HECK YEAH: Eeyore, passion, saying no and travel. Real talk from Coach Azadeh.

As I’ve leveled up in age, (yes, I said leveled up, not growing older – I don’t believe we grow older, I believe we level up) I’ve come to a realization that life is short, and it goes by really, really fast. Once I realized this, I felt like I was in a RUSH to enjoy every single moment of my life. All of a sudden my time became so valuable – I valued my time more than anything else in the world. Every moment became sweeter, every relationship became more cherished, and the fear of vulnerability slowly started to dissipate. I also became “selfish” in a sense, and wasn’t afraid to tell people NO. If it didn’t give me butterflies, challenge me, or help elevate me in some way, shape or form, then I had absolutely no hesitation in saying no or getting rid of it. It was then that I created my motto…can we hash tag this? #MOTTO…much better. I began living with this saying, and I say it so passionately:

DO THINGS WITH PASSION – if you’re not passionate about them, walk away.

Walking_away_by_CorruptDream

If you don’t say “HECK YEAH”, then you’re doing yourself an injustice. You end up spending valuable time on something you aren’t passionate about, and it shows. You aren’t living to your full capacity, your energy levels are affected, life is passing you by and the people in your life feel it. If it’s a job, your coworkers don’t find it a pleasure being around you, if its in a relationship, your partner takes the brunt of it, but the most important of all is YOU – you’re selling yourself short. You end up being Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh – and Tigger’s life IS way more fun.

Which one do you wanna be?

Which one do you wanna be?

Walking away from being a full-time athlete was one of the most difficult decisions of my life. I went through a huge growth period filled with a tremendous amount of tears, anxiety, confusion and loss of direction. It was the only thing that made me say “HELL YEAH” and nothing was able to replace that feeling. There’s nothing quite like the years of blood, sweat and tears that go into achieving a goal that the doubters didn’t believe and sometimes you didn’t even believe. I’ve always heard about professional athletes who fall into depression once they retire, and I never envisioned myself being that person – and there I was – trying to figure out my purpose in life.

Without going into ridiculous amounts of boring details about how I gained some clarity, I’m going to leave you with the 3 most important things I apply to my life – and I (usually) don’t compromise.

1) FIND A JOB YOU LOVE. We have to pay our bills – it’s just the reality of life. Your job is where you spend the majority of your life. I think we all at some point have thought about running away to an island, being a caveman or cavewoman and hunting our food. (Or maybe I’m the only one who has thought about this) Everything you want is on the other side of fear. If leavin’ comfort and pursuing something you loves scares you, then GOOD, it means you’re headed in the right direction. I’ve spent many years trying to figure this out – I even thought about stepping away from the fitness industry, and I was miserable. I ended up right back in an environment that makes me say “HELL YEAH” – and that’s coaching people and impacting people’S lives.

Podium, South Central

Podium, South Central

2) DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY NO. There’s nothing glorifying about saying yes to everything and everybody and feeling as though you have nothing left for yourself. You can’t give from an empty cup but you can give whole-heartedly from your overflow. Always make sure you’re doing what you want and love. I used to always say yes – even when I didn’t want to. It resulted in some failed friendships because I would then resent the person I said yes to, my presence and energy were terrible, and I wasn’t fun to be around. Make sure if you say YES, it’s a “HECK YEAH”, as opposed to a “yeah sure I’ll do that.” When you choose something, there’s so much more power in that. If you choose something, and it ends up being something you didn’t like, its so much easier to deal with the consequences of your choice because its nobody else’s fault. YOU chose it. Choice – that’s the best.

Don't be afraid to say No!

Don’t be afraid to say No!

3) TRAVEL OFTEN. Get lost, deal with adversity and GROW. Learn cultures, meet people and see beautiful things. Unplug from the real world, turn off your phone, DON’T CHECK EMAILS. It’s what life is all about. I can honestly say that because I’ve traveled to so many different places, I’m more cultured, more accepting, and more open to everything. Work hard, and then play hard. If I were to compare my personality to a sport, it would be track and field – and I wouldn’t be the long distance athlete. I’m like the dog from the movie “UP”…SQUIRREL! It’s not that I get tired, it’s just that I get bored. I am the 100m and 200m athlete – I like to go really hard for short periods of time, and then breathe. I can work ridiculously hard for a few months, knowing that I have some time to unplug and unwind. It keeps you fresh; it gets you back in touch with life, and allows you to appreciate the things that really matter in life.

Get out there!

Get out there!

Through my adversity, my mistakes, and my “get back ups” – I realized the hings that are most important to me. My values and morals became clear, I became more “laid back” and I realized that things we make a big deal out of aren’t really THAT important in the grand scheme of things. I leave you with this – take a look at certain areas of your life. Is it a relationship? Your job? Where you’re living? Does it make you say “HECK YEAH!!”? – if not, start exploring options to change it…and if you’re brave – just run towards what makes you happy, right away. It isn’t the most enjoyable ride, but the pay off will be worth it. DO all things with PASSION, and if you don’t die, you only grow stronger!

Wanna meet Coach Azadeh? Just email her at azadeh @ Studeo55.ca

Wanna meet Coach Azadeh? Just email her at azadeh @ Studeo55.ca

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Stories we tell ourselves. Real talk from Coach Milan

Climb Mont Blanc
I will fess up right away and say that I am ripping off Tony Robbins (in the words of Thomas Edison: “good inventors create, great inventors steal”).
As coaches, we are sometimes considered teachers – but in reality, teaching boils down to reminding people of what they already know rather than showing them something completely new.
“Stories we tell ourselves” refers to our tendency to make explanations to others and to ourselves about “why” we CAN’T do something. You have done this. I have done this. Many times over.
So – sometimes you get called out for it and that helps to reframe: you get the opportunity to think of what you need to do to succeed as opposed to reasons why you can’t. It is not easy to stomach it. Being called out immediately provokes the same defensiveness it seeks to eliminate. But, sometimes, you are in more sympathetic company and they don’t call you out for trying to take the easier road. At first glance it will seem that this type of environment is what you should be around because it makes you feel good right then and there. It is pleasant. Friction-less. But, that’s what we’re here to talk about. Is friction-less really making you better?
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend” -Ancient proverb
One of basic human needs is the need to grow (I ripped this from Tony Robbins too, who ripped it from someone else). Comfort zone is a great place to be but nothing grows there. If just going through the motions comfortably is the path you choose for yourself, that is totally fine. I am not here to scold you for it. I am here simply to REMIND you that if you want more out of life, fitness, career, health, relationships, you will need to be uncomfortable. You will need to surround yourself with people who will call you out for “telling a story” when you should be finding a way to succeed. You will need to be brutally honest with yourself and confront that small piece of yourself that seeks to protect your ego instead of helping you find a way. If you don’t, that small part of you will ALWAYS be there, telling a story. It will find its way into all aspects of your life.
So, maybe, if you’re interested in this “other path” that I’m talking about: fess up, admit that it is at least partially your fault, and divert resources to making it happen. You are a smart, powerful, resourceful person who can find a way. Now go find it. I know you can.
Meet Coach Milan

Meet Coach Milan

Coach Milan is currently working in Beverly Hills, calling people out on the stories they tell themselves.
He can be reached at milan @ studeo55 . ca
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Client of the Month: Meet Roxana

3 times a week, at 6 a.m. – she never, and we mean never, misses a workout. Meet Roxana – our client of the month. She was nominated by her Coach and the front desk staff with resounding enthusiasm. It’s not JUST about her consistency and effort, and results, and dedication (although that’s important!) – she is always cheerful. She motivates others. She brings her best to every workout. She works hard and we just love her. Thanks Roxana, you inspire us!

Meet Roxana! Athlete of the Month.

Meet Roxana! Athlete of the Month.

Tell us about how you found Studeo55? 

I was looking for a fitness studio close to my downtown office for training early in the morning. I had set my goal to improve my fitness. I checked out Studeo55 and made an excellent choice enjoying every day in the Studeo.

What does “fitness” mean to you? 

Good Health and happiness.

If you were an exercise, which would you be, and why?  

Turkish Sit Up. I like complex and challenging exercise moves that demonstrate my coordination skills and strength skills.

What’s your definition of happiness?  

Entertaining friends and family.

What are three things you couldn’t live without? 

 

Good Health, Happiness and Friends

What is a goal you’re working towards in 2015? 

To  be able to do five unassisted chin ups.

 

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5 Ways to Improve your Mobility (in your chair!)

5 ways to improve your mobility

As many of us are not full time athletes and have to work for a living, it is hard to avoid sitting for extended period of times. Since we all want to perform at our best when we do get the opportunity to get active, I thought it would be useful to highlight how you can use your chair to improve your mobility while you work. Although some of these may have you looking a little weird in the office, your body will thank you at the end of the day.

1)      Hip Flexor:

Hip flexor 2Version 1: Place your knee on the seat of your chair and rest your foot on the back of the chair. Keeping your other foot on the floor, get nice and tall. Squeeze your glute and pull your belly button into your spine.  This will keep your spine neutral and happy, as well as avoid the number one mistake most people make with a hip flexor stretch which is to hyperextend the spine.

 

 

 

Hip FlexorVersion 2: Lower the seat of your chair to knee height. Slide over to one side and place one knee on the floor. Again, squeeze your glute and pull your belly button into your spine. (Note: this stretch requires your chair to not have arm rests.) Hang out in either of these stretches for 30 seconds to 2 minutes per side, once time through. Also be careful getting into and out of this stretch if your chair has wheels.

 

 

 

 

2)      Figure 4:

Figure 4Seated in your chair cross one foot over the opposite knee. Get tall and pull your belly button in to your spine, then fold forward toward your shin. Also try bringing your chest toward your foot or knee to hit some other muscles throughout the glute. Spend 30 seconds to 2 minutes per side playing around with the different positions and see which one gives you the best stretch.

 

 

 

3)      Glute Stretch:

Hug kneeSeated against the back of your chair, place your foot up on the seat of your chair and hug your knee in toward you. If you cannot place your foot on the seat of your chair just hug your knee up towards your chest or be a total rebel and stand up and place your foot on your desk. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds to 2 minutes on each leg, one time each.

 

 

 

4)      Adductor/Low back stretch:

GluteSlide to the edge of your chair, spread your feet apart and let your body fall towards the floor. You can push your elbows into your knees to increase the stretch through your adductors. Hang out in this position for anywhere from 30seconds to 2 minutes.

 

 

 

 

5)      Crucifix Stretch:

CrucifixSit up nice and tall in your chair, bring your hands out to the side palms facing up. Pull your chin as if you were trying to give yourself a double chin. (Yes I know, very flattering) From here, breathe deeply as you continue to try and pull your thumbs down and back behind you. Hold this position for 3-5 seconds and release; repeat 5-10 times.

 

 

 

There you have it! Five easy stretches you can do without even leaving your chair. This is by all means not an inclusive list of everything you could do, but is meant to get you thinking about your mobility while you work. As always if any of the movements above give you pain, then STOP! These should feel good, not excruciatingly painful.  In total, these 5 exercise should take you no more than 15 minutes and will help combat the evils of sitting all day.

Want to know more about Coach Adam? Read his bio here!
Interested in what Studeo has to offer? Email Coach Matt - matt @ studeo55 . ca

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K.I.S.S.: in Sport, Life and Exercise!

KISS Principle – Sport, Life and Exercise!

Any team sport athlete, at least in my generation, has heard this acronym, K.I.S.S.  It stands for Keep It Simple S…. Use whatever descriptive ‘S’ term a coach might use to describe an athlete who in not doing their job.  Most often used was Stupid, but I have also seen more creative options depending on the time and the drama of a situation.  For me, this was usually referenced into making a simple play, avoiding high risk options and being conservative, and making the right decision for the team.  Coles notes; you (me, in this case) are not good enough to make that play “don’t try to be so fancy”!  Just chip the puck up the boards and so you can chase down the defenseman and smash him into the wall…

Although I learned this from sport, I have used it as a tool in everyday life, and I think it could be helpful in finding a happy place with you and your fitness.  Lets be honest, exercise is not rocket science.  If you workout consistently and you work hard when you do train, you will get results.  If you go to the gym once a week, and do an easy 15 minutes on the elliptical, you will get little or no positive effect.   So I want you to keep it simple with your workout regime.

Here at Studeo55 we often come into contact with people who want the most specific and scientific exercise program and nutritional advice.  It is great to get the best tools, but I am here to say that you probably don’t need that level of specificity.  What most people need is some consistency.  I don’t care about sets and reps, and I don’t care about the micronutrients in Yams compared to Sweet Potato.  What I do care about and want you to do, is 2 things.  One, Sweat Every Day, it doesn’t have to be a crazy workout everyday, but do something that makes you sweat.  Second try to Eat in a Healthy Way.   We all know what is bad for us.  Do your best to avoid the really bad stuff, and add some things that are good for you!

Seems too easy? Seems too simple? Not at all! Once you prove that you can do these 2 simple things (you will probably get great results from these 2 simple rules).  Then we can look at your exercise program and the details of your nutrition.  Until you can nail these 2 things, it seems sort of silly to get into any more detail with what you are doing.  I could give you an Olympian’s exercise regime and diet plan.  However, if you don’t follow it, it is not going to be worth the paper it is written on.  If you can hit your consistency on these 2 rules, then we can speak about the details.

If your goal is to feel and look better, and not necessarily compete in anything physical, this might be all you need.  Go to the gym and work hard, eat simple, healthy food and limit anything that might be “bad” for you.  If you can nail these 2 things you will probably look and feel better, sleep better and have a lower stress levels.  Sounds pretty good, right??? So, Keep is Simple Smarty!

Coach Matt

Matt@Studeo55.ca

Matt@Studeo55.ca

Matt Reid, is a former collegiate and professional athlete with a degree in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia.  Matt has been in the fitness industry and with the Studeo55 team for over 10 years.  If you have any questions for Matt email him – matt@studeo55.ca 

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Running Rehab!

I want to take a minute to talk about progressive loading and tissue tolerance…in non-boring terms building up slowly from injury.

 

Since nice weather is upon us lots of people are starting to run again and sometimes that can lead to injuries so rather then taking 2 weeks off then going back to the same thing you were doing and re injuring the affected area try the following.

 

Have an active summer!

Have an active summer!

After seeking help from a chiropractor or physiotherapist for a few treatments he/she says you can begin to run again…

 

Say you could run for 60min non-stop before you injured your knee, calf, back etc…

 

Week 1: 10 min dynamic warm up 20min easy run, 10min walking cool down with some stretching.

 

Pain or no Pain?

-          If no pain do this same run again later in the week

-          If pain then drop down to 15min easy run, if pain persists with 15min easy run consult with your practitioner or seek out some specific active rehabilitation from yours truly.

 

Week 2: 10min dynamic warm up, 30min easy run, 10min walking cool down with some stretching

Pain or no Pain?

-          If no pain do this same run again later in the week.

-          If pain then drop back to the previous weeks run length

 

Week 3: 10min dynamic warm up, 40min easy jog, 10min walking cool down with some stretching

Pain or no Pain:

-          If no pain then we will now up the intensity of the run and shorten the time for week 4

-          If  pain then drop back to the previous weeks run length

 

Week 4: Finally a little run intensity!!! 10min dynamic warm up, 20min moderate effort run, 10min easy jog cool down and stretching

Pain or no Pain:

-          If no pain then hit a 25min mod effort run later in the week

-          If pain then drop the intensity back a go for a 30min run later in the week

 

You can continue to progress this way until you are back to your old running form and better then ever. Just don’t up intensity and time during this process.

 

This concept can be used in all avenues of fitness whether it be bench press, squat, cycling, swimming. Reintroducing the type of exercise slowly and at a lower intensity or weight then gradually building up the duration, weight or intensity will strengthen the muscles gradually rather then overloading them and injuring or reinjuring a certain area.

 

Active Rehab with Matt Ward: matt.ward@studeo55.ca

Active Rehab with Matt Ward: matt.ward@studeo55.ca

Be patient and have an active summer!

 

Matt Ward

Registered Kinesiologist

Strength and Conditioning Specialist

 

 

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NCAA, All American, High Jump, Heptathalon and Downward Dogs: Meet Emily!

Name:

Emily Sheppard

Hails from:

Bermuda/North Vancouver

Emily @ Studeo55. ca

Emily @ Studeo55. ca

Athletic background! (list it ALL! Go back to little league please!)

As a kid growing up in Bermuda, I played tennis, swam and ran track. It wasn’t until my family moved to Canada that I discovered my love for high jump and became serious about track and field. In high school, I played basketball and volleyball but my main focus was always high jump.

I ended up receiving a full scholarship to the University of Hawaii, where I competed in high jump and the heptathlon for 4 years. The highlight of my collegiate career was placing top 10 at NCAA Nationals two years in a row and earning the designation of All-American my junior year.

After 4 years of competing from January til June and flying from Hawaii to the mainland every other weekend, I was burnt out. After graduating, I returned to Vancouver, and decided to try practicing yoga again, after not enjoying it at all my first try. I completely fell in the love with the practice and how it made me feel, both physically and mentally.

My favourite: coach, teacher or mentor, what they taught me:

My high school track coach, Elena – taught me to be confident in myself and that with hard work and dedication, you can achieve anything.

My university coach, Carmyn – taught me to be open-minded and to try new things. I went to university on a scholarship for high jump and right off the bat, she had me running cross country and training for the heptathlon! This meant I had to learn 6 new disciplines at the NCAA Divison 1 level and run more than one lap of the track for the first time in my life. It also meant that I had to compete against girls who had been doing these events since age 12. Although very resistant at first, I learned that the more open I was to the new experience, the easier and more quickly I was able to improve and excel. This also helped me to overcome my need to be perfect – before this, I did not want to do anything if I wasn’t great at it right away. She really pushed me outside of my comfort zone and shaped who I am as a person.

Glory days! My favourite athletic memory:

Setting the Canadian Youth record for high jump in high school and making my first Canadian National team. It was such an awesome feeling to put on that uniform and compete for my country.

Also, I loved playing basketball in high school. I went to a school of 50 and my senior year, we won our conference championships and went on to playoffs! It was pretty amazing to go from barely having enough people to make a team to becoming such a tightly-knit group.

My biggest athletic heartbreak, and what I learned:

The last meet of my collegiate career was NCAA Nationals. I ended up barely making finals and then placing 10th, two spots shy of earning All- American status for the second year in a row. Leading up to that meet, I was not as dedicated as I should have been in terms of training and was enjoying my last few months in Hawaii. To this day, I look back and wonder how well I could have done had I made different choices and been 100% focused on my sport. From this experience, I learned to go wholeheartedly after your goals, even if it means making a few sacrifices in the short term. It’s all about determining what is truly important to you and then giving it your all. There is nothing worse than to be left with regret and what-ifs.

My family taught me:

That doing what you truly love is more important than material wealth and that if you follow your passion, everything else will fall into place.

Currently working on (goals, events, PRs, whatever you like!):

Full splits, muscle up, press to handstand!

My wish for each of our athletes:

To have fun, challenge yourself and try new things (like yoga). The place that real growth occurs is outside your comfort zone.

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3 Simple Ways to Fuel before a Workout: by Azadeh Boroumand

3 simple ways to fuel before a workout

One of the most common questions I get as a coach is what kinds of “supplements” an athlete should take before a workout.  Based on my observations as a coach over the last 5 years, I’ve noticed athletes tend to lose sight of the value of natural food and our body’s natural ability to provide energy without anything extra.  We have this amazing ability to quickly go into “fight or flight” and I think it’s time to give our bodies some credit for the amazing things it can provide us.  The best thing is to avoid confusing our natural systems with added chemicals, additives and pre workout supplements. This means say no to pre workout powders– they can be very unhealthy for the body.

I’ve noticed my body has given me the most bang for my buck when I kept it simple.  During my years as a collegiate volleyball player in the US and a professional crossfit athlete, my 3 main go to sources of fuel before any workout regime were:

1)      Dates or honey water.  This was a classic source of fuel for me growing up – my father used to feed me a few dates and some honey water before a volleyball game, so I naturally carried this over into my own personal habits as well.  Dates and honey are natural sugars that are high glycemic, which is a fancy word for “high in sugar.”  They are also easily digested by the body allowing for the body to use it for easy fuel.  Simple sugars are great ways to fuel the body with a little insulin spike that allows our body to then use this sugar as energy and fuel.  Perfect choice.

2)      A handful of fruit hits the simple and natural sugars.  The best thing is to not “confuse” the body.  The more your body has to spend time digesting something, the more you will feel lethargic and fatigue sets in.  A handful of strawberries, blueberries or blackberries is a great way to put a little pep in your step.  These fruits are natural antioxidants, and they also tend to be “lower glycemic” which means slightly lower in sugar.

3)      My personal favorite:  Some good old caffeine.  When I’m feeling tired and need a pick me up, there’s nothing that helps me more than a couple shots of espresso with a little bit of honey.  It will wake you up and have you ready to go.

Give these a try before your next workout.  Combine this with at least 8 hours of sleep a night, and you’re setting yourself up for success. Be nice to your body, and it will give you so much more in return.

Azadeh@Studeo55.ca

Azadeh@Studeo55.ca

 

Azadeh is Studeo55′s Director of Crossfit. She can be reached at azadeh@studeo55.ca – she would love to hear from you!

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Cricket, Basketball, Crossfit, Family and our Senior RMT: Meet Theron

Name: Theron White

Theron@studeo55.ca

Theron@studeo55.ca

Hails from:

Trinidad and Tobago via Toronto

Athletic background! (list it ALL! Go back to little league please!)

Playing soccer from the time I could walk. I played Cricket and swam as a kid.

Highschool- Soccer and Basketball

University- Basketball

Post- Crossfit (because as I get older I realize that real sports are so hard).

My favourite: coach, teacher or mentor, what they taught me – give me a shining moment/memory:

My favourite basketball coach (Anthony):  We connected because we had similar stories.  The first basketball team I made.  I could barely shoot or make layups but he loved my work ethic, aggression and persistence.  He said to me once that it doesn’t matter that you aren’t as skilled right now; that can always be acquired, but most people will never work or try as hard as you are now at anything in their life.  He taught me the value of process over the instant gratification of quick success.

Glory days! My favourite athletic memory:

I picked up a basketball for the first time at 14. At 17 I was a walk on for the Varsity team at York University.  This is more a favourite process than just a singular memory.  The three years between those bookends were filled with a maniacal obsession to make up for lost time.  When I look back on that time the most pleasurable memory is about the hours upon hours shooting, dribbling and playing one on one with my younger brother and the strong bond we created during that time.

My biggest athletic heartbreak, and what I learned:

Athletic heart breaks can come when you are a coach as well.  I coached high school basketball for many years.  I was lucky enough to have coached some good teams and great high school players with high realistic championship expectations.    Doing your best to help prepare someone else for a challenge which ultimately you have no direct impact on the outcome is a challenge.  Every season that ended with those expectation unfulfilled was a heartbreaker. You are always left with the feeling that there must have been something else you could have done to help them achieve their goals.

My family taught me:

No sacrifice is too great to make for your loved ones.

Currently working on (goals, events, PRs, whatever you like!):

I am currently very motivated to compete in Crossfit with my Studeo55 teammates! I want to be in the best shape of my life every day. My goal is to be in better shape every year between now and when I turn 40. So far, so good.

My wish for each of our athletes:

I’d love to see our athletes get to the point where their perceived limits are shattered on a regular basis.  Whether it’s your first push up, pullup or a 400lb squat: that feeling of accomplishment brings confidence and it’s universal.  Sometimes athletic achievements can be catalysts for success outside of the gym.

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“Be yourself, set your own goals and never look back!” Meet Dr. Maxwell!

Name:

Sean Maxwell

Meet Dr. Maxwell!

Meet Dr. Maxwell!

Hails from:

North Delta

Athletic background! (list it ALL! Go back to little league please!)

From day 1- soccer and Baseball

Highschool- baseball, volleyball, soccer and tennis

University- soccer

Currently – Soccer and golf

My favourite: coach, teacher or mentor, what they taught me – give me a shining moment/memory:

Many coaches throughout my life time but the main influences:

My father, he taught me the basics of sportsmanship, team and how to play each game.

My high school coach Mr Trask as he introduced me to golf, the game I love now.  Mr Trask also pushed me further in highschool tennis.

My friends and family, both on and off the field.  Unlimited support and providing me with the drive!

Shining moment: several provincial births in soccer, as well as all the success of my team over 20 years together!  I have had several other shining moments, but none stand out as much as the recent birth of my daughter .

Glory days! My favourite athletic memory:

I would have to say my glory days were in soccer, we won the league5/7 years and won several cup championships in that span.

My biggest athletic heartbreak, and what I learned:

My biggest failure was missing the net during the sun provincial finals shootout against Lynn Valley!  Was a crushing event at a young age of 12.  I learned that there has to be adversity to build character.

My family taught me:

At the end of each day, all one has is family.

Currently working on (goals, events, PRs, whatever you like!):

I am currently very motivated to advance my skills in chiropractic care.  My passion for golf has lead me to the Titlist performance Institute where I currently am certified and working towards my level 2 medical certification.  This certification will allow for me to specialize in golf injuries and functional mechanics of the body.  I am also advancing my training in chiropractic care by taking the pediatric diplomat over the next 1-2 years!  It is amazing to work with kids; to have such a positive impact on their development.

With the recent birth of my first child and the passing of my dad: I have to say with all this education, sports and work, nothing means more to me than my family.  Stay healthy everyone.

My wish for each of our athletes:

Be yourself, set your own goals and never look back!

 

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