Oh, What a Year!
Well the end of the year is here and with it comes the snow, and the drivers and the shopping and all the festive activities that bring a little insanity to our lives. This year I’m not going to quote recipe books or the latest diet, I’m not going to tell you that the new year is approaching and I have a fitness deal in the horizon (which I do). Instead I thought I’d talk about a great year I had with possibly more downs then ups, yet my focus never fails on the things that are important to the people you love and the career path I chose to follow. COGO Fitness has hit every wall on the way to find a home for my wonderful clients and friends this past year. Just when you think we found a home, we hit an unsuspecting glitch; with four locations in just over a year.
Alright, I know you’re thinking that may have sounded a bit negative regardless if it’s true, so let’s start over and reflect with gratitude instead.
This end of year let’s look back on the year we’ve had. My ups and downs with this company do not necessarily mean I’ve lost sight of what I want for COGO Fitness, or for my clients and friends. What I have lost sight of though in all the confusion this year was who COGO Fitness is, or what I want for for COGO Fitness? Understanding this, is where I can begin to niche myself in our new facility, and offering the services that I feel will help grow this company to the next level.
First off let me say that in the past six years I’ve enjoyed training all the clients that have come through my door. But to be honest to my own self, I’ve especially loved training youth athletes. I believe my passion for training athletes is what’s made me a better trainer with the general population. My constant learning of a new mobility drill, or training movements that offer pain relief and strength to older populations are just the little things that scratch the surface. My emphasis on joint preservation and managing risk to rewards all comes from training athletes. I’d say that this avenue in my life makes me grateful for those young faces that have stepped foot through my doors as they made a better trainer out of me throughout every session.
In the new facility, I’ve chosen to continue with my classes, but there will be changes in where I’m headed for the future. I decided it’s time to be that stepping stone for youth athletes before they hit college or possibly the bigs. I think to myself, why not work really hard to build around the very thing that gets you up in the morning. This year I was proud to train my rugby player, my downhill slalom racer, and a CAN-AM competitor with the police who by the way blew the doors off in competition by surpassing every goal we set for her. I got to work with FEMSPORT competitors and see them medal in an ever growing community of strong women. And I’ve now started to push forward with my Online Performance Training, slowly getting it off the ground for clients across Canada.
Here’s the thing though, you may think those are many disciplines and why not stick to just one? Well, what I love most is getting lost in research for every discipline. Every discipline demands their own programming, exercise selection, recovery, periodization, and functionality of movement in regards to the sport; I just got excited just saying that mouthful! Finally, just to add to those disciplines I’m hoping to join the Alberta Weightlifting Association this year as I will be starting my A.P.E. WC which is the Athletic Performance Evolution Weightlifting Club in Calgary. This project has been sitting on the burner for a couple years and with the new facility, it’s an exciting time in my company. It also sounds like we may have a few interested parties to join our little club and see if it grows from there, now that is something I’m thankful for.
Last but not least, I’m grateful for the beautiful woman that stands next to me everyday. She trains with me sometimes, and always has advice or a hand to lend when I need it. She keeps me honest, and she’s proud of me and she’s my Nat. Now she carries our little bundle of love that’s due in March right around my birthday; how could I ask for more, my family is about to get bigger, which means more love in our house.
The COGO Fitness + Performance community like my family was built with love first, how we feel, how we perform, how we motivate and inspire are all by products of hard work. But it comes from a foundation of gratitude and love. This year I want to thank all of you who were part of my 2016 journey, I apologize for the inconveniences along the way and I hope to see you all in 2017 even if it’s to checkout the new facility and say hello. I can’t promise there might not be pitfalls along the way, but I can promise you this; you’ll always have a home to train in with me, and even though I’m a little hard or tough on you at times, please know it comes from a place of love.
Stay healthy my friends… and have a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!
Become Like Water…
“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” Bruce Lee
It’s been about 12 years since I stepped foot on a mat, whether it was for Brazilian jujitsu, Japanese jujitsu or Muay Thai training. Now in that time I never really count the once in awhile here and there because that’s not real training, nor a distinct dedication to the arts. In 2004 I left Perth Australia with a heavy heart, a lot of training under my belt, a few competitions and some lifelong friends. She was a beautiful country with truly blessed experiences that brought me back to where I felt the most comfortable and confident in; on the mat.
I think of the above quote and I realize that interpretations can be made from many directions, but I choose to compare it to my own journey. Life is about transitions, going with the flow, not stifling your creativity or listening to those that will stop your growth. We’re a river that gets veered by rocks and trees and all other types of obstacles in life. Sometimes we hit a dam and our lives become pooled, stagnant and the flow simply stops; but our passion like a wave can get stronger, the river rises and we break those dams.
Needless to say I’ve been training a year now in full contact karate doing Renbukai under Kyoshi Verlin Koch. Our school is also affiliated to Koryu Uchinadi, a functional style of karate with it’s style more focused on self defence. Now here’s the part that you hear so much slack for on the internet; I also do ‘online’ BJJ training due to my life’s time constraints… Like I said, never let the naysayers get you down, and just keep flowing in the direction that brings happiness to your life. Martial Arts makes me happy, and some day I’d like to create a fantastic venue where strength and conditioning is paired with martial arts, but first my river needs to keep flowing, keep learning it’s route and creating new routes.
I need to keep learning the martial arts I love, keep learning self defence, just keep learning. It’s so enriching to become inspired again, understanding positions, techniques, movement. Transitioning movements from exercise to a specific sport I love. I’m 43 years old and I’m willing to start from square one and pour myself back into the same journey I was in 12 years ago. Funny how rivers fork like a parallel universe and yet we can find that path once again; never say never.
If someday I have children, the purest advice I can give them is never stop learning. Never close your mind to a subject. Don’t let a peer reviewed article tell you it’s the way, there may be ten saying otherwise. Be the journey you want to be, be the inspiration you need to be; become like water my friends…