What Does Champion Mean?

Raw effort. Muscles, tendons, ligaments. Lungs working. Heart pumping. Shoes that cover your feet, or go without and run along the ocean or in the soft grass. The rawness of running creates a perfect beauty that makes the movement human’s natural progression.

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The world constantly turns over more need for gadgetry. Sports are evolving into lifestyles where investments the size of mortgages and college tuitions are everywhere. What does it leave us I ask? Where do we stand after it’s over? When the wind blows are you listening to what it is saying or blocking out what you don’t want to hear. Are we living in a state of denial?


I question if we have lost the meaning and reason behind our first steps. Why did you take that first run? What was it like the very first time you ever bought a pair of running shoes? Why did you buy them, what inspired you?


And that first bike ride. I mean all the way back to that very special day the training wheels were taken off your bike. Do you remember when that trusting parent or friend let go of the broomstick that stuck up from your bike and you rode away to the cheers of everyone behind you. Now that my friends, is natural progression. There was not much concern of how much money your bike cost or what components it housed.


And what about that first time you got in the pool? Maybe the first time you made it from one end to the other. And then talked about it for the next week.


I am frustrated that so many today have lost the joy and seem to only be looking for the next way to place higher, go faster, win more; and they look outside of their soul. They say, “there has to be something I can find, I can have, I need”.


My friends, you need to look inside. That is often the answer.

There is something about running. I often don’t even like referring to it as a sport only because to me it is something more raw and beautiful. You can’t buy shoes to make you run faster, clothes to make you lighter and more aero-dynamic, or something to carry you over hills and mountains. It is just you. You have to confront yourself, face your fears, understand your goals, enjoy every step you take for each step is a wonderful gift, and be blessed that we have so much to explore within ourselves internally and externally, with just using what we have. That my friends is what makes a champion inside and out.


Today’s Resolution … Don’t Wait!

I hear so much about New Year Resolutions and it makes me sad and frustrated. As a personal trainer and coach for over a decade and an athlete, I ask myself WHY WAIT?

There is no better time than the present! Let’s start today!!!! This does not mean you must go to your pantry and throw away all your favorite foods that might contain sugar. This does not mean that starting today you must commit to an hour of working out daily. BUT starting today, NOW, let’s mentally make the commitment to concentrate on helping yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually become healthier and happier. This means add a few extra vegetables and fruits to your meals, add an extra walk , run, or bike ride to your week, take the time to journal your thoughts and feelings. Make little steps toward your bigger goals.


Yes, I am all for working with a personal trainer or coach. Someone that will be there for you night and day. To hold you accountable but also be there to support you and motivate you. To be there to inspire you! I am beginning to take clients again and so grateful that I am able to do what I am so passionate about. I live and breath helping others be their best whether it be overall wellness, improving athletic performance, or running a personal best.

There are no 2 week or 22 days resolutions. I promise! If I see one more book or article promising “lose 20 inches in 22 days” I will certainly lose my mind. While it might be possible, it is not healthy and it is not a lifestyle that can be lived permanently. I help my clients adopt methods that can be sustained as part of their lifestyle. No crazy diets, no crazy expensive foods that are near impossible to find, no impossible training regimens with complex apparatus, it’s all simple and can be easily imported into anyone’s individualized schedule. Each client is an individual and I work with each person just so, we will make it work so that you are successful and established goals are reached.

Don’t wait! The time is NOW!!!! Whether for yourself, or a loved one! There is no better gift than health, fitness and wellness!!!

For fitness, wellness, and athletic performance / running performance coaching contact Cristin at ultimatestamina@gmail.com or for more information visit www.ultimatestamina.com