Destructive Decisions

Every year, before my class begins reading The Scarlet Letter, I ask the question, “Should a person be judged by his/her mistakes or accomplishments?”  I receive a variety of responses, but we usually conclude that an individual should be judged on both; in fact, an individual should be judged on his/her reaction to the mistakes he/she makes. The fact of the matter is, that we are all human; we will have slip-ups and mishaps from time to time…

As I age, my destructive decisions have certainly lessened (thank goodness), however, two weeks ago, I stayed out far too late, ate way too much, and drank that extra glass of wine.

No big deal, right?  I’m human; I deserve a break.  Motherhood has been whooping my butt… It probably wouldn’t be, except for that I noticed something:

One destructive decision often leads to another.

Because of my decisions the night before, I woke up with the trifecta: stomach ache, headache, and fatigue.

Poor decision # 2: I skip church, denying myself my spiritual nourishment, and making myself feel guilty.

Poor decision # 3: I go to the diner and eat greasy food in an effort to make myself feel better.

Poor decision # 4: I skip taking my supplements; I just don’t feel like doing a single thing that is not absolutely necessary today.

Hypothetical poor decision # 5: I skip my workout (this is hypothetical because it was a rest day, but you better believe that if it wasn’t, I still would not have worked out).

My point is this: we all make mistakes.  Be cognizant of them.  Be aware when one destructive decision is leading to the next.  It is not always as simple as the aforementioned scenario.  Mistakes can wear us down emotionally.  Someone with a bruised self-esteem can begin to make some seriously poor life choices.  Be aware.  Break the cycle.  One poor decision DOES NOT need to lead to the next.






Romance, Dominoes, and Negativity

I am always thinking about our fitness community at Shoreline Athletics.  Dave and I usually sit and bounce ideas off of each other.  These are some thoughts that have crossed our minds regarding how to be more successful in your training and life:

#1 Don’t be so ROMANTIC about your workouts! No seriously… I’ve been in this fitness arena for well over 10 years now, and although it’s very easy to get caught up in the “sexier” longer, full-out masochistic, workouts, this doesn’t work long term. Once a week is mentally healthy, but too much of these style workouts are a recipe for disaster. If you want more information as to why this is the case, feel free to ask any of the coaches at SA. It’s okay for a workout to be “boring” by your standards. You and I both need to be empowered through education and the proper guidance; a smarter training option does not always look as sexy as a destructive one. So, my advice is to enjoy your workouts and work your butts off, but don’t get too emotional about them. In reality, it’s really only 5% of your week. In my eyes, every workout is a good workout, but that’s because I chose to fall in love with the process and not obsess about the results (coincidentally–or not-so-coincidentally, this is when results come). Trust me, that was hard for me early in my fitness journey.  I love the constant beat-downs, the everyday competition, the endless 40 minute sweat sessions, but it required me putting a ton of faith in both Carl and Dave as programmers. They place countless hours weekly into the development of our clients and both have committed to being in the industry for the long haul; not just for this year’s fad…

#2 Every great change starts like falling dominoes.  That’s the Law of Momentum and patience in a nutshell. Over the last 7+ years we’ve seen small incremental gains over years of time, which have turned into something much greater. It’s the small mental and physical changes over time that will lead to a literal metamorphosis of an amazing new person capable of greatness. It’s almost impossible to imagine, but it takes vision, trust, commitment, and patience.  To illustrate: If you lined up an infinite chain of dominoes, over time, that one  domino could eventually knock over a grown man, then a tree, and eventually a large building as they progressively gained momentum with each piece falling. However, if there’s a break in the chain at some point, you would have to start all over again, potentially never seeing the domino’s potential. If you haven’t clued in, you are the domino, and as your coach and friend, I want to see you gain the momentum you need to tackle life’s bigger obstacles and achieve your goals.  When you stop training  (potentially because you don’t trust our process–just one of the reasons there may exist a breach in your “dominoes”), you lose your momentum, never discovering what you could truly achieve.  

#3- Don’t allow others to negative talk or influence your mindset. Seriously, having a negative mindset has been directly linked to depression and physical illness. Having a positive mindset and lifestyle has been directly linked to building stronger interpersonal relationships and even curing cancer.  I never played team sports, but I can tell you from life experience that one bad apple can influence you greatly and steer you off of your path. It could be your co-workers, or literally a stranger that could hit you while you’re vulnerable and before you know it, you’ve been sucked into their pity party. Most often times than not, that individual is selfishly creating havoc. A true friend or teammate would offer your support or encourage you to push a little harder through the noise. 

 These are my top 3 tips in terms of being successful in the gym and the arena of life. I have some more thoughts for you, but you’ll just have to wait until our next blog.

A Summer of PRs!

While the summer brings sunshine, relaxation, downtime with the family, and picnic after picnic, it usually is accompanied by weight gain, and inconsistency at the gym. As coaches, we have grown accustomed to seeing class sizes dwindle, especially during the month of August. We cannot say how ecstatic we were to see larger class sizes of this August then we have ever seen in the past. As a result of this, look at all of the amazing accomplishments that were made by our athletes during the course of the summer!

If you found yourself falling into the rut that excessive eating, drinking, and an inconsistent gym schedule, tell yourself today that you are going to get back on track this fall! If you need some extra motivation, feel free to email any of your coaches at Shoreline Athletics. I guarantee that they can give you the push you may need. Honestly, the majority of the battle is just walking back through the doors. So; let’s do it; I’ll see you tonight! Perhaps your name will be on the accomplishment board for September.

July Accomplishments

Back squat PR’s this month included Kristine Capstick (205), Kara Mac (205), Mark DeCapua (315), Eric Nevarez (370), Ian Douglas (385), Dave Brownell (235), Celeni Perez (215), Tarun(300), John Pomeroy (275), and Junie Richardson (150).  Matt Stebbins set a PR on his strict press (135), Tim Harmon overhead squatted 300lbs, and Paul Emery strung together 3 ring muscle ups.  Katy Williams connected 20 double unders, jumped on the 24” box during a workout, and had her 5 year anniversary at SCF this month!  Mark Testa performed 5 unbroken bar muscle ups and Jenn Gregoretti did 60 strict pull ups during a workout.

August Accomplishments

Hakuna MaSquata PRs:

Dave Plumey set an old/new PR on his back squat (405), Ben Callahan hang power cleaned 90lbs, and Matt Stebbins set a PR on his back squat (305) and overhead squat (215).  There were lots of front squat PR’s this month including Tarun (250), Eddie Angiollo (300), Amanda Magleby (201), Paul Emery (225), John Pomeroy (205), Mark DeCapua (275), Eric Nevarez (310), Amy Wozynk (155), Themis K (255), Fabio LoNero (295), Bianca Fiondella (225), Fran Esposito (95), and Ella McBride (100).  Bianca Fiondella PR’d on her overhead squat (185) and squat clean (210), John Pomeroy power snatched 125lbs, Amy Wozynk set a PR on her deadlift (235), Lara McGlashan power snatched 90lbs, and Nick Katz back squatted 285lbs for a new PR.  


Upper Body Pulling PRs and Anniversaries:

Amy Wozynk set a PR on her weighted pull up at 35lbs, Fabio LoNero did his first workout with ring push ups, and Mark Testa did six unbroken bar muscle ups.  Meg Testa set a PR on 30 muscle ups for time (3:41), Dave Brownell strung 32 double unders together, and Terry O’Hara did 25 chin ups and 10 pull ups in a workout.  Tracey Applegate strung together 26 double unders, Dave Brownell joined the muscle up club this month, and Teresa Testa performed 15 pull ups in a row!  Paul Emery strung together 4 ring muscle ups and set a PR on his weighted chin up (40lbs), Dave Brownell had his one year anniversary at SCF this month, and this month was Mark Testa’s 7 year anniversary at SCF!

A huge congrats to Coach Meg (pictured here post-WOD with coach for the weekend, and boyfriend, Zach) on placing 14th at the Granite Games this past weekend.  This was a grueling weekend of workouts in Minnesota, which Meg qualified for out of 2000 female athletes.  SA is so proud!

A huge congrats to Coach Meg (pictured here post-WOD with coach for the weekend, and boyfriend, Zach) on placing 14th at the Granite Games this past weekend. This was a grueling weekend of workouts in Minnesota, which Meg qualified for out of 2000 female athletes. SA is so proud!