Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Swing pratices, classes & workouts : May 4th to May 23rd

What do I do when all pratice partners can't make it? I practice anyway!

Fred Barbe

Friday, May 11, 2012

Strong Words - repost

This is some inspiring words from Mike Robertson's Newsletter.

 "A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work." - Colin Powell

A few topics I've talked about extensively on my blog are change, focus, etc.

But one thing I haven't talked about enough is flat-old, old-fashioned, nose-to-the-grindstone hard work.

Look, we can't control everything in our lives.

And often, things happen to us that are beyond our control.

But one thing that we can always control is our work ethic, and how hard we work.

It's not enough to want something...

It's not enough to dream about it...

It's not enough to have good, or even great, ideas...

Because until you start taking action and working hard, success will always be just beyond your grasp.

One thing that I always fall back on when things aren't going well is to re-focus and just start working harder.
Have I been slacking in any way, shape or form?

What is something I can get better at?

What can I do to take my own performance to the next level?

Not only does this give me a feeling of control, but quite often, it pays off in numerous others ways as well.

When I'm working hardest, that's when I'm the luckiest as well.

Next time you're struggling, down, or not seeing the type of success you want, go back to basics and just start working harder than those around you.

Chances are, the results will speak for themselves!

Fred Barbe

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fighting back Resistance

Just as Steven Pressfield, I believe in Resistance. How would I not? And the day you think you beat it off, it is back in your face with a loaded gun.

Resistance is so cunning. It told me I should stop looking for a competition partner. That even if I find someone new, she won't be ready for the next year or so and chances are I will be disappointed.... again. Plus, I'm leaving a month this summer in Europe, so why should I bother right now. And anyway, there is no need to be proactive about it, because if I have to meet a formidable dancer, she will magically appeared. Rationalization.....deadly if you are not careful.

Fred Barbe

Friday, May 4, 2012

3rd week of my new strength training :Wednesday

You heard me comlaining about my lack of results. Those are nice results for a 3rd week!

Box jumps : 1st week stage 15 / 3rd week stage 17

Box plyo push ups : 1st week stage 6 / 3rd week stage 8

1 leg cross body rows : 1st week 80lbs / 3rd week 85lbs

1 leg squat  cross arm on a box : 1st week 0lbs/ 3rd week 15lbs

Bridge : 1st week from the ground / 3rd week down the wall & up the wall
This is why witing down results is important. It's obvious what works and what does not. This new protocol seems to fit me better so far.

Fred Barbe