Some Random Thoughts



– make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights.

This is clearly not a new word but I when heard it the other day, although I don’t remember where, and it really struck me.  This is a word I want to use more frequently.  As a coach I want to empower people on a regular basis.  I want them to put in the work, become stronger, more confident in so many ways and realize that they can really do anything. I always believe that anyone that comes through our door can get better and improve in some way.  I don’t even question it, which means frequently I believe in people more than they believe in themselves.  Maybe I’m just confident in my coaching skills, or equally as important, the program, but I’m usually pretty keen to the work that they have put in, the progress made and what they are capable of now, as well as in the future.  This applies to anyone that I work with but seems especially true for women.  Maybe that’s why we have more women members at Ambition.  I’m not sure.  Anyway, I don’t just want to make people better every day.  I want to Empower them.

Football Practice

Body Part Splits:

This is a little bit random but I was thinking about body part splits the other day.  Body part splits often refers to something like training chest and arms on Mondays, back and calves on Tuesday, and shoulders on Wednesdays, etc.  This type of training, in my opinion is great for aspiring bodybuilders and common among people that don’t know what they are doing. So my thought was that I liken it to a high school football team only practicing running plays on Monday.  Tuesday is pass defense and kicking only.  Wednesdays the team works on passing the ball, while just a short time is dedicated to the 2 minute drill specifically, and so on and forth.  Now, this probably wouldn’t be a great strategy for a team in the long term.  In this scenario the defensive players would be at practice all three days but really only do work on Tuesday.  The other days they watch, maybe learn something if they’re paying attention, and a couple of them might even be on one of the special teams.  A better option might be to incorporate several facets of the game throughout a practice each day.  Sure, some days might demand extra focus on a weakness the team has, but they are working together as one strong and powerful unit each and every day, or several days a week. This is much like your training should be.  You don’t need to work only on passing or kicking for several hours and basically neglect everything else.  Think of your practice in the gym like the practice of an athlete.  Do you see what I’m getting at here?

The Jefferson Experiment:

This sounds like the name of something a lot cooler than it really is.  Recently I began testing out the Jefferson deadlift.  Something I have never tried before.  The next question I’m sure is, “What the hell is a Jefferson deadlift?”  Please see the video below.  I have a few hunches and ideas about the lift as it relates to my body specifically.  The experiment is on.  Results to be determined.  I will write about it again in a few months.



– Mike Baltren