Sunday, January 25, 2015

Whose Body?

Hello and welcome everyone...most of us at one point in time have
second guessed or had the thought, what am I missing...what should I be looking for. More and more info has been streaming our
way re the mental side of sports, training and workouts. Now, when
designing fitness programs, I devote/emphasize 40% of clinic/class time to the psych required. Self confidence is critical as we scale
upward in raising the bar. Sports psychologists are no longer an
oddity, but necessity. Raising the bar...requires us to really get to know our body. Psychophsics...the psychological study of the relationship between stimuli and sensory response. Reference...Dr.
Patrick J. Cohn, Reach Your Peak. Mental mistakes...dwelling on
errors is the #1 mistake for athletes. Don't dwell on mistakes. Refocus and use mistakes as building blocks. Takes only about three seconds to refocus. Realize that there are in fact no positive or
negative experiences other than what we define as such. Our perception of an experience has the ultimate power as to how we feel when it's happening. Most of us do not realize the power we have. We have to recalibrate.
Have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Top 4 Fears

Hello and welcome everyone...response to last week's blog has been overwhelming...thank you. This week, smorgasbord. Take what you like and the rest leave for someone else. Results of research...Top Four Fears in Sports: 1) fear of embarrassment 2) fear of letting others down. 3) fear of hard work not paying off. 4) fear of not playing up to potential. Top three brain boosters, asparagus, yams and blackberry. Test I put to 25 men and women...
Only think positive thoughts of one day, the way we look at things and the way we feel. No one passed. Negative thinking produces
negative results. Saps your energy. We live in a "cosmetic," cover up society. Trying to cover up the way we, wrinkle cream.
We don't like the way we look...which explains our self image. To change, we have to change our thinking. When you change the way
you look at things, you change the way things look...the things you look at change.

Have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Hero Tribute

Welcome everyone...many of you know that once in awhile I like to take a side road. Today we drive down that side road. Everyone
in life must come face to face with yourself. That's the "who am I."
A life defining moment. Awards, plaques and trophies are great...but in the end, the one award that really matters...What kind of person was I? What kind of person am I? Each day for the past 10 years I add another "hero" to my list. My passion for most of my
life has focused on people with disabilities. Why is it that people with less, accomplish more. People with less skill, physically and/or mentally challenged accomplish more than "normal" people.
Today I will pay tribute to three of my heroes. First, my late father. At age 16, his father died. He had to take over their dairy farming business. My father's life changed in an instant. He refused to drop
out of high school...he graduated. He became one of the most
successful farmers in the entire area. My father had many "sayings." I will share two with you..."whenever you get on a horse
make sure you are facing the front." "If you perform a good deed for someone expecting a thank you, you are doing it for the wrong
reasons." Next, Kyle Maynard...born with congenital amputee. No
arms, no legs. Recently climbed Mt Kilimanjaro. His speech, "No
Excuses." Next, Charolette Brown, Texas. Blind. Competes in track
and field. Sprinter/pole vault. In pole vault, seven steps and plant.
We can learn a lot about people with less. I am still learning.
Have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O

Sunday, January 4, 2015


Hello and welcome everyone...this is the 3rd and last for the pyramid series. The words fitness, training, workout and muscles
have created a multi billion dollar a year business...and at least one
million different exercises. Every day we face a blur of ads re food,
workout equipment, methods and supplements. You and I are forced to do our homework...research. Get behind the wheel of your fitness program, not in the trunk. You drive! The one constant
is change. Learn all you can about Kinesiology...body motion. Study of muscles and their movement. Distinguish between the
important, the urgent and "herky/jerky." Define your vision and your workout program. Study the three planes of motion Directional not locational. Planes are Transverse, Frontal and Sagittal. Workouts/training should be progressive in nature. You
arrive at your destination when you discover that "psychological
moment." The time when a person is most apt to react in the desired manner. The brain sends the right signal to the right set
of muscles at the precise time. "One Demand." Next week a special
tribute to my heroes.
Have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O