Peanut Butter Porridge with Peruvian Cacao This is not your average 'porridge for breakfast' but a antioxidant rich meal to serve the demanding needs of an athlete as well as those dedicated to healthier living, to which I add that no athlete will...

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Be ambitious, bold and audacious

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For those who enjoy the life of a sportsmen, the toxic venom of a bite from wildlife is an on going threat in many adventures within the ‘great outdoors’. There must always be a careful balance stricken of enjoying the beauty of the wilds with a firm understanding that one wrong step may find yourself in jaws of wildlife and the resulting bite could end your days without an antidote.

 

However there is another type of ‘venom’ but one that needs no cure and is to be embraced. This ‘venom’ is the personal resolve to rid ourselves of the constant softening of an era, believe in the power within and attack goals with a relentless spirit.

 

The spirit of success is a venomous one where each day the call signals for ‘the hunt’ to begin and while others rest on their heels concerned of failure, you push forward on the attack to search out success. Eliminate the rear view mirror of life, push forward and fear nothing.

 

The early spring rain came down in a sideways unwelcoming pace that effectively signalled the end to training for the majority but for the victors there is still work to be done and uncomfortable weather was merely the spurs reminding that adversity is the breeding ground of champions. The grounds were a water-logged mess, the rain and temperature chilling to the bone and thus, ‘perfect’ in the oddest sense of environments.

 

This is the hallmark of championships. Not of perfect training environments with the requisite heated towel racks and quaint music but of rough and ready challenges that demand the most. For those who embrace those demands, they have captured that with challenge comes opportunity and so go forward craving the storms of adversity.

 

Our world was once the home of those who attacked life and were proactive in their day building a better, just society but sadly for many years a doughy softening has occurred. This softening needs to be culled with a new frontier, where tough as leather hides and ambitious men and women attack life. To this I reminded of a speech many have heard through my career but it is worth repeating.

 

Some will look at the door of opportunity and will tap on it oh-so nicely. Good natured souls that they are but don’t ask that of me. I’ll kick the damn thing down and not leave anything in its wake. I am the fire you fear and the storm you dread.

 

Be ambitious, be bold and audacious.

 

There is no antidote to this venom and once you capture its message, you are ready to climb the victors podium in every challenge life provides.

 

Written by John Davies
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Simplicity and Spices

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Whether your goals relate to aesthetics, bodybuilding or sports performance it is often the ‘little things’ that make a big difference. Just as much of the discussion in the iron game will say target lifting a heavier weight few will sufficiently understand it is how you execute the movement, i.e. proper technique that will create the desired response. ‘Simple’ adjustments such as peak contraction or lifting your small finger off a dumbbell when performing curls will improve bicep growth measurably, hence ‘little changes’ that produce big results.

 

Much is the same with diet as many that even with the best of intentions ignore some very obvious solutions that are time tested in society. For centuries spices have been the cornerstone of folk medicine and appreciated for the healing qualities but all too often are not used to their full capabilities in our modern world. This equally applies to the aesthetics, bodybuilding and sports performance sector as spices, when working in conjunction with a nutritious diet and supplement regime, can be a fundamental link to goal achievement.

 
 

Quite naturally with it now summer the concern of losing excess body-weight is never highest, whether you are stepping on the stage in bodybuilding, preparing for competition in the sporting arena or just wanting to look your fittest on the beach. The following additions to your daily diet plan will make a significant difference as you take those ‘daily steps’ towards your goals.

 

Each of these six items will assist your metabolism and in many situations assist other crucial health matters. Furthermore cinnamon is extremely helpful in regulating blood-sugar levels, with ginger equally known to aid inflammation of joints and a perfect combination for “iron-game” pursuits. Though this is far from a full list of herbs, with many others that you can grow in your backyard or community garden and help you attain your goals.

 

• Green Tea
• Garlic
• Cinnamon
• Ginger
• Parsley
• Cayenne Pepper

 

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The greatest nemesis of fear is belief, conviction and intent

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Somewhere along the path of young athlete to experienced coach of many seasons, you realise the greatest foe stands before you in the mirror. Fear is the deadliest foe we must face and fear is the beast that must be tamed if you are to reach your potential.

 

Fear does not hide in dark shadows and go bump in night but within self doubt. Each of us has tasted it, some fought through it but most have fell victim to fear in some shape or form. Whether it is shown in lowered results in school, sporting interests or your career, the acceptance of failure is the by product of fear winning. The blood of failure comes from the knife of fear.

 

Ridding yourself of fear is the first steps of success as you finally capture the notion, I can, I will. By believing in yourself, you rip the jugular out from fear and make the decision to learn how to accomplish your goals and then comply with the plan to fulfill your objective.

 

Fear’s greatest nemesis is belief, conviction and intent.

Believe in yourself.

Remain undaunted and push forward with intent.

 

I understand this road deeply as my challenges in youth were many. I escaped the clutches of death to get out of the bed I wasn’t supposed to, tackled education when others tried to convince me to relinquish my goals and later developed a system of sports development that is widely used all because of the belief of the power within.

 

Have faith, you have the talent and ability to accomplish greatness and simply must weather the storms of adversity. You will hear it said or displayed in countless ways but attack all that you do with all that you have and believe.

 

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Coaches are humble in victory

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Coaches are humble in victory, accept responsibility in defeat and of player conduct. A spotlight is never required for a true coach.

Amongst the many responsibilities of a coach there must be a complete commitment to prepare 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.

Not every athlete can be a ‘star’ but every athlete is capable of a university degree.

Coaching is a great deal more than teaching a person ‘how to play a sport well or exercise correctly’. An intelligent coach understands their responsibility is to the long term success of their athletes, on and off the field of competition, knows that to ‘win at all costs’ assures true 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 further reflects a proper course load and dedication towards scholastic studies.

A true coach builds leaders of tomorrow.

 

Principles never have a price-tag and doing ‘right’ is never wrong.

 

Running central to this theme is responsibility to your athlete’s health and coaches who disrespect situations, suggesting impressionable young individuals to play when injured, are derelict of their duties and may play a role in causing a lowered quality of life in the future. This is a serious matter as we see many athletes suffering deeply problematic health issues later on in life and whilst it is not the sole responsibility of the coach, there certainly is a portion to be shared.

Quite obviously with this abbreviated description of the task of a coach, and please be aware that is merely a partial list, I have pointed out significant problems in large sections of the field. While I have never made a great deal of friends in this industry, so be it because all too often these concerns are ignored to which the public later questions the poor conduct of elite athletes without ever respecting the lack of leadership from coaches.

Simply young athletes are often victims of poor leadership of a sporting system that ignores the importance of developing ethically led individuals. Quite naturally this is not a blanket verdict on the entire industry as there many superb leaders who fight diligently on the ‘front-line’ but unfortunately it has become more rare to find coaches who respect each of the aforementioned points:

  • Build leaders of tomorrow.
  • Contribute to building a foundation of upstanding character and morals within daily teachings.
  • Prepare athletes to such that they risk of injury is lowered
  • Utilise training regimes that assist athletes are less likely to suffer a injury
  • Ensuring the physical health of athletes long after their playing days, which includes establishing positive lifestyle habits and rehabilitation of, not masking, injuries
  • Prepare athletes to suit the needs of their sporting discipline

Running adjacent to this problem is the vast difference of coaching prior to the expansion of the internet in the late 1990’s to the present-day. Coaching is not about product sales, endorsements of goods or other coaches liking (‘log-rolling’ to suit sales objectives) but building leaders of tomorrow who are positive role-models in their communities and for that matter can live healthy active lives. The best photos of a successful athlete in my opinion is not with trophies in their hand but with families around the table and I hope many years later sharing stories to their grandchildren of their efforts in sport.

For those who find my commentary objectionable or at least contest my opinion on the state of coaching, please understand I have a personal oath to improve the health of each athlete that asks for my services and direct them towards a proper education that I know, through experience, will be a positive influence in their lives. ‘This’ isn’t about sales, this is about what I believe to be the responsibility of a coach and one that I never take lightly.

 

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The Round Table XI

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Despite many suggesting complex dietary habits, the most important approach is ‘simple and sustainable’ and allows for relative ease with lifestyle habits. Ultimately the goal of all dietary approaches is to assist the public to a healthier, more active, life.

 

Sustainable dietary principles are part of our heritage but unfortunately the modern world, for all its ‘conveniences’, conveniently discarded the past. Look deep into your family’s photo album and I suspect the basic logic of home cooking was not only delicious but typically healthy. What happened sometime in the last approximate sixty years that much of the common sense was replaced with nonsense and many jumped on the quick road to ‘convenience foods’ and poor health was around the proverbial corner.

 

Just as it is important to establish an effective approach to how and what to put on your dinner table each night eat, there are a number of basic decisions when it comes to establishing a healthier diet. Each of these approaches will be a positive influence within your life as well as assisting athletic development goals.

 

  • Food is the most powerful ‘drug’ in our lives. Not only must we be concerned of what and how we eat but quality of choice. Choose better quality food and if you are so fortunate to have a backyard, cultivate a garden. This is not only relaxing and fun but will save you an enormous amount of money.
  • Complex ratios seem to work best in books and articles read by those in the exercise industry whom wish to quote complex ratios in an effort to convince the public of their ‘vast’ expertise. Truthfully, the overwhelming majority of the public requires a simple approach of healthy balanced meals with meat, vegetable and fruit sources with proportions of each roughly the size of your palm works perfect. If you keep your food choices from within healthy options, maintain control with portions it is only time until you achieve your goals. This approach may not have the glitz of algebraic formula but it worked for centuries and needs to be restored.
  • Eliminate packaging waste. This might seem like an odd goal but if you eliminate packaging waste your shopping bag will be full of fresh food. Once you reduce packaged or processed food your health will significantly improve.
  • No processed foods, soft drinks or ‘fast food’ and yes, if you drink coffee make it black. Save your health, save money and help reduce health care costs. If you do not think the latter is serious please understand projected health care costs, of which much is related to poor dietary habits, will cripple many economies in the future.
  • Drink more water. The majority of people do not consume sufficient water and it results in a myriad of problems.

 

Summarily, the answer to diet problems lay not in complex solutions but Simplicity.

 

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