Take Flight Launches Performance Training Platform for Super Athletes

Take Flight LogoTake Flight, a Silver Spring, MD-based non-profit organization, is working with athletes from a variety of sports to help them reach their uncapped potential. The organization has a firm belief that performance training is there to inspire, motivate, educate, consult and professionally guide athletes to exceed their goals.

Take Flight offers two programs for athletes: FIT and FLIGHT. These programs are being offered for individual and small groups of athletes this year and plans have been made to offer programs for teams in 2018.

Gaining a competitive advantage in sports is essential. Two innovative programs designed to provide competitive advantages for you and your athletes.

FIT – Program for ALL Fitness Levels

Focuses on building an athletic base by strengthening core strength, improving conditioning, improving muscle imbalance, and reduce injury risk through strength training and improving muscle flexibility.

  • FIT can help even beginners take their fitness to new heights make for an enjoyable and challenging experience.
  • FIT can help both men and women take off inches, build lean muscle and trim belly fat and improve overall health and stamina.

FLIGHT – Program for EVERY Athlete

Focuses on explosiveness, lateral speed, change of direction, strength, and sports specific movements. Focus on the strengthening of all major muscles of the body in a functional training manor and performance enhancement.

  • FLIGHT includes sports specific drills that cover everything from dynamic warm-up to vertical jump to first step front and lateral explosiveness.
  • FLIGHT will improve athletes’ performance and reduce the occurrence and severity of injuries.

Every athlete has the potential to become a SUPER ATHLETE.

About Take Flight

Take Flight is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2009. Our mission is to impact lives and empower communities through education and fitness. Take Flight Programs promote enhanced physical and financial wellness. We provide education and fitness programs for low-income communities. Health is just as important as finances and exercise is the key to longer lasting energy. This is why daily exercise is one of the top habits implemented by some of the world’s most successful people.

Visit Take Flight online http://www.takeflightinc.org/

 

Contact: Paul Williams

Tel.: (240) 839-1848

Email: paul@takeflightinc.org

Website: http://www.takeflightinc.org

Healthy Hacks

Set Better Goals

When it comes to goals, a lot of us experience what I call the Race to Disappointment. Tell me if this sounds familiar… 1. We get really motivated to try something new. (“I’M STARTING TODAY!”) 2. We clean the house, pay our bills on time, or finally able to fold all the laundry. 3. First day or two goes good…but then we forget to do something on our lists, get distracted, or procrastinate. 4. Guilt creeps in and we avoid working hard (which only leads to more guilt and procrastination). 5. Until finally, we just quit. 6. Then the waiting game begins until “motivation” comes back around, starting the entire process over with a NEW list of goals. Not the best way to achieve what is most important to you. Good news? You can hop off this treadmill. Let’s look at a better way that sets you up for long term success

2 Easy Steps to Achieve Anything

  1. Hands up on the roller coaster one of the most important ‘hacks’ I ever learned for achieving my goals was to “put my hands up on the roller coaster”. “Hands up on the roller coaster” is one of those moments where we feel really excited and inspired to take action on a goals list.

Client Story: A few years ago, I was trying to form a gym habit. The problem I had was that I’d get up in the morning planning to go to the gym, but after a few minutes of being awake, I’d decide not to go. So, the next time I was feeling really motivated, I built a system. It looked like this: I put my gym clothes and my shoes next to my bed so I saw them first thing in the morning. As soon as I got out of bed, I would get dressed. By the time I finished putting on my clothes, I’d think to myself, “Well, might as well go to the gym” and I DID!

This is a great example of how to use your motivation to set up a success system. That way you’ll stay committed even when you’re no longer motivated. What you can do right now: The next time you’re feeling “motivated” — either now or later this week — use that motivation as fuel. Make a list of everything you need to accomplish your goal. Then, write out an outline of your success system that’ll help you follow through (like the story above).

  1. Start small, and then go big when starting out with any goal — like exercising — it’s better to actually start somewhere than to fantasize about starting forever. This means REALLY running a mile once per week than THINKING to run three miles 3x per week… and never running at all. Each mile you run is a victory for your goal. A lot of little wins is what helps you transition to big wins. Little to Big wins: • Instead of planning to do 100 pushups per day to get back in shape, just do two pushups a day to get started. • Instead of thinking you have to floss all your teeth, just focus on one tooth a day to get things going. • Instead of trying to drink a gallon of water a day instead of soda, just drink one glass of water before you go to bed. • Instead of starting a million-dollar business from scratch, just focus on getting your first paying client.

You can ramp up from there. But you don’t want to fail from the start. What you can do right now: Think of some of the goals you’d like to accomplish (getting fit, finishing school, cleaning your house). Then break those down into tiny steps you can achieve. Make it something you know you can get done rather easily. Write up a plan for how you’ll do this for 2 weeks. Once you hit this target, and then think about expanding. Remember, big goals are accomplished with tiny goals first. How can you start taking some of those tiny steps today?

The Most Powerful Habits

Some habits are much more powerful than others such as – let’s say – exercise. For a lot of people, once exercise becomes a habit, they tend to start eating better and making sure they get enough sleep. That makes sense, right? You don’t want to come in from your morning run and grab a bagel and cream cheese. You’re exercising to feel better, so it’s only natural that you’ll want the food you put in your body to help you feel better, too. I also learned a very interesting fact: Once you start exercising habitually, you also start using your credit card less, doing your dishes earlier in the day, and procrastinating less at work. It’s not like you’re making a conscious decision about this. Instead, for a lot of people, exercise is a keystone habit. When they do it regularly, it starts to change their self-image. And when that changes, they start thinking of themselves as the type of person who wakes up and exercises every morning. And the type of person who doesn’t pull out their credit card, gets chores done, and doesn’t procrastinate at work. Think about it. How many CrossFitters in your office do you know who regularly goof off or procrastinate at work? Nailing down that first habit might feel nearly impossible if you’ve failed to make it happen in the past. But if you use the strategies I’ve shared so far, not only will you be able to create lasting behavioral change, but you’re also likely to build a lot of other habits automatically.

Speed Up Your Metabolism 

Speed Up Your Metabolism “Worst Foods for Metabolism”

First, what exactly is metabolism? Metabolism is the rate at which the human body burns calories. Each and every person has different rates of metabolism based on genetics, exercise, and food. So, what are some foods that slow down our metabolism, increasing the time it takes to burn calories? This article will take a glimpse at three popular food items and explain exactly why these foods decrease metabolism. The ‘why’ will give insight to similar foods to avoid.

Donuts – Breakfast? Not so fast, Donuts are full of three major contributors toward slowing down metabolism – sugar, trans- fat and white flour.

Potato Chips – Potato chips are in the same family as French fries. Potato chips have zero nutritional benefit and help to cause high blood pressure based on the amounts of sodium. Similar to donuts, potato chips are high in trans-fat which cause cholesterol.

Cereal – The Go-to-Meal! Cereal is high in carbohydrates, has very little protein and is high in sugar. One of the major drawbacks for eating foods high in sugar is that is makes us even hungrier than before. Worst time to eat cereal? Before bed.

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