Celebrate : International Womens Day

I was doing valuable research time wasting on Facebook yesterday afternoon and this CBC post showed up on my feed. It’s incredible and WORTH every minute of watching.

My thoughts... (Coach Lisa)

This video is amazing! Absolutely amazing.
Showcasing all of the incredible women in the world of sports, heck more importantly showcasing all the amazing different sports out there, and then showcasing just how decorated our Canadian females are. How beautiful we are! 
I mean c’mon, if you didn’t think “Man, she is stunning” when you saw any one of those women beaming with pride, happiness and even heartbreak. How beautiful is a woman who can hold her head up high, stand in grace and confidence regardless the outcome. How strong is a female that can smile through all the pain, all the frustration and all the moments of let down knowing, just knowing that the day of absolute triumph is coming, it is coming.

Isn’t that what we are taught to seek? To be? To embody? After-all, it’s been a message for a very long time to our young women.

For me, that’s a message I still get to this day from some outside sources. Certainly sometimes from inside sources too BUT I think, to me, what my passions are, what knowledge can be passed on to those I connect with as a coach, and everything else that’s learned in between the highs and the lows… It truly is something of beauty, grace, pride and dignity. What we learn when we are practicing, training and working on our physical skills is certainly a thing of beauty. The consistency to show up every day, even when we have bad days, bad weeks, heck even bad months.

Sport teaches so much.
It teaches poise, resilience, perseverance, dedication, commitment, self awareness, healthy internal monologue, positive self talk, how to embrace the thing we fear, the thing that makes us uncomfortable. It teaches us how to navigate the muddy waters of life, how to talk to a variety of people, how to see humour in situations, how to breathe. Yup, how to breathe. How to stop, pause, take it in, reset the heart, slow the mind, breathe and then GO!
Sport teaches us hard work. We learn that without effort, nothing worth having comes. We understand what the reality of adulthood is… it’s hard work, it’s following through and it’s integrity. It’s being okay with sitting, resting and residing in the uncomfortable.

So today, on International Womens Day, and every single damn day of every single year, celebrate. Celebrate the beauty of a face scrunched up in maximal effort to lift the heaviest of weights. Applaud the beads of sweat running down the face, arms and legs of the marathon runner that just won’t stop, despite loss of feeling to their toes. Cheer for the young girl making haphazard axles and double flips on the ground, running shoes on, dreaming of an Olympic showcase. Jump for joy with the volleyball player hitting kill after kill, with grunt after grunt. Urge and encourage the small but mighty girl with an appetite for moving quickly, lifting heavy things and eating double servings of dinner.
All shapes. All sizes. All ages. ALL ABILITIES. Celebrate.
Encourage and introduce to as many opportunities, moments and experiences as possible so they too can one day be highlighted on a CBC Montage with a famous Pop Singer, singing what has now become the 2019 Female Anthem of Canadian Girls, or at least, it should be. 😉

In the community : Teaching our Youth

Today Coach Jen introduced the Olympic Weightlifting lift the Snatch to groups of students in Grades 4-8 as part of a community Strength Summit!

These kids are so excited and are loving learning a new skill!

By the end of the day Jen will have shared Olympic lifting with about 150 students!

Thank goodness she had Powerlifting teammate @sunshineskis there helping her! Coach Lisa introduced the Clean and Jerk the next day.

A big Thank you to the Connect Charter School for inviting us!

If you’d like Olympic Weightlifting demos brought to your school reach out to us and we will see what we can do. A Travelling Weightlifting Road show will be fun! Email info@thehubpt.com

Such a great sport for all ages to share with everyone.

#youthweightlifting #olympicweightlifting #learnsomethingnew #techniquematters

BUILD : Diversity

These days we talk about #diversity from a social stance. At one point it was from a financial stance. #Physically it should be discussed from a muscular, ability and balance point of view.
Diversity is more than accepting and embracing what’s different, it’s the building of strength from all angles. Trying new things, seeing movements, breath and strength from different views.
Diversity is what makes really great humans. It’s the skill that allows us to respond positively to any situation, teaches us to give pause before reaction and an open mind to see things in a different light.
This skill also makes for some really amazing athletes.
Think about that kid that can play any position… yeah, be that kid.

#skilldevelopment #youthsports #adultskills #thehubpt #fitness #highriverstrong #conquergreatthings #dontstop #offseasonisthemostimportantseason

Settle in.

As we sit at the weigh ins for the Farmstrong Alberta Weightlifting Association Olympic Weightlifting competition I’m reminded of the need to settle in.

Settle into the waiting. The nerves. The anxiety. The excitement.

Settle into what’s new. Each competition is new. Settle into what’s old hat and settle into all the moments in between.

This applies to life as well. 

So much comes our way in day to day but if we learn to relax and settle into those waves then we learn to flow. We understand flexibility and we know that nothing is fixed in position.

Settle in. Relax. Breathe. Watch the environment and know that when you are required to respond, you will be ready. 

For now, settle in. You be got this.


Just Start.

Action had Boldness. It has Power and it has the ability to inspire, to motivate, to excite and to create a tidal wave of progress.
All too often we talk about doing something. We ramble about the things we are unhappy with, the things we need, the things we desire, the things we know we should do.
All too often, those are just breaths of air wasted. Words lost to the winds.
No action. No movement. No progress. No power.


Just start.
You’ll find that the momentum of starting something is like walking.
it’s an ever so slight forward fall that forces the next foot to go in front of the other and before you know it you are jogging, then you are running, then you are sprinting.
Then it’s easy and you ask yourself “why didn’t I do this sooner?”

Challenge that thing that scares you (I should challenge CrossFit, it terrifies me). Go after that element that makes your palms wet, your heart race and your tummy turn. Face the things that scare you. Face them head on. They’ll do one of two things, 1) they’ll no longer be scary or 2) they’ll slap you in the face reminding you why you were scared in the first place… Likely the former will happen.
I have yet to be slapped in the face by fear.

So tomorrow, when you wake up and say “man, I really need to do something about this_____________” START. Stop talking. Stop wasting words and START.
Join the gym, go for a run, eat a salad, jump on the Intermittent Fasting train. TRY something.

Because if what you’re doing right now isn’t working… why are you still doing it?