Spotlight 🔦 on: Julio (Hard ‘J’) (“Julio” (Soft ‘J’ ) Lee: “The Balanced Ball Player ”
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Today’s spotlight is on Julio, a 21 years young fullback for the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies who came to me with two primary goals: 1) to make the university football team as a walk-on, 2) to become a more balanced athlete.
I met Julio at no place other than @plummarket in West Bloomfield, MI, where he was working part-time at the moment to fund his schooling, and we began exchanging niceties each time I bought groceries. “There is something special about this kid,” I thought.
After a few months of getting to know him, I learned that he was on a bodybuilding programb, and I invited him to a free session. In his consultation, I discovered that he had a deep, passionate desire to play collegiate ball.
We began with a few weeks of modified bodybuilding, adding in plyometrics to maintain his power, agility, and finesse.
Each session, we cracked open the holistic lens into his fitness and wellness a bit more--evaluating nutrition and mindset. Herein came the introduction of superfoods like turmeric for #antiinflammation and the daily practice of stillness and breath via #meditation, beginning with @headspace.
When his goals shifted more seriously to making the football team, we took our sessions onto the turf, where--just like with Paul and many of my other clients--there was a happy mixture of the hard and the soft elements of training--the hard including: jump training, footwork on the agility ladder, and sprints, and the soft comprising: self-myofasical release, sun salutations, and pranayama to warm-up and #yin style #yoga as well as meditation to warm-down.
One of the greatest gains I saw Julio make was the shift to centeredness that he achieved. The ability to stay calm, cool, and composed amidst the hurricane of the workouts he faced. You can see the calmness on his face in the #halflotus picture.
As athletes (which is all of us), we need not only the capacity to push forward with: grit, determination, resilience, boldness, power, and the attack of ACTION.
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