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Finish First Insider, Issue #59
June 01, 2009
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The Attitude of a Champion

By Coach J. Hoy, CSCS, USAW, Jump Stretch, Inc. Certified,
Elite Performance Scientist

A closer look at the attitude of successful athletes reveals much about their character, integrity, commitment, personal fortitude, aptitude and attitude. While all of these traits are important, as a coach, I like to spend most of my time working with an athlete on his/her attitude.

I feel that this trait will shape us the most on our athletic journey, and has the potential to make us or break us along the way.

A champion’s attitude is reflected in his/her character, integrity, commitment and personal fortitude and aptitude. A champion’s attitude determines his/her resilience and outlook after facing setbacks and defeats. It’s not a question of whether we’ll lose or fail at some point along the way, but rather how we will handle it when we do. Have you ever taken a real hard look at who you are and how you will handle these hurdles?

Champion Attitude I wanted to share with you some words of wisdom about attitude by Former Chairman of Psychology on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Sports Medicine Council, Dr. Denis Waitley. Dr. Waitley has worked with 1000’s of professional and Olympic athletes over the years and is a highly sought after international speaker and author about ‘The Psychology of Winning.' He has taken the five rings of the Olympic symbol and labeled them the ‘Olympic Rings of Attitude.’ Here is what he says (excerpt adapted from one of his speeches for Maximum Impact Leadership Training Seminar):

Paying the Price Everyone wants to win, but few willingly invest the time and effort victory requires. Paying the price means developing the skills and training regimen of champions—observation, imitation, repetition and the internalization of knowledge into habits. It also means learning why and how to go the extra mile, and then seeing success as a marathon, not a dash. Champions view failures as temporary inconveniences and learning experiences.

The Olympian Within Winners believe in their worth before they perform. Most people base their worth on their current status or achievement level, which means that until they are judged successful by society’s standards, they have little to be proud of. Champions believe in their dreams when they have only a dream to hang on to, even in the face of criticism and superior achievements by others.

Non-Situational Integrity Authentic, lasting winners have an uncompromising attitude about self-honesty. They function according to an “integrity triangle” that consists of three basic questions: (1) Are my beliefs based upon truth? (2) Do my words and actions correspond with truth and honesty? (3) Before I speak or act, do I honestly consider the impact of my decisions on other people and the environment?

The “Coachability’ Factor Champions are always open to alternatives to improve their performance. Consistent winners are not arrogant egotists who dominate the media spotlight. The most successful individuals in the game of life often are the most approachable, most gracious, least judgmental and most self-effacing. They are the ones who are most eager to learn and improve.

Being a Team Player A team in harmony is synergy in motion, where the whole is greater than the sum of the individual talents. When all assignments are understood—when each person takes 100 percent responsibility for the outcome—a quantum leap in performance takes place. Winners learn how to become interdependent without sacrificing individuality; how to stand out while fitting in.

Nutrition for Teenage Athletes Versus Non-Athletes: Is there Really a Difference?

By: Heather R Mangieri, MS, RD, CCSD, LDN Finish First Sports Performance Nutrition Advisor

Throughout our lifespan, nutrient needs change as we move from one stage to the next. From infants to teenagers to older adults, the dietary reference intakes are not the same for everyone, and that includes athletes. Of course, you might be surprised to learn that teenage athletes and typical teenagers may not be that different in their nutrient needs. That is because, the teenage years are dynamic. Needs for vitamins, minerals, the energy-yielding nutrients, and, in fact, all nutrients are greater during adolescents than at any other time of life except pregnancy and lactation. Food choices that teenagers make during this time have an impact on their health and performance (both academic and athletic), not just today but also in their future. Teenagers face a variety of challenges in eating healthy, nutritious foods, especially those that are active. They are in school all day, often with long practices or games in the evening. Let’s face it, they are very busy people.

Often times in my practice, I find myself spending more time getting athletic teenagers to simply meet their nutritional needs for growth and development. Once that part is met and understood, I can then start specifying nutrient timing and distribution for their specific athletic goals. So, while sport performance is important, being healthy is important too. A healthy body will be better prepared for the demands of athletics than an unhealthy one.

It is important to understand that all nutrients are important. When considering the nutrient demands on an active teenager versus one that is not focused on athletics, it is often the energy-yielding nutrients (carbohydrates, healthy fats and proteins) that need to be increased. Special attention should be given to the following nutrients:

*Carbohydrates- these are our bodies preferred fuel source. Teenagers need extra carbohydrates to grow, especially during periods of rapid growth or growth spurts. When dealing with an active teenager, we will need to add even more carbohydrates to fuel the growth, development and the activity.

*Calcium- bone health during the adolescent years directly influences bone health in later years. Healthy bones are important to prevent fractures and the increased strain put on the body during sports and activity.

*Iron- iron is necessary to make hemoglobin, the substance that carries oxygen through your blood to all the cells in your body. When the body is deficient in iron, it can’t carry enough oxygen to the muscles, brain and other organs. The result is a feeling of fatigue. For teenagers this may result in the inability to pay attention in school. For an athlete this may result in fatigue during a game, which in turn may result in injury or poor performance.

Lastly, teenagers are often faced with eating the foods that they are presented. Keeping healthy foods visible and available will increase the likelihood of consumption by teens.

How to Schedule Workouts Using the Online System

Due to the volume of athletes currently using the training facility, and the expected returning college athletes over the summer, you will need to begin scheduling your workout sessions in advance. It is recommended that you do so online. The Finish First Sports Performance coaches will have access to the sessions calendar to see when you are scheduled. When you arrive to the facility, it is also important to use your fingerprint to check in to the system. Below, you will find the correct way to schedule online. It is also now possible to make payments online, and check your training history. Please call if you have any questions.

1. Go to

2. Scroll down the left and under “Additional Services” you will see MEMBER LOGIN—click on that

3. A new window should pop up and on that window click on ATHLETE

4. Unless you have logged into the system before, your login ID is: last name-first name, and your password is: last name. So for John Smith, his login ID would be smith-john, and his password would be smith. You will be prompted to change your password so that only you may know it—write it down and don’t forget it—if you do forget it, please let Jeremy know so he can reset it.

5. Once logged in, on main screen you will see a box/button on the right titled “REGISTER FOR CLASSES”—click on this.

6. You can register or change your scheduled time up to 24 hours before the session. Any changes that need to be made within 24 hours of the session need to be made by calling Jeremy at 412-787-5070.

The online system works best with Internet Explorer (most recent version).

Motivational Quotes

"What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens"
-- Thaddeus Golas

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude"
-- Scott Hamilton

"Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind."
-- William James

"People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
-- Abraham Lincoln

Township Of Moon 4th of July 5k Run & Walk

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2009

Time: Race Day registration at 6:30 - 7:30 am 5k Run starts at 8:30 am 5k Walk starts at 8:40 am

Location: Cherrington Corporate Center/Commerce Park 1700 Beaver Grade Road Moon Township, PA 15109

Fees: 5k Run $15 through June 15, 2009 $20 after June 15, 2009 & race day $15 for 5k Walk

Register or find more info at

(1998) Team Pittsburgh Aviators Golf Outing Fundraiser

For more information, please see contact info below.

1998 Pittsburgh Aviator 2009/2010 Fund Raiser Golf Outing - Hickory Heights Golf Club Monday, July 20, 2009, 11:00a

Registration Form

Contact Name:


Daytime Phone:


Player Name:

Player Name:

Player Name:

Player Name:

Check one
 $125 per individual

 $500 per foursome

 $150 Tee Sponsor (sign wording)

Make checks payable to: “Pittsburgh Aviators” – Memo: 1998 Birth Year AA Fundraiser (Tax ID 43-2109948)

Return this form with full payment by June 30th, 2009

Chris Alger
1998 Aviator Fundraiser
119 Yorktown Road
McMurray, PA 15317

412-721-8954 (cell); 724-942-6944 (fax); (e-mail)

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Yours In Training,

Coach Jeremy S. Hoy, CSCS, USAW, Jump Stretch, Inc. Certified,
Elite Performance Scientist

Finish First Sports Performance

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