If you’re not familiar with the organization, they do great work:
Optimist International is an association of more than 2,900 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids.” Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best that they can be.
Each Optimist Club determines the needs of the young people in its community and conducts programs to meet those needs. Every year, Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects and serve well over six million young people.
I visited Gold’s Gym in Venice last year before what I thought would be my last two bodybuilding competitions. (Who was I kidding? I love to compete.) In this video, I share some important biomechanics basics. If you have questions or feedback, leave a comment.
Savannah Rose Neveux, the little girl in the 1991 photo on left, grew up to be the fitness model and healthy eating/exercise expert in the photo on the right. Her father, famed photographer Michael Neveux, took both shots. Savannah’s website, Muffin Topless, is full of information and resources to help women get in shape.
Now that the Olympics are occurring in London, and are being televised all over the world, many people are finding themselves motivated to start exercising. Naturally, observers find inspiration in watching the highly-trained athletes, sometimes believing that that sort of physical excellence and achievement is within their reach.
While I applaud any effort toward improving one’s physical condition, I’m critical of unrealistic expectation. Of course, goals come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so some goals are more realistic than others. But I think there may be some misconception in regards to what it takes to reach any significant degree of athletic success.
Let’s try to be clear about what constitutes “success” – acknowledging, of course, that there are many interpretations of it. Earl Nightingale (1921 – 1989) – an American motivational speaker and author – said that success could be defined as the “progressive realization of a worthy goal”. By this definition, anyone who is improving (getting closer to their ultimate goal), is a success. I might take it a step further and define is as follows: “following through on a plan, without hesitation or compromise, in the quest of a measurable goal”. Read more…