Bud’s Blog – First Post

I had a realization today in my training. A realization of something I have been doing subconsciously for quite some time. I am very aware of it now.

Some of my favourite movements have regressed from where they were 2 months ago. I understand that these things happen in training and its part of the process. Sometimes it can be a little discouraging (don’t get me wrong, it’s motivates me) knowing you aren’t at the level of performance you were once at. I really like experiencing this first hand because I think I can learn from it(and hopefully teach it to students/members) and help them move forward.

I process thoughts a little bit differently when it comes to training.(and even life for that matter)

Whenever I am going through a rough patch of training (things aren’t going my way.. It happens often too) I try to find something that makes me feel good (I think empowered is an appropriate word. Something to light my fire)

If I can make my psychological health the priority…

I make my: confidence, self esteem and ability to be happy the foundation of absolutely everything I do. The rest will fall into place. It will. I’m sure of it.

I use training/coaching as an example because it happens to be something I am very passionate about/ a big part of my life.

I have played many sports throughout my life and have been coached by many different coaches. When I think back to those days I always reflect. When did I perform my best? Did the coach have an influence? Why was I more confident then? We’re there different teaching styles?

I know for myself I respond best to positive reinforcement. I am much better off with the motivating coach opposed to the most technical coach. Basically, if my coach makes me feel great… I perform… If my coach makes me feel less than that… My performance suffers.

If you can understand my philosophy to coaching I have received you will understand why I use this particular exercise at this time.

The Muscle Snatch.

I think it’s a great exercise to address specific pieces of the snatch. Do I think a strong muscle snatch correlates closely with a big Snatch for the average person. I would have to say no. (That’s my personal opinion, by no means am I an expert)
Don’t get me wrong, I do find it helpful.

The biggest thing that the muscle Snatch is doing for me is its keeping me motivated and its reminding me that I can find success elsewhere. I have been doing it regularly. Sneaking a few extra reps in here and there… Adding a few extra pounds on each week… Making me feel physically stronger… While all of this is happening my attention is on the feel good stuff! Not the fact that I have regressed in other areas.

I know this is a long post. I really wanted to share. I know there are lots of people that have discouraging days in the gym. In their sport. In life etc. My ultimate goal was that maybe this could shape the way you process your daily thoughts and produce a positive outcome.
At the end of the day what I am trying to say is doing one thing a day everyday that makes you feel good is a must. OWN IT!

150 lbs x 5 reps

Keep visualizing
Keep believing
Keep showing up EVERYDAY

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