Monthly Archives: September 2010

>The importance of testing

>The other day I was having a conversation with one of my athletes.  They were stressing out because I was getting ready to have a week of testing at the beginning of the semester in order to get some baseline measurements before we start our training. 
She was telling me that she was not ready for testing. 
My initial thought was, “Is there an injury that I do not know about?”  No, not at all…she simply felt that she would not be able to “ace” her tests.
When did I say that I expect everyone to PR on their tests?  I didn’t.  What I did tell them is that I want to see where we are so I can make the necessary adjustments to the training program to ensure the best results.
How else can we measure improvement if we do not have something to compare a post test to?  Hence, the concept of a pre test.
I think that it is important for people to understand that “testing” or for that matter “measuring” is such an important component to training.  It is necessary for us to be able to gather this information to use in a comparative way to make sure that we are on the path towards success.  And by the end of the training program, I hope to see that they are able to “ace” their tests.

>The perfect time for a change

>Are you stuck in a rut with your training?  Have you been getting frustrated with little or no results?  Well why don’t you make a change?  There isn’t a better time to make a change than right now.  Right now there is a change going on with everything…the season, the school year, the tv fall line-up…and so on.  You get the picture right? 
I was having a conversation with a friend of mine just yesterday and he was talking to me about our upcoming 20th high school reunion.  As with many of those reunions, they occur around Thanksgiving weekend.  And of course, everyone wants to look their best when the reunion comes around.  Well, that is 10 weeks away.  If the past twenty years, or fifteen, or ten, or even five years have not been kind to you since your days of school, now is the time to make that change.
Ten weeks to a better you?  Why wouldn’t you take that challenge?  So get on with your training and get ready to catch up with your old friends. 

Good luck…Today is Day 1!

>September 11, 2010


Many of you, like me, remember exactly where you were and what you were doing during the morning 9 years ago when you began hearing the news reports.  I remember being on my way to teach a class and stopping as I passed by a TV that was tuned into the news.  I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news of having a friend on one of the flights. 

Many of us lost friends and family that day. 

Today, September 11th, always remember and never forget.

>Fun Friday

>With the beginning of the school year here, the first weeks of school get a little hectic with meetings, testing, and more testing.  Friday was no different, but t was hectic in a good way.  The day started with having my lacrosse team finishing their third day of testing.  And for the most part I was pleased with what I saw over the test days.  Testing is such an important component because it gives me the measurements markers that I need to measure the progress from point to point.  It is also very interesting to see how different athletes, from young to old, respond to the concept of testing.
Besides the testing and workouts that took place on Friday, I was also lucky to have one of my former athletes come in to visit while he was in town.  David Barth, a former member of the track team, was in town getting ready to fly back to his home in California.  He stopped in for a visit and talk about ideas on training.  David runs some track camps out in the northern California area.  If you are in that part of the country, you should check out is programs.  Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to train many athletes, and it is great to have them stop by to say hi and visit.  It always makes me feel good to hear about what they are doing now and how they really liked what they did when they were working out with me.
Have a great weekend everyone!

>The revovations are coming along.


One of the 18 new platforms!

This summer we’ve have been going under some serious renovations up in the weight room area.  It has been exciting to see the improvements being done.  As you can see above, the platforms have come in and they look great.  Stay tuned for more updates.

>My interview with BU Today


I wanted to share with you a recent interview that I was a part of for BU Today.  They had asked to come in and see what exactly we do when we are working out with the student athletes.  I even got to put one of the reporters through some of the exercises that I have the athletes perform.  I hope you have the chance to check out the interview.  I had a lot of fun helping them put it together.  For the complete interview CLICK HERE.

Thanks again to BU Today for this great opportunity.