Hitting the Writing Wall

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down here to write a blog. As something I planned on doing more regularly I have not gotten off to a great start! I have hit a kind of wall as to what to write about on here, and I still don’t really know what content to put up or what not to put up. For something I planned on doing for myself I have quickly fallen into the trap of overthinking about what to write to look sh*t hot on here. Instead I should just be focusing on what I myself want to write about. After all this is a personal blog!  I’ve began to look at some great writers in this area to gain some inspiration and I have to say there’s some great content out there. If you look at the likes of Stuart McMillan, Bret Bartholomew, ALTIS, Dan John… You will not be disappointed. The stuff these guys write it’s just outstanding! Anyway enough rambling about my shortcomings of being more frequent on here! I’ll work on that..

Random Ramblings

Athletic Development

When it comes to athlete development there is no perfect way to programme design. Yes there will be similarities but its hard to give a one size fits all programme to a group of athletes and expect the same result from each and every one on that programme.

This is something that really struck home with me over the last few months. Especially from coaching the fantastic Rebel Wheelers Multi-Sports Group. A lot of the kids here have the same disability but by god are they all unique in their own way with what they need.  Athletes are individuals and they should be coached that way. Well no scratch that. Every single person you meet is an individual and each and every one of them should be coached that way. You cannot take a one size fits all approach to fitness. It may work in the short run, but long term it will not workout.

If you’d like to see a better insight into the work we do with this group at ACLAÍ have a look at the video below:

Ladder Sets

I have been playing around with these for awhile now after reading Dan Johns post about them a while back. They are a great way to up the volume of your sets without adding more sets in.  They are best utilised on alternate exercises to keep the tension on the resting limb while the other one goes to work.

Give this a try for your self and see!

Alternate Dumbbell Bench Press

Set 1:

2 – 3 – 5 -10 on both Limbs

Straight Arm Front Plank

Set 2 :

New weight

2 – 3 – 5 – 10

Straight Arm Front Plank

Set 3:

New  / Same Weight

2 – 3 – 5 – 10

Straight Arm Front Plank

Oh and it is best advised to leave our ego at home when your are trying this. They are a lot tougher than they look.


YOU’RE A FAILURE. SAYS WHO? SAYS YOU?

“As a coach there are two ways I can deal with results. I can tell you that you got 7 out of 20 or I can tell you that you got 7 right. If you get 8 right the following week that’s an improvement on your previous self. That should been classed as success. Unfortunately we want to rank people, particularly kids, to label them, put them in boxes. The challenge is that we potentially destroy them by constantly grading them against a higher figure.” 

I went to a talk in Setanta College a few years back where Dr. Dave Alred was speaking and it was an absolute pleasure to listen too. In the above article he speaks about how we shouldn’t be so quick to brand ourselves as failures. How that people think just because they are not where they think they should be or what they want to achieve that they are a failure, but they do not look at the margins needed to get to where they want to be. how these margins go out the window once you consider yourself a failure.

5 Things to Cut Out if you Want to be Successful

  • Give up multi-tasking

Most of the time spent switching between tasks is time wasted. Focus on the task at hand and then move onto the next one.  (Side note: I feel this is where I fell short on when it came to my blogs, I was trying to do them in between college work and it just didn’t work)

  • Give Up the Unhealthy Lifestyle

Take care of your body, try and get some form of exercise in everyday. think of those 10,000 steps! After all, the body is the only place you 100% have to live in!

If you want to be successful it starts with a healthy body, as the saying goes. “healthy body equals a healthy mind” 

  1. Quality Sleep
  2. Healthy Diet
  3. Physical Activity

Your body will thank you in the long run!

  •  Give Up Believing In The “Magic Bullet.”

“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better”

— Émile Coué

  • Give Up Your Need To Be Liked

“You can be the juiciest, ripest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be people who hate peaches.”

— Dita Von Teese

This is something I have definitely taken on recently. I have noticed that I may not be everyones cup of tea or whatever but I’m ok with that now. I think this works both ways too, as you grow older and become wiser you are going to change, nobody stays the same throughout life.

  • Give Up Wasting Time
“The trouble is, you think you have time”
— Jack Kornfield 
Procrastination is an awful thing. To counteract this I’ve recently began setting out to-do lists for the day ahead. Especially on my days off as I will tend to just be a sloth on those days and do as little as possible if I do not have a plan.
More of these here

Podcast of the Week

Glutes, glutes, and more glutes w/ Bret Contreras “The Glute Guy” — 297

https://daily.barbellshrugged.com/contreras/

To say I’m not fond of a hip thrust myself would be an understatement! So it would be rude not to give the man himself a mention…

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