Why I wish I had a place like Force to grow up in
Everyday I have the privilege of coaching some pretty talented middle school, high school and collegiate athletes. Not only do I get to help them become better athletes but I get to help them become better people by setting an example, instilling confidence in them to be whoever they want to be, and teaching them the importance of hard work and consistency.
I have watched kids come to us without the coordination to crawl on the ground to back squatting over 100 pounds for reps. I have watched kids come to us with zero confidence and after a couple months they start flexing their muscles and believing in themselves to push just a bit harder. I have also watched kids come to us just needing a little bit of an improvement and they take those improvements on to weightlifting competitions, to become stars during their high school seasons, and on to collegiate teams.
I watch these young athletes become better versions of themselves everyday. I feel so happy for them and I feel so proud to be a part of it but I also hope they know how lucky they are because I wish I had had a place like Force to grow up in.
If you are an athlete or if you are a parent, never take for granted the kinds of lessons we teach in the gym. Only so much can be taught sitting in a desk—the rest of it has to be learned through physical experience, trying and failing and seeing just exactly what you’re made of.
As a young female athlete, I never thought the weight room was for me. I was a soccer player, and we stayed on the field. Sometimes we peeked our heads into the dimly lit, sweaty, smelly and scary room where football and basketball players slammed heavy metal plates and yelled a lot but very rarely did we venture in. Even when I was interested in lifting weights, and even when I wanted to put a barbell on my back I didn’t for fear that boys would look at me funny and I would make a fool of myself—or even worse, get hurt. I didn’t know how to lift weights and I had no one to show me the ropes.
Here at Force we don’t see gender, ability, or sport (in a sense.) We see athletes, and we train our kids like athletes. They warm-up together at the beginning of every session, they run plyos together and we all break it down before they go on to their individual programs. The older athletes help out the younger ones, the football players mingle with the swimmers, and they all cheer each other on and push each other to be better.
We like to pride ourselves on the fact that we supplement what coaches don’t have enough time to do in season. We help sprinters put the optimal amount of force into the ground to sprint the fastest, we help football player’s get off the line faster and tackle harder, and we prevent injury in baseball players and swimmers shoulders.
I didn’t step foot into a weight room until about two years after high school, and looking back I wonder just how much better of a soccer player I could have been if I had trained like our athletes train at Force. I probably would have learned how to run properly, cut and accelerate efficiently, and react faster to the action going on in the game. I guess instead of being the next Mia Hamm I get to help coach the next Mia Hamm, and to me, that’s just as rewarding.
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