We had 64 ping pong players participate in our first annual ping pong tournament. Sixteen played in each of our four brackets named after our two charities and two of our pros - Houston Food Bank, SpringSpirit Baseball, Tony Sipp , Carlos Correa - in a single elimination tournament. Players had a ton of fun and we had a lot of very closely-contested matches (including a 36-34 marathon win for our eventual champion) on our road to the final four.
Our bracket champions included Austin Dean (Miami Marlins Organization) representing the Houston Food Bank region, Cade Longmire (Cy-Fair HS) out of the Tony Sipp Bracket, Frank Xu (Houston Christian High School) from the SpringSpirit Baseball Bracket, and Carlos Correa (Houston Astros) fittingly representing his own bracket.
Physical Principle: Periodization
One of the core principles for our athletic development processes is the concept of periodization. Having goals is vital for all athletes. You need to know where you want to go before you can take the proper steps to get there. However, constant fixation on an end-goal can be detrimental to actually achieving it. That is where the idea of periodization helps immensely.
Periodization is taking the end-goal and breaking it down into smaller, more achievable steps. Think of it this way: Your end-goal is a finished bookcase from IKEA . Periodization is what helps you build it with steps A through J. This process-oriented mindset creates daily opportunities for little victories, which helps sustain the motivation required to accomplish long-term goals. Focusing on, and believing in, the process is what periodization is all about.
"Rome wasn't built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour."
I noticed a long time ago the stronger and more flexible a person is the more they thrive and “rock at life.”
In fact, I changed the phrase “survival of the fittest” to “survival of the flexible.” Being flexible opens up a whole lot of possibilities, definitely keeps you in the game longer and even improves mortality rate.
Baby humans are born flexible. Remember putting your toes in your mouth or sitting in a deep squat to pet your dog or play in the dirt? But then we hit the growth spurt, grow up and start working, we become less active with less variety of movement. Gradually, we lose flexibility, hunch over and start shuffling … unless we move a lot and work out to maintain it!
Yes, it’s easy to see how world-class athletes are mobile. When you add strength to range of motion, a whole lot of possibilities open up! Strength + Flexibility = MOBILITY which means…..better movement quality, resilient joints, greater capacity to generate power from multiple joints for greater overall power. Examine the long strides of a world-class runner, a first basemen doing the splits to make a catch and get the runner out or the incredible backswing reach of PGA Tour players swing. All are mobile and able to control great range in order to do difficult things.
But how is mortality rate tied to mobility? Well, test yourself right now with this mobility challenge. Attempt to get down to a seated position on the floor and get up off the floor with no arm or hand assistance. The more assistance you need in getting down or getting up correlates to less mobility which correlates to less independence. Basically, when we get to the point we cannot get up or down even with assistance then we must rely on outside care. This is why mobility affords one more longevity and a higher quality of life.
Everyone can create more mobility. Remember the phrase “use it or lose it”. By "using it" - or going through all joint ranges - you will be able to maintain what you have and even create more.Do your daily C.A.R.S. The best way to create more mobility is to strengthen all ranges of motion. Traditional exercises are typically done in one or two directions or planes and not done in all ranges. Learn the C.A.R.S (controlled articular rotations) routine for all joints. By slowly moving and contracting all joints (from head to toe) through all end ranges, you will gain control and strength of those ranges as well as develop greater ranges, i.e. mobility.