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"The mind is a powerful thing and most people don’t use it properly."
~ Mark McGuire
April 2013
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College Advisory: Chalk Talk from Jon Murray, Abilene Christian University

Track and Field Coach, NCAA D-II

“We like to recruit all over the world. The in-state athlete is where we start, and then we work out from there. We literally recruit from all over the U.S. and world.”

Every College Coach has an A-list, and questionnaires are sent to every one of them. If you get one, and you're interested in that school, you should waste no time and respond. If you don't get one, I recommend you still respond because college coaches talk and will always help if it will help them out in return. If you do respond to the questionnaire, odds are you will get some kind of email or phone call asking you for more detail.

Last,  answering all the questions shows your college coach that you are a leader and able to follow directions. Don't let your parents do your work; most college coaches will see right through that and not follow up as fast. Ask them for advice but you fill out the paper. You're going to the college, not them.

Text Tips: Mind Gym

The Pressure Principle

Mind Gym : An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence | Gary Mack

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"A figure skating judge said he was too small to succeed. But, now here he was, on center stage, at five-foot-three, 115 pounds, and the biggest attraction of the Winter Olympics. Scott Hamilton stood alone in the spotlight. Arms outstretched, he became one with the music, his flashing skate blades cutting stencils in the ice. Hamilton reminded us that winners come in all sizes. "Under pressure" people can perform fifteen percent better or fifteen percent worse"

What is pressure? Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll defined pressure as "something you feel only when you don't know what you're doing." The human body reacts to pressure and stress. The heart beats faster, and breathing quickens. Arther Ashe said "We have a natural tendency to invest more energy when we are under pressure. But when tension rises, two things happen: the feet can't move and the diaphragm collapses. It's automatic. It's in the genetic code."

Pressure can be a positive force or a negative one. Ken Ravizza (Sports Psychologists) found that more than 80 % of athletes said they felt no fear of failure. Everything gets interpreted. Pressure is in the brain of the beholder. Learn to view pressure as a challenge to meet rather than a threat of defeat. Get the Book >>

Diet Advice: What's Nutrition Anyway?

Nutrition is the science of how the human body uses food. Every living thing in this world, including us, needs food and water. The two main principles are energy and nutrients. Without enough food (nutrients), your energy level will be very low and will not help you on or off the field. The nutrient in food helps to repair the tissue in your body, and also helps with breathing, moving and thinking, so don't forget to fuel your body.

Training Tips: Re-Define your Fitness, Re-Define your Body, and Re-Define your Life!!!

70% of staying fit, losing weight, or feeling good about yourself in general is what we ingest into our bodies.  The other 30% is what type of exercising you do in order to attain these goals.  Obviously, life can get busy and hectic and it can be a struggle to meet your exercise and nutritional needs on a daily basis with work, kids, school and hobbies.  We at Re-Defined Fitness help maximize all of your fitness and nutritional goals through many different forms of personalized training programs to fit your busy lifestyle.  We find a way to personalize a program for each individual from weight lifting, cardio, TRX, boxing, to just about anything you can think of. Intake of calories and outtake of calories is the basic formula and sounds simple; however it can't always be done alone.  Being alone no longer has to be an option, so start Re-Defining your life today!

Daniel Torres, Re-Defined Fitness, Owner and Trainer

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Question & Answer: Involvement Timing

Question: When is it best to start getting your child involved in sports?

Answer: I think that it is all about your kids, but it also comes down to the parents because you’re paying for it.  What is your goal for your kids at the young age of 5 or 6 years old? I am not sure there is a right age, but this day and age the parents usually get thrown into coaching them.  Some enjoy it and some don’t.  I think in the long run it’s tough on your son or daughter to have their mom or dad as a coach, but every player is different. Every parent is also different and I know most parents seem to be harder on them from the field to the home.  The home is where most of the coaching and teaching really begins.  Having a handle on their home life is very important.  Always listen to your kids on what they want; they will always tell you what they like and don’t like. At age 11/12 they will usually stop listening to you as their coach because they believe their coach knows more about the game of soccer.