May 28th 2015: Thought of the Day

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So it made complete sense that this quote from arguably the greatest scientist came up in class. However, unlike my professor I do not think he was solely discussing about moral behavior but just about who you are as a person.

This quote instantly reminded me of a time before a meet in which Sam and I would both go on to break our personal records for the high jump and triple jump respectively. We both mentioned how great we felt physically, but also how relaxed we felt because of a certain sense of detachment. We did NOT need the amazing result during the competition to validate us. Going out and performing better than we had ever done before did NOT make us better athletes. It was just the outward manifestation of the inner transformation we have made.

So, what Einstein is really trying to point towards is that its the inner reality that is the most important, and then what happens in the external reality logically follows based on the person you have become.

Be Happy and Chase your Dreams,

Pavan Mehat

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May 26th 2015: Thought of the Day

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This is one of my favourite quotes from Michael Jordan (which I have to admit is basically all of them) but it was playing in a basketball game against at my high school against an Elite Basketball School from Denmark yesterday that made me instantly think of this quote.

Throughout high school I was obsessed about being known as an amazing basketball player, that would go on to be the star for an NCAA division IVY League basketball team. I was no way a selfish player or a prima dona. First and foremost I wanted our team to win championships. However, I also wanted all the accolades, and attention to come along with it. I wanted my cake and to eat it too.

However, the harder I tried to “be successful” and fulfill myself through my accomplishments the more they seemed to slip away through my fingers. Not to mention it was the least enjoyable time of my life. Even though I had achieved substantial success, I was inordinately self-conscious and anxious because I had based my entire self-concept on my basketball skills and ability. If I had a great game if I felt on top of the world, but when I played bad I felt worthless.

This whole process continued on throughout my basketball career until the fateful day in which I was cut from Boston University’s Men’s Basketball Team. It was absolutely heart-breaking. I felt like who I was had died. I walked around campus like a ghost. I was feeling a mixture of intense sadness and anger (the video below encapsulates my feelings at that time well). I could not understand how I could fail even though I worked so hard and it wanted it so bad. However, that is exactly why I failed.

I wanted it too bad, and I was constantly ignoring the beauty of the present moment (which is life itself!) and projecting myself forward to a future point in time in which I would inhabit a perfect stress free world because I was a NCAA division 1 basketball player. It is comical what I used to think as a teenager.

After I got cut I felt so embarrassed that I essentially removed myself from almost every connection with the basketball community I had (which were numerous) and stopped playing basketball (which is what I love to do the most). However, after years the orange round ball kept calling me back and I couldn’t resist.

The game yesterday perfectly encapsulates the quote above. Even though I was super sore from a very hard track workout I had done the day before, I was throwing down the classic one hand Lebron-esque dunk. I love that dunk because you can really crank it back hard and slam it hard. The crowd loved it. This was something that always eluded me back in my high school days. I got to the game and things just flowed effortlessly. It was like I was watching a movie. I knew what to do but it was as if something was flowing through me and executing the movements effortlessly.

How I felt in warm-ups.

How I felt in warm-ups.

In addition, yesterday may have been one of the most enjoyable times I have had while playing basketball. I had absolutely zero expectation about my performance. I was not out there to prove something to someone. I was just so happy to be able to play once again with my high school teammates. Obviously I have worked extremely hard over the years to prepare my body, but the primary reason for my success is my ability to live in the moment and embrace the current moment no matter what shape it may take. I used to always scowl at the refs when they called a foul on me, and now I was just joking around with them.

As mentioned in a previous post (Read More: Mindfulness in Motion) this state of intense presence is the most important aspect of excellence in any field. But how do you develop the mental tools to remain in this moment? I am sure you can guess what I am going to say, but yes it is meditation!

I just want to clear one common misconception right off the bat. Meditation does not require you becoming a celibate monk, leaving your current life and going to a monastery where you sit in the lotus position for hours on end. Meditation, is simply the act of focusing your attention completely on something here and now. They are countless ways to do this, and in an upcoming free e-book I will guide you on the best way to foray into the vast field of meditation.

Although I am sure this is an extremely effective way to meditate, you by no means have to do it in this way.

Although I am sure this is an extremely effective way to meditate, you by no means have to do it in this way.

Be Happy and Chase your Dreams,

Pavan Mehat

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Using Douglas Heel’s “Be-Activated” Part II – Sequencing: Theory and Illustration

Heel’s system is designed to uncover compensation patterns in the body.  It revolves around posture, breathing and muscle recruitment, which all go hand-in-hand.  Every movement must start in the center of the body and move outwards, effectively expanding the body, instead of starting at a distal (far from the center) area and moving inwards, which causes a collapse in the body.  Heel divides the body into zones, pictured below.  1-2-3 is the ideal muscle sequencing pattern, anything else is a liability for injury or subpar performance.

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Zone 1: The Diaphragm, Psoas and Glutes:

Hip flexion and extension is the body’s primary priority – it cannot move without it. The psoas and glutes are designed to flex and extend the hip – they are in the best position to do so. The psoas will not be working properly if the diaphragm is not working properly, because the fascia encasing the diaphragm also wraps around the psoas.  If breathing is compromised, due to stress or bad posture, the functioning of the entire body will also be compromised.  If the glute/psoas can’t do their job correctly, another set of muscles will take over in order to move. I say “set” because no single muscle can do the job of either glute or psoas.

The diaphragm is involved because the fascia holding it in place connects to the psoas.  If the diaphragm shuts down due to stress, poor posture or other reasons the psoas cannot do its job.  Due to reciprocal inhibition, the glutes cannot fire if the psoas cannot fire. If the glutes cannot fire, the hamstring will do its own job AND take over for the glutes.  Because these muscles are supposed to fire first in any movement, if you can’t breathe deeply into your belly, you won’t sequence properly.

Sequencing should be 1-2-3. However, most athletes are firing zones two or three first – this means that they fire their quad and abdominals together to make up for a misfiring psoas (leaving those muscles unable to effectively do their own jobs) or firing their shin or even hand muscles first. I was surprised to see how many athletes cannot get their brain to fire a hip flexor without tensioning the ankle joint first – these athletes may have shin splints, Achilles problems, chronically tight calves or any other disfunction stemming from the way they compensate when their feet hit the ground.  The predictive value of an athlete’s sequencing pattern has been pretty on point in my limited experience testing this in my athletes.

What does a 1-2-3 look like in action? Here is Irving Saladino, Olympic long jump champion from Panama. In this picture, notice the lack of tension immediately after takeoff – you can see it in this slow motion video as well, fingers lightly curled, jaw lightly closed, toe mildly up, but there is no excessive tension in these areas when he raises his free leg upon takeoff. His psoas muscle is able to do its own job, the hands and face (which cannot add anything to the jump) are able to relax because they are not called upon to work. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbLZKY2CRk4)

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What does a malfunctioning pattern look like? Here I am, in two separate pictures. My pattern on the right is a 3-3-3 arm – this means that in order to flex my right hip, my brain sends tension to my left hand first. My psoas on that side cannot do its own job, so the brain tries to add tension in other areas to assist in hip flexion. This is why I make a strange claw with it as I jump. This need-for-tension in my hand explains how I could hit my head on the rim, but could not get anywhere near that high with a basketball in my hand – holding a ball forces my hand to open, and as a result, my brain cuts the amount of power it gives to my hip drive. This is a setup for injury as well, because my strength levels drop when I cannot/do not close my left hand. It also explains why I have injured my left thumb so often – my hand thinks it has to do hip flexion, so when it has to do its own job it is tired or out of position. My face is also holding a ton of tension, which is only hindering my ability to jump far.  My mind-body connection had blown a fuse, it didn’t know which muscle to fire when.  While I had some success this season, I also missed almost all of it because of injury.

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The way we get it working again is first by working with the breath – if the diaphragm isn’t working nothing will work properly – and rubbing neurolymphatic reflex points that cause our brain to wake up muscles that it has stopped using, whether because of stress, bad movement patterns, or other reasons. The result is that there is a measurable difference in performance in controlled tests. That difference can be flexibility or strength, depending on the area. The pre/post test differences are often shocking – 45* to 90* range of motion in the hamstring, two fingers pushing down a raised knee to my full bodyweight on said knee. It can resolve pain and optimize performance. It’s pretty cool.

Using Douglas Heel’s “Be-Activated” – 4 Week Reflections – Part I

This system has completely changed the way in which I look at the body and mind – posture, body language, breathing, recovery, focus, and performance.  I now activate almost every point we were shown every day, in the morning and/or before training.  I have many of my athletes do a smaller version of activation before practices/workouts.  Our reactions are below:

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What’s changed for me?

Running/jumping feels effortless

Used to sleep with a pillow between my legs because hip pain would wake me up at night, and have avoided playing basketball to avoid aggravating my hip’s FAI impingement/damaged labrum – pain is completely gone at rest and during intense activity

Low back (SI joint) pain gone a few hours after bothersome activity (heavier weight training) instead of a few days. This recovery time is still getting shorter as well (update: have not had pain in several days, for the first time in a year)

My usual head-tilted-to-the-right posture has diminished significantly

Left hip can raise up above 110* while standing, when it could not go much past 90* previously

Significantly less soreness in hamstrings after sprinting/doing posterior chain work, more soreness in the glute

Passive range of motion of the gastrocs (calves) went from barely 90* to 15-20* past that – if the calves can only get to 90* the whole body will have to compensate

Previously fractured area of my right foot no longer goes numb in the cold/with tightly laced shoes – felt a serious rush of blood in there during one particular treatment

Right knee pain can be reduced/almost entirely eliminated immediately by rubbing a particular point and repeating 1-2x daily for a few seconds – and every time it comes back it comes back less

Neck and shoulders no longer stuck in forward position – feel taller, more confident, with significantly less tension

Jaw finally jiggles while sprinting – gotten rid of harmful tension there

Have not gotten my usual monthly migraine, even with a more stressful month than usual

Butt (glute muscles) have grown significantly relative to others

Maintaining posture feels easy/effortless by focusing on breathing – in slouching I am aware of how much it restricts my breathing!

Can breathe into my belly with no extra effort

I can get out of fight or flight stress response much more quickly than before to make rational choices while under stress

I do almost no stretching now – once the right muscles fire, your body removes the tightness it created as a way of protecting itself from your dysfunctional movement patterns

What’s changed for my athletes?

I have tried the technique (mostly zone 1 – diaphragm/glute/psoas) on friends, family and a large portion of my collegiate track athletes – their reactions listed below. The first few are almost universal, while others are more specific; although I may have included a specific quote all reactions I list here were mentioned/seen in more than one athlete/client:

Improved strength – ability to contract zone 1 (psoas/glute) without tensing jaw, shin, or other distal areas to assist – meaning changed order of sequencing – more on that in part II

Ability to breath into belly more easily/more deeply

Changed posture – taller, reduced head forward/rounded shoulders position

“I feel lighter”/”like I lost 20 pounds”

“Effortless” feeling while walking/running/sprinting

“I didn’t notice much until halfway through my run – my legs didn’t feel heavy where they usually do”

Improved mechanics while running – greater push through hips, knees appear to pop up without extra effort

Relaxation – at rest, and seen while running (ability to relax jaw)

Improved ranges of motion – as drastic as hamstrings going from 45* to 90*, calves from 0* past 90* to 25* past 90* in one 10 minute session

Reduced/eliminated pain in back/hip

Reduced anxiety during strength test after treatment (less feeling of “things about to snap”)

Feeling “cleansed”

And my favorite reaction, from an athlete that was clearly not sold after treatment, halfway through the toughest workout of the week: “I just feel so loose right now. I feel amazing.” Then he proceeded to crush the rest of the workout.

The Story:

The morning of the Super Bowl was a little manic for me – our local Patriots were playing that night, and a blizzard was scheduled to hit before work the next morning. But both of those things were not really on my mind, as I was trying to reserve a spot at Douglas Heel’s “Be-Activated” Level One seminar the following weekend, looking into the last-minute travel arrangements that would go along with it.

To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect – the videos/articles I saw showed results, but since this system didn’t fit into my previous knowledge – touching points on the stomach to gain flexibility in the calf, for example – part of me was not sold. We worked in partners on both days, one partner for each day, to learn activation. My partners were novices in activation work, as I was – one had experience with manual therapy as an osteopath, the other was a high school track & field coach. Video from another course, but similar to what we saw (and experienced) while in Chicago.

The Seminar

**Part II of this article will explain some of the theory behind why this works**

Felt cleansed afterwards – endorphins out of this world, perhaps partially because some of the points were so painful – but I also felt that I had let go of things that my body and mind had held onto for years. Difficult to describe, but profound and worth mentioning, since I am not the only one who mentioned feeling that way.

I have studied Zen, tai chi, and chi gong for 7+ years…I thought I knew how to breathe into my belly. After that day I took breaths into my belly that I don’t think I had taken since high school, if not longer – activating the diaphragm and psoas made an impact on the quality and natural depth of my breathing.

I visited a friend that night who is living in the area – he remarked that I seemed “really excited” about my work as we talked – I had a ton of new energy, that’s for sure.

SINCE THEN

As a former athlete recovering from several injuries, a couple in particular combining to end my college athletic career early, I have always felt a feeling of the wheels about to fall off while sprinting.  It’s not a happy feeling, it is my brain receiving signals from my body that something ain’t quite right.  Upon returning to practice, I noticed myself running back and forth between coaching venues the way a kid runs – getting somewhere serves as an excuse for the joyous activity that is running. I was bouncing off of the walls with energy. That feeling of the wheels falling off being imminent was completely gone and I felt freer than I had in a long time. Later that week, there was a day in which my car’s battery died and I had to wait at the shop all day, missing both of my jobs for that day – despite the initial stress, I was able to return to a state of acceptance about missing work by focusing on my breathing and my posture. The next day, I had too much energy and a blizzard was threatening after I picked up the car – I didn’t have time for a workout at the gym, as the snow had already started to fall, I knew my sanity for the next two days holed up in my home was at stake. So I laced up my trainers and ran. A couple minutes in I noticed that I didn’t feel any tightness, so I turned it up for a stride. Before long, my “run” turned into sprints on pavement at about 85-90% intensity. In 30* weather, with the snow falling – without any tightness, without the usual anxiety accompanying maximal effort. It was awesome.

While the initial rush has worn off, I am in significantly less pain on a daily basis than I have been in at any point in the past 6 years, and my posture is effortlessly so much better. Perhaps just as important, my relationship with stress has changed – I am much more able to address situations calmly, with an open mind. By changing my posture, I can change the way that I feel and think for the better – perhaps because our posture influences the hormones our body releases. I really buy into Heel’s saying that “what’s in the body is in the mind, what’s in the mind is in the body.” Look in a mirror, close your eyes, then picture your most embarrassing moment in vivid detail. Open your eyes again. From demonstrations I’ve done with my athletes, 100% have adopted a forward neck, rounded shoulders, hip-out-of-alignment posture, sometimes even with crossed arms. How can you perform in that position?? Any trainer, coach or mom can tell you that a body looking like that cannot safely and effectively perform. On the flip side, the posture that kids adopt on their best days – a light, open posture – is exactly what Heel’s system builds. This is the position that trainers dream about their athletes getting into, and coaches picture when they picture their team succeeding. Don’t take my word for it, watch people on their best and worst days. Change the body and you change the mind, change the mind and you change the body.

To learn more about activation, and to try it yourself, contact me at swuest22@gmail.com,

check out this article (http://www.joekelly.me/pdfs/Muscle%20Activation.pdf) in Runner’s World UK,

or check out this list of US practitioners (http://itccca.com/9825/2015/02/dont-implode-explode-be-activated/)

I have to thank Joel Smith, Tony Holler, Dr. Tom Nelson and Chris Korfist for providing enough information/excitement for me to fly out to Chicago to learn from Heel in person. Smith, at just-fly-sports.com for posted an interview with Chris Korfist in which he mentions Heel’s Activation work – causing me to google around and see Tony Holler’s articles on Activation, Nelson’s videos/website (activateanddominate.com) on the activation work he does with Nazareth’s football team, along with actual injury statistics and player/coach reactions.

You can read Smith’s articles here:

http://www.just-fly-sports.com/epic-speed-training-interview-with-chris-korfist/

http://www.just-fly-sports.com/chris-korfist-interview-on-ankle-rocker-speed-and-vertical-jumping/

You can read Holler’s articles here:

http://itccca.com/9825/2015/02/dont-implode-explode-be-activated/

http://itccca.com/8430/2014/10/you-only-know-what-you-know/

http://www.freelapusa.com/3-reasons-why-activation-is-a-game-changer/

http://www.freelapusa.com/hamstrings-activation-and-speed/

http://itccca.com/8163/2014/09/speed-never-sleeps/

Quality of Food is much MORE important than the Quantity of Food

When I woke up this morning I realized there was a major point that I did NOT mention in yesterday’s post that is super important. What happens if you just can NOT afford Organic or high quality food? What happens if there is no high quality grocery near your place. 

You make whatever sacrifice you need to eat only high quality food. This may mean that you need to drive/walk significantly further and may need to drastically decrease the amount of food you eat. I first became fascinated by nutrition after I started my college track career because I was looking for that extra edge to put me over the top. When I was searching for books in the library my brother pulled out Clean because the cover looked cool. That was the beginning of my fascination with nutrition and its impact on one’s life.

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However, as I began to eat better quality food, I noticed that the food I needed to eat was much more expensive. Therefore to deal with this I ended up eating much less food. This resulted in a marked weight drop (when I cam back to Boston for my sophomore year everyone made a comment on how much weight I lost). At first I was worried. However, despite my weight loss I was way stronger, recovered faster and had way more energy. This made no sense. Why did I see positive effects?

Eating high quality foods is what I like to call a “Force Multiplier” which drastically improves everything in your life. That is why it is so important to make whatever sacrifice you need to make to eat high quality food. If affording high quality food is an issue, you are most likely going to need to eat less food. This may seem counterintuitive but if you are not nourishing your body with high quality food you will never reach your full potential. 

Chase your Dreams without Killing Yourself,

Pavan Mehat

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How to not get fooled by the stupidity of your “Common Sense”: Understanding that science is counterintuitive

It seems every day the media outdoes itself with even more sensationalists claims than ever before. With ever increasing amounts of unreliable and downright wrong information purported in the media how does one safeguard against being misled by these wrong but “intuitive” arguments. You need to internalize the fact that science is counterintuitive.

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Why is it that science seems so counterintuitive? Because when we observe the external world, we are NOT observing the world as it is, like a camera or video record. When we perceive the external stimuli in the world we are morphing our perceptions with our internal prejudices and biases. Nobody objectively observes the world. Therefore human perception is a faulty process.This is why for thousands of yeas humans thought that the Sun revolved around the earth. According to our perceptions this seemed completely obvious and trivial.

How does one protect against our inherent ability to easily and quickly trick ourselves into faulty beliefs? One needs to maintain a very skeptic attitude (question everything, even what I say!) and ensure that you use the correct principles to guide your decision-making.

But then how does once decide what are the correct principles to guide their decisions in life? One needs to use their own experience and that of others to distill the correct principles that allow yourself and others to live a happy and successful life. In addition, you need to remain unattached to these principles and allow them to be rigorously tested on a regular basis and ensure that are supported by evidence from well designed studies by good scientist (there will be a future post on how to sniff out bad science).

You may think that, wow this seems like too much work to be worth the effort. Is it really worth it? Absolutely. The correct principles should be the only thing one bases their major life decision on, because they are the only things that are permanent and everlasting. People, things, and places are all transient objects that will decay. It is the cycle of life. Therefore you do not want to base major life decision on things that will soon enough disintegrate.

So I may have convinced you of the importance of searching for these correct principles to help protect against your faulty perception and to come to terms with how counter intuitive science is. But this discussion has been very theoretical so far, and you may be wondering if I could give you a concrete example? Absolutely

A major correct principle that I have gleaned from my own experience and from diligently studying thousands of other people living fulfilled lives is the absolute importance of finding reprieve from the constant noise of the world. It is essential that every day that you seek the silence to become better acquainted with your true nature.

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 There are a plethora of tools to access your core self, such as yoga, transcendental meditation (TM), tai chi, mindfulness practice, or any of the other practices out there. The specific practice you choose does not matter, but what does is that you do indeed spend time every day with the silence and get in touch with your deeper self so that you can recharge your battery and give your full gift to this world. In my experience I have found that transcendental meditation and tai chi work best for me to reach my inner core, and you can find out more about these powerful techniques here and here.

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Intuitively it makes absolutely NO sense for example that by practicing TM by sitting silently and doing nothing for 20 minutes twice a day that you would be happier, more productive, and get more done in less time. If your really busy, it would just seem that you can not spare the time. However, this is exactly when you need meditation (or your tool of choice) the most to help you access your true core and reboot mentally.

This is a perfect example of how counter-intuitive science can be. However, the guiding principle above enables me to make the correct decision about whether to practice TM or not. However, do not get these principles confused with a unwavering belief (which is seen a lot in some religions which has caused way more suffering than good). I am constantly questioning my beliefs by the study of other highly successful and extremely happy people as well as the best available evidence. After aggressively questioning my beliefs about TM there is no doubt about its efficacy.

I hoped this article helped you understand the importance about using the correct principles to guide your decision making process so that you do NOT get tricked by the stupidity of your “common” sense and the intuitive argument. Science is counter-intuitive and you need to make sure you have the appropriate safe-guards to protect yourself from making erroneous conclusions.

How do you make improvements in athletics? It’s not during your workouts. So then when does it occur?

I put in a lot of work on this track. However, my gains occured while I was recovering from the grueling workouts.

I put in a lot of work on this track. However, my gains occured while I was recovering from the grueling workouts.

You may read the title and say wait a minute, Pavan has really lost it. Is he really audacious enough to posit that improvements do NOT occur during workouts? YES I am.  Do not get me wrong, workouts are a vital step towards achieving your full potential in athletics however, they are NOT everything. So if it is not your workouts where improvements occur then where do your improvement occur? It’s during your recovery time in which improvements occur. This occurs for a whole host of reasons, which I will not delve into in this post (but a future posts will talk about specific ways to modulate things in this cycle to speed recovery), but it is absolutely vital you internalize this concept.

I never understood the importance of recovery during my high school career and it is what single handedly halted my progress towards achieving a life long dream of playing division one basketball and worst of all it sapped my intrinsic love and joy for the game of basketball. As I began my collegiate track and field career I thought I had understood this concept but I really hadn’t until our Coach Gabe Sanders (follow him on twitter @CoachGSanders) gave an absolutely inspiration speech after probably one of my hardest practices during my entire career at Boston University.

During the pre-season in the Fall it is almost a rite of passage for the new members of the team to complete the “Summit” workout. Summit Avenue is a really long and steep hill in Brookline Ma. However, a hill does NOT do justice to the absolutely monster that summit avenue. If you live in Brookline or surrounding areas I implore you to check out Summit Avenue if you want a great workout.

Sometimes the coaching staff is feeling generous and lets us just finish workouts with a lift. However, this day we also had a tempo pyramid of 100-150-250-150-100. Afterwards all of us were absolutely spent. We finished our 3 hour marathon workout as a team completing a general strength circuit. Afterwards we were all laying in the infield (tennis courts) in the Track and Tennis Center when Coach Sanders began to address the team. I was absolutely floored by what he said.

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“Hey I am really proud of you guys today, but you did NOT get better from today’s workout. The workout does not result in the improvement. You are going to run faster, jump higher, and become stronger by appropriately recovering from the workout. It’s the small things, such as making sure you get enough sleep, eating enough food, spending that extra 5-10 minutes foam rolling and/or stretching that will allow you to improve.” 

It was not until this moment that I truly internalized the importance of recovery. The fact I only understood this 7 years into my athletic career is what motivated me to write this post. It seems so counter intuitive in today’s day and age that taking a step back and taking time away from what you want to be great in will actually help. Society conditions us to believe that we have to constantly be doing more and more otherwise we are being complete sloths. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Recovery is the most important aspect of any training program. 

To further re-iterate the point he made in his speech Coach Sanders sent another very uplifting email accompanied with the video below. However, I was stunned why such a profound video was not more popular on YouTube. Then it hit me that people would much rather watch one of the typical motivation pump-ups which gets one feeling super pumped to go out and accomplish their task. However, that is just a feeling, and like all feelings it is just a fleeting experience and will not fuel sustained excellence. Like the video below re-iterates it is the small tasks day in and day out that lead to success. Most important are the small tasks that ensure that you are adequately recovered that will allow you to maximize your athletic potential. This concept is very similar to what is extolled in the compound effect, and if you have not read it check out the book review of it here.

Be Happy and Chase your Dreams,

Pavan Mehat

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