Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dear Dan Snyder

Hey Dan, I saw you last night hunched over the table in your owners box. You looked pretty sad and for the first time I empathized with you. You see I know what it feels like to lose faith in your decision making ability. I know what it feels like to doubt your ability to move forward. You, like the rest of us, are mired in what I like to sum up as Doubt, Worry, and Fear. Here's how it works.

Its third and five. The play comes in and the team addresses the ball. The QB comes under center and the fans hold there breath. In the split second before the ball is snapped, doubt worry and fear take hold.

The fans, the team, everybody, doubts that we will get the first down. We worry that this will always be the case and we fear that nothing will ever change.

Below is Proof that the entire team is stuck in this situation,

-Rabach screwing up the snap on the one yard line.
-Randle El muffing the punt
-Wilson not seeing the fumbled ball as it rolled right between his feet

Things like this are not causing us to be bad, they are symptoms of a doubt worry and fear mindset.

You cannot address these issues with data or personal. To address these issues you must address the mindset of doubt, worry, and fear. How do you address a doubt worry and fear mindset?

For me when I get myself stuck in doubt worry and fear I create control in things I can control. For example; I make sure I make my bed every day, I shave every morning, I smile at people in the elevator and say hello, I open the door for people behind me and never litter. I build a platform for the future, instead of trying to control it.

For you Dan, the controls you can control are going to be bigger, but they follow the same premise.

1. You have got to start treating the people under you with greater care. Each member of your organization impacts the success of the team. I have heard about how you treat "the little people" in your organization and I can tell you from my experience as a soldier in Iraq, the "little People" are the ones that you need to show the most respect too.

2. Going to Fed Ex field is not fun. I understand that you are trying to make things more efficient.....but by making things so structured you are denying fan autonomy. Fedex could be a Mecca, but it must come from the fans, not the owner.

3. You must develop an understanding of the difference between intelligence and wisdom. The story of the turtle and the hair is a good place to start.

4. Credit goes to Lavar Arrington for this... you must create a practice field at Fed Ex. Fedex should be home, not just a field of battle. Players should feel comfortable seeing the stadium at rest as well as in action.

The Redskins are a living breathing changing thing that starts and ends with you. Every aspect of the team, the players, the fans, the front office, the media, any time the name Redskin gets used, impacts the team.

I talked to a Philipino woman today in the Parking lot of a RitAid. Her car had the Skins flag flying and team emblems everywhere. She became a Skins fan when she and her husband immigrated to the States in 1992. We both agreed that the team was pretty bad. She mentioned that she had heard people say that you were a really bad owner. I said I had heard that too. The conversation ended with both of us agreeing that it didn't really matter how bad the team was we where going to be Skins fans for the rest of our lives.

I know you love the Skins. I know you wanna win. I also know that you are a young guy with many years left as our owner. Use this opportunity to surprise us. You have the power to create a platform for the future.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What is Fitness?


Fitness =(Ability+Sustainability) X Discipline

F = an individual intention founded on habits.

A+S= the type of routine

D= amount of energy put into making the routines habitual

Each person sets there own intention. As a trainer, my job is to explain how to get there.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Can you put your socks on standing up? If not you have a balance practice available to you every morning. Its easy.

1. Stand up.
2. Align your feet hip width apart and parallel to each other.
3. Push into the fat pads of your big toe on each foot.
4. Push into the outside of each foot.
5. Find the middle between the outter extreme and the inner extreme of each foot.
6. Lift you left knee while pushing down into your right foot.
7. Put your sock on.
8. Repeat.

At first this will seem like a pain in the ass. Seven steps to put your socks on is a lot. It doesn't matter. If you make an effort to engage in this easy practice you will increase your balance and learn a little bit about you feet. Remember 26 bones, 33 joints and over a hundred muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Use them and you will be rewarded.

Its also nice to know that before you have even started your day you have done something good for your self that will benefit you well into you 90s.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Vibram Five Fingers

I don't know why they are called Vibram Five Fingers. I call em Feet. Either way they are a great way to learn about your feet. Believe it or not, your feet are a miracle of evolution. They are specifically designed to cushion your weight when you move around. Your foot and ankle contain 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Meaning.....they tougher and better designed than you think. Below is an example.

A word of caution: walking, running and moving in Feet requires practice. If you have lived most of your life in a shoe, then your foot is not very strong. Chances are that every time you step you land on your heel. The reason you probably land on your heel is because it's easiest. The heels of most shoes have a large amount of cushion making it easy to land heel first. In Feet however; you can't land on your heel because it's uncomfortable. In Feet your step must land on your whole foot. Learning this takes practice.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Can Redskin Fans help the team in any way?

Washington Redskins Fans are stuck.

Owner Dan Snyder continues to make money hand over fist from the Redskins. This means that no matter how bad the team is, it is still in his best interest to remain the owner.

Since Snyder became owner he has gone through 6 coaches. The current and seventh Coach, Jim Zorn, was Snyder's personal choice.

Zorn, like the coaches before him, even Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, can't keep the team winning. Every game is plagued with the strangest of mishaps. Strange sequences of events that can't be explained or blamed on anything in particular.

The reason the Redskins can't be fixed by a new player, a new coach, or a new O-Line, is because the problem isn't tangible. It's the kind of problem a girl is having when she says, "why do I always attract guys that cheat on me" or when a guy says "I don't understand why I always end up in the friend zone."

Dan Snyder is in the same situation,"why does my team keep losing."

So when someone asks you what should be done about the Redskins, think back to the last time a girl or a probably slightly over-weight guy asked you for relationship advice. See if your answer can translate into advice for Dan Snyder and send him a letter, because regardless of the money he spends and the Hall of Fame coaches he hires: until he sees the light the Redskins will continue to lose.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

OnlyiFitseasy at the Army 10 Miler Oct 09

The Army 10 miler was a great run. I felt great about the results and about how comfortable I was during the race. The breathing techniques worked great. Running through the middle of my body was very effective.

Running on Feet (Vibram five finger footwear)was a very interesting experience. The amount of information I received from my feet made the race much more enjoyable. I didn't have to swallow the pain or gut my way through to the end. It was smooth sailing from start to finish. Running the Army 10 miler was easy.