Sunday, January 31, 2016

What it Takes To Be great

What does it take to be great? Amazing genetics, a good work ethic, the right knowledge, luck? Maybe a mixture of all. But from what I have learned in my research and from my real world experience, those who are best at whatever they do are those who stick with it. The best of the best do not take breaks. They put whatever their goal is and put it as their number one priority. This is why those who strive for greatness fall short. I do not blame them either. If you truly want to be the best a anything, it has to be your life. Let's use professional athletes as an example. When they are training they cannot go out with friends, eat whatever food they want, or skip a training session or they lose out. It can be said about CEO's of companies or people that make a lot of money. They are the on top, financially, but they miss out on family stuff, but that is what it takes to be great. So when you choose your goals and how far you want to go with it, you have to choose what you will give up to obtain it.
                                                                                                                 Peace, Mike    

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Upcoming Football Season

It has been recently announced that a new coach has been hired for the high school team. I met him the other day and he seems to be a straight shooter. One of the assistant basketball coaches, Rowdy Brown, used to have him as his football coach and told me how much he liked him. I introduced myself at the football meeting and I immediately could tell that he cared about his new position. On a side not, the former coach cared for the program, he was there year round in the weight room, and he never "skipped practices for other personal pursuits.'' Last season was not solely the coaches' fault, the players', or any one person specifically, an equal distribution of blame is at fault for the unsuccessful season. But last year was last year, everyone's focus should be on this fall. This new coach will bring a fresh feel to the program and I hope Paris football becomes something big. I hope my last season is a good one, and I know it will be. There will be new faces due to recruiting kids that have not played before, and from the upcoming freshman class.
                                                                                                        Peace, Mike

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

My First Competiton

My first strongman competition was last July in Strasburg, IL. I had only been specifically training for strongman for about 3 months. On Sundays, I would go to a gym in Terre Haute, Indiana in the mornings with my strongman trainer, John Calhoun, and my training partner, Zach Cox. The lead up to the competition was mostly trying to fit all the lifts that was going to be there into my schedule. 3 weeks before the contest was the first time I had ever picked up an Atlas Stone, and I had only done farmer's walk a handful of times prior to the contest. But it didn't matter, I had so much fun competing and it does not feel like you are going against the other contestants, but you are competing against the weight. Everyone cheers for each other and there is a very positive vibe being shared. This year Strasburg is a USS sanctioned event meaning it will even be more competitive and a larger crowd than last year. Last year there were three teens in my division, this year I am expecting at least 8-10.                                                                    
                                                                                                                          Peace, Mike
"It is easy to be beat with your hands in your pockets." -Unknown

Monday, January 11, 2016

Plan For the Offseason

My training for strongman peaks in the spring and summer because that is when I actually compete. Once that time is up though, I have to scale back my training for football and basketball. Especially for football given it is a high impact sport. And for basketball, the amount of running makes it hard to  extremely taxing lower body workouts and compete at practice. So I have to train smartly. I train on Mondays when practice is lighter because we have games on Tuesdays. Then I train on Wednesdays for the same reasons. To complete the week I train Saturdays after practice. During the week I get to the Rec at 530am and am home by 650. But basketball is over soon and I will scale my training back up. I am not sure how much strength I have gained this offseason but I know there is progress. I also use this time of year to work on fixing muscular imbalances and working on aesthetics because once season starts all my effort goes to actually getting better at strongman lifts.
                                                                                                                           Peace, Mike

'"Stay hungry. Stay healthy. Be a gentleman. Believe strongly in yourself and go beyond limitations.'' -Arnold

Friday, January 8, 2016

How I Got Started

2016 marks the 4th year that I have been strength training, my 6th year of playing football, and my 2nd year of  competing in Strongman competitions. Strength training, strongman, and football all compliment each other. I got into strongman when I was training for football with my trainer, Phil Doblestein. He has friends that were into the sport that I met and they got me started. I began playing football when I was in the 4th grade. My dad and brother both played so I followed the tradition and have enjoyed the sport immensely. My strength training career started in 8th grade when my brother took me to high school football conditioning during the summer. I fell in love with the sport and have consistently done it since a young age. Unfortunately my football career is coming to a close as this coming fall will be my last season unless I walk on when I go to college. But if this it, strongman will satisfy my need to compete in something.