Sunday, March 31, 2013


Happy Easter and welcome everyone...received great feedback regarding last week's blog. I share what I do in my workouts and
what I learn from other competitors and coaches. Follow up too
last week's blog, The Gap. This week...Two Minute Warning. Many
years ago my doctor told me that if I workout for 20 minutes, "it's
the last 2 minutes that really count." I never forgot that and I apply
that to my training. I will add, "it's the start and finish." The start,
begins "in your mind" long before you actually start your event. The 2 minute warning...2 minutes to go in your your
training...push it!!! You fight through fatigue and other adversities.
For every 30 minutes of working out, I include a 2 minute warning,
"the push." So, my 90 minute workout includes 3 two minute
segments. I program my brain. Also, in every event, when I have to
"kick" I whisper the word "now."  You can't eliminate hunger, pain,
thirst, fatigue or most any other RISE ABOVE IT.
The word "now" and the "2 minute warning" are a major part of
my mental training. Final thought, don't waste your time on the waste your energy. RISE ABOVE.

Have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Hello and welcome everyone...delighted by your questions and
comments regarding previous blogs. A viewpoint/perspective...
there are 1000's of ways, exercises, techniques and yes, supplements one can grasp, to gain an win. Along the way,
what happens to our plan. We face challenges, obstacles we don't
like or understand. Some find themselves in that "vision of victory."
Most can't handle "that moment." Most people can live with
failure easier than success. People freeze at "that moment." This
mental state of mind begins in our training. We either drive our
workouts or the drills drive us. Everyone faces life defining, life
changing moments. Are you ready?! Or will you be afraid..again?
Winner's seize the moment. Winner's and survivor's are not afraid
of failure. They embrace "that moment." We need to overcome
ourselves...overcome our fears. Are you prepared to ascend the
podium, to take "center stage." First to the Finish Line," where
winners and survivors always meet.
 Have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O

Sunday, March 17, 2013


Hello and welcome everyone...workout transitional training. This is
critical in my conditioning and building endurance. My blueprint
contains 33 in nature. Sports I compete in...track
and field: 50m, 100m, 200m, 4oom, high jump and long jump. Also,
tennis and racquetball. So, over my training period (varies, but
usually 9 months) my drills evolve from one set to another. Each set has 4/5 drills. This past week I added the sled pull. Started at 30
lbs and will increase to 40, 50 and 60 lbs over the next 6 weeks. I
don't just pull, I sprint in the sled work. Imperative to keep correct
technique and posture. This wk.I will add drill on a curved treadmill.
I sprint as fast as I can for 45 sec. 5 sets with a one min. rest period
between each set. I will end this drill after 4 weeks and train outdoors
and begin speed bursts in the track. Using the interchangable parts
system, I create muscle confusion, focus and interest in what I have
to do to get ready to compete at peak performance level. One last
and important some point in the training/drill period, I
begin to shorten the rest period. I call this "close the GAP." This
technique enables me to develop mental toughness.

Have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O

Sunday, March 10, 2013


Hello and welcome everyone...certain words and phrases ring out
daily in one's life. Seize the monent, what if, grinder, it, out of nothing, the intangibles are part of the "word game." And I am
convinced that many people do not attain success because they are
afraid. They don't seize the moment. That's the "comfort trap." They have that list of excuses that they use over and over again.
Going to the next level in any any thing in life requires you to
leave your comfort zone. Human nature places too much emphasis
on the tangible...then we tend to "baby" ourselves. We stunt our
growth. More importantly, we stunt our thinking and never
achieve our potential. With that mindset, you can write all the goals
you want, you will never reach them...unless by accident. Once you
are capable of feeling and sensing who you are on the inside, you
experience the "BECOMING." One of the greatest feelings ever.
Kids of any age out to break records that havn't even been set yet,
experience their becoming. No matter your age...your time is now!

Have a meaningful life everyone...JimmyO

Sunday, March 3, 2013


Hello and welcome everyone...thank you for your questions and
comments. Let me address a few of your concerns...pain, pain relief and injury. In the world of sports, competing, training and
working out, our greatest fear is injury and pain. These fears not only affect our performance, but also our mindset. The culprit for
me...pulled hamstring and groin muscle. Through observation as
an athletic trainer and tons of research, I will summarize some of
my findings. Poor technique and a LACK of water, cologen and
hydration cause most of the problems relating injury, stress and
pain. Imbalance of muscle is the real culprit. I see poor technique
in the weight room, runners, sprinters, bikers and exercise routines.
Rehab is no fun. Read an article by Sue Hitzmann...she writes,
"daily repetitive movement and postures causes connective tissue
to dehydrate and over time stress and inflamation." Then we
encounter sleepless nights, anxiety, digestive issues and depression.
Not a pretty picture. Hope this helps.

Have a meaningful life everyone...JimmyO