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How to Be a Great Leader

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.
— John Quincy Adams

Bud, my coach of nearly twenty years, stopped by the gym last night.  Besides being a phenomenal coach with countless success stories, Bud was a mentor and an inspiration to all of his athletes. I could go on and on about how many awards we won and National teams we made, but the proof of his coaching skills lies in the values he instilled and the family atmosphere he created.

Whether you were coached by him for weeks, years, or decades,  you loved Bud. I posted a photo of his visit to the gym on Facebook and before I could log off, the comments from former students started rolling in: "I love Bud!" "It is so nice to reunite with with old friends that were like family!" "Truly the kindest most genuine person I have ever met!" "Miss you all!" "This brings back so many amazing memories!" "So sad I missed it. Missed you guys!" "XOXO" "He was so awesome!""By far my favorite person!" As the comments kept coming in, the love that he had for his athletes is so apparent. 

There is so much more to becoming a successful coach, leader, boss, or manager than giving orders and creating deadlines. If you win the highest award but no one likes you, have you really won? If you have the largest company with the littlest respect, are you truly great? Leadership is not an entitlement, it is a blessing. If you are in a position of leadership, do not take it lightly. You have the opportunity to inspire others, to give them hope and aspiration to become more, to dream big, to feel loved, and to want to give their very best. Lead them. Inspire them. Make a difference. 

Our latest workout is Short & Sweet! You can easily do this workout in the comfort of your home. In only 20 minutes, you will slim and tone your entire body while torching some major calories! Enjoy!

Be Done With It

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

This past weekend was something else...I can not even put it into words. It seemed our athletes just could not catch a break! There was cheating, injuries, unfair calls, and horrible displays of bad sportsmanship. At the end of the day, Steve and I just sat there....dumbfounded. It was as though we were stuck in some strange, never-ending dream. 

But, just like every day has done since the beginning of time, it did end and a new one began. 

This quote by Emerson is one of my favorites. These words are written above the exit of the Olympic Training Center. I can not tell you how many times I looked up at those words as I was leaving a tough competition or a less than stellar practice. I knew that once I walked out those doors, the past was behind me, I had to let it go and move on.

Why do we dwell on things we can not change? We let the hurt and pain consume us. The past is right where it needs to be- in the past. When things are not going your way and the rain keeps pouring down, remember to just finish the day and BE DONE WITH IT. Tomorrow is a new day. 

Springtime is here! Get outside and get your workout on!

Strength and conditioning is an essential part of an athlete's training. This workout "Strength, Power, Speed!" works to develop some of the most crucial components in sport. It is also a great fat burning workout!!