3 benefits working out with a WEAK training partner

Summer bliss, Fun in the sun, Sun out Guns out, are some popular sayings during the summer. One phrase you would hear if you went to a local swim pool or lake is “do you have your swim buddy? ” we had a swim buddy keeping us safe and accountable for not drowning. While at the same we were able to share the joys of summer together.

 

Today we still use the buddy system, yet this may look very different compared to our swim buddy. It may be grabbing coffee with a co-worker and bouncing ideas off each other, it may be a girl friend to go shopping with. Buddies help each other to be our best, best businessman or finding the best outfit. The buddy system is designed to help each other to be the best we are meant to be.

 

In the gym world we have our workout buddies. Working out with a buddy can help keep you accountable for getting your workout in and helping you stay on track with your goals. Training with a partner can be so much more than just these good aspects. Here are the benefits of training with a weak partner.

 

  1. Stronger Mind
  2. Stronger You
  3. Stronger Community

 

For these benefits to accrue we  need to be open and honest. First, we need to be open with our self, admitting our weakness. This takes mental strength. We all have our strength and weakness, as much we don’t want to admit we have weakness, (speaking for my self here) we do.

 

Before we can learn we have to admit our starting point, our weakness. This takes guts to admit where we are not strong! It can be scary because it means we have to be vulnerable with each other to gain strength. Being honest with each other invites coaching, learning and progressing. Your buddy  may be stronger in an area you are weak. This allows you to lean how to improve your weakness and transform it into your strength. At the same time you may be strong in an area your partner is weak. You are now challenging each other to learn through strength to improve weakness.

 

We must be open to weakness, open to learn, open to transform. Only then are we able to convert our weakness as strength. This is when you will have developed a stronger mind.

 

You will start complementing (verses competing against each other, another blog post on this to come) each other with your strengths and your weakness. Working with each other you will use your strength to transform what could have been your Achille’s heel into a powerful force.  Together you will become mighty warriors by working through different limitations. When we recognize we each have different strengths to offer one another, it balancing out our own weakness, creating a stronger you. Once you have developed a stronger you, we start building stronger community.

 

A strong community is working together and bringing out the best in you, a stronger you. Let us thrive together through this “buddy system” enjoying each other’s strengths. For without our buddy we might be drowning through life.

 

 

Competitions

Being a competitor, I love the challenge of any type of competition. The mental focus of syncing the mind and body to work together in the “zone” can be challenging at times. It is only time the mind and body are able preform at its best. This is what every athlete strives for, being in the zone at the present moment.

Planning water ski competitions schedule for 2014, I start to wonder how do I practice the zone during the off season? I find it extremely hard to practice this when I am not even out on the water yet. Though at the same time I see the mental challenge it creates and I am up for the task. As a water skier, I am always looking ways for improvement.  I am consistently competing against myself and  determined to progress to next level. Every time I am out on the water I treat as if I was at a competition, striving for my best.

Just like making my practice part of my competition, each day we all have the opportunity to make it a “game day.” What every you may be training for, approach each day with the mental tactic of  a competition. On any competition day we all have this mental approach of winning, transition this to everyday by attacking each workout routine or practice set with a winning mentality.  Even though it is not a true competition, your are competing against your old yourself striving for a new part of you. We can’t win every competition and not every day is going to be a fantastic thrilling day, but each day we will be seeking ways to improve ourselves. Make every day a “game day” and enjoy the present moment.

Game Day

SFG – Vancouver BC STRONG FIRST

There are certain events in life that create a powerful impression leaving a signature mark. This past weekend left its imprint on my life as I traveled to Vancouver BC to participant in Canada’s first Strong First Girya Certification. This was an unforgettable weekend and I will  keep the memories alive  by  implementing them into my career and my personal life.

The SFG certification puts mental strength,  physical strength, and spiritual strength to the test with three days of detailed intense training.  Part of the certification is to be able complete 100 snatches with a 16 kg kettlebell within 5 min.  There are many other things we were tested on over the duration of the weekend and not to mention the countless  amount of swings.  During this time I learned a tremendous amount of information to improve my clients training protocol while creating lifelong friends.

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However, the main impression taught is how strength is a skill with a deeper purpose.

Many times we would partner up for exercises and I would always find myself with someone who was strong in the areas I was weak or where I was strong in areas they were weak.  Working with each other we used our strength to transform our what could have been our Achille’s heel into a powerful force.  Together we became a mighty warrior by working through our limitations.

This is when it occurred to me that strength is not necessary where we are strong, but rather the areas where we are weak. Perfecting strength as a skill improves our limitations.  As I came to this conclusion, I started to realize the deeper purpose.

First I have to admit where my limitations lie to be flexible for growth.  Strength is having the humility to acknowledge weakness and the diligence to improve it.  When we recognize we each have different strengths to offer one another, it balancing out our own weakness, creating a stronger community.

Thank you Vancouver BC SFG for a strong community and an amazing experience.

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He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the week. Isaiah 40:29

Off Season Training Begins

This past weekend I was able to compete in my fist tactical strength competition.  It consisted of max dead lift, max pull ups and the 5 min snatch test.  Those who are not familiar with the snatch text, it is completing as many kettle snatches you can within the 5 mins.  I accomplished a 205 lb dead lift, 14 pull ups and 105 snatches.  However, I could not have completed any of this without the amazing encouragement that was surrounding me from all the other competitors.

The best part of the day was seeing how strength brought strangers to friends, friends to encouragers and  encouragers to competitors within minutes.  The atmosphere was filled with motivation and inspiration, like a forest set on fire the motivation and inspiration started burning inside each of us in hopes to do our best.  As a result, many people had personal record  PR (in water skiing we call this personal best PB).  It was amazing to see and be a part of the determination, the strength and the encouragement from everyone wanting to improve their physical abilities.

As any competitor, we want a t-shirt to wear for bragging rights.  This was the shirt rewarded to all the competitors.

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I love the quote on the back of the shirt.  As a personal trainer, I believe strength does have a greater meaning.  For some, strength is losing weight, others may be a fight against cancer,  or it might be like my case a back injury and being able to walk pain free is strength. For me,  strength is a tool, a hope to use as inspiration for others.  Many of you know my story (and if you don’t you can read previous post about my back injury) and from this story of healing I hope I am able to inspire others to never give up on their dreams.  It is people and their stories that motivate me to continue to strive for my best, yet there is still a greater meaning to strength for me.

Snatch Test 105

As a competitor I am constantly reminded where my strength comes from:

  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go ~Joshua 1:9

He is my strength and power.

Strong First

God First

visualization

Unfortunately, the lake has been to busy for me to ski today and tomorrow.

In times like these, I will spend some of the day ” day dreaming” aka visualization about skiing. With any type of sport or exercise it is just as important to imagine yourself accomplishing your goals. Once you believe in yourself and start seeing yourself achieving your goals it helps make these goals a reality. Next time you go to the gym for you killer workout or the next practice you have, before you get there start thinking about your goals and why you are there.

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