Hera one of our hit ballers had a birthday this week so happy birthday from all of us Hera. There will be a lot of additional stuff to Hit Ball in this blog, all roads lead to Hit Ball but I will need to mention two other influences in the course of this blog.
My gym, CrossFit Northern Adelaide (yes shameless plug) ran some sessions on improving yourself. They tackled the body, mind and nutrition. In the course of this program they got me onto motivational dvds and cds and my goodness the results have been amazing. Now I got onto Zig Ziglar and I want to give him credit for the ideas that I will discuss but you have to appreciate as you read this blog that you are getting my interpretation of his ideas. If you want more direct information go check him out if you have a mind to but I will give you fair warning that he’s into God (or at least he was he’s not with us now) and he had some crazy ideas about homosexuality. I was almost tempted to dismiss his work because of that but I decided not to throw the baby out with the bath water. I would like to think that if I had a chance to talk to him I may have got him to think differently, who knows?
The first way Zig helped with Saturday’s game was that he actually got me to go to the game. I am in the middle of doing the crossfit open, we do it on a Friday night and by Saturday I am stiff and sore and sorry for myself. Saturday morning I was tempted to ring up and say hey I can’t make it but I had already said that I was going to go. Now Zig puts trustworthiness high on his list of qualities of success. It’s not like the animals were crook or the car didn’t work, there wasn’t a real reason for me not to go I just felt too stiff and sore. I thought about this and I thought I want to be someone who if she says she’s going to do something she does it, so I got to training. This made me feel good about myself because I had kept my word, I said I would go to training and I did go to training. The second effect is a little interesting, in social situations, if I now accept that if I say I’m going to do something then I will do that thing I’m going to be dam careful what I say yes to. I think previously I have said yes to be polite and then backed out or gone and haven’t wanted to. I am now going to work on, thank you for the invite but no thank you. Allrighty back to Hit Ball.
Zig had some things to say about how you approach your matches and what he had to say resounded with me. When you walk out onto that court what thoughts are in your head? I was looking at players on opposing teams and thinking, they hit really hard, they’re too fast for me. I’m too slow to block their shots and because I thought this most of the time I was right, they were too fast and I didn’t get to their shots in time. Zig says and I’m paraphrasing, you move to the strongest impression in your mind. So do you want to win or do you want to not lose. Do you see the difference in focus? If you think that the opposing team will probably score against you then they probably will. Now what I wanted was that ball to not go in the goal when I was supposed to be stopping it so that’s all I thought about. See the ball, get to the ball. This didn’t stop me working as a team and passing and receiving shots but every time that ball came towards the goal I was there and most times I blocked it. It was very very satisfying, I certainly blocked much more than previous games. You still have to be fit, you still have to train but your mindset will give you a much better chance of being successful. I am a huge fan of Zig’s words. Next time I play I will apply these strategies when aiming for the oppositions’ goal. I’ll let you know how I get on.
During the strength and conditioning Alessandro mentioned that we should do our wrist exercises at least three times a week to get the full benefit out of the exercise. You don’t need to warm up before you do them, they are the warm up. These exercises are great for strengthening your body and I only do them when we train but not anymore I shall be doing them at least three times a week. They are a little hard to explain but if you ever want to come and train with us we could show you how they are done.
We also moved onto a side plank this week and then when you’re in position you dip down and up while still sideways. I recommend you try it, it’s awesome for your side obliques.
Our drills were practising the side strike and bowling ball shot. People feeling confident could do the front strike. We finished with practising looking at the ball, taking our eyes off the ball and looking at where we wanted the ball to go and then shooting. It’s tricky but it’s so good to practise in a drill rather than in the hub bub of the game. It does wonders for your aiming.
That’s my lot for this blog thank you for reading and I’ll catch you in the next blog. If you would like to come and try Hit Ball you would be very welcome. We play Saturday mornings at the Seacliff Primary School gym 10am.