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What’s Your Calling?

If you’re wanting to get into a specific sport/activity then you are faced with a huge list of choices & it can be hard to narrow it down to one single thing

I wanted to write this post today for you to have a little insight into how I recommend you go about this selection process & when you have decided, what to do from there.

First things first I believe you should experience as much as you possibly can before you make a final choice

When you experience many different types of exercise/sports that all involve different rules & regulations you can have a good understanding of what general direction you want to move toward

Just take boxing for example – you might hate the whole idea of competing by yourself & what that involves. So that’s one thing you have experienced & learned – a team sport may be more appropriate for you right now

So if you can start & use the experiences you have to narrow down what you want & don’t want then this can make the whole process fly by in maybe a month or two

Could you imagine how long it would take to try every single type of sport/activity? Too long – that’s how long

So once you have a general idea of which particular area you want to go into start narrowing it down a little more specifically

This can be done by personal preference but also any experience you have, what your body is like & what fits in with your life

If you have experience with any type of serious sport/exercise then you will have probably developed specific physical & mental characteristics associated with it. It would be easier to get back into that in the beginning so that’s something to think about

Next is your preference, say you have had experience with something in the past then that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn new skills & develop new characteristics, if you’re hungry to get good at a new skill/sport then that will be very good for your development

So what is your body like?
If you’re a 250lb 6’4 monster then I wouldn’t recommend you to start off as a marathon runner. If you’ve had 10 years of serious Powerlifting coaching then becoming a professional gymnast is going to be a good idea (helpful though).

Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t try to push yourself & try new things.
But with the type of body you have then you have to think about the likelihood of being successful. Think about this ‘Am I starting off at a disadvantage before I even start’?

Remember, not many people like doing anything that they’re not good at!

If you can get into something that you have an inclination to do well at, you will enjoy it as you see progression.

Let’s say you have a 400lb bench & you’re 200lbs then a powerlifting route may be a good shout

If that’s a little slow paced for you, have a look into American Football/Rugby

Also I want you to think about will it support you & your lifestyle & long term goals

If you want a muscular physique & to be healthy until an old age & you’re getting on in the age department then some type of bodybuilding/strength training program will be ideal yes but what about when boredom sets in (if it ever does)?

You could try something like competitive swimming, 400M sprinting & high intensity training maybe – low injury risk, explosive movements promotes lean muscle development & flexibility is a high priority

Even if you’re not interested in competing at a high level then just have a think about something you could do to have a social aspect, getting around like minded people can be a great way of simply just having fun!

Just to give you an example of all this I had a choice to make a few weeks ago..

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I’ve since gotten into Strength & Conditioning coaching

Tried MMA, Strongman & oddly enough dabbled in long distance running

I had free time in the afternoons & wanted more of a social aspect to my training so I went back to rugby but I wanted a change so I play in a different position & have pushed myself & gone for quite a good team with lots of room to progress

I have everything I want!

Social aspects, Coaches for me, Set times to train at, Games – to push me to train harder than I normally would

Plus I get a good balance of strength & conditioning!!

So what are you going to try?

When are you going to start looking around?

Enjoy the process & learn new stuff

 

Speak Soon

 

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I’m Getting Back Into Rugby!

So what’s new this week?

Well last night I went to play rugby for the first time in around 4 years!

Why is that relevant? Well I want to talk about something abut my instructor used to talk about way back int (Yorkshire for in the) day.

He used to say “go back to being a white belt”

Now the main reason he said this was to get the instructors underneath him to put themselves in a position where they understand what its like to start something new.

To go to being a beiginner & not know how to do everything because they’ve done it a thousand million times with their eyes closed – going back to a white belt

So yeah – last night I want up to a local Rugby team & to be honest I was crapping myself.

I mean I haven’t played since 2011 I think & then it was for my schools team.

Now in comparison to the school league I wasn’t THAT bad to be honest – I even got an award.

Look…

Rugby

But the level of players I saw last night both scared me & made me excited.

I can’t wait to play my first game with them, train with them – get around people who are hungry for progress in the weight room & build their performance.

Having more coaches to help me evolve & who can help me learn even more!

Plus on top of that it will be a great challenge to move away from barbells, chalk & walls for a while during the week.

It will be more, rain, cold being flattened by 20 stone monsters – ‘character building’ I think its called…

But in terms of complete fitness I do think it’s important to a sport/activity of some sort that you can

  1. Have something to push you a little further in your training
  2. Be around like minded people who will push you in all areas of your life
  3. Force you to train you weaknesses
  4. Have coaches to help guide you

So why am I getting back into rugby after all this time?

Well I’m good at strength, power, bodybuilding & throwing people around

However having quick feet, being agile & speed is my down fall & a sure way to increase that is to have a team of people relying on you to improve.

You see when there’s more than you involved there’s another reason to push through the pain in pursuit of the goal in mind – that sounded sweet!

Plus a monster screaming at you & wanting to crush you into the floor in order to get his hands on the ball will be a good little motivating thought 😀

So in all seriousness why don’t you try taking up something new?

Whether it be to become a white belt in order for you to find it easier to help others,

Push yourself out of your comfort zone & be forced to work on your weaknesses

Or just for a change in scenery – something to get you outside or around new people!

It could truly be anything too, I’m going to start doing ballet lessons early next year to work on my flexibility & leg strength.

Yes – there will be pictures – don’t worry 😉

But the most important thing is to have fun with it & experience new things!

Speak Soon

Patros