Congratulations to Justify, jockey Mike Smith, and trainer Bob Baffert on Justify becoming the thirteenth Triple Crown winner in history with an impressive wire-to-wire victory in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday! Prior to Saturday’s victory, Justify won an exciting Preakness Stakes following his thrilling victory in the Kentucky Derby. It is quite an accomplishment to win the Triple Crown and I am glad to see Justify join American Pharoah and the other great horses that have accomplished the feat.
Also, congratulations to the Golden State Warriors and the Washington Capitals for winning their respective titles last week. I am particularly happy for the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin. He is a great player. Now he no longer has to listen to the critics saying, “But he never won the Stanley Cup.”
Belated congratulations to Justify, jockey Mike Smith, and trainer Bob Baffert on the 2018 Kentucky Derby victory. I really enjoyed watching the races two Saturdays ago (and a few mint juleps), particularly Justify’s thrilling win in the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. I am looking forward to seeing his run at the Triple Crown resume at the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 19th. I had bet on Bolt d’Oro to win and Justify to place in the Kentucky Derby. However, I almost changed my betting plans upon hearing Bob Baffert gush about how special he felt this horse was. After all, this is the trainer of the last Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah. I will be rooting for him (and likely betting on him) to win in Maryland and perhaps New York. Good luck, Justify!
“Meet Day Strategy for Weightlifters”
Athletic Lab’s Chris Hoina and Brian Guilmette have put out a helpful (and humorous) series of videos along with some additional resources for the beginning weightlifter. Athletic Lab is hosting their Winter Weightlifting Classic on Saturday, February 17th, 2018. Athletic Lab puts on great weightlifting meets and the video series with the accompanying resources is another example of their commitment to the sport of weightlifting in North Carolina and beyond.
Sadly, the Jeff Connors’ Strength & Conditioning Clinic in Greenville, North Carolina is also scheduled for the same day. So if you are interested in both of these events, you will unfortunately have to chose which one to attend. Either way you can’t go wrong.
If you are a weightlifter, a prospective weightlifter or just want to know more about the sport, I highly recommend that you access this material by clicking on the link above. Another great resource is Catalyst Athletics Weightlifting Competition Guide by Greg Everett of Catalyst Athletics. You can get a copy of the e-book via their Web site (https://shop.catalystathletics.com/collections/books/products/weightlifting-competition-guide). It is a short, easy read and has some great information for the new weightlifting athlete or coach.
“Jeff Connors’ Strength & Conditioning Clinics”
Registration is now open for the Jeff Connors’ Strength & Conditioning Clinic scheduled for Saturday, February 17th. I attended Coach Connors’ clinic in 2015. It was a fantastic event at which I was able to see Coach Connors, Al Johnson, Mike Gentry, and Ethan Reeve present. I also got to enjoy some delicious Eastern North Carolina BBQ with the attendees. 🙂 After attending the 2015 clinic, I read Coach Connors’ Strength Coach: A Call to Serve, an enjoyable and enlightening read.
In 2016, I was unable to attend, as I was already registered to attend the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute (a great learning experience in its own right) in Alexandria, Virginia with my Empower Personalized Fitness coworkers. In 2017, I was unable to attend, as I was transitioning between jobs. Sadly, I will likely be unable to attend this year’s event, as I may not be able to make the necessary arrangements at relatively short notice, particularly with me living in faraway Northern Illinois. But if you can make this year’s event, I don’t believe that you will be disappointed. Coach Connor’s put on a great event in 2015 and he has had respected speakers in each of the subsequent years. If you are interested in attending the 2018 Strength & Conditioning Clinic, you can get further information by clicking on the link above. Perhaps I will see you there. 😉
Congratulations (albeit belatedly) to the Alabama Crimson Tide for winning the NCAA National Championship over the Georgia Bulldogs 26-23 in a thrilling overtime win on Monday, January 8th. Keep your chin up, Bulldog fans. It looks like your team will contend for some time to come.
“Certification – 8 Weeks Out”
Last year I purchased Joel Jamieson’s Bioforce Certified Conditioning Coach Course. Unfortunately, I got sidetracked after getting started on the course and ended the year without having completed it. Now, here in 2018, I am back to studying the materials. I must say that I am impressed with what I have seen so far. It is clear that Joel wants the viewer to understand the science behind conditioning without feeling the need to overwhelm the viewer with more detail than is necessary to understand the principles behind effective conditioning practices.
As I see it, the great thing about this particular course is that the information can be applied to both athletes and the general population. As a sport performance coach/personal trainer/fitness specialist, I have taken courses and attended lectures and workshops that were geared to a specific population. That is understandable and it certainly makes sense when you consider that each population has specific needs and requirements when it comes to training. However, if the human being is basically a biological machine, it stands to reason that we all share certain basic traits as human beings. I would argue that our similarities vastly outweigh any individual differences. That is what allows fitness and sport performance professionals to work with a variety of individuals and groups from a variety of backgrounds, and with a variety of goals and needs. Much as a well-trained and experienced auto mechanic can work on a variety of cars and trucks, so can a well-trained and experienced fitness/sport performance professional work with a variety of individuals. The specifics are important and it appears that this course will address those specifics. But it also appears to provide the necessary grounding in the science and practical considerations for working to address any conditioning need. To say that I am looking forward to completing this course is an understatement.
It should be noted that I did not sign up for this course to complete any continuing education requirements for certification renewal. It is my understanding that this course has not been pre-approved for any continuing education units. That is not surprising, as the course is marketed as a certification. I am less motivated by the desire to earn another credential, than I am by the opportunity to learn and strengthen my knowledge as it relates to conditioning. With that being said, I will be proud to earn the Bioforce Certified Conditioning coach credential, as I respect Coach Jamieson’s knowledge in this area and his contribution to the field.
To learn more about this course and to get on the “free Insider’s List” so that you can “save $200 on the certification when it opens again on February 26th, 2018,” click on the link above. Here is hoping that 2018 is a year of learning. 😉