Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dedication...

Over the last four months, I have had the honor of working with Melissa Masters as she has been preparing for her collegiate softball career. I could go on and say how she is an "animal" in the gym and a "great athlete" like I have heard so many people say; this is true, but I want to focus on something else instead. It's that quiet element so many people miss or don't see. To often we just see the end product and attribute it to great athletic prowess, youth, or luck. The element many of us forget is DEDICATION. The dedication it takes to come in everyday even when you could be doing something else; the dedication it takes to strive for fundamental perfection when it is so much easier to relinquish technique for heavier weight.

When Melissa started four months ago, she couldn't do a kipping pull-up. She had numerous flaws in her olympic lifts, weak hip-flexors, mid-line stability issues, and even range of motion restrictions. She couldn't even come close to doing the WODS at prescribed weight and her strength was suspect. Let's just say, Melissa Masters was not the animal so many people have become accustomed to seeing in the sports arena.

Four months later and now most of the ladies refer to her as "The Freak" (sorry Melissa). She has made tremendous strides in her olympic lifts, which transfer to added strength, power, explosion, and coordination. She hammers out WODS at the prescribed weight, her range of motion has improved which will help to deter injuries, and I don't even need to mention how much her one rep maxes have improved across the board. To sum it up...she has become a more well rounded athlete.

My point is that we all start at different fitness levels, but it's that key word "dedication" that can make all the difference in your success. Come in to get better, but don't forget how to get there!

Thank you Melissa for trusting us with your fitness needs, but more importantly Great Job being DEDICATED! We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Banks Country Fitness Family!

Good Luck This Year!

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