3 Macronutrients | Stress | Leadership
Mindset Principle: Leadership
By Josh Graber
“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” – Harold S. Geneen
This month, we’re focusing on the importance of leadership and what it means to really be a leader.
At DST, we know every single athlete who works with us has the potential to be a great leader — for their teams, with their friends, and in their families. Often times, when I think of a leader, I imagine someone like Russell Crowe in Gladiator or Mel Gibson in Braveheart— a strong, vocal, passionate leader of an army. Someone who can rally hundreds or thousands with an awe-inspiring speech. But the truth is, that’s not what most leaders look like.
Leaders come in many different forms, but I think they all have one thing in common: they inspire others with their actions. Leaders make those around them want to do more and be better.
Think of people in your life who you consider to be great leaders. You want to be more like them, right? That’s exactly where you should start in your quest to becoming a better leader. Be someone others will observe and say, “I want to be more like them.”
Treat others with respect. Work hard. Be relentless in the pursuit of your dreams. If you do these things, people will look to you as a leader.
Nutrition Principle: 3 Macronutrients
The three macronutrients: Carbohydrates, fat and protein are important nutrients for maximizing training results. Carbohydrates are the main energy source that your body uses day to day. Fats help with brain function, absorption of other nutrients and it acts as a back up energy source when carbohydrates are all used up. Proteins are essential for building and maintaining lean muscle.
All three of these macronutrients work together to make sure the body is getting the most out of training sessions.
Ratios of these macronutrients in the diet can be manipulated for individual athletes to help them achieve their specific goals. Want to know if your macronutrient ratios are right for your goals? Ask your trainer and they’ll help you create the best nutrition plan for you!
Physical Principle: Stress
By Sammy Knox
Stress is the body’s way to react to a challenge. When we talk about stress in our workout programs, we’re talking about different ways to challenge our athletes’ bodies to get stronger, faster, etc.
Depending on an athlete’s program, we’re going to prescribe different levels of stress (or loads) to help increase strength, explosive power, or stability (control). There are a number of different factors that go into the stress levels our athletes go through in their workouts — these factors include the athlete’s in-sport goals and their bio-mechanical abilities.
Before we can gain strength and increase speed, we must first make sure our bodies are able to handle the stresses necessary to reach our goal levels of strength and speed. Once we are in the right position, we’ll give our athletes’ bodies the necessary levels of stress (in varying degrees and phases) to work towards their end goal.