It is a great morning

I have had success and failures throughout my life and I am sill here and continuing to make changes to improve and progress in my life-which i really enjoy doing. I have encountered both big and small setbacks inside and outside the gym. I choose to move forward even if it is a struggle to see minimal progress. I know if I do not doubt myself, I can move forward, trusting and BELIEVING I can and will be successful in reaching and accomplishing my goals.

Surround Yourself With The Best

Two time National Champion Spencer Norman and Donny Shankel

Two time National Champion Spencer Norman and Donny Shankel

knocked down, then just get up and keep on moving


This picture is from the Butch Curry Classic hosted by Charlie Zamora and Micha Zamora. Butch Curry was an Olympian from 1980 and is currently the President of The Pacific Weightlifting Association and has been for a long time.  Unfortunately Butch had a stroke a few days before the meet and was not in condition to attend this meet that honors him.  As of the time of the meet Butch was and is in stable condition. Butch has attended and help run almost every meet the PWA is in involved in.  Butch has seen all my great meets and all my not so good meets and I’m still to write about it.  Weightlifting is a tough sport and I really love it because of it’s level of difficulty and it’s graceful beauty of a near perfect lift.

This meet made me ask hard questions about myself and the way I train. I choose to take myself through a few very intense conditioning workouts the weeks and months leading up to the meet.  which I questioned before I even did them. Now I can answer those questions. I did the conditioners because I personally needed to push myself to the limit. It’s no secret I go hard in everything I do, hard work pays off is what I believe in.  Well I pushed my body to the limit and a little bit mentally.  My body took a beating and left me with a negative taste of discomfort for not trusting my instinct about preparing for The Butch Curry Classic, I also had a few things that life served up to me outside the gym and I gave into the situation mentally and gave myself a  mental break by selling myself the idea that my life outside the affected my mental game. Even on game day or the “meet”,  I had outside issues to confront, which I let interfere with me performing the lifts on that day.  I had actually decided to not lift based on my mental state, hours before weigh ins.  My focus was off just enough to have a slight dip in my confidence. Confidence that was based on me  handling my situation   off the platform or simply put life stuff. So this is what I call “reverse confidence”. It means that I utilize my outside of the gym life to build my confidence for my weightlifting, if that makes sense.  So think of it this way I have goals outside of the gym as well as in the gym, I.E.  snatching 120kg and clean and jerking 150kg.  Another way to look at it.  When I first started lifting at the age of thirteen it gave me confidence in myself in other areas of my life. So now when I train towards my goals I remove roads blocks one by one and continue my journey and training lets me know whether or not I’m in alignment with myself both mentally and physically. I have to be in alignment to compete with myself on a daily basis. I also choose to not give MYSELF  any excuses on why I did poorly at my last competition other than I choose not to tap into my razor sharp focus, in an attempt to give myself leeway or let myself down nicely.  This meet was a test that I realized now actually has made me better. i still showed up to the gym continued on my journey of improving my competition lifts and my personal development. Once I decided that I would not let my out of my goal i kept practicing and practicing and practicing until I got into the process of what I was doing. Being so focused on how I can be better and get better that the results didn’t matter just my approach and my inner drive to do the best i can for this lift right now. STAYING FOCUSED keeps me from numbing my mind and body,  by thinking about how  can I lift THIS and questioning  my training, I slow my body and reaction times down. When doubt come into my mind I’ve stopped competing. Winnners always stay positive no matter what. We enjoy just lifting weights, so the process never gets dull. This meet was a reminder of the power of positivity and working the process and giving myself no excuses to not succeed  By throwing myself back into hard work and actually focusing  on maintaining a “let’s just get better mindset” got me back into touch with my mind and body working together.  If I focus so much on the outcome I lose touch with process of what really takes,  which is Desire, Dedication, commitment, discipline, determination and perseverance are all done on a daily basis,  we must not only read them and contemplate what they mean, but we must also live them everyday no matter what, it’s just like practicing anything in life, the more we practice and the  better we get the more we internalize and feel the words come through us whether We realize it or not.

Diving head first into the challenges

This is my first blog post in awhile. So here goes. I usually post once a week, but this last year, I’ve let writing go to the back burner while really focusing in on training the snatch and clean and jerk. I’ve made some great improvements to my lifts, which in turn has helped me become a better coach and person. I learn best by actually being involved and participating hands on through trial and error. I’ve pushed my training volume up and while also maximizing my recovery sessions for each workout. Which means I’ve had to organize my time to allow for the proper recovery from each workout. As the weights and sets have gone up so has the need to be on point for the right amount of sleep, nutrition, mobility and mental focus. I only have few more years to train at an intense state. Or really I’m giving myself this time to see what I can get my weightlifting total up to. During these last 2 years I’ve been at my most consistantent with the snatch and clean and jerk, but my greatest consistency has been in the game of life. Yes I think life’s a game that I see as daily, weekly, monthly and yearly challenges. I grew up with a belief in myself that I can do anything I put my mind to and believe 100% in. Growing up I taught myself how hit a baseball at 10 years old or I should say I started the process of learning and a deep desire to hit left handed. I watched my little league coach crush the ball right handed then turn around to the left side of the plate and proceeded to hammer the ball to all fields. My jaw dropped in awe for what my coach just did. I then asked him what do I need to do to hit left handed. He said take 100 swings everyday and I did. The next two years I did just that. It felt wrong and almost hurt sometimes. I even started to brush my teeth left handed so I could start training my brain to fire the muscles in coordination with movement of my left side of my body. Yes a coach suggested that I try it out. Did it help? Well I like to think it kept me focused on my goal of being a legit left handed hitter. I can now brush my teeth from both sides. At the age of 12 my gramps sent me to a Sacramento City baseball camp and I loved every minute of it. I was there from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Baseball everyday was awesome. After that camp I learned a lot about baseball and how to get better. Nothing fancy but good old fundamentals. I also was given a handbook with drills and technique work for hitting, throwing, catching and base running. The drill I used to hit left handed was a towel drill used for hitting. It trained my swing to be compact and hit through the ball with my body. So I used a towell under my arm or elbow for 100 swings a day practice. After three years of practicing on my own my step dad purchased cage and casey pitching machine. I hit everyday non stop, because it was fun. I crushed the ball right handed, I could hit the ball anywhere I wanted on command. Then I would turn to the left side and hit the ball hard, but I was inconsistant. I questioned myself but I never gave up. It just was not an option. My stepfather knew the grounds keeper at Sacramento City college, and my step dad’s friend mentioned that he can ask the baseball coaches if they gave hitting lessons. They did offer hitting lessons and I learned the fundamental steps to hitting a baseball. This was when I was 12 by the time I was 14 I could crush the ball to all fields with any pitch. I was a legitamate left handed hitter now all I needed was the confidance use my left handed swing in a game. I felt some pressure within to wait for the right time. So waited and waited. Well the next thing I know I have a strained hip and could not hit righ handed. I played every in every game since I was 8. The only way I could play wasto hit left handed while hobbled around for defense. So my 1st time up I hit hit hard single to left field which surprised me, but not really. One off the reasons I was hesitant to hit left in a reall game was because I didn’t want to give up at bates while learning how to hit in a game and I didn’t want to let my teammates down by not performing at my best or just not trusting my swing. So anyways let’s get to the point. The next year was high school try outs and I was going into the season as a switch hitter. 1st at bat as a lead off hitter I doubled to left field. I made the varsity team and started in left field which I didn’t know how to play, yes lft field is tougher than it looks. I made second team all metro which back then was a rough league. I played against Geoff Jenkins, Dereick Lee and Harvey Hargrove who hit 28 homers at Sacramento state. I played against a lot of future minor leaguers and Collge standouts. This foes to show you that a belief in one’s self is very important in anything in life. Trusting and believing in hard and continuous work pays off. Some goals take days, months and even many years to reach. I enjoy the rigors and challenges of weightlifting as I once did in developing my baseball skills. I’m learning to take a new approach on life which will enable me to reach my goals and help others reach theirs. This one my reasons for believing in people, if I can do it so can You. The only real talent I have is my abilty to believe in myself , my work ethic,focus and in not giving up. These are all characteristics traits that we all have inside it’s just up to us to realize them or develop them so we can create the accomplishments we want out of life.

Coaching Tuesday: Could You Use an Olympic Coach at Work?


This is a great article, we all perform better with a coach and the best do it with self motivation and guidance

Originally posted on Blanchard LeaderChat:

Skater-girlIn her online post In Olympics of Life, We All Could Use a Coach, Mary Schmich delineates the myriad ways a coach makes a difference.  She states:

“Most of us are slipping and sliding on the bumpy ice of life. Our execution’s sloppy; we are poorly trained. We need some undistracted steering and grooming, prodding and propping up. We need someone to persuade us when we fall to get back on the ice, the slope, the course. All of us could benefit from someone who always is there to beam good wishes from the sidelines.”

She goes on to outline with wonderful warmth and humor exactly what a coach brings to the table: unconditional positive regard, total support no matter what, undivided attention, and utter faith in potential and possibility.  And finally, the beautiful fact that the coach is delighted and grateful to be in service to the greatness…

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10 Signs You Might Be a Frankenboss (or work for one)

Originally posted on Blanchard LeaderChat:

FrankensteinFrankenbossnoun; 1. A mean boss that terrorizes his or her employees; 2. A boss whose behavior closely resembles that of a half-brained monster; 3. A jerk.

Tomorrow is Halloween and in many workplaces around the world employees will don costumes, have a party, and enjoy the crazy and scary alter-egos of their coworkers. On Monday everyone will show up to work dressed normally and we’ll resume our regularly scheduled programming…except for those Frankenbosses. I’ve reported to a few Frankenbosses in my time and it’s not fun. Just like the Frankenstein monster portrayed in Mary Shelley’s novel, a Frankenboss is ignorant of his identity and how he affects others. So before you start thinking this doesn’t apply to you (which is a classic Frankenboss mistake), think again. If any of the ten characteristics below describe your leadership style, take a look in the mirror and examine the face that’s peering back…you might…

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Preparing to be ? You pick you decide, I know my goals, now let’s get to work

As I lay here preparing for tomorrow morning’s 530am training session visualizing the challenges and succsess’s that will play out this week. I will also visualize the leaders for the workout and how they’ll respond to surprises of certain movements and sets, reps or intervals, I pick out what ever they need to challenge themselves. Who wants to be pushed and who is willing and wanting to be a better version of themselves through fitness. I create programs usually on Sunday nights. Unless i feel the need to create a template early in the week then maybe i’ll refine it the day of or on a sunday night. It gives me a chance to accumulate info and digest how the week went for everyone and how I’ll help them push through different sets, reps, movements, both mentally and physically. When I prepare watch out:)! When I don’t it still means I can put together a great program for the day. Creating programs is second nature and alteration of a workout can happen in seconds. If something doesn’t work in that very moment, I’ll find a movement or rep scheme or whatever so that it will produce confidance in the people training and yes i have a powerful belief in everyone that I help. I believe in people, people really great especially the ones that want it. The ones that want to learn, show up and are ready to take a few more steps in becoming better. The desire to be their or Our best versions of ourselves from the inside out. Yes I’m ready for tomorrow, it will be a day of moving forward.
I’ll throw this in tonight, hard work helps develop self confidance, example learning to be a better infielder by taking 100 ground balls daily. The first few weeks might be rough, it just depends on the level of confidance that person starts with. Let’s say they have confidance in themselves to get better at a skill. It’s just that their ability to field is not yet where it matches up with belief. Now let’s go three years later 14 thousand ground balls later, Which would breakdown like this 100 gb’s x 7 days per week =700 gb’s x 4 weeks of gb’s =2,800 reps a months 12 months= 33,600:)! Wow that is a lot of ground balls in just one year. Times 33,600×3 =100,800 now were talking big league numbers in terms being an above average infielder. This imaginary infielder has built himself up some big league confidance in the skill of being an infielder, an outstanding infielder. This is possible, that’s how confidance happens. The belief and taking action to achieve in life. Just like stepping into the gym and training the body by practicing to be fit on a daily basis. As weeks, months and years pass a great body is being built and the development of healthy habits are ingrained. The habits of choosing bettter foods getting more sleep and creating a level of balance that make US feel good about our bodies,our energy, and most of all the belief that we can change ourselves and become better at anything we choose. We must then choose to get our reps in on a daily basis. Practicing being fit with dedication, desire and commitment to ourselves better. Let’s prepare to reach our goals whether they are new or old goals can be met with preparing to go after them. Let’s take that first step to make progress.


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