Wow, what a powerful and unbelievable experience I just had in only three days! I attended my mentor’s, Todd Durkin’s, retreat in Beaver Creek, Co. on Sept. 10-13, and I fully believe it was God’s plan for me to meet the top fitness and health professionals from all over the world. The Lord also gave me this opportunity to reflect on my career and go deeper into my soul.
Todd has always had a way of bringing out the best in people, and he’s done nothing less with me. The theme of the retreat was “Dream and Do the Impossible” and Todd certainly made an impact on all who were there. We began the retreat by contemplating success and the drive to be the best you can be. We were told to dream big and enjoy the journey. We were also asked what the word “happy” meant to us and what makes us happy.
Well, here are a few things that sum all of this up for me:
Reflect on your “lily pads” (your stepping stones that have made you who you are today). Every night I ask God to show me my purpose and He has delivered, especially with this retreat.
During one of our many sessions, Todd encouraged us to take risks, but smart risks. He recounted a time when he trained in an ocean where hammerhead sharks roamed just a few days before and exclaimed, “If I would have died, I would have died doing what I loved.” We all laughed and he said he just wanted to live on the edge.
We also discussed whether or not opportunities meet your purpose. Never underestimate the power of a dream. You must overcome countless hurdles in order to achieve BIG things. Risk and opportunity come with great reward and sacrifice. Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Take short-term pain for long-term gain. Your mindset matters, he reminded us. If you are not scared by what you are doing, then you are not walking in enough faith. What I do, I do with all my heart so I know I will be fully engaged.
Todd spoke to me personally about my dreams. “Look at what you have done, Ralph,” were his words. “Reject all the head trash. You were born to compete.”
We closed the retreat on how to make sure your dreams are bigger than your memories. I’m fulfilling God’s purpose for me. I am grateful for all the special people I have in my life: my family, friends, clients and colleagues. This retreat was exactly what I needed to see all I have been given and achieved.
So many of us live in fear. Fear is either going to paralyze you or it is going to motivate you. Make sure you always prepare for battle in these three ways:
How will I personally show more action? By letting my team know how much I care and share. I love everyone here at the Downtown Athletic Club and will continue to go above and beyond. My focus is not money, but to make our community better and serve those around me.
So what’s next? I am going to start working on a workout ebook. It never stops!
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About Ralph Roberts Personal Training:
Ralph Roberts is a nationally certified fitness trainer, a member of Todd Durkin’s Mastermind Institute program and the Personal Training Director at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo, Texas. He is a former professional baseball player and decorated college athlete. In addition to managing more than 10 certified personal trainers, Ralph offers individual and group personal training for adults and children.
Maverick’s Boys and Girls Club is giving you an opportunity to discover some new activities and have fun along the way with Maverick's Amazing Race. Just like the Amazing Race series, teams of contestants will compete against one another in both physical and mental challenges. These challenges will be spread throughout a 5-mile area of Amarillo.
I will be hosting 12 different stations. Each station will have a different exercise or activity and participants will have 1 minute to complete each circuit.
The race will be held on June 6. There will be prizes starting at $1500 for the first team who across the finish line. This is not just a great way to get some activity in, it is also a great way to help our community.
Registration will be $35 per person. For everyone that raises additional money over the $100 amount, they will receive 30 seconds off their teams race time.
Races like this are a great way for you to find an activity you love. In fact, you may just find that perfect activity that leads you to a lifelong passion for exercise and fitness.
So whether you want to grab your best friend, your partner, or your neighbor and race, or you want to go it alone, Maverick's Amazing Race is sure to be a day that gets you up and moving. See you there!
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and now is the time to start planning that romantic weekend with your special someone. If dinner and candy isn’t your thing and you’re looking for something to please your active, adventurous squeeze, try one of the following in, around or near Amarillo
1. Rock Climbing
Want to do something different, fun and challenging? Take your sweetie out to the Amarillo Rock Climbing House. Gear up and test your strength, endurance and coordination on their variety of wall and boulder stations. Work up an appetite before that romantic dinner and maybe discover a new hobby together.
2. Romantic Outdoor Picnic For Two
Explore and experience the country's second largest canyon, Palo Duro, with a romantic picnic for two. Pack a lunch or early dinner with plenty of savory treats, champagne, or maybe just some coffee or juice.
Stroll along the trails, go horseback riding, mountain biking or just sit and watch the sunset. It’s a beautiful backdrop for a romantic picnic. Bring a blanket, warm clothes and a camera.
3. Skiing Getaway
Take your sweetie away for the weekend on a ski trip to a number of destinations in nearby New Mexico or Colorado. Getting out in the snow, riding the lifts and a full day on the slopes is fun and exciting. Not only that, but cuddling in front of a fire, sipping hot chocolate and exchanging tales of adventure over a savory meal is both romantic and memorable.
Who says you have to do traditional for Valentine's Day? Whether you spend time outdoors, at an indoor rock climbing facility or even a couple hours at the gym, the two of you will be sure to have fun and bond together over activities that you love.
If you’re looking for a gift for your fitness enthusiast, consider the gift of a personal training session. A personal trainer in Amarillo can give your fitness efforts a huge boost in motivation. Personal trainer Ralph Roberts will customize an exercise and nutrition routine based on your current level of fitness, goals and lifestyle.
Two new faces have joined Ralph Roberts Personal Training. Robert Muncy and Zachary Rosas are now interning with Ralph once a week. They are shadowing Ralph to learn various exercises and how to approach clients during training sessions as well as creating mock workouts after hours to see how being a personal trainer is done. They will also be training to learn the day to day operations in managing an athletic club.
Robert Muncy, 18, is a senior at Canyon High School. He is a black belt with over seven years of martial arts training. Robert is a self-motivated leader and dedicated team player – not only with his peers but also with everyone he comes across, making him the perfect candidate for this internship.
Zachary Rosas is a freshman at West Texas A&M University, majoring in exercise and sports science. Zachary’s goal is to become a personal trainer and one day own his own athletic club. Playing sports at an early age and all throughout high school taught him the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. He reached out to Ralph to ask him to be his mentor, give him advice on how to approach clients and how to be the best he could possibly be.
Not only are both these young men on the track to become nationally certified personal trainers, but they also want to be leaders in the community – this is why they’ll excel. This internship program will get them ahead of their peers.
Running a marathon is not something done on a whim. It takes long-term dedication and practice to get prepared for it. It can take several months or over a year to properly prepare for running that 26.2 mile endurance race.
What do I need to do to train for a marathon?
Start building up your base mileage. To be prepared even to start training for a marathon, you already need to be running long distances on a regular basis. Many experts think running 20 to 30 miles every week for several months is necessary before you start building up for a marathon.
Elevate your base mileage. Once you have reached the 20 to 30 mile goal each week, and have been doing it for several months, you can start elevating your mileage gradually. For four to six months before the marathon, you need to start making incremental increases to your base mileage. Plan on elevating your mileage by 5 to 10 percent each week. The goal is to reach 50 miles per week before the marathon.
Build your single run mileage. Building up to 50 miles per week is only part of the goal for preparing for a marathon. You need to lengthen the mileage you do in a single run. You need to schedule your time to give yourself one long run each week or so. For example, you might do 10 miles a day three times during the week, then plan a 20 mile run sometime over the weekend. However, don't jump to the 20 mile level too quickly. Gradually lengthen your long run out by a mile every week or two.
Add speed work into the mix. Marathons are long-distance endurance races. Adding speed work into your training mix may not seem logical. However, adding some speed work into the mix will build your endurance up faster than only doing the slower runs. It also gives you some variance in your workouts to keep things fresh. Doing speed work once a week on one of your shorter runs is a good place to start.
Rest is an essential part of your marathon training plan. Many first-time marathoners think that running every day will help them do their best on race day. However, the body needs time to recover. Build in two or three days of rest into your marathon training plan. This means no running whatsoever on those days. Also, a couple of weeks before the marathon start tapering off your running schedule. You need to give your body time to rest before the big race.
What is the best way to prepare for a marathon?
Marathons require a long-term commitment. You may be preparing for over a year to run a single 26.2 mile race. Sticking to a training plan can be difficult, even for the most dedicated runner. To help keep you motivated and to help you stay in great shape, you need to get a personal trainer.
Ralph Roberts is just such a personal trainer. Ralph helps clients set personal training goals and work toward achieving them, and recently helped a client enter her first Ironman Triathlon. He can help you get ready for the road race of a lifetime. Contact Ralph today to schedule a free initial personal training session.
I recently returned from the IHRSA 33rd Annual International Convention & Trade Show for fitness and personal training professionals in San Diego and I can’t wait to show everyone what I learned. For three days I attended seminars and classes, tested new exercise equipment and listened to motivational techniques from industry experts.
My Downtown Athletic Club colleague, Dominic Zumbrun, and I had the opportunity to pick the brains of fitness professionals, such as internationally recognized personal trainer, author and fitness coach, Todd Durkin.
Todd Durkin has trained a variety of national and world-renowned athletes of the NFL, MLB, Olympics and X-games, including Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. It was truly an honor and inspiration to personally train and speak with Todd Durkin.
I learned new exercises I intend to implement into my personal training classes as well as motivational techniques that I will incorporate into my small group training.
Of course, I didn’t just go to San Diego to work. One of my favorite side trips was visiting Petco Park, the home field of the San Diego Padres. This was an especially significant moment for me because I was drafted by the Padres my senior year of high school. However I decided to pursue my college education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After playing baseball at the college level, I played for the Atlanta Braves for seven years.
I am back in Amarillo now and am ready to get to work and try out the new exercises and motivational techniques I learned at the convention. If you are interested in setting up a personal training session or group training session, contact me today.
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