Sunday, September 27, 2015

Obstacles to Winning

Hello hero of the week, Jake Olson. Age 18, long
snapper for USC football. Jake is legally blind. His creed..."nothing
can stop me." It's hard to beat a person who never gives up. When
you think about quitting, think about why you started. There is no
expiration date on your dreams and goals...veggies have an expiration date. Obstacles to winning...YOU. Self imposed. Worry,
change/conflict, indecision, indifference, fear, manipulation, lack of
maturity and focus and mindset. Have received dozens of requests
to list my drills and exercises...that's next week. Will you outlive your brain? One in three women will live to age 100. One in four men will live to age 100. Peak performance of the your 40's. We need brain workouts. Close with humor...I'm going to retire and live off my savings. Not sure what I'll do the second week. When I was a child I thought "nap time" was a punishment...
now, as a grown up, it just feels like a small vacation.

Have a meaningful life...Jimmy O

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Welcome everyone...let's begin this way, "I have done it this way all my life, my mind is made up, now don't confuse me with the facts." Or, if you don't want to get better, stop reading this. OK, for those of you still with me, let's go. Mental toughness update: Tons of research/info re "the mental game" has surfaced and backed (now) and supported by coaches, GMs, ADs and athletes of all ages
and level of play. These same groups who down graded and laughed at previous data are now endorsing certified claims of mental coaches. The sports landscape's battle cry was "just work harder/longer, that's all we need." Yah right. Athletes, coaches and
fans want an edge. For years, "that edge" was ???. You know what
it was. Why is it that anything in a bottle or the end of a needle is
the answer to the EDGE? No one is saying "you don't have to work hard." Now athletes and all the Sports World is embracing " the
NATURAL way...and before you win, you have to prepare." There
are tons of info on this subject matter...get it. The Motivational DNA...being body smart, grinder, patience, daily goals, passion,
winner attitude, vision, expectation, quest for knowledge and prep.
Have a meaningful...Jimmy O

Sunday, September 13, 2015


Hello and welcome everyone...there is a solution for sports non contact injuries and stress fractures. As a personal/athletic trainer and participate in several sports, the question is... why so many.
Yes, athletes are faster and stronger than ever before...or so I've
heard. From my close up look, this is what I see. Athletes from all
the sports are doing the same warm up drills. Today there are subtle
changes for introducing "sport specific" drills. Not enough! Drills
in the off season and pre game warm ups. This holds true for anyone (non pro) who is training/exercising. So, more emphasis needs to be placed on drills that mirror "game movement" for the position one plays. Take football...why would a QB, RB, WO or DB perform the same drills as a lineman. Why would sprinters do
the same warm ups as long distance runners? This conditioning
applies to "fire up" the brain. The brain must send the right signal
to the right set of muscles to perform "ON DEMAND." The brain
needs to practice "game movement signals." Final thought...all of us
need to spend more time with our shoes off. Shoes are restrictive.
Barefoot running and stocking feet when at home.
Have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Highs and Lows

Welcome everyone...starting off with a health tip: drink Alkaline
water. Managing emotional ups and downs...dealing with negative
emotions may be the most difficult any athlete faces. How you deal with emotions will impact your ability to grow in confidence and
prepare to compete. Complacent in practice, causes you to lose that edge that drives you. Athletes that succeed on a consistent basis
learn to balance their emotions, especially after a defeat. After a
win, elite athletes get back to work...i.e. Serena Williams, US open
Tennis. And after a loss, elite athletes get back to work. Ask yourself this question...what do I need to do to better my game?
Have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O