Sunday, March 13, 2016

McGregor v Diaz; Our Own Skill Set; and Why I Don't Vote

I only feel the need to comment on the fight because so many others on my feed did, nearly all completely inaccurate.
If you don't follow fighting, you may still find this interesting on a competitive level.  Also if you don't follow fighting, your nuts.
Last Saturday, Conor McGregor (145er fighting at 170lbs) was choked out by Nate Diaz (Vegan-ish) in the 2nd round of a UFC fight.
Nor the weight referenced or the vegan lifestyle had anything to do with it.  Yes, Conor was 25lbs heavier than usual, and it mattered only in 1 regard (and remember, Conor might weigh in at the usual 145 but he and others can get to 160+ within 24 hours of that weigh in).
Conor threw a BUNCH of huge shots that missed or barely connected.  Because of that he gassed, not because he was heavier, but because he threw more punches than previously and completely underestimated Nate Diaz.  Conor underestimated Nates reach and his skills.  No excuses for the weight jump, many of them have the ability and knowledge to bounce around with a few classes.  He's a phenomenal athlete who knows how to use his body, and has the top trainers and nutritionists in the business, he lost because Nate is better.


In the past, on the blog and in real life, to myself and others, I've been hard and judgmental.
Something hit me recently...  Where before, I saw people as "underachievers," or just doing enough to get by, I saw it the exact opposite.  I sat in a place and watched and thought "Everyone is doing the best they can."
Life gets hard, right?  Days and weeks zip past real fast.  Boom, boom, boom and we're nearly into spring and summer and it'll fly by and it's 2017 already.  So life can zap you threw a time warp sometimes.  My kids are 11 and 9 and they say things to me that make me think "weren't you just 5 and 3 a couple weeks ago?  Now you're mini adults."  So you see time ripping past you and you start to see the picture of life you've created (creating).
And we can be judgy assholes, to ourselves and others, or we can go holy shit, I'm creating something pretty awesome here, and that awesome thing is our picture, our story, our life.
Obviously, the flip side is I CAN DO MORE grrr, but we dont have to flip the coin.  We can keep it on this side and stay with:
She's doing the best she can...
He's helping as much as he can...
They're performing as well as they can...
They're making the most out what they have...
They're trying their best.

They're managing with their skill set.
We are not all created equal.  Genetics play an enormous role.  So does environment, role models, life experiences, opportunities, etc.   Some people are great at x, others at y.  And as we can use the x and y variable, put that into a real life structure or a family structure.
Point is, life is a bitch.  Some people are resilient and can grind and battle through tough shit, some people cant.  It doesn't make one better than another, it makes them different.  The resilient warrior through life might be a tough SOB but they might not know how to handle some basic things in life and thats where person z is needed.  And person z might suck at a particular skill and need person g, and on and on we go.

I think it comes down to acceptance.
And being more mindful to not be a judgy douche.
To ourselves included.


Almost time to vote, yippedy yah!  We're all going to post who our President will be and hate on anyone else!!!
Two things to know:
A) Hillary Clinton is a lying criminal.
B) Donald Trump is just a complete bullshit artist.

 My analogy is this:  Browns suck, clearly.  But as long as the stadium is sold out, do you really think Haslem gives a shit?  Nope, money is money.  But imagine if season ticket sales went down the tubes and people stopped tailgating.
Then they'd notice and have to change.

What if we boycotted the election?
What if no one showed up to vote for these clowns?

Look at our choices.  Is this really the best of the best?  Is this really who we feel is going to improve our country?
I dont need to echo all the radio commercials, just step back and look objectively.  These people are completely out of touch, this is an ego stroke for them and they're all nuts.

Imagine you're in some rebel group off in bfe and you're sitting in a hut, polishing a rocket and on comes the news... DONALD TRUMP IS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!  Well, that just solidified our plans for the next 4 years, no?

I'm not going to movies because there's nothing good to see or pay for just as I definitely am not voting this year because there is no one to vote for.  Show some actual candidates that represent the better aspects of our society and I'll vote one day.  We have these disgusting career politicians who make money... doing what?  What skill do they bring?   What experiences have they had to make them OUR GUY/GIRL.  Right?  We say "Thats my guy!" and "That's my girl!"
These are neither.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Summer BootCamp 2016 (random thoughts)

Just a few random thoughts heading into March...

I sort of used our governments electoral college procedure in determining where and when these sessions will take place.  27 people voted and this is how I came up with some thoughts to help me shape the summer.
Also, see the pic below...
...its blurry but see where Texas is "worth," 38 and Rhode Island is "worth," 4?  Well let say you're a former attendee who hit 85-100% of classes... you are Texas.  On the flip side, let's say you text me for free workout ideas but never actually show up, or maybe you text again 3 months later asking me the same questions but never even join a gym, I'm sorry, but you are Rhode Island.  Your vote counted but Texas carries more weight.  I think that's fair.
Reason being, 27 people voted.  Will 27 people show up?  I wouldn't bet on it.  So I had to slant this towards the odds.

​a)  I'm leaning towards just one day per week, maybe sprinkle a Saturday or early am holiday session if requested.  In the past, people have liked a 4th of July session so I'm down for that if you want it.  As for why one day, historically we've always hit it hard on a Monday or Tuesday and it trickled away as Wednesday and Thursday came around.  Maybe after the weekend, we feel organized and the week hasn't started kicking our ass yet and by Thursday we're like "F this, wheres Friday?  I'm going home."  But all up for debate.

b) Monday or Tuesday?
Both recvd about the same votes so if someone is a definite NO for one of those days, let me know real soon.  Once the calendar is made, that's it.  Between football camps and my 1 on 1's, this schedule really cant be adjusted as of mid-April.

c) This is my cool "are you thinking too much?" thought that I really like.
I want to start mid-May, probably the 9th or 10th, and run 10-14 classes taking us til August (no classes in August because of summer football).
So lets say we have 14 classes, $10 for drop ins.
Cool part... 12 classes AND only $100 if paid in advance. ALSO IF PAID IN ADVANCE, I'll give you a voucher/credit/whatever for 2 complimentary personal training sessions.  Make sense?
12 classes  +  2 PT sessions  = $100
That means your paying about $8 per boot plus the bonus sessions...
OR it actually means you get 12 freaking free bootcamps for buying two pt sessions... wtf, I might want to rethink that!
Oh well, I wrote it now and literally too lazy to go back, delete and rethink any math.
It'll be the boot classes and 2 sessions for $100 or $10 drop ins, pay as you go.

c)  Locations will range between parks off of 91 in Willoughby, downtown Willoughby, Mentor and a park on RT 6 in Chesterland.   Some of you need to broaden your horizons and see some new views!
btw, the beach recvd really shitty reviews, I never knew!  I thought you guys loved the beach but maybe 3 people voted for it.
Todd Field was far and away the #1 spot voted for... you people are crazy.

d) Count on some new things, for sure.  I was recently in a football clinic and sat in on some strength & conditioning sessions and it really reminded me of year 1, probably 7-8 years ago and how I ran those.  Over the past 2-4 years I got a little too cute with things, concerned with building sand bags and TRX sets, and I still will but this year will definitely be different.  No doubt.
You'll need running shoes but shoes you dont mind getting dirty.  There will be a day or two where we just find a trail, hit it, find an open spot, train and run back.  Some sessions will be planned, some won't and we won't know which was which.  My goal is to help you train your body to reach x goal(s) and that you leave every session with an incredible high

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