Unilateral training has always been an interest of mine. I still love typical squats for myself. The “Monkey See, Monkey Do” philosophy in a gym environment isn’t something that I had thought about much. He makes a great point. By the way, Michael Boyle is “mad smart”. I was lucky enough to attend a seminar he spoke and worked with “us” at. The 2015 Perform Better Seminar took place in Austin on Saturday, Valentine’s Day. He was excellent! Check him out.
A recent thread on our StrengthCoach.com site made me realize I need to continue to write about why we don’t squat. I still don’t think people realize that my decision to stop doing back and front squats was not a knee jerk, attention grabbing ploy but rather the culmination of a twenty year long thought process. Our changes were based on years of lifting, coaching and observation. Our decision to switch to unilateral exercises was based on three thoughts:
1- Number of back issues we were seeing in our groups. Our number one mandate is “do no harm”. Although we did not have many serious back issues I would say at any given time in our collegiate strength program a minimum of 10-20 percent of our athletes would be dealing with back pain that limited the athlete and caused us to modify their training. I struggled to accept the idea…
Woke up to two frolicking blue jays playing on the crepe myrtle outside the kitchen window. Today was such a lovely and warm day. Clear and open skies. Not too many days are this nice throughout the year. I wish I took full advantage of it.
The pretty blue jays sure took the sting out of the realization that I fell off from my workout consistency pretty hard since I did not realize that I was going to be in this city for two weeks. A five pound weight gain was discovered today. I need to find a new gym at this location. I need to hurry, and cancel my membership at the 24 Hour Fitness in Houston.
I have not received any update on the possible Gold’s Gym hire yet. I will be getting a hold of them tomorrow morning. My second interview went really well. So, I wonder if they found someone who better filled the position. Even if that turns out to be the case I have no choice but to work towards improving towards being the best. “We da best!”
– Advisor Chill Time Again –
I found a prettyhelpfuladvisor finally on my visit today. Got my Spring classes approved, and not got to go back tomorrow. Apparently, there are no Biology for non-science major classes available in the Spring next year. Seems like it shouldn’t be true so I’m going to be looking into it with the advisor once again. Tomorrow will be the first time that I actually sign for a specific advisor. She was very helpful for me. Friendly too. Also, I cannot find the darn “Submit” button or option that I’m supposed to do to finish the class selection for the coming semester. That is just one other thing we will be going over.
– T W T –
The middle of the week always seems to give me an interesting feeling as opposed to the more common “T. G. I. F.” or “Ugh! It’s Monday again.” mentalities I always see. Fridays and Mondays are just more days to me. The middle days of the calendar week seem to carry less stress for me though. I usually have everything better planned and figured out by those days. There is also the lack of cultural expectancy as compared to Friday for instance. Friday brings with it the expectancy of relaxation with family activities or community party involvement from a majority of people. When you decline invitations to involvements with others saying you’ve got to study or work on something else people seem to have trouble understanding why you would choose “work” over “fun.”
If your work is fun then you will have a good life. Love what you do. Breathe your passion.
I admitted to my impatience mere hours before receiving my physical acceptance letter through the post. Next stop is to see an academic advisor(er) once again. Decided against taking part in the Athletic Training AS program at MCC. Just going to take care of as many personal interest classes as I can while here to save money. Also, going to be taking part in however many classes that will work towards my University of Houston Exercise Science degree plan that I really want to do. So, core curriculum towards Exercise Science, Classroom Spanish, Business and Marketing, and Public Speaking are most of the classes I am hoping to take while here to save money from the larger university.
Don’t just attend college to “Go to college.” If you go to college you better be taking part instead of wasting time not investing yourself in where your money and more importantly your time is. This took me a long while to really get closer to the mindset for. I’m a lot stronger in this aspect, and more invested in myself than when I first graduated high school. It had a lot to do with disappointments in association with many things, but I still should have tried a lot harder starting out. One disappointment was just the fact I ended up starting at a community college after having a full ride to Texas Christian University on scoring decently high in both the SAT and ACT, going into the military, and having talked for months setting up an EXTREMELYunorthodox way of work for pay with the school to cover the remaining of the tuition. The remaining of the tuition was a minimum of a third.
I got to hang out with another little cousin of mine today. It was so much fun. I cannot believe I steered clear of family for so long when I had the opportunity. I don’t miss people much when I am away, but I am beginning to learn to appreciate what an amazingly great thing I have with them.
I still have another 200 pages to read of the National Academy of Sports Medicine textbook. This is taking a bit longer than would have liked. I love the content though. I will be skimming back over the entire thing once complete it this first time. Luckily I highlighted half the book already. So, it won’t take even nearly the same amount of time around the second time. Only two weeks until I take the exam. I’m a little anxious. Excited to take it after all this time this year anticipating it.
Once I’ve completed the NASM I will be studying even more of notes taken past, and even more texts I own. I have enough texts to hold me down for about a year possibly.
“Those who move forward with a happy spirit will find that things always work out.”
Got an online order in the mail today. One of the products was wrong… Just frustrating. Even more so considering it was an overseas ship. The shipping is more than the actual items that were messed up too. So, I would rather not pay shipping to just get it fixed. Hopefully they’ll just send me the proper ones free of charge.
Just waiting on the “official” letter of acceptance to MCC to come through the mail. Honestly, it would have seemed a little sad had I not been accepted lol. Especially considering I raised my grade point average to 3.0 from 1.4 in one semester “About a year ago”… and a half. I am not going for the title that comes through completing education, but the learning that comes from being taught or teaching oneself. I am looking forward to being back in the classroom environment. To be able to use classes to get closer to knowing more and more about fitness and health is very cool to me.
I have had a lot of trouble as a Christian throughout the years. I have made a lot of mistakes. I cannot do it alone. I WILL strengthen my relationship with Him in my life. I will also be strengthening my bonds with my family. These are the two things I want to say are even more important to me than becoming a personal trainer, but I have been putting them on the sidelines instead. That Will Change! Proper prioritizing in the works.
Homecoming game victory! I missed out on the game, but I had a nice breakfast pre-game at George’s with the family for some good food.
Baylor puts up 45 Pts to beat Iowa State. Bears have not lost in Waco since 2012. Seth Russell : 197 Yds & 2 TD
Undefeated at Home for 3 years – pic post courtesy of @SportsCenter
It is ALMOST official! Placed application at the nearby community today with a following visit to a school advisor. I will be seeing them again next week with a deeper delve into transferables and overall personal planning. I’m very excited!
Kinesiology in Athletic Training and Exercise Science in Health Professions are current idea plans. I’m looking more at what the Plans include in the education more so than just the title of degrees. I don’t care as much about having a degree as actually learning what will help me in my life’s pursuits of being awesome!
A second interview is lined up with Gold’s Gym tomorrow. Wish me luck 🙂
I received a package in the mail yesterday with some epic stuff. It included a handled resistance band and an SAQ book. I don’t know when I will actually get to read it seeing how I have a stack of professional books to read through on top of the textbooks I’ll be adding from starting standard college classes back up.
Lots of work, but hopefully lots of fun with it too. I’ll make sure I enjoy it.