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At the heart of the matter one the most important traits of an individual is devotion to a greater good and for that matter staying true to your beliefs. Life has many storms, trials and tribulations but those who stay the course when others fail will rise to the top. This does not come with qualification but firm realisation that managing duress crosses virtually every test our life faces including those within health, fitness and sports conditioning.
Devotion to goals is and must always be a constant if you are to be successful. Athletes in their early days at the elite level will often possess bales of raw athletic ability but when ravaged by injury in competition only their devotion will see them press onward. I know what is like to get up from injury when they tell you “it’s over” and can tell you succinctly, only that can be decided by you and a bulldog’s determination fights onward when others cease.
The world of elite sport, and let me stress not the well-crafted images that roll through the media, is often harsh and comes with the grim realisation that not all are destined for success. Many athletes of outstanding ability with virtual limitless potential see their careers cut short due to injury, whilst others fail to devote their efforts towards proper preparation and fall well short of goals. Somewhere between the “could have been” and regrets the harsh reality of sport teaches the great lesson that you opportunity only knocks once and you must be prepared at all time to “kick the door down”.
“Kicking the door down” is not a stern phrase that sees hollow action but requires the individual to attack their goals with a vengeance. Unfortunately in this era where bravado laced slogans tends to define the impression of sporting culture to many most of the public fails to understand that success will only come to those who are devoted towards their goals.
Through the now fifty-one previous editions of the “USPlabs Iron Day” we have been able to provide our readers a broad array of training regimes to reflect their goals. Whether interest lay in strength and bodybuilding pursuits, weight loss, needs of the military and law enforcement community or athletics, these training guides can serve as a tremendous blueprint towards goal achievement.
This effort came about due to radically improved technology that allows us to communicate with readers to which we are ability to quickly respond to their needs. With an open line of communication via Twitter, Google+ and Facebook we have been able to provide up-to-date information on efficient exercise approaches and ensure all readers utilize USPlabs products just as I have to their utmost.
This commitment to providing information has taken a tremendous leap forward with the very recent release of the USPlabs | Ultra Premium Supplements educational library which houses considerable videos on proper exercise technique and suitable for virtually every method of training. As we push forward with the USPlabs Iron Day we will be making great use of these videos and I invite you to share with your friends.
As per our original intent of the USPlabs Iron Day, each Friday we will provide a daily training program (per reader choice), with a follow up supplement protocol on Facebook. Readers would cast their vote via Twitter (through either direct message or the “@” function) or Facebook and decide the topic.
Our choice for this week’s “USPlabs Iron Day” was an easy one to make but before I explain I welcome you to make use of:
Throughout my career in the sports performance coaching I have consistently been surprised at the public’s reaction to athletes. Whilst that might seem like a peculiar comment given the fascination with athletes and celebrities is accepted as the norm, such an attitude will hopefully be corrected in the future. Though it is admirable, to a degree, to play a sport well that does not lift an athlete to the status of a “hero” which should be reserved for say the men and women who go to work each day to raise a loving family, parents who read to the children, teachers who educate the next generation and of-course law enforcement and military personnel who protect each us are harms way. That is not to say an athlete can not use their status to uplift many in society but that comes external to sport. Heroes come in many shapes and sizes, from all parts of society but share the common denominator of courage and the breastplate of a noble purpose and intent.
Amongst the many responsibilities of a coach there must be a complete commitment to prepare their athletes to suit the needs of their sporting discipline, be resistant to injury with added dedication to ensuring their physical health long after their playing days are over and building a foundation of upstanding character and morals within daily teachings.
Coaching is a great deal more than teaching a person “how to exercise” and that such an individual, regardless of their profile in this industry, would be better referred to as an “instructor”. An intelligent coach who understands their responsibility to the long term success of their athletes, on and off the field of competition, knows that to “win at all costs” assures failure and therefore must dedicate much of their time to character building. For those who coach younger athletes this absolutely must include respecting the importance of academic achievement, that reflects a proper course load and dedication towards scholastic studies.