Boyfriends w/ D1 backgrounds = better relationships (teams)

“How do you manage people who are better than you?”

There Is An I In Team: HBR Presentation w/ Mark De Rond and Angela Herrin
Marvel comics, team, Xmen

Marvel comics, team, Xmen

I listened to a recent web presentation provided by the Harvard Business Review titled, “There Is An I In Team”.

I’m fascinated by collaboration among team members as a result of having had a couple of long term boyfriends who played Division I sports (Hot!).

It made very little sense to me in college that men can experience anger and frustration with a teammate or rival, duke it out, then grab a beer and hang out as friends the following day.

They seemed to be able to separate their roles on their teams from who they are off the team. But, how?!?!?

These abilities — a) getting over setbacks and moving forward, and b) separating one’s role on and off his/her team — are paramount to one’s chances of success in large organizations (i.e. Professor Xavier’s school for the gifted, or if you prefer reality, large world class corporations).

Marvel comics, team, Xmen

The HBR presentation I mentioned  is one of the better studies on how the best teams function, what makes teams effective, and how to manage teams to accomplish wins. De Rond takes his observations of university rowing teams and boat races to examine coordination between team members.

One insightful observation De Rond discovered in the results of team surveys is that high performers typically underestimate their own teammates**. And, as we all have experienced, this makes high performers or those who are highly intelligent dismissive of others.

If this is true, what can we do to exploit the value high performers can provide while mitigating the risks these high performers’ behavioral tendencies often cause?

Surprisingly, the answer isn’t found by forcing all team members to get along. It turns out that expressing emotional experiences and venting to teammates create winning performance***.

While most of us define team harmony as an absence of competitiveness between members, this is only half of the story. Competition (“lack of harmony”) cannot truly be forced out of individuals because it is innate. If suppressed, competition resurfaces in more destructive forms under the radar of team leaders and creates more dysfunction than if they were acknowledged, accepted and resolved in a psychologically safe and moderated space.

My favorite take away from this presentation is this: 

Harmony cannot be forced in teams. Harmony is created naturally when teams experience wins and achieve great things through collaboration with one another.

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Multitasking: How to develop your core muscle group while reading (video)

Our buddy, Adam, explains what our “core” does, why it matters, then demonstrates my favorite exercise to do while Tweeting (and re-tweeting)!

CLIFF’S NOTES: How & What to Eat to be a Lean (and, Pretty!) Machine!

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by ADAM (ADVANCED ATHLETICS, INC.)

Adding
lean muscle should be a priority in all fitness programs.  Muscle mass increases metabolism, and is key to losing weight and keeping it off.







NOTE: These are basic guidelines.  It is recommended that you speak to your nutritionist for in-depth information. 

CLIFF’S NOTES VERSION- EATING TO BE LEAN:
1. Eat 40/30/30
Each meal should contain the following ratio:
  • 30%-40% protein
  • 20-30% Carbohydrates
  • 25-35% fat
This
ratio allows nutrients to work together during digestion to stabilize blood
sugar. This ratio also optimal for maximum absorption of nutrients into the small intestine.
2. Eat every 3-4 hours. 
This creates stable blood sugar levels throughout the day. 
This provides your body with a steady stream of protein which is essential in creating  an anabolic (or, “muscle
building”) environment.
3. Pay attention to your proteins!
Incorporate a high-quality complete protein*
into each meal to provide the nine amino acids that are essential for adding
muscle tissue. 
*Not all protein are equal  
Complete proteins, like those found in meats, fish, chicken, eggs, soybeans,
and quinoa, are more bioavailable than incomplete proteins like those found in
most vegetables, beans and grains.
About Adam:
We’ve known Adam for over ten years. His company, Advanced Athletics, has been around for a looooooong time in the competitive and tough-to-penetrate fit-centric community of Venice Beach, CA.
Fitness professionals and enthusiasts come and go like passing clouds in the Venice fitness circuit (like me!).  However, Adam remains one of the leading names in the fitness circle. His theory and practice have grown in sophistication as well as in size.  Adam primarily works with his long-term and regular clients (many of whom are professional athletes).
To speak to Adam, specifically, schedule
a nutrition consultation
with Advanced
Athletics, or contact us with questions.

Ask A Pro: How do we burn belly fat? (video)

(Video)
We ask our friend, Adam, how to best avoid the jiggles…(I’m not a fan of point #1)

  1. Avoid sugar (what?!?! – Is there any way around this?!)…
  2. Moderate your carbohydrates per meal
  3. Eat appropriate calories per meal
  4. Eat at correct meal intervals of every 3-4 hours
  5. Avoid trans-fats and hydrogenated oils
  6. Moderate alcohol intake
  7. Add lean muscle to your body with strength training
  8. Burn fat stores through cardiovascular training
  9. Eat whole foods that are high in fiber for improved digestion
  10. Be consistent in your diet and fitness habits





the sexy ‘santa monica stairs’ (img)

When we think of ideal physiques, we find healthy, strong, fit and flexible types to be best.  It’s important that one is able to move, dance, hold our friends and loved ones tightly and possess the energy to power-through tough days.

OUR PLAN:  Achieve an athletic and graceful dancer’s physique (a la Sophia Boutella)


Dancers seem to have the perfect combination of fluidity, grace and strength.  To appear graceful in one’s clothes yet feel confident and able to pack a mighty punch gives a girl a sort of edge noticeable in her walk.

 

EQUIPMENT OF CHOICE:  The [FREE] ‘SANTA MONICA STAIRS’

Realistically, our vision requires that we stop blogging right now, go outside and play in the beautiful summer weather until we feel absolutely great.  It’s free…It’s lovely…And, it’s fun!

See you out there!
note:  John Mayer not included

THE WORKOUT:  designed by Adam @ ADVANCED ATHLETICS:  
members:  view .pdf file of workout here.