure results
  • Nutrition and Equipment suggestions
  • Over 100 pages of information

If this is the type of training that you are looking for to help improve your performance on the field then you must check out this program.

Remember, 10 weeks to a STRONGER and better CONDITIONED
YOU! 

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>Congrats Sammy!!

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I wanted to take a moment to congratulate Sammy Appiah on scoring his first goal in the MLS for the Houston Dynamo.  Sammy just finished up a great career here at BU and he also was a mainstay up in the weight room with me.  Hard work does pay off.  Congratulations Sammy and keep up the hard work!
CLICK HERE for more on Sammy’s goal.