The scope and sequence of this course includes the teaching progressions of the Snatch, Clean & Jerk, and all associated movements. Participants will gain knowledge and experience of programming of training for both competitive weightlifters and for athletes using the weightlifting movements for strength and power development. The course includes theoretical classroom, and practical application over 2 days.
The holidays are right around the corner, and for many this means vacations, parties, food, drink, and less sleep. Health and fitness takes a back seat usually. Raise your hand if you’ve found yourself saying one of these;
“Well, I don’t want to start now because the holidays are coming and I won’t have time.”
“Eh, I’ll eat better when the holidays are over. I want to enjoy them.”
“Family is in town, so I can’t go to the gym this week.”
“I can’t start a gym membership because I have to save my money for holiday shopping.”
Or how about these:
“Oh I feel so bloated I ate too much.”
“I’ll start from square one in January, again.”
“I put on my holiday weight, again”
This doesn’t have to be reality for you this year! If you’re tired of the cycle, it’s time to get uncomfortable and make your health a priority during this season. Holidays 2018 can be different! You CAN eat well through the holidays. You CAN go to the gym. Heck, you even CAN start a new fitness routine. How, you may ask? Do you need superhuman strength to stay away from the sweets and holiday drinks? No, you just need to practice GRIT!
5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Right Now
My first tip for you is to just start. Find a fitness program and get started. I can hear some of you saying; “But I won’t be able to go every day since my schedule is so busy.” So what! Don’t expect yourself to go every day. Go as much as you can. Once or twice per week is fine! The important thing to realize is that you are starting small and gaining momentum. Progress happens quickly once you get going! (Think of building a snowman; it starts small!) And once you realize that you enjoy working out, you will inherently start creating the time in your busy schedule to prioritize going to the gym. So it doesn’t matter that you can only go twice a week right now – just go! By starting now, you are exercising your grit!
My second tip; don’t feel obligated to eat all of the treats offered to you. Maybe you think you’ll feel bad for not eating your friends’ homemade pumpkin pie or the coworker’s famous sugar cookies. But if you don’t want it, you don’t want it. Be grateful they brought their treats and kindly decline. And they will be fine! However, if you do want it, take a small serving and enjoy it. There is no sense in stressing out about it. The best part is, your body can burn it off quicker if you are working out regularly!
The third tip is to be prepared. If you know you are going to a holiday party and know you’ll be tempted to eat everything in sight; eat something before you go. Eat a meal or snack with healthy fats and protein before heading to the party so that way you can still enjoy the party but aren’t so hungry you sample the entire buffet. Family dinner and you usually stuff your face with a full plate of food? Use a smaller plate. Seriously! Fill it up and then don’t go back for a second helping. If you are prepared, you can succeed. It just takes a little grit!
My fourth tip is to get accountable to someone. Find a supportive friend or two that will commit to keeping healthy habits with you. Strength in numbers! Get a FB group going and share best practices, struggles and encourage each other.
Tip number five is critical—don’t miss your workouts! Yes, life is out of sync and maybe you can’t make your regular 4 or 5 classes per week. But don’t skip a whole week (or more) just because you have relatives in town or you have an office party to attend. One or two workouts in a week is better than zero! I promise, you won’t regret it! Plus, those accountability friends are probably at the gym – so that’s a double win!
The moral of the story; you are in control of your own destiny this holiday season. You aren’t a victim of office parties and family gatherings. You are in the driver’s seat and with a little grit and creativity you can navigate this holiday season healthy, happy, and improving your health and fitness!
I’m not sure about you but I’m a huge fan of podcasts. They are a great way to learn new things, reinforce good habits, and deepen your expertise. One of my regular podcasts is Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron. He is a prolific CrossFit Coach and Affiliate Owner. I think he has a lot of good knowledge to share, even if you don’t CrossFit.
I encourage you to listen to a recent podcast of his regarding habits, and specifically habits to NOT do. Whether or not you agree with all of his suggestions, you get a sense that he lives by a clear set of principles and guidelines. Below are my notes I took while listening to the podcast (so the text below is my interpretation and not his words) I encourage you to listen to the full podcast by clicking the link below and taking your own notes.
Don’t hit the snooze button. By hitting snooze, you are procrastinating the very first task of the day: simply wake up. What are the actual sleep benefits of 9 more minutes in bed? Negligible. Set the alarm for the time you actually want to wake up, and hold yourself accountable.
Don’t get mad in traffic. You can’t control it, so don’t let it make you angry.
Don’t show up late. Your time is just as valuable as everyone else’s, and showing up on time sends the message that you value others’ time as much as yours. (Always makes me think of Fast Times @ Ridgemont High…Spicoli)
Don’t watch the “news”. Politics, Hollywood, social media, etc. These are all forms of entertainment and their job is to grab and hold onto your attention. There are far more productive things you can spend your time on than the “news”.
Don’t pass judgement, don’t criticize. Let’s not pretend that we have all the answers, because we don’t.
Don’t eat and scroll (on your phone) if you’re with others. If you are looking at your phone, you are sending the message that what’s on the phone is more important than the other person.
Don’t look at email before lunch. Put the most important things first. Email (for many of us) can be a major distraction. For heaven’s sake, don’t wake up and check email first thing.
Don’t leave dishes in the sink. Stay uncluttered and finish what you started.
Don’t wait for perfect. “Jump and grow wings on the way down.” The first iPhone didn’t even have a calculator. Just go and do it!