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Thank You

What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation?
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

As the kids are heading back to school, let us take a moment to remember the impact teachers and coaches have on our lives. My eighth grade language arts teacher helped develop my writing skills and encouraged me to share my stories, my high school calculus teacher was tough and made sure I learned how to find the answer myself, my taekwondo coach was by far one of the most influential persons in my life and helped me reach above and beyond my wildest imagination, my youth pastor inspired me to live my life for the Lord, my strength & conditioning coach encouraged me to continue my education in sports, and my basketball coach taught me the importance of teamwork. Who had the biggest influence on you?

Throughout the year, take the time to say "thank you" to those that help raise our children. A simple note of gratitude, an encouraging email, or a small gift goes a long way. Raising our own children is tough enough, can you imagine teaching those that are not your own? Nowadays, you hear more about what teachers and coaches do wrong, how it was their fault the child did not turn in his homework, how they do not teach it correctly, or how the child did not hear the rules (although every other kid did). Teachers and coaches surpass their normal duties to inspire our children to learn, to encourage them through the tough times, to motivate them to reach for the stars! They do all of this despite the constant scrutiny they are under, despite the long hours spent after the final bell rings, and despite being grossly underpaid. There is one thing we can do- we can show our appreciation. Take the time and thank a teacher. Take a moment and hug a coach. Let them know they are loved.


One of my favorite coaches, Steve, is here to show us this week's workout! This full-body exercise was a staple during his military training. Add them to the end of your training or try to complete 50 for a quick head-to-toe workout! You GET what you GIVE!!

"Body Builder Burnout" (click link to view exercise demonstration)