2010-03-17 Another really long practice round by myself. Felt like I got a lot done shortgame wise. The grass around the greens here is really different from what we normally play. Either we have long thick rough or we have cut down fairway grass which usually is very tight to hit from. So either the "bunker type style shot" from the rough or the "trying to clip it off the short cut grass shot". This week the grass around the greens is rather long but laying down and a lot of mud in between the grass blades so it challenge us a little bit. I have tried to play the ball of the toe of my lob- or sandwedge all day to get in tight to the ball and to slide the toe underneathe the ball to get a clean hit. If you don't get tight enough in and under the ball, you will catch some of the grass before the ball and get various different fligths. Some lies are so tough it will be easier to use the putter and skip it through the longer lying down grass blades.
Also watched a really cool little clinic with Tony Jacklin and Jack Nicklaus. Felt really big to see specially Jack in person. Seen him so many times on the TV growing up and also lately when he has played his last tournaments. He could still hit it, so could Tony. They also shared some good things about how they use to think on and off the golf course. A video of that will be up soon.
I thought Ante's entry was great! I'd love to have been at that seminar. To have the courage to succeed and to make misstakes is so important. I used to be very concious about what everybody else thought of me. Now, I have failed so many times I don't care anymore. You just have to get back up on the horse and try again. One of my goals this year is to challenge myself every day. I try to put myself in uncomfortable positions as often as possible to overcome fears.
Teeing off at 10.55 tomorrow. Both excited and nervous.
2010-03-17 Last weekend I and 1000 other people attended “The Next Step”, a seminar with Joseph McClendon in London. It is quite difficult to explain what it is, Joseph calls it a “funshop” instead of a “workshop” and I must agree with that. It is both fun and at the same time highly motivational. With an extreme energy Joseph made us see our life in a different way.
By combining different techniques Joseph address the big issue in life, our fears. People live there lives in a constant fear of failure instead of an open and joyful attitude to both life and the people surrounding us.
By setting up goals in life, build more confidence and gain more energy we attract the things we want in life. At first it sounded a bit superficial and crazy but Joseph manages to turn around even the most skeptical peoples in the audience.
In this entry I will describe a few of the ideas he spoke about and include my own reflections:
Life should be simple and silly. Life isn’t as complicated as we have been lead to believe. The first step towards success is setting a goal. It seems like people do not set goals and has a hard time to decide what they want in life.
The problem is that if you do not set your own goals, other people dictate your life. I personally think a lot of people go through life spending more time to plan their next vacation than to plan their life!
Step 1 is therefore to set up a goal, write it down, draw a picture of it and set a date when it should be fulfilled. The goal could be anything, from winning a tournament to owning your own house.
Step 2 is focusing on your goal, visualizing it and talk about it. Let the whole world know what you want!
Step 3 is taking action. Do something everyday that gets you closer to the goal.
Remember also that fortune favors the bold. Anybody who does something will get criticized. Only people who do nothing do not get criticized. By stepping out of your comfort zone you accelerate yourself towards your goal and grow as a person.
This is just a fraction of the things discussed during the 3-day event. Joseph taught us a lot more and the energy level created at the event will drive me forward for a long time.
Joseph is also the head trainer in the Tony Robbins group. So the next level for me is the seminar in Rome in June with Tony Robbins which is said to be life changing! Looking forward to that! I’m also going to try to convince Alex to join me.
I can highly recommend the event to anybody! For more information about the Next Step event and information about upcoming events with Tony Robbins, visit www.magentapr.se
Remember to live your life like you mean it!!
2010-03-17 I got a good question yesterday:
Q. I wonder one thing about your training in the gym.
All the photos and videos from the gym show you doing almost always the same exercises. And you write that you go quite often to the gym. But when do you give your muscles some rest. Usually, personal trainers, say that if you have worked out hard on a certain muscle group you should then let it rest for 3-4 days. But you don't seem to do that. Why?
And Pierre seems like an expert, so I'm sure you're doing the right thing. But I would like to know why you seem to train the same muscles quite often, without actually letting them recover.
I hope you can answer this question here, or in the next Q&A ! Thanks !
Good Luck for the tournament !!
A. I talked to Pierre about it yesterday and have discussed it many times before as well. I'm gonna try to give you a good answer:
We do vary our training quiet a bit between cardio, olympic lifting, stabilizing exercises, core exercises, and lots of others. Although, we do olympic lifting a lot more often than once every 3-4 days. When doing those exercises you don't use the muscles in the same way as you do in a traditional body-building exercise where you contract the muscle combined with holding on to the weight on the way down. You have probably seen the best olympic lifting guys throwing down the bars after having the bar on stright arms. Also, when doing olympic lifting exercises you use all muscles in your body, not just a few as in a bicep curl. When completely tiring yourself out doing bicep curls, the bicep needs 3-4 days of rest. When I do olympic lifting, I don't feel any specific musle being totally drained. The whole body is tired but not to en extreme where it needs to rest for a few days. If you want to gain a huge amount of muscle fast you need to get on a body-building program doing 10-12 repetitions in each set. We do just a few repetitions on every move. I want to get as strong as I can weighing around 76 kilograms. It's hard to explain all this when I trying to write down what Pierre tells me. He would be better explaining this himself and he might have time later on.
Stuffing myself with protein now to get a good start of the day:) Excited for another practice round. Yesterday's practice round took around 5 hours and I played by myself. I like it when I can hit around 15-20 chips and bunker shots around each green and a lot of putts to get the feel for the greens.
It's nice to have Colin back as well. He always makes me work hard and smart.
Nice to have Colin back!