It is extremely important, in athletics, to work to improve your strength and conditioning. In order to excel and maximize your performance gains, your diet has to be addressed as you are responsible for ensuring you fuel your body with the proper nutrients. The best way to come up with a meal plan that meets your body's demanding needs are by consulting a registered dietitian.
When Ruben Limardo-Gascon first picked up an epee, I suspect he lacked the swift footwork of Kolobkov, the unpredictability of Paolo Milanoli, or the amazing preparatory actions of Gauthier Grumier. I imagine Ruben Limardo-Gascon started the same way every fencer did– carte blanche, making the same common errors that every new fencer makes.
As a fencer begins his/her progression from beginner onward, errors are expected, inevitable, and a part of the difficult learning curve associated with fencing. So what are the two words you never want to hear as a coach? If you guessed “I’m pregnant,” you’re (only kind of) wrong. The words are…
“I make a lot of sacrifices to accomplish the things I want to get done…When you have ambitious goals; there is always a little ‘give and take.’”
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
On most days, the alarm clock rings at 4:45 a.m. I open my eyes to two quotes taped to my ceiling, reminders that it’s time to get up and work:
“Never a day did I let the sun catch me in bed.” –Thomas Jefferson
“When I am not training, someone else is, and when we meet, he will win every time.”
Many days, I’m tempted to disregard the messages on my ceiling and close my eyes just for a little longer, but the papers have a way of challenging me to rise and kick off what are usually long days.
Sometime roughly six months ago, I decided to change my fencing from a recreational activity to a competitive one in preparation for the Maccabi Games. Meeting this challenge (combined with blogging) would require a radical change to my schedule in order to maximize the outcomes of both my professional career and desire to be competitive in fencing (and to downsize my body so I didn’t look like Chris Christie in a fencing uniform).
If you want a fruitful fencing and work career, it is very possible to manage to good results in both—so long as you’re willing to sacrifice a little sleep and you maintain a constant awareness of your work performance and exceeding your boss’s expectations.
I have thrown together advice on simultaneously managing the fencing side of your life, as well as the professional side of your life. I hope these suggestions will prove helpful for professionals hoping to maintain a competitive fencing regimen.
A successful relationship between a fencer and a coach is both professional and personal. Everybody involved knows that a service is being exchanged for money, but after years of working one-on-one several days a week, two people become well attuned to each other's moods and rhythms. On top of that, it's likely that the two share a love for the sport; it's easy to bond over a passion in common.
A to Z Performance Coaching Tip of the Day: Long Term Success Requires Turning "Losses" into Victories
Being successful in fencing and outside of fencing all starts with how you think about things. Your mindsets and values.
One of the most critical mindsets I have always had was this idea that no matter what happened in a match (or life), win or lose, I was going to take a lesson from the situation to make myself stronger in the long run.
As I write this draft, I'm listening to the US Fencing call to decide if the US will host the world championships this year and if so, which city will host. I very much hope that
In fall quarter of 2010, the beginning of my third year, I was lucky enough to study abroad in Paris for ten weeks to complete UChicago's required Civilizations sequence.
There’s an idea in fencing (as originally told by Gary Copeland, I believe) that says there are three types of clubs: champion clubs, recreational clubs, and money clubs. A champion club is the kind of place that produces high-caliber athletes and national champions like clockwork. A recreational club is where a couple of the boys will go to after work to socialize, hang out, and fence. And lastly, a money club is where the ownership wants to just collect enough cash that they can swim in it. It’s an interesting idea that provides a high level overview of picking a club based on competitive preferences, but I figured I’d break it out into a few more steps.
According to the United States Fencing Association (USFA) website, there are approximately 330 registered fencing clubs in the country. Every club offers a unique set of people, coaches, and facilities to satisfy a particular fencer’s needs. These criteria should help you evaluate the club that is (or isn’t) right for you: