Saturday, March 20, 2010

Nature's pharmacy & We'll miss you Mike!

Are you taking prescription medication? If so, how many? When your doctor told you you needed medication did you try all possible alternatives before agreeing to take them? Here's my point- I believe that our country is EXTREMELY over-medicated, especially children. Doctors are so willing to prescribe medication for any sort of ailment. Don't get me wrong, I believe in certain types of medication. I just think they should be a last resort after you've exhausted all other resources, specifically, food. While modern medicine is marvelous for some medical problems, it does not address the body's ability to heal itself. God, Buddha, Mother Earth, whoever or whatever you believe in, gave us nature's pharmacy. What chemists are desperately seeking, Mother Nature often already has in stock. Some of the most powerful preventatives for ailments are not located in prescription drugs but in fruits and vegetables and common herbs found in your kitchen or local health food store. Plants have been our healers for centuries, and are still the best way to get to the "root" of the problem. Unlike conventional drugs which often mask the problem; nature is more thorough. All I'm saying is next time you go to fill that prescription, check in with yourself. Have you thoroughly researched your "problem?" Have you tried all or any of the natural alternatives? Have you done everything you can holistically to heal yourself? Believe me, your body will thank you.
To change the subject, I wanted to talk a little bit about Mike Heinz. For those of you who haven't heard, Mike is going to be leaving us for a while. He has decided to further his career with the Fire Department by attending Captain Certification classes and then testing for Captain. This is a long, rigorous process that will require all of his extra attention. I am sad to be losing Mike from CrossFitWorks but at the same time grateful that he was here. Mike is so knowledgeable and has been a great partner with me for the 9am class. Mike excels at CrossFit while being one of the most humble guys I know. Please join us this Wednesday March 24th, at the 9am class to say good-bye to Mike. If you haven't met Mateo yet, he will be taking Mike's place and will be there as well. He's got some big shoes to fill but I know he will do great! Best of luck Mike, we'll miss you!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Congrats Theresa!!!

Theresa Lambert got her first kipping pull-up today! But let me clarify, not only did she get one, she busted out three. And not only did she get one set of three, but several! Way to go Theresa! I didn't have a good picture of her, but I just happen to find one that looks similar to what I saw this afternoon...

Friday, March 5, 2010

Practice makes perfect...

Our thought for the day comes from Matt Furey, author of such books as "Combat Conditioning" and "Combat Abs." In my opinion he is the king of body weight exercises. I have learned a lot from him over the years. Today I'm posting a little story Matt tells about practicing...
Last weekend my son struck out the side in a Little League baseball game. On Sunday a friend came over to work out with me. He asked how the game went and I gave him the scoop about how my youngin' whiffed three batters in a row. He then turns to my son and says, "You're a natural." I immediately recoiled and said, "He's a natural at knowing he better practice if he's going to be good." There are two extremes when it comes to coaching kids - or adults, for that matter. One is to criticize severely and never offer anything positive. The other is to flatter and praise too early and too often, which can and often does cause the person being stroked to lose interest. After all, if you're being coddled before victory, what's the point in striving to succeed? I prefer the middle path. It's called teaching those you love and those you coach to practice, practice, practice. Regardless of who praises you and for what-you practice. Regardless of who criticizes you and for what- you practice. I believe in praising others for that which deserves praise and can be duplicated. Telling someone he's a natural is not one of those situations. It's feedback that does nothing to move you along the path. It makes you stop and think, "Am I really?" instead of thinking, "What can I DO to get even better?" Earlier in my life I was told I was a natural writer. Later on I was told I was a natural speaker. Neither statement led to anything positive. Neither statement helped me grow in either field. Neither helped me succeed in the slightest. "You're a natural," someone says. "So what?" I reply. Show me how you practice- and later still, how you play- and even more so, how you react to victory- as well as defeat- then we'll see how 'natural' you are. When you are at your best, when you're most natural at what you do- that's the day when you know you've put in your time and paid your dues via the power of repetition. That's the moment in time when you know what it really feels like to be UNBEATABLE.