Thursday, January 27, 2011

The One Blog Post That Can Change Your Life!

Yes, this is a BOLD statement and I stand by it wholeheartedly. How can I? Cause it did for me...Read, absorb, think, and then do! And it will work for you too.

I read an exceptional book this week by Scott Ginsberg and there was a section in there that jut wrapped up everything I have strived to learn in my life. The way he said it was just perfect. So I wanted to share it with you in hopes that it will resonate with you too. Enjoy it and if it touches you, forward it to others in that they may feel the power of these words.

BE brilliant at the basics. Be the change you want to see in the world. Be the first one. Be the only one. Be unforgettable. Be interesting. Be a sleeper. Be the world's expert on yourself. Be better than yesterday, but not as good as tomorrow. Be confident enough to be humble. But be somebody who reminds everybody of nobody else in the world.

AND DON'T wish it was easier, wish yo were better. Don't sell, enable people to buy. Don't let jerks get you down. Don't be weary in well doing for in due season you will reap a great harvest if you faint not. And don't wait for the mainstream to validate your voice. Don't despise the day of small beginnings. Don't be selfish with your knowledge. Don't complain if you haven't earned the right. And don't be different, be unique.

BECAUSE YOU are what you charge. You are what you believe. You are the books you've read and the people you've met. And you are an empty sheet of paper in the minds of every person you encounter.

AFTER ALL, the world cannot resist a person on a mission. The best swimmers are always in the pool. The sculpture is inside the stone. And the two greatest days in your life are the day you're born, and the day you realize WHY you were born.

AND if you are successful you will always have too much to do and too little time. If you aren't being criticized, you aren't doing much. And if everyone says you're out of your mind, you just might be onto something.

EVEN THOUGH, it's not easy being yourself. It's not who you know, it's who knows you. And it's not the years, it's the mileage.

SO WORK hard, work long and work smart. Work like you don't need the money. And work from technique, because you never know how you will feel.

AND DON"T FORGET THAT success leaves clues. That confidence is king. That credibility comes from specificity. That listening is not waiting to talk. And that a nice person who is mean to a waiter is not a nice person.

OR, TO tell the truth, to tell it all and tell it now. To give value first. To paint yourself into a good corner. To allow customers to participate in your brand. To do work once and benefit many times. To give yourself away. To respect people no's. To take massive action. And to act as if you already are the person you're trying to become.

THEREFORE, ALWAYS stand up, stand out or be counted out. Discover your Personal Mission. Learn to step outside your comfort zone. Greet each day with love in your heart. Show, don't tell. Make daily appointments with yourself. Never apologize for your art. Remember your Victory Dance. Work harder on yourself than  your job. Find your one big idea. And always validate your existence, be yourself and so something cool--every single day!

"Everybody is somebody's somebody!"

Thank all of you for following my work. I am truly honored.....ME! 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

3-Hour Brain Rush with Joe Dowdell

This weekend I had the honor of attending my good friend Joe Dowdell's workshop at Peak Performance Gym in NYC on Program Design 101. Joe is the CEO and founder of Peak Performance Gym voted one of the Top 10 Gyms in the country by Men's health Magazine, so you know he know his stuff. And take it from me, HE DOES!

Click here to see my Stop Chasing Pain TV interview with Joe after the workshop.

Here are just a few of the 100's of take aways from the workshop. Keep an eye out for Joe's Internship Program coming soon.

Learn more at Joe's website:

  • The Goal of your client is the most important component to program design. It's not about you, it's about them!
  • Targeting the GTO Golgi Tendon Organ is the key ingredient that makes foam rolling effective.
  • CNS Activation Drills fire up the nervous system and are designed to improve the individual's timing and rhythm.
  • In general he recommends changing the strength program every 3-6 weeks, but 4 weeks is a good rule of thumb.
  • Core dominant exercises (in general) should be placed at the end of the strength training session.
  • TEMPO matters!
  • Two ways to look at intensity: load and effort!
  • GPP General Physical Preparation is always where you start with a client. Helps develop tissue tolerance to begin to improve their work capacity.
  • Block Method of Periodizaton is an idea that suggest the use and sequencing of specialized meso-cyle blocks, where highly concentrate training workloads are focused on a minimal number of motor and technical abilities.
This is just a sample of the enormous information he talked about for programming. There is an art to programming. Invest the time to learn the skill.

Thanks Joe for a great time! 

Chad Skrederstu, Joe Dowdell, Me