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Holding Nerve

Thoughts of the week

“Holding Nerve”

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After an incredible day of sport last Sunday 14th July watching the cricket world cup final, Wimbledon mens singles final and the British grand prix, we were overwhelmed with how well the athletes kept their nerve. With the cricket being tied after the last bowl and going into a super over, the tennis going into a 5th set tiebreak and one of the most action packed formula 1 races of the season, how did the victors keep their cool under pressure?!

A a few days of reflection we consider the following points to be relevant to the outcomes of success:

  • Skill – Each of the athletes involved in each of the events are the worlds best at what they do. Their entire lives are dedicated to their craft and posses the most skill you can in that sport above and beyond anyone else.
  • Practice – Every single day they perform and refine their skills to get them to the ultimate level of perfection.
  • Fitness – The optimum level of strength, power, conditioning, speed, mobility and flexibility are possessed by all allowing them to maximise physical performance and minimise likelihood of injury.
  • Adaptability – The experience each athlete has gained over a career of highs, lows, wins and losses enables them to adjust to new conditions as and when necessary.
  • Confidence – All of the above combined together enable a feeing of belief and positivity allowing the athletes to perform at their best. 
  • Guts – The ability to perform under pressure and execute your skills no master what the circumstances.
  • Support – From team mates, fellow competitors, coaching staff, loved ones, family, friends and worldwide supporters encourage and motivate the athletes to give their all.

So next time your under pressure at work, when training, playing sports or in general life, consider the above points and what you may need to prioritise to succeed!

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Exercise of the week

Profiling | Work capacity | Squat | Progressions
  • Hands behind head squat
  • Barbell back squat

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Recipe of the week

Summer sausage salad

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  • Place 3 lean organic caramelised onion sausages on a foil lined baking tray, pricking each side with a fork. Place in a medium-high oven for approx. 30-40mins, turning half way through cooking.
  • Meanwhile wash & rinse some mixed salad leaves & baby spinach then leave to drain.
  • Finely chop red pepper, red chilli, half a cucumber & ribbon 2 small carrots. 
  • Mix together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, wholegrain & english mustard, fresh lemon juice with sea salt & ground black pepper in a small jar to make the dressing.
  • Combine, salad leaves, baby spinach, chopped vegetables & dressing together in a mixing bowl, tossing together well.
  • Remove sausages from oven, ensuring they are cooked all the way through & nicely browned on the outside.
  • Serve everything together as in picture.

Find out more about our nutrition plans here

Training song of the week

I Only Lie When I Love You – Royal Blood

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