Meet Parisi Intern Kelley Chapman

 

Kelley is originally from Taylors, South Carolina. She is about to begin her senior year at North Greenville University where she is majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Sport Management and Business. She played Varsity Basketball and Tennis while in High School and played 3 years of Tennis at North Greenville. She currently holds a work study position at North Greenville along side the athletic secretary and football coaches.  Kelly has done a great job for us this summer!

Building A Diamond of Performance

The diamond is one of the world’s more remarkable jewels. They hold a special value for many, being placed on engagement rings, royal crowns, and the world’s best saw blades. Now some of you may be confused by the saw blades, but I think that’s where the beauty of a diamond truly lies. Not only are diamonds extraordinarily beautiful, they are also extremely tough. Though they look great when worn as a piece of jewelry, they are also extremely useful when cutting concrete or steel, things we associate with being extremely tough. The other interesting thing, is that diamonds are merely carbon molecules that have been exposed to a combination of extreme heat and pressure, and are impenetrable by other common elements such as nitrogen. So what does this have to do with your performance?

Almost everybody has heard the phrase “Practice makes perfect.” My favorite response to this came from my high school wrestling coach. Whenever he’d hear someone say it, he’d just roll his eyes and say, “If you pile crap on top of crap, on top of crap, you’re not going to get a diamond, you’re just going to get a pile of crap.” You see, the phrase “Practice makes perfect,” is missing a word: perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.

For those who have been doing the regular Parisi classes, come to the recent Parisi strength classes, or have come in with your high school team this summer, you’re probably sick of the same drills and working with a PVC pipe. The repetition of these drills, however, is key in assessing how well you move, and where the missing links are in those movements. These drills mimic how your body is supposed to move during a movement, which is necessary to success in sport. Performance is our diamond that we are trying to achieve, and that diamond needs its supply of ‘carbon.’

By doing drills and learning how to move properly we supply our diamond with carbon. Add in some work ethic, dedication, proper nutrition, and recovery, we now have more sources of carbon. Once we take out the proverbial “crap”, or weak links in our movement, we’re ready for competition, or even life in general. And when the heat of competition shows up, and the pressure starts to add up, our performance doesn’t end up a pile of crap, it becomes a diamond.

 

 

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Nathanael Littauer is a Strength and Conditioning Student at Appalachian State University, as well as a certified USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach. He is currently interning at Alliance Champions Training Center’s Parisi Speed School.

Spotlight on Parisi Intern Nathanael Littauer

Meet Nathanael Littauer “Coach Nate”! Nate is from Hendersonville, NC and will begin his senior year at Appalachian State University this fall. He is majoring in Exercise Science with an emphasis on strength and conditioning. Coach Nate has an extensive athletic background. Sports he’s participated in include soccer, swimming, baseball, football, cross country, wrestling and Olympic Style weightlifting.

His favorite quote: “Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general .” – Mark Rippetoe

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May 23rd, 2016

ALLIANCE WARRIOR CODE

Warrior creeds have been around for many years and act as a code of conduct and inspiration.  The Warrior Ethos help define these warriors, although different words have been used by the Samurai, Spartans, Marines, and other Special Operation forces around the world.

The Navy SEALs have a code which is as follows:

The SEAL Code
Loyalty to Country, Team, and Teammate
Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield
Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit
Take Responsibility for your actions and the actions of your teammates
Excel as Warriors through Discipline and Innovation
Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nation’s Innovation
Earn your Trident everyday

We have our own code for Alliance which will help define our core values.

The first value of the Alliance Code is honesty.  This  applies to being honest with others but, just as importantly, being honest with yourself.  In the past, you may have heard me quote Bruce Lee saying, “Being truthful with yourself is one of the hardest things to do.”.  I wholeheartedly agree with his assessment.

What I have begun to realize is that we all rationalize why we do what we do.  This rationalizing is just part of human nature, hard wired in our DNA.  It is very critical for our personal growth that we are aware of this desire to rationalize.  It is also a reason setting goals and having a strong “Why” are important.  Without the direction derived from having meaningful goals and a strong “Why”, we can fall into the trap of making excuses to ourselves and others for our actions.

I am guilty of  self-deception, as much as anyone.

For example, during the Kokoro Camp last year, I went through a period of time when I began to rationalize why I should quit.  My hips were killing me and I was barely able to pick my feet up when trying to run.  I felt that that I was slowing everyone else down on the runs.  While going through this self-dialogue, I would never admit that I was considering quitting because it was too hard, but rather that I may need to pull out because I was diminishing the experience for others! How was that for self-rationalization. And, if my “Why” had not been strong enough, I would have given into this rationalization for quitting.
We  make these rationalizations on a daily basis.  They can sound something like this,” it won’t hurt me to eat that desert, have that drink, skip that workout, or take it easy today.”. Sometimes these statements can be true. However, what is important, is that we are aware of this tendency and that we critically look as this potential self deception to insure that we continue to move towards our goals and continue to become the person we want to be.

My challenge to you is to take a look at what you are doing on a daily basis and be honest with yourself about the decisions you make.  Ask yourself the simple question, ” Are my actions congruent with my goals and the person I want to be?”. If your answer is consistently yes, then you know you are headed in the right direction.

Commit, Show Up, Don’t Quit, Be Uncommon,

 Billy

Parisi Speed School Kids/Teens

Parisi Speed School Kids/Teens

WHAT IS PARISI SPEED SCHOOL?
The Parisi Speed School the largest sports performance training company in the country. With over 75 locations nationwide, the Parisi Speed School is recognized as the country’s premiere athletic performance enhancement organization(s) for youth athletics.

Using techniques that have produced over 190 NFL draft picks, our specially trained performance coaches deliver a positive training experience that improves speed of movement and strength in character regardless of ability or economic status.

Whether training individual athletes or entire teams, athletes see clear results in performance and self-confidence from our programs.